US & Canada

NASA launches TESS satellite to search for alien worlds

The $337m planet-hunting space telescope launched on Wednesday from Cape Canaveral in Florida, is the agency’s most ambitious quest yet to scour planets' atmospheres for any life.


Scientists test plastic-eating enzyme in bid to fight pollution

It is a world first in an effort to find a solution for the 300 million tonnes of plastic produced every year.


New mobile apps are shaping Iran's civil society

Iranian rights activists are creating hi-tech solutions to promote civil liberties, despite frequent internet shutdowns.

New mobile apps are shaping Iran's civil society


NASA to launch mission to find 20,000 new exoplanets

Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite will analyse about 200,000 stars and is expected to find thousands of new planets.

NASA to launch satellite looking for 20,000 new exoplanets


UK scientists use graphene filter to make dirty water drinkable

Scientists in the city of Manchester have found a potential breakthrough to water filtration that could provide clean water to millions in the coming years.

The Listening Post

India's Aadhaar database and the challenges of reporting it

Why covering the world's largest biometric database comes with huge risks for Indian journalists.

Talk to Al Jazeera

Jimmy Wales: Fake news, WikiTribune and the future of journalism

Wikipedia cofounder Jimmy Wales discusses his new venture WikiTribune and the fight against fake news.

Science & Technology

Russian court blocks use of Telegram app

Official request to start blocking messaging app granted but founder pledges to use built-in systems to overcome ban.

Moscow court blocks use of Telegram messaging app


Facebook's Zuckerberg grilled during second hearing

CEO of Facebook admitted his profile was also among the data exposed in the Cambridge Analytica leak.

Facebook's Zuckerberg grilled harder during second hearing


Mark Zuckerberg's Congress testimony: What he said

Facebook founder and chief executive answers questions about the company's use and protection of user data.

Mark Zuckerberg's Congress testimony: What he said


How healthy is the internet?

New report focuses on privacy and security, openness, digital inclusion, web literacy and decentralisation.

Internet Health Report 2018: The threats faced by online users


What will Congress ask Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg?

Here are the questions the Facebook CEO will likely be asked as he makes his first appearance in Congress.

Science & Technology

Iranian students show off prowess in robotics

Some 24 teams from 11 countries join hundreds of local teams for 13th edition of the research and education initiative.

Local and international teams face off at RoboCup Iran Open

Science & Technology

Should we be worried about 'killer robots'?

Autonomous weapons might one day make war more efficient but they present deep-seated practical and ethical challenges.

Should we be worried about 'killer robots'?


Up to 87 million people affected in Facebook scandal

Number of users whose data was accessed by Cambridge Analytica may be significantly higher than suspected, company says.