Gatwick Airport closes runway after spotting rogue drone

Gatwick Airport closed one of its runways and diverted five flights because a drone was spotted flying around in the area. An airport spokesman said the runway had been closed for two periods on Sunday – of nine and five minutes – after the drone was sighted.

Source: BBC

Elon Musk confirms arrival plans for the Tesla Model 3

Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed in a tweet that "all regulatory requirements" for the Tesla Model 3 have been passed, two weeks ahead of schedule. Musk also said that the first 30 customers would receive their Model 3s on 28 July at a handover party.

Source: Wired

Virgin Galactic will take passengers into space by the end of 2018

2-and-a-half years after the fatal breakup of Virgin Galactic’s experimental rocket plane, Virgin's founder Richard Branson has said powered tests are set to resume. The test flights will hopefully lead to commercial passenger flights beginning by late 2018.

Source: Bloomberg

Apple planning to replace Touch ID with 3D face-scanning

Apple is testing an improved security system that allows users to log in, authenticate payments, and launch secure apps by scanning their face. The tech will be powered by a new 3D sensor, and Apple is also testing eye scanning tech, which would work alongside the face scanner.

Source: Bloomberg

France wants to ban sale of gas and diesel cars by 2040, end coal by 2022

France’s environment minister, Nicolas Hulot, has said that the country will aim to phase out electricity from coal-fired plants by 2022 and end the sale of gas and diesel internal combustion cars by 2040. Hulot also noted a law would be proposed later this year to end any new operating licenses for oil, gas, and coal mining.

Source: Ars Technica

Snooper's Charter is being taken to court

Human rights group Liberty has been granted permission from the High Court to challenge the UK Investigatory Powers Act, better known as the Snoopers' Charter. Director of Liberty, Martha Spurrier, said: "The Government doesn’t need to spy on the entire population to fight terrorism."

Source: The Inquirer

Record June heat waves a consequence of climate change

Scientists have said the June heat waves that impacted much of the UK and Western Europe were made more intense because of climate change. June's temperatures saw forest fires in Portugal claim scores of lives while emergency heat plans were triggered in France, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

Source: BBC

Twitter looking to incorporate a fake news reporting feature

The Washington Post has reported that Twitter is exploring a feature that would let users flag tweets that contain misleading, false or harmful information. The feature, which is still in a prototype phase and may never be released, is part of the company’s battle against rampant abuse on its platform.

Source: Washington Post

An algorithm knows where riots will happen before the police do

According to researchers, who used machine-learning algorithms to analyse 1.6 million tweets sent during the 2011 London riots, analysing Twitter data to map where violence was likely to occur is a faster and more accurate way of predicting riots than relying on emergency calls or on-the-ground information.

Source: Gizmodo

Self-driving trucks have been seen for the first time

Jalopnik has revealed photos of a self-driving truck being developed by Alphabet subsidiary Waymo. The base truck being used is a Peterbilt 579, equipped with the same kind of Lidar and radar sensor technology seen on Waymo's now-familiar autonomous Chrysler Pacifica test cars.

Source: Jalopnik

'Petya' ransomware attack spreads rapidly around the world

Organisations in Europe and the US have been affected by a ransomware attack known as “Petya”. The malicious software spread through large firms including the advertiser WPP, food company Mondelez, legal firm DLA Piper and Danish shipping and transport firm Maersk, leading to PCs and data being locked up.

Source: The Guardian

US says accept extra security checks or don't carry laptops on flights

People flying into America must endure extra security checks if they want to bring their laptops into airplane cabins. "We cannot play international whack-a-mole with each new threat," US Homeland Security boss John Kelly. "Instead, we must put in place new measures across the board to keep the traveling public safe."

Source: The Register