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Saturday November 5th, 2022 night edition

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Ukraine’s fears that its troops may lose access to Elon Musk’s crucial Starlink internet service deepened in the past week after 1,300 of the military’s satellite units went offline, according to two sources familiar with the outage.

But concerns have risen recently over the dependability of SpaceX after discussions about funding were revealed and outages were reported near the frontlines.

Days after the CNN report, Musk appeared to reverse course, claiming that SpaceX had withdrawn the request.

“The hell with it,” Musk tweeted, “we’ll just keep funding Ukraine govt for free.”.

Negotiations between SpaceX and the Defense Department continue despite Musk’s claim that SpaceX withdrepw its request, according to a senior defense official.

“We continue to discuss Ukraine’s satellite communication needs with Ukraine and companies like SpaceX and others,” Brigadier General Patrick Ryder told reporters.

Whether greater cooperation with SpaceX would give the US government stronger control over the Starlink signal in Ukraine has not been answered. »

Teens with obesity lose 15% of body weight in trial of repurposed diabetes drug

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A repurposed Type 2 diabetes drug helped teens with obesity lose a significant amount of body weight, lowered their risk factors for cardiovascular disease, and improved their weight-related quality of life over a 68-week clinical trial, researchers reported this week in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The new data suggests that it may also substantially help teens struggling with obesity and overweight issues improve their health and outlook as they head into adulthood.

Of the 201 teens enrolled in the trial, 133 teens with obesity and one who was overweight were treated with semaglutide, while 67 were given a placebo. »

Kojima on Making More Silent Hill

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Kojima Productions game director Hideo Kojima remains firm on his decision to not work on future Silent Hill or Metal Gear Solid games.

Speaking during the latest episode of ‘Brain Structure‘, Hideo Kojima responded to fan requests for him to work on future Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, and Zone of the Enders titles.

Meanwhile, Konami announced multiple Silent Hill projects, including a remake of Silent Hill 2, during the official Silent Hill transmission on October 19, 2022. »

A US Air Force flight spent 2 hours drawing a phallic pattern in the air near Russian military facilities

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The flight was near several Russian military facilities, including an air base and a naval outpost.

A US Air Force refueler drew a phallic pattern in the sky near several Russian military facilities in Syria on Tuesday, according to data from air-traffic tracking site FlightRadar24.

The US Air Force and a representative for US Air Force Central did not immediately respond to Insider's requests for comment. »