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Nigeria's Buhari casts ballot as polls open in delayed presidential election

Nigeria's Buhari casts ballot as polls open in delayed presidential electionThe race to control the country with Africa's biggest economy pits Buhari, who is seeking a second term, against main opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar, a businessman and former vice president. A Reuters witness said Atiku was expected to cast his ballot soon in Yola the capital of Adamawa state. In the country's northeast, where insurgent groups like Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province have waged a decade-long war, blasts were heard in the city of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, said Reuters witnesses.

Sat, 23 Feb 2019 03:00:25 -0500
NASA greenlights SpaceX crew capsule test to ISS

NASA greenlights SpaceX crew capsule test to ISSNASA on Friday gave SpaceX the green light to test a new crew capsule by first sending an unmanned craft with a life-sized mannequin to the International Space Station. "We're go for launch, we're go for docking," said William Gerstenmaier, the associate administrator with NASA Human Exploration and Operations. A Falcon 9 rocket from the private US-based SpaceX is scheduled to lift off, weather permitting, on March 2 to take the Crew Dragon test capsule to the ISS.

Sat, 23 Feb 2019 01:56:44 -0500
Elon Musk Gets a NonFrom France on Space-Tech Talks With EU

Elon Musk Gets a NonFrom France on Space-Tech Talks With EUThe non by Paris is the latest obstacle to emerge before negotiations begin, adding to a list of industries that France considers off-limits, such as agriculture. On the U.S. side, President Donald Trump is threatening tariffs on imported cars and auto parts if talks fail. Musks Space Exploration Technologies Corp. asked the office of the U.S. Trade Representative in December to use the planned talks to expand market access and ensure that European competitor ArianeGroup doesnt get preferential treatment in Europe.

Sat, 23 Feb 2019 00:00:03 -0500
'The Late Show' Introduces Superheroes Fighting The Science Of Climate Change

'The Late Show' Introduces Superheroes Fighting The Science Of Climate Change&> On LSSC tonight: With the power of five special rings, Trumps ClimateCommittee is fighting the science of climate change

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 23:18:59 -0500
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.

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 23:02:33 -0500
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 its 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 Floridas Exploration Park and set up a launch facility at Cape Canaverals 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 Fireflys infrastructure investments via the Florida Department of Read More

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 22:47:55 -0500
Feinstein Unveils Green Deal Alternative After Kid Confrontation

Feinstein Unveils Green Deal Alternative After Kid ConfrontationFeinsteins 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 didnt vote for me, Feinstein told one 16-year-old after learning she was under the legal voting age.

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 22:30:34 -0500
Feinstein Unveils Green Deal Alternative After Kid Confrontation

Feinstein Unveils Green Deal Alternative After Kid ConfrontationFeinsteins 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 didnt vote for me, Feinstein told one 16-year-old after learning she was under the legal voting age.

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 22:30:34 -0500
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.

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 22:16:08 -0500
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 Karman 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 Karman 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.

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 21:21:23 -0500
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