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China and Russia to build joint moon base

China and Russia to build joint moon base

Technology
China and Russia have announced their intention to build a new lunar research station together, launching a new era of collaboration in space between the two countries.According to a statement published on the China National Space Administration (CNSA) website, the International Lunar Research Station (ILRS) would also be open to use by other countries. No timeline was given for the construction of the ILRS, which was described as a "comprehensive scientific experiment base with the capability of long-term autonomous operation". Image: CNSA recovery crew members check the Chang'e 5 probe after it returned to Earth The research station could be built either on the lunar surface or in lunar orbit to conduct "scientific research activiti...
Brunt Ice Shelf: Big iceberg calves near UK Antarctic base

Brunt Ice Shelf: Big iceberg calves near UK Antarctic base

Science
A big iceberg approaching the size of Greater London has broken away from the Antarctic, close to Britain's Halley research station. Surface instruments on the Brunt Ice Shelf confirmed the split early on Friday. There is currently no-one in the base, so there is no risk to human life.The British Antarctic Survey has been operating Halley in a reduced role since 2017 because of the imminent prospect of a calving.The berg has been measured to cover 1,270 sq km - nearly 490 square miles. Halley is positioned just over 20km from the line of rupture. BAS has an array of GPS devices on the Brunt. These relay information about ice movements back to the agency's HQ in Cambridge. Robots deployed at A68A mega-iceberg remnantsWest Antarctica's Getz glaciers flowing fasterPolar scientists wary of im...

Twitter posts strong Q4 results as user base, revenue jumps

Technology
Twitter posted solid results for the last three months of 2020, capping what CEO Jack Dorsey called “an extraordinary year” for the platformBy BARBARA ORTUTAY AP Technology WriterFebruary 9, 2021, 9:44 PM• 2 min readTwitter posted solid results for the last three months of 2020, capping what CEO Jack Dorsey called “an extraordinary year" for the platform. New users signed on in large numbers to follow the world's events in real time despite the challenges of election misinformation and intensifying calls to ban now former President Donald Trump.The San Francisco-based company earned $ 222.1 million, or 27 cents per share, in the October-December period. That's up 87% from $ 118.8 million, or 15 cents per share, a year earlier.Revenue grew 28% to $ 1.29 billion from $ 1 billion....
Ryanair to close base after pilots reject pay cut

Ryanair to close base after pilots reject pay cut

Business
Ryanair is shutting its base at Frankfurt Hahn airport after German pilots voted to reject pay cuts.The firm said in a memo to pilots that its bases at Berlin Tegel and Dusseldorf airports were also at risk of closure by the end of the summer.Airlines have been struggling because of global travel restrictions aimed at halting the spread of the coronavirus.Ryanair's UK pilots and cabin crew recently voted to accept pay cuts to reduce job losses. "We must move on with alternative measures to deliver savings, which regrettably will mean base closures and dismissals," Ryanair said in a memo to its German pilots.Ryanair cabin crew agree to temporary pay cut to keep jobsRyanair announced in May it was set to cut 3,000 jobs across Europe. However, earlier this m...
Pacific Air Forces return Global Hawk drones to Yokota Air Base

Pacific Air Forces return Global Hawk drones to Yokota Air Base

Business
June 4 (UPI) -- Pacific Air Forces began rotating RQ-4 Global Hawks from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam to Yokota Air Base in Japan last week, the Air Force announced Thursday. According to the Air Force, the rotation of Global Hawks to Yokota should provide a stable location from which the platform can operate when inclement weather -- such as typhoons -- have historically interfered. Advertisement "Having alternate locations to execute our mission during seasons of inclement weather ensures our ability to continue executing U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and the alliance reconnaissance requirements in support of the defense of Japan and to maintain international peace and security in the region," Lt. Col. Ben Craycraft, 319th Operations Group Detachment 1 commander, said. The RQ-4 Global Ha...