Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister, said on 9 January 2019: “Evidence indicates the plane was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile”. Image: @CanadianPM
French protests, Blackrock joins climate pressure group and tariffs hitting US wine drinkers. Delano’s breakfast briefing for Friday.
Iran accused of ‘unintentionally’ shooting down plane
The Canadian, UK and US governments believe the Ukrainian jet which crashed shortly after takeoff in Tehran, killing 176 people, was accidently shot down by an Iranian missile. Iran’s government said “these reports are a psychological warfare against Iran” and pointed to a possibly engine problem. First reported by: CBS News and Newsweek. More sources: CBC, The Guardian and Reuters.
House votes to limit Trump war powers on Iran
The US House of Representatives passed a resolution to limit Donald Trump’s ability to take military action against Iran. The move is mainly symbolic, as it is unlikely to pass the US Senate. Sources: BBC, Deutsche Welle, Financial Times and Reuters.
Earlier tensions between Iran and US apparently drove investors into bonds, per the Financial Times. However, equity strategists remain bullish, per the South China Morning Post, oil prices have been declining, per Marketwatch, and Asian markets opened higher on Friday, per CNBC.
British MPs passed the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, which will take the UK out of the EU on 31 January, and sent the legislation to the House of Lords. Sources: AFP, BBC, Deutsche Welle and The Guardian.
Willie Walsh, CEO of IAG, the company that owns Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia, Vueling and other carriers, said he would step down on 30 June. Sources: BBC, Financial Times and The Guardian.
Internal Boeing messages are “damning” says lawmaker
Boeing released internal messages that mocked its own 737 Max jets (“designed by clowns who in turn are supervised by monkeys”) and civil aviation regulators (“I still haven’t been forgiven by God for the covering up I did last year”). Boeing called the comments “completely unacceptable”. Sources: Marketwatch, NPR and Reuters.
Here are 7 science & technology stories you may have missed
Research ethics: The Chinese scientist who illicitly created gene-edited babies was fined 3m yuan (roughly €387,000) and sentenced to 3 years in prison for “illegal medical practice”, per Nature, Stat News and Reuters. Health: A frank-speaking Italian scientist has become a media celebrity by countering antivaccine claims, per Science magazine. Biology: Blue light on your screen is not what’s disrupting your sleep, a study concludes, per The Guardian. Artificial intelligence: Researchers developed a technique using radio waves “that can detect human actions through walls” per MIT Technology Review. Computer programming: Field tests by an American AI company fooled facial recognition systems checking passengers in China and the Netherlands, but not Apple’s iPhone X, per Fortune. Space: Astronomers have discovered a planet roughly the same size as Earth in a ‘habitable zone’ about 101 light years away, per Nature. Forensics:The Paris Review (back in May 2018) disclosed that koalas have fingerprints that are similar to humans and other surprising dactylogram facts.
What’s for dinner?
Should it be called ‘cell-cultured meat’ or ‘in vitro meat’ or ‘lab-grown meat’? What about ‘clean meat’ or ‘cultivated meat’ or ‘lab-grown meat’? Quartz examines.