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T-Mobile and Sprint Plan Concessions to Get Their $26.5 Billion Merger Cleared

Sun, 05/19/2019 - 16:50

The promises include the sale of one of their prepaid brands, a three-year buildout of their 5G network, and a reiterated pledge not to raise prices while the network is being constructed, said the people, who asked not to be identified as the matter is private. The new pledges follow talks with the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC and the U.S. Department of Justice both have to sign off on the transaction.

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How Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired One of ‘Game of Thrones” Most Epic Settings

Sun, 05/19/2019 - 15:10

Westeros owes a great debt to the towering architect. And a Lannister always pays his debts.

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Boeing's New Version of the AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter Might Be a 'Re-Run'

Sun, 05/19/2019 - 14:00

This seems a little strange. Boeing has released concept footage of a high-speed Apache attack helicopter during the Vertical Flight Society’s 75th Annual Forum & Technology Display- and it looks awfully familiar.Known as the Advanced AH-64 Block 2 Compound, the concept will serve as an interim solution in the U.S. Army Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program.Interestingly enough, the high-tech mode doesn’t seem so high-tech, when one looks back at the AH-56 Cheyenne, which first flew in 1967.Derived from the Army’s Advanced Aerial Fire Support System program, which ultimately ended in only ten being built.Advanced before its time, the Cheyenne was an impressive helicopter that was limited only by the technology of the era.While the AH-64 Apache technology partially came from the Cheyenne, the development has seemingly come full-circle. In addition to powerplant and control changes, the weapons “wings” and 30mm chain gun have also undergone changes.With a rear-mounted pusher propeller, a large vertical fin and a new engine exhaust setup, the new Block 2 Compounds are rather futuristic.According to Defence Blog, Boeing is dead set on keeping the Apache fleet “capable on the highly complex multi-domain battlefield of the future through 2060.”A wind tunnel test model was featured at the Vertical Flight Society’s 75th Annual Forum & Technology Display.

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Archaeologists discover bizarre ‘Jars of the Dead’ hidden in Laos

Sun, 05/19/2019 - 13:14

Just like today, people who lived hundreds of years ago had rituals and traditions associated with death. Methods of burial or tributes to deceased individuals often vary greatly from one culture to the next, and archaeologists are learning more about one of the more mysterious ancient customs originating in present-day Laos.Researchers from the Australian National University recently discovered over a dozen new locations in Laos where thousand-year-old jars were once used in some kind of death ritual that remains poorly understood. The team documented the existence of over a hundred of the so-called "jars of the dead," but the discovery ultimately creates more questions than it answers.Past research has suggested that the jars were used in some kind of end-of-life custom, though what role they may have played in burial or disposal of human remains is still unknown."These new sites have really only been visited by the occasional tiger hunter," Nicholas Skopal, a Ph.D. student at the university who helped discover the jars, said in a statement. "Now we've rediscovered them, we're hoping to build a clear picture about this culture and how it disposed of its dead."It's believed that the jars were constructed out of large single rocks, carved into their bowl shapes miles away and then brought to various remote forest locations where they were used and then lost for centuries before being found once more by scientists.Along with the jars, carved discs depicting various images were also found near the same locations, and the team believes those to be burial markers. The decorative sides of the stone discs were placed face-down, only adding to the mystery of whatever custom or tradition was being carried out.Explaining what went on in these locations will be difficult, but as more artifacts are discovered, archaeologists may be able to slowly piece together a long-lost ritual that is now lost to time.

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Soldiers oversee fuel rationing in some Venezuelan towns amid shortages

Sun, 05/19/2019 - 11:39

Venezuela, whose economy is reeling from a painful five-year recession amid a prolonged political crisis, saw long lines of vehicles appear at services stations in several regions this week after a shutdown at the OPEC nation's second-largest refinery. Shortages have been exacerbated by tough U.S. sanctions on Venezuelan state oil firm Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) in January, which have slashed crude oil exports and imports of refined fuels. Washington recognized opposition head Juan Guaido as Venezuela's rightful leader after he invoked the constitution in January to declare an interim presidency, saying President Nicolas Maduro rigged last year's election.

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Saudi energy minister recommends driving down oil inventories, says supply plentiful

Sun, 05/19/2019 - 10:00

Saudi Arabia's Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said on Sunday he recommended "gently" driving oil inventories down at a time of plentiful global supplies and said OPEC would not make hasty decisions about output ahead of a June meeting. "Overall, the market is in a delicate situation," Falih told reporters before a ministerial panel meeting of top OPEC and non-OPEC oil producers, including Saudi Arabia and Russia.

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Venezuela oil minister says economy, oil industry under U.S. siege

Sun, 05/19/2019 - 09:54

Venezuelan Oil Minister Manuel Quevedo said on Sunday his country's economy and oil industry was under economic and financial siege by the U.S. government. "This therefore generates disturbances in the flow of oil supply to the world market as well as serious economic damage and suffering to the Venezuelan people," he said in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, ahead of a ministerial panel meeting of top OPEC and non-OPEC oil producers, including Saudi Arabia and Russia.

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GCC countries begin enhanced maritime security patrols: U.S. Fifth Fleet

Sun, 05/19/2019 - 09:16

Countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) began "enhanced security patrols" in the international waters of the Arabian Gulf area on Saturday, the U.S. Navy's Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet said on Sunday. The GCC countries were "specifically increasing communication and coordination with each other in support of regional naval cooperation and maritime security operations in the Arabian Gulf," the Facebook statement said.

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Bernie Sanders: 'Beating Trump is not good enough'

Sun, 05/19/2019 - 09:06

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., says his presidential campaign is about much more than beating President Trump.

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Saudi energy minister says attacks put security of oil supply at risk

Sun, 05/19/2019 - 08:49

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Saudi Arabian Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said on Sunday that recent attacks on Saudi energy assets had put security of oil supply at risk but not affected his country's output. He also called on Saudi Arabia's partners to condemn the attacks. Four commercial ships were sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates last Sunday, and two days later drones attacked oil installations west of the Saudi capital Riyadh. ...

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Ariana Grande Visits NASA Space Center

Sun, 05/19/2019 - 07:52

"It's like I'm the universe and you'll be N-A-S-A."

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Julianne Moore says personal experiences spurred her to back AIDS ward documentary

Sun, 05/19/2019 - 05:57

The film, screened during the first week of the Cannes Film Festival, tells the story of Ward 5B at the San Francisco General Hospital, the first specialist care unit for people with HIV/AIDs in the United States. In an interview with Reuters at Cannes, Moore, 58, said she lost a friend to the virus just after graduating from college. "It was the end of 1984 and it was a friend who had gone to Mexico, and everyone said he had caught the flu  - and he died two weeks later and I was shocked," Moore said.

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Jeff Bezos Builds a Moon Ship

Sun, 05/19/2019 - 05:13

For now, it's only a model. But in five years, the Amazon CEO says, he can land it on the lunar surface.

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The Army Wants the 'iPhone' of Rifles for Its Next Squad Weapon

Sun, 05/19/2019 - 04:02

With a goal of equipping its first unit with the platform by fiscal year 2022, the Army has kicked the acquisition process into high, Caggins said, with the dual PONs posted with the intent of having prototypes ready to testing by June 2019.The Army isn't on the hunt for any old rifle for it's Next Generation Squad Weapon program — it's looking to spark a "revolution in small arms" on par with what the iPhone did to consumer electronics.(This first appeared several months ago.)At least, that's how Army officials at the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) at the Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey described their overall goal in a conversation with Task & Purpose following the release of a formal Prototype Project Opportunity Notice calling on industry partners for a rapid prototyping and testing run of the brand-new platform."Imagine that Steve Jobs and his engineers were trying to convert the iPod Touch to the first 3G iPhone," said Army Col. Elliott Caggins, project manager for soldier weapons. "There were a thousand technologies they could have put in the first iPhone but they were looking to mature the platform before they could actually go onto the system."

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In coal we trust: Australia's voters back PM Morrison's faith in fossil fuel

Sun, 05/19/2019 - 01:37

Battered by extended droughts, damaging floods, and more bushfires, Australian voters had been expected to hand a mandate to the Labor party to pursue its ambitious targets for renewable energy and carbon emissions cuts. Instead, Saturday's election left them on course to re-elect the Liberal-led center-right coalition headed by Morrison, a devout Pentecostal churchgoer who thanked fellow worshippers for his win at a Sydney church early on Sunday. The same coalition government last year scrapped a bipartisan national energy plan and dumped then-prime minister Malcolm Turnbull because he was viewed as anti-coal.

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Saudi Arabia says it seeks to avert war, ball in Iran's court

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 19:27

Riyadh has accused Tehran of ordering Tuesday's drone strikes on two oil pumping stations in the kingdom, claimed by Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi group. The attack came two days after four vessels, including two Saudi oil tankers, were sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates. Iran has denied it was behind the attacks which come as Washington and the Islamic Republic spar over sanctions and the U.S. military presence in the region, raising concerns about a potential U.S.-Iran conflict.

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Ariana Grande Dresses Up as an Astronaut During NASA Space Center Visit — and Plays Her Song 'NASA'

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 17:15

Ariana Grande Plays 'NASA' During NASA Space Center Visit

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What It Feels Like to Tread the Waters of Undiagnosed Chronic Pain

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 16:23

What it's like to feel unheard by doctors when you live with an undiagnosed pain condition.

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6 Tips for Anyone Newly Diagnosed With Lyme Disease

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 15:09

A woman with late-stage Lyme disease shares 6 tips for anyone who's just been diagnosed or suspects they have Lyme.

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Saudi Arabia to convene Arab leaders over recent attacks

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 14:53

JEDDAH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s King Salman invited Gulf and Arab leaders to convene emergency summits to discuss the implications of this week’s attacks against the kingdom and neighboring United Arab Emirates, the foreign ministry said on Saturday. The meetings are set for May 30 in Mecca, the ministry said on Twitter. Four commercial ships were sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates on Sunday, and two days later drones attacked oil installations west of the Saudi capital Riyadh. (Reportong by Stephen Kalin; editing by Diane Craft)

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