Here’s why satellites sometimes lose their GPS connection

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‘Thunderstorms’ in the ionosphere are to blame for loss of GPS signals on low-orbiting satellites, says a study that used data from the European Space Agencys Swarm mission. “What we see here is a striking example of a technical challenge being turned into exciting science, a true essence of an Earth Explorer mission such as Swarm,” said Rune Flobe

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Mark Taylor lends weight to calls for four-day Test matches

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  • Australian cricket great Mark Taylor joins push for ‘more aggressive’ Tests
  • ‘That’s what people of this generation want to see’

Former Australian captain Mark Taylor has called for the introduction of four-day Tests to bring fans back to cricket’s longer forms.

The idea of four-day Tests is not new – the concept was first floated with the I

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Hong Kong stocks stand out in Asia after China data

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Hong Kong stocks stand out in Asia after China data

Hong Kong stocks soared on Tuesday after a five-day sell-off with data indicating forecast-beating growth in Chinese factory activity providing a boost but uncertainty over the US presidential race keeping investors on edge.

The closely watched purchasing managers index hit its highest level in more than two years, Beijing said, indicating the

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Bank of Japan pushes back inflation timeline by one year

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Bank of Japan pushes back inflation timeline by one year

Japan's central bank on Tuesday pushed back its timeline for reaching a high-profile inflation target, in the latest acknowledgement that Tokyo's war on deflation is falling way below expectations.

The Bank of Japan said it now expected prices to move "toward" 2.0 percent by March 2019 -- marking the latest in a series of delays for a price goal

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US markets on edge for more election surprises

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US markets on edge for more election surprises

Bombshells notwithstanding, US stock markets still see a victory by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as the less likely outcome of the November 8 vote, analysts say.

But if he does defeat Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee, the reaction could be dramatic. What is less clear is whether that initial post-vote market reaction will

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German ex-cop in cannibalism website killing back in dock

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German ex-cop in cannibalism website killing back in dock

A German ex-police officer convicted of murdering a willing victim he met on a website for cannibalism fetishists goes on trial again Tuesday after the verdict against him was overturned on appeal.

Detlev Guenzel, 58, was last year sentenced to eight years and six months in jail by a regional court in the eastern city of Dresden, which found him

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Wounded Starc leads Australian Test hopes against Proteas

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Wounded Starc leads Australian Test hopes against Proteas

Australia are pinning their hopes on wounded strike bowler Mitchell Starc and familiar home wickets as they look to halt a wretched run at their three-Test series against South Africa starting Thursday.

Starc will wear a knee pad to protect deep cuts on his left leg and his condition will be closely monitored by medical staff after he collided with

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