While most other countries have grid interconnections with neighbouring countries, the UK has just a single 2GW subsea cable between Folkestone and Sangatte in France, and a smaller 1GW link between Kent and the Netherlands. In both cases, electricity nearly always flows to the UK. A second 2GW link further down the coast, between Hampshire and Normandy, has been proposed, but it won't be deployed until at least 2020. … [Read more...] about UK could face power shortages this winter
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The app, which was initially planned to launch nationally in around mid-May, is still being trialed on the Isle of Wight, and is not expected to meet its delayed official launch date on 1 June. And yet, from its early days, the technology was pitched as an essential pillar of the country's response to the COVID-19 crisis – a prime example of tech for good, and of a national push to relieve the NHS. … [Read more...] about Contact-tracing app: How much difference will it really make?
For anyone who has studied the organised elimination of a group of people, whether it was Hitler's holocaust of the Jews, the Hutu slaughter of Tutsis, the Congress party's complicity in the killing of over 3,000 Sikhs as revenge for the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards, the killing of Muslims under Modi in Gujarat, or even the recent murders of over 50 Muslims in Delhi by Hindu fanatics, the one glaring similarity has been the meticulous record-keeping of who lived where. … [Read more...] about India’s contact tracing app made open source, but will this thwart a surveillance state?
Trump also targets Chinese students and companies Today, Trump spoke for 10 minutes and walked away without taking questions from the press. Besides pulling out of WHO, Trump announced he has issued "a proclamation to better secure our nation's vital university research and to suspend the entry of certain foreign nationals from China, who we have identified as potential security risks." Moreover, Trump said he is instructing his presidential working group on financial markets "to study the differing practices of Chinese companies listed on the US financial markets, with the goal of protecting American investors." … [Read more...] about US “terminating relationship” with World Health Organization, Trump says
A special delivery ... The first stage of United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rocket arrived at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Skid Strip runway May 18 aboard a Ukrainian-built Antonov An-124 transport plane. ULA typically delivers rocket hardware launch sites using the company's oceangoing vessel named "RocketShip." But the vessel recently ferried Delta 4 rocket cores to Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and was not available for the Atlas V shipment to Florida. The mission remains on track for an on-time launch. (submitted by Ken the Bin) … [Read more...] about Rocket Report: Virgin Orbit flight ends quickly, Netflix’s hybrid rocket