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Nov 18, 2014

Comet team detects organic molecules, basis of life on Earth

BERLIN (Reuters) – European comet lander Philae ‘sniffed’ organic molecules containing the carbon element that is the basis of life on Earth before its primary battery ran out and it shut down, German scientists said.

They said it was not yet clear whether they included the complex compounds that make up proteins. One of the key aims of the mission is to discover whether carbon-based compounds, and through them, ultimately, life, were brought to early Earth by comets.

Nov 15, 2014

Defying odds, comet lander phones home

BERLIN (Reuters) – The mission of the first robotic probe to land on a comet reached a high point on Friday when the spacecraft radioed back to Earth that it had successfully drilled into the comet’s body.

Scientists with the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission did not know if the small lander that touched down on the comet on Wednesday would have enough battery power to phone its findings back to Earth 500 million km (300 million miles) away.

Nov 14, 2014

Dwindling battery makes comet probe drill results uncertain

BERLIN (Reuters) – European Space Agency scientists faced an anxious wait on Friday to see if a probe landed on a comet has enough power left to send results of a drill down into its surface back to Earth 500 million km (300 million miles) away.

Time was getting tight after the probe, released by the Rosetta spacecraft on Wednesday after a 10-year odyssey from Earth, floated away from its planned landing site.

Nov 13, 2014

Airlines mine customer data in marketing drive

BERLIN, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Airlines are waking up to the
possibilities offered by the reams of customer data they have on
file and will use this to make more targeted offers in the
future, two of the world’s largest carriers said on Thursday.

“The airlines know so much more about individual customers,
it’s such an exciting opportunity,” Michael O’Leary, the chief
executive of low-cost carrier Ryanair, said at a travel
conference in Berlin.

Nov 13, 2014

Emirates hopes for talks with Airbus on A350 in next few months

BERLIN, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Dubai’s Emirates hopes
to talk to plane maker Airbus in the next few months over
possibly buying A350 planes after it unexpectedly cancelled an
order for 70 in June, the airline’s president Tim Clark said on

The cancellation of the wide-body planes was a blow for
Airbus and Clark acknowledged he was not “flavour of the month”
with the plane maker.

Nov 12, 2014

European probe lands on comet, but fails to anchor down

BERLIN/FRANKFURT, Nov 12 (Reuters) – The European Space
Agency landed a probe on a comet on Wednesday, a first in space
exploration and the climax of a 10-year-odyssey, but an
anchoring system problem may hamper planned investigations into
the origins of Earth and the solar system.

The 100-kg (220-pound) lander – virtually weightless on the
comet’s surface – touched down on schedule at about 1600 GMT
after a seven-hour descent from its orbiting mothership Rosetta,
now located a half-billion kilometres (300 million miles) from

Nov 12, 2014

Moment of truth in Europe’s ten-year mission to explore a comet

BERLIN/FRANKFURT, Nov 12 (Reuters) – European scientists
will on Wednesday make the first-ever attempt to land a probe on
the surface of a comet, the most nail-biting stage of a ten-year
mission to find out more about these time-capsules of the

The European Space Agency early on Wednesday gave the final
go-ahead for the Rosetta spacecraft, which has been orbiting
comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko since August, to jettison a
lander to collect samples from the surface.

Nov 6, 2014

A decade on, airlines push for delayed European skies reform

PARIS/BERLIN, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Airlines urged the European
Union on Thursday to press ahead with plans to merge national
air corridors, rekindling debate about a reform that risks
confrontation with air traffic controllers over safety and jobs.

The call came as EU transport ministers gathered in Rome for
informal talks to try to accelerate a plan to integrate some of
the world’s most crowded airways, which has drifted since the
so-called Single European Sky scheme was launched a decade ago.

Oct 30, 2014

Lufthansa cuts 2015 profit goal on weak economy and falling ticket prices

BERLIN, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Germany’s Lufthansa has
lowered its profit guidance for 2015 for the second time this
year, due to a stuttering global economy and falling ticket
prices, and said any further strikes could also impact the
target for this year.

The airline, Europe’s largest by revenue, said it now
expected its 2015 operating profit to be “significantly above”
the 1 billion euros ($1.3 billion) seen for 2014, compared with
a previous forecast for 2 billion.

Oct 24, 2014

Strike costs, oil effect in focus for Europe’s airlines

BERLIN/PARIS, Oct 24 (Reuters) – Europe’s airlines will feel
the full benefits of lower oil prices only next year and third
quarter results from Lufthansa and Air France-KLM
will show the damage done by recent strikes.

After years of painful adjustment to high fuel costs, the
recent drop in oil prices may seem an obvious windfall for
airlines but hedging strategies and currency effects soften its
impact and some analysts fear it could herald an era of falling

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      "Based in Frankfurt, covering German companies in the retail, travel and leisure sectors. In my previous Reuters incarnation in London, I focused on green tech firms, utilities and an array of smallcaps that came my way on the Breaking News team. I started my career as a translator with the Financial Times in London before switching into journalism."
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