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November 09, 2017
FROTH AND BUBBLE
Delhi schools shut as toxic smog hits India and Pakistan



New Delhi (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
Delhi authorities ordered all schools to shut on Wednesday after choking smog descended on north India and Pakistan, with pollution levels in the city 40 times the World Health Organization's safe limit. Levels of PM 2.5, the microscopic particles that are the most damaging to health, reached more than 1,000 micrograms per cubic metre in the Indian capital on Wednesday, according to US embassy measurements. That is 40 times the World Health Organization safe maximum of 25 over a 24-hour period, ... read more

DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Lifeline trails restored to Nepal's quake-hit villages
Lapa, Nepal (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
As the dust settled from Nepal's massive earthquake, a fresh humanitarian crisis was just beginning: supply lines to remote communities had been destroyed, and villagers were starving. ... more
INTERNET SPACE
Thailand to require fingerprints, face scans for SIM cards
Bangkok (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
Face-scans or fingerprints will be needed to buy SIM cards in Thailand from next month as the kingdom tries to crack down on electronic fraud and encourage mobile banking. ... more
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 ... 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India will purchase more than 100 armed helicopters for its navy to replace its outdated French-designed fleet in a military deal worth $3.2 billion, an official said Wednesday.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
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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
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


India welcomes Tillerson call for deeper ties to counter China

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
SUPERPOWERS
Warning for China as US hails India 'partnership'
Washington (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
The United States vowed Wednesday to work with India in preference to China over the next century to promote a "free and open" Asia-Pacific region led by prosperous democracies. ... more
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



NASA Embraces Urban Air Mobility, Calls for Market Study
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Nov 09, 2017
NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) conducts research based on a deliberate and well-coordinated strategic implementation plan. This plan is being expanded to include research into an area emerging so quickly there's no page for it yet on Wikipedia. It's Urban Air Mobility, or UAM. Our definition for UAM is a safe and efficient system for air passenger and cargo tr ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
NASA Air Traffic Management Demonstration Goes Live in Charlotte
Cleveland OH (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Aviation Renaissance: NASA Advances Concepts for Next-gen Aircraft
Washington (UPI) Nov 8, 2017
Lockheed test pilot reaches 100 hours in proposed 5th generation trainer
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 DC (SPX) Nov 09, 2017
Introducing autonomous vehicles sooner could save hundreds of thousands of lives
Washington (UPI) Nov 3, 2017
Texas applauds free-market move on electric vehicles
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
Rapid cellphone charging getting closer to reality
Waterloo, Canada (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
The ability to charge cellphones in seconds is one step closer after researchers at the University of Waterloo used nanotechnology to significantly improve energy-storage devices known as supercapacitors. Their novel design roughly doubles the amount of electrical energy the rapid-charging devices can hold, helping pave the way for eventual use in everything from smartphones and laptop com ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 7, 2017
Scientists design smart paper capable of detecting water, conducting electricity
Houston TX (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Microscopic defects make batteries better
Exeter UK (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Scientists create magnetic system that transforms heat into motion
Bulgaria extends life of Soviet-era nuclear reactor
Sofia (AFP) Nov 3, 2017
Bulgaria's nuclear energy watchdog greenlighted on Friday an extension of the lifespan of one of two Soviet-built reactors at the country's sole nuclear power plant. The 1,000-megawatt unit in Kozloduy was built in 1987 and its operating licence was due to expire on November 5. But the BNRA nuclear regulator agreed to extend the permit by another 10 years after extensive equipment checks ... more
Paris (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
France backtracks on nuclear power reduction target
Hanover NH (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Nuclear energy programs may not increase likelihood of proliferation
New Brunswick NJ (SPX) Nov 02, 2017
Rutgers-led research could revolutionize nuclear waste reprocessing and save money
Where did those electrons go? X-ray measurements solve decades-old mystery
Ithaca NY (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
The concept of "valence" - the ability of a particular atom to combine with other atoms by exchanging electrons - is one of the cornerstones of modern chemistry and solid-state physics. Valence controls crucial properties of molecules and materials, including their bonding, crystal structure, and electronic and magnetic properties. Four decades ago, a class of materials called "mixed ... more
Austin TX (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Cosmos code helps probe space oddities
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'
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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
Iraq to probe disappearance of Arabs arrested by Kurds
Kirkuk, Iraq (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has ordered an investigation after dozens of complaints from Arab families about relatives they say have not been heard from since their arrest by Kurdish forces. Kurds control an autonomous region in north Iraq, and they also held the disputed Kirkuk province from 2003 until they were driven out last month by federal forces after Baghdad rejected an inde ... more
Brussels (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
NATO looks to seize momentum in Afghanistan conflict
Brussels (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
NATO says to boost Afghan mission to 16,000 troops
Baghdad (AFP) Nov 5, 2017
Iraq dispute kicks off crisis for Kurdish sports
EU to cut car emissions to meet climate targets, rival China
Brussels (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
The European Union on Wednesday proposed sharp automobile emission cuts over the next decade to support the Paris climate accord and compete with China by spurring electric car production. The European Commission, the EU executive, called for cutting carbon dioxide emissions from cars and vans by 30 percent by 2030 and 15 percent by 2025, compared with 2021. The proposal has to be approv ... more
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Cities can cut greenhouse gas emissions far beyond their urban borders
Bonn (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
Syria to join Paris climate pact, isolating US
Bonn (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
2017 set to be hottest non-El Nino year: UN
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On first Mideast trip, Macron urges 'firm' stance on Iran
Abu Dhabi (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
French President Emmanuel Macron called for vigilance towards Tehran over its ballistic missile programme and regional activities, in an interview published on Wednesday by Emirati daily Al-Ittihad. "It is important to remain firm with Iran over its regional activities and its ballistic programme," said Macron, in the United Arab Emirates for a 24-hour official visit, his first to the Middle ... more
Tokyo (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
US carriers in rare Pacific op amid N. Korea tensions
Washington (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
US expected to name North Korea terror sponsor
Washington (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
Europe urges US Congress not to torpedo Iran deal
Chinese dissident writer dies on medical parole
Beijing (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
A veteran Chinese dissident who had nearly completed a 12-year prison sentence for "subversion" has died on medical parole, rights groups said Wednesday. Writer Yang Tongyan died on Tuesday, nearly three months after an August 23 surgery to remove a brain tumour, Amnesty International said in a statement, citing information from close friends. Rights groups say a pattern has emerged in r ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
Hong Kong pro-democracy activists allowed to appeal jail terms
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
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
Washington (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
Niger ambush probe to last until at least January: Pentagon
Niamey (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
Sahel anti-terror force sees teething problems in first mission
Miami (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
Deadly heat from climate change may hit slums hardest
MBDA Inc. to produce parts for Small Diameter Bomb
Washington (UPI) Nov 1, 2017
The Boeing Company and MBDA Missile Systems announced on Tuesday a new contract that calls for 21,000 Diamond Back Wing assemblies for the U.S. Air Force's precision-guided GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb Increment I or GBU-39 SDB-I The announcement follows several contracts awarded to Boeing by the Air Force, including an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity foreign military sales contr ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 3, 2017
Swedish army to buy BONUS ammunition from BAE
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
NASA Completes Review of First SLS, Orion Deep Space Exploration Mission
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 09, 2017
NASA is providing an update on the first integrated launch of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft after completing a comprehensive review of the launch schedule. This uncrewed mission, known as Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1) is a critical flight test for the agency's human deep space exploration goals. EM-1 lays the foundation for the first crewed flight of SLS and Orio ... more
Paris (ESA) Nov 08, 2017
Stressed seedlings in space
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
Brazil's tech junkies seek healing at digital detox clinic
Houston TX (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Orbital ATK's to deliver supplies to International Space Station
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