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China’s Rover Jade Rabbit Explores Moon

China’s Rover Jade Rabbit Explores Moon

China’s Jade Rabbit rover has driven out of its space craft to begin exploring the Moon’s surface.

The nation’s first lunar rover has started its three-month mission to explore the moon in search of natural resources.

China’s state TV channel showed live footage of the Jade Rabbit rover driving down a ramp from its lander and onto the Moon’s surface.

On Saturday, China became the third nation to send a rover to read more

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Nasa Orders three Urgent ISS Spacewalks

Nasa Orders three Urgent ISS Spacewalks

Nasa has ordered a series of spacewalks to fix a broken cooling line at the International Space Station – including one on Christmas Day.

Station managers will send two American astronauts out on Saturday, Monday and Wednesday.

Nasa astronaut Rick Mastracchio tweeted from space: “The next week will be busy with space walks – so not much tweeting from here.”

The spacewalks are taking priority over the launch read more

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Robotic Flying Dragonfly Can Avoid Obstacles

Robotic Flying Dragonfly Can Avoid Obstacles

An autonomous robotic dragonfly has been developed by a team of Dutch researchers.

The invention weighs the same as just a few sheets of paper, and can detect obstacles as it flies.

It moves through the sky thanks to flapping wings, and uses two on-board cameras and a tiny computer to avoid collisions.

When an obstacle is detected, the DelFly will continue to fly a small distance read more

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Gaia, Europe’s Billion-Pixel Camera, Blasts Into Space

Gaia, Europe’s Billion-Pixel Camera, Blasts Into Space

The most sophisticated space telescope ever built by Europe will help create the most detailed map yet of our galaxy.

The £620m observatory lifted off from the Sinnamary launch complex in French Guiana on time at 9.12am (UK time).

The huge telescope is going to map the precise positions and distances to more than a billion stars.

It is hoped that Gaia will give astronomers the first realistic picture of how the Milky Way galaxy read more

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Soldier Andrew Garthwaite moves bionic arm by thoughts

Soldier Andrew Garthwaite moves bionic arm by thoughts

A soldier injured in battle said he is determined to make a success of his new life with a bionic arm he can control with his thoughts.

Cpl Andrew Garthwaite, 26, from South Tyneside, was badly injured in Afghanistan when a Taliban grenade took off his right arm.

He is believed to be the first person in the UK to have such a bionic arm.

It involved surgery, including having his nerve system rewired, and months of learning how to use the new arm.

Cpl Garthwaite read more

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Why Government Health Departments Are Spending Millions On Mobile Gaming

Why Government Health Departments Are Spending Millions On Mobile Gaming

Today sees the release of The Walk, an iOS and Android game backed by the UK’s Department of Health.

It’s the second release in a collection of apps funded as part of the UK’s Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI). The first — StepJockey, an app that lets you map, locate, rate and log the calorific expenditure of staircases around your city — came out on Monday.

All five apps in the program encourage you to move more, or change negative habits. Can an app improve your life? At the very least, we’re guessing the Department of Health — having just read more

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LG G Pad 8.3, Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition Models Announced Alongside White Nexus 7

LG G Pad 8.3, Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition Models Announced Alongside White Nexus 7

Google Play Edition Sony Z Ultra and LG G Pad 8.3 quietly went official in the United States – the duo of Android 4.4 KitKat devices is currently available to order in the US Google Play Store.

The Sony Z Ultra is priced at $649, while the G Pad 8.3 costs $349.99.

The Google Play edition of the G Pad 8.3 features most of the same specs as the original model that launched earlier this year, including an 8.3-inch 1900×1200 display, 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon read more

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New Uk And London Domains Coming In 2014

New Uk And London Domains Coming In 2014

The UK’s domain registry announced it will soon launch its simpler .uk domain.

While new registrations are encouraged, ten million existing customers (that have registered either a .co.uk or .org.uk address) won’t need to rush: they’ll have five years to claim a shorter version of their current address.

The new .uk domain will launch on February 2014.

Also, ICANN, regulator of all things domain related, gave the British capital the go-ahead to offer .london addresses to “businesses, organisations read more

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Sony Releases New Smartphone Xperia Z

Sony Releases New Smartphone Xperia Z

Sony company just released his new smartphone, Sony Xperia Z, with a 5in screen. The 5in display has as many pixels as a 55in Full HD flatscreen TV.

That’s around 2 million, if you’re counting.

The Xperia Z also looks good because the design is simple to the point of discretion. Save for the Sony logo, the front of the phone is one black rectangle with gently curved edges. The back is similarly read more

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Lab-Grown Hamburger Taste-Tested For The First Time

Lab-Grown Hamburger Taste-Tested For The First Time

They bit, they chewed, but had hoped for more flavour.

Two volunteers who participated in the first public frying of hamburger grown in a lab said Monday that it had the texture of meat but was short of flavour because of the lack of fat.

Mark Post, whose team at Maastricht University in the Netherlands developed the burger, hopes that making meat in labs could eventually help feed the world and fight climate change. That goal is many read more

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