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World's biggest X-ray laser opens vast research vistas

  

Pns: A sleek, subterranean X-ray laser to be unveiled Friday in Germany, by far the most powerful in the world, has scientists in a dozen fields jostling to train its mighty beam on their projects. European XFEL will reveal -- and capture in images -- secrets at the sub-atomic level, promising breakthroughs in medicine, biology, energy, information technology and chemistry.It will map the molecular architecture of viruses and cells; render three-dimensional nano-scale snapshots;...

Scientists launch virtual reality game to detect Alzheimer's

  

Pns: Sea Quest Hero is more than just the usual computer game in which players find their way through mazes, shoot and chase creatures -- it also doubles as scientists' latest tool for studying Alzheimer's disease. The game -- downloadable from Tuesday in its virtual reality version -- seeks to stimulate players' brains through a series of tasks based on memory and orientation skills, while gathering data to research dementia. One of the first symptoms of Alzheimer's is loss of...

Forty years on, Voyager still hurtles through space

  

Pns: Forty years ago, NASA rocket scientists sought to answer this question by launching the Voyager spacecraft, twin unmanned spaceships that would travel further than any human-made object in history.They are still traveling.When Voyager 1 and 2 launched about two weeks apart in 1977 from Cape Canaveral, Florida, scientists knew little about the outer planets in our solar system, and could hardly imagine the scope of their upcoming space odyssey."None of us knew, when we...

Total solar eclipse tops NASA online viewing records

  

Pns: The total solar eclipse of August 21 attracted more traffic to NASA websites than any other event on record, according to data revealed by the US space agency. “With more than 90 million page views on nasa.gov and eclipse2017.nasa.gov, we topped our previous web traffic record about seven times over,” NASA officials wrote.It was one of the biggest internet events in recent history and by far the biggest online event NASA has ever measured.“We estimate more than 40...

Samsung heir handed 5-year jail sentence for bribery

  

Pns: The heir to the Samsung empire was convicted of bribery and other offences Friday and jailed for five years in connection with the scandal that brought down South Korean president Park Geun-Hye. Lee Jae-Yong's penalty could leave the vast conglomerate, which includes the world's biggest smartphone maker, rudderless and hamper its ability to make key investment decisions for years.The vice-chairman of Samsung Electronics, 49, arrived at Seoul Central District Court on a...

‘New state of matter’ discovered

  

Pns: Scientists have discovered a potential new state of matter that may help explain phenomena like superconductivity. Superconductivity is extensively used in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), particle accelerators, magnetic fusion devices, and microwave filters.Researchers from the Los Alamos National Laboratory in the U.S. showed that among superconducting materials in high magnetic fields, the phenomenon of electronic symmetry breaking is common.Essential...

UK scientists create world’s smallest surgical robot to start a hospital revolution

  

Pns: British scientists have developed the world’s smallest surgical robot which could transform everyday operations for tens of thousands of patients. From a converted pig shed in the Cambridgeshire countryside, a team of 100 scientists and engineers have used low-cost technology originally developed for mobile phones and space industries to create the first robotic arm specifically designed to carry out keyhole surgery.The robot, called Versius, mimics the human arm and can be...

NASA, PBS marking 40 years since Voyager spacecraft launches

  

Pns: Forty years after blasting off, Earth's most distant ambassadors — the twin Voyager spacecraft — are carrying sounds and music of our planet ever deeper into the cosmos. Think of them as messages in bottles meant for anyone — or anything — out there.This Sunday marks the 40th anniversary of NASA's launch of Voyager 2, now almost 11 billion miles distant. It departed from Cape Canaveral on Aug. 20, 1977 to explore Jupiter and Saturn.Voyager 1 followed a few weeks later...

NASA launches satellite to help astronauts talk to Earth

  

Pns: NASA on Friday launched the latest in a series of satellites aimed at ensuring astronauts at the International Space Station can communicate with Earth. The $408 million Boeing-made Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-M) soared into space atop an Atlas V rocket that launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 8:29 am (1229 GMT).The satellite will "support critical space communication into the mid-2020s," NASA said in a statement.The satellite will facilitate...

HBO social media hacked in latest cyber security breach

  

Pns: HBO's Facebook and Twitter accounts have been compromised in the latest cyber security breach to hit the firm. A group called OurMine appeared to take control of the main HBO accounts, as well as those for the network's shows including Game of Thrones. One posts said "OurMine are here. we are just testing your security".It is the latest cyber security headache for the entertainment firm after hackers released Game of Thrones scripts and company data.Some of the social...

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