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Europe urged to reconsider pullout from 'Armageddon' asteroid mission

  

Pns: Space scientists urged Europe Wednesday to rethink its withdrawal from a futuristic, international dry-run for an Armageddon-like mission to deflect a space rock on a calamitous collision course with Earth. Dubbed AIDA (Asteroid Impact & Deflection Assessment), the test mission is crucial if we are to develop the capacity to protect our planet from incoming projectiles, they said."This is the kind of disaster that could be a tremendous catastrophe," Andrew Cheng from Johns...

China bans use of anti-Islam words on social media

  

Pns: “Islamophobic” terms used by Chinese internet users to stigmatise Muslims have been blocked by authorities to prevent bias against Islam, official media reported on Thursday. China has over 21 million Muslims mostly the Uyghurs in Xinjiang and Hui community in Ningxia province, according to unofficial accounts.“The Islamophobic terms invented by Chinese Internet users to stigmatise Muslims have been blocked by authorities on Chinese social media despite criticism from the...

All Bangladeshis to enjoy internet facility by 2021: Palak

  

Pns: State Minister for ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak has reiterated government's commitment to bring all the people of the country under internet facility by 2021. "Bangladesh has one million internet workers and currently, we are second in terms of supplying online labourers according to the oxford university report. We have a very specific target to create two million jobs in ICT sector within the next three years. With our different sorts of initiatives and projects, we will be...

Scientists invent jab to deliver every vaccine at once

  

Pns: Scientists have invented a new technology that could enable every childhood vaccination to be given in a single injection. The all-in-one jab stores the different vaccines in microscopic capsules in the body and releases the dose, as well as any required boosters, at the appropriate time.Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) found the method was successful in tests involving mice and reported their findings in the Science journal. They said they...

Rickshaws to jump start India's all-electric drive

  

Pns: India will roll out nearly 100,000 battery-powered buses and autorickshaws onto its sulphurous city streets in the coming weeks, setting it on the bumpy road to making new vehicle sales all-electric by 2030. India, one of the world's most polluted nations, has one of the most ambitious plans to kick its fossil fuel addiction.Analysts say the target is "daunting".Transport is a major source of India's carbon emissions and the Greenpeace group blames at least 1.2 million...

Nintendo's mini-sized classic console is coming back in 2018

  

Pns: The company on Tuesday said its NES Classic Edition will start shipping again in 2018 due to strong demand.When the company announced earlier this year it was pumping the breaks on the console, gamers were not happy. After all, it one of the most sought items during the 2016 holiday shopping season -- and also one of the most difficult to find.Nintendo attributed the decision to stop production to "limited resources." But now it appears the company is rethinking its strategy.The...

Astronomers bid farewell to $3.9 billion Saturn spacecraft

  

Pns: lobal astronomers bid farewell Friday to NASA's famed Cassini spacecraft, which launched 20 years ago to circle Saturn and transformed the way we think about life elsewhere in the solar system. Cassini, an international project that cost $3.9 billion and included scientists from 27 nations, has run out of rocket fuel as expected after a journey of some 4.9 billion miles (7.9 billion kilometers). Its death plunge into the ringed gas giant -- the furthest planet visible from Earth...

Three astronauts reach ISS for five-month mission

  

Pns: Two US astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut docked at the International Space Station for a five month mission on Wednesday following a night-time launch from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Russia's Roscosmos space agency said that the Soyuz MS-06 spacecraft "successfully docked" at the ISS at 0255 GMT in a statement on its website. The Soyuz rocket carrying Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos, NASA first-time flyer Mark Vande Hei and his veteran colleague Joe Acaba...

Apple unveils three new iPhones

  

Pns: Apple has unveiled three new iPhone models, including a top-of-line handset described as "the biggest leap forward" since the original iPhone 10 years ago. Cook, speaking at the first event at the new campus theatre named for the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, said the latest flagship handset is a milestone for the company a decade after the first iPhone release."Ten years later it is only fitting that we are here in this place, on this day to reveal a product that will...

Apple's big iPhone reveal is days away

  

Pns: Some things will be different. Tim Cook will be on stage, and the location will be Apple's brand new campus in Cupertino. But the star of the show will still be the iPhone.Apple is expected to announce a major iPhone redesign Tuesday. They'll also provide details on an updated Apple TV, Apple Watch, iOS and macOS release dates and perhaps more details on its HomePod smart speaker. A peek at Apple ParkApple's epic "spaceship" campus sits on 175-acres of land in Cupertino and...

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