FACTS OF THE DAY

19th April 2018

Last Sunday, an asteroid the size of a football field came within 120,000 miles of the Earth, but was only spotted two hours before it passed by.

zmescience.com

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A new study in the International Journal of Astrobiology posits an advanced pre-human civilization on Earth, wiped out by a cataclysm 55 million years ago.

motherboard.vice.com

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Scientists analysing a meteorite found in Sudan have found tiny diamonds inside it, which suggest it must have come from a planet that no longer exists.

newatlas.com

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Mosques in Accra, Ghana are being asked to use WhatsApp to call the faithful to prayer because the traditional loudspeakers at the top of minarets are too noisy.

dw.com

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87% of Germans welcome a new law requiring social media sites to remove fake news, threats and hate speech within 24 hours or face fines of 50 million Euros.

daliaresearch.com

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Engineers at the University of Illinois have developed an artificial muscle made of carbon fibre and rubber that can lift 12,000 times its own weight.

newatlas.com