The US Air Force Wants More Money to Defend Its Satellites

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Source: Motherboard The 2019 budget for Air Force space equipment and R&D, including new satellite defenses, represents a 9-percent increase over 2018. The US Air Force wants to spend around $8 billion in 2019 on harder-to-destroy satellites and other space equipment as it prepares for a possible orbital showdown with Russia and China. But the military should …

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Eleven new cases of norovirus reported at Olympics, upping total to 139

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Source:  MSN The norovirus outbreak among staff and volunteers at the Pyeongchang Olympics appears to be easing. Eleven new cases were diagnosed Friday, according to organizers, bringing the week’s total to 139. The outbreak had previously grown by dozens of cases each day. Seven of the 11 new cases are security staff, the group hit hardest …

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Pentagon Expects Afghan War to Cost $45 Billion in 2018

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Source:  AntiWar Speaking to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Assistant Secretary of Defense Randall Schriver on Tuesday revealed that the Pentagon expects the cost of the Afghan War in 2018 to come to $45 billion. This obviously is subject to change, in the face of more probable escalations. The cost includes $13 billion in direct cost …

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FDA Releases Kratom Death Data, Undermines Its Own Claims About Drug’s Deadly Harms

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Source:  Huffingtion Post The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is escalating its campaign against kratom with the release of new information describing a series of deaths involving the popular herbal drug. The FDA says the incidents “underscore the serious and sometimes deadly risks” of kratom, but the list contains a number of events in which kratom played an uncertain role, …

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A Houston company dumped cancer-causing chemicals into a neighborhood storm drain

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Source: Quartz Houston is home to the largest petrochemical complex in the US. Often nestled within residential neighborhoods, chemical plants, oil refineries, and the myriad businesses that support them often operate with little oversight. Now one, Wright Containers—a company that deals in used industrial plastic containers meant to hold 330 gallons of hazardous liquid at …

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Boston Dynamics is teaching its robot dog to fight back against humans

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Source:  URL Body: ‘Testing robustness’ apparently crucial to SpotMini’s development, with machine showing it won’t be perturbed by human interference Human v robot dog: Boston Dynamics takes on its door-opening SpotMini – video It appears that, just like their flesh and blood counterparts, you just can’t put a good robot dog down, even if you’re a human …

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