30 April 2017
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Study

Baby whales «whisper» to mothers to avoid predators

Newborn humpback whales and their mothers whisper to each other to escape potential predators, scientists reported Wednesday, revealing the existence of a previously unknown survival technique.

Space

NASA's Cassini poised to plunge beneath Saturn's rings

An unmanned NASA spacecraft, Cassini, is poised to plunge into the gap between Saturn and its rings, a pioneering journey that could offer an unprecedented view of the sixth planet from the Sun.

«Better you than me,» Trump tells record-breaking astronaut

US President Donald Trump congratulated NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson for setting a new space record on Monday, but expressed disdain for a particular rigor of space life -- drinking recycled urine.

Internet

Google's new initiative includes tweaks to the algorithm used to deliver search results, while offering users more options to flag inappropriate content

Google tweak aims to curb fake, misleading search results

Google on Tuesday announced changes to how it delivers and ranks internet searches, the latest effort by the tech giant to weed out «fake news» and offensive content.

LinkedIn membership reaches half a billion

The professional social network LinkedIn said Monday its membership had swelled to 500 million, as its user base showed steady growth following its acquisition last year by Microsoft.

Innovation

Uber is unveiling an ambitious plan to manufacture flying cars and make them available through its Uber Elevate network

Uber sets «flying car» launch for 2020

Uber said Tuesday it wants to launch a system of flying cars to move people around cities, with a goal of putting demonstration projects in place by 2020.

Free rides offered by Alphabet's Waymo autonomous cars

Alphabet's self-driving car unit Waymo is offering free rides to residents in Arizona as part of its testing of autonomous vehicles.

Social network

Thai man murders child, kills himself on Facebook Live

A man in Phuket filmed himself killing his girlfriend's child and then himself on Facebook Live, Thai police said Tuesday, the latest example of the social...

Climate change

More Antarctic protections urged on World Penguin Day

The world needs to do more to protect the Antarctic wilderness and its wildlife, scientists warned Tuesday, as they marked World Penguin Day.

Science

«Assault on facts» energizes global March for Science

Scientists and their supporters across the globe are expected to march in the thousands Saturday amid growing anxiety over what many see as a mounting political assault on facts and evidence.

Naked mole-rats can survive near-suffocation

When deprived of oxygen, naked mole-rats have a unique ability to convert sugar to energy, a skill that might one day help treat victims of heart attack and stroke, researchers said Thursday.

Space mission

China's first cargo spacecraft docks with space lab

China's first cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-1, successfully completed docking with an orbiting space lab on Saturday, the Beijing Aerospace Control Center said.

China launches first cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-1

A Chinese rocket successfully sent the country's first cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-1, into space from the southern island province of Hainan Thursday.

The March of Science

Australia, New Zealand kick off global science rallies

Thousands of people rallied in Australia and New Zealand Saturday in support of science, the first of more than 500 marches globally triggered by concern over the rise of «alternative facts».

Life under the shoot ice from a drone sub

A robot submarine has captured under the Antarctic ice shelf extraordinary images that reveal an amazingly colorful world populated by pink algae, sponges in the shape of coconuts, annelids like dandelion flowers.

Cybercrime

US indicts Russian suspect in huge botnet takedown

A Russian under arrest in Spain has been slapped with an indictment in the United States, accused of controlling one of the world's top generators of spam and online exortion, officials said Friday.

Oracle seals $9.3 bn NetSuite acquisition

US software giant Oracle said Saturday that it has sealed its $9.3 billion acquisition of cloud computing company NetSuite.

Climate change

Proposed cuts in US climate science reverberate worldwide

The gutting of US-funded climate science would cripple research agendas worldwide and hamper the global fight against climate change, say scientists outside the United States, some of whom will take to the streets Saturday to make that point.

Tech & Environmental

Apple touts greater use of recycled metal in gadgets

Apple wants to «one day» end the need to mine materials from the earth to make its gadgets, the technology giant said in its annual environmental responsibility report out Thursday.

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Bitter rift rocks AOC as Coates fights for job

Powerful Australian Olympic Committee head John Coates is facing a bitter campaign to oust him after 27 years, with his media chief stepping down Wednesday amid bullying claims rocking the organisation.

US misunderstands NAFTA, North American business body says

The US government doesn't have a clear idea of what NAFTA covers, a business body representing several big North American multinationals said on Tuesday after Washington picked a trade fight with Canada.

Baby whales «whisper» to mothers to avoid predators

Newborn humpback whales and their mothers whisper to each other to escape potential predators, scientists reported Wednesday, revealing the existence of a previously unknown survival technique.

US judge blocks Trump order on sanctuary cities

A US judge on Tuesday blocked an executive order by President Donald Trump that could deny billions of dollars to so-called sanctuary cities as punishment for harboring illegal immigrants.