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NASA announces first SpaceX crewed flight for May 27

NASA announced on Friday that a SpaceX rocket will send two American astronauts to the International Space Station on May 27, the first crewed spaceflight from the US in nearly a decade. “On May 27, @NASA will once again launch American astronauts on American rockets from American soil!” NASA chief Jim Bridenstine said in a tweet. The astronauts will be ...

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Facebook steps up fight against virus fakery

Facebook announced Thursday its many users will see tailor-made warnings highlighting facts about the coronavirus pandemic, after being accused of failing to counter the spread of outlandish conspiracy theories. The leading social media platform has already been publishing fact-checking articles about the global outbreak through its partnerships with media organisations, including one with Agence France-Presse. “We will also soon begin ...

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N Korea fires missiles off its east coast, says S Korea

  Photo : This Aug. 29, 2017 file photo distributed on Aug. 30, 2017, by the North Korean government shows what was said to be the test launch of a Hwasong-12 intermediate range missile in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korean fighter jets have fired missiles off the North’s east coast, says South Korea. A South Korean defense official says the ...

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Jordan becomes latest Mideast country to deploy drones in virus response

Jordan on Sunday started to deploy drones to fight the coronavirus pandemic, joining a host of Middle East countries using the technology to enforce curfews, deliver public health announcements and even monitor people’s temperatures. Jordan has declared five deaths and 323 cases of COVID-19 and says it has arrested at least 1,600 people for violating a nationwide curfew in force ...

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Google joins coronavirus awareness campaign with new doodle

Search engine giant Google has joined awareness campaign about coronavirus pandemic by replacing its regular home page graphic with a special doodle. The new doodle depicts ‘Stay Home. Save Lives.’ It also provided some tips to tackle coronavirus or COVID-19 as it continues to impact communities around the world.The tips include: You can protect yourself and help prevent spreading the ...

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Auto industry races to make ventilators during virus crisis

The automotive industry is offering its expertise and manpower to the hospital sector as it gears up to build mechanical ventilators during the coronavirus pandemic, an initiative that is being met with some scepticism. American auto manufacturers General Motors and Ford, French car companies PSA and Renault, and Formula 1 engineers have joined the ranks in response to a massive ...

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Russia launches 34 OneWeb satellites into orbit

Russia’s Soyuz-2.1b rocket carrying 34 OneWeb satellites blasts off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on March 21, 2020. (Roscosmos photo) A Russian carrier rocket has successfully delivered 34 communications satellites of British company OneWeb into orbit, the Russian state space corporation Roscosmos said Sunday. The launch was carried out on Saturday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan under a ...

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UK space company OneWeb blames coronavirus for collapse

OneWeb, the high-profile London-based satellite start-up, has filed for bankruptcy protection in the US. The firm, which has been building a network to deliver broadband across the globe, blamed the Covid-19 crisis for its inability to secure new investment. OneWeb issued a statement saying it was laying off most of its staff while it sought a buyer for the company.The ...

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Google offers $800 mn to pandemic-impacted businesses, health agencies

Google on Friday pledged $800 million worth of support in response to the coronavirus pandemic for health organisations, researchers and businesses impacted by the crisis. The aid will come in the form of cash, ad credits, and cloud services from the California-based internet colossus, according to chief executive Sundar Pichai. Google will provide $250 million in ad grants to the ...

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Google doodle celebrating Bangladesh’s Independence Day

Search engine giant Google is marking Bangladesh’s 50th Independence and National Day by replacing its regular home page graphic with a special doodle. The new doodle features five water lilies floating in the water. Google marks many special occasions with customised doodles, changing its logo on the homepage to reflect the occasion.Google in its message said, “Home to the Sundarbans ...

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