Study rewrites understanding of modern Japan’s genetic ancestry

– An analysis of ancient DNA is transforming the understanding of the genetic ancestry of Japan’s modern-day population, identifying a crucial contribution from people who arrived about 1,700 years ago and helped revolutionize Japanese culture. Research published on Friday showed that the people of Japan bear genetic signatures from three ancient populations rather than just two as previously thought – a more complex ancestry for the archipelago nation of roughly 125 million. The researchers analyzed…

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Xpeng-backed startup says to deliver flying cars in 2024

BEIJING – Xpeng Heitech, a flying car startup backed by electric vehicle maker Xpeng Inc, said on Wednesday that it would deliver flying cars to customers in 2024. The startup, founded in 2013 and funded by Xpeng and Xpeng’s Chief Executive He Xiaopeng, now employs 400 people and will expand workforce to have 700 people by the end of this year, company’s founder Zhao Deli told World New Energy Vehicle Congress. Xpeng Heitech’s model will…

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Factbox – Profiles of first all-civilian space crew headed for orbit

– The quartet of private citizens who make up the Inspiration4 team, poised to make history aboard a SpaceX rocketship as the first all-civilian crew launched into orbit, may appear at first glance to be everyday people, but they are far from ordinary. They consist of a billionaire internet commerce executive and jet pilot; a geoscientist and onetime finalist in NASA’s astronaut candidate program; a physician’s assistant at the childhood cancer hospital where she was…

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SpaceX set to make history with first all-civilian crew launched into orbit

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The latest in a recent line of space-obsessed billionaires was set for liftoff on Wednesday with three less wealthy private citizens along for the ride aboard a SpaceX rocket ship, seeking to become the first all-civilian crew launched into Earth orbit. The quartet of amateur space travelers, led by the American founder and chief executive of e-commerce firm Shift4 Payments Inc, Jared Isaacman, were due for blastoff as early as 8…

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Biden to tap Georgetown law professor for FTC — sources

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden is set to nominate a Georgetown law professor and privacy advocate to serve on the Federal Trade Commision, three sources briefed on the matter told . Alvaro Bedoya, the founding director of the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law, is also a former chief counsel of the U.S. Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law. A White House announcement is expected later on Monday. Axios reported…

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SpaceX gets ready to launch first all-civilian crew to orbit

– Yet another billionaire entrepreneur is set to ride into space this week, strapped inside the capsule of a SpaceX rocketship, as part of an astro-tourist team poised to make history as the first all-civilian crew launched into Earth orbit. Jared Isaacman, the American founder and chief executive of e-commerce firm Shift4 Payments, will lead three fellow spaceflight novices on a trip expected to last three days from blastoff at Cape Canaveral, Florida, to splashdown…

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U.S. FAA probing Virgin Galactic July 11 flight deviation

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said Wednesday it is investigating the deviation of the descent of the July 11 flight of the Virgin Galactic rocket plane that carried British billionaire Richard Branson. The New Yorker magazine earlier reported the FAA was investigating the Virgin Galactic ship’s off-course descent. An FAA spokesman told the vehicle “deviated from its Air Traffic Control clearance as it returned to Spaceport America. The FAA investigation is ongoing.”

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U.S. FAA probing Virgin Galactic July 11 flight deviation

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said Wednesday it is investigating the deviation of the descent of the July 11 flight of the Virgin Galactic rocket plane that carried British billionaire Richard Branson. The New Yorker magazine earlier reported the FAA was investigating the Virgin Galactic ship’s off-course descent. An FAA spokesman told the vehicle “deviated from its Air Traffic Control clearance as it returned to Spaceport America. The FAA investigation is ongoing.”

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Elon Musk’s satellites beam internet into remote Chilean fishing hamlet

SOTOMO, Chile – After half an hour’s windswept journey on foot and by boat through a craggy forested estuary to the school he attends in remote southern Chile, Diego Guerrero can finally access the internet. His school is located in the hamlet of Sotomo, around 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) south of the capital Santiago in the region of Los Lagos and inhabited by just 20 families. A rain-drenched scattering of brightly painted wooden and tin…

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Well-preserved skeleton sheds light on culture in ancient Pompeii

ROME – Archaeologists have uncovered a well-preserved skeleton at a burial site in Pompeii which has shed new light on funeral rites and cultural activity in the doomed, ancient Roman city, officials said on Tuesday. The body of the man, believed to be in his 60s, was found in a tomb which dated to the final decades of Pompeii, before it was destroyed by the Vesuvius volcano in 79 AD. A commemorative inscription named the…

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