Footprint found in Chile is ‘oldest’ in Americas: scientists

Santiago, Chile (AFP) — Scientists in Chile say they have found a footprint dating from at least 15,600 years ago, making it the earliest such sign of man’s presence in the Americas. The footprint was found at the Pilauco excavation in the city of Osorno (820 kilometers, or 500 miles, south of Santiago), where scientists have been digging since 2007. Archeologists from the Austral University of Chile said the footprint was first spotted in 2011 […]

Japan creates first artificial crater on asteroid

TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — Japanese scientists have succeeded in creating what they called the first-ever artificial crater on an asteroid, a step towards shedding light on how the solar system evolved, the country’s space agency said Thursday. The announcement comes after the Hayabusa2 probe fired an explosive device at the Ryugu asteroid early this month to blast a crater in the surface and scoop up material, aiming to reveal more about the origins of life […]

‘Marsquake’: first tremor detected on Red Planet

PARIS, France (AFP) — Scientists said Tuesday they might have detected the first known seismic tremor on Mars in a discovery that could shed light on the ancient origins of Earth’s neighbor. A dome-shaped probe known as SEIS landed on the surface of Mars in December after hitching a ride on NASA’s InSight spacecraft. Its instruments measure surface vibrations caused by weather but are also capable of detecting movement from deep within the planet — […]

Tesla eyes ‘robotaxis’ by 2020 with new self-driving technology

SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — Tesla said Monday it is expecting to deploy self-driving “robotaxis” by 2020 as it unveiled its upgraded technology for driverless vehicles. Chief executive Elon Musk told an investor presentation he expected regulator approval in some jurisdictions for autonomous ride-hailing that could use some of the Teslas on the road if their owners agree to share the vehicles. “I feel very confident in predicting autonomous robotaxis next year,” Musk told […]

Facebook says it stored ‘millions’ of Instagram passwords in “readable format”

  SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — “Millions” of Instagram users had their passwords stored in unencrypted form on internal servers, Facebook said Thursday, raising its original estimate of tens of thousands. “We discovered additional logs of Instagram passwords being stored in a readable format. We now estimate that this issue impacted millions of Instagram users,” Facebook said in a blog post. “We will be notifying these users as we did the others. Our investigation […]

‘First’ 3D print of heart with human tissue, vessels unveiled

by Delphine Matthieussent TEL AVIV, Israel (AFP) — Scientists in Israel unveiled a 3D print of a heart with human tissue and vessels on Monday, calling it a first and a “major medical breakthrough” that advances possibilities for transplants. While it remains a far way off, scientists hope one day to be able to produce hearts suitable for transplant into humans as well as patches to regenerate defective hearts. The heart produced by researchers at […]

World’s largest plane makes first test flight

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The world’s largest airplane — a Stratolaunch behemoth with two fuselages and six Boeing 747 engines — made its first test flight on Saturday in California. The mega jet carried out its maiden voyage over the Mojave desert. It is designed to carry into space, and drop, a rocket that would, in turn, ignite to deploy satellites. It is supposed to provide a more flexible way to deploy satellites than […]

Tesla to stop selling $35,000 Model 3 online

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Tesla has pulled the plug on Internet sales of its cheapest Model 3 sedan in the latest shift to the company’s retail strategy. The electric car maker plans to keep taking online orders for the Standard Plus Model 3, which starts at $39,500 and is now the lowest-price option available to digital consumers, along with higher-end models. But online customers will no longer be able to order the Model […]

Future of AI in the Philippines discussed at Microsoft’s Future Now AI Conference

by Emily Manuel Contributor, Eagle News (Eagle News) – “The future is now,” chanted a group of business and IT leaders who gathered at the Okada Hotel in Manila on March 21, 2019 for Microsoft’s Future Now Artificial Intelligence (AI) Conference. The results of the Microsoft and International Data Corporation (IDC) study entitled “Future Ready Business: Assessing Asia Pacific’s Growth Potential Through AI” were also unveiled during the said forum. – What is AI? – […]

SpaceX carries out first commercial launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, United States (AFP) — SpaceX carried out its first commercial launch on Thursday with its Falcon Heavy rocket easing a Saudi telecoms satellite into orbit. The bright white rocket rose with a roar and spewed thick gray smoke on the ground as it made its way up into clear blue skies over Cape Canaveral, Florida, trailing a long plume of orange fire. About 34 minutes after liftoff, the shiny silver satellite was successfully […]

Scientist superstar Katie Bouman designed algorithm for black hole image

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Anonymous to the public just days ago, a US computer scientist named Katie Bouman has become an overnight sensation due to her role in developing a computer algorithm that allowed researchers to take the world’s first image of a black hole. “I’m so excited that we finally get to share what we have been working on for the past year!” the 29-year-old Bouman, a postdoctoral researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian […]