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UAE launches mission to Mars in effort to move away from reliance on oil

UAE launches mission to Mars in effort to move away from reliance on oil

Technology
The United Arab Emirates has launched its first mission to Mars.The £160m mission is aimed at providing a picture of the Martian atmosphere and studying daily and seasonal changes on the planet. It is also aimed at advancing the UAE's science and technology sector, enabling it to move away from its economic reliance on oil.After two delays due to bad weather, the Amal (Hope) Probe was launched from Japan's Tanegashima Space Centre just before 11pm Sunday, UK time.Around an hour after its launch, the probe deployed solar panels for its communication and other systems as it sped towards Mars at an average speed of more than 75,000mph.
Officials at Tyndall AFB complete environmental assessment for rebuild effort

Officials at Tyndall AFB complete environmental assessment for rebuild effort

Business
May 12 (UPI) -- Officials at Florida's Tyndall Air Force Base have completed a Programmatic Environmental Assessment and are ready to purge the last of the facilities damaged by Hurricane Michael in 2018. According to the Air Force, the PEA is one of two major National Environmental Policy Act actions required before reconstruction can begin at the installation. "The approval of this Environmental Assessment, or EA, is great news for Tyndall AFB because we can now move forward with the multibillion-dollar rebuild of the 'Installation of the Future,'" said Col. Travis Leighton, Tyndall PMO director. "This includes completing the demolition required to clear sites in time for the construction of new facilities." Tyndall can now obligate funds to start the 28 rebuild projects evaluated unde...
Mercedes helps make coronavirus breathing aid as F1 joins ventilators effort

Mercedes helps make coronavirus breathing aid as F1 joins ventilators effort

Technology
The Mercedes F1 team has helped develop a breathing aid to keep coronavirus patients out of intensive care, with a host of other rival teams having pitched in to provide UK hospitals with thousands of extra ventilators.Clinicians and mechanical engineers from University College London (UCL) worked with Mercedes to create the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device, which has been approved by the NHS. The potentially life-saving technology has already been used in China, where coronavirus first emerged in December, and also in hospitals in Italy - the epicentre of the pandemic in Europe.The device helps COVID-19 patients with serious lung infections caused by the disease - such as pneumonia - to breathe more easily, when oxygen alone does not prove sufficient. ...
Church effort against incest led to rise of individualism in the West, study says

Church effort against incest led to rise of individualism in the West, study says

Science
Nov. 8 (UPI) -- When researchers set out to understand how many Western societies came to value individualism, they decided to look at historical shifts in a society's broader psychology. Specifically, researchers explored the ways shifting social structures influenced psychology and values of members. The West, scientists determined, was unique in its steady abandonment of incest. Incest, in this instance, primarily refers to marriages between cousins. Throughout much of the world, the practice was used to maintain broad family alliances and assert political and economic power, and to protect assets like land and other natural resources. In a new paper published in the journal Science, researchers argue that the Roman Catholic Church, in targeting incest, effectively shrunk family ties ...
A look inside the rescue effort to save boys trapped inside Thailand cave

A look inside the rescue effort to save boys trapped inside Thailand cave

World
In northern Thailand, rescuers are working around the clock to save 12 boys and their soccer coach who have been trapped inside a partly flooded cave for almost two weeks. New images and video taken from inside the Tham Luang Nang Non cave show crews with flashlights and equipment, struggling to wade through the floodwater's powerful currents as they prepare for a potential operation to rescue the group in the coming days. After days of heavy rain, rescuers took advantage of the relatively dry weather by pumping out as much floodwater as possible from the cave. Meanwhile, crews are working to divert any water flows in the area from entering the cave. The images also show crews installing dive lines and leaving extra air tanks along the path that rescuers may use to get the boys and...