Sci-Tech

Facebook launches ‘Shops’ to showcase online stores

  SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) — Facebook on Tuesday reached out to businesses struggling to survive the pandemic with free tools for creating online “Shops” at the social network and Instagram. Merchants can easily set up shops on Facebook and Instagram, …

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Hawaii’s Mauna Loa could lose title as “world’s largest volcano” to another Central Pacific volcano

By Alfred Acenas EBC Hawaii Bureau HONOLULU (Eagle News) – The scientific community and the public have long thought that Mauna Loa, currently an active shield volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island, was the largest volcano in the world. However, after …

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California authorities say Tesla plant could reopen next week

  SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) — Authorities in California say Tesla’s only assembly plant in the United States could open as early as next week, albeit with enhanced safety measures because of the pandemic, after a very public anti-lockdown tirade by …

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Google, Facebook extend work-from-home plans

  SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) — Google and Facebook have told most employees to keep working from home for the rest of the year as part of a response by the tech giants to the deadly coronavirus pandemic. Chief executive Sundar …

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YouTube expands fact-check panels in move against misinformation

  SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (AFP) — YouTube on Tuesday began adding fact-check panels to search results in the US for videos on hot-topic claims shown to be bogus. The Google-owned video streaming service said it is expanding to the US …

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E3 video game conference cancelled due to coronavirus

  By Glenn Chapman SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (AFP) — The world’s premier video game trade show, due to be held in June in Los Angeles, was cancelled on Wednesday over the spread of deadly novel coronavirus. The Entertainment Software Association …

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Blast off: space minnow Indonesia eyes celestial success

by Peter BRIEGER LUMAJANG, Indonesia (AFP) — Workers snap the miniature rocket’s wings into place as Indonesia’s little-known space agency readies its latest launch on barren scrubland in East Java. With a 3,2,1 blast off, the two-meter-long projectile belches a …

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Earth captures new ‘mini moon’

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Earth has acquired a second “mini-moon” about the size of a car, according to astronomers who spotted the object circling our planet. The mass — roughly 1.9-3.5 meters (6-11 feet) in diameter — was observed …

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Trembling Mars gives up more seismic secrets

PARIS, France (AFP) — Mars is a constantly tremoring “living” body, researchers said Monday as they unveiled measurements of seismic activity on the red planet showing similar tremble rates to Earth or the Moon. For 15 months NASA’s InSight robot …

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Katherine Johnson, black NASA mathematician, dies at 101

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Katherine Johnson, a ground-breaking black NASA mathematician whose life was portrayed in the movie “Hidden Figures,” died on Monday aged 101, the space agency said. Johnson’s calculations helped put the first man on the Moon …

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‘Jetman’ stuns with Iron Man-style flight over Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AFP) — Daredevil Vince Reffet has soared into the skies above Dubai in the latest “Jetman” stunt, taking off from the ground and climbing to 1,800metres (nearly 6,000 feet) in a feat reminiscent of Marvel’s “Iron …

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Stardust or star bust? Betelgeuse’s dimming light puzzles astronomers

PARIS, France (AFP) — Astronomers have managed to take pictures of Betelgeuse showing that the star, one of the brightest in the Milky Way, has been losing luminosity over recent months, the European Southern Observatory (ESO) said on Friday. The …

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