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    • ITER nuclear fusion project begins assembly

      ITER nuclear fusion project begins assembly

      The world's biggest nuclear fusion project, ITER, entered its five-year assembly phase. After this is finished, the facility will be able to start generating the super-hot "plasma" required for fusion power. The €20bn facility has been under construction in Saint-Paul-lez-Durance, southern France.

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    • Tiny beetles are set to become vlogging superstars

      Tiny beetles are set to become vlogging superstars

      The world's smallest daily video blogs are about to happen soon as researchers from the University of Washington recently conducted an experiment to allow the smallest beetles to capture their daily lives, with a tiny camera. Using this, the world will be able to see how these tiny insects live and survive in the forest.

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    • Look out, Mars: We come with a fleet of spacecraft

      Look out, Mars: We come with a fleet of spacecraft

      By this time next year, Mars will be abuzz with robotic activity as three countries - the United States, China and the United Arab Emirates - are to send unmanned spacecraft to the red planet beginning next week. And the three nearly simultaneous launches are no coincidence: The timing is dictated by the opening of a one-month window in which Mars and Earth are in ideal alignment on the same side of the sun, which minimises travel time and fuel use.

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    • Britain bans China's Huawei, bowing to US pressure

      Britain bans China's Huawei, bowing to US pressure

      Britain on Tuesday approved the phased removal of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei from its 5G network despite warnings of retaliation from Beijing, news wires reported. The policy reversal hands a major victory to US President Donald Trump's administration in its geopolitical and trade battle with China.

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    • Boris Johnson to decide for Huawei ban today

      Boris Johnson to decide for Huawei ban today

      The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to ban Huawei from Britain's 5G network on Tuesday in a momentous decision that will delight Washington, dismay Beijing and signal the end of a two-decade long partnership with the country's biggest mobile operator, news wires reported. Britain's National Security Council (NSC), chaired by Johnson, will meet on Tuesday morning to discuss Huawei. Media Secretary Oliver Dowden will then announce a decision to the House of Commons later in the day.

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    • Facebook to label all rule-breaking posts

      Facebook to label all rule-breaking posts

      Facebook said Friday that it will flag all “newsworthy” posts from politicians that break its rules, including those from President Donald Trump. Previously, CEO Mark Zuckerberg had refused to take action against Trump posts suggesting that mail-in ballots will lead to voter fraud, saying that people deserved to hear unfiltered statements from political leaders. Twitter, by contrast, immediately slapped a “get the facts” label on them.

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    • First contract signed for tourist space walk

      First contract signed for tourist space walk

      Roscosmos and Space Adventures have been cooperating in space tourism since 2001, when the first space tourist, Dennis Tito, went into orbit. Since then, a total of seven people have been in space under the space tourism programme. Now, however, the first-ever contract for a tourist walk in outer space has been signed, with the venture being set for 2023.

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