NASA launches Parker Solar Probe in mission to ‘touch’ the Sun

After a few delays, the Sun-chasing Parker Solar Probe is on its way. NASA launched the spacecraft aboard a ULA Delta IV Heavy rocket at 3:31AM Eastern this morning (August 12th) and confirmed that the vessel was healthy at 5:33AM. The probe still has a ways to go before it’s conducting scientific studies. It’ll spend […]

NASA is about to ‘touch’ a star for the first time — here are the hellish conditions the Parker Solar Probe must survive

United Launch Alliance NASA‘s Parker Solar Probe successfully launched into space on Sunday, August 12 at 3:31 a.m. EDT. But to “touch” the sun and study its weather, the $ 1.5-billion mission must survive hellish conditions. Temperatures will reach a searing 2,500 degrees when the spacecraft zooms through the star’s atmosphere at 430,000 mph. Once […]

A touch of the big easy, New Orleans celebrates its 300th birthday this year

Alamy Doing so has several advantages. It offsets my new-found love of beignets (doughnut-like pastries regarded as their own food group here) and it’s a fantastic way to soak up the atmosphere, whether it’s the jazz buskers on Royal Street or the smell of garlic-drizzled Bayou fries. The best bit? New Orleans is one of […]

Trump says he will know if Kim talks are a success ‘within 1st minute’ by using his ‘touch & feel’

Donald Trump says he is prepared to be wowed by Kim Jong-un at their “one-shot” talks on Tuesday, but added that he will sense straight away if the meeting is futile and “won’t waste Kim’s time.” “It’s a one-time shot and I think it’s going to work out very well,” Trump told reporters during a […]

The Queen and Prince Philip still share a special touch and knowing looks after 70 years of marriage — here’s what the body language experts say about them

Reuters Queen Elizabeth II has been married to Prince Philip for over 70 years. Two experts analysed photographs of the pair over time. They rarely show public affection, yet some small gestures suggest that they are still deeply committed to one another. Her Majesty naturally takes the lead but the Duke is never far behind.  […]

Auto plants of the future may have a surprisingly human touch

Carmakers have big plans for their next generation of factories: smarter designs, artificial intelligence and collaborative robots building a wide range of vehicles on the same line. The plants will also feature a component they say is the secret ingredient to flexible manufacturing: humans. SAIC-GM’s factory in Shanghai, which opened in 2016, is one of […]