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Brexit stalemate: Boris Johnson and Ursula Von Der Leyen seek to break trade deal deadlock

Brexit stalemate: Boris Johnson and Ursula Von Der Leyen seek to break trade deal deadlock

Business
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NASA, space industry seek new ways to cope with space debris

NASA, space industry seek new ways to cope with space debris

Science
Oct. 5 (UPI) -- NASA's official watchdog panel has renewed calls for the agency to move faster on a plan to better track and mitigate dangers posed by orbiting debris in space. Members of NASA's Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel said during a regular meeting last week that the agency has made some progress, but it needs to focus on space debris as a top priority. Advertisement At stake is the safety of astronauts, anyone going into space on planned private missions and the nation's growing fleet of satellites used for national security, communications and scientific observation. Because debris orbits at thousands of miles per hour, even tiny pieces of space trash can puncture spacecraft. The panel's comments came on the heels of NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine telling a Senate Committee...

Deadline extended for tribes to seek broadband licenses

Technology
Tribes have another month to apply for a band of wireless spectrum to establish or expand internet on their landsBy FELICIA FONSECA Associated PressJuly 31, 2020, 11:27 PM3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- The Federal Communications Commission is giving tribes another month to apply for a band of wireless spectrum that would help them establish or expand internet access on their land — far less time than what tribes had sought. Tribes pushed to be first in line to apply for licenses for the mid-band spectrum that is largely unassigned across the western United States and can be used for fixed or mobile internet service. The licenses once were reserved for educational institutions. The tribal priority window opened in February and was set to cl
Rush for gold loans seen as Indians seek refuge from slowdown

Rush for gold loans seen as Indians seek refuge from slowdown

Finance
By Swansy AfonsoIndians may borrow more against their stash of gold as the world’s biggest lockdown raises financial stress in an economy that’s set for its first contraction in four decades. Indians are the biggest consumers of gold after China and hold the largest hoard of the precious metal. Gold is both an insurance policy and a retirement plan in a country that lacks robust social welfare systems or widespread access to formal credit. And with economic activity coming to a virtual standstill after Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered a 40-day nationwide lockdown to combat the coronavirus, more Indians are likely to turn to gold loan companies to raise money against the precious metal. “Recycling and collateralized loans against gold may be expected to grow exponentially in the next fe

Cuba welcomes cruise ship with COVID-19, others seek ports

World
A British cruise ship that was turned away from several Caribbean ports after passengers fell ill with novel coronavirus is scheduled to dock in Cuba Tuesday after the island agreed to help transfer those aboard to planes bound for the United KingdomByThe Associated PressMarch 16, 2020, 8:53 PM1 min readHAVANA -- A British cruise ship that was turned away from several Caribbean ports after passengers fell ill with novel coronavirus is scheduled to dock in Cuba Tuesday after the island agreed to help transfer those aboard to planes bound for the United Kingdom. The Cuban government said it had decided to allow the Braemar to dock in the port of Mariel, about 35 miles west of the capital, “due to the urgency of the situation and the risk to the lives of sick people." Fred. Olsen Cruises sa