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    In a doughnut in Japan, unlocking the power of the Sun

    With its tangle of pipes and pumps leading to a metal pot the size of a five-storey building, Japan's JT-60SA machine looks to the untrained eye like a contraption from 1970s sci-fi.- 'Flash in a can' - But the US facility uses a different method from ITER and the JT-60SA known as inertial confinement fusion, in which high-energy lasers are directed simultaneously into a thimble-sized cylinder containing hydrogen.

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    'Dad, come back': Palestinians radio loved ones in Israeli jails

    Palestinians with relatives in Israeli prisons have been deprived of visiting rights during the Israel-Hamas war, opting instead to send messages to loved ones on a radio programme.Israeli group the Association for Civil Rights in Israel had called on judges to visit prisons where Palestinians are held to inspect their conditions.

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    A brief history of famous Moon landings -- and failures

    A spaceship built by a company in Texas is poised for lunar touchdown on Thursday, returning America to the Moon after more than five decades in what promises to be a historic first for the private sector. - Project Apollo -  In 1961, president John F. Kennedy proposed to Congress that the US  "should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth."

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    US heads back to the Moon -- with a commercial spaceship

    One giant leap for the private sector?NASA paid Intuitive Machines $118 million to ship its hardware under a new initiative called Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS), which it created to delegate trucking services to the private sector to achieve savings and stimulate a wider lunar economy.

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    Whales 'cannot out-sing' human noise pollution

    Baleen whales have evolved a special voice box to help them to sing underwater -- but this could also make them uniquely vulnerable to being drowned out by human noise pollution, according to new research published Wednesday.Researchers say there is an urgent need to regulate underwater noise.

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    Two dozen dead in Venezuela illegal mine collapse

    About two dozen people died when an illegal gold mine collapsed in the jungles of southern Venezuela, officials said Wednesday as the search continued for survivors.The video showed dozens of people working in the shallow waters of an open pit mine when a wall of earth slowly collapses upon them.

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    Qantas says profits down but reputation rebounding

    Qantas reported a slide in half-year net profits Thursday but said its reputation had "bounced back" under a new leader after taking a battering since the Covid-19 pandemic.Qantas said its net profit dropped 13.2 percent year-on-year to Aus$869 million (US$570 million) in the six months to December 31.

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