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Hi and welcome to Tiny Bytes. Here's a look at some of the week's important news for little minds. Today is Saturday the 24th of March 2018

Stephen Hawking's ashes to rest at Westminster Abbey with the greats

London: British physicist Stephen Hawking is to take his place among some of the greatest scientists in history when his ashes are interred inside Westminster Abbey, close to the graves of Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.

Hawking, the world's most recognisable scientist, died last week aged 76 after a lifetime spent probing the origins of the universe, the mysteries of black holes and the nature of time itself. Read more

World water forum opens after dire UN warning | Video

Brasilia: The world must race to avert disastrous loss of water supplies, Brazil's president Michel Temer told a conference on Tuesday, after the UN said some 5.7 billion people may run short of drinking water by 2050. 

"There is simply no time to lose," Temer said in opening remarks at the 8th World Water Forum, which takes place all week in the Brazilian capital. Read more

World's last male northern white rhino Sudan dead

The world's last male northern white rhino has died, the Kenyan conservancy taking care of it said, leaving only two females of its subspecies alive in the world.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy said in a statement it had made the decision with wildlife officials and his previous carers to euthanise on Monday the 45-year-old rhino, named Sudan, due to the rapid deterioration in his condition.

Sudan was being treated for age-related complications that had affected his muscles and bones and also gave him extensive skin wounds. Read more

Elon Musk deletes Facebook pages of Tesla, SpaceX

New York: Verified Facebook pages of Elon Musk's rocket company SpaceX and electric carmaker Tesla Inc disappeared on Friday, minutes after the Silicon Valley billionaire promised on Twitter to take down the pages when challenged by users .Read more

Meet SoFi, the agile robotic fish who will take marine photos

Washington: When exploring marine environments, underwater robots tend to be a bull trout in a china shop, disturbing marine life with their bulk and disruptive propulsion. Enter SoFi, the soft, agile robotic fish with a delicate demeanour.

Scientists said on Wednesday they have created a remote-controlled robot that swims quietly through coral reefs and schools of fish and uses a fisheye lens -- of course - to capture high-resolution photos and video with a camera built into its nose. Read more

Air India makes history by flying to Israel via Saudi airspace

Ben Gurion Airport, Israel: Saudi Arabia opened its airspace for the first time to a commercial flight to Israel with the inauguration on Thursday of an Air India route between New Delhi and Tel Aviv. 

Air India 139 landed at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport after a flight of over 7-1/2 hours, marking a diplomatic shift for Riyadh that Israel says was fuelled by shared concern over Iranian influence in the region. Read more

China sells sensitive missile technology to Pakistan: report

Beijing: In an unprecedented deal, China has sold Pakistan a powerful tracking system which could speed up the development of multi-warhead missiles by its all-weather ally, the state-run Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) said.

Zheng Mengwei, a researcher with the CAS Institute of Optics and Electronics in Chengdu, Sichuan province, confirmed to the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post that Pakistan had bought a highly sophisticated, large-scale optical tracking and measurement system from China. Read more

Zuckerberg apologises, promises to fix data breach

As Facebook got mired into its biggest-ever controversy, its CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday admitted that the social media giant "made mistakes" over the Cambridge Analytica scandal and a "breach of trust" had occurred between it and its users.

"I want to share an update on the Cambridge Analytica situation- including the steps we have already taken and our next steps to address this important issue. I've been working to understand exactly what happened and how to make sure this doesn't happen again," the CEO wrote on Facebook. Read more

Kerala to borrow Rs 4,000 crore to fund scheme for homeless

The state government has resolved to avail of loan up to Rs 3,000 crore from the Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO) for its Livelihood Inclusion and Financial Empowerment (LIFE) Mission, a comprehensive rehabilitation scheme for the homeless.

There are efforts to borrow an additional amount of Rs 1,000 crore from a consortium of banks as well, an official said. Read more

That's all for the week kids, thank you for listening. I hope you watch out for me next week too. Remember its so important to know what's going on in the world around you

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