Category Archives: Science & Tech

North Korea ‘preparing rocket launch’, images suggest

Satellite images suggest that North Korea may be preparing to launch a missile or a satellite. The increase in activity is around a site known as Sanumdong, where North Korea assembled most of its ballistic missiles and rockets. It comes after reports earlier this week that North Korea’s main rocket launch site at Sohae had …

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California to pull plug on billion-dollar bullet train, cites ballooning costs

Tuesday California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced he is pulling the plug on the state’s massive high-speed rail project from Los Angeles to San Francisco that was more than a decade behind schedule and billions in the red.

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INF nuclear treaty: Russia plans new missile systems after pullout

Russia says it is planning to develop new missile systems after both Russia and the US suspended their involvement in an arms control pact. The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) banned the pair from using short- and medium-range missiles. The US has long accused Russia of violating the pact, and last week US President Donald …

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Putin crows as he oversees Russian hypersonic weapons test

Wednesday Russian President Vladimir Putin oversaw a test of a new hypersonic glide vehicle, declaring that the weapon is impossible to intercept and will ensure Russia’s security for decades to come.

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North Korea condemns US sanctions, warns denuclearization at risk

Sunday North Korea condemned the U.S. administration for stepping up sanctions and pressure on the nuclear-armed country, warning of a return to “exchanges of fire” and that disarming Pyongyang could be blocked forever.

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California mulls tax on text messaging, may lead to showdown with federal regulators

Wednesday a California regulator’s plan to tax texts in order to fund cellphones for the poor hit a snag after a Federal Communications Commission ruled text messages aren’t subject to the utility agency’s authority.

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Russia will build missiles if US leaves treaty, Putin warns

Russia will develop missiles banned under a Cold War agreement if the US exits the pact, President Vladimir Putin has warned. His comments follow Nato’s accusation on Tuesday that Russia has already broken the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. Signed in 1987 by the US and USSR, it banned both countries’ use of all short …

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Army says new war-ready M17 pistol will change modern combat

At the beginning of this year, soldiers with the Army’s 101st Airborne Division were the first to receive the services’ new high-tech 9mm pistol engineered to give dismounted infantry a vastly increased ability to fight and close with an enemy in caves, tunnels, crawl spaces, houses and other close quarter combat scenarios.

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New U.S. sanctions over chemical weapons would be ‘illegal’: Kremlin

A Kremlin spokesman said on Wednesday Russia would consider any new chemical weapons-related sanctions imposed by the United States to be illegal.

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UK Defense Minister Backs Trump Move to Exit Nuclear Pact

Britain’s defense secretary says the U.K. stands “absolutely resolute” with the United States as President Donald Trump announced he will pull out from a landmark arms control agreement with Russia.

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