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OneWeb sale to UK-Bharti group gets court approval

OneWeb sale to UK-Bharti group gets court approval

Science
The sale of the failed satellite company OneWeb to Bharti Global Ltd of India and the UK government has been approved by a US bankruptcy court.The two parties' joint bid of $ 1bn (£800m) secures them the firm's assets.It means OneWeb will soon be able to resume building a space network capable of delivering broadband internet connections to all parts of the globe.Ministers hope the resurrected firm can also transmit navigation signals as an alternative to the EU's Galileo system.Britain walked away from involvement in the European project when it ceased to be a Union member state in January.Friday's hearing, held under the auspices of the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, was a key procedural moment in On
8 things Will Ferrell’s Eurovision movie gets wrong

8 things Will Ferrell’s Eurovision movie gets wrong

Entertainment
Will Ferrell's Eurovision movie, The Story of Fire Saga, was only released on Friday, but it's already leapt to number one on Netflix's most-watched movies chart.The comedy follows the fortunes of an inept Icelandic band, Fire Saga - Lars Erickssong (Will Ferrell) and Sigrit Ericksdottir (Rachel McAdams) - who get the chance to fulfil a lifelong dream when they're selected to enter the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest.Written with obvious affection by Ferrell, the film is crammed full of Easter eggs and cameos for long-time fans. It features a band called Moon Fang, whose horrific masks are a call-back to 2006's Eurovision winners Lordi, while a sing-off in the middle of the film features guest appearances from real-life contestant...
WhatsApp gets a raw deal from India in payments

WhatsApp gets a raw deal from India in payments

Finance
By Andy MukherjeeMoney is many things, but it’s not fake news. So why block WhatsApp from spreading it around? India is the laboratory of choice for Western tech firms to test out their mobile payment capabilities so they can be rolled out from Bangladesh to Nigeria. Facebook Inc. CEO Mark Zuckerberg entered the fray two years ago by enabling the popular messaging service WhatsApp to send and receive money in India. But the beta version, limited to 1 million users, keeps getting blocked from becoming a full-fledged service. Meanwhile, rivals such as Alphabet Inc.’s Google Pay, Walmart Inc.-owned PhonePe and Softbank Group Corp.-backed Paytm are dominating India’s mobile transfers landscape. The troika led with 75 million, 60 million and 30 million customers transacting last month, respecti
America gets ready to again see astronauts head into space from U.S. soil

America gets ready to again see astronauts head into space from U.S. soil

Science
ORLANDO, Fla., May 26 (UPI) -- NASA and SpaceX plan to provide more than 24 hours of live coverage for the return of human spaceflight from the United States, with programming starting at noon Wednesday. Astronauts Bob Behnken and Douglas Hurley are scheduled to lift off at 4:33 p.m. EDT that day, sitting in a SpaceX-built capsule atop a SpaceX-built rocket. They will head for the International Space Station, with arrival projected 19 hours later. The extended broadcast will be available on NASA's YouTube Channel -- NASA LIve -- and on SpaceX's feed. The major TV and cable news networks are expected to air the liftoff, with ABC News providing deeper coverage. The Walt Disney-owned unit will air a two-hour special report, "Launch America: Mission to Space Live" from 3 to 5 p.m. EDT Wednes...
HMS Beagle: Dock for Darwin’s ship gets protected status

HMS Beagle: Dock for Darwin’s ship gets protected status

Science
The remains of a rare 19th Century dock built for Charles Darwin's ship HMS Beagle has been recognised as a site of national importance.The submerged mud berth on the River Roach in Rochford, Essex, will now be protected against unauthorised change.The ship, launched in 1820, allowed Darwin to make observations that led to his theory of natural selection."We are glad to see this site in a quiet corner of Essex given national protection," said Historic England."This is a fascinating example of a rare piece of maritime history."Paglesham mudflats, near Southend, was thought to be the last resting place of the Beagle and investigations into the site began last year.The team from Wessex Archaeology were able to reveal the outline of ...