Scientific News (November 2018)

Airbus shoots for the Moon Last week saw the arrival of Airbus Europe’s European Service Module (ESM), which has been designed for NASA’s Orion spacecraft, which is hoped will take future astronauts on missions to the Moon and beyond. The new spacecraft is believed to be the first of many that will boost Airbus’s future orders. The new spaceship was placed into a special container that will then be placed upon a cargo plane, the first leg of its journey towards space, arriving at NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre, Florida. It will then be joined to the Orion crew module, which has been built by Lockheed Martin. The spaceship will the...

Internet News (November 2018)

Facebook hit by massive cyber attack It is believed that up to 29 million Facebook accounts have been accessed in order to steal data by cyber attackers. Facebook alerted users earlier this month following reports of hackers using an automated program that had the ability to move from one friend onto the next. The recent attacks have been dubbed as their largest-ever data theft. When the attack first came to light, it was thought that up to 50 million profiles had been targeted. Facebook have, since the attack messaged each of the affected user advising them of the steps that they need to take, as well as providing users with...

Business News (October 2018)

Jaguar Land Rover announces production break Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) have announced a two week break in production due to a slump, in conjunction with large fluctuations across the global markets. The Solihull plant will be temporarily closed from October 22nd 2018 for two weeks. Staff have been advised that they will still receive their salary during the closure, and customers orders will not be affected. According to reports, staff at the Solihull plant will be placed on a 3 day working week until Christmas. JLR announced total retail sales to date of 57,114 – 12.3% lower than the previous year, even with demand for new models. Figures released are...

Scientific News (October 2018)

Hubble nearing the end Nearly three decades ago, the world was introduced to the new operational Hubble Space Telescope. The newly built observatory was once described at one of the most significant scientific instruments ever to be created. After all these years of operating without any major incident, the Hubble Space Telescope was put into safe mode last week, due to the failure one of its gyroscopes which is needed to point the spacecraft in the right direction. Hubble is running on only essential operating systems at present, while scientists attempt to fix the problem. Since the failure, controllers have made attempts to switch on an alternative gyroscopic system, however...

Engineering News (October 2018)

Elizabeth’s Jump Jets get green light for sea trials Finally, after eight years, fighter jets have been launched and deployed from a British aircraft carrier. Trials of the F-35 Lightning IIs from HMS Queen Elizabeth have begun, and will be conducted over the next 11 weeks, with plans to make more than 500 takeoff and landings over that period. Flight trials on the vessel will also involve a number of rotary wing aircraft, of which, the Wildcat HMA2 helicopters began tests last month. The Wildcat HMA2 is the replacement of the Super Lynx attack helicopter, which was retired from service after nearly forty years. The introduction of the F-35s hit...

Internet News (October 2018)

China in moral crackdown on dubious website content 4,000 online accounts and websites have been shut down in China based on their “improper values, harmful content and obscenity”, during a 3 month campaign according to China’s statement news agency Xinhua. The crackdown also included sites that had actively been involved in copyright infringement. China, known to have tight controls over internet access, has previously been involved in crackdowns of this kind. It is believed that the sites affected had been targeted due to these platforms offering “free access to e-books”. In August, it was reported that Google had planned new censoring services in China, and would blacklist any websites that...

Business News (September 2018)

AI could usher in the four day week The TUC are using its annual conference call to the government, in an attempt to encourage businesses to agree to their current workforce to work less but for the same wage. Their notion is that the introduction of new artificial intelligence, robotics and automation technologies could not only provide a £200 billion UK economy boost, which would in turn possibly release pressures on the work force, it would end up making way for a four-day working week within the next 10 years. Cardiff based company IndyCube have implemented this work ethic over the last 18 months. Although the transition to the new...

Engineering News (September 2018)

House of Lords report calls for overhaul of the construction industry It is a common headline, based around reports that the housing and infrastructure needs of the UK cannot be met efficiently by the construction industry as it stands. Now there is also an evidence led report published by the House of Lords concerning the off-site manufacture in the construction sector calling for a ‘radical overhaul’ of the industry to make it more collaborative. The report praises the new ICE ‘Project 13’, an ICE business and working model offering a new way of thinking to reduce costs to the public over the lifecycle of assets, less disruption during construction and...

Scientific News (September 2018)

Robot rock Plans are underway by the Japanese Space Agency to explore the surface on an asteroid using a robot.  The Hayabusa-2 spacecraft finally arrived at the asteroid Ryugu earlier this year following a three-and-a-half-year journey towards the rock, which is shaped like a spinning top. Japanese officials have selected dates this September and October for when the robot landing craft from the Haybusa-2 will start its observations. These robots will be dispersed to different regions across the asteroid.  Should the mission be successful, the Haybusa-2 will be the first craft in space to gather data from landing apparatus placed upon the surface of an asteroid. The asteroid with a...

Internet News (September 2018)

Gatwick flight display system under a cloud Gatwick Airport may have a new cloud-based flight information system…even so, the system experienced a difficult landing earlier this month, bringing the airport authorities down a peg or two. Back in May, the airport claimed that its new screens were ‘innovative and cost effective’, when receiving an award at the Real IT awards for project of the year. They also claimed that they had developed a system that was easily scalable, flexible and resilient, requiring less maintenance and supporting infrastructure. Passengers were left with no working information boards at Gatwick following an issue with the system. Staff were rallied to resolve the problem...