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  • TLONDON-A nearby exoplanet orbiting within the habitable zone of a star just 4.2 light-years from Earth may be home to a vast ocean, boosting its chances of supporting life. Since its discovery, questions about the conditions at the surface of Proxima b have been swirling; the planet’s mass is ...

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  • TLONDON-A perfectly preserved spear dart used 1,000 years ago by hunters has been found in a melting ice patch in the Yukon. The ‘amazing’ find is so well preserved, feather and even the sap used as glue is still visible. ‘I’d never seen anything like that before, it was ...

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  • TLONDON-Electric-powered taxis that can fly at almost 200mph (320kmh) could be picking up passengers in just four years, according to a British firm. The inter-city ‘flying taxi’ service could offer short-haul, inter-city flights carrying multiple passengers using piloted aircraft, ...

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  • TLONDON-Armed with a mouse and computer screen instead of a scalpel and operating theatre, cardiologist Benjamin Meder carefully places the electrodes of a pacemaker in a beating, digital heart. Using this 'digital twin' that mimics the electrical and physical properties of the cells in patient ...

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  • TLONDON-Lacy Anderson has a rare form of stomach cancer, but she is not alone. In fact, all but one member of her family of nine share her same diagnosis. One Anderson has already succumbed to the cancer. Six are now cancer free, but only because they had their stomachs removed altogether. Lacy's is ...

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  • TWASHINGTON-Nasa’s next-generation supersonic passenger airliner will not have a windscreen because its unusually long nose would block any view for the pilots. Instead, the aircraft will use a combination of monitors and cameras known as an ‘external vision system’ that recreates ...

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  • TLONDON-Killer robots must be banned to prevent unlawful killings, injuries and other violations of human rights ‘before it’s too late’, according to Amnesty International. The human rights non-profit is calling upon the United Nations to place tough new restraints on the ...

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  • TLONDON-One in three planets outside the solar system that are bigger than Earth is a waterworld, according to new research. Scientists say that any 'exoplanet' that is two to four times the size of Earth are likely to contain the main ingredient for life - boding well in the search for aliens. ...

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  • TLONDON-The mystery underlying Jupiter's characteristic coloured bands has been solved thanks to data from Nasa's probe orbiting around the gas giant. Several strong jet streams flow west to east in Jupiter's atmosphere, which are similar to Earth's jet streams. However, unlike on Earth where the ...

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  • TLondon-Using psychoactive drugs, such as magic mushrooms could help people defeat their addiction to tobacco, scientists have suggested.This is because the intense psychedelic experiences mean they forget withdrawal symptoms, claim scientists.The active compound found in magic mushrooms is called ...

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  • TLONDON-While it might not always be easy to pull the plug on your electronics, doing so is rarely a case of moral dilemma. But, powering down might be a lot more difficult if your devices were begging you not to do it. A new study explores the ways in which social robots can manipulate their owners ...

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  • TLONDON-Archaeologists have excavated the house of a 'wealthy and cultured' man who lived in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii that was buried by ash and rock spewed by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Mount Vesuvius, on the west coast of Italy, is the only active volcano in ...

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  • TWASHIGNTON-IBM’s artificial intelligence software, Watson, isn’t ready to replace your doctor just yet. Medical experts working with the tech giant on its Watson for Oncology system discovered that it made ‘often inaccurate’ and ‘unsafe’ treatment ...

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  • TLONDON-It pays to put your phone away during class, a new study has found. Researchers at the University of Rutgers conducted an in-class experiment where students divided their attention between phones and lectures. They found that using electronic devices during a lecture can shave 5%, or half a ...

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  • TWASHINGTON-Nasa is preparing to send a probe closer to the Sun than any other spacecraft has ventured, enduring wicked heat while zooming through the solar corona to study this outermost part of the stellar atmosphere that gives rise to the solar wind. The Parker Solar Probe, a robotic spacecraft ...

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  • TLONDON-A mysterious 6-inch skeleton found in Chile’s Atacama Desert has perplexed scholars and the public alike since it was discovered more than a decade ago. With its tiny stature and features that appear both human and somehow not, many speculated that the abandoned mummy may have ...

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  • TLONDON-AI has moved a step closer to achieving human-like thought, after a new project developed machines capable of abstract thought to pass parts of an IQ test. Experts from DeepMind, which is owned by Google parent company Alphabet, put machine learning systems through their paces with IQ tests, ...

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  • TWASHINGTON-Nasa’s fleet of hurricane-hunting satellites could be fully operational as early as next year. The space agency is currently testing a new system that uses eight mini-satellites to better predict the power of deadly storms long before they strike land. Current tracking technology ...

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  • TLONDON-A mass extinction that wiped out more than three quarters of all marine life on Earth may have been triggered by an unlikely source, new research into algae suggests. Experts believe expanding populations of the simple marine plants absorbed vast amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere ...

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  • TWASHINGTON-Jeff Bezos will charge up to $300,000 for a trip into space with his rocket firm Blue Origin. The space tourism company, headquartered in Kent, Washington, is looking to sell tickets aboard its rocket for around $200,000 to $300,000, according to sources with knowledge of the ...

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  • TLONDON-An artificial neural network that's made entirely from DNA and mimics the way the brain works has been created by scientists in the lab. The test tube artificial intelligence can solve a classic machine learning problem by correctly identifying handwritten numbers. The work is a significant ...

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  • TLONDON-Wolf packs from Chernobyl’s toxic nuclear disaster zone could spread mutant radioactive genes across Europe, a new study has suggested. For the first time evidence has been found that grey wolves are leaving the 1,600 square mile (4,300 square km) Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (CEZ). After ...

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  • TLONDON-China is stepping-up its mass surveillance, with a flock of camera-equipped drones designed to look like doves. The surveillance drones are fitted with flapping wings, allowing them to swoop, dive and glide just like the real thing. The robotic spies are almost indistinguishable from real ...

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  • TLONDON-Paleontologists have discovered a shockingly well-preserved fossil of a previously unknown ancient lizard. The marine lizard is a dolichosaur, related to snakes and mosasaurs, and is believed to have lived about 70 million to 75 million years ago. Scientists named it Primitivus manduriensis ...

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  • TSan Francisco-Your next cheeseburger could be made by a robot. California-based startup Creator has built a machine that can cook patties, toast buns, squirt on the sauce and assemble your burger in just five minutes. It took eight years to develop, but the burger robot is almost ready to make its ...

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  • TFlorida-Elon Musk’s SpaceX has fired one of the largest communications satellites ever launched into orbit to provide internet to developing nations. The 5.4-ton (4,900kg/10,800lb) spacecraft, dubbed SES-12, will beam TV, data, and other communications services across the Asia-Pacific region ...

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  • TLONDON-Amal Clooney has been helping the Duchess of Sussex settle into life in London. The 40-year-old barrister - who is married to George Clooney - has known the 36-year-old actress, who was known as Meghan Markle before she married Prince Harry earlier this month, for a ...

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  • TNEW YORK-Scientists in New York have created half human-half chicken embryos in what some have described as 'sick' and 'disturbing' experiments. Researchers hope that by transplanting human stem cells onto newly-formed chicken embryos they can find out more about how cells transform into ...

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  • TCALIFORNIA-Facebook is designing its own chips to help analyse live video. The hope is that the chips can make the process of filtering real-time footage more energy efficient and not so costly, according to Bloomberg. Current methods require 'a huge amount of compute power' to monitor every video, ...

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  • TLONDON-Mankind's first home away from Earth may soon be discovered, as new research shows that frozen water may be lurking beneath the moon's surface - giving new hope that the dusty planet could sustain human life.   Scientists say they've discovered traces of a rare mineral, called ...

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