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Mars helicopter Ingenuity performs well before first flight

Mars helicopter Ingenuity performs well before first flight

Science
April 7 (UPI) -- NASA's Mars helicopter Ingenuity, the first powered aircraft on another planet, is free of the Perseverance rover that carried it and appears to be functioning well ahead of its first flight on Sunday, the space agency said. NASA plans to broadcast the results of that first flight at 3:30 a.m. EDT Monday after the helicopter transmits data and images to Perseverance, which will send them back to Earth. Advertisement The helicopter detached from the rover's underbelly Saturday and survived subzero temperatures with its own heaters, which NASA said was "a major milestone" in an announcement Tuesday. The 4-pound rover uses solar panels to charge its batteries and keep delicate electronics safe from extreme cold that can reach 130 degrees F below zero. "So far, everything ha...
‘If Tesla uses its cars to spy, we’ll get shut down’ – Musk responds to Chinese military’s fears

‘If Tesla uses its cars to spy, we’ll get shut down’ – Musk responds to Chinese military’s fears

Business
Elon Musk has said his company would be shut down if its cars were used for the purposes of spying.The Tesla chief executive was responding to news that China's military has banned Tesla cars from its facilities. Speaking to a Chinese forum in a virtual discussion, Mr Musk said: "There's a very strong incentive for us to be very confidential with any information."If Tesla used cars to spy in China, or anywhere, we will get shut down."According to a Reuters report on Friday, the Chinese military cited security concerns over cameras installed on Tesla's vehicles. ...
Trump says he is doing well, but next couple of days the ‘real test’

Trump says he is doing well, but next couple of days the ‘real test’

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device US President Donald Trump says he is doing well, but that the next few days will be the "real test".He posted a video on Twitter ahead of a second night in hospital, where he is being treated for Covid-19.The president's physician said late on Saturday that Mr Trump had made "substantial progress" but was "not out of the woods yet".Saturday had been marked by a flurry of apparently contradictory remarks about the president's condition.Shortly after the medical team gave a generally upbeat update, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said the president's condition had been "very concerning".Sources close to the president said he was not happy about Mr Meadows' comments.Read the latest updates hereA number of p...
As cases surge in US, rural areas seeing increases as well

As cases surge in US, rural areas seeing increases as well

Health
BERLIN -- For many states and counties in the U.S., the dark days of the coronavirus pandemic in April unfolded on their television screens, not on their doorsteps. But now, some places that appeared to have avoided the worst are seeing surges of infections, as worries shift from major cities to rural areas. While much of the focus of concerns that the United States is entering a dangerous new phase has been on big Sunbelt states that are reporting thousands of new cases a day — like Texas and Florida — the worrying trend is also happening in places like Kansas, where livestock outnumber people. In early June, Kansas looked to be bringing its outbreak under control, but its daily reported case numbers have more than doubled in recent weeks. On June 5, the seven-day average for daily new c
We’ll Meet Again: The story of Dame Vera Lynn’s wartime classic

We’ll Meet Again: The story of Dame Vera Lynn’s wartime classic

Entertainment
We'll Meet Again became Dame Vera Lynn's signature song. It was also one of the first singles to use a synth, was accused of being too "slushy" for the troops, and has featured in Dr Strangelove and Stranger Things. No song captured the heartbreak and optimism of Britain at war better than We'll Meet Again.Recorded in 1939 by Vera Lynn, who has died at the age of 103, its lyrics provided comfort to all those who were apart from their loved ones."We'll met again, don't know where, don't know when / But I know we'll meet again, some sunny day."The song has since been quoted by the Queen and covered by Johnny Cash. It even entered the UK chart earlier this year, offering a message of hope during th...