World’s largest dinosaur footprint discovered in Australia

World’s largest dinosaur footprint discovered in Australia

A team of paleontologists from the University of Queensland has announced the discovery of the world’s largest dinosaur footprint in Western Australia.

The massive footprint, measuring 5 feet and 7 inches in length, was discovered along a Walmadany beach in Australia’s Kimberley region. Paleontologists believe that it was left by a long-necked sauropod.

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Mice entered human settlements far earlier than formerly thought: study

Mice entered human settlements far earlier than formerly thought: study

A new study has suggested that the common house mouse first entered human settlements far earlier than formerly thought but the despised pest had to fight a rival species.

For decades, researchers assumed that mice first came into contact with humans after they started cultivating and storing crops. However, the new study suggested that wild mice started entering human habitats from the very moment when they started to settle down and construct permanent structures.

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AstraZeneca’s lung cancer drug obtains China’s approval

AstraZeneca’s lung cancer drug obtains China’s approval

Pharmaceuticals giant AstraZeneca Plc’s lung cancer pill Tagrisso has finally obtained Chinese authorities’ approval.

Tagrisso has been developed to help cancer patients with certain deadly genetic mutations that are quite common in China, the world’s most populous country. It is the first cancer drug approved by the China Food & Drug Administration’s precedence review pathway.

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NASA working on high-speed space internet project

NASA working on high-speed space internet project

U.S. space agency NASA is working on a LASER-based technology that could eventually become the high-speed internet of the sky.

The ongoing Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) will allow NASA scientists to better understand the best ways to run laser communications systems. The new technology could enable unprecedentedly higher data rates for connections between spacecraft and scientists on Earth’s surface.

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Nintendo Switch players find ‘vertical’ mode in Neo-Geo games

Nintendo Switch players find ‘vertical’ mode in Neo-Geo games

A few games available on the Nintendo Switch allow players to hold the console vertically, increasing the possibility of more vertically oriented titles to come to the platform in the near future.

A Reddit user identified as HandsomeCostanza reported he noticed the new feature while playing golf video game Neo Turf Masters -- one of the few Neo Geo ports available via the Switch eShop.

Some other Reddit users reported that all of the Switch’s Neo Geo game titles are offering this option, with the ability to stretch the picture to full screen vertically.

U.S. white working class bucks global trend of improved mortality rates

U.S. white working class bucks global trend of improved mortality rates

The United States’ white working class has bucked the global trend of improved mortality rates in past few years as factors like increasing incidents of suicide and addiction to opioids claimed more lives.

Anne Case and Angus Deaton of Princeton University wrote in a 2015 research paper that the white working class in the U.S. were experiencing growing mortality rates, while other groups including white Americans with college degrees were having falling mortality rates. Now, they have expanded on that research to better understand that trend.

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SpaceX to launch a used rocket next week

SpaceX to launch a used rocket next week

A Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to take off from Cape Canaveral, Florida-based Kennedy Space Center Florida next week, marking the first time SpaceX will re-fly one of the rockets that it recovered from its past missions.

The 14-story-tall booster, which originally flew in April 2016, will carry a communications satellite into the orbit for Luxembourg-based SES SA.

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Newly developed robotic skin is more sensitive than human skin

Newly developed robotic skin is more sensitive than human skin

A team of researchers at University of Glasgow claimed to have developed an electronic, self-powered robotic hand that is more sensitive to touch than a human hand.

Prof. Ravinder Dahiya, an electrical engineer at the university, explained that the new robotic skin is made of a single atomic layer of graphene, and is essentially a touch sensor.

It requires just 20 nanowatts of power per square centimeter to operate, and the researchers turned to the Sun for that. Under the surface of the graphene skin, there is a solar panel that absorbs sunlight and turns it into power.

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Trump trying to reach health care deal

Trump trying to reach health care deal

President Donald Trump and other Republican leaders are trying their best to win over House conservatives for their ObamaCare replacement bill ahead of a crucial vote on Thursday.

At press time on Wednesday, it appeared that the Republicans lacked the votes required to replace ObamaCare, but late-breaking developments indicate that a deal could be possible.

A commitment from Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Ky. who serves as Senate majority leader, also brought key conservative Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) on board.

SpaceX’s Dragon containing space research arrives in San Pedro

SpaceX’s Dragon containing space research arrives in San Pedro

An array of scientific samples, including research into new life-saving drugs, arrived in San Pedro inside SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft on Monday, a day after the spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean.

The reusable cargo ship loaded with 3,800 pounds of scientific samples, no-longer-needed equipment and trash was released by the International Space Station’s robotic arm at 0900 GMT, and it took more than 6 hours to return to Earth, landing off the coast of Baja California at around 1600 GMT.

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