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Badminton: India take an unassailable 3-0 lead against Scotland in the Mixed Team event as N Sikki Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa beat Kirsty Gilmour and Eleanor O'Donnell 21-8, 21-12.

Badminton: India take an unassailable 3-0 lead against Scotland in the Mixed Team event as N Sikki Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa beat Kirsty Gilmour and Eleanor O’Donnell 21-8, 21-12.

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Cannes Film Festival to host global premiere of ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Solo: A Star Wars Story will make its debut at the Cannes Film Festival.

According to Variety, the Lucasfilm origin story will premiere in a special screening on May 15, before the film makes its global premiere on May 25.

The Ron Howard-directed origin story stars Alden Ehrenreich as the young Han Solo, the role made famous by Harrison Ford.

Donald Glover plays Lando Calrissian, and Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Paul Bettany and Thandie Newton also star.

Solo is the second anthology film following 2016’s Rogue One, which made more than $1 billion at the global box office.

In the past, Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones (2002) and Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith (2005) both played out of competition.

Opening the festival is two-time Oscar-winning filmmaker Asghar Farhadi’s psychological thriller Everybody Knows, starring Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, and Ricardo Darin.

The festival runs from May 8 to May 19.

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CWG 2018, Preview: India-Pakistan sub-continental rivalry set to light up Gold Coast games

India-Pakistan locked in a hockey clash

A sporting clash which is never short of political undertones, India and Pakistan will be up against each other in their Commonwealth Games hockey opener here on Saturday — a match touted as the blockbuster showdown of the preliminary stage.

“We start favourites,” declared India coach Sjoerd Marijne after his two-time defending silver-medallist team’s practice session here on Friday.

More than the politics though, Marijne was concerned about the high temperatures in Gold Coast for their Group B match. “It’s really hot, 28-29 degrees and we play at 2:30pm (Local Time), so, that will be difficult circumstances. That’s why we have to stay calm for ourselves,” he said.

Also he doesn’t want his side to panic if an early goal doesn’t come along. “If it is happening, it is good, if not then we have to be patient. Let the ball do the work.”

The two sides’ last Commonwealth Games face-off happened eight years ago in the 2010 Delhi edition and it turned out to be a memorable outing for both for contrasting reasons. The Indians ended up jubilant after slamming seven goals, while the Pakistanis were left to agonise after securing just four in that match.

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New tech will soon make satellite launches more accessible

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A US startup is seeking to open up access to space for micro-satellite companies by modernising a launch technique first used in the 1950s. Leo Aerospace LLC, a company affiliated to Purdue University in the US, plans to use “rockoons” or high-altitude balloons, that launch rockets into suborbital and orbital flights. Suborbital launches are frequently used by researchers who need access to zero gravity or vacuums for experiment, while orbital flights are used by satellites.The company will revolutionise the space industry by giving priority service to micro-satellite developers that now are secondary payloads for large rocket companies, officials at Leo Aerospace said in a statement.

Currently, developers have to wait to see if there is room left on large rockets carrying government payloads and often have to wait six months or more to find space on a rocket, a delay that can be quite costly. Those micro-satellite developers also have limited options on which orbit their satellites are delivered to and when they are launched.

“Our goal is to give people access to space. The only way to do that right now is to help people get their satellite into orbit. That is where we want to leave our mark,” said Abishek …read more

Badminton: Kidambi Srikanth gives India a 2-0 lead against Scotland in the Mixed Team event. The 25-year-old defeats Kieran Merrilees 21-18, 21-2.

Badminton: Kidambi Srikanth gives India a 2-0 lead against Scotland in the Mixed Team event. The 25-year-old defeats Kieran Merrilees 21-18, 21-2.

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Priyanka Chopra unveils first teaser for third season of ‘Quantico’

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Priyanka Chopra unveiled the first ever teaser for the third season of her TV series Quantico.

“#AlexIsBack @QuanticoTV,” she tweeted.

Priyanka plays secret agent Alex Parrish who started out as an FBI agent in season one, moved on to become a CIA agent in season two. Season three will see her upgrade to the level of black operatives. Her work sphere will also be expanding — saving the world this time.

In the trailer, Alex Parrish says, “For three years I have called this my home. A new life of peaceful serenity, a tranquil sanctuary full of beauty, love and the simplest of pleasures, a new beginning.”

We see her walk through a vineyard in Italy. Seems like she has fallen in love with someone else and now has kids in her life. As the teaser reaches half-way, we see that Alex can never let her guard down. Priyanka Chopra’s Alex springs back in action because she is ‘always prepared.’

“But as a trained operative there’s one thing I’ve learnt – I can’t let go. Always be prepared,” says Alex.

The official handle of the series tweeted, “It’s time for a new beginning, but remember…always be prepared. #Quantico returns April 26.”

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Hubble makes the first precise distance measurement to an ancient globular star cluster

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Scientists using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have for the first time precisely measured the distance to one of the oldest objects in the universe, a 13.4 billion-year-old cluster of stars born shortly after the Big Bang.

The refined distance yardstick provides an independent estimate for the age of the universe. It will also help astronomers improve models of stellar evolution. Star clusters are the key ingredient in stellar models because the stars in each grouping are at the same distance, have the same age, and have the same chemical composition. They therefore constitute a single stellar population to study.

This stellar assembly, a globular star cluster called NGC 6397, is one of the closest such clusters to Earth. The new measurement sets the cluster’s distance at 7,800 light-years away, with just a three per cent margin of error. Until now, astronomers have estimated the distances to our galaxy’s globular clusters by comparing the luminosities and colours of stars to theoretical models, and to the luminosities and colours of similar stars in the solar neighbourhood.

However, the accuracy of these estimates varies, with uncertainties hovering between 10 per cent and 20 per cent. The new measurement uses straightforward trigonometry, the same method used by …read more

Snapchat is finally releasing its special Lenses for iPhone X users

Apple teased iPhone X-exclusive AR Snapchat Lenses at the phone’s launch event last year, and today, Snapchat is finally releasing them. Only iPhone X users will be able to see the three lenses that are available today, thanks to the TrueDepth front-facing camera of the devices. Those lenses include a Mardi Gras-esque mask, a Day of the Dead skull, and a pretty gold-plated eye cover.

You’ll immediately notice these lenses more tightly sticking to your face, particularly around the jawline, at least going off Snapchat’s provided photos and videos. Snap says the lenses should reflect the surrounding light more realistically. It also says the TrueDepth camera lets it blur the background in these lenses and accurately apply small details…

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