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Russia opens treason probe into space agency adviser, former journalist Ivan Safronov

Russia opens treason probe into space agency adviser, former journalist Ivan Safronov

World
July 7 (UPI) -- Russian authorities on Tuesday arrested a former journalist accused of sharing military secrets with the intelligence agency of an unspecified NATO country. Russia's Federal Security Service -- known by the acronym FSB -- said it opened a treason investigation into Ivan Safronov. He appeared in a Moscow court on Tuesday. Advertisement After being fired by the Kommersant news agency in 2019, Safronov began working as a special adviser to the head of Roscosmos, the Russian space agency. The FSB didn't say whether he allegedly passed on the defense secrets during his time as a journalist or with Roscosmos. Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin told Tass news that Safronov didn't have access to classified information during his time with the space agency. "He was invited to cover Ros...

UN agency: North Europe radiation likely linked to reactor

Technology
The U.N. nuclear agency says that slightly elevated levels of radioactivity detected in northern Europe likely were related to a nuclear reactor that was either operating or undergoing maintenance, but it’s still unclear where it is locatedByThe Associated PressJuly 3, 2020, 1:30 PM2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBERLIN -- The U.N. nuclear agency said Friday that slightly elevated levels of radioactivity detected in northern Europe likely were related to a nuclear reactor that was either operating or undergoing maintenance, but it's still unclear where it is located. Estonia, Finland and Sweden last week measured higher-than-usual levels of ruthenium and caesium isotopes and detected some other artificial radionuclides. They said nothing on their territory had
Agency seeks hypersonic missile defense system proposals

Agency seeks hypersonic missile defense system proposals

Business
June 8 (UPI) -- The U.S. Space Development Agency announced a search for contractors to develop technology to detect and track 3,100-mph hypersonic missiles. The request for proposals, issued last week, calls for "commercial services to launch and support its Tracking Phenomenology Experiment [TPE],"and represents the first step toward a system to defend against hypersonic missiles. Advertisement The package is the first part of SDA's plans to deploy a constellation of low orbiting satellites to guard against hypersonic weapons, ballistic missiles capable of traveling five times the speed of sound, Space News reported. The United States is developing it's own hypersonic weapons through the Prompt Global Strike program, and it is believed that Russia and China have embarked on similar deve...
Human urine could help make concrete on Moon: Space agency

Human urine could help make concrete on Moon: Space agency

Technology
The European Space Agency says human urine could one day become a useful ingredient in making concrete to build on the MoonByThe Associated PressMay 8, 2020, 1:45 PM2 min read2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBERLIN -- The European Space Agency said Friday that human urine could one day become a useful ingredient in making concrete to build on the Moon. The agency said researchers in a recent study it sponsored found that urea, the main organic compound in urine, would make the mixture for a “lunar concrete” more malleable before it hardens into its sturdy final form. It noted that using only materials available on site for a Moon base or other construction would reduce the need to launch supplies from Earth. The main ingredient in “lunar concrete” woul

US, China clash over head of UN intellectual property agency

Technology
Dozens of countries are voting in a pivotal phase of an election to choose the next head of the U.N.'s intellectual property agencyBy JAMEY KEATEN Associated PressMarch 4, 2020, 10:11 AM2 min readGENEVA -- Dozens of countries are voting Wednesday in a pivotal phase of an election to choose the next head of the U.N.'s intellectual property agency, a contest for a key post in the Digital Age that has pit the United States against China's candidate. The results of the closed-door voting by 83 states on a key committee of the World Intellectual Property Organization to choose its next director-general could come later Wednesday. WIPO's general assembly has final say in May, but it has never rejected a committee nominee since the agency was created in 1967. After the year began with 10 candida...