China to launch asteroid probe, calls for partners

18 April 2019, 1:44 PM
China plans to launch an ambitious asteroid exploration mission and has invited collaborators to put their experiments on the probes, space agency officials said Thursday.
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Russia signs agreement to free captive whales after outcry 8 April 2019, 1:44 PM

Russia on Monday signed an agreement with a group of international scientists to free nearly 100 whales that have been held for months in cramped pens in Russia's Far East, a scandal that has triggered a wave of criticism.

Thousands-year-old Egyptian sarcophagus opened on live TV 8 April 2019, 9:37 AM

 A sarcophagus containing an Egyptian high priest was opened on live TV Sunday during a special two-hour broadcast by the American channel Discovery.

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UK unveils plans to hold social media bosses liable for harmful content 8 April 2019, 8:57 AM

The British government said on Monday it will explore making social media executives personally liable for harmful content published on their platforms, in a raft of new online safety proposals.

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Ebola death toll tops 700 in DR Congo 8 April 2019, 7:10 AM

Some 100 people have died in the Ebola epidemic in DR Congo over the past three weeks, taking the overall death toll in the latest outbreak past 700, according to health ministry data.

Lake Chivero
After floods drench eastern Zimbabwe, water shortages parch Harare 7 April 2019, 3:01 PM

As eastern Zimbabwe struggles with the aftermath of floods that have killed nearly 270 people and destroyed homes and roads, other parts of Zimbabwe are facing a very different crisis: too little water.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) headquarters are seen in Turin, Italy.
Fiat Chrysler to pay Tesla millions of euros to pool fleet 7 April 2019, 8:55 AM

Italian carmaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV has agreed to pay electric carmaker Tesla Inc hundreds of millions of euros so that the vehicles of Tesla are counted in its fleet to avoid fines for violating new European Union emission rules.

Hyundai, Tencent tie up to develop self-driving cars software: report 6 April 2019, 9:31 PM

South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor Co and Chinese technology firm Tencent Holdings have signed a preliminary deal to develop software for driverless vehicles, South Korea’s Maeil Business Newspaper reported on Saturday.

A Congolese health worker administers Ebola vaccine to a boy.
Study points to new antibody approach to tackling Ebola, other infections 6 April 2019, 3:24 PM

Scientists working on developing vaccines against Ebola have found they can "harvest" antibodies from volunteers vaccinated in research trials and use them to make treatments for the deadly viral infection.

Houlin Zhao Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) attends a news conference in Geneva.
Huawei allegations driven by politics not evidence: UN 6 April 2019, 11:51 AM

The United States has urged its allies to ban Huawei from building 5G networks, saying it could be used for espionage. Huawei has rubbished the allegations, saying Washington had a “loser’s attitude”.

An artist's rendering showing two merging black holes.
Scientists set to unveil first picture of a black hole 6 April 2019, 8:36 AM

Astronomers across the globe will hold "six major press conferences" simultaneously to announce the first results of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) on Wednesday.

Shell hit with Dutch climate lawsuit 5 April 2019, 9:11 PM

Climate marchers handed in a lawsuit to Shell's headquarters in the Netherlands on Friday aimed at forcing the oil giant to meet targets in the Paris accord.

More cases of diarrhoea reported in Vryheid 5 April 2019, 6:24 PM

More than 530 people have been affected by a diarrhoea outbreak currently plaguing the Vryheid area in Northern KwaZulu-Natal

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Google to pull plug on AI ethics council 5 April 2019, 4:00 PM

Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Thursday it was dissolving a council it had formed a week earlier to consider ethical issues around artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies.

Nokia launches PureView 9 featuring five cameras in SA 5 April 2019, 1:51 PM

Nokia launched the Nokia 9 PureView this week. The smartphone features five cameras featuring the world’s first five camera array system with ZEISS Optics

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Heavy rains expected in KwaZulu-Natal 5 April 2019, 10:10 AM

The South African Weather Service has issued an alert about expected heavy rainfall and thundershowers across KwaZulu-Natal throughout the weekend.

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SAHRC concerned about slow progress on Vaal District sewage crisis 5 April 2019, 7:50 AM

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it's concerned about the slow progress of addressing the sewage crisis facing the Vaal District.

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Children in South Asia hardest hit by air pollution: Study 5 April 2019, 7:26 AM

Air pollution will shorten the life expectancy of children born today by an average of 20 months and will have the greatest impact in south Asia, according to a study published.

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Mpumalanga records 50% reduction in TB diagnosis 4 April 2019, 6:47 PM

The Mpumalanga Department of Health says it is moving towards the right direction in the fight against the TB pandemic.

Tesla Motors Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk pauses during a news conference in Tokyo.
US court to hear contempt case against Tesla’s Musk 4 April 2019, 10:11 AM

Elon Musk's attorneys and the US Securities and Exchange Commission are scheduled to appear before a US District Judge who will hear arguments on the agency's request to crack down on Musk for allegedly violating the terms of a settlement.

Gordhan ill-advised on electricity issue: Blom 4 April 2019, 9:40 AM

Mining and Energy adviser Ted Blom says Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan is putting the country at a risk of a total power shutdown.

MIT halts collab with Huawei and ZTE over US federal investigations 4 April 2019, 9:23 AM

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) said on Wednesday it has halted collaborations with Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corp over United States (US) federal investigations of the Chinese technology companies' alleged violations of sanctions.

Ebola treatment area
Ebola spreading fast in the DRC 4 April 2019, 9:09 AM

Eight months after Ebola reappeared in Democratic Republic of Congo, the disease is spreading faster than ever.

A 3D plastic representation of the Facebook logo is seen in this illustration in Zenica.
Facebook removes exposed user records stored on Amazon’s servers 4 April 2019, 6:36 AM

Facebook Inc said on Wednesday that it removed public databases containing its user data on Amazon.com Inc’s cloud servers after cybersecurity firm UpGuard discovered millions of exposed records.

Paris to fine people riding electric scooters on sidewalks 3 April 2019, 8:45 PM

Paris plans to regulate the use of electric scooters with fines for riding on the sidewalks, designated parking spots and an annual fee for the scooter operator companies.

Single Indian rocket puts satellites in three orbits, in first for nation 3 April 2019, 8:28 PM

An Indian rocket on placed domestic and foreign satellites in three different orbits on a single flight; a first for the nation and a low-cost option that could burnish its reputation for pioneering affordable options in space.

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Facebook bolsters to reduce fake news before 2019 elections 3 April 2019, 7:58 PM

Facebook Head of News partnerships in Europe, Middle-East and Africa, Nick Wrenn says they have a big role to play in fighting misinformation and false news on their platform.

Tap Water
Emerlo residents decry poor quality of water 3 April 2019, 5:19 PM

Tap water in Ermelo, Mpumalanga is smelly and murky. Residents are concerned about the quality of tap water.

Bleaching hits world’s southernmost coral reef 3 April 2019, 10:37 AM

Australian scientists say the world's southernmost coral reef has been hit by bleaching this summer.

The Netflix logo is seen on their office in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.
Netflix looms large as theatre owners assess industry future 3 April 2019, 5:54 AM

The issue of how Netflix fits into, or threatens, the theatre business dominated a press conference on Tuesday at CinemaCon, the theatre industry trade show.

Cholera kills two, infects 1 400 in cyclone-hit Mozambique 2 April 2019, 7:54 PM

A cyclone-induced cholera outbreak in central Mozambique has killed two people and infected more than 1,400, the government announced Tuesday on the eve of the launch of a mass vaccination drive.