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China’s sample-return Moon mission touches down

China has successfully put another probe on the Moon. Its robotic Chang’e-5 mission touched down a short while ago with the aim of collecting samples of rock and dust to bring back to Earth. The venture has targeted Mons Rümker, a high volcanic complex in a nearside region known as Oceanus Procellarum. The lander is expected to spend the next ...

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Huawei ban from UK 5G network brought forward

Telecoms providers must stop installing Huawei equipment in the UK’s 5G mobile network from September, the government has said. The announcement comes ahead of a new law being unveiled on Tuesday, which bans the Chinese firm from the network. Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden said he was pushing for the “complete removal of high-risk vendors” from 5G networks. The new deadline ...

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UK to launch new watchdog next year to police tech giants

Britain plans to create a new watchdog to police big tech companies including Google and Facebook to counter their market dominance and prevent them from exploiting consumers and small businesses. The U.K. government said Friday that it’s setting up a “Digital Markets Unit” next year to enforce a new code of conduct governing the behavior of tech giants that dominate ...

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Huawei ban: UK networks breaking new law face big fines

A new security law being unveiled on Tuesday threatens telecoms giants with hefty fines if they fail to tighten security, BBC reported. The Telecommunications Security Bill bans the involvement of Chinese firm Huawei in the UK’s 5G mobile network. But it also says that companies which fail to meet deadlines for higher security requirements could face enormous fines. Some of ...

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A satellite that will track Earth’s sea level rise is ready to launch

More than 830 miles above Earth’s surface, a next-generation satellite will launch today to keep an eye on global sea levels. The Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite is set to launch on Saturday as the next generation of spacecraft keeping an eye on our planet’s sea levels. The joint venture between NASA and the European Space Agency will launch from Vandenberg ...

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Virgin Hyperloop pod transport tests first passenger journeys

Virgin Hyperloop has trialled its first ever journey with passengers, in the desert of Nevada. The futuristic transport concept involves pods inside vacuum tubes carrying passengers at high speeds. In the trial two passengers – both company staff – travelled the length of a 500m test track in 15 seconds, reaching 107mph (172km/h). However this is a fraction of Virgin’s ...

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China sends 13 satellites into orbit with single rocket

China successfully sent 13 satellites into orbit from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in north China’s Shanxi Province on Friday. The satellites, including 10 commercial remote sensing satellites developed by Argentine company Satellogic, blasted off atop a Long March-6 carrier rocket at 11:19am (Beijing Time). Friday’s launch was the 351st by the Long March rocket series.

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NHS Covid-19 app to issue more self-isolate alerts

An update to England and Wales’ contact-tracing app is set to serve more self-isolation alerts. Gaby Appleton – who recently took over NHS Covid-19 – said this was being done to help tackle the spread of the coronavirus. The change coincides with a change to the app’s algorithm to make its contact-matches more reliable. The Health Secretary previously voiced concern ...

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Mobile networks banned from selling locked phones in UK

The UK’s mobile networks are to be forbidden from selling phones locked to their services from December 2021. Regulator Ofcom said unlocking handsets could often be a complicated process, and this was discouraging owners from switching providers at the end of their contracts. The networks have previously suggested that locking devices helps deter theft and fraud. But the watchdog noted ...

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Osiris-Rex: Nasa probe risks losing asteroid sample after door jams

A Nasa probe sent to collect rock from an asteroid several hundred million kilometres from Earth has grabbed so much that samples are spilling out. Officials behind the Osiris-Rex probe, which landed on Bennu earlier this week, say the collection operation may have performed too well. Pictures beamed back to Earth show a rock has wedged open the door of ...

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