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Elon Musk elaborates on SpaceX’s plan to colonize Mars

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has given more details about his plan to colonize Mars. Musk answered questions on Reddit on Sunday. The session was a follow up to Musk’s comments at a space conference in Mexico last month during which he unveiled his plan to send up to 1 million people to Mars within the next 40 to 100 years. Musk envisions 1,000 passenger ships flying en masse to the red planet “Battlestar Galactica” style. He elaborated on that plan Sunday, saying an unmanned ship will be sent to Mars with equipment to build a plant to create refueling...

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Cyborg stingray swims toward light, breaks new ground

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The idea of taking apart a rat’s heart and transforming it into a tissue-engineered stingray first came to Kevin Kit Parker during a trip to the New England Aquarium with his daughter. Four years later, a robotic ray that swims toward light has made the cover of Science Magazine and is pushing the limits of what’s possible in the design of machines powered by living cells. A research team based at Harvard University’s Disease Biophysics Group, which Parker directs, created the translucent, penny-sized ray with a gold skeleton and silicone fins layered with the heart...

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Washington scientist launches effort to digitize all fish

SEATTLE (AP) — University of Washington biology professor Adam Summers no longer has to coax hospital staff to use their CT scanners so he can visualize the inner structures of sting ray and other fish. Last fall, he installed a small computed tomography, or CT, scanner at the UW’s Friday Harbor Laboratories on San Juan Island in Washington state and launched an ambitious project to scan and digitize all of more than 25,000 species in the world. The idea is to have one clearinghouse of CT scan data freely available to researchers anywhere to analyze the morphology, or structure,...

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FM 495 Expansion Planned in Palmview

PALMVIEW (KFXV) — City leaders continue working to improve the city. One major project is the expansion of a stretch of road that could benefit thousands of people. The goal is to improve traffic flow and help promote the creation of more local businesses in the area. Palmview leaders currently working on the expansion of FM 495 from a two-lane to a five lane road. The 18-million dollar project will cover the area from La Homa to Abram Road. Officials hoping to cause an economic boom sparking businesses and restaurants to open up in the area. Some local business...

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Scientists looking for invisible dark matter can’t find any

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have come up empty-handed in their latest effort to find elusive dark matter, the plentiful stuff that helps galaxies like ours form. For three years, scientists have been looking for dark matter – which though invisible, makes up more than four-fifths of the universe’s matter – nearly a mile underground in a former gold mine in Lead, South Dakota. But on Thursday they announced at a conference in England that they didn’t find what they were searching for, despite sensitive equipment that exceeded technological goals in a project that cost $10 million to build. “We’re...

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Legend, Pitt Among Stars Taking New Power Role: Tv Producer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The actor’s longtime lament: “What I really want to do is direct.” The revised version: “I want to produce.” More entertainers are getting the chance to play the role of producer as the expanding universe of cable channels and, especially, online platforms make for big opportunities on small screens. With motivations ranging from passion projects to career advancement, stars – and even their journeymen counterparts – are getting into the game. “Actors need to produce because they need to control material and be ahead of the business,” said Roy Ashton, the Gersh Agency’s head of...

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Federal regulators propose restrictions on payday lenders

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal regulators are proposing a significant clampdown on payday lenders and other providers of high-interest loans, saying borrowers need to be protected from practices that wind up turning into “debt traps” for many. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposed regulations, announced Thursday, seek to tackle two common complaints about the payday lending industry. The CFPB is proposing that lenders must conduct what’s known as a “full-payment test.” Because most payday loans are required to be paid in full when they come due, usually two weeks after the money is borrowed, the CFPB wants lenders to...

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Disney CEO meets Chinese president ahead of park opening

BEIJING (AP) — The head of entertainment giant Disney had a rare official meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday, a month before the opening of its $5.5 billion theme park in the country’s financial hub of Shanghai. Xi told Disney CEO and Chairman Robert A. Iger that it was important for the world’s “strongest” country, referring to the U.S., and the world’s largest developing country to deepen their cooperation and expand it into new areas. Cooperation between “U.S. firms with Chinese firms, and in particular the Walt Disney Company with Chinese firms, are exactly cases in point...

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A look at the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster in numbers

CHERNOBYL, Ukraine (AP) — Telling the story of Chernobyl in numbers 30 years later involves dauntingly large figures and others that are even more vexing because they’re still unknown. A look at numbers that hint at the scope of the world’s worst nuclear accident, the explosion and fire at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on April 26, 1986: —More than 2 billion euros ($2.25 billion): The amount of money being spent by an internationally funded project to build a long-term shelter over the building containing Chernobyl’s exploded reactor. Once the structure is in place, work will begin to remove...

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Proposition One Aims at Lighting Rio Grande Valley Highways

More than 12,000 accidents have been reported by TxDOT on the highways. The Hidalgo County Metropolitan Planning Organization is making sure lighting is not one of them. Part of the Expressway has lighting and some doesn’t, but all this is about to change for drivers as a new project looks to fix and upgrade the lights. Darkness along the Expressways 77, 83 and 281 will soon be illuminated thanks to proposition one, a state wide funding. Armando Sendejo has been a truck driver for more than 20 years and says no lighting makes it accident prone. “I drive in...

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