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EU fines Google 1.49 billion euros for anti-trust breach

BRUSSELS The EU’s powerful anti-trust regulator slapped tech giant Google with a new fine on Wednesday over unfair competition, in Europe’s latest salvo against Silicon Valley. In its third major decision against the search engine behemoth, Brussels sanctioned Google’s once popular AdSense advertising service, saying it illegally restricted client websites …

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Evidence of water, particle plumes discovered on asteroid Bennu: NASA

WASHINGTON A NASA spacecraft, that will return a sample of a near-Earth asteroid named Bennu to Earth in 2023, has discovered plumes erupting from the cosmic body’s surface — among a numerous other findings including evidence of water-bearing minerals. Bennu also revealed itself to be more rugged than expected, challenging the mission team to alter …

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83 supermassive black holes discovered in early universe

WASHINGTON Astronomers have discovered 83 quasars powered by supermassive black holes 13 billion light-years away from the Earth, from a time when the universe was less than 10 per cent of its present age. “It is remarkable that such massive dense objects were able to form so soon after the Big Bang,” said Michael …

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Jio tops 4G chart with 20.9 mbps download speed in Feb, Voda in upload: TRAI

NEW DELHI Reliance Jio was the fastest telecom network in February, registering average download speed of 20.9 megabit per second on its network, according to the Trai data. Performance of Bharti Airtel and Vodafone remained almost flat at 9.4 mbps and 6.7 mbps compared to their performance in January, the data published by the Telecom …

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Global warming imperils clouds that deter hothouse Earth: Researchers

PARIS Marine clouds that protect us from hothouse Earth conditions by reflecting sunlight back into space could break up and vanish if carbon dioxide in the atmosphere triples, researchers warned Monday. “Our results show that there are dangerous climate change thresholds of which we were unaware,” Tapio Schneider, a scientist …

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Climate change will melt vast parts of Himalayas: Study

KATHMANDU At least a third of the ice in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region could melt by the end of this century due to climate change, even if there is aggressive action to curb greenhouse gases and meet the goals of the Paris climate agreement,according to a new study. The study issued on Monday night said that rising …

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Japan satellite blasts into space to deliver artificial meteor shower

TOKYO A rocket carrying a satellite on a mission to deliver the world’s first artificial meteor shower blasted into space on Friday, Japanese scientists said. A start-up based in Tokyo developed the micro-satellite for the celestial show over Hiroshima early next year as the initial experiment for what it calls …

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Chilean Patagonia: An open-air lab to study climate change

SENO BALLENA In one of the most inhospitable places on Earth, the southernmost part of Chile’s Patagonia region, scientists are studying whales, dolphins and algae in order to help predict how climate change will affect the world’s oceans. For the study, four researchers from the Austral University of Chile embarked …

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