• First ever black hole image finally released

      First ever black hole image finally released

      A group of astronomers who run a globe-girdling network of radio telescopes called the Event Horizon Telescope have obtained the first ever direct visual evidence of a supermassive black hole and its shadow, marking a historic breakthrough for science.

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    • IMF: World economy still loses steam

      IMF: World economy still loses steam

      The global economy is facing a “delicate moment”, as the recovery loses steam amid trade tensions, Brexit and other factors, the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday. The IMF's World Economic Outlook once again downgraded global growth to 3.3% for 2019, lower than the 3.5% that the global crisis lender forecast in January and lower than the October 3.7% estimate.

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    • Rolls-Royce agrees to EU inspection

      Rolls-Royce agrees to EU inspection

      Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC announced today that it has agreed to an inspection regime with European regulators seeking to confirm the condition of its Trent 1000 TEN fleet over the next few months. The British aircraft-engine maker said this is part of its work to respond to issues on its Trent 1000 TEN engines, the company's newest version used on Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners, in which earlier than anticipated blade deterioration has been identified.

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    • US warns of new tariffs on EU goods

      US warns of new tariffs on EU goods

      The United States is threatening to slap tariffs on billions of dollars' worth of imports from Europe, in retaliation for what it calls unfair subsidies of Airbus jets. The proposed tariffs would cover not only aircraft but also wine, cheese, woolen suits, Swiss knives and other signature European products. The proposed levies were announced by President Donald Trump, who argued on Twitter that the EU has "taken advantage of the US on trade for many years" and is now time for a change.

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    • Quantum computer to hold a superposition of possible futures

      Quantum computer to hold a superposition of possible futures

      A team of researchers from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and Griffith University in Australia have constructed a prototype quantum device that can generate all possible futures in a simultaneous quantum superposition - similar to Schroedinger's famous cat, which is simultaneously alive and dead.

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    • EU launches new blockchain association

      EU launches new blockchain association

      The European Union announced the launch of the International Association of Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA) on its official website on 3 April. The charter has been signed by more than 100 members including IBM, Accenture and Deutsche Telekom. Among the blockchain-related members are also Iota, Ripple, ConsenSys, and the Sovrin Foundation.

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    • Microsoft, BMW launch industrial cloud platform

      Microsoft, BMW launch industrial cloud platform

      BMW has big plans for its iNext electric and fully autonomous vehicle, but making the car will require a streamlined, coordinated, and automated manufacturing system — something Microsoft wants to help them build. Thus, on Tuesday during the Hannover Messe, the companies announced a partnership to launch a new open-sourced industrial manufacturing platform called the Open Manufacturing Platform, or OMP.

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    • EU, China step up cooperation

      EU, China step up cooperation

      From 1 to 3 April 2019, an EU delegation led by EU Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella is visiting China to continue and deepen EU - China environmental bilateral relations. The Commissioner will meet several Chinese ministers to discuss shared priorities related to water and circular economy, wildlife and forest protection, the EU-China Ocean Partnership, and the fight against illegal fishing.

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