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Touchdown: Japan probe Hayabusa2 lands on distant asteroid

Apo - A Japanese probe sent to collect samples from an asteroid 300 million kilometres away for clues about the origin of life and the solar system landed successfully on Friday, scientists said.

Japan probe Hayabusa2 set for asteroid landing

Apo - A Japanese probe is expected to land on a distant asteroid Friday, aiming to blast a "bullet" into the surface to collect clues about the origins of Earth and the solar system.

Amazon's 'collaborative' robots offer peek into the future

New York - Hundreds of orange robots zoom and whiz back and forth like miniature bumper cars -- but instead of colliding, they're following a carefully plotted path to transport thousands of items ordered from online giant Amazon.

New Universe map unearths 300,000 more galaxies

Paris - The known Universe just got a lot bigger. A new map of the night sky published Tuesday charts hundreds of thousands of previously unknown galaxies discovered using a telescope that can detect light sources optical instruments cannot see.

First private space probe on the moon to launch this week

Tel Aviv - Israel hopes to become the fourth country in the world to land a spacecraft on the moon, with the launch of the unmanned spacecraft Beresheet from Florida’s Cape Canaveral on Thursday.

NASA's SPHEREx Mission will be a new eye tracking the heavens

NASA has announced a new space telescope mission dedicated to understanding the origins of life and the universe. It's called the Spectro-Photometer for the History of the Universe, Epoch of Reionization and Ices Explorer or SPHEREx, for short.

Pakistan announces 'massive' social media crackdown

Islamabad - Pakistani authorities Wednesday vowed to carry out a "massive" crackdown targeting hate speech and extremism on social media, as a minister boasted arrests have already been made.

Hungarian researchers rally against government 'attack on science'

Budapest - Thousands of Hungarians rallied in Budapest on Tuesday outside a prestigious scientific institution that says it is the victim of a new power grab by Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government.

ESA's Swarm Mission helped in updating the Earth's magnetic North

The foundation of many navigation systems, the World Magnetic Model, finally got a much-needed update with the end of the U.S. government shutdown. The update was released on Monday — and now the magnetic North can be located accurately.

New Mars rover named after DNA pioneer Rosalind Franklin

Ware - A British-made rover that will set off for Mars next year in search for signs of life was named Thursday after DNA pioneer Rosalind Franklin.

China launches world's first robot ship for sounding rockets

China has built the world's first robotic, partially submersible boat for launching sounding rockets - a technology that will help meteorologists better understand the atmosphere over Earth's oceans.

Facebook to bar 'foreign' electoral ads for Thai poll

Bangkok - Facebook will bar foreign-based election advertisments in Thailand in the lead-up to a March poll, the company said Thursday, after being pilloried for not controlling election interference on the platform.

For some whales, sonar may provoke suicidal behaviour: study

Paris - Scientists have long known that some beaked whales beach themselves and die in agony after exposure to naval sonar, and now they know why: the giant sea mammals suffer decompression sickness, just like scuba divers.

China failing to curb methane emissions, study finds

Apo - Methane emissions from coal mining in China have continued to rise despite tough legislation and ambitious government targets, a new study based on satellite data said Wednesday.

The incredible 10,000-year history humanity shares with cannabis

Today, as more countries change their laws and relax the legal restrictions surrounding the use of marijuana, one thing is missing from the discussion - the incredible 10,000-year history that cannabis shares with humankind.

Microplastic contamination found in groundwater in U.S.

A new study is the first to report microplastics in fractured limestone aquifers - a groundwater source that accounts for 25 percent of the global drinking water supply.

Excessive pumping of groundwater in Iran causes ground to sink

Tehran - Stressed by a 30-year drought and hollowed by excessive water pumping from the underground aquifer - the parched landscape around Iran’s capital has begun to sink dramatically.

Global warming is creating a groundwater 'time bomb'

Over two billion people worldwide are dependent on groundwater for their source of fresh water. A new study shows we could be facing a groundwater "time bomb" because of climate change.

ESA and ArianeGroup sign contract to study planned moon mission

The European Space Agency (ESA) on Monday awarded a one-year contract to ArianeGroup to study and prepare for a mission to the Moon with the aim of mining regolith.

Remains of ancient life found beneath Antarctic ice

Scientists in Antarctica have found preserved carcasses of tiny animals in Subglacial Lake Mercer, buried under more than 3,500 feet of ice.

Japan satellite blasts into space to deliver artificial meteors

Apo - A rocket carrying a satellite on a mission to deliver the world's first artificial meteor shower blasted into space on Friday, Japanese scientists said.

Our oceans have never been hotter than they were in 2018

A number of recent studies have been published highlighting just how significant global ocean warming has become. The vast majority of global warming heat ends up deposited in the world’s oceans, and ocean heat content change can be measured.

Global study shows the extent of permafrost warming

Large areas of permafrost around the world warmed significantly over the past decade, intensifying concerns about accelerated releases of heat-trapping methane and carbon dioxide as microbes decompose the thawing organic soils.

Hong Kong scientists claim 'broad-spectrum' antiviral breakthrough

Fpo - Hong Kong scientists claim they have made a potential breakthrough discovery in the fight against infectious diseases -- a chemical that could slow the spread of deadly viral illnesses.

India plans manned space mission by December 2021

Bangalore - India will send its first manned mission into space by December 2021, the head of the country's space agency said on Friday.

Canadian astronomers detect mysterious radio signal

A mysterious radio signal emanating from far across the universe has been detected by a radio telescope in British Columbia. The discovery is significant because it’s only the second time ever a repeating signal has been observed by scientists.

Cricket mating call may be cause of those 'sonic attacks' in Cuba

Some Canadian and American diplomats working in Cuba have reportedly suffered serious health problems and mysterious symptoms after a possible "sonic attack" on their homes resulted in staff members being recalled from Cuba.

Archaeologists find first temple of the 'Flayed Lord' in Mexico

Mexican experts have found the first temple of the Flayed Lord, a pre-Hispanic fertility god depicted as a skinned human corpse, authorities said Wednesday. The find was made during excavations of Popoloca Indian ruins in the central state of Puebla.

China’s Chang’e 4 spacecraft set to land on Moon's far side

Beijing - China is on the threshold of a historic first this week. China’s lunar lander and rover spacecraft Chang’e 4 will attempt to make a soft-landing landing on the far side of the moon, either today or tomorrow.

On New Year's Day, New Horizons will meet Ultima Thule

After a journey of almost 13 years and more than 6.5 billion kilometers (4.04 million miles), NASA's New Horizons is about to meet a tiny, mysterious space rock called 2014 MU69, also known as Ultima Thule.
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