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Dozens die in north India floods, thousands evacuated

Dozens of people have been killed and thousands moved to relief camps after torrential rains caused flooding in northern India's Uttar Pradesh state, according to officials.Densely populated regions on the banks of two main rivers in the state, which are overflowing because of incessant rainfall i


Mice can reproduce after space stints, study finds

Tokyo - Male mice that spent more than a month in space were able to successfully reproduce back on Earth, a study has found, the first evidence of how space travel affects reproduction in mammals. There have been some signs that spending time in space could negatively affect sperm, including radia


'When is this going to end?': Indonesians shrouded in toxic haze

Jambi, Indonesia - In an emergency clinic in the south of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, three-year-old Rafael has a cough and a fever. The boy's oxygen levels are so low he can barely raise his head from the gurney. All he can do is lie still and wait for oxygen; his mother waiting anxiously


WMO Urges Drastic Action as Global Average Temperature Set to Rise Again

Geneva- The global average temperature is set to rise to at least 1.2 to 1.3 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels over the next five years, a World Meteorological Organization (WMO) official said on Monday 9-23-2019, close to a limit adopted in a global treaty. The prediction comes as govern


UAE in space: Hazzaa Al Mansoori to become first Emirati astronaut

Hazzaa Al Mansoori is about to make history as the first Emirati to reach space. The 35-year-old former pilot is embarking on a mission this week to the International Space Station (ISS) after being chosen from thousands of applicants. He has said he is "living the impossible". Only two other peo


Indonesia is burning peatlands. Here’s why that makes the haze even worse than normal fires.

Rachel Genevieve Chia Toxic haze has blanketed Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia for the past fortnight.The haze comes mostly from peatland burned by local farmers.Peatland is a waterlogged forest that contains high amounts of carbon and doesn’t burn easily.Farmers drain out the water and bur


Huawei in public test as it unveils sanction-hit phone

BERLIN - Chinese tech giant Huawei launches its latest high-end smartphone in Munich on Thursday, the first that could be void of popular Google apps because of US sanctions.Observers are asking whether a phone without the Silicon Valley software that users have come to depend on can succeed, or whe


Ex-US Marine on Quest to Find Proof of Aliens Claims Saw UFO 'Light Up Sky'

Nick Karnaze, an US Marine Corps veteran, is part of a team that is on a quest to gather proof that aliens have been in contact with Earth. A former US military intelligence officer Nick Karnaze has opened up on a mysterious UFO encounter he personally experienced during a military mission. As par


First measurements of 'interstellar comet'

Astronomers are gathering measurements on a presumed interstellar comet, providing clues about its chemical composition. The object, C/2019 Q4 (Borisov), is only the second interstellar object ever identified, after 'Oumuamua, which was spotted in 2017. Telescopes across the world are being traine


Over half of the tigers rescued from Thailand tourist attraction have died

More than half of the almost 150 tigers rescued from a tourist attraction in Thailand have reportedly died in captivity in the last three years. The Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua Yanasampanno temple west of Bangkok promoted itself as a wildlife sanctuary. It charged admission to visitors who would take phot


Alexandria battles climate change

CAIRO - Environmental engineers are working on a project to protect the 15th-century Citadel of Qaitbay, which is on a stretch of land extending into the ancient port of Egypt’s northern city of Alexandria. Egyptian authorities are investing $14 million in the project, which involves dropping


Water discovered in atmosphere of potentially habitable planet

Water has been discovered for the first time in the atmosphere of an exoplanet with Earth-like temperatures that could support life as we know it, scientists revealed on 9-11-2019Wednesday. Eight times the mass of Earth and twice as big, the planet named K2-18b orbits in its star's "habitable zone"


Has another interstellar visitor been found?

An amateur astronomer has discovered a comet that could come from outside our Solar System. If so, it would be the second interstellar object after the elongated body known as 'Oumuamua was identified in 2017. The Minor Planet Center (MPC) at Harvard University has issued a formal announcement of


'Moss piglets' could be alive on the moon after spacecraft crash

A tiny creature called a Tardigrade could be alive in space after a spacecraft carrying several thousands of them crashed into the moon. The micro animals - often called water bears or moss piglets - are less than a millimetre long and can survive extreme temperatures. Tardigrades, with their barre


Facebook hints at hiding 'likes'

By Zoe KleinmanTechnology reporter, BBC News Jane Manchun Wong found the code, which has not been activated. Instagram, which is also owned by Facebook, is conducting a similar test in seven countries including Canada and Brazil, where only the account holder in the trial can see the number of lik


Scientists Develop New Clothes to Control Electronics

Cairo - Hazem Badr - A new type of clothes may soon help you turn on the lights and music while also keeping you fresh, dry, fashionable, clean and safe from the latest virus and bacteria that's going around. Purdue University researchers have developed a new fabric innovation that allows wearers to


Twitter points finger at mobile carrier after Dorsey’s account hack

 tter blamed chief executive Jack Dorsey’s mobile phone carrier for a hack of his Twitter account that sent out a stream of offensive tweets on Friday. “The phone number associated with the account was compromised due to a security oversight by the mobile provider,” Twitter s


Billboard illustrating humanoid robots at 2018 China International Robot Show in Shanghai. Reuters

  The trade war between the US and China will hit Apple this weekend, dragging the largest US technology company into a fracas that threatens to raise prices on popular consumer gadgets and undermine a giant but delicate global supply chain. President Donald Trump’s 15 per cent China ta


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