August 1, 2019

Newspaper headlines: Dam ‘nightmare’ and Bank of England prediction

Fears over a reservoir bursting and reaction to the Bank of England growth forecast leads Friday's papers.
August 1, 2019

Disabled sex: “Escorts should be a choice, not the only option”

Disabled blogger Alex Squires says he's paid for sex in the past, but would rather have a partner.
August 1, 2019

Solar sails actually work, and LightSail 2 just proved it

The idea seems totally crazy: A spacecraft with no active propulsion system that can travel through space using light in the same way that a sailboat uses wind. Physics tells us it's possible, but until scientists could prove it, it remained a good idea on paper only. Now, with the launch of the crowdfunded LightSail 2, we can finally see the innovative theory put into practice. In a news release from the Planetary Society, researchers declare the LightSail 2 a success, with measurements showing that the spacecraft has indeed begun to travel away from the Earth after unfurling its solar sail. According to the scientists behind the project, LightSail 2 has successfully raised the highest point of its orbit, and it did so without any conventional built-in propulsion system. It took a couple of tweaks to the spacecraft's orientation to get it right, and the team made several optimizations to the sail along the way, but all the work paid off. "We're thrilled to announce mission success for LightSail 2," said LightSail program manager and Planetary Society chief scientist Bruce Betts. "Our criteria was to demonstrate controlled solar sailing in a CubeSat by changing the spacecraft's orbit using only the light pressure of the Sun, something that's never been done before. I'm enormously proud of this team. It's been a long road and we did it." Finding new ways to travel through space is incredibly important if we ever plan on exploring distant planets and, eventually, other star systems or even other galaxies. A propulsion technique that requires no fuel is a very big deal, and could open the door to new options for both unmanned and manned missions in the not-so-distant future.
August 1, 2019

Drake Is Dropping An Album Full Of Fan-Favorite Loosies: See The Tracklist

Drake announces a new compilation project called Care Package, comprised of some of his most classic loosies.
August 1, 2019

A Gun Store Put Up A Dangerous Billboard Targeting ‘The Squad’

A gun store in Murphy, North Carolina, featured photos of Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.
August 1, 2019

FBI warns that conspiracy theories like QAnon pose a domestic terror threat

For the first time, an FBI intelligence bulletin has assessed that fringe, internet-based conspiracy theories pose a domestic terror threat that “[encourage] the targeting of specific people, places and organizations, thereby increasing the risk of extremist violence against such targets.” The intelligence bulletin was written by the FBI’s Phoenix Field Office and released in May, […]
August 1, 2019

Brecon and Radnorshire by-election: Counting begins

Conservative Chris Davies aims to win back Brecon and Radnorshire after being unseated by a voters' petition.
August 1, 2019

Trump imposes more tariffs on China, but he’s out of ideas. Now China holds the cards.

President Donald Trump on Thursday tweeted that he would apply 10% tariffs on  $300 billion worth of Chinese imports. “Trade talks are continuing, and… during the talks the U.S. will start, on September 1st, putting a small additional Tariff of 10% on the remaining 300 Billion Dollars of goods and products coming from China into […]
August 1, 2019

England Cricket World Cup: Backlash over Cardiff postbox

Postboxes are placed in the host cities of the Cricket World Cup, which England won.
August 1, 2019

2019 Xtreme Eating list recognizes unhealthiest dishes at chain restaurants

These foods are Xtremely unhealthy.