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Ten-engine electric plane takes off

The GL-10 prototype takes off in hover mode like a helicopter (Photo: NASA Langley/David C. Bowman)


In seeking a compromise between helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, engineers in recent years have opted for tilt rotors, but NASA has dusted off and improved on a tilt wing aircraft design that takes off and lands like a helicopter and flies like an airplane. Called the Greased Lightning, or GL-10, the unmanned prototype made a successful vertical takeoff and transition to horizontal flight at Fort A.P. Hill, not far from NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

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The insider’s cultural guide to Thimphu: Chilli, cheese, alcohol, music, archery

From chilli cheese to Buddha, football glory to alcohol-free Tuesdays, Namgay Zam takes us on a cultural tour of Bhutan’s capital city


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Facebook to host entire articles from major publications directly on its platform

With Instant Articles, Facebook is set to host content from publications such as BuzzFeed, The New York Times, National Geographic and others natively on its website.

The move is targeted to decrease load times for articles hosted externally, with The Wall Street Journal report stating that links shared on Facebook take around eight seconds to load on mobile devices:

4 Biggest Takeaways from the 1st Month of the Washington Nationals’ Season

The Washington Nationals have managed to pack as much frustration into one month as they were supposed to experience all season. 


The saviors of the 100-win season, everyone’s pick to win the National League and the greatest rotation in baseball history have cashed in all of that hyperbole for a 12-14 record and a seat at fourth place in the division. 

And if things don’t change soon, “too early to panic” can morph into “too late to contend” in a heartbeat. 

Washington has scratched and clawed its way within arm’s length of .500, but the team is one familiar losing streak away from going back to square one. Even the predictable, like Bryce Harper and Max Scherzer‘s early-season conquests, has yielded unpredictable results in the win-loss column. 

This exercise is designed to hash out those factors contributing to the Nationals’ success, or lack thereof, and assign significance to them. The following takeaways are ranked in order of overall impact on the team, positive or negative. 

Let’s see if we can’t make sense of this nonsensical first month of Nationals baseball.

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Jim Beam’s New Owner Mixes Global Cocktail

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China manufacturing index at one-year low: HSBC

Workers assemble watches at a factory in Shenzhen, southern China's Guangdong province, on April 22, 2015China's manufacturing activity recorded its worst contraction in a year in April, a survey by HSBC showed on Monday, as subdued domestic demand weighed on growth in the world's second-largest economy. The index, compiled by information services provider Markit, tracks activity in China's factories and workshops and is regarded as a barometer of the health of the Asian economic giant. "China's manufacturing sector had a weak start to Q2, with total new business declining at the quickest rate in a year while production stagnated," Markit economist Annabel Fiddes said in the statement. The reduction in new business was mainly due to weaker domestic demand as export orders showed "tentative signs of improvement" in April, she said, adding further layoffs and a cutback in purchasing activity suggested more near-term challenges for the sector.

Craig Counsell Reportedly to Manage Brewers: Latest Contract Details, Reaction

The Milwaukee Brewers shocked many in the MLB world when they announced the firing of manager Ron Roenicke Sunday night. With the team floundering in the standings, the front office will act quickly to find a replacement.


According to USA Today‘s Bob Nightengale, Craig Counsell is emerging as the early front-runner to take over for Roenicke:

Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported that his hiring is a mere formality:

Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel spoke to Brewers general manager Doug Melvin, who refused to comment on the situation:

Counsell played in Milwaukee for six seasons near the end of his career. He played in 711 games, averaging .241 and driving in 130 runs. Upon retiring in 2012, he immediately accepted a job in the team’s front office. The 44-year-old currently holds the title of special assistant to the general manager.

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times noted that this isn’t the first time Counsell has flirted with a managerial job:

Grantland’s Jonah Keri shared an interview he had with Counsell in 2003 while at Baseball Prospectus. More than a decade ago, Counsell made it clear he wanted to be a baseball lifer.

“I want to stay in baseball, no doubt,” he said. “It gets in your blood. I’ve done it my whole life, and I’d like to stay involved in the game somehow.”

Should he become the manager, Counsell will have a tall task ahead. While injuries have plagued the Brewers all year, Milwaukee is ill equipped to handle the rebuild that may be necessary. Baseball America ranked the team’s minor league system 19th before the season, and the team’s veteran core isn’t good enough to win the National League Central.

Whomever the Brewers tab to replace Roenicke should be given enough time to suffer a losing season or two so the organization can fully focus on its future. 

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