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Drone users must now register and complete theory test

Drone users must now register and complete theory test

Technology
Drone owners will have to register their device, complete an online theory test and pay a one-off £9 fee under new regulations that take effect across the UK from today.Anyone owning a drone that weighs more than 250g (8.8oz) will be legally required to register it and could face a £1,000 fine if they fail to do so and are caught flying it. The legislation is aimed at tackling drone misuse and the rising number of incidents that aviation authorities have had to deal with in recent years. There were 125 incidents last year and 87 reported so far in 2019.In a statement, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said: "UK drone laws are changing and it's vital that drone users - whether they fly regularly or not - are aware of how the drone registration scheme will affect them."
Cannabis to be given to patients to test impact on seven conditions

Cannabis to be given to patients to test impact on seven conditions

Technology
Thousands of patients are to be given cannabis in the first large-scale study of the drug's clinical effect.Medical cannabis, which is grown to a precise grade of active ingredient, was legalised in the UK a year ago. But only a handful of patients have since been prescribed the drug on the NHS because of what medical authorities have called a "paucity of evidence" that it works and is safe. Image: Professor David Nutt says cannabis medicines can be life-saving in disorders like childhood epilepsy The only option for patients is to either source cannabis illegally, and risk prosecution, or pay for a private prescription of the drugThe new study, called Project Twenty21, will subsidise cannabis for 20,000 patients to test its impact on...
Elon Musk upbeat on Starship test flights

Elon Musk upbeat on Starship test flights

Science
The American entrepreneur Elon Musk has given a further update on his Starship and Super Heavy rocket system.He plans to use the new vehicles to send people to the Moon and Mars, and also to move them swiftly around the Earth.The SpaceX CEO is in the process of building prototypes and plans to start flying them in the coming months.The Mk1 version of his Starship would begin high-altitude tests in the next one to two months, he said."This is the most inspiring thing I've ever seen," the entrepreneur told an audience gathered at the company's Boca Chica, Texas, facility where the prototype has been assembled."So this thing is going to take off, fly to 65,000ft, about 20km, and come back and land....
U.S. Navy’s MQ-25 tanker drone completes first test flight

U.S. Navy’s MQ-25 tanker drone completes first test flight

Business
Sept. 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy's MQ-25 unmanned aerial refueling aircraft successfully completed its first test flight, manufacturer Boeing Co. announced this week. The tanker drone completed its two-hour flight at its test program base at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in Mascoutah, Ill., on Thursday, the company said in a press release. The aircraft completed an autonomous taxi and takeoff, and then flew a pre-determined route to demonstrate its basic flight functions and operations, and communications with the ground control station. The carrier-based aircraft is designed to fuel fighter planes in midflight without the aid of a pilot, extending the combat range of deployed F/A-18, EA-18G and F-35C planes. "Seeing MQ-25 in the sky is a testament to our Boeing and Navy team working the t...
Ground-breaking blood test could reduce lung cancer deaths

Ground-breaking blood test could reduce lung cancer deaths

Technology
A ground-breaking blood test could cut the number of people who die from lung cancer each year.Lung cancer is the third most common cancer but it has a very high mortality rate. Less than 9% of patients survive more than five year after diagnosis - often because it is spotted too late. A trial of 12,209 high-risk patients in Scotland found that those who took the blood test were diagnosed at an earlier stage than those who received standard care.Oncimmune Holdings, the global company that designed the test, said it works by detecting autoantibodies made by the body's immune system as a natural defence against cancer cells.In a statement, it said: "Lung cancer was chosen as the first target of the technology because it is the world's leading cause of cancer-related death and is often detect...