First test flight of stratospheric solar plane called a success

May 6, 2017

First test flight of stratospheric solar plane called a success

The first solar plane aimed at reaching the stratosphere made an initial low-altitude test flight over Switzerland Friday. The SolarStratos, a superlight, sleek, white two-seater aircraft with long wings covered with solar panels, took off from Payerne at 8 a.m., according to an AFP ...

Heavy rains cause flooding in New York area, disrupt travel

May 6, 2017

Heavy rains cause flooding in New York area, disrupt travel

Record-breaking rains caused flooding in the city and flight delays in the region on Friday. Two tracks at Penn Station were out of service because of flooding, and parts of West Side Highway, along the Hudson River, were closed in both directions. A National ...

'World's heaviest woman' hospitalized in Abu Dhabi

May 5, 2017

'World's heaviest woman' hospitalized in Abu Dhabi

An Egyptian believed to have been the world’s heaviest woman before her surgery was hospitalized in Abu Dhabi on Thursday to continue treatment after a drastic weight-loss operation in India. Eman Ahmed Abd el-Aty weighed close to 500 kilograms (1,100 pounds) before surgery in ...

117-year-old Jamaican woman likely the oldest person in the world

Apr 18, 2017

117-year-old Jamaican woman likely the oldest person in the world

Violet Brown spent much of her life cutting sugarcane in the fields around her home in western Jamaica. She attended church regularly, avoids pork and chicken and celebrated her 117th birthday last month. On Saturday, she is believed to have become the world’s oldest ...

Brazilian street artist paints 'biggest' ever mural

/ Apr 14, 2017

Brazilian street artist paints 'biggest' ever mural

Many painters struggle to get their work viewed but Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra won’t have a problem — his most recent work is billed as the biggest in the world. The prolific Kobra takes as his canvas the external walls of the Cacau ...

Mar 26, 2017

Officials in Austin, Texas, ground plans for mass-transit gondolas

A proposal to build a gondola lift in Austin that would have been incorporated as part of the public transit system in Texas’ capital city won’t be flying anytime soon. City and transportation officials concluded on Friday that they won’t be moving forward with ...

U.N. reports Antarctica's highest temperatures on record

/ Mar 2, 2017

U.N. reports Antarctica's highest temperatures on record

The U.N.’s World Meteorological Organization published the highest temperatures on record in three Antarctic zones Wednesday, setting a benchmark for studying how climate change is affecting this crucial region. Mapping Antarctica’s extremes is essential for understanding weather patterns, and teasing out natural climate variability ...

Feb 23, 2017

Winning Powerball ticket is worth $435 million in Indiana

A Powerball ticket that was sold in Indiana has matched the winning numbers of a drawing on Wednesday for the game’s $435 million jackpot, one of the largest in the lottery’s history. The numbers drawn were 52, 10, 61, 28, and 13. The Powerball ...

India puts record 104 satellites into orbit

/ Feb 16, 2017

India puts record 104 satellites into orbit

India successfully put a record 104 satellites from a single rocket into orbit on Wednesday in the latest triumph for its famously frugal space program. Celebrations erupted among scientists at the southern spaceport of Sriharikota as the head of the Indian Space Research Organisation ...