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First Comet-Landing in history as Rosetta’s Philae touches down

First Comet-Landing in history as Rosetta’s Philae touches down

The fantastic decade-long mission of the ESA’s Rosetta robotic space probe, chasing Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, reached its final goal on Wednesday, as the Philae robotic lander detached from its mothership and landed on the target. “We definitely confirm that the lander is on the surface,” said flight director Andrea Accomazzo. The confirming signal broke a seven-hour […]

ISIS chief ‘critically wounded’ in US air strike on extremist leaders’ convoy – reports

ISIS chief ‘critically wounded’ in US air strike on extremist leaders’ convoy – reports

The leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has reportedly been “critically” injured in a US-led airstrike in Iraq that targeted a convoy of military vehicles allegedly carrying a group of senior ISIS members. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a self-proclaimed as caliph of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (formerly ISIL/ISIS) was “critically […]

McFlying out the door? ‘Back to the Future’-style hoverboard comes to life

McFlying out the door? ‘Back to the Future’-style hoverboard comes to life

The hoverboard from an imagined 2015 which featured prominently in the ’80s hit flick ‘Back to the Future II’ has become a reality thanks to an architect hoping to protect buildings from earthquakes with the power of magnetism. A quarter of a century after the Robert Zemeckis classic lit up silver screens across America, the […]

Richest 1% own 50 percent of world wealth- Credit Suisse report

Richest 1% own 50 percent of world wealth- Credit Suisse report

World wealth has reached a record $263 trillion but is concentrated in fewer hands. The richest 1 percent have accumulated more wealth, and own almost 50 percent of it, which could trigger recession, according to a new report by Credit Suisse. The Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report, released Tuesday warns that the “abnormally high wealth […]

Ultra-fast new batteries can recharge 70 percent in two minutes

Ultra-fast new batteries can recharge 70 percent in two minutes

Scientists in Singapore have designed a highly durable battery that can also be recharged 20 times faster than current models. The development is expected to be the next big advance in energy – and could be a boon for electric car users. Nanyang Technology University (NTU) scientists in Singapore say they have developed an advanced […]

‘Hostile to privacy’: Snowden urges internet users to get rid of Dropbox

‘Hostile to privacy’: Snowden urges internet users to get rid of Dropbox

Edward Snowden has hit out at Dropbox and other services he says are “hostile to privacy,” urging web users to abandon unencrypted communication and adjust privacy settings to prevent governments from spying on them in increasingly intrusive ways. “We are no longer citizens, we no longer have leaders. We’re subjects, and we have rulers,” Snowden […]

California aquifers contaminated with billions of gallons of fracking wastewater

California aquifers contaminated with billions of gallons of fracking wastewater

Industry illegally injected about 3 billion gallons of fracking wastewater into central California drinking-water and farm-irrigation aquifers, the state found after the US Environmental Protection Agency ordered a review of possible contamination. According to documents obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity, the California State Water Resources Board found that at least nine of the […]

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