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The Story Behind This Globe Trotting 1937 Lagonda LG45 Rapide

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 13:59

Elaborately fashioned and carrying the prestige of a recent Le Mans win for the marque, the LG45 Rapide was destined to impress. Each and every feature on a Lagonda LG45 Rapide speaks of impressive luxury and performance.


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FTI Consulting: managing reputations and risk

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 13:08

FTI Consulting, the Washington PR firm at the center of complaints over its working methods, is a global business boasting a specialty in helping companies deal with risks to their reputations or bottom lines. Its clients include Monsanto, which has suffered a series of high-stakes courtroom defeats in California, where three trials have ended with juries siding with plaintiffs blaming the company's controversial weedkiller Roundup for their cancer. German agro-chemicals and drugs giant Bayer -- also an FTI client -- finalized its $66 billion acquisition of Monsanto last year, but the blockbuster purchase has turned out to be plagued with other costs.


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Consultant poses as journalist in Monsanto trial

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 13:06

Smiling and affable, the young woman was able to pass herself off as a fellow journalist to reporters including AFP covering a landmark trial in San Francisco on the health risks associated with the weedkiller Roundup. The relaxed, confident thirtysomething was in fact an employee of Washington-based FTI Consulting, which has a client list that includes Roundup-maker Monsanto and its parent company Bayer.


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Huawei CEO Expects Slight Impact From U.S. Curbs, Nikkei Reports

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 12:51

“Huawei’s growth may slow, but only slightly,” Ren told Japanese reporters at the telecommunications equipment maker’s headquarters in Shenzhen, China, according to Nikkei. It was his first media statement since President Donald Trump and the U.S. Commerce Department imposed restrictions on May 15.


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Dozens Of Starved Gray Whales Are Washing Up All Along The West Coast

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 12:33

"Is this the harbinger of things to come?” one ecologist asked.


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Exclusive: Saudi's Falih says sees no oil shortage, but OPEC to act if needed

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 07:33

Saudi Arabia's Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said on Saturday that he saw no oil supply shortage as global oil inventories are still rising, particularly from the United States, but OPEC will be responsive to the oil market's needs. Speaking in Jeddah ahead of a ministerial panel gathering on Sunday of top OPEC and non-OPEC producers, including Saudi Arabia and Russia, Falih told Reuters OPEC will not decide on output until late June when the group is due to meet next.


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What’s Going on With Russia’s New Stealth Fighter?

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 07:00

The troubled Sukhoi Su-57 gets an order boost from Moscow.


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10 Top Space Start-Ups You've Probably Never Heard of

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 05:13

This list includes one bright, shining space stock that you may already be able to invest in.


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Climate sceptic ex-PM Abbott falls in Australia election

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 05:01

Former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott, infamous for once calling the science behind climate change "crap", has become the first big scalp in the country's elections Saturday. Abbott, who was prime minister from 2013 to 2015, was one of the most vocal climate sceptics in parliament and had held his seat of Warringah in Sydney's northern suburbs for a quarter of a century.


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UN chief's call to 'save the Pacific to save the world'

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 04:55

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said it was vital "to save the Pacific to save the world" as he wrapped up his brief South Pacific tour in Vanuatu on Saturday. Guterres has spent the past week in the region pushing for urgent action ahead of a UN summit in September billed as a last chance to prevent irreversible climate change. According to the UN, Vanuatu is the world's most at-risk country from natural hazards, but Guterres said it was also "leading the way" with is resilience.


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Japan Display's Foreign Backers Seek to Add New Investor: Asahi

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 03:27

Negotiations with the consortium, which includes Taiwan’s TPK Holding Co., Harvest Tech Investment Management Co., Cosgrove Global Ltd., and Topnotch Corporate Ltd., won’t advance until the extra source of capital is found, Asahi said, citing unnamed people familiar with the matter. JDI said in a statement on Saturday that there was no truth to the report, without elaborating.


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Corporal M2: America's First Nuclear Guided Missiles (And It Can Still Kill Millions)

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 01:30

Six days after the Allies’ D-Day landings on the coast of Normandy in June 1944, Germany retaliated by launching its first Vergeltungswaffe, or Vengeance Weapon, at the city of London. The V-1 was actually a Fie-103 cruise missile designed by Robert Lusser of Fiesler Aircraft. Made from nonessential war materials and covered in sheet metal, the V-1 was powered by a revolutionary Argus As-14 pulse jet engine and carried a 1,870- pound warhead a distance of 150 miles. Although the Allies were never concerned that this buzz bomb could effectively turn the tide of war, they were disturbed that Germany could produce such an advanced weapon. They immediately considered countermeasures, with the American Army Air Force turning to a group of homegrown rocket enthusiasts for an answer.The American rocketeers were led by Frank Malina, a graduate student at the Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory of the California Institute of Technology (GALCIT), who in 1936 had convinced a group of friends to begin research into a high- altitude sounding rocket. Malina’s plans were based on the writings of Robert Goddard and funded by a private grant from Weld Arnold. He further appealed to Theodore von Karman, a distinguished Hungarian aerodynamicist on the staff at Caltech to support his research. With von Karman’s backing, the group was able to find room in a laboratory on the Pasadena campus, where they became known collectively as the “Rocket Research Project.”


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Residents split on future of Romania's trash heap 'time-bomb'

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 23:14

Cluj-Napoca (Romania) (AFP) - The towering heap of rubbish at the Pata-Rat landfill in western Romania has been condemned as an "environmental time bomb", but for many of its neighbours this putrid mountain of refuse is a livelihood -- one they want to protect from closure. Looming on the hills near Romania's fifth-biggest city Cluj-Napoca, the trash heap rises to five storeys high in places, emitting a noxious odour and oozing substances that environmentalists say are poisoning the soil. Dozens of families -- mostly from the country's Roma minority -- have made homes in makeshift shacks on the edge of the landfill site, sometimes after being expelled from illegal dwellings elsewhere.


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Exclusive: Saudi's Falih says oil stocks still building, but OPEC to act if needed

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 22:42

Speaking in Jeddah ahead of a ministerial panel gathering on Sunday by top OPEC and non-OPEC producers, including Saudi Arabia and Russia, Falih told Reuters OPEC will not decide on output until late June when the group is due to meet. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Russia and other non-OPEC producers have agreed to reduce output by 1.2 million barrels per day (bpd) from Jan. 1 for six months, a deal designed to stop inventories building up and weakening prices. Falih said OPEC is guided by two main principles: "One to keep the market in its direction towards balancing and inventories back to normal level.


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Is the Air Force Really Testing an ‘Earth-Penetrating’ Nuclear Bomb?

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 22:30

In a recent article, Eryn Macdonald repeated the stubbornly persistent misconception that the Air Force is developing a new earth-penetrating nuclear bomb. Similar analysis last summer followed a drop test of the B61-12 nuclear bomb—or “mod 12,” meaning twelfth modification or variant—from a stealth bomber. Drop tests verify the operation of various weapon subsystems, but do not include the nuclear components. The Defense and Energy Departments are developing the B61-12 to replace several old B61 variants that are slated for retirement, but the new weapon is not an earth penetrator.Currently, the United States deploys four B61 variants. The B61-7 is considered a strategic weapon because it is carried by the B-2 bomber and can, therefore, travel intercontinental distances. Two nonstrategic variants are carried by shorter-range fighter aircraft and are deployed in Europe as part of the U.S. security commitment to NATO. The fourth existing variant, the B61-11, does actually possess an earth-penetration capability, and in this respect is unique within America’s nuclear deterrent force.


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NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter just hit an absolutely crazy milestone

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 21:07

Of all the pieces of hardware that NASA has sent to Mars, we don't hear about the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter nearly as much as we'd like. It's an incredible machine that has dramatically outlived its initial mission timeline and continues to relay important information about the Red Planet thanks to its suite of cameras and high-tech sensors.The spacecraft's primary mission was expected to last just two years, but it's already spent a whopping 13 years in orbit around Mars, and it looks to continue that impressive streak far into the future. In a new blog post, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory reveals that the MRO just nailed a truly incredible milestone: 60,000 trips around Mars.The data gathered by the MRO has resulted in new insights into the workings of the planet, and during its time in orbit, it has seen a trio of completely new missions land on the Martian surface. NASA uses the orbiter to provide support for those missions, making it the ultimate multitasker."MRO has given scientists and the public a new perspective of Mars," JPL's Dan Johnston said in a statement. "We've also supported NASA's fleet of Mars surface missions, allowing them to send their images and discoveries back to scientists on Earth."The MRO's HiRISE imaging system is probably the most well-known tool that it has at its disposal. HiRISE has sent back gorgeous looks at the planet's surface and revealed things about the planet's geography and weather that would otherwise have remained unknown. New clues about Mars' remaining water and the history of surface water on the planet have been part of the MRO's mission since the start.60,000 trips around a planet is quite the feat, but MRO isn't even close to being finished. Based on its fuel usage, NASA believes the spacecraft will remain up and running well into the 2020s, and if things go well it could have enough propellant left to take it into the 2030s.


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After the Moon, people on Mars by 2033...or 2060

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 20:42

The dates fixed by the space agency are 2024 for the Moon and Mars in 2033, but according to experts and industry insiders, reaching the Red Planet by then is highly improbable barring a Herculean effort on the scale of the Apollo program in the 1960s. "The Moon is the proving ground for our eventual mission to Mars," NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said at a conference this week. According to Robert Howard, who heads up the lab developing future space habitats at the legendary Johnson Space Center in Houston, the hurdles aren't so much technical or scientific as much as a question of budget and political will.


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Exclusive: Insurer says Iran's Guards likely to have organized tanker attacks

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 19:08

The UAE, Saudi Arabia and Norway are investigating the attacks, which also hit a UAE- and a Norwegian-flagged vessel. A confidential assessment issued this week by the Norwegian Shipowners' Mutual War Risks Insurance Association (DNK) concluded that the attack was likely to have been carried out by a surface vessel operating close by that despatched underwater drones carrying 30-50 kg (65-110 lb) of high-grade explosives to detonate on impact. The DNK based its assessment that the IRGC was likely to have orchestrated the attacks on a number of factors, including: - A high likelihood that the IRGC had previously supplied its allies, the Houthi militia fighting a Saudi-backed government in Yemen, with explosive-laden surface drone boats capable of homing in on GPS navigational positions for accuracy.


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