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What Should You Do in Case of Nuclear Attack? ‘Don’t Run. Get Inside’

The threats seem to come almost daily now out of North Korea — ballistic missile firings, preparations to test a nuclear bomb and routine bravado. State-owned media in the rogue nation last week vowed a “super mighty preemptive strike,” one that will reduce the U.S. to “ashes.” On Saturday, residents in Hawaii were sent into a panic when they received alerts on their mobile phones and televisions warning that a ballistic missile was on its way. The warning, which claimed “this is not a drill,” quickly prompted officials to say…

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In case of nuclear war, Air Force has 247 women at the ready

MINOT, N.D. — Buried more than 60 feet below the North Dakota plains, two women sit in front of a panel of blinking lights, switches and classified code books. For 24 hours straight, they will fill the time as they do most workdays — by studying for advanced degrees, drinking tea, reviewing protocol, and trading gossip and sleep shifts. But if the call comes to deploy the most catastrophic weapons ever created, they’ll be ready. “If I’m being ordered to key turn, that means that there’s somebody else that is…

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Air Force has 247 women trained to deal with nuclear war

MINOT, N.D. — Buried more than 60 feet below the North Dakota plains, two women sit in front of a panel of blinking lights, switches and classified code books. For 24 hours straight, they will fill the time as they do most workdays — by studying for advanced degrees, drinking tea, reviewing protocol, and trading gossip and sleep shifts. But if the call comes to deploy the most catastrophic weapons ever created, they’ll be ready. “If I’m being ordered to key turn, that means that there’s somebody else that is…

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These Air Force women hold the ‘key’ to nuclear war

MINOT, N.D. — Buried more than 60 feet below the North Dakota plains, two women sit in front of a panel of blinking lights, switches and classified code books. For 24 hours straight, they will fill the time as they do most workdays — by studying for advanced degrees, drinking tea, reviewing protocol, and trading gossip and sleep shifts. But if the call comes to deploy the most catastrophic weapons ever created, they’ll be ready. “If I’m being ordered to key turn, that means that there’s somebody else that is…

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Space 

What happened to the 2007 Earth science decadal survey missions?

SAN FRANCISCO — Ten years after the National Academies published the first Earth science decadal survey, NASA has flown one of the 15 recommended missions with two more scheduled to launch in 2018. The first decadal survey mission to reach orbit was Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP), a campaign to measure water in topsoil that has been in orbit since 2015. SMAP’s L-band radiometer continues to function, but its onboard radar quit after less than six months due to a faulty amplifier. Next up are the twin satellites of the U.S.-German…

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Space 

Sorry sci-fi fans, real wars in space not the stuff of Hollywood

Non‐kinetic attacks like jamming and interference are occurring more often. They are cheaper and easier to pull off than full-on kinetic destruction of satellites. WASHINGTON — The public’s idea of a war in space is almost entirely a product of Hollywood fantasy: Interstellar empires battling to conquer the cosmos, spaceships going head to head in pitched dogfights The reality of how nations will fight in space is much duller and blander. And some of the key players in these conflicts will be hackers and lawyers. Savvy space warriors like Russia’s…

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Science 

SpaceX launch pictures: Stunning photos show Falcon 9 rocket blasting off in California

Breathtaking photos show bright streaks of light in the sky, caused by the SpaceX rocket, which had launched from Vandenberg Air Base, northwest of Santa Barbara. The brilliant glow could be seen as far away as San Diego and led many Americans to believe aliens were about to land.  Singers Billy Ray Cyrus and will.i.am as well as skateboarder Tony Hawk were among the celebrities pondering what the contrails were. will.i.am posted a video to Twitter and asked his millions of followers: “What is this in the sky?” Even billionaire…

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SpaceX rocket lights sky as it carries satellites from California

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — A reused SpaceX rocket carried 10 satellites into orbit from California on Friday, leaving behind a trail of mystery and wonder as it soared into space. The Falcon 9 booster lifted off from coastal Vandenberg Air Force Base, carrying the latest batch of satellites for Iridium Communications. A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket carrying satellites for Iridium Communications launches from Vanderburg Air Force Base, as seen from Redondo Beach, Calif., on Dec. 22, 2017. ANDREW GOMBERT / EPA The launch in the setting sun created…

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All of Southern California thought they saw a UFO — and the photos are eerie

All of Southern California thought they saw a UFO — and the photos are eerie More Just before 5:30 p.m. PST this evening, SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket into the sky from the Vandenberg Air Force Base — but it turns out, a lot of people thought they were watching a UFO fly over Southern California. The launch, which saw the Falcon 9 sent into Earth’s low-orbit with ten Iridium NEXT satellites, marked SpaceX’s 18th launch of the year, setting a modern record. While the aerospace manufacturer founded by Elon…

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SpaceX launch pictured: Rocket sparks ‘alien’ and ‘End of Word’ fears in California

The images show beaming light from the SpaceX rocket in full view. The rocket created a spectacular luminous blue trail across the skies of California. Picture have emerged from Los Angeles, San Diego and other part of the US state. However, the stunning launch sparked panic from Californian residents – who appear ed unaware of the planned launch by Elon Musk’s SpaceX. Some believed it could be a visit from an alien UFO or spacecraft. Twitter user Melanie Dramos said: “Saw a God damn UFO in Hollywood guys, what?” Another…

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