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Commercial US spaceship lands on Moon, a first for private industry

A Houston-based company has landed America’s first spaceship on the Moon in more than 50 years, part of a new fleet of NASA-funded, uncrewed commercial robots intended to pave the way for astronaut missions later this decade. But while flight controllers confirmed they had received a faint signal, it was not immediately clear whether Odysseus, the lander built by Intuitive ...

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Japan announces successful launch of next-gen H3 rocket

Japan’s space agency announced the successful launch of its new flagship rocket on Saturday, making it third time lucky for the H3 after years of delays and two previous failed attempts. The H3 rocket, billed as flexible and cost-effective by space agency JAXA, “was put into orbit,” a JAXA official told AFP. Developed jointly by JAXA and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, ...

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Google announces €25 million in funding for AI training in Europe

Google launched an artificial intelligence (AI) initiative in Europe, announcing €25 million in funding to support training, reports Euronews. The multinational tech giant said they would start by providing €10 million to equip Europeans with new skills “to avoid being left behind”. Google is seeking applications from organisations to help reach those who can most benefit from training and said ...

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Internet users in Bangladesh reach 131 mln

The number of internet subscribers reached 131 million at the end of December, 2023, including nearly 7 million new users in the last year, showed the recently released data by the country’s telecom regulator. The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) data showed that of the internet subscribers, some 118.49 million are mobile internet users and 12.88 million broadband internet users, ...

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NASA climate satellite blasts off to survey oceans and atmosphere of a warming Earth

NASA’s newest climate satellite rocketed into orbit Thursday to survey the world’s oceans and atmosphere in never-before-seen detail. SpaceX launched the Pace satellite on its $948 million mission before dawn, with the Falcon rocket heading south over the Atlantic to achieve a rare polar orbit, AFP reports. The satellite will spend at least three years studying the oceans from 420 ...

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Nokia signs 5G patent deal with China’s Vivo

Finnish telecom equipment maker Nokia, opens new tab said on Monday it has signed a multi-year 5G patent license agreement with Chinese smartphone vendor Vivo and will begin recognising net sales from the deal in the first quarter of 2024. “The agreement resolves all pending patent litigation between the parties, in all jurisdictions. The terms of the agreement remain confidential ...

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Apple tipped to be working on foldable device

Apple is reportedly working on a new category of products. The Cupertino-based tech giant is tipped to have a foldable device under development. Gadgets 360 suggests that it could carry a larger screen compared to most foldable smartphones currently available in the market. The model has also been speculated to be comparable to the latest iPad Mini. A recent report ...

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Iran launches three satellites into orbit

Iran on Sunday said it simultaneously launched three satellites into orbit, nearly a week after the launch of a research satellite by the Revolutionary Guards drew Western criticism. “Three Iranian satellites have been successfully launched into orbit for the first time,” state TV reported, AFP reports. The satellites were carried by the two-stage Simorgh (Phoenix) satellite carrier and were launched ...

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Tommy Robinson and Katie Hopkins reinstated on X

Anti-Islam activist Tommy Robinson has had his account reinstated on social media platform X, formerly Twitter. Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was reinstated alongside political commentator Katie Hopkins. Hopkins was banned in 2020 and Robinson’s account was suspended in 2018 – Twitter accused both of breaking its rules on hateful conduct. A number of controversial figures have been ...

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NASA to unveil first images of historic asteroid sample

NASA is set to reveal on Wednesday the first images of the largest asteroid sample ever collected in space, something scientists hope will yield clues about the earliest days of our solar system and perhaps the origins of life itself. The OSIRIS-REx mission collected rock and dust from the asteroid Bennu in 2020, and a capsule containing the precious cargo ...

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