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February 06, 2020
MOON DAILY
China's lunar rover travels 367 meters on moon's far side



Beijing (XNA) Feb 05, 2020
China's lunar rover Yutu-2 (Jade Rabbit-2) has driven 367.25 meters on the far side of the moon to conduct scientific exploration. Both the lander and the rover of the Chang'e-4 probe ended their work for the 14th lunar day on Saturday (Beijing Time), and switched to dormant mode for the lunar night, according to the Lunar Exploration and Space Program Center of the China National Space Administration. During the 14th lunar day, Yutu-2 continued to move along the planned route. The scientifi ... read more

CYBER WARS
Vodafone takes 200-mn-euro hit from Huawei 5G curbs
London (AFP) Feb 5, 2020
British telecoms giant Vodafone revealed Wednesday that it would cost about 200 million euros ($221 million) over five years to remove controversial Chinese group Huawei's equipment from core 5G European activities. ... more
THE STANS
Pakistan bucks trend and resumes flights to virus-hit China
Islamabad (AFP) Feb 3, 2020
Airlines in Pakistan resumed flights to and from China Monday after health authorities said they were confident they had systems in place to keep the deadly coronavirus out of the country. ... more
MILPLEX
Russia obtains ease on C.Africa arms embargo at UN Security Council
United Nations, United States (AFP) Jan 31, 2020
The UN Security Council on Friday approved a slight relaxation of the arms embargo on the Central African Republic, an issue that has been a source of friction between France and Russia. ... more
WATER WORLD
Thais spike China-led plan to dredge Mekong river
Bangkok (AFP) Feb 5, 2020
Thailand has spiked Chinese-led plans to open up a key stretch of the Mekong river, in a rare victory for activists fighting to preserve Southeast Asia's most important waterway. ... more


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EPIDEMICS
Thousands quarantined on Asian cruise ships in virus fight
Yokohama, Japan (AFP) Feb 6, 2020
Thousands of people were stranded aboard two cruise ships in Asia on Thursday, quarantined by officials desperate to stem the spread of a deadly virus that has killed hundreds in China and spread panic worldwide. ... more
EPIDEMICS
China scrambles to find beds for virus patients as deaths hit 563
Beijing (AFP) Feb 6, 2020
China scrambled to find bed space for thousands of newly infected patients on Thursday, as the death toll from the novel coronavirus soared to 563. ... more
EPIDEMICS
Travel bans upend Chinese lives
Beijing (AFP) Feb 6, 2020
Students blocked from returning to their universities; tourists forced to extend expensive holidays; a scientist cut off from her lab in the United States: coronavirus entry bans are wreaking havoc on the plans of thousands of Chinese travellers. ... more
EPIDEMICS
China virus deaths rise as WHO says 'opportunity' to halt spread
Beijing (AFP) Feb 5, 2020
The world has a "window of opportunity" to halt the spread of a deadly new virus, global health experts said, as the number of people infected in China jumped to 24,000 and millions more were ordered to stay indoors. ... more
EPIDEMICS
More Chinese cities shut down as virus death toll rises
Hangzhou, China (AFP) Feb 5, 2020
Millions more people have been ordered to stay indoors as China battles to curb the spread of a new virus that authorities said Wednesday has already killed nearly 500 people. ... more
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AEROSPACE
Virgin Australia axes flights to crisis-hit Hong Kong
Sydney (AFP) Feb 6, 2020
Virgin Australia said on Thursday it would scrap flights between Sydney and Hong Kong, just 18 months after launching the route, blaming reduced demand caused by anti-government protests and the coronavirus outbreak. ... more
INTERNET SPACE
Huawei promises 'Made in Europe' 5G for EU
Brussels (AFP) Feb 4, 2020
Chinese telecom giant Huawei said on Tuesday it would set up manufacturing hubs in Europe, as it tries to fight off US pressure on EU nations to stop it from operating. ... more
INTERNET SPACE
Staff making iPhones in central China plant to be quarantined
Taipei (AFP) Feb 6, 2020
Workers making iPhones at tech giant Foxconn's plant in central China will be quarantined for up to two weeks, the company said Thursday, as cities on the mainland tighten their defences against the deadly coronavirus outbreak. ... more
TRADE WARS
China to cut tariffs on $75 billion in US imports
Beijing (AFP) Feb 6, 2020
China said on Thursday it will halve punitive tariffs on $75 billion in US imports from February 14, a month after Beijing and Washington signed a truce in their long-running trade war. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Iraq says OPEC weighing output cut over virus outbreak
Baghdad (AFP) Feb 4, 2020
OPEC members and their ally Russia are discussing a further cut to crude oil output at a meeting in Vienna because of China's coronavirus epidemic, Iraq's oil ministry said Tuesday. ... more


World Bank to lower global growth forecast over virus outbreak

TRADE WARS
Virus outbreak to delay Chinese purchase of US goods: Trump aide
Washington (AFP) Feb 4, 2020
The new coronavirus outbreak in China will delay Beijing's plans to purchase goods from the United States under the terms of a trade deal, a top US trade official said Tuesday. ... more
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Chinese tourism, the main engine of global travel
Paris (AFP) Feb 3, 2020
The impact of the current health crisis on Chinese foreign tourism is likely to be worse than during the SARS epidemic in 2002/2003 or the swine flu crisis in 2009, simply because so many more Chinese people travel abroad for pleasure than back then. ... more
TRADE WARS
Nike says virus to have 'material impact' on China operations
Washington (AFP) Feb 4, 2020
Nike said Tuesday it has closed about half of its stores in China and reduced hours at others due to the worsening outbreak of a new coronavirus, while warning it expects further impacts on its operations in the country. ... more
CAR TECH
Hyundai suspends domestic production over China outbreak
Seoul (AFP) Feb 4, 2020
South Korea's largest automaker Hyundai Motor will suspend all domestic production because of a lack of parts due to the coronavirus outbreak in China, it said Tuesday. ... 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
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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
+ China's space station core module, manned spacecraft arrive at launch site
+ China to launch Mars probe in July
+ China's space-tracking vessels back from missions
+ China may have over 40 space launches in 2020
+ China launches powerful rocket in boost for 2020 Mars mission
+ China's Xichang set for 20 space launches in 2020
+ China sends six satellites into orbit with single rocket
Virus outbreak to delay Chinese purchase of US goods: Trump aide
Washington (AFP) Feb 4, 2020
The new coronavirus outbreak in China will delay Beijing's plans to purchase goods from the United States under the terms of a trade deal, a top US trade official said Tuesday. The US and China agreed in January to a deal that ended their trade war, with Beijing agreeing to buy an additional $200 billion in American goods over the next two years, including agricultural and manufacturing prod ... more
+ China to cut tariffs on $75 billion in US imports
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+ World Bank to lower global growth forecast over virus outbreak
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+ Hong Kong economy shrinks for first time in a decade


Russia not target in US army's massive Europe deployment: NATO
Brussels (AFP) Feb 3, 2020
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg insisted Monday that a massive transfer of US and allied troops to Eastern Europe as part of a military exercise was not aimed at Russia. About 37,000 soldiers from 18 countries are to participate in the US-run manoeuvre dubbed Defender Europe 2020. This is "the largest deployment of US troops to Europe in more than 25 years," Stoltenberg told AFP. The exe ... more
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GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy begins NRC licensing process for BWRX-300 Small Modular Reactor
Wilmington NC (SPX) Feb 03, 2020
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) has officially begun the regulatory licensing process for its BWRX-300 small modular reactor. On December 30, 2019 the company submitted the first licensing topical report (LTR) for the BWRX-300 to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). GEH expects such LTRs to serve as a foundation for the development of a Preliminary Safety Analysis Report that coul ... more
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+ Molecule modification could improve reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel
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+ 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
DoD says it will require some contractors to prove they're safe from hackers
Washington (UPI) Jan 31, 2019
The Department of Defense announced Friday that by the end of September it will require at least some contractors bidding on defense contracts to certify that they meet "at least a basic level of cybersecurity standards" in their proposals. A Pentagon press release issued Friday said the DoD had released its new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification and will begin adding the requir ... more
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+ US says EU understands 5G risks but pushes on Huawei
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+ UK approves restricted 5G role for China's Huawei
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GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy begins NRC licensing process for BWRX-300 Small Modular Reactor
Wilmington NC (SPX) Feb 03, 2020
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) has officially begun the regulatory licensing process for its BWRX-300 small modular reactor. On December 30, 2019 the company submitted the first licensing topical report (LTR) for the BWRX-300 to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). GEH expects such LTRs to serve as a foundation for the development of a Preliminary Safety Analysis Report that coul ... more
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+ Deep Isolation shares its nuclear waste disposal solution
+ Molecule modification could improve reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel
+ Current model for storing nuclear waste is incomplete
+ 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
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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Anti-solar cells: A photovoltaic cell that works at night
Davis CA (SPX) Feb 03, 2020
What if solar cells worked at night? That's no joke, according to Jeremy Munday, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UC Davis. In fact, a specially designed photovoltaic cell could generate up to 50 watts of power per square meter under ideal conditions at night, about a quarter of what a conventional solar panel can generate in daytime, according to a concept p ... more
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Lockheed Martin Space wins $473.8M contract for Trident II upgrades
Washington DC (UPI) Feb 03, 2020
Lockheed Martin Space was awarded a $473.8 million contract for the U.S. Navy's Trident II life extension program, the Pentagon announced Friday. The Trident II (D5) Life Extension 2 Strategic Systems Programs Alteration Advanced Development Program is involved in modernization of subsystems of the submarine-based ballistic missiles, first deployed in 1990. The improvement of the missil ... more
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Trump lifts US restrictions on anti-personnel landmines
Washington (AFP) Feb 1, 2020
US President Donald Trump's administration on Friday lifted US restrictions on landmines, saying new technology made them safer, outraging campaigners for the abolition of the explosives that maim thousands of civilians each year. In the latest reversal of a policy of his predecessor Barack Obama, Trump gave the green light to a new generation of "non-persistent" landmines that can be switch ... more
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Modi eyes arms export tag in 'Made in India' push
Lucknow, India (AFP) Feb 5, 2020
India is targeting defence exports worth $5 billion in the next five years in a bid to boost local manufacturing, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Wednesday. The country is the world's second-largest arms importer after Saudi Arabia, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, but Modi wants to turn that around under an ambitious "Made in India" initiative. "In th ... more
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NASA contracts Maxar to supply robotic arm for lunar lander
Westminster CO (SPX) Feb 05, 2020
Maxar Technologies has finalized a contract with NASA to deliver a robotic arm called Sample Acquisition, Morphology Filtering and Probing of Lunar Regolith (SAMPLR). The arm, which will be built in Pasadena, California, and has a contract value of $5 million, will be used to explore Earth's Moon by acquiring samples and determining the geotechnical properties of lunar regolith. Maxar will provi ... more
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UD study maps areas of high Microplastic concentrations in the Delaware Bay
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Every year, about 8 million metric tons of plastic are put into the world's oceans. Of particular concern are microplastics, materials found in the marine environment that occur in sizes below five millimeters and are the most abundant form of marine debris observed at the ocean surface. Estuarine and coastal environments play a crucial role as a buffer between land, freshwater environment ... 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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+ Shanghai cuts Prague ties after mayor announces Taipei twinning
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+ Beijing loathe to ease pressure despite Taiwan election landslide
+ Prague, Taipei ink sister deal in snub to Beijing
Pakistan bucks trend and resumes flights to virus-hit China
Islamabad (AFP) Feb 3, 2020
Airlines in Pakistan resumed flights to and from China Monday after health authorities said they were confident they had systems in place to keep the deadly coronavirus out of the country. The move comes as dozens of global airlines are halting flight services with China, and governments are increasingly barring entry to anyone who has recently visited the country. China has long been an ... more
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+ US military jet crashes in Taliban territory in Afghanistan


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