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Israeli firm linked with unlikely partners

When Dan Leubitz needed a contractor for a project with his Israeli tech firm, one address in the list of tenders caught his eye: Gaza. It was 2015, only a year after Israel fought a brutal war with Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas, leaving 2,251 Palestinians killed and 74 dead on …

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Voyager still hurtles through space

  Forty years ago, NASA rocket scientists sought to answer this question by launching the Voyager spacecraft, twin unmanned spaceships that would travel further than any human-made object in history. They are still travelling. We’re beaming a winning #MessageToVoyager into space during our #Voyager40 celebration. Vote now for your choice: …

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Target CEO unfazed by Amazon-Whole Foods deal

US retail giant Target’s chief executive Brian Cornell on Tuesday played down Amazon’s massive deal to acquire grocery chain Whole Foods, arguing that it “validates” his company’s business model. “It wasn’t a surprise that that deal took place,” Cornell told a forum at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, Colorado. …

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Russia launches 73 satellites into orbit

An imaging satellite and 72 micro-satellites were launched into orbit on Friday from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Russian space agency Roscosmos and research centre Glavcosmos announced. The Soyuz 2-1A rocket successfully lifted off at 0643 GMT with the satellite payload, Roscosmos said in a statement. According to Russian …

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Neil Armstrong moon bag on auction

 Once nearly thrown out with the trash, a bag that Neil Armstrong used to collect the first ever samples of the moon goes on sale in New York next week, valued at $2-4 million. Traces of moon dust and small rock are embedded in what is the only artefact from …

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Voices grow against sexism in Silicon Valley

A growing chorus of voices denouncing sexist culture is echoing through male-dominated Silicon Valley, knocking a number of internet industry executives from their perches. Accusations concerning the lack of women in tech jobs and unfair, or downright crude, treatment endured by some in the industry have simmered for years, occasionally …

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Google’s Alphabet working on offering energy services

  WASHINGTON – Google parent Alphabet is spinning off a little-known unit working on geothermal power called Dandelion, which will begin offering residential energy services. The announcement on Thursday took the wraps off one of the secretive projects at the Alphabet unit X, known notably for its work on self-driving …

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