Iain Boyd is a professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan. Russia and China have recently touted their progress in developing hypersonic vehicles, which fly much faster than the speed of sound, which is 767 mph. Hypersonic missiles are rocket-boosted to high altitude and may be launched from land, sea or air. They fly far faster than any other weapons – more than 3,000 mph and potentially up to 10,000 mph – which makes them difficult to identify, avoid or shoot down. After leading the development of this technology area for decades, the U.S. finds itself behind and investing heavily in the technology to try to keep up. I am a professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan, and one of my primary research areas is in the development of computational models to help design hypersonic vehicles. The research is funded by the government and private industry. I have led studies on hypersonics for the government. Over the past 60 years, … [Read more...] about U.S., Russia, China race to develop hypersonic weapons
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Hope Yen and Tom Krisher, Associated Press Updated 12:40 pm PDT, Monday, March 18, 2019 FILE- In this March 13, 2019, file photo people work in the flight deck of a Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplane being built for TUI Group parked next to another MAX 8 also designated for TUI at Boeing Co.'s Renton Assembly Plant in Renton, Wash. U.S. prosecutors are looking into the development of Boeing's 737 Max jets, a person briefed on the matter revealed Monday, the same day French aviation investigators concluded there were "clear similarities" in the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Max 8 last week and a Lion Air jet in October. less FILE- In this March 13, 2019, file photo people work in the flight deck of a Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplane being built for TUI Group parked next to another MAX 8 also designated for TUI at Boeing Co.'s Renton ... more Photo: Ted S. Warren, AP … [Read more...] about AP Source: Justice Dept. probing development of Boeing jets
MEGHAN Markle wants to help educate women in developing countries in royal charity work next year, it has been revealed. The Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry are understood to be keen to support this cause in their capacity as roving Commonwealth youth ambassadors. Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle helps victims of Grenfell tragedy with support for cookbook The revelation comes just days after the Duchess of Sussex enjoyed a secret "power meeting" with former first Lady Michelle Obama. Mrs Obama, 54, who was in London to promote her memoir Becoming, and Meghan are said to have discussed female empowerment and boosting education for girls in what a friend has described as a "long private audience". The Sussexes are known to be good pals with the Obamas after the Prince, 34, bonded with Barack at the Invictus Games in 2015. Meghan and Harry are both prominent campaigners for female education NGO Camfed, which has already impacted the lives of nearly three million … [Read more...] about Meghan Markle wants to help educate women in developing countries in royal charity work next year
Dr. Agnes Binagwaho is the vice chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity. Trained as a pediatrician, she worked for over 20 years in Rwanda's public sector and was the country's minister of health for five years. (CNN)President Xi Jinping recently described myopia as an epidemic affecting China's younger generations. There are now an estimated 720 million Chinese citizens with uncorrected poor vision, according to Dr. Xun Xu at the Shanghai Eye Hospital. Short-sightedness increases dramatically with age; it affects over half of children aged 10, 80% of 16-year-olds and over 90% of university students in China. But the Chinese government has the resolve -- and a five-year plan -- to eradicate poor vision and preventable blindness by delivering "universal medical eye care for all." It is a huge undertaking but worth doing, as treating myopia is more than just a health issue. Qi gong master Liang Jian Sheng treats a short-sighted patient by transferring his energy … [Read more...] about Why Rwanda could help China fix its eyecare crisis
THE voluntary transfer of resources from rich to poorer countries rarely escapes controversy. But what is the UK's foreign aid budget and how much does Britain actually spend compared to other countries? Here's what we know. What is the UK's foreign aid budget? The UK currently fulfils its target of donating 0.7 per cent of its Gross National Income (GNI) on foreign aid each year. Gross National Income describes the country's annual output of goods and services. This effectively means that for every hundred pounds made in this country 70p goes towards foreign aid. The amount is the UN's target for all developed countries and was first promoted in the 1970s. But it wasn't until 2013 that the UK achieved this target for the first time, before it was enshrined into British law in 2015. According to Full Fact, the UK's independent fact-checking charity, the UK spent £13.4billion on oversea aid in 2017, in line with its target. The amount spent in the future directly corresponds to how … [Read more...] about What is the UK’s foreign aid budget and how much does the UK spend compared to other countries around the world?