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Scientists redefine the kilogram

Scientists redefine the kilogram

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The kilogram is getting an update. No, your bathroom scales won't suddenly become kinder and a kilo of fruit will still weigh a kilo. But the way scientists define the exact mass of a kilogram is about to change. Until now, its mass has been defined by the granddaddy of all kilos: a golf ball-sized…
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China unveils biggest civilian drone for couriers

China unveils biggest civilian drone for couriers

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Engineers at Beihang Unmanned Aircraft System Technology, a part of Beihang University in Beijing, are designing a drone that will be able to fly 1,500 kilometres carrying 1 metric ton of cargo. They plan to finalise their design before year’s end and construct a prototype in 2019 for test flights scheduled to start in 2020.…
SpaceX launches Bangabandhu-1 with most powerful Falcon 9 rocket

SpaceX launches Bangabandhu-1 with most powerful Falcon 9 rocket

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SpaceX on Friday, May 11, blasted off its newest and most powerful Falcon 9 rocket, known as the Block 5, carrying the first communications satellite for Bangladesh called Bangabandhu Satellite-1, and marking a leap forward in re-usability for the California-based aerospace company. The main goal for the maiden mission of Block 5 Falcon 9 rocket…
Our environmental saviour?

Our environmental saviour?

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As global concerns continue to rise with 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags being produced every year around the globe, a number of eco-friendly companies have come up with a seemingly wonderful idea: biodegradable bags. However, the term biodegradable has since become controversial, with many of those companies accused of cashing in on environmental…
2 sportscar-sized satellites in orbit to measure Earth’s water

2 sportscar-sized satellites in orbit to measure Earth's water

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A SpaceX rocket Tuesday blasted off a duo of sports car-sized satellites built by the US and Germany to reveal changes in sea level rise, ice melt and drought on Earth. "Three, two, one, liftoff!" said a SpaceX commentator as the Falcon 9 rocket launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 12:47pm Pacific…