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A Smarter Way to Price Climate into Oil

When it comes to fossil fuels, oil has had the hardest time shedding its excess weight in greenhouse gas emissions. Oil maintains its monopoly in the transport sector, with alternatives that are not yet mainstream. But what if the transport sector went on a successful diet that then led to renewed oil market stability?

The Ultimate Guide to China's Hypersonic Weapons Program

China’s military is reorganizing itself to be a more modern, effective force. On January 1, 2016, the Second Artillery Force (第二炮兵部队) (responsible for China’s nuclear and conventional ballistic missile arsenals) was reorganized into the People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force (PLARF; 火箭部队), elevating it to a service (军种) fully on-par with the Navy, Army and Air Force (Sina, January 1).

Say What?: It Takes 300 Hours to Become a Shampooer in Tennessee

Tammy Nutall-Pritchard had been braiding hair with her older sister, Debra Nutall, since she was 18 years old.

Nutall taught Nutall-Pritchard the craft when she was 15, and the sisters would stand side-by-side behind the chairs of scores of clients at Nutall’s Memphis, Tenn., salon who came in to get their hair braided while chatting and gossiping with customers.

Nutall-Pritchard did well—she charged around $300 per head and sometimes made more than $1,000 each week.

Flying America’s Lethal A-10 Warthog

Known for an ability to keep flying after taking multiple rounds of enemy machine gun fire, land and operate in rugged terrain, destroy groups of enemy fighters with a 30mm cannon and unleash a wide arsenal of attack weapons, the A-10 is described by pilots as a “flying tank” in the sky -- able to hover over ground war and provide life-saving close air support in high-threat combat environments.

Is It Time for U.S. Aircraft Carriers to Visit Taiwan?

A senior U.S. Congressman is calling for the Pentagon to allow U.S. Navy aircraft carriers to visit Taiwan after China denied USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) permission to make a port call in Hong Kong.

The People’s Republic of China denied permission for the carrier to make its long-scheduled visit to the former British colony following the vessel’s operations in the South China Sea—which Beijing claims as its own.

America's Missile Defense Disaster (And Music to Russia and China's Ears)

The ballistic missile threat to U.S. allies and the homeland is skyrocketing. Russia is deploying a new heavy intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of carrying ten or more warheads. It also has a new ballistic missile submarine and missile. China is believed to be adding warheads to its existing ICBMs and is deploying a newer missile in both road and rail mobile configurations. Beijing has deployed almost a thousand theater ballistic missiles, including one type that is believed capable of attacking U.S. aircraft carriers.