Science 

Seeing SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket take off for the first time

The Falcon Heavy test launched on 6 FebruarySpaceX By Leah Crane Whoomph. Standing nearly five kilometres from SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket as it took off for the first time, I felt like my lungs were exposed to the open air, the rushing sound and steam from the rocket’s engines squeezing my heart and making it beat off-kilter. People describe rocket engines as thunderous; despite the warm day and nearly cloudless sky, it was more like being inside the thundercloud. I was at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and we’d been waiting through…

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Top gymnastics coach with ties to Larry Nassar under investigation

Michigan authorities are now investigating former Olympic gymnastics coach John Geddert, an associate of the doctor who was just sentenced to decades in prison for molesting young athletes — some of them at Geddert’s club. The Eaton County Sheriff’s office would not discuss the nature of the complaints it has received about Geddert, who was suspended by USA Gymnastics two weeks ago, or how many it has received. “We have had people coming forward and our investigation is ongoing,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement Tuesday. Coach John Geddert…

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Trump may push work requirements for federal housing assistance

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration may push for new work requirements and rent hikes for people in federally subsidized housing, according to a draft proposal from the Department of Housing and Urban Development obtained by NBC News. The proposal under consideration would allow public housing agencies and private owners of Section 8 rentals to impose new work requirements on tenants who receive federal housing subsidies, according to the draft, which was provided to NBC News by two outside housing experts. The changes detailed in the draft could have sweeping consequences…

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Entertainment 

Cirque Beserk review: This amazing show is like Cirque du Soleil on steroids

Was Cirque du Soleil too soft, tasteful and tame for you? Beware what you wish for, Cirque Berserk is not for the fainthearted. Back at London’s Peacock Theatre for a fifth successive year, this thrilling, death-defying, glorious and gut-punching show feels like Cirque du Soleil when the gloves and safety wheels come off. And speaking of wheels, just wait for the motorbikes in a giant metal ball. You have been warned. The entire show is ruthlessly designed to have your heart hammering with adrenaline and your pulse beating as a…

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Tell us: How has #MeToo changed the way you work?

Get the Think newsletter. SUBSCRIBE From media newsrooms and Hollywood casting offices to the halls of Congress and backs of restaurant kitchens, allegations of sexual misconduct have lead to men in leadership positions losing their jobs. All the while, the balance of power between men and women in the workplace has been called into question — along with what’s considered appropriate behavior, both between peers and from superiors. NBC News THINK wants to know how the #MeToo movement has changed the way you interact with people at work, if at…

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Science 

The Latest: SpaceX launches big new rocket; lands 2 boosters

The Latest on SpaceX rocket launch (all times local): 8 p.m. SpaceX chief Elon Musk says the center booster of the Falcon Heavy slammed into the Atlantic at 300 mph, missing the floating landing platform. Musk says it hit the water with such force that shrapnel flew onto the droneship’s deck and took out two engines. Despite the loss, Musk reveled in Tuesday’s successful launch of the powerful Falcon Heavy and the recovery of the two side boosters. He said watching the simultaneous side-by-side touchdowns of those two boosters at…

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Space 

SpaceX successfully launches Falcon Heavy

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — A SpaceX Falcon Heavy successfully launched on its inaugural flight here Feb. 6, placing a demonstration payload into orbit and boosting the company’s interplanetary ambitions. The Falcon Heavy lifted off at 3:45 p.m. Eastern from Launch Complex 39A here, after more than two hours of delays due to high upper-level winds. The two side boosters landed at pads designated Landing Zone 1 and 2 at the former Launch Complex 13 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The center core landed on a drone ship downrange,…

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Entertainment 

Game of Thrones creators helm NEW Star Wars film series separate to Rian Johnson trilogy

Lucasfilm are not messing around. Solo: A Star Wars Story is released later this year, followed by Episode IX in 2019, while an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie and Johnson’s new trilogy are in working progress. You would have thought that would be enough to be getting on with, but now Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has announced another separate series of Star Wars films. Are they aiming to match Marvel with three movies a year? This time they’ll be helmed by David Benioff and DB Weiss, the creators of Game of Thrones.…

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