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Big Trans-Pacific trade talks bumping into hostility in U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON - Countries negotiating a monster trade deal that would cover more than one-third of the world's economy may now have a new obstacle to contend with: resistance in the U.S. Congress. President Barack Obama's Democratic allies in the Senate are making it increasingly clear that they won't grant him so-called "fast-track" authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, involving a dozen countries including Canada.

Big Trans-Pacific trade talks bumping into hostility in U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON - Countries negotiating a monster trade deal that would cover more than one-third of the world's economy may now have a new obstacle to contend with: resistance in the U.S. Congress. President Barack Obama's Democratic allies in the Senate are making it increasingly clear that they won't grant him so-called "fast-track" authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, involving a dozen countries including Canada.

U.S. trade official pushes Congress to renew trade promotion authority

By Elvina Nawaguna WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration's top trade official said on Tuesday that the United States is aiming to finalize a giant trade deal with 11 other Pacific Rim nations by the end of year, but that it needs Congress to approve a rule to speed up the talks. The Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would include Australia, Chile, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam, would establish a free-trade bloc stretching across a region that makes up nearly 40 percent of the global economy.

NASA ban on Chinese scientists sparks boycott

Some prominent American astronomers are boycotting a NASA meeting next month on exoplanets due to a ban on attendance by Chinese scientists, experts told AFP Tuesday. The restriction is based on a law passed in 2011 and signed by President Barack Obama that prevents NASA funds from being used to collaborate with China or host Chinese visitors at US space agency facilities. Among those leading the boycott are Debra Fischer, an astronomy professor at Yale University and Geoff Marcy, an astronomy professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

S. Korea, NASA discuss space partnership

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, July 29 (Yonhap) -- South Korea and the United States on Monday discussed ways to boost cooperation in aeronautics research and space exploration, the U.S. space agency said. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said its administrator, Charles Bolden, and Kim Seung-jo, president of the Korea Aerospace Research Institute, met at NASA's headquarters in Washington, D.C. It was their first meeting.

Space likely for rare earths search, scientists say

The quest for rare earths vital to some of modern life's most indispensable technologies may see mining robots jet to the stars within decades, a world-first conference in Australia was told Wednesday. Yttrium, Lanthanum and the other 15 minerals which make up the group of elements known as rare earths are crucial to everything from wind turbines and hybrid cars to cruise missiles and the ubiquitous smartphone.

NASA to train Mexican students

Mexico City, Mar 21 (EFE).- NASA will train Mexican university students in space-related fields, giving science and technology a boost in Mexico, the Mexican Space Agency, or AEM, said. The AEM and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or NASA, signed a cooperation agreement "to promote the development of science, technology and competitiveness in the sector," the agency said. The agreement was signed by AEM director Francisco Javier Mendieta, NASA associate administrator for education Leland Melvin and NASA chief Charles Bolden.

Space likely for rare earths search, scientists say

The quest for rare earths vital to some of modern life's most indispensable technologies may see mining robots jet to the stars within decades, a world-first conference in Australia was told Wednesday. Yttrium, Lanthanum and the other 15 minerals which make up the group of elements known as rare earths are crucial to everything from wind turbines and hybrid cars to cruise missiles and the ubiquitous smartphone.
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