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Mars rover Perseverance goes for a ‘spin’

The Mars rover Perseverance has successfully conducted its first test drive on the Red Planet, the US space agency NASA said Friday. The six-wheeled rover travelled about 6.5 meters (21.3 feet) in 33 minutes on Thursday, NASA said. It drove four meters forward, turned in place 150 degrees to the left, and then backed up 2.5 meters, leaving tire tracks ...

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India launches 19 satellites into space

India Sunday successfully launched into space as many as 19 satellites, including the 637-kg Amazonia-1 for Brazil. The 19 satellites were launched on board the state-owned Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) polar satellite launch vehicle PSLV-C51 around 10.30 am (IST) from the southern spaceport of Sriharkota. This was ISRO’s first commercial mission in 2021 and PSLV’s 53rd. PSLV will put ...

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Google and Facebook pay for news

Australia has passed a world-first law aimed at making Google and Facebook pay for news content on their platforms. The news code legislation had been fiercely opposed by the US tech giants, reports BBC. Last week Facebook blocked all news content to Australians over the row, but reversed its decision this week after negotiations with the government. Following those talks, ...

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Facebook shuts down Myanmar army ‘True News’ page

A Facebook page run by the Myanmar junta’s “True News” information service was kicked off the platform Sunday after the tech giant accused it of inciting violence. Security forces in the country have steadily increased violence against a massive and largely peaceful civil disobedience campaign demanding the return of deposed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The Nobel laureate was ...

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Touchdown: NASA’s Perseverance rover ready to search for life on Mars

After seven months in space, NASA’s Perseverance rover overcame a tense landing phase with a series of perfectly executed maneuvers to gently float down to the Martian soil Thursday and embark on its mission to search for signs of past life. “Touchdown confirmed,” said operations lead Swati Mohan at 3:55 pm Eastern Time (2055 GMT), as mission control at NASA’s ...

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Bangladeshi critical service websites at risk of massive cyber attack

An international hacking group known as ‘Kasablanka’ has started a malware campaign targeting Bangladeshi critical service websites. Cyber Threat Research team of Bangladesh Computer Council’s e-Government Computer Incident Response Team (BGD e-GOV CIRT) on Wednesday sent out the warning of a cyber attack on a massive scale by the group. A handout from the BGD e-GOV CIRT also warned that ...

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Musk’s SpaceX violated its launch license in explosive Starship test

SpaceX’s first high-altitude test flight of its Starship rocket, which exploded last month while attempting to land after an otherwise successful test launch, violated the terms of its Federal Aviation Administration test license, the Verge reported on Friday, citing sources. An investigation was opened that week focusing on the explosive landing and on SpaceX’s refusal to stick to the terms ...

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Facebook’s Oversight Board orders takedowns restored

Facebook’s Oversight Board has made its first rulings about content, deciding four out of five of the removed posts referred to it have to be restored. The board was set up to hear appeals from users about content they felt had been unfairly taken down – as well as cases referred by Facebook itself. The five posts covered a range ...

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Malware found on laptops given out by UK government

Some of the laptops given out in England to support vulnerable children home-schooling during lockdown contain malware, BBC News has learned. Teachers shared details on an online forum about suspicious files found on devices sent to a Bradford school. The malware, which they said appeared to be contacting Russian servers, is believed to have been found on laptops given to ...

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Glaciers on Mars reveal the planet’s many ice ages

Glaciers that still exist on the surface of Mars are helping to tell the story of its past. The red planet experienced between six and 20 separate ice ages during the past 300 to 800 million years, a new analysis of glaciers on Mars has revealed. During the last ice age on Earth 20,000 years ago, our planet was covered ...

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