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Experience strange green star, formed from two white dwarfs

Binary white dwarfs, Sun-like dwarfs and red dwarfs of the binary system reach the end of their sequence to become a binary system of white dwarfs. This eventually causes them to collide, which lead to the explosion as a nova and supernova, creating a remnant neutron star. The remnant neutron is widely made of neon, seen as green above or through XMM-Newton X-ray telescope.

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Japanese supercomputer declared world's fastest

Japanese supercomputer 'Fugaku' is the world's most powerful supercomputer, featuring a processing power of 442,010 trillion floating-point operations per second (TeraFLOPS). Fugaku sealed the top spot after research project Top500 released its twice-annual ranking of the world's most powerful computers. USA's 'Summit' and 'Sierra' grabbed the 2nd and 3rd spot with a speed of 148,600 and 94,640 TeraFLOPS, respectively.

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SpaceX launches 60 Starlink satellites into orbit in record-breaking launch

With a record-breaking eighth launch of one of its Falcon 9 rockets, SpaceX on Wednesday launched 60 Starlink satellites into orbit. Starlink is a satellite internet constellation which is being constructed by SpaceX providing satellite Internet access. This was the 17th time that SpaceX has sent Starlink satellites into space. The launched satellites joined about a 1,000 more in space.

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Researchers develop new tool to calculate risk of COVID-19 transmission

Researchers have developed a new tool that uses mathematical models to show how SARS-CoV-2 spreads. It factors in different indoor spaces, depending on the size, occupancy, ventilation, and whether masks are being worn. Researchers found that when two people are in a poorly-ventilated space without masks, prolonged talking is far more likely to spread the virus than a short cough.

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MediaTek unveils 6nm Dimensity 1200 Flagship 5G SoC

Taiwanese fabless semiconductor manufacturer MediaTek has unveiled its new Dimensity 1200 and Dimensity 1100 5G smartphone chipsets. Featuring an unrivalled Artificial Intelligence, camera, and multimedia features, the two chipsets are based on 6nm architecture and boast an octa-core CPU with powerful dual 5G performance, 108-megapixel camera support, and MediaTek's HyperEngine 3.0 gaming technologies.

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Virgin Orbit launches 10 satellites in landmark test flight

Virgin Orbit's LauncherOne rocket reached orbit on 17 January on its second test flight. Titled 'Launch Demo 2', the rocket successfully deployed 10 tiny CubeSats, which flew to their target orbit for NASA’s Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) program. The mission began at Mojave Air and Space Port in California, the location for the failed LauncherOne mission in May 2020.

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Parler website partially restored with support from Russian firm

Parler, a social media website and app popular with the American conservationists, has partially returned online with the help of a Russian-owned technology company. It vanished from the Internet after Amazon's hosting arm and other partners dropped it for poor moderation of content. Its users allegedly called for violence and posted videos glorifying the 6 January attack on the US Capitol.

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Why these countries are switching to small modular reactors

The U.S., U.K. and Canada have all signed for 27-point small modular reactors (SMR) plan to create employment and leverage foreign market opportunities. The global reach for SMRs is expected to be worth up to USD300 billion a year by 2040. This is to demo and deploy the technology, update regulations. The nuclear industry is heading into 2021 with optimism.

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This tiny wireless device might help in treating obesity

Researchers at Texas A&M University have developed a medical device that might help with weight loss and combat obesity. The wireless centimetre-sized device requires a simple operative procedure for implantation that stimulates the feeling of fulness. This device uses a power cord to control it externally from a remote radio frequency source.

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NASA conducts engine test of first SLS megarocket for Moon mission

NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) megarocket for Moon mission on Saturday conducted engine test that ended prematurely as booster's engines shut down earlier than planned. Smoke and flames rolled out from four engines in a minute, the engines were supposed to fire for eight minutes to stimulate rocket's climb to orbit. The core stage of SLS was being evaluated at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.

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WhatsApp privacy policy concern pushes Telegram's active number of users

Messaging app Telegram earlier stated that it has surpassed over 25 million new users in just 72 hours, following backlash over WhatsApp's privacy policy. With the surge in new additions, Telegram achieved another milestone as the platform has crossed 500 million active numbers. Meanwhile, Signal's messaging service was restored after facing technical glitch for over a day.

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Digital identity to play vital role in post-COVID-19 world

World Travel and Tourism Council predicted 174 million people would lose jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, to give the global economy a new start and re-connect the society in a post-COVID-19 world, people will have to engage both physically and digitally with public authorities and businesses. A digital ID ecosystem will play a vital role in connecting people with governments and the private sector.

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Samsung launches Galaxy S21 series and more at ‘Unpacked 2021’

Samsung unveiled its latest S21 lineup at the Unpacked 2021 virtual event. The flagship offers Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, and S21 Ultra, which is also first non-note device to offer optional S-Pen support. The lineup is powered by an 8-core 5nm Exynos 2100 processor. Samsung also announced Galaxy Buds Pro truly wireless earbuds, and SmartTag bluetooth enabled device trackers.

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CES 2021: Asus, Dell, MSI reveal new laptop offerings

Asus announced two new high-end laptops in its ZenBook Duo lineup: ZenBook Pro Duo OLED and the ZenBook Duo 14. Dell has also launched its Alienware m17 and m15 laptops with fresh upgrades for 2021, and various configurations. MSI has also announced a new Creator 15, with Nvidia’s newest RTX 3000 mobile graphics cards.

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Japan and NASA sign MoU for cooperation in civil lunar gateway

The government of Japan and NASA signed an MoU for the corporation on Civil Lunar Gateway. Japan will now work closely with US and international partners for international space exploration under the proposal of US. Under this Memorandum of Understanding, Japan will contribute to the development of the gateway in space domain for lunar surface missions and missions to Mars.

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CES 2021 to feature iHeartMedia session with Dua Lipa and Billie Eilish

CES 2021 will feature an iHeartMedia conference session on how technology has enabled artists to continue making new music amid pandemic. Moderated by Ryan Seacrest, the session will feature Dua Lipa and a special performance by Billie Eilish on 12 January. iHeartMedia and leading innovative artists are using technology to redefine the experience and deliver music to fans, even amid pandemic.

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Ruler of Dubai launches DEWA’s Space-D programme

HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, launched Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s space programme, Space-D, today. The new initiative aims to build DEWA’s capabilities and train Emirati professionals to use space technologies to enhance electricity & water networks. It will leverage various Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies such as IoT and AI.

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Enhance concrete to recycle soft plastics

While soft plastics like plastic bags are very difficult to recycle, RMIT University from Melbourne, Australia has created a compound from the same called Polyrok. A plastic aggregate, Polyrock, gives concrete added stability and adds desired strength to the mixture. A parking lot alongside a footpath have already been built using Polyrock. Around 1.3 million pieces of soft plastic go into the recycle bins for recycling.

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Major announcements expected at world's biggest tech trade show

CES 2021, world’s biggest tech trade show will commence in a virtual avatar this year starting 11 January. Tech majors including Intel, TCL, Samsung, and Panasonic are expected to make big announcements. While HP, Lenovo, Dell, will announce new computer systems, Mercedes has also announced the digital world premiere of its MBUX Hyperscreen among other launches today.

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Hubble Space Telescope observes dazzling 'Fireworks Galaxy'

NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope observes spectacular galaxy NGC 6946, which has earned the name of 'Fireworks Galaxy'. The observatory has experienced 10 supernovae, which means that they can see galaxy facing them rather than seeing it from side. Fireworks Galaxy is further classified as an intermediate spiral galaxy, which has high rate of star formation.

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NASA prepares two planetary science missions to generate discoveries

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is preparing to send astronauts back to Moon and Mars. This is to seek answers about the solar system and generate new discoveries following an external review of their scientific productivity. Two missions titled Juno and InSight will increase NASA's understanding, recommended by an independent panel of experts with backgrounds in science, operations, etc.

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After 24-hour warning, Apple removes Parler from App Store

After Google, Apple has also removed Parler from App Store, amid accusations that it was fostering violence. Apple also issued an ultimatum to Parler earlier on Friday, demanding removal of content in violation with Apple’s policies. Apparently Parler made changes, but Apple found that they weren’t enough as per its statement, making the final decision to remove the app.

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Amazon removes Parler from its app store, makes website offline from AWS

Amazon has also removed Parler from its respective App Store and web hosting service Amazon Web Services (AWS). Parler was removed for violating AWS's terms of services by failing to effectively deal with a steady increase in violent content. AWS plans to suspend Parler's account effective Sunday, at 11:59pm PST, due to risk to public safety.

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Xiaomi launches Redmi Note 9T, an affordable dual 5G smartphone

Chinese tech titan Xiaomi has launched its first smartphone of 2021. Redmi Note 9T, an affordable dual 5G smartphone, made its way out of the production line alongside its sibling Redmi 9T. The 5G smartphone gets power from the MediaTek Dimensity 800U and packs other specs such as UFS 2.2 storage tech, dual-speaker setup, NFC, 5,000mAh battery, and a 6.53-inch FHD+ screen. Price starts at USD280 (EUR229).

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Indian start-up teams up with Microsoft to curb e-waste

Karo Sambhav (Make it possible in English), a start-up from India, has joined hands with American tech giant Microsoft to clear India's e-waste mountain. The start-up tracks e-waste shipments using apps and image recognition, helped by Microsoft's cloud software. India generates 3.2 million metric tonnes of old smartphones, laptops, monitors, and other kinds of e-waste every year.

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UAE space experts use 3D printer to develop prototype satellite

A new satellite called MBZ-SAT will become the second Emirati satellite to be fully developed and built by a team of local engineers after the KhalifaSat. MBZ-Sat, named after HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, will be three times more efficient than KhalifaSat. Engineers recently used a 3D printer to print parts for a prototype of the satellite at MBRSC's space technology laboratories.

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NASA's asteroid mission integrates its second scientific instrument

NASA's Lucy mission successfully integrated Lucy Thermal Emission Spectrometer (L'TES) onto the spacecraft. It will be first space mission to study Trojan asteroids which are leftover building blocks of Solar System. It will additionally revolutionize knowledge of planetary origins and birth of solar system. Team of Arizona State University (ASU) developed L'TES to measure infrared energy emitted by Trojan asteroids.

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How AI may help determine new uses of existing medication

Scientists have developed a machine-learning method that crunches massive amounts of data. It can help to determine which existing medications could improve outcomes in diseases for which they are not prescribed. This new research could help increase the rate of drug repurposing. The method could dramatically reduce the time it takes to get a drug into the marketplace for clinical use.

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'e-tron GT' first Audi car planned without physical prototypes

The e-tron GT is the first Audi car to have entire production planned without the use of any physical prototypes. Instead, the German automaker took benefit of 3D building scans, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and virtual reality. Audi turned to virtual planning as it requires fewer resources, generates less waste, and needs a significantly lesser number of business trips.

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WhatsApp rolls out updated Terms of Service & Privacy Policy

Cross-platform messaging application WhatsApp on Tuesday started notifying its users about its updated Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Users are required to agree to the notification prompt. If a user doesn't accept the new agreement, his or her account will be deleted. The new policy includes how WhatsApp processes user data, how business can benefit from Facebook hosted services, and its partnership with Facebook.

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Twitter to acquire podcast app Breaker

Podcasting platform Breaker announced that its team is now becoming part of Twitter to advance its audio experience in building Twitter Spaces. Financial terms of the four-year-old company are yet to be disclosed. Breaker announced the acquisition, explaining why its team will be a good fit at Twitter. The company will shut down on 15 January 2021.

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China: FAST telescope now available for scientist all across the world

The World’s largest single-dish radio telescope of China, FAST will be available to the foreign scientist for global service. Scientists across the world can make online appointments for using the device for observations, confirms NAOC. FAST’s chief engineer Jiang Peng said that even Chinese scientists have to comply with application formality. An allotted timetable will be available by 1 August.

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Dancing robots welcome new year with synchronised dance moves

Boston Dynamics has released a video of their robots dancing to the song Do You Love Me by The Contours. The robots can be seen ringing in the new year with synchronised dance moves, delighting viewers. The video shows Atlas, Spot, and Handle – Boston Dynamics’ humanoid, canine, and logistics robots respectively, dancing to the beats.

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When is OnePlus fitness band arriving in India?

OnePlus fitness tracker may make its India debut in Q1 2021. The “OnePlus Band” fitness tracker is likely to arrive before the company’s much-awaited smartwatch which offers a fitness-focused experience along with OLED display, multi-day battery life, all tracking support, etc. The “OnePlus Band” will be up against the Xiaomi Mi Band series and is expected to be priced around USD40 or even lower in India.

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Airbus plans to launch carbon-free aircraft by 2035

Airbus has revealed three concepts under its zero-emissions project, which will be powered by hydrogen. These will burn liquid hydrogen stored in the rear fuselage, but face challenges of storage of volatile liquid hydrogen during flight at very cold temperatures. However, Airbus has set a deadline of 2035 to put one such aircraft in service.

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ISRO all set with its 10-year plan dedicated to satellite constellation

ISRO has outlined its 10-year plan in satellite technology. The plans include development of a heavy-lift rocket to the semi-cryogenic engine. In a short-term goal, a developmental flight of SSLV, third Chandrayaan-3 mission, first solar mission Aditya-L1, and first Indian Data Relay Satellite are in line. The coming years will be dedicated to satellite constellation for communication, said LPSC.

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NASA approves two missions to explore Sun and Earth's space weather

NASA has approved two missions to explore Sun and the system that drives space weather near Earth. The two missions are Extreme Ultraviolet High-Throughput Spectroscopic Telescope Epsilon Mission (EUVST) and Electrojet Zeeman Imaging Explorer (EZIE). Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will lead EUVST Epsilon Mission along with other international partners and targeted for launch in 2026.

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Exciting gadgets to look forward to in 2021

Amid the gloom of COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 had plenty to offer to tech enthusiasts. And with several exciting innovations lined up for 2021, the upcoming year seems equally exciting. OnePlus will enter the smartwatch industry with its new flagship. Samsung will launch next installments of its Note and Fold series. 'Ring Always Home Cam Drone' and Nike's Air Jordan 11 shoes will come with self-lacing technology.

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Can you beat these dance moves by Boston Dynamics robots?

Boston Dynamics Atlas and Spot robots can sprint, do gymnastic routines, backflips, and even open doors. But now a latest video shows them grooving to the tune of 'Do you Love Me'. Boston Dynamics was recently bought by Hyundai from SoftBank in a USD1.1 billion deal. Boston Dynamics has recently started selling the Spot model for USD74,500.

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AI-powered microscope could inspect cancer tissues in minutes

Researchers from Rice University and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center created a new AI-powered microscope that quickly images large tissue sections. This will allow surgeons to check margins of cancer or tumor within minutes of removal and restrict cancer cells. The microscope uses deep learning, which is inexpensive than other processes for image detection.

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FactCheck: Did Microsoft really buy out Sony for USD130 billion?

A recent ‘leak’ hinting at Microsoft acquiring all divisions of rival Sony Corporations in a USD130 billion deal bewildered netizens and gamers. However, they need not have worried as no such deal was signed. There has been no official nod to this report, seeing as how this could be the decade’s biggest news.

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How AI might help clear backlog of surgeries caused due to COVID-19

Scientists are using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to clear the backlog of surgeries caused due to the COVID-19 pandemic. AI is ensuring hospitals use their operations rooms and staff in the most efficient way as surgeons look to perform non-essential operations. US alone is expected to process a backlog of over 200,000 surgeries in the coming year.

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Abu Dhabi Judiciary enhances training with courses on use of AI technology

Abu Dhabi Judicial Academy has developed its training programmes with new courses, including use of AI and distance communication techniques. It also introduced systems and procedures of virtual litigation in the programmes, which target lawyers seeking to be registered with the Judicial Department. The programme focusses on remote litigation procedures and etiquette of attendance among other courses.

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New superhighway system found in Solar System

Researchers have discovered a new superhighway network to travel through the Solar System much faster than was previously possible. Such routes could be used to send spacecraft to the far reaches of our planetary system relatively fast, and to monitor and understand near-Earth objects that might collide with our planet. The results need to be studied further.

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Korean artificial sun sets world record in keeping high-temperature plasma

The Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research(KSTAR) aka Korean artificial sun set the new world record for maintaining high-temperature plasma for 20 seconds. They tested with an ion temperature of over 100 million degrees in collaboration with Seoul National University (SNU) and Columbia University of the United States. An achievement to extend 8-second plasma operation time during 2019 KSTAR Plasma Campaign.

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ISRO releases Chandrayaan-2 orbiter initial data to public for studies

The Indian Space Research Organisation released the initial data of 'Chandrayaan-2' to public - country's second mission to Moon. Chandrayaan-2 was launched on 22 July 2019 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The orbiter entered into lunar orbit on 2 September 2019, which carried eight experiments to address many open questions on Moon.

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Arab Media Forum sheds light on media sector’s evolution

Dubai Press Club President Mona Ghanem Al Marri delivered the opening speech at 19th edition of Arab Media Forum (AMF). Al Marri said that keenness of media figures to participate sends an important message on need to continue working on developing media sector in Arab world. Al-Marri also said that biggest challenge for Arab media lies in the crisis of trust among large segments of the public, especially youth.

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Telegram rolls out Voice Chats feature in new update

Telegram has rolled out a major update to wind up 2020, bringing in the Voice Chats feature to instant messaging platform. It offers users a continued conference call that they can join or leave at their will. Users can convert any Telegram group to a voice chat room and the voice chats will run parallel to existing text and media communication.

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14 selected for second batch of UAE Astronaut Programme

Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) finalised 14 candidates qualified for final phase of second batch of UAE Astronaut Programme. It aims to train and prepare Emiratis for scientific space missions under UAE's National Space Programme. A total of 4,305 applicants applied for the programme, which is 7% more than the first batch. Screening process for final phase has started, including final round of interviews.

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Apple tops BCG’s list of most innovative companies in 2020

Boston Consulting Group has released ‘The Most Innovative Companies 2020’ study, ranking world’s 50 most innovative companies. Tech giants have dominated the list’s top numbers, with Apple on the top spot, followed by Alphabet at the second spot. The list of top innovators has featured 162 different companies, with many being consistently on the list, including BMW and Cisco.

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