If you've got a knife, you best not be caught with it.
This is not a joke story: officials in England are clamping down on knives. As in, London and other cities are banning people from carrying them - and people are turning them in out of fear of arrest. The push began with the news that London saw more murders than New York City in February and March this year – and a big culprit? Knives.
That’s why London mayor Sadiq Khan sent 300 more police on the streets this month and took to Twitter over the weekend to threaten anyone carrying a knife with "the full force of the law" should they be caught with one. Apparently, there’s been a ban in place for some time, but now officials like Khan are toughening their stance – even outlawing knives from being delivered to homes.
With than in mind, folks in Birmingham have already begun surrendering their knives in secured bins around the city. Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for the West Midlands, Bob Jones says officials are only doing what’s being asked of them. "Our communities have told us that they want an end to knife crime,” he explains. And that they want to work with us to make that happen.”
Orion Span is looking to build a luxury hotel in space.
Space is scheduled to get its first luxury hotel thanks to Houston-based aerospace startup Orion Span. The company aims to launch its Aurora Station in late 2021.
"By early 2022, we will be hosting tourists, astronauts, space research, and manufacturing on board Aurora Station," the company announced in a blog post.
A stay on the Aurora Station will run guests an estimated $792,000 a night. Staying just one night, however, likely won't be an option.
Twelve-day stays will cost about $9.5 million per person, the company predicts. The hotel will orbit Earth at a distance of 200 miles, circling the globe once every 90 minutes.
According to Bloomberg, the startup has yet to team up with a launch provider. But Orion Span isn't the only commercial space outfit with bold plans.
Another Texas-based company, Axiom Space, plans to put a commercial space station into orbit by 2024. Virgin Galactic wants to take tourists on shorter but slightly more affordable -- at $250,000 a pop -- trips through space. SpaceX has also said it plans to carry a pair of space tourists around the moon.