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NASA engineers teach Mars rover Curiosity to drill again

NASA engineers teach Mars rover Curiosity to drill again

Science
May 18 (UPI) -- Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory are preparing to add percussion to an improvised drill technique already being used by the Curiosity rover on Mars. Curiosity and its drill haven't had a full range of motion since 2016 when one of the drill's motors short circuited. Over the last year, engineers have developed a workaround drilling technique called Feed Extended Drilling, or FED, which uses the rover's robotic arm to direct and push the drill into the ground as the drill bit spins. In February, Curiosity used the FED technique to once again drill into the Martian surface. The effort failed to yield a rock sample, but it was still a partial success, producing data that allowed scientists to fine-tune the method back in the lab. Now, engineers are preparing to ...
'Curse of Strictly' strikes again: Johnny Vegas and wife Maia Dunphy SPLIT

'Curse of Strictly' strikes again: Johnny Vegas and wife Maia Dunphy SPLIT

Entertainment
The TV comic, 46, and Maia Dunphy went public about their separation yesterday.The couple said they were making the announcement “with a heavy heart”.TV producer Maia, 41, recently took part in Dancing With The Stars, the Irish version of Strictly Come Dancing.The pair, who tied the knot in April 2011, have been living apart with Irish Maia spending a lot of her time in Dublin while Johnny remained at the family home in London.The couple’s statement yesterday read: “It is with a heavy heart that we want to let you know that we separated.“We are telling people now because speculation is unhelpful at best, and dangerous at worst. GETTY SPLIT: Johnny Vegas and Maia Dunphy went public abo...
Here we go again! Cher makes Mamma Mia debut

Here we go again! Cher makes Mamma Mia debut

Entertainment
Cher makes a dramatic entrance into the Mamma Mia film franchise as she crashes her granddaughter's party, a new trailer has revealed.The final trailer for the sequel to 2008's smash hit has been released and shows the glamorous singer alongside Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep, Julie Walters and Colin Firth as well as Pierce Brosnan and Stellan Skarsgard.The trailer shows Cher in a white trouser suit, sunglasses and with bleached blonde hair landing on the island to make a "commitment to being a grandmother".When Sophie, played by Seyfried, tells her she wasn't invited, she responds: "That's the best kind of party, little girl."The second film will introduce three younger versions of the suitors pursuing Sophie's mother Donna (Streep), as her daughter tries to work out how her three fathers ...
US is 'locked and loaded' if Syria uses chemical weapons again: Nikki Haley

US is 'locked and loaded' if Syria uses chemical weapons again: Nikki Haley

World
The U.S. announced that overnight airstrikes succeeded in dealing a severe blow against the Syrian government's capacity to use chemical weapons. But U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley also warned Saturday that the U.S. is "locked and loaded" in case Syrian President Bashar al-Assad uses chemical weapons again. "Last night, we successfully hit the heart of Syria’s chemical weapons enterprise, and because of these actions, we are confident that we have crippled Syria’s chemical weapons program," Haley said at an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council. "I spoke to the president this morning and he said that if the Syrian regime uses this poisonous gas again, the United States is locked and loaded." She added, "When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line." T