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October 23, 2017
FROTH AND BUBBLE
Delhi chokes on toxic haze despite Diwali fireworks ban



New Delhi (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
New Delhi was shrouded in a thick toxic haze Friday after a night of frenzied Diwali fireworks sent the air quality plummeting despite a ban on their sale aimed at thwarting a repeat of last year's 'airpocalypse'. India's Supreme Court had banned the sale of firecrackers ahead of the Hindu festival of lights to prevent a repeat of last year's post-Diwali air pollution crises that left Delhi's 20 million residents gasping for weeks. But late Thursday the readings for PM10 pollutants hovered arou ... read more

FROTH AND BUBBLE
Delhi braces for pollution 'airpocalypse' as smog looms
Sonipat, India (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
As Hindus across India celebrate Diwali this week, scientists fear a ban on firecrackers and other emergency anti-pollution measures deployed by authorities may not be enough to prevent a repeat of last year's "airpocalypse" in Delhi. ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE
Pollution killed nine million people in 2015: report
Paris (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
Pollution claimed the lives of nine million people in 2015, one in every six deaths that year, according to a report published on Friday. ... more
SINO DAILY
Beijing says US should 'abandon biased views' of China
Beijing (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
China said Thursday the United States should "abandon its biased views" towards the country, as it hit back at cutting remarks made by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE
New Delhi shuts power plant in fight against Diwali smog
New Delhi (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
India's environmental watchdog shut down a coal-fired power plant and banned the use of diesel generators in New Delhi as air quality plummeted in the world's most polluted capital on Wednesday, the start of the Diwali festival. ... more
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FARM NEWS
India to close colonial-era military farms
Allahabad, India (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
Under a hot afternoon sun workers scrub down cows at the Allahabad Military Farm, the latest hangover of India's colonial past being forced into the 21st century. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
India, Russia to hold first 'tri-service' war games
New Delhi (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
India and Russia will hold large-scale military exercises engaging their armies, navies and air forces for the first time, the defence ministry in New Delhi said Monday. ... more
CHIP TECH
India's TCS profits fall amid weak growth in retail, banking
Mumbai (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
India's largest IT services firm Tata Consultancy Services blamed a two percent fall in quarterly earnings Thursday on muted growth in the retail and banking sectors, two of its largest revenue drivers. ... more
SPACEMART
Turkey, Russia to Enhance Cooperation in the Field of Space Technologies
Moscow (Sputnik) Oct 10, 2017
Turkey is set to develop its space agency following the passing of a draft law by the Turkish Parliament. According to some experts, Turkey will collaborate with Russia, China and India in order to ... more
AEROSPACE
Five killed as India military chopper crashes
New Delhi (AFP) Oct 6, 2017
An Indian military helicopter crashed in a disputed area near the border with China on Friday, killing five troops and injuring a sixth, an Air Force officer said. ... more
FARM NEWS
Pesticide poisoning kills 20 farmers in Indian state
Mumbai (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
Twenty Indian farmers have died and hundreds of others are in hospital after inhaling poisonous pesticides while spraying crops, officials said Monday, highlighting lax safety standards in the country. ... more


India's top court bans firecracker sales before Diwali

OIL AND GAS
Liquefied natural gas may carve out a niche in India
Washington (UPI) Oct 9, 2017
Liquefied natural gas could help satisfy growing energy demands in India, especially if commodity prices continue to improve, Wood Mackenzie found. ... more
FARM NEWS
Earliest evidence for a native African cultigen discovered in Eastern Sudan
Chicago IL (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Archaeologists examining plant impressions within broken pottery have discovered the earliest evidence for domesticated sorghum in Africa. The evidence comes from an archaeological site (known ... more
AEROSPACE
Australia has 'better understanding' of where MH370 might be
Sydney (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
Australian search chiefs said Tuesday they now have a better understanding of where flight MH370 might be, admitting it was inconceivable that a commercial plane could vanish in the modern era. ... more
THE STANS
Indian cross-border firing kills two in Pakistan: officials
Muzaffarabad, Pakistan (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
Two civilians were killed and two others were wounded after Indian troops fired into Pakistani Kashmir Wednesday, in the latest cross-border violence between the nuclear-armed neighbours. ... more



State Dept. proposes $343B C-17 support contract with Kuwait
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
The State Department announced Friday it has approved a possible foreign military sale to the government of Kuwait for continuation of the C-17 logistics support services and equipment. The contract, which requires approval from Congress before being finalized, is said to be worth an estimated $342.6 million and would meet a request from Kuwait for three years - with an option for an a ... more
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Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
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Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
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Lyft gets $1 bn from Google parent to rev up challenge to Uber
San Francisco (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
US ridesharing giant Lyft announced Thursday it has received a $1 billion investment led by the venture arm of Google parent Alphabet, to help ramp up its challenge to market leader Uber. Lyft said the new funding gives it a valuation of $11 billion as it steps up competition against Uber, reeling from a series of missteps and scandals which have forced out its founder and chief executive. ... more
Manila (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
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Laguna Beach, United States (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Baidu to hit the road with self-driving bus
Oslo (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Norway seeks 'Tesla tax' on electric cars
IEA: An electrified world would cost $31B per year to achieve
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
The investments necessary to provide electricity for the entire world population is less than 2 percent of total energy investments, the IEA said Thursday. A report from the International Energy Agency, published Thursday, finds that providing universal access to electricity within 13 years would require an investment of $31 billion per year, which the report said was less than 2 percen ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2017
'Fuel-secure' steps in Washington counterintuitive, green group says
Menlo Park CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
SLAC-led project will use AI to prevent or minimize electric grid failures
Beojing, China (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Scientists propose method to improve microgrid stability and reliability
The blob that ate the tokamak
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
To fuse hydrogen atoms into helium, doughnut-shaped devices called tokamaks must maintain the heat of the ultrahot plasma they control. But like boiling water, plasma has blobs, or bubbles, that percolate within the plasma edge, reducing the performance of the plasma by taking away heat that sustains the fusion reactions. Now, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton P ... more
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
PPPL takes detailed look at 2-D structure of turbulence in tokamaks
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
A new miniature solution for storing renewable energy
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
'Air-breathing' battery could cut costs of renewable energy storage
South Korea to push ahead with nuclear power plants
Seoul (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
South Korea on Friday decided to push ahead with the construction of two new nuclear reactors after months of heated debate over whether the country should start weaning itself off atomic energy. A state commission, based on a survey of 471 jurors selected across the country, recommended finishing construction of the Shin Kori-5 and Shin Kori-6 reactors near the southeastern city of Ulsan. ... more
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
AREVA NP awarded contract for safety upgrades in seven reactors
Daniken, Switzerland (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
AREVA NP installs a system allowing flexible electricity generation at Goesgen nuclear power plant
Metz, France (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Greenpeace fireworks shine light on French nuclear safety concerns
A single photon reveals quantum entanglement of 16 million atoms
Geneva, Switzerland (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Quantum theory is unequivocal: it predicts that a vast number of atoms can be entangled and intertwined by a very strong quantum relationship even in a macroscopic structure. Until now, however, experimental evidence has been mostly lacking, although recent advances have shown the entanglement of 2,900 atoms. Scientists at the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland, recently reengineered thei ... more
Mainz, Germany (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
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Bonn, Germany (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
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Princeton NJ (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
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China's economic growth slows in Q3 but on course to beat target
Beijing (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
China's economy slowed marginally in the third quarter but is well on course to beat the government's annual target, cementing President Xi Jinping's standing as he prepares to be handed a second term in power at a Communist Party conclave. The world's number two economy expanded 6.8 percent in July-September, but while the figures released on Thursday were slightly down from the 6.9 percent ... more
Paris (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Cognac craze in US, China prompts Hennessy expansion
Beijing (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
China's Xi vows open economy, investors want action
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 22, 2017
Cashing out: The end of Hong Kong's historic trading floor
Kurd disarray highlights Iraq army's newfound prowess
Baghdad (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
The speed with which Iraqi troops this week overwhelmed Kurdish forces in oil-rich Kirkuk, days after ousting the Islamic State group, marks a radical change in the balance of power, analysts say. For 14 years since the US-led invasion, the Kurds had taken advantage of the weakness of the federal army to slowly chip away at territory they had long claimed outside their autonomous region in n ... more
Kirkuk, Iraq (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Independence dreams turn to despair for Iraq's Kurds
Baghdad (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Iraqi army retakes almost all disputed areas from Kurds
Altun Kupri, Iraq (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
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US ocean observation critical to understanding climate change
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
The ocean plays a critical role in climate and weather, serving as a massive reservoir of heat and water that influences tropical storms, El Nin?o, and climate change. In addition, the ocean has absorbed 30 percent of the carbon dioxide associated with human activities, lessening the climate effects of fossil fuel combustion. Ocean observing systems are important as they provide informatio ... more
Philadelphia PA (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
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Berlin (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
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Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
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N. Korea cloud has silver lining for South's armsmakers
Seoul (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
The constant missile and nuclear threats from South Korea's belligerent northern neighbour have racked regional tensions sky-high, but they are a boon for the country's burgeoning defence industry. South Korea has been one of the world's largest importers of military equipment and technology for decades - mostly from the US - but in recent years its domestic sector has grown rapidly. A ... more
Tehran (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Iran supreme leader dismisses Trump's 'rants and whoppers'
Seoul (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
N. Korea sends China Communist Party faint praise
Washington (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
CIA chief: North Korea close to nuke that could hit US
Fact or fiction? Doubts over China's 'rising nationalism'
Shanghai (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
The Shanghai site of the first Chinese Communist congress 96 years ago might be expected to draw admiring crowds as the party gathers in Beijing for its 19th such meeting. But despite a nationwide propaganda blitz for China's most important political gathering, only a few scattered elderly comprise the noon rush at what is now a small museum, and visitor Cai Tian thinks he knows why. "Th ... more
Beijing (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
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Beijing (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
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Beijing (AFP) Oct 22, 2017
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Niger raid highlights US forces' growing Africa role
Washington (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
The killing of four American special operations soldiers in Niger has highlighted the increasing role elite units are playing across Africa, which is rapidly becoming a major center of US military action. Their mission is to counter the advances of a slew of jihadist movements across the continent, including Al-Shabaab in Somalia, affiliates of the Islamic State group in the Sahel region and ... more
Geneva (AFP) Oct 21, 2017
UN anti-torture panel suspends Rwanda trip over 'obstructions'
Bangui, Central African Republic (AFP) Oct 22, 2017
C. Africa holds military intervention record
Washington (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
Pentagon opens Niger ambush probe as new details emerge
Northrop Grumman receives $13 million contract for munition system development
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., receives over $13 million in a new modification production contract for further development of the M7 Spider Increment 1 anti-personnel munition system. In a new award low-rate initial production contract announced Thursday by Pentagon officials, Northrop Grumman is slated to produce the M7 Spider Increment 1, a hand-emplaced, remote controlled, Man-in-th ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Textron awarded $332.9M contract for mobile strike force vehicles
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
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Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Army spotlights newest M1A2 Abrams variant
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Navy to commission 14th Virginia-class submarine
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
The Navy's 14th Virginia-class fast attack submarine will be commissioned into service on Saturday in Virginia. The Navy said Thomas Dee, performing the duties of the Under Secretary of the Navy, will preside over the ceremony for the future USS Washington at Norfolk Naval Station. "The future USS Washington is among the most technologically advanced platforms in the world," Dee ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Navy officers fired over 'preventable' USS McCain collision
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
Leonardo to provide new communications software for Australian submarines
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
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Plants and psychological well-being in space
Gainesville FL (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Where people will go in the cosmos, plants will go. That's the message of a paper entitled "Gardening for Therapeutic People-Plant Interactions during Long-Duration Space Missions" written by Raymond Odeh, and Charles L. Guy of the University of Florida (Gainesville) and published in the De Gruyter journal, Open Agriculture. In the beginning of the space age, researchers sought to see if ... more
Moscow (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Russia's space agency says glitch in manned Soyuz landing
Miami (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
Spacewalkers fix robotic arm in time to grab next cargo ship
Huntsville AL (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
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