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​Khloe Kardashian Reveals Her Biggest Struggle With Breastfeeding​

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 13:24

Khloe Kardashian recently opened up about a problem so many mothers can relate


Saudi Arabia Allegedly Tortured Women's Rights Activists Before Khashoggi Murder

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 13:23

In the wake of the brutal torture and murder of Saudi journalist Jamal


This rally-honed Renault R8 Gordini is a long way from home

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 13:04

We don't think the Renault 8 Gordini was designed with Californian coastal highways in mind – but that's exactly where this rally-inspired classic has ended up


Star Trek-style 'ionic wind' plane hailed as most significant advance in flight since the Wright brothers 

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 13:00

A revolutionary Star Trek-style electric plane that flies silently and has no moving parts has completed its first test flight, in what is being hailed as one of the most significant advances in flight since the early experiments of the Wright brother more than 100 years ago. The battery-powered plane, which was developed and tested by engineers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US, is not kept in flight by propellers or a turbine but by an ionic wind system. The 16ft aircraft is completely silent and colliding electrically charged air molecules provide the thrust needed to make it fly, opening the door to new generation of emissions-free passenger aircraft and silent drones. Professor Steven Barrett, lead researcher on the project at MIT in Massachusetts, told the Telegraph that the plane’s first flight, which is detailed in the journal Nature, was “super exciting”. The battery-powered plane, which was developed and tested by engineers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology is powered by an ionic wind system He said: “This is the first time an aeroplane with no moving parts has flown. It’s taken nine years of work to get here, and it’s a hundred years since the ionic wind was first discovered”. In the tests, the battery-powered unmanned aircraft, that weighs just five pounds, managed sustained flights of 197 ft in an MIT gym hall. Professor Barrett was inspired to launch the project after watching sci-fi series Star Trek as a child. He was especially impressed by the show's futuristic shuttle crafts that skimmed through space with "just a blue glow and silently glide". The project was inspired by the shuttlecraft featued in sci-fi series Star Trek Credit: Sportsphoto Agency "This made me think, in the long-term future, planes shouldn't have propellers and turbines," he said. "They should be more like the shuttles in Star Trek." Ionic wind, also known as electroaerodynamic thrust, was first identified in the 1920s and explored by scientists and engineers in the US and at Britain’s Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough in the 1960s, but they were only able to produce very low levels of thrust, insufficient for flight. To overcome this obstacle, the MIT test aircraft carries an array of thin wires strung beneath the front end of its wings. A high voltage current passed through the wires via a lightweight power converter strips negatively charged electrons from surrounding air molecules. This produces a cloud of positively charged ionised air molecules that are attracted to another set of negatively charged wires at the back of the plane, like a giant magnet attracting iron filings As they flow towards the negative charge, the ions collide millions of times with other air molecules, creating the thrust that pushes the aircraft forward. How ionic wind is generated One of the biggest challenges faced by the MIT team was designing a power supply that would generate 40,000 volts from the plane's battery output, one of the biggest stumbling blocks in adapting the technology for large-scale commercial use. Prof Barrett told the Telegraph that while it will take “several decades” for the technology to be advanced enough to power passenger aircraft, unmanned aircraft with wingspan of up to 80 ft will be possible in the "nearer term". The silent aircraft has obvious applications as a stealth drone, as it would not be detected by infrared scanners. Defence giant Lockheed Martin has reportedly already expressed interest in the project. Guy Gratton, an aerospace engineer and visiting professor at Cranfield University, said: “It's clearly very early days: but the team at MIT have done something we never previously knew was possible, in using accelerated ionised gas to propel an aircraft.   “Aeronautical engineers around the world are already trying hard to find ways to use electric propulsion, and this technology will offer something else that in the future may allow manned and unmanned aircraft to be more efficient, and non-polluting.”


Robert Mueller Reveals How He May Use Trump’s Tweets Against Him In Wednesday George Papadopoulos Court Brief

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 12:57

In a seven-page court document filed Wednesday morning, Russia investigation special counsel Robert Mueller sent a clear message that if the targets of his investigation post messages on Twitter, those tweets will come back to haunt them because Mueller’s team is monitoring their Twitter feeds. Mueller’s filing Wednesday was a response to an earlier motion by former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, as Buzzfeed News reporter Zoe Tillman reported via Twitter. Papadopolous pled guilty last year to lying to the FBI in connection with the Russia investigation and is scheduled to start serving a 14-day sentence on Monday, November 26.


Nancy Pelosi Critic Reverses Course, Will Back Democratic Leader For Speaker

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 12:37

Rep. Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.), a critic of Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.),


What To Know About The Romaine E. Coli Outbreak Ahead Of Thanksgiving

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 12:08

Following an E. coli bacterial outbreak in 11 states and Canada that has


Nasa and SpaceX to test rocket that will carry people to space

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 11:11

Nasa and SpaceX are about to launch a rocket that could mark the future of American spaceflight. The two organisations will team up to blast the Crew Dragon spacecraft, on the top of a Falcon 9 rocket, as part of a major test. For years, the US has been unable to launch its own astronauts to the space station or anywhere else – instead relying on Russia to do so for them – and has been waiting and hoping for private solutions to the problem.


Amazon Has Leaked Your Name And Email Address, Says Not To Worry [Opinion]

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 10:43

Don’t panic! That is the message coming out of Amazon after acknowledging that they accidentally leaked users’ names and email addresses as the result of a technical error. “Amazon has emailed users to tell them that a “technical error” made their names and email addresses visible publicly on its website (via BetaNews). If you got an email that looked like a phishing attack from Amazon about compromised personal data, it was probably real.


7 Ways to Lower Your Cable Bill

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 10:28

Cable TV is expensive and getting more so all the time. According to recent market research from Leichtman Research Group, the average monthly cable or satellite bill is now up to $107, yet 78 percent of U.S. households still pay for TV service. For those who want to keep cable, read on for a few ways to lower your cable bill.


It may be harder to find the perfect Christmas tree

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 10:28

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — People may need to trim back their Christmas tree expectations this year.


Rudy Giuliani Admits Trump Will Stonewall Mueller’s Obstruction Of Justice Questions

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 10:14

Donald Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani says that the president will not answer any further questions from FBI special counsel Robert Mueller, and in particular, he won’t answer any questions about obstruction of justice, in an exclusive interview with Axios. Since the beginning, Trump has been widely critical of the Mueller probe and has even been accused of trying to obstruct it via various staff moves. Similarly, his legal team, of which Giuliani is a part, has also attempted to stall the probe and has publicly questioned such matters as whether or not a sitting president can be subpoenaed or indicted – questions whose answers remain an unanswered legal conundrum.


Interpol Picks Korean as New President in Snap Election, Crushing Russian Hopes

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 10:12

Kim was selected Wednesday morning in a snap election organized at Interpol’s general assembly in Dubai following the arrest in China of former president Meng Hongwei last month. Interpol didn’t disclose on its website the margin of victory for the South Korean in the election, which was organized on a one country-one vote basis. The election had become deeply political in recent days as U.S. and other western countries warned that if elected, Prokopchuk, as a high-ranking police official in Russia, could abuse Interpol protocols to harass political opponents of Russian President Vladimir Putin.


Heavy rains expected to both help and hurt wildfire efforts

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 10:09

While a series of forecasted storms should help contain the Camp Fire and improve air quality in Northern California, emergency crews are worried about the potential for flash floods and mudslides that will makes the search for victims in and around Paradise even more challenging; insight from Cal Fire Chief Ken Pimlott.


Mark Zuckerberg Says He Wants to Work With Sheryl Sandberg for Decades

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 09:57

Following a damaging report on Russian interference


France advised to change heritage law to allow return of African art to former colonies

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 09:54

Franceshould change heritage law to facilitate the return of thousands of African artworks pillaged or bought during the colonial era, a government-appointed report is to advise President Emmanuel Macron. If approved, it would amount to a radical policy shift that could pile pressure on Britain and other ex-colonial powers to hand back long-held artifacts to their countries of origin. The report follows a groundswell of calls to return cultural treasures in Africa, amid estimations that up to 90 per cent of its cultural heritage is in foreign hands. France alone possesses around 90,000 African artworks, some 70,000 of which are at Paris' Quai Branly museum, founded by ex-president Jacques Chirac, a fan of African and Asian art. Currently, French law strictly forbids the government from parting with what amounts to state property, even in clear-cut cases of pillaging. But President Macron signalled he was prepared to consider change in a speech in Burkina Faso last year in which he said:"Africa's heritage cannot just be in European private collections and museums. “Within five years, I want the conditions to be met for the temporary or definitive restitution of African heritage to Africa.” Mr Macron tasked French art historian Benedicte Savoy and Senegalese writer Felwine Sarr to draw up a report on the issue. It is estimated that up to 90 per cent of Africa's cultural treasures are held outside the continent Credit: GERARD JULIEN/AFP Due for release on Friday but leaked to French media on Wednesday, the report suggests amending French law to enable the restitution of cultural works if bilateral accords are struck between France and African states. The change would apply in particular to works held in museums which were "transferred from their original territory during the French colonial period," the report said. "We propose changing heritage laws so that all types of cases can be taken into account, and the criteria of consent can be invoked," Ms Sarr told French daily Libération. The experts said such collections were in effect depriving Africans of their artistic and cultural heritage. Advocates of such restitutions welcomed the report. Marie-Cecile Zinsou, a daughter of Benin's former prime minister and president of the Zinsou Art Foundation in Cotonou said that while it would spark “howls of disapproval” from some quarters in France, notably the far-Right, it could unleash a cultural “shockwave” throughout Europe and Africa. "Today it feels as if we're just a step away from recovering our history and being finally able to share it on the continent,” she told AFP. The UK has resisted numerous and often impassioned calls to return artifacts to their countries of origin, including the Elgin Marbles to Greece and the Benin Bronzes to Nigeria. On Tuesday, the governor of Chile’s Easter Island in the Pacific implored the British Museum to return the Hoa Hakananai'a, one of its most important statues and held for 150 years.


Prosecutors clear Oregon FedEx driver after deadly punch

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 09:10

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Prosecutors say a FedEx driver was justified in punching a Portland, Oregon, man after he yelled racial slurs and tried to hit the driver first.


Aid group: 85,000 children may have died of hunger in Yemen

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 09:01

CAIRO (AP) — A leading international aid group said Wednesday that an estimated 85,000 Yemeni children under the age of 5 may have died of hunger and disease since the outbreak of the country's civil war in 2015.


The Ferrari Daytona that taught learners how to drive fast

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 08:42

This rare 174mph Ferrari Daytona was once used by the British School of Motoring to train pupils in the art of high-performance driving. Now it's heading to auction


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