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Isolated Iceland newly vulnerable to computer scams

WT24 Desk “Hi, I hope you are not busy?” The treasurer of the Icelandic soccer club Afturelding got the email from his manager late in the afternoon, soon before banks were about to close. The words “Sent from my iPhone” were at the bottom, suggesting urgency, and through a series of exchanges, the manager asked that a quick payment be ...

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Trump hosted Mark Zuckerberg for private White House dinner – report

Meeting took place as Facebook chief was being grilled by the House, NBC News reports, with Peter Thiel also in attendance WT24 Desk Donald Trump hosted the Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg for a private dinner at the White House in October, according to reports. NBC News revealed that the meeting, which had not previously been disclosed, took place when Zuckerberg was in ...

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How human hair causes pigeons to lose their toes

WT24 Desk Next time you visit your hairdresser spare a thought for the pigeons, Agencies report. For a long time scientists thought the fact that pigeons in urban environments often lost their toes was due to some form of infection, or was a reaction to chemical pollutants. But now researchers in France believe they’ve stumbled upon the real culprit: human ...

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Titan shaped by same forces as Earth

WT24 Desk The largest of Saturn’s many moons has lakes, mountains and dunes, with its surface scarred and crafted by many of the same forces which have shaped Earth, scientists said Monday. A team led by Rosaly Lopes at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) said Titan’s visible exterior was “one of the most geologically diverse in the Solar System.” ...

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Human link in spread of infectious cancer in mussels

WT24 Desk Mussels hitching a ride on ocean-going ships are likely responsible for the spread of an infectious cancer found in different species on either side of the Atlantic, scientists say, AFP reports. A recent study in the journal eLife suggests that human activity may “unwittingly be contributing to the worldwide spread of infectious cancers” affecting mussels, clams and cockles. ...

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India test-fires medium-range missile

WT24 Desk India successfully conducted first night trial of its versatile surface-to-surface medium-range nuclear-capable missile Agni-II from a test range in its eastern state of Odisha, state-run broadcaster All India Radio (AIR) said Sunday, Agencies report. The trial was carried out Saturday night by the strategic forces command of Indian army with logistic support from the country’s Defence Research and ...

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China completes Mars lander test ahead of first mission

WT24 Desk China on Thursday completed a test of its Mars exploration lander ahead of Beijing’s first mission to the red planet slated for 2020, AFP reports. Beijing is pouring billions into its military-run space programme, with hopes of having a crewed space station by 2022. Thursday’s hovering and obstacle-avoidance test, which took place in northern Hebei province, was conducted ...

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Study refines search for habitable planets

WT24 Desk A team of US researchers has redefined the conditions that make a planet habitable by taking the star’s radiation and the planet’s rotation rate into account – a discovery that will help astronomers narrow down the search around life-sustaining planets, IANS reports. The research team is the first to combine 3D climate modelling with atmospheric chemistry to explore the habitability ...

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‘Heart cells alter in space but turn normal on Earth’

WT24 Desk Heart cells are altered in space but return to normal within 10 days on Earth, say researchers who examined cell-level cardiac function and gene expression in human heart cells cultured aboard the International Space Station (ISS) for 5.5 weeks, IANS reports. Exposure to microgravity altered the expression of thousands of genes, but largely normal patterns of gene expression ...

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Genetics affect the way one tastes food

WT24 Desk A specific gene makes certain compounds taste bitter, which may make it harder for some people to add heart-healthy vegetables to their diet, according to a new study, IANS reports. “Your genetics affect the way you taste, and taste is an important factor in food choice,” said study author Jennifer L. Smith from University of Kentucky. According to ...

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