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January 31, 2020
CYBER WARS
US says EU understands 5G risks but pushes on Huawei



Washington (AFP) Jan 30, 2020
The United States on Thursday welcomed the European Union's new rules on fifth-generation internet but pressed them to go further after the bloc resisted Washington's pressure to ban China's Huawei directly. The European Union, setting guidelines that mirror those announced a day earlier by Britain, said Wednesday that countries should ban telecoms operators deemed to be a security risk. But it stopped short of banning Huawei, which Washington says is an arm of China's communist regime, and left ... read more

CYBER WARS
EU announces strict 5G rules, but no Huawei ban
Brussels (AFP) Jan 29, 2020
EU countries could ban telecoms operators deemed a security risk from critical parts of 5G infrastructure under guidelines issued Wednesday, amid US pressure to shut out Chinese giant Huawei. ... more
CYBER WARS
UK approves restricted 5G role for China's Huawei
London (AFP) Jan 28, 2020
Britain on Tuesday gave the green light to a limited role for Chinese telecoms giant Huawei in the country's 5G network, in a decision that left the United States "disappointed" after it called for a total ban. ... more
CYBER WARS
US charges Harvard chemistry head over China link
New York (AFP) Jan 28, 2020
US prosecutors charged a leading academic at Harvard University Tuesday with hiding his alleged role in a Chinese government program that security officials say steals trade secrets. ... more
DRAGON SPACE
China to launch more space science satellites
Beijing (XNA) Jan 28, 2020
China plans to launch more space science satellites in the coming three to four years, according to the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). The satellites will be used to detect electromagnetic ... more


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China's international journal Satellite Navigation launched
Beijing (XNA) Jan 22, 2020
A new English publication offering scientific research in the field of satellite navigation has just been launched by the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Springer Nature. The peer-reviewed aca ... more
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China protests US bill threatening Tibet sanctions
Beijing (AFP) Jan 29, 2020
Beijing slammed the United States on Wednesday over Tibet-related legislation that would authorise sanctions against Chinese officials who interfere in the process of determining the Dalai Lama's successor. ... more
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Project fear: Misinformation spreads China virus panic
Hong Kong (AFP) Jan 30, 2020
Misleading bat soup videos, vastly inflated death tolls, quack remedies and vaccine conspiracies - a global deluge of misinformation is compounding public fears about China's new coronavirus and stoking racial stereotypes. ... more
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Stranded in Wuhan: foreigners raise call for help in virus epicentre
Wuhan, China (AFP) Jan 30, 2020
Pregnant, newly wed and now trapped at the Chinese epicentre of a global health crisis, Thai national Aphinya is among thousands of foreigners desperate to escape - and watching helplessly as the US and Japan fly their citizens home. ... more
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Virus fears spark mask queues and empty shelves in Hong Kong
Hong Kong (AFP) Jan 30, 2020
Long queues form at pharmacies and crowds of panic-buyers strip supermarket shelves in Hong Kong as fears spread through the crowded metropolis over China's new coronavirus epidemic. ... more
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China sees deadliest day yet as global virus fears mount
Wuhan, China (AFP) Jan 30, 2020
China reported its biggest single-day jump in novel coronavirus deaths on Thursday, as confirmation that three Japanese evacuated from the outbreak's epicentre were infected deepened fears about a global contagion. ... more
CAR TECH
Tesla stock zooms as carmaker marks earnings 'turning point'
New York (AFP) Jan 30, 2020
Tesla shares surged Thursday after strong quarterly earnings accelerated the evolution of Elon Musk's electric car pioneer from troubled start-up to the world's second most valuable automaker. ... more
TRADE WARS
China's factory activity falls in January as virus fears grow
Beijing (AFP) Jan 31, 2020
China's manufacturing activity slipped in January, official data released Friday showed, as the country grapples with a new virus that has claimed more than 200 lives. ... more
INTERNET SPACE
EU announces strict 5G rules, but no Huawei ban
Brussels (AFP) Jan 29, 2020
EU countries could ban telecoms operators deemed a security risk from critical parts of 5G infrastructure under guidelines issued Wednesday, amid US pressure to shut out Chinese giant Huawei. ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
In Davos, the spectre of a tech cold war
Davos, Switzerland (AFP) Jan 23, 2020
China and the United States may have laid down their arms for now in a trade truce, but their technological rivalry is still raging, raising the spectre of a high tech cold war. ... more


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Apple delivers best-ever quarter, powered by iPhones, services
San Francisco (AFP) Jan 29, 2020
Apple on Tuesday posted record results for the final three months of last year delivered by gains in iPhone sales even as the company transitions to digital services and wearables. ... more
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5G: Five things to know
London (AFP) Jan 28, 2020
It is heralded as the breakthrough to a brave new world of technology, but in the here and now, super-fast 5G networking has been pitting the United States against China. ... more
EPIDEMICS
China locks down city at centre of virus outbreak
Wuhan, China (AFP) Jan 23, 2020
China banned trains and planes from leaving a major city at the centre of a virus outbreak on Thursday, seeking to seal off its 11 million people to contain the contagious disease that has claimed 17 lives, infected hundreds and spread to other countries. ... more
EPIDEMICS
Hong Kong turns holiday camps into quarantine zones as virus fears spike
Hong Kong (AFP) Jan 23, 2020
Hong Kong will turn two holiday camps, including a former military barracks, into quarantine zones for people who may have come into contact with carriers of the Wuhan virus, officials announced Thursday. ... more
EPIDEMICS
SARS lessons hang over China's fight against new virus
Beijing (AFP) Jan 23, 2020
China's lockdown of an entire city to contain a virus outbreak stands in contrast to its handling of the deadly SARS crisis two decades ago, when it was criticised for being secretive and indecisive. ... more
EPIDEMICS
China virus city in transport shutdown as WHO delays decision
Beijing (AFP) Jan 22, 2020
China said it was halting flights and trains from Thursday out of Wuhan, the city of 11 million people at the centre of a deadly SARS-like virus outbreak, as the UN extended emergency talks on the disease. ... more
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China to launch more space science satellites
Beijing (XNA) Jan 28, 2020
China plans to launch more space science satellites in the coming three to four years, according to the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). The satellites will be used to detect electromagnetic signals associated with gravitational waves, solar eruption activities, astronomy and the interaction between solar wind and the Earth's magnetosphere. Four new missions include the Gravitation ... more
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China's factory activity falls in January as virus fears grow
Beijing (AFP) Jan 31, 2020
China's manufacturing activity slipped in January, official data released Friday showed, as the country grapples with a new virus that has claimed more than 200 lives. The Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI), an early gauge of factory activity, came in at 50, down slightly from 50.2 the month before. A reading above 50 indicates the sector is expanding while below that number shows contract ... more
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Greece ratifies US defence deal amid anti-war protest
Athens (AFP) Jan 30, 2020
Greece's parliament on Thursday approved an updated defence agreement with the US allowing the use of Greek military facilities as hundreds protested outside. A majority of lawmakers ratified the Mutual Defence Cooperation Agreement (MDCA) as hundreds of Communist, left-wing and anti-war demonstrators protested on central Syntagma Square. The agreement, which updates a deal originally si ... more
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Deep Isolation shares its nuclear waste disposal solution
San Francisco CA (SPX) Jan 29, 2020
Deep Isolation, a leading innovator in nuclear waste storage and disposal solutions, will be featured at the Cleantech Forum San Francisco, January 27-29, 2020. Chief Executive Officer, Elizabeth Muller will present the Deep Isolation solution to isolate nuclear waste in deep horizontal drillholes during the session, "Time to be Inclusive and Pragmatic Before It's Too Late," on Tuesday, January ... more
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+ Stress relieving heat treatment processes: Framatome continues its works
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+ Austria fails to win over neighbours for nuclear phase-out
+ Iran says 'daily enrichment' of uranium higher than 2015
BT reports 500m pound hit as UK limits Huawei 5G role
London (AFP) Jan 30, 2020
British telecoms group BT on Thursday said it would take a 500 million pounds hit after the UK government limited Huawei's role in developing the country's 5G network on security grounds. The cost, equivalent to $650 million or 590 million euros, will be spread over five years, BT said in a statement as the British company must now make changes to its 5G rollout plans after London's move on the Ch ... more
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Deep Isolation shares its nuclear waste disposal solution
San Francisco CA (SPX) Jan 29, 2020
Deep Isolation, a leading innovator in nuclear waste storage and disposal solutions, will be featured at the Cleantech Forum San Francisco, January 27-29, 2020. Chief Executive Officer, Elizabeth Muller will present the Deep Isolation solution to isolate nuclear waste in deep horizontal drillholes during the session, "Time to be Inclusive and Pragmatic Before It's Too Late," on Tuesday, January ... more
+ Current model for storing nuclear waste is incomplete
+ Molecule modification could improve reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel
+ Stress relieving heat treatment processes: Framatome continues its works
+ GE Hitachi and TerraPower collaborate for versatile test reactor program
+ Japan court halts nuclear reactor restart citing volcano, quake risks
+ Austria fails to win over neighbours for nuclear phase-out
+ Iran says 'daily enrichment' of uranium higher than 2015
UK looks to offshore wind for green energy transition
London (AFP) Jan 19, 2020
Britain, a global leader in offshore wind energy, plans to make the sector one of the pillars of its transition to carbon neutrality in the coming decades. The country aims to quadruple its offshore electricity production capacity by 2030 by utilising the windswept North Sea and a favourable policy environment. "It's more conducive to build offshore in the UK than anywhere else in Europe ... more
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Prodiel will build a 244 MWp facility in Chile for Atlas Renewable Energy
Sol del Desierto, Chile (SPX) Jan 30, 2020
The Sol del Desierto plant, with a capacity of 244 MW, will be located in the north of the country and will be the largest capacity project the company has executed in Chile to date. The multinational Atlas Renewable Energy has chosen Prodiel to execute the Sol del Desierto photovoltaic plant using the EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) format. The facility, with an installed ... more
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Smaller detection device effective for nuclear treaty verification, archaeology digs
Washington DC (SPX) Jan 30, 2020
Most nuclear data measurements are performed at accelerators large enough to occupy a geologic formation a kilometer wide, like the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center located on a mesa in the desert. But a portable device that can reveal the composition of materials quickly on-site would greatly benefit cases such as in archaeology and nuclear arms treaty verification. Research published th ... more
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US plans to relax restrictions on landmines
Washington (AFP) Jan 30, 2020
The US government plans to relax restrictions on the army's use of anti-personnel mines, reversing an Obama-era commitment that more than 160 countries have signed up to, and which aims to limit injuries to civilians, US media reported Thursday. According to CNN, President Donald Trump wants to reverse an order issued by his predecessor Barack Obama to bring the US in line with the Ottawa Co ... more
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Israeli defense minister approves five-year military readiness plan
Washington DC (UPI) Jan 27, 2020
A five-year readiness overhaul of the Israel Defense Force, known as the Momentum Plan, was approved by Defense Minister Naftali Bennett. The plan, known in Hebrew as Tenufa, was designed by Defense Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochlavi to make the Israeli military "more flexible, smarter and deadlier." It calls for quick deployment of troops and equipment, and wars won as rapidl ... more
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OFFSET Swarm Systems Integrators Demonstrate Tactics to Conduct Urban Raid
Washington DC (SPX) Jan 31, 2020
In its third field experiment, DARPA's OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) program deployed swarms of autonomous air and ground vehicles to demonstrate a raid in an urban area. The OFFSET program envisions swarms of up to 250 collaborative autonomous systems providing critical insights to small ground units in urban areas where limited sight lines and tight spaces can obscure hazards, as we ... more
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France cracks down on plastic waste, destruction of unsold clothes
Paris (AFP) Jan 30, 2020
The French parliament on Thursday passed a law forbidding retailers from destroying unsold clothes and banning single-use plastic containers by 2040, part of the government's efforts to reduce waste. The bill adopted by the Senate, after being cleared by the lower house National Assembly last week, bans fast-food restaurants from serving food that is not for takeaway in plastic containers be ... more
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Virus exposes Beijing campaign to isolate Taiwan on global bodies
Taipei (AFP) Jan 22, 2020
The emergence of a deadly new virus in China has ignited fresh anger in neighbouring Taiwan about how the island has been squeezed out of international bodies, including the World Health Organization. Modern Taiwan has been a de facto sovereign nation for the last seven decades and has emerged as one of Asia's most progressive democracies. But it is quarantined on the world stage, only r ... more
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Pentagon releases names of Airmen killed in Afghanistan jet crash
Washington DC (UPI) Jan 29, 2020
The Pentagon released the names Wednesday of the two Air Force members who were killed in a jet crash in Afghanistan earlier this week. Lt. Col. Paul K. Voss, 46, of Yigo, Guam, and Capt. Ryan S. Phaneuf, 30, of Hudson, N.H., died in the crash of a Bombardier E-11A aircraft in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan Monday. Voss was assigned to Headquarters Air Combat Command at Joint Base ... more
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