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Russia’s Soyuz rocket got nailed by lightning shortly after launch

When planning for a rocket launch there are many things that have to be taken into account, and one of the biggest factors is always the weather. Launches are delayed frequently due to uncooperative weather conditions such as brisk high-level winds and storms, but sometimes Mother Nature can throw a serious curve ball right in the middle of a seemingly routine rocket ascent.That was the case on Monday when a Russian Soyuz rocket endured a lightning strike shortly after takeoff from the Plesetsk ...
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Trump Appears Surprised By Meghan Markle's 'Nasty' Digs About Him

In an interview before his UK trip, he also says Theresa May bungled Brexit, he backs Boris Johnson and he'll tell Prince Charles the U.S. climate is "cleanest."
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12 killed after gunman opens fire 'indiscriminately' at Virginia Beach office: Police

A city worker opened fire "indiscriminately" at the Municipal Center in Virginia Beach Friday afternoon, killing at least 12 people before he was shot dead by police in a "long gun battle," police said. Eleven of the victims died on the scene and one succumbed to their injuries, Virginia Beach Police Chief James Cervera said during a press conference Friday night. An additional four victims were in surgery at local hospitals for their injuries and "others may have self-transported," Cervera sa...
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In Nigeria's Lagos, aquatic weed plagues waterways

Traffic jams on the snarled up roads of Nigeria's megacity of Lagos are legendary, but a growing problem is also clogging up the waterways of Africa's biggest city -- water hyacinths. The spread of the invasive species of fast-growing plant is not only damaging transport links in Nigeria's economic capital, built on a lagoon dotted with islands. "Water hyacinths are killing the fish in the river," said another nearby fisherman, Adisa, as he cast his net into the river.
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Pilgrim shutdown ends nuclear power era in Massachusetts

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — The Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Plymouth has permanently shut down after 47 years of generating electricity, bring to a close the era of nuclear power in Massachusetts.
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U.S. Air Force F-35s, F-15s and F-16s Might Soon Have Laser Weapons

On April 23, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) tested a fiber-optic laser at the White Sands Test Range in New Mexico that successfully shot down “multiple air-launched missiles in flight.”The Self-protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHIELD), pictured here, currently exists as a bulky, ground-based demonstrator. However, the Air Force is optimistic that SHIELD can be shrunk to a small pod that could be tested on an F-15 fighter by 2021 and eventually integrated also integrated into F-...
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11 dead after gunman fires 'indiscriminately' in Virginia govt complex

A longtime public utilities employee sprayed gunfire "indiscriminately" in a government building complex on Friday in the US state of Virginia, police said, killing 11 people and wounding six in the latest mass shooting to rock the country. The gunman was also killed after trading fire with responding officers, police chief James Cervera told a news conference. "We have 11 deceased victims there at the scene, six more victims transported to area hospitals," he said.
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Utah police used new DNA test to link man to child's death

LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Police were able to quickly connect a man to the disappearance and death of a 5-year-old Utah girl using a new type of DNA test that can produce results within hours, authorities said.
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The Latest: Nuclear power era comes to end in Massachusetts

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — The Latest on the shutdown of the Pilgrim nuclear power plant (all times local):
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Chelsea Manning's Lawyers Again Ask For Her Release, Say She'll Never 'Betray Her Principles'

Attorneys for Chelsea Manning on Friday have once again asked the court to release the activist and whistleblower from her confinement in Virginia on the basis that she cannot be coerced to testify in the Justice Department’s ongoing investigation into Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange.Read more...
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Chelsea Manning's Lawyers Ask Again For Her Release, Say She'll Never 'Betray Her Principles'

Attorneys for Chelsea Manning on Friday have once again asked the court to release the activist and whistleblower from her confinement in Virginia on the basis that she cannot be coerced to testify in the Justice Department’s ongoing investigation into Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange.Read more...
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Ark Invests Values Self-Driving Taxi Service at Over $1.3 Trillion by 2023

Ark Invest manages financial funds and ETFs and are among the most vocal Tesla bulls. Even if full autonomy is not achieved and Tesla cannot produce an autonomous car, ARK estimates that the electric... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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These Little Silica Hexagons Are Like Super-Advanced Lego Bricks

The problem with atoms is that they’re small. Too small. Don’t you wish they were... bigger?Read more...
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NASA’s Spitzer telescope snaps ‘family portrait’ of epic proportions

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has a habit of providing us with some downright gorgeous views of deep space, but its latest snapshot might actually be its best yet. The image, which NASA is showcasing in a new blog post, is absolutely packed with things to see, but we'll need NASA's help to actually explain it all.The image of a mosaic of two regions of space known as Cepheus B and Cepheus C. The massive green cloud that dominates the frame is a nebula, which is a collection of loose...
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You Need to Patch Your Older Windows PCs Right Now to Patch a Serious Flaw

If the idea of someone running Windows XP in 2019 makes you laugh, I urge you to maintain that blissful naïveté. Just leave now.Read more...
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Scientists find flaws in plan to lift US wolf protections

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Scientists tasked with reviewing the government’s plans to lift protections for gray wolves across most of the U.S. say the proposal has numerous factual errors and other problems. The five-member scientific panel’s conclusions were detailed in a 245-page report released Friday. One reviewer, a Wisconsin professor, said the U.S. Fish and […]
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Why scientists believe Godzilla’s fictional growth is cause for real concern

A pair of scientists from prestigious Dartmouth University recently published research postulating why Godzilla has more than doubled in size since 1954. If you guessed a gym membership and a high-protein diet: you’re wrong. The King of the Monsters’ incredible evolution in fiction is, arguably, due to real-world global anxiety over increasing nationalism and the US military’s continued nuclear aggression. Yeah, that old chestnut. The research argues that Godzilla’s appearance changes, while sur...
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NOAA declares deaths of 70 gray whales on US west coast 'unusual mortality event'

The stranding of 70 gray whales along the United States' west coast is considered to be an "unusual mortality event" by the the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries. Thirty-seven gray whales have washed up in California, including more than a dozen in the San Francisco Bay Area, experts said during a NOAA conference call on Friday afternoon.
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Obesity has become 'the new smoking' and will fuel weight-related cancers, head of NHS warns

Obesity has become “the new smoking” and is set to fuel double the number of weight-related cancers within two decades, the head of the NHS today warns.  Simon Stevens raised fears that the UK is apeing the United States, as medics warned that today’s deadly lifestyles could set back decades of medical advances. The NHS forecasts show that by 2035, the health service is set to be treating more than 40,000 cases of cancer linked to excess weight - a rise from around 22,800 in 2015.  By 2030, ther...
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Freshly Published Patent Keeps the Dream of an Apple Self-Driving Car Alive

Bumpy car rides suck and a newly published patent reveals Apple has fairly recently been exploring a “fully-actuated suspension system” using variable pressure air springs and a haptic-feedback system to create a smoother ride.Read more...
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Tourist Infected by Brain-Invading Parasite After Eating Slug on a Dare in Hawaii

Hawaii health officials are warning residents and visitors to avoid slugs, snails, and rats after the Center for Disease Control (CDC) found that three travelers visiting the state were recently infected with rat lungworm disease. One visitor got the disease because the individual ate a slug. Read more...
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This Man Got Rabies After Discovering a Bat in His iPad Case

He received treatment for rabies just in time.
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Workers Came Up With a Brilliant Plan to Use Postmates' Exploitative Platform Against Itself

Food and beverage delivery platform Postmates has been hard at work making enemies, mainly out of its own contractor workforce. Read more...
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SpaceX says 60 Starlink satellites will grow harder to see

SpaceX said Friday that the first 60 satellites in its "Starlink" constellation, which is intended to provide internet from space, will be less and less visible from Earth as they reach their final orbit. Elon Musk's company created a must-see event for space enthusiasts when it launched all 60 satellites simultaneously on May 23 -- a series of bright lights ascending through the night sky. Over the past week, several observers have photographed and filmed the line of satellites, which pass ov...
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11 killed after gunman opens fire 'indiscriminately' in Virginia Beach: Police

Six additional victims were taken to the hospital with injuries, Virginia Beach Police Chief James Cervera told reporters during a press conference Friday evening. One of the injured victims is a Virginia Beach Police officer who was saved by his bulletproof vest, Cervera said. The suspect, who was a current employee at the Municipal Center, walked into the building at around 4 p.m. and began to "indiscriminately fire upon all the victims," Cervera said.
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12 dead in Virginia Beach shooting, including suspect: Police

Twelve people are dead, including the suspected gunman, after a shooting occurred at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center on Friday afternoon, according to police. Six additional victims were taken to the hospital with injuries, Virginia Beach Police Chief James Cervera told reporters during a press conference Friday evening. An emergency services spokesperson would not comment on the condition of the injured victims.
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11 Dead After Gunman Fired ‘Indiscriminately’ Inside Virginia Beach Municipal Center

Lawrence Jackson/ReutersEleven people are dead after a gunman “indiscriminately fired” inside the Virginia Beach Municipal Center on Friday afternoon, Virginia Beach Police Chief Jim Cevera said. At a news conference Friday evening, Cevera confirmed another six people were in the hospital with injuries—including city officials and one police officer who was “saved by his vest.” A Sentara Healthcare spokesman told Channel 13 NewsNow that five patients had been taken to Sentara Virginia Beach Gene...
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Punctured Skulls Suggest Saber-Toothed Cats Fought Amongst Themselves

An analysis of two punctured saber-toothed cat skulls suggests these extinct creatures engaged in intra-species combat. It’s further evidence that the exaggerated fangs of saber-toothed cats were strong enough to penetrate bone. Read more...
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Closing the West's Largest Coal Plant Will Leave the Navajo Nation With $40 Million in Missing Revenue

The Navajo Generating Station in Arizona is closing, and that’s terrible news for the Native American communities that rely on the coal plant for their income. A new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) is calling on the federal government to step in for this major economic…Read more...
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Grail Touts Its Blood Test for Detecting Cancer Early: Brainstorm Health

Grail Touts Its Blood Test for Detecting Cancer Early: Brainstorm Health
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