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Mars helicopter Ingenuity performs well before first flight

Mars helicopter Ingenuity performs well before first flight

Science
April 7 (UPI) -- NASA's Mars helicopter Ingenuity, the first powered aircraft on another planet, is free of the Perseverance rover that carried it and appears to be functioning well ahead of its first flight on Sunday, the space agency said. NASA plans to broadcast the results of that first flight at 3:30 a.m. EDT Monday after the helicopter transmits data and images to Perseverance, which will send them back to Earth. Advertisement The helicopter detached from the rover's underbelly Saturday and survived subzero temperatures with its own heaters, which NASA said was "a major milestone" in an announcement Tuesday. The 4-pound rover uses solar panels to charge its batteries and keep delicate electronics safe from extreme cold that can reach 130 degrees F below zero. "So far, everything ha...
Dustin Poirier ramps up Conor McGregor preparations by choking World’s Strongest Man Brian Shaw before trilogy fight at UFC 264 on July 10

Dustin Poirier ramps up Conor McGregor preparations by choking World’s Strongest Man Brian Shaw before trilogy fight at UFC 264 on July 10

Sports
Dustin Poirier has ramped up his preparations for Conor McGregor by grappling with four-time World’s Strongest Man Brian Shaw. ‘The Diamond’ is set to fight McGregor for a third time at UFC 264 after knocking out the Irishman at UFC 257 in January. Derek Hall (Twitter) Dustin Poirier and four time World’s Strongest Man winner Brian Shaw train together in Colorado Poirier turned down a lightweight title opportunity in order to pursue a more lucrative bout against ‘The Notorious’ and will know a repeat of his heroics on Fight Island will put him in pole position to challenge for the belt. Before he can consider facing the winner of Michael Chandler vs Charles Oliveira or his third fight with McGregor, the 32-year-old has decided to draft in
SBI customers face glitches just before scheduled downtime

SBI customers face glitches just before scheduled downtime

Finance
Mumbai: Several customers of (SBI) faced issues processing online transactions hours before its scheduled maintenance outage. The bank, which upgraded its internet banking platform on Thursday, had informed customers about a four-hour maintenance activity although customers faced transaction failures early Thursday. Several customers took to social media to vent their frustration. While a few customers claimed that they were unable to receive payments, others said that transactions were failing while they were trying to transfer money using the Unified Payments Interface (UPI). Some users complained about the timing of undertaking such activity, at the start of a new fiscal year when transaction activity is especially high. The public sector lender had earlier tweeted about the scheduled ...

Nomura had a ‘stellar financial year’ before it warned of potential $2 billion losses, analyst says

Finance
In this articleVIACPDISCA9888-HK700-HK8604.T-JPCSG.N-CHThe warning by Japanese investment bank Nomura that it could incur billions of dollars in losses at a U.S. subsidiary was "pretty unfortunate," an analyst said on Tuesday.Nomura on Monday flagged a potential $ 2 billion loss resulting from transactions with a client stateside. The bank's shares in Japan plunged following that announcement, declining more than 16% on Monday. Those losses extended into Tuesday, with shares declining 0.66% on the day."It's pretty unfortunate for Nomura," Pramod Shenoi, head of Asia-Pacific financials research at research firm CreditSights, told CNBC's "Street Signs Asia."Shenoi said "$ 2 billion dollars ... is a lot of money and what that does is pretty much wipe out any kind of earnings for the second ...
Twins peak with more born than ever before

Twins peak with more born than ever before

Health
Getty ImagesMore twins are being born than ever before but the world may now have reached peak twin, researchers say.About 1.6 million twins are born each year worldwide, with one in every 42 children born a twin.Delayed childbearing and medical techniques such as IVF have seen the rate of twin births rise by a third since the 1980s.But it could be all downhill from here as the focus shifts to one baby per pregnancy, which is less risky.According to a global overview in the journal Human Reproduction, the peak was reached because of large increases in twinning rates in all regions over 30 years - from a 32% rise in Asia to a 71% rise in North America.The researchers collected information on twinning rates from 165 countries for 2010 to 2015, and compared them with rates for 1980 to 1985. T...