China wants to make it rain.

If government officials in the world’s fourth-largest country have their way, a man-made weather-control machine will produce up to 10 million cubic meters of rain across the Tibetan Plateau — an area roughly the size of Alaska.

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2014 WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES -- Opening Ceremony (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

The opening ceremonies for the 2018 Winter Olympics will take place at the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium in Pyeongchang, South Korea on February 9, 2018. The ceremonies will begin at 8:00 p.m. KST (Korea Standard Time), which is 14 hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET). It will be 6:00 a.m. ET when the Olympic ceremonies begin in South Korea and air live on NBC.

Where and How You Can Watch

NBC will air the ceremonies again on Friday, February 9 at 8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT, according to TV Guide and the official NBC Olympics website. You can also stream the 2018 Winter Olympics at nbcolympics.com or FuboTV, which you can try for free. The NBC Sports app will allow streaming of the games on your mobile phone, tablet, or connected TV such as Roku, Amazon Fire, or Apple TV, according to TV Guide.

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The 2018 Winter Olympics are just around the corner. As one of the most popular sports in the Games, figure skating is on people's minds; fans are itching to learn more about the figure skating, and which figure skaters will be representing the US. Many fresh faces will be taking the ice with high hopes of walking away with the gold.

The US has three women, three men, three ice dance pairs, and one pairs team in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

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COPPER MOUNTAIN, CO - DECEMBER 10: Jaime Anderson competes in the final of the FIS Snowboard World Cup 2018 Ladies' Big Air (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

The 2018 Winter Olympics will feature four brand new games. Each features either more elaborate rules or bigger spectacle, presumably to capture the awe of today's audiences. One of these exciting events is Big Air Snowboarding. Spoiler alert: it's exactly what it sounds like.

Of course, it will probably be fun to watch the spectacle of the game itself. But if you're interested in tracking the medals in this event, there are some nuances you might want to know beforehand. Keep reading for a primer on the scoring for this event!

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SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 06: Adam Rippon falls while competing in the Men's Free Skate during the 2018 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Adam Rippon recently became the first openly gay United States athlete to qualify for the Winter Olympics. The figure skater finished fourth in the U.S. figure skating championships; he'll compete alongside Vincent Zhou and Nathan Chen on behalf of the U.S. in Pyeongchang.

Of course, it's not like the talented performer just came out. He's been openly gay for quite some time! In fact, it's been over two years now since the day Rippon first came out in SKATING magazine. Here are the details.

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[DIGEST: NPR, USA Today]

Today, the United States Olympic Committee and USA Swimming has decided to punish Olympian Ryan Lochte for the scandal which erupted after he alleged that he––and fellow Olympic swimmers Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and Jimmy Feigen––were the victims of a violent robbery in Rio de Janeiro after leaving a party on August 14. Authorities later deemed the claims to be false. Both organizations announced they would impose a 10-month suspension on Lochte, barring him from domestic and international national swim team competitions through June 30, 2017. Lochte will be unable to compete in the 2017 national championships and his punishment disqualifies him from competing in the 2017 FINA World Championships. Conger, Bentz and Feigen received four-month suspensions.

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 15: Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte attends the Speedo Rio 2016 Olympic Games racing suit unveiling at SIR Stage37 on December 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)

[DIGEST: CBS, BBC]

Swimmer Ryan Lochte has lost all four of his major endorsements after admitting he’d lied about being robbed at gunpoint during Rio’s Olympics. Speedo USA, the biggest sponsor of the four, said it would not tolerate his behavior.

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