News That Matters

Tag: seconds

Hijacked Bank of England audio feed sold to hedge funds seconds ahead of broadcast

Hijacked Bank of England audio feed sold to hedge funds seconds ahead of broadcast

Business
Hedge funds could have gained a crucial advantage over rivals by listening to a hijacked audio feed of Bank of England press conferences a few seconds ahead of the TV broadcast.An investigation by The Times newspaper revealed a back-up communications system installed by the Bank a few years ago had been hijacked and shared with a market news service. The newspaper claimed those paying for the audio feed, via the third party supplier, would receive details of the Bank's news conferences up to eight seconds before those using the television feed - potentially making them billions of pounds.It is alleged the supplier charged each client a subscription fee and up to £5,000 per use.The system, which had been misused by the supplier since earlier this year, was installed in case the Bloomberg-ma
ULA scrubs second spy satellite launch attempt 7 seconds before liftoff

ULA scrubs second spy satellite launch attempt 7 seconds before liftoff

Science
Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Another day, another scrub. United Launch Alliance once again called off the launch of its Delta 4-Heavy rocket, this time with just 7 seconds to go on the countdown. In an update, ULA said they called off the launch due to an "unexpected condition during terminal count." The mission delay marks the second scrubbed launch in as many days. The company's most powerful rocket was originally scheduled to carry a spy satellite into space on Friday, but a communications error forced ULA to delay the liftoff until Saturday evening. ULA hasn't yet announced when attempt three will take place. During Friday's preflight checks, engineers discovered a "redundant communication link between the control center and the launch site," according to a statement released by ULA. The rocket's...
'Pen' device can spot cancer in 10 seconds

'Pen' device can spot cancer in 10 seconds

Technology
Scientists have invented a device the size of the pen which can detect cancer in a matter of seconds, aiding surgeons to remove "every last trace" of the disease.The device is capable of identifying cancerous cells 150 times faster than conventional technologies and was 96% accurate in tests.Researchers from the University of Texas say that the MasSpec Pen can help surgeons identify which tissue should be removed and which should be preserved, to help patients' recover.Dr Livia Schiavinato Eberlin, who designed the study, said: "If you talk to cancer patients after surgery, one of the first things many will say is 'I hope the surgeon got all the cancer out'."It's just heartbreaking when that's not the case. But our technology could vastly improve the odds that surgeons really do remove eve...