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SpaceX says fix underway for rocket turbine wheel cracking

SpaceX says fix underway for rocket turbine wheel cracking

Published 02/02/2017

SpaceX Falcon rocket lifts off from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, U.S., January 14, 2017. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

SpaceX's final version of the Falcon 9 rocket, which Elon Musk aims to launch before the end of the year, will fix a potential problem with cracks in its turbopumps, the company said on Thursday. Its statement followed a report that the U.S. Government Accountability Office will flag turbine wheel cracks in the rocket's turbopumps as a safety issue. NASA, the U.S. space agency, and the Air Force are among SpaceX's customers.

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Machine beats humans for the first time in poker

Machine beats humans for the first time in poker

Published 01/02/2017

Artificial intelligence has made history by beating humans in poker for the first time, the last remaining game in which humans had managed to maintain the upper hand.

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Fit for an emperor – a virtual reality tour of Nero`s golden palace

Fit for an emperor – a virtual reality tour of Nero`s golden palace

Published 01/02/2017

A man wears a virtual reality device during a visit at the Domus Aurea, built by Roman Emperor Nero in 64 A.D. and later buried by Emperor Trajan in Rome, Italy, January 31, 2017. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Emperor Nero, a technology enthusiast, would have loved it: his over-the-top golden palace in Rome is about to get the virtual reality treatment.

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Paralyzed patients communicate thoughts via brain-computer interface

Paralyzed patients communicate thoughts via brain-computer interface

Published 31/01/2017

The NIRS/EEG brain-computer interface system is worn by a model in Switzerland in this undated photograph released in London, Britain, January 31, 2017. Laurent Bouvier/Wyss Centre/Handout via REUTERS

Scientists have developed a brain-computer interface that reads the brain's blood oxygen levels and enables communication by deciphering the thoughts of patients who are totally paralyzed and unable to talk.

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Adult swaddling therapy fad hits Tokyo

Adult swaddling therapy fad hits Tokyo

Published 31/01/2017

Wrapped up from head to toe in a white bag and gently rocking from side to side, five Japanese mothers are hopeful Tokyo's latest health trend can cure their post-pregnancy aches and pains.

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Your oldest ancestor was really weird and had a big mouth

Your oldest ancestor was really weird and had a big mouth

Published 31/01/2017

Artist's reconstruction of Saccorhytus coronarius, based on the original fossil finds, whose actual size was probably no more than a millimeter in size, is shown in this image released on January 30, 2017. Courtesy Illustration by Jian Han/Handout via REUTERS

Don't take this the wrong way, but your oldest ancestor was not exactly a beauty.

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China girlfriend rental app gets leg up from Lunar New Year demand

China girlfriend rental app gets leg up from Lunar New Year demand

Published 26/01/2017

A page of a date-hiring app 'Hire Me Plz', which says 'rent now for 999 yuan an hour', is shown in this picture illustration in Beijing, China, January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj/Illustration

As millions in China head home to celebrate the Lunar New Year holiday with their families, 24-year-old Luoluo is busy answering messages on a mobile app from desperate men looking to hire an instant girlfriend whom they can present to mom and dad.

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Metal Bulletin buys online news provider Fast Markets

Published 16/08/2016

The parent company of Metal Bulletin, which specializes in providing benchmark metals prices, has bought online news provider Fast Markets for $13 million.

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Bollore`s raider reputation rattles Berlusconis in battle of billionaires

Published 13/08/2016

File photo of Vincent Bollore, Chairman of media group Vivendi, reacts during the company's shareholders meeting in Paris, France, April 21, 2016. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File Photo

When French tycoon Vincent Bollore backed out of a deal to buy the pay-TV business of Italian broadcaster Mediaset (MS.MI), and instead proposed to take a large slice of the parent company itself, investors feared he was plotting another stealth raid.

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Arianna Huffington to leave Huffington Post to focus on start-up

Published 11/08/2016

Arianna Huffington, president and Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post Media Group attends a session at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos January 25, 2014. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Huffington Post co-founder Arianna Huffington said on Thursday she would step down as editor-in-chief of the news site that bears her name to focus on running her new venture, health and wellness startup Thrive Global.

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