Leia’s original ‘Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker’ role revealed: ‘She was going to be the last Jedi’

By Ethan Alter and Jon San | YAHOO!

Still think Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker was the “last Jedi” referenced in the title of the eighth episode of Star Wars’s Skywalker Saga? Think again.

In the original version of the ninth and final instalment, The Rise of Skywalker, his sister, Leia (played by Carrie Fisher), was going to emerge as a full-fledged Jedi warrior, complete with her very own lightsaber.… Continues

Russia is finding new islands in the Arctic, while the US is still trying to figure out how to get up there

By Christopher Woody | Business Insider

A Russian solder guards a Pansyr-S1 air-defense system on Kotelny Island, part of the New Siberian Islands archipelago between the Laptev Sea and the East Siberian Sea, April 3, 2019. 
Associated Press
  • Russian explorers recently mapped five new Arctic islands that have appeared as ice recedes and interest grows in expanded shipping, resource extraction, and military operations in the region.
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The Seawolf-Class Submarine Is Incredible (As in the F-22 of Submarines)

But the costs were too much to keep building them. 

by Kyle Mizokami | The National Interest

Key point: The collapse of the Soviet Union changed the Navy’s calculations.

The Seawolf-class submarines were envisioned as the best submarines ever built. Designed to succeed the Los Angeles–class attack submarines and maintain America’s edge in the underwater domain, the class suffered from cost overruns and the collapse of the Soviet Union.… Continues