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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...

Business News (August 2018)

Beer and cannabis Constellation Brands, the owners of Corona beer are looking to invest $4 billion into Canopy Growth, Canada’s largest cannabis producer. If the investment is successful, the deal will be Constellation Brands largest deal within the industry, in a bid to take advantage of the growing legalisation of cannabis. In 2017, Constellation invested $200 million into a deal with Canopy for the manufacture of a non-alcoholic cannabis-based drink. Following the news of the deal, Canopy’s Toronto-listed stock rose by 30%, but in stark contrast, the news also saw Constellations value fall by 6% on Wall Street. Canopy and Constellation believe that the investment will enable Canopy to expand...

Engineering News (August 2018)

A shift towards predictive maintenance minimises downtime in manufacturing The move from reactive maintenance to predictive maintenance is happening throughout many areas of industry. Construction uses sensors to monitor the structural health of buildings or how they react to certain conditions, in new constructions, but also with retrofitted sensors in historic buildings. The same is happening in other sectors such as monitors in utility networks (new and retrofitted), the automotive sector, the chemical industry and life sciences to name but a few. One of the biggest benefits of a shift from reactive maintenance to predictive maintenance can be seen in the manufacturing industry which often uses complex machinery. A fault...

Scientific News (August 2018)

Cancer cure closer Scientists based in Australia have taken a giant step forward in cancer research since their discovery of a new drug, which when tested on animals appears to send cancerous cells into permanent states of stasis. The new drug stops the cells from reproducing without any of the painful side effects that are often caused by the conventional methods of cancer treatments. The team surrounding this ground-breaking research include researchers and scientists from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Monash University, Cancer Therapeutics CRC, The University of Melbourne, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and CSIRO. Research published this week, shows the drugs actively stopping the advancement...