Aiming for the world’s first-ever direct excavation of the Earth’s mantle An international research group led by the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) will conduct a preliminary study in the waters off Hawaii in September, The Yomiuri Shimbun learned Tuesday. The area is considered to be a leading candidate site for the drilling. The research group, including researchers from Japan, the United States and the Europe, plans to intensively investigate the underground structure of the area to find a suitable spot for drilling. JAMSTEC and its partners aim to realize the excavation of the mantle in the early 2020s — at the earliest — using Japan’s deep-sea scientific drilling vessel Chikyu. The mantle is located beneath the crust, which covers the surf
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North Korea may have the ability to launch missiles with warheads filled with nerve gas, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday, April 13. Abe also said that North Korea may soon conduct a sixth nuclear test or launch ballistic missiles again. "There is a possibility that North Korea is already capable of delivering missiles with sarin in its warheads," the Japanese prime minister said at parliamentary hearings, Reuters reports. Shinzo Abe recalled the infamous sarin attack in the Tokyo subway system from 1995. The attack, conducted by Aum Shinrikyo Japanese sect, killed 12 people. On April 15, North Korea will celebrate the 105th anniversary since the birth of the founder of the DPRK, Kim Il Sung. This is the largest national holiday in the country, which is called the D
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LONDON, U.K. - Marking history, the first direct train from Britain to China set off with thirty containers of British produced goods, on a 7,500 mile journey on Monday morning. The first rail freight service, DB Cargo locomotive, set out carrying whisky, soft drinks, vitamins, pharmaceuticals and baby products from Stanford-le-Hope, Essex’s DP World London Gateway rail terminal. The train that is set to arrive at Yiwu, eastern China on April 27, will pass through the Channel Tunnel into France and on to Belgium. It will also call in Duisburg, Germany, through Poland, Belarus, Russia, and Kazahkstan. According to officials, the journey is more economical than air freight and faster than sea freight. The service, which is part of China’s One Belt, One Road programme of reviving
Hundreds of migrants along North African migrant routes are being bought and sold openly in modern day ‘slave markets’ in Libya, survivors have told the United Nations migration agency, which warned that these reports “can be added to a long list of outrages” in the country. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is sounding the alarm today after its staff in Niger and Libya documented over the past weekend shocking testimonies of trafficking victims from several African nations, including Nigeria, Ghana and the Gambia. They described 'slave markets' tormenting hundreds of young African men bound for Libya. Operations Officers with IOM’s office in Niger reported on the rescue of a Senegalese migrant who this week was returning to his home after being held captive for mont
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Toyota Motor Corp said it will commercialize rehabilitation robots later this year when it makes its robotic walk assist system available for rent, joining Honda Motor Co in marketing mobility devices for Japan's ageing population. A decade after it began developing rehabilitation robots, the world's No.2 automaker on Wednesday said the system would be ready to hit the market by the end of 2017, two years after Honda launched a similar device. Hospitals and other care providers would be able to rent the system, designed for patients with lower limb paralysis, for 350,000 yen ($3,196.93) per month plus an initial fee of 1 million yen. "The (system) will help to provide assistance to the elderly by enabling them to live more independent lives and to also provide support for thei...
The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, soon to be the world's longest cross-sea passage, is one step closer to being completed. A 2.7-kilometer tunnel, which had been dug through on Monday, has linked the Zhuhai part of the project, the Southern Metropolitan Daily reported on Tuesday. Throughout this stage, working with the soft underground soil, engineers used pipes to hold the tunnel's structure, freezing the soil into place with specialised equipment to prevent water leakage. Construction of the bridge began in December 2009 at Zhuhai. The bridge and tunnel system, which span the Pearl River estuary, is important in integrating Hong Kong, Macao and Guangdong. The Y-shaped bridge starts from Lantau Island in Hong Kong and branches out to Zhuhai and Macao. Major works on t...