caption Elon Musk and SpaceX’s Big Falcon Rocket is designed to be 16 stories tall, carry up to 100 people, and deliver 150 tons of cargo to Mars. source SpaceX; NASA; Mark Brake/Getty Images; Samantha Lee/Business Insider Elon Musk plans to blast a tourist around the moon in a ship made by his rocket company, SpaceX. The private lunar mission is meant to demonstrate a new two-part launch system called Big Falcon Rocket, which is designed to eventually bring humans to Mars. Engineers are said to be building a prototype of the BFR’s spaceship primarily out of carbon-fiber composites. Exactly how SpaceX is building that spaceship isn’t publicly known, but industry experts have some guesses. Aerospace engineers, astronauts, and Musk himself have said the first missions to Mars are likely to be perilous. In December, a giant white tent appeared at the Port of Los Angeles. A routine permit suggested that SpaceX, the rocket company … [Read more...] about Elon Musk is building a spaceship that’s so ambitious, some experts call it ‘science fiction.’ Here’s what SpaceX and its engineers are up against.
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A team of UK-based scientists is collecting rhinoceros droppings for a new conservation initiative to help prevent global extinction of the endangered species. In a collaboration dubbed "Saving species with faeces", the team from Chester Zoo and University of Manchester, aims to identify causes of poor population growth of Africa's "mega-herbivores", including Eastern black rhinos, Grevy's zebras, and Cape mountain zebras. A major focus for the 1.1 million pound initiative is the endangered black rhino, a species successfully bred in captivity at Chester Zoo in recent years and whose excrement is a source of useful data to understand the health of the animal. "Most of the research that we're doing to assess health and stress involves collecting a lot of poo," Professor Susanne Shultz from the University of Manchester told Reuters. "We want take these models that have been developed on captive animals and apply it to these wild populations...and assess its relative health and … [Read more...] about ‘Saving species with feces’: Rhino poo aids conservation study
LONDON: Is London's position as the largest international center of finance slipping as a result of Brexit?London has been a critical artery for the flow of money around the world for centuries. The financial services sector accounts for about 12 percent of Britain’s economic output, employs about 1.1 million people and pays more taxes than any other industry.From its traditional City heartland to the brash Canary Wharf skyscrapers and plush Mayfair townhouses, London represents one of the greatest concentrations of financial wealth on earth.Its only rival, New York, is centred on American markets, while London has more banks than any other hub, dominates markets such as global foreign exchange and commercial insurance and is home to international bond trading and fund management.But about a third of the transactions on its exchanges and in its trading rooms involve clients in the European Union. These may be jeopardized after Brexit unless Britain manages to maintain similar … [Read more...] about Brexit and the City: Tracking the fortunes of London’s financial districts
DOUMA, Syria: New regime strikes hit the rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta on Sunday despite a United Nations Security Council demand for a ceasefire to end one of the most ferocious assaults of Syria’s civil war. After days of diplomatic wrangling, the Security Council on Saturday adopted a resolution calling for a 30-day ceasefire in Syria “without delay,” to allow for aid deliveries and medical evacuations. The main rebel groups in Eastern Ghouta, where more than 500 people have died since the bombing campaign was launched a week ago, welcomed the UN vote and said they would abide by a ceasefire. French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were to speak by phone later Sunday with Russian President Vladimir Putin – a key ally of Syria’s regime – to press for the implementation of the ceasefire “in the coming days.” SEEKING PEACE Members of the Security Council vote during a United Nations Security Council … [Read more...] about New strikes hit Syria town despite ceasefire call
DOUMA (SYRIA) - New regime strikes hit the rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta on Sunday despite a UN Security Council demand for a ceasefire to end one of the most ferocious assaults of Syria's civil war. A civil defence volunteer checks the site of a regime air strike in the rebel-held town of Saqba, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on February 23, 2018 After days of diplomatic wrangling, the Security Council on Saturday adopted a resolution calling for a 30-day ceasefire in Syria "without delay", to allow for aid deliveries and medical evacuations.The main rebel groups in Eastern Ghouta, where more than 500 people have died since the bombing campaign was launched a week ago, welcomed the UN vote and said they would abide by a ceasefire.French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were to speak by phone later Sunday with Russian President Vladimir Putin -- a key ally of Syria's regime -- to press for the … [Read more...] about New strikes hit Syria’s Ghouta despite ceasefire call