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December 06, 2017
SPACEWAR
General Hyten alleges Russia, China building weapons against military assets in space



Moscow (Sputnik) Dec 05, 2017
US Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten has noted that there are no rules of engagement when it comes to military conflict in space, but international norms are needed. US Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten has alleged that China and Russia have reportedly been developing capabilities, including jamming and laser weapons, that can target military assets of the United States, based in space. "Our adversaries have been watching us ever since the first Gulf War... The Chinese and the Russians, in particular, ... read more

SUPERPOWERS
Dozens of Japan MPs visit controversial war shrine
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
Dozens of Japanese lawmakers on Tuesday made a pilgrimage to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine, which neighbours China and South Korea see as a symbol of Tokyo's militaristic past. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Brigitte Macron fetes first panda born in France
Saint-Aignan-Sur-Cher, France (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Named "godmother" to France's first panda cub in August, French First Lady Brigitte Macron helped baptise her fluffy charge on Monday in one of her most high-profile outings since her husband's election. ... more
NUKEWARS
North Korean coal piles up as Russian product sails away
Rason, North Korea (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
A three-metre-high metal fence topped with razor wire in a North Korean port marks the front line of the United Nations' ban on coal exports by Pyongyang. ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Around 50 leaders set for Paris climate summit
Paris (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Around 50 world leaders are expected in Paris for a major climate summit this month but US President Donald Trump will skip it, the French presidency said Monday. ... more
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DEMOCRACY
Macau's youngest pro-democracy lawmaker suspended
Macau (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Macau's youngest-ever lawmaker, a leading pro-democracy advocate, has been suspended from the city's legislature in an echo of the disqualification of rebel Hong Kong legislators as China's pressure on political opponents grows. ... more
DEMOCRACY
Joshua Wong leads 'anti-authoritarian' march in Hong Kong
Hong Kong (AFP) Dec 3, 2017
Around 1,000 people marched through Hong Kong Sunday, led by some of the city's high-profile democracy campaigners including Joshua Wong, in what they billed an "anti-authoritarian" protest. ... more
ICE WORLD
Arctic, major fishing nations agree no fishing in Arctic, for now
Ottawa (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
Arctic and major fishing nations, including China, announced Friday that they have agreed to a moratorium on commercial fishing in Arctic waters before a fishery in the icy region is even feasible. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
China seizes 12 tonnes of endangered pangolin scales
Beijing (AFP) Nov 30, 2017
Nearly 12 tonnes of smuggled pangolin scales have been confiscated by Chinese officials - the country's largest-ever seizure of the endangered mammal's prized parts as it seeks to curb illegal trafficking. ... more
TRADE WARS
US hits Vietnam with huge duties on steel made with Chinese material
Washington (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
The United States on Tuesday imposed huge duties on some steel imports from Vietnam, saying they were produced with Chinese material already subject to retaliatory penalties. ... more
TRADE WARS
Canada and China hail ties as trade talks languish
Beijing (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
Visiting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday, with each side voicing hope for future cooperation even as expected trade talks have failed to materialise. ... more


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CAR TECH
GM recalling 1 million cars in China
Beijing (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
US auto giant General Motors and its partners in China will recall nearly one million vehicles over a fuel tank issue, a Chinese regulator said Friday. ... more
TRADE WARS
Australia casino giant Crown hit with class action over China
Sydney (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Australian gambling giant Crown was hit with a class action Monday after 18 employees were arrested in China, alleging it did not give shareholders enough information about the risks being taken. ... more
TRADE WARS
China and Canada sign trade agreements during Trudeau visit
Beijing (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Visiting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed three trade agreements on Monday as Ottawa tries to diversify commercial ties amid tough NAFTA negotiations with Washington. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
US battles for global push on N.Korea amid Russia, China doubts
Washington (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
The United States is battling to maintain international solidarity in the face of North Korea's nuclear threat after Russia warned that sanctions have failed and China side-stepped talk of an oil embargo. ... more



Nation 'leads world' in remote sensing technology
Beijing (XNA) Nov 27, 2017
China is now the world leader in remote sensing technologies for scientific purposes and is able to provide an unprecedented amount of data to support research and development for the world, officials said on Tuesday. Remote sensing refers to aerial or satellite-based technologies to detect and measure objects on Earth's surface, atmosphere and oceans. On Tuesday, the Ministry of Sci ... more
Beijing (XNA) Nov 19, 2017
China plans for nuclear-powered interplanetary capacity by 2040
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Beijing (XNA) Nov 02, 2017
China's reusable spacecraft to be launched in 2020
US hits Vietnam with huge duties on steel made with Chinese material
Washington (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
The United States on Tuesday imposed huge duties on some steel imports from Vietnam, saying they were produced with Chinese material already subject to retaliatory penalties. The products will be subject to US punitive duties of up to 265 percent of their value, the Commerce Department said in a statement, yet another in a series of aggressive trade enforcement steps by President Donald Trum ... more
Beijing (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
Canada and China hail ties as trade talks languish
Beijing (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
China and Canada sign trade agreements during Trudeau visit
Sydney (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Australia casino giant Crown hit with class action over China
Under-fire Tillerson flies US flag in sceptical Europe
Brussels (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson tried on Tuesday to shrug off doubts about his future and reassure Washington's European allies of the strength of trans-Atlantic ties. In Brussels for talks with EU and NATO leaders, Tillerson was confronted by mounting concern that President Donald Trump's "America First" agenda has weakened the alliance. But the former oilman was working with one ey ... more
Brussels (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
Tillerson meets EU, NATO leaders under cloud
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
Dozens of Japan MPs visit controversial war shrine
Saint-Aignan-Sur-Cher, France (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Brigitte Macron fetes first panda born in France
For Gabon's sickly uranium miners, a long quest for compensation
Mounana, Gabon (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
"We are all sick. It's our health, and we are being conned," Moise Massala says angrily. The 82-year-old is a retired geochemist who used to work in a uranium mine in Gabon owned by French nuclear giant Areva. He and hundreds of other former workers say they fell ill from their work to extract the uranium - a source of nuclear power and warheads, but toxic and potentially carcinogenic. ... more
Ostrovets, Belarus (AFP) Nov 26, 2017
Belarus nuclear power plant stirs fears in Lithuania
Charlotte NC (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Lightbridge and AREVA NP Sign Agreements to Immediately Advance Fuel Development
London (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
UK made grave errors over Hinkley nuclear project: MPs
Hackers could get even nastier in 2018: researchers
Washington (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
After a year marked by devastating cyber attacks and breaches, online attackers are expected to become even more destructive in 2018, security researchers said Wednesday. A report by the security firm McAfee said the ransomware outbreaks of 2017 offer just a taste of what's to come as hackers develop new strategies and "business models." McAfee researchers said that as ransomware profita ... more
Brooklyn NY (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
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For Gabon's sickly uranium miners, a long quest for compensation
Mounana, Gabon (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
"We are all sick. It's our health, and we are being conned," Moise Massala says angrily. The 82-year-old is a retired geochemist who used to work in a uranium mine in Gabon owned by French nuclear giant Areva. He and hundreds of other former workers say they fell ill from their work to extract the uranium - a source of nuclear power and warheads, but toxic and potentially carcinogenic. ... more
Ostrovets, Belarus (AFP) Nov 26, 2017
Belarus nuclear power plant stirs fears in Lithuania
Charlotte NC (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Lightbridge and AREVA NP Sign Agreements to Immediately Advance Fuel Development
London (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
UK made grave errors over Hinkley nuclear project: MPs
U.S. wind turbines getting taller and more efficient
Washington (UPI) Nov 30, 2017
U.S. federal data show installed wind turbines are taller and more efficient than in the past, though hydroelectric power still holds a slight edge. The U.S. Energy Information Administration found that the average height and power generating capacity for wind turbines installed in the country are taller and more efficient that in years past. "Since 2012, the average height of wi ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 22, 2017
New wind farm in service off the British coast
Washington (UPI) Nov 15, 2017
End tax credits for wind energy, Tennessee Republican says
Washington (UPI) Oct 26, 2017
New York sets high bar for wind energy
Sustainable solvent platform for photon upconversion increases solar utilization efficiency
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
The conversion of solar energy into electricity is currently restricted by a concept known as the Shockley-Quesser limit. This limitation allows only photons that have higher energies than those of the bandgap to be used, while those with lower energies are wasted. In an effort to obtain a solution to this problem and make solar energy conversion more efficient, the process of converting photons ... more
Albany NY (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
Gore Mountain ski resort completes massive solar farm
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
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Zagtouli, Burkina Faso (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
Burkina, France launch W.Africa's biggest solar plant
North Korea's new missile: Pyongyang vs the analysts
Seoul (AFP) Nov 30, 2017
North Korea Thursday released pictures of its latest missile launch, giving analysts a chance to test Pyongyang's claim of a breakthrough that brings the whole of the US within range of a nuclear strike. Leader Kim Jong-Un declared the test of a Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) had completed his nation's drive to become a full-fledged nuclear power. But analysts remai ... more
Seoul (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Air crew saw N. Korea missile re-enter atmosphere
Washington (UPI) Dec 1, 2017
Boeing validates requirements for redesign of ICBM system
Geneva (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
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Lockheed Martin Inks Five-Year Agreement to Provide Enhanced Laser Guided Training Rounds to NATO Countries
Archbald, PA (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Lockheed Martin and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) signed a five-year agreement for the agency to purchase Enhanced Laser Guided Training Rounds (ELGTRs) on behalf of member countries. The follow-on agreement is in effect through 2021 and provides for the purchase of up to 3,000 ELGTRs a year for the next five years. "Lockheed Mart ... more
Washington (UPI) Dec 1, 2017
Public-private partnership to speed up military technology development
Miami (AFP) Nov 27, 2017
Artificial muscles give 'superpower' to robots
Washington (UPI) Nov 22, 2017
Marines roll out new anti-tank weapon system
Naval Group, Fincantieri bid for Canadian ship contract
Washington (UPI) Dec 4, 2017
French and Italian naval builders, the Naval Group and Fincantieri, are offering an off-the-shelf class of warship for to the Royal Canadian Navy. The ship for Canada's 12-vessel requirement is based on the FREMM multi-role frigate used by the navies of both countries and can be easily modified to meet Canadian specifications, Fincantieri said in a news release. The bid of the tw ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 30, 2017
U.S. sales to foreign militaries top $41 billion in fiscal year 2017
Riyadh (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
Britain's May in Riyadh after surprise Baghdad visit
Athens (AFP) Nov 27, 2017
Greek PM defends controversial Saudi arms sale
Amputees can learn to control a robotic arm with their minds
Chicago IL (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
A new study by neuroscientists at the University of Chicago shows how amputees can learn to control a robotic arm through electrodes implanted in the brain. The research, published in Nature Communications, details changes that take place in both sides of the brain used to control the amputated limb and the remaining, intact limb. The results show both areas can create new connections to l ... more
East Lansing MI (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
Robot learning improves student engagement
Berkeley CA (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Robots foresee future with automated visualized predictions
Houston TX (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
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Babies' brains at risk from toxic pollution: UN
New Delhi (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
As New Delhi and other major cities hit new toxic smog peaks, the United Nations sounded the alarm Wednesday over the damage that pollution is doing to babies' developing brains. The UN's children's agency, UNICEF, said Asia accounts for more than 16 million of the world's 17 million infants aged under one year living in areas with severe pollution - at least six times more than safe levels ... more
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
Is underground transit worse for your health?
New Delhi (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
Doctors say no to sport in Delhi as cricketers choke in smog
Nairobi (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
UN assembly starts drafting plan for 'pollution-free planet'
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Taiwanese activist jailed in China for five years for 'subversion'
Beijing (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
A Chinese court sentenced Taiwanese democracy activist Lee Ming-cheh to five years in prison on Tuesday on charges of attempting to subvert state power, further souring cross-strait ties. Lee sat nervously as the three-judge panel read the sentence at the Yueyang intermediate people's court in central Hunan province, according to a video posted on the tribunal's social media account. Ta ... more
Beijing (AFP) Oct 27, 2017
China warns US not to allow Taiwan stopover
Taipei (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
Taiwan leader hopes for 'breakthrough' with China
Beijing (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
China ready to 'defeat' Taiwan independence: Xi
Russia says provided air cover for Kurdish militia in Syria
Moscow (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Russia's defence ministry said Monday its planes made hundreds of sorties in support of Kurdish and local militias in eastern Syria, predicting that the whole area will soon be free of jihadist fighters. The statement came the day after a Russian military delegation met with officials of the Kurdish People's Protection Units militia (YPG), which acknowledged receiving direct support from Mos ... more
Islamabad (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
US defense chief lands in Pakistan as ties between allies fray
Islamabad (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
US defense chief lands in Pakistan as ties between allies fray
Washington (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
US-funded border inspection gear sits idle in Afghanistan
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