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Scientists set sail to unlock secrets of 'lost continent' Zealandia

  

Pns: Scientists are attempting to unlock the secrets of the "lost continent" of Zealandia, setting sail Friday to investigate the huge underwater landmass east of Australia that has never been properly studied. Zealandia, which is mostly submerged beneath the South Pacific, was once part of the Gondwana super-continent but broke away some 75 million years ago. In a paper published in the Geological Society of America's Journal GSA Today in February, researchers made the case that it...

KL yet to inform Dhaka about Adilur’s deportation

  

Pns: The Malaysian authorities have not yet informed Bangladesh High Commission in Kuala Lumpur about the detention and subsequent deportation of Adilur Rahman Khan, secretary of human rights organisation Odhikar, High Commissioner to Malaysia Shahidul Islam told The Independent yesterday. He said that his mission is trying to know as to why the Odhikar secretary was detained at the airport by the Malaysian immigration police and deported to Bangladesh. Adilur was denied entry to...

Ransomware cyber-attack threat escalating - Europol

  

Pns: Friday's cyber-attack has affected more than 200,000 victims in 150 countries, Europol chief Rob Wainwright says.He told the BBC the act was "unprecedented in its scale" and warned more people could find themselves affected on Monday morning.The virus took control of users' files, demanding payments; Russia and the UK were among the worst-hit countries.Experts say another attack could be imminent and have warned people to ensure their security is up to date.Mr Wainwright said...

Next cyber-attack could be imminent, warn experts

  

Pns: Another major cyber-attack could be imminent after Friday's global hit that infected more than 125,000 computer systems,security experts have warned.UK security researcher "MalwareTech", who helped to limit the ransomware attack, predicted "another one coming... quite likely on Monday".The virus, which took control of users' files, spread to 100 countries, including Spain, France and Russia.In England, 48 NHS trusts fell victim, as did 13 NHS bodies in Scotland.Some hospitals...

Millions of Android phones could be tracked with ultrasonic spying tool

  

Pns: Hundreds of Android apps could be covertly tracking users via inaudible sounds emitted by nearby devices, researchers have found. Researchers discovered technology that lets devices talk to one another for tracking purposes using ultrasonic tones on 234 Android apps . Televisions, billboards, websites and shops can emit the high frequency sounds, which can't be heard by humans but are picked up by the apps. This signals whether a person has engaged with an advert by watching...

Homo naledi species discovery raises fresh questions about evolution

  

Pns: Scientists unveiled the first evidence on that early humans co-existed in Africa 300,000 years ago with a small-brained human-like species thought to already be extinct on the continent at that time.The findings, published in three papers in the journal eLife, raise fresh questions about human evolution, including the prospect that behaviours previously attributed to humans may have been developed by hominin precursors of Homo sapiens.Hominins are an extinct group of the same...

Dutch open 'world's largest offshore' wind farm

  

Pns: Dutch officials on Monday opened what is being billed as one of the world's largest offshore wind farms, with 150 turbines spinning in action far out in the North Sea.Over the next 15 years, the Gemini windpark, which lies some 85 kilometres (53 miles) off the northern coast of The Netherlands, will meet the energy needs of about 1.5 million people.At full winds the windpark has a generating capacity of some 600 megawatts, and will help supply some 785,000 Dutch households...

Humans must flee Earth within century: Stephen Hawking

  

Pns: Stephen Hawking is giving humanity a tall order: Colonize Mars in the next century or watch as life on Earth fizzles out. After last year claiming that humans have 1,000 years left on Earth, Hawking says in a new documentary that we instead have about 100 years until we'll need to jump ship as Earth is overwhelmed by overpopulation, climate change, disease, and artificial intelligence.It might be a bit premature to start packing, but the BBC's Expedition New Earth will explore...

Drone home: Amazon to triple R&D staff at Cambridge base

  

Pns: Amazon is to more than triple its research and development team in Cambridge working on tech innovations such as its Alexa digital assistant, delivery drones and Echo smart speaker.The US online retailer is opening a new building in the city with room for 400 experts in mathematical modelling, speech science, machine learning and “knowledge engineering”.Once full, the 60,000 sq ft centre adjacent to Cambridge train station will increase the number of Amazon tech experts in the...

Humans threaten crucial 'fossil' groundwater: study

  

Pns: Human activity risks contaminating pristine water locked underground for millennia and long thought impervious to pollution, said a study on Tuesday that warned of a looming threat to the crucial resource.Even at depths of more than 250 metres (820 feet) under the Earth's surface, so-called "fossil" groundwater -- more than 12,000 years old -- has been found to contain traces of present-day rainwater, they said.This suggests that deep wells, believed to bring only unsullied,...

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