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Record-breaking NASA probe nears sun

Record-breaking NASA probe nears sun

Technology
A NASA probe has boldly gone where no spacecraft has gone before by flying to within a record distance of the sun. Less than three months after lift-off, the Parker Solar Probe has managed to get within 15 million miles of the surface of the star.As far away as that sounds (approximately 600 trips around the world), it is the closest any vessel has ever gotten to the sun.Its speed hit 213,000 miles per hour as it penetrated the outer solar atmosphere, which made it more than 900 times faster than the top speed ever recorded by a Formula One car. Image: Parker took off from Cape Canaveral in Florida in August. Pic: NASA/Kim Shiflett NASA will not re-establish contact with the probe until it is far enough from the sun to...
Storm Michael: Record-breaking storm mauls US south-east

Storm Michael: Record-breaking storm mauls US south-east

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device The third-strongest storm in recorded history to hit the mainland US has battered north-west Florida, flooding beach towns and snapping trees.Rescue services are waiting for daylight to assess the full impact of Hurricane Michael, which made landfall on Wednesday afternoon as a category four storm with 155mph (250km/h) winds.Two people, including a child, were killed by falling debris.Having weakened to a tropical storm, Michael is on its way to the Carolinas. Storm-surge warnings are in place between Panama City Beach and Keaton Beach in Florida, and between Ocracoke Inlet and Duck in North Carolina, the US National Hurricane Center says. There are fears for people who ignored evacuation warnings i...
S&P 500 share index notches up record-breaking winning streak

S&P 500 share index notches up record-breaking winning streak

Business
The S&P 500 share index, which tracks the 500 biggest public companies in America, has hit a new milestone.The benchmark index on Wednesday marked 3,453 days since its prior low-point, set on 9 March 2009, when the world was reeling from the financial crisis.By many counts, that is the longest run without a fall of 20% or more in index history, a "bull" run in market-jargon.Overall the index has risen almost 325% in the period, lifted by companies such as Apple, Microsoft and Amazon.This year, it is up more than 6%, despite worries about rising inflation, interest rates and trade disputes. On Wednesday the index was largely unchanged, closing at 2,861.82, down less than 2 points. That is just shy of the record high of 2,872.8...
UK to build record-breaking solar planes

UK to build record-breaking solar planes

Science
A solar plane which can stay aloft for weeks at a time is to be manufactured by Airbus in the UK.The unmanned craft flies high in the atmosphere to avoid commercial air traffic and adverse weather.Known as the Zephyr, its remote-sensing potential has already seen the UK MoD invest, but Airbus also hope to develop the craft as a communications platform.The Zephyr will now begin industrial production in Farnborough, after several years of testing.Named for the Zephyr's late inventor, the newly opened Kelleher facility has the capacity to produce up to 30 of the planes each year.Its inauguration was announced at the 2018 Farnborough Air Show. Powered by solar energy during the day, and solar-charged...
Anderson beats Isner in record-breaking semi-final with 50-game fifth set

Anderson beats Isner in record-breaking semi-final with 50-game fifth set

Sports
Media playback is not supported on this device Wimbledon 2018 on the BBCVenue: All England Club, Wimbledon Dates: 2-15 JulyCoverage: Watch live on BBC TV, BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button, Connected TVs and the BBC Sport website and app; Live Radio 5 live and 5 live sports extra commentary; Text commentary online.South African Kevin Anderson won the second-longest match in Wimbledon history by outlasting American John Isner to reach the men's final.They slugged it out on Centre Court for six hours and 35 minutes before the eighth seed came through 7-6 (8-6) 6-7 (5-7) 6-7 (9-11) 6-4 26-24.The ...