January 19, 2021
Virgin Orbit has successfully launched satellites for the first time. Pic: AP

Branson’s Virgin Orbit completes first successful satellite launch | Science & Tech News

Sir Richard Branson’s satellite launching company Virgin Orbit has successfully completed its first mission delivering NASA satellites into space.The payload of 10 CubeSats was brought to low Earth orbit on Sunday by the company’s air-launched rocket, carried to a height of about 6.8 miles (11km) by a modified Boeing 747-400. At that altitude the Launcher

January 19, 2021
Biden will find China's malign foreign influence campaign a 'challenge,' US counter-intel chief says

Biden will find China’s malign foreign influence campaign a ‘challenge,’ US counter-intel chief says

EXCLUSIVE: National Counterintelligence and Security Center Director Bill Evanina said no country poses a “broader, more severe” threat to America than China, telling Fox News that its malign foreign influence campaign against the United States will be one of the “bigger challenges” for the incoming Biden administration.During an exclusive interview with Fox News, Evanina outlined the

January 19, 2021
Moonpig confirms $1.6 billion float as London awaits more tech IPOs

Moonpig confirms $1.6 billion float as London awaits more tech IPOs

LONDON — Online card retailer Moonpig has confirmed that it plans to go public on the London Stock Exchange in a £1.2 billion ($1.6 billion) float next month after demand for its cards surged during the coronavirus pandemic.Moonpig, which also operates the Greetz brand in the Netherlands, said Tuesday that it will list at least

January 19, 2021
Texas' Abbott rips vetting of National Guard: 'This is the most offensive thing I've ever heard'

Texas’ Abbott rips vetting of National Guard: ‘This is the most offensive thing I’ve ever heard’

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday said he finds it “offensive” that the FBI is vetting National Guard members, including those from his own state, ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday.”This is the most offensive thing I’ve ever heard,” Abbott, a Republican, wrote on Twitter. “No one should ever question the loyalty or professionalism of the Texas

January 19, 2021
StoreDot's electric car batteries can be fully charged in just five minutes

New electric car battery can charge in five minutes | Science & Tech News

A new electric car battery that can be fully charged in five minutes has been manufactured for the first time on a normal production line in China, based on designs by Israeli company StoreDot.The breakthrough could address a significant concern for electric car drivers – the fear of running out of power during a journey,

January 19, 2021
Former ‘Dirty Jobs’ host Mike Rowe talks new show: ‘We’re desperate today to find topics we can all agree on’

Former ‘Dirty Jobs’ host Mike Rowe talks new show: ‘We’re desperate today to find topics we can all agree on’

EXCLUSIVE: Is it possible that a mousetrap can cure a hangover or a horseshoe can help you find a soulmate? According to Mike Rowe, the answer is yes.The Emmy-winning TV host has launched a new limited series for streaming on Discovery+ titled “Six Degrees with Mike Rowe,” where he aims to prove how the world

January 19, 2021
First Shanghai-made crossovers delivered in China

First Shanghai-made crossovers delivered in China

Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks at an opening ceremony for Tesla China-made Model Y program in Shanghai on Jan. 7.Aly Song | ReutersTesla has reportedly started delivering locally-produced Model Y crossovers in China, marking another milestone for the electric carmaker in the world’s largest vehicle market.Deliveries of the China-produced crossover began Monday, according to state-run

January 19, 2021
Germany discovers Covid variant in Bavaria

Germany discovers Covid variant in Bavaria

Snow lies in front of the entrance to the Garmisch-Partenkirchen hospital. A possibly new variant of the coronavirus has been discovered at the Garmisch-Partenkirchen hospital. Samples are currently being examined at the Charité hospital in Berlin, the hospital announced on Monday.picture alliance | picture alliance | Getty ImagesGermany is the latest country to discover a

January 19, 2021
Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit blasts satellites into space from 747

Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit blasts satellites into space from 747

Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit, with a rocket under the wing of a modified Boeing 747 jetliner, takes off for a key drop test of its high-altitude launch system for satellites from Mojave, California, July 10, 2019.Mike Blake | ReutersVirgin Orbit, the rocket company founded by billionaire Richard Branson, successfully put its first satellites into space

January 19, 2021
Barr ‘not surprised’ to see violence at Capitol, says it cannot be tolerated

Barr ‘not surprised’ to see violence at Capitol, says it cannot be tolerated

William Barr, the former U.S. attorney general, said in an interview that aired Monday that he was not surprised to see “the kind of violence” that occurred at the Capitol earlier this month, and said questions about the election “precipitated the riots.”Barr said that most people at the Jan. 6 rally were exercising their First Amendment rights,

January 19, 2021
China's pivot to Europe in light of the tech war with the U.S.

China’s pivot to Europe in light of the tech war with the U.S.

SINGAPORE — China’s agreement with the European Union could pave the way for Beijing’s “dual circulation” strategy of being self-reliant in technology while still remaining a part of the global supply chain, an academic told CNBC.Last year, the Chinese government came out with a batch of policy terms to bolster its economy, putting them under

January 19, 2021
Biden administration teases small taste of immigration plan

Biden administration teases small taste of immigration plan

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris gave a tease of the incoming Biden administration’s sweeping immigration plan during an interview with Univision’s Ilia Calderón.Harris said the administration plans to create “greater efficiencies” to streamline the naturalization process, including decreasing the amount of time required to acquire U.S. citizenship from 13 years to eight years, offering certain members of the

January 19, 2021
Live Updates: Congress gears up as hearings for Biden's Cabinet nominations set to begin today

Live Updates: Congress gears up as hearings for Biden’s Cabinet nominations set to begin today

The first hearings for President-elect Joe Biden’s Cabinet nominations are set to begin on Tuesday, just one day before his inauguration on Jan. 20.The action kicks off in the morning, with the Senate Finance Committee hosting Treasury secretary nominee Janet Yellen, the Senate Intelligence Committee holding a hearing for Director of National Intelligence pick Avril

January 19, 2021
Los Angeles lifts air-quality limits for cremations amid a backlog of bodies caused by COVID-19

Los Angeles lifts air-quality limits for cremations amid a backlog of bodies caused by COVID-19

A California air quality agency has temporarily suspended limits on how many bodies can be cremated amid a lack of storage space for those who died from the novel coronavirus.The South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) issued an emergency order on Sunday that temporarily suspends permit requirements for crematoriums for at least the next 10 days in Los Angeles County.The air pollution

January 19, 2021
Live Updates: Acting Secretary of Defense weighs in on concerns of insider threat to Biden's inauguration

Live Updates: Acting Secretary of Defense weighs in on concerns of insider threat to Biden’s inauguration

Acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller said in a statement on Monday that the Department of Defense has not received any intelligence indicating a potential insider threat to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on Jan. 20.However, Miller added that the department is “leaving no stone unturned in securing the Capitol,” noting that all National Guardsmen deployed to Washington, D.C. will be vetted. FAST

January 19, 2021
Clinton suggests Putin may have known about riot in Capitol, Pelosi wants 9/11 commission-type probe

Clinton suggests Putin may have known about riot in Capitol, Pelosi wants 9/11 commission-type probe

Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state, spoke with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on her podcast about the riot at the U.S. Capitol earlier this month and hinted that Russian President Vladimir Putin may have been receiving updates about the chaos from President Trump. Clinton, who hosts the podcast, “You and Me Both,” told Pelosi that she

January 19, 2021
Live Updates: Eric Swalwell brings political baggage as impeachment manager

Live Updates: Eric Swalwell brings political baggage as impeachment manager

When House Democrats present their case to senators about why they should vote to convict President Trump of the impeachment charge that he incited an insurrection in the Capitol, some say their case may be hampered by the presence of Rep. Eric Swalwell as an impeachment manager.Swalwell was given the heavy responsibility of being on the team to present the case

January 19, 2021
Jean Lee, a PhD student at Melbourne's Doherty Institute, displays the superbug Staphylcocus epidermidis on an agar plate in Melbourne on September 4, 2018. - A superbug resistant to all known antibiotics that can cause 'severe' infections or even death is spreading undetected through hospital wards across the world, scientists in Australia warned on September 3.

Ineos donates £100m to launch Oxford university antibiotics institute | Business News

The University of Oxford has been given £100m – one of the largest donations in its history – for a new institute focusing on resistance to antibiotics.The gift from chemicals giant Ineos will be used to fund antimicrobial research at the institution, which played a key role in the origin of antibiotics after its academics developed

January 19, 2021
Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz's daughter defends Nicole Kidman's casting in movie about parents

Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz’s daughter defends Nicole Kidman’s casting in movie about parents

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s daughter Lucie Arnaz has a little something to say about the controversy surrounding the actors that will play her parents in an upcoming movie.Earlier this month, it was reported that Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem are in talks to play the television icons in “Being the Ricardos,” an Aaron Sorkin-directed film that

January 19, 2021
Madison Cawthorn’s Dem opponent compares GOP freshman to Guantanamo Bay detainees

Madison Cawthorn’s Dem opponent compares GOP freshman to Guantanamo Bay detainees

The Democratic opponent who lost to Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-N.C., in the general election appeared on Monday to compare Cawthorn to a Guantanamo Bay detainee. Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Moe Davis, who served as the Chief Prosecutor of the Guantanamo military commissions between 2005 and 2007, tweeted that there is “far more evidence of

January 19, 2021
Pamela Anderson pleads with Trump to pardon 'free speech hero' Assange: 'Do the right thing'

Pamela Anderson pleads with Trump to pardon ‘free speech hero’ Assange: ‘Do the right thing’

Pamela Anderson made a final appeal to President Trump Monday to show his commitment to free speech by granting a full pardon to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange before he leaves office.The “Baywatch” star, a longtime supporter of Assange, told “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that the pardon decision represents a “defining moment for the president.” Trump is expected to issue between 50 and 100 commutations and pardons before

January 19, 2021
Cuccinelli: Caravan heading to US-Mexico border acting as 'human Petri dish'

Cuccinelli: Caravan heading to US-Mexico border acting as ‘human Petri dish’

Acting Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli warned Monday of a surge in coronavirus transmissions with thousands of migrants expected to reach the U.S.-Mexico border in the early weeks of the incoming Biden administration. More than 3,000 Honduran migrants moved into Guatemala on Friday as part of a larger caravan that left a Honduran city earlier in the day

January 19, 2021
Armie Hammer 'genuinely sorry' for referring to scantily clad woman in video as 'Miss Cayman'

Armie Hammer ‘genuinely sorry’ for referring to scantily clad woman in video as ‘Miss Cayman’

Armie Hammer is apologizing after making headlines once again amid his ongoing social media scandal.The 34-year-old actor issued a statement after a post, in which he allegedly used a private Instagram account to share a video of a woman, whom he referred to as “Miss Cayman,” was leaked. “Miss Cayman” is similar to the title bestowed upon the

January 19, 2021
Ohio police officer fatally shot in standoff with arson suspect

Ohio police officer fatally shot in standoff with arson suspect

An Ohio police officer has died after a shooting standoff with a suspect, the Toledo Police Department said Monday.Chief George Kral identified the officer as 24-year-old Brandon Stalker. According to Kral, Stalker was hit once by the suspect, who brandished two firearms while leaving a house which he entered after an exchange with police.”This is

January 19, 2021
Garth Brooks' upcoming Biden inauguration performance receives mixed reaction from fans

Garth Brooks’ upcoming Biden inauguration performance receives mixed reaction from fans

Fans of Garth Brooks are divided about the country icon’s upcoming performance at the inauguration ceremony for President-elect Joe Biden.On Monday, the “Friends in Low Places” singer, 58, officially joined Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez in the lineup. Many fans were excited to learn that the star would be offering up his talents for the ceremony.”Apparently, Garth Brooks

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Branson’s Virgin Orbit completes first successful satellite launch | Science & Tech News

Sir Richard Branson’s satellite launching company Virgin Orbit has successfully completed its first mission delivering NASA satellites into space.The payload of 10 CubeSats was brought to low Earth orbit on Sunday by the company’s air-launched rocket, carried to a height of about 6.8 miles (11km) by a modified Boeing 747-400. At that altitude the Launcher

Biden will find China’s malign foreign influence campaign a ‘challenge,’ US counter-intel chief says

EXCLUSIVE: National Counterintelligence and Security Center Director Bill Evanina said no country poses a “broader, more severe” threat to America than China, telling Fox News that its malign foreign influence campaign against the United States will be one of the “bigger challenges” for the incoming Biden administration.During an exclusive interview with Fox News, Evanina outlined the

Moonpig confirms $1.6 billion float as London awaits more tech IPOs

LONDON — Online card retailer Moonpig has confirmed that it plans to go public on the London Stock Exchange in a £1.2 billion ($1.6 billion) float next month after demand for its cards surged during the coronavirus pandemic.Moonpig, which also operates the Greetz brand in the Netherlands, said Tuesday that it will list at least

Texas’ Abbott rips vetting of National Guard: ‘This is the most offensive thing I’ve ever heard’

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday said he finds it “offensive” that the FBI is vetting National Guard members, including those from his own state, ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday.”This is the most offensive thing I’ve ever heard,” Abbott, a Republican, wrote on Twitter. “No one should ever question the loyalty or professionalism of the Texas

New electric car battery can charge in five minutes | Science & Tech News

A new electric car battery that can be fully charged in five minutes has been manufactured for the first time on a normal production line in China, based on designs by Israeli company StoreDot.The breakthrough could address a significant concern for electric car drivers – the fear of running out of power during a journey,

Former ‘Dirty Jobs’ host Mike Rowe talks new show: ‘We’re desperate today to find topics we can all agree on’

EXCLUSIVE: Is it possible that a mousetrap can cure a hangover or a horseshoe can help you find a soulmate? According to Mike Rowe, the answer is yes.The Emmy-winning TV host has launched a new limited series for streaming on Discovery+ titled “Six Degrees with Mike Rowe,” where he aims to prove how the world

First Shanghai-made crossovers delivered in China

Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks at an opening ceremony for Tesla China-made Model Y program in Shanghai on Jan. 7.Aly Song | ReutersTesla has reportedly started delivering locally-produced Model Y crossovers in China, marking another milestone for the electric carmaker in the world’s largest vehicle market.Deliveries of the China-produced crossover began Monday, according to state-run

Germany discovers Covid variant in Bavaria

Snow lies in front of the entrance to the Garmisch-Partenkirchen hospital. A possibly new variant of the coronavirus has been discovered at the Garmisch-Partenkirchen hospital. Samples are currently being examined at the Charité hospital in Berlin, the hospital announced on Monday.picture alliance | picture alliance | Getty ImagesGermany is the latest country to discover a
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Michelle Obama speaks to NBA, WNBA players about how they can use platform to create change

Click to expand UP NEXT LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. He may have been in the locker room preparing for a game, but Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum found time to sneak in a phone call. It was rather important. Former first lady Michelle Obama spoke to a handful of NBA and WNBA players Sunday
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How Italy turned the Covid-19 disaster around

Now, just four months later, life in Italy, the country Vice President Mike Pence once said “no one wanted to be like,” is nearly back to normal, despite occasional spikes in cases that have been attributed to migrants arriving in the country or living in close quarters. The death toll has leveled off at just
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George Floyd’s death ignited a racial reckoning that shows no signs of slowing down

America rises up regularly. It’s in the DNA of a country founded on dissent. Millions have forged their anger into action, from the tax revolts of the nation’s earliest days, to the labor, housing and busing protests that helped shape the civil rights movement. The Me Too-fueled women’s marches of 2017 and 2018 and the
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News this week: Start your week smart

  Where is Congress this week? Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said senators can head home for the August recess, but should be ready to be called back if things develop on the stimulus front. Same thing goes for the House, which is still out.    Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont and Wisconsin will hold primary
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How Italy turned the Covid-19 disaster around

Now, just four months later, life in Italy, the country Vice President Mike Pence once said “no one wanted to be like,” is nearly back to normal, despite occasional spikes in cases that have been attributed to migrants arriving in the country or living in close quarters. The death toll has leveled off at just
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Italy prepares to return to school … with saws

Social distancing is vital to mitigate the spread of coronavirus, but most Italian schools still use old-fashioned “banchi,” or benches, that seat multiple students to save space in their cramped classrooms. Single desks are rare, especially in the lower grade levels. Italy’s Education Ministry put out a Europe-wide tender earlier in July for three million
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