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Balloon internet service flying high over Kenya

UNTV News   •   July 9, 2020

Alphabet Inc began offering the world’s first commercial high-speed internet using balloons to villagers in remote regions of Kenya’s Rift Valley on Wednesday (July 8). The technology has been used...

WHO discontinues hydroxychloroquine, lopinavir/ritonavir trial for COVID-19 treatment

UNTV News   •   July 6, 2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Saturday that it was discontinuing hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir arms for its Solidarity Trial, citing little or no reduction in the mortality of hospitalized...

Vienna scientists study Arctic plant revived in laboratory after 32,000 years

UNTV News   •   July 1, 2020

(REUTERS) – Scientists in Vienna are seeking to sequence the genome of an ancient flowering plant believed to have been buried by an Ice Age squirrel near the banks of...

China study warns of possible new ‘pandemic virus’ from pigs

UNTV News   •   June 30, 2020

A new flu virus found in Chinese pigs has become more infectious to humans and needs to be watched closely in case it becomes a potential “pandemic virus,” a study...

Lunar Loo Challenge: Design the new toilet for NASA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 30, 2020

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has launched the Lunar Loo Challenge to call on the global community to design compact toilets that can operate in both microgravity and...

Japan’s new supercomputer ranks as world’s most powerful

UNTV News   •   June 23, 2020

A Japanese supercomputer has taken the top spot among the world’s most powerful systems for the first time in nine years, a U.S.-European ranking of the world’s top supercomputers said...

Lapid files bill seeking broadband connection in all PH areas

Robie de Guzman   •   June 19, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Lito Lapid on Friday said he has filed a bill aiming to establish broadband internet connection in all areas, especially in “underserved and unserved” cities, municipalities...

Singapore scientists to start human trials of COVID-19 vaccine in August

UNTV News   •   June 16, 2020

Singapore scientists testing a COVID-19 vaccine from U.S. firm Arcturus Therapeutics plan to start human trials in August after promising initial responses in mice. The vaccine being evaluated by Singapore’s...

PH COVID-19 cases could reach 40,000 by June 30 if quarantine restrictions loosened, UP experts say

Robie de Guzman   •   June 11, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The total number of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the country may increase to 40,000 by June 30 if quarantine restrictions will be eased further, a...

Amazon issues one-year pause on police use of facial recognition software

UNTV News   •   June 11, 2020

Amazon.com Inc on Wednesday (June 10) said it was implementing a one-year moratorium on police use of its facial recognition software, a reversal of its long-time defense of law enforcement’s...

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