The next generation of space explorers will need a moon landing of their own for fundamental space research exploration to compete with the growing number of commercial interests in orbit. This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing. The seminal “where were you when” moment in late 20th-century modern history. To some. I recently asked a former Nasa engineer turned professor of aerospace engineering if the technical details of Nasa’s lunar landing were still relevant to any course modules he taught at either undergraduate or postgraduate level. Not really, he said, but, given the year that was in it, he had just asked a group of first year engineering students what they knew about the events of July 1969. One said Nasa made it to the moon in the 1940s, while another suggested JFK was the first person to set foot on it. Balance must be maintained between free-market enterprise and simply satisfying humankind’s inherent curiosity to boldly go … [Read more...] about Does the moon landing really matter any more?
The gen z effect
You overhear a lot in queues, particularly the five-hour one I was in for the train to leave Glastonbury last weekend. Aside from the complaints about said interminable line, the main topic of conversation of the group next to me was all about the things they had scored on Depop. From Nike trainers to Comme des Garçons jackets — even four Casio watches for about £12 — these friends were trying to outdo each another with their respective purchases. Depop, if you’ve never come across it before, is a peer-to-peer (P2P) commerce platform, a sort of combination of eBay and Instagram. It’s extremely popular with Generation Z; of its 13 million users across the globe, about 90 per cent are under 25. The company recently raised £50 million to propel its growth. At the helm is Maria Raga, aged 40, who is originally from Valencia and has lived in London for the past 10 years. She joined Depop in 2014 and became the company’s CEO three years … [Read more...] about Social commerce app Depop is changing the way Gen Z shops
Ah summer. You finally made it. After a start to the month so soggy it was dubbed Monsoon June, the season has begun to behave, as demonstrated by the little sun symbols multiplying on weather forecast apps across the capital. Of course, nothing lasts forever. And as much as we’d like to, you can’t bottle sunshine. Though that hasn’t stopped the beauty industry from trying. According to a host of the most covetable brands on the planet, sunshine itself is summer’s hottest ingredient — at least, so say the labels — with products promising to leave you radiant, sunkissed and shining bright without a UV ray in sight. Gen Z beauty blue sky thinker Milk Makeup’s Sunshine Oil (£32.50, cultbeauty.co.uk) is a good place to start. Laced with skin-loving oils like avocado, grapefruit, mandarin and lemon peel, use it anywhere to impart a subtle sheen. Plus, the perfectly portable pen lets you take a little ray of sunshine with you wherever you … [Read more...] about The products promising to inject some sunshine into your routine
Business By Kevin Peachey Personal finance reporter 1 April 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/business-47746093 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Two million UK workers on minimum wages are now receiving a pay rise - but a string of household … [Read more...] about Minimum wage rates rise, but bills go up too
Advocates of what passes for the hard left in the US celebrated, arguing their ideas were finally gaining momentum. A writer for the conservative National Review, David Boaz, pronounced the results "frightening". Credit it to a reaction against Donald Trump's presidency, a hangover from the Great Recession or a slower accumulation of myriad frustrations - but the American left is enjoying its most vibrant moment in living memory. The evidence can be seen in the Democratic Party's 2020 presidential field, too. Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont and a self-described Democratic socialist, is one of the two leading candidates, snapping at the heels of former vice president Joe Biden in most opinion polls. (Biden had not declared his candidacy at the time of writing, though he is expected to do so soon.) Sanders had been a fringe figure in American politics until he stunned the establishment in 2016 by mounting a competitive challenge to Hillary Clinton for the Democratic … [Read more...] about Code Red: Is AOC the new face of US politics or a step too far to the left?