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Indian teen celebrates as Nasa sends satellite to space

The tiny satellite was designed by Rifath Sharrook, 18, and manufactured using a 3-D printer. Full story

A terrifying threat from Tropical Storm Cindy: Floating masses of deadly fire ants

A swarm of fire ants clings to a chain-link fence and floating debris in 2004 in Lithia, Fla. (Chris O’Meara/AP). Tropical Storm Cindy may have been downgraded to a tropical depression Thursday, but that doesn’t mean Gulf Coast residents are in the clear. As the storm moves inland, it’s still expected to dump enough rainfall between Texas and Florida to cause severe flooding, which raises the possibility of another threat that may take some ... Full story

ISIS destroys iconic Mosul mosque

In this 2014 file photo, the gate of the Great Mosque or al-Nuri Mosque is seen in the northern city of Mosul, Iraq. The Islamic State group destroyed Mosul’s al-Nuri mosque and its iconic leaning minaret late Wednesday night when fighters detonated explosives inside the structures, according to Iraq’s Ministry of Defense. (AP). The Islamic State destroyed the famous al-Nuri mosque in Mosul, Iraq late Wednesday night, according to Iraq's ... Full story

The hunt is on for gravity waves

Artist’s impression of a Lisa spacecraft. Photograph: AEI/Milde Marketing/Exozet. The European Space Agency (ESA) has formally embarked on a mission to search for gravitational waves from space. The Lisa ( laser interferometer space antenna mission ) will use three spacecraft to detect these minute ripples in the fabric of spacetime. The spacecraft will be stationed millions of kilometres apart in space, and linked via laser beams. ... Full story

Oil-exploration airguns punch 2-kilometre-wide holes in plankton

Countless species eat zooplankton or their predators. The seismic sound blasts made by airguns searching for new oil reserves under the ocean floor can kill large swathes of plankton, the basis of the marine food chain, leaving the ocean dotted with plankton holes. Offshore oil exploration has become increasingly popular as land reserves are depleted. Since the 1960s, companies have employed airguns to probe the sea floor for oil deposits. The ... Full story

Apple’s new Chicago River retail store will look like a massive MacBook Air from the sky

We’ve been watching the progress of the new Chicago River Apple Store for several months now, and today DNAInfo has shared current shots of the construction progress. As the site reports, the latest Foster+Partners project looks like a giant MacBook Air landed next to the Chicago River…. SONY A6500. Back at the end of March , we saw curved glass and the roof to the upcoming Apple Store being put in place. DNAInfo adds today that the ... Full story

Mars Rover’s AI is really good at selecting rocks to analyze

If we truly want to go to Mars, then we really need to know what it's made of -- it's hard to bring everything you need from Earth. NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has been using specialized AI software to zap soil and rocks on the planet this past year to discover what each is made of. The software that guides the rover's efforts is called AEGIS, or Autonomous Exploration for Gathering Increased Science. AEGIS allows the rover to get more science ... Full story

Volunteers teach AI to spot slavery sites from satellite images

Many workers at brick kilns like this one near Hyderabad have no hope of paying off their debt. Online volunteers are helping to track slavery from space. A new crowdsourcing project aims to identify South Asian brick kilns – frequently the site of forced labour – in satellite images. This data will then be used to train machine learning algorithms to automatically recognise brick kilns in satellite imagery. If computers can pinpoint the ... Full story

Cindy washes ashore near Texas-Louisiana border, downgraded, but still major flood threat

National Weather Service rainfall forecast through Friday night. ( Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall between Cameron, La., and Port Arthur, Tex., early Thursday morning. It has since been downgraded to a tropical depression, but is expected to unload excessive rainfall as it moves inland, from east Texas to West Virginia through Friday night. Already, sections of the northern Gulf coast have received six to eight inches of ... Full story

Goodbye Planet Nine, Hello Planet Ten

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech. Artists impression of a distant world in our solar system. There are eight known planets in our solar system. Beyond the orbit of Neptune, there are small icy worlds like Pluto and Eris , but none that rival the planets in size. But could there be a planet lurking in the depths of our solar system? It's possible that there is a planet in the outer solar system, but it is so far away and so cold that it would be ... Full story