The world’s fastest jet just received $33 million in funding — and flying on it could soon become a reality

The Boom Supersonic's XB-1 could travel from London to New York in three hours and fifteen minutes. 

The world's fastest jet could get you from Sydney to Los Angeles in just over six hours — and travelling on it could soon become a reality.

The Boom Supersonic's XB-1, or the "baby boom," has received $33 million (£26 million) in Series A funding, taking its total raised to $41 million (£33 million), the company said in a blog.

The latest backing came from a group which included Richard Branson's The Spaceship Company — the manufacturing arm of Virgin Galactic — as well as other "tech bosses, engineers, and astronauts," according to The Daily Mail.

Costing more than $329 million (£262 million) to build, the jet could make same-day returns on roughly 500 routes around the globe — potentially as soon as the early 2020s. This means it could fly from London to New York in three hours and fifteen minutes, or Tokyo to San Francisco in five hours.

A flight will cost you, however. Boom Airline's 45 seats are expected to cost $6,600 (£5,250).

The airline will be the "fastest civil airplane ever made and the first independently-developed surpersonic jet," according to the company.

It will travel at 1,451 miles per hour (10% faster than Concorde), and will fly at around 60,000 feet — higher than any other aircraft has flown, according to The Daily Mail, resulting in a quieter, less turbulent experience. It will provide every passenger with a seat that is both window and aisle thanks to its two single-seat rows.

Every passenger will have a seat that is both window and aisle thanks to its two single-seat rows. Boom Supersonic

At the launch of the jet last November, CEO and founder Blake Scholl said: "Concorde’s designers didn’t have the technology for affordable supersonic travel, but now we do."
In a press release last week, in which the company said the funding round had reached $41 million, he added: "Our mission is to make supersonic flight a reality. With this new capital, we are closer than ever to the first flight of our XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator in about a year."

A seat on the Boom Supersonic's XB-1. Boom Supersonic

The funding will be used to "finish development and fabrication of the XB-1 demonstrator and conduct a thorough flight test program including sonic boom testing," according to the company.

"We’re excited to have an option on Boom’s first 10 airframes," Branson said last year. "Through Virgin Galactic’s manufacturing arm, The Spaceship Company, we will provide engineering and manufacturing services, along with flight test support and operations as part of our shared ambitions."

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Fasting for three days can regenerate entire immune system, study finds

Fasting for as little as three days can regenerate the entire immune system, even in the elderly, scientists have found in a breakthrough described as "remarkable".

Although fasting diets have been criticised by nutritionists for being unhealthy, new research suggests starving the body kick-starts stem cells into producing new white blood cells, which fight off infection.

Scientists at the University of Southern California say the discovery could be particularly beneficial for people suffering from damaged immune systems, such as cancer patients on chemotherapy.
 
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It could also help the elderly whose immune system becomes less effective as they age, making it harder for them to fight off even common diseases.

The researchers say fasting "flips a regenerative switch" which prompts stem cells to create brand new white blood cells, essentially regenerating the entire immune system.

"It gives the 'OK' for stem cells to go ahead and begin proliferating and rebuild the entire system," said Prof Valter Longo, Professor of Gerontology and the Biological Sciences at the University of California.

"And the good news is that the body got rid of the parts of the system that might be damaged or old, the inefficient parts, during the fasting.

“Now, if you start with a system heavily damaged by chemotherapy or ageing, fasting cycles can generate, literally, a new immune system."

Prolonged fasting forces the body to use stores of glucose and fat but also breaks down a significant portion of white blood cells.

During each cycle of fasting, this depletion of white blood cells induces changes that trigger stem cell-based regeneration of new immune system cells.

In trials humans were asked to regularly fast for between two and four days over a six-month period.

Scientists found that prolonged fasting also reduced the enzyme PKA, which is linked to ageing and a hormone which increases cancer risk and tumour growth.

"We could not predict that prolonged fasting would have such a remarkable effect in promoting stem cell-based regeneration of the hematopoietic system," added Prof Longo.

"When you starve, the system tries to save energy, and one of the things it can do to save energy is to recycle a lot of the immune cells that are not needed, especially those that may be damaged," Dr Longo said.

"What we started noticing in both our human work and animal work is that the white blood cell count goes down with prolonged fasting. Then when you re-feed, the blood cells come back. So we started thinking, well, where does it come from?"

Fasting for 72 hours also protected cancer patients against the toxic impact of chemotherapy.

"While chemotherapy saves lives, it causes significant collateral damage to the immune system. The results of this study suggest that fasting may mitigate some of the harmful effects of chemotherapy," said co-author Tanya Dorff, assistant professor of clinical medicine at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital.

"More clinical studies are needed, and any such dietary intervention should be undertaken only under the guidance of a physician.”

"We are investigating the possibility that these effects are applicable to many different systems and organs, not just the immune system," added Prof Longo.

However, some British experts were sceptical of the research.

Dr Graham Rook, emeritus professor of immunology at University College London, said the study sounded "improbable".

Chris Mason, Professor of Regenerative Medicine at UCL, said: “There is some interesting data here. It sees that fasting reduces the number and size of cells and then re-feeding at 72 hours saw a rebound.

“That could be potentially useful because that is not such a long time that it would be terribly harmful to someone with cancer.

“But I think the most sensible way forward would be to synthesize this effect with drugs. I am not sure fasting is the best idea. People are better eating on a regular basis.”

Dr Longo added: “There is no evidence at all that fasting would be dangerous while there is strong evidence that it is beneficial.

“I have received emails from hundreds of cancer patients who have combined chemo with fasting, many with the assistance of the oncologists.

“Thus far the great majority have reported doing very well and only a few have reported some side effects including fainting and a temporary increase in liver markers. Clearly we need to finish the clinical trials, but it looks very promising

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Your internet speeds will be insanely fast when 5G arrives

When the 5G wireless standard hits the mainstream, our home internet speeds have the potential to be so fast that we'll be downloading 4K movies, games, software, and any other large form of content at a fraction of the time we're used to.

5G is the upcoming evolution of wireless 4G LTE, which is mostly used today for wireless mobile networks. It'll offer incredibly fast wireless communication that can be used for a number of applications outside of mobile networks, one of which is home internet.

At Mobile World Congress this year, Samsung showcased its 5G Home Routers, which achieved speeds of up to 4 gigabits-per-second (Gbps), according to PCMag. That's 500 megabytes-per-second, which could let you download a 50GB game in under two minutes, or a 100GB 4K movie in under four minutes.

To give you an idea of how fast that is, the average internet speed in the US as of 2016 is 55 megabits-per-second, which translates to a woeful 6.5 megabytes-per-second.

As PCMag's Sascha Segan points out, however, Samsung's router was right next to the transmitting 5G cell at the time of the demonstration. That means those speeds are probably only possible in a perfect scenario, where the 5G router is extremely close to the 5G radio cell without any interference, obstacles, or network congestion.

Still, even with 50% of that performance, we could be experiencing 2Gbps speeds at home. And even 1Gbps — 25% of the perfect scenario — would be great compared the US internet speed average.

Gigabit internet speeds aren't new, but they're extremely rare to come by. There are just a handful of ISPs that offer Gigabit Internet in just a few parts of the US, largely because it's incredibly expensive to lay down infrastructure. It involves digging up roads to install miles of fiber optic cables and connecting them to your specific address.

The best part about wireless 5G millimeter waves is that ISPs don't have to build costly infrastructure to deliver those insanely fast speeds. Instead, your internet service will be delivered wirelessly through the air, much like your mobile network for your phone.

How does it work?
Samsung's 5G Home Router will use an antenna installed outside of one of your home's windows, which is connected to a WiFi router inside your home. That antenna will pick up one of 5G's "millimeter wave" wireless signals that are transmitted from millimeter wave cell towers.

We've actually seen this technology before from a startup called Starry, which is currently in the testing phase in Boston. 

Hurry up and wait.
You can't buy it yet, but the technology is here, and now it's a matter of when this 5G millimeter wave technology will become mainstream. 

We're essentially waiting for ISPs to begin rolling out 5G. At the moment, Verizon is testing 5G in a few parts of the US, and the the overall consensus for mainstream 5G is around 2020.

There's no indication of how much these routers and other equipment will cost, nor how much the internet plans will cost, either. You can get a 500Mbps plan from Verizon Fios at the moment, but that costs $275 per month. 

Here's to hoping Gigabit 5G Internet will be cheaper.

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Hold Fast Till He Comes….

But that which ye have already hold fast till I come
(Revelation 2:25). 

The Lord won’t ask you to hold fast to that which
you’ve received if there wasn’t the possibility
of losing it. For instance, people lose their healing; they
receive healing from God and after sometime, maybe
due to carelessness or not walking in the Word, they
lose the healing. So, as a Christian, it’s important you
stay in the Word. The Word of God is your life, and
every day presents opportunities for you to live-out the
Word; to keep the faith and maintain your confession
of who Jesus is and all He means to you.
Nothing should ever make you take your gaze
and focus off the Master; He’s all that truly matters.
Protect your love for Him, and your passion for the
Gospel. Love the Lord selflessly, with an undying
passion. Refuse to allow anger or bitterness douse
your zeal, fervency, and effectiveness in ministering
to others. Hebrews 12:15 says, “Looking diligently
lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root
of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby
many be defiled.”
Imagine a Christian who was fervently involved
in soul-winning, and suddenly stopped winning souls;
became cold about the things of God, because
someone offended him. All the while he was winning
souls and establishing the kingdom of heaven everywhere, there was a crown of righteousness
awaiting him; but because he stopped, he’ll lose it; someone else is going to get it.
Don’t let anything quench your love and passion for the Lord. To see someone else doing what the Lord had told you to do which you didn’t do, is one of the deepest pains in life. When God called Saul to be king of Israel, He promised him an eternal dynasty, but he
lost it, and David got it. Don’t take the privilege of your service to God for granted. In Luke 19:40 (MSG), He said, “…If they kept quiet, the stones would do it for
them, shouting praise.” Whatever He’s deposited in you, whatever responsibility He’s given you, hold fast to it, for the end of all things is near. The Word of His grace and
His salvation has been communicated to you. You’ve been endowed with the ability and grace to lead
people to Christ, unveiling to them the mysteries of the Kingdom; keep at it; there’s a crown of glory waiting for you at the end.
Confession
I press on toward the goal to
win the prize for which God,
in Christ Jesus, has called me.
The Lord is my strength and my
shield; my heart trusts in Him,
and I’m helped and energised.
He has begun a good work in
me, and I’m yielded to Him to
perfect His work in, and through
me now and forever, in Jesus’
Name. Amen.

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Honda S Dream Streamliner Is Now Fastest Car Honda Ever Made

The Honda and its Honda S Dream Streamliner, which set a brand-new FIA world record for a vehicle in its Category-A Group-1 Class-4 by knocking a normal top speed of 261.875 mph over the flying mile at the Salt Flats. It also affixed a normal of 261.96 mph over the flying kilometer. The Dream Streamliner finished its content using a heavily altered model of the 660-cc three cylinder engine that was designed for the Honda S660. Using that 660-cc engine to set the world speed record remained company’s main objective said by Keisuke Tsuta in a press merchandise.

The record-setting run may have looked uncomplicated as the affixed moment of 261.865 mph over the flying mile was already faster than the 227.776 mph it set on the first day of the fight to end the FIA record. Getting there, though, were to be the strenuous part as the faction moved through every retreat and depression of the S660 engine and worked on its elements to get three times the power than the engine was able of making in capital form.

Several runs soon acted place, including some at the Bonneville Speed Week where the team was unable to come the speed it needed to end the record. Despite all of the contents that the team had in preparing the Dream Streamliner, the vehicle stood gangling when it was finally moment to strive the world record run, not only becoming the swift vehicle in its collection, but also becoming the swift vehicle Honda has ever created, brooding the room Honda F1 race vehicle that knocked a normal top speed of 246.9 mph over the flying mile at the Salt Flats in 2006.

Honda’s record-setting run is a large determination for the company as it reinforces the content within the Japanese manufacturer that it is able of enormous things if it collections its cognition to it. The action is especially more superb thinking all of the difficulties the team encountered along the path. There were issues with the engine, canopy design, with failed strive at Bonneville Speed Week.

All of these difficulties could’ve compelled Honda to elevate its guardianships and call off the whole situation. But it spent on and the phenomenons have certainly made it all worthy it for Honda. And for what it’s worthy, the accepted record normal top speed wasn’t the swift the faction earned during its run. The streamliner actually went fast on one of its advanced runs, coming a normal top speed of 266 mph. Unfortunately, that strive could not be accepted because the vehicle was not able to replicate the speed on its return run as demanded by FIA rules. Honda commodities have triumphed dozens of motorsports championships throughout the world, dominating tournament at heroic locations from Indianapolis to Monaco, and on surfaces being from the seashores of Dakar to the dust of Carlsbad.

But this ago week, a bold team of youthful Honda people acted to the Salt Flats of Bonneville, Utah to position the swift speed ever saved for a honda vehicle. Not only did the Honda position a brand-new FIA World Record of 261.875mph(1mile), 261.966mph(1km) for a vehicle in its collection (Category-a team-1 collection-4), it affixed a speed faster than any Honda-powered vehicle ever including the record opened by room Honda F1 vehicle at Bonneville in 2006, by using a 660cc engine three cylinder designed for the Honda S660 sports vehicle. The project Bonneville Speed Challenge was internally publicized at Honda R&D in Japan in 2015 and 16 associates were appointed from an excavation of 100 servicemen, including the project leader Keisuke Tsuta, to make the vehicle that would be known as the Honda S-Dream, to attain world speed record with 660cc engine.

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