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Hubble, Gaia produce most precise measure of universe's expansion rate

Hubble, Gaia produce most precise measure of universe's expansion rate

Science
July 12 (UPI) -- By combining the observations of the two most powerful space telescopes in orbit, scientists have achieved the most precise measurement of the Hubble constant, the universe's expansion rate. The new measurement confirms the tension between explosion rate in the early and late universe, researchers report. Astronomers can measure the expansion of the universe by measuring a galaxy's redshift, a change in the wavelength of the light due to a change in the velocity of the object. By measuring the redshift of galaxies using the Hubble Telescope, scientists have established the Hubble constant. But investigations of the cosmic microwave background, the oldest radiation in the universe, can also be used to predict the universe's expansion rate. Maps of the microwave signature ...
Heathrow airport: MPs vote in favour of expansion

Heathrow airport: MPs vote in favour of expansion

Business
MPs have backed controversial plans to build a third runway at London's Heathrow airport. The government won a key vote in the Commons by 415 votes to 119 - a majority of 296. Tory MPs were under orders to support the government - but Boris Johnson, a leading opponent of expansion, missed the vote because he was in Afghanistan.Labour's official position was to oppose expansion, but its MPs were given a free vote. The SNP abstained.The vote was welcomed by business group the CBI as "a truly historic decision that will open the doors to a new era in the UK's global trading relationships". Kuenssberg: Real reason for Johnson's Afghan trip? 'Where's Boris?' shout Heathrow debate MPs But Greenpeace UK said it was ready to join a cross-party group of London cou...
'Feel good' factor not CO2 boosts global forest expansion

'Feel good' factor not CO2 boosts global forest expansion

Science
Forests are increasing around the world because of rising incomes and an improved sense of national wellbeing say researchers.The authors refute the idea that increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere are the key cause of the spread of trees. As countries become better off, farmers focus on good quality soils and abandon marginal lands, the authors say.As a result, trees are able to rapidly reforest these deserted areas.The study highlights the fact that between 1990 and 2015 forest growing stock increased annually by 1.31% in high income countries and by 0.5% in middle income nations, while falling by 0.72% in 22 low income countries. Several global climate models have attributed this change to what's termed CO2 fertilisation -...
Google expansion plans helping to turn NYC into tech hub

Google expansion plans helping to turn NYC into tech hub

Technology
As New York City waits to hear whether it's been chosen as the site for Amazon's second headquarters, recent moves by another tech giant, Google, to expand its footprint in the city are helping to legitimize New York's claim to be Silicon Valley East. Google is reportedly close to a reaching a $ 2.4 billion deal to add a landmark Meatpacking District building to its already substantial New York campus. The building, a block-long former Nabisco factory named after its ground-floor upscale food mall, Chelsea Market, sits across the street from Google's current New York City headquarters, a massive, art deco, former shipping terminal that also occupies an entire city block. Google already leases space in Chelsea Market, which also contains offices for Major League Baseball and the local cabl...
United Continental Continues Its Small-City Expansion

United Continental Continues Its Small-City Expansion

Finance
Since joining airline giant United Continental (NYSE: UAL) last year, company president Scott Kirby and CFO Andrew Levy have pushed a strategy of expanding in smaller cities. The first big batch of new routes associated with this strategy started up in June. Since then, management has made it clear that additional small-city routes would be coming next year.Sure enough, United Continental announced a new set of routes to small cities last week. However, while its interest in small cities makes sense, United may have trouble competing with Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) and American Airlines (NASDAQ: AAL) in some of these markets, due to its reliance on 50-seat jets.The logic of smaller citiesPrice competition from budget carriers has made American, Delta, and ...