Science 

Report: US agency holding nuke bombs grapples with oversight

FILE – In this May 9, 2017, file photo, signs are posted by the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Richland, Wash. By conducting some of the most high-tech research in the world, maintaining the U.S. stockpile of nuclear weapons and cleaning up after decades of bomb-making, the Department of Energy has its share of management challenges. A report released this week outlines some of those challenges while providing a look at the expansive scope of the department’s responsibilities and costly liabilities. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes, File) ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S….

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Space 

NASA weighs new mobile launcher for SLS

WASHINGTON — Building a new mobile launch platform for later Space Launch System missions could cost NASA $300 million but allow for more frequent launches, agency officials said. Bill Hill, NASA deputy associate administrator for exploration systems development, discussed the tradeoffs regarding building a new mobile launcher during a Nov. 29 meeting of the human exploration and operations committee of the NASA Advisory Council at the Kennedy Space Center. The current mobile launcher, originally built during the Constellation program for the since-cancelled Ares 1, is finishing modifications to support the…

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Science 

Amazon Patents Drone Self-Destruction System

Photo credit: Amazon More From Popular Mechanics Amazon has been granted a patent on self-destructing drones. Or, if you want to use the more technical term, “directed fragmentation of an unmanned aerial vehicle.” Spotted by The Verge, the patent describes what could happen if an Amazon package drone were to fail mid-delivery. Drones can fail for any number of reasons: battery failure, hitting a bird, or even getting shot down. If Amazon drone delivery wants to get off the ground, its drones will need plenty of fail-safes to win the…

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Top Stories World 

REVEALED: North Korea’s SUBMARINE-LAUNCHED missile programme

North Korea is accelerating the programme as tensions on the peninsula continue to spiral towards all-out war.  38 North, a Washington-based North Korea watchdog, has analysed three photographs taken lat month of a key shipyard.  They said the images appear to show the programme “advancing” at the Nampo Navy Shipyard located on the hermit state’s west coast.  They said: “Commercial satellite imagery from November 11, 16 and 24 show that North Korea’s second submersible ballistic missile test stand barge is being prepared to enter service.” This, they said, is “a…

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Technology 

NASA fires Voyager 1 thrusters after decades-long sleep – CNET

This artist’s depiction imagines what Voyager 1 looked like when crossing into interstellar space. NASA/JPL-Caltech Way out in interstellar space, humanity’s most distant messenger wanders through the universe. NASA’s Voyager 1 launched way back in 1977, but it’s still in touch with Earth. To help keep it in contact, NASA scientists just fired up a set of thrusters that have been dormant for 37 long years.  Voyager 1 had been using a set of “attitude control thrusters” to point the spacecraft’s antenna at Earth in order to send back data….

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Technology 

You might have a chance at the NES Classic, SNES Classic – CNET

ThinkGeek is selling the SNES Classic using a random drawing, because first-come-first-serve is still not great. Sarah Tew/CNET Even though Nintendo has been making efforts to beef up the supply of their popular Super NES Classic, buying one is still anything but easy. The vintage-themed system seems to sell out incredibly fast every time a store gets them in stock. ThinkGeek has announced Friday that they will instead be offering their supply of NES Classic and SNES Classic consoles to customers in the form of a random library. The retailer…

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Sport 

Fates and Diego Maradona hand England a World Cup group of hope | Barney Ronay

Welcome, once again, to the world. The balls have been cracked, the teams grouped off, the dates and venues parcelled out. After a glossy, agreeably fast-paced draw ceremony on the lighted stage of the Kremlin, Russia 2018 is go, the 21st Fifa World Cup officially a lockdown. The draw itself was a grand affair, with luminaries from Diego Maradona to Gordon Banks ranged behind their gleaming punch bowls. From the opening moments there was a familiar rush of intrigue as Group B threw up Portugal against Spain in Sochi, an…

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Technology 

Star Trek-themed Captain’s Holiday beer materializes nationwide – CNET

Captain Picard’s strange vacation inspired this Star Trek-themed beer. Shmaltz Brewing Company A beer themed after Captain Picard’s ill-fated attempt to take a vacation on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” is getting a nationwide release in the US. Captain’s Holiday, an ale from the Shmaltz Brewing Company, takes its theme from the season 3 episode of the same name, in which Picard, played by Patrick Stewart, has his shore leave interrupted when he buys a statue called a Horga’hn. Unbeknownst to him, displaying the statue on the planet Risa is…

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Technology 

Roku Express Plus (2017) review – CNET

“So there’s this thing called Netflix, and it lets you watch TV over the internet. You don’t need to pay for cable or futz with an antenna. Want to check it out?” If you’ve had this conversation with a friend or family member, the next question might be “How do I get it on my TV?” After you confirm that they have Wi-Fi, you might recommend a device like the Roku Express: Cheap, simple, and it plugs into their TV’s HDMI port. But what if their TV is so old…

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Entertainment 

Selena Gomez speaks out on criticism for working with Woody Allen amid Weinstein scandal

Allen has faced allegations that he sexually abused daughter Dylan in the 1990s, which he denied. He has never been charged by the police. Now, he’s making the film Rainy Day In New York alongside Gomez, Elle Fanning, Jude Law, and Timothée Chalamet – as the Harvey Weinstein scandal ignites a string of Hollywood tales of sexual misconduct. Asked about the criticism she has faced for working with Allen, Gomez told Billboard: “To be honest, I’m not sure how to answer – not because I’m trying to back away from…

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