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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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Bangabandhu Satellite-2 to be launched in 2023

The government is expecting to launch the country’s second satellite- Bangabandhu Satellite-2-by 2023, a top official confirmed. As part of the plan, Bangladesh Satellite Company Limited (BSCL) has signed an agreement with a France-based company, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Advisory, SAS for consultancy services to launch Bangabandhu Satellite-2. BSCL Managing Director (Additional Charge) Shahriar Ahmed Chowdhury and PwC Space Practice Leader Dr ...

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Scientists say Earth is spinning faster than it has in decades

Even the Earth wanted 2020 to be over in a hurry: Our planet spun faster than normal last year, scientists say. As noted on LiveScience, the Earth’s 28 fastest days on record (since 1960) all occurred in 2020, with Earth completing its revolutions around its axis milliseconds quicker than average. Usually, the Earth is an excellent timekeeper, according to TimeandDate.com. ...

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Google hit with third antitrust lawsuit, by new state coalition

Dozens of US states on Thursday hit Google with its third antitrust suit in as many months, accusing the internet giant of abusing its internet search dominance to eliminate competition. The suit by antitrust enforcers from 38 US states and territories is in line with, but goes beyond a case filed by the US Justice Department against Google and its ...

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Gmail, YouTube, Maps and other services down worldwide

Google’s major services including Gmail and YouTube are down for millions around the world. Several have complained about it on social media as well. YouTube has given a statement on this matter. “We are aware that many of you are having issues accessing YouTube right now – our team is aware and looking into it. We’ll update you here as ...

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Targeted hacking: Facebook takes action against Bangladeshi hackers

Facebook has taken action against two separate groups of hackers-APT32 in Vietnam and a group based in Bangladesh-removing their ability to use their infrastructure to abuse the platform, distribute malware and hack people’s accounts across the internet. Facebook’s Head of Security Policy Nathaniel Gleicher and Cyber Threat Intelligence Manager Mike Dvilyanski disclosed the matter in a statement on Friday. “Facebook’s ...

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Asteroid dust collected by Japan probe arrives on Earth

In a streak of light across the night sky, samples collected from a distant asteroid arrived on Earth Sunday after being dropped off by Japanese space probe Hayabusa-2. Scientists hope the precious samples, which are expected to amount to no more than 0.1 grams of material, could help shed light on the origin of life and the formation of the ...

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China’s sample-return Moon mission touches down

China has successfully put another probe on the Moon. Its robotic Chang’e-5 mission touched down a short while ago with the aim of collecting samples of rock and dust to bring back to Earth. The venture has targeted Mons Rümker, a high volcanic complex in a nearside region known as Oceanus Procellarum. The lander is expected to spend the next ...

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Huawei ban from UK 5G network brought forward

Telecoms providers must stop installing Huawei equipment in the UK’s 5G mobile network from September, the government has said. The announcement comes ahead of a new law being unveiled on Tuesday, which bans the Chinese firm from the network. Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden said he was pushing for the “complete removal of high-risk vendors” from 5G networks. The new deadline ...

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UK to launch new watchdog next year to police tech giants

Britain plans to create a new watchdog to police big tech companies including Google and Facebook to counter their market dominance and prevent them from exploiting consumers and small businesses. The U.K. government said Friday that it’s setting up a “Digital Markets Unit” next year to enforce a new code of conduct governing the behavior of tech giants that dominate ...

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