NASA plans to send equipment to Moon from 2020

Washington, United States (AFP) — For the first time since the 1970s, the United States is planning to send equipment to the surface of the Moon in 2020 and 2021, in anticipation of a crewed lunar mission in 2024, NASA said Friday. The US space agency has chosen American firms Astrobotic, Intuitive Machines and Orbit Beyond to send instruments and other scientific equipment to the Moon as part of the Artemis program. The administration of […]

You can have your plate and eat it too, says Polish inventor

by Damien SIMONART Agence France Presse ZAMBROW, Poland (AFP) — Polish inventor and entrepreneur Jerzy Wysocki catches a brown plate — still warm — as it drops out of a machine and he begins to eat the crunchy, fibrous tableware. “A pork chop will always be more delicious on this wheat bran plate than on plastic,” says Wysocki with a big grin at the Biotrem factory in Zambrow in northeast Poland. Taking a bite, the […]

World’s tiniest surviving baby born in California

by Jocelyne ZABLIT LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — A California hospital on Wednesday disclosed the birth of the world’s smallest baby ever to survive, weighing a mere 245 grams (8.6 ounces) — the same as a large apple — when she was born. The girl, nicknamed Saybie by hospital staff, was born 23 weeks and three days into her mother’s pregnancy at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women and Newborns in San Diego. The […]

SpaceX satellites pose new headache for astronomers

by Issam AHMED WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — It looked like a scene from a sci-fi blockbuster: an astronomer in the Netherlands captured footage of a train of brightly-lit SpaceX satellites ascending through the night sky this weekend, stunning space enthusiasts across the globe. But the sight has also provoked an outcry among astronomers who say the constellation, which so far consists of 60 broadband-beaming satellites but could one day grow to as many as […]

Two rare white tiger cubs find new home in Nicaragua

MASAYA, Nicaragua (AFP) — Two white tiger cubs have been taken to their new home at the Nicaragua National Zoo, where the playful pair will join a menagerie of rare big cat species. The siblings, named Osman and Halime, are both five months old and the only animals of their kind in Central America, zoo director Eduardo Sacasa said on Monday. They were donated from a Mexican zoo, home to their parents, and are the […]

Virus-packed laptop sells as artwork for over $1.3 million

Washington, United States (AFP) — For Chinese artist Guo O Dong, the simple black Samsung laptop computer, loaded with six potent viruses, symbolizes one of the world’s most frightening threats. On Tuesday his creation “The Persistence of Chaos” rocked the art world, selling for more than $1.3 million in a New York online auction. There’s nothing special about the 2008 10-inch Netbook, running Microsoft’s now-outdated Windows XP. But loaded onto its memory chips are the […]

‘Burn-out’ is an ‘occupational phenomenon’ not disease: WHO

  GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — The World Health Organization said Tuesday that “burn-out” remains an “occupational phenomenon” that could lead someone to seek care but it is not considered a medical condition. The clarification came a day after the WHO mistakenly said it had listed burn-out in its International Classification of Diseases (ICD) for the first time. The World Health Assembly, WHO’s main annual meeting which wraps up on Tuesday, approved at the weekend the […]

Rare albino panda caught on camera in China: state media

BEIJING, China (AFP) — A rare all-white panda has been caught on camera at a nature reserve in southwest China, showing albinism exists among wild pandas in the region, state media reported. The spotless, red-eyed animal was photographed while trekking through the forest mid-April in southwestern Sichuan province, said official news agency Xinhua on Saturday. The panda is an albino between one to two years old, said Li Sheng, a researcher specializing in bears at […]

SpaceX launches first 60 satellites of its internet network

  WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — SpaceX has launched a rocket carrying the first 60 satellites of its “Starlink” constellation, which is intended to provide internet from space in an array that could one day contain over 12,000 orbiting transponders. One of the company’s Falcon 9 rockets blasted off without incident from Cape Canaveral in Florida around 10:30 pm Thursday (0230 GMT Friday). An hour later, the rocket began to release the satellites at an […]

Huawei’s own OS system may be ready this year: report

Beijing, China (AFP) — Chinese telecom giant Huawei says it could roll out its own operating system for smartphones and laptops in China by the autumn after the United States blacklisted the company, a report said Thursday. The international version of the system could be ready in the first or second quarter of 2020, said Richard Yu, the head of Huawei’s consumer business, told US channel CNBC. The company was dealt a blow this week […]

SpaceX launches first satellites of its internet network

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — SpaceX on Thursday launched a rocket containing the first 60 satellites of its “Starlink” constellation, which is intended to provide internet from space and could one day number 12,000 satellites. One of the company’s Falcon 9 rockets took off without incident from Cape Canaveral in Florida around 10:30 pm (0230 GMT). The second stage of the rocket will begin to release them one hour after launch, at an altitude of […]

Breakup isn’t the answer: Facebook’s Zuckerberg

SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday rejected the idea of breaking up the social media giant as off-target, saying it could hamper the fight against deceit and harmful online content. The Facebook co-founder’s defense of the leading social network came as it reported it recently disabled billions of bogus accounts set up by “bad actors” and that five percent of active accounts are likely fakes. Facebook and its family […]