Solar Impulse to fly in US
A solar-powered plane that has wowed aviation fans in Europe is set to travel across the US with stops in Phoenix, Dallas, Washington and New York, the plane’s Swiss creators said. Solar Impulse, considered the world’s most advanced solar-powered plane, is expected to be ready to leave from NASA Ames Research Center in California on May 1. Solar Impulse plans to reach New York in early July — without using a drop of fuel, its creators said. “We want to inspire the young generation to become pioneers, to help them find and develop their passion,’’ said Andre Borschberg, Solar Impulse’s co-founder, pilot and CEO.
Security beefed up
Israel deployed significant security reinforcements yesterday in the occupied West Bank including east Jerusalem for demonstrations commemorating the deaths in 1976 of Arab Israelis on “Land Day.” “Thousands of police reinforcements have been deployed in Jerusalem including in the Old City to prevent disorder,” a police spokeswoman said. The measures were introduced “following information that groups of Palestinians were ready to engage in violent demonstrations” during the Land Day commemorations. Land Day is held every year to mark the deaths of six Arab Israeli protesters at the hands of Israeli police and troops during mass demonstrations in 1976 against plans to confiscate Arab land in Galilee.
Teachers asked to snitch
Police in central Russia have ordered local teachers to report on students who join opposition parties and commit other “extremist” acts, teachers and education officials said on Thursday. The letter from the regional police in the Ulyanovsk region to the local education department was sent earlier this month, according to copies of the text published online. The letter told the education department to instruct teachers “to inform interior ministry authorities about underage children who join public organizations, extremist movements and groups, and other informal youth organizations.”
Super-sized egg up for grabs
It’s 30m long, nearly 23cm in diameter, and would once have made a really, really, big omelet. A London auction house is hoping buyers will be scrambling to take a crack at a massive fossilized egg laid long ago on the island of Madagascar by a now-extinct elephant bird. Christie’s said on Wednesday that the oversized ovum is expected to sell for up to ￡30,000 (US$45,000). Flightless, fruit-gobbling elephant birds resembled giant ostriches and could grow to be 3.4m tall. Christie’s says their eggs are 100 times the size of an average chicken’s. The egg is being sold during a travel and science sale on April 24.