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August 11, 2017
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Shoot-to-kill: India hunts serial killer elephant



New Delhi (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
India's top hunter on Friday led a shoot-to-kill pursuit of an elephant whose murderous rampage through villages has left 15 people dead. The government has turned to sharpshooter Nawab Shafat Ali Khan ahead of World Elephant Day on Saturday to hunt the animal who crushed four victims in the eastern state of Bihar in March before crossing into neighbouring Jharkhand and killing 11 more. Jharkhand's chief forest and wildlife conservator L.R. Singh said the decision to kill the animal was made aft ... read more

SHAKE AND BLOW
Tourism a major casualty of China quake
Jiuzhaigou, China (AFP) Aug 10, 2017
Tourism may prove one of the bigger casualties from a strong earthquake that struck a region of southwestern China whose natural beauty and Tibetan heritage draw millions of visitors each year. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Rogue elephant tramples 15 to death in India, faces culling
New Delhi (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
An elephant that has killed 15 people in eastern India over a months-long rampage could be shot within days if it is not brought under control, an official said Wednesday. ... more
INTERNET SPACE
End of an era as typewriting tests phased out in India
Mumbai (AFP) Aug 10, 2017
The unmistakable chatter of typewriters outside courthouses and government offices will soon fall silent in India's financial capital Mumbai as stenography colleges on Friday hold their final manual exams. ... more
AEROSPACE
Families demand Malaysia accept MH370 hunt offer
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
Relatives of passengers aboard missing flight MH370 Friday demanded Malaysia accept a US exploration firm's offer to take up the hunt for the aircraft, which was suspended earlier this year. ... more
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STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Vast new super cluster of galaxies named Saraswati
Pune, India (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
A team of astronomers from the Inter University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) and Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), both in Pune, India, and members of two ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
ISRO Develops Ship-Based Antenna System to Track Satellite Launches
New Delhi (Sputnik) Jul 18, 2017
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully designed and developed a ship-borne transportable antenna terminal to fulfill the telemetry tracking and command requirements for all s ... more
SUPERPOWERS
China ups ante in high-altitude standoff with India
Beijing (AFP) Aug 5, 2017
China has stepped up its rhetoric in an increasingly tense border row with India, hinting at the possibility of military action in a propaganda push that analysts are calling "genuinely troubling." ... more
WATER WORLD
Seabed exploration firm offers to hunt for MH370
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) Aug 3, 2017
A US exploration company has offered to take on the search for flight MH370 which was suspended earlier this year, the firm and a Malaysian minister said Thursday, offering new hope to families of the missing. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Tech advances will lead to MH370 discovery - Malaysia Airlines
Sydney (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
The resting place of missing flight MH370 will eventually be found but it will require advances in science and technology, including artificial intelligence, Malaysia Airlines' chief said Tuesday. ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
Aalto-1 satellite sends first image back to VTT Finland
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Aug 01, 2017
The photograph was taken with the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland developed hyperspectral camera's secondary camera. Launched on the morning of 23 June from India, the Aalto-1 satelli ... more


India looks to more launches with new facility from 2018

FLORA AND FAUNA
Bangladesh doubles wildlife sanctuary to save its tigers
Dhaka (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
Bangladesh has more than doubled the size of the wildlife sanctuary in the world's largest mangrove forest to try to protect endangered Bengal tigers whose numbers have fallen sharply, officials said Tuesday. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Sri Lanka completes controversial $1 billion port deal with China
Colombo (AFP) July 29, 2017
Sri Lanka on Saturday sealed a billion-dollar deal to let a Chinese state firm take over a loss-making port in a move that worries many, including its giant neighbour India. ... more
SOLAR DAILY
India facing renewable energy challenges
Washington (UPI) Jul 31, 2017
An effort in India, one of the world's strongest economies, to improve the renewable energy sector could face headwinds, Moody's Investors Service said. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Lightning kills 21 as India reels from floods
New Delhi (AFP) July 31, 2017
Lightning killed 21 people in eastern India as large swathes of the country reel under the worst floods in years that have left hundreds dead and millions displaced, officials said Monday. ... more



NASA's Scientific Balloon Program Reaches New Heights
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
For decades, NASA has released enormous scientific balloons into Earth's atmosphere, miles above the altitude of commercial flights. The Balloon Program is currently preparing new missions bearing sensitive instruments, including one designed to investigate the birth of our universe and another with ballooning origins that will fly on the International Space Station. NASA's Primordial Infl ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
Lockheed receives $9.4M contract for F-35 modifications
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
Japan approves US Marine flights of Ospreys after crash
Washington (UPI) Aug 11, 2017
Air Force finishes ground testing of new highly efficient engine
Electric vehicles to eat into global oil demand by 6 million barrels
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
An increased consumer use of electric vehicles means global oil demand could shrink by at least 6 million barrels, a report from Wood Mackenzie found. In what was described as a carbon-constrained scenario, the new report, prepared in coordination with GTM Research, which covers the global electricity sector, said electric vehicles could make up about 20 percent of all of the car ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 11, 2017
Czech Republic aims for nation-wide vehicle charging points
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Aug 8, 2017
VW offers discounts against dirty old diesels
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Mining giant BHP hops on EV bandwagon
India must rethink infrastructure needs for 100 new 'smart' cities to be sustainable
Lincoln UK (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Plans to create 100 new 'smart' cities in India to support the country's rapidly growing urban population could have a significant detrimental impact on the environment unless greater emphasis is placed on providing new supporting infrastructure and utilities, according to a major new study. Professor Hugh Byrd, a specialist in urban planning from the University of Lincoln, UK, conducted a ... more
University Park PA (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Allowable 'carbon budget' most likely overestimated
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Sparkling springs aid quest for underground heat energy sources
Washington (AFP) July 7, 2017
Google's 'moonshot' factory spins off geothermal unit
Saliva-powered battery could be helpful in extreme conditions
Binghamton NY (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York have developed the next step in microbial fuel cells (MFCs): a battery activated by spit that can be used in extreme conditions where normal batteries don't function. For the last five years, Binghamton University Electrical and Computer Science Assistant Professor Seokheun Choi has focused on developing micro-power sources ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Rice develops dual-surface graphene electrode to split water into hydrogen and oxygen
Washington (UPI) Aug 4, 2017
BAE Systems installing heat and power plant at Portsmouth, England
Washington (UPI) Aug 7, 2017
Metal clouds to protect fusion reactor walls from heat flux
The Roadmap for Increased Safety and Viability of Nuclear Power Plants
New York, NY (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
SCHOTT, an expert provider of glass-to-metal electrical penetration assemblies to the nuclear power industry, has welcomed a report released by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) highlighting the potentially severe issues that can occur as a result of complete failure of electrical and instrumentation and control (I and C) equipment under severe accident conditions. The report, ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Aug 02, 2017
Areva signs MOX fuel fabrication contract with Japan
Washington (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
Construction of two nuclear power plants in US halted
Paris (AFP) July 28, 2017
Nuclear contaminates earnings of France's EDF
UCI celestial census indicates that black holes pervade the universe
Irvine CA (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
After conducting a cosmic inventory of sorts to calculate and categorize stellar-remnant black holes, astronomers from the University of California, Irvine have concluded that there are probably tens of millions of the enigmatic, dark objects in the Milky Way - far more than expected. "We think we've shown that there are as many as 100 million black holes in our galaxy," said UCI chair and ... more
San Diego CA (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Primordial black holes may have helped to forge heavy elements
Swansea UK (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
First observation of the hyperfine splitting in antihydrogen
Chicago IL (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Clever experiment documents multiscale fluid dynamics
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China factory gate inflation misses expectations in July
Beijing (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
China's factory price inflation remained steady for the third consecutive month in July, the government said Wednesday, coming in slightly below expectations as experts warn of a further slowdown in the world's second-largest economy. The producer price index (PPI) rose 5.5 percent year-on-year, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), the same as the previous two months but mis ... more
Washington (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
US finds Chinese aluminum foil subsidized, slaps duties
Shanghai (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
Treadmills to karaoke -- China goes sharing crazy
Washington (UPI) Aug 11, 2017
Ahead of NAFTA talks, Canada looks to U.S. Midwest
US airstrike kills several civilians in Afghanistan; Trump says new strategy 'very close'
Jalalabad, Afghanistan (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
Several civilians have been killed in an US airstrike in eastern Afghanistan, local officials said Friday, the latest setback in efforts to bring peace to the war-torn country. Saaz Wali Shinwari, the district governor of Haska Mina in Nangarhar province, said the raid was carried out by US troops although there was no official confirmation from NATO. "On Thursday afternoon, the American ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
Afghanistan contractors accused of misusing money on luxury cars, salaries
Washington (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
Delay in Afghanistan policy points to White House rift
Kandahar, Afghanistan (AFP) Aug 5, 2017
Afghan police killed, NATO soldier wounded in 'insider attack'
UNEP chief urges China to do more on climate
Seoul (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
The world's biggest polluter China has a "big job" ahead of it in the global fight against climate change, the UN's environment chief said Wednesday. Since US President Donald Trump's decision in June to quit the Paris agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Beijing has proclaimed its willingness to stick to the pact. Analysts say the US move gives China an opportunity to establi ... more
Beijing (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Warm periods in the 20th century are not unprecedented during the last 2,000 years
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 09, 2017
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Washington (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
US to join climate talks despite Paris accord exit
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Trump says NKorea would 'truly regret' attacking US
Washington (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
President Donald Trump tightened the screws on North Korea Friday, warning Pyongyang would "truly regret" taking any hostile action against the US as he prepared for talks with China's leader on the crisis. Trump has been engaged all week in a war of words with the North over its weapons and missile programs, as US media reported Pyongyang has successfully miniaturized a nuclear warhead. ... more
Seoul (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
As tensions soar, South Korea mulls nuclear arms
Seoul (AFP) Aug 8, 2017
N. Korea threatens missile strike near US territory Guam: KCNA
Manila (AFP) Aug 7, 2017
North Korea defiant after new sanctions, rejects talks
Hundreds of Cambodian maids to work in Hong Kong
Phnom Penh (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
Cambodia is recruiting hundreds of maids to work in Hong Kong, an official said Wednesday, as the wealthy city scrambles to meet growing demand for domestic helpers and fend off concerns about exploitation. Hong Kong is home to more than 300,000 foreign maids, mostly from the Philippines and Indonesia. But a series of high-profile abuse cases have seized global headlines in recent years ... more
Shanghai (AFP) Aug 8, 2017
Flag-waving Chinese blockbuster smashes box-office records
Hong Kong (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
Anger over calls to limit air-con for Hong Kong maids
Shanghai (AFP) Aug 8, 2017
Chinese auntie enforcers jailed after reign of grey terror
India Eyes Big Business with Africa in Space Exploration
New Delhi (Sputnik) Aug 09, 2017
The recent foray of Ghana into space exploration provides immense business opportunities for the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), which boasts the most cost-effective launch vehicle. New Delhi (Spuntik) - Ghana recently launched its first ever satellite, GhanaSat-1, from NASA's International Space Station. A group of students at Ghana's All Nations University (ANU) built the sate ... more
Kano, Nigeria (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
Nigerian forces in 'unauthorised search' of UN camp
Nairobi (AFP) Aug 10, 2017
Kenyan opposition demands Odinga be 'declared president'
Nairobi (AFP) Aug 7, 2017
Calls for peace on eve of tense Kenya election
New railgun ready for testing
Washington (UPI) Aug 1, 2017
A new 10 mega joule medium-range multi-mission railgun from General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems has been assembled and is ready for testing, the company announced on Monday. The railgun, which provides multi-mission, multi-domain capability with greater flexibility for ship, land and mobile platforms will be put through its paces at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah, the company said. / ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 1, 2017
Northrop Grumman receives $57.7M contract for IED jammers
Washington (UPI) Aug 1, 2017
Army orders additional Joint Light Tactical Vehicles
Washington (UPI) Aug 11, 2017
Lockheed Martin receives contract for Squad X infantry technology program
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U.S. Navy issues contract proposal to lift USS Fitzgerald back to US
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
The U.S. Navy has issued a contract proposal for transporting the USS Fitzgerald back to the United States after it collided with a Filipino flagged cargo ship off the coast of Japan. The June 17 incident, which resulted in the death of seven sailors, is still under investigation by the Navy. While transiting to a base at Yokosuka, Japan, the vessel was struck by the ACX Crystal ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 11, 2017
USS George H.W. Bush carrier strike group completes Saxon Warrior exercise
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
NRL-developed Topcoat Applied on Entire Freeboard of Navy Ship
Washington (UPI) Aug 1, 2017
Austal lays keel for first Pacific Patrol Boat
A look inside the Space Station's experimental BEAM module
Houston TX (SPX) Aug 04, 2017
NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik looks through the hatch of the International Space Station's Bigelow Expandable Aerospace Module (BEAM) on July 31, 2017. He shared this photo on social media on August 2, commenting, "Ever wonder how you look when you enter a new part of a spacecraft? Well, this is it. First time inside the expandable BEAM module." The BEAM is an experimental expandable ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 03, 2017
Two Voyagers Taught Us How to Listen to Space
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 17, 2017
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Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 01, 2017
Voyager spacecraft still in communication 40 years out into the void


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