>Reusable spacecraft lands
China's reusable experimental spacecraft landed at a preset site on Sunday morning after two days in orbit.
Xinhua News Agency said its mission was a complete success and proved that the spacecraft is able to offer space round-trip services more conveniently and affordably than existing approaches.
The reusable experimental vehicle was lifted into orbit atop a Long March 2F carrier rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on Friday afternoon.
China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp said after the launch that the robotic vehicle was tasked with verifying reusable technologies that will serve as technological foundations for the peaceful use of space.
Experts said reusable spacecraft have a wide range of applications, such as carrying out space tours for civilians, transporting astronauts and placing satellites into orbit more cheaply.
>Vaccine makers plan public stance
Drugmakers are planning a public pledge to not send any COVID-19 vaccine to the US Food and Drug Administration for review without extensive safety and efficacy data, according to people familiar with the effort. The joint stance is seen as a bulwark against political pressure being applied on the FDA to get a vaccine out as soon as possible.
The companies involved in the discussions include Pfizer Inc, Moderna Inc, Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline Plc, Sanofi, and possibly others. All are developing vaccines for COVID-19.
The drug industry has long relied on the FDA as a gold-standard approver for its drugs. But in the middle of the pandemic, the agency has made several controversial decisions to allow emergency use of therapies without rock-solid evidence they work.
One recent poll found a majority of the US public thought a vaccine approval would be driven by politics.
US President Donald Trump has accused the FDA of slowing work to hurt him politically, and said he believes a vaccine will be ready before Election Day on Nov 3.
>Djokovic disqualified from US Open
World number one Novak Djokovic was disqualified in the US Open fourth round on Sunday after striking a line judge with a ball during the first set of his match against Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta.
Having dropped serve to trail 5-6, Djokovic swatted a ball hard to the back of the court, inadvertently striking a female line judge in her throat.
With the line judge screaming in pain as she fell to the ground, a horrified Djokovic ran over to her and apologized.
After 12 minutes of pleading, Djokovic's fate was sealed.
The Grand Slam rules state: "Players shall not at any time physically abuse any official, opponent, spectator or other person within the precincts of the tournament site."
US Open Tennis said in an official statement: "Because he was defaulted, Djokovic will lose all ranking points earned at the US Open and will be fined the prize money won at the tournament, in addition to any or all fines levied with respect to the offending incident."
>Visit 18 countries by bus
Would you travel halfway across the world by bus?
Expedition company Adventures Overland is hoping you'll say yes to its new organized bus trip, which will ferry travelers from the Indian metropolis of Delhi to the UK capital of London - no airplanes involved.
Described as the "first-ever hop-on/hop-off bus service" between the two destinations, Bus to London will ferry 20 passengers on a modified luxury bus, inspired in part by the Hippie Trail buses that crisscrossed the world in the 1950s and 1960s.
The bus will cross 18 countries over a period of 70 days, with passengers hopping off to marvel at the pagodas of Myanmar, hike the Great Wall of China and wander historic cities including Moscow and Prague.
This road trip doesn't come cheap - it will cost around $20,000 — but you can opt to just do part of the journey, which is divided into four legs.
The inaugural Bus to London journey is set to take place in mid-2021.
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