Lunar eclipse marks Moon landing's 50th anniversary

Fifty years to the day since mankind launched the first mission to set foot on it, the Moon is set to treat Earthlings to a partial lunar eclipse on Tuesday. Britain's Royal Astronomical Society said in a statement the event would be visible from parts of northern Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and Western Australia.…

Robo-journalism gains traction in shifting media

A text-generating "bot" nicknamed Tobi produced nearly 40,000 news stories about the results of the November 2018 elections in Switzerland for the media giant Tamedia -- in just five minutes. These kinds of artificial intelligence programs -- available for nearly a decade -- are becoming more widespread as news organizations turn to them to produce…

Australian scientists make breakthrough on preventing dengue

Researchers from Australia’s national science body have successfully genetically engineered mosquitoes that are resistant to spreading dengue virus. The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) on Friday revealed that it has engineered the first breed of mosquitoes resistant to spreading all four types of the dengue virus. Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne disease caused…

First Iranian-American astronaut reaches for stars

NASA astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli celebrates during astronaut graduation at Johnson Space Center in Houston Texas, on January 10, 2020. The 13 astronauts, 11 from NASA and 2 from CSA, are the first candidates to graduate under the Artemis program and will become eligible for spaceflight, including assignments to the International Space Station, Artemis missions to…

Annular solar eclipse on December 26

Two men sit on a bridge to watch an annular solar eclipse in Zhengzhou, Henan province, January 15, 2010. The longest, ring-like solar eclipse of the millennium started on Jan 15, with astronomers saying the Maldives was the best place to view the phenomenon that will not happen again for over 1,000 years. Photo: Reuters/Donald…