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Meet the former pop star risking his life to challenge one of Africa’s longest serving presidents

Meet the former pop star risking his life to challenge one of Africa’s longest serving presidents

World
In Uganda, running for the presidency can be a dangerous business - especially for pop star turned politician Bobi Wine.The 38-year-old, who is the leading opposition in the country's upcoming presidential election, has told Sky News he has been targeted with bullets and tear gas and "miraculously" survived several attacks in the run-up to the vote. Image: Uganda's incumbent president Yoweri Museveni has been in power since 1986 "It's not out of fashion to put on a bullet-proof jacket and a ballistic helmet," he said. "It was an effort to secure my life some more. That is after I survived gun attacks more than once, more than twice, I was targeted. My car was riddled with bullets, flattening old tyres. And at one occasion, the milita...
Longest night of 2020 to feature year’s final meteor shower

Longest night of 2020 to feature year’s final meteor shower

Science
The longest night of the entire year will feature an astronomical double-header giving stargazers plenty to look for from sundown until daybreak. The December solstice occurs on Monday at 5:02 a.m. EST, the day when the sun's rays are most direct over the Southern Hemisphere. Advertisement For the Northern Hemisphere, this is the shortest day and longest night of the year and marks the transition from astronomical autumn to astronomical winter. Meanwhile, this solstice signals the start of astronomical summer south of the equator with Dec. 21 bringing the longest day and shortest night of the year. For folks across the Northern Hemisphere, the extended hours of darkness will feature two celestial happenings that may be worth staying up late to see. The first of the two events can be ...
Tiger Woods aims for record PGA Tour win after longest break since 2017

Tiger Woods aims for record PGA Tour win after longest break since 2017

Sports
July 15 (UPI) -- Tiger Woods, who will compete in the Memorial Tournament starting Thursday after his longest break from the PGA Tour since the 2017 season, could set the all-time record for tour wins if he captures the event in Dublin, Ohio. Woods and the late Sam Snead are tied with a record 83 tour wins. Woods matched Snead's mark at Zozo Championship on Oct. 27 in Chiba, Japan. Advertisement Woods sits just outside of the top-five betting favorites to win the Memorial, despite a history of subpar returns from long breaks. He missed the cut in his first official tournament when he came back from the 2017 hiatus, which was caused by multiple back surgeries. Woods will participate Thursday in his first official PGA Tour event since February's Genesis Invitational. The 15-time major cham...
World’s longest predatory dinosaur used its tail to swim

World’s longest predatory dinosaur used its tail to swim

Science
April 29 (UPI) -- Paleontologists finally have proof that some dinosaurs were aquatic. Detailed analysis of the only existing Spinosaurus aegyptiacus remains suggests the world's longest predatory dinosaur lived in a large river system and used its tail to swim. The discovery -- published this week in the journal Nature -- marks the first time a tail-propelled swimming locomotion has been reported in a dinosaur. "This discovery really opens our eyes to this whole new world of possibilities for dinosaurs," lead study author Nizar Ibrahim, professor at the University of Detroit Mercy, said in a news release. "It doesn't just add to an existing narrative, it starts a whole new narrative and drastically changes things in terms of what we know dinosaurs could actually do. There's nothing like...
US astronaut sets record for longest spaceflight by a woman

US astronaut sets record for longest spaceflight by a woman

Technology
A U.S. astronaut has set a record for the longest single spaceflight by a womanBy Associated PressDecember 28, 2019, 5:35 PM2 min read A U.S. astronaut set a record Saturday for the longest single spaceflight by a woman, breaking the old mark of 288 days with about two months left in her mission. Christina Koch, a 40-year-old electrical engineer from Livingston, Montana, arrived at the International Space Station on March 14. She broke the record set by former space station commander Peggy Whitson in 2016-2017. Koch is expected to spend a total of 328 days, or nearly 11 months, on board the space station before returning to Earth. Missions are typically six months, but NASA announced in April that it was extending her mission until February. The U.S. record for longest space flight is 340 ...