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September 27, 2017
DRAGON SPACE
Mars probe to carry 13 types of payload on 2020 mission



by Staff Writers
Beijing (XNA) Sep 22, 2017 China's Mars probe will carry 13 types of payload, including six rovers, in its first mission to the planet, scheduled for 2020. "The Mars exploration program is well underway," said Zhang Rongqiao, chief architect of the Mars mission, at the Beijing International Forum on Lunar and Deep-space Exploration, which opened Wednesday. "The payloads will be used to collect data on the environment, morphology, surface structure and atmosphere of Mars." China plans to sen ... read more

NUKEWARS
US wants diplomatic fix for North Korea crisis: Mattis
New Delhi (AFP) Sept 26, 2017
The US wants a diplomatic solution to the North Korean nuclear crisis, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday, as China warned there would be "no winners" in a war on the Korean peninsula. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
China conducts first military drills in Djibouti
Beijing (AFP) Sept 26, 2017
China has staged military exercises in Djibouti after opening its first overseas military base there last month, official media said. ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
Space Cooperation Between China, Russia Needs Long-Term Mechanism
Moscow (Sputnik) Sep 24, 2017
With China and Russia poised to deepen cooperation on space exploration, a long-term mechanism is needed to realize the full potential of their joint resources. Scientists in Russia's Novosibi ... more
CYBER WARS
China fines tech firms over online content
Beijing (AFP) Sept 26, 2017
China has fined several of the country's biggest technology firms for failing to remove illegal online content as the authorities intensify their policing of the internet. ... more
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NUKEWARS
Chinese traders get down to business at Pyongyang trade show
Pyongyang (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
It was a tale of just two economies when the 13th Pyongyang International Trade Fair opened in the North Korean capital on Monday, with two-thirds of the exhibitors domestic firms, and almost all the others Chinese. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Chinese ships sail near disputed islands with Japan
Beijing (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
Chinese coast guard vessels sailed near disputed islands claimed by Japan and China in the East China Sea on Monday, marking the second such incident in less than a week. ... more
CYBER WARS
China disrupts WhatsApp ahead of Communist Party meeting
Beijing (AFP) Sept 26, 2017
Chinese authorities appear to have severely disrupted the WhatsApp messaging app in the latest step to tighten censorship as they prepare for a major Communist Party congress next month. ... more
DRAGON SPACE
China's cargo spacecraft separates from Tiangong-2 space lab
Beijing (XNA) Sep 22, 2017
China's first cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-1, separated from Tiangong-2 space lab at 4:15 p.m. on Sunday. At 3:29 p.m. on Sunday, the cargo ship started to separate from the space lab under orde ... more
GPS NEWS
BeiDou navigation to cover Belt and Road countries by 2018
Beijing (XNA) Sep 15, 2017
China's home-grown BeiDou Navigation Satellite System will cover countries and regions along the Belt and Road by 2018, said an official at the China National Space Administration (CNSA) Monday. ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE
Nestle tackles 'ocean-polluter' tag in Philippines
Manila (AFP) Sept 26, 2017
Global food and beverage giant Nestle vowed Tuesday to address allegations by Greenpeace that it was polluting the world's oceans with cheap plastic packaging for its Philippine products. ... more


Interpol meets in Beijing as China hunts for fugitives

INTERN DAILY
Going under the knife in China's plastic surgery stampede
Shanghai (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
Chen Yan is 35 and fears middle age is upon her, so like all of her friends she sees cosmetic surgery as the solution: time to get a new nose. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Pandas rebounding, but their habitat isn't: study
Paris (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
China's fiercely protected giant panda had a smaller habitat in 2013 than when it was declared endangered more than 20 years earlier, researchers said Monday. ... more
WATER WORLD
Two Vietnamese fishermen dead in Philippine navy chase
Manila (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
Two Vietnamese fishermen were found dead with gunshot wounds and five others were arrested after the Philippine navy chased suspected poachers in the South China Sea at the weekend, authorities said Monday. ... more
FIRE STORM
Papua New Guinea supermarket fire kills 10: reports
Sydney (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
Ten people believed to be Chinese died when a supermarket caught fire in Papua New Guinea while they were sleeping, reports and officials said Monday. ... more



Mars probe to carry 13 types of payload on 2020 mission
by Staff Writers
Beijing (XNA) Sep 22, 2017 China's Mars probe will carry 13 types of payload, including six rovers, in its first mission to the planet, scheduled for 2020. "The Mars exploration program is well underway," said Zhang Rongqiao, chief architect of the Mars mission, at the Beijing International Forum on Lunar and Deep-space Exploration, which opened Wednesday. "The payloads will be used to co ... more
Beijing (XNA) Sep 22, 2017
China's cargo spacecraft separates from Tiangong-2 space lab
Beijing (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
Work on China's mission to Mars 'well underway'
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Chinese company eyes development of reusable launch vehicle
Japan raising up to $11.6 bn in postal giant share sale
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
Japan said on Monday that it expects to raise more than $11.6 billion by selling off another chunk of the country's massive postal service. The government will sell 914 million Japan Post shares at 1,322 yen apiece, it said in a regulatory filing, with the offering set to raise as much as 1.3 trillion yen ($11.6 billion) if domestic and foreign investors snap up an extra allotment of stock. ... more
Washington Sept 22, 2017
US says NAFTA helps Chinese goods reach American market
Shenyang, China (AFP) Sept 24, 2017
China rust belt opens door wider to foreign investors
Beijing (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
US commerce secretary in Beijing ahead of Trump trip
Chinese ships sail near disputed islands with Japan
Beijing (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
Chinese coast guard vessels sailed near disputed islands claimed by Japan and China in the East China Sea on Monday, marking the second such incident in less than a week. The four ships entered the waters surrounding the island chain, controlled by Japan and known as Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in China, at around 10:00 am (0100 GMT) and were moving in a southwest direction, according to ... more
New Delhi (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
US defence chief in India to boost military ties
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 26, 2017
Five key events that shaped Abe's career
Beijing (AFP) Sept 26, 2017
China conducts first military drills in Djibouti
Russia floats out powerful nuclear icebreaker
Saint Petersburg (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
Russia on Friday held a launching ceremony for a powerful nuclear icebreaker, called Sibir (Siberia), in its drive to prepare a fleet for navigating the Northern Passage and hauling goods, particularly energy, to Asian markets. The massive new ship measures 173 metres in length and has two nuclear reactors with the propulsion power of 60 megawatts. It can crush ice up to three metres thi ... more
Abu Dhabi (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
UAE to open Arab Gulf's first nuclear reactor in 2018
London (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
Against rising headwinds, UK pushes ahead with nuclear projects
Princeton NJ (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Russia's use and stockpiles of highly enriched uranium pose significant nuclear risks
China disrupts WhatsApp ahead of Communist Party meeting
Beijing (AFP) Sept 26, 2017
Chinese authorities appear to have severely disrupted the WhatsApp messaging app in the latest step to tighten censorship as they prepare for a major Communist Party congress next month. Users in China have reported widespread disruptions in recent days to the Facebook-owned service, which previously malfunctioned in the country over the summer. Experts said the problems began on Sunday, ... more
Beijing (AFP) Sept 26, 2017
China fines tech firms over online content
Montreal (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
Chelsea Manning barred from entering Canada
Riyadh (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
Saudi Arabia to unblock internet calling apps
DSI 4th Space Resiliency Summit November 28-29, 2017 Alexandria, VA
Russia floats out powerful nuclear icebreaker
Saint Petersburg (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
Russia on Friday held a launching ceremony for a powerful nuclear icebreaker, called Sibir (Siberia), in its drive to prepare a fleet for navigating the Northern Passage and hauling goods, particularly energy, to Asian markets. The massive new ship measures 173 metres in length and has two nuclear reactors with the propulsion power of 60 megawatts. It can crush ice up to three metres thi ... more
Abu Dhabi (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
UAE to open Arab Gulf's first nuclear reactor in 2018
London (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
Against rising headwinds, UK pushes ahead with nuclear projects
Princeton NJ (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Russia's use and stockpiles of highly enriched uranium pose significant nuclear risks
French energy company to build wind power sector in India
Washington (UPI) Sep 20, 2017
French energy company ENGIE said it teamed up with an investment group to help develop a wind energy program in India, one of the world's fastest growing economies. The company formed a partnership with the Abraaj investment group to develop as much as 1 gigawatt of wind power in the Indian energy sector. "Energy demand is growing tremendously in India, and ENGIE is investing in ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Finding better wind energy potential with the new European Wind Atlas
Washington (UPI) Sep 7, 2017
Last of the 67 turbines for a British wind farm installed
Washington (UPI) Sep 14, 2017
Kimberly-Clark next U.S. company to draw more on renewables
International SMR and Advanced Reactor Summit 2018 - March 27-28 - Atlanta USA
Flexible semitransparent solar cells made from atomically thin sheet
Sendai, Japan (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
Researchers at Tohoku University have developed an innovative method for fabricating semitransparent and flexible solar cells with atomically thin 2D materials. The new technology improves power conversion efficiency of up to 0.7% - this is the highest value for solar cells made from transparent 2D sheet materials. Transparent or semi-transparent solar cells with excellent mechanical flexi ... more
Oakland CA (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
Solar Power Lights Up Amazon Communities Fighting Dirty Energy
Albany NY (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
Green Bank Network totals over $29 Billion for clean energy projects around the World
Antigua and Barbuda (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
Antigua's well-built PV systems sustain impact of hurricane Irma
Russia Conducts Test Launch of RS-24 Yars ICBM
Plesetsk (Sputnik) Sep 25, 2017
The RS-24 Yars intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) was test-launched from Russia's Plesetsk space center, the Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday. "On September 20, a test launch of the solid-fuel mobile intercontinental ballistic missile RS-24 Yars equipped with a multiple independently targeted reentry vehicle [MIRV] was conducted from Plesetsk space center by the Yoshkar-Ola m ... more
New York (AFP) Sept 26, 2017
US labels N. Korea 'war' claim absurd, as Pyongyang boosts defences
Pyongyang (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
Chinese traders get down to business at Pyongyang trade show
Seoul (AFP) Sept 26, 2017
Trump Twitter tirades deepen Asia alarm over conflict risk
UK testing Ajax vehicles;supplies US Army buys Orbital ATK artillery guidance kits
Washington (UPI) Sep 19, 2017
Two Ajax armored vehicles have been delivered by General Dynamics Land Systems-UK to the Army for government assurance testing. The delivery was made at a company facility to an army headquarters unit, which conducted the acceptance for both the British Army and the Defense Equipment & Support organization. Ajax is a tracked medium-weight armored vehicle in six variants. General ... more
Washington (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
In first, woman becomes US Marine Corps infantry officer
Washington (UPI) Sep 13, 2017
Norway signs deal with Saab for Carl-Gustaf ammunition
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
DARPA Rolls Out Electronics Resurgence Initiative
Saab eyes possible U.S. factory location
Washington (UPI) Sep 19, 2017
A manufacturing capability will be established in the United States by Saab if it wins a contract with the U.S. Air Force for advanced T-X trainer aircraft. Saab, who is bidding with partner Boeing for the award, said it has already started the process to identify sites for the production facility. "The Boeing and Saab T-X is designed and purpose-built for the USAF training missi ... more
London (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
Britain suspends Myanmar training; Britain, Saudi Arabia sign military deal
Washington (UPI) Sep 14, 2017
L3 Technologies acquires Doss Aviation
Washington (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
US Senate passes $700 bn defense spending bill
Sorting molecules with DNA robots
Pasadena CA (SPX) Sep 22, 2017
Imagine a robot that could help you tidy your home: roving about, sorting stray socks into the laundry and dirty dishes into the dishwasher. While such a practical helper may still be the stuff of science fiction, Caltech scientists have developed an autonomous molecular machine that can perform similar tasks - at the nanoscale. This "robot," made of a single strand of DNA, can autonomously "wal ... more
San Diego CA (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
From self-folding robots to computer vision
(UPI) Sep 26, 2017
Northrop subsidiary unveils new unmanned ground vehicle
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 22, 2017
Quantum machine learning
Are plastic nanoparticles causing brain damage in fish?
Washington (UPI) Sep 25, 2017
Fish may be suffering brain damage as a result of plastic pollution. New research shows plastic nanoparticles can end up inside the brains of fish. "Our study is the first to show that nanosized plastic particles can accumulate in fish brains," Tommy Cedervall, a chemistry researcher at Lund University in Sweden, said in a news release. Cedervall and his colleagues tracked the pa ... more
Nantes, France (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
The waste-collecting cyclists who caught the UN's eye
Manila (AFP) Sept 26, 2017
Nestle tackles 'ocean-polluter' tag in Philippines
The Hague (AFP) Sept 26, 2017
Dutch court to hear new case on I.Coast chemical spill
Daily Newsletters - Space - Military - Environment - Energy
Fishermen 'kept like slaves' in Taiwan
Taipei (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
A group of foreign fishermen in Taiwan were locked in tiny windowless rooms around the clock to stop them escaping while not at sea, prosecutors said in the island's latest abuse case involving migrant workers. Fishing and boat company owners were among 19 people charged Monday in the southern city of Kaohsiung for illegally holding 81 foreign fishermen in buildings after they had berthed th ... more
Taipei (AFP) Sept 15, 2017
Taiwan jails Chinese grad student for recruiting spies
Beijing (AFP) Sept 11, 2017
Taiwanese activist confesses to Chinese subversion charges
Beijing (AFP) Sept 11, 2017
Taiwanese activist pleads guilty to Chinese subversion charges
Kurds: one stateless people across four countries
Arbil, Iraq (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
The Kurds, a non-Arab ethnic group, number between 25 and 35 million people who are spread across four countries but without a state of their own. Iraqi Kurdistan, an autonomous region in northern Iraq, is to hold a non-binding independence referendum on Monday despite the opposition of Baghdad and neighbouring states. - Mountain people - The Kurds inhabit mainly mountainous regions ... more
Arbil, Iraq (AFP) Sept 26, 2017
Iraq PM, Kurdish chief in war of words over independence vote
Ankara (AFP) Sept 26, 2017
Erdogan warns of 'ethnic war' risk over Iraqi Kurdish independence
Kirkuk, Iraq (AFP) Sept 26, 2017
Curfew lifted in Iraq's Kirkuk after Kurds defy Baghdad in vote


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