Scientists reported the discovery of ’strange objects’ near the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way. Astronomers from UCLA’s Galactic Centre Orbits Initiative said the objects ’look like gas and behave like stars’. While two of the so called ’G sources’ were discovered earlier, astronomers have now detected four more, suggesting these are part of a new class of cosmic phenomena.
Microsoft said on Thursday it aims to remove more carbon from the atmosphere than it emits by 2030 and that by 2050, it hopes to have taken out enough to account for all the direct emissions the company has ever made. Microsoft has been carbon neutral since 2012. The technology behemoth said it will invest $1 billion during the coming four years in technologies for carbon capture and removal.
Researchers from the University of Vermont and Tufts University have succeeded in using living cells from frog embryos into other new life-forms, which they are referring to as a ’living, programmable organisms’. Called ’xenobots’ the self-healing creatures can approach towards targets and can help in carrying medicine inside a patient’s body or conduct similar work.
’The Facebook business model is strictly to make money...’ says California Democratic congresswoman Nancy Pelosi Thursday during Pelosi’s weekly press conference on Capitol Hill when asked about the power Facebook wield. She is critical about Facebook’s hands off approach to what type of ads and their content on their platform and their ’schmoozing this administration’ for tax breaks and favors
The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) alerted Microsoft to a serious security flaw in the Windows 10 as well as the Windows Server 2016 and 2019 operating system that could open computers to major breaches or surveillance. The NSA said the flaw is severe and easily exploited. In the past, the NSA has not disclosed vulnerabilities they found but used them. Microsoft released a patch on Tuesday.
Scientists have built a PigeonBot - billed as the first robotic pigeon with actual feathered wings. Researchers built the robot with real pigeon feathers, whose faux wrists and fingers can morph its wing shape - something observed from the study of dead pigeons. It is believed that having birdlike wings could help airborne machines make better turns in tighter spaces.
Taiwan’s Foxconn is planning to join forces with Fiat Chrysler to develop electric cars. Best known for making iPhones for Apple (AAPL), Foxconn said that it is working with Fiat Chrysler to ’explore the possibility’ of forming a joint venture to produce electric vehicles and develop a platform for cars that can connect to the internet.
Parts of the continent of Australia are finally witnessing much needed rainfall after months of relentless heat. The rainfall could help to decrease the damage done by the fires and help in extinguishing them but the downpour has also resulted in debris to flow throughout the continent.
Facebook has reportedly thrashed plans to sell ads on WhatsApp. The controversial plan had forced Brian Acton and Jan Koum, who founded the mobile messaging service, to quit nearly two years ago. There has been no official statement from Facebook. Acton and Koum quit over differences with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg who aimed to monetize on WhatsApp by introducing ads.