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China tests Mars lander in international cooperation push

China has invited international observers to a test of its Mars lander as it pushes for inclusion in more global space projects. Thursday’s test was conducted at a site outside Beijing simulating conditions on the Red Planet, where the pull of gravity is about one-third that of Earth. China


Japan spacecraft starts yearlong journey home from asteroid

TOKYO - Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft departed from a distant asteroid on Wednesday, starting its yearlong journey home after successfully completing its mission to bring back soil samples and data that could provide clues to the origins of the solar system, the country’s space agency sai


Climate change playbook is a threat to the conservation cause

As preparations get underway for a landmark UN-sponsored conference on bio-diversity in China next year, a leading conservationist has given warning that the issue needs to be seen as separate to the climate change agenda. Razan Al Mubarak, the head of the Mohammed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fu


UAE pushes for green revolution in the desert

DUBAI - Fenced off by a wall of trees, about 20 km from the high rises towering over Dubai's city centre, there lies a small solar-powered settlement aiming to become a green oasis in the desert. Renowned for its glitzy skyscrapers, air-conditioning-blasting shopping malls and indoor skiing facilit


'Alarming' loss of insects and spiders recorded

By Helen BriggsInsects and spiders are declining in forests and grasslands across Germany, according to new research. Scientists have described the findings as "alarming", saying the losses are driven by intensive agriculture. They are calling for a "paradigm shift" in land-use policy to preserve


UFO Crashed After Battle With Red Object in Australian Sky, Locals Claim

While many sightings of unidentified flying objects include spotting dots and circles in the sky, Rob and Phil Tindale insist that what they saw as children looked like a fight and subsequent crash. Although their encounter dates back to 1980, they refuse to believe the objects were anything else bu


Alien Life Was Potentially Discovered on Mars in 1970s, Former NASA Scientist Claims

The search for alien life on the Red Planet has long been a priority of various space missions, but while it has not been discovered so far, one American engineer and scientist insists that there is some evidence to point to the contrary. Former NASA researcher Gilbert V. Levin is convinced that li


Plant protein: Processing giant looks to fava beans

One of the world’s biggest pea processors is considering expanding into fava beans as the boom in alternative proteins fuels demand for special crops.France’s Roquette Freres SA is exploring processing the beans as consumers increasingly turn toward plant-based meats as well as substit


why is the sea salty?

Sally Little Two-thirds of the Earth’s surface is covered in water, and 97% of that is salty seawater. Only 3% of our planet’s water is fresh, and 2% is trapped, frozen in ice caps, glaciers and soils. That leaves less than 1% as fresh, liquid water in rivers, lakes and streams –


First All-Woman Spacewalk Sparks Unprecedented Interest, NASA Says

    Astronauts Jessica Meir and Christa Koch made history Friday with the first all-female spacewalk, an excursion to repair a power unit on the International Space Station. The mission began at 1139 GMT and the women spent seven hours and 17 minutes working outside the ISS as it circ


Scientists find 'behemoth' black hole so big it could challenge our understanding of the universe's beginning

Scientists just found a very huge, very young supermassive black hole. As far as we know, it shouldn't be able to exist, and it just might re-write our understanding of the early universe.It is the most distant black hole ever seen by scientists. And it is so far away that we are seeing something


A dormant volcano: the black hole at the heart of our galaxy is more explosive than we thought

The supermassive black hole at the heart of our galaxy spat out an enormous flare of radiation 3.5 million years ago that would have been clearly visible from Earth. In new research that will soon be published in the Astrophysical Journal my colleagues and I found that the flare left traces in a tr


Jan Wörner (ESA): Humans Will Reach Mars but Will Not Stay

    The Director General of the European Space Agency (ESA), Jan Wörner, is convinced that humans will travel to Mars because curiosity is part of “our DNA,” although he hopes that it will not be the result of not taking enough care of the Earth. “I don’t


Bill Gates downplays relationship with Jeffrey Epstein

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is playing down his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein following a lengthy New York Times article published Saturday that details their many meetings. Gates publicly addressed his relationship with the late financier last month, days after The New Yorker reported tha


Cookie monster eats data from Sesame Street store

The official Sesame Street online store, along with thousands of other retailers, has been targeted by a credit card-stealing hack.Card details were collected by a piece of malicious software, dubbed JavaScript Cookie.The code was found in shopping cart software built by Volusion, which has 20,000 s


3 of the coolest things we’ve seen at GITEX Tech Week in Dubai

Flying motorbikes… cooking robots… it’s just another day in Dubai… GITEX Technology Week is back for its 39th edition and there’s plenty of exciting and innovative projects to see and explore. The exhibition is taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre until Thursday


Trio wins Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen

Two scientists from the United States and one from Britain won the 2019 Nobel Medicine Prize on Monday for finding how cells adapt to fluctuating oxygen levels, paving the way for new strategies to fight diseases such as anaemia and cancer.The Nobel award-giving body said US-born researchers Willi


What's the truth about the Yellowstone supervolcano doomsday theory?

If you spend any time on the internet, it seems every few months humanity is faced with a looming existential threat from the depths of space. Planet X/Nibiru, the rapture or a wayward comet are, according to conspiracy theorists, destined to destroy us.However, there is one particular conspiracy, t


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