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Google to reportedly face record fine in first EU search practice probe
Google could be slapped with a fine of more than 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) as the EU begins the first stage of a three-pronged probe into the group’s search practices, the Financial Times reported....
NASA mission into sun’s atmosphere named after astrophysicist
The solar probe will launch in 2018JHU/APLBy Matt ReynoldsNASA’s mission to send a spacecraft into the sun’s outer atmosphere has been renamed after the astrophysicist who first predicted the existence...
Nasa's next probe set to 'touch the Sun'
You owe quite a lot to the Sun. Without it, there'd be no food, no energy, no humans, animals or plants, and in fact no Earth itself. The fusion taking place in the Sun's core powers every experience...
Nasa's Cassini probe is preparing to plunge between Saturn and its rings
We know quite a bit about the inner planets of the solar system - particularly Mars - but much less about the gas giants further out. That's why, in 1997, Nasa launched a probe towards Saturn named Cassini.It...
NASA's Solar Probe Plus spacecraft to fly to sun
Humans have sent spacecraft to the moon, Mars and even distant interstellar space, but could we send a spaceship to the scorching sun?The answer is yes, and it’s happening soon.In 2018, NASA plans to launch...
South Korea prosecutors to investigate other conglomerates after Samsung probe
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's special prosecutor's office said on Monday it plans to investigate other conglomerates after completing its probe of Samsung Group [SAGR.UL], whose leader has been named...
Probe crashed on Mars after ditching parachute
The tiny lander, on a test-run for a future rover that would see if there was evidence of life on the Red Planet, flew into Mars at a breakneck speed of at 335mph (540kph) instead of gently gliding to...
South Korea prosecutors raid Samsung Electronics in probe over scanda: Yonhap
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean prosecutors raided the offices of Samsung Electronics on Tuesday as part of a probe over a political scandal involving President Park Geun-hye and her friend who is alleged...
'Prince' of Baidu, tipped for top role, resigns after probe: sources
BEIJING (Reuters) - A top Baidu Inc executive, widely seen as a potential successor to chief executive Robin Li, has resigned after an internal company probe found conflicts of interest involving another...
Experimental Mars probe destroyed, says ESA
The ESA said images taken by a NASA Mars orbiter indicate the missing craft fell to the Red Planet's surface from a height of two to four kilometers (1.2 to 2.5 miles). The pictures suggest it struck...
Fate of European Space Probe Uncertain
The European Space Agency is uncertain whether its test probe has successfully landed on Mars, as part of a landmark mission aimed to explore signs of life on the Red Planet. The first part of the European...
Mars lander has been lost, ESA confirms
Mission controllers said they were in the dark about the fate of the Schiaparelli probe, believed to have touched down on Wednesday."We are not in a position yet to determine the dynamic condition at...
Disco-ball sail propelled by laser could fly to a nearby star
Disco-dancing towards the starsChristian Baecke/EyeEm/GettyBy Timothy RevellCone-shaped sails are so last year. If we really want to send probes outside our solar system, spherical sails may be the way...
Rosetta Probe Ready for Crash into Comet
It has been a productive 12 years for the Rosetta space probe, but the end of the mission is near. The spacecraft, which was launched by the European Space Agency in 2004, is set to crash onto the comet...
Space probe set to crash onto comet
The European Space Agency said on February 12 that the Philae lander faces ?eternal hibernation? on the comet on which it landed. On November 12, 2014, Philae made history when it left the Rosetta spacecraft...
Exclusive: Probe of leaked U.S. NSA hacking tools examines operative's 'mistake'
SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. investigation into a leak of hacking tools used by the National Security Agency is focusing on a theory that one of its operatives carelessly left them available...
NASA probe about to leave for asteroid Bennu and bring bits home
On a vacuum-cleaning missionNASA/Goddard/University of ArizonaBy Matthew FrancisBennu or bust. On 8 September, the OSIRIS-REx probe will leave Earth for the asteroid Bennu, and will return with souvenirs:...
Lost Comet Probe Philae Turns Up In Images
The European Space Agency (ESA) says its Rosetta orbiter has captured an image of the Philae lander wedged in a "dark crack" on the surface - more than a year since it last made contact.The spacecraft made...
US Space Probe Sends First Picture of Jupiter from Orbit
NASA'S deep space probe Juno has sent back its first image of the planet Jupiter since arriving at the interstellar gas giant. The U.S. space agency released a picture Tuesday showing Jupiter surrounded...
Juno Space Probe Nears Critical Phase
The Juno space probe is nearing the most critical phase of its five-year mission to discover more about the planet Jupiter. Early on Tuesday, NASA scientists will fire British-made rocket engines to put...
South Korea clears Oracle of anti-competitive acts after software probe
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's Fair Trade Commission (FTC) said on Wednesday Oracle Corp did not engage in anti-competitive behaviour following a probe over its practice of packaging new software upgrades...
NASA Declares 'State of Emergency' for Fading Kepler Space Probe
NASA is struggling to revive its fading Kepler space probe, which has entered into a state of emergency more than 120 million kilometers from Earth. The space agency says its last contact with the aging...
European Space Agency launches ExoMars probe, 1st stage of Mars exploration mission
The unmanned ExoMars probe - a collaborative project with Russia's state Roscosmos corporation for space activities - was launched aboard a Russian rocket from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and is...
China plans mission to land a probe on Mars in 2021
Comments By: PTI | Beijing | Published:March 5, 2016 1:58 pm China plans to land a probe on Mars in 2021 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of founding of the ruling-Communist Party of China China...
Germany launches antitrust probe over Facebook data harvesting
FacebookFacebook's vast data stockpile has caught the eye of competition officials in Germany, who have opened an investigation into claims that the company may have abused its dominant position in the...
Germany takes on Facebook in first-ever competition probe
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's cartel office is investigating Facebook for suspected abuse of market power over breaches of data protection laws in the first formal probe of the social network for violating...
Italy opens tax probe on Google managers-sources
MILAN (Reuters) - Italian prosecutors are investigating at least three managers at Alphabet Inc's Google as part of a probe into the company's suspected evasion of taxes worth 227 million euros ($257 million),...
Fluorescent probe selectively detects biomarkers linked to Alzheimer's disease
The fluorescent probe, BD-Oligo, developed by A*STAR detects amyloid-beta oligomers (yellow) in an Alzheimer's disease-affected brain. Credit: A*STAR Singapore Bioimaging Consortium A*STAR researchers...
Diamonds used to 'probe' ancient Earth
By using an ion probe to analyze the carbon and nitrogen isotope compositions of the Witwatersrand diamond, which have been pristinely preserved for more than three billion years, researchers found that...
China aims for 2018 landing on far side of the moon
China aims to continue ramping up its space exploration efforts by landing the first lunar probe on the far side of the moon -- the hemisphere that faces away from Earth -- in 2018, the Xinhua news agency...
China to attempt a space first: Landing on the far side of the Moon
The Chang'e-3 probe carried the Yutu rover to the lunar surface in 2013.CNSAChina plans to become the first nation to land a probe on the far side of the Moon, according to Xinhua News Agency, the country's...
Last chance for space probe Philae
Scientists have begun work on a last-chance manoeuvre to contact the long-silent Philae probe, dropped more than a year ago on to the surface of a comet hurtling through the Earth's solar system.Part of...
The biggest space moments of 2015
IntroductionMuch of the world's attention right now might be focused on the goings-on of a galaxy far, far away, but a lot is happening in our own humble galaxy this year that's worthy of celebration as...
New York attorney general solicits help from the public in broadband probe
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman invited the public on Sunday to test the speed of their Internet and submit the results online as part of an ongoing probe into whether...
Japanese space probe goes into orbit around Venus
An artist's impression of the Planet-C Venus Climate Orbiter, nicknamed "Akatsuki" or "Dawn", orbiting Venus Japan's space agency said Wednesday its "Akatsuki" probe had successfully entered into orbit...
Study advances understanding of photoelectrodes
Scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed a new probe that could lead to a better photoelectrochemical cell. A paper on the discovery, 'Semiconductor...
Virtual Instruments to launch hardware NAS probe in 2016
Storage performance testing supplier Virtual Instruments is set to make its first hardware network-attached storage (NAS) probe available in the first half of 2016. The product will work in a similar way...
Yahoo a new target in NY daily fantasy sports probe: source
(Reuters) - A probe by New York State's attorney general into the fast-growing, multibillion-dollar daily fantasy sports industry has been expanded to include online media giant Yahoo Inc , a person familiar...
Yahoo a target in New York daily fantasy sports probe
(Reuters) - A probe by the New York attorney general into the fast-growing, multibillion dollar daily fantasy sports industry has expanded to include Yahoo Inc, the online media company, a person familiar...
Protecting Juno's heart
Each new probe we launch into space follows a finely-tuned, predetermined trajectory that opens up a new avenue of understanding into our solar system and our universe. The results from each probe shapes...
Android Probe Has “High Priority”, Says Europe’s Antitrust Chief
Europe’s Competition Commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, has couched a probe of the Android OS as “high priority” for EU regulators. Investigations into other aspects of the company’s...
Ex-U.S. agent gets over six years for bitcoin theft in Silk Road probe
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A former U.S. federal agent was sentenced to 78 months in prison on Monday for stealing bitcoins during the government's investigation of Silk Road and for secretly soliciting...
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