23 Feb 2019

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Flowers from Meghan Markle's baby shower donated to charity

Flowers from Meghan Markle's baby shower donated to charityNEW YORK (AP) - Flowers from Meghan Markle's New York baby shower are getting a second life.


23 Feb 2019 4:02am GMT

Firefly Aerospace gets a Florida launch site

Firefly Aerospace gets a Florida launch siteFirefly Aerospace, a Texas-based launch venture that was lifted out of bankruptcy, says it's struck a deal with Space Florida to establish business operations at Cape Canaveral Spaceport. The terms of the newly executed agreement call for Firefly to build a 150,000-square-foot rocket manufacturing facility at Space Florida's Exploration Park and set up a launch facility at Cape Canaveral's Space Launch Complex 20. Firefly says it will invest $52 million in the project and bring more than 200 jobs to Florida. Space Florida has agreed to match up to $18.9 million of Firefly's infrastructure investments via the Florida Department of… Read More


23 Feb 2019 3:47am GMT

Feinstein Unveils Green Deal Alternative After Kid Confrontation

Feinstein Unveils Green Deal Alternative After Kid ConfrontationFeinstein's proposed draft plan seeks to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 - 20 years later than the Green New Deal - and also explicitly calls for achieving those reductions through a price on carbon, among other ways. During a meeting with youth activists from the progressive Sunrise Movement, some of whom the group said were as young as age 7, the California Democrat suggested the ambitious climate plan was not achievable. "You didn't vote for me," Feinstein told one 16-year-old after learning she was under the legal voting age.


23 Feb 2019 3:30am GMT

Feinstein Unveils Green Deal Alternative After Kid Confrontation

Feinstein Unveils Green Deal Alternative After Kid ConfrontationFeinstein's proposed draft plan seeks to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 - 20 years later than the Green New Deal - and also explicitly calls for achieving those reductions through a price on carbon, among other ways. During a meeting with youth activists from the progressive Sunrise Movement, some of whom the group said were as young as age 7, the California Democrat suggested the ambitious climate plan was not achievable. "You didn't vote for me," Feinstein told one 16-year-old after learning she was under the legal voting age.


23 Feb 2019 3:30am GMT

Marshall Islands consider radical measures to survive rising sea levels

Marshall Islands consider radical measures to survive rising sea levelsThe far-flung Marshall Islands needs to raise its islands if it is to avoid being drowned by rising sea levels, President Hilda Heine has warned. Plans are underway for national talks on which of the 1,156 islands, scattered over 29 coral atolls, can be elevated in a dramatic intervention to ensure safety on the islands. "Raising our islands is a daunting task but one that must be done," Heine said in an interview with the Marshall Islands Journal published Friday.


23 Feb 2019 3:16am GMT

Jaw-dropping video shows Virgin Galactic pilots blasting into space

Jaw-dropping video shows Virgin Galactic pilots blasting into spaceThe spaceship Unity left Earth Friday morning and then successfully glided back down to California's Mojave desert.Virgin Galactic pilots Dave Mackay and Mike Masucci flew the aerospace company's fifth-supersonic powered test flight -- with a working passenger aboard, chief astronaut instructor Beth Moses. After taking off from a runway attached to the WhiteKnightTwo "mothership," Unity then detached at some 45,000 feet before its rocket motor ignited and the craft blasted into space. There, at 55.85 miles above Earth, the crew viewed the black realms of space and experienced weightlessness.The spacecraft carried more weight than it ever has before, near the loads expected if it had a full load of passengers on board, the company said. Following the jaunt to space, VSS Unity reentered Earth's atmosphere and safely glided down to the Virgin Galactic space port in California's windswept Mojave desert. In early February, two Virgin Galactic pilots were awarded astronauts wings by the U.S. Department of Transportation, after they guided the VSS Unity to just over 51 miles above Earth in December. It was the first time the company reached space.The U.S. considers 50 miles above the ocean to be the boundary between Earth and space, though many scientific agencies and organizations use the Kármán Line -- 62 miles above sea level -- to define this imaginary border. The boundary, then, is fuzzy. But Virgin Galactic's footage certainly illustrates an outer space experience. The company's CEO, billionaire Richard Branson, said he plans to fly to space aboard Unity by this summer. If the company's continued test flights all prove successful, customers will pay $250,000 for a trip to space, which from takeoff to landing will last about 90 minutes. Passengers will experience a few minutes of weightless before the spacecraft begins its descent.Although space tourism is still in its developing stages, Virgin Galactic has formidable competition. Blue Origin, owned by billionaire Jeff Bezos, plans to begin test flights with people aboard its New Shepard spacecraft later this year, Bezos told SpaceNews. Bezos also said New Shepard will fly above the Kármán Line, just as it already has without humans aboard.There's another big difference between the two space tourism companies. Blue Origin customers will blast off into space on a rocket, whereas Virgin Galactic passengers will take off and land on a California runway.


23 Feb 2019 2:21am GMT

CDC Ends Investigation Into Salmonella in Chicken Without Finding a Culprit

CDC Ends Investigation Into Salmonella in Chicken Without Finding a CulpritThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was unable to find a source for the recent outbreak of Salmonella infantis in chicken, and the agency said it was ending its investigation. But th...


23 Feb 2019 2:15am GMT

CDC Ends Investigation Into Salmonella in Chicken Without Finding a Culprit

CDC Ends Investigation Into Salmonella in Chicken Without Finding a CulpritThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was unable to find a source for the recent outbreak of Salmonella infantis in chicken, and the agency said it was ending its investigation. But th...


23 Feb 2019 2:15am GMT

NASA, SpaceX and a test dummy are ready for Dragon 2’s first trip to space station

NASA, SpaceX and a test dummy are ready for Dragon 2’s first trip to space stationNASA gave the all-clear today for the first test flight of SpaceX's Crew Dragon spaceship to the International Space Station in a week, setting the stage for crewed missions later this year. There won't be any crew aboard this first Crew Dragon, also known as the Dragon 2, but there will be an instrument-laden, spacesuit-wearing mannequin sitting in one of the seats, to provide data about the environment that astronauts will experience. "Should I say 'dummy,' is that the right word?" Hans Koenigsmann, SpaceX's vice president of mission assurance, asked during a briefing for reporters at NASA's Kennedy Space Center… Read More


23 Feb 2019 2:08am GMT

Pentagon Reviewing Potential Conflicts of Interests in Cloud Bid

Pentagon Reviewing Potential Conflicts of Interests in Cloud BidThe latest development raises the odds that the department might have to restart the massive procurement process, after spending 18 months on it. The Pentagon was set to announce a winner this spring. Oracle Corp., which opposes the Pentagon's winner-take-all plan for the cloud contract, sued in federal court to stop the award.


23 Feb 2019 1:29am GMT

Video Shows Dianne Feinstein Dismissing Kids Asking About Green New Deal

Video Shows Dianne Feinstein Dismissing Kids Asking About Green New DealA climate advocacy group is calling a foul against Sen


23 Feb 2019 1:26am GMT

Despite Its High P/E Ratio, Is Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (SGX:S63) Still Undervalued?

Despite Its High P/E Ratio, Is Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (SGX:S63) Still Undervalued?Want to participate in a short research study? Help shape the future of investing tools and receive a $20 prize! This article is written for those who want to getRead More...


23 Feb 2019 1:15am GMT

After false start, Nigerians focus on economy in tight presidential vote

After false start, Nigerians focus on economy in tight presidential voteThe presidential vote in the continent's top oil producer and most populous nation is too close to call between Buhari and the main opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar, a businessman and former vice president who leads a field of more than 70 challengers. Presidential elections in 2011 and 2015 were also delayed over logistics and security concerns but Buhari on Friday urged Nigerians "to go out and vote", promising that there would be adequate security for the ballot. The Boko Haram militant group and its offshoot, Islamic State in West Africa Province, have carried out deadly sporadic raids in the northeastern Borno state.


23 Feb 2019 1:14am GMT

Trump adviser Bolton cancels trip to South Korea to focus on Venezuela: spokesman

Trump adviser Bolton cancels trip to South Korea to focus on Venezuela: spokesmanU.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser John Bolton has canceled plans to travel to South Korea ahead of next week's summit in Hanoi aimed at addressing North Korea's nuclear program, Bolton's spokesman Garrett Marquis said on Friday. Bolton decided to stay in Washington to focus on events unfolding in Venezuela, where the military faces a pivotal decision on whether to allow in convoys of humanitarian aid, Marquis said.


23 Feb 2019 1:03am GMT

NASA, SpaceX OK 1st test flight of crew capsule next week

NASA, SpaceX OK 1st test flight of crew capsule next weekCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA and SpaceX on Friday approved a first test flight next week of the new commercial Dragon capsule designed for crew.


23 Feb 2019 12:56am GMT

22 Feb 2019

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Twitter Co-Founder Evan Williams Stepping Down From Board

Twitter Co-Founder Evan Williams Stepping Down From Board"It's been an incredible 13 years, and I'm proud of what Twitter has accomplished during my time with the company," Williams, 46, now chief executive office of web publisher Medium Corp., said Friday in a company filing. Williams, Jack Dorsey and Biz Stone started the San Francisco-based social media company in 2006 that is known for its original 140-character limit on messages.


22 Feb 2019 11:58pm GMT