Ever since the space shuttle program ended in 2011, American astronauts bound for the International Space Station have had to hitch a ride with the Russians. It’s a costly arrangement—$75 million per seat—and depends on cordial relations between Moscow and Washington. That’s why the US space program has made it a priority to return crewed…

A helicopter crash at Hayward Executive airport left a flight instructor dead and a student pilot injured.  (hayward-ca.gov) Hayward Executive Airport general manager Doug McNeeley told the East Bay Times that the helicopter was being used for an instructional flight. He said two male occupants – an instructor and a student pilot – were inside…

Petfluencers rule the internet. Can Emma Beddington transform her gloomy pet into a social media sensation? Grumpy Cat, the internets favourite seemingly furious feline, handbag dogs, luxury cat hotels. Animal influencers have real financial clout, attracting brand partnerships, sponsors and merchandising opportunities. Its easy to see why. Animals dont get gropey at parties or turn…

Turbulence – the stomach-churning, panic-sparking, coffee-spiller of the skies – what exactly are you? And how scared of you should I be?  Even for seasoned jet-setters who are comfortable sitting in a cramped aluminum tube flying through the sky at 10,000 meters (33,000 feet) next to a screaming child, turbulence can be an unnerving experience. As you might have…

Forty-three kilometers (27 miles) off the coast of San Francisco lies the rugged, isolated Farallon Islands. The environmentally sensitive habitat is home to the largest seabird breeding colony in the contiguous US; every year, 350,000 birds from 13 different species come to rest on the islands, as do rare species such as the Farallon arboreal salamander…

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