Bill and Melinda GatesFrederic Stevens | Getty ImagesBill Gates, co-founder and former CEO of Microsoft, said in a tweet on Monday that he and his wife, Melinda Gates, will be splitting up after 27 years.Financial details are not yet clear. Bill Gates owns 1.37% of Microsoft’s outstanding shares, which are worth more than $26 billion, according to FactSet. The couple were creators, along with Warren Buffett, of the Giving Pledge, which involves giving away more than half of their wealth.Last year Bill Gates stepped down from Microsoft’s board as the coronavirus became a force around the world. He began spending more time …
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Former President Donald Trump released a statement Monday in which he lamented the U.S. Supreme Court’s lack of courage “to do what they should have done” and predicted court-packing.
“Now there is a very good chance they will be diluted (and moved throughout the court system so that they can see how the lower courts work), with many new Justices added to the Court, far more than has been reported,” Trump speculated. “There is also a good chance that they will be term-limited.”
April 30 (UPI) — The U.S. Navy’s maintenance program for its littoral combat ships includes the cost of significant unplanned work, a government report released on Friday says.The 32-page report of the Government Accountability Office notes that because the Navy “lacks sufficient manufacturer technical data” to maintain systems aboard the vessels, extra coordination and longer maintenance periods are required, as well as a reliance on original equipment manufacturers.
It also said that, because U.S. law forbids foreign contractors to perform certain maintenance on the ships, U.S. contractors are typically sent overseas to perform routine maintenance at …
In recent months, as China’s threats against Taiwan have mounted, strategists and policymakers have been debating whether it is time for a change to the somewhat tortured method by which the United States has sought to preserve stability across the Taiwan Strait since the late 1970s. The current policy of “strategic ambiguity” seeks to keep everyone guessing as to whether America would militarily counter a Chinese attack on its much smaller neighbor. Washington’s specific response would depend on how a crisis began and unfolded. That is because America has had multiple, sometimes conflicting goals—to deter China from …
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China’s J‑20 stealth fighter made ripples throughout Asia and the world when it made its public debut about a decade ago.
Sort of Like the F‑22?
The fighter, Asia’s first indigenously designed and built, shares some similarities to the U.S. F‑22 Raptor stealth fighter, and has prompted speculation that the Chinese design owes much to its American counterpart.
Though the J‑20’s canopy and nose design are visually quite akin to the F‑22, similarities between the two end there.
The J‑20 features prominent canards, control surfaces somewhat similar to miniature wings, in between the cockpit and main …
Yuriko Nakao | Getty Images News | Getty ImagesLONDON — Dogecoin skyrocketed on Wednesday after receiving some celebrity endorsements on Twitter.Dogecoin’s price has soared 20% in the last 24 hours to 32 cents, according to data from Coin Metrics. The meme-inspired cryptocurrency hit a record high above 45 cents earlier this month, sparking fears of a potential bubble in the crypto market.Initially started as a joke in 2013, dogecoin is now the sixth-largest digital coin with a total market value of almost $42 billion, according to CoinGecko. It takes its name and branding from the “Doge” meme, which depicts a Shiba Inu dog alongside nonsensical phrases in …
Here’s something you’ve never seen before.NASA’s Mars helicopter Ingenuity managed to snap a photo of the agency’s Perseverance rover from the air on Sunday (April 25), providing an unprecedented view of a robotic explorer on the surface of another world.“Oh hey, there I am! Never thought I’d be the subject of another photographer on Mars. Great capture by the #MarsHelicopter team,” Perseverance’s handlers said via the rover’s official @NASAPersevereTwitter account on Tuesday evening (April 27), when the photo was released.NASA’s Pathfinder lander photographed the first-ever Mars rover, Sojourner, on the Red Planet back in 1997. But both of those …