Technology 

The past, present and Afrofuturism of ‘Black Panther’ – CNET

There’s a secret at the heart of Marvel’s superhero adventure “Black Panther“: the African nation of Wakanda, bursting with advanced technology and hidden from the world. Afrofuturist icon Janelle Monae at the Los Angeles world premiere of “Black Panther” in January. Alberto E. Rodriguez But that’s not the only thing this Afrofuturist epic uncovers. By drawing directly from Africa as its source material, “Black Panther” gives us a new way to think about a past, present and future rarely seen in mainstream movies. (Here’s CNET’s review of the film, which…

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End of the world? Elon Musk’s Tesla SPOTTED 500,000 miles away but ROCKET could HIT Earth

GETTY Elon Musk’s Tesla has been spotted 500,000 miles away The rocket is on its way to Mars and then the asteroid belt.  A professional photographer captured the footage from 500,000 miles away in San Fransisco. Rogelio Bernal Andreo is a Spanish-American astrophotographer best known for his images of deep sky objects. He used Nasa’s online ephemeris calculator to work out where the rocket was in space. Writing on his website, Mr Andreo said: “Once footage of the car and Starman started to arrive and people wondered if it could…

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EU tells Turkey NO to visa-free travel as it cracks down on Erdogan

President Tayyip Erdogan’s security crackdown following a botched coup in 2016 has prompted concern within the EU. 50,000 people, including journalists, were arrested, with 150,000 more, including teachers, judges to soldiers, sacked or suspended from their jobs in the wake of the failed military coup. And the tough stance has soured the bloc’s relations with a key NATO ally which is also instrumental in keeping a lid on Middle East immigration to Europe. Turkey has been seeking to improve relations, telling the EU this month Ankara had met all criteria…

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How post-ISIS scramble for advantage in Syria raises risk of wider war

On three different Syrian front lines, the violent events of recent days signal that the long-running conflict has reached a critical moment of evolution, as key players jockey to establish new red lines and maximize gains after the defeat of the so-called Islamic State. First to grab headlines was the launching last weekend of an Iranian drone from western Syria into Israel for the first time. Israel shot it down, then lost one of its own F-16 jet fighters – the first such loss in decades – to a Syrian…

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Science 

Soft tissue fossil clues could help search for ancient life on Earth and other planets

Fossils that preserve entire organisms (including both hard and soft body parts) are critical to our understanding of evolution and ancient life on Earth. However, these exceptional deposits are extremely rare. New research suggests that the mineralogy of the surrounding earth is key to conserving soft parts of organisms, and finding more exceptional fossils. The work could potentially support the Mars Rover Curiosity in its sample analysis, and speed up the search for traces of life on other planets.

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Canary Islands La Palma volcano hit by 70 earthquakes sparking emergency response

The Spanish archipelago was struck by up to 70 small quakes, recorded between Monday and Wednesday, reaching between magnitude 1.5 and 2.6 on the Richter scale.  Andgovernment officials announced more quakes were felt between 3am and 6.30am this morning at magnitudes of between 2.1 and 1.5. Most of them were located in the area of Los Canarios, in Fuencaliente, and in El Pueblo, Villa de Mazo, although they have also been registered in El Paso and Tazacorte. The Canary Government has now stepped in and called for an urgent meeting…

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We thought gorillas only walked on their knuckles. We were wrong

A silverback mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) on the moveFLPA / Alamy By Richard Kemeny Our ape ancestors might have been more versatile than we’ve given them credit for. A study of modern gorillas suggests that the common ancestor we share with them may have been able to walk in a variety of ways, not just one or two. Within the last 20 million years, our ancestors split from those of orangutans. Later, we also branched off from the African great apes: first gorillas, then chimpanzees and bonobos. However, we…

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‘Evolutionary rescue’ areas for animals threatened by climate change

As winters arrive later and snow melts earlier, the worldwide decrease in snow cover already may have dramatic impacts on animals that change coat colors with the seasons. An international scientific team has set out to discover whether adaptive evolution can rescue these animals in the face of rapidly changing climate.

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Entertainment 

Fortnite update V.2.5.0 patch notes REVEALED for PS4, Xbox One and PC

Fortnite Battle Royale fans have been treated to brand new patch notes for update V.2.5.0. The V.2.5.0 introduces a new grenade, Shrines and weapon balances. That’s on top of a host of bug fixes. “Happy (Belated) Valentine’s Day!” reads an Epic blog post. “We <3 you, whether you had a duo partner or dropped at Lonely Lodge this year. “Valentine’s day is a time for love, loot and llamas! Patch v.2.5.0 introduces a new grenade, Shrines, weapon balance and bug fixes drop into Battle Royale. “Save the World introduces Spring it On!,…

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Japan Kikai volcano update: Huge lava dome forms INSIDE magma chamber 

Scientists have discovered a giant dome of lava beneath the Kikai Caldera supervolcano. It is estimated to contain more than 32 cubic km (7.68 cubic miles) of magma and researchers believe the supervolcano could explode again. The volcano last erupted 7,300 years ago and scientists have said the lava dome could kill up to 100 million people if it erupts. Currently the dome is around 6.2 miles (10 kilometres) wide and formed after the last major eruption thousands of years ago when the volcano’s structure collapsed in on itself.  The submerged…

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