Fallout suggests a nuclear reactor blew up in Russia, experts say

New findings show that Russian explosion was from a nuclear reactor.

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  • Nuclear experts confirm that the Russian explosion that occurred earlier in August was likely from a nuclear reactor.
  • Rapidly decaying radioactive isotopes were found in the surrounding area.
  • A number of independent researchers confirmed the findings.
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Russia sends humanoid robot to space, fails to dock with ISS

The Russian-built FEDOR was launched on a mission to help ISS astronauts.

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  • Russia launched a spacecraft carrying FEDOR, a humanoid robot.
  • Its mission is to help astronauts aboard the International Space Station.
  • Such androids can eventually help with dangerous missions likes spacewalks.
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​China is using fake social media accounts to spread disinformation about Hong Kong protesters

In modern disinformation warfare, social media is the main battlefield.

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  • Twitter and Facebook say they've deleted multiple accounts that appear to be connected to a state-backed disinformation campaign.
  • The accounts paint the Hong Kong protesters in an extremely negative light, with some calling them cockroaches.
  • In Hong Kong, hundreds of thousands of protesters have been marching for 11 weeks, in what started as a fierce objection to a bill that would extradite Hong Kong citizens to China.
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  • Russians protesting for a free election process now have a new image to rally behind.
  • 17 year old Olga Misik sat in front of riot police reading the Russian constitution.
  • She read aloud the passage, which affirms the right to peaceful gatherings.
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See remarkable NASA photos of a new volcano eruption

ISS astronauts and NASA satellites capture amazing photos of the Raikoke volcano eruption.

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  • Astronauts and satellites take memorable photos of the Raikoke volcano eruption in the Kuril Islands.
  • The eruption is the first in volcano since 1924.
  • The plume of the eruption got as high as 17 km (10 mi).
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