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UK to build record-breaking solar planes

UK to build record-breaking solar planes

Science
A solar plane which can stay aloft for weeks at a time is to be manufactured by Airbus in the UK.The unmanned craft flies high in the atmosphere to avoid commercial air traffic and adverse weather.Known as the Zephyr, its remote-sensing potential has already seen the UK MoD invest, but Airbus also hope to develop the craft as a communications platform.The Zephyr will now begin industrial production in Farnborough, after several years of testing.Named for the Zephyr's late inventor, the newly opened Kelleher facility has the capacity to produce up to 30 of the planes each year.Its inauguration was announced at the 2018 Farnborough Air Show. Powered by solar energy during the day, and solar-charged...
How to build a real time machine

How to build a real time machine

Science
Travelling in time might sound like a flight of fancy, but some physicists think it might really be possible. BBC Horizon looked at some of the most promising ideas for turning this staple of science fiction into reality.Ron Mallett has a dream: He wants to travel in time.This isn't mere fantasy - Mallett is a respected professor of physics."I think of myself as being an ordinary person with a passion, and my passion is the possibility of time travel," he says.Prof Mallett has wanted to build a time machine for most of his life. His passion, he explains, can be traced to a tragic event early in his life.Ron's father, a heavy smoker, died of a heart attack at the age of 33 - when Prof Mallett was just 10 years of age. Ron was deva...
Electric cars: Charge points could be requirement in new build homes

Electric cars: Charge points could be requirement in new build homes

Science
New homes in suburban England would need to be fitted with electric car charging points under a government proposal to cut emissions.Ministers also want new street lights to come with charge points wherever there's on-street parking.Details of a sales ban on new conventional petrol and diesel cars by 2040 are also expected to be set out.The strategy comes at a time when the government is facing criticism for failing to reduce carbon emissions.The government's target is to reduce the UK's greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% of 1990 levels by 2050. The proposals, announced by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, aim to make it easier to recharge an electric car rather than refuel petrol or diesel vehicles.They include: The need to assess if new homes a...
Boeing to build 4 new Chinooks for U.S. Special Operations

Boeing to build 4 new Chinooks for U.S. Special Operations

Business
June 29 (UPI) -- Boeing has been awarded an $ 80 million contract to build four new MH-47G Chinook helicopters for the U.S. Army's 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. The deal, announced Thursday by the Department of Defense, is a cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order and will fulfill an urgent need for more aircraft due to increased Special Operations Forces operational demands. Fiscal procurement funds amounting to more than $ 80 million will be obligated at the time of the award. A majority of the work will be performed in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania. The twin-rotor aircraft has been in use since its first iteration, the CH-47, was introduced in 1962 to transport troops and large payloads at high speed and long ranges. The MH-47G, the most recent upgrade of the helicopter, has been...
Akon to build new city in Africa with currency called AKoin

Akon to build new city in Africa with currency called AKoin

Technology
Grammy-nominated artist Akon is planning to build a futuristic city in Senegal and base its entire economy around a new cryptocurrency named after himself. The multi-platinum-selling music producer unveiled the ambitious project at a creative festival in Cannes, where he spoke at a panel titled Branding Africa: Blockchain, Entrepreneurship and Empowering the Future.According to page six, he told an audience at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity that his proposed cryptocurrency - dubbed AKoin - could be "the saviour of Africa in many ways" because of how secure it would be.It would all be based on a mobile app, which he said would allow citizens of Akon Crypto City "to utilise it in ways where they can advance themselves and not allow government to do thos...