From New York to DC in 29 minutes: Musk touts hyperloop

From New York to DC in 29 minutes: Musk touts hyperloop

Posted July 21, 2017 09:59:40 Photo: Technology mogul Elon Musk has grand plans for the hyperloop concept. (AAP: Ben Macmahon) Related Story: Hyperloop or hyper-loopy? Racing to perfect high-speed tube travel Related Story: Who is Elon Musk, what’s he done so far, and what’s next? Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk has said he has received “verbal” approval to start building an ultra-high-speed underground transport system linking New York and Washington DC, which would cut travel time between the cities to about half an hour. Key points: Current high-speed train takes three…

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World history according to Trump

World history according to Trump

As with so many of his predecessors, President Donald Trump is inclined to recall historical events to better frame his own performance and political agenda. President Barack Obama was said to favor a “team of rivals” in building his Cabinet, a term the historian Doris Kearns Goodwin coined in a book on President Abraham Lincoln and his administration. Republicans have for years channeled — and sought to align themselves with — President Ronald Reagan. Throughout his campaign and first six months in the White House, Trump has spoken of the…

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Caring for centuries-old garments takes more than it seams

Caring for centuries-old garments takes more than it seams

Posted July 21, 2017 07:00:00 Photo: Mary-Anne Gooden can spot where the dress has been altered and adjusted since the 1750s. (ABC Radio Adelaide: Brett Williamson) Related Story: Unearthing audiophile treasures as ABC Adelaide record library moves Textiles conservator Mary-Anne Gooden primps and smooths a billowing silk dress. Although it looks like it is fresh off a movie set, the dress is an original 1750s Spitalfields silk closed-body gown gifted to the Art Gallery of South Australia by Mrs R Beckwith in 1962. The dress is currently at ArtLab Adelaide…

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China expands reach: Ships in Baltic for drills with Russia

China expands reach: Ships in Baltic for drills with Russia

The Russian and Chinese defense ministries have confirmed the participation of a Chinese guided-missile destroyer in the week-long war games, the first-ever joint operation by the two powers in European waters, according to a report on the People’s Liberation Army’s official website. Training will include anti-submarine warfare and air defense drills, the Russian Ministry of Defense said. Russian naval facilities in the enclave of Kaliningrad, sandwiched between NATO allies Poland and Lithuania, have been selected as the headquarters for the exercise. China said the joint drills would be the first…

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Trump's first six months: by the numbers

Trump's first six months: by the numbers

It has been an uneven debut for the corporate executive and reality TV star turned commander-in-chief, marked most notably by clashes with political rivals and the press, a failed promise to repeal and replace Obamacare and the persistent drip of new details about Russian interference in the 2016 election. But Trump scored high marks with the Republican conservative base with his Supreme Court pick, Justice Neil Gorsuch, and the party rank-and-file has stuck by his side through the early turbulence, many delighting in his constant attacks on the mainstream media….

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