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At 82, NASA pioneer Sue Finley still reaching for the stars

by Issam AHMED WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Sue Finley began work at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory as the US prepared to launch its first satellite into orbit in 1958, racing to match the Soviet Union, which had accomplished the …

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DR Congo urges calm after Ebola case in key city

by Bienvenu-Marie BAKUMANYA KINSHASA, DR Congo (AFP) — Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have appealed for calm after an evangelical preacher fell ill with Ebola in the eastern city of Goma, the first recorded case of the disease …

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Twitter revamps website in bid to mimic mobile app

  SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) — Twitter on Monday began rolling out an overhauled version of its website, making it more similar to the mobile version of the one-to-many messaging platform. The revamp to the Twitter page accessible on computer web …

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Climate change threatens Greenland’s archeological sites: study

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AFP) — In Greenland, climate change isn’t just a danger to ecosystems but also a threat to history, as global warming is affecting archeological remains, according to a study published Thursday. There are more than 180,000 archaeological sites …

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Japan’s Hayabusa2 probe makes second touchdown on asteroid: space agency

TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — Japan’s Hayabusa2 probe touched down on a distant asteroid on Thursday, the country’s space agency said, on a mission to collect samples that could shed light on the history of the solar system. “The control room …

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Hard soil, big jumps and epiphanies: what it’s like on the Moon

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Twelve American men walked on the Moon between 1969 and 1972, with most describing in great detail their experiences on the dusty, low-gravity world lit by the blinding light of the Sun. Here are their …

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Vintage fashion: senior models bridge S. Korea’s age divide

by Claire LEE SEOUL, South Korea (AFP) — Aged 70 she was working 20 hours a day in a hospital just to make ends meet. Now at 75, Choi Soon-hwa is an unlikely fashion star and model in South Korea, …

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Great leaps in science thanks to Apollo

by Issam AHMED WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The Apollo 11 mission to the Moon and back 50 years ago went down in history as mankind’s giant leap, changing the way we saw our place in the universe. But the …

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Deforestation + climate change = dead end for wildlife

by Marlowe HOOD PARIS, France (AFP) — Climate change combined with galloping tropical deforestation is cutting off wildlife from life-saving cooler climes, heightening the risk of extinction, researchers said Monday. Less than two-fifths of forests across Latin America, Asia and …

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Instagram moves on online bullying with pop-up warning

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Instagram on Monday announced new features aimed at curbing online bullying on its platform, including a warning to people as they are preparing to post abusive remarks. “It’s our responsibility to create a safe environment …

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Electric scooters: not so eco-friendly after all?

by Catherine HOURS PARIS, France (AFP) — E-scooters touted as zero-carbon urban transport are flooding city streets worldwide, but just how green they remain an open question. The companies — from multinationals to local start-ups — distributing them insist the …

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EuroAsia Shorts 2019: Weaving cultures together, one tale at a time

WASHINGTON, DC — (Eagle News) Set in the District of Columbia, it is described as an international cinematic dialogue that is uniquely Washingtonian.  This year, with the theme Youth, EuroAsia Shorts brings to the U.S. capital short films about experiences …

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