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Robots to install telescopes to peer into cosmos from the moon

WT24 Desk As the United States races to put humans back on the moon for the first time in nearly 50 years, a NASA-funded lab in Colorado aims to send robots there to deploy telescopes that will look far into our galaxy, remotely operated by orbiting astronauts, Reuters reports. The radio telescopes, to be planted on the far side of ...

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India scrubs lunar mission one hour before liftoff

WT24 Desk India on Monday postponed the launch of a lunar probe less than an hour before blast-off because of a technical problem, delaying its bid to become only the fourth nation to land a spacecraft on the Moon, AFP reports. The Chandrayaan-2 — or Moon Chariot 2 — mission is part of India’s ambitious space programme, and its success ...

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Russia successfully puts major space observatory into orbit

WT24 Desk The Spektr-RG space observatory, onboard the Russian Proton-M carrier rocket, was successfully launched into orbit, Russia’s state space corporation Roscosmos said in a statement, IANS reports. The spacecraft was launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Saturday, which was the second launch of this type of launch vehicle in 2019, Xinhua news agency quoted the statement as ...

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Google to update News tab with focus on headlines, publisher names

Google’s latest redesign for News tab on Search will now highlight headlines and publisher names. Google says it will also show organise articles better. WT24 Desk Laying more emphasis on headlines and publisher names, Google is redesigning the News tab of its desktop search, IANS reports. “Over the next couple of weeks, we’re rolling out a redesigned News tab in Search ...

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Microsoft to make Windows 10 password-free by 2020: Report

Microsoft has been making efforts to rid Windows of passwords for quite some time. The company now wants to push biometric sign-in and PIN code-based sign-in. WT24 Desk Microsoft is planning to make computers running Windows 10 operating system password-less and replace it with Windows Hello face authentication, fingerprints, or a PIN code, IANS reports. While the company has been ...

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Good news for IT professionals, US House removes country-cap on Green Cards

The passage of the Bill was hailed by Indian professionals from across the US, particularly those from the Silicon Valley in California, Seattle area in Washington state, the Greater Washington DC area and the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. WT24 Desk The United States House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a Bill with a thumbing majority ...

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Twitter bans religion-based dehumanizing posts

WT24 Desk Twitter has expanded its rules against hateful conduct to include language on its platform that dehumanizes others on the basis of religion, IANS reports.Tweets that go against the new policy will be taken down, the micro-blogging platform said in a statement on Tuesday.“If reported, tweets that break this rule sent before today will need to be deleted, but ...

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‘Birds want to have fun like humans’

WT24 Desk Snowball, a sulphur-crested cockatoo, shot to YouTube stardom a decade ago for his uncanny ability to rock out to the Backstreet Boys, AFP reports. Now Snowball’s back — alright! — having taught himself a dizzying array of new moves that might put you to shame, and have scientists excited about parrots’ ability to process music and respond creatively. ...

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Neil Armstrong’s moonwalk remembered

WT24 Desk Half a century has passed — but the moment Moon pioneer Neil Armstrong took his historic first step on the lunar surface is etched in the memories of those who tuned in, AFP reports. The grainy pictures coming back on the night of 20 July 1969, from a quarter of a million miles (380,000 kilometres) away fascinated viewers ...

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Surgery helps paralysed patients regain arm function

WT24 Desk Surgeons in Australia have managed to restore arm function in paralysed patients, allowing them to feed themselves, use tools and handle electronic devices, according to the results of a groundbreaking study released Friday, AFP reports. Thirteen young adults who had suffered spinal injuries rendering them tetraplegic underwent several operations and intense physiotherapy in the largest ever application of ...

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