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'Humbling' mission: Agency toils to ID 82,000 soldiers still MIA

'Humbling' mission: Agency toils to ID 82,000 soldiers still MIA

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Nov. 10 (UPI) -- It was the cornerstone of the Warrior Ethos in the U.S. Army -- "I will never leave a fallen comrade" -- that led U.S. Army serial number 16055052 home after 73 years.It's the "humbling mission" of the Defense Prisoner of War, Missing in Action Accounting Agency, based at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii. On Oct. 25, the DPAA brought home the remains of 16055052, whom the agency had identified as U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Michael Aiello, missing since World War II."You know, I tell people all the time that this is the most rewarding job I have ever had," Lee Tucker, a DPAA public affairs officer, told UPI on Friday, a day ahead of Veterans Day. "It's a humbling job to be able to tell the stories of men who gave their life for our country, who paid the ultimate sacrifice."There i...
British mission to giant A-68 berg approved

British mission to giant A-68 berg approved

Science
UK scientists will lead an international expedition to the huge new iceberg that recently calved in the Antarctic. A-68, which covers an area of almost 6,000 sq km, broke away in July. Researchers are keen to investigate the seafloor uncovered by the trillion-tonne block of ice. Previous such ventures have discovered new species. The British Antarctic Survey has won funding to visit the berg and its calving zone in February next year. It will use the Royal Research Ship James Clark Ross.BAS cautions, however, that the final green-light will depend on the berg's position at the time and the state of sea-ice in the area. A-68 will need to be well clear of the Larsen Ice Shelf from which it calved, and any marine floes on top of the water will have to be sufficiently thin to allow the JCR acc...
Tom Cruise injury halts Mission: Impossible 6 filming

Tom Cruise injury halts Mission: Impossible 6 filming

Entertainment
The film studio behind the Mission: Impossible series has confirmed that production of its latest instalment has been halted after actor Tom Cruise broke his ankle during a stunt.But Paramount Pictures insisted that Mission: Impossible 6 remained on schedule to open in July next year.Cruise was hurt while filming a jump between two high-rise buildings in London at the weekend.A video shows him crashing into a wall. He was later seen limping off the set.Cruise, 55, is well known for doing his own stunts.In a statement, Paramount said: "During production on the latest Mission: Impossible film, Tom Cruise broke his ankle while performing a stunt. "Production will go on hiatus while Tom makes a full recovery, and the film remains on schedule to open July 27, 2018. "Tom wants to thank you all f...
A mission to the Pacific plastic patch

A mission to the Pacific plastic patch

Science
A mariner who has spent years travelling "hundreds of thousands of nautical miles" to measure the impact of plastic waste in the ocean has estimated that a "raft" of plastic debris spanning more than 965,000 square miles (2.5m sq km) is concentrated in a region of the South Pacific. Capt Charles Moore has just returned from a sampling expedition around Easter Island and Robinson Crusoe Island. He was part of the team which discovered the first ocean "garbage patch" in the North Pacific gyre in 1997 and has now turned his attention to the South Pacific.Although plastic is known to occur in the Southern Hemisphere gyres, very few scientists have visited the region to collect samples.Oceanographer Dr Erik van Sebille, from Utrecht University, says the work of Capt Moore and his colleagues wi...