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November 10, 2017
FROTH AND BUBBLE
Delhi restricts vehicles as smog envelopes India and Pakistan



New Delhi (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
New Delhi banned all construction, barred lorries from entering the city and announced stringent restrictions on private car use on Thursday, seeking to combat a massive spike in pollution across large swathes of India and Pakistan. Tens of thousands of schools in Delhi and surrounding states remained closed as a hazardous fog of toxic pollution cloaked the region for a third day, bringing growing calls for urgent government action to tackle what doctors are calling a public health emergency. "T ... read more

CLIMATE SCIENCE
Developing world says rich nations shirking on climate
Paris (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
The failure of wealthy nations to deliver on short-term climate commitments could hinder the rollout of a landmark treaty, a bloc of 134 developing countries, including India and China, warned Thursday at UN negotiations in Bonn. ... 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
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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India will purchase more than 100 armed helicopters for its navy to replace its outdated French-designed fleet in a military deal worth $3.2 billion, an official said Wednesday.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
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


UN urges Sri Lanka to start investigating war crimes

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
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



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 (UPI) Nov 8, 2017
Lockheed test pilot reaches 100 hours in proposed 5th generation trainer
Taipei (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
Taiwan grounds Mirage jets after plane goes missing
Washington (UPI) Nov 9, 2017
BAE completes full scale test of F-35A airframe
Uber IPO 'target' is 2019: CEO
New York (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
Uber is on track for a 2019 public stock offering and the plan is not dependent on new funding from Japan's SoftBank, the global ride-sharing giant's CEO said Thursday. Speaking at a New York Times conference, Dara Khosrowshahi said "2019 is the target" and that co-founder and former CEO Travis Kalanick and the rest of the board agree on the plan for an initial public offering. "We have ... more
Beijing (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
Ford, Chinese firm to invest $756 million on electric cars
Seoul (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
S. Korea to fine BMW, Mercedes, Porsche over emission rule breaches
Los Angeles (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
Uber joins forces with NASA to develop flying taxis
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 DC (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Cool textiles to beat the heat
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
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
Theoretical physicists are modeling complex quantum processes with cold atoms and ions
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 09, 2017
A group of researchers from Russia, Germany and Iran develops computational methods for creating a theory describing the behavior of cold atoms and ions in optical and electromagnetic traps. There is a high demand for these works due to the possibility of modeling with such completely controlled quantum systems of complex processes, from solid-state physics to high-energy physics. The proj ... more
Ithaca NY (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Where did those electrons go? X-ray measurements solve decades-old mystery
Austin TX (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Cosmos code helps probe space oddities
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 09, 2017
NIST's new patent-pending method supplies entangled atoms fast
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US slams World Bank lending to rich countries like China
Washington (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
World Bank lending to countries like China that are rich enough to finance their own development hurts poor countries that need help, a senior US Treasury official said Wednesday. David Malpass, Treasury's under secretary for International Affairs, cited China as a prime example of the practice, as the World Bank's biggest borrower with $2.4 billion in loans this year. The Trump administ ... more
Montreal (AFP) Nov 3, 2017
Canada: Amazon to add 1,000 jobs in Vancouver
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
NATO looks to seize momentum in Afghanistan conflict
Brussels (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
Defence ministers from the NATO alliance met Thursday in Brussels to review the next steps in the Afghanistan conflict and brainstorm ways to make gains in the 16-year-old war. NATO this week announced it would be sending some 3,000 extra troops to Afghanistan, bringing the Western military footprint up to about 16,000 soldiers. The additional troops, most of them American, will help tra ... more
Kirkuk, Iraq (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
Iraq to probe disappearance of Arabs arrested by Kurds
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
Developing world says rich nations shirking on climate
Paris (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
The failure of wealthy nations to deliver on short-term climate commitments could hinder the rollout of a landmark treaty, a bloc of 134 developing countries, including India and China, warned Thursday at UN negotiations in Bonn. The diplomatic spat has underscored the difficulty of reaching a consensus at the 196-nation talks. "If we do not respect decisions that we have made, then how ... more
Brussels (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
EU to cut car emissions to meet climate targets, rival China
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
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Trump prods Xi to work 'hard' and fast on North Korea
Beijing (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
Donald Trump showered Chinese leader Xi Jinping with praise during talks in Beijing Thursday, but prodded his host to work fast to help resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis, warning "time is quickly running out". Speaking on the second day of a trip to Beijing marked by pomp and pageantry, the US president also decried China's "one-sided and unfair" trade surplus with the United States bu ... more
Abu Dhabi (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
On first Mideast trip, Macron urges 'firm' stance on Iran
Brussels (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
NATO discusses Russia missile treaty 'violations': Mattis
Washington (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
France's Macron: US risks pushing Iran to build nukes
Trump praises China's 'highly respected' Xi
Beijing (AFP) Nov 10, 2017
US President Donald Trump praised Chinese leader Xi Jinping as a "highly respected and powerful representative of his people" on Friday as he wrapped up his first state visit to Beijing. Trump showered his host with accolades during two days of meetings during which the US leader sought to convince Xi to do more to reduce a trade deficit with China and rein in nuclear-armed North Korea. ... more
Phuket, Thailand (AFP) Nov 10, 2017
Gay Chinese tourists flock to Thailand for fun, acceptance
Beijing (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
Chinese dissident writer dies on medical parole
Hong Kong (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
Hong Kong pro-democracy activists allowed to appeal jail terms
Judges finish investigation into Guinea stadium massacre
Conakry (AFP) Nov 10, 2017
Guinean judges have completed an investigation into a massacre in which at least 157 opposition supporters were killed and 109 women raped by troops in a stadium in 2009, the justice ministry said in a statement Thursday. In September 2009, a massive opposition protest in a stadium in Conakry against then junta chief Moussa Dadis Camara's rule ended in bloodshed when his security forces open ... more
Davis CA (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Dozens of new wildlife corridors identified for African mammals
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
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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UAE closes deal for two Gowind navy corvettes: Macron
Dubai (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
The United Arab Emirates has closed a deal to buy two French-made Gowind navy corvettes, built for coastal surveillance and anti-submarine warfare, French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday in Dubai. The deal for the Gowind-class corvettes built by France's Naval Group was announced at the end of a two-day visit to the UAE, an ally of France and longtime client of Western defense indust ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 9, 2017
General Dynamics to sustain U.S., British submarine weapons systems
Seoul (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
S. Korea 'in talks to buy nuclear submarine' from US: reports
Washington (UPI) Nov 7, 2017
BAE awarded $22M contract for work on USS Little Rock, USS Sioux City
Brazil's tech junkies seek healing at digital detox clinic
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
Like many young people, 29-year-old student L.L. loves his cell phone. So much so, in fact, that his studies, his work and even his personal relationships have suffered, and his phone eventually became a way to avoid people in the real world. That was when he realized he needed help. L.L., who like other patients interviewed by AFP asked that their full names not be used, suffers from a ... more
Paris (ESA) Nov 10, 2017
The road to Orion's launch
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 09, 2017
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Washington (UPI) Nov 9, 2017
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