Month: March 2018

Schools cutting posts amid ‘funding catastrophe’

The crisis of school funding in England is turning into a catastrophe, the largest teaching union has said. Kevin Courtney, general secretary of the National Education Union, said schools were not absorbing budget cuts, instead many were cutting posts and increasing class sizes. He highlighted research with his union suggesting many schools were covering classes …

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Theresa May: Brexit allows more spending on NHS and schools

Theresa May has said that Brexit means there will be more money available to spend on the NHS and schools. The prime minister told the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg Brexit “would deliver a country that will be different” but with the chance “of a bright future”. The PM visited England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, with …

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Liftoff! Used SpaceX Rocket Launches 10 Iridium Satellites into Orbit

A used SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched 10 new communications satellites into orbit from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base today (March 30) in a morning liftoff that also marked an anniversary for reusable rockets. The Falcon 9 rocket, which first flew in October 2017, launched the fifth set of Iridium Next satellites for Iridium Communications …

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Apple is aggressively hiring Siri engineers after widespread criticisms

Following stinging criticisms of its poorly performing digital assistant, Apple has recently ramped up hiring for its Siri division, the data analysts at Thinknum discovered. Siri-specific hiring is currently said to be at an “all-time high,” with 161 open job listings — a jump of 24 percent in the last month. Starting in mid-February, shortly …

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Cannabinoids are easier on the brain than alcohol, study finds

Marijuana may not be as damaging to the brain as previously thought, according to new research from the University of Colorado Boulder and the CU Change Lab. The research, which was published in the journal Addiction, examined the brains of more than 1,000 participants of varying ages, and found that long-term alcohol use is much …

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NASA wants to spend tens of billions on SLS despite proven SpaceX Falcon Heavy

Ars Technica reports that Bill Gerstenmaier, chief of human spaceflight for NASA is still supporting the wasteful development of the multi-billion per year Space Launch System. The justification is that the SpaceX Falcon Heavy can deliver 18-22 tons to lunar orbit while Space Launch System could deliver a bit more. There are currently no payloads …

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NASA stalls $8bn James Webb Space Telescope again – this time to 2020

The launch date for the James Webb Space Telescope has been kicked back a year to 2020, NASA confirmed during a press conference on Tuesday. The instrument – a 6,200kg (13,668lb) telescope designed to look at stars formed soon after the Big Bang as well as closer objects – was scheduled to launch into the …

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