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The tech behind Virgin Orbit’s mission to space

The tech behind Virgin Orbit’s mission to space

Technology
Virgin Orbit plans to launch its rockets from a plane. This new approach means no need for a launch site or the need to burn masses of fuel to get the rockets off the ground.The rockets will be used to take satellites into space. A test launch in May failed but now the company is looking to make a further attempt.BBC Click's Marc Cieslak went to find out more about the technology behind the launches.See more at Click's website and @BBCClickLet's block ads! (Why?) BBC News - Technology
The story behind UK’s Zoom democracy – and questions over whether it’s working

The story behind UK’s Zoom democracy – and questions over whether it’s working

Technology
Since the COVID-19 crisis escalated, the boisterous shouting of the House of Commons has been replaced by an unusual quiet.Only 50 MPs can fit in there - at a two-metre distance from each other - and 120 others can join in by videolink. This is the new "hybrid" system which was unveiled last month. And this week MPs voted remotely for the first time by pressing a button on their laptops. The man who set up UK's Zoom parliament ...
Pixar pioneers behind Toy Story animation win “Nobel Prize” of computing

Pixar pioneers behind Toy Story animation win “Nobel Prize” of computing

Technology
In the opening scene of Toy Story, released in 1995, a cluster of boxes is scattered across a child's bedroom. The sun streams into the room as a Mr Potato Head doll demands money from a seemingly stricken cast of plastic and plush toys outside a cardboard bank. Into the picture arrives the hero - a cowboy sheriff made of plastic and fabric with a pull-string to make him speak. The sheriff casts a shadow over the villainous potato who flees from the law. It's a scene plucked from a child's imagination. It was also the culmination of decades of development in computer animation. This year two of the men behind those advancements, Ed Catmull and Pat Hanrahan, are the recipients of the Turing Award. The award recognizes "lasting and...

Coronavirus in sport live updates: Premier League ‘to resume in June’ with all games behind closed doors, International Olympic committee set final deadline over summer Games

Sports
[unable to retrieve full-text content]We will bring you all the latest updates on how the coronavirus outbreak is affecting sport and how clubs across the world are reacting… How Premier League plan to finish season and start 2020/21 campaign on time Professional football in England postponed until at least April 30 Rugby Football Union cancels 2019/20 season for all […] talkSPORT
The Latest: Handover of Olympic flame behind closed doors

The Latest: Handover of Olympic flame behind closed doors

Health
The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 169,000 people and killed more than 6,500. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms but most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or people with existing health problems. More than 77,000 people have recovered from it so far, mostly in China. ——— Greece’s Olympic committee says the handover ceremony for the Olympic flame for the Tokyo games scheduled this Thursday will take place behind closed doors as part of efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak. The Hellenic Olympic Committee said the accreditation cards that had been issued for the ceremony at the Athens Panaetenaic Stadium, where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896, will not be valid. The HOC’s headquarters w