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The oldest living thing on Earth

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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,” […]


Uber: We did not steal Google’s self-driving tech

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Dave Lee / April 08: Uber has said claims it used self-driving technology stolen from Google were “demonstrably false”. Waymo – a company spun out of Google – filed a lawsuit in February claiming former employee Andrew Levandowski had stolen 14,000 documents relating to LiDAR, a core technology used to guide autonomous vehicles. Mr Levandowski […]


New ALMA Observations Show Stellar Explosion in Unprecedented Detail

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April 08: Astronomers captured these dramatic images of the remains of a 500-year-old explosion as they explored the firework-like debris from the birth of a group of massive stars, demonstrating that star formation can be a violent and explosive process too. The colors in the ALMA data represent the relative Doppler shifting of the millimeter-wavelength […]


Smartphone use blamed for road deaths

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Apr. 01: A sharp rise in US pedestrian deaths has been partly blamed on people using their smartphones while driving or crossing the road. The US Governors Highway Safety Association estimates that there were 6,000 pedestrian deaths in 2016, the highest number in more than 20 years. In the last six years, fatalities have grown […]




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