How to Spot a Nuclear Bomb Program? Look for Ghostly Particles

How to Spot a Nuclear Bomb Program? Look for Ghostly Particles Photo The Boulby mine in northeast England will be home to the Watchman experiment, which aims to detect antineutrinos from a nearby nuclear power plant. Credit Science and Technology Facilities Council Boulby Underground Laboratory What are nations like North Korea and Iran really doing at nuclear reactors that are out of sight?
Someday, wispy subatomic particles known as antineutrinos could provide a clear view of what countries with illicit nuclear weapons programs are trying to hide.
Antineutrinos are devilishly difficult to detect, but this quality is precisely what makes them potentially ideal for monitoring international nonproliferation agreements aimed at preventing the spread of atomic weapons.
A collaboration of American and British scientists announced on Tuesday that they would build a test antineutrino detector called Watchman in a mine on the northeast coast of England. The project is sponsored by the Nationa..

NASA’s Webb Telescope Faces More Setbacks

NASA’s Webb Telescope Faces More Setbacks Photo Engineers and technicians assembling the James Webb Space Telescope in November 2016 at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. A large space-based observatory optimized for infrared wavelengths, the Webb is the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope. Credit Alex Wong/Getty Images America’s next big space telescope has been delayed at least a year to May 2020, NASA said on Tuesday, throwing the nation’s plan and budget for space astrophysics into potential turmoil.
It now seems likely the cost of the James Webb Space Telescope, the agency’s long-planned successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, will exceed an $8 billion limit that was imposed by Congress, meaning that the project will have to be reauthorized and other NASA missions could be jeopardized.
NASA is beefing up management overview of the program and has appointed an independent review board, chaired by Thomas Young, a former agency manager and a retired aerospace execut..

Deal With U.S. Military Sets Off Protests in Ghana

Deal With U.S. Military Sets Off Protests in Ghana Photo Protesters in Accra, Ghana, demonstrated Wednesday against a military agreement with the United States. Credit Cristina Aldehuela/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images DAKAR, Senegal — Thousands of Ghanaians rallied in the streets of their capital on Wednesday to protest a deal that would give the United States military an expanded role in Ghana.
As part of the agreement struck last week, the United States would invest about $20 million in equipment and training for the Ghanaian military, carrying out joint exercises with Ghana and using the nation’s radio channels and runways.
Ghanaian officials said the agreement was an extension of a two-decades-long relationship between the United States and Ghana, a West African nation that has been a regular host of bilateral and multilateral military exercises.
“It’s the same arrangement we’ve had in times past,” said Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the deputy minister of information. He said that resi..

Militants Linked to Al Qaeda Unleash Deadly Car Bombings in Somalia

Militants Linked to Al Qaeda Unleash Deadly Car Bombings in Somalia Photo The Shabab claimed responsibility for a deadly car bombing in Mogadishu, Somalia, on Sunday. Credit Said Yusuf Warsame/EPA, via Shutterstock MOGADISHU, Somalia — Three explosions over four days in or near the Somalian capital have left a trail of carnage, killing nearly 20 people and injuring dozens of others, as Islamist militants unleashed a wave of attacks on the country.
On Sunday, a car bomb exploded at a security checkpoint near the Interior Ministry on a road leading to the presidential palace in the capital, Mogadishu. At least three people, in addition to the bomber, were killed, a police chief said.
The blast sent a plume of black smoke billowing above the skyline.
The police chief, Gen. Bashir Mohamed Jama, said that five other people had been injured in the blast and that the authorities had thwarted two other suicide bombing attacks on Sunday morning.
The Shabab, an Islamist extremist group affiliate..

Skybet fined £1m by gambling regulator for not protecting vulnerable customers

Over 730 self-excluded users were able to open and use duplicate accounts to gamble
Skybet has been fined £1m by the gambling regulator for failing to protect its most vulnerable customers.
The Gambling Commission said on Wednesday that it had issued the penalty in response to the sports betting company allowing customers who had self-excluded to open accounts.
Self-exclusion is a tool offered to those who feel they are having trouble controlling their gambling habits, and request that the operator refuse their service.
Read more FOBTs cost taxpayers £210m per year, research finds The commission said that its investigation had shown that 736 self-excluded customers were able to open and use duplicate accounts to gamble, and that around 50,000 self-excluded customers received marketing material by email, mobile text or a push notification within a mobile app.
In addition, 36,748 self-excluded customers did not have their account balance funds returned to them on account closure,..

Uber agrees to pay $10m settlement in gender and race discrimination lawsuit

The ride-hailing company compensates 285 women and 135 men of colour for financial and emotional harm
Uber has agreed to pay $10m (£7.1m) to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by two women engineers who accused the ride-services company of gender and race discrimination.
The settlement, disclosed in a filing in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, says Uber also agreed to reforms to its system for compensation, reviews and promotions.
According to the filing, the settlement compensates for financial and emotional harm to about 285 women and 135 men of colour.
Read more Uber will halt autonomous vehicle testing in California The settlement arises out of two actions filed in October, one in the San Francisco Superior Court and another in the California district court.
On 24 October, Roxana del Toro Lopez and Ana Medina, who described themselves as Latina software engineers, filed an action in the Superior Court, followed by another three days later in..

It’s the No. 1 Power Source, but Natural Gas Faces Headwinds

Supported by Energy & Environment It’s the No. 1 Power Source, but Natural Gas Faces Headwinds As environmental concerns drive power companies away from using coal, natural gas has emerged as the nation’s No. 1 power source. Plentiful and relatively inexpensive as a result of the nation’s fracking boom, it has been portrayed as a bridge to an era in which alternative energy would take primacy.
But technology and economics have carved a different, shorter pathway that has bypassed the broad need for some fossil-fuel plants. And that has put proponents of natural gas on the defensive.
Some utility companies have scrapped plans for new natural-gas plants in favor of wind and solar sources that have become cheaper and easier to install. Existing gas plants are being shut because their economics are no longer attractive. And regulators are increasingly challenging the plans of companies determined to move forward with new natural-gas plants.
“It’s a very different world that we’re arri..

Morgan Stanley Knew of a Star’s Alleged Abuse. He Still Works There.

Morgan Stanley Knew of a Star’s Alleged Abuse. He Still Works There. A top Morgan Stanley broker was repeatedly accused of violence against ex-wives and girlfriends. Bank managers were told. But he kept his job.
Over 15 years, four women in Lake Oswego, Ore., a wealthy Portland suburb, sought police protection against the same man, court filings show.
“He threatened to burn down my house with me in it,” one woman wrote in her application for a restraining order. “I don’t know what he’s going to do next,” a second wrote. “He choked me so hard it left a mark on my throat,” wrote another. “He is scaring my children and me,” a fourth woman said.
Yet the man, Douglas E. Greenberg, remains one of Morgan Stanley’s top financial advisers — and a celebrated member of the wealth management industry.
For years, Morgan Stanley executives knew about his alleged conduct, according to seven former Morgan Stanley employees.
Continue reading the main story Morgan Stanley received a federal subpoena r..

Brexit: Business as usual for firms during transition period, says Bank of England

Regulators are aiming to avoid risks to financial stability during the transition period
The Bank of England said on Wednesday that firms in the UK operating under EU passporting rights should continue to run their businesses in the same way during the transition period after 29 March next year.
The Bank issued an update after the EU and the UK agreed there should be an implementation or transition period, and said companies “may plan on the assumption that UK authorisation or recognition will only be needed by the end of the implementation period”.
Read more Business community welcomes progress on Brexit transition deal Meanwhile, the City watchdog said the transition period will give the UK and the EU the opportunity to find a way to reduce risks to financial stability.
“Now is the time for a much deeper regulatory engagement, and in doing so we can give practical substance to the transition or implementation period,” said Andrew Bailey, chief executive of the Financial Cond..