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  • Malaysia customs seize 330 endangered tortoises at Kuala Lumpur airport

    May 15, 2017 9:27 AM 15

    The packages containing the tortoises were declared as 'stones' and flew in on an Etihad Airways flight from Madagascar. Customs authorities in Malaysia seized 330 endangered tortoises on Monday (15 May) at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, in yet another animal trafficking case in the country in a week. The land-dwelling reptiles are reported to be valued

  • SpaceX may finally be reaching a nirvana of high flight rates

    May 12, 2017 1:32 PM 33

    Company may also fly as many as six "flight proven" boosters this year. Due to accidents, production issues, and other factors, SpaceX has in recent years failed to achieve a "high volume" launch rate of a dozen or more Falcon 9 rockets per year. Famously, the company has a backlog of 70 or more missions, which SpaceX estimates to be worth $10 billion

  • Giant squid or whale? Carcass of giant sea creature washes up on Indonesian shore

    May 12, 2017 5:45 AM 18

    The 15metre-long carcass was first spotted by a local resident on Seram Island in Maluku province. The decaying remains of a giant unidentified creature had washed up the shores of Indonesia earlier this week, leaving locals and authorities in the region baffled. The 15metre-long carcass was first spotted by a local resident Asrul Tuanakota, 37, of Seram

  • Are aliens trying to make contact? Earth ROCKED by 22 radio signals from space

    May 11, 2017 3:59 PM 34

    EARTH has been rocked by 22 mysterious radio signals from deep in space. And the latest fast radio burst (FRB), which has been probed in a new paper, only adds to the mystery. FRBs have been blamed on everything from radios to aliens, but it's now known that they're not interference from Earth. Emily Petroff of Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy

  • Rare blue-eyed albino orangutan to be named by public in competition

    May 11, 2017 7:24 AM 15

    The five-year-old orangutan was held captive in a cage before her rescue. An albino orangutan rescued from a remote village in the Indonesian part of Borneo is to be named in a public competition. Indonesian conservation group Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation opened a naming contest for the animal. "A preliminary physical examination conducted

  • 8 dead in 5.5 magnitude earthquake in China's Xinjiang province

    May 11, 2017 3:26 AM 16

    The quake struck Taxkorgan County, located about 1,250km from Xinjiang province's capital, Urumqi. A 5.5 magnitude earthquake struck Taxkorgan County in northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region early on Thursday (11 May) morning killing eight people and injuring nearly 11. Authorities said search and rescue work was underway and the injured

  • Cassini Images: Probe Relays Staggering Photo Of Titan's Atmosphere

    May 10, 2017 3:50 PM 14

    The craft has made its last close flyby of Saturn's moon. Cassini has returned a striking photo of bright, feathery methane clouds drifting across Saturn’s moon Titan. The image was captured as the probe made its final close flyby of the moon in an attempt to observe its lakes and seas of liquid hydrocarbons. In addition to Enceladus, another of Saturn’s

  • That’s loco motion! Robot proves you only need three pieces of track to make a toy train run

    May 10, 2017 9:15 AM 9

    A technology lover has programmed a robot to build a continuous path for a train with just three pieces of track. Christian Schürch, from Switzerland, shared his 'train vs robot' video, showing the toy train carriage on a loop although there's only a few pieces of track. The robotic arm builds a semi-circle of track using the three pieces and places

  • Identity of famous baby dinosaur fossil revealed

    May 10, 2017 3:34 AM 14

    The fossil of a baby dinosaur discovered in China more than 25 years ago has formally been identified as a new species of feathered dinosaur. The hatchling, dubbed Baby Louie, was found within a nest of dinosaur eggs. Palaeontologists have called it Beibeilong sinensis, which translates to "Chinese baby dragon". They say it is the first known specimen

  • Microsoft to turn millions of PCs and tablets into smart 'home hubs' to take on Amazon's Echo and Google's Home

    May 9, 2017 10:55 PM 16

    Microsoft and Harman Kardon, a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics, are set to release a smart speaker this fall that plays music, manages calendars, checks traffic and more – and it is powered by Cortana. Called Invoke, the device uses Cortana's natural language recognition and deep integration, combined with Microsoft's suite of knowledge and productivity