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The last thing comet probe Rosetta saw

Paris, France | AFP | Robotic comet explorer Rosetta sent home a last-gasp photo of her target’s rocky facade before crashing into its surface to end a 12-year deep-space odyssey, ground controllers said Thursday. Almost a year to the day since Rosetta’s demise on September 30 last year, the European Space …

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OIC: Oryem Okello calls for increased funding for science

Astana, Kazakhstan | MOFA |  Minister of State for Foreign Affairs in charge of International Affairs, Henry Oryem Okello has called upon the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to increase funding in science, technology research and development in Institutions funded by OIC, including Islamic University in Uganda. Okello made the remarks during the …

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Eclipse-chasers trot the globe, addicted to Moon’s shadow

Miami, UNITED STATES | AFP | Eclipse-chasers are a dedicated crew of scientists who travel the globe to catch a few moments in eerie darkness, and even after seeing dozens of eclipses, they say they can’t get enough. Also known as “umbraphiles,” these self-described addicts live their lives in pursuit of …

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Facts about the US solar eclipse on August 21

Miami, UNITED STATES | AFP |On Monday, August 21, for the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will march across the entire United States. “The Great American Eclipse” will cast a shadow over the whole country, moving diagonally from Oregon in the northwest to South Carolina in …

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Why a few drops of water make whisky taste better

Paris, France | AFP | Ignore the snobs, because most experts agree: a few drops of water enhance the taste of whiskies, from well-rounded blends to peat bombs redolent of smoke, tobacco and leather. The only real question is, why is this true? The answer, a pair of biochemists in Sweden …

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SpaceX to launch super-computer to space

Miami, United States | AFP | SpaceX is poised to launch an unmanned cargo ship toward the International Space Station Monday, including a super-computer that could direct astronauts on future deep-space missions. The liftoff of the Falcon 9 rocket, carrying the Dragon cargo ship, is planned for 12:31 pm (1631 GMT) …

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Asteroid to shave past Earth inside Moon orbit: ESA

Paris, France | AFP | An asteroid the size of a house will shave past Earth at a distance of some 44,000 kilometres (27,300 miles) in October, inside the Moon’s orbit, astronomers said Thursday. The space rock will zoom by at an eighth of the distance from the Earth to the …

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REVEALED: The mother – and father – of all flowers

Paris, France | AFP | The first flower to appear along the path of plant evolution, during the time of the dinosaurs, was a hermaphrodite with petal-like organs arranged in concentric circles, researchers said Monday. The bloom had both male and female reproductive organs at the centre, surrounded by multiple layers …

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Sugar not so sweet for mental health

Paris, France | AFP | Sugar may be bad not only for your teeth and your waistline, but also your mental health, claimed a study Thursday that was met with scepticism by other experts. Researchers at University College London (UCL) compared the reported sugar intake of more than 8,000 people in …

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