Bayer CEO: Roundup settlement could be in the cards

Company struggles with mounting legal claims from many thousands of Americans who say the herbicide caused their cancer. Bayer AG Chief Executive Officer Werner Baumann said he’d consider a “financially reasonable” settlement of litigation over the weedkiller Roundup as the caseload swells and the company’s shares slump anew. The number of lawsuits from people in the U.S. who say the herbicide caused them to develop cancer rose by about 5,000 to 18,400, Bayer said in a statement. The company also revealed more troubles at its crop-science division on Tuesday after…

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SpaceX Starship Launch System: One small hop for Musk

The untethered lift-off is an early step for a 100-passenger spacecraft. The SpaceX test vehicle Starhopper jumped untethered and flew sideways before landing at the test site near the beaches of Boca Chica, in Brownsville, Texas in the United States. The hope was to see the prototype jump 20 metres, but a massive fire cloud obscured the test, leaving observers wondering just how far the craft actually hopped. Once the fire cloud dissipated, Starhopper was not only intact, but had definitely hopped from its original position. How far was difficult…

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Apollo 11 moon mission 50th anniversary: The steps that made history

Declaring ‘one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind’, Neil Armstrong took the first lunar steps 50 years ago. The three crew members of NASA’s Apollo 11 lunar landing mission – Commander Neil Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin Jr – pose for a group portrait before the launch. File: Space Frontiers/Getty Images Fifty years ago, astronaut Buzz Aldrin and Niel Armstrong, took the first steps on the moon. The moment unified hundreds of millions of people worldwide in a way never…

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NASA will fly a drone to Titan to search for life

The Dragonfly mission, which will launch in 2026 and land in 2034, will send a rotorcraft to the Saturn’s largest moon. For its next mission in our solar system, NASA plans to fly a drone helicopter to Saturn’s largest moon Titan in search of the building blocks of life, the space agency said on Thursday. The Dragonfly mission, which will launch in 2026 and land in 2034, will send a rotorcraft to fly to dozens of locations across the icy moon, which has a substantial atmosphere and is viewed by…

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Writer says Trump sexually assaulted her in mid-1990s

US president denies ever meeting E Jean Carroll, who said Trump assaulted her in a dressing room of a department store. An advice columnist for Elle fashion magazine said in an account published Friday that US President Donald Trump sexually assaulted her in the dressing room of a New York department store more than two decades ago. Trump reacted with a statement saying he had never met E Jean Carroll, and that the incident “never happened”. According to Carroll, the assault occurred in either 1995 or 1996, when Trump was…

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The next hot tourist destination: The International Space Station

NASA: A dozen private citizens may be able to go to the ISS each year. NASA announced on Friday at the Nasdaq stock exchange that it was opening the International Space Station (ISS) to for-profit activities including marketing, advertising, off-Earth manufacturing – and even tourism. “We’re enabling up to two commercial flights with private astronauts per year,” said NASA’s ISS Deputy Director, Robyn Gatens. “So, depending on how many seats they want to carry, that would be a dozen or so private astronauts potentially per year on the International Space Station.”…

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United Tech-Raytheon merger set for launch

The tie-up would create the world’s second-largest arms-dealing corporation. Like the Power Rangers’ mechanised dinosaurs coming together to create a huge rocket-toting robot behemoth, two of the defence industry’s biggest names are set for the sector’s biggest-ever merger, building an arms-dealing giant worth an estimated $121bn. United Technologies, the conglomerate that owns businesses making everything from Otis elevators to Chubb door locks, is planning to spin off its non-aerospace companies, then merge its existing aerospace division with Tomahawk-missile-making Raytheon, if United States antitrust regulators approve the deal. It will be…

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