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โœ‡ NPR Environment

Kids' Climate Case 'Reluctantly' Dismissed By Appeals Court

By Nathan Rott โ€” January 18th 2020 at 02:04
Levi Draheim, 11, wears a dust mask as he participates in a demonstration in Miami in July 2019. A lawsuit filed by him and other young people urging action against climate change was thrown out by a federal appeals court Friday.

The court said the nearly two dozen young people who were trying to force action by the government on climate change did not have standing to sue. The judges said climate change is a political issue.

(Image credit: Wilfredo Lee/AP)

โœ‡ NYT Space

SpaceX Test Delayed to Sunday

By Kenneth Chang โ€” January 18th 2020 at 11:34

A successful demonstration of the abort system on the company’s Crew Dragon capsule would set up the next flight, which is to have astronauts aboard.

โœ‡ FoxNews SciTech

Taal volcano eruption devours crater lake

By James Rogers โ€” January 17th 2020 at 19:52

The eruption of the Taal volcano in the Philippines has almost devoured a crater lake on the volcanic island.

โœ‡ FoxNews SciTech

Cows talk to each other, including about food, shocking new study says

By Chris Ciaccia โ€” January 17th 2020 at 19:06

Cows can "commooonicate" with each other, a startling new study says.

โœ‡ FoxNews SciTech

Dinosaur extinction was 'all about the asteroid,' casting doubt about volcano's impact, new study says

By Chris Ciaccia โ€” January 17th 2020 at 17:05

Several studies have suggested a volcano eruption played a greater role in the extinction of the dinosaurs than the asteroid that crashed into modern-day Mexico. A new study is hoping to end the debate, suggesting "it was all about the asteroid."

โœ‡ NPR Technology

What We've Learned From The Data On Crisis Counseling Via Text Message

January 17th 2020 at 22:13

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Nancy Lublin, CEO of Crisis Text Line, about what text messages say about people in need — and how her service uses that data.

โœ‡ NPR Sports

The Secret Star Of The Tennessee Titans: Their Punter

By Jason Moon Wilkins โ€” January 17th 2020 at 22:13

The NFL playoffs resume this weekend, when the Tennessee Titans aim to continue their surprising romp against some of football's best teams. One reason for their success? Brett Kern — their punter.

โœ‡ Financial Times Airlines

New glitch found in 737 Max software

January 17th 2020 at 21:04

Technical review finds flaw when grounded Boeing jet powers up

โœ‡ Financial Times Rail

New glitch found in 737 Max software

January 17th 2020 at 21:04

Technical review finds flaw when grounded Boeing jet powers up

โœ‡ NPR Technology

The News Roundup - International

January 17th 2020 at 17:06

A new cabinet in Russia, Iran takes responsibility for shooting down a plane and Parnas goes public.

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โœ‡ NPR Sports

The News Roundup - Domestic

January 17th 2020 at 16:06

The Senate impeachment trial will begin in earnest. Virginia ratifies the Equal Rights Amendment. The Houston Astros are caught cheating.

(Image credit: Sergio Flores/Getty Images)

โœ‡ Financial Times Airlines

State rescue will not fly, say Flybe rivals

January 17th 2020 at 20:25

Legal challenges launched as sector participants raise doubts over carrier’s viability

โœ‡ Financial Times Rail

Whitehall review puts HS2 rail link under scrutiny

January 17th 2020 at 20:11

Prime minister fears fallout from cancelling transport project designed to help the north

โœ‡ SkyNews Strange

US ambassador's moustache causes uproar in South Korea

January 17th 2020 at 14:55

The threat of nuclear war has hung over the peninsula for years - but it seems the US ambassador's moustache has got South Koreans bristling with anger.

โœ‡ NYT Space

Vera Rubin Gets a Telescope of Her Own

By Dennis Overbye โ€” January 14th 2020 at 07:17

The astronomer missed her Nobel Prize. But she now has a whole new observatory to her name.

โœ‡ Financial Times Automobiles

VW close to buying large stake in Chinese battery company

January 17th 2020 at 14:46

Carmaker in talks over Guoxuan deal as it seeks more control over electric supply chain

โœ‡ Broadband TV News: Satellite

Eutelsat launches Konnect, provides 5 West B update

By Chris Dziadul โ€” January 17th 2020 at 12:09

The Eutelsat Connect satellite has been successfully launched into geostationary transfer orbit by Arianespace from the Guiana Space Centre in Korou, French Guiana.

Built by Thales Alenia Space, the satellite, features all-electric propulsion and operates in Ka-band. It is the first one to use Thales Alenia Space’s all-electric Spacebus NEO platform, developed under the Neosat Partnership Project conducted by the European and French space agencies (ESA and CNES).

Eutelsat Connect will assure full or partial coverage for up to 40 countries in Africa and 15 in Europe. Offering total capacity of 75 Gbps, by next autumn it will allow the operator to provide internet access services for both companies and individuals at up to 100 Mbps.

Commenting on the launch, Rodolphe Belmer, CEO of Eutelsat,said: “Our congratulations to Arianespace and the Guiana Space Centre teams for successfully launching our Eutelsat Connect satellite towards geostationary orbit. The collaboration between Eutelsat, Thales Alenia Space and Arianespace on this ambitious satellite programme has resulted in a world-first broadband satellite for the African and European continents that demonstrates the suitability of satellite infrastructure as a means to deliver high quality broadband services, contributing to bridging the digital divide within rural areas”.

In a separate development, Eutelsat has provided an update on the status of its Eutelsat 5 West satellite, having previously announced an investigation into a malfunction one of the two solar arrays on October 24, 2019. The investigation confirmed the loss of the satellite’s South solar array, though otherwise the satellite’s performance remains normal.

Eutelsat adds that the attendant power loss means that around 45% of the capacity of the satellite can be operated. The satellite is now expected to enter service this month and meet the designed life time.

A number of mitigation actions aimed at assuring service continuity will be implemented, following the end of life in stable orbit of the satellite, for the largest possible number of customers.

Eutelsat 5 West B is fully insured against the eventuality of a partial or total loss by a launch-plus-one-year insurance for up to €173 million.

The partial non-availability of the satellite B will reduce Financial Year 2019-20 revenues for the operating verticals by €5-10 million. The one-off cost of mitigation, mostly related to the repointing of ground antennae will be between €0-10 million.

In consequence, Eutelsat’s revenue objective for financial year 2019-20 is mechanically revised to between €1,270 million and €1,315 million for the operating verticals.

Eutelsat concludes by saying that all its other financial objectives remain unchanged.

โœ‡ SkyNews Strange

Airline sorry for forcing passenger to take pregnancy test

January 17th 2020 at 11:21

An airline has apologised after staff forced a passenger to take a pregnancy test before she was allowed to board a flight to Saipan.

โœ‡ Financial Times Automobiles

Foxconn to tie up with FCA in electric vehicle push

January 17th 2020 at 10:50

Leading assembler of Apple’s iPhone has sought to diversify its revenue streams

โœ‡ Broadband TV News: People

Nikica Skunca leaves Nova TV

By Chris Dziadul โ€” January 17th 2020 at 10:23

Nikica Skunca has left his position as internet business unit manager, new media director at Croatia’s Nova TV after nearly 10 years with the company.

According to Poslovni, he has been appointed the CEO of IN2 Group, until recently the largest software company in the country.

Meanwhile, IN2 Group’s former CEO Katarina Siber Makar has been promoted to senior VP for business development at Aquila Software, a parent company of IN2 Group.

Skunca started his career at Hrvatski Telekom in 1998.