SpaceX’s astronaut-riding Dragon arrives at space station Sunday, May 31st, 2020

By MARCIA DUNN, CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP):- SpaceX delivered two astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA on Sunday, following up a historic liftoff with an equally smooth docking in yet another first for Elon Musk’s company. With test pilots Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken poised to..

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‘Back in the game’: SpaceX ship blasts off with 2 astronauts Saturday, May 30th, 2020

By MARCIA DUNN, CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP):- A rocket ship built by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company thundered away from Earth with two Americans on Saturday, ushering in a new era in commercial space travel and putting the United States back in the business of launching astronauts into orbit from home..

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SpaceX lifts off on historic private crewed flight to ISS

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AFP):- A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying two veteran NASA astronauts lifted off for the International Space Station on Saturday, the first crewed space flight from US soil in nine years and the first ever by a commercial company. The two-stage rocket with astronauts Robert..

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SpaceX readies for blast-off with NASA astronauts aboard Tuesday, May 26th, 2020

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER (UNITED STATES):- Gray skies loomed over Florida's Atlantic coast Tuesday, just one day before two astronauts were set to blast off aboard a SpaceX capsule on the most dangerous and prestigious mission NASA has ever entrusted to a private company. There was a 60 percent chance..

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NASA gives go-ahead for first crewed SpaceX flight on May 27 Friday, May 22nd, 2020

WASHINGTON, (AFP):- NASA gave the green light on Friday to next week's launch of two astronauts aboard a SpaceX vessel -- the first crewed space flight from US soil in nine years and a crucial step towards ending American dependence on Russian rockets. Top officials at the US space agency and Elon..

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France looks past Google, Apple for virus contact tracing Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

PARIS, (AFP):- France, which has long been sceptical of the growing power of US tech titans, is seeking to bypass Apple and Google for a smartphone app to help trace people infected with the novel coronavirus. The move, which leaves France relatively isolated in Europe alongside Britain and..

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US military’s mystery space plane rockets back into orbit Sunday, May 17th, 2020

By MARCIA DUNN, CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP):- The U.S. military’s mystery space plane rocketed into orbit again Sunday, this time with an extra load of science experiments. It’s the sixth flight of an X-37B, a solar-powered plane that’s flown by remote control without a crew. Officials..

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Taiwan chip giant TSMC to build $12bn US plant Thursday, May 14th, 2020

TAIPEI, (AFP):- Taiwanese computer chip giant TSMC announced Friday it will spend $12 billion on a state-of-the-art semiconductor foundry in the United States, creating thousands of jobs. The announcement is a win for President Donald Trump who has pushed for major chipmakers to set up shop inside..

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Merkel cites ‘hard evidence’ Russian hackers targeted her Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

BERLIN, (AFP):- German Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced frustration Wednesday that Russia was targeting her in hacking attacks, saying she had concrete proof of the "outrageous" spying attempts. "I can honestly say that it pains me. Every day I try to build a better relationship with Russia and on..

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Military jets fly over US cities to salute frontline workers Saturday, May 2nd, 2020

WASHINGTON, (AFP):- Military jets flew over US cities on Saturday to salute frontline workers in the country with the highest coronavirus caseload and death toll in the world. Residents of the nation's capital Washington, as well as Baltimore and Atlanta were treated to sights of the Navy's Blue..

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Nepal Telecom introduces ‘e-education’ package Friday, May 1st, 2020

KATHMANDU:- Nepal Telecom has introduced and implemented the 'e-education' package to aid schools and universities in conducting online teaching learning activities during the lockdown enforced by the government to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Nepal Telecom's spokesman Rajesh Joshi stated in..

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Google parent Alphabet sees growth despite pandemic; shares jump Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

San Francisco.(AFP):- Google parent Alphabet on Tuesday outshined dim earnings expectations, showing higher revenue and profits despite a coronavirus-induced slowdown in its core digital advertising operations in March. Alphabet shares leapt more than eight percent in after-hours trades following..

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Science and Technology Ministers discuss COVID-19 pandemic Friday, April 24th, 2020

KATHMANDU:- Minister for Education, Science and Technology, Giriraj Mani Pokharel has spoken of the need of opening 'centre for excellence' in each State on one particular subject for the advancement of science and technology. He suggested that such centres should be opened in coordination of the..

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Facebook takes $5.7 bn stake in India’s Jio digital platforms Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020

MUMBAI, (AFP):- Facebook has taken a $5.7 billion stake in the Jio digital platforms business of India's richest man, Mukesh Ambani, in one of the country's biggest foreign investments, the companies said Wednesday. The deal will give the US social media giant a 10 percent stake in Jio Platforms,..

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Australia to force Google, Facebook to pay for news content Sunday, April 19th, 2020

SYDNEY, (AFP):- Australia announced Monday it will begin forcing Google and Facebook to pay news companies for content, in a landmark move aimed at shielding traditional media from the tech giants' digital dominance. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said a mandatory code of conduct to be unveiled by July..

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Facebook to warn users who ‘liked’ coronavirus hoaxes Thursday, April 16th, 2020

By BARBARA ORTUTAY and AMANDA SEITZ, SAN FRANCISCO, (AP):- Facebook will soon let you know if you shared or interacted with dangerous coronavirus misinformation on the site, the latest in a string of aggressive efforts the social media giant is taking to contain an outbreak of viral..

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