What are the chances Boeing will build a new jet in Washington state again?

“You’re going to have a lot of governors tripping over themselves to offer incentive packages, and Boeing’s going to take advantage of that,” aviation experts say.

EVERETT, Wash. — This week’s decision to move all 787 Dreamliner production out of Everett marks the first time Boeing has moved the commercial airliner assembly that started in Puget Sound out of Washington state.

Yes, other jets have gone away, the 707, 727, 757 — and by 2022, the Queen of the Skies, the 747, will also be gone.

But those programs did not fly away. Rather, those jets aged out as technology and demand changed.

In the case of the 787, Boeing moved its entire production line to its factories in South Carolina.

So, what about the next airplane, whether Boeing calls it the 797 or something else?

“I think Washington is still the incumbent, still the best place to build a

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Strong opposite-sex bonds linked to better chances of survival — ScienceDaily

Close bonds with the opposite sex can have non-romantic benefits. And not just for people, but for our primate cousins, too.

Drawing on 35 years of data, a new study of more than 540 baboons in Amboseli National Park in Kenya finds that male baboons that have close female friends have higher rates of survival than those who don’t.

Researchers have often assumed that when a male is friendlier to certain females, it’s for the reproductive perks: to better protect his offspring, or to boost his chances of mating with her. But the new study points to an additional potential benefit: female friends may help him live a longer life.

The team’s findings will appear Sept. 21 in a special issue of the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.

It’s well known that people who have close friendships are more likely to live a long life than

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