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Europe eyes improved ‘space weather’ resilience

Europe eyes improved ‘space weather’ resilience

Science
This artist's concept is of a new weather satellite - but not the type of spacecraft that warns us of coming winds and rain.It's a mission that would monitor the Sun for the type of energetic outbursts that can interfere with everyday activities on Earth.These powerful eruptions of particles and magnetic fields can degrade communications and even knock over power grids.The Lagrange satellite would see this "space weather" as it develops, alerting us to the impending disruption.The pictured concept has been produced by the UK arm of European aerospace company Airbus, which has just finished its initial assessment of how to construct the mission. Airbus is one of four groups that were asked to work through ideas by the European Spa...
Bank of England rate-setter eyes cut on ‘slow puncture’ Brexit

Bank of England rate-setter eyes cut on ‘slow puncture’ Brexit

Business
The Bank of England may need to cut interest rates if a "slow puncture" effect on the economy from Brexit uncertainty persists.The view was expressed by one of the Bank's rate-setters, Michael Saunders, just a week after the monetary policy committee (MPC) itself gave no indication following its latest meeting that borrowing costs could soon be cut. The pound fell sharply on the back of the remarks.He pointed to a marked slowdown in the economy on the back of Brexit jitters and the effects of the US-China trade war, a conflict that has hurt demand globally. Image: Michael Saunders joined the MPC in August 2016. Pic: BoE He told a business event in Barnsley: "The economy could follow very different paths depending on Brexit development...
Project Oberon: UK eyes cluster of military radar satellites

Project Oberon: UK eyes cluster of military radar satellites

Science
The UK government is pushing ahead with its plans for a cluster of military radar satellites, placing a design study with Airbus.Project Oberon, as it's known, has been in discussion for a while.It envisages a network of small spacecraft capable of seeing the Earth's surface in all weathers and at night, and at very high resolution.The satellites would also have sensors to locate the use of radio transmissions.This is information that can be used in tandem with the radar pictures to better identify targets on the ground and interpret their behaviour.Currently, British forces do not have the benefit of a sovereign Earth observation system. They must rely on commercial imagery or data supplied by allies.Radar satellites have tradit...
Turkish fund eyes £900m British Steel revival‎ plan

Turkish fund eyes £900m British Steel revival‎ plan

Business
By Mark Kleinman, City editor The Turkish pension fund plotting a takeover of British Steel is preparing to commit close to £1bn to help fund the company's revival.Sky News has learnt that Ataer Holding, which is poised to enter a formal period of exclusive negotiations to buy British Steel this week, has drawn up a business plan that would involve approximately £900m of investment over several years. The figure is in addition to a support package from the government - revealed by Sky News late last week - that could amount to £300m in the form of grants, indemnities and loans on commercial terms.Ataer is a unit of Oyak, which looks after the pension pots of Turkey's military personnel.Insiders said that the Official Receiver (OR) was likely to announc
Chris Hughes who? Katie Price ‘has eyes on Love Island’s Tommy and Anton’

Chris Hughes who? Katie Price ‘has eyes on Love Island’s Tommy and Anton’

Entertainment
Katie Price, 41, has never been one to keep her opinions to herself, and as Love Island grows in popularity, she’s been spilling her thoughts.The mother-of-five has made it clear in the past who she had her eyes on in the series, after exchanging flirty messages with Chris Hughes from series three.Looking at the recent series, Katie’s pal has weighed in on who the former glamour model is crushing on – and who she’s not.The TV personality seems to have set her sights on two of the hunks, and one of them has been very unlucky in love. Related Articles “Katie is the biggest Love Island fan”SourceA friend of Katie’s told The Sun Online: "Katie is the biggest Love Island fan, a few years ago she fancied Chris Hughes and now she’s got her eyes on Anton [Danyluk] and Tommy [Fury]."Anton has b