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No joke: April Fools' Day comet to zoom by Earth


The comet's perihelion point - the point in the orbit where it's nearest to its orbital focus (the sun) - lies just outside Earth's orbit, reports Space .com. "The comet will appear in the night sky as a diffuse blob of light, which means it's only as visible as Neptune in the night sky, and is too faint to be seen with the naked eye". Read More »

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launches and gets recovered for the second time

The second-hand Falcon 9 rocket blasted off in Florida from launch pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center at 1537 PT (2227 UTC), right on time as scheduled. Boosters - the most expensive part of the rocket, according to Musk - typically are discarded following liftoff, sinking into the Atlantic. "This is a really, really exciting step forward", Martin Halliwell, chief technology officer of Luxembourg-based SES, said before launch. Read More »

Authorities: Missing teen spotted with teacher in Oklahoma


CBS News reported that Cummins appears to have been planning to leave by watching survivalist shows, and that the cell phones of Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas have been turned off. The TBI asks anyone who believes they spot Cummins or Thomas to not approach them and instead keep an eye on them while calling 911. The investigation led authorities to Decatur, Alabama, later that day before the two vanished. Read More »

Reliance Jio user base at 72 million, extends scheme till April 15


Ever since the entry of Reliance Jio into the telecom marker back in 2016, service providers have been giving extremely lucrative offers to retain the customers. Ambani later said that this is one of the very few surprises lined up in his process of building JIO and many more are ahead. How does Reliance Jio Prime fare against offers from Airtel, Vodafone and Idea? The report also mentions that Jio has reached only 50% of their target. Read More »

Fla. Republican blasts feds for loosening manatee protections


The federal government began efforts to downgrade manatee protections about a year ago. The rule affects both the Florida and Antillean subspecies and was pursued despite strong scientific and legal evidence that shows the downlisting of manatees is not warranted at this time. Read More »

Elon Musk Tells Truth About Tesla Model 3, Might Leave Buyers Disappointed


In a series of tweets , Musk also released a video of the release candidate version of the upcoming Model 3, officially called the Model S3X. Tesla cars have been involved in accidents that have garnered worldwide attention, perhaps most notably in the case of one fatal accident in Florida in May 2016 that occurred while Autopilot was engaged. Read More »

Spacewalking astronauts lose piece of shielding, floats away

Spacewalking astronauts carried out an impromptu patch job outside the International Space Station on Thursday, after losing a vital piece of cloth shielding when it floated away. It will serve as a parking spot for future commercial crew capsules. The previous record was held by NASA astronaut Sunita Williams at 50 hours and 40 minutes. Read More »

Man, 25, swallowed by python, villagers and reports say


Junaedi, the secretary of Salubiro village, told the AP that the discovery capped a near two-day search for the man after he vanished while working on palm oil crops on Sunday. Fearing the worst, the villagers chose to slice the bulging python , whereupon they came across the missing man's lifeless body intact whole inside the python . Read More »

French Presidential candidate Fillon's wife charged over fake job scandal


Fillon himself had already been charged in the case , which has deeply damaged the conservative candidate's chances for the two-round election April 23 and May 7. They have both maintained their innocence throughout, with Penelope denying that her husband paid her for a "fake parliamentary job". There are also questions about a job Mrs Fillon had at a literary magazine owned by a billionaire friend of the couple, for which she allegedly did little or no actual work. Read More »

Got camera? Facebook adds more Snapchat-like features


Friends' Stories will sit right at the top of the News Feed in the Facebook app, so users won't be able to miss them. After you've taken your photo or video, you can then add it as a " story " which will disappear after 24 hours unless you save it to your news feed. Read More »

Air India cancels Sena MP Gaikwad's ticket again!


They demanded that the ban be lifted, but did not get any assurance from the government, with Civil Aviation Minister P Ashok Gajapati Raju saying violence of any kind on an aircraft could prove disastrous. "I hope the ministry deals with this issue with more maturity". Issuing a fresh statement, the MP said that while travelling in the flight, he noticed "carelessness and substandard" service of Air India and requested for a complaint book, but despite his frequent requests he was not ... Read More »

Uber suspends self-driving car program after Arizona crash

The company had also grounded self-driving cars in San Francisco over the weekend but they resumed operating earlier on Monday. The focus on self-driving cars was meant to demonstrate Uber's progress with the nascent technology, and it began picking up customers in Tempe last month after Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, a proponent of self-driving cars, took the inaugural ride. Read More »

Kashmir: One killed in firing between militants-security forces


A police official when contacted said that the group of people forcibly taken away the body from the hospital without allowing the authorities to complete the legal formalities. According to reports, the terrorist attacked the officer Mohammed Hanief with chilli powder and fled with the weapon. The region has also been the scene of protests and tighter security since early July past year, when Indian forces killed a leading pro-independence fighter. Read More »

Live Location lets you share your real-time whereabouts in Facebook Messenger


Maps users will be able to activate the location-sharing feature by tapping a button near the search bar and then picking a person from their contact list to text with the information. In order to share your location, you have to have your phone's GPS-enabled location tracker switched on. Messenger will also show you an estimate of how long it would take you and your friend to get to one another's location by auto. Read More »

Microsoft Corporation Sued In Class-Action Case For Windows 10 Upgrades

The lawyers behind the suit say there are hundreds of thousands of individuals who were affected like so in the USA, and who could be represented in a full class-action aimed at Microsoft. Goldberg paid someone to fix the computer since the hardware was out of warranty and is claiming lost data, lost time and money, and loss of the use of his computer. Read More »

Destiny 2 PC Version Available for Pre-Order in Germany


One user has managed to pre-order a copy of the game at a local Gamestop Germany store in Hannover. The teaser image that is featured at the top of this post is all that was shared on the game's official Twitter account , showing Earth's Last City on fire. Read More »

German state poll an election-year test for Merkel


The vote in the state bordering France, home to 1 million people, half a year before the national poll on 24 September, is seen as a test of the Social Democratic party's rising fortunes under Martin Schulz. A change of government was now "within reach" in Saarland, the 73-year-old said this week. The political calculus for Merkel's party doesn't get easier after Saarland. Read More »

Cook County to Participate in Earth Hour

Laila Mostafa Abdullatif, the deputy director general at Emirates Wildlife Society (EWS-WWF) - organiser of Earth Hour - said the movement is global, but it is relevant to every country across the planet, including the UAE. and 9:30 p.m. He added: "Earth Hour is the world's biggest climate change event". The effects of climate change are pretty much undeniable from extreme weather events, health impacts of these, oceans warming and rising, ice melting and eco systems in peril. Read More »

Uber self-driving auto involved in Tempe accident


Police were called to an accident at approximately 6:25 p.m. Friday to find the Uber SUV had been struck when another vehicle failed to yield, according to the Tempe Police Department. The company released a statement on the incident, saying they are "looking into" what happened. The ride-hailing company's self-driving auto program has come under scrutiny lately. Read More »

Ozil Responds To Arsenal Exit Rumours


Arsenal superstar Mesut Ozil has refused to provide any guarantees over his future at the club but expected that there will be more talks at the end of the season. Having been sidelined for Arsenal's last few outings too, it's an ongoing issue for the 28-year-old and now it appears as though he has a separate issue that he's also dealing with. Read More »

Brunei celebrates Earth Hour with lights out

This year, it is your turn to ensure that all the lights are turned out at 8:30 pm sharp for an hour. Everyone can join the celebration for WWF's Earth Hour on Saturday 25 March 2017. The group also encourages businesses and ordinary people to turn of their lights for the hour, and nearly 40,000 have signed up on the website so far to participate. Read More »

Astronauts set to conduct spacewalks to upgrade ISS


In the next spacewalk, Kimbrough will be joined by NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson. Kimbrough completed his fifth spacewalk today, with a total of 32 hours spent doing EVAs (short for "extravehicular activities"). Pesquet jostled a set of hoses in the station's radiator heat belt monitor, the suspected source of the leak, in an effort to rattle loose any possible flakes of frozen ammonia. Read More »

February unemployment rate declines slightly in ND, stays the same in Minnesota


The national rate dropped to 4.7 percent last month from 4.8 percent in January. "That's a placement that 155 counties would be pleased to have", Carnes said. Over the year, claims were down by 1,535, a total of 7.2 percent, from 21,224 in January 2016. On an annual basis, job creation expanded by about 2.1 percent, the strongest in more than two years. Read More »

Sea ice hits new record low at both poles


The sea ice encompassed 14.4 million square kilometres at its largest. According to recordkeeping dating back to 1979, that is the smallest maximum extent of arctic ice on record. "Thin ice and beset by warm weather - not a good way to begin the melt season", NSIDC lead scientist Ted Scambos, said in a statement . The air over the Chukchi Sea northwest of Alaska and the Barents Sea north of Scandinavia was even warmer, averaging around 9 degrees above the norm. Read More »

Nexus 6, Nexus 6P Will Be Removed from Google's Android Program Soon


Timeliness of security updates, therefore, is of great significance to Android phones, especially considering the fact that they make up an overwhelming majority of the smartphone market. The good news is, according to Google, only 0.05 percent of all Android devices that downloaded apps from the official Play store had a harmful app installed at the end of 2016. Read More »

Some areas in KK to observe Earth Hour March 25

Apart from individuals, the members of HUM and WWF have also given a call to all corporations, residential welfare associations, schools, colleges, hostels and restaurants to take part in the earth hour and contribute towards fighting against climate change. Read More »

Third Case of Avian Flu Found in Tennessee


APHIS says samples from the affected flock were tested last week after the birds were showing signs of illness and a spike in mortality rates. Poultry in MS is a $2.9 billion industry. "The best way to protect your birds is to increase your biosecurity measures and particularly, to keep your birds at home for now". The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website says avian flu does not normally affect humans, but reminds people that proper handling and cooking of poultry and ... Read More »

Kmart, Sears face 'substantial doubt' about finances as losses grow

In the wake of that statement, the price of Sears stock dipped 13.69% to $7.85 a share. Sears, a back-to-school shopping destination for generations of kids and the place newlyweds went to choose appliances, has said that after years of losing money that there is "substantial doubt" it will be able to keep its doors open. Read More »