Rus­sia launches satel­lite to mon­i­tor at­mos­phere

The Daily Star (Lebanon) - - WORLD -

MOSCOW: Rus­sia suc­cess­fully launched a satel­lite into or­bit Fri­day that will mon­i­tor Europe’s at­mos­phere, help­ing to study air pol­lu­tion. The Euro­pean Space Agency’s Sen­tinel-5P satel­lite was launched by a Rokot mis­sile from the Ple­setsk launch pad in north­west­ern Rus­sia. The satel­lite will map the at­mos­phere ev­ery day. “The Sen­tinel-5P satel­lite is now safely in or­bit so it is up to our mis­sion con­trol teams to steer this mis­sion into its op­er­a­tional life and main­tain it for the next seven years or more,” ESA Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Jan Wo­erner said in a state­ment. “Hav­ing Sen­tinel-5P in or­bit will give us daily and global views at our at­mos­phere with a pre­ci­sion we never had be­fore,” the ESA quoted Josef Aschbacher, the head of its earth ob­ser­va­tion pro­grams, as say­ing. –

Swiss flush away mil­lions in gold and sil­ver

ZURICH: While Lon­don’s sew­ers can get clogged with fat­bergs made up of grease and di­a­pers, it seems Switzer­land’s waste sys­tem is flecked with sil­ver and gold. Re­searchers last year de­tected 3 tons of sil­ver and 43 kilo­grams of gold in ef­flu­ent and sludge from waste wa­ter treat­ment plants – amount­ing to around $3.1 mil­lion. But be­fore peo­ple start hunt­ing in their drains for jewelry, the gov­ern­ment study said the tiny par­ti­cles were likely to be mostly from the watch­mak­ing, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals and chem­i­cal in­dus­tries, which use the met­als in their prod­ucts and pro­cesses. “The lev­els of gold or sil­ver were very small, in the mi­cro­grams, or even nanograms, but when you add them up it’s pretty sub­stan­tial,” re­port au­thor Bas Vriens said Thurs­day. –

NYPD seeks help find­ing $58K iPhone thief

NEW YORK: The New York Po­lice De­part­ment is ask­ing for help iden­ti­fy­ing a man who stole $58,000 worth of iPhones from an Ap­ple store. The uniden­ti­fied man walked into a Man­hat­tan store Thurs­day and told an em­ployee he was a mes­sen­ger there for a pickup. The NYPD says the em­ployee gave the man three boxes with ap­prox­i­mately $58,000 worth of iPhone 7s. –

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