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Watch live: Rocket Lab plans launch, booster catch with helicopter after days of delays

Watch live: Rocket Lab plans launch, booster catch with helicopter after days of delays

Science
ORLANDO, Fla., May 2 (UPI) -- Unfavorable weather conditions pushed Rocket Lab's 26th launch of an Electron booster to the end of last week, and the company decided to wait for Monday to take a shot at catching the rocket with a helicopter for the first time. With final checks on its recovery system under way, the company now plans for liftoff around 6:41 p.m. EDT from Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand. The mission, called "There and back again," will mark the first time Rocket Lab has attempted to recover one of its first stage boosters. If recovery with the helicopter is successful, the company also plans to conduct it's first booster offloading, with the aircraft dropping the rocket on to a waiting ship. "We don't usually give mother nature quite so much power over launch timing, but fo...
NASA faces new criticism, possible congressional hearing over spacesuit delays

NASA faces new criticism, possible congressional hearing over spacesuit delays

Science
ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 23 (UPI) -- NASA is facing new criticism over a recent agency watchdog report that disclosed spacesuit development is so far behind schedule that a return to the moon would be delayed beyond a 2024 target. Coupled with the high cost, estimated to hit $ 1 billion eventually, the development issues are serious enough to prompt a congressional hearing, U.S. Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., told UPI. "I almost certainly think we have to schedule a hearing before the end of the year," said Beyer, who chairs the House Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee. "We already spent $ 420 million, and we don't know where we're going. We need to really make sure [Congress] is providing the oversight and the accountability necessary." The report from the NASA Office of Inspector Genera...
Super Nintendo World opens in Japan after Covid delays

Super Nintendo World opens in Japan after Covid delays

Technology
ReutersA theme park dedicated to Nintendo's famous Super Mario World has opened in Japan, nearly a year after it was originally due to welcome guests.Super Nintendo World - which cost about $ 0.5bn ($ 0.36bn) to build - was meant to open last summer but was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.Initially only Japanese visitors can go amid international travel bans.For Nintendo, it represents part of a move from games firm to entertainment company.ReutersAt first the park will take half of the visitors it can accommodate to comply with social-distancing measures. Visitors will need to wear masks in most areas.The park is modelled on levels in Nintendo's Mario games, the first of which was released in 1985 and followed the adventures of a plumber and his brotherThe franchise went on to sell mo...
Drug prevents, delays Type 1 diabetes in 50% of those at risk, study finds

Drug prevents, delays Type 1 diabetes in 50% of those at risk, study finds

Health
March 3 (UPI) -- Half of those at risk for Type 1 diabetes treated with a new drug remained disease-free five years later, a study published Wednesday by the journal Science Translational Medicine found. Conversely, 22% of people who did not receive the drug remained disease-free five years after the start of the study, the data showed. Advertisement The drug, teplizumab, is a monoclonal antibody -- a synthetic version of the cells produced by the human immune system -- developed by the biotechnology company Provention and is designed to prevent the onset of Type 1 diabetes. Those who developed Type 1 diabetes after receiving teplizumab did so about five years after receiving the new drug, compared with 27 months for study participants who received a placebo, the researchers said. "If ap...
Cladding crisis: ‘Delays could bankrupt us’

Cladding crisis: ‘Delays could bankrupt us’

Business
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