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ULA scrubs second spy satellite launch attempt 7 seconds before liftoff

ULA scrubs second spy satellite launch attempt 7 seconds before liftoff

Science
Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Another day, another scrub. United Launch Alliance once again called off the launch of its Delta 4-Heavy rocket, this time with just 7 seconds to go on the countdown. In an update, ULA said they called off the launch due to an "unexpected condition during terminal count." The mission delay marks the second scrubbed launch in as many days. The company's most powerful rocket was originally scheduled to carry a spy satellite into space on Friday, but a communications error forced ULA to delay the liftoff until Saturday evening. ULA hasn't yet announced when attempt three will take place. During Friday's preflight checks, engineers discovered a "redundant communication link between the control center and the launch site," according to a statement released by ULA. The rocket's...
It's not too late: 8 year-end money moves to make before Dec. 31

It's not too late: 8 year-end money moves to make before Dec. 31

Finance
Most people start the New Year off by resolving to do better when it comes to diet, exercise and paying down debt. Alternatively, you can take a proactive approach and reel in your finances before this year ends. (Resisting holiday treats is another story). Even with most Americans feeling more financially secure than they did five years ago, many are still concerned about their cash flow and struggle to set aside any type of savings. About 40 percent of adults said that if faced with a $ 400 unexpected expense, they would either not be able to pay it or would do so by selling something or borrowing money, according to the Fe...
Noel Edmonds I’m A Celeb exit branded 'fix' after he was 'holding bag' before results

Noel Edmonds I’m A Celeb exit branded 'fix' after he was 'holding bag' before results

Entertainment
Last night the House Party presenter was evicted after the first vote-off but was in good spirits when joined with wife Liz Davies on the famous jingle bridge.Twitter was a sea of viewers branding the show a fix, one said: “Well that vote out was a fix if ever I saw one.”Another added: "The whole nation tweeting about how they wanted noel to stay...there's no way he got the least amount of votes #fix."Viewers were also convinced Noel was the only celeb holding his belongings before the results were announced. The 69-year-old was whisked off to the luxury Versace hotel where all the stars stay after being kicked out of the jungle. Related Articles Despite his short stint on the show, Noel was clearly fed up with the infamous beans and rice diet as a source told The Mirro...
France impounds Ryanair plane on tarmac before take-off

France impounds Ryanair plane on tarmac before take-off

World
Storms, strikes, computer failures — you can now add "your plane has been seized by the government" to the list of things that can delay your flight. In France, 149 passengers were preparing to take off for London late Thursday when French authorities ordered their Ryanair Boeing 737 impounded. The budget carrier owed money and it was "regrettable that the state was forced" to evacuate the plane, the civil aviation authority said. The passengers had gone through passport control and security and were about to walk on the tarmac to board the plane when airport authorities told them to turn around, passenger Boris Hejblum said. "The airport staff told us there was an issue with the plane," he told The Associated Press in an email. No Ryanair staff members were available, and the only...
Letter shows a fearful Einstein long before Nazis' rise

Letter shows a fearful Einstein long before Nazis' rise

Technology
More than a decade before the Nazis seized power in Germany, Albert Einstein was on the run and already fearful for his country's future, according to a newly revealed handwritten letter. His longtime friend and fellow Jew, German Foreign Minister Walther Rathenau, had just been assassinated by right-wing extremists and police had warned the noted physicist that his life could be in danger too. So Einstein fled Berlin and went into hiding in northern Germany. It was during this hiatus that he penned a handwritten letter to his beloved younger sister, Maja, warning of the dangers of growing nationalism and anti-Semitism years before the Nazis ultimately rose to power, forcing Einstein to flee his native Germany for good. "Out here, nobody knows where I am, and I'm believed to be missing,"...