An artist?s conception shows a OneWeb satellite in space .? AFP/Files LONDON: The UK government and Indian telecoms giant Bharti are to take control of collapsed satellite firm Oneweb, they said Friday, as Britain seeks to expand its post-Brexit space capability. Britain and Bharti will each invest $500 million (444 million euros) into Oneweb, the UK government said in a statement, after it departed the European Union's Galileo satellite programme with its exit from the bloc earlier this year.

LONDON: British National Crime Agency (NCA) and police smash thousands of criminal conspiracies after infiltration of the encrypted communication platform, EncroChat, in United Kingdom?s (UK) biggest ever law enforcement operation, Operation Venetic. British police and NCA officers have made a massive breakthrough in the fight against serious and organised crime after the takedown of a bespoke encrypted global communication service used exclusively by criminals.

Switzerland announced Thursday that COVID-19 patients beyond those on clinical trials could be given remdesivir, the first drug shown to be relatively effective in treating the new coronavirus. At least two major US studies have shown that the anti-viral drug can reduce the duration of hospital stays for those suffering from the novel coronavirus.

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry on Tuesday informed National Assembly that the first consignment of domestically produced ventilators will be handed over to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) till Friday, ARY News reported. Speaking in National Assembly, Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhary said that Pakistan has joined the ranks of those few countries which are producing their own ventilators.

WARWICK: Urban transportation’s transformation has shifted up a gear as the coronavirus crisis turns travel habits on their head, with Uber making allies of public transit systems by now offering to sell them its software expertise. This means Marin County’s Transportation Authority will next month allow passengers in the San Francisco Bay area to book a trip through the Uber app, but rather than someone’s private car they will ride wheelchair-accessible public vans.

The US Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday released guidance for approving a coronavirus vaccine, saying the vaccine has to prevent or decrease disease severity in at least 50% of people who are inoculated. More than 100 vaccines are being tested worldwide against the virus, which has claimed over 126,100 lives in the United States, according to a Reuters tally.

An experimental coronavirus vaccine developed by Inovio Pharmaceuticals showed promise and was found to be safe in an early-stage human trial, the company said on Tuesday. The vaccine, one of 17 being tested in humans and part of the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed program, induced immune responses in 34 of the 36 healthy volunteers aged 18 to 50 years, Inovio said.

ISLAMABAD: National Institute of Health (NIH) Islamabad on Wednesday predicted spread of another epidemic, after COVID-19, in Pakistan on the occasion of Eid ul Adha if necessary precautions are not taken, ARY NEWS reported. The COVID-19 has already taken a toll on the country with more than 4000 fatalities and infections among 200,000 people besides bringing the economy to a halt.

Facebook?s WhatsApp messaging service has announced a number of new features for its users. The new features are rolling out over the next few weeks. One of the more notable features is dark mode, which is now available on the web and desktop versions of WhatsApp. The social messaging app had been working on bringing animated stickers for some time now.

Tesla is building “RNA microfactories” for coronavirus vaccine developer CureVac in Germany, the electric carmaker’s chief executive officer, Elon Musk, tweeted on Wednesday. CureVac, an unlisted German company, has said it is developing transportable, automated mRNA production units that it calls printers. They will be designed to be shipped to remote locations, where they can churn out its vaccine candidate and other mRNA-based therapies depending on the recipe fed into the machine.