Science X Newsletter Sunday, Jan 26

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Here is your customized Science X Newsletter for January 26, 2020:

Spotlight Stories Headlines

For hottest planet, a major meltdown, study shows

The skin of the earth is home to pac-man-like protists

Can lithium halt progression of Alzheimer's disease?

What do Chinese opera masks and spiders have in common? A lot, as it turns out.

Scientists to search for relatives of extinct Galapagos tortoises

Facebook AI gives maps the brushoff in helping robots find the way

Spacewalking astronauts close to fixing cosmic ray detector

Boeing's new 777X airliner makes first flight

French doctor: Virus from China seems less serious than SARS

Rolls-Royce factory plan puts nuclear reactors on mini scale

Astronomy & Space news

For hottest planet, a major meltdown, study shows

In the scorching atmosphere of exoplanet KELT-9b, even molecules are torn to shreds.

Spacewalking astronauts close to fixing cosmic ray detector

Spacewalking astronauts worked to complete repairs to a cosmic ray detector outside the International Space Station on Saturday and give it new life.

US Space Force logo draws comparisons to 'Star Trek'

US President Donald Trump unveiled the logo of Space Force on Friday, attracting critics who said America's newest military branch had boldly gone where Star Trek went before.

Technology news

Facebook AI gives maps the brushoff in helping robots find the way

Who needs maps? Facebook has scored an impressive feat involving AI that can navigate without any map.

Boeing's new 777X airliner makes first flight

Boeing's new long-haul 777X airliner made its first flight on Saturday, a step forward for the company whose broader prospects remain clouded by the 737 MAX crisis.

Rolls-Royce factory plan puts nuclear reactors on mini scale

Rolls-Royce plans on building mini nuclear reactors, which could be in operation by 2029. They are less the size of traditional nuclear reactors and they do not take as many years to build.

Wind forces Boeing to again delay first flight of 777X

High wind forced Boeing to again delay the inaugural flight of its long-haul 777X aircraft on Friday.

US could approve Boeing 737 MAX before mid-year: source

US air safety regulators could clear the Boeing 737 MAX to return to service before mid-year, a person close to the process said Friday.

US feds, states could join forces on Google probes: report

The US Justice Department and state attorneys general are meeting this week for talks on their concurrent investigations into possible anti-competitive practices by Google, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.

UAE tech ambitions tarnished by internet restrictions

With its ultra-modern infrastructure and hyper-connected services, the United Arab Emirates is an emerging technology power, but a scandal surrounding a popular messaging application has highlighted tight controls on the internet.

Bugatti touts green ambitions while storming full speed ahead

Supercar manufacturer Bugatti, fresh off one of its best years, wants the world to know it has taken environmental concerns to heart even as it prepares a next generation of heart-pounding—and gas-guzzling—speed machines.


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