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Work starts to upgrade Large Hadron Collider

Work starts to upgrade Large Hadron Collider

Science
Work has begun on a major upgrade to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) particle smasher.The High-Luminosity LHC will make it possible to study the fundamental building blocks of matter in more detail than ever before.Cern, the organisation that operates the LHC, held a ground-breaking ceremony on Friday to mark the beginning of civil engineering works.The vast LHC is housed beneath the French-Swiss border, near Geneva.The upgrade will boost the accelerator's potential for new discoveries in physics, starting in 2026."The HiLumi project will allow us to get a lot more out of the LHC than we have been able to get so far," said theoretical physicist Prof John Ellis."It's going to enable us to probe much deeper into the history of the Universe, look at very rar...
Kaspersky Lab halts European cybercrime work

Kaspersky Lab halts European cybercrime work

Technology
Computer security firm Kaspersky Lab has halted all cyber-crime collaboration with European agencies and organisations.The decision is in protest against a European Parliament motion which called its software "malicious".Kaspersky Lab said the accusation was "untrue" and demonstrated a "distinct lack of respect".The row comes after the US and UK took steps to remove Kaspersky software from some government systems.'No danger'On 13 June, the European parliament adopted a cyber-security defence motion to combat the "unprecedented threat" the organisation faces from state-sponsored hacking. Part of the strategy will involve a review of hardware and software used in its various institutions to find the "potentially dangerous programme...
Vermont will pay people $10,000 to move there and work remotely

Vermont will pay people $10,000 to move there and work remotely

Finance
6 places that will pay you to live there Calling all remote workers: Vermont has a deal for you. The state has a new law that will pay workers to move there and work remotely. Governor Phil Scott signed the legislation on Wednesday. Eligible workers can get up to $ 5,000 a year, not to exceed $ 10,000 over two years, through the state's new remote worker grant program. The money can be used on qualified expenses, including costs to relocate, necessary computer equipment and software, internet access and co-working memberships. Related: Why working from home could increase your tax bill Vermont has a small and aging population, according to Joan Goldstein, commissioner of economic development for Vermont. "We recognize the need to recruit people to the state, and t...
The US economy needs seniors to work longer. Here's how to make that happen

The US economy needs seniors to work longer. Here's how to make that happen

Finance
These teachers work extra jobs to pay the bills When she retired from her job as a legal secretary for the federal government at age 62, Linda Spencer thought retirement would be a blast. Then the Great Recession blew a hole in her savings, and free time wasn't much fun without cash to travel and buy the nice clothes she'd gotten a taste for while working at Saks Fifth Avenue decades earlier. "I had nothing to do and I got bored and I needed money," says Spencer, 68, who laughs loudly and wears red lipstick. Jobs were scarce when she went out looking a couple of years ago, and so she found the federally-funded Senior Community Service Employment Program, which helps low-income seniors find employment in Northern Virginia. It pays minimum wage, or $ 7.25 an hour, for he...
Army contracts with TCOM for aerostat surveillance work

Army contracts with TCOM for aerostat surveillance work

Business
May 21 (UPI) -- TCOM Limited Partnership has been awarded a contract by the Defense Department for services to support the Tethered Aerostat Radar System. The contract, awarded by the U.S. Army Contracting Command, is valued at more than $ 9.9 million under the terms of a firm-fixed-price contract and taps the company for 30-yard aerostat survivability and other services, according to the Pentagon. The Tethered Aerostat Radar System, or TARS, is a low-level, airborne ground surveillance system that's used for active surveillance and early-warning base defense. Additionally, the contract provides "engineering and technical, logistics, and flight operations support services," the Pentagon said. Work on the contract will occur in Afghanistan and is expected to be complete in February 2019. ...