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Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program

NYTimes.com

For years, the program investigated reports of unidentified flying objects, according to Defense Department officials, interviews with program participants and records obtained by The New York Times.

mobile.nytimes.com/2017/12/16/us/politics/pentagon-program-ufo-harry-reid.html/

Let it go: The Arctic will never be frozen again

Let it go: The Arctic will never be frozen again

There’s new evidence that an unprecedented transformation is underway at the North Pole.

grist.org/article/let-it-go-the-arctic-will-never-be-frozen-again/

The editorial meeting of the future

The editorial meeting of the future

“In the future, we’ll instead organize the editorial meeting around this all-important question: “What can we help the public understand or do today?” We won’t start with our ideas — we’ll start with the information gaps the public demonstrates they have, and focus our efforts squarely on filling those gaps.”

www.niemanlab.org/2017/12/the-editorial-meeting-of-the-future/

2017 in pictures: The best science images of the year

2017 in pictures: The best science images of the year

A spectacular total eclipse, hitch-hiking octopus, nanoscale fireworks and more.

www.nature.com/articles/d41586-017-08492-y/

Laser-driven technique for creating fusion is now within reach, say researchers

Laser-driven technique for creating fusion is now within reach, say researchers

A laser-driven technique for creating fusion that dispenses with the need for radioactive fuel elements and leaves no toxic radioactive waste is now within reach, say researchers.

phys.org/news/2017-12-laser-driven-technique-fusion.html

Which Kobe Bryant Shot Was the Kobe-est Kobe Shot?

Which Kobe Bryant Shot Was the Kobe-est Kobe Shot?

The NBA’s third-leading scorer of all time never met a shot he didn’t think he could make — distance and defenders be damned. But which of his attempts best exemplifies his indomitable self-belief?

www.theringer.com/2017/8/2/16095344/kobe-bryant-kobe-est-shot-inefficiency-week-d1a1987b6da9/

We are sleepwalking toward war with North Korea

We are sleepwalking toward war with North Korea

But here’s the genuinely scary thing. Numerous conversations with US policymakers, former US government officials, and experts all point to one disturbing conclusion: Far from being unthinkable, a war with North Korea is becoming more likely by the day.

www.vox.com/world/2017/12/18/16733560/north-korea-war/

Karl Smith is a New Zealander living in Melbourne, Australia. He's an art and design, tech, and pop culture enthusiast. Previous gigs include musician, concierge, picture framer, designer and product manager.