North Korea conducts firing drills near a disputed sea border with South Korea / 100 rounds landed south of the border during that drill, prompting South Korea to fire hundreds of rounds

Ju-min Park and James Pearson, Thomson Reuters April 29, 2014 08:45 More than 100 rounds landed south of the border during that drill, prompting South Korea to fire hundreds of rounds back into the North’s waters. North Korea conducted live fire drills on Tuesday in two areas near a disputed sea border with South Korea…

Anti-counterfeit ‘fingerprints’ made from silver nanowires

  – fingerprints could be produced at a cost of less than $1 per single pattern, which was demonstrated in their study by synthesizing a solution containing individual silver nanowires, coating the nanowires with silica, doping them with specific fluorescent dyes and then randomly dropping them onto a transferable film made from flexible polyethylene terephthalate…

South Korean military gains authority to launch pre-emptive strike against North when necessary

Updated: 2014-03-07 AM 9:17:55 (KST) What is eye catching about this year’s defense reform is that it includes plans to allow South Korea to pre-emptively strike North Korea if Pyongyang is about to attack. Previously Seoul’s response was limited to local provocations, but the pre-emptive strike capability adds a whole new strategic level in dealing…

Chinese jet in near miss with North Korean missile

Shenyang-bound flight missed shot by minutes, but could have been hit on rocket’s descent  UPDATED : Wednesday, 05 March, 2014, 11:13pm  Agencies in Seoul A China Southern Airlines airplane carrying 220 passengers passed through the trajectory of a North Korean rocket (seen on the news in Seoul above). Photos: AP, Reuters A China Southern Airlines…

US lead in science and technology shrinking

– U.S. and Europe has decreased, respectively, from 37 percent to 30 percent and from 26 percent to 22 percent. Press Release 14-022  Emerging economies shifting global S&T landscape Indicators is a widely-used resource, reporting on R&D trends, the STEM workforce, and more. Credit and Larger Version February 6, 2014 The United States’ (U.S.) predominance in…

Attrition: Fighter Pilots Doomed By Poverty

    December 30, 2013: The political battles over chronic deficit spending in the United States has led to sharp and often unexpected cuts in the military budget over the last few years. This has forced the U.S. Air force to make major cuts in the hours combat pilots fly for training. The latest cut…

China pulls out of UN process over territorial dispute with Philippines

• Move underscores China’s tough geopolitical stance in region • Territorial claims continue to dominate visit by Joe Biden   Paul Lewis in Washington theguardian.com,              Friday 6 December 2013 13.25 EST Fallout over China’s territorial claims has become the dominant issue for Joe Biden. Photograph: HAP/Quirky China News/Rex China is taking the highly unusual step…

State media calls for ‘timely countermeasures’ against Japan over air zone “We are willing to engage in a protracted confrontation with Japan.”

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 30 November, 2013, 4:02am UPDATED : Saturday, 30 November, 2013, 5:56am Agence France-Presse in Beijing Japan and South Korea both said on Thursday that they had disregarded the air defence identification zone that Beijing declared last weekend, showing a united front after unarmed US B-52 bombers also entered the area. Photo: EPA…

China scrambles military planes after US and Japan fly sorties into new zone

EEV: Read the Link to article at bottom – “japan-prime-target-chinas-new-air-zone-state-media” Tensions rise as US and Japan fly sorties and South Korea puts contested island in its own zone Kristine Kwok kristine.kwok@scmp.com PUBLISHED : Friday, 29 November, 2013, 10:26am UPDATED : Friday, 29 November, 2013, 11:49pm Chinese military aircraft were scrambled yesterday after US and Japanese planes…