Moon probe preparing to return rock samples to Earth

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Covid-19: Aviation must rely on technology to return to the skies

In an era where contactless has become the new normal, aviation industry players are tolling on tech solutions to track the spread of Covid-19, making travel touchless and seamless. Indian and global airlines including Vistara, Air India, Etihad, and Singapore Airlines are using technology to make travel safer for passengers.

A recent study by Amadeus found that technology plays a crucial role in supporting recovery. Nearly 84 per cent of travellers said the technology would increase their confidence to travel in the next 12 months by addressing concerns around mixing with crowds, social distancing and physical touchpoints.

“Access to technology that reduces human contact, queues and physical touchpoints were the ultimate factor for getting people to travel,” it said. The study was conducted among 6,000 travellers globally, of which approximately 1,000 respondents came from India.

Vinod Kannan, Chief Commercial Officer of Vistara, also believes that in a post-pandemic world, touchless

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China’s Chang’e 5 enters lunar orbit for historic attempt to return moon samples

China’s Chang’e 5 spacecraft has entered orbit around the moon ahead of an historic attempt to collect samples from the moon and return to Earth.



a close up of the moon: An artist's illustration of China's Chang'e 5 moon orbiter entering lunar orbit for the country's first moon sample-return mission.


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An artist’s illustration of China’s Chang’e 5 moon orbiter entering lunar orbit for the country’s first moon sample-return mission.

The 18,100-lb. (8,200 kilograms) Chang’e 5 launched on a Long March 5 rocket on Monday (Nov. 23) from the country’s Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site on Hainan Island and reached the moon today (Nov. 28) after an 112-hour journey. 

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The Chang’e 5 orbiter module fired its main engine at 7:58 a.m. EST (1258 UTC; 8:58 p.m. Beijing time) when 249 miles (400 kilometers) away from the moon, the China Lunar Exploration Program announced just under an hour later.  

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The spacecraft fired its 3,000-Newton engine for around 17 minutes. This

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Smartphone Shipments Will Return to Growth in the Holiday Quarter and Beyond Driven by Strong Push Behind 5G, According to IDC

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov 25, 2020–

Following a stronger than expected third quarter (3Q20), the global smartphone market is expected to return to growth during the holiday quarter this year. According to the International Data Corporation ( IDC ) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, smartphone shipments are forecast to grow 2.4% year over year in 4Q20, followed by 4.4% year-over-year growth in 2021. The market rebound will be fueled by an impressively quick supply chain recovery as well as significant incentives from both OEMs and channels on new 5G products. IDC expects the global market to grow each year through 2024 with a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 1.3%.

“Despite concerns around weakness in 5G demand, smartphone volumes exceeded the forecast in 3Q20 and supply-side momentum headed into the holiday quarter and 2021 remains strong,” said Ryan Reith, program vice president with IDC’s Worldwide Mobile Device Trackers

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Europe’s Largest Tech Conference to Return as In-Person Event in 2021 | Technology News

LISBON (Reuters) – Europe’s biggest technology conference, the Web Summit, will return to Lisbon in full force as a massive in-person event in 2021 after the coronavirus pandemic forced it to go fully online this year.

“The venue is booked,” the conference’s founder Paddy Cosgrave told Reuters on Wednesday in an interview. “I think by November (next year) the Web Summit will be happening in-person and I can’t wait.”

The event, which moved from Dublin to the Portuguese capital in 2016, attracts about 70,000 participants every year, drawing speakers from leading global tech companies and startups, as well as politicians.

But due to the outbreak, which has forced the cancellation or postponement of many major events, this year’s Web Summit will be held online next week.

It will be able to host 100,000 attendees online on its own conference platform and hundreds of speakers will join the event, including the

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Europe’s largest tech conference to return as in-person event in 2021

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LISBON (Reuters) – Europe’s biggest technology conference, the Web Summit, will return to Lisbon in full force as a massive in-person event in 2021 after the coronavirus pandemic forced it to go fully online this year.

“The venue is booked,” the conference’s founder Paddy Cosgrave told Reuters on Wednesday in an interview. “I think by November (next year) the Web Summit will be happening in-person and I can’t wait.”

The event, which moved from Dublin to the Portuguese capital in 2016, attracts about 70,000 participants every year, drawing speakers from leading global tech companies and startups, as well as politicians.

But due to the outbreak, which has forced the cancellation or postponement of many major events, this year’s Web Summit will be held online next week.

It will be able to host

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Emirates Sees 2022 Return of Jumbo A380s as Travel Recovers

(Bloomberg) — Emirates sees a sharp recovery in demand for air travel next year as coronavirus vaccines are distributed around the world, meaning the carrier’s full fleet of jumbo Airbus SE A380 jets could return to the skies by early 2022.



a large passenger jet sitting on top of a runway: An Emirates airplane, the double-decker Airbus A380 at Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport.


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An Emirates airplane, the double-decker Airbus A380 at Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport.

Progress on the production and transportation of inoculations should be evident by the second quarter of next year, President Tim Clark said in an interview with Bloomberg TV on Wednesday. That will lead to a release in pent-up demand “across all segments” led by those who have had to shelve travel plans during the pandemic, he said.

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“I can see demand for travel moving at pace,” Clark said. “My own view, and it’s always an optimistic view, is by end of next calendar year or the first quarter of 2022 we’ll have

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Twitter verification will return early next year

On Tuesday, Twitter announced that it would relaunch its verification process early next year along with brand-new guidelines for users seeking out that small, blue badge.

Twitter’s announcement confirms earlier reporting in June from app researcher Jane Manchun Wong suggesting that the company was creating a new verification system. In Twitter’s Tuesday blog post, the company confirmed that this new system would roll out in “early 2021.” Twitter is also asking for feedback on a draft proposal for verification.

If no changes to this proposal are made, the accounts that would be eligible for verification would include government accounts, companies, brands, nonprofits, news media accounts, entertainment, sports, activists, organizers, and what Twitter refers to as “other influential individuals.” Each type of account must meet specific requirements, like being profiled in a media outlet, in order to receive verification. The entirety of Twitter’s draft policy can be viewed here. After

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Chelsea ‘welcome’ decision for fans to return to sporting events

Chelsea have welcomed the UK Government’s decision to allow fans back into sporting events from December 2. 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed in his new lockdown plans that from December 2 fans would be allowed back into ground, but it would be limited. 

If the area is in Tier 1, 4,000 spectators are allowed to attend, and if in Tier 2 it is a 50 per cent capacity of a maximum of 2,000 fans. 

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Frank Lampard’s side have managed well without the fans but will welcome a return of spectators to Stamford Bridge.(Photo by LEE SMITH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Chelsea Football Club released a statement on Tuesday supporting the decision.

“Chelsea Football Club welcomes yesterday’s announcement by the Prime Minister and the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) on a return of supporters to elite sports events from 2 December.

“The announcement, linked to a wider

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With a little help from science, musicians at the Houston Symphony made their return to the stage

The Houston Symphony has become the blueprint for symphonies across the U.S, as they’ve mastered how to properly social distance for live shows.

Previously the popular orchestra canceled live shows and moved to live-streaming.

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After months of shutdowns, the company resumed weekly performances at Jones Hall back in July.

With the help from researchers at Rice University, the symphony found a solution to resuming live performances. Rice researchers used high-speed cameras to measure airflow around musicians and their instruments.


The findings from this study coincide with other coronavirus recommendations from the CDC and WHO—social distancing and wearing masks is effective.

In interview with KHOU’s Stephanie Whitfield, Rice University engineering professor Ashok Veeraraghaven explained how tiny “microparticles” are the cause of spread from performers to a larger room.

“Microparticles tend to rise up as soon as they come out of

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