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Tuesday May 23, 2017

Space Telescope Spitzer Finds Planet Larger than Earth

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SF News – Spitzer Space Telescope has detected a “super Earth planet” in a different star system than ours.  The planet is not habitable but its detection will help scientists in searching other solar systems to find new life forms in outer space.

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Drivers License Issued to a Car with no Driver

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SF News – Nevada has just issued a license to a car without a driver.  The Google driverless car is equipped with an autopilot system that can navigate the car without the intervention of a human driver.

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‘Nader and Simin, A Separation’ Will be Nominated for Oscars - Iranian Film Chief

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SF News – The Head of IraninanFarabi Foundation predicted in an interview today that on Tuesday January 24 when the final names of Oscars nominees will be announced, ‘Nader and Simin, A Separation’ will definitely be among non-English productions named.

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How Damaging Stuxnet Worm Has Been to Iran’s Industry?

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According to a state-run website, Fars News, on February 20, Saied Ahangaran, a technical deputy for the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence said that 16,000 computers are still infected by the Stuxnet Worm in Iran.  He blamed the international sanctions for this country’s inability to acquire the necessary anti-malware software and tools to combat the computer infection.

The Stuxnet’s attack on the Iranian computer systems, and specifically on computerized control systems used for turning Iranian centrifuges used for enriching uranium in this country’s suspicious nuclear program, was surfaced two years ago.  No one has taken responsibility for the development and release of the mal-ware although some reports later on speculate that only the US and Israelis could have developed the Worm due to the advanced technology used in its code. 

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Iranian Film ‘A Separation’ by Asghar Farhadi Gets Golden Globe Awards

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SF News – Iranian movie maker Ashrar Farhadi was in Hollywood last night to receive the Golden Globe prize for his movie ‘Nader and Simin, A Separation’ as the best foreign language film.

‘A Separation’ had received the Golden Bear Film Awards earlier in Berlin, Germany.   Two of the casts also received the Silver Bear at this festival.

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