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Idaho lands nation's first International Dark Sky Reserve

Idaho lands nation's first International Dark Sky Reserve

Technology
A giant chunk of central Idaho with a dazzling night sky has become the nation's first International Dark Sky Reserve. The International Dark-Sky Association late Monday designated the 1,400-square-mile (3,600-square-kilometer) Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve. The sparsely populated area's night skies are so pristine that interstellar dust clouds are visible in the Milky Way. "That such truly dark nighttime environments still exist in the United States is remarkable," said J. Scott Feierabend, executive director of the Tucson, Arizona,-based association, calling the designation a milestone for the group. Researchers say 80 percent of North Americans live in areas where light pollution blots out the night sky. The central Idaho reserve covers some of the most remote and rugged areas in the ...
SpaceX launches, lands previously used rocket booster, cargo ship

SpaceX launches, lands previously used rocket booster, cargo ship

Science
Dec. 15 (UPI) -- SpaceX for the first time reused a rocket booster today when it launched and then landed a Falcon-9 rocket as part of a resupply mission for the International Space Station.While the company has previously reflown rocket boosters four times, today's launch was the first time that a previously used rocket booster powered a previously used vessel, the Dragon, on a mission to the ISS. It is also the first time a booster was reused for a NASA mission.The Dragon, which is expected to reach the ISS on Sunday, is carrying about 4,800 pounds of scientific hardware and supplies."That marks the second successful visit to and from space for this particular booster," said a SpaceX commentator on the SpaceX webcast of the launch.The vessel lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., this mor...
6 year-end tax moves to make before tax reform lands

6 year-end tax moves to make before tax reform lands

Finance
Year-end tax moves may be even more vital this year — before tax breaks and other provisions change under the pending Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.Senate Republicans pushed the latest version of their tax plan through early on Saturday. Senate and House lawmakers will now work to come up with one version of the bill, though they still have some differences to resolve.There are some moves that individuals may want to consider making before the end of the year based on the revisions that are being considered. But experts warn that any moves should be made with the latest Washington happenings in mind."Make sure you're paying attention to what the latest versions of the bills are," said Tim Steffen, director of advanced planning at Baird Private Wealth Management.Here are six areas where year-end ta
China Eastern Airlines plane lands with large hole in engine

China Eastern Airlines plane lands with large hole in engine

World
June 12 (UPI) -- A China Eastern Airlines plane sustained a major engine failure and returned to Sydney with a massive hole in its engine, witnesses said.The hole in the engine's nose cowl, the metal shroud at the front of the engine, was visible to the 221 passengers aboard the Airbus A330-220 on Flight MU736 to Shanghai as they departed the plane. No one was injured in the incident.The passengers said they heard what sounded like an explosion, and smelled a burning odor.Australia's Transport Safety Bureau launched an investigation focused on the Trent 700 engine manufactured by Rolls-Royce. A statement from Rolls-Royce said it was "aware of the incident and will be working closely with relevant partners to understand the cause of the issue."The engine failure closely resembles a similar ...