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Bloodhound land speed car will be back racing next week

Bloodhound land speed car will be back racing next week

Science
The Bloodhound land speed challenger is likely to be back out on its South African lakebed track early next week.Engineers are now satisfied they understand why a heat alarm has been triggering on the car when it runs. Bloodhound was in the middle of trying to post a speed of 550mph (885km/h) on Friday when the sensor system alerted driver Andy Green that temperatures might be too high in the engine bay.He aborted, pulling up early having reached only 481mph (774km/h).Something similar occurred on Wednesday as well, although right at the end of the run when the vehicle was slowing down.But by Saturday afternoon, the British Bloodhound team had split open the upper-chassis of the car for inspection, including of that troublesome s...
NASA: Water-hunting rover to land on lunar south pole in 2022

NASA: Water-hunting rover to land on lunar south pole in 2022

Science
Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Before the first woman and next man land on the moon, NASA will send another rover to the lunar surface, this time to the satellite's south pole. The Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, or VIPER, will be designed to hunt for water on the lunar south pole. Planetary scientists are confident there is water ice on both the moon's poles, perhaps in the millions of tons. Still, scientists aren't certain about the exact whereabouts and nature of the moon's water reserves. VIPER could help NASA scientists develop more detailed resource maps as they prepare for send humans to the moon for the first time in decades. "The key to living on the Moon is water -- the same as here on Earth," Daniel Andrews, the project manager of the VIPER mission and director of engineeri...
Triton in fresh bid to land Thomas Cook’s Nordic arm

Triton in fresh bid to land Thomas Cook’s Nordic arm

Business
The investment firm which tried to buy Thomas Cook's Nordic operations before the British travel operator's collapse last month has embarked on a fresh attempt to land a takeover deal.Sky News has learnt that Triton Partners is in advanced talks about acquiring Thomas Cook's Scandinavian business, which holds market-leading status - or close to it - in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Sources said that Triton, which owns the rival travel company Sunweb, was hoping to wrap up a deal in the coming days, although they cautioned that a formal agreement had yet to be struck. ...
Gabrielle forecast to become hurricane early next week, but no threat to land

Gabrielle forecast to become hurricane early next week, but no threat to land

World
Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Tropical storm Gabrielle will reach become a hurricane early next week as it begins northeastern trek toward Europe, but is no threat to land, the National Hurricane Center said Saturday. In its 5 p.m. EDT update, the NHC said the center of Tropical Storm Gabrielle was about 1,180 miles west-southwest of the Azores. It had maximum sustained winds at 50 mph and was traveling west-northwest at 18 mph. He will become a hurricane if it reaches 74 mph wind speeds. The NHC said Gabrielle presently poses no threat to land and the forecast shows it moving northwest through Sunday then forecast to re-curve toward the north and northeast on Monday and Tuesday. It is forecast to reach hurricane strength by Tuesday, the National Weather Service forecast shows before dissipating Wedn...
Stop abusing land, scientists warn

Stop abusing land, scientists warn

Science
Scientists are to deliver a stark condemnation of the damage being done to the land surface of the planet.Human activities have led to the degrading of soils, expanded deserts, felled forests, driven out wildlife, and drained peatlands, they will say.In the process, land has been turned from an asset that combats climate change into a major source of carbon.The scientists will say this land abuse must be stopped to avoid catastrophic climate heating.UK's 10 warmest years all occurred since 2002Climate change: Where we are in seven chartsWhat is climate change?How can the land protect us from climate change?Uncultivated land covered with vegetation protects us from overheating because the plants absorb the warming gas CO2 from the...