June 2022 Current Events: Science & Technology News

Updated August 22, 2022 | Infoplease Staff

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The world is a very busy place, and it's hard to stay on top of everything. Infoplease has got you covered. Here are the Science & Technology news events you need to know so far for June 2022:

  1. Digital ID Cards To Be Accepted At Cinemas
  2. China Has A Long-Term Plan For The Future Of Space
  3. Internet Explorer Will Shut Down After 27 Years
  4. Russia’s Embargo On Export Of Noble Gasses Brings Difficulties For Chipmakers
  5. Toyota Will Recall Some Vehicles And Could Reduce The Amount Of Car Production

Digital ID Cards To Be Accepted At Cinemas

Digital ID Card Fingerpring

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Monday, May 30, 2022 - The UK Cinema Association will be partnering with digital ID firm, Yoti. This move is hoped to provide a safe, easy, and acceptable way for children to present their identification at film houses.

Yoti uses the same technology used at airports to scan passports and take a picture of passengers' faces. To use the Yoti ID, children will need a smartphone to download the free software and enter information from their passport and a recent image. The digital ID card will then display a picture that has been age-verified, which the cinema personnel can approve. Yoti's applications have been downloaded over 11 million times throughout the world. They are already used by various organizations, including the NHS and Virgin Atlantic.

Yoti's CEO and Co-Founder, Robin Tombs, said: "Many UK Cinema Association members have joined places on the UK high street that accept our reusable digital ID applications. He also said that the move is a win-win situation for movie theatres and young moviegoers."

Source: BBC

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China Has A Long-Term Plan For The Future Of Space

Chinese space updates

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Monday, June 6, 2022 - Three astronauts will begin work on China's new space station. This is the country's latest step towards making itself a leading space power in the coming decades.

China launched its space station, Heavenly Palace, into orbit last year. The servicing is about to begin to maintain the station, and more modules will soon be added, amongst which are the science labs and the refueling docks.

China, being the third Nation to have both an astronaut and a station in Space, has other ambitious plans. According to reports, by 2030, it aims to reach Mars, send a probe to Jupiter, and land an astronaut on the moon. By 2035, China aims to develop reusable rockets. By 2045 have a nuclear-powered shuttle and become the leading space power.

While China pursues its Space dreams, other countries, including Japan, Russia, UAE, and India, are also in the Race for Space. The US is also promoting the Artemis Accords, hoping to negotiate how countries will exploit the Moos minerals cooperatively.

Source: BBC

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Internet Explorer Will Shut Down After 27 Years

Internet Explorer finally shuts down

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Wednesday, June 15, 2022 - Microsoft has decided to discontinue the consumer version of Internet Explorer. It revealed the plan last year, and Internet Explorer 11 was to be the last version.

Internet Explorer debuted on Windows desktop PCs in 1995 and had captured 95% of the market by 2004. However, Google Chrome, Apple’s Safari, and Mozilla Firefox have taken the lead.

Users that prefer to continue with Microsoft are referred to Microsoft Edge, which was released alongside Windows 10 in 2015.

The popularity of Internet Explorer was harmed by the release of faster and more efficient browsers such as Chrome and Firefox, as consumers embraced new software to access platforms such as Google Search, Facebook, and YouTube. 

The development of smartphones undoubtedly provided the final blow. Apple’s pre-installed Safari browser and Google Chrome on Android phones aided the transition as mobile phone and tablet internet usage surpassed desktop usage in 2016.

Source: BBC  

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Russia’s Embargo On Export Of Noble Gasses Brings Difficulties For Chipmakers

Ukraine-Russia War embargos

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Friday, June 17, 2022 – Russia, one of the world’s largest suppliers of gases used in semiconductor manufacturing, has begun to restrict shipments.

According to the Russian state news agency TASS, Moscow began restricting exports of inert or “noble” gases such as neon, argon, and helium to “unfriendly” countries at the end of May.

All three gases are essential in producing the small electronic chips found in a wide range of consumer devices, from cellphones to washing machines to automobiles, and have been critically scarce for months.

It is one of President Vladimir Putin’s newest moves against countries that have imposed sanctions on Moscow in response to the Russia-Ukraine Crisis.

It is too early to tell how Russia’s export limitations would affect semiconductor manufacturers since the prices of neon and other gases are difficult to trace because most are handled under private long-term contracts.

Source: CNN

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Toyota Will Recall Some Vehicles And Could Reduce The Amount Of Car Production

Toyota logo

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Saturday, June 25, 2022 – Toyota recalls 2,700 of its first mass-produced all-electric vehicles due to worries that its wheels may fall off. It was reported that After low-mileage use, fasteners on the bZ4X’s wheels might loosen to the point where the wheel can separate from the vehicle.

The recall comes less than two months after the vehicle was first introduced in Japan. Subaru has also announced that it will recall 403 electric vehicles built in collaboration with Toyota for the same reason.

Toyota stated that it alerted Japanese safety inspectors about the malfunction, adding that the source of the problem was “still under investigation.”

Along with the recall, the business announced that it would reduce the number of cars it planned to build next month by 50,000 to 800,000 due to a lack of computer chips and supply interruptions caused by the pandemic. It will also reduce the total number planned for the year.

Source: BBC

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