FCC approves SpaceX plan to launch 4,425 broadband satellites

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Olena_T) SpaceX yesterday received US approval to launch 4,425 low-Earth orbit satellites, a key milestone in its plan to offer broadband with high speeds and low latency around the world. The Federal Communications Commission issued an order approving SpaceX’s application with some conditions. SpaceX intends to start launching operational satellites […]

EU approves Bayer’s $62.5bn takeover of GMO & pesticide giant Monsanto

Germany’s Bayer won EU antitrust approval on Wednesday for its multi-billion-dollar purchase of Monsanto. The mega-merger is expected to reshape the agrochemicals industry. Read more The deal will create a giant company with control of more than a quarter of the world’s seed and pesticides market. The European Commission said Bayer had addressed its concerns […]

US approves $133mn interceptor missile sale to Japan amid breakthrough intra-Korean talks

The White House has greenlighted the sale of four interceptor missiles that Tokyo wants to buy from Washington to “fundamentally” improve its defenses. The missiles can be deployed on land-based Aegis launchers. The US State Department announced on Tuesday it had given preliminary approval for Japan to purchase four SM-3 Block 2A missiles manufactured by […]

FDA approves first shock wave device made to heal wounds

Using “acoustic shock waves” to promote healing isn’t just for Overwatch, as Sanuwave has obtained FDA approval for its Dermapace System (Pulsed Acoustic Cellular Expression = PACE). Its approval is specifically to help heal foot ulcers in diabetic patients, where damage to blood vessels and nerves can lead to reduced circulation, infection and sometimes amputation. […]

Congress narrowly approves temporary spending bill, avoiding government shutdown

Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Getty Images The Republican-led Congress narrowly passed a temporary spending bill to avert a government shutdown Thursday. The legislation does the bare minimum in a sprint toward the holidays and punting disputes on immigration, health care and the budget to next year. The stopgap legislation would keep the government from closing down at […]

Govt shutdown averted, as Congress approves temporary funding

Published time: 22 Dec, 2017 00:14 Edited time: 22 Dec, 2017 00:25 The federal government will be funded until January 19, after the House and Senate approved temporary spending bills to stave off a government shutdown. The Senate’s 66-32 approval and the House’s 231-188 vote to approve the short-term spending through January 19, 2018 saw […]

Japan approves missile shield expansion with US-made land-based Aegis launchers

Tokyo has formally approved the purchase and deployment of Aegis Ashore systems to “fundamentally improve” Japan’s anti-missile capabilities against potential “surprise attacks,” local media reported after the Cabinet meeting. The Japanese government plans to purchase two Lockheed Martin missile defense systems at the cost of at least 100 billion yen ($ 888 million) a unit, […]

Russian Olympic Committee approves athletes competing as neutrals

The Russian Olympic Committee on Tuesday formally gave approval for athletes to compete under a neutral flag at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang in February. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) last week banned Russia from the Games for what it called “unprecedented systematic manipulation” of the anti-doping system. Russians will instead compete under the Olympic flag as “Olympic […]