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Mystery 19th Century botanist tracked down following appeal

Mystery 19th Century botanist tracked down following appeal

Science
RHSA mystery 19th-Century botanist has been found, thanks to sleuthing work by the public.Isabella Anne Allen had been known only by the secrets she left behind, tucked between the pages of an old book.But following an appeal for information, on the BBC News website, she has now been traced to the village of Madresfield, Worcestershire.Her story came to light when clues such as pressed flowers, poems and doodles were found inside The English Flora.Donated to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) decades ago, the botanical text was rediscovered by staff sorting through boxes ahead of a move to a new library.And libraries and exhibitions head Fiona Davison said the clues within revealed its original owner "would have been a figure in the local society and in public". "She is a gardener as we...
Astronauts splash down in Gulf of Mexico off Florida

Astronauts splash down in Gulf of Mexico off Florida

Science
May 2 (UPI) -- Astronauts from SpaceX's Crew-1 mission splashed down in U.S. waters at 2:57 a.m. Sunday, and crews successfully recovered the capsule and astronauts in the Gulf of Mexico off Panama City, Fla. The astronauts saw the Crew Dragon capsule Resilience undock from the International Space Station at 8:35 p.m. EDT Saturday and head for the nighttime splashdown off Florida about 6 1/2 hours later. Advertisement The astronauts were to fly back to Houston. "Welcome home Victor, Michael, Shannon, and Soichi, and congratulations to the teams at NASA and SpaceX who worked so hard to ensure their safe and successful splashdown," said former Sen. Bill Nelson, also a former astronaut confirmed by the Senate to serve as NASA administrator on Thursday. "We've accomplished another incredible ...
CEO of Google’s self-driving car spinoff steps down from job

CEO of Google’s self-driving car spinoff steps down from job

Technology
The executive who steered the transformation of Google’s self-driving car project into a separate company worth billions of dollars is stepping down after more than five years on the jobBy MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Technology WriterApril 2, 2021, 8:30 PM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleSAN RAMON, Calif. -- The executive who steered the transformation of Google's self-driving car project into a separate company worth billions of dollars is stepping down after more than five years on the job.John Krafcik announced his departure as CEO of Waymo, a company spun out from Google, in a Friday blog post that cited his desire to enjoy life as the world emerges from the pandemic.“I'm looking forward to a refresh period, reconnecting with old friends and family, and dis...
‘If Tesla uses its cars to spy, we’ll get shut down’ – Musk responds to Chinese military’s fears

‘If Tesla uses its cars to spy, we’ll get shut down’ – Musk responds to Chinese military’s fears

Business
Elon Musk has said his company would be shut down if its cars were used for the purposes of spying.The Tesla chief executive was responding to news that China's military has banned Tesla cars from its facilities. Speaking to a Chinese forum in a virtual discussion, Mr Musk said: "There's a very strong incentive for us to be very confidential with any information."If Tesla used cars to spy in China, or anywhere, we will get shut down."According to a Reuters report on Friday, the Chinese military cited security concerns over cameras installed on Tesla's vehicles. ...
EXPLAINER: Myanmar media defiant as junta cracks down

EXPLAINER: Myanmar media defiant as junta cracks down

Technology
Myanmar's military-controlled government is suppressing media coverage of protests against its seizure of powerBy ELAINE KURTENBACH Associated PressMarch 9, 2021, 8:39 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBANGKOK -- Myanmar’s military-controlled government is seeking to suppress media coverage of protests against its seizure of power as journalists and ordinary citizens strive to inform people inside and outside of the country about what is happening.Authorities on Monday canceled the licenses of five local media outlets that had been offering extensive coverage of the protests, attempting to fully roll back such freedoms a decade after the country began its faltering transition toward democracy.The government has detained dozens of journalists since the Feb. 1 ...