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New bug discovery proves mite of Twitter

Apo - Call it the mite of Twitter: Japanese and Austrian researchers have confirmed a bug they spotted posted in a tweet is a previously unknown species, now aptly dubbed "Ameronothrus twitter.

Understanding the plan to release treated Fukushima water

Apo - Japan's decision to release more than one million tonnes of treated radioactive water from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea has stirred fierce controversy.

From Sputnik-1 to Sputnik V: Russian scientific achievements

Moscow - Russia boasts a rich history of scientific invention across a wide variety of fields, from the Sputnik satellite to the coronavirus vaccine of the same name.

China's bitcoin mining rush risks derailing climate goals

Bejing - China's electricity-hungry bitcoin mines that power nearly 80 percent of the global trade in cryptocurrencies risk undercutting the country's climate goals, a study in the journal Nature said on Tuesday.

Rise of the 'robo-plants', as scientists fuse nature with tech

Fpo - Remote-controlled Venus flytrap "robo-plants" and crops that tell farmers when they are hit by disease could become reality after scientists developed a high-tech system for communicating with vegetation.

Japan scientist given Nobel for 'revolutionary' LED lamp dies

Apo - Japanese Nobel laureate Isamu Akasaki, who won the physics prize for pioneering energy-efficient LED lighting -- a weapon against global warming and poverty -- has died aged 92, his university said Friday.

A 'starter kit' for supermassive black holes?

Paris - Scientists have reported the discovery of a rare, medium-sized black hole that may help answer one of the more tantalising questions in astronomy: how do their supermassive counterparts come into being?

Ecuador policeman held over 185 baby tortoises in suitcase

Quito - An Ecuadorian policeman has been arrested after airport officials in the Galapagos Islands discovered 185 baby giant tortoises stuffed in a suitcase to be trafficked, prosecutors said Monday.

The golden ear-a of audio

Paris - Audio stimulates our brains more powerfully than video, and slots neatly into our new patterns of voracious cultural consumption -- making this a revolutionary time for aural entertainment.

New embryo models offer hope for research on miscarriages, birth defects

Apo - Scientists have generated early-stage human embryo models that could help shed light on the "black box" of initial human development stages and improve research on pregnancy loss and birth defects.

Images of 'cosmic web' reveal maze of dwarf galaxies

Paris - Peering into the early Universe some 12 billion years ago, scientists in France have for the first time seen the incandescent filaments of hydrogen gas known as the "cosmic web," they said Thursday.

Lightning may have sparked life on Earth, study finds

Paris - Lightning strikes may have supplied primordial Earth with enough phosphorus to support the emergence of life, according to new research Tuesday that offered an alternative explanation as to how living organisms were born.

Get ready folks - 17-year cicadas are coming to trees near you

Starting sometime in April or May, depending on latitude, one of the largest broods of 17-year cicadas will emerge from underground in the Northeastern part of the U.S. This group is known as Brood X, as in the Roman numeral for 10.

Twins Peak: double births at 'all-time high' globally

Paris - More twins -- one in every 42 children born -- are coming into the world than ever before, according to new research citing the rapid rise in medically assisted reproduction as a key factor.Some 1.

Dozens of sinkholes pock Croatia's quake-hit villages

Zagreb - A cluster of around 100 sinkholes has opened up across farmland in central Croatia, some of them just metres from homes, in the aftermath of a deadly quake that rocked the area in December.The holes started appearing days after a 6.

Neanderthals disappeared from Europe earlier than thought, says study

Washington - Neanderthal fossils from a cave in Belgium believed to belong to the last survivors of their species ever discovered in Europe are thousands of years older than once thought, a new study said Monday.

Asteroid the size of Golden Gate Bridge to zoom past Earth

An asteroid as wide as the Golden Gate Bridge is long will hurtle past Earth next month. But although it will be the biggest and speediest asteroid to fly by our planet this year, there's no reason to panic.

Israeli 5-minute battery charge aims to fire up electric cars

Herzlia - From flat battery to full charge in just five minutes -- an Israeli start-up has developed technology it says could eliminate the "range anxiety" associated with electric cars.

Chinese cyber-espionage unit on US hacking spree: report

San Francisco - At least 30,000 US organizations including local governments have been hacked in recent days by an "unusually aggressive" Chinese cyber-espionage campaign, according to a computer security specialist.

NASA releases panorama taken by Mars rover

Washington - The US space agency NASA released a spectacular panoramic view on Wednesday of the landing site of the Perseverance rover on Mars.

UK's new science agency aims to reward high-risk innovation Special

The U.K. has created a new science agency, called the Advanced Research & Invention Agency. This agency will be led by scientists who will be given the freedom to identify and fund transformational science and technology at speed.

ESA's one-year-old Solar Orbiter 'hides' behind the Sun

The ESA's deep-space mission, Solar Orbiter, is doing a vanishing act as its orbit takes it behind the Sun. On February 10, the plucky little orbiter, affectionately called "Solo" by Mission Control, began its crucial pass behind the Sun.

Amazon's Bezos, latest tycoon to pursue his 'passion'

Washington - Bill Gates set out to heal the world. His Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen bought sports teams. Ted Turner raced yachts. And Donald Trump went into politics.Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, the world's richest man, plans to build rockets and save the planet.

'Doomsday Clock' stuck at 100 seconds to midnight

Washington - The "Doomsday Clock" illustrating the perils facing the planet and mankind will remain at 100 seconds to midnight this year amid the threats of the coronavirus pandemic, nuclear war and climate change.

Switzerland's timeless art mechanics embraces 3D future

Sainte-croix - In his snow-bound workshop, Swiss master Francois Junod's moving mechanical artworks whir into action: birds whistle, historical luminaries write poetry -- traditional craftsmanship newly recognised as being among the world's cultural heritage.

Pre-historic Europeans used bronze objects as currency: study

Washington - Central Europeans of the Bronze Age used bronze rings, ribs and axe blades that were roughly standardized in their shape and weight as an early form of "euros," according to a new study.

How the male mantis keeps its head during rough sex

Paris - A male Springbok praying mantis looking for a hook up doesn't have to worry about a female stealing his heart away. There is, however, a very good change she'll bite his head off, and he knows it.

Butterflies create jet propulsion with a clap of their wings

Paris - The whimsical, wafting flight of butterflies may not give the impression of top aerodynamic performance, but research published on Wednesday suggests their large flexible wings could be perfectly designed to give them a burst of jet propulsion.

Uganda eases internet shutdown imposed over election

Kanpala - Internet was partially restored in Uganda on Monday almost five days after a near-total blackout was imposed across the East African country ahead of elections the opposition says were rigged.

Uganda eases internet shutdown imposed over election

Kanpala - Internet was partially restored in Uganda on Monday almost five days after a near-total blackout was imposed across the country ahead of elections the opposition says were rigged.
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