James Webb Space Telescope Completes Crucial Sunshield Deployment

James Webb Space Telescope Completes Crucial Sunshield Deployment

The James Webb Space Telescope has successfully deployed all five layers of its tennis-court-sized sunshield, a prerequisite for the telescope’s science operations and the most nerve-wracking part of its risky deployment. The challenging procedure, which required careful tensioning of each of the five hair-thin layers of the elaborate sunshield structure was a seamless success today (Jan. 4).…

How AI Could Prevent the Development of New Illicit Drugs

How AI Could Prevent the Development of New Illicit Drugs

IN RECENT YEARS, underground chemists have increasingly made small chemical tweaks on known recreational drugs to skirt laws, creating novel designer versions. Instead of cannabis, for instance, these chemists could offer up XLR-11, or instead of PCP they might have 3-MeO-PCE. Novel designer drugs, also called research chemicals or legal highs, still produce physiological and psychological effects, though…

Tech talent is critical

By Clare McDonald, Business Editor In this video from Computer Weekly’s annual diversity and inclusion in tech event, in partnership with Spinks, CEO of Subak and past winner of Computer Weekly’s list of the most influential women in UK tech, Amali de Alwis, talks about both the good and bad outcomes of the pandemic when…