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Bloodhound 1,000mph car goes into administration

Bloodhound 1,000mph car goes into administration

Science
The project to race a car at over 1,000mph has run into a financial roadblock with the company behind the venture going into administration. The Bloodhound supersonic vehicle is all but built but needs a £25m investment if it is to break records on a dried-out lakebed in South Africa. The administrators, FRP Advisory LLP, have already begun to talk to potential suitors and want to hear from others. But without the funds the project faces being wound up in the coming weeks. Bloodhound is, by any measure, the most sophisticated land speed record car ever conceived. To be powered by a Rolls-Royce Eurofighter jet engine bolted to a rocket, it should easily smash the e...
Chandra X-ray Observatory goes into safe mode

Chandra X-ray Observatory goes into safe mode

Science
Oct. 12 (UPI) -- It's been a bad couple weeks in space. A week ago, technical difficulties forced engineers to put the Hubble Space Telescope's science mission on hold. Now, the Chandra X-ray Observatory is in safe mode, too. In a statement released on Friday, NASA confirmed Chandra, one of the most powerful telescopes in space, transitioned to safe mode earlier this week. During safe mode, the observatory's mirrors are pointed away from the sun and its solar panels are turned directly toward the sun. The satellite's most critical hardware is transferred to backup drives. "Analysis of available data indicates the transition to safe mode was normal behavior for such an event," according to NASA. "All systems functioned as expected and the scientific instruments are safe." Engineers are st...
Russia 'launches criminal investigation' into rocket failure

Russia 'launches criminal investigation' into rocket failure

World
Russia has launched a criminal investigation over a failed rocket launch to the International Space Station, according to reports. A US and Russian astronaut were forced to make an emergency landing shortly after the mission got underway, with their Soyuz rocket having suffered significant engine failures.It was an unprecedented mishap for the Russian space programme and the AFP news agency claims a criminal investigation is now underway to determine whether safety regulations had been violated during construction. Image: Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin following emergency landing Image: NASA astronaut Nick Hague following emergency landing Despite the issue af...
Mix Leftover Cranberry Sauce Into Your Waffle Batter

Mix Leftover Cranberry Sauce Into Your Waffle Batter

Health
Very important question: Do you have any leftover cranberry sauce? Assuming that you do, you should consider adding cranberry sauce to your waffles for an amazing day-after-Thanksgiving breakfast. (After all, Thanksgiving leftovers are arguably better than the big feast itself—especially when they’re transformed into a waffle.) You can upgrade homemade Belgian waffles or plain ol’ boxed mix by adding leftover cranberry sauce or fresh, whole cranberries into the batter. You’ll wonder why you haven’t been stirring cranberry sauce, jams, and jellies into your waffle mix your entire life. Feel free to dust your cranberry waffles with pow...
Sports tycoons ride into battle for Evans

Sports tycoons ride into battle for Evans

Business
The two biggest sports retailers on the high street have joined the battle for control of Evans Cycles, one of Britain's biggest bike retailers. Sky News has learnt that JD Sports Fashion and Sports Direct International both tabled indicative offers for Evans last week, pitting them against Halfords and a number of financial investors.News of JD Sports' and Sports Direct's interest highlights an unexpectedly fierce contest to buy Evans, which has racked up losses of more than £8m in the last two years.A takeover of the bike specialist is likely, however, to be at a knockdown valuation as its owner, the private equity firm ECI Partners, seeks a buyer capable of meeting its ongoing funding requirements.Evans is said to need more than £10m in fresh capital to see it ...