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Scientists: Moon over the hill at 4.51 billion years old Friday, January 13th, 2017

CAPE CANAVERAL, (AP): It turns out the moon is older than many scientists suspected: a ripe 4.51 billion years old. That’s the newest estimate, thanks to rocks and soil collected by the Apollo 14 moonwalkers in 1971. A research team reported Wednesday that the moon formed within 60 million..

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Twitter China head Kathy Chen leaves company Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

NEW YORK, (REUTERS): Twitter Inc executive Kathy Chen, who courted potential Chinese advertisers for the social media platform, announced her departure from the company in a tweet on Saturday. “Now that the Twitter APAC team is working directly with Chinese advertisers, this is the right time..

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China plans to land probes on far side of moon, Mars by 2020 Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

BEIJING, (AP): China vowed Tuesday to speed up the development of its space industry as it set out its plans to become the first country to soft land a probe on the far side of the moon, by around 2018, and launch its first Mars probe by 2020. “To explore the vast cosmos, develop the space..

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Google, Cuba sign allowing faster access to company’s data Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

HAVANA, (AP): Google and the Cuban government signed a deal Monday allowing the internet giant to provide faster access to its data by installing servers on the island that will store much of the company’s most popular content. Storing Google data in Cuba eliminates the long distances that..

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Remarkable feathered dinosaur tail found in chunk of amber Saturday, December 10th, 2016

WASHINGTON, (REUTERS): Some 99 million years ago, a juvenile dinosaur got its feathery tail stuck in tree resin, a death trap for the small creature. But its misfortune is now giving scientists unique insight into feathered dinosaurs that prospered during the Cretaceous Period. Researchers said on..

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Underground Ocean Found On Pluto, Likely Slushy With Ice Thursday, November 17th, 2016

HOUSTON, (REUTERS): Scientists have found evidence that tiny, distant Pluto harbors a hidden ocean beneath the frozen surface of its heart-shaped central plain containing as much water as all of Earth's seas. The finding, reported on Wednesday in two research papers published in the journal..

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China begins operating world’s largest radio telescope Monday, September 26th, 2016

BEIJING, (AP): The world’s largest radio telescope began searching for signals from stars and galaxies and, perhaps, extraterrestrial life Sunday in a project demonstrating China’s rising ambitions in space and its pursuit of international scientific prestige. Beijing has poured billions into..

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South Korea orders more checks on Galaxy Note 7 batteries Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

SEOUL, South Korea, (AP): Samsung Electronics on Thursday was ordered to carry out more safety checks of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones before they go back on sale following an unprecedented global recall after defective batteries caused some of the phones to burst into flames. Under a recall plan..

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Twitter grabs average 243,000 viewers in NFL livestream debut Saturday, September 17th, 2016

NEW YORK, (REUTERS): Twitter Inc attracted an average of 243,000 viewers to Thursday’s National Football League livestream of the New York Jets triumph over the Buffalo Bills, the first time the social media platform has broadcast an NFL game. The event drew mostly praise from Twitter users and..

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Samsung urges consumers globally to stop using Galaxy Note 7 Sunday, September 11th, 2016

SEOUL, (AP): Samsung Electronics is urging consumers worldwide to stop using Galaxy Note 7 smartphones immediately and exchange them as soon as possible, as more reports of the phones catching fire emerged even after the company’s global recall. The call from the South Korean company, the..

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Apple unveils iPhone 7 but some still waiting for iPhone 8 Thursday, September 8th, 2016

(REUTERS): Apple Inc unveiled an iPhone 7 with high-resolution cameras and no headphone jack at its annual launch event Wednesday, though the biggest surprise was the debut of a three-decade-old Nintendo game franchise, Super Mario Bros, on the smartphone. While shares of Apple barely budged,..

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Trump, Bolton and the Syrian Confusion Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

It’s a messy, though typical picture. US President Donald Trump wants to pull out forces in Syria. When announced in December, jaws drooped and sharp intakes of breath..