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Rebecca Campbell

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British government announces major quantum computing initiatives

18th September 2020 The UK government recently and formally launched the country’s National Quantum Computer Centre. The creation of this centre was first announced in 2018 and the government has committed £93-million to the initiative. The launching of the centre was announced at the Virtual Quantum Summit at the... 

Nasa successfully ground-tests improved rocket booster and flight-certified spacecraft

18th September 2020 The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) has successfully tested what could be described as the ‘Mark 2’ version of the booster rocket for its heavy Space Launch System (SLS). The SLS boosters are the most powerful booster rockets ever built for flight operations and their... 

The final explosions that will illuminate the dying universe predicted

11th September 2020 A theoretical physicist at Illinois State University, in the US, has calculated that the last phenomena that will happen in our universe is what he calls ‘black dwarf supernovas’. Assistant physics professor Matt Caplan has had his theoretical paper accepted for publication by the Monthly Notices... 

Cosmic rays, background radiation could hamper quantum computing

11th September 2020 Quantum computing promises to bring huge improvements over conventional computing, if it can be scaled up from the current, basically laboratory test, installations. It would be able to process much more complex problems than conventional computing and do so at far, far higher speeds. But... 

Private reserves support public reserves in protecting carnivores

11th September 2020 Research undertaken in South Africa’s Kwazulu-Natal province by an international team of wildlife ecologists has not only confirmed the value of privately-owned nature reserves and game farms in conserving free-ranging carnivorous animals but also highlighted the fundamental role of formal... 

Covid-hit civil aerospace unit drags down Rolls-Royce

11th September 2020 UK-based global major industrial technology group Rolls-Royce has unveiled its results for the first half (H1) of 2020. It reported that the Covid-19 pandemic had had a significant impact on its performance so far this year. For example, underlying revenues came to £5.6-billion, a drop of 24% in... 

Airline body seeks the restoration of international connectivity

11th September 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has urged governments around the world to work together to reopen borders and restore global connectivity. The association, which is the representative body for the global airline industry, also called on governments to continue to support... 

US space agency announces validation of much less toxic spacecraft propellant

4th September 2020 The US National Aeronautics and Space Agency (Nasa) has reported that, following just under 13 months of operational testing and evaluation in orbit, it had validated a new type of propellant for spacecraft. This new propellant is much less toxic than the standard current propellant, hydrazine.... 

Digital and 3D printing technologies transform UK fighter aircraft development process

4th September 2020 UK-based global major aerospace and defence group BAE Systems (BAES) has reported how the latest technologies are being used to drive forward, with unprecedented speed, Britain’s next-generation combat air system programme. Known as Tempest, this project is really benefiting from and making full... 

Most insurers still reluctant to pay tourist business interruption claims, despite some relief

28th August 2020 Public loss adjustment company Insurance Claims Africa (ICA) has reported that, while more major insurance companies are now offering interim relief payments to smaller businesses in the tourism and hospitality sector, larger such businesses were still excluded from the payments. These interim... 

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