In this image, from video by U.S. Navy aircraft, an unidentified object moves near the plane. Photo: The Stars Academy of Arts & Science/AP

In video footage, a small object streaks across the sky before a U.S. Navy fighter jet's tracking system locks on and follows it, reports AP.

What's new: "The Navy isn't offering a public explanation ... for exactly what that object was. But the service is confirming the authenticity of that video and two others taken from its planes in 2004 and 2015," per AP.

Why it matters: The video has spurred the Navy to publicly disclose an ongoing investigation into pilot sightings of what has been characterized as "unidentified aerial phenomena" — or UAPs — in U.S. airspace over both coasts.

What's next: Lawmakers are requesting more information on the so-called UAPs, suggesting some of the movements appear to challenge the laws of physics.

Go deeper: A most-read N.Y. Times story from May, "‘Wow, What Is That?’ Navy Pilots Reported Unexplained Flying Objects."

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Republicans and Dems react to Coney Barrett's Supreme Court confirmation

President Trump stands with Judge Amy Coney Barrett after she took the constitutional oath to serve as a Supreme Court justice during a White House ceremony Monday night .Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

President Trump said Judge Amy Coney Barrett's Senate confirmation to the Supreme Court and her subsequent taking of the constitutional oath Monday was a "momentous day," as she she vowed to serve "without any fear or favour."

  • But as Republicans applauded the third conservative justice in four years, many Democrats including Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) warned of consequences to the rush to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ahead of the Nov. 3 election, with progressives leading calls to expand the court.
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CRISPR pioneer: "Science is on the ballot" in 2020

Photo: "Axios on HBO"

In her three decades in science, Jennifer Doudna said she has seen a gradual erosion of trust in the profession, but the recent Nobel Prize winner told "Axios on HBO" that the institution itself has been under assault from the current administration.

  • "I think science is on the ballot," Doudna said in the interview.

Why it matters: That has manifested itself in everything from how the federal government approaches climate change to the pandemic.

Ted Cruz doesn't think the Hunter Biden attacks are working

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz told "Axios on HBO" he doesn't think the Trump campaign's focus on the Biden family's business dealings are having any sway with voters.

The big picture: After watching the Trump-Biden debate with "Axios on HBO" on Thursday night, Cruz said he thought Trump had done very well. But when asked whether he thought voters were moved by the release of the Hunter Biden emails, Cruz replied, "I don't think it moves a single voter."