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Former 'MythBusters' co-host Grant Imahara dies at 49

Washington - Grant Imahara, who co-hosted the popular science TV show "MythBusters" and worked behind the scenes on three "Star Wars" films, has died at age 49, the Discovery Channel said Monday.

The quest to find signs of ancient life on Mars

Paris - Mars may now be considered a barren, icy desert but did Earth's nearest neighbour once harbour life? It is a question that has preoccupied scientists for centuries and fired up sci-fi imaginings.

A trio of Mars missions in the starting blocks

Paris - "We have lift-off, we have lift-off!"The summer race to land a space probe on Mars is off to a hot start.

Eyes on the stars: UAE's Mars probe a first for the Arab world

Dubai - The oil-rich United Arab Emirates has built a nuclear power programme and sent a man to space, and now plans to join another elite club by sending a probe to Mars.

A dog's life: Scientists find new formula for canine age

Washington - A well-known "rule of paw" holds that you can tell how old your pooch is in human terms by multiplying its age in years by seven.

Millions switch to 'local TikToks' after India bans Chinese apps

New Delhi - Millions of Indians have joined homegrown social media platforms since New Delhi banned a slew of Chinese apps, including TikTok, amid growing tensions between the giant neighbours, industry officials said Thursday.

China eyes July 20-25 launch for Mars rover

Bejing - China's first Mars rover should launch later this month, authorities said Wednesday, as the country races to catch up with the US dominance of space.

Need for speed: Japan supercomputer is world's fastest

Apo - Japan's Fugaku supercomputer, built with government backing and used in the fight against coronavirus, is now ranked as the world's fastest, its developers announced Monday.

'Ring of fire' solar eclipse thrills skywatchers on longest day

Fpo - Skywatchers along a narrow band from west Africa to the Arabian Peninsula, India and the Far East witnessed a dramatic "ring of fire" solar eclipse Sunday.

'Ring of fire' solar eclipse thrills skywatchers in Africa, Asia

Nairobi - Skywatchers along a narrow band from west Africa to the Arabian Peninsula, India and the Far East witnessed Sunday a dramatic "ring of fire" solar eclipse.

Rare 'ring of fire' solar eclipse to dim Africa, Asia

Paris - Skywatchers along a narrow band from west Africa to the Arabian Peninsula, India and southern China will witness on Sunday the most dramatic "ring of fire" solar eclipse to shadow the Earth in years.

Robots: allies during virus crisis, enemies later?

Paris - When human contact needs to be kept to a minimum, robots can save lives and factories. But when the coronavirus crisis is over, will they amplify job losses?

A world redrawn: Worry about climate not COVID, says James 'Gaia' Lovelock

Paris - James Lovelock -- founder of the Gaia theory and, arguably, the field of Earth system science -- thinks the world has lost perspective in responding to the new coronavirus, and should focus on a far more formidable foe: global warming.

Hug me tender: scientists unlock the secret to the perfect cuddle

Apo - In this era of social distancing and depressing news, we could all do with a good hug. Now scientists have analysed what makes the perfect cuddle -- just don't squeeze too tight.

Buried Roman city revealed with ground penetrating radar

Paris - Scientists have unveiled the contours of an ancient city north of Rome for the first time, and all they needed was a quad bike and a radar gun.

German virus 'guru' in crosshairs of lockdown critics

Berlin - One of Germany's top virologists has become a hate figure for conspiracy theorists and the anti-lockdown movement, leading to an ugly spat with the country's top-selling newspaper and exposing a growing rift over scientists' role in fighting the pandem...

Bill Gates conspiracy theories echo through Africa

Johanesburg - As the novel coronavirus wreaks global havoc, Bill Gates is the new bete noire for conspiracy theorists worldwide including in Africa where a Kenyan politician's false online post has added major fuel to the spread of misinformation.

Scientists fight online virus misinformation war

Paris - With cat photos and sometimes scathing irony, Mathieu Rebeaud, a Swiss-based researcher in biochemistry, has nearly tripled his Twitter following since the coronavirus pandemic began.

Pandemic gives Dubai chance to put tech to the test

Dubai - From smart police helmets to research labs, the novel coronavirus has given Dubai an opportunity to test its technological and scientific clout as it shapes its approach to the pandemic.

Unsung heroes? How hoverflies play key pollination role

Apo - That bee you see buzzing from flower to flower might actually be an undercover operator: a hoverfly. And a team of scientists wants you to stop taking them for granted.

Virus pushes science and its controversies centre stage

Paris - Hydroxychloroquine, double-blind studies, convalescent plasma, herd immunity -- the coronavirus pandemic has thrust the language of science into public view as never before.

'We can get it done here': Africa's tech scene tackles virus

Nairobi - Watching from afar as much of the world was brought to its knees by the coronavirus, African scientists, engineers and innovators have turned to homegrown solutions to prepare for the worst case scenario.

Making tracks: ancient footprints shed light on early humans

Apo - Thousands of years ago, a group of people took a walk in what is now Tanzania. The footprints they left behind are now offering insights into ancient human life.

China rejects US claim of attempted vaccine theft as 'smearing'

Bejing - Beijing accused the United States on Thursday of smearing China after Washington alleged Chinese hackers were attempting to steal research on developing a vaccine against the coronavirus.

Belgian llama holds key to possible corona treatment

Ghent - Scientists the world over are scrambling to perfect an anti-viral treatment for the novel coronavirus, and following what might seem to be some unusual trails.

Ukraine scientists navigate lockdown to reach Antarctica

Kiev - Yuriy Otruba was preparing for his sixth scientific expedition to Antarctica when the coronavirus pandemic hit, shutting borders, grounding flights and locking down countries he needed to travel through.

Scientists try 'cloud brightening' to protect Great Barrier Reef

Sydney - An ambitious "cloud brightening" experiment has been carried out over Australia's Great Barrier Reef in an early-stage trial that scientists hope could become a futuristic way to protect coral from global warming.

The young Brazilians fighting for the Amazon

Carauari - Maria dreams of being the next Greta Thunberg. Kelita is studying in the first-ever university program in the Amazon. Fabio is helping his family do its part to fight climate change through sustainable agriculture.

Asia deploys innovative, if invasive, tech to curb virus

Fpo - Electronic bracelets and phones that report your whereabouts, text messages if you stray too far from quarantine and digital detectives tracking where you've been -- Asian countries have embraced innovative, if somewhat invasive, tech to counter the co...

Hand-made tale: Indian amputee's new lower limbs adapt to her body

New Delhi - When amputee Shreya Siddanagowder was offered new hands, the Indian student didn't hesitate -- even though they were big, dark and hairy, and once belonged to a man.
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