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Japan asks Australia to cooperate in daring space mission

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Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced that Australia has agreed to cooperate with Japan in a space mission without precedent.

Japan plans to land on Phobos, one of the moons of Mars, and collect samples in order to gain a greater understanding of the solar system.

The request from Japan is for the spacecraft, nicknamed MMX, to land in Woomera, South Australia, when it returns to Earth.

This marks an exciting development in international relations and space exploration.

The Mission

Japan’s space agency, JAXA, is planning the mission to Phobos with the hope of collecting samples that could provide clues about the solar system’s formation. JAXA hopes that by touch down on Phobos, they will be able to better understand Mars’ gravity as well as obtain data about the moon’s surface conditions and environment.

The samples collected will be returned to Earth aboard the MMX spacecraft for further analysis.

The Significance of this Request

This isn’t the first time Japan has partnered with another country for a space mission – in fact, JAXA has had many successful partnerships with NASA – but this request is significant because it’s the first time Japan has asked another country to host its return journey.

Because Woomera is located in a desert area with little interference from city lights or air traffic, it makes for an ideal location to retrieve samples from outer space.

This marks an important step in Australia-Japan relations and cements our reputation as a world leader in space exploration.

Australia has agreed to help Japan with aspace mission that will see a Japanese spacecraft land in Woomera, South Australia, after collecting samples from one of the moons of Mars.

This marks an exciting development not just for international relations and space exploration, but for Australia as well.

As Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said, “this request from Japan is for the spacecraft, nicknamed MMX, to land in Woomera in South Australia with its precious samples when it returns to Earth.” Stay tuned for more details on this developing story.

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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The #SunburnChallenge has been blocked on TikTok Australia

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TikTok Australia has partnered with Melanoma Institute Australia for a new campaign to stop glamourising tanning

As Australians prepare for warmer temperatures, TikTok Australia is seeking to put an end to the viral #SunburnChallenge.

The challenge has led to users uploading videos of their sunburned bodies onto the platform.

However, the video-sharing app will begin removing these videos under the ‘Tanning. That’s Cooked’ campaign.

The initiative is targeted at 20–39 year old Australians who are partaking in the trend.

It will use humour to throw shade at tanning, and turn Australia’s tanning culture on its head.

Lee Hunter is the general manager at TikTok, who said humour is the key to shaping this demographic rather than serious corporate or health messages.

“The campaign is inviting TikTok creators to use humour and throw shade at tanning in their own authentic way, helping to spread the word and change the perception of tanning.”

LEE HUNTER, TIKTOK AUSTRALIA

Skin cancer is the most deadly form of the disease for Australians. It is typically caused by an over-exposure to the sun and ultra-violet radiation.

While it is preventable in most cases, the disease is the most common cancer among 20–39 year olds.

“Everyone who searches for a hashtag related to summer sun, tanning and many other summertime phrases, will see the ‘Tanning. That’s Cooked.’ banner and will be provided with information that outlines the dangers of tanning, with links to Melanoma Institute Australia,” Mr Hunter said.

The plea was made by Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA), who have pushed for social media stars and influencers to stop glamourising tanning.

Matthew Browne is the chief executive at MIA, who said the TikTok partnership will help to strengthen the message for younger Australians.

“One Aussie is diagnosed with melanoma every 30 minutes and it claims more lives than the national road toll. Tanning is actually skin cells in trauma.”

MATTHEW BROWNE, MELANOMA INSTITUTE AUSTRALIA

“There is no safe way of sun tanning, including the concept of getting a protective ‘base tan’ at the start of summer.”

“That’s like saying smoking a few cigarettes a day will protect you from developing lung cancer,” he explained.

TikTok has recently stepped up its social responsibility commitments. In October, the platform said it intends to “drive a deeper understanding and awareness of the importance of mental wellbeing”.

According to a recent poll, of over 1,000 participants, 23 per cent of Australians believe mental wellbeing is more important than physical wellbeing.

TikTok has developed wellbeing guides, which share practical advice for people to be more considerate about what they share online.

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EU sets out its new Twitter rules

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A clash may be brewing between Twitter’s new owner Elon Musk and the European Union

EU officials warning that the site could be blocked, if it doesn’t make a commitment to moderate its content.

According to the Financial Times, Breton said Twitter needed to make a number of changes to meet the DSA’s requirements.

It wants Twitter to “aggressively” tackle disinformation, submit to an audit and provide clear criteria about which users are at risk of being banned.

The EU also wants Twitter to carefully consider how it lifts bans in the future.

Breton posted a full “DSA Checklist,” via his Mastodon account, containing the rules he said Twitter will need to abide by.

Failing to comply with the DSA can result in an EU-wide ban or fines of up to 6 percent of global turnover when it comes into force, which Politico reports may not happen until early 2024.

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The new tech to trap fare evaders

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New tech to catch fare evaders is set to be deployed across Britain’s second-largest train operator.

The system is installed at barriers to automatically detect whether a ticket is valid.

If it isn’t, it sends an alert to Northern staff to see if additional checks are required.

These additional checks include whether a passenger has the appropriate rail card or is eligible for a child discount.

During a trial of the technology at a station last month, almost 180 fare dodgers were caught on one day alone.

Northern serves more than 500 stations across northern England.

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