Bitcoin tops $60,000 on US fund approval hopes

Bitcoin tops $60,000 on US fund approval hopes

Bitcoin has had an eventful year, reaching a record high and becoming legal tender in El Salvador. Bitcoin breached the $60,000 mark for the first time since April on growing optimism that American regulators will greenlight the first US futures exchange-traded fund for the cryptocurrency. The digital currency was up...

A first for search and rescue from space

A first for search and rescue from space

Map showing the different reference station positions from which OPS-SAT received beacon transmissions. Credit: Tom Mladenov / JSatTrak Between September 1982 and December 2020, at least 51,512 people were rescued on land and at sea with help from a network of Earth-orbiting satellites able to detect and locate emergency distress...

Moscow metro launches face recognition payments

Moscow metro launches face recognition payments

Authorities expect the facial recognition payment system to speed up traffic in Moscow's sprawling metro network. Moscow on Friday rolled out a facial recognition payment system in the city's metro system, part of a rapid expansion of the controversial technology in Russia. Rights activists have criticised the technology—already in use...

National shortage of Australian groundwater experts

National shortage of Australian groundwater experts

Permanent waterholes in arid Australia are sustained by groundwater. Credit: linders University Australia's future growth is closely aligned to good resources management, and water is top of the list. This is underpinning a growing shortage of groundwater scientists and engineers. The demand is rising, with the National Centre for Groundwater...

How to make an exosuit that helps with awkward lifts

Credit: Georgia Tech Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology In the last few years, mechanically assistive exosuits, long depicted in works of popular science fiction and film, have finally started to see commercial deployment, according to Aaron Young, researcher at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Most of these exosuits have a...

Italy’s ITA takes to skies from ashes of Alitalia

Italy's new national carrier ITA will still use Alitalia's iconic green, white and red logo as it replaces the failed airline. Italy's new national carrier ITA Airways took its debut flight Friday, closing a turbulent chapter that witnessed the decline of the country's storied but ill-fated Alitalia after 74 eventful...

US grand jury indicts former pilot of Boeing 737 MAX

US grand jury indicts former pilot of Boeing 737 MAX

A former Boeing chief test pilot provided the Federal Aviation Administration with "materially false, inaccurate, and incomplete information" about the 737 MAX flight handling system, according to the US Justice Department. A US federal grand jury on Thursday charged a former Boeing chief test pilot with misleading aviation regulators during...

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