Not even his most ardent critics – and there are plenty of them – dispute James Harden’s greatness. His numbers are undeniable, he efficacy is unimpeachable, and his continued evolution, still adding wrinkles to his game at 30, is inspiring. Yet it’s unlikely the Houston Rockets guard will ever be universally adored, at least not to the extent of a LeBron James or even a Stephen Curry. It is a question of style, rather than substance, that prevents so many basketball fans truly taking Harden into their heart. And, in this regard, there are parallels to be drawn between the NBA scoring machine and soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. Of course, Rockets fans worship Harden, just as supporters of Juventus and Real Madrid, Ronaldo’s current and former club respectively, idolize the Portuguese forward. Fans inside the Toyota Center have watched Harden blossom from the perennial sixth man traded from Oklahoma City to escape the shadows of Kevin Durant and Russell … [Read more...] about Is James Harden the NBA’s Cristiano Ronaldo?
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Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin has cleared yet another hurdle in re-usable spaceflight and space tourism. On Wednesday, Blue Origin successfully used its New Shepard Rocket for the sixth time in West Texas - a record-breaking number of flights for the company's powerful craft. At its peak, the capsule reached 65 miles (104 kilometers), just above the official threshold for space and landed vertically seven minutes after liftoff. Aboard the ship were commercial grape vines designed to study how micro-gravity affects the plants. The vines and other contents of the craft endured more than three minutes of weightlessness. The rocket was followed by the capsule, which parachuted down to end the 10-minute flight. 'Welcome back, New Shepard. A beautiful launch to space and back,' said launch commentator Ariane Cornell, director of astronaut and orbital sales. 'We can't wait to do it again.' Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin has hit another hurdle in its goal to bring viable space tourism and … [Read more...] about Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin re-launches New Shepard rocket for the SIXTH time in significant leap for space tourism
President Donald Trump's eldest son Don Jr. has criticized Time magazine for naming Greta Person of the Year 2019 in a mocking tweet. The businessman denounced the choice as a 'marketing gimmick' and said the prize should have honored 'Hong Kong Protesters, fighting for their lives and freedoms' - his father was also a finalist. Tweeting yesterday in response to Time magazine he wrote: 'Time leaves out the Hong Kong Protesters fighting for their lives and freedoms to push a teen being used as a marketing gimmick.' Mockingly adding: 'How dare you?' Greta Thunberg has been named Time's 2019 Person of the Year The 16-year-old Swedish face of climate-activism made headlines after shouting 'How dare you?' at world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly earlier this year, accusing them of failing the younger generation. An image of her stare at Donald Trump as he entered the UN quickly became a social media meme. Miss Thunberg was up against four other Time's … [Read more...] about ‘How dare you?’ Donald Trump Jr. criticizes Time for ‘marketing gimmick’ of naming eco-warrior Greta Thunberg as its person of the year
NASA has published a 'treasure map' of ice on Mars, revealing chunks of frozen water hidden less than an inch below the surface of the Red Planet. Astronomers believe the subterranean supply of ice water could be dug up by astronauts with a shovel and used as either drinking water or rocket fuel. Particles scraped up by NASA's Phoenix lander on the Marian surface and analysis of craters from orbit revealed the presence of the frozen water. Heat-sensing equipment on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) identified pockets of ice because it causes the surface temperature to change. Scroll down for video NASA has discovered chunks of water ice hidden just below the surface of Mars, according to a NASA 'treasure map'. The map (pictured) shows the literal purple patches for likely water ice less than one foot (30 centimetres) below the surface. Warmer colours on the map indicate spots where it is deeper, around two feet (60 centimetres) deep … [Read more...] about Water ice less than an INCH below the Martian surface ‘could be dug up with a shovel’ and provide drinking water and rocket fuel for astronauts visiting the Red Planet
Indiana Pacers shooting/point guard Victor Oladipo's unmasking as Thingamajig during Wednesday's semifinal episode of The Masked Singer was bittersweet. At 27, Victor might be 14 years younger than panelist Nicole Scherzinger, but that didn't stop him from telling her he would go on a date with her 'anywhere, anytime, any place.' Before Oladipo's unveiling, the Grammy nominee had gushed that Thingamajig had the 'voice of Baby Jesus' and she even proposed marriage to the neon fur-covered character. Farewell! Indiana Pacers shooting/point guard Victor Oladipo's unmasking as Thingamajig during Wednesday's semifinal episode of The Masked Singer was bittersweet Surprise! At 27, Victor might be 14 years younger than panelist Nicole Scherzinger, but that didn't stop him from telling her he would go on a date with her 'anywhere, anytime, any place' And while 'heartbroken' Nicole stayed mum on the show, she later tweeted that 'it was such a pleasure to have' the 6ft4in athlete on … [Read more...] about NBA star Victor Oladipo asks The Masked Singer’s Nicole Scherzinger out on a date after being eliminated