China lunar probe sheds light on the ‘dark’ side of the moon

By KEN MORITSUGU — AP

BEIJING (AP) — China’s burgeoning space program achieved a lunar milestone on Thursday: landing a probe on the mysterious and misnamed “dark” side of the moon.

Exploring the cosmos from that far side of the moon, which people can’t see from Earth, could eventually help scientists learn more about the early days of the solar system and maybe even the birth of the universe’s first stars.… read the full article

Vigilance Elite – Navy SEAL Shoots with Taran Tactical

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=caASxwqXxJE

Former Navy SEAL, CIA contractor, and Weapons and Tactics Instructor Shawn Ryan of Vigilance Elite gives competition shooting a closer look by training with the Legend himself… Multiple world and National Champion, the man who trained Keanu Reeves for the John Wick series along with many other “A” listers, Taran Butler of Taran Tactical Innovations.… read the full article

Did a Russian-Made Missile Really Hit an Israeli Air Force F-35 Stealth Fighter?

Here are the facts…

by Michael PeckThe National Interest

Or not…: “Although we cannot rule the possibility out entirely, as Freud would say—sometimes a bird strike is just a bird strike.”

Did a Russian anti-aircraft missile hit one of Israel’s new F-35 stealth fighters?… read the full article

China factory activity shrinks for first time in over two years, 2019 looks tougher

By Ryan Woo and Lusha Zhang — Reuters

Employees work on a production line manufacturing light trucks at a JAC Motors plant in Weifang, Shandong province, China November 30, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer/Files

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s factory activity contracted for the first time in over two years in December, highlighting the challenges facing Beijing as it seeks to end a bruising trade war with Washington and reduce the risk of a sharper economic slowdown in 2019.… read the full article