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S. Korea Stages Live-Fire Exercises Near Disputed Sea Border with N. Korea

In News, North Korea on December 27, 2012 at 12:36 AM

12/26/2012

South Korean Marines staged a live-fire drill on Wednesday near the disputed Yellow Sea border with North Korea.

The maneuvers involved self-propelled howitzers and a multiple rocket launch system was held on two islands, Baengnyeong and Yeonpyeong, the military said.

Hundreds of island residents were evacuated into safe zones during the two-hour drill.

There was no response from the North, AFP reported.

A similar drill on Yeonpyeong in 2010 provoked a North Korean artillery barrage which killed four people.

Japan Coast Guard: Chinese Navy Ships Enter Disputed Waters

In China, Japan, News, Other Leaks on December 21, 2012 at 3:31 AM

12/21/2012

The Japanese Coast Guard reported that three Chinese maritime surveillance vessels have sailed into the territorial waters of disputed islands in the South China Sea, the first such intrusion since Japan elected its new government, AFP reported.

The ships were spotted northwest of Kubajima Island, in the archipelago dubbed Senkaku by Japan and Diaoyu by China, at around 10:20am local time (0120 GMT).

Chinese government ships have repeatedly entered the waters since September. Analysts believe that China is challenging Japan’s de facto control of the islands for the past 40 years.

FLIP: Vertical Ship Marks 50 Years at Sea

In News, Science & Technology, Viral Videos on July 3, 2012 at 1:50 AM

07/02/2012

 

Researchers have been showing off a 355 ft vertical ship in the Pacific Ocean, as it marks its 50th birthday.

FLIP, or Floating Instrument Platform, is owned by the US Navy, and flips from horizontal to a vertical position by pumping 700 tonnes of seawater into the ‘handle’ end.

Air is then pumped into the opposite end, causing it to rise up out of the sea.

Everything on board is designed to flip along with the ship, including beds, ketchup and other condiments, and even the bathroom sinks.

The design allows researchers to take acoustic measurements, and study meteorology, physical oceanography and air-sea interactions.

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