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70% of Test and Trace contracts were awarded without any competition

70% of Test and Trace contracts were awarded without any competition

Technology
Seven out of ten contracts signed by Test and Trace were awarded without any competition, the UK's public spending watchdog has found, raising further concerns about government spending during the pandemic.An interim study by the National Audit Office (NAO) found that Test and Trace spent a total of £5bn on 121 contracts that were awarded directly, without competitive tender, using emergency regulations which allowed the government to bypass normal procurement rules. A further £1.4bn was spent on contracts awarded under "framework agreements", which allows the government to make deals with pre-selected suppliers. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player ...
Queen’s Birthday Honours 2020: ‘Covid-critical’ broadband engineers awarded

Queen’s Birthday Honours 2020: ‘Covid-critical’ broadband engineers awarded

Technology
The centre, which had been mothballed, was suddenly needed again, as demand for food and other goods soared, with people panic-buying in the face of a forthcoming lockdown. The warehouse needed new cabling and a taskforce of engineers to fit it. Typically, such a job would take two months to complete - but it was finished in two days.Let's block ads! (Why?) BBC News - Technology
Nobel Prize for chemistry awarded for ‘genome scissors’

Nobel Prize for chemistry awarded for ‘genome scissors’

Technology
French scientist Emmanuelle Charpentier and American Jennifer AByThe Associated PressOctober 7, 2020, 10:14 AM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleSTOCKHOLM -- French scientist Emmanuelle Charpentier and American Jennifer A. Doudna have won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for developing a method of genome editing likened to “molecular scissors” that offer the promise of one day curing genetic diseases.The recipients were announced Wednesday in Stockholm by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.“There is enormous power in this genetic tool, which affects us all,” said Claes Gustafsson, chair of the Nobel Committee for Chemistry. "It has not only revolutionised basic science, but also resulted in innovative crops and will lead to ground-breaking new medical treatments....
Boeing awarded $1.2B deal for 8 F-15EX fighter jets

Boeing awarded $1.2B deal for 8 F-15EX fighter jets

Business
July 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force has awarded Boeing a $ 1.2 billion contract -- with a ceiling of nearly $ 23 billion -- to build the first lot of eight F-15EX fighter jets. The F-15EX is the newest version of a tactical fighter aircraft the Air Force has used since 1976, and are expected to replace the service's oldest F-15C/Ds, the Air Force said on Monday. Advertisement "The F-15EX is the most advanced version of the F-15 ever built, due in large part to its digital backbone," said Lori Schneider, Boeing F-15EX program manager, in a press statement. "Its unmatched range, price and best-in-class payload capacity make the F-15EX an attractive choice for the U.S. Air Force." Based on the F-15QA fighters Boeing has produced for Qatar's military, the newer plane is designed to handle a c...
Lockheed Martin awarded $368.2M to build six F-35s for Italy

Lockheed Martin awarded $368.2M to build six F-35s for Italy

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June 12 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin received a $ 368.2 million contract to build six F-35 fighter planes for the Italian defense ministry, the Pentagon announced. Italy will receive five F-35As and one F-35B by 2023, according to a statement from the Defense Department on Thursday. Advertisement Italy currently has 15 F-35s in service, with plans to acquire 60 more. Lockheed Martin's facility at Cameri Air Base will undertake the new plane's final assembly and checkout. The purchase has been a recent source of contention in Italian politics. In the past year, the minority FiveStar Party has sought a temporary halt to new acquisitions, a call amplified by the costs of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. On May 28, Defense Minister Lorenzo Guerini confirmed that the purchases will continue. La...