REUTERS: American Maureen Connolly's career lasted only four years in the early 1950s but it was enough time for "Little Mo" to make a big impression in the tennis world. Feared and revered for her aggressive style, the 5ft 4in San Diego native's firepower saw her nicknamed in reference to the U.S. Navy battleship USS Missouri - which was dubbed "Big Mo." Connolly exploded onto the scene in 1951 by winning the U.S. Championships at 16 years, 11 months and 19 days - at the time the youngest winner of the tournament. She repeated her success over the next two years. A hard-hitting baseliner who hated losing, Connolly added the Wimbledon title to her trophy collection in 1952 and would cement her place in history as one of the game's greats the following year. After splitting with her coach Eleanor Tennant to work with Australian Davis Cup captain Harry Hopman, she became the first woman to win all four majors in a single year - a feat only Margaret Court (1970) and Steffi Graf … [Read more...] about On this day: Died June 21, 1969: Maureen Connolly, American tennis player
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A HUGE meteor lit up the sky over the UK last night. The burning space rock looked just like a firework and was reported by around 120 Brits. The UK Meteor Network described the meteor as a "fireball" and retweeted several videos caught on home doorbell cameras. It came crashing through the atmosphere at about 9.55pm GMT on Sunday. Sightings were reported from all over the UK including in Scotland and Somerset. Amazed stargazers took to Twitter to share what they saw. Detected on SCAMP network too, congrats! https://t.co/buZwCt10OP — UK Meteor Network (@UKMeteorNetwork) February 28, 2021 Great capture https://t.co/TNtTv5h5XT — UK Meteor Network (@UKMeteorNetwork) March 1, 2021 One told the UK Meteor Network: "I saw this in Manchester! Incredible!!!!!" Another said: "I saw one as i was taking my recycling bin out and that was about 9.55pm and I live in Slough, Berkshire." Others described spotting what they thought was a firework and some … [Read more...] about Huge ‘fireball flash’ over UK spotted by 120 Brits as giant METEOR snapped streaking across sky
STARGAZERS will be treated to a close meeting between Jupiter and Mercury this week. The Solar System's largest and smallest planets will reach conjunction on Friday morning. That means they'll look like they're almost touching to us Earthly observers. This celestial event is one for early risers. You'll need to spot the planets just before dawn on March 5. Look low on the eastern horizon. It's best to do this with a pair of binoculars or a small telescope. Around 45 minutes before sunrise on March 5, Mercury should be slightly above and to the left of Jupiter. Mercury and Jupiter will be separated by just 0.3°. Weather permitting, both planets with look like stars shining just above the horizon. Saturn should also be visible to the right of Jupiter and a lot higher up. Mercury is the closest planet to the Sun and it reached the outer most edge of its orbit that's visible from Earth in January. That made it far enough away from the Sun's glare to … [Read more...] about Jupiter and Mercury conjunction – see Solar System’s smallest and biggest planets together this week
Source: herbert haseneder/flickr Rusty Schweikhart was a member of the Apollo 9 space mission in March 1969, which carried out tests for the moon landings that took place later that year. Like many astronauts, he found the experience transformational. One of his tests was to do a spacewalk around his lunar module, in which he floated 160 miles above the earth. As he gazed at the planet circling below him, he experienced a profound shift in perspective. Like all of us, he had been brought up to think in terms of different countries with borders between them. But now he lost his identity as an American astronaut, and felt "part of everyone and everything sweeping past me below." As he described it: When you go around the Earth in an hour and half, you begin to recognize that your identity is with the whole thing…You look down there and you can’t imagine how many borders and boundaries you cross, again and again and again, and you don’t even see them…[F]rom where you see it, … [Read more...] about The Psychology of Nationalism
REUTERS: Last September, in the arid hills of northern Nevada, a cluster of flowers found nowhere else on earth died mysteriously overnight. Conservationists were quick to suspect ioneer Ltd, an Australian firm that wants to mine the lithium that lies beneath the flowers for use in electric vehicle (EV) batteries. One conservation group alleged in a lawsuit that the flowers, known as Tiehm's buckwheat, were "dug up and destroyed." The rare plant posed a problem for ioneer because U.S. officials may soon add it to the Endangered Species List, which could scuttle the mining project. Ioneer denies harming the flowers. Their cause of death remains hotly debated - as does the fate of the lithium mine. The clash of environmental priorities underpinning the battle over Tiehm's buckwheat - conservation vs. green energy - is a microcosm of a much larger political quandary for the new administration of President Joe Biden, who has made big promises to environmentalists as well as … [Read more...] about To go electric, America needs more mines. Can it build them?