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The surprising secret hidden in a pregnancy test

The surprising secret hidden in a pregnancy test

Technology
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Engineers test Space Launch System rocket booster in Utah

Engineers test Space Launch System rocket booster in Utah

Science
Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Engineers successfully performed a test fire of the Space Launch System rocket's full-scale booster on Wednesday afternoon. Live footage of the test, which took place at Northrop Grumman's facilities in Promontory, Utah, showcased the tremendous force generated by the system's rockets. Advertisement The broadcast showcased a massive trail of fire and exhaust emanating from the base of the rocket and blowing across the desert dunes, scorching the sage brush in its path. The rocket fired for two minutes, with the booster performing nominally. "To pull [the test] off now, after six months of what we've been through, it feels like a really big milestone," Bruce Tiller, manager of the SLS boosters office at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, said durin...
Booster rocket for Nasa Moon missions set for critical test

Booster rocket for Nasa Moon missions set for critical test

Science
Engineers are preparing to test a booster rocket that will help send Americans back to the Moon in 2024.Two of these boosters form part of Nasa's massive Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, the biggest launcher built since the Saturn V in the 1960s.The huge Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs) provide most of the thrust in the first two minutes of the SLS's ride to space.One of the rockets will be fired while secured to the ground at a test site in Promontory, Utah.The two-minute-long test is scheduled to take place at 14:40 EDT (19:40 BST) on Wednesday at a facility operated by aerospace giant Northrop Grumman.It is designed to test the performance and manufacturing quality of the rocket motor. It will also help teams evaluate potential new materials, processes, a...
Advanced Patriot missile fails in live-fire test

Advanced Patriot missile fails in live-fire test

Business
Aug. 26 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army's most advanced Patriot missile misfired during a major test of the Army's Integrated Battle Command System, an Army official confirmed. A hit-to-kill Patriot Advanced Capability-2 Guided Enhanced Missile was used against a cruise missile target last week in alive-fire exercise at the Army's White Sands, N. M., Missile Range, but failed, Col. Phil Rottenborn, IBCS project manager, told Defense News on Wednesday. Advertisement Two interceptors were fired at a target missile, and although "the system did what it was designed to do," he said, the Capability-3 Patriot Missile Segment Enhancement missile misfired. An older variant of the Patriot missile brought down the target, part of the common test practice of firing two missiles at a target in the event the f...
Coronavirus: Nottinghamshire woman, 75, ‘first positive test within UK’

Coronavirus: Nottinghamshire woman, 75, ‘first positive test within UK’

Health
The earliest known person to contract coronavirus within the UK has been identified, scientists believe.Analysis of samples by the University of Nottingham showed a 75-year-old woman, from Nottinghamshire, tested positive on 21 February.She is also understood to be first in the UK to die after contracting Covid-19.A Surrey resident was previously believed to have caught the virus first.News of the case has emerged only now, because samples were being analysed in retrospect by researchers as they investigated the origins of the UK pandemic.Latest news and stories from the East MidlandsNearly 2,000 routine respiratory samples taken from patients at the Queen's Medical Centre, a Nottingham teaching hospital, between January and Marc...