Largest laser in the world and its contribution to science

News 11/29/21, 16:37

The National Ignition Facility's (NIF), most gigantic laser globally, has been around for more than a decade and has contributed vastly to science through its enormous power. The gigantic device was completed in March 2009 at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in Livermore, California. The overall facility occupies a ten-story ...

TRAPPIST-1 solar system: Home to potentially habitable safe planets

Europe 11/29/21, 16:11

The TRAPPIST-1 solar system has seven Earth-size planets, at least three of which might be potentially habitable. However, astronomers found that the system was not bombarded by rocks like early Earth. According to Live Science, TRAPPIST-1 was located some 40 light-years away from the sun in the constellation Aquarius. It is ...

Chinese regime targeting foreign journalists and students who are ‘suspicious persons’

Tech 11/29/21, 15:46

The Chinese Communist Party's (CCP's) marked hostility toward foreign journalists now includes students and is further accentuated in Henan province, where officials acquired a surveillance system that tracks them as "suspicious persons." The system features at least 3,000 facial recognition cameras integrated with various national and regional databases, according to Reuters ...

7.5 earthquake strikes Peru: Rocks centuries-old church tower

South America 11/29/21, 02:17

According to Peru's civil defense police commander, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck northern Peru on Sunday, Nov. 28, at least four people were injured and 220 houses were damaged. The earthquake also destroyed a 16th-century Catholic church tower. "We have four injuries that are very minor, but they are being treated in ...

Chinese smartphone giant plans to produce 300,000 electric vehicles annually

U.S. 11/28/21, 02:28

Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi Corp will construct a plant in Beijing which can produce 300,000 vehicles per year for its electric vehicle unit, authorities in the capital said on Saturday. On its official WeChat account, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) backed economic development agency Beijing E-Town disclosed that the plant will ...

Thailand: Apple warns its users that they could be victims of government spying

U.S. 11/26/21, 21:29

Activists in Thailand calling for democratic reforms in the royalist government received a warning message from Apple that they may have been targeted by "state-sponsored" spying attacks. At least six activists and researchers critical of Thailand's government were surprised with a personalized alert on Wednesday, Nov. 24, from Apple Inc, confirming ...

Half-eaten shark keeps hunting for new prey

Inspired Stories 11/25/21, 15:34

A marine predator refused to give up on the hunt despite losing about half of its body mass. A shark brushed off severe injuries from being half-eaten, and continued to search for food. The oceanic blacktip was recently trapped and brutally bitten multiple times by bull sharks that each weighed 300 to ...

US blacklists dozens of Chinese entities due to security concerns

D.C. 11/25/21, 04:44

The Biden administration has added a dozen Chinese companies involved in supporting China’s military quantum computing applications to a trade blacklist. In a press release on Wednesday, Nov. 24, U.S. Commerce Department announced that its Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has issued a final rule adding 27 foreign entities and individuals to ...

Pentagon establishes new UFO office, citing national security concerns

D.C. 11/25/21, 03:37

The Pentagon revealed that it is forming a new group to look into unexplained aerial phenomena (UAP) months after a U.S. intelligence report triggered requests for deeper investigation into sightings and probable indicators of extraterrestrial life. The group will spearhead the U.S.'s efforts to "detect, identify and attribute objects of interest ...

TOI-2109b: Super-hot exoplanet where a year lasts only 16 Earth hours

U.S. 11/25/21, 03:24

A team of astronomers has discovered a scorching hot exoplanet orbiting its parent star in just 16 hours. To make a quick comparison, "our" Jupiter takes 12 years to complete its orbit around the sun. The discovery was made by the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), a mission directed by ...

Titanic: Explorers to pay $250,000 to dive to the wreck

World 11/24/21, 16:58

Explorer scientists are willing to pay $250,000 to visit the wreck of the Titanic that has been lodged in the depths of the ocean for 110 years. The scientific excursion plans to reach a depth of 3,810 meters in the icy waters of the North Atlantic Ocean in the summer of ...

Apple and Amazon fined $225M for ‘antitrust’ lawsuit, Italian watchdog says

Europe 11/24/21, 01:54

On Tuesday, Nov. 23, the Italian Competition Authority (ICA) fined Apple and Amazon $225 million in an 'antitrust' lawsuit. According to the ICA, the two corporations' conduct violated European Union standards and harmed pricing competition. The fine is for Beats headphones, which Apple purchased for $3 billion in 2014. According to the BBC, ...

Science is close to having nuclear fusion reactor as soon as 2025

U.S. 11/23/21, 23:58

Nuclear fusion, the same natural process that powers the sun and stars, can be the ultimate green energy source on earth.  While it poses secrets and hurdles that scientists have not been able to crack, a group of researchers is confident they may replicate the process within four years, according to ...