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November 08, 2017
BIO FUEL
Penn researchers mimic giant clams to enhance the production of biofuel



Philadelphia PA (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Alison Sweeney of the University of Pennsylvania has been studying giant clams since she was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara. These large mollusks, which anchor themselves to coral reefs in the tropical waters of the Indian and Pacific oceans, can grow to up to three-feet long and weigh hundreds of pounds. But their size isn't the only thing that makes them unique. Anyone who has ever gone snorkeling in Australia or the western tropical Pacific Ocean, Sweeney s ... read more

AEROSPACE
India clears $3.2 billion purchase of naval choppers
New Delhi (AFP) Nov 1, 2017
India will purchase more than 100 armed helicopters for its navy to replace its outdated French-designed fleet in a military deal worth $3.2 billion, an official said Wednesday. ... more
THE STANS
Pakistani, Indian military commanders trade barbs in rare call
Islamabad (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
Indian and Pakistani military commanders fired off heated accusations Monday in a rare telephone conversation between the nuclear-armed rivals over repeated cross-border firing in disputed Kashmir. ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
When surrounding farms get hot and dry, cities cool off
Washington (UPI) Oct 26, 2017
Until now, scientists thought city temperatures knew just one direction - up. Many studies have documented what's known as the heat island effect, but new research shows some cities, especially in India, benefit from an urban cooling phenomenon. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Tillerson starts talks in India dominated by China
New Delhi (AFP) Oct 25, 2017
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday started talks with Indian leaders expected to highlight the strong alliance between the two nations, with both anxious to counter China's growing influence. ... more
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NUKEWARS
India shrinks ties with NKorea but will not close embassy
New Delhi (AFP) Oct 25, 2017
India has slashed trade with North Korea in line with UN sanctions over the North's nuclear tests but will not close its Pyongyang embassy, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said Wednesday. ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE
India top court bans dirty fuel to fight Delhi's bad air
New Delhi (AFP) Oct 24, 2017
India's top court Tuesday banned the use of petroleum coke - a cheap but dirty fuel - in New Delhi's neighbouring states, the latest crackdown aimed at improving air quality in one of the most polluted cities in the world. ... more
TERROR WARS
UN urges Sri Lanka to start investigating war crimes
Colombo (AFP) Oct 23, 2017
A United Nations expert warned Monday that Sri Lanka must speed up its own long-stalled investigation into war crimes by troops or risk action by the international community. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
India welcomes Tillerson call for deeper ties to counter China
New Delhi (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
India on Friday welcomed US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's comments that Washington would rather work with New Delhi than Beijing over the next century, saying it shared his optimism about their burgeoning relationship. ... more
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'. ... 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


Warning for China as US hails India 'partnership'

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
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
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



NASA Air Traffic Management Demonstration Goes Live in Charlotte
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
The forward cabin door is closed. Everyone is sitting down with their seat belts fastened. Then comes the gentle nudge as the airliner is pushed back from its gate. After a grueling, week-long business trip, home is just two hours away - and you can't wait to see family, friends and your own bed! Then the aircraft stops, and you have no choice but to wait some more. It's another 10 m ... more
Cleveland OH (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Aviation Renaissance: NASA Advances Concepts for Next-gen Aircraft
Washington (UPI) Nov 6, 2017
General Electric receives $84M for Blackhawk, Apache engine overhauls
Washington (UPI) Nov 3, 2017
Raytheon awarded $22.1M for Next Generation Jammer support
UK car sales skid in October: industry body
London (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
British car sales sank in October for the seventh successive month on disappointing consumer demand, industry data showed on Monday. New car registrations sank 12.2 percent year-on-year to 158,192 vehicles last month, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said in a statement. The SMMT blamed the sharp drop on falling consumer confidence - and confusion surrounding the governmen ... more
Carlsbad, NM (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Sandia improving fuel economy, reducing emissions using optical diagnostics
Washington (UPI) Nov 3, 2017
Texas applauds free-market move on electric vehicles
San Francisco (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
Waymo cars hit the the road without drivers
Improving sensor accuracy to prevent electrical grid overload
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Electrical physicists from Czech Technical University have provided additional evidence that new current sensors introduce errors when assessing current through iron conductors. It's crucial to correct this flaw in the new sensors so that operators of the electrical grid can correctly respond to threats to the system. The researchers show how a difference in a conductor's magnetic permeabi ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 23, 2017
Japan faces challenges in cutting CO2, Moody's finds
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
IEA: An electrified world would cost $31B per year to achieve
Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2017
'Fuel-secure' steps in Washington counterintuitive, green group says
Microscopic defects make batteries better
Houston TX (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
High-performance electrodes for lithium-ion batteries can be improved by paying closer attention to their defects - and capitalizing on them, according to Rice University scientists. Rice materials scientist Ming Tang and chemists Song Jin at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Linsen Li at Wisconsin and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology led a study that combined state-of-the-a ... more
Exeter UK (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Scientists create magnetic system that transforms heat into motion
Berkeley CA (SPX) Nov 02, 2017
New studies on disordered cathodes may provide much-needed jolt to lithium batteries
Ulsan, South Korea (SPX) Nov 02, 2017
UNIST unveils new fast-charging, high-energy electric-car battery technology
Rutgers-led research could revolutionize nuclear waste reprocessing and save money
New Brunswick NJ (SPX) Nov 02, 2017
Seeking a better way to capture radioactive iodides in spent nuclear reactor fuel, Rutgers-New Brunswick scientists have developed an extremely efficient "molecular trap" that can be recycled and reused. The trap is like a tiny, porous super-sponge. The internal surface area of just one gram of this material could stretch out to cover five 94-by-50-foot basketball courts, or 23,500 square ... more
Sofia (AFP) Nov 3, 2017
Bulgaria extends life of Soviet-era nuclear reactor
Hanover NH (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Nuclear energy programs may not increase likelihood of proliferation
Seoul (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
South Korea to push ahead with nuclear power plants
Cosmos code helps probe space oddities
Austin TX (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Black holes make for a great space mystery. They're so massive that nothing, not even light, can escape a black hole once it gets close enough. A great mystery for scientists is that there's evidence of powerful jets of electrons and protons that shoot out of the top and bottom of some black holes. Yet no one knows how these jets form. Computer code called Cosmos now fuels supercomputer si ... more
Amherst MA (SPX) Nov 07, 2017
Powerful new telescope observes one of the oldest objects in the universe
St. Louis MO (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
A bit of a 'quantum magic trick'
Ithaca NY (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Where did those electrons go? X-ray measurements solve decades-old mystery
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Canada: Amazon to add 1,000 jobs in Vancouver
Montreal (AFP) Nov 3, 2017
Amazon announced Friday that it will double its workforce in Canada's western metropolis of Vancouver, about 150 miles (240 kilometers) north of its Seattle headquarters, to 2,000. The company said in a statement it would open a new office in downtown Vancouver in 2020 to accomodate the new staff, which will bring its total number of its employees across Canada to 6,000. "We are among th ... more
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) Nov 3, 2017
Alibaba launches electronic trading hub in Malaysia
Beijing (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
China cracks down on fraudulent provincial growth figures
Hong Kong (AFP) Nov 1, 2017
Hong Kong skyscraper sold for record $5.15 bn
NATO says to boost Afghan mission to 16,000 troops
Brussels (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
NATO will boost its training mission in Afghanistan by around 3,000 troops, chief Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday as Kabul reeled from the latest deadly attack on civilians. The overall size of NATO's training and support mission in the unrest-hit country will increase from roughly 13,000 to roughly 16,000, he said. Speaking a day before NATO defence ministers meet in Brussels, Stoltenberg ... more
Kirkuk, Iraq (AFP) Nov 5, 2017
Double bombing kills six in Iraq's disputed Kirkuk: security source
Kunduz, Afghanistan (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
NATO probes claims of civilian casualties in Afghan airstrike
Baghdad (AFP) Nov 5, 2017
Iraq dispute kicks off crisis for Kurdish sports
Cities can cut greenhouse gas emissions far beyond their urban borders
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Greenhouse gas emissions caused by urban households' purchases of goods and services from beyond city limits are much bigger than previously thought. These upstream emissions may occur anywhere in the world and are roughly equal in size to the total emissions originating from a city's own territory, a new study shows. This is not bad news but in fact offers local policy-makers more leverage to t ... more
Bonn (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
2017 set to be hottest non-El Nino year: UN
Bonn (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
Plea for 'urgent action' on climate shadowed by Trump
Washington (AFP) Nov 3, 2017
White House OKs report warning climate change caused by humans
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Europe urges US Congress not to torpedo Iran deal
Washington (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini warned Tuesday that the Iran nuclear deal can never be renegotiated, as she urged US lawmakers not to try to reopen the agreement. Her visit coincided with that of the head of the UN nuclear watchdog, IAEA director general Yukiya Amano, who defended his agency's ability to monitor Iran's compliance with the accord. President Donald Trump has to ... more
Seoul (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
Trump aborts surprise visit to DMZ due to bad weather
Seoul (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
Trump says China's Xi 'very helpful' on N. Korea
Seoul (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
S. Korea to buy 'billions of dollars' of US weapons: Trump
Hong Kong pro-democracy activists allowed to appeal jail terms
Hong Kong (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
Hong Kong's leading pro-democracy activists, who were jailed for their role in the 2014 Umbrella Movement were granted leave to appeal their sentences by the city's top court on Tuesday. Joshua Wong and Nathan Law were imprisoned in August after Hong Kong's government pushed for harsher sentences - rather than the initial community service orders they were given. The government's appeal ... more
Beijing (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
China calls on France to ensure security of its citizens
Hong Kong (AFP) Nov 2, 2017
Hong Kong government under fire in LGBT row
Beijing (AFP) Nov 4, 2017
Disrespecting China's anthem can now cost 3 years jail
Tense standoff in Juba as troops encircle ex-army chief's home
Juba (AFP) Nov 4, 2017
South Sudan's capital Juba was tense on Saturday as more than 100 soldiers surrounded the residence of powerful former army chief Paul Malong in a bid to disarm his bodyguards. Streets across the city were largely empty as people stayed at home for fear the standoff would erupt into clashes, an AFP correspondent said. The deployment of troops around Malong's residence in the central Hai ... more
Miami (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
Deadly heat from climate change may hit slums hardest
Tiznit, Morocco (AFP) Nov 3, 2017
Morocco architect fights concrete with tradition
Washington (AFP) Nov 3, 2017
US strikes IS in Somalia for first time
Swedish army to buy BONUS ammunition from BAE
Washington (UPI) Nov 3, 2017
A new contract awarded to BAE Systems calls for the delivery of 254 additional Bofors 155mm BONUS artillery rounds for the Swedish army, the company announced on Thursday. The additional artillery rounds are expected to strengthen Sweden's operational capabilities for its long range, indirect fire Archer artillery weapon systems. The Bofors 155mm BONUS artillery rounds are capabl ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 1, 2017
MBDA Inc. to produce parts for Small Diameter Bomb
Washington (UPI) Nov 2, 2017
BAE receives $40M from Lockheed for sensor technology
Washington (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
US court blocks Trump's military transgender ban
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S. Korea 'in talks to buy nuclear submarine' from US: reports
Seoul (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
South Korea is negotiating with the United States to buy nuclear-powered submarines to guard against threats from Pyongyang, local reports said Tuesday, as President Donald Trump said Seoul would buy "billions of dollars" of US weapons. Nuclear-powered submarines can stay submerged for months, giving them a far greater range than their diesel-powered counterparts, and are also crucial to an ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 7, 2017
BAE awarded $22M contract for work on USS Little Rock, USS Sioux City
Jerusalem (AFP) Nov 5, 2017
Netanyahu associates grilled in German sub graft probe: report
Washington (UPI) Nov 1, 2017
Raytheon awarded contract computer systems on Zumwalt-class destroyers
Stressed seedlings in space
Paris (ESA) Nov 08, 2017
Life on Earth has a myriad of problems, but gravity isn't one of them - staying grounded means organisms can soak up the light and heat that enables growth. It's no wonder that the free-floating environment of space stresses organisms, which survive only if they can adapt. Like humans, plants have proven their robustness in space. Now, thanks to the International Space Station, we know mor ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Orbital ATK's to deliver supplies to International Space Station
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Oct 30, 2017
How Does Your Space Garden Grow
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 30, 2017
NanoRacks Deploys Second Kaber-Class Microsatellite This Week, First On-Orbit Assembly
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