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GERMAN AEROSPACE Germany invests 3.3 billion euro in European space exploration and becomes ESA’s largest contributor - ·  Three years after the last ESA Council Meeting at Ministerial Level, held in Lucerne, Switzerland, government representatives from the 22 Member States met in Seville, Spain, and committed a total of almost 14.4 billion euro for space programmes over the next few years. ·  Germany is contributing 3.3 billion euro to ESA programmes focusing on Earth observation, telecommunications, technological…
CHEKHOV’S INCURABLE DISEASE? THE TROIKA LAUNDROMAT - “If a lot of cures are suggested for a disease,it means that the disease is incurable.” Anton Chekhov, “The Cherry Orchard” By Robin Crow According to my dictionary, a troika is a Russian vehicle drawn by three horses harnessed side-by-side.  The composer Prokofiev composed a much-loved melody of that name as part of his musical score for the 1934 film,…
EUROPEAN REGION LOSES GROUND IN EFFORT TO ELIMINATE MEASLES - Following several years of steady progress toward elimination of measles in the WHO European Region, the number of countries having achieved or sustained elimination of the disease has declined. This was the conclusion of the European Regional Verification Commission for Measles and Rubella Elimination (RVC) based on an assessment of annual status updates for 2018 submitted by the 53 Member…
BOMB-SNIFFING ELECTRONIC NOSES TO DETECT COVID-19 IN AIRPORTS AND AIRPLANES - Airbus and Koniku Inc. have made a significant step forward in the co-development of a solution for aircraft and airport security operations by extending research activities to include biological hazard detection capabilities, as well as chemical and explosive threats. The disruptive biotechnology solution, which was originally focused on the contactless and automated detection, tracking and location of chemicals and explosives…
Six NATO Allies sign to cooperate on strategic airlift, air refueling - Six NATO Allies took a critical step towards making the future Multi Role Tanker and Transport Capability (MRTT-C) more affordable. A Letter of Intent on cooperation around the MRTT-C was signed between France and the five current MRTT-C participants: Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Norway. This will help make maintenance and repair operations for the MRTT-C more affordable. The…
TURN ON, TUNE IN, DROP OUT (OF SIGHT) – The darknet gains drug seekers in lockdown - © Rehab Center Parus/Wikicommons For Timothy Leary, the acid-fuelled revolution whose prophet he had been didn’t really happen. President Richard Nixon called him “the most dangerous man in America”, but he never was. Later in life, he claimed that the “drop out” message just meant “drop out of conformity”; in other words, be different. But when he spoke at the…
ALBANIA AND FRONTEX LAUNCH THE FIRST EVER JOINT OPERATION OUTSIDE EU - The European Border and Coast Guard Agency, Frontex in cooperation with the Albanian authorities, launched the first ever joint operation outside the European Union. This marks a new phase for border cooperation between the EU and Western Balkan partners. The event took place in Tirana, Albania, in the presence of Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama, Albanian Minister of Interior…
Lab explosion In SIBERIA causes fear of deadly disease - GENIES, BOTTLES AND BLASTS  -  Keeping the jinn confined - or not According to the Holy Qur’an, the Jinn are spirits, invisible to us, made by Allah “from a smokeless fire”.   We ordinary mortals were made later.  According to Sura (Chapter) 55, “He created man of a clay, like the potter’s”, while angels were made from light.   In Islam, the…
NORWAY: Johan Sverdrup, the North Sea giant, is on stream - On 5 October Equinor and the Johan Sverdrup partnership consisting of Lundin Norway, Petoro, Aker BP and Total, started production from the giant field in the North Sea, more than two months ahead of and NOK 40 billion below the original estimates in the Plan for development and operation. “Johan Sverdrup coming on stream is a momentous occasion for Equinor,…
FRENCH RAILWAYS EMBRACE GALILEO - The French national rail company SNCF is taking a lead in adopting Galileo technology to boost customer services, in particular in its high-speed TGV network. With almost 50% of TGV trains already equipped with Galileo receivers, European GNSS is enabling improved customer information and traffic management. GNSS is a crucial technology for the digitalisation of infrastructure and autonomous train developments…
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