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February 27, 2017
Hong Kong 'Snowden refugees' sought by Sri Lanka agents: lawyer

Hong Kong (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Sri Lankan refugees who sheltered fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden in Hong Kong have been targeted by agents from their home country, a lawyer and legislators said Thursday. The story of how impoverished refugees helped the former National Security Agency contractor, who initiated one of the largest data leaks in US history, evade authorities in 2013 only emerged in September, propelling them into the media spotlight. Snowden's former hosts Supun Thilina Kellapatha and ex-soldier Ajith Pus ... read more

Mumbai's original inhabitants fear world's tallest statue
Mumbai (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
A fitting tribute to a local legend or a grotesque misuse of money? The decision to build the world's tallest statue just off Mumbai's coast has divided the city. ... more
India to join elite rocket club after successful tests for 4-ton class satellite
New Delhi (Sputnik) Feb 21, 2017
Following the successful launch of record number of satellite into the space, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has successfully tested its largest cryogenic engine for a more than 10 minute ... more
Saab offering sensor package for Indian Tejas fighters
Linkoping, Sweden (UPI) Feb 15, 2017
Saab reports that it is offering a sensor package for India's s LCA-Tejas Mk1A fighter aircraft in partnership with Indian industry. ... more
HAL unveils new multirole helicopter at Aero India 2017
Bengaluru, India (UPI) Feb 15, 2017
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited showcased a full-scale mock-up of its Indian Multi Role Helicopter during the Aero India 2017 conference in Bengaluru. ... more
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Russian Helicopters in talks with India for 200 aircraft
Moscow (UPI) Feb 20, 2017
Russian Helicopters is in talks with the government of India for the potential sale of 200 helicopters to support various security roles. ... more
India Takes Russian Help to Analyze Chemical Composition of Lunar Surface
New Delhi (Sputnik) Feb 17, 2017
ISRO has started a series of ground tests for testing the performance of sensors and actuators for soft landing of the Lander on the lunar surface. India Space Research Organization (ISRO) has ... more
Dassault to offer Rafale fighter to Indian navy
Bengaluru, India (UPI) Feb 16, 2017
Dassault Aviation of France plans to bid on a contract to supply 57 fighter jets to the Indian Navy, the Press Trust of India reported. ... more
India, Russia close in on chopper deal: report
Bangalore, India (AFP) Feb 14, 2017
Russia is close to finalising a deal to build helicopters in India, an executive said Tuesday, a move that would boost Narendra Modi's ambitions to manufacture defence hardware locally. ... more
GE Aviation reveals $4B investment in U.S. operations
Evendale, Ohio (UPI) Feb 16, 2017
GE Aviation invested $4.3 billion in its expanding U.S. operations during the 2011 to 2016 period and another $1.1 billion internationally. ... more
Scientists find surprising harmony among cats and dogs in India
Karnataka, India (UPI) Feb 16, 2017
Large cats and wild dogs don't typically get along. When possible, they keep their distance, operating in their own ecological niches. ... more

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Study rewrites the history of corn in corn country
Champaign IL (SPX) Feb 15, 2017
A new study contradicts decades of thought, research and teaching on the history of corn cultivation in the American Bottom, a floodplain of the Mississippi River in Illinois. The study refutes the ... more
Polluted Indian lake catches fire
Bangalore, India (AFP) Feb 17, 2017
Toxic smoke billowed Friday from a lake in India's technology capital Bangalore after the polluted water caught fire, with residents lamenting authorities' alleged inaction over the blighted environment. ... more
Google internet balloon plan snagged in Sri Lanka: minister
Colombo (AFP) Feb 16, 2017
Google's venture to beam the internet to remote areas of the world via balloon has hit a legal snag in Sri Lanka that could see the project abandoned on the island, a minister said Thursday. ... more
Thales, Bharat Dynamics ink STARStreak capability transfer deal
London (UPI) Feb 15, 2017
Thales Group and Indian state-owned contractor Bharat Dynamics have signed off on exploring the transfer of technology for the STARStreak missile capability. ... more

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NASA-funded balloon recovered a year after flight over Antarctica
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Feb 27, 2017
For 12 days in January 2016, a football-field-sized balloon with a telescope hanging beneath it floated 24 miles above the Antarctic continent, riding the spiraling polar vortex. On Jan. 31, 2016, scientists sent the pre-planned command to cut the balloon - and the telescope parachuted to the ground in the Queen Maud region of Antarctica. The telescope sat on the ice for an entire year. ... more
Cleveland OH (SPX) Feb 27, 2017
NASA wind tunnel tests Lockheed Martin X-Plane concept
Madrid (AFP) Feb 24, 2017
Madrid invites Airbus CEO to debrief on military plane woes
Abu Dhabi (Sputnik) Feb 22, 2017
Russia-UAE 5th-generation fighter jet to be developed no earlier than 2025
Kymeta aimes to deliver terabyte connectivity to the car of the future
Redmond WA (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Kymeta, has announced that its 20 cm mTenna satellite antenna subsystem module (ASM) for the consumer connected car industry, successfully connected to the Intelsat satellite constellation. This successful test continues Kymeta's progress toward bringing high throughput, secure mobile connectivity to the automotive industry and follows the partnership announced with Toyota Motor Corporation at t ... more
San Francisco (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Tesla slips back into red but revenue grows
Hanover NH (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Roads are driving rapid evolutionary change in our environment
Atlanta GA (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Four-stroke engine cycle produces hydrogen from methane and captures CO2
New Zealand lauded for renewables, but challenges remain
Wellington, New Zealand (UPI) Feb 21, 2017
Even with international praise for its renewable energy strategy, New Zealand's government said there is room for improvement. An annual review of the New Zealand energy sector from the International Energy Agency described the country as a "success story" for its ability to advance on low-carbon options like hydro-electric power and geothermal energy, all without government subsidies. ... more
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Feb 15, 2017
EU parliament backs draft carbon trading reforms
Taipei (AFP) Feb 12, 2017
Taiwan lantern makers go green for festival of lights
Washington (AFP) Feb 8, 2017
Republican ex-top diplomats propose a carbon tax
Tiny nanoclusters could solve big problems for lithium-ion batteries
Champaign IL (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
As devices become smaller and more powerful, they require faster, smaller, more stable batteries. University of Illinois chemists have developed a superionic solid that could be the basis of next-generation lithium-ion batteries. Chemistry professor Prashant Jain and graduate students Sarah White and Progna Banerjee described the material - ultrasmall nanoclusters of copper selenide - in t ... more
Corvallis OR (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
New hydronium-ion battery presents opportunity for more sustainable energy storage
Sendai, Japan (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Waste silicon sawdust recycled into anode for lithium-ion battery
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
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Iran requests 950 tonnes of uranium from Kazakhstan
Tehran (AFP) Feb 25, 2017
Iran's nuclear chief said Saturday that the country had requested to buy 950 tonnes of uranium concentrate from Kazakhstan over the next three years to help develop its civil reactor programme. The request has been made to the body that oversees the nuclear deal signed between Iran and world powers in 2015. Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation, told the ISNA news ... more
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
German energy giant RWE posts 5.7-bln-euro loss in 2016
Moscow (Sputnik) Feb 22, 2017
Russia's Rosatom Subsidiaries Produced 7,900 Tonnes of Uranium in 2016
Paris (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
China delays nuclear reactor start again
Stars Regularly Ripped Apart by Black Holes
Sheffield UK (SPX) Feb 27, 2017
Astronomers based at the University of Sheffield have found evidence that stars are ripped apart by supermassive black holes 100 times more often than previously thought. Until now, such stellar cannibalism - known as tidal disruption events, or TDEs - had only been found in surveys which observed many thousands of galaxies, leading astronomers to believe they were exceptionally rare: only ... more
Cracow, Poland (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
First trace of differences between matter and 'ordinary' antimatter
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Changes of supermassive black hole in the center of NGC 2617 galaxy
Moscow (Sputnik) Feb 22, 2017
Why it will take supercomputers, AI to solve time travel conundrum
China overtakes US as Germany's top trade partner
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Feb 24, 2017
China overtook the United States last year to become Germany's biggest trading partner for the first time, official data showed, a shift likely to reassure Berlin as worries grow over US President Donald Trump's protectionist leanings. The figures compiled by federal statistics office Destatis and seen by AFP on Friday showed that the total volume of trade between China and Germany climbed b ... more
Beijing (AFP) Feb 24, 2017
China selects new chiefs for top economic posts
Washington (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Trump plots 'tough policies' to return jobs from China
Washington (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
US Treasury's Mnuchin dials back Trump economic promises
China offers huge anti-terror awards in Xinjiang
Beijing (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
China has created a 100 million yuan ($14.5 million) fund for "anti-terrorism" awards in a violence-wracked part of the country, state media reported, as the government steps up a campaign targeting unrest. The government of Hotan in the far western region of Xinjiang will give prizes of up to 5 million yuan ($730,000) to those who expose terrorist plots or "struggle, kill, wound, or subdue ... more
Islamabad (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
Pakistan launches nationwide anti-militant offensive
Abu Dhabi (AFP) Feb 19, 2017
Pentagon chief readies Afghanistan proposals for Trump
Beijing (AFP) Feb 15, 2017
Eight killed in knife attack in China's Xinjiang: govt
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Station crew get special delivery from Virginia
Chincoteague Island, VA (SPX) Oct 31, 2016
This week, astronauts are unloading more than 5,000 pounds of cargo and crew supplies from the Cygnus spacecraft to support dozens of science and research investigations. However, this shipment has special significance. This shipment arrived via an Antares rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's pad 0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility. Rocket launches to the International Space ... more
Miami (AFP) Oct 23, 2016
Orbital cargo ship arrives at space station
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 21, 2016
New Instrument on ISS to Study Ultra-Cold Quantum Gases
Baikonur, Kazakhstan (AFP) Oct 19, 2016
Two Russians, one American blast off to ISS
Warming ponds could accelerate climate change
Exeter, UK (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Rising temperatures could accelerate climate change by reducing the amount of carbon dioxide stored in ponds and increasing the methane they release, new research shows. The scientists experimentally warmed an array of ponds over seven years by 4-5+ C and studied the impacts on greenhouse gas emissions and rates of metabolism. Changes observed after the first year became "amplified" over a ... more
Quixeramobim, Brazil (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
Brazil's poorest region suffers worst drought in a century
Paris (AFP) Feb 16, 2017
Climate study delivers dire warning on Alpine snow
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 10, 2017
Gas hydrate breakdown unlikely to cause massive greenhouse gas release
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Iran complying with nuclear deal, says UN watchdog
Vienna (AFP) Feb 24, 2017
Iran is complying with the landmark nuclear deal it sealed with major world powers in 2015, according to a report from the UN watchdog seen by AFP on Friday. The International Atomic Energy Agency addressed key limits set under the agreement, which is under intense scrutiny after the election of US President Donald Trump. The report said Iran is not pursuing construction of its existing ... more
Seoul (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
S. Korea blasts news of Kim murder via loudspeaker to North: report
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
N. Korea more isolated than ever after Malaysia killing
Beijing (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
China move puts onus on US in N. Korea impasse: experts
Convicted ex-Hong Kong leader jailed 20 months for misconduct
Hong Kong (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
Former Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang was sentenced to 20 months in prison on Wednesday after a high-profile corruption trial found him guilty of misconduct during his time at the helm of the city. Tsang, 72, who held the leadership post of chief executive for seven years from 2005, is the most senior city official ever to be convicted in a criminal trial and the highest ranking one to be pu ... more
Beijing (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
China muzzles feminist group over anti-Trump posts
Shanghai (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
China selfie-app leader seeks to 'beautify the world'
Hong Kong (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
Film depicts crackdown on China labour advocates
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16 killed in three days of DR Congo clashes
Goma, Dr Congo (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Sixteen people have been killed in three days of fighting this week that pitted the Democratic Republic of Congo's army against a rebel militia, a military spokesman told AFP Thursday. Guillaume Djike, a spokesman for the army in troubled North Kivu province in the east of the nation, said 16 people had been killed from Monday to Wednesday, while five rebels from the M23 militia had been cap ... more
Niamey (AFP) Feb 26, 2017
France sends backup to Niger after 16 troops killed
Bangui, CAR (AFP) Feb 26, 2017
UN airstrikes in C.Africa target 'heavily armed' militia
Abidjan (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
I.Coast hosting bid to save its last chimpanzees
Atlas Elektronik contracted for ARCIMS vehicles
London (UPI) Feb 22, 2017
Atlas Elektronik, a joint venture between ThyssenKrupp and Airbus, received an order to deliver two ARCIMS vehicles to an undisclosed navy. Under the contract, the unmanned vessels will be equipped with an ASW surveillance mission module capable of detecting, classifying and locating underwater threats such as submarines, mini-submarines and diver delivery vehicles. In a statemen ... more
Abu Dhabi (Sputnik) Feb 22, 2017
Russia to start testing TIGR unmanned armored car in 2017
Orlando, Fla. (UPI) Feb 21, 2017
U.S. Marines place $150M order for Target Sight Systems
Dulles, Va. (UPI) Feb 21, 2017
Orbital ATK reports new orders for Bushmaster guns
SAIC unveils ACV 1.1 prototype for U.S. Marines
Charleston, S.C. (UPI) Feb 21, 2017
Science Applications International Corporation unveiled its first Amphibious Combat Vehicle 1.1 to the U.S. Marine Corps during a ceremony in Charleston, S.C. The Marine Corps is set to receive 16 of the vehicles, which are also being produced by BAE Systems. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in March. "We are confident that this vehicle is equipped with the latest technology whi ... more
Washington DC (Sputnik) Feb 22, 2017
To rule the waves: US eyes large-scale navy revamp plan
Moscow (UPI) Feb 23, 2017
Russia to lay down two submarines in 2017
Washington (UPI) Feb 24, 2017
Guided-missile cruiser USS Hue City conducts live-fire exercise
How bright is the future of space food
Honolulu HI (SPX) Feb 27, 2017
Research at the University of Hawai?i at Manoa could play a major role in NASA's goal to travel to Mars in the 2030s, including what the astronauts could eat during that historic mission. A trip to Mars and back is estimated to take about two and half years, and ideally, their diet would be healthy while requiring minimal effort and energy. UH Manoa mechanical engineering student Aleca Bor ... more
Gabreski ANGB NY (SPX) Feb 27, 2017
Guardsmen to test space capsule recovery systems
Moscow (AFP) Feb 24, 2017
Russian cargo ship docks with space station
Moscow (Sputnik) Feb 21, 2017
Mystery surrounds return of Pentagon's secretive X-37B spaceplane

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