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Mission to Mercury: BepiColombo spacecraft ready for launch

Mission to Mercury: BepiColombo spacecraft ready for launch

Science
Europe and Japan are set to launch their joint mission to Mercury, the planet closest to the Sun. The partners have each contributed a probe to be despatched on an Ariane rocket from French Guiana. The duo, together known as BepiColombo, are bolted to one another for the seven-year cruise to their destination, and will separate once they arrive. It's hoped their parallel observations can finally resolve some of the many puzzles about the hot, oddball planet. One of the key ones concerns the object's outsized iron core, which represents 60% of its mass. Science cannot yet explain why the planet only has a thin veneer of rocks. Bepi's high-resolution data should bring us nearer to an answer. Media playback is unsu...
How do you know you're really ready to retire early?

How do you know you're really ready to retire early?

Finance
Planning young: a retirement roadmap How do I know if I can retire early? Some people go to great lengths to set up their spending, saving and investment goals so they can retire early. For Justin McCurry — who retired at age 33 with $ 1.3 million so he could spend more time traveling with his wife and three kids — retirement came more than 30 years early. And not by accident. While the main goal is figuring how much you'll need and reaching that magic number, there are other considerations, too. Hitting that number can be so exciting you want to launch right away, says McCurry. But not paying attention to details of your post-working life can undermine or even undo some of the hard work you've done, he says. Check your math and your risk First, you'...
Buffalo Bills not ready to make QB change yet

Buffalo Bills not ready to make QB change yet

Sports
The Buffalo Bills' offense is a bigger mess than anyone could have imagined, and it was on display Sunday in all its ugliness during a 47-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. On a horribly rainy day, the Bills found a way to be even more miserable than the conditions. They managed just 10 first downs and 153 total yards, were 2 of 15 on third down, and averaged just 2.5 yards per play. "Overall, I thought we could have been better in a number of positions," coach Sean McDermott said. "I've got to look at the tape, to be honest with you, to get a better feel and making sure we were in the right spots before I give you a better read-out." The tape won't show anything different from what everyone saw: the worst offensive performance in the NFL in Week 1. And yet that has not moved McDermott ...
KSI vs Logan Paul: YouTube heavyweights ready for boxing showdown

KSI vs Logan Paul: YouTube heavyweights ready for boxing showdown

Entertainment
KSI and Logan Paul, YouTube stars with 37 million subscribers between them, will take their beef into the boxing ring on Saturday for a fight billed as "the biggest event in internet history".KSI or Logan Paul?YouTube fans around the world have chosen whose side they are on, and will be watching when the pair of social media heavyweights step into the ring at Manchester Arena.Both are wildly popular, both are massively divisive, both have highly controversial pasts.Who are KSI and Logan Paul? KSI is the brash 25-year-old British gamer, comedy vlogger and rapper whose videos have racked up 4.4 billion views despite heavy criticism for lewd comments towards women in some of his clips.Logan Paul is ...
Tottenham Hotspur transfer news: Toby Alderweireld ready to run down Spurs deal to force Manchester United move

Tottenham Hotspur transfer news: Toby Alderweireld ready to run down Spurs deal to force Manchester United move

Sports
LET ME LEAVE Centre-back frozen out last season after rejecting new deal and is set on an Old Trafford switch, but Spurs are demanding up to £75m for his services Toby Alderweireld will run down his Spurs contract and demand a move away if his club do not let him join Manchester United, according to reports. The Belgian centre-back refused to sign a new £130,000-a-week deal last season and has been an outcast since, but Spurs still want £75million for him, which has put United off a deal. Alderweireld’s time at Spurs appears to be over Alderweireld, 29, is desperate for a United move and will turn down any other interested parties, according to the Mirror. His current Spurs deal has only 11 months to run, but the club ...