• US shuts down WTO appeals court

      US shuts down WTO appeals court

      Global commerce will lose its ultimate umpire Tuesday, leaving countries unable to reach a final resolution of disputes at the World Trade Organization and instead facing what critics call “the law of the jungle." The United States, under a president who favors a go-it-alone approach to economics and diplomacy, appears to prefer it that way. The terms of two of the last three judges on the WTO’s appellate body neared their end at midnight Tuesday. Their departure will deprive the de facto Supreme Court of world trade of its ability to issue rulings, AP reports.

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    • Space junk cleanup to begin with ESA mission

      Space junk cleanup to begin with ESA mission

      Wherever we humans go, we leave behind a mess. That goes for space, too. Today, our species is responsible for more than 500,000 pieces of junk hurtling around Earth at phenomenal speeds, and if we don't start actively removing the largest pieces, the risk of collisions will only grow worse.

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    • China to ditch all foreign software and hardware by 2022

      China to ditch all foreign software and hardware by 2022

      China has reportedly ordered all foreign PC hardware and operating systems to be replaced in the next three years, intensifying an ongoing tech war. The country has attempted this sort of thing before halfheartedly, but this is the most serious effort yet to isolate itself from the influence of the western technology sector.

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    • Sun yields its secrets to Parker Solar Probe

      Sun yields its secrets to Parker Solar Probe

      NASA's Parker Solar Probe made the closest ever flyby of the Sun in August 2018, collecting massive amounts of data using cutting-edge scientific instruments from a distance of 15 million miles - a mission that also, incidentally, set the record for the fastest-ever human-made object of all time.

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    • PlayStation awarded Guinness World Record

      PlayStation awarded Guinness World Record

      PlayStation has been certified the “best-selling videogame home console brand ever” by Guinness World Records. The achievement was awarded in light of combined sales of PlayStation hardware totalling some 450,190,000 units between the original console’s launch in Japan on 3 December 1994 and 7 November 2019. 

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    • World's first artificial neurons developed

      World's first artificial neurons developed

      Artificial neurons on silicon chips that behave just like the real thing have been invented by scientists - a first-of-its-kind achievement with enormous scope for medical devices to cure chronic diseases, such as heart failure, Alzheimer's, and other diseases of neuronal degeneration.

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    • France vows retaliation over US sanctions threat

      France vows retaliation over US sanctions threat

      France warned the United States of strong EU retaliation if it imposed tariffs on key French products ranging from sparkling wine to cheese to handbags, in an intensifying row over taxing digital giants that risks spiralling into a new trade war, coming just hours before Trump is due to meet his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of the NATO summit in London.

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    • Putin, Xi launch Power of Siberia pipeline

      Putin, Xi launch Power of Siberia pipeline

      Russia and China on Monday launched a giant gas pipeline linking the countries for the first time, news wires reported. Presiding by video link-up over an elaborate televised ceremony, Russian president Vladimir Putin and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping hailed the Power of Siberia pipeline as a symbol of cooperation.

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