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Final Bulletin (December 2018)

Ticket to ride Many non-EU countries and the UK will face charges of €7 to travel to EU countries following Brexit. The European Commission have confirmed that travellers from the UK will not require a visa, although they will be required to purchase and apply for other documents in order to complete their journeys. The European Travel Information and Authorisation System, ETIAS for short, will come into effect in 2021. Currently, anyone travelling from a non-EU country needs to apply for a visa to travel to Europe. However, many countries are excluded from this requirement including the United States, Japan and Australia. A total of 61 countries are named within...

Scientific News (December 2018)

El Niño makes a comeback El Niño, a natural event that changes the temperature of the Pacific Ocean, as well as influences global weather patterns is expected to occur within the next three months, according to the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).  El Niño’s are often linked with rising temperatures from the Pacific as well as causing floods across South America, and possibly aggravating arid conditions across Africa and Asia. Researchers have witnessed surface temperatures of the sea in the East-central tropical region of the Pacific being at low El Niño levels since October, yet atmospheric conditions have not yet been affected by the conditions across the seas. Confidence in these...

Engineering News (December 2018)

Virgin Galactic finally kick starts the commercial space age They’ve done it. Virgin Galactic’s fourth and latest test flight has successfully reached the edge of space and has returned safely. SpaceShipTwo reached an altitude of 82.7km, close to where Earth’s atmosphere ends and space begins. The flight however didn’t reach the 100km Karman Line, the official industry benchmark for the boundary between the Earth and Space. “Today we have shown Virgin Galactic can open space to the world,” Sir Richard Branson told the world. Branson first formed the commercial spaceflight company back in 2004, hot on the tails of Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos who formed SpaceX and Blue Origin...

Internet News (December 2018)

Near the Edge of the Cloud By 2025, it is believed that over 80 billion electronic devices including smartphones and watches, to sensors within cities and factories will be connected to the internet, with an estimated 180 trillion gigabytes of data being used within a year, according to a recent article in Forbes magazine. Data that is currently generated, is processed and then saved into the Cloud, a facility that provides storage space using the internet. However, the Cloud is already showing signs of intractability due to congestion within networks. The future of the Cloud is undeniably under threat due to the amount of devices that will eventually be connected,...

Business News (November 2018)

Netflix and Disney go head to head Netflix are ready for battle once the new online streaming channel Disney Plus launches next year. With Netflix already providing 130 million customers across the globe, they are ready for Disney Plus to give them a run for their money. Netflix believe that due to competing with Amazon for over 10 years, they are already used to competition against strong contenders, which helps them continue to raise their game. Disney Plus is expected to dislodge their competitors, and has been dubbed the “Netflix Killer”, with their streaming services offering content that includes the Star Wars and Marvel rights. However, Netflix are determined to stay...

Engineering News (November 2018)

The International Space Station turns 20 Happy birthday wishes to the International Space Station, the ISS, who turns 20 years old this month. On the 20th November 1998, a Russian Proton Rocket was launched carrying the ‘Zarya’ module from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. This module was the first piece of the ISS, with NASA sending up the ‘Unity’ component 2 weeks later, to begin the construction of the ISS which would continue until the final planned module was fitted in 2011. Just 23 months after the launch of Zarya into orbit, 3 Astronauts and Cosmonauts would arrive to live on the ISS as it was and continue the construction...

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...