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Coder charged in massive CIA leak portrayed as vindictive

Technology
A federal jury in Manhattan has heard closing arguments in the espionage trial of a former CIA software engineer charged in the largest leak of classified information in the agency's historyBy JIM MUSTIAN Associated PressMarch 2, 2020, 10:11 PM3 min readNEW YORK -- A software engineer on trial in the largest leak of classified information in CIA history was “prepared to do anything” to betray the agency, federal prosecutors said Monday as a defense attorney argued the man had been scapegoated for a breach that exposed secret cyberweapons and spying techniques. A Manhattan jury heard conflicting portrayals of Joshua Schulte, a former CIA coder accused of sending the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks a large portion of the agency's computer hacking arsenal — tools the agency had used to conduct
Massive white dwarf star is the product of a stellar merger

Massive white dwarf star is the product of a stellar merger

Science
March 2 (UPI) -- An unusual white dwarf star was formed by a merger between two smaller white dwarfs, according to a new analysis by an international team of astronomers. The ultra-massive white dwarf, WDJ0551+4135, is located 150 light years from Earth. It was first identified by the European Space Agency's Gaia telescope survey. Astronomers keen on studying especially large white dwarfs conducted a followup survey of the star using the William Herschel Telescope. Their observations -- detailed Monday in the journal Nature Astronomy -- revealed an unusual envelope surrounding the star, an atmosphere rich in carbon. "This star stood out as something we had never seen before. You might expect to see an outer layer of hydrogen, sometimes mixed with helium, or just a mix of helium and carbo...
Defense stocks could soar again in 2020 after massive defense spending jump

Defense stocks could soar again in 2020 after massive defense spending jump

Finance
U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft assigned to the Thunderbirds perform aerial maneuvers on Aug. 3, 2014.Tech. Sgt. Chris Hibben | U.S. Air ForceWASHINGTON — Geopolitical uncertainty coupled with a colossal uptick in U.S. military spending could make defense stocks a winning trade once again in 2020.Under the Trump administration, the space has left the broader stock market in the dust. The iShares U.S. Aerospace & Defense exchange-traded fund (ITA) has rallied more than 70% since Nov. 8, 2016. The S&P 500, meanwhile, is up around 50% in that time. This year has been no different. The ITA ETF has surged more than 30% in 2019 while the S&P 500 has gained around 27%.Also, a historic boost to the U.S. defense budget should be a boon for defense stocks in 2020. The Pentag
Massive upset in Juvenile headlines 1st day of Breeders’ Cup races

Massive upset in Juvenile headlines 1st day of Breeders’ Cup races

Sports
Nov. 2 (UPI) -- The first day of the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita on Friday was full of surprises, none bigger than the result of the day's feature. The entire complexion of the $ 2 million TVG Breeders' Cup Juvenile changed as the gate opened and the odds-on favorite, Dennis's Moment, stumbled badly, a mishap that opened the doors to an all-long shot finish in a race that normally crowns an early favorite for the following spring's Kentucky Derby. Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. was lucky to stay aboard Dennis' Moment and the colt never got into the mix, finishing last of eight. Instead, it was Storm the Court, at odds of 45-1, who took the lead and held it, finally fending off a late bid by 25-1 chance Anneau d'Or to win by a neck with Wrecking Crew, off at 35-1, completing a...
Astronomers accidentally discover massive galaxy in early universe

Astronomers accidentally discover massive galaxy in early universe

Science
Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Astronomers have located evidence of a massive galaxy in the early universe, quelling doubts about the existence of such monstrous galaxies. The discovery was made on accident, they say. While analyzing observations of the distant universe captured by the Atacama Large Millimeter Array, or ALMA, a collection of 66 telescopes in Chile's high desert, scientists spotted a faint blob. Like a ghost, the unexpected glow appeared unconnected to any major cosmic structure. "It was very mysterious because the light seemed not to be linked to any known galaxy at all," lead researcher Christina Williams, an astronomer at the University of Arizona, said in a news release. "When I saw this galaxy was invisible at any other wavelength, I got really excited because it meant that it was...