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‘I will shoot whoever I see’: Myanmar soldiers use TikTok to threaten protesters


March 4, 2021

Armed Myanmar soldiers and police are using TikTok to deliver death threats to protesters against last month’s coup, researchers said, prompting the Chinese video-sharing app to announce it was removing content that incites violence. Digital rights group Myanmar ICT for Development (Mido) said it had found over 800 pro-military videos that menaced protesters at a time of increasing bloodshed — …

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Qatar introduces WhatsApp service on labour laws


March 4, 2021

DOHA: In a bid to provide information about the country’s labour laws to employers and expatriate workers, Qatar’s government has introduced a multilingual WhatsApp service. According to the Government Communications Office (GCO), a multilingual WhatsApp service is available of cost. It provides up-to-date information for employers and expatriate workers about their rights and labour codes. It also offers information on …

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SpaceX Starship rocket prototype blows up after successful landing


March 4, 2021

The third time appeared to be the charm for Elon Musk’s Starship rocket — until it wasn’t. The latest heavy-duty launch vehicle prototype from SpaceX soared flawlessly into the sky in a high-altitude test blast-off on Wednesday from Boca Chica, Texas, then flew itself back to Earth to achieve the first upright landing for a Starship model. But the triumph …

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All set for first-ever space hotel with Earth-viewing lounges


March 3, 2021

A company, Orbital Assembly Corporation (OAC), is all set to begin the construction of the first-ever Voyager space hotel in 2025 to open it for guests by 2027 that will have Earth-viewing lounges and other services with accommodation for 400 people. The company has planned to open the Voyager space hotel to guests by 2027 by offering them hotel services …

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Boeing cites risks in design of newest Airbus jet


March 3, 2021

PARIS: Boeing Co has raised concerns over the design of arch-rival Airbus’ newest narrow-body jet, the A321XLR, saying a novel type of fuel tank could pose fire risks. The U.S. plane giant’s intervention is not without precedent in a global system that regularly allows manufacturers to chime in whenever safety rules are being interpreted in a way that might affect …

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Blockchain unicorn Elrond plans new features for money app


March 3, 2021

BUCHAREST: Romanian blockchain start-up Elrond is preparing to have its new global payments app support Bitcoin this month as it looks to rival more established rivals PayPal or Revolut, its CEO said, as it taps surging interest in crypto currencies. Led by a sharp rise in Bitcoin, digital asset markets rose above $1 trillion in early 2021, as big money …

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Turkish study revises down Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine efficacy to 83.5%


March 3, 2021

ISTANBUL: The COVID-19 vaccine developed by China’s Sinovac Biotech has an efficacy of 83.5% based on final results of Phase III trials, Turkish researchers said on Wednesday, a downward revision from a preliminary finding of 91.25%. The final efficacy rate was based on 41 infections, 32 of which had received a placebo, said Murat Akova, head of the Phase III …

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Boeing, RAAF say pilotless, fighter-like jet completed first test flight


March 2, 2021

  SYDNEY: Boeing Co and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) said on Tuesday they had completed the first flight test on a pilotless fighter-like jet designed to operate in conjunction with crewed aircraft. The “Loyal Wingman”, the first military aircraft to be designed and manufactured in Australia in more than 50 years, flew under the supervision of a Boeing …

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Scientists claim fish farming possible on Moon surface


March 2, 2021

Scientists claim that astronauts could grow fish on the Moon using eggs transported from Earth and water that’s on the lunar surface Experts are simulating the impact of the vibrations caused by a rocket launch on fertilised fish eggs as part of a project called Lunar Hatch to fertilise farmed fish eggs on Earth that would hatch upon arrival at …

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Betting on death of petrol cars, Volvo to go all electric by 2030


March 2, 2021

LONDON: Volvo’s entire car lineup will be fully electric by 2030, the Chinese-owned company said on Tuesday, joining a growing number of carmakers planning to phase out fossil-fuel engines by the end of this decade. “I am totally convinced there will be no customers who really want to stay with a petrol engine,” Volvo Chief Executive Håkan Samuelsson told reporters …

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