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Earthquake in Turkey | At least 22 dead and over a thousand injured

The Earthquake in Turkey has been felt in Iraq and Syria and has caused injuries and serious destruction of property.

At least 22 people died and more than a thousand were injured in the 6.8-magnitude earthquake that struck the province of Elazig in southeast Turkey, according to the latest information released today by AFAD, Turkey's public emergency agency.

The death toll from the quake, the strongest on record in Turkey since 2011, was 21 at 7.00 GMT, but there are fears that it could increase because some 30 people are still trapped under collapsed buildings, officials said.


Boston Dynamics hands over their robot dog to MythBusters to trainLatest science and technology news Saturday, January 25, 2020 The four-legged robot weighs 55-66 pounds (25-30 kilograms) and can carry about 31 pounds (14 kilograms). The Boston Dynamics dog robot, Spot Mini, can walk, climb, run, jump, carry heavy loads.
Earthquake in TurkeyEmergency teams have rescued several people alive from u…

Boston Dynamics hands over their robot dog to MythBusters to train

The four-legged robot weighs 55-66 pounds (25-30 kilograms) and can carry about 31 pounds (14 kilograms).The Boston Dynamics dog robot, Spot Mini, can walk, climb, run, jump, carry heavy loads, open doors, do backflips and dance. 
Now, former MythBusters host, Adam Savage, just got one of his own and wants to see what he can do with it now that Spot's Software Development Kit (SDK) is publicly available.
"Throughout the year, the artist and engineer will develop and implement custom hardware and software on SPOT that demonstrates the platform's flexibility through a variety of entertaining applications," Boston Dynamics said in a statement.

Adam savage (MythBusters) and his new robot dog (spot) toy.

Adam Savage @dog_rates, I know you only rate dogs. Does Spot count?

The four-legged robot weighs 55-66 pounds (25-30 kilograms) and can carry around 31 pounds (14 kilograms). SpotMini is fully electric and can run up to 90 minutes with a charge.

All Terrain RobotA new video rel…

Pentagon reports 34 soldiers injured in the Iranian attack on us bases in Iraq

The Pentagon announced today that 34 members of the U.S. military were injured with various brain injuries during the Iranian bombing of a military base in Iraq on January 8 with the presence of U.S. troops, in retaliation for the death of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in a U.S. raid.
A total of 34 members have been diagnosed with concussions, and traumatic brain injuries. This announcement came two days after President Donald Trump, who initially stated that no Americans had been injured during the strike, underestimated the number of injuries in the next 11 cases.

Eight service members were initially transported to Germany and have been moved to the United States, where they will continue to receive treatment," Jonathan Rath Hoffman, press assistant to Defense Secretary Mark Esper, said at a press conference.

The Iranian attack on the bases in Iraq wounded 34 US soldiersHe added that nine other Americans remain in Germany, where they are undergoing evaluation and treatment, whil…

Spectacular photographs of the hidden face of the Moon

These were achieved thanks to the terrain camera of the landing module and the panoramic camera of the Yutu-2 rover.

After almost a year of exploration, the China Lunar Exploration Program recently published new photographs, in high resolution, on the hidden side of the Moon.

These were achieved thanks to the terrain camera of the landing module and the panoramic camera of the Yutu-2 rover.

Doug Ellison@doug_ellisonThe first 6 images from the rover panoramic camera. These are actually color - need to debayer them. Will reply down this thread. Data :

Doug Ellison@doug_ellison
Oh - this is so pretty.

The images, among other data, have been posted publicly. Doug Ellison, chief engineer of the camera crew Curiosity at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at NASA took the spectacular photographs and posted on his Twitter account, as well as on its website.

Slowly downloading the several thousand frames from the Chang'e 4 Landing Camera (LCAM). I'm especially fond of thi…

China Coronavirus | Face mask shortage in China

China mask makers cancel vacations, pay increases as a new virus stimulates frantic demand.E-commerce platforms, including Taobao Alibaba, and Pinduoduo Inc. also pledged to take action against all suppliers who may attempt to raise the price of masks and disinfectants.

CMmask, in Jiande, East China, told Reuters that it will offer workers three times the salary if they return.

"Our factory is no longer available, but we have increased working hours by four hours, from 8am to 9pm," said Hu Qinghui, deputy general manager of CMmask.
China will isolate the epicenter of the epidemic and the city of 11 million people, Wuhan. 
The decision was praised by the World Health Organization as a decisive decision that could limit the spread of the infection but also increased fears about the virus.

Coronavirus could have already arrived in MexicoAuthorities begun to take measures that can prevent it from spreading.
The Coronavirus has already been reported to have reached Tamaulipas, M…

Plague Inc. becomes the most downloaded game in China thanks to Coronavirus

Thanks to everything that is happening with the Coronavirus from China, the game called Plague Inc. has become the most downloaded app.

The Coronavirus has become the most talked about disease today and it's no wonder, as it seems to have started to spread around the globe without any control.

That's why many people try to get as much information about this virus from China as possible, even if the source of that information is a video game.

The most downloaded appWith recent events, it is important to be able to prevent the spread of Coronavirus and there is just one software for mobile phones that can help predict the behavior of a virus on a global level.

That game is called Plague Inc, which allows you to "create" a virus and see how it starts infecting the entire population.

In this game you must spend points to make your disease evolve and make it resistant to more and more things, as well as adding symptoms to it by spending more points.
Coronavirus Plague IncAlt…

IBM creates a battery without heavy metals and supports the protection of the environment

IBM said its cobalt and nickel free battery would charge faster than a traditional one, taking just five minutes.
The composition of the batteries that we use constantly and daily is at the centre of the controversy. 

The reason? Most of them use cobalt as their main compound, a metal that is difficult to exploit in African countries and has caused thousands of deaths in that region due to its exploitation in mines.

Now the research division of technology giant IBM has reported a major step in that direction, with the development of a new type of battery that does not use heavy metals, such as dangerous cobalt.

According to IBM, the materials used to make "greener" batteries can be extracted directly from seawater. The elements are made of free cathode material.

IBM claimed that the battery design does not require cobalt or nickel as a cathode, in addition to achieving a safe liquid electrolyte.

IBM laboratory: Five minutes to charge.They indicated that they already have a battery…

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip would be a Galaxy S10 with a "disappointing" camera

The supposed final technical specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip are leaked and it would actually be an old friend.

Over the last few weeks we have seen a veritable flood of leaks around the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip and other phones that are supposed to be very close to being officially introduced.

However, the device that has attracted the most attention is undoubtedly this folding clam-like smartphone, which would represent the next generation of the complicated Galaxy Fold.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip leaks.Among all that has been leaked have highlighted some details that already triggered some warning signals.

But the leaker Ishan Agarwal has just ruined everyone's party with the publication of more technical specs and details of Galaxy Z Flip.

Ishan Agarwal@ishanagarwal24 More confirmations on Galaxy Z Flip: 6.7inch Dynamic AMOLED Display, 12MP Main Camera (not 108MP, obviously). 10MP Front Camera and 256GB Storage as told earlier. One UI 2.1, 3300mAH or 3500mAH Battery (some conf…

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SpaceX wants to send three tourists to the ISS

The US space company SpaceX wants to send three tourists to the International Space Station ISS.

It is planned that the tourists will travel to the ISS in the second half of 2021 together with a commander in the "Crew Dragon" space capsule, as the Texas start-up Axiom - SpaceX's partner company in the project - announced on Thursday.Neither of the two companies gave any indication of how much the tourists would probably have to pay for the trip. 

The costs for the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket alone, which will transport the space capsule into space, amount to around 60 million dollars (53 million euros).

In addition, the construction of a new "Crew Dragon" capsule must be financed.

🔹 In this respect, the ticket for the flight should cost tens of millions of dollars.

In earlier years, a total of eight tourists had already travelled to the ISS in Russian Soyuz capsules. 

The first was US entrepreneur Dennis Tito in 2001, who paid 20 million dollars for a vacati…

A new species of insect was named after Lady Gaga for being eccentric. | Kaikaia gaga

Insect was named after Lady GagaBrendan Morris, PhD at the University of Illinois, observed the behavior of about a thousand treehoppers for his research project when he suddenly noticed one female who was different from the others.

Scientists decided to name the recently discovered insect in honor of Lady Gaga for their "eccentric sense of style," NME reports.

In the scientific publication Zootaxa, he and his co-author, the entomologist Christopher Dietrich, wrote about it "an additional cross m-cu (between the fourth and fifth longitudinal veins) in the front wing, as well as a frontal-clipella form".

Morris decided to call the insect "Kaikaia gaga" so that specialists could understand what kind of species we are talking about.

"If there ever is a Lady Gaga bug, it will definitely be a treehopper bug because of its crazy horns and eccentric sense of style. They don't look like anything you've seen before," he explained.

Now Morris hopes…

How the lungs of a person suffering from Coronavirus look | Photos

Chinese doctors have published an x-ray of the lungs of a patient with the coronavirus 2019-nCoV that has spread through China and other countries.

The images published by Chinese doctors are of a 33-year-old woman who entered the hospital after presenting symptoms such as fever and cough for five days.
CT Imaging of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Pneumonia. …

At the time of the woman's admission, doctors noted that her body temperature had risen to 39°C and heard the sounds of her breathing were harsh in both lungs.

Doctors examine the patient for coronavirusAccording to the results of the studies published in the journal Radiology, the patient had a clear deficiency of white blood cells, as well as multiple peripheral opacities in ground-glass in both lungs.
The outbreak of coronavirus that has put the whole world on alert because of its spread in several countries emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of December …

"Very high at the global level." WHO has changed the risk assessment for coronavirus COVID-19.

The Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, announced that the risk assessment of coronavirus at the global level has been raised to "very high". This was reported on Friday.

LIVE daily media briefing on #COVID19 with @DrTedros#coronavirus — World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) February 28, 2020

We have raised our assessment of the risk of spread and impact of COVID-19 to a very high level at the global level, he said during a press conference that was broadcast on Twitter by the organization.

The full briefing on #COVID19 by @DrTedros — World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) February 28, 2020
Chinese authorities told WHO in late December 2019 about an outbreak of unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan in central Hubei province. 

🔹 Specialists found that the pathogen is a new type of coronavirus. 

WHO recognized the outbreak as an emergency of international importance an…

Scientists propose to fight viruses with fullerenes

Fight viruses with fullerenes
Scientists from Skoltech and the Institute of Problems of Chemical Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences have created water-soluble fullerene compounds that have valuable biological properties. The results of the study are published in the journal Chemical Communications. Thanks to this biological properties they can be used to develop effective antiviral drugs, including to suppress the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Fullerenes are molecular compounds composed of three-coordinated carbon atoms, which are closed convex polyhedra. Depending on the number of atoms in the molecule, fullerenes resemble a soccer ball (C 60 ) or a rugby ball (C 70 ) in shape.

Compounds based on fullerenes have a pronounced antiviral, antibacterial, antitumor and antioxidant activity, so scientists have long viewed them as a promising basis for the creation of new drugs. Unfortunately, fullerenes are absolutely insoluble in water, which prevents their use in medicine.


Coronavirus - Satellite Images Show Abandoned Places Worldwide

Whether China, Europe or the Middle East - the new type of corona virus is spreading everywhere.

Large events are canceled, crowds are avoided. Satellites have captured images of partially abandoned infections increase with the coronavirus. In particularly badly affected countries, public life comes to a standstill. Satellite images from the US space technology company Maxar show the extent of the epidemic in a before-and-after comparison.

The Al Haram Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia is the largest mosque in the world - there is usually a huge crowd here. Source: VIA REUTERS

Medications have positive results in research for the treatment of coronavirus; here are 4 possibilities

Medicine used against malaria for almost 100 years and others without approval in Brazil are among the most promising after tests.

Four drugs showed positive - but still preliminary - results in scientific research in the treatment of Covid-19, a disease caused by the new coronavirus. These drugs act at different stages of cell contamination. They are:

ChloroquineRemindLopinavir/RitonavirFavipiravirHowever, self-medication is not recommended, since research has not been fully completed and it is not yet known whether there are any side effects from use by patients infected with the coronavirus.
The study on Favipiravir was released on Wednesday (18) - it is sold commercially in Japan under the name Avigan. It was developed by Toyama Chemical, of the Fujifilm group, and has been used for over 5 years against Influenza. Its use is only authorized in Japan.
The medicine is being tested only in laboratories outside the country. When consulted, Anvisa informed that there is no request for re…

Corona Virus Update: Wuhan Virus, Coronavirus news | Covid-19

Coronavirus update: The number of deaths from the coronavirus outbreak in mainland China was 1,770 at the end of Sunday, an increase of 105 from the previous day, according to the country's National Health Commission.
At least 100 of the new deaths came from Hubei Province, the epicenter of the epidemic, the commission said Monday morning. There were 2,048 new confirmed infections nationwide, about 1,933 from Hubei alone, bringing the number of new infections to 70,548.

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Coronavirus: Update on the virus in Spain, China and the WHO.
France confirms the first death by the coronavirus outside Asia. The President of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping, gave the first orders on the outbreak of the coronavirus on January 7, 13 days before his first public comment on Covid-19, on January 20.  

Finally, today it was also revealed that China started fighting the coronavirus earlier than previously known. In China, one of the measures being ta…

What do dolphins and whales drink if there's only salt water around?

Have you ever wondered how dolphins and other marine mammals obtain fresh water when they have been in salty environments all their lives? 

They don't have a desalination unit like in the gills of marine fish, and their kidneys can't dissolve sedimentary minerals. What kind of trick did nature invent?They can't drink seawater: with dolphins and whales, nature played an evil joke. It would seem that they are surrounded by water, but the use of salt water, on the contrary, will lead to dehydration and death.
In the case of sea fish, part of the salt that comes with sea water into the body is desalinated in the gills, and the salty surpluses come out with urine.
The salty environment in which they live, constantly pulls moisture out of the fish through the skin. It's a natural process - osmosis.

Therefore, these sea creatures have to drink sea water all the time and the more salt they have in them, the more they have to drink.
Dolphins and whales can't do that. They have n…

A second case of a patient with HIV being cured is confirmed; he comes out of hiding.

So far he has been called a the "London patient", but the man decided to come out of the shadows and reveal his identity. A second case of full recovery from AIDS, but doctors warn of over optimism.
Scientists at the IrsiCaixa AIDS Research Institute have confirmed that the so-called London patient has been cured of HIV, the second in the world, because 29 months after undergoing a stem cell transplant and stopping taking antiretrovirals he is still without a trace of the virus.The study of the London patient, published this Tuesday in the magazine "The Lancet HIV", has coincided with the announcement of another patient, in this case from Düsseldorf (Germany), which, according to the scientists, could become the third case in history to be cured of HIV, after the London case and one in Berlin.

New online today—30 month follow-up of the London patient, providing further evidence that he is the second person to be cured of #HIV. The long-term follow-up provides insi…