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How the Air Force Is Gearing Up to Defend Space
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Militarized space is already here, so Popular Mechanics sat down with the commander of Air Force Space Command to figure out what that really means.
Scientists Reveal When Our Mammalian Ancestors Stopped Being Nocturnal
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Mammals weren't always day dwellers.
Scientists Hypothesize 'Quark Fusion' Could Outperform Nuclear Fusion
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The hypothesized future power source could generate eight times as much energy as hydrogen fusion.
Vladimir Lenin Biographer: 'He Is the Godfather of Post
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Vladimir Lenin biographer Victor Sebestyen discusses the October Revolution at 100 and the echoes of the Russian Revolution in Donald Trump's White House
President Trump Thinks Guns Helped Stop 'Hundreds' From Being Killed in Texas Church Shooting
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
He praised the armed Good Samaritans who chased down the shooter
United gave its final 747 aircraft a 1970s sendoff
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
United flight 747 made history Tuesday morning.  The flight from San Francisco to Honolulu was the final flight on the airline's last Boeing 747 aircraft. It all came fill circle after the first commercial flight departed on the same route on June 23, 1970 — 47 years ago. SEE ALSO: Today marks the last flight 666 bound for HEL on Friday the 13th. Would you take it? This wasn't just any old takeoff — it was an homage to the '70s with the flight crew decked out in original uniforms and even the ticket jackets throwing it back a few decades. Welcome to the 70’s! It’s a in SFO as employees get ready to board the Friend Ship to HNL! #BeingUnited #UA747Farewell pic.twitter.com/td60P0ESri — We Are United (@weareunited) November 7, 2017 Today is the day. ✈️ #somanyemotions #UA747Farewell pic.twitter.com/KLf3ATqoza — United (@united) November 7, 2017 Old school ticket jackets for the @united #UA747farewell flight. #avgeek #paxex pic.twitter.com/AHfVE7T4r6 — Seth Miller (@WandrMe) November 7, 2017 A send off like no other - we're here with @United to celebrate their 47 years flying the 747 & its final passenger flight #UA747Farewell pic.twitter.com/ipJTONQswN — Boeing Airplanes (@BoeingAirplanes) November 7, 2017 Known as the "Queen of the Skies," the 747 passenger jet is slowing down — a lot. In the U.S., United and Delta have retired the last of the 747-400s this year, marking the end of an era. The newer version of the 747, known as the 747-800, failed to attract any U.S. passenger airlines, and is mainly being sold to freight carriers.  United is auctioning off parts of the historic plane in honor of the retirement. Bids using United frequent flyer miles are still open for the altimeter, tail number, an oxygen pressure indicator, and other plane hardware. The final flight is in the air after departing at 11 a.m. and expected to make it to Hawaii this afternoon where the farewell festivities will continue. Farewell, Queen of the Skies. WATCH: Incredible microscopic footage captures the invisible movement of life itself
Archeologists discover ancient gymnasium near Egypt's Cairo
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Archeologists in Egypt find remnants of ancient gymnasium dating back around 2,300 years
Christie gets into it with voter, calls it 'joy' of service
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
MENDHAM TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's tell-it-like-it-is style has annoyed many residents in his state, but he has made sure to give it to at least one more voter in his final Election Day before leaving office.
Are stunning Saudi corruption arrests about reforms or power? Yes.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
It was a scene never before seen in Saudi Arabia: 49 princes, ministers, and tycoons – the untouchables – being arrested on corruption charges. While some analysts have portrayed the move as a chilling purge of political rivals, others say Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is making good on his promise for no less than a new social contract for Saudi Arabia. Mohammed bin Salman is killing two birds with one stone, observers say: ingratiating himself with a public that is sick of royal family excess, while moving swiftly to eliminate the last vestiges of opposition within the kingdom to his growing power.
A Quarter of Americans Would See Higher Taxes Under the Republican Plan
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
According to a nonpartisan analysis
'He Was Terrified.' Man Charged With Walmart Killings Had 'Demons' in His Head, Sister Says
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The stepsister of a man charged with the fatal Colorado Walmart shooting said he has been tormented by voices in his head since taking LSD
'Date Your Own Kind.' Man Put Racist Graffiti On His Own Car, Police Say
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The incident was meant as a Halloween prank and fueled racial tensions
The Virginia Governor's Race Is a Depressing Preview of Next Year's Elections
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
There are signs that the Virginia governor's race will be a model for 2018 midterm elections.
Here's what it's like to have climate change affect your island home
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Of all the places where climate change affects, it's the small island nations of the Pacific Ocean that are being hit the hardest. It's a story that's being presented by Fijians in a VR documentary called Our Home, Our People, which has been put together by the World Bank. SEE ALSO: Earth to overshoot global warming targets, U.N. warns in blunt report The film reflects on rebuilding efforts following the devastating aftermath of Cyclone Winston last year, and the ongoing threat of rising sea levels. It ties in with Fiji presiding over COP23, the United Nations' climate change conference, which takes place in Bonn, Germany over the next two weeks. It's the first small island nation to preside over the talks, and an appropriate choice given how crucial climate change action is to its survival. Image: world bankThe film also coincides with a report released by the World Bank, examining how vulnerable Fiji is to climate change, and pushes for stronger action by leaders on the issue. Created by a team of five Fijians and five Australians, Our Home, Our People puts the spotlight on the village of Vunisavisavi and Ra Province.  Vunisavisavi is one of the first villages in Fiji to be have houses relocated because of the impact of rising sea levels. You'll meet 11-year-old Catalina, who reflects on how a seawall could help stop flooding of her village. "[Catalina] is extraordinarily savvy, and I think about what I was thinking about when I was 11 years old. Compared to what she's talking about, it's amazing," Tom Perry, who worked on the film for the World Bank, explained.  Climate change is part of a Fijian child's learning, a point that's emphasised with Asmita, an Indian-Fijian teacher who appears in the film. "She and all her students went through Cyclone Winston, and so her big focus is making these kids understand why that's happening. Why they went through this traumatic event, and what they can do about it," Perry said. The deep cultural heritage of Vunisavisavi makes relocation a very difficult decision. Vunisavisavi is the original home of the first Tui Cakau, the highest chief in the province.  "They can't just leave. They've got a duty to their ancestors to stay," Perry added.  WATCH: Secret void in the largest pyramid in Giza has been revealed, thanks to some space-age technology
'I Could See Death.' Texas Church Gunman Shot Crying Children at Point
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
As many as half of the victims were children
Democrats are upping their game in local races this year
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The Democratic Party has mounted the most intense, coordinated national effort in modern party history to elect its candidates to down-ballot state and local offices.
In China, Trump confronts an emerging superpower flexing its military and economic might
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump has ended America’s longstanding free-trade policy in Asia and abandoned the Trans-Pacific Partnership. China has ambitious plans to fill the power vacuum.
Canadian Mounties arrest 5 naked people after car crash
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NISKU, Alberta (AP) — Police in Western Canada say they're searching for the naked truth after a bizarre collision on a rural road.
Securing the vote: How 'paper' can protect US elections from foreign invaders
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
When Logan Lamb visited the website of Georgia’s Center for Election Systems in Aug. 2016, what he found left him speechless. Although the cybersecurity researcher had no password or special authorization, he was able through a Google search to download the state’s voter registration list, view files with Election Day passwords, and access what appeared to be databases used to prepare ballots, tabulate votes, and summarize vote totals. It was everything a Russian hacker – or any malicious intruder – might need to disrupt the vote in Georgia.
The budding Saudi revolution
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
A revolution not only changes who governs a country but the type of government. This is rare in history but may be happening right now in Saudi Arabia. For the past six months, the Middle East oil giant and guardian of Islam’s holiest sites has been in the early stages of what may be a top-down revolution, led by a powerful crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman.
With N. Korea front
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
President Trump is expected to have a packed agenda when he arrives in China on Wednesday. In between a tour of the Forbidden City and an inspection of troops, he could announce billions of dollars in new deals for American companies and try to convince Chinese President Xi Jinping to put more pressure on North Korea. 
Republicans Want To Pass Tax Reform By Thanksgiving. Here's Why That's Tough
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
There are only eight working days left between now and then, for starters
Lawyer: Rand Paul Was Assaulted Over a 'Trivial' Dispute
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Lawyers said the assault was not politically motivated
Here's What the Republican Tax Plan Would Mean for the Average Trump Voter
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"The proverbial kind of lower-middle-class worker is not going to benefit as much"
Meek Mill Has Been Sentenced to at Least Two Years in Prison for Violating Probation
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The rapper and ex-boyfriend of Nicki Minaj was arrested twice this year
Florida State University Suspends Fraternities and Sororities After Freshman's Death
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The decision was made following the alcohol-related death of a freshman
President Trump Calls North Korea 'a Threat to the Civilized World'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
While on a trip to Japan
Schools shut amid health emergency as smog blankets India's capital
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A public health emergency was declared as choking smog blanketed New Delhi on Tuesday, with authorities ordering the temporary closure of all primary schools in the world's most polluted capital city. The US embassy website said levels of the fine pollutants known as PM2.5 that are most harmful to health reached 703 -- well over double the threshold of 300 that authorities class as hazardous. The Indian Medical Association declared a public health emergency as it urged city administrators "to make every possible effort to curb this menace".
'I'm Not a Hero': Man Who Shot and Chased Texas Church Gunman Shares His Story
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"I think my God, my Lord protected me and gave me the skills to do what needed to be done"
What We Know About the Gun Used in the Texas Church Shooting
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It's a variant of the popular AR-15 rifle
Restoration Of A Centuries
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Centuries-old varnish disappears from an oil painting in a matter of minutes in two videos of a restoration that are going viral.
After the killings, shock and grief in a small Texas town
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Police, grief counselors and journalists all descended on Sutherland Springs in the wake of the church massacre, trying to help and looking for answers.
NASA seeks nickname for tiny, icy world on solar system edge
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Heads up, armchair travelers.
Breweries lock horns over moose
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — A Canadian brewery and a Vermont brewpub are locking horns in a trademark dispute over their moose-themed names and logos.
How President Trump's Response to the Texas Church Shooting Compares to Past Attacks
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
His reaction was similar to the shooting in Las Vegas
Mysterious huge planet 13 times the size of Jupiter spotted in heart of our galaxy
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It was spotted using ‘microlensing’
You'd Be Shocked by How Many Americans Believe in Aliens
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Extraterrestrial life has been the topic of plenty of comics, TV shows, and movies. But who in America actually believes that aliens are real?
Fiji calls for urgency in talks to implement climate accord
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
BONN, Germany (AP) — Fiji's prime minister called for a sense of urgency in the fight against global warming Monday, telling negotiators "we must not fail our people," as he opened two weeks of talks on implementing the Paris accord on combating climate change, which is already affecting his Pacific island nation.
'Come to the Table and Make a Deal.' President Trump Changes His Tune on North Korea
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The U.S President reaffirmed the U.S.-South Korea alliance while visiting Seoul.
Carter Page's Russia Testimony Raises More Questions Than Answers
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
He acknowledged that he told members of the Trump campaign about his trip
Police: Headset
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
DENVER, Pa. (AP) — Police say a Pennsylvania Dunkin' Donuts worker sold methamphetamine and heroin on the job, in some cases while wearing his drive-thru window headset.
Man defends himself with toy in violent thermostat spat
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Authorities say a heated argument over a turned-up thermostat in a mobile home took a violent turn when a Minot man punched his fiancée's brother in the face and threatened him with a knife.
Jimmy Fallon's Mother Gloria Dies Surrounded By Family
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Fallon had canceled Friday's taping of the "Tonight Show"
TL;DR: Here's the One Thing Scientists Want You to Know About Their Fields
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
These are just a few of the things that researchers in fields ranging from astrophysics to zoology want people to know about their areas of science, according to dozens of responses to the #MyOneScienceTweet hashtag on Twitter. Dalton Ludwick, a doctoral candidate in entomology at the University of Missouri, started the hashtag on Oct. 27, when he tweeted, "If you could have the entire world know just one thing about your field of study, then what would it be? The idea, he told Live Science, came to him while he was walking across campus thinking about what people would say if they had to boil their research down to a single sentence.
Police Mercilessly Promise to Spoil Stranger Things If You End Up in Jail
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A scarier prospect than the Upside Down
Mental health algorithm can tell if you’re depressed by analyzing your tweets
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
An algorithm created by computer scientists suggests that the language we use on Twitter could help reveal early warning signs of mental health issues, such as clinical depression.
Trump Administration May Ramp Up Security Training for Houses of Worship After Texas Shooting
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"We are going to be a whole lot busier when it comes to safety and security for houses of worship"
Here's Why Twitter Is Blocking 'Bisexual' From Its Search Results
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Twitter has explained why the word “bisexual” does not show up in its search results. It’s because the the company incorrectly listed the term as one that is “typically associated with adult content” and therefore blocked, according to Twitter.
In Virginia campaign, civility yields to racial appeals
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
After a quiet start and a civil debate, Republican candidate Ed Gillespie’s campaign turned sharply negative, releasing a highly-charged ad implying his opponent Ralph Northam would be soft on immigrant gang members. The Democrats have struggled to respond.
Texas Church Shooter Could Buy Guns Because the Air Force Didn't Report His Domestic Violence Conviction
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Kelley killed 26 people at a Texas church