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The ESA announced on Tuesday that its Solar Orbiter mission will launch from Cape Canaveral on February 6. The ESA-led mission will provide the first views of the Sun’s unchartered polar regions, giving unprecedented insight into how our star works.

Budget battle hampers EU in space

Space is becoming increasingly militarised and European satellites are under-protected, experts warned Tuesday, voicing dismay at cuts proposed in the EU's draft budget.

2.229 billion years: Scientists date world's oldest meteor crater

A crater in western Australia was formed by a meteor strike more than 2.2 billion years ago and is the world's oldest known impact site, new research published Wednesday shows.

Mitsubishi Electric confirms major data breach Special

Mitsubishi Electric released a statement today confirming that the company was hit by a data breach dating back to late June last year. It’s speculated that the cyberattack is linked to a Chinese cyber-espionage group, Tick (or Bronze Butler).

Op-Ed: Everybody gets Google phasing out cookies but the ad industry

Waal… They-thar Googles be a-getting rid of them cookies on Chrome. Maybe that dagnab ornery wheel will be invented, and fire, and everything. We’s gotta get back to the chicken coop and come up with ‘nother scam…

Essential Science: Developing ML to see protein patterns

A new machine learning system has been used to characterize 800 million-year-old amino acid patterns that had, up until now, puzzled scientists. These protein patterns are of great importance and they are responsible for facilitating protein interactions.

Q&A: How data centers can become more energy efficient Special

As the world becomes more digital, electricity consumption in data centers will surge — that number could rise to 8 percent of the global total by 2030. A leading expert looks at energy efficiency options.

New motion sensitive approach to wireless technology

Waterloo-based startup Cognitive Systems, at the world’s biggest and most influential consumer technology trade show CES, presented a new approach in wireless technology based on sensing motion.

Op-Ed: Facial recognition is now a real threat and a real weapon

People have known for some time that facial recognition can be used as a weapon. Now, a company called Clearview has made it easy to invade privacy, and worse is to come.

Security expert on Manor ISD $2.3 million phishing email scam Special

Manor Independent School District (located close to Austin, TX) was recently struck by a phishing email scam that resulted in the loss of $2.3 million in ransom payment. Leading security expert Greg Wendt weighs in.

Q&A: Emerging consensus for evidence-based brain training Special

There's an emerging consensus in the medical world about the value of evidence-based brain training. Leading neuroscientist Dr. Henry Mahncke explains why and provides some tips on getting it for free.

Biological pathways which boost lifespan identified

Biologists have identified pathways which could extend lifespan by 500 percent. The finding, connected to cellular mechanisms. may pave the way for new and more effective anti-aging therapies.

Study: Incan idol that escaped Conquistadors' destruction is real

A tall wooden idol that allegedly escaped destruction by the Spanish conquistadors is real — but it may not be quite what people suspected. The statue is even older than thought and may have been worshipped by the people who came before the Inca.

'PigeonBot' brings aircraft closer to feathered-flight

Since the dawn of the aviation era, inventors have strived to build aircraft that fly as nimbly as birds, whose morphable wings allow for faster, tighter turns and more efficient gliding.

Scientists find powerhouses that fight tumours from within

Lurking deep inside some tumours are "factories" full of immune cells that help the body fight a rearguard action against cancer and are key to helping some patients recover, new research has shown.

Millions of user records from LimeLeads put up for sale online Special

A new data breach has been reported: 49 million user records from LimeLeads (49 million user records from LimeLeads put up for sale online) have been put up for sale online. Anurag Kahol, CTO, Bitglass looks into the issue.

Op-Ed: Australia's new subs — News, not news, and embarrassing babble

Australian submarines typically get into the news for a variety of reasons, some credible and some not so credible. Our very expensive but very interesting new French-made submarines are getting their share of flak already.

Encryption battle reignited as US govt at loggerheads with Apple

Apple and the US government are at loggerheads for the second time in four years over unlocking iPhones connected to a mass shooting, reviving debate over law enforcement access to encrypted devices.

Why gene therapy is set to transform medicine

Advances in gene therapy offer the possibility to transform medicine. These types of medicines were given their first market approvals in 2017, and since then sector growth has accelerated.

Improving the costs and yields of lab-grown meat

Investment in lab-grown meet continues, with the search for the type of product that will taste more realistic to ‘real meat’ and which can also be produced to scale. Researchers have put forward a new process that could deliver a consistent product.

Russia hacked Ukrainian gas firm in Trump impeachment: US cyber firm

Russian spies hacked a Ukrainian energy company at the center of the impeachment trial of US President Donald Trump, a cybersecurity firm said Monday.

7 bn years: Scientists say oldest solid material found

Researchers said Monday that new techniques have allowed them to identify the oldest solid material ever found on earth.

Healing powers of Manuka honey explored in new study

A new investigation finds that Manuka honey could help with the recovery of patients from certain post-operative infections. This is due to the antimicrobial properties of the chemicals within the honey, confirming some earlier studies.

DiA is fixing the major problem with ultrasound: Human error

Ultrasound is a non-invasive and safe imaging tool that is just shy of being perfect, if it wasn’t for human error. This is an issue that DiA have been working on, with the help of IBM Watson Health.

Essential Science: Earth-size habitable-zone world detected

NASA has reported it has detected an Earth-like planet that has all the indications of being habitable. This forms part of the space agency’s attempt to seek out new planets of interest in the cosmos.

Op-Ed: Russia’s sixth gen S70 UAV fighter is trickier than it looks

The announcement of the new Russian unmanned Sukhoi S70 sixth generation fighter includes a few stings. This machine is designed as a supersonic stealth plane, with a lot of hardware and hard points.

Joint mission will launch 2 satellites to track rising sea levels

One of the clear signs of climate change is rising ocean levels. Now a joint mission involving the US and Europe is launching a pair of satellites starting in November 2020, to provide more detailed information about rising sea levels.

CES 2020: Porch pirates stopped with IoTLock

As e-commerce becomes increasingly popular and home delivery services rise, the risks of packages being stolen outside of people’s homes increases. This has opened up a new avenue for technological solutions.

What will it be like to live on Mars? Special

Plans continue to be drawn up, by both NASA and private companies like SpaceX, for sending humans to Mars. Once a Mars colony is established, what might it be like? London's Design Museum explores different concepts.

IBM at CES: Quantum breakthrough news

At CES 2020 IBM has announced several new quantum computing milestones. These include an expansion of the IBM Q Network; research into next generation batteries; and, with quantum technology, achieving the highest quantum volume to date.

Is Betelgeuse about to go supernova?

Astronomers have noted that the star Betelgeuse is becoming less bright, appearing especially faint in the night sky. The dimming represents the biggest dip in brightness of a star yet recorded. Is this the beginning of the end?

Iranian hackers hit Bahrain's national oil company Special

New Iranian data wiper malware hast struck Bapco, Bahrain's national oil company. The malware is dubbed “Dustman” by the Saudi Arabia National Cybersecurity Authority, as Chris Kennedy of AttackIQ explains.

One billion medical images are exposed online Special

Over one billion medical images of patients across the world have been exposed is a major data breach. This arise due to hundreds of hospitals, medical offices and imaging centers are running insecure storage systems, as Anurag Kahol explains.

Huawei sells about 100,000 foldable phones a month in China

Huawei claims that its foldable MateX phone is selling 100,000 a month a good pace especially since the phone is for sale only in China at present and costs about $2,400 US.

Q&A: Amazon, Apple, and Google to create a smart home standard Special

The recent news that Amazon, Apple, and Google are working together to create a new standard for smart home communication is a rare display of unity amongst the giants of our interconnected worlds. Bob Bajoras, President of Art+Logic looks into the issue.

New-found cannabis compound 30 times more potent than THC

Two new-found cannabinoids have been discovered in the glands of the Cannabis plant, and one of them may be at least 30 times more potent as the high-inducing compound THC.

Security expert on TikTok's security flaws Special

TikTok’s multiple vulnerabilities that allowed attackers to manipulate user accounts and expose personal data including names, email addresses and dates of birth. A security expert details the consequences.

Israel hails 'breakthrough' towards laser air defence system

The Israeli defence ministry has hailed a "breakthrough" in the development of cheaper laser-based air defences, as tensions soar in the region after Iran hit US targets in retaliation for a high-profile assassination.

African grey parrots get by with a little help from friends

Acting selflessly to help others in need was long thought to be a trait confined to mammals, in particular humans and some great ape species like bonobos and orangutans.

Core stage of NASA's SLS 'megarocket' to undergo 'key testing'

The heart of NASA's first Space Launch System (SLS) megarocket is on the move. The 212-foot (65 meters) long core stage of the "megarocket" left New Orleans - headed for Mississippi by barge - for crucial tests to assess its readiness for launch.

NASA weighing a repeat of uncrewed Boeing Starliner test flight

NASA and Boeing will cooperate on an investigation into a timer anomaly that cut short December’s uncrewed test flight of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft as NASA weighs whether to require another such test flight.
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