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Indian lander goes silent as it approaches lunar south pole

Indian lander goes silent as it approaches lunar south pole

Science
Sept. 6 (UPI) -- India's attempt to become the first nation to put a spacecraft on the south pole of the moon is on hold. The country's lunar lander Vikram stopped relaying signals just moments before it was scheduled to touch down on the lunar surface. The lander performed a series of breaking maneuvers on Friday, first so-called rough breaking, followed by fine breaking. The touchdown was expected sometime around 4:30 p.m. EDT. On live broadcasts of the landing attempt, officials with the country's space agency, the Indian Space Research Organization, looked on with concern. Silence filled mission control. ISRO Chairman K. Sivan said the agency needed to analyze data to determine what happened to the lander prior to touchdown. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on hand at mission contro...
World of Warcraft Classic: Hit game goes back to basics

World of Warcraft Classic: Hit game goes back to basics

Technology
The hit video game World of Warcraft (WoW) is going back to basics with the launch of WoW Classic this evening.First released in 2004, the online multi-player game has evolved and changed dramatically over the years.Many players had asked developer Blizzard Entertainment to revive the original version of the game, known as "classic" or "vanilla" WoW.While not identical to the original, WoW Classic will replicate a majority of the features from the first game.World of Warcraft is a fantasy game in which players roam the virtual world, fighting monsters and completing quests.Blizzard said some players who had been given early access to the classic version - which is released at 23:00 BST on Monday - mistakenly thought some of the o...
Ed Sheeran goes to numbers one, three and four

Ed Sheeran goes to numbers one, three and four

Entertainment
Ed Sheeran has staged another chart takeover with his star-studded No. 6 Collaborations Project.The album, which contains duets with Bruno Mars and Camila Cabello, topped the charts with sales of 125,000, more than the rest of the Top 30 combined.Beautiful People, the record's mellow opening track, has also gone to number one in the singles chart.Stormzy collaboration Take Me Back To London and Cross Me, featuring Chance The Rapper, also made the top five.Sheeran would probably have had more singles in the Top 40, but the Official Charts Company currently limits the countdown to three tracks per artist.The rule was brought in three years ago after Sheeran's previous album ÷ propelled 16 songs into the Top 20.That spells good news
Facebook scam-busting service goes live

Facebook scam-busting service goes live

Technology
Scammers are being targeted by a new tool for UK Facebook users that allows the reporting of fake adverts.The feature came about after Martin Lewis, founder of the MoneySavingExpert website, sued over his name and photo being used on fake Facebook adverts.In return for dropping the legal action, Facebook agreed to donate £3m to set up an anti-scam programme.That money has been handed over to Citizens Advice to build a new service to help victims of online fraudsters.The charity has set up a telephone helpline for any type of online scam - not just ones involving fake ads. Face-to-face consultations will even be offered to serious cases - where someone falls into debt or mortgage arrears, for example.Citizens Advice says it expect
Google’s DeepMind goes undercover to battle gamers

Google’s DeepMind goes undercover to battle gamers

Technology
Gamers in Europe are being invited to take on a bot developed by some of the world's leading artificial intelligence researchers.But there's a twist: players will not be told when they have been pitted against it.The tests are being carried out by DeepMind, the London-based AI company that previously created a program that defeated the world's top Go players.In this case, the challenge involves the sci-fi video game Starcraft II.It is seen as being a more complex task, since players can only get a partial overview of what their opponent is doing, unlike the Chinese board game Go where all the pieces are on show.In addition, both Starcraft players move their armies about simultaneously rather than by taking turns.DeepMind - which ...