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May 15, 2017
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Rising temperatures threaten stability of Tibetan alpine grasslands



Atlanta GA (SPX) May 15, 2017
A warming climate could affect the stability of alpine grasslands in Asia's Tibetan Plateau, threatening the ability of farmers and herders to maintain the animals that are key to their existence, and potentially upsetting the ecology of an area in which important regional river systems originate, says a new study by researchers in China and the United States. Though temperature changes could destabilize the fragile ecosystem of the area, variations in rainfall appear to have no similar effect. Th ... read more

TRADE WARS
Nepal signs up to China's new Silk Road plan
Kathmandu (AFP) May 12, 2017
Nepal on Friday signed up to China's new Silk Road drive, a massive infrastructure project spanning some 65 countries at the centre of the Asian giant's push to expand its global influence. ... more
THE STANS
Two killed in Kashmir cross-border firing
Muzaffarabad, Pakistan (AFP) May 11, 2017
Two people were killed in cross-border firing in Kashmir Thursday, one on each side of the disputed region's de facto border, officials in India and Pakistan said in the latest skirmishes between the nuclear-armed neighbours. ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
ISRO Successfully Launches GSAT-9 'SAARC' South Asian Communication Satellite
New Delhi (IANS) May 08, 2017
An Indian rocket with the over two ton South Asia Satellite or GSAT-9, intended to address the region's "economic and developmental priorities", blasted off from the Sriharikota spaceport on Friday ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
GSLV Successfully Launches South Asia Satellite
Sriharikota, India (SPX) May 08, 2017
India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F09) successfully launched the 2230 kg South Asia Satellite (GSAT-9) into its planned Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit May 05, 2017. The latest lau ... more
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ABOUT US
Modern DNA reveals ancient origins of Indian population
Washington DC (UPI) May 8, 2017
Where did the earliest Indians come from? ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE
Norway wealth fund drops Indian group over environment concerns
Oslo (AFP) May 5, 2017
Norway's sovereign wealth fund, the world's largest, has taken Indian industrial giant Bharat Heavy Electricals out of its investment portfolio due to environmental concerns, the Norwegian central bank said on Friday. ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE
Not even the Himalayas are immune to traffic smog
Cincinnati OH (SPX) May 04, 2017
Smog from cars and trucks is an expected health hazard in big cities, but researchers from the University of Cincinnati found pollution from truck exhaust on one of the most remote mountain roads in ... more
SOLAR DAILY
Indian Space Agency Test-Drives Solar Electric Hybrid Vehicle
New Delhi (Sputnik) May 04, 2017
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) added another milestone to its list of achievements by successfully showcasing a solar-electric hybrid vehicle. ISRO's different engineering branches at ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
India's Space Agency Saves Over US$ 2 Billion per Year for the Country
New Delhi (Sputnik) May 01, 2017
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is not just building satellites or driving innovation by sharing its Lithium-ion batteries for powering vehicles, the space agency is helping fishermen ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Scientists uncover substance telling ants which will become queens
Washington (UPI) May 3, 2017
Researchers have identified the "princess pheromone" that tells a colony of ants when an ant larva will become the queen. ... more


India to launch GSAT-9 communication satellite on May 5: ISRO

ABOUT US
Tibetan people have multiple adaptations for life at high altitudes
Washington DC (SPX) May 01, 2017
The Tibetan people have inherited variants of five different genes that help them live at high altitudes, with one gene originating in the extinct human subspecies, the Denisovans. Hao Hu and Chad H ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Mechanism of the influence of the Tibetan-Iranian Plateaus on the circulation and climate in summer
Beijing, China (SPX) May 03, 2017
The highest and largest plateau in the Northern Hemisphere, the Tibetan Plateau (TP), is in the subtropical region of Asia. The air quality above the TP is only 60% of the sea level. In addition, be ... more
VENUSIAN HEAT
Indian Space Research Organisation Starts Work on India's First Venus Mission
New Delhi (Sputnik) Apr 27, 2017
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has begun the process to send its first satellite to Venus by inviting Indian scientists and academia for space-based experiments. The Announcement of O ... more
SOLAR DAILY
Indian Space Agency Comes Up With an App Indicating Solar Power Potential
New Delhi (Sputnik) Apr 26, 2017
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has developed an Android app that will show the solar potential of a given location in any part of the country. The app was developed to support the cle ... more



NASA Completes Balloon Technology Test Flight
Palestine TX (SPX) May 11, 2017
NASA completed its third mid-latitude Super Pressure Balloon (SPB) flight at 11:24 p.m. EDT, Saturday, May 6, after 12 days, 4 hours and 34 minutes aloft. Flight controllers at NASA's Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in Palestine, Texas, conducted a controlled flight termination of the balloon, which slowly descended back to Earth impacting in the South Pacific Ocean about 200 miles south of ... more
Washington DC (SPX) May 12, 2017
Service Academies Swarm Challenge Pushes the Boundaries of Autonomous Swarm Capabilities
(UPI) May 10, 2017
Rolls-Royce to provide logistical, engineering support for the KC-130J
Washington (UPI) May 12, 2017
Boeing receives Apache remanufacturing contract for UK
South Korea building world's largest test site for self-driving cars
Washington DC (UPI) May 10, 2017
South Korea plans to open the world's largest test site for self-driving cars in October, government officials said. K-City, an 88-acre site, is under construction and will provide testing ground as large as a city, according the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure & Transport said. K-City will be twice the size of MCity, the vehicle testing site in Ann Arbor, Mich. But it wi ... more
Washington (AFP) May 11, 2017
Judge blesses $1 bn compensation deal in VW diesel case
San Francisco (AFP) May 12, 2017
Judge seeks criminal review of Uber-Alphabet dispute
Chicago IL (SPX) May 12, 2017
Experiments show that a few self-driving cars can dramatically improve traffic flow
Australia power grid leased to local-foreign consortium
Sydney (AFP) May 11, 2017
A major Australian power grid operator was Thursday partially leased to a local-foreign consortium in a multi-billion-dollar deal, ending an international chase for electricity assets being privatised to raise funds for infrastructure projects. Australia's largest state New South Wales has sought to privatise three large power assets - TransGrid, Ausgrid and Endeavour Energy - but faced ro ... more
(UPI) May 10, 2017
Poland central to EU energy diversification strategy
Washington (UPI) May 9, 2017
Myanmar recovery linked to development of electrical grid
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
U.S. emissions generally lower last year
Harnessing geometric frustration to tune batteries for greater power
Kent UK (SPX) May 15, 2017
A new generation of higher-powered batteries for phones and cameras could result from ground-breaking research led by scientists at the University of Kent. Researchers from the University's School of Physical Sciences (SPS), working with scientists from other European institutions, formulated a recipe to increase the rate at which a solid material - an artificial mineral - can conduct char ... more
Washington DC (UPI) May 11, 2017
No batteries necessary, new medical implant derives energy from the human body
Trieste, Italy (SPX) May 15, 2017
Laser pulses reveal the superconductors of the future
Washington DC (SPX) May 11, 2017
Can the motion of checking your smartwatch charge it?
South Africa to restart nuclear power plans
Johannesburg (AFP) May 13, 2017
South Africa will relaunch plans to build nuclear power plants by signing new agreements with several countries, Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi said Saturday. A court in Cape Town last month ruled the government had failed to allow adequate public consultation for preliminary agreements with Russia, South Korea and the United States for the construction of eight reactors. Struggling to ... more
Los Angeles (AFP) May 10, 2017
Tunnel collapse at US nuclear site raises safety concerns
Los Angeles (AFP) May 10, 2017
Tunnel collapses at US nuke site, no radiation leak
Washington DC (UPI) May 8, 2017
Plutonium research to aid nuclear cleanup techniques
Astronomers Pursue Renegade Supermassive Black Hole
Boston MA (SPX) May 12, 2017
Supermassive holes are generally stationary objects, sitting at the centers of most galaxies. However, using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and other telescopes, astronomers recently hunted down what could be a supermassive black hole that may be on the move. This possible renegade black hole, which contains about 160 million times the mass of our Sun, is located in an elliptic ... more
Warsaw, Poland (SPX) May 12, 2017
'Fire-streaks' are created in collisions of atomic nuclei
Heidelberg, Germany (SPX) May 12, 2017
Discovery in the Early Universe Poses Black Hole Growth Puzzle
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 10, 2017
Merging galaxies have enshrouded black holes
DSI 4th Space Resiliency Summit November 28-29, 2017 Alexandria, VA
Red tape and taxes put brakes on 'Make In India' push
New Delhi (AFP) May 14, 2017
When Saurabh Ahuja tried to import a $600 3D printer for manufacturing drones in his Delhi workshop, he ended up spending another $900 in taxes and bribes and waited three months for it to clear customs. "We lack in technology and industry to make the smallest things, so we have to import," Ahuja said as he listed the frustrations entrepreneurs still encounter since the government launched i ... more
Washington (AFP) May 14, 2017
US-China trade pact: a Trump triumph or rehashed news?
Beijing (AFP) May 14, 2017
China hosts Silk Road summit in shadow of N.Korea missile
Kathmandu (AFP) May 12, 2017
Nepal signs up to China's new Silk Road plan
Trump weighs further US troops for Afghanistan
Washington (AFP) May 14, 2017
Hanging in a corridor outside the Pentagon press office, a blow-up of a Time magazine cover shows a weary US soldier drawing deeply on his cigarette. Barbed wire and snowy foothills loom behind him. The headline: "How Not to Lose in Afghanistan." The date: April 20, 2009. More than eight years later, the Pentagon finds itself in the same quandary. Again. This time round, it is Pr ... more
Washington (AFP) May 11, 2017
Security in Afghanistan likely to 'deteriorate': US intelligence
Istanbul (AFP) May 10, 2017
Turkey slams US rapid arming Syrian Kurds in IS fight
London (AFP) May 10, 2017
NATO mulls sending thousands more troops to Afghanistan
Tillerson: Trump will not rush US climate policy review
Fairbanks, United States (AFP) May 11, 2017
President Donald Trump will not rush his review of US climate change policy and will do what is best for the United States, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday. Tillerson is hosting the Arctic Council, where many delegates from some of the countries most affected by global warming were hoping for a renewed US commitment to reduce emissions. "In the United States, we are curren ... more
Atlanta GA (SPX) May 15, 2017
Rising temperatures threaten stability of Tibetan alpine grasslands
Brisbane, Australia (SPX) May 15, 2017
Shelf sediments reveal climate shifts through the eons
Washington (AFP) May 11, 2017
US cities, states mobilize against climate change without Trump
International SMR and Advanced Reactor Summit 2018 - March 27-28 - Atlanta USA
Iran's delayed gold rush disillusions voters
Tehran (AFP) May 14, 2017
The investment gold rush that was supposed to follow Iran's nuclear deal with world powers and revitalise the economy has not materialised, leaving many voters disillusioned ahead of Friday's election. The figures say it all - President Hassan Rouhani wanted $50 billion a year in foreign investment to reach his target of eight-percent growth. But since the nuclear deal came into force i ... more
Seoul (AFP) May 14, 2017
N. Korea test-fires missile in bid to test South, US
Washington (AFP) May 10, 2017
CIA forms special unit focused on North Korea threat
Beijing (AFP) May 15, 2017
Moon's win shows 'longing' for change: N.Korean envoy
China frees human rights lawyer on bail: Amnesty
Beijing (AFP) May 10, 2017
China has freed a prominent human rights lawyer on bail, Amnesty International said Wednesday, after he admitted to his crimes in what critics called a show trial. Xie Yang, who had worked on cases considered politically sensitive by China's ruling Communist Party, was among hundreds of legal staff and activists detained in the so-called "709 crackdown" in 2015. He pleaded guilty Monday ... more
Beijing (AFP) May 10, 2017
China lawyer's wife seeks US asylum after brazen escape
Beijing (AFP) May 9, 2017
China wants its anthem sung, but maybe not at parties
Beijing (AFP) May 8, 2017
Chinese human rights lawyers seen as enemies of the state
Wounded author Kuki Gallmann vows return to Kenyan ranch
Nairobi (AFP) May 12, 2017
Blood was already pooling in the seat of her car when a second bullet tore through the driver's door and thumped into Kuki Gallmann's abdomen. "It felt like a punch," the 73-year-old author and conservationist said this week, speaking for the first time since being wounded a fortnight ago by suspected illegal herders on her 88,000-acre (36,000 hectare) ranch in Kenya's central highlands. ... more
Abidjan (AFP) May 12, 2017
Gunfire as I.Coast troops resume protest despite 'apology'
Tunis (AFP) May 10, 2017
Army to protect Tunisia economy from protests: president
Abidjan (AFP) May 12, 2017
Ivory Coast's rebel soldiers apologise to president
CAE wins UAV training contract
Washington DC (UPI) May 11, 2017
A training solution for remotely piloted aircraft is to be provided to the military of the United Arab Emirates by Canada's CAE Inc. The five-year contract, awarded by the General Headquarters of the United Arab Emirates, is worth about $40.85 million. "Remotely piloted aircraft have been proven as an indispensable asset in modern combat operations, and like all platforms they re ... more
Washington DC (UPI) May 11, 2017
Oshkosh responds to Army RFP for vehicles
Washington (UPI) May 9, 2017
Germany to reactivate Leopard 2 tanks
Washington (UPI) May 12, 2017
India seeks CBRN protective equipment
Daily Newsletters - Space - Military - Environment - Energy
Italian shipyard delivers new Torado submarine
Washington (UPI) May 12, 2017
The attack submarine Romeo Romel, the fourth being build for the Naval Armament Unit of the Italian navy, was delivered at Italian defense contractor Fincantieri's shipyard at Muggiano, the company announced on Thursday. The vessel is the last of four submarines being built in the U212A Todaro-class. The previous ship, Pietro Venuti, a twin of the Romeo Romel, was delivered in Ju ... more
Washington DC (UPI) May 8, 2017
Austal opens new office in Australian contract bid
Washington DC (UPI) May 8, 2017
Nimitz-class carrier USS Ronald Reagan begins sea trials
Washington (UPI) May 5, 2017
DCNS to modernize three French navy frigates
Six-legged livestock - sustainable food production
Copenhagen, Denmark (SPX) May 15, 2017
Identifying areas of particular high impact is an important step to improving the environmental sustainability of production systems. Insects have been heralded as the foods of the future - and now the first study to measure the environmental impacts and identify hotspots associated with commercial insect production has been published. Cricket farming can be a sustainable way to produce an ... more
Miami (AFP) May 12, 2017
'Awesomesauce,' proclaims US astronaut on historic spacewalk
Houston TX (SPX) May 09, 2017
External commercial ISS platform starts second mission
Washington DC (SPX) May 08, 2017
NASA Receives Proposals for Future Solar System Mission


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