US Senators ask Trump to sell F-35 to Taiwan


Two top American senators have urged President Donald Trump to sell F-35 fighter jet to Taiwan so that the small island nation can defend itself from China.
Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen is believed to have requested the purchase of the F-35B vertical take-off and landing aircraft to bolster Taiwan’s air defence.
“Taiwan has a legitimate requirement to field a modern fighter fleet to address a myriad of defence contingencies. Therefore, Taiwan is requesting US support in their procurement of the F-35B,” Senators James M Inhofe and John Cornyn wrote in a letter to Trump.

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University Professor of Applied Physics Stephen Arnold and his team at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering have made a discovery that could lead to Star Trek-like biosensor devices capable of flagging the barest presence in blood of a specific virus or antibody, or protein marker for a specific cancer; or sniffing out airborne chemical warfare agents while they are still far below toxic levels.
The discovery follows years of ground-breaking work by Arnold, who in 1995 discovered that an optical fiber could excite what he termed Whispering Gallery Mode (WGM) in silicon micro-beads less than one-third the diameter of a human hair.

Insilico Medicine in AI RD base 2018 in Taiwan

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Insilico Medicine, which was selected by the well-known American venture capital research organization CB Insights as one of the 100 companies in the world in the AI field in 2018, and was named by NVIDIA as one of the top 5 most influential AI companies worldwide.
The company announced that its subsidiaries “Insilico Medicine” and “Asia’s First AI R&D Base” are to officially be established in Taiwan.
The companies will form an alliance with the Center for Biotechnology, the Institute for Information Industry, and TUL Corporation to implement the “AI Digital Health Talent Development Project” in order to accelerate the integration of cross-domain talent.
The primary aim of the AI Digital Health Talent Development Project is to address the industry’s strong demand for AI talent.
Insilico Medicine, the Center for Biotechnology, the Institute for Information Industry, and TUL Corporation will jointly develop a series of courses related to AI biomedicine, in order to develop ICT and biomedical talent, and accelerate the acquisition knowledge on how AI technology can accelerate the development of drugs. These measures will effectively reduce the risks associated with high R&D costs, and build a strong foundation for AI technology in Taiwan.
Insilico Medicine’s AI drug R&D Base establishes itself in Nankang Software Park; they will be able to work closely with organizations in the biomedical industry to contribute to the well-being of all people.
Additionally, Insilico Medicine will be able to provide digital R&D technology services for Taiwan’s pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, thus introducing greater innovation to the biomedical industry and driving Taiwan to become the center of combining AI and the biomedical industry in Asia.

US Expel 60 Russian diplomats

 United States on Monday expelled 60 Russian diplomats, describing them as “intelligence officers” and ordered closure of the country’s consulate in Seattle over the use of nerve agent allegedly by Moscow against a former Russian spy in the UK.
A dozen of these expelled diplomats are based at Russia’s Permanent Mission to the UN.
“Today President Donald J Trump ordered the expulsion of dozens of Russian intelligence officers from the United States and the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle due to its proximity to one of our submarine bases and Boeing,” the White House Press Secretary, Sarah Sanders, said.
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M6.6 – NEW BRITAIN REGION, P.N.G.

Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude6.6
Date-Time
  • 26 Mar 2018 09:51:01 UTC
  • 26 Mar 2018 19:51:01 near epicenter
  • 26 Mar 2018 13:51:01 standard time in your timezone
Location5.462S 151.396E
Depth39 km
Distances
  • 164 km (102 miles) SSW (212 degrees) of Rabaul, New Britain, PNG
  • 223 km (139 miles) ENE (68 degrees) of Kandrian, New Britain, PNG
  • 329 km (204 miles) SSE (168 degrees) of Kavieng, New Ireland, PNG
  • 507 km (315 miles) ENE (74 degrees) of Lae, New Guinea, PNG
  • 642 km (399 miles) NE (46 degrees) of PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea

Italian Upper House Chair,Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati is First Lady to be Speaker

Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati, a Forza Italia MP, has been appointed speaker of Italian Senate, local media report. She has become the first woman in the country’s history to chair the parliament’s upper house.
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Casellati is a staunch ally of Forza Italia’s leader Silvio Berlusconi. She graduated from the Pontifical Lateran University and practiced as a matrimonial lawyer for several years, having joined Forza Italia in 1994.

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