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TOKYO (Reuters) – Newly released data from a Japanese research institute appears to back the government’s case that its quarantine strategy for the Diamond Princess cruise ship was successful in stemming contagion of the coronavirus among passengers. Japan has been criticised for its handling of the quarantine, as more than 620 people on board have
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The European Union unveiled proposals Wednesday to regulate artificial intelligence that call for strict rules and safeguards on risky applications of the rapidly developing technology. The report is part of the bloc’s wider digital strategy aimed at maintaining its position as the global pacesetter on technological standards. Big tech companies seeking to tap Europe’s vast
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Following stories of dragons, naturalist Janez Vajkard Valvasor traveled to Vrhnika, a town now in Slovenia, in 1689. After heavy rainfall, animals resembling baby dragons were swept out of nearby caves; could this be evidence that a mama dragon was lurking inside, perhaps? Not quite. Those baby dragons were actually olm salamanders, which max out
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Last month, the International Union of Geological Sciences formally adopted the name “Chibanian Age” for the period between 770,000 and 126,000 years ago, Kyodo News reported at the time. The beginning of the period is defined by the most recent reversal of Earth’s magnetic field, called the Brunhes-Matuyama reversal. The flip took about 22,000 years
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Earlier this month, a team of researchers published a paper proposing an unusual theory about the origin of cat allergies. Felines, they wrote, evolved to manufacture and exude a protein called Fel d 1—the bothersome culprit that tickles and tortures the airways of millions of people worldwide—as a defense mechanism to deter their enemies. However,
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NASA has officially narrowed its shortlist of Discovery Program candidates down to four, serving up the tantalizing possibility that an upcoming space mission will soon be headed to Venus, Jupiter’s moon Io or Neptune’s moon Triton. Launched in 1992, the Discovery Program invites scientists and engineers to submit proposals for “small” missions centered on planetary
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SpaceX successfully launched its latest cluster of high-speed Internet satellites into orbit Monday but was unable to land its rocket booster on an autonomous ship, missing a key milestone. The private company founded by billionaire Elon Musk has revolutionised spaceflight in recent years by developing rockets capable of delivering their payload in space then flying
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A Northrop Grumman rocket carrying the Cygnus resupply spacecraft has been successfully launched from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia in the US. The spacecraft, launched on Saturday, is on its way to the International Space Station (ISS) with about 7,500 pounds of science investigations and cargo after launching at 3:21pm EST (1:51am, Monday IST), according
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