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‘An amazing ride’: study offers dengue treatment hope

by Sara HUSSEIN Agence France-Presse TOKYO, Japan (AFP) – Dengue affects tens of millions each year, producing the brutal symptoms that earned it the moniker “breakbone fever,” but new research may have found the first-ever treatment for the virus. Tests in cell cultures and mice found that a newly identified compound can effectively disarm the virus, stopping it from replicating and preventing disease, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature. And it […]

Facebook fights global outage and whistleblower revelations

  by Joshua Melvin with Thomas Urbain in New York Agence France Presse WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Facebook battled dueling crises on Monday as it faced a large-scale outage of its dominant social network for seven hours, and fought against a whistleblower’s damning revelations. Many long-held fears and criticisms about the platform seem to have been backed up by Facebook’s own research, which ex-worker Frances Haugen has turned over to authorities and the Wall […]

Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp hit by outage: tracker

  by Julie Jammot with Joshua Melvin in Washington Agence France Presse SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — Facebook and its Instagram and WhatsApp platforms were hit by a massive outage Monday, impacting potentially tens of millions of users as the social media giant faces fallout over its effect on teens and misinformation. Tracker Downdetector was showing outages in heavily populated areas like Washington and Paris, with problems being reported from around 1545 GMT. “We’re […]

Head in the sky: 8-year-old Brazilian girl dubbed world’s youngest astronomer

by Jarbas OLIVEIRA, avec Louis GENOT, à Rio de Janeiro FORTALEZA, Brazil (AFP) — When Nicole Oliveira was just learning to walk, she would throw up her arms to reach for the stars in the sky. Today, at just eight years of age, the Brazilian girl is known as the world’s youngest astronomer, looking for asteroids as part of a NASA-affiliated program, attending international seminars and meeting with her country’s top space and science figures. […]

Virgin Galactic cleared to launch after US closes safety probe

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Virgin Galactic said Wednesday it had been cleared for spaceflight after the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) concluded a probe into a safety “mishap” related to its high-profile mission in July that featured company founder Richard Branson. The FAA told the company it had accepted its proposed corrective actions related to the flight, which saw the SpaceShipTwo vehicle drop below its assigned airspace during its descent back to its runway at […]

SEC official tells public to exercise “due diligence” with crypto play-to-earn platforms

  (Eagle News) – An official of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) advised the public to exercise due diligence when transacting with crypto or online platforms, including those involving play-to-earn platforms such as Axie Infinity. SEC Commissioner Kelvin Lee said Axie Infinity for instance did not register as a business entity here in the country with the SEC, nor did it register to conduct investment solicitation. “Base po sa verification ng records po namin […]

Disabled people can now use Android phones with face gestures

by Glenn CHAPMAN SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — Using a raised eyebrow or smile, people with speech or physical disabilities can now operate their Android-powered smartphones hands-free, Google said Thursday. Two new tools put machine learning and front-facing cameras on smartphones to work detecting face and eye movements. Users can scan their phone screen and select a task by smiling, raising eyebrows, opening their mouth, or looking to the left, right or up. “To […]

NASA selects Moon site for ice-hunting rover

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — NASA on Monday announced it would land an ice-seeking rover on a region of the Moon’s south pole called the Nobile Crater in 2023. The space agency hopes the robot will confirm the presence of water ice just below the surface, which could one day be converted into rocket fuel for missions to Mars and deeper into the cosmos. “Nobile Crater is an impact crater near the south pole that […]

Apple gets nod for new emojis

  By Don Orozco EBC US correspondent/ Eagle News Service A list of new emojis has been approved by the Unicode consortium, an agency that handles release of emojis. There were about 37 new emojis that will be added for use in all of digital devices. Some of the emojis feature peaking eyes, empty nest, a heart emoji with different skin tones and a troll emoji. An emoji is a pictogram, logogram, ideogram or smiley […]

Computing pioneer Clive Sinclair dies at 81

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Clive Sinclair, the British inventor who pioneered the pocket calculator and affordable home computers, reportedly died on Thursday at the age of 81. He passed away at his home in London after fighting cancer for more than a decade, UK media said, prompting tributes from many who fondly recalled their first experience of computing in the early 1980s. He was still working on inventions last week “because that was what […]

Chinese astronauts return to Earth after 90-day mission

BEIJING, China (AFP) — Three Chinese astronauts returned to Earth Friday after completing the country’s longest-ever crewed mission, the latest landmark in Beijing’s drive to become a major space power. The capsule carrying the trio deployed its parachute and landed in the Gobi desert at 1:34 pm local time (0534 GMT). “It feels very good to be back!,” Tang Hongbo told state broadcaster CCTV after the 90-day mission, a record for China. “I want to […]

SpaceX’s tourist crew ‘healthy, happy and resting’

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — SpaceX’s all-civilian Inspiration4 crew are “healthy, happy and resting comfortably,” the company said Thursday in its first update since the pioneering mission blasted off from Cape Canaveral the night before. The four American space tourists “traveled 5.5 times around Earth, completed their first round of scientific research, and enjoyed a couple of meals” before going to bed, Elon Musk’s company said. Musk tweeted that he had personally spoken with the […]