London’s Science Museum, along with South Korean tech giant Samsung, is hosting its groundbreaking Summer of Space programme, with a number of stellar relics on display such as the famous British cosmonaut’s Soyuz TMA-19M, flown during his Principia Mission to the International Space Station (ISS) and back. The spacecraft will be on permanent display as part of the Science Museum Group’s collection along with with Mr Peake’s Sokil KV-2 emergency space suit and will be on permanent display at the Museum. — Science Museum (@sciencemuseum) July 19, 2019 The exhibition, which will last until late September, reveals the Space Race between the United States and Soviet Union (USSR), which made space not only a frontier of intense technological competition, but also collaboration between the two superpowers. Summer Of Space Shows 'Testament' To International Cooperation UK culture secretary, Jeremy Wright, said that the record numbers of people visiting Mr … [Read more...] about Science Museum’s ‘Summer in Space’ Marks 50 Years Since Apollo Missions, Cold War Joint Efforts
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Chen Rong-yu died in two places at once. At 10pm on Tuesday, 31 January 2012, the 23-year-old took a seat in a corner of an internet cafe on the outskirts of New Taipei City, Taiwan. He lit a cigarette and logged on to an online video game. He played almost continuously for 23 hours, stopping occasionally only to rest his head on the table in front of his monitor and sleep for a little while. Each time that he woke he picked up his game where he had left off. Then, one time, he did not raise his head. It was nine hours before a member of the cafe’s staff tried to rouse the motionless man, in order to tell him that his time was up, only to find his body stiff and cold. Chen died there in the Taiwanese cafe, with its peeling paint and cloying heat. And he died in Summoner’s Rift, a forest blanketed by perpetual gloom. Summoner’s Rift has the appearance of a remote, unvisited place, but each day it is frequented by hundreds of thousands of people, players of the … [Read more...] about The sometimes fatal attraction of video games
WINDSOR, CALIF. - Lynn Darst and her husband were camped out in their motor home on the edge of their seats for four days wondering if their house would survive yet another wildfire menacing Sonoma County. Flames had come close to their neighborhood of spacious homes surrounded by vineyards two years ago and danger was closing in again. “We were comfortable, but fearful of what the consequences could be,” Darst said Thursday, the day after finding her home had been spared once again. Darst was among the nearly 200,000 residents allowed to return home even as the fire burned along with several other blazes in the state. They were the lucky ones, at least 140 homes had been destroyed in the Sonoma fire. The blaze was the largest to burn over a three-week siege of vicious gusts that fanned fast-moving wildfires across California and led utility companies to cut power to millions to prevent winds from blowing branches into electric lines and igniting an inferno. Calm winds in … [Read more...] about Winds Die Down, Bring Relief After Weeks of California Wildfires
In the small hours of 25 February 1983, the playwright Tennessee Williams died in his suite at the Elysée, a small, pleasant hotel on the outskirts of the Theatre District in New York City. He was 71: unhappy, a little underweight, addicted to drugs and alcohol and paranoid sometimes to the point of delirium. According to the coroner's report, he'd choked on the bell-shaped plastic cap of a bottle of eyedrops, which he was in the habit of placing on or under his tongue while he administered to his vision. The next day, the New York Times ran an obituary claiming him as "the most important American playwright after Eugene O'Neill", though it had been two decades since his last successful play. It listed his three Pulitzer prizes, for A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Night of the Iguana, adding: "He wrote with deep sympathy and expansive humour about outcasts in our society. Though his images were often violent, he was a poet of the human heart." He was also a … [Read more...] about What drives writers to drink?
Two years ago, I watched the first episode of Sense8. That was the first time I ever saw a love that looks like mine onscreen. One of the eight psychically-linked strangers in the Wachowski-led Netflix science fiction series is a young transgender woman named Nomi (Jamie Clayton) whose cisgender partner Amanita (Freema Agyeman) is smart, playful, and fiercely protective. For me and my own cisgender partner, watching Nomi and Amanita holding hands as they walked through the park was like looking in a very flattering mirror. I felt not just represented but seen by a television show in a way I had never experienced before. I told actress Jamie Clayton as much last week during a conversation about Sense8’s second season, which will be available Friday, May 5. Clayton didn’t know back in 2015 just how moving “Nomanita”—as the fans call them—would be for viewers like me. “I had never seen a couple like this [on TV] before so I knew that we were … [Read more...] about What Makes ‘Sense8’ The Best LGBT TV Show