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NASA’s Cassini probe finds vast void between Saturn’s rings

WASHINGTON: The unmanned Cassini spacecraft, after completing two passes in the vast, unexplored area between Saturn's rings has discovered not much else there, researchers at NASA said.  Scientists have been surprised to find that not all that much -- not even space dust -- lies between Saturn's iconic rings. "The region between the rings and Saturn is 'the big empty,' apparently," said Cassini Project Manager Earl Maize of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, after the probe's first pass. The…

NASA’s Cassini successfully dives between Saturn and its rings

WASHINGTON: NASA's Cassini spacecraft is back in contact with Earth after its successful first-ever dive through the narrow gap between the planet Saturn and its rings on April 26, 2017. The spacecraft is in the process of beaming back science and engineering data collected during its passage via NASA's Deep Space Network Goldstone Complex in California's Mojave Desert. "In the grandest tradition of exploration, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has once again blazed a trail, showing us new wonders and demonstrating where our…

‘Lego Batman’ beats ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ at US box office

LOS ANGELES: "The Lego Batman Movie" dominated "Fifty Shades Darker" in a battle of new releases at North American box offices over the weekend, industry data showed on Monday. The Warner Bros spinoff of the "Lego Movie" finished on top with $53 million, against $46.6 million for the second in the steamy franchise based on the novels of E.L. James, box office monitor Exhibitor Relations said. Featuring the voice of Will Arnett as the caped crusader, the new Lego offering is a 3D, computer-generated comedy that follows…

Shyamalan’s ‘Split’ again rules North America box office

LOS ANGELES: "Split," the M Night Shyamalan thriller about a man with multiple personalities who locks three teenage girls in an underground bunker, held onto the top spot in the North American box office for a third weekend, industry estimates showed Sunday. The movie -- by the director of the classic horror film "Sixth Sense" -- stars James McAvoy as a man with 23 personalities who preys on young girls. It earned an estimated $14.6 million in ticket sales over a three-day weekend in which sales were slowed by football's…

Microsoft disrupts cybercrime rings

BOSTON: Microsoft Corp launched what it hopes will be the most successful private effort to date to crack down on cyber crime by moving to disrupt communications channels between hackers and infected PCs. The operation, which began on Monday under an order issued by a federal court in Nevada, targeted traffic involving malicious softwareknown as Bladabindi and Jenxcus, which Microsoft said work in similar ways and were written and distributed by developers in Kuwait and Algeria. It is the first high-profile case involving…