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Biden VP pick: Kamala Harris chosen as running mate

Biden VP pick: Kamala Harris chosen as running mate

World
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has named Kamala Harris as his running mate - the first black woman and South Asian American in the role.Once a rival for the top job, the California senator of Indian-Jamaican heritage had long been considered the front-runner for the number two slot. The former California attorney general has been urging police reform amid nationwide anti-racism protests.Mr Biden will face President Donald Trump in the election on 3 November.At a White House news conference on Tuesday, Mr Trump, a Republican, said he was pleased with Mr Biden's choice, adding she did "very, very poorly" in her effort to become the Democratic nominee.Ms Harris will debate Mr Trump's running mate, Vice-President Mike Pence, on 7 October in Salt ...
Sixteen companies chosen for $17.1B defense intelligence contract

Sixteen companies chosen for $17.1B defense intelligence contract

Business
Aug. 6 (UPI) -- The Department of Defense announced on Monday 16 companies with winning offers for inclusion in a $ 17.1 billion contract to work with the Defense Intelligence Agency to provide a wide range of intelligence products. The deal, a five-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple-award contract, is called Solutions for Intelligence Analysis 3 and will require companies that win individual task orders to provide worldwide coverage, support and assistance to DIA. Twenty-nine companies bid for inclusion on the contract, with sixteen chosen: BAE Systems, Bluehawk LLC, Booz Allen Hamilton, CACI Inc., Calhoun International, Celestar Corp., CSRA LLC, Edge Analytic Solutions, Flucrum IT Services LLC, Invictus International Consulting, Leidos, Mission Essential Personnel LL...
Cave painting sites may have been chosen for their acoustics, scientists argue

Cave painting sites may have been chosen for their acoustics, scientists argue

Science
June 29 (UPI) -- New research suggests the sites of cave paintings created by Paleolithic peoples many have been chosen for their acoustic qualities.Such a connection would suggest cave paintings held a religious or spiritual significance and were the site of rituals featuring chants and music.Scientists found that "points of resonance" in three French caves correspond with the placement of cave paintings. The three sites produce strong low frequency resonances.While the correlation is intriguing, researchers say their analysis is speculative. The connection isn't conclusive."Many structures throughout history featured reverberant spaces because reverberant sound can be awe-inspiring," David Lubman, an acoustic scientist and fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, said in a news relea...