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Solar Orbiter: Sun mission blasts off

Solar Orbiter: Sun mission blasts off

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Europe's audacious Solar Orbiter probe has lifted off on its quest to study the Sun from close quarters.The €1.5bn (£1.3bn) mission is packed with cameras and sensors that should reveal remarkable new insights on the workings of our star.Scientists want to better understand what drives its dynamic behaviour.The spacecraft launched aboard an Atlas rocket, which lifted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida at 04:03 GMT (23:03 local time Sunday).The Sun will occasionally eject billions of tonnes of matter and entangled magnetic fields that can disrupt activity at Earth.The worst of these storms will trip the electronics on satellites, interfere with radio communications and even knock over power grids.Res
Bloodhound land speed racer blasts to 628mph

Bloodhound land speed racer blasts to 628mph

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Bloodhound has now joined the exclusive club of land speed racers that have gone faster than 600mph (965km/h).Running across its dry lakebed track on Saturday, the British car's GPS sensors clocked 628mph (1,010km/h).Only six vehicles in the history of the land speed record have previously driven beyond 600mph.Bloodhound's achievement is notable because it's been running with only the thrust of a jet engine. The car's design allows for a rocket motor, too.When this is fitted next year, as planned, the arrow-shaped machine should be in a very strong position to smash the current world record of 763mph (1,228km/h).This was set 22 years ago by another British car, Thrust SSC. The driver back then was t...

Sri Lanka presidential hopeful vows probe into Easter blasts

World
A former Sri Lankan defense chief who is a front-runner in next month's presidential election said he'll order a fresh probe into the Easter Sunday blasts that killed 263 people by appointing a presidential commission if he wins. Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said the commission would be set up on a request made by Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, a top leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Sri Lanka. Ranjith has previously called for an independent and transparent commission to investigate the attack, which was blamed on Islamic extremists. Rajapaksa, a powerful defense official in the government of his brother, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, is a favorite to win the Nov. 16 election, in which national security has become the focal point. While addressing an election rally on Saturday, Raja...
Gulf of Oman tanker blasts: Crews rescued safely

Gulf of Oman tanker blasts: Crews rescued safely

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Dozens of crew members have been rescued after abandoning two oil tankers hit by explosions in the Gulf of Oman.Ship operators said 21 crew on board the Kokuka Courageous and 23 on the Front Altair had been evacuated.Iran rescued the 44 after an "accident", state media said, although the cause is unconfirmed. The US Navy said it received two distress calls.The incident comes a month after four oil tankers were attacked off the UAE. US-Iran tensions explained 'Sabotaged' tanker in Gulf of Oman leaked oil Oil prices rose as much as 4.5% from a near five-month low following Thursday's incident, Bloomberg reports.What do we know about the explosions?The cause remains unclear.The Norwegian-owned Front Altair had been "attacked", the N...
Blue Jays prospect Guerrero blasts third HR in eighth game in minors

Blue Jays prospect Guerrero blasts third HR in eighth game in minors

Sports
April 24 (UPI) -- Toronto Blue Jays top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. continues to impress, hitting his third homer in his eighth minor league game Wednesday afternoon. Guerrero Jr. is expected to join the Blue Jays roster soon to make his highly anticipated Major League debut. He has hit three homers for the Blue Jays AAA team in Buffalo. His third homer was an opposite-field blast in the seventh inning of a 5-4 win over Syrcause. On the day Guerrero went 2-for-5 for the Bisons, playing in his third straight minor league game for the first time in 2019. Guerrero is hitting .367 with three homers and eight RBIs for the Bisons, going 11-for-30 at the plate. Last season he hit .381 with 20 homers and 78 runs batted in across four minor league teams for the Jays. [embedded content] ...