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Obituary: Sir Sean Connery | BBC News

It is with a heavy heart to hear the passing of Sean Connery who was known to first portray the fictional British secret agent James Bond. Thomas Sean Connery will be remembered as “The Greatest Living Scot” with his achievements in film recognized in multiple Academy and Golden Globe Awards. He died peacefully in his sleep on Oct. 31, 2020. ... Read More »

Interior Department grants lifetime free access to National Parks for veterans, Gold Star families | Stars & Stripes

Secretary of the Interior Department David Bernhardt announced that veterans and Gold Star families are granted lifetime free access to national parks, wildlife refuges, and other federal lands starting on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Veterans would simply present an ID reflecting their veteran’s status. This initiative is from recommendations on how experiences in nature as therapy can help those who ... Read More »

The Army just released footage of its next-generation squad weapon prototypes in action | Task & Purpose

Footage of the Next Generation Squad Weapon prototypes was uploaded on Youtube where it was being tested out by soldiers on a military range. The Army selected General Dynamics-OTS, AAI Corporation Textron Systems, and Sig Sauer to develop prototypes of the NGSW’s carbine and automatic rifle variants chambered in 6.8mm. The prototyping phase is scheduled to continue through the summer of ... Read More »

Actor buys a crumbling home for 1 euro and it turns into a ‘big Italian adventure’ | NPR News

Lorraine Bracco purchased a 200-year old abandoned home in Sambuca di Sicilia, Italy, for just a single euro and it turns out to be her biggest adventure for a home renovation. Many of these homes fell into disrepair after the 1968 Belice earthquake and the renovation will be featured in a new HGTV show, My Big Italian Adventure. The actress ... Read More »

How coronavirus is permanently changing the defense industry’s culture | Politico

The coronavirus pandemic changed the way companies do business. Politico spoke with managers at eight defense companies to see how their response to the pandemic has changed in seven months. One of the key changes is how they have prioritized caring for employees’ mental health and embracing virtual tools. They start to pilot different programs to assist them with their ... Read More »

USAF wants to drop cruise missiles from airlifters | Air Force Magazine

Lockheed Martin was granted a contract worth $25 million to continue developing palletized munitions. Air Force airlifters like C-130s and C-17s were assessed to deliver air-launched weapons such as Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles. The roll-on capability, which does not require any changes to the aircraft’s hardware, can fit on any C-130 that carries palletized cargo. Source: https://www.airforcemag.com/usaf-wants-to-drop-cruise-missiles-from-airlifters/ Read More »

Dogs are humans’ oldest companions, DNA shows | BBC News

A recent study proves that dogs are human’s oldest companions based on their DNA. An international team analyzed the whole genomes of 27 ancient dog remains and found that genetic traces of these dogs retained from some of the breeds today. Greger Larson, co-author of the study said, “dogs are our oldest and closest animal partner. Using DNA from ancient ... Read More »

Can you get Covid twice? What reinfection cases really mean | Bloomberg

There are 24 global cases that got reinfected by COVID-19 as confirmed by Dutch news agency BNO News. Though the virus’s mutation rate has not raised big alarms, it is better to prevent and understand their genetic composition. It is unknown whether those who are reinfected can transmit the virus to others. It is with utmost attention that we continue ... Read More »

Spotify and Joe Rogan under fire over Alex Jones role | BBC News

Joe Rogan’s popular podcast signed an exclusive deal with Spotify earlier this year for $100M. However, Spotify is facing criticism over the appearance of Alex Jones in the podcast about his talk of how effective wearing masks was against Covid-19 and conspiracy theories of the risk of vaccines making people sick. Anti-misinformation groups and a Spotify staff have raised concerned ... Read More »

Basic training starts issuing new Army Greens uniforms | Army Times

About 200 trainees at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, are the first in the Army to receive the new Army Greens uniform. The new uniform is modeled after the one worn by the World War II generation. Each trainee is issued one uniform, which includes jacket, pants, dress shirt, brown Oxfords, matching socks, their rank, two T-shirts, ties, gloves, and a garrison ... Read More »