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Aviation startup soars ahead with hydrogen-powered planes

Last month, a navy blue, six-seater aircraft took off at Cranfield Airport in England. Usually, a 15-minute, 20-mile flight wouldn't be noteworthy -- but this was the world's first hydrogen fuel-cell-powered flight for a commercial-size aircraft.

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Mike Pence has got a lot of explaining to do

A vice presidential debate is usually a high-wire act: two candidates battling in a high-stakes showdown, on one night only. In this election, it's a high-wire act juggling flaming torches above a lake filled with alligators.

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Opinion: Trump's biggest challenge comes on Tuesday

Harold Wilson led Britain as prime minister for much of the 1960s and a shorter stint in the 1970s. Reputed to be a favorite of Queen Elizabeth II, the pipe-smoking Labour Party leader was a character in the most recent season of "The Crown." Wilson is usually credited with saying, "A week is a long time in politics."

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Opinion: The three words that can avert an election nightmare

The most important thing most voters need to know for this fall's election can be expressed in three words: Vote in person. That includes early in-person voting, as well as Election Day voting. That should be the message to voters who are not in unusually high-risk health categories. No doubt that will sound surprising, after all the fights to expand mail-in and absentee ballot options. Yet no action is more critical to avoiding an election nightmare.

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Analysis: If nothing matters, Biden likely wins

Some people call Donald Trump's term in office the "nothing matters" presidency. The phrase is usually applied to Trump by his detractors, who cannot believe his standing with the American public is stable despite what he says and does. They mean it as good news for Trump.

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Alanis Morissette c'est moi

After long days leading video meetings with my engineering students, designing mobile apps to help contain the spread of Covid-19, while trying to entertain and support my two children so they won't be too distracting while I'm on-screen, I'm usually too exhausted to even consider watching late night television.

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Michelle Obama-approved designer Duro Olowu's cosmopolitan eye

Ever since Nigerian-born British fashion designer Duro Olowu launched his eponymous label in 2004, his aesthetic has remained remarkably consistent. Known for his use of color and pattern, Olowu also favors the sharply tailored silhouettes of his multicultural 1970s upbringing, including fitted jackets, precision-cut wide-leg trousers, billowing capes and kimonos, and intricately cut yet liberating dresses with hemlines below the knee -- all rendered in vivid and unusually juxtaposed fabrics, patterns, and textures.

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Comic-Con is usually a crowded mess. That's all the more reason to miss it

There might be no event less conducive to social distancing than Comic-Con, the annual pop-culture gathering that packs 130,000 people into San Diego's convention center. Granted, there are a lot of masks, but many are of the Captain America or Batman variety that covers the wrong part of the face.

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