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Tuesday, July 7, 2020  In March, a study conducted by astronomer Anthony Boccaletti and other researchers reported potential signs of formation of an exoplanet around the star AB Aurigae. Exoplanets are those planets which are outside the Solar System. This image shows the disc around the young star AB Aurigae, where ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) has ...

Open source game developer Perttu Ahola talks about ...
Tuesday, June 30, 2020  Recently, Finnish open-source video game developer Perttu Ahola discussed Minetest, his "longest ever project", with Wikinews. Started in October 2010, Minetest was an attempt by Ahola to create a sandbox game similar to Minecraft. Minecraft is a multi-platform commercial game, which was in alpha version when Ahola challenged himself ...

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Friday, May 22, 2020  Artistic impression showing the orbits of the triplet of the HR 6819 system. The red trajectory is of the black hole. The two stars are located in the Telescopium constellation and visible to the naked eye from the southern hemisphere. (Image: ESO/L. Calçada) A study published in journal Astronomy & Astrophysics last month reported...

Simple animals could live in Martian brines: Wikinew...
Space Related articles 9 January 2019: Simple animals could live in Martian brines: Wikinews interviews planetary scientist Vlada Stamenković 29 November 2018: NASA's InSight Lander makes it to Mars 12 October 2018: Manned Soyuz space mission aborts during launch 26 September 2018: Study suggests Mars hosted life-sustaining habitat for millions of years ...

FIFA World Cup 2018 day three: France, Denmark and C...
Monday, June 18, 2018  2018 FIFA World Cup More from 2018 FIFA World Cup 18 June 2018: FIFA World Cup 2018 day three: France, Denmark and Croatia wins three points; Argentina shares the spoils with debutants Iceland 16 June 2018: FIFA World Cup 2018 Day 2: Uruguay, Iran win three points each with late goals; Portugal-Spain share the spoils 14 June 2018...

Microsoft announces plan to acquire GitHub for US$7....
Wednesday, June 6, 2018  Economy and business Related articles 6 June 2018: Microsoft announces plan to acquire GitHub for US$7.5 billion 23 May 2018: Software giant Adobe Systems to acquire Magento Commerce for US$1.68 billion 24 March 2018: Charles Lazarus, founder of US-based toy retail giant Toys 'R' Us, dies at 94 15 March 2018: US toy retail giant...

State of emergency in Sri Lanka remains despite calm...
Wednesday, March 14, 2018  Map highlighting the Central Province, Sri Lanka for which Kandy is the administrative center. Image: Jeroen. Sri Lanka Related articles 14 March 2018: State of emergency in Sri Lanka remains despite calm returning after violence 16 January 2018: BBC newsreader Alagiah to undergo treatment for bowel cancer 3 June 2017: Death to...

President Trump tells NASA to aim for Mars
On Tuesday U.S. President Donald Trump signed a bill authorizing US$19.5 billion in funding for the 2018 fiscal year to go to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and specifically naming the exploration of Mars as one of the agency's goals. According to Senator Ted Cruz, NASA has not been the recipient of this kind of authorization bill for...

A courtroom at the Helsinki District Court, from file. (Image: MakeF.)Helsinki court jails anti-drug chief Jari Aarnio for...
Aarnio, who maintains his innocence, was among thirteen defendants prosecuted over the import and distribution of Dutch hashish totaling about 800 kg in 2011–12. Ordered into immediate custody, Aarnio was convicted of all 22 charges he faced. Five were of aggravated drug offence, with other offences including official misconduct, threatening a suspect, and agg...

A 2000 rupee note printed in Mysore (Image: Agastya Chandrakant.)India discontinues ₹500, ₹1000 denominations; releas...
On Wednesday, India demonetised ₹500 (about US$7.50) and ₹1000 notes, announced as a measure to fight corruption, fake notes, and black money. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Indian citizens late Tuesday, and said 500 and 1000 rupee notes would cease to be legal tender at midnight. To minimise possible difficulties to citizens, transactions using o...

 ()ARM to be bought by SoftBank
The United Kingdom's (UK) largest technology company, ARM Holdings, confirmed this morning that it had accepted an offer from the Japanese company, SoftBank. ARM logo ARM designs microchips used in many devices, including smart phones made by Apple and Samsung. It is expected to invest in the so-called Internet of Things, where many everyday items are e...

Photo of the construction of FAST, 2015 (Image: Psr1909.)Final panel added to China's FAST radio telescope
On Sunday China announced the final panel attached to its telescope named Five hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST). This piece marks the end of a five-year-long US$180 million (CNY¥1.2 billion) construction project. FAST comprises about 4,500 panels and spans a diameter of 500 meters (about 1640 feet). The telescope is part of a series of ventur...

 ()Tax evasion investigators raid Google's Paris headqu...
Dozens of tax investigators raided Google's offices in French capital Paris yesterday as part of a probe into the company's alleged tax evasion. The raid was conducted by investigators from the state financial prosecutor's office assisted by 25 information technology (IT) experts, according to officials. "The investigation aims to verify whether Google Irelan...

Augustus Sol Invictus (Image: Augustus Sol Invictus.)Wikinews interviews Augustus Sol Invictus, Libertari...
Augustus Sol Invictus, an Orlando, Florida attorney in his early 30s currently seeking the Libertarian Party's nomination for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by former Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio, took part in a short interview with Wikinews reporter William S. Saturn to discuss his background, political views, and unorthodox campaign for ...

A 2010 VW Golf TDI with "Clean Diesel", one of the cars affected by the scandal. (Image: Mariordo Mario Roberto Duran Ortiz.)Volkswagen emissions scandal may affect thousands mo...
The Volkswagen emissions scandal continued yesterday with the company announcing 800,000 mainly diesel vehicles may also be affected by carbon dioxide emissions problems. The company stated "the safety of the vehicles is in no way compromised". They estimated potentially this could cost them €2bn on top of the €6.7bn set aside to pay for the cost of correctin...

Ariel view of the mouth of the Rakaia River, from file. The wreck site is nearby. (Image: Phillip Capper.)Searchers find wreckage of New Zealand fishing boat ...
Searchers looking for New Zealand fishing boat FV Jubilee found the vessel on the sea floor overnight local time (UTC+13). The search was sparked by a mayday call from the three-man crew early yesterday morning. The three fishermen said they were abandoning ship in favour of a lifeboat. The search, which covered roughly 170 square km, earlier located an empty...

 ()Volkswagen engulfed by diesel emissions scandal
Chief Executive of Volkswagen Martin Winterkorn issued on Sunday a public apology and announced an outside inquiry would be carried out, after the company became engulfed in a scandal about diesel emissions tests. Volkswagen logo Over the weekend there were damaging revelations that the car manufacturer has been using illegal software to enable diesel c...

Tom Wolf, 47th Governor of Pennsylvania, was inaugurated yesterday. (Image: Tom Wolf for Governor.)Tom Wolf inaugurated as Pennsylvania Governor
Democrat Tom Wolf was inaugurated yesterday as the 47th Governor of the U.S. commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He succeeds Republican Tom Corbett, whom he defeated in the election last November. The inauguration took place in front of the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg. Wolf, 66, and his running mate, newly sworn-in Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack, defea...

Satya Nadella as new Microsoft CEO
Microsoft has announced today that the 44-year-old Satya Nadella has been appointed successor to Steve Ballmer as the new chief executive officer, effective immediately. Indian-born Nadella is the third CEO of the technology giant; he joined Microsoft in 1992 and has degrees in electronics, computer science and business administration. Satya was the head...

The TV that makes people sell their children!
Last year the South-Korean high-tech giant Samsung released their high-end TV, the UN85S9. This amazing home-screen is described by resellers with the bombastic title "85-inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz 3D Smart LED", mostly to justify the unreal price tag $39,999.99. According to the official specifications, the “S9 4K Ultra HD TV” boasts four times the resoluti...

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