29 June 2017
Updated 04:00
Space

Japan, launched in orbit the H-20 rocket

The Japanese H-20 rocket was successfully launched. The missile, taken off from the Tanegashima base, has orbit a geolocation satellite to complete the gps system in Japan.

Electronics

Apple opens first official store in Southeast Asia

Apple opened its first Southeast Asia store in Singapore on Saturday, drawing hundreds of excited fans to the swanky two-storey site in the city's upmarket shopping district.

Apple jumps to lead wearable computing with smartwatch

Apple has leapt to the lead in wearable computing on strong sales of it smartwatch, a market survey shows.

How does it work?

Ransomware, the weapon wielded in cyber attacks

A software that demands a ransom was the weapon of choice used in a wave of unprecedented global cyber attacks Friday that affected 130,000 systems in more than 100 countries.

Weapon of war?

The US military's X-37B test drone returns to Earth after a mysterious two-year mission

US drone back on Earth after nearly two years in space

After a nearly two-year sojourn in space, the US military drone X-37 B is back on Earth, fueling wild ideas about its mystery mission.

Laser weapons edge toward use in US military

A sci-fi staple for decades, laser weapons are finally becoming reality in the US military, albeit with capabilities a little less dramatic than at the...

Tech

US online giant Amazon, which has scored a hit with its Alexa-powered digital assistants, is adding a new connected speaker with a screen called Echo Show

Amazon's new Alexa speaker has a screen too

Amazon on Tuesday unveiled the latest member of its family of devices powered by its Alexa digital assistant -- this one with a touchscreen.

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.

Study

Alaska's tundra releasing more CO2 than it takes in

The Alaskan tundra appears to be emitting more carbon dioxide than it captures, a dynamic that could accelerate climate warming as vast stores of CO2 trapped in Arctic soils are unlocked by rising temperatures.

Archeology

Fossils suggest hominids may have lived alongside modern humans

Primitive hominids may have lived in Africa at the same time as humans, researchers said Tuesday, in new findings that could change the understanding of human evolution.

Space

Strike-delayed European rocket launches in French Guiana

An Ariane 5 rocket carrying two telecommunications satellites for South Korea and Brazil blasted off Thursday in a launch which had been delayed since March 20 due to a crippling strike in French Guiana.

Amazon next in line?

Google coughs up 306 million euros in Italy tax settlement

Google said Thursday that it would pay 306 million euros ($334 million) to settle a tax dispute in Italy, where it was under criminal investigation for booking profits generated in the country in Ireland.

Ukraine

New lease of life for Ukraine's war-torn mountain observatory

Perched spectacularly 2,000 metres up on a snowcapped peak in Ukraine's Carpathian Mountains, the Bilyi Slon observatory has stood empty and battered by the elements for some seven decades.

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.

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Usain Bolt confirms he is in final season of «wonderful career»

Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt insists this «emotional» season will indeed be his last, bringing the curtain down on a glittering career which galvanised track and field at a time of doping and corruption scandals.

Loew celebrates 100th victory

Germany coach Joachim Loew celebrated the 100th victory as coach of the German soccer team. The record was collected thanks to the victory against Cameroon in the Confederations Cup in Russia. Loew is the leader of the German team with 150 games and has always reached at least the semifinals of each tournament in the last decade.

The Magic of the «Scarlett Vele», a dream night in St. Petersburg

Fireworks for a dream night for Russian maturines. The evening of «Scarlet Vela» was celebrated in St. Petersburg, an event celebrated in the Russian city each year at the end of June during the white nights. This holiday is devoted to high school graduates and inspires Alexander Grin's novel.

Russell Crowe to lead new Asian film jury in Australia

Hollywood star Russell Crowe will chair a jury to decide the best Asian production at Australia's annual film awards this year, which will recognise excellence in Asian movie-making for the first time.