Humans can reproduce on Mars say scientists lending hope to idea of space colony

EU regulator flags contamination in some J&J COVID-19 vaccines

Europe's drug regulator said on Friday authorities in the region were aware that a batch of the active substance used in Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine had been contaminated with materials for another shot made at the same site.

Speed up vehicle scrapping: Finance Minister

Nirmala Sitharaman said that enhanced capital expenditure will play a critical role in revitalising the economy post-pandemic

Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has called for expediting the implementation of the vehicle scrappage policy and improving the data as well as road connectivity in hilly regions and aspirational districts of the country.

At a review meeting with the Departments of Telecom and Atomic Energy and the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH), Ms. Sitharaman said that enhanced capital expenditure will play a critical role in revitalising the economy post-pandemic and encouraged them to front-load such spending.

While the Budget has a capital outlay of ₹5.54 lakh crore, the minister said public sector enterprises need to complement these capex efforts and ministries must tap innovating methods to fund new projects.

The telecom department was urged to expedite important projects pertaining to provision of high level data connectivity in all parts of the country including aspirational districts, the Finance ministry said in a statement.

“The MoRTH was asked to explore the possibility of enhancing connectivity in hilly regions and to expedite the implementation of Vehicle Scrapping Facility. The Department of Atomic Energy was asked to ensure timely achievement of initiatives announced under the Atma Nirbhar Bharat Package,” it added.

Ms. Sitharaman asked ministries to explore Public Private Partnerships for viable projects and sought early clearance of pending dues Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises.

James Harden’s ‘Manila Heritage’ shoe line pays homage to Phillipines basketball community

Brooklyn Nets point guard James Harden will release a new iteration of his signature Adidas sneaker on Saturday. 

The Harden Vol.  5 "Manila Heritage" shoes will hit the market on the 123rd Independence Day of the Philippines, paying homage to the basketball fandom the NBA and stars like Harden have cultivated overseas. 

Filipino toy designer, illustrator and graphics artist Juanito "Quiccs" Maiquez designed the shoe, which features many details tying back to his heritage.

For one, the brightly-colored shoe boasts the red, yellow and blue of the Philippine flag. It also features  a "+63" on the sole representing the Philippine country code, one of Quiccs' signatures, and the date "06.26.19." It was the last time Harden visited the country on a promotional tour. 

Pulitzer Prize board honours teen who took video of George Floyd murder

NEW YORK (AFP) – The Pulitzer Prize board awarded a “special citation” on Friday (June 11) to the teenager whose video of the murder of George Floyd by a police officer sparked worldwide protests against racial injustice.

Darnella Frazier was honoured at a ceremony announcing the 2021 prestigious journalism awards for her “courageous” reporting of Floyd’s May 2020 murder by a Minneapolis police officer.

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G-7: Johnson says UK and US have ‘indestructible relationship’

Biden, Boris Johnson appear to hit it off at G-7 summit

Fox News’ Peter Doocy reports the president hopes to project American and European unity to China and Russia on ‘Special Report’

United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in an interview Friday that he had “terrific” talks with President Joe Biden and the U.S. and U.K. share an “indestructible relationship.”

“It’s a relationship that has endured for a very long time, and has been an important part of peace and prosperity both in Europe and around the world,” he told the BBC.

Biden hopes to use his first overseas trip as president to reassure European allies.

Though thorny issues like Brexit and the future of Northern Ireland shadowed the meeting, Biden and Johnson began their sit-down by immediately striking a tone of conviviality as the news media watched.

“I told the prime minister we have something in common. We both married way above our station,” Biden joked after a highly choreographed walk with their spouses.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

Humans can reproduce on Mars say scientists lending hope to idea of space colony

HUMANS will be able to reproduce on Mars, scientists have found — leading to hopes of a space colony.

It was believed radiation levels in space would corrupt our DNA, making it impossible to breed on the Red Planet.

But researchers discovered sperm can survive out there for up to 200 years.

It means the only remaining problem is how to have sex in Mars’s micro-gravity.

Scientists stored mouse sperm on the International Space Station, exposed to killer radiation.

But after nearly six years they found it was still perfectly healthy.

They also exposed it to X-rays on Earth and found it did not affect fertility.

Prof Sayaka Wakayama, of the University of Yamanashi, Japan, said: “Many genetically normal offspring were obtained. These discoveries are essential for mankind.

“When the time comes to migrate to other planets, we will need to maintain the diversity of genetic re­sources, not only for humans but also domestic animals.”

Nasa’s rover Perseverance is currently zooming around Mars searching for signs of life.