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July 10, 2017
WATER WORLD
Rivers do not have same rights as humans: India's top court



New Delhi (AFP) July 7, 2017
India's sacred Ganges and Yamuna rivers cannot be considered "living entities", the country's top court ruled Friday, suspending an earlier order that granted them the same legal rights as humans. The Supreme Court stayed a March order by a lower body that recognised the Ganges and its tributary the Yamuna as "legal persons" in an attempt to protect the highly polluted rivers from further degradation. The landmark ruling made polluting or damaging the rivers legally comparable to hurting a perso ... read more

SINO DAILY
With demolitions, China squeezes Buddhist academy
Sertar, China (AFP) July 6, 2017
The hills around revered Tibetan Buddhist academy Larung Gar were once a seamless carpet of vibrant red, dominated by the homes of thousands of monks, nuns and devotees who crowded the remote valley in southwest China to explore their faith. ... more
AEROSPACE
Indian chopper goes missing near China border
New Delhi (AFP) July 4, 2017
An Indian helicopter with three people on board has gone missing near the country's border with China after taking off on a flood rescue mission, an official said Tuesday. ... more
NUKEWARS
Modi begins first ever Israel visit by an Indian PM
Jerusalem (AFP) July 4, 2017
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Israel Tuesday for what he called a "groundbreaking" first ever visit by an Indian premier, with growing ties between the two countries including billion of dollars in defence deals. ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Table top plasma gets wind of solar turbulence
Mumbai, India (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Turbulent magnetic field dynamics that explain astrophysical phenomena like the evolution of stars could thus far be obtained only through observations via telescopes and satellites. Now a tea ... more
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ROCKET SCIENCE
80th consecutive success for Ariane 5 with launch of Hellas Sat, Inmarsat and ISRO
Kourou, French Guiana (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
Arianespace has successfully launched the Hellas Sat 3-Inmarsat S EAN "condosat" - composed of two payloads for operators Hellas Sat and Inmarsat; as well as the GSAT-17 satellite for India's space ... more
EPIDEMICS
Sri Lanka deploys troops to tackle dengue crisis
Colombo (AFP) July 2, 2017
Sri Lanka deployed hundreds of soldiers to destroy mosquito breeding grounds as the country battles the spread of deadly dengue fever that has killed a record 215 people this year, officials said Sunday. ... more
SOLAR DAILY
Air pollution casts shadow over solar energy production
Durham NC (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
Global solar energy production is taking a major hit due to air pollution and dust. According to a new study, airborne particles and their accumulation on solar cells are cutting energy output ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
India, Portugal Shake Hands on Space Cooperation
New Delhi (Sputnik) Jun 28, 2017
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Lisbon agreed with Portuguese authorities on creation of alliance to advance space research, the Indian Foreign Ministry said in a statement o ... more
SUPERPOWERS
India warns China over border road 'security' threat
New Delhi (AFP) June 30, 2017
India condemned a new road that China is building on the rivals' Himalayan border on Friday, saying it raises "serious security" concerns. ... more
GPS NEWS
India's Answer to GPS Runs Into Serious Technical Failures
New Delhi (Sputnik) Jun 28, 2017
India's native navigation system has developed serious problems with four atomic clocks on the six satellites facing unexplained errors. With these, a total seven out of 21 clocks onboard have shown ... more


State Department approves India for C-17 buy

EARTH OBSERVATION
Satellites forewarn of locust plagues
Paris (ESA) Jun 26, 2017
Satellites are helping to predict favourable conditions for desert locusts to swarm, which poses a threat to agricultural production and, subsequently, livelihoods and food security. Desert lo ... more
SUPERPOWERS
China protests alleged Indian border incursion
Beijing (AFP) June 27, 2017
China has made a formal protest after accusing Indian border guards of crossing from Sikkim state into its Tibetan territory, China's foreign ministry said Tuesday. ... more
EPIDEMICS
Sri Lanka blames garbage pile-up for record dengue toll
Colombo (AFP) June 26, 2017
Sri Lanka has suffered a record 200 deaths from dengue fever this year, the health minister said Monday, blaming a garbage disposal crisis in Colombo. ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Arianespace set to launch satellites for Inmarsat and India
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Jun 23, 2017
For its seventh launch of the year, and the fourth Ariane 5 mission in 2017 from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana, Arianespace will orbit two payloads: Hellas Sat 3-Inmarsat S EAN, a "condos ... more



Lockheed gets $74 million for F-35 production for Marines, Japan
Washington (UPI) Jul 5, 2017
Lockheed Martin has received contracts with a cumulative value of $74 million for advanced materials for F-35 construction for the Marine Corps and engineering services for Japan. The contracts will apply to long-lead time parts, materials for future low-rate production of F-35s for the Marine Corps along with engineering and assembly on future jets for Japan, the Department of Defense ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 30, 2017
Northrop Grumman awarded contract for large aircraft infrared countermesure
Washington (UPI) Jul 3, 2017
Sikorsky awarded $3.8 billion contract for Saudi Arabian black hawks
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2017
Boeing receives contract for engineering, support of E-3 Sentry
France 'to end sales of petrol, diesel vehicles by 2040'
Paris (AFP) July 6, 2017
France will end sales of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 as part of an ambitious plan to meet its targets under the Paris climate accord, new Ecology Minister Nicolas Hulot announced Thursday. "We are announcing an end to the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040," Hulot said, calling it a "veritable revolution". Hulot acknowledged that reaching the goal would be "tough", particularl ... more
Hanoi (AFP) July 4, 2017
Hanoi to ban motorbikes by 2030 to curb pollution, traffic
Stockholm (AFP) July 5, 2017
Volvo to phase out petrol-only cars from 2019
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) July 10, 2017
German 'dieselgate' investigators target Porsche employees
Google's 'moonshot' factory spins off geothermal unit
Washington (AFP) July 7, 2017
Google parent Alphabet is spinning off a little-known unit working on geothermal power called Dandelion, which will begin offering residential energy services. The announcement Thursday took the wraps off one of the secretive projects at the Alphabet unit X, known notably for its work on self-driving cars and internet balloons. Dandelion chief executive Kathy Hannun said her team had bee ... more
San Diego CA (SPX) Jun 27, 2017
Fighting global warming and climate change requires a broad energy portfolio
(UPI) Jun 12, 2017
Low-carbon trajectory is the only option, European leaders say
Washington (UPI) Jun 8, 2017
Divestment streak continues for British energy company Centrica
International team develops new way to produce pure hydrogen efficiently
Bethlehem PA (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Christopher J. Kiely, Harold B. Chambers Senior Professor, Materials Science and Engineering at Lehigh University, and an international team have developed a new low-temperature catalyst for producing high-purity hydrogen gas while simultaneously using up carbon monoxide (CO). The discovery, described in a paper in the journal Science, could improve the performance of fuel cells that run on hydr ... more
Sydney (AFP) July 7, 2017
Elon Musk's Tesla to build world's largest battery in Australia
Upton, NY (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Electron orbitals may hold key to unifying concept of high-temperature superconductivity
Seattle WA (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
First battery-free cellphone makes calls by harvesting ambient power
1.5-bn pound cost overrun at UK's Hinkley nuclear plant: EDF
Paris (AFP) July 3, 2017
A project to build a nuclear plant at Hinkley Point in Britain will overrun by 1.5 billion pounds ($1.95 billion, 1.71 billion euros) and may face further delays, its main supplier said Monday. EDF, the state-run French company that has the lion's share of the controversial scheme, made the announcement after a long review. EDF is part of a French-Chinese consortium that was awarded the two-re ... more
Cherbourg, France (AFP) July 5, 2017
Sixth MOX nuclear shipment leaves France for Japan
Paris (AFP) July 10, 2017
France could close a third of nuclear reactors: minister
Paris (AFP) July 10, 2017
Mitsubishi, Assystem take stakes in France's nuclear reactors firm
Neutrons detect elusive Higgs amplitude mode in quantum material
Oak Ridge TN (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
A team led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has used sophisticated neutron scattering techniques to detect an elusive quantum state known as the Higgs amplitude mode in a two-dimensional material. The Higgs amplitude mode is a condensed matter cousin of the Higgs boson, the storied quantum particle theorized in the 1960s and proven experimentally in 2012. It is o ... more
Stanford CA (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Scientists get first direct look at how electrons 'dance' with vibrating atoms
Hull UK (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Shocking case of indigestion in supermassive black hole
St. Louis MO (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
Shaking Schroedinger's cat
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Stormy G20 ends with gestures for Trump on climate, trade
Hamburg (AFP) July 8, 2017
World leaders made concessions on trade and climate language to Donald Trump Saturday at the end of the most fractious and riot-hit G20 summit ever, in exchange for preserving a fragile unity of the club of major industrialised and emerging economies. In a departure from final summit declarations that tend to outline consensus on issues that range from fighting terrorism to financial governa ... more
Beijing (AFP) July 3, 2017
Xi raises 'negative factors' in call with Trump
Shanghai (AFP) July 3, 2017
China opens up $10 trillion bond market in liberalisation step
Hong Kong (AFP) July 10, 2017
China's COSCO in multi-billion buyout of Hong Kong rival
US soldier killed in Afghanistan's Helmand
Washington (AFP) July 5, 2017
/> A US soldier has been killed and two others wounded in an attack in Afghanistan's Helmand province while conducting operations against the Taliban, US military officials said Wednesday. Private First Class Hansen Kirkpatrick, 19, of Wasilla, Alaska died Monday following the "indirect fire" assault, which means he was hit by a mortar or some other incoming round. The wounds sustained ... more
New York (AFP) July 6, 2017
Egypt arrests dozens of Chinese Uighur students: HRW
Brussels (AFP) June 29, 2017
Mattis says NATO must finish the job in Afghanistan
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (AFP) June 28, 2017
Kyrgyz court convicts three over China embassy attack
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G20: Compromise on climate change, but at what cost?
Hamburg (AFP) July 9, 2017
G20 countries have managed to avoid a total bust-up with Donald Trump over climate change, leaving the door open for Washington to return to the Paris Agreement - but at the cost of risky concessions. After the US president decided last month to pull out of the hard-fought deal to combat global warming, climate change was always going to be centre-stage at this week's gathering of the G20 - ... more
Paris (AFP) July 5, 2017
Climate change could make Sahel wet: study
Hamburg (AFP) July 8, 2017
Erdogan threatens not to ratify Paris climate accord
Hamburg (AFP) July 7, 2017
G20 draft statement shows 19-against-US split on climate
N.Korea seeks 'driver's seat' with ICBM test: analysts
Seoul (AFP) July 6, 2017
Newly equipped with an intercontinental ballistic missile, North Korea is looking to put itself in the "driver's seat" for any future negotiations with Washington, analysts say - but may at the same time be pushing such talks further away. The weapon, tested on the United States' Independence Day, can reach Alaska, and could go even further. It brings within reach Pyongyang's long-held ... more
Seoul (AFP) July 4, 2017
N.Korea's ICBM capability: what now?
Seoul (AFP) July 4, 2017
N. Korea claims major breakthrough with first ICBM test
Seoul (AFP) July 5, 2017
US, S.Korea send North missile warning after ICBM test
Chinese court jails author of Tiananmen report: lawyer
Beijing (AFP) July 7, 2017
A prominent Chinese labour activist was sentenced Friday to four and a half years in prison for "inciting subversion" through a written account of the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown, his lawyer told AFP. Liu Shaoming, a former factory worker, was detained in southern Guangdong province in May 2015 after describing his involvement in the pro-democracy movement on a US website. Liu's lawyer, Wu ... more
Beijing (AFP) July 10, 2017
China's ailing Nobel laureate in 'critical condition'
Sertar, China (AFP) July 6, 2017
With demolitions, China squeezes Buddhist academy
Beijing (AFP) July 6, 2017
Chinese Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo's health deteriorates
Gambian army 'hostile elements' working against government
Banjul, Gambia (AFP) July 7, 2017
The head of a West African force maintaining security in The Gambia told AFP Friday that army officials loyal to veteran former leader Yahya Jammeh were plotting against the new government. West African troops were first sent to The Gambia in January to compel Jammeh to relinquish power to his elected successor Adama Barrow, but were retained at the new president's request over fears for his ... more
Addis Ababa (AFP) July 5, 2017
AU chair questions US stance on African peacekeeping
Bamako (AFP) July 6, 2017
3 killed in north Mali clashes as UN condemns violence
Krakow, Poland (AFP) July 4, 2017
I.Coast's Comoe park no longer endangered: UNESCO
Switzerland orders Saab's anti-tank weapon
Washington (UPI) Jun 28, 2017
The Swiss Federal Office for Defense Procurement has ordered Saab's next generation Light Anti-Tank Weapon system for the Swiss Army, the company announced on Wednesday. The NLAW system is a shoulder-fired anti-tank missile system that attacks its target from above. It has an effective firing range of more than 2,600 feet. "The Swiss customer has conducted a detailed, competitive ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 28, 2017
BAE, Leonardo partner on precision-guided artillery ammunition
Washington (UPI) Jun 27, 2017
Denmark contracts with General Dynamics for EAGLE armored ATVs
Washington (UPI) Jun 27, 2017
Four companies receive contracts for non-lethal weapons development
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Huntington Ingalls contracted for LPD 29 amphibious transport ship
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