New luxury superyacht designed using ESA space mission techniques

New luxury superyacht designed using ESA space mission techniques

Dutch shipyard Royal Huisman has designed the superyacht Sea Eagle II using the same engineering techniques typically reserved for space missions for the European Space Agency.
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Chang'e 4 probe reveals what's underneath the far side of the moon

Chang'e 4 probe reveals what's underneath the far side of the moon

China's Chang'e 4 lunar mission has provided a glimpse into what lies beneath the far side of the moon.On January 3, 2019, the Chang'e 4 lunar probe landed on the floor of the Von Karman crater, on the moon's south pole.
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'Doomsday vault' receives its largest ever deposit of seeds

'Doomsday vault' receives its largest ever deposit of seeds

The Svalbard[c] Global Seed Vault is a repository that houses a collection of seeds from around the world in order to safeguard plant genealogy amid the growing threat of climate change.
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Antarctic research center begins construction

Antarctic research center begins construction

A British architectural firm has designed a research center called the Discovery Building for the British Arctic Survey research team in Antarctica. Construction began on January 30, 2020.
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Astronomers say they might have found a new 'minimoon' orbiting Earth

Astronomers say they might have found a new 'minimoon' orbiting Earth

The Earth's busy orbit is occupied by space junk, nearly 5,000 artificial satellites, the Moon and now a possible temporary resident 'minimoon' called 2020 CD3.
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Coronaviruses adapted to transmit across mammalian species: expert

Coronaviruses adapted to transmit across mammalian species: expert

The WHO reports the COVID-19 outbreak as of February 25 has infected 80,000 people and resulted in about 2,700 deaths, mostly in China's Hubei.Writing in a column for Quanta Magazine, U.S. epidemiologist Tara C.
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South Korean COVID-19 infections linked to secretive religious cult

South Korean COVID-19 infections linked to secretive religious cult

Coronavirus infection cases have surged in South Korea, with more than half linked to a religious cult whose secretive nature is said to have helped the virus spread undetected.
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Japan plans 2024 space mission to visit Mars' moons: report

Japan plans 2024 space mission to visit Mars' moons: report

Japan is set to launch a robotic mission to the Martian system in 2024. The MIT Technology Review reports the mission will visit Phobos and Deimos, and recover dust samples from the former Martian moon, citing Japan's space agency JAXA.
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Wildlife consumption banned in China

Wildlife consumption banned in China

China announced on Monday that the country has banned the consumption and trade of wildlife with immediate effect amid the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak. Hunting or transporting wild animals for eating purposes will also be prohibited under the ban.
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WHO warns that the world should prepare for coronavirus pandemic

WHO warns that the world should prepare for coronavirus pandemic

The World Health Organization has warned that the world should prepare for a potential coronavirus pandemic.
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Archeologists complete first ever LIDAR survey of ancient Mayan highway

Archeologists complete first ever LIDAR survey of ancient Mayan highway

Archeologists have used laser scanning to chart an ancient 100 km long Mayan highway built 13 centuries ago. They say Coba, a powerful city-state, may have built the road to invade its neighbor Yaxuna.
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Scientists discover fish parasites that do not breathe: study

Scientists discover fish parasites that do not breathe: study

The Henneguya salminicola is a species of parasitic blob that lives inside and feeds on the flesh of fish.
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Misleading recycling labels found on plastic products: Greenpeace

Misleading recycling labels found on plastic products: Greenpeace

A new report by Greenpeace published on February 18 has found that several companies in the U.S. are misleading consumers by adding incorrect recycling labels onto their plastic products.
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U.S. Navy announces first operational laser to arm destroyers

U.S. Navy announces first operational laser to arm destroyers

The U.S. Navy has put its first laser-equipped destroyer to sea. In a news release dated Feb. 20, Sea Systems Command says the Optical Dazzling Interdictor Navy, or ODIN, is designed to help ships counter enemy surveillance drones.
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North Korea mines cryptocurrency to circumvent sanctions

North Korea mines cryptocurrency to circumvent sanctions

North Korea is turning to cryptocurrency as a means to circumvent sanctions. In a published report, analysts at Record Future say the regime is investing in high end machines for mining Monero and the activity has increased tenfold since May 2019.
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Large number of blue whales found in South Georgia waters

Large number of blue whales found in South Georgia waters

Researchers from the British Antarctic Survey have found an increase of blue whales around the island of South Georgia near Antarctica.
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Two killed after Australia train derails

Two killed after Australia train derails

An Australian XPT train travelling from Sidney to Melbourne derailed on Thursday, February 20, resulting in the deaths of the train driver and co-driver. Citing Australian officials, the BBC reports that 153 passengers were on board at the time.
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Increased methane emissions linked to fossil fuel usage: Study

Increased methane emissions linked to fossil fuel usage: Study

A new study published by the University of Rochester in Nature magazine has found that human activity has been contributing significantly to the rise of methane emissions via the use of fossil fuels.
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Scientists advance new theory of Earth's formation

Scientists advance new theory of Earth's formation

Scientists say the early Solar System's cosmic dust gave rise to primitive Earth over just five million years. If the Solar System's existence is compressed into 24 hours, then the proto-Earth's creation did not take more than a minute.
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Google removes over 500 Chrome extensions containing malware

Google removes over 500 Chrome extensions containing malware

Google has removed hundreds of extensions for their internet browser Chrome after they were found to have malware.
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Space time ripples may have clues to universe creation

Space time ripples may have clues to universe creation

Scientists may have figured out why matter outnumbers antimatter in our universe.According to the researchers, had the two substances been created in equal amounts, they would have annihilated one another and the universe would not have existed.
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Largest Chinese COVID-19 study suggests elderly, sick most at risk

Largest Chinese COVID-19 study suggests elderly, sick most at risk

Chinese authorities have published a study of COVID-19 patients across China – the largest one done on the disease so far.According to data released by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 80.
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Coral reefs may lose almost all habitats by 2020: study

Coral reefs may lose almost all habitats by 2020: study

A new study presented to the American Geophysicists Union says that climate warming and rising acidity will kill off nearly all coral reef habitats by 2100.Warming and rising acidity bleach coral reefs by making corals eject their symbiotic algae.
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MasterCard pushes for commuter biometrics at public transit systems

MasterCard pushes for commuter biometrics at public transit systems

Market Watch reports CCTV and gait analysis may come to US public transit to allow commuters to pay without using cards or passes, citing MasterCard officials working on biometric technologies with transport firms.
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Swiss manufacturer to offer 3D printed chocolates

Swiss manufacturer to offer 3D printed chocolates

Barry Callebaut, a Swiss-based chocolate manufacturer, has announced that it will start producing 3D printed chocolate at scale in its new studio called Mona Lisa.
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Iranian hackers target corporate VPN servers

Iranian hackers target corporate VPN servers

A new report by cyber security firm ClearSky has found that hackers backed by the Iranian government have been exploiting bugs in corporate VPN servers.
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The Sun will someday destroy the asteroid belt before it dies

The Sun will someday destroy the asteroid belt before it dies

Billions of years from now, the Sun will exhaust its hydrogen fuel and enter what astronomers call the 'giant branch' phase. The Sun will grow bigger by hundreds of times, while its luminance and radiation output increase by thousands of times.
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SpaceX launches another 60 Starlink satellites into orbit but fails to recover reusable rocket

SpaceX launches another 60 Starlink satellites into orbit but fails to recover reusable rocket

SpaceX successfully launched another batch of 60 Starlink satellites with a Falcon 9 rocket. Space.com reports that the mission lifted off at an airbase in Florida at 10:05 a.m. on Friday.
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January 2020 was the warmest in weather history

January 2020 was the warmest in weather history

The past month was the hottest January in weather history, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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New restrictions implemented in Hubei amid coronavirus outbreak

New restrictions implemented in Hubei amid coronavirus outbreak

Beijing has now tightened restrictions across Hubei province amid the growing threat of the Wuhan virus.Residents of Hubei province have been ordered to stay at home and aren't allowed to leave unless there is an emergency, BBC News reports.
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SETI and National Radio Astronomy Observatory search for extraterrestrial life

SETI and National Radio Astronomy Observatory search for extraterrestrial life

The SETI Institute says that National Radio Astronomy Observatory will turn the Very Large Array's 27 telescopes to scan for signs of alien life in 75 percent of the night sky, in a Feb. 14 news release announcing the collaboration.
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New Airbus prototype explained

New Airbus prototype explained

Airbus unveiled a prototype for a new aircraft called MAVERICK at the Singapore Airshow on February 11.MAVERICK is an acronym for Model Aircraft for Validation and Experimentation of Robust Innovative Controls.The prototype is two meters long and 3.
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Plasma from recovered patients may help treat COVID-19

Plasma from recovered patients may help treat COVID-19

Chinese researchers say blood plasma from recovered patients may help other COVID-19 patients to survive.China National Biotec Group said it is taking plasma taken from recovered COVID-19 patients to treat those who are critically ill.
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Explainer: How the Nevada caucus works

Explainer: How the Nevada caucus works

After Iowa and New Hampshire comes the third nominating contest for the Democratic presidential contenders in Nevada, the "First of the West.
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NASA to use lasers space communication

NASA to use lasers space communication

NASA has announced that it is building a new satellite dish as part of the Deep Space Network that would be able to communicate with far away robotic spacecrafts.
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New Horizons flyby of Arrokoth reveals how planets are formed

New Horizons flyby of Arrokoth reveals how planets are formed

New Horizons' flyby of the most distant object ever visited has revealed the secrets to how planets are formed.MIT Technology Review reports that there have been two theories for planet formation.
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Mars might have formed over longer time than previously thought

Mars might have formed over longer time than previously thought

The early solar system was a chaotic place with many large-scale collisions. A new study in Science Advances argues that such collisions involving Mars could be why scientists are underestimating the red planet's age.
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Old mattresses used to grow plants, crops

Old mattresses used to grow plants, crops

Researchers from the University of Sheffield have found a way to use foam from abandoned mattresses to grow plants and vegetables for those living in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan.
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New cases show novel coronavirus could spread via sewage pipes

New cases show novel coronavirus could spread via sewage pipes

A Hong Kong woman fell victim to the new coronavirus after a man residing 10 floors directly above her unit became sick. The South Morning China Post reports on Tuesday that the new cases suggest building pipes could be a path for the virus.
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NASA's next Mars rover will sport laser to vaporize rocks

NASA's next Mars rover will sport laser to vaporize rocks

NASA's Mars 2020 rover will sport a rock-vaporizing laser gun. According to NASA, the mast-mounted laser has a range of 7 meters and will be used for studying minerals and help looking for microbe fossils.
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Study finds human coronaviruses can survive on surfaces for up to 9 days

Study finds human coronaviruses can survive on surfaces for up to 9 days

New analysis shows that many human coronavirus strains can stay infectious on inanimate surfaces for up to 9 days.
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Global carbon emissions were flat last year: Report

Global carbon emissions were flat last year: Report

A new report by the International Energy Agency has found that global carbon emissions flattened in 2019, following two years of increased emissions.The U.S. also decreased its carbon emissions by 2.9 percent last year.
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Crew on quarantined cruise ship at greater risk of infection

Crew on quarantined cruise ship at greater risk of infection

As quarantine on the Diamond Princess cruise ship continues, crews may be facing a greater risk of coronavirus infection.
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UN: North Korea still developing nuclear, missile programs

UN: North Korea still developing nuclear, missile programs

North Korea has continued development of its nuclear and missile programs, according to a confidential United Nations report seen by Reuters.The country conducted 13 missile tests last year and launched roughly 25 missiles.
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New MRI contrast agent could aid early stage cancer detection

New MRI contrast agent could aid early stage cancer detection

Researchers claim that a new MRI contrast agent could be a "game changer" for the early detection of metastasizing cancers, especially liver cancer. This study was published in Science Advances on Feb. 5.
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Russian spacecraft shadowing U.S. spy satellite: U.S. Space Force commander

Russian spacecraft shadowing U.S. spy satellite: U.S. Space Force commander

Two mysterious Russian spacecraft have been shadowing a U.S. reconnaissance satellite since November, coming to as close to 100 miles at times, U.S. Space Force commander General John Raymond confirmed to Time in a report dated to Feb. 10.
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Native American burial sites being blown up for Trump's border wall

Native American burial sites being blown up for Trump's border wall

The U.S. government is blowing up Native American burial sites to build Trump's border wall.
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Arctic ice loss could lead to cold climate in Western Europe: study

Arctic ice loss could lead to cold climate in Western Europe: study

A NASA study says that human caused climate change is rapidly melting arctic ice and disrupting ocean currents, which could make Western Europe cooler.The new study was conducted over 12 years and published in Nature Communication.
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