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Earth’s oldest fungi discovered

WT24 Desk Scientists have unearthed fossilised fungi dating back up to one billion years, in a discovery that could reshape our understanding of how life on land evolved, research showed Wednesday, AFP reports.For decades, the earliest known fungi — organisms such as mushrooms, mould and yeast — was thought to have appeared on earth around half a billion years ago.But ...

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SpaceX launches first internet satellites

WT24 Desk SpaceX on Thursday launched a rocket containing the first 60 satellites of its “Starlink” constellation, which is intended to provide internet from space and could one day number 12,000 satellites, AFP reports.One of the company’s Falcon 9 rockets took off without incident from Cape Canaveral in Florida around 10:30 pm (0230 GMT).The second stage of the rocket will ...

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Send your name to fly aboard next Mars rover

WT24 Desk Although it will be years before the first humans set foot on Mars, the US space agency has invited public to submit their names to fly abroad the next rover to Red Planet in 2020, IANS reports. Souvenir boarding passes will display names submitted by the people which will also be on microchips aboard the Mars 2020 rover, ...

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Anti-groper app becomes hit in Japan

WT24 Desk A Tokyo police smartphone app to scare off molesters has become a smash hit in Japan, where women have long run the gauntlet of groping on packed rush-hour trains, AFP reports. Victims of groping can activate the Digi Police app, which either blasts out a voice shouting “stop it” at top volume, or produces a full-screen SOS message ...

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Definition of kilogramme changes

WT24 Desk How we measure the world underwent a quantum leap on Monday as scientists adopted new hyper-accurate definitions for units of weight, electricity and temperature derived from the universal laws of Nature, AFP understands. The change, on the occasion of World Metrology Day, sees one of science’s most influential objects — a metal cylinder used to define what a ...

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Google starts to cut ties with Huawei

WT24 Desk US internet giant Google, whose Android mobile operating system powers most of the world’s smartphones, said Sunday it was beginning to cut ties with China’s Huawei, which Washington considers a national security threat, AFP reports. In the midst of a trade war with Beijing, president Donald Trump has barred US companies from engaging in telecommunications trade with foreign ...

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Facebook retweaks News Feed to show relevant content on top

Facebook will also take into account which friends are the closest based on the number of photo tags. WT24 Desk In the past one year, Facebook conducted surveys to understand what exactly interests its users first when it comes to the News Feed. Based on the results, the social networking giant announced two ranking updates, ANI reports. Facebook will also ...

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Tech firms tackle opioid crisis with software

WT24 Desk Technology firms are taking aim at the opioid crisis and related health problems with a new class of treatments — digital therapeutics — delivered by smartphone, AFP reports. These new treatments, backed by medical research and offered by prescription, are seen as potential ways to supplement, and in some cases replace, pharmaceuticals to treat addiction and an array ...

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Google doodle celebrates 971st birth anniversary of Omar Khayyam

WT24 Desk Search engine giant Google celebrated the 971st birth anniversary of legendary Persian mathematician, poet and astronomer Omar Khayyam on Saturday with a doodle on its homepage, Agencies report. Khayyam was born in 1048 at Nishapur, Khorasan (present-day Iran). As a mathematician, he is best credited for his work on the classification and solution of cubic equation where he ...

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Pixel 3a XL review: the cheaper Google phone to buy

Great camera, top software, OK battery and performance, in a plastic body that’s a bit too wide WT24 Desk With a price-tag of £469, the Pixel 3a XL tries to offer the best of Google, but costing £400 less than its top-end sibling, according to The Guardian. The bigger brother of Google’s other lower-cost phone, the Pixel 3a, the new Pixel ...

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