Scottish MP Give Vulcan Salute in Support of Europe’s First Spaceport

Scottish National Party Member of Parliament gave a Vulcan salute to support the building of Europe’s first spaceport in Scotland, an idea which has gained the endorsement of Star Trek’s Kirk and Sulu, The Guardian reports. The SNP’s Phillippa Whitford made the hand signal during a debate in the House of Commons, before which she made the case for establishing the spaceport in her constituency of Central Ayrshire. A statement from Star Trek veteran William Shatner, supporting the initiative, was read out in Parliament by Whitford. A tweet from George Takei also lent support to the endeavour, prior to the debate.

“During the election, whenever I talked to anyone about this they would always just laugh because to us in this country we think space is for other people, it’s for the big boys: north America, Russia, maybe even China – but not us,” Whitford said. “That is something we have to change. We need to believe what we can do. I think Major Tim Peake’s mission will achieve that. This is a real industry, not the ‘beam me up Scotty’ or fretting about the dilithium crystals that we see on the telly, but a multibillion-pound industry.”

“So I’d call on the minister to be imaginative and to be brave and to be boldly going where no minister has gone before. I call on the minister to please be imaginative, enable this industry across the entire UK so it can live long and prosper,” she added.

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Whitford then read out the statement from Shatner:

“Space is one of the last known frontiers mostly untouched by mankind and his politics. In opening a debate on this subject, my hope is you take the tenets of Star Trek’s prime directive to universally and peacefully share in the exploration of it. I wish you all a wonderful debate. My best, Bill.”

Before the debate, Takei made his approval of the idea known on Twitter:

The Department of Transport will be tendering bids for the spaceport following its appraisal of the technical specifications required to support any potential spaceport.

Here Is the Truth About WhatsApp’s Middle Finger and Vulcan Salute Emojis

There’s been a lot of talks about some middle finger and Vulcan salute emojis previously found in the desktop version of WhatsApp. Metro found the emojis packed away in WhatsApp’s bundled files, but thought they were a secret.

However, The Next Web explained that they are not actually secret emojis, but something that has yet to be added as usable emojis. Yes, the actual truth is that we are going to get a middle finger emoji in the near future, but it seems that it will not be restricted to WhatsApp.

According to The Next Web, both emojis have been approved in Unicode 7 and might be included in Windows 10. With a little bit of time and luck, we might even see them embedded as native emojis on mobile, namely on iOS and Android.

So yeah, if you wanted to salute in a cool geeky way or have someone in your WhatsApp list who you were dying to send something like this, you won’t have to wait long. In the meantime, you can just send a picture instead. So what do you think? Are the latter emojis something you are looking forward to or think we need? Let us know!

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