“Star Trek Captain Kirk” William Shatner becomes the oldest person to go to space at age 90, aboard Blue Origin space flight

Billionaire US businessman Jeff Bezos’s company Blue Origin has taken off for its second suborbital tourism flight, with actor William Shatner — who embodied the promise of space travel on the Star Trek”TV series and films — among the four-person all-civilian crew that blasted off in Texas. Key points: The launch had originally been scheduled for Wednesday, but was delayed for “wind-related reasons” On board was former Star … Continue reading “Star Trek Captain Kirk” William Shatner becomes the oldest person to go to space at age 90, aboard Blue Origin space flight

Physics Nobel rewards work on complex systems, like climate

Other winners include Albert Einstein in 1921, and Pierre and Marie Curie in 1903. Japanese-born American Syukuro Manabe, German Klaus Hasselmann and Italian Giorgio Parisi on Tuesday won the Nobel Prize in physics for work that helps understand complex physical systems, such as Earth’s changing climate. Manabe and Hasselmann were awarded jointly for the physical modelling of the climate, “quantifying variability and reliably predicting global warming.” Parisi … Continue reading Physics Nobel rewards work on complex systems, like climate

Star Trek Actor, William Shatner going to space on Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin rocket

“I’ve heard about space for a long time now. I’m taking the opportunity to see it for myself. What a miracle,” the actor said. William Shatner is boldly going to the edge of space. Jeff Bezos’ space travel company, Blue Origin, announced Monday that the 90-year-old “Star Trek” actor will blast off from West Texas on Oct. 12, making him the oldest person to travel … Continue reading Star Trek Actor, William Shatner going to space on Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin rocket

All-civilian Inspiration4 is back on Earth after flight to space

The all-civilian Inspiration4 crew is back on Earth after their three-day mission in orbit. The big picture: The launch and landing of this fully amateur, private space crew marks a changing of the guard from spaceflight being a largely government-led venture to being under the purview of private companies. What’s happening: Inspiration4 launched on Wednesday and came back in for a splashdown within their SpaceX Dragon capsule in the … Continue reading All-civilian Inspiration4 is back on Earth after flight to space

All-civilian Inspiration4 launches on 3-day mission in orbit

SpaceX’s all-civilian Inspiration4 mission made history Wednesday night when it launched into orbit. Why it matters: It’s the first time a crew of amateurs has launched to orbit without a professional astronaut onboard. The mission also signals the start of a new era in space — one defined by an industry pushing to launch many more private people to orbit in the coming years. State of play: The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying … Continue reading All-civilian Inspiration4 launches on 3-day mission in orbit

SpaceX set to launch first all-civilian crew into orbit

The three-day expedition will be the first mission to space without any professional astronauts on board. Four private citizens are set to launch into orbit Wednesday in what will be the first mission to space without any professional astronauts on board. The all-civilian crew will ride to space aboard a rocket and capsule developed by SpaceX. The mission, dubbed Inspiration4, is just the latest milestone flight in … Continue reading SpaceX set to launch first all-civilian crew into orbit

Nigerian shortlisted for moon trip on SpaceX rocket project

A Nigerian creative artist, Yemi Akinyemi-Dele, has made the list of the first 20 shortlisted applicants for a trip around the moon. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Japanese billionaire, Yusaku Maezawa, had announced on March 2 that he would choose eight members of the public to join him on the trip. Maezawa’s mission, tagged “Dear Moon,” is scheduled to fly on … Continue reading Nigerian shortlisted for moon trip on SpaceX rocket project

NCDMB to support, commercialise research findings with $50m R&D fund

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has given assurance that it would support those with research findings capable of solving teething problems in all spheres of the economy with a $50 million Research and Development fund. He lamented that a lot of research findings should have been commercialised to benefit mankind are gathering dust on the shelves, saying this was the narrative that the … Continue reading NCDMB to support, commercialise research findings with $50m R&D fund

Buhari approves the change of ministry’s name

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the change of name of Ministry of Science and Technology to Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation, announced this in a news briefing on Friday in Abuja. He said the change of name was to facilitate economic growth and global competitiveness as well as … Continue reading Buhari approves the change of ministry’s name

A perfectly preserved cave lion cub found frozen in Siberia is 28,000 years old. Even its whiskers are intact.

Found frozen deep in the Siberian Arctic, the cave lion cub looks like she’s asleep and one touch might awaken her. The cub’s golden fur is matted with mud but otherwise undamaged. Her teeth, skin, soft tissue and organs are mummified but all intact. Some 28,000 years since she last closed her eyes, her claws are still sharp enough to prick the finger of one of … Continue reading A perfectly preserved cave lion cub found frozen in Siberia is 28,000 years old. Even its whiskers are intact.