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January 23, 2019

Swiss Guard, the centuries-old protector of the Vatican, innovates with 3D-printed helmets

palinchakjr/iStock(LONDON) -- To celebrate their 513th anniversary, the Swiss Guard -- the tiny security force that protects the Vatican –- has debuted modern 3D-printed helmets made of a strong but light-weight plastic. The new helmets, worn for the first time on Tuesday, are a mixture of practicality and function. The cast-iron helmets the guards have traditionally worn, which were forged as part of their ceremonial armor, are heavy and allegedly prone to denting. They are also exceedingly unc..
January 23, 2019

China’s gene-editing scientist to face punishment

VCG/VCG via Getty Images(HONG KONG) -- He Jiankui was supposed to be the pride and joy of China, a top scientific talent recruited back from the United States to usher his homeland into the new frontier of gene technology and innovation. Then in November, He shocked the world when he revealed he'd taken the unprecedented step of creating the world's first genetically engineered twin baby girls, who had their DNA altered to be less susceptible to HIV infection. After the shock came wi..
January 23, 2019

Pope travels to Catholic youth rally in Central America

VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images(ROME) -- Pope Francis left Rome Wednesday morning for Panama on his 26th foreign trip since becoming pope. He'll be in the Central American country until Sunday and plans to attend the Catholic Church's 34th World Youth Day, a gathering of Catholic youths from around the world. The dates chosen for this year's World Youth Day allow students in the region to attend during their summer vacation. About 200,000 youths from more than 150 countries are ex..
January 23, 2019

What worries US intelligence officials? Russia, China and Western isolationism

Oleksii Liskonih/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. intelligence community has laid out its comprehensive strategy for the next four years, highlighting threats from Russia and China exacerbated by the “weakening” of the post-WWII order and those nations’ embrace of “rapid advances” in modern geopolitical battlefields from cyber to outer space. “Traditional adversaries will continue attempts to gain and assert influence, taking advantage of changing conditions in the international environment -- inc..