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Space Perspective unveils luxurious interior of balloon-launched spaceflight experience

Space Perspective unveils luxurious interior of balloon-launched spaceflight experience

Science
ORLANDO, Fla., April 12 (UPI) -- Want to be a space tourist but can't spend tens of millions of dollars? Space Perspective, a Florida-based space tourism company, is working on another option that falls in the six-figure range. On Tuesday, the company provided a sneak peek into the luxurious $ 125,000-per-ride accommodations its passengers will enjoy as they stare down Earth from a vantage point that has mostly been limited to astronauts, the super rich and the super lucky. Coinciding with the anniversary of the first human spaceflight, the company released artist's illustrations of the interior of its crew capsule, called the Spaceship Neptune. The vessel is named for the Roman god of the sea and 8th planet in the solar system. Passengers who climb aboard will enjoy 360-degree panorami...
Biden unveils ‘once in a generation’ spending plan

Biden unveils ‘once in a generation’ spending plan

World
ReutersUS President Joe Biden has called for trillions in spending aimed at re-igniting America's economic growth by upgrading its crumbling infrastructure and tackling climate change.The $ 2.3tn (£1.7tn) proposal would direct billions to initiatives such as charging stations for electric vehicles and eliminating lead water pipes.The spending would be partially offset by raising taxes on businesses.Those plans have already roused fierce opposition.Republicans have called the rises "a recipe for stagnation and decline", while powerful business lobby groups including the Business Roundtable and Chamber of Commerce said they supported investments but would oppose tax increases.The pushback is a sign of the tough fight ahead for the plan, which needs approval from Congress.Acrimony loomsJoe Bi...
Amazon unveils Helix building as centrepiece of new campus – some compare it to poop emoji

Amazon unveils Helix building as centrepiece of new campus – some compare it to poop emoji

Technology
Amazon has unveiled a 350-foot, 22-story Helix building for its new campus to a mixed reception, with some cheekily comparing it to the poop emoji.According to NBBJ, the architectural firm behind the building's design, its helix shape is meant to echo the occurrence of helixes in nature - from the double-helix of DNA through to the structure of the Milky Way. Amazon says the building - to be built at a campus in Arlington, Virginia - won't be a typical office space, unlike the many other far more bland structures in the renderings. Instead it will be somewhere for staff to explore their own minds outside of the confines of their cubicles. Image: The 22-storey Helix building. Pic: NBBJ The structure is ringed by a green belt of trees a...
Joe Biden unveils $1.9tn US economic relief package

Joe Biden unveils $1.9tn US economic relief package

World
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UK team unveils COVID swab test ‘that returns result in 15 minutes’

UK team unveils COVID swab test ‘that returns result in 15 minutes’

Technology
A British company has announced a new type of COVID-19 test that it says can detect people who have contracted the virus using just a saliva swab that can return a result in 15 minutes.Vatic's KnowNow COVID-19 test is a type of lateral flow test, but "works in a completely different way to every other antigen test that exists", according to the company's chief executive Alex Sheppard. Mr Sheppard told Sky News the company was announcing the technological mechanism behind the test ahead of it receiving regulatory approval "simply because it's totally different to anything else out there". The test has two crucial differences, the company explained.Firstly, it uses saliva swabs from the inside of a subject's cheek and under their tongue instead of potentially invasive nasal ones. ...