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For the first time ever, scientists believe they have identified an asteroid born beyond our solar system that strayed into our neighborhood and got stuck. The newly studied asteroid, called 2015 BZ509, was discovered three years ago and has always caught scientists’ eyes for being a little strange: It orbits the sun in the opposite direction to everything else in the solar system. “Oumuamua is a tourist and BZ is a long-term resident,” co-author Fathi Namouni, an astronomer at the Côte d'Azur Observatory in France, told Newsweek.
Malawi's maize output declined by 19.4 percent in the 2017/18 farming year to 2.8 million tons due to damage caused by drought and crop-eating armyworms, Agriculture Minister Joseph Mwanamvekha said on Monday. "This (decline) is because of dry spells experienced in some parts of the country and the armyworm invasion," Mwanamvekha told Reuters. Malawi produced 3.5 million tons of maize in the 2016/17 season but banned exports of its staple crop earlier this year and said it was considering restocking its national grain reserves.
An incident back in 2006 shows just how far back Theranos' deception went in the company's history
The blood-testing company Theranos had been around for 12 years before questions started getting raised about its services. The company, however, had a long history of deceptive practices. In the Wall Street Journal investigative reporter John Carreyrou's new book, "Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup," he describes a demonstration of the technology in 2006 in which recorded blood-testing results were presented as real-time results.
Six Borneo pygmy elephants have been found dead in Malaysian palm oil plantations in recent weeks, officials said Monday, the latest of the endangered creatures to perish as their rainforest habitat is devastated. The carcasses of the elephants, aged between one and 37, were discovered at different locations in Sabah state on Borneo island, local wildlife department director Augustine Tuuga told AFP. "We are currently conducting tests on their internal organs," he said, adding the carcasses did not have any signs of gunshot wounds.
China launched on Monday a relay satellite that will allow a rover to communicate with the Earth from the far side of the Moon during an unprecedented mission later this year. The Queqiao ("Magpie Bridge") satellite was blasted into space from the southwestern Xichang launch centre in the pre-dawn hours, according to the China National Space Administration. The satellite split from its carrier, a Long March-4C rocket, after 25 minutes and unfolded its solar panels and communication antennas, as it headed towards its destination, the CNSA said.
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