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Solar Impulse lands in California after Pacific crossing

The solar-powered aeroplane Solar Impulse has landed in Silicon Valley, California, after a three-day flight over the Pacific Ocean from Hawaii. High winds delayed the landing at Moffett Airfield, Mountain View, as pilot Bertrand Piccard flew in a holding pattern off the coast. “The Pacific is done,” he declared just before landing. The latest leg… Continue reading Solar Impulse lands in California after Pacific crossing

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Telescope used on Armstrong’s moon landing finds new galaxies

An Australian telescope used to broadcast live vision of man’s first steps on the moon in 1969 has found hundreds of new galaxies hidden behind the Milky Way by using an innovative receiver that measures radio waves. Scientists at the Parkes telescope, 355 km (220 miles) west of Sydney, said they had detected 883 galaxies,… Continue reading Telescope used on Armstrong’s moon landing finds new galaxies

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Light-based Li-Fi Internet Boasts Speeds 100 Times Faster Than Wi-Fi

When the first version of the Wi-Fi protocol was released in 1997, it boasted wireless speeds of up to 2 megabits per second. Now, there’s Li-Fi, a potential successor to Wi-Fi that’s capable of transmitting data at 1 gigabit per second, about 100 times faster than today’s average home wireless connection and 500 times faster… Continue reading Light-based Li-Fi Internet Boasts Speeds 100 Times Faster Than Wi-Fi

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Parasitic worm ‘increases women’s fertility’

Infection with a species of parasitic worm increases the fertility of women, say scientists. A study of 986 indigenous women in Bolivia indicated a lifetime of Ascaris lumbricoides, a type of roundworm, infection led to an extra two children. Researchers, writing in the journal Science, suggest the worm is altering the immune system to make… Continue reading Parasitic worm ‘increases women’s fertility’

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The Sun creates ‘space weather’ that affects us all

The Sun is constantly blasting the Earth with radiation, creating spectacular light displays at the poles. But sometimes this gets dangerous It began as an ordinary summer’s evening. But by 8 o’clock on 29 August 1859, the residents of New Orleans knew something was up. The sky was glowing green and sparks were falling like rain.… Continue reading The Sun creates ‘space weather’ that affects us all