Scientists reconstruct skeleton of elusive, pre-historic human

20 September 2019, 11:01 AM
Researchers in Israel say they have reconstructed the skeleton of a pre-historic human from a long-extinct and elusive species using DNA found in the pinky bone of a 13-year-old girl who died 70 000 years ago.
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Cloud and clear: Tencent draws on gaming tech to lift B2B cloud ambitions 20 September 2019, 8:39 AM

Tech giant Tencent Holdings Ltd plans to leverage its strengths in video games and social media to grab market share in China’s burgeoning cloud computing sector from incumbent Alibaba, the head of its cloud unit told Reuters.

Richards Bay school closed following confirmed swine flu case 20 September 2019, 5:41 AM

The Richards Bay Primary School, on the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal, has been forced to shut down following a confirmed case of swine flu.

Richards Bay Primary closed following confirmed case of swine flu 19 September 2019, 6:26 PM

The Richards Bay Primary School, on the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal has been forced to shut down following a confirmed case of swine flu.

Health workers dressed in protective suits
Tanzania tells WHO it has no Ebola cases 19 September 2019, 3:16 PM

Tanzania has formally told the World Health Organization (WHO) that it has no cases of Ebola after a woman died there earlier this month from an unknown illness following Ebola-like symptoms, the organisation said on Wednesday.

Distant asteroid calamity shaped life on Earth 466 million years ago 19 September 2019, 7:25 AM

The cataclysmic asteroid impact off Mexico’s coast that doomed the dinosaurs 66 million years ago was not the only time an astronomical event shaped the history of life on Earth.

Facebook oversight board won’t have mandate to change policy 18 September 2019, 10:28 AM

Facebook Inc will allow a new outside oversight board to make final decisions on whether individual pieces of content can be displayed on the social media site, but the group won’t be able to make policy changes, the company said on Tuesday.

Huawei expects to see revenue uplift from 5G roll-out next year 18 September 2019, 9:41 AM

Huawei Technologies expects the roll-out of next-generation 5G wireless networks to start contributing to the firm’s revenue from next year when China launches services, the company’s deputy chairman said on Wednesday.

Candle flames burn during a commemoration ceremony for the victims at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, near the town Bishoftu, near Addis Ababa.
Ethiopian crash victims’ lawyer wants 737 MAX documents from Boeing, FAA 18 September 2019, 5:53 AM

Boeing declined to comment on the lawsuit directly but said it is cooperating fully with the investigating authorities.

A person dressed in Ebola protective apparel is seen inside an Ebola care facility at the Bwera general hospital near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.
World at risk of pandemics that could kill millions, panel warns 18 September 2019, 5:45 AM

The Global Preparedness Monitoring Board, co-convened by the World Bank and WHO, warned that epidemic-prone viral diseases like Ebola, flu and SARS are increasingly tough to manage in a world dominated by lengthy conflicts, fragile states and forced migration.

Research fellowship helps African farmers adapt to climate change 17 September 2019, 4:33 PM

45 African researchers from 12 countries have been selected to participate in a career development program for innovative research and solutions to help African farmers adapt to climate change.

Ramaphosa launches NHI clinic in Eastern Cape 17 September 2019, 2:54 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has officially launched the Lusikisiki village National Health Insurance (NHI) clinic in the Eastern Cape.

US CDC activates emergency operations center for vaping-related illnesses 17 September 2019, 1:20 PM

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Monday it has activated its emergency operations center to coordinate the investigation into hundreds of cases of severe lung illnesses linked to e-cigarette use.

Vietnam’s social media crowd swells with new entrant to take on Facebook, Google 17 September 2019, 9:50 AM

A new social network has entered the already crowded field in Vietnam as the communist party squeezes United States (US) tech giants, Facebook and Google with a new cybersecurity law.

FAA chief to meet with Boeing officials, test 737 MAX simulator 17 September 2019, 8:01 AM

New Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) chief Stephen Dickson plans to fly to Seattle this week to fly “newly configured” Boeing 737 MAX software in a simulator and will visit with Boeing officials, the agency said Monday.

Pigs are seen on the farm of pig farmer Zhang Haitao at a village in Changtu county.
South Korea on highest alert after African swine fever found 17 September 2019, 5:48 AM

The ministry ordered a nationwide movement ban of hogs and related livestock for 48 hours while looking into the source deadly swine fever.

Volkswagen agrees to Australian settlement over diesel cheating 16 September 2019, 12:43 PM

Volkswagen said on Monday it had agreed to pay up to A$127 million ($87.3 million) to settle lawsuits brought on behalf of thousands of Australian customers caught up in its global diesel emissions cheating scandal.

EU to pursue web tax plan alone if no global accord: Gentiloni 16 September 2019, 12:02 PM

The European Union plans to introduce a tax on digital services even in the absence of a global accord on a so-called ‘web tax’, the Commissioner-designate for Economic Affairs Paolo Gentiloni was quoted as saying on Monday.

Apple TV+ premieres with star-studded period drama ‘Dickinson’ at Tribeca Festival 16 September 2019, 7:54 AM

Apple TV+ premiered its first show at the Tribeca TV Festival on Saturday, flaunting feminist snark, lavish period costumes and a star-studded cast in “Dickinson,” a series that sheds a modern light on the life of an iconic American poet.

PTSD linked to increased risk of ovarian cancer 15 September 2019, 7:01 PM

Women who exhibit many classic symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be much more likely to develop ovarian cancer than their counterparts who don’t, a new study suggests.

Comet an ‘interstellar visitor’ 15 September 2019, 11:20 AM

A newly discovered comet hurtling toward the orbit of Mars has scientists scurrying to confirm whether it came from outside the solar system, a likely prospect that would make it the second such interstellar object observed in our planetary neighborhood.

Singapore smog reaches worst level in three years 15 September 2019, 7:38 AM

Singapore's air quality deteriorated to "unhealthy" levels on Saturday for the first time in three years, data from the National Environment Agency (NEA) showed, threatening to deepen a regional dispute over forest fires.

Microsoft’s Brad Smith: Tech companies won’t wait for US to act on social media laws 14 September 2019, 3:41 PM

Microsoft Corp President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith said on Friday that US tech companies will change how they moderate online platforms in response to new laws from foreign governments, regardless of whether US lawmakers take action.

Water found in atmosphere of planet beyond our solar system 14 September 2019, 10:32 AM

Scientists for the first time have detected water in the atmosphere of an Earth-like planet orbiting a distant star, evidence that a key ingredient for life exists beyond our solar system, according to a study published on Wednesday.

Fewer are testing for HIV in Gauteng 14 September 2019, 9:31 AM

The Gauteng Health Department says fewer people are coming forward to test for HIV.

Nestle green-lights push for green packaging, Greenpeace not convinced 14 September 2019, 8:40 AM

Nestle has inaugurated a research institute aimed at developing more sustainable packaging for its products and reducing plastic waste, to the dissatisfaction of environment protection group Greenpeace.

Tropical cyclone bears down on Bahamas, UN pledges aid 14 September 2019, 8:01 AM

A tropical cyclone carrying heavy rain and strong winds neared the already devastated Bahamas on Friday ( September 13), threatening to complicate Hurricane Dorian recovery efforts as the UN secretary-general arrived in the islands in a show of support.

Apple has sour reaction to Goldman Sachs’ analyst note 14 September 2019, 7:20 AM

Apple Inc APPL.O struck out at a Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) analyst on Friday in a relatively rare public dust-up between a blue chip Wall Street firm and its client.

The insects in the facility are dissected for the motherlode that they carry -- baby malaria parasites.
Kenya introduces world’s first malaria vaccine 13 September 2019, 12:25 PM

Malaria is a top killer of children under five in the East African nation, and the vaccine is critically important to Kenya’s efforts to combat the disease.

Newfound comet likely an ‘interstellar visitor’: scientists 13 September 2019, 11:28 AM

A newly discovered comet hurtling toward the orbit of Mars has scientists scurrying to confirm whether it came from outside the solar system, a likely prospect that would make it the second such interstellar object observed in our planetary neighborhood.

Visitors pass by the logo of Google at the high profile startups and high tech leaders gathering, Viva Tech.
Google to pay $1 billion in France to settle fiscal fraud probe 13 September 2019, 8:08 AM

French investigators have been seeking to establish whether Google, whose European headquarters are based in Dublin, failed to pay its dues.