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Oppo’s expanding phone can grow and shrink on demand

A smartphone with an expanding display that can grow and shrink on demand has been demonstrated by Chinese phone-maker Oppo.The device has a flexible display that rolls up inside the device, letting the screen expand from 6.7in (17cm) to 7.4in (18.8cm).BBC Click’s Chris Fox went hands-on with the concept phone to see what it was like.See more at Click’s website and @BBCClick

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Newly found ‘super-Earth’ could hold key to finding alien life

A “super-Earth” located just 26 light years away could hold the key to finding extraterrestrial life.At 430C (806F) and bathed in radiation, there is unlikely to be life nestled between the rivers of lava which are thought to burn across Gliese 486 b’s surface.
But – like Earth – the planet is made of rock and thought to have a metallic core.

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A graphical interpretation of the surface of newly discovered exoplanet called Gliese 486 b. Pic: Renderarea/Reuters

And what gases are present or absent in its atmosphere could help scientists when looking at other planets for signs of life …

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Third time is not a charm: SpaceX’s rocket lands but then explodes

SpaceX’s rocket has exploded just minutes after the Starship’s first successful landing.The rocket had soared more than six miles after taking off from Texas on Wednesday, powered through its ascent by three Raptor engines.It descended over the Gulf of Mexico before turning upright, ready for landing.

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Elon Musk said: “RIP SN10, honourable discharge”. Pic: SPADRE via YouTube

Unlike two previous test flights, which crashed to Earth, the prototype of Elon Musk’s Mars rocket was still intact when it landed.John Insprucker, who was commenting over SpaceX’s live feed of the launch, was encouraged enough to say: “Third …

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Great apes given experimental COVID vaccine after becoming infected at US zoo

A number of great apes have been given an experimental COVID-19 vaccine following an outbreak of the virus at a zoo in California.Four orangutans and five bonobos have each received two doses of a jab developed by Zoetis, a veterinary pharmaceutical company, National Geographic reported.
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Studies have shown some primates are susceptible to the virus. Credit: Christina Simmons/San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Among those jabbed is Karen, who became the first orangutan in the world to have open-heart surgery in 1994.There have been no adverse reactions to …

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New amputation surgery could leave patients with less pain and more control

A new type of surgery can help amputees control their remaining muscles and sense where their “phantom” limb is in space.This should mean better control of prosthetic limbs, as well as less pain for patients, according to a study of the new procedure.
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) said that most amputations sever the muscle pairs that control affected joints, such as elbows or ankles.But connecting those pairs again allows them to retain their normal ‘push-pull’ relationship, giving amputees better sensory feedback.The study included 15 amputees who received the new procedure – agonist-antagonist myoneural interface ( …

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