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This Transformers-like satellite is set to beam hyper-speed future internet

This Transformers-like satellite is set to beam hyper-speed future internet

July 23, 2021

If you’re struggling to get a meagre few megabits per seconds out of your mobile internet...the designers behind a new super-satellite claim it could revolutionise data speeds in the future.
The European Space Agency’s Eutelsat Quantum is so-called because it’s a “quantum leap” allowing onboard software to be reconfigured, Transformers-style, depending on demand.
With alleged future speeds of 500 gigabits per second, it’s faster than Elon Musk’s rival Starlink project, but with a lifespan of 15 to 20 years, what happens when Quantum dies and becomes space junk?

We ask Elodie Viau, Esa’s director of telecommunications and integrated applications.
Quantum’s due to launch aboard an Ariane 5 from French Guiana on Tuesday.

Newly-hatched pterosaurs may have been able to fly fresh out of the egg - with better flight acrobatics than adults.

Newly-hatched pterosaurs may have been able to fly fresh out of the egg - with better flight acrobatics than adults.

July 23, 2021

You may have heard of pterodactyls, but what about the pterosaur.. it’s ever-so slightly cuter cousin?
Pterosaurs were a group of flying reptiles that lived during the triassic, jurassic and cretaceous periods, dating from 228 to 66 million years ago.
When fully grown, flying pterosaur had a thin neck longer than a giraffe and a very large head, enabling them to swoop down and prey on large animals.
Scientists from the Portsmouth and Bristol now say newly-hatched pterosaurs may have been able to fly not long out of the egg, and while hatchlings were slower, their small size meant they could manoeuvre in-flight more easily than cumbersome adults.

Ofcom says telecoms firms must to do more to support people struggling to pay mobile and internet bills

Ofcom says telecoms firms must to do more to support people struggling to pay mobile and internet bills

July 23, 2021

The telecoms watchdog Ofcom is warning mobile and internet firms must do more to help people in financial difficulties. 
New research by Ofcom shows that many people on low incomes are struggling to afford internet access and not all of them are receiving support from their supplier.
A handful of providers have introduced low-cost tariffs for people on benefits, making them available for between £10 and £20 a month.
But take-up of these targeted tariffs has been low, with only 0.15 per cent of British households signed up - and Ofcom says around two million households still struggle to pay their internet bill with a total debt of around £550 million.

Millions of English households are suffering from overheating as summers get hotter - what can be done?

Millions of English households are suffering from overheating as summers get hotter - what can be done?

July 23, 2021

This will come as no surprise to millions of households struggling to get a breeze through during this week’s stifling nights, but more than 4.6 million homes in England officially are suffering from overheating during the summer.
With British summers getting hotter, Loughborough University scientists report overheating is worse in bedrooms at night than in living rooms during the day.
The research, published in the journal Building and Environment, monitored 750 homes and also found overheating was significantly greater in households living in social housing, with low incomes or with members aged over state pension age.
They are calling on architects to think more about designing buildings that stay cool in the summer and warm during winter.

Reddit, is that you? Twitter trials suspiciously familiar upvote and downvote buttons

Reddit, is that you? Twitter trials suspiciously familiar upvote and downvote buttons

July 23, 2021

Reddit users will be familiar with ‘upvote’ and ‘downvote’ buttons - essentially a ‘like’ or ‘dislike’.
Now Twitter users on Apple’s iOS platform will begin to see these very same voting button features that the company says it’s using to find out what Tweeters ‘find relevant’.
These buttons will appear as arrows or thumbs, but downvotes will not be visible to other users.

Could daily Covid-19 testing of pupils be ‘just as effective’ at controlling transmission as isolation?

Could daily Covid-19 testing of pupils be ‘just as effective’ at controlling transmission as isolation?

July 23, 2021

Research by the University of Oxford estimates that daily Covid-19 testing in schools – as an alternative to the current 10-day contact isolation policy – can reduce coronavirus-related school absences by 39 per cent.
Around 200 secondary schools across England took part in a trial, and researchers found no evidence that the rate of students and staff getting sick with Covid-19 symptoms was different in the group doing daily testing compared to the group isolating at home.
The findings come after government figures show more than one million children in England were out of school last week for Covid-19-related reasons, the equivalent of around one in seven.

Nasa scientists have calculated the how thick the crust of Mars is - and the result might surprise you

Nasa scientists have calculated the how thick the crust of Mars is - and the result might surprise you

July 23, 2021

Scientists at Nasa and the University of Cologne say they’ve calculated the thickness of the Red Planet’s crust.
Using seismological imaging data captured by Nasa’s InSight lander, the research team were able to study the Martian interior region for the first time to give clues about its internal composition.
They calculate the very top layer is just five miles thick in places, and in comparison, the average thickness of Earth’s crust is between 12 and 30 miles.
Cutting down through the Red Planet’s layers, Mars’s liquid iron-nickel core has a radius of over 1,100 miles and is less dense than previously thought.

Football Association confirm appointment of Debbie Hewitt as first female chair

Football Association confirm appointment of Debbie Hewitt as first female chair

July 23, 2021

The Football Association have confirmed Debbie Hewitt as the new chair and leader of the FA Council.
Hewitt, who was nominated for the post last month and is the first woman to lead the governing body in its history, saw her appointment approved at an FA Council meeting today and will take the role from January 2022.
At the time of her nomination, former Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville hailed the choice of Hewitt, who was awarded an MBE in 2011 for services to business and the public sector, as an “outstanding appointment”.
The FA have been looking for a new chair since Greg Clarke resigned his post in November last year after making offensive remarks when speaking to MPs on the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee.
Hewitt will step down from her current role with The Restaurant Group, which owns Wagamama, when she joins the FA. She also chairs Visa Europe, BGL Group and White Stuff.

 

Tranmere sign midfielder Sam Foley

Tranmere sign midfielder Sam Foley

July 23, 2021

Tranmere have announced the signing of midfielder Sam Foley.
The 34-year-old joins the club on a one-year contract having been released by Motherwell at the end of the season, and featured in Rovers’ pre-season win against Stalybridge Celtic earlier this week.
As well as experience in the Scottish Premier League with Motherwell and St Mirren, Foley has also had spells with Yeovil, Port Vale and Northampton.
Manager Micky Mellon told the club website: “I am delighted we have got Sam on board; he is someone I got to know during my time in Scotland.
“He is majorly experienced; he is a really athletic midfield player who will complement the talent we already have in the midfield area.
“He will add experience, leg power and he is a great athlete. He is a technical footballer, and he will certainly compliment what we already have in the midfield area.”

Right-back Jack Hunt returns to Sheffield Wednesday after leaving Bristol City

Right-back Jack Hunt returns to Sheffield Wednesday after leaving Bristol City

July 23, 2021

Sheffield Wednesday have re-signed right-back Jack Hunt following his departure from Bristol City.
The 30-year-old made over 100 appearances for the Owls between 2015 and 2018, helping Wednesday reach the Championship play-offs twice before moving on to Ashton Gate.
Hunt returns to Hillsborough with Darren Moore’s side now in League One following last season’s relegation.
He told swfc.co.uk: “I’m delighted to be back. There was interest elsewhere but once I heard of Wednesday’s interest and spoke to the gaffer the decision was easy for me.
“He’s told me how he wants the team to play, what he expects from me, and it suits me perfectly.
“I had a fantastic time here, Wednesday are a special club to me, and it’s about unfinished business too.”

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