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Europe, US ‘climate guardian’ satellite to monitor oceans

Europe, US ‘climate guardian’ satellite to monitor oceans

Technology
A satellite developed by Europe and the United States set for launching this weekend will greatly help scientists keep track of global sea level rise, one of the most daunting effects of climate changeBy FRANK JORDANS Associated PressNovember 20, 2020, 9:27 PM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBERLIN -- A "climate guardian" satellite set for launching this weekend will greatly help scientists keep track of the rise in sea levels, one of the most daunting effects of global warming, a senior official at the European Space Agency said Friday.The satellite, known as Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich and jointly developed by Europe and the United States, contains cutting-edge instruments able to capture sea surface height with unprecedented accuracy, adding to space-based ...

Stock futures rise slightly as traders monitor stimulus talks, debate ahead

Finance
An artist name Theodore Tsinias who wrapped himself next to the Charging Bull to show his attention about world's behavior amid Covid-19 pandemic in Lower Manhattan, New York City, United States on May 25, 2020.Tayfun Coskin | Anadolu Agency | Getty ImagesU.S. stock futures rose on Thursday night as Wall Street weighed the potential for additional fiscal stimulus, news on the earnings and coronavirus treatment fronts while awaiting the final U.S. presidential debate.Dow Jones Industrial Average futures were up by 44 points, or 0.2%. S&P 500 futures gained 0.1% and Nasdaq 100 futures traded higher by 0.2%.Intel shares fell more than 9% in after-hours trading following the release of mixed quarterly numbers for the chip maker. The company's earnings were in line with analyst expectations...
Bank of Baroda to appoint agencies to monitor Rs 4 lakh crore NBFC loans

Bank of Baroda to appoint agencies to monitor Rs 4 lakh crore NBFC loans

Finance
India’s third largest bank by loan size Bank of Baroda has taken the lead to monitor the entire NBFC loan portfolio on behalf of all lenders, three people familiar with the development said. It includes marquee names like Bajaj Finance, Tata Capital, HDB Financial Services, Tata Motors Finance, M&M Finance, KKR India, Indiabulls Commercial Credit including 33 non-bank lenders having an exposure of Rs. 4 lakh crore to the banking system. Monitoring agencies would be assessing the asset quality, cash holdings, likely siphoning off of funds if any, flag non-business transactions among a host of others requirements. “Bankers are worried over the performance of the NBFC credit, so they want an assessment of the actual credit quality of their books and the potential stress build up that coul...
Wanted – volunteers to monitor Britain’s growing slug population

Wanted – volunteers to monitor Britain’s growing slug population

Science
Citizen scientists are being sought to help carry out the first survey in decades of Britain's slug populations.To take part, all that's required is curiosity, a garden, and a willingness to go out after dark to search for the likes of the great grey or yellow slug.The year-long research project will identify different slug species and the features that tempt them into gardens. The last study conducted in English gardens in the 1940s found high numbers of just nine species of slug. Many more have arrived in recent years, including the Spanish slug, which is thought to have come in on salad leaves. Less than half of the UK's 40 or more slug species are now considered native. Research assistant, Imogen Cavadino, who is leading the ...
Satellites to monitor whale strandings from space

Satellites to monitor whale strandings from space

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device Scientists developing techniques to count great whales from space say the largest ever recorded mass stranding event was probably underestimated.The carcasses of 343 sei whales were spotted on remote beaches in Patagonia, Chile, in 2015 - but this survey work was conducted from planes and boats, and carried out many weeks after the deaths actually occurred.However, an analysis of high-resolution satellite images of the area taken much closer in time to the stranding has now identified many more bodies.It's difficult to give a precise total for the number of whales involved but in one sample picture examined by researchers, the count was nearly double.The new investigation, published in the Plos One ...