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Under pressure, Apple allows self-repairs to iPhones, Macs

Apple is letting some iPhone users fix their own phones, a sharp turnaround for a company that has long prohibited anyone but company-approved technicians from fiddling with its proprietary parts…

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Thailand’s first floating solar panel power plant begins operation

The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) has started electricity generation at its hydro-floating solar hybrid project on the Sirindhorn Dam in the north-eastern province of Ubon Ratchathani. The project…

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Thai charter court’s website hacked, renamed ‘Kangaroo Court’

Thailand’s Constitutional Court website has been hacked, following yesterday’s reading of its decision that three well-known anti-establishment leaders were attempting to overthrow the constitutional monarchy through their speeches given at…

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Body found in Chao Phraya River after 2.5-day search with help of underwater robot

The body of a 27-year-old man, plunging along with his car into the Chao Phraya River in the Muang district of Thailand’s Nakhon Sawan province on Friday night, has been…

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Facebook will shut down facial recognition system

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc announced on Tuesday it is shutting down its facial recognition system, which automatically identifies users in photos and videos, citing growing societal concerns about the use of such technology. “Regulators are…

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The future is electric: your questions about EVs answered

Now that auto companies are rolling out more and more electric vehicles (EVs) onto the Thai market, the real question is whether the time has come for Thai consumers to…

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Facebook rebrands as Meta. Courtesy Facebook/via REUTERS

Facebook changes name to Meta as it refocuses on virtual reality

Oct 28 (Reuters) – Facebook Inc (FB.O) is now called Meta, the company said on Thursday, in a rebrand that focuses on building the “metaverse,” a shared virtual environment that…

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Thai students win award for writing software to control NASA space robot

A team of Thai students from Assumption College Thonburi has won “The Best Achievement Onboard Award” in the final round of the 2nd Kibo Robot Programming Challenge. The international competition…

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The ‘Click to Pray’ app, a smartphone app designed to allow the faithful to pray with a click, is displayed on a mobile phone, in this illustration picture taken in Rome, Italy, October 19, 2021. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane/Illustration

Click to Pray 2.0 – Vatican app gets up close and personal with God

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican on Tuesday rolled out its latest “Click to Pray“ app, offering a personal planner among new functions for what it hopes will be an improved digital “praying experience” in a fast-paced world….

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A 3D-printed Facebook logo is seen placed on a keyboard in this illustration taken March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

Facebook plans to hire 10,000 in EU to build ‘metaverse’

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc. plans to create 10,000 jobs in the European Union over the next five years, the social media giant said on Monday, to help build the so-called metaverse…

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Facebook expands harassment policy to protect public figures

(AP) – Facebook will expand its policies on harassment to remove more harmful content, the company said Wednesday in its latest change following congressional testimony from a whistleblower who faulted…

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Pictures of the winners of the 2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry Benjamin List and David MacMillan are seen displayed on a screen during The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences’ announcement at the Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm, Sweden October 6, 2021. Claudio Bresciani/TT News Agency/via REUTERS

Duo wins Nobel Chemistry Prize for work on catalysts

Stockholm (AFP) – Germany’s Benjamin List and David MacMillan of the United States on Wednesday won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their development of a precise new tool for molecular construction,…

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In this photo taken from video footage released by Roscosmos Space Agency, actress Yulia Peresild, left, film director Klim Shipenko, right, and cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov sit in the first row among other participants of the mission in the International Space Station, ISS, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. Russian actress Yulia Peresild and a film director Klim Shipenko rocketed to space Tuesday on a mission to make the world’s first movie in orbit, a project the Kremlin said will help burnish the nation’s space glory. (Roscosmos Space Agency via AP)

Russian film crew in orbit to make first movie in space

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian actor and a film director rocketed to space Tuesday on a mission to make the world’s first movie in orbit, a project the Kremlin said will…

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Introducing Thailand’s “Virtual Influencer”

Meet “Ailynn”, a 21-year-old virtual influencer, introduced by the Thai digital agency “SIA Bangkok”, hoping to penetrate Thailand’s digital advertising industry and enhance virtual-reality-related businesses. According to its website, “Ailynn”…

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The solar-powered vehicle drives in a closed road, in Guyancourt, south of Paris, Friday Sept. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Solar powered van stops in Paris as part of road trip

A vehicle which is fuelled entirely by solar power has arrived in Paris, France as part of its test run on the way to Tarifa in Spain. The road trip…

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SpaceX all-civilian orbital crew completes historic mission

Four SpaceX tourists returned to Earth safely on Saturday after spending three days in space, successfully concluding the first orbital mission in history with no professional astronauts on board. The…

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the Crew Dragon capsule lifts off from Pad 39A on the Inspiration 4 civilian crew mission at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, U.S., September 15, 2021. REUTERS/Thom Baur

First all-civilian crew launched into orbit aboard SpaceX rocket ship

CAPE CANAVERAL (Reuters) – A SpaceX rocket ship blasted off from Florida on Wednesday carrying a billionaire e-commerce executive and three less-wealthy private citizens he chose to join him in the first all–civilian crew ever launched into Earth orbit. The quartet…

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In this Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021 photo made available by SpaceX, from left, Chris Sembroski, Sian Proctor, Jared Isaacman and Hayley Arceneaux sit in the Dragon capsule at Cape Canaveral in Florida, during a dress rehearsal for the upcoming launch. The fully automated Dragon is the same kind that SpaceX uses to send astronauts to and from the International Space Station for NASA. But the chartered flight won’t be going there. (SpaceX via AP)

SpaceX’s first tourists all set for ‘camper van’ trip to space

United States (AFP) – The weather seems cooperative and the passengers are raring to go: SpaceX’s first space tourists were a picture of calm Tuesday as they prepared to blast off on…

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UVC lamps, designed to kill viruses in environment, now used at Thai hospitals

The third generation of UVC lamps, which emit ultraviolet light at wavelengths of 200nm to 280nm, are claimed to be 99.99% effective in killing pathogens, including COVID-19, in just three…

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Mouthwash developed by Mahidol Uni can kill coronavirus in the mouth

The faculties of Dentistry and Tropical Medicine at Thailand’s Mahidol University claim to have jointly developed a mouthwash formula which is 99% effective at killing the COVID-19 virus in the…

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Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket lifts off the launch pad at the NASA Test Flight Facility, Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021, in Wallops Island, Va. The rocket carries a Cygnus space vessel that will deliver supplies to the International Space Station. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Space station supplies launched with a pizza delivery for 7

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) — Northrop Grumman’s latest space station delivery includes pizza for seven. The company’s Cygnus cargo ship rocketed away from Virginia’s eastern shore Tuesday. It should reach…

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FILE – In this file photo made available by NASA shows the planet Venus made with data from the Magellan spacecraft and Pioneer Venus Orbiter. Two spacecraft are set to swoop past Venus within hours of each other this week, using the manoeuvre to do a little bit of bonus science on the way to the center of our solar system, starting with the Solar Orbiter probe operated by NASA and the European Space Agency early Monday Aug. 9, 2021 (NASA/JPL-Caltech FILE via AP)

Hot dates: 2 spacecraft to make Venus flyby

BERLIN (AP) — Two spacecraft are set to swoop past Venus within hours of each other this week, using the maneuver to do a little bit of bonus science on…

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This still image taken from video by Blue Origin shows Jeff Bezos (R) celebrating after exiting Blue Origin’s reusable New Shepard craft capsule returned from space, safely landing on July 20, 2021, in Van Horn, Texas. – Blue Origin’s first crewed mission is an 11-minute flight from west Texas to an altitude of 65 miles (106kms), and back again, to coincide with the 52nd anniversary of the first Moon landing. (Photo by Handout / BLUE ORIGIN / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO / Blue Origin” – NO MARKETING – NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Bezos offers NASA a $2 billion discount for Blue Origin Moon lander

Washington (AFP) – Blue Origin owner Jeff Bezos wrote an open letter to NASA on Monday offering a $2 billion discount to allow his company to build a Moon lander. The…

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Facebook assembles team to build ‘metaverse’

Facebook on Monday said it was combining specialists from across its hardware, gaming and virtual reality units to build an immersive digital world known as the “metaverse.” The “metaverse,” a…

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Jeff Bezos, world’s richest man, lifts off on inaugural space voyage

VAN HORN, Texas (Reuters) – Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest person, and three crewmates blasted off from the West Texas desert on Tuesday aboard his company Blue Origin’s New Shepard launch vehicle for a suborbital flight – another…

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 19, 2018 Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos provides the keynote address at the Air Force Association’s Annual Air, Space & Cyber Conference in Oxen Hill, MD. – Jeff Bezos sets his sights on a new frontier in space in the coming days after building a gargantuan business empire which has in many ways conquered the Earth. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP)

Amazon magnate Bezos ready to ride his own rocket to space

Washington (AFP) – The wealthiest man on the planet Jeff Bezos will ride his own rocket to outer space on Tuesday, a key moment for a fledgling industry seeking to make the…

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This handout courtesy of CryptoAmulets founder Ekkaphong Khemthong taken on June 9, 2021 and released on June 22, 2021 shows Buddhist abbot Luang Pu Heng receiving a donation during a blessing ceremony for the digital amulets bearing an image of his face at the Wat Pattana Thammaram temple in Surin. – Karmic fortune has arrived to the digital art market, with a kaleidoscopic splash of colours and the face of a revered Thai monk offering portable Buddhist good luck charms to tech-savvy buyers. (Photo by Daye CHAN / COURTESY OF EKKAPHONG KHEMTHONG / AFP)

Buddhist digital amulets mark Thai entry into crypto art craze

Bangkok (AFP) – Karmic fortune has arrived to the digital art market, with a kaleidoscopic splash of colours and the face of a revered Thai monk offering portable Buddhist good luck…

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Artificial Intelligence to Boost State Transparency

A civil society group in Khonkaen was fighting to get the railway construction that had troubled their community right. But the lack of state transparency just kept getting in their…

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This photograph taken on January 22, 2021 shows Thousands of panels glinting in the sun stretch into the sea off Singapore, part of the land-scarce city-state’s push to build floating solar farms to cut greenhouse gas emissions. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP)

Space-starved Singapore builds floating solar farms in climate fight

Thousands of panels glinting in the sun stretch into the sea off Singapore, part of the land-scarce city-state’s push to build floating solar farms to cut greenhouse gas emissions. It may…

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This photo made available by NASA was taken during the first drive of the Perseverance rover on Mars on Thursday, March 4, 2021. Perseverance landed on Feb. 18, 2021. (NASA/JPL-Caltech via AP)

NASA’s new Mars rover hits dusty red road, 1st trip 21 feet

NASA’s newest Mars rover hit the dusty red road this week, putting 21 feet on the odometer in its first test drive. The Perseverance rover ventured from its landing position…

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This NASA handout illustration obtained February 15, 2021 shows NASA’s Perseverance rover casting off its spacecraft’s cruise stage, minutes before entering the Martian atmosphere, as hundreds of critical events in the rover’s Entry, Descent, and Landing sequence must execute perfectly and exactly on time for the rover to touch down on Mars safely on February 18, 2021. – The cruise stage contains fuel tanks, solar panels, and other hardware needed during the trip to Mars. About 10 minutes before atmospheric entry, it separates from the aeroshell, which encloses the rover and descent stage. The aeroshell makes the trip to the surface on its own. (Photo by Handout / NASA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO /NASA/JPL-Caltech/HANDOUT ” – NO MARKETING – NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

NASA wants to fly a helicopter on Mars for the first time

More than a century after the first powered flight on Earth, NASA intends to prove it’s possible to replicate the feat on another world. Transported aboard the Mars 2020 spacecraft…

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An eldery man on SpaceWalker.

Helping people get back on their feet

Conceived as a Master’s thesis, a health startup is all set to make a world of difference to the wheelchair-bound Regaining mobility, strength and learning to walk again while recovering…

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An on-demand autonomous bus developed by ST Engineering arrives at a bus stop at the start of a trial run from Singapore Science Park 2 to Haw Par Villa MRT station in Singapore on January 26, 2021. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP)

Singapore launches new self-driving bus trial

Singapore has moved a step closer to a driverless public transport network with the launch of a new trial of self-driving buses. Orderly and high-tech, the Asian city-state has become…

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Masks, robots and drones – Virus tech at CES gadget show

Singapore-based gaming hardware maker Razer showcased what they claimed to be the “world’s smartest mask”. Project Hazel, as it’s called, boasts ventilation, auto-sterilization with a built-in UV light, and a…

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Thai hospital claims first successful stem cell transplant involving donor infected with COVID-19

Thailand’s Ramathibodi Hospital has conducted what is believed to be the world’s first successful bone marrow stem cell transplant from a five-year old donor infected with COVID-19 to his seven-year…

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Tests show UVC lamps could light the way in virus fight

Could a new type of ultraviolet lamp be used in stations, airplanes and schools to kill dangerous viruses, becoming a gamechanger in the COVID-19 fight? Researchers at Columbia University have…

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Yuichiro Ono (left), Character Designer and Creator of Business Fish. He created many other characters including Masked Wrestler Q, Moai-kun, Mr. Egg, etc. That Achieved 698 million sticker downloads worldwide. His unique artstyle has become popular among Western and South East Asian users on Social Media.

Digital Stickers – From 2D artwork to creative communication

Every day, social media develops new ways to connect people in their daily lives. One of the latest trends is “Digital Stickers”. Usually, a sticker is a type of self-adhesive…

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Government denies it has increased taxes on feminine hygiene products

The Government has refuted a report that sanitary napkins have been classified as a luxury item and excise tax on them has been increased to 40%. The report went viral…

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12-year old “Milk” wins world drone racing championship again

  12-year old Wanraya “Milk” Wannapong from Thailand has won the 2019 FAI World Drone Racing Championship Grand Final (women’s division) for the second year in a row. The competition…

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High production costs remain obstacle to degradable non-plastic bags

Starting January 1st, 43 shopping malls and convenience stores in Thailand will cease the use of single-use plastic bags, in response to the Government’s policy to completely phase them out….

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Thailand’s first robot to help in epilepsy surgery cases unveiled

The Medical Services Department has unveiled Thailand’s first robot created to help surgeons in brain surgery on patients afflicted with epilepsy, a central nervous system disorder in which brain activity…

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Tesla boss Elon Musk wins defamation trial sparked by ‘pedo guy’ tweet

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Tesla Inc boss Elon Musk emerged victorious on Friday from a defamation trial as a federal court jury swiftly rejected the US$190 million claim brought against…

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Unicorn may be hard to find as Thai SMEs are behind in digitalization

While most of Thailand’s neighbors have one or two unicorns to boast their success in digital transformation, Thailand is still looking for one. One of the reasons that a unicorn…

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An inroad of EVs offers opportunities and challenges

Although electric car has yet to go mainstream in Thailand, there is a foregone conclusion that its popularity will significantly increase in the next few years, fueled by a wider…

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E-sports become a serious business

Once perceived as a mere recreational pastime, e-sports will be included in the multi-sport 30th SEA Games for the first time this year, reflecting growing popularity of e-sports which has…

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Innovative eco-friendly pots created for seasonal plants

Thailand’s National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), working with the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovations, recently unveiled an innovation, called “Magik Growth”, an eco-friendly plant pot…

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Panel bans three controversial herbicides effective December 1

The four-party working committee, set up at the order of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, agreed unanimously today to ban the production, import, sale and use of paraquat glyphosate and chlorpyrifos…

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International experiences to meet sustainable transport

Thai PBS World: October 4, 2019 : international experiences to meet sustainable transport

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The RTN delays frigate from South Korea in favor of Chinese landing ship

The Royal Thai Navy has ordered a delay in the building of the second multi-purpose frigate, by South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo, because it wants a landing ship to be delivered…

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A smart and safe home a new concept for digital age, says researcher

Associate Professor Krischonme Bhumkittipich, of the Department of Electrical Engineering at Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi (RMUTT), revealed his new research into technology that goes beyond “smart home” to keep…

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Photo: (AFP) A security guard stands next to Jeff Koons’ “Rabbit”, a stainless steel casting of an inflatable rabbit that sold at auction for $91.1 million.

Jeff Koons ‘Rabbit’ sculpture sets $91.1 million record for a living artist

(Reuters) – A 1986 “Rabbit” sculpture by American pop artist Jeff Koons sold for $91.1 million in New York on Wednesday, a record price for a work by a living…

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Thailand to ban import of plastic waste next year

Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment will propose to the cabinet a total ban on the import of plastic waste into Thailand beginning next year. Natural Resources and Environment…

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FDA warns new drug law does not legalize unlicensed marijuana cultivation

Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has clarified that the new narcotics law does not legalize the unrestricted planting of marijuana in an apparent response to Bhumjai Thai party’s manifesto…

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AOT dumps Duangrit Bunnag Group’s Suvarnabhumi Terminal 2 design

The board of Airports of Thailand Public Company, the operator of Suvarnabhumi international and several other airports in Thailand, has scrapped the Suvarnabhumi Airport Terminal 2 project design, budgeted at…

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Law to legalize marijuana for medical purposes takes effect

Marijuana, or “kanja” as it is known in Thailand, can now be grown legally and used in medical and scientific applicationswith the consent of the authorities concerned. The Narcotics Act B.E. 2562, which seeks to amend specific provisions of the Narcotics Act of 1979…

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Crucial skills for the future

Data science, analytical and critical thinking skills and working in teams; why these skills play pivotal roles in working world of the future, the director of the London School of…

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Elon Musk bores tunnel to revolutionize city driving

Elon Musk on Tuesday took a break from futuristic electric cars and private space travel to unveil a low-cost tunnel he sees as a godsend for city traffic. The billionaire…

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Japanese billionaire businessman is SpaceX’s Moon tourist

Japanese billionaire businessman, online fashion tycoon and art collector Yusaku Maezawa was revealed Monday as the first tourist who will fly on a SpaceX rocket around the Moon. “I choose…

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Govt confirms plan to build community waste-to-energy plants

The government has reaffirmed its intention to construct waste-to-energy plants in various communities as a solution to better deal with trash disposal problem and generate more power at the same…

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