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Astronomers Discover Smallest Star to Date, EBLM J0555-57Ab


July 18: A team of astronomers led by the University of Cambridge has discovered the smallest star to date. The star is about the size of Saturn. The smallest star yet measured has been discovered by a team of astronomers led by the University of Cambridge. With a size just a sliver larger than that […]

Bloodhound supersonic car set for October trials


Jun 13: The Bloodhound supersonic car will run for the first time on 26 October. It is going to conduct a series of “slow speed” trials on the runway at Newquay airport in Cornwall. Engineers want to shake down the vehicle’s systems before heading out to South Africa next year to try to break the […]

Climate change researchers cancel expedition because of climate change


Jun 13: A team of scientists had to abandon an expedition through Hudson Bay because of hazardous ice conditions off the coast of Newfoundland caused by climate change. About 40 scientists from five Canadian universities were scheduled to use the icebreaker CCGS Amundsen for the first leg of a 133-day expedition across the Arctic. It’s […]

The oldest living thing on Earth

Old Trees

Jun 13: Mayflies live a day, humans live a century, if we’re lucky, but what is the oldest living organism on the planet? For scientists, accurately proving the age of any long-lived species is a hard task. Under the boughs of a 300-year-old sweet chestnut tree in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, Tony Kirkham, […]

Lack of dust makes China’s air pollution much worse


May 14: Airborne dust is normally seen as an environmental problem, but the lack of it is making air pollution over China considerably worse. A new study suggests less dust means more solar radiation hits the land surface, which reduces wind speed. That lack of wind in turn leads to an accumulation of air pollution […]

Apple to invest $200 million in U.S. glass maker Corning

An Apple logo hangs above the entrance to the Apple store on 5th Avenue in the Manhattan borough of New York City

May 14: Glass manufacturer Corning is the first to receive an investment from Apple’s new $1 billion U.S. manufacturing fund. Apple (AAPL, Tech30) on Friday said Corning (GLW) will receive $200 million from the fund. Last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the tech giant would put $1 billion into a fund aimed at bringing […]

When should spies tell companies that their systems can be hacked?


May 14: A massive ransomware attack was carried out Friday, hitting hospitals, companies and government offices in nearly 100 countries. It spread through a vulnerability leaked last month in a trove of hacking tools believed to belong to the NSA. The ransomware outbreak has reignited the debate about when spy agencies should disclose these vulnerabilities […]

Astronomers Discover a Potential Recoiling Supermassive Black Hole


May 14: Astronomers have discovered a potential recoiling supermassive black hole (CXO J101527.2+625911). This recoiling black hole candidate is located about 3.9 billion light-years from Earth. Supermassive black holes are generally stationary objects, sitting at the centers of most galaxies. However, under some circumstances, these black holes that contain millions or even billions of times […]

Twitter forces US to drop demand for Trump critic’s details


April 08: The US government has dropped its request for the identity of an anti-Trump Twitter account, just a day after Twitter went to court over the issue. @ALT_USCIS anonymously criticised President Trump’s immigration policy, and claimed to be run by employees at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. US government officials issued a […]

Disney seeks patent for a ‘humanoid robot’ that can play a character


April 08: Could costumed robots one day roam the streets of Walt Disney World? A new patent application from Disney (DIS) suggests it’s something the company has considered. The document says Disney is developing robots, including “humanoid robots,” that have been “adapted for soft contact and/or interaction with a human.” “To physically interact with children,” […]

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