NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to Hunt for Signs of Alien Life

Finding signs of life on the earth-sized planets of the TRAPPIST-1 system and on Saturn’s moon Enceladus are among the science targets that NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has following its launch and commissioning, mission officials have announced. These specific observations are part of a programme of Guaranteed Time Observations […]

Mortgage rates edge higher, after five weeks of declines

Mortgage rates edged higher last week, the first increase after five weeks of declines. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.91% in the week ending June 15, up from 3.89%, Freddie Mac said Thursday. The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.18%, up from 3.16%, while the 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage averaged […]

Almost half of all small businesses lack a website: CNBC/SurveyMonkey survey

Many small-business owners do things the old-school way when it comes to gaining customers: They rely on word of mouth. It’s still the No. 1 marketing source of growth, according to the CNBC/SurveyMonkey Small Business Survey. But a surprising number of entrepreneurs don’t back that up by also digitally getting […]

Small-business owners confident about the economy and future of their business

America’s small-business owners are highly confident about their prospects for the next year and optimistic about the state of the U.S. economy, according to the first-ever CNBC/SurveyMonkey Small Business Survey. SurveyMonkey conducted the survey in partnership with CNBC. Respondents were asked for their opinions on a variety of subjects about […]

Mortgage prisoner explosion: why a new generation is at risk of crippling rates

Falling house prices – coming just at the time of a resurgence in low-deposit home loans – could see the creation of a new generation of “mortgage prisoners”. Prices dropped by 0.2pc in May, the third monthly fall in a row, according to Nationwide Building Society, marking the biggest sustained […]