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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 […]

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 […]

Throw away your driving license: Google launches new self-driving car

Throw away your driving license: Google launches new self-driving car

Google is building a fleet of 100 electric driverless cars and hopes to start testing them by the end of the year. They may take a bit of getting used to, with no steering wheel or pedals, while they will temporarily have a top speed of 25mph. This project has been several years in the […]

Guide Dogs of the Desert held its 7th annual Heroes Brunch

Guide Dogs of the Desert held its 7th annual Heroes Brunch

Guide Dogs of the Desert held its 7th annual Heroes Brunch at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa on December 7th. The event honored Dusty Wings of the Desert for their long standing support of Guide Dogs. Arriving guests could have their photo taken with one of the many guide dogs that were […]

Spam no more: ‘Biggest’ cyber-attack in history grips web

Spam no more: ‘Biggest’ cyber-attack in history grips web

The ‘biggest cyber-attack in history’ has caused a worldwide web slowdown as the battle between an anti-spam group and a Dutch web host continues to heat up. The largest known distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attack in history was sparked when the non-profit group Spamhaus placed CyberBunker on a real-time blacklist of sites to be blocked for spreading […]

Major US retailers reject ‘frankenfish’

Major US retailers reject ‘frankenfish’

A number of top US grocery stores, including Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, have pledged to reject selling the genetically engineered “frankenfish” if it is allowed on the market in April. The mutant fish was engineered by scientists at a company called AquaBounty, which has spent more than 15 years and $50 million researching and perfecting the […]

Thing and a prayer: NASA chief says Earth defenseless in asteroid strike

Thing and a prayer: NASA chief says Earth defenseless in asteroid strike

If an unknown large meteor or asteroid were on a collision course with Earth, NASA chief Charles Bolden told a US House of Representatives Science Committee hearing Tuesday, then praying is all America or anyone else could do. Events in Russia last month have reignited concern about the threat civilization on Earth faces from asteroids. […]

US B-52s imitate nuclear bombing of North Korea

US B-52s imitate nuclear bombing of North Korea

In a bid to intimidate North Korea and draw attention to the US military’s capabilities, American B-52 bombers – which are capable of carrying out nuclear strikes – are practicing over South Korea. The move is in response to rising tensions after North Korea conducted its third successful nuclear test last month. This month’s first […]

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