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Saturday December 25th, 2021 evening edition

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The James Webb Space Telescope, NASA's premier space observatory of the next decade, successfully launched on Christmas morning.

The Webb telescope has endured years of delays, including a combination of factors brought on by the pandemic and technical challenges.

The European Space Agency aptly referred to it as "an awesome Christmas present " for the international launch teams, as well as the whole of space science, on Twitter.

The telescope includes instruments from the Canadian Space Agency and the European Space Agency.

"The launch of the Webb Space Telescope is a pivotal moment -- this is just the beginning for the Webb mission," said Gregory L. Robinson, Webb's program director at NASA Headquarters, in a statement.

When the spacecraft unfurls in space, Webb will undergo the most difficult and complex deployment sequence ever attempted in space.

This image shows the full-scale James Webb Space Telescope model at South by Southwest in Austin. »

China’s Soft-Power Advantage in Africa

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Over the past two decades, Beijing has spent billions building dams, highways, railways, and ports in countries from Egypt to South Africa.

B3W is designed to outperform Beijing by offering alternative investment projects intended to entice countries into choosing the United States over China as their preferred partner.

Divisive events such as the Summit for Democracy, by contrast, can end up pushing excluded countries closer to Beijing. »

Amazon Yankee Candle reviews are mirroring the COVID-19 surge — again

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Still, a looming winter COVID surge and international travel restrictions already stopped many companies from attending even before omicron became a major threat.

“But with COVID-19 cases continuing to rise, we are prioritizing the health and safety of our employees and other attendees.”.

Update (12/23): This post was updated multiple times with details on GM's, Waymo's, Hisense's and Intel's plans for the show. »

With tourism suffering, sea turtles are thriving in peace in Phuket

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In Phuket, the absence of tourists has given sea turtles the privacy and safety to spawn in greater numbers.

More turtle nests have been spotted in Phuket than were ever found in the days before the pandemic, according to the Phuket Marine Biological Centre.

But it is hoped that the peaceful conditions that allowed many breeds of sea turtles to thrive this year will continue post-Covid for the next generation of turtles. »

Australian man asked his neighbour to take the bins out – so he did, literally

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Australian man Carl Stanojevic might be the world’s most considerate neighbour after he was asked to “take the bins out” and dutifully followed the request – to the letter.

The next morning, after it was emptied and cleaned, Stanojevic decided to follow through on the banter.

The text exchange between Nick Doherty and Carl Stanojevic that started the whole practical joke. »