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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...

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...

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...

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...

Scientific News (July 2018)

Watch the skies Following a break of 60 years, studies of the sky are to take place once again at the Royal Observatory Greenwich (ROG). The ROG has seen restorative work inside its Grade II listed Alt-azimuth Pavilion; in addition, two brand new telescopes have been installed. The facility will be named after one of the first females scientists that originally worked at the ROG, Annie Maunder who, through her work discovered key information about the sun. It will highlight her efforts and input at the end of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The new facility and instruments will be used as a resource for school children, as well...

Scientific News (June 2018)

Fourth man on the moon dies aged 86 Alan Bean, Former US Astronaut, known as the fourth man to step foot on the moon has passed away at the age of 86 in a hospital in Houston, Texas after a short illness. Bean was known in later life as an accomplished artist, who used the theme of space as the inspiration for his artwork. Bean has been described by fellow Astronaut, Mike Massimio as “the most extraordinary person” he had ever met with his contributions and combinations of technical accomplishments within astronautics and his artistic flair. Bean was selected as a NASA trainee during 1963 following his original occupation as an...

Special Report: The General Data Protection Regulations

Cheryl Dyer Ballard examines the The General Data Protection Regulations, which will come into force on Friday, 25th May 2018. Here, Cheryl examines the implications, what exactly is involved, the whys, ways and means of this landmark EU legislation, why you need to act in accordance with it by the deadline, and what it means for you as an individual.   Introduction You may have noticed in your inboxes the large amount of emails that you are receiving from companies that you have registered your details with at some time or the other. Personally, I’m ignoring quite a few of them as they’re from companies that I don’t even recognise –...

Scientific News (May 2018)

Hawking’s Final Research Prof Stephen Hawking is still making waves amongst scientists with the release of his final research paper that suggests that the universe that we know may be one of many mirroring our own. This comes from Hawking’s own Cosmic Paradox Theory, paving a way forward for future researchers and scientists to explore and find their own evidence of parallel universes. Hawking’s, theories were released and submitted to the Journal of High-Energy Physics just 10 days prior to his death in March this year. Hawking’s proposed his new theories in a paper jointly written with fellow Professor Thomas Hertog from KU Leuven based in Belgium, and funded by...

Tech Update (April 2018)

Andy Cormack gives us the heads up on what’s on the horizon in hardware and technology, giving you the lowdown on the next big thing.   In April’s update, Andy looks at some literally lunatic ideas for 4G on the Moon no less, putting the brakes on Hyperloop, hotels in space and  robot bees. It almost feels like the 1960s again.  Read on…   Audi, Vodafone, and Nokia plan Lunar Mobile Phone Network While 5G is on the horizon, some companies have their heads set firmly beyond the clouds as Audi, Vodafone, and Nokia are partnering on a project to implement a 4G network on the Moon, one that may...

Scientific News (April 2018)

Droning on about landslides A group of campaigners have urged the Environmental Agency to use a fleet of drones to uncover bad farming practices across the UK with a view of penalising farmers who allow soil to run off their fields. It is believed that only 0.5% of farms are checked each year, yet coalition campaigners feel that not enough is being done to protect rivers or rising flood numbers. The groups feel that poor and careless farming is the cause of the decline of the United Kingdoms rivers, with much of the farmers waste off their fields causing our riverbeds to fill with sludge and become a potential cause...