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Japanese space agency launches hopping probes

Japanese space agency launches hopping probes

Technology
A hopping space probe which will land on the surface of a large asteroid has been launched by the Japanese Space Agency. The agency's spacecraft released two small exploration robots in a research project to find clues to the origin of the solar system.Both Minerva-II rovers were lowered from the unmanned Hayabusa2, on to the asteroid Ryugu.The rovers move around by hopping, because the gravity on the asteroid makes rolling difficult. Each hop lasts 15 minutes. Image: The probe can be seen as a shadow on the asteroid The spacecraft travelled to the asteroid, which is 170 miles (280m km) from Earth, and arrived in June.The space agency (JAXA) said it would know if the robots have landed on Saturday, when they will send...
World Anti-Doping Agency votes to reinstate Russian anti-doping authority

World Anti-Doping Agency votes to reinstate Russian anti-doping authority

World
Sept. 20 (UPI) -- The World Anti-Doping Agency voted Thursday to reinstate the Russian Anti-Doping Agency as compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code. Members of the executive committee voted 9-2 in favor of reinstating the RUSADA, during a meeting in Seychelles, with WADA's vice president and Oceania voting against and Europe abstaining from the vote. The committee deliberated whether Russia had fulfilled the two remaining criteria on its road map to compliance, including having the authorities responsible for anti-doping in Russia publicly accept the reported outcomes of Dr. Richard McLaren's investigation and the Russian government providing access to stored samples and electronic data in the former Moscow Laboratory. They ultimately decided to reinstate Russia on the grounds that RUS...
US ends aid to Palestinian refugee agency Unrwa

US ends aid to Palestinian refugee agency Unrwa

World
The United States is ending all funding for the UN's Palestinian refugee agency, the US state department says.It described the organisation, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (Unrwa), as "irredeemably flawed".The US administration has "carefully reviewed" the issue and "will not make additional contributions to Unrwa," spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.In January, the US announced it would withhold more than half of a tranche of funding for the agency.A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas responded to the US decision on Friday, describing it as a "flagrant assault against the Palestinian people and a defiance of UN resolutions"."Such a punishment will not succeed to change the fact that the United States no l...
WPP sparks Sorrell legal battle ‎over agency bid

WPP sparks Sorrell legal battle ‎over agency bid

Business
WPP Group is threatening to strip its former chief executive Sir Martin Sorrell of share awards worth potentially tens of millions of pounds over his new venture's €300m (£265m) bid to launch a rival multinational network. Sky News can exclusively reveal that WPP, the FTSE-100 marketing services group that Sir Martin spent three decades building into the biggest global business of its kind, has written to him alleging that he is "likely to be in breach of his confidentiality obligations".The row has arisen because Sir Martin's new vehicle, S4 Capital, is in talks to buy MediaMonks, a Dutch digital agency, which is also the subject of takeover interest from WPP.In its letter to Sir Martin's lawyers, sent on Tuesday by Slaughter & May, the 'Magic Circle' law firm, ...
Workers of Hawaii agency that sent false alert seen sleeping

Workers of Hawaii agency that sent false alert seen sleeping

Technology
An employee of the Hawaii agency that mistakenly sent cellphone and broadcast alerts about an imminent missile attack earlier this year said he saw staff members watching movies or TV on the job. The worker wrote an email to the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency's administrator saying another staffer witnessed all three people on duty asleep. The email was dated Jan. 14, the day after the alert went out. The employee's name wasn't released. A different agency worker mistakenly sent the warning that a ballistic missile was heading to the islands, leading hundreds of thousands of people to believe they were about to die in a nuclear attack. The button pusher thought it was a real emergency even though other workers understood it was an exercise. The agency later fired him. It took the age...