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Giant solar flare detonated mines during Vietnam War

Giant solar flare detonated mines during Vietnam War

Technology
Magnetic radiation from giant solar storms caused the sudden and nearly instantaneous detonation of dozens of sea mines in Vietnam in the 1970s, research has confirmed. At the time of the mysterious explosions, the US Navy attributed to the event to "magnetic perturbations of solar storms" - an attribution which scientists from the University of Colorado have confirmed.In their paper, published in the journal Space Weather, the team established that the mine detonations - alongside widespread electric and communication-grid disturbances seen in North America, were due to an enormous solar flare which burst towards Earth. Image: Dozens of mines exploded mysteriously near the end of the Vietnam War. File photo of a napalm bomb ...
US retail giant Sears files for bankruptcy

US retail giant Sears files for bankruptcy

Business
US retail giant Sears has filed for bankruptcy after succumbing to huge debts and losses. The company, which is more than 100 years old, was once America's largest retailer but has been battered by fierce competition and the rise of internet shopping.Sears, which still has 886 stores across the US, was left fighting for its life ahead of a key $ 134m (£102m) debt repayment due at the start of this week.Court papers showed it had now filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, a process that allows indebted companies to restructure its debts.Sears began life as a mail order catalogue in the 1880s - a pioneering business that has been described as the Amazon of its day.It came to dominate US malls and at its peak sales were equivalent to 1% of US gross national product. It was over...
One giant sale: Neil Armstrong's collection goes to auction

One giant sale: Neil Armstrong's collection goes to auction

Technology
Admirers of Neil Armstrong and space exploration have a chance to own artifacts and mementos that belonged to the modest man who became a global hero by becoming the first human to walk on the moon. The personal collection of Armstrong, who died in his native Ohio in 2012, will be offered for sale in a series of auctions handled by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions, beginning Nov. 1-2 and continuing in May and November 2019. The collection includes a variety of artifacts from Armstrong's 1969 lunar landing and private mementos that include pieces of a wing and propeller from the 1903 Wright Brothers Flyer that the astronaut took with him to the moon. Other items that went to the moon with Armstrong include a U.S. flag, the largest size typically flown during Apollo missions; a United Nation...
Adult skills giant Learndirect in rescue deal

Adult skills giant Learndirect in rescue deal

Business
A little-known education entrepreneur has swooped to seal an audacious takeover of Learndirect, Brit‎ain's biggest provider of apprenticeships and adult training services. Sky News can reveal that Dimensions Training Solutions (DTS) struck a deal on Saturday to acquire Learndirect in a deal which will preserve roughly 1,000 jobs and the training courses of thousands more people.The ‎acquisition will be transformational for DTS, which is part of a wider group owned by Stonebridge Colleges, a mini-conglomerate in the further education sector.It will bring to an end months of uncertainty about Learndirect's future, with doubts about its survival prospects exacerbated by an adverse Ofsted evaluation of part of its business but which were originally triggered by govern...
Astronomers identify 121 giant planets likely to host habitable moons

Astronomers identify 121 giant planets likely to host habitable moons

Science
June 14 (UPI) -- Astronomers have identified 121 giant planets that potentially host habitable moons. Scientists believe the next generation of telescopes will be able to target alien moons in search of signs of life. Scientists identified the candidates among exoplanet data collected by NASA's Kepler telescope. Kepler's main goal is to help astronomers locate habitable planets outside the solar system. Exoplanets are said to exist in the habitable zone when they orbit their host star at a distance that allows water to persist in solid, liquid and gas forms. Earth-like rocky planets are the first choice for astronomers searching for potentially habitable alien worlds, but as recent studies inside the solar system have revealed, moons surrounding gas giants also possess the potential for ...