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US spacecraft’s solar sail successfully deploys

WT24 Desk A new spacecraft’s solar sail successfully deployed Tuesday one month after launch, as it journeys around earth carrying a small satellite, AFP reports. LightSail 2, as the spacecraft is called, will harness the momentum of packets of light energy known as photons. Its developer, the Planetary Society, a US organization that promotes space exploration, marked the occasion on ...

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Astronomers finally decode violent birth of Milky Way

WT24 Desk The Milky Way gobbled up a galaxy one quarter of its mass 10 billion years ago in a “violent collision” that didn’t fully settle for eons, astronomers said in new research published Monday, AFP reports. Previous studies had suggested that our home galaxy was composed of two separate sets of stars, but the precise chronology of the galactic ...

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Google takes on Amazon with new shopping platform

Google’s new Shopping platform is now live in the US. Here’s everything you need to know. WT24 Desk In a bid to take on Amazon in the burgeoning e-commerce space, Google has debuted its new shopping platform for the users in the US, IANS reports. If users accessing the platform log into their Gmail account, the feature will greet them by their names ...

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India’s moon mission lifts off a week after aborted launch

With first mission to land on lunar south pole, India aims to join club comprising Russia, US and China WT24 Desk India’s mission to the moon has blasted into space one week after a technical glitch forced scientists to abruptly halt its scheduled launch, The Guardian reports. Thousands gathered to watch Chandrayaan-2 take off at 2.43pm local time (0913 GMT) ...

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Huawei helped North Korea build wireless network – US reports

Chinese firm was blacklisted by Donald Trump over national security concerns WT24 Desk Huawei Technologies, the Chinese company put on a US blacklist because of national security concerns, secretly helped North Korea build and maintain its commercial wireless network, the Washington Post reported on Monday, citing sources and internal documents, Reuters reports. The Chinese telecommunications company partnered with a state-owned Chinese ...

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India set for fresh Moon launch attempt Monday

WT24 Desk India will make a second attempt Monday to send a landmark spacecraft to the Moon after an apparent fuel leak forced last week’s launch to be aborted, AFP reports. The South Asian nation is bidding to become just the fourth nation — after Russia, the United States and China — to land a spacecraft on the Moon. The ...

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Chrome, Firefox browser extensions leaked millions of users’ data

WT24 Desk Popular browser extensions like ad blockers have been caught harvesting personal data of millions of consumers who use Chrome and Firefox — not only their browsing histories but also exposing tax returns, medical records, credit card information and other sensitive data in the public domain, IANS reports. According to an independent cyber security researcher Sam Jadali, the data ...

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Calling at all stations: tube passengers to get 4G reception from next year

4G mobile technology will launch on Jubilee line and will be extended to other lines WT24 Desk London Underground passengers will be able to use their phones in tunnels between stations from early next year, removing one of the last major public places in Britain without phone reception and creating new challenges to commuter etiquette, The Guardian reports. Transport for London confirmed ...

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FaceApp row: UK watchdog monitoring privacy concerns

Information Commissioner’s Office says people should check how apps use their data WT24 Desk The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is considering allegations that FaceApp, the face-ageing photo app that has gone viral, is misusing personal data, The Guardian reports. “We are aware of stories raising concerns about FaceApp and will be considering them,” a spokesperson for the information watchdog said ...

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Archaeologists discover ancient lifestyle near Jerusalem

WT24 Desk A huge prehistoric settlement discovered near Jerusalem by Israeli archaeologists offers new insight into how civilizations developed around the end of the Stone Age, Reuters reports. The 9,000-year-old metropolis, uncovered during a survey before the construction of a new highway, is one of the biggest ever found, the Israel Antiquities Authority said on Tuesday. The team estimated 2,000 ...

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