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MH370: satellite images show 'probably man-made' objects floating in sea

  

Pns: Australia has released satellite images it says show 12 “probably man-made” objects floating in the sea near the suspected crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Taken two weeks after MH370 disappeared on 8 March 2014, the photos were analysed by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB). Its researchers used drift modelling of the debris to suggest a new potential location for the crash site — a 5,000 sq km (1930 sq miles) area just north of the former search...

SpaceX to launch super-computer to space

  

Pns: SpaceX is poised to launch an unmanned cargo ship toward the International Space Station Monday, including a super-computer that could direct astronauts on future deep-space missions. The liftoff of the Falcon 9 rocket, carrying the Dragon cargo ship, is planned for 12:31 pm (1631 GMT) from Cape Canaveral, Florida.The weather forecast is 70 percent favorable for launch.The mission is the 12th official trip for SpaceX, which has a $1.6 billion contract with NASA to supply...

New therapy for brain degeneration

  

Pns: A single injection of a fragment of a life-extending protein hormone could improve cognition in those with neurodegenerative illnesses, according to new research. The klotho protein was found to enhance cognitive and physical performance in ageing or impaired mice, said a study carried out by scientists at the University of California, San Francisco and published in the journal Cell Reports.“Treatment with a klotho fragment enhances brain function across the lifespan and...

Google cancels staff meeting after Gamergate-style attack on employees

  

Pns: Firing of James Damore, engineer behind controversial anti-diversity memo, sparks ire from ‘alt-right’ reminiscent of 2014 Gamergate harassment campaignGoogle cancels staff meeting after Gamergate-style attack on employeesGoogle employees have expressed concerns about their safety as internet trolls target the company. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty ImagesGoogle cancelled a company-wide meeting on Thursday after several of its employees became targets of a Gamergate-style...

Ancient skull hints at African roots for ape-human ancestor: study

  

Pns: The skull of an infant ape buried by a volcano 13 million years ago has preserved intriguing clues about the ancestor humans shared with apes -- including a likely African origin, scientists said Wednesday. A previously-unknown creature that shared an extended family with the human forefather, had a flat face like that of our far-flung cousin the gibbon, but did not move like one, its discoverers wrote in the journal Nature.They named it Nyanzapithecus alesi after "ales" --...

Victim of 9/11 identified after 16 years using new DNA technology

  

Pns:New DNA technology has made it possible for another victim of the 9/11 terrorist attacks to be identified nearly 16 years on. The victim, a male whose name is being withheld at the request of his family, is the 1,641st person to be identified in the attacks that killed 2,753 people in total. The last victim was identified in March 2015.The remains were discovered by the New York City’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, which has been retesting DNA recovered during cleanup...

Google employee anti-diversity memo causes row

  

Pns: A Google employee's opinion criticising the firm's diversity initiatives is causing a furore at the firm. In an internal memo, a male software engineer argued the lack of women in top tech jobs was due to biological differences between men and women. "We need to stop assuming that gender gaps imply sexism," he wrote in the piece which was widely criticised.But the author said he had received "many personal messages from fellow Googlers expressing their gratitude". Posted on...

NASA replies to the nine-year-old who wants to be ‘Guardian of the Galaxy’

  

Pns: Remember the nine-year-old kid, a self-proclaimed ‘Guardian of the Galaxy’, who applied for a job with NASA to protect the Earth from aliens? Jack Davis won hearts on the Internet with his letter to the American space agency. Now, the New Jersey boy has gotten a reply.NASA’s Planetary Research director Dr James L Green called young Davis on phone, congratulating him for showing interest for the job.“At NASA, we love to teach kids about space and inspire them to be the...

US judge sets bail for UK cyber expert

  

Pns: US prosecutors say a British computer expert has admitted to creating software that harvests bank details. But Marcus Hutchins' own lawyer says he denies six charges of creating and distributing the Kronos malware. The 23-year-old from Ilfracombe, Devon, who helped stall the WannaCry cyber-attack which hit the NHS, was arrested on Wednesday in Las Vegas. He was granted $30,000 (£23,000) bail, but will spend the weekend in prison after not being able to pay on Friday.As he...

DNA clue to origins of early Greek civilization

  

Pns: DNA is shedding light on the people who built Greece's earliest civilizations. Researchers analysed genetic data from skeletons dating to the Bronze Age, a period marked by the emergence of writing, complex urban planning and magnificent art and architecture. These ancient Aegean people were mostly descended from farmers who had settled the region thousands of years earlier. But they showed signs of genetic - and possibly cultural - contact with people to the north and to the...

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