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NASA, SpaceX review clears historic mission for launch next week

NASA, SpaceX review clears historic mission for launch next week

Science
ORLANDO, Fla., May 22 (UPI) -- NASA and SpaceX cleared next week's historic SpaceX Crew Dragon launch to the International Space Station after a flight readiness review Friday. It is to be the first crewed flight scheduled to launch from U.S. soil since the last shuttle lifted off in 2011. The Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft are prepared to carry NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley into space Wednesday from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, NASA and SpaceX officials said. The officials from SpaceX and NASA met for a day and one-half at the space center Thursday and Friday to focus on the readiness of crews, capsule, rocket and the International Space Station to support the flight. Significant risk areas reviewed in the process included the function of SpaceX's re...
U.S. Army plans adoption of Next Generation Squad Weapon

U.S. Army plans adoption of Next Generation Squad Weapon

Business
May 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army's Next Generation Squad Weapon will be tested by Army Rangers, Green Berets and special operations ground forces, an Army official said. NGSW prototypes from Sig Sauer Inc., General Dynamics and Textron Systems are in their final phase of soldier evaluation, with formal testing of weapons and ammunition scheduled for December. The final design is expected to be named in 2022, with the weapons arriving in the field a year later. "We are an enthusiastic supporter of the Army's 6.8mm Next Generation Squad Weapons," Col. Joel Babbitt, of Program Executive Officer Special Operations Forces Warrior, told Military.com. "We expect there will be Next Generation Squad Weapons in our formations as soon as we can receive them via fielding." The prototypes use ammunitio...
Baseball Hall of Fame postpones 2020 induction ceremony until next year

Baseball Hall of Fame postpones 2020 induction ceremony until next year

Sports
April 29 (UPI) -- The Baseball Hall of Fame announced Wednesday that it has canceled this year's induction ceremony because of the coronavirus pandemic. "Induction Weekend is a celebration of our national pastime and its greatest legends, and while we are disappointed to cancel this incredibly special event, the board of directors' overriding concern is the health and well-being of our new inductees, our Hall of Fame members, our wonderful fans and the hundreds of staff it takes to present the weekend's events in all of its many facets," Jane Forbes Clark, chairperson for the Hall, said in a statement. "In heeding the advice of government officials as well as federal, state and local medical and scientific experts, we chose to act with extraordinary caution in making this decision." This...
Smart contact lens accurately monitors blood sugar in rabbits, human tests next

Smart contact lens accurately monitors blood sugar in rabbits, human tests next

Health
April 24 (UPI) -- People with diabetes may soon have a new weapon as they battle to monitor their blood sugar -- their eyes. An international team of researchers has found that a remotely operated, smart contact lens was able to effectively monitor blood sugar, or glucose levels, while also controlling drug delivery for the treatment of diabetic retinopathy, a common visual health condition associated with the disease. The results of the tests, conducted with rabbits, were published Friday in the journal Science. "A smart contact lens is especially promising for healthcare applications because it can be used as an excellent interface between the human body and an electronic device," co-author Dr. Sei Kwang Hahn, a visiting professor of chemical engineering at Stanford University, told UP...
WHO: Coronavirus deaths will pass 50,000 in ‘the next few days’

WHO: Coronavirus deaths will pass 50,000 in ‘the next few days’

World
The number of deaths due to coronavirus will pass 50,000 within the "next few days", according to the World Health Organization.The organisation's director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters on Wednesday evening that the growing number of COVID-19 deaths was "deeply concerning". He said: "As we enter the fourth month since the start of the pandemic, I'm deeply concerned about the rapid escalation and global spread of infection."Over the past five weeks we have witnessed a near exponential growth in the number of new cases reaching almost every country, territory, and area."The number of cases has more than doubled in the past week. In the next few days, we will reach one million confirmed cases and 50,000 deaths." His words came as the number of confirmed cases worldw...