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Phase 1 of World's First Commercial Spaceport 90% Complete

Daily Mail | Phase one of the world's first commercial spaceport, which will be the hub for Virgin's consumer spaceflights, is now 90 per cent complete.

The 1,800-acre Spaceport America site, in Las Cruces, New Mexico, is the home base for Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson's most ambitious business venture yet.

It already boasts a runway stretching to nearly two miles long, a futuristic styled terminal hanger, and a dome-shaped Space Operations Centre.

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Hotel Towels Tagged with Traceable Microchips?

201107-b-towels-istockjpgDailyMail Online |  The days of hotel guests helping themselves to towels and robes when they check out could be a thing of the past as high tech gets in to the linen.

One company has come up with a way of adding miniature tags in the expensive materials which were costing hotel managements a fortune to constantly replace.

It has long been assumed, wrongly in most cases, that the smart towelling robes and plush fluffy towels were fair game for guests looking to save some cash at home. But now beware—they may come with an electronic leash as more and more hotels are turning to new radio frequency chips to keep track of their inventory.

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UK Barring Air Travelers Who Refuse Full Body Scans

Daily Mail |  Air passengers who refuse to submit to controversial full body scans will be barred from boarding their flights.
The technology—which has been strongly condemned by civil liberties campaigners—began operating at Heathrow and Manchester airports yesterday. Birmingham will follow suit later this month before the anti-terror devices are rolled out nationally....
Transport Secretary Lord Adonis said: 'In the immediate future, only a small proportion of airline passengers will be selected for scanning.

'If a passenger is selected for scanning and declines, they will not be permitted to fly.'


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2,000 Tourists Stranded on Machu Picchu

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|  Heavy rains and mudslides in Peru have blocked the train route to the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, stranding some 2,000 tourists.

Perurail spokeswoman Soledad Caparo says the train operator suspended service on Monday and is working to clear rock and mud covering the tracks.

Rail is the only means of transportation on the last leg of the trip to Machu Picchu from the city of Cuzco.

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British Airways to Strike Over Christmas Holiday

The Daily Mail |  A million people were left facing a nightmare Christmas today after British Airways staff voted to strike for 12 days right through the festive period.

Union members voted massively in favour of their first walkout for 12 years as a bitter row over jobs, pay and working conditions escalated.

The industrial action will last from December 22 until January 2, hitting everyone trying to travel with BA over Christmas and the New Year.

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