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Gala opens countdown to 50th anniversary of 1st moon landing

Gala opens countdown to 50th anniversary of 1st moon landing

Technology
Former NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin was noticeably absent from a gala kicking off a yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, even though his nonprofit space education foundation is a sponsor and he typically is the star attraction. No explanation was given for Aldrin's absence from the Apollo Celebration Gala on Saturday evening. But the former astronaut is locked in a legal battle with family members who say he is suffering from mental decline. The black-tie event, held under a Saturn V rocket at the Kennedy Space Center, featured a panel discussion by astronauts, an awards ceremony, and an auction of space memorabilia. Hundreds of people attended the sold-out event, including British physicist Brian Cox, who presented Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson...
Where did Snow Patrol go for seven years? Gary Lightbody opens up

Where did Snow Patrol go for seven years? Gary Lightbody opens up

Entertainment
Gary Lightbody battled depression and alcoholism as Snow Patrol wrote their seventh album, Wildness. The band's frontman tells the BBC about overcoming his demons, how Nick Cave helped him conquer writer's block, and why he and Ed Sheeran want matching tattoos.Seven years. 2,555 days. That's how long it took Snow Patrol to make their new album.In the same time, you could have trained to be a doctor, launched a spacecraft to Saturn or filmed six series of Game of Thrones.But Gary Lightbody was engaged in a much more serious pursuit - conquering a life-threatening addiction to alcohol."I was relying on booze to get me through the day, every day" he recalls. "I'd started drinking on my own when I couldn't find anybody to go out with...
Mabel opens up about Harry Styles romance rumours 

Mabel opens up about Harry Styles romance rumours 

Entertainment
From Taylor Swift to Caroline Flack, countless women have fallen for his charms and good looks. However, the heartthrob has never once confirmed any of his former flings though did hint his debut album track Two Ghosts is about the Bad Blood singer.Most recently he’s been linked to rising star Mabel after she supported him on his world tour. Now the 22-year-old has opened up about the claims, telling Daily Star Online how she’s grown close to the One Direction singer in the past 12 months.  SHUTTERSTOCK MABEL: The star performs at BBC Radio 1 Biggest Weekend Speaking backstage at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Swansea, Mabel said: “Harry is really really friendly.“...
US ruling opens way for states-wide sports betting

US ruling opens way for states-wide sports betting

Business
The US Supreme Court has made a landmark ruling that could allow states across the country to legalise sports betting.It has endorsed a 2014 state ruling in New Jersey which permits sports betting in casinos and at horse racing tracks.The court also struck down a 1992 federal law banning sports gambling.The news sent the share prices of gambling stocks in the US and UK surging, including Britain's William Hill and Paddy Power.Several major US sports bodies had opposed the move, including the National Basketball Association.The National Collegiate Athletic Association said it was a threat to the "integrity of athletic competition".However, Justice Samuel Alito wrote on behalf of the Supreme Court: "The legalisation of sports gambling requires an important ...
Dog-like robot opens door in mesmerizing viral video

Dog-like robot opens door in mesmerizing viral video

Technology
“Good boy, Buddy,” is typical praise for a pet, but in this case, Buddy is a well-mannered, four-legged robot that both opens a door and holds it open for another robot. The video titled, “Hey Buddy, Can You Give me a Hand?” by robotics company Boston Dynamics has gotten over 1 million views on YouTube. It features their latest work -- a dog-like robot that opens a door in a mesmerizing maneuver. The video shows one yellow robot walking up to and surveying a door before an identical robot with an arm extending from its back steps into frame. The arm has a claw that functions as a hand and opens the door. The robot continues to prop the door open for itself and the other robot to walk through before letting it close behind them. Boston Dynamics' calls this robot the SpotMini, which is