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February 19, 2017
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. The fire erupted late Thursday after a nearby pile of burning trash apparently caused chemical effluents on Bellandur lake to burst into flames. TV footage showed thick grey plumes of smoke envelope the lake area situated in the heart of the city, home to nearly 11 million people. Local me ... read more

Scientists find surprising harmony among cats and dogs in India
Large cats and wild dogs don't typically get along. When possible, they keep their distance, operating in their own ecological niches. ... more
US university's invite to Dalai Lama sparks uproar
A California university's decision to have the Dalai Lama speak at this year's commencement ceremony has sparked uproar among Chinese students who see the choice as an affront. ... more
Study rewrites the history of corn in corn country
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
Deaths from India air pollution rival China: study
India's air now rivals China's as the world's deadliest, according to a new study published Tuesday amid warnings that efforts to curb pollution from coal will not yield results any time soon. ... more
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Google internet balloon plan snagged in Sri Lanka: minister
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
IAI completes IUHDSS port security project in India
Israel Aerospace Industries has completed and delivered its Integrated Underwater Harbor Defense and Surveillance System project for India's navy. ... more
India puts record 104 satellites into orbit
India successfully put a record 104 satellites from a single rocket into orbit on Wednesday in the latest triumph for its famously frugal space agency. ... more
GLONASS station in India to expedite 'space centric' warfare command
In the event of an all-out war with Pakistan or China, signals from GLONASS and NAVIC will undoubtedly have multiplier impact and help India to target its whole suite of missiles on its rivals. Amid ... more
Eight killed in Indian Kashmir after gunbattle
Eight people were killed in Indian-administered Kashmir Sunday after a gunbattle broke out between suspected rebels and the Indian army, officials said. ... more
India tests ballistic missile interceptor
India has successfully intercepted an incoming ballistic missile in the exo-atmosphere as it develops a two-layered ballistic missile defense system. ... more

IAI's Barak-8 test-fired at sea

ISRO saves its Mars mission spacecraft from eclipse
Scientists from Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) have successfully executed crucial orbital maneuvering on Mars spacecraft to give it another lease of life. The Mission was facing imm ... more
IAI reveals Heron drone export variant ahead of Aero India 2017
Israel Aerospace Industries revealed an export version of its Heron TP unmanned aerial vehicle, which is set to be displayed at the Aero India 2017 conference. ... more
Saab offers high-tech jet production hub to India
Swedish defence giant Saab has offered to build a state-of-the-art fighter jet factory in India should it seal a lucrative deal to supply hundreds of military jets to New Delhi. ... more
Data on blue whales off California helps protect their distant relatives
Scientists know a great deal about blue whales off California, where the endangered species has been studied for decades. But they know far less about blue whales in the Northern Indian Ocean, where ... more

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How to decrease the mass of aircrafts
Members of the Department of Chemistry of Lomonosov Moscow State University have created unique polymer matrices for polymer composites based on novel phthalonitrile monomers. The developed materials possess higher strength than metals, which helps to sufficiently decrease the mass of aircraft parts that operate at high temperatures. Scientists have published the project results in the Journal o ... more
GE Aviation reveals $4B investment in U.S. operations

Alphabet's 'Loon' internet plan closer to deployment

Google internet balloon plan snagged in Sri Lanka: minister

Four-stroke engine cycle produces hydrogen from methane and captures CO2
When is an internal combustion engine not an internal combustion engine? When it's been transformed into a modular reforming reactor that could make hydrogen available to power fuel cells wherever there's a natural gas supply available. By adding a catalyst, a hydrogen separating membrane and carbon dioxide sorbent to the century-old four-stroke engine cycle, researchers have demonstrated ... more
Roads are driving rapid evolutionary change in our environment

Tesla takes on Gulf gas guzzlers

Germany to expand infrastructure for electric vehicles

Taiwan lantern makers go green for festival of lights
As Taiwan lights up for the start of its annual lantern festival this weekend, one eco-friendly craftsman is breaking with tradition. Lantern-maker Lin Chow-chin is part of a growing movement on the island to make the celebrations greener, creating sustainable lights which can be converted into everything from desk lamps to flower vases. Each year huge electric sculptures go on display ... more
EU parliament backs draft carbon trading reforms

Republican ex-top diplomats propose a carbon tax

Electricity costs: A new way they'll surge in a warming world

Researchers optimize the assembly of micro meso and macroporous carbon for Li-S batteries
Li-S batteries are considered as promising alternatives for Li-ion batteries in the new generation of energy storages, due to high specific capacity (1675 mAh/g) and energy density (2600 mWh/g) of sulfur. But the poor conductivity of sulfur and severe shuttle effect of reaction intermediates destory the stability of this system. A variety of porous carbon materials have been applied as sul ... more
Looking for the next leap in rechargeable batteries

UMD physicist improves method for designing fusion experiments

Next-Gen batteries could provide power to microsatellites, cubesats

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'No risk' in Benin after truck with chemical for nuclear production crashes
The French nuclear group Areva said Tuesday a truck carrying a chemical used in the uranium fuel process had tipped over in Benin, but there was "no risk" of contamination. The accident occurred in the West African country on Sunday near Dassa, about 200 kilometres (125 miles) north of the capital Cotonou. The truck was carrying uranate, an oxide used in the process to make nuclear fuel. ... more
Slovenian nuclear plant shuts down after water problem

Slovenian nuclear plant restarts after shutdown

Explosion at French nuclear plant, 'no radiation risk'

Ancient signals from the early universe
For the first time, theoretical physicists from the University of Basel have calculated the signal of specific gravitational wave sources that emerged fractions of a second after the Big Bang. The source of the signal is a long-lost cosmological phenomenon called "oscillon". The journal Physical Review Letters has published the results. Although Albert Einstein had already predicted the ex ... more
Quest to settle riddle over Einstein's theory may soon be over

A new technique for creation of entangled photon states developed

Perimeter Institute researchers apply machine learning to condensed matter physics

IAI completes IUHDSS port security project in India
Israel Aerospace Industries has completed and delivered its Integrated Underwater Harbor Defense and Surveillance System project for India's navy. The project, also known as IUHDSS, is designed to provide India with enhanced surveillance and patrol capabilities to protect the country's 4,670-mile coastline. The solution was developed by IAI subsidiary Elta Systems, and includes u ... more
Trump trade strategy 'doomed to failure:' US trade expert

EU Parliament to vote on Canada trade deal

China outbound investment plunges under new curbs

Eight killed in knife attack in China's Xinjiang: govt
Eight people were killed in a knife attack on a crowd in China's restive Xinjiang region, including three assailants who were gunned down by police, local officials said on Wednesday. Ten other people were injured in the attack Tuesday evening in Pishan county, according to an announcement issued by the government of the nearby city of Hotan. Police sped to the scene within a minute of t ... more
Eight killed in Indian Kashmir after gunbattle

UN voices concern over Afghan civilian deaths in Helmand

US general says NATO needs more troops in Afghanistan

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Station crew get special delivery from Virginia
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
Orbital cargo ship arrives at space station

New Instrument on ISS to Study Ultra-Cold Quantum Gases

Two Russians, one American blast off to ISS

Climate study delivers dire warning on Alpine snow
The Alpine skiing season may be much shorter by century's end, and limited to a smaller area, said a climate study Thursday warning of snow cover loss as high as 70 percent. Most climate models predict increased winter precipitation due to global warming, scientists wrote in the European Geosciences Union (EGU) journal The Cryosphere. But with temperatures rising too, the is likely to be ... more
Gas hydrate breakdown unlikely to cause massive greenhouse gas release

Scientists argue current climate change models understate the problem

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Lockheed Martin to build additional Trident II missiles
Lockheed Martin received a $540 million contract modification for Trident II ballistic fleet missile production and deployed system support. The modification supports production efforts for the U.S. Navy and the British Royal Navy. The Trident II is currently equipped on the U.S. Navy's Ohio-class submarines as well as the Royal Navy's Vanguard-class submarines. The U.S. Departme ... more
US pledges nuclear defence for Japan, S.Korea after N.Korea missile launch

China expels dozens of S. Korean missionaries

China urges nuclear talks resumption with NKorea

Villagers glorify their children in China festival
Looking like living dress-up dolls, elaborately costumed children are paraded through an eastern China village as firecrackers roar, commemorating the end of barbaric child sacrifices hundreds of years ago. It's an annual event in the village of Tufang in coastal Fujian province, where China's Hakka community is concentrated and marks its unique history with a range of colourful festivals. ... more
Ex-VP of China's top court jailed for life over graft

Hong Kong police jailed over attack on democracy protester

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Interim authorities to begin work in Mali's north
A key step on the road to peace in northern Mali will take place Saturday when interim local authorities begin work, smoothing the path to municipal elections, the Malian government said. Tuareg-led rebels led an uprising in 2012 that was hijacked by jihadists, throwing northern Mali into chaos, but the rebels signed an accord in 2015 without the Islamists. Putting into place interim aut ... more
UN demands armed groups stop fighting in C. Africa

S. Sudan army says general who quit was 'deeply' corrupt

Ivory Coast arrests six journalists over mutiny 'false information'

Honeywell's Gold Shield to be used in vests for Brazil's police
Police in Minas Gerais, the second-largest state in Brazil, are to receive protective vests made from Honeywell's Gold Shield ballistic composite materials. The new vests are being manufactured by Glagio do Brasil. Honeywell says the material affords users more flexibility and improved protection compared with other body armor types. The company adds the material is ideal for environmen ... more
Elbit supplying mortar fire control units to U.S. Army

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Chinese weapons reaching 'near-parity' with West: study

BAE to modernize guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg
BAE Systems received a $42.9 million contract to perform repair and modernization services for the U.S. Navy's USS Vicksburg. Under the contract, the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser will undergo sepcial selected restricted availability, or SSRA. The work will consist of ship alternations and repairs in addition to modernization efforts. BAE Systems' agreement with the Na ... more
U.S. Navy to christen littoral combat ship USS Tulsa

U.S. Navy exercises contract options for nuclear reactor components

South Korea to speed up hovercraft delivery

NASA to develop oxygen recovery technologies for future deep space missions
NASA has selected two proposals for the development of oxygen recovery technologies that could help astronauts breathe a little easier on deep space, long-duration missions. The agency will invest as much as $2 million and 24 months for the development of each proposal into a complete and integrated system for NASA testing. "The development of advanced life support technologies will allow ... more
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