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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.

Fruity energy, spidery lenses: Nature-inspired solutions in 2020

Paris - Climate change and biodiversity loss are laying bare our dependence on the natural world for everything from the food we eat to the air we breathe.

Virus hunters delve into Gabon forest in search for next threat

Makokou - The scene looks like something out of a science fiction movie, or maybe some dystopian TV series.Six men in yellow biohazard suits clamber in suffocating heat towards a cave in the heart of the Gabonese jungle.

Asteroid samples leave Japan scientists 'speechless'

Apo - Scientists in Japan said Tuesday they were left "speechless" when they saw how much asteroid dust was inside a capsule delivered by the Hayabusa-2 space probe in an unprecedented mission.

China to open giant telescope to international scientists

Pingtang - Nestled among the mountains in southwest China, the world's largest radio telescope signals Beijing's ambitions as a global centre for scientific research.

Black 'sand-like' asteroid dust found in box from Japan probe

Apo - Black sandy dust found in a capsule brought to Earth by a Japanese space probe is from the distant asteroid Ryugu, scientists confirmed after opening it on Monday.

NASA outlines science goals for future astronauts on Moon

Washington - The US space agency NASA published a voluminous report on Monday outlining the scientific priorities for the Artemis III astronauts it intends to send to the Moon in 2024.

Japan space agency hails return of asteroid dust on Earth

Apo - Japan space agency officials on Sunday hailed the arrival of rare asteroid samples on Earth after they were collected by space probe Hayabusa-2 during an unprecedented mission.

Asteroid dust collected by Japan probe arrives on Earth

Apo - In a streak of light across the night sky, samples collected from a distant asteroid arrived on Earth on Sunday after being dropped off by Japanese space probe Hayabusa-2.

Special delivery: Japan space probe to bring asteroid dust to Earth

Apo - Call it a special delivery: after six years in space, Japan's Hayabusa-2 probe is heading home, but only to drop off its rare asteroid samples before starting a new mission.

Mind's eye: Vision-restoring brain implants spell breakthrough

Washington - Scientists are a step closer to restoring vision for the blind, after building an implant that bypasses the eyes and allows monkeys to perceive artificially induced patterns in their brains.

'Milestone' anti-ageing treatment restores sight in mice

Apo - Scientists said Wednesday they have restored sight in mice using a "milestone" treatment that returns cells to a more youthful state and could one day help treat glaucoma and other age-related diseases.

Lab developing device to help Earth dodge asteroids

Riga - In a corner of the campus at Riga Technical University, a team of scientists is working on technology that could one day stop asteroids from smashing into Earth.

Cyprus rocky testing ground for Mars

Nicosia - International and Cypriot experts on Friday discussed a research project to test space equipment on the Mediterranean island before sending it to Mars to measure the age of its rocks, officials said.

Prehistoric mega-shark raised its young in nurseries: study

Paris - The largest sharks ever to have roamed the oceans parked their young in shallow, warm-water nurseries where food was abundant and predators scarce until they could assume their title as kings and queens of the sea.

Charles Darwin notebooks 'stolen' from Cambridge University

London - Two of Charles Darwin's notebooks containing his pioneering ideas on evolution and his famous "Tree of Life" sketch are missing, believed stolen, the Cambridge University Library said on Tuesday.

Twitter to hand @POTUS account to Biden on inauguration day

Washington - Twitter will hand control of the presidential @POTUS account to Joe Biden when he is sworn in on inauguration day, even if President Donald Trump has not conceded his election loss, US media reported Friday.

New Chinese submersible reaches Earth's deepest ocean trench

Bejing - China livestreamed footage of its new manned submersible parked at the bottom of the Mariana Trench on Friday, part of a historic mission into the deepest underwater valley on the planet.

With second launch, regular ISS crew flights begin for NASA

SpaceX launched four astronauts to the International Space Station on Sunday on the first full-fledged taxi flight for NASA by a private company. The crew of three Americans and one Japanese astronaut will arrive at the space station late Monday.

Laser-guided lightning may help prevent wildfires

Sydney - Small, portable laser pointers could be used to guide lightning strikes, with a study suggesting the technology may prevent bolts from sparking wildfires, a researcher told AFP Thursday.

Virgin's Hyperloop carries passengers for the first time

Los Angeles - The Virgin Hyperloop made its first journey carrying passengers Sunday, in a test the company claimed represented a major step forward for the "groundbreaking" technology capable of transporting people at 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) an hour.

A woman's place? Out hunting with spears, study finds

Washington - A new study says a woman's place might never have been at home to begin with.Scientists said Wednesday they had discovered the 9,000-year-old remains of a young woman in the Peruvian Andes alongside a well-stocked big game hunting toolkit.

Five-eyed fossil shrimp is evolutionary 'missing link'

Apo - The discovery of a five-eyed shrimp-like creature that lived about 520 million years ago may end a long-running debate about the evolution of Earth's most common animals.

Research tracks how pterosaurs mastered the primeval skies

Paris - By the time they were wiped out alongside their dinosaur cousins, most winged pterosaurs had evolved from awkwardly airborne to lords of the primeval skies, according to new research published Wednesday.

New genome sequencing sheds light on diversity in Africa

Apo - Analysis of the genomes of hundreds of people from across Africa has shed light on ancient migrations and modern susceptibility and resistance to disease, revealing unexpected genetic diversity.
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