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Sunday February 2nd, 2020 morning edition

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When Wei Sun, a 48-year-old engineer at Raytheon Missile Systems, left for an overseas trip last year, he told the company he planned to bring his company-issued HP EliteBook 840 laptop along.

Sun, a Chinese-born American citizen, had been working at Raytheon, the fourth-largest US defense contractor, for a decade.

He held a secret-level security clearance and worked on highly sensitive missile programs used by the US military.

Sun had access to sensitive missile defense technology.

But inconsistent stories about his itinerary led Sun to confess that he traveled to China with the laptop.

The country’s security services have already compromised dozens of crucial US weapons systems, such as the Army’s Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) ballistic missile defense system, and the Aegis ballistic missile defense system used by the Navy.

It has also been converted into a ground-based air defense system, which may have been Sun’s focus, since prosecutors describe his work as centered on ballistic missile defense. »

TIL that roundabouts reduce fatalities from accidents by 72-82%. They also lower wait times and save gas.

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Pablo Escobar's hippos have become an invasive species in Colombia

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In the early 1980s, infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar created a family zoo full of exotic animals in Colombia, including rhinos, giraffes, zebras and hippos.

When Escobar's empire crashed in the '90s, the animals were relocated to zoos -- except for the four hippos, now considered an invasive species whose waste is wreaking havoc on the Colombian aquatic ecosystem, according to a new study published in the journal Ecology.

Escobar's four hippos have since multiplied to 80 hippos. »

The Witcher Netflix: January News Recap on Season 2, Animated Film

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Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has since called The Witcher a “massive new franchise that we’ll develop season after season”.

January 2020 has been an eventful month for The Witcher fans and we’ve collected all the biggest leaks, rumors and stories.

Following a leak by Redanian Intelligence, Netflix confirmed the long-rumored Witcher animated film centered around the older witcher Vesemir is indeed in the works. »