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‘Solar wind enveloped Earth, phenomenon lasted for few hours’: NOAA

A dense stream of solar wind enveloped the Earth late on Wednesday, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration (NOAA), but no notable impact was observed as the event wasn’t particularly powerful on the space weather scale. In fact, few people probably even knew it happened. The phenomenon lasted for a few hours and slightly unsettled the planet’s magnetic field, ...

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Blue Origin approved for human space flight ahead of Bezos launch

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Monday it approved a Blue Origin license to carry humans on the New Shepard launch system into space. Former Amazon.com Chief Executive Jeff Bezos is set to fly to the edge of space on Blue Origin’s maiden crewed voyage on July 20. Blue Origin is authorized to carry humans while its FAA license ...

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France fines Google 500 mn euros in news copyright row

France’s competition regulator on Tuesday slapped Google with a 500-million-euro ($593-million) fine for failing to negotiate “in good faith” with media companies over the use of their content under EU copyright rules. It is “the biggest ever fine” imposed by the Competition Authority for a company’s failure to adhere to one of its rulings, the agency’s chief Isabelle De Silva ...

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Paris gets a taste of pizza-making robots

Behind the dark green facade of a new Paris pizzeria, arms wielding ladles and spatulas perform an intricate ballet to churn out made-to-order pies — but no human hands are involved in the performance. The glass-enclosed kitchen is staffed by silver robots that build, bake and box up pizzas with the help of specially developed equipment, at a rate of ...

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First astronauts at China’s new space station conduct spacewalk

Astronauts at China’s new space station conducted their first spacewalk Sunday, state media reported, as Beijing presses on with its extraterrestrial ambitions. It was only the second time the country’s astronauts have stepped out of their craft while in space. Three Chinese spacemen blasted off in June, docking at the Tiangong station where they are to remain for three months ...

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OneWeb rocket launch to enable commercial service

OneWeb, the London-headquartered tech company trying to develop a global internet service delivered from space, reaches a key milestone on Thursday. The firm is launching another 36 satellites, taking its in-orbit mega-constellation to 254. Although many more are needed to complete the network, this number is enough to start offering a commercial service to a great swathe of the Northern ...

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Scientists hail stunning ‘Dragon Man’ discovery

Chinese researchers have unveiled an ancient skull that could belong to a completely new species of human. The team has claimed it is our closest evolutionary relative among known species of ancient human, such as Neanderthals and Homo erectus. Nicknamed “Dragon Man”, the specimen represents a human group that lived in East Asia at least 146,000 years ago. It was ...

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Strawberry Moon to appear in night sky on tonight

The Strawberry Moon, which will appear on Thursday, is the first full moon after the summer solstice, when it reaches its full phase. In this, the Moon is bigger than its normal size due to proximity to Earth in its orbit. Strawberry Moon marks the last full moon of the spring season and the first of the summer season. The ...

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China launches first three crew members to new space station

China launched the first three crew members on a mission to its new space station Thursday in its first crewed mission in five years. The astronauts, already wearing their spacesuits, were seen off by the commander of China’s manned space program, other uniformed military personnel and a crowd of children waving flowers and flags and singing patriotic songs. The three ...

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Facebook suspends former US President Donald Trump’s accounts until 2023

Facebook Inc has suspended former US President Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts for two years. He was barred indefinitely from both sites in January in the wake of posts he made on the US Capitol riots, but last month Facebook’s Oversight Board criticised the open-ended penalty. Facebook said Mr Trump’s actions were “a severe violation of our rules”. Mr ...

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