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Muons: ‘Strong’ evidence found for a new force of nature

Muons: ‘Strong’ evidence found for a new force of nature

Science
Reidar Hahn / FermiLabFrom sticking a magnet on a fridge door to throwing a ball into a basketball hoop, the forces of physics are at play in every moment of our lives.All of the forces we experience every day can be reduced to just four categories: gravity, electromagnetism, the strong force and the weak force.Now, physicists say they have found possible signs of a fifth fundamental force of nature.The findings come from research carried out at a laboratory near Chicago.The four fundamental forces govern how all the objects and particles in the Universe interact with each other.For example, gravity makes objects fall to the ground, and heavy objects behave as if they are glued to the floor.The UK's Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) said the result "provides strong evidence ...
Efforts resume to free megaship blocking Suez Canal as shipping jams force boats to consider turning around

Efforts resume to free megaship blocking Suez Canal as shipping jams force boats to consider turning around

World
Efforts have resumed to free the container ship blocking the Suez Canal, as fears it could take "weeks" force trapped boats to consider turning around.Eight tug boats are currently working to drag the 400m (1,312ft) Ever Given to deeper water after it ran aground and blocked one of the world's busiest shipping lanes on Tuesday morning. Dredgers are also trying to clear mud and sand from underneath it in the hope it will eventually dislodge. Image: The Ever Given is stuck for a third day. Pic: STR/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock At least 150 vessels, including other container ships carrying oil, gas and grains, are backed up either side of the blockage in Egypt, resulting in one of the worst marine jams the world has seen in decades.The company ...
Air Force tests collaborative small diameter bombs

Air Force tests collaborative small diameter bombs

Business
Jan. 7 (UPI) -- The Air Force Golden Horde Vanguard program has completed the first flight demonstration of collaborative small diameter bombs, the Air Force announced. According to the service, a team from the Air Force Test Center flew an F-16 Fighting Falcon and released two collaborative small diameter bombs during a mid-December test. Advertisement Collaborative small diameter bombs are small diameter bombs that have been modified with a collaborative network system that allows them to work together to identify targets. "The Golden Horde demonstration with the Small Diameter Bomb flights is an important step on the path to Networked Collaborative Weapon systems. Completion of this first mission sets the stage for further development and transition to the warfighter," Chris Ristich, A...
Covid: Can my boss force me to go to work?

Covid: Can my boss force me to go to work?

Business
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U.S. warships travel Taiwan Strait; China warns against show of force

U.S. warships travel Taiwan Strait; China warns against show of force

Business
Dec. 31 (UPI) -- For the second time this month, U.S. warships on Thursday sailed through the sensitive Taiwan Strait, prompting China to denounce the "provocative actions." The United States said guided-missile destroyers USS John S. McCain and USS Curtis Wilbur conducted a routine transit through the strait between eastern Nationalist China and the democratically run island of Taiwan that China views as a rouge province. Advertisement "The ship's transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific," the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet said in a statement. "The United States military will continue to fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows." Taiwan's Ministry of Defense confirmed the trip, saying in a statement that the U.S. ships trav...