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Jeff Bezos sues US government over NASA’s decision to award space contract to Elon Musk’s SpaceX
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Jeff Bezos sues US government over NASA’s decision to award space contract to Elon Musk’s SpaceX

World's richest man, Jeff Bezos' new space company, Blue Origin has filed a federal lawsuit to challenge a moon landing contract awarded by NASA solely to rival company SpaceX. SpaceX, owned by one of the worlds richest men, Elon Musk, got the multibillion dollar contract from NASA to produce the space ships needed for the next moon landing by the US. But with this lawsuit filed by Bezos' company, which last month launched a ship into space with humans, the ante has been upped in an already tense standoff between the two billionaires. Details of the lawsuit are not publicly available because the documents are under seal, but Blue Origin claims it is an "attempt to remedy the flaws in the acquisition process found in NASA's Human Landing System," the company said in a statement...
Two Nigerian Men Arrested in South Korea for allegedly Conning Victims out of N41m in Romance Scams
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Two Nigerian Men Arrested in South Korea for allegedly Conning Victims out of N41m in Romance Scams

Two Nigerian men have been arrested in Suwon, South Korea for allegedly swindling South Korean victims, mostly women, of tens of thousands of dollars in romance scams, local police said Wednesday, April 28. According to the Gyeonggi Nambu Police Agency, just south of Seoul, the suspects defrauded four South Koreans, three women and one man of about 120 million won (US$107,900) in total after the two befriended the victims online under fake identities. One of the suspects falsely introduced himself as a U.S. military surgeon based in Yemen to a South Korean woman he met on a social network service in January. After a month of friendly online exchanges, the Nigerian man allegedly tricked her into sending him a total of 51 million won for his fake project to ship gold bars to Sou...
NASA’s Mars helicopter succeeds in historic first flight
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NASA’s Mars helicopter succeeds in historic first flight

NASA successfully flew its tiny helicopter Ingenuity on Mars early on Monday, the first powered flight on another planet and a feat a top engineer called "our Wright brothers' moment." At 3:34 am Eastern Time (0734 GMT), the four pound (1.8 kilogram) rotorcraft lifted off, hovered 10 feet (three meters) above the Martian surface, then came back to rest after 39.1 seconds. Data and images from the autonomous flight were transmitted 173 million miles (278 million kilometers) back to Earth where they were received by NASA's array of ground antennas and processed more than three hours later. Engineers were tensely watching their screens at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, where the mission had been designed and planned for the past six years. They broke into applaus...
NASA Rover “Perseverance” Lands On Mars After 7 Months
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NASA Rover “Perseverance” Lands On Mars After 7 Months

The cruise stage of Perseverance's journey has ended, and it has arrived at the Red Planet. Perseverance has just started what NASA refers to as the "seven minutes of terror." This is when the rover essentially has to land itself on Mars with no help from NASA, due to a one-way 11 minute time-delay. The ground teams tell the spacecraft when to begin EDL (entry, descent and landing) and the spacecraft takes over from there — and mission control begins an agonizing wait. The spacecraft hits the top of the Martian atmosphere moving at 12,000 miles per hour and has to slow down to zero miles per hour seven minutes later when the rover softly lands on the surface. Here's a look at what happens during the final moments: The Perseverance rover just became NASA's fifth rover to safel...
NASA Announces It Has Found Water On The Moon For The First Time
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NASA Announces It Has Found Water On The Moon For The First Time

NASA reveals tiny pockets of ice on the lunar surface could provide enough oxygen, hydration and rocket fuel to support a human colony. Study estimates up to 40,000 square km of water hidden in cold traps in craters NASA has confirmed, for the first time, that there is water on the sunlit surface of the moon. The revelation means it is possible water is easily accessible and not just in the deep, permanently shadowed craters of the south pole, as was previously thought. A separate piece of research found these so-called 'cold traps', which are always in shadow, may contain up to 15,000 square miles (40,000 square km) of water. The discovery means future missions to the moon could be prolonged by making use of these water molecules which are scattered across the moon. Ast...
Tom Cruise, Elon Musk To Shoot Movie In Space
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Tom Cruise, Elon Musk To Shoot Movie In Space

Hollywood actor Tom Cruise, who has hung off the sides of planes, piloted helicopters, is reportedly setting his sights on the biggest stunt of all and filming an action movie in outer space. The actor has scaled skyscrapers, spent his entire action film career performing many of his own death-defying stunts. Bu now he is planning to achieve impossible for his upcoming adventure. As per reports, Cruise is teaming with Elon Musk’s SpaceX and working with NASA to make the first narrative film ever shot in space. “It’s not a Mission: Impossible film and no studio is in the mix at this stage,” he was reported as saying. “But this is real, albeit in the early stages of liftoff.” Cruise’s latest project, Mission: Impossible 7 and 8, is currently on hold due to the coronavirus pan...
Teenager Discovers new Planet on 3rd day as NASA Intern
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Teenager Discovers new Planet on 3rd day as NASA Intern

Wolf Cuki, 17, of Scarsdale, has just recorded his name in the world history after he discovered a new planet on his 3rd day as an intern at NASA. The planet, which has been named TOI 1338 b, is about 1,300 light years away from the Earth. In a statement, Cukier said: “I was looking through the data for everything the volunteers had flagged as an eclipsing binary, a system where two stars circle around each other and from our view eclipse each other every orbit. “About three days into my internship, I saw a signal from a system called TOI 1338. At first, I thought it was a stellar eclipse, but the timing was wrong. It turned out to be a planet.” TOI 1338 b orbits two stars and is 6.9 times the size of Earth, according to NASA – and, before you get your hopes up, it’s ver...
Iceberg Twice The Size Of New York City About To Break Off, NASA Warns
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Iceberg Twice The Size Of New York City About To Break Off, NASA Warns

American space agency NASA has warned that an Antarctic ice shelf that has been observed for decades is about to have a large iceberg break. This chunk of ice has about twice the area of New York City with a visible crack that scientists have monitored using aerial images. Human presence on the Brunt Ice Shelf, which is where the cracks are located, was first established back in 1955, according to NASA. NASA has shared two images of the Brunt Ice Shelf — the first captured by the Landsat 5 back in January 1986 followed by the most recent captured by the Landsat 8 in January 2019. A large crack visible in the images has grown substantially over the last three decades and nearly spans the entire ice shelf, which NASA expects will soon break free. Joining the vertical crack is another vi...
Wendy Okolo, The First Black Woman To Earn A Doctorate In Aerospace Engineering
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Wendy Okolo, The First Black Woman To Earn A Doctorate In Aerospace Engineering

Dr. Wendy Okolo is a Nigerian-born National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) aerospace engineer and the first Black woman to earn a doctorate in the field. According to her profile on the organization's website, Okolo works as a special emphasis programs manager at Ames Research Center and is a research engineer in the Discovery and Systems Health Technology (DaSH) Area. Her role includes researching control systems applications, systems health monitoring and creating solutions for issues related to the designing of aircraft and spacecraft. She earned her B.S. and Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Arlington in 2010 and 2015. Okolo completed her dissertation research with a focus on aircraft fuel-saving methods. Her research was funded by several organizations includi...
NASA Plans First Mission To Sun
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NASA Plans First Mission To Sun

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is planning its first visit to the sun and has invited people around the world to join the new Parker Solar Probe mission by submitting their names. According to a NASA online statement released on Friday, a microchip that stores all the names collected before April 27 would be installed on the mission, “and your name will go along for the ride’’. The mission would be launched this summer for a trip to the sun’s atmosphere about 6.4 million km from the surface to study how the star affects space and other planets. A car-sized spacecraft would approach the sun at a fast speed that would reach approximately over 690,000 km per hour at the closest distance. The spacecraft has a thick carbon-composite shield of 4.5 inche...
Donald Trump’s Administration Plans To Privatise International Space Station
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Donald Trump’s Administration Plans To Privatise International Space Station

The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump plans to turn the International Space Station (ISS) into a private enterprise, local media reported, citing an internal document of the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). In late January, U.S. media reported, citing a draft budget proposal, that the Trump administration may stop funding the ISS programme by 2025. “The decision to end direct federal support for the ISS in 2025 does not imply that the platform itself will be de-orbited at that time. “It is possible that industry could continue to operate certain elements or capabilities of the ISS as part of a future commercial platform,” the internal NASA document said, as quoted in a Washington Post article released on Sunday. According to the newspaper, ...
Kenya Opposition To Swear-In Leader As President
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Kenya Opposition To Swear-In Leader As President

Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga is planning to have himself sworn in as an alternative president on Tuesday, seen as a final push to challenge Uhuru Kenyatta’s election. Odinga challenged the result of the original August vote winning an unprecedented annulment, but then boycotted the court-ordered re-run in October handing victory to Kenyatta who won 98 percent of the vote but with a turnout of just 39 percent. On Tuesday the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) which continues to claim fraud and wants another election to be held, intends to stage its own “swearing-in” ceremony in the capital Nairobi, hoping to pressure the government for talks. The ceremony — if it goes ahead — will put the opposition on a collision course with police and the government, with attorne...
Kenya Opposition Leader Odinga Rejects Calls To Swear Him In
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Kenya Opposition Leader Odinga Rejects Calls To Swear Him In

Kenya opposition National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader Raila Odinga on Saturday turned down a concerted push by the coalition’s hardliners to swear him in on Tuesday, the day President Uhuru Kenyatta is scheduled to take the oath of office for his second and final term. At a five-hour consultative meeting at the Maanzoni Lodge in Machakos County, southeast of Nairobi, Mr Odinga is said to have called for caution, citing his international image, and his respect for the law and the Constitution many in the coalition say he fathered. The former Prime Minister, who withdrew from the October 26 repeat election after successfully petitioning President Kenyatta’s August 8 win protesting lack of electoral reforms, has termed the repeat poll a sham and has called for a fresh one under a new e...
Three Dead As Clashes Mark Kenyan Opposition Leader’s Return
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Three Dead As Clashes Mark Kenyan Opposition Leader’s Return

Three people were shot dead Friday in Nairobi, an AFP reporter saw, as police dispersed thousands of opposition supporters welcoming home their leader Raila Odinga from an overseas trip. The three men, all with bullet wounds in the upper body, were seen lying on the road in Muthurwa, a city suburb where riot police armed with tear gas, water cannons and rifles clashed with stone throwing protesters, part of angry battles that lasted throughout the day. Odinga won an unprecedented court victory overturning the result of the August 8 presidential poll, leading to a rerun last month that he then boycotted claiming it would not be free and fair. Kenya’s Supreme Court is due to rule Monday on whether President Uhuru Kenyatta can be sworn in for a second term or if there must be another...
Uber And NASA Team Up For Flying Taxi Project
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Uber And NASA Team Up For Flying Taxi Project

Uber has struck a deal with NASA to develop software for managing “flying taxi” routes in the air along the lines of ride-hailing services it has pioneered on the ground, the company said on Wednesday. And in this case, it’s working hard to stay on regulators’ good side. Uber said it was the first formal services contract by the U.S. National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) covering low-altitude airspace rather than outer space. NASA has used such contracts to develop rockets since the late 1950s. Chief Product Officer Jeff Holden also said Uber would begin testing four-passenger, 200-miles-per-hour (322-km-per-hour) flying taxi services across Los Angeles in 2020, its second test market after Dallas/Fort Worth. Holden is set to reveal the company’s latest air taxi...
Kenya Sham Election Must Not Stand – Raila Odinga
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Kenya Sham Election Must Not Stand – Raila Odinga

Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga vowed on Tuesday not to accept a “sham” election, declaring he would push for a fresh vote through a campaign of civil disobedience and peaceful protest. He did not indicate whether he would file suit again at the country’s paramount court to have the election annulled. In his first reaction since his rival Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner of last Thursday’s presidential ballot, Odinga denounced the vote that he had boycotted as a “charade.” “To cut short the long story of a sham and fraudulent exercise, we reiterate that this election must not stand,” he said. “(…) If allowed to stand, it will make a complete mockery of elections and might well be the end of the ballot as a means of instituting government in Kenya. Elections will be...
Uhuru Kenyatta Wins Disputed Kenya Presidential Rerun
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Uhuru Kenyatta Wins Disputed Kenya Presidential Rerun

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has been re-elected for a second term after securing more than 98% of the vote in a highly-contentious rerun election that was boycotted by his main opposition rival. The announcement caps months of drama and sporadic bouts of deadly violence following a landmark decision by the country's Supreme Court to nullify the previous election in September, which Kenyatta also won, citing irregularities. On Monday, Kenya's Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) announced 56-year-old Kenyatta had received 98.25% of votes cast in the last week's rerun. His main rival, 72-year-old veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga who refused to participate in the poll, garnered just 0.96% of the vote. Turnout for the election -- in which voting had been indefini...
Tear Gas Fired As Kenya Goes To The Polls In Presidential Election Re-Run
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Tear Gas Fired As Kenya Goes To The Polls In Presidential Election Re-Run

Police fired tear gas in clashes with opposition supporters as voting got under way in a re-run of Kenya’s presidential election. Protesters barricaded the entrances to polling stations and hurled rocks at security forces in some parts of the country. Police used tear gas to disperse angry mobs in Kibera, a slum in the capital Nairobi, and in Kisumu, Kenya’s third biggest city and an opposition stronghold. August’s poll was annulled by the Supreme Court after finding illegalities and irregularities in the election process. Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, who was re-elected by a small but comfortable majority, urged people to vote, pledging the deployment of security forces nationwide to ensure order. But opposition leader Raila Odinga called for a boycott of the fresh poll...
US Says It’s Deeply Concerned About Kenya’s Political Environment
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US Says It’s Deeply Concerned About Kenya’s Political Environment

The U.S. government is “deeply concerned” about the political environment in Kenya as police and protesters clashed ahead of its presidential election on Oct. 26, the U.S. State Department said in a statement on Friday. It said that while the United States did not back any party or candidate, it fully supports the work of an election board, adding: “Unfortunately, in recent weeks actors on all sides have undermined the electoral commission and stoked tensions.” The main opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) party led by Raila Odinga is holding weekly protests calling for reforms at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). They want the IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba and other commissioners to be sacked for allegedly rigging the August 8 elections in favour of the rul...
Kenyan Opposition Launch Second Protest Against Electoral Commission Officials
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Kenyan Opposition Launch Second Protest Against Electoral Commission Officials

Kenyan police fired teargas at hundreds of opposition supporters in the capital Nairobi calling for the sack of some electoral commission officials. The demonstration is part of the weekly protests in several cities scheduled by the National Super Alliance (NASA) party led by Raila Odinga to demand reforms at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). They want the IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba and other commissioners to be sacked for allegedly rigging the August 8 elections in favour of the ruling Jubilee party. Last week, the protesters in the port city of Kisumu burned car tyres, blocked roads and lit bonfires before the police shot tear gas to disperse them as they planned marching to the electoral commission offices. The police said the protesters were not given a...
China’s Baidu Launches $1.5bn Fund To Drive Its Autonomous Car Efforts
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China’s Baidu Launches $1.5bn Fund To Drive Its Autonomous Car Efforts

Chinese search engine Baidu announced a 10 billion yuan ($1.52 billion) autonomous driving fund on Thursday as part of a wider plan to speed up its technical development and compete with U.S. rivals. The “Apollo Fund” will invest in 100 autonomous driving projects over the next three years, Baidu said in a statement. The fund’s launch coincides with the release of Apollo 1.5, the second generation of the company’s open-source autonomous vehicle software. After years of internal development, Baidu in April decided to open its autonomous driving technology to third parties, a move it hopes will accelerate development and help it compete with U.S. firms Tesla and Google project Waymo. In the latest update to its platform, Baidu says partners can access new obstacle perception tech...
Kenyan Opposition To Tell Court Technology Enabled Election Fraud
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Kenyan Opposition To Tell Court Technology Enabled Election Fraud

Kenya’s opposition will argue before the Supreme Court that technology enabled rather than curbed election fraud, as it seeks to overturn a vote this month won by President Uhuru Kenyatta. Opposition leader Raila Odinga’s National Super Alliance (NASA) said in a petition filed that results from more than a third of polling stations were “fatally flawed”, in some cases because of irregularities in electronic transmission of paper results forms. The documents, made available to Reuters, suggest that the opposition will link alleged irregularities to the murder of Chris Msando, the election official overseeing information technology, days before the Aug. 8 election. Election authorities said Kenyatta won a second term by 1.4 million votes. A parallel tally by independent monitors ...
Total Solar Eclipse Begins On US West Coast
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Total Solar Eclipse Begins On US West Coast

Emotional sky-gazers on the US West Coast cheered and applauded Monday as the Sun briefly vanished behind the Moon — a rare total solar eclipse that will stretch across North America for the first time in nearly a century. Eclipse chasers and amateur star watchers alike converged in cities along the path of totality, a 70-mile (113-kilometer) wide path running through 14 US states, where the Moon will block out all light from the Sun. Festivals, rooftop parties, weddings, camping trips and astronomy meet-ups popped up nationwide for what NASA expects will be the most heavily photographed and documented eclipse in modern times, thanks to the era of social media. At about 1605 GMT, eclipse fans in Lincoln Beach, Oregon were the first to witness the partial phase of the eclipse. M...
Kenya’s Ruling Party Makes Gubernatorial Gains
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Kenya’s Ruling Party Makes Gubernatorial Gains

Kenya’s general elections on August 8 saw President Uhuru Kenyatta re-elected, while his Jubilee Party and its allies also made big gains at the county level, resetting the political balance. Jubilee gains, NASA losses Jubilee and allied candidates won 27 of the 47 county governor seats available, seizing a majority from the opposition. Among those that switched hands was the coveted governorship of Nairobi, a city run by the opposition for the last four years. The National Super Alliance (NASA) opposition coalition and its allies won 17 counties while independents took the remaining two. The post of governor was only introduced at the last election, in 2013, as part of a process of decentralisation under the new constitution passed three years earlier. In that election, opp...
Kenya’s Odinga Mulls Next Move On Disputed Election
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Kenya’s Odinga Mulls Next Move On Disputed Election

Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga was weighing his next move Monday to contest an election he claims was rigged after defying pressure at home and from abroad to take his complaints to the courts. The 72-year-old insists he was the rightful winner of a “stolen” election last week and has urged his supporters to stay away from work Monday to mourn the deaths of those killed in angry protests against the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta. However, after nearly a week in limbo in which businesses remained shut and workers stayed home, Nairobi largely came back to life on Monday with many unable to afford any more time away from their livelihoods. Fruit vendor Alex Kilonzo returned to his stand on a busy street corner, even though many nearby had not reopened. “If I had mon...
Kenya Opposition Vows ‘Will Not Relent’ Amid Poll Dispute
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Kenya Opposition Vows ‘Will Not Relent’ Amid Poll Dispute

Kenya’s opposition coalition vowed on Saturday that they would not halt their bid to overturn a “sham” election result that handed President Uhuru Kenyatta a second term in office. “We will not be cowed, we will not relent,” National Super Alliance (NASA) official Johnson Muthama told the media, describing a police crackdown on protests as an effort to force the coalition “into submission”. Muthama claimed that some 100 people had been killed, although this could not be independently verified. He said Kenyatta, who the electoral commission said beat NASA candidate Raila Odinga with 54% of the vote “does not have any electoral mandate to be president of Kenyans.” “We wish to assure the people that we have the will, the determination, and the means to make sure your vote will cou...
Police Kill 11 In Kenya As Post-Election Riots Flare
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Police Kill 11 In Kenya As Post-Election Riots Flare

Kenyan police killed 11 people in a crackdown on protests as anger at the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta erupted in the western city of Kisumu and slums ringing the capital, officials and witnesses said on Saturday. A security official told Reuters that the bodies of nine young men shot dead overnight in Nairobi’s Mathare slum had been brought to the city morgue. The official said the men were killed during police anti-looting operations. Separately, a young girl in Mathare was killed by police firing “sporadic shots”, a witness said. The run-down neighborhood is loyal to 72-year-old opposition leader Raila Odinga, whose party rejected Tuesday’s vote as a “charade”. A Reuters reporter in Kisumu, centre of post-election ethnic violence a decade ago in which 1,200 peo...
Uhuru Kenyatta Reaches Out To Opposition
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Uhuru Kenyatta Reaches Out To Opposition

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has pledged to work harder after securing a second term in office. Speaking after the result of Tuesday’s election was announced, Kenyatta called on the opposition to work with him towards strengthening national unity and peace. “As with any competition, there shall always be winners and there shall be losers, but we all belong to one great nation, called Kenya. And I extend a hand of friendship, I extend a hand of cooperation, I extend a hand of partnership, knowing fully well that this country needs all of us pulling together in order for us to succeed. And Kenyans want us to succeed, “president-elect Uhuru Kenyatta said. Kenyatta’s rivals said going to court is not an alternate insisting that Kenyans have the solution. “Every time a Kenyan ha...
Jittery Kenya Awaits Final Election Results After Disputed Poll
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Jittery Kenya Awaits Final Election Results After Disputed Poll

A jittery Kenya awaits final poll results Thursday, with President Uhuru Kenyatta holding a strong lead after a vote marred by opposition claims of rigging and the death of four people in election-related violence. The east African nation, keenly aware of post-poll violence a decade ago that left 1 100 dead, was on a knife-edge after a day of isolated protests in opposition strongholds. The unrest broke out after opposition leader Raila Odinga claimed massive fraud as Kenyatta surged ahead in provisional results, with 54% compared to his 44.7%. Results from over 96 percent of polling stations were in. Two protesters were shot dead in the flashpoint slum of Mathare in Nairobi, where police also fired tear gas at crowds who burned tyres and blocked roads throughout the day. Panga...
Kenya’s Odinga Slams Results As Sham, Fraud
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Kenya’s Odinga Slams Results As Sham, Fraud

Kenya’s National Super Alliance, NASA and its presidential candidate, Raila Odinga, have slammed the results being declared by the country’s electoral commission as illegal and fraudulent. They made their positions known in separate reactions today. The coalition, which boasts a 15 million membership strength said the results being streamed on the website of IEBC are not supported by any evidence of the tally of votes. It said its representatives had met the commission, IEBC, on the ‘sham’ results being declared, but the commission has not stopped the tallying. Presidential candidate Raila Odinga also Wednesday termed the outcome that saw him trail Uhuru Kenyatta by more than one million votes as “sham, fictitious and fake”. Mr Odinga said the results were the “work of a com...
Kenya Election: Mbeki, Mahama Urge Kenyans To ‘Make Africa Proud’
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Kenya Election: Mbeki, Mahama Urge Kenyans To ‘Make Africa Proud’

Two former presidents in charge of observer missions in the Kenyan elections have urged the country to make the continent proud by having successful elections. Former president Thabo Mbeki, who heads the African Union Elections Observer mission, said at a press conference on Monday afternoon he was so confident that Kenya’s elections would go well, that neither he nor former Ghanain president John Mahama, who heads the Commonwealth’s mission, would be getting on planes on August 9, the day after tomorrow’s elections. “We are going to be around for a few days,” he said, also to deal with any issues that might arise. There are some fears that, once results are announced, Kenya might erupt into post-election violence as had happened a decade ago. Mbeki expressed confidence that th...
Election Official ‘Tortured And Murdered’ Before Vote
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Election Official ‘Tortured And Murdered’ Before Vote

An official charged with overseeing Kenya's electronic voting system has been found dead just days before the August 8 presidential election, according to the commission's chairman. The body of Chris Msando, a top information technology manager at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), has been identified at the city morgue, Wafula Chebukati, IEBC chairperson, said on Monday. "There was no doubt he was tortured and murdered. The only question in our mind is who [killed him] and why he was killed a few days to elections," Chebukati told reporters. Msando was declared missing over the weekend. In an earlier statement, Chebukati said Msando was last seen on Friday night and sent a text message to a colleague early on Saturday morning suggesting "that he was co...
Iran Rocket Test: Space Program Boon Or Nuclear Handwringer
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Iran Rocket Test: Space Program Boon Or Nuclear Handwringer

TEHRAN, IRAN—Iran successfully launched its most advanced satellite-carrying rocket into space, the country's state media reported on Thursday, in what is likely the most significant step yet for the launch vehicle. A confirmed launch of the "Simorgh" rocket would mark another step forward for the Islamic Republic's young space program, but is likely to raise alarm among its adversaries, who fear the same technology could be used to produce long-range missiles. Iranian state television said the rocket, whose name means "phoenix" in Persian, is capable of carrying a satellite weighing 550 pounds. The report did not elaborate on the rocket's payload. Other state-linked agencies including the semi-official Fars news agency also described the launch as successful. Media reports did no...
NASA seeks to build a quieter supersonic plane for passenger flight
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NASA seeks to build a quieter supersonic plane for passenger flight

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Chioma Obiadi’s Open Letter To Donald Trump
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Chioma Obiadi’s Open Letter To Donald Trump

40th and reigning Miss Nigeria beauty queen, Chioma Obiadi, out of her compassion for humanity has written an Open letter to United States president, Donald Trump on why and how puling out of the Paris Climate Agreement will affect the Niger - Delta region in Nigeria. According to her, whilst climate change is still far in the consciousness of the Nigerian people, it is a step in the right direction which social actors like hers keep promoting. She also disclosed it is her dream that Nigeria becomes more green conscious, and that citizens work hard to preserve our beautiful country. "It saddened my heart when I listened to the news few days ago to hear that the United States (US) will withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change. Although, we all know that China has recently s...
Big, Shiny Asteroid To Fly (safely) Past Earth On April 19
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Big, Shiny Asteroid To Fly (safely) Past Earth On April 19

A whopper of an asteroid will make a close approach to Earth on April 19. There's no need to panic, though; NASA says it won't collide with our planet. But it will get extremely close for an asteroid of that size. Named 2014 JO25, this giant space rock measures approximately 2,000 feet across — about the height of the Shanghai Tower, China's tallest building and the second-tallest building in the world. It will pass by Earth at a safe distance of 1.1 million miles, or nearly five times the distance between the Earth and the moon. "Small asteroids pass within this distance of Earth several times each week, but this upcoming close approach is the closest by any known asteroid of this size, or larger, since asteroid Toutatis, a 3.1-mile asteroid, which approached within about four lunar...
US Govt Scientists Go Rogue, Defying Trump
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US Govt Scientists Go Rogue, Defying Trump

Employees from more than a dozen US government agencies have established a network of unofficial "rogue" Twitter feeds in defiance of what they see as attempts by President Donald Trump to muzzle federal climate change research and other science. Seizing on Trump's favourite mode of discourse, scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency, NASA and other bureaus have privately launched Twitter accounts - borrowing names and logos of their agencies - to protest restrictions they view as censorship and provide unfettered platforms for information the new administration has curtailed. "Can't wait for President Trump to call us FAKE NEWS," one anonymous National Park Service employee posted on the newly opened Twitter account @AltNatParkService. "You can take our official twitt...
Last Man To Walk On Moon Dies
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Last Man To Walk On Moon Dies

Former astronaut Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, has died at age 82. NASA announced that Cernan died on Monday surrounded by his family. NASA spokesman Bob Jacobs confirmed the death but had no immediate details. Cernan and Apollo 17 crewmate Harrison Schmitt spent three days on the moon in December 1972. As he followed Schmitt into the lunar lander for the return home, he offered a message of "peace and hope for all mankind." He also traced the initials of his 9-year-old daughter into the dust of the lunar surface. Cernan also took part in a Gemini spaceflight in 1965 and in Apollo 10, the last mission before the one that put Neil Armstrong on the moon in July 1969.  
Taraji P. Henson Speaks on Failing Maths in College And Acting as a Mathematician in Her New Movie
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Taraji P. Henson Speaks on Failing Maths in College And Acting as a Mathematician in Her New Movie

Hollywood actress Taraji P. Henson is getting praises for her recent role as Katherine Johnson, a mathematician, in NASA movie “Hidden Figures“. The movie focuses on three African-American women and how they helped shape NASA. Talking to W mag recently, Taraji P. Henson explains why she’s having the last laugh after failing Maths in College – even with two tutors. She says “I’m a pretty good actress. You could say that, right? Well, to play Katherine Johnson, a mathematician who figured out a way to get NASA astronauts into space, I had to be believable as a math expert—and I failed math in college. Precalculus looked like Chinese to me. Even with two tutors, I still failed. So God has an incredible sense of humor, because now I am playing a mathematician! Even on set, they would hav...

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