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NASA plans to send hot air balloons to detect earthquakes on Venus

Since our neighboring planet Venus has a very hellish atmosphere, studying more about the planet’s internal composition has been a bit difficult. But NASA has new plans to study the planet’s seismic activities through hot air balloons.

Space agency NASA is planning to study Venus’ earthquakes and other internal activities with the help of hot air balloons embedded up special earthquake sensors.

Earlier this month, NASA researchers set off a 50-ton chemical explosion 984ft below the surface of the Mojave desert. This artificial earthquake let NASA to test their special earthquake sensors that hung below the helium-filled balloons that floated hundreds of meters above the desert.

After studying Mars, NASA plans to send flying drones to Venus

NASA is hoping for a similar system for Venus to discover more about its internal structure. Balloons are chosen for this activity because landing up a rover in near to impossible due to Venus’ dense atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide that is so h…

Ice Filled Crater on Mars

The Mars Orbiter Express has found an Ice filled Crater near the Martian North Pole. It looks like a snowy Landscape. The image was taken by ESA( European Space Agency )
Its name is Kerolov Cater and it is 81km long. Korolev Crater was named after Russian Sergei Korolev who is renowned as the father of Soviet space technologies. Ice mostly is frozen co2 and water. Mars express was sent in 2003.

Turkey sends reinforcements to Syrian border

Despite plans to delay crossborder military operation on YPG forces, Ankara sends more armoured vehicles to its border.
Turkey is sending reinforcements to its border with
Syria, Turkish media reported on Sunday, adding that some 100 vehicles, including mounted pick-up trucks and weaponry, had made their way to the area.

The heightened military activity comes days after President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would postpone a planned military operation on the armed Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) group in northern Syria, after the United States's surprise announcement to withdraw its troops from Syria.

US government partially shuts down over border wall row

A partial US government shutdown has taken effect after US lawmakers failed to break a budget impasse.

President Donald Trump, who has to sign off on any deal, is insisting at least $5bn (£4bn) be included for his long-promised wall along the Mexican border.

In the absence of a deal, funding for about a quarter of US federal agencies lapsed at midnight (05:00GMT Saturday).

Both the House and Senate are set to be back in session at noon on Saturday (17:00GMT) to try to resolve the issue.

Meanwhile, nine of 15 federal departments, including State, Homeland Security, Transportation, Agriculture and Justice are now partially shutting down.

Hundreds of thousands of federal employees will have to work unpaid or be put on temporary leave. This is the third time US federal funding has lapsed so far this year, although the other two were brief.SOURCE

Bumblebee’s Opening Scene Is What Transformers Fans Have Always Wanted

Since the debut of the Transformers live-action franchise in 2007, each of the five films has enjoyed a degree of commercial success, with 2011's Dark of the Moon earning a series-high $1.123 billion worldwide, and last year's The Last Knight marking the low point, with $605.4 million. Yet, despite their blockbuster status, the films have been criticized by longtime fans for straying far away from the source material: the 1980s toy line and animated series.

The original cartoon focused primarily on the Autobots and the Decepticons waging an unending war, but the live-action films used that conflict more as a backdrop for the adventures of human characters. While that may also be true of Bumblebee, the latest installment of the franchise opts for a different approach. Not only does it offer some much-needed character development for everyone's favorite yellow Beetle, it also features the live-action debut of something Transformers fans have longed to see: the war for Cyber…

Egyptian CURSE? Six archaeologists DIE mysteriously within MONTHS of opening sarcophagus

The curse of the pharaohs is an alleged spell said to be cast upon any person who disturbs the mummy of a powerful Egyptian. This curse, which apparently does not differentiate between thieves and archaeologists, is said to cause bad luck, illness or even death. Since the mid-20th century, many historians have even argued the curse is real, due to the unexplainable circumstances that occur after the ancient coffin.
For many years, pharaohs were buried in the Valley of the Kings on the banks of the River Nile in Egypt, with 64 tombs already opened.

However, Netflix documentary series "Top 10 Secrets and Mysteries" series revealed how one discovery left researchers both baffled and terrified.

“The famous tomb of Tutankhamun was discovered in 1922,” the 2017 documentary detailed.

“Soon after the discovery, mysterious deaths were reported among the team of archaeologists who found the tomb.

“The deaths were ascribed to a curse cast by the pharaohs to ward off grave-robbers.


Underwater volcano full of MUTANT sharks could BLOW any second

RARE mutant breeds of shark have been discovered lurking inside an underwater volcano spewing acid that could explode at any moment.
Stunned marine experts from National Geographic found the hammerhead sharks and rays drifting in Kavachi, an active volcano off the coast of New Guinea. The volcano last erupted in 2014 so the crew were shocked to find not just life but large carnivores circling its turbulent base. Ocean engineer Brennan Phillips told National Geographic: "The idea of there being large animals like sharks hanging out and living inside the caldera of this volcano conflicts with what we know about Kavachi, which is that it erupts.

“But when it’s erupting there’s no way anything could live in there.

“So to see larger animals like this that are living and could potentially die at any moment brings up lots of questions.

“Do they leave?

“Do they have some sort of sign that it’s about to erupt?
"That’s what makes discovering these animals down inside the volcano so …

Arab countries discuss 'Australia situation' after recognition of West Jerusalem

Australia’s recognition of West Jerusalem as capital of Israel put on agenda of meeting at request of Palestinians.

Representatives of Arab countries will meet in Cairo tomorrow to discuss the decision of the Australian government to recognise West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Izzat Salah Abdulhadi, the head of the Palestinian delegation to Australia, said that “the Australia situation” had been added to the agenda of the meeting at the request of the Palestinians.

“We will wait to see the discussion,” said Abdulhadi, but added “for sure it will be condemnation.”

Last week Palestinian leaders lobbied Arab and other Muslim states to drop Australian exports and withdraw their ambassadors from Canberra in the event of an embassy move to Jerusalem.

The government has delayed the more controversial embassy relocation, an idea that was first raised in October during the Wentworth byelection, in a move that was seen as an attempt to win over Jewish voters. Instead it will establish a…

What is BENEATH Area 51? Mysterious crater EMERGES next to top-secret base - sparks frenzy

A MYSTERIOUS crater-shaped hole in the ground near to Area 51 is "unlike anything ever seen" and has prompted theories that the bizarre crater could be an entrance to an underground military base.

A bizarre crater appeared on Google Earth earlier this week close to Area 51 and appears man-made with a strange tower emerging out of the huge ditch. The incredible discovery was revealed by Blake and Brett Cousins – of YouTube channel thirdphaseofmoon - who captioned the footage: "We Found Something Underneath Area 51." In the footage, a large, thin object can be seen poking out of the middle of a large circular hole in the ground.

The shock revelaton has sparked a frenzy of theories, including that the huge tower inside the vent is the tower of a new top-secret underground military base.

Speaking about his discovery, Blake Cousins says: "Conspiracy theorists are going wild right now.

“This could be some sort of vent or a tower embedded within a crater close to A…

Baba Vanga SHOCKING predictions for 2019: Trump ILLNESS and EU economic COLLAPSE

BABA Vanga, the blind mystic who many claimed predicted the rise of ISIS, 9/11 and Brexit, envisioned a series of disasters to take place during 2019, including a European economic collapse, Donald Trump falling ill and Russia being hit by a meteorite.

The blind Macedonian died in 1996 from breast cancer but she is said to have had visions of future events up to the 51st century, when the mystic said the universe will end. According to the mystic, who was born as Vangelia Pandeva Dimitrova in Strumica, Macedonia, 2019 will be filled with natural disasters, economic catastrophes and dangers to the lives of two world leaders. Baba Vanga said a member of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s security team will attempt to kill him within the next 12 months.

Mr Putin himself revealed he has been the target of four assassination attempts, which prompted him to surround himself with an elite team of snipers.

The idea of being defended by snipers was suggested to Mr Putin by former Cuba’s lead…

Egypt SHOCK: Architect had meeting with ancient pyramid designer – it's not what you think

A GREAT Pyramid expert was given a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet with the man who designed and built the greatest pyramid of all time.
At the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, the treasures of the pharaohs are on display. Millions of pieces chronicle the prestigious history of one of humanity’s most brilliant civilisations. But, paradoxically only has two elements are directly linked to the Great Pyramid.

Architect and Great Pyramid expert, Jean-Pierre Houdin was given a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet with the man who designed and built the greatest pyramid of all time.

In Amazon Prime’s “The Khufu Pyramid Revealed”, the documentary shows Jean-Pierre meeting face-to-face with the iconic statuette.

Ironically, it is the only image of Khufu that has survived is just a few centimetres tall, a minuscule ivory figurine discovered by chance in a temple in 1903.
The little seated figure is the only three dimensional depiction of Khufu which survives largely intact, though there ar…

Mysterious Object Appears in Live ISS Feed.

Is NASA hiding something?

LIVE ISS feed went offline for a while and a mysterious object appears in its camera and this led fuel to fire to wide range conspiracy that NASA lies.

Though I personally don't believe NASA could lie. But some people have accused NASA of lying. The mysterious object appeared before the live feed was interrupted and NASA showed Please Stand By to viewers.

The object was bright blue, behind the solar panels of ISS.
Was that UFO? or space ICE or Alien Spaceship?

The video was uploaded to Youtube.
here are few comments from users; "NASA is lying."
''That was a weird looking blob next to the space station?”

"If the European Space Agency can manage to film beautiful, ultra-high-def footage of things outside the space station, why can't NASA?"
One person added it may be “a drop of water in zero gravity".

Scientists are able to shrink objects

For the first time, researchers have produced nano-objects by shrinking. First, they assembled 3D objects in a special hydrogel, then an acid caused the gel and its contents to shrink. The 3D design thus became an object ten to a thousand times smaller - without distortions or defects. The big advantage: this "implosion fabrication" method is feasible with conventional technology and enables completely new nanoconstructs, as the researchers report in the specialist journal "Science".

Team invents a method to shrink objects to the nanoscale
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a method that, for the first time, produces detailed 3D objects on a nanoscale - by shrinking. To do this, they first position the components of the object in a larger pre-variant. Then they shrink the whole thing and create the desired object in nano format.

This so-called "implosion fabrication" is made possible by a special hydrogel made o…

4000 Year Old Game Board Discovered in Azerbaijan

This is a shot of the 4,000-year-old game board that was found carved into the stone floor of a cave shelter in Azerbaijan. Experts believe it's some form of the ancient game of '58 Holes' or 'Hounds and Jackals', although experts aren't actually sure how those games were played. Jesus, what's it even take to be an expert these days?

Though the rules of 58 Holes are unknown, many think it was played a bit like modern backgammon, with counters, such as seeds or stones, moved around the board until they reached a goal.

"It is two rows in the middle and holes that arch around outside, and it's always the fifth, 10th, 15th and 20th holes that are marked in some way," [American Museum of Natural History researcher Walter] Crist said of the pattern cut into the rock shelter. "And the hole on the top is a little bit larger than the other ones, and that's usually what people think of as the goal or the endpoint of the game."

Players may…

NASA successfully tests Orion Launch Abort System

The Orion spacecraft completed a successful cold weather ground test of a launch abort system, aerospace giant Northrop Grumman said in a press release.

"Today’s test firing of the Northrop Grumman-manufactured launch abort motor in Promontory, Utah, confirmed the motor can activate within milliseconds and will perform as designed under cold temperatures," the release said on Thursday. "We never expect the launch abort motor to be used, but just like an ejection seat in a fighter pilot's aircraft, if they need it, it needs to work every time."

In Thursday's test, NASA's abort motor for the Orion spacecraft fired for five seconds, with exhaust flames about 100 feet high, the release said. The motor achieved approximately 350,000 pounds of thrust in one-eighth of a second, as expected, the release said.

In October, a Russian launch abort system saved NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin when the rocket carrying their Soyuz spa…

Facebook reveals bug exposed 6.8 million users' photos

Facebook announced on Friday that the social network had exposed the private photos of millions of users without their permission.

The company said a bug recently allowed third-party app developers to access photos people may not have shared publicly. Facebook believes as many as 6.8 million users could be affected.
The Irish Data Protection Commission, the body that oversees Facebook's compliance with European regulations, said on Friday that it had launched a "statutory inquiry" into Facebook as a result of multiple breaches the company had informed them about this year.
Photos that users started to upload to Facebook but did not post could have been accessed, along with images posted to Facebook Stories, Tomer Bar, an engineering director at Facebook, wrote in a blog post.
"We're sorry this happened," he added.

2400 years old Shipwreck discovered in Black Sea

Archaeologists say the 2,400-year-old ship is so well preserved that even the mast and rowers' benches have survived for millennia.
ARCHAEOLOGISTS ARE HERALDING the discovery of an unusually intact ancient shipwreck, found more than a mile below the surface of the Black Sea off of the Bulgarian coast. The 2,400-year-old wooden vessel features elements of ship construction, including the mast and rowing benches, that until now have not been preserved on ships of this age.

An announcement of the discovery, made by the Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project (MAP), first appeared in the Guardian. MAP has discovered more than 60 historic shipwrecks during a three-year survey of the Black Sea.

The 75-foot-long ship, documented by a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) equipped with cameras, appears similar to merchant vessels depicted on ancient Greek vases. A small piece of the wreck was raised and radiocarbon dated to around the fifth century B.C., a time when Greek city-states were frequen…

Russian Spy Maria Butina Pleads Guilty in US Court

Russian officials say Moscow will continue to support a Russian woman in custody in the United States who has pleaded guilty to acting as a covert agent of the Russian government, even though it rejects that claim.

Maria Butina on Thursday pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge for trying to infiltrate conservative political groups in the U.S., as part of a deal with federal prosecutors.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told Russian news agencies on Friday that he "understands" why Butina pleaded guilty, quoting what he described as "torturous" prison conditions.

Lavrov reiterated Moscow's commitment to support Butina, who has been in jail since July, and said Russia would do it best to help her come home.

Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov reiterated on Friday that the Kremlin considers all U.S. allegations against Butina "absolutely groundless."

Butina pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of conspiracy at the U.S. D…

A ‘dark matter hurricane’ is storming past Earth

And it could help scientist detect the strange substance.

There’s a “dark matter hurricane” blowing through our corner of the Milky Way galaxy. Right this second, it’s passing over Earth. And this fast-moving stream could reveal major details about dark matter, a new study finds.

The dark matter is traveling in what is known as the S1 stream. Scientists think that streams like this one are the cosmic debris leftover when small galaxies stray too close to the Milky Way. Our gravitational forces tear the smaller galaxy apart, leaving behind a traveling, elliptical stream of stars, dark matter and other debris.

Dark matter hurricane

Dark matter is an elusive material that scientists think, if the Standard Model is correct, exists in large quantities throughout space. Scientists still don’t know what dark matter actually is — there are a number of leading theories, but no one knows for sure. But the S1 stream is predicted to be blowing dark matter past us at about 310 miles per second (50…

This 102-year-old woman is now the oldest skydiver in the world

O’Shea, who aims to spread awareness about the neuron diseases after her 67-year-old daughter died of the sickness, raised around $12,000 for the organization, according to a local newspaper.

A skydiving center in Wellington, SA Skydiving, assisted O’Shea with her jump that finally set a world record of her being the oldest skydiver. O’Shea attempted to break the record previously held by Kenny Meyers from New Jersey who had set the latest record in 2017 with his jump in Sussex County.

Alien sighting: Strange craft seen flying over New York is ‘proof' of UFOs

A BLACK UFO was spotted zooming across the skies of New York which has led some to state that it is ‘PROOF’ of aliens.

On December 6, onlookers were stunned to see a disc-like object travel at supersonic speeds above the state of New York. The sighting occurred over Utica, New York, and the craft appeared to be about 30 meters in length. The possibility of a passenger plane was ruled out as freeze frames appeared to show it has no wings and is pitch black

Some UFO hunters are claiming it is “proof” that aliens are here.

The video was uploaded to MUFON, a UFO hunting YouTube channel, which said: “We see what appears to be a black object in an oval form moving from right to left.

“At normal speed, it is easy to miss, but the submitter added a slow-motion clip which gives us a much better view.

“The object moves behind the clouds but is clearly seen in the cloud breaks. We took the still frame and moved in closer.”

Conspiracy theorists quickly picked up on the video, with Scott C Waring…

NASA probe OSIRIS-REx finds signs of water on nearby asteroid Bennu

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has discovered ingredients for water on a relatively nearby skyscraper-sized asteroid, a rocky acorn-shaped object that may hold clues to the origins of life on Earth, scientists said on Monday.

OSIRIS-REx, which flew last week within a scant 12 miles (19 km) of the asteroid Bennu some 1.4 million miles (2.25 million km) from Earth, found traces of hydrogen and oxygen molecules – part of the recipe for water and thus the potential for life – embedded in the asteroid’s rocky surface.

The probe, on a mission to return samples from the asteroid to Earth for study, was launched in 2016. Bennu, roughly a third of a mile wide (500 meters), orbits the sun at roughly the same distance as Earth. There is concern among scientists about the possibility of Bennu impacting Earth late in the 22nd century. “We have found the water-rich minerals from the early solar system, which is exactly the kind of sample we were going out there to find and ultimately bring back to E…

Facebook and Google could face crackdown in Australia

An Australian government review has suggested implementing a series of tough measures to curb the influence of U.S. tech giants.

Establishing a watchdog dedicated to regulating how Google and Facebook publish news, and preventing Google Chrome from being installed as the go-to browser on Australian devices, were among recommendations published by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on Monday.

The ACCC expressed concern in its report that tech giants were damaging Australia's traditional media outlets, as well as creating "filter bubbles" and giving credibility to less reliable news sources.

"Filter bubble" is a term referring to the intellectual isolation arising from personalised news feeds which are generated by algorithms that guess which information a user wants to see based on their personal data.

"Without adequate information and with limited choice, consumers are unable to make informed decisions, which can both harm consumers…

Chinese 'SUN' is three times hotter than our Sun

Chinese nuclear fusion scientists achieve temperatures three times hotter than the sun
The temperatures were roughly equal to a 'mid-sized thermo-nuclear explosion'

A nuclear reactor in China has created plasma at a temperature of 50 million Kelvins (49.999 million degrees Celsius or 90 million Fahrenheit) for 102 seconds.

The temperature is thought to be three times hotter than the core of the sun or “roughly the same as a mid-sized thermo-nuclear explosion,” according to the South China Morning Post.

The experiment was done in a machine called the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST).

It happened last week at the Institute of Plasma Physics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Jiangsu province.

The research team had aimed to maintain a plasma of 100 million Kelvins for over 1,000 seconds, nearly 17 minutes.

However, the length of time that the plasma was sustained and controlled remains significant, as this is one of the main obstacles to implementing nucle…

China Plans to Launch an 'Artificial Moon' to Light Up the Night Skies

China Plans to Launch an 'Artificial Moon' to Light Up the Night Skies.

The night skies might soon have company: Chinese scientists are planning to launch an artificial moon into orbit by 2020 to illuminate city streets after dark.

Scientists are hoping to hang the man-made moon above the city of Chengdu, the capital of China’s southwestern Sichuan province, according to a report in Chinese state media. The imitation celestial body — essentially an illuminated satellite — will bear a reflective coating to cast sunlight back to Earth, where it will supplement streetlights at night.

Scientists estimated that it could be eight times more luminous than the actual, original moon. It will also orbit much closer to Earth; about 500 km (310 miles) away, compared to the moon’s 380,000 km (236,000 miles).

But the ambitious plan still wouldn’t “light up the entire night sky,” Wu Chunfeng, chief of the Tian Fu New Area Science Society, told China Daily. “Its expected brightness, in the e…

Rogue space body spotted next to the Sun sparking APOCALYPSE fears – VIDEO

FEARS of an impending apocalypse have been triggered following the sighting of a rogue space body spotted next to the Sun.

A bizarre video has prompted huge debate among conspiracy theorists that an impending apocalypse is on the way. The video, believed to have been shot in Michigan shows a rogue space body next to the sun in broad daylight. Commenting on the video, the conspiracy theorist claimed you “can see there is definitely something in the video”.
He added: “Normally this has got something to do with a reflective lens flare, however, it does seem to be stationary.”

The strange object in the sky appears to be smaller than the sun, with its brightness still showing through the clouds.

The theorist claimed the light was seen, despite the video camera being moved around to prove it was not lens flare.

The video was uploaded to conspiracy theory Youtube channel 'MrMBB333’ and has already been viewed over 120,000 times.

'I can't breathe.' Jamal Khashoggi's last words disclosed in transcript, source says

"I can't breathe." These were the final words uttered by Jamal Khashoggi after he was set upon by a Saudi hit squad at the country's consulate in Istanbul, according to a source briefed on the investigation into the killing of the Washington Post columnist.

The source, who has read a translated transcript of an audio recording of Khashoggi's painful last moments, said it was clear that the killing on October 2 was no botched rendition attempt, but the execution of a premeditated plan to murder the journalist.
During the course of the gruesome scene, the source describes Khashoggi struggling against a group of people determined to kill him.
"I can't breathe," Khashoggi says.
"I can't breathe."
"I can't breathe."
The transcript notes the sounds of Khashoggi's body being dismembered by a saw, as the alleged perpetrators are advised to listen to music to block out the sound.
And, according to the source, the transcript s…

Australian Police Warn That Apple Maps Could Get Someone Killed

"Police in Victoria, Australia warn that Apple's glitch-filled Maps app could get someone killed, after motorists looking for the Victorian city of Mildura were instead guided to a wilderness area. Relying on Apple Maps to navigate through rural Australia seems rather foolish but it has become common practice to rely on GPS navigation. Besides reverting to google maps, perhaps Apple should provide strong warnings to use other navigation sources if navigating to remote locations."

EARTHQUAKE WARNING: ‘Ground-splitting’ quake could hit TODAY warns forecaster

AN earthquake which has the potential to tear the ground OPEN could hit today, one self-proclaimed tremor mystic has claimed.

A planetary alignment over the last few days could cause a quake with a magnitude of 9 today, a conspiracy theorist has warned. Earth has become positioned between Venus and Uranus and the gravitational tug from each planet could cause a potentially civilisation ending earthquake. This is according to ‘New-age earthquake forecasting’ website Ditrianum, run by researcher Frank Hoogerbeets, who said an earthquake which is registers at 8.8 on the richter scale is predicted.

The gravitational pull of the celestial bodies either side of our planet could pull on Earth’s tectonic plates, according to the prediction.

Mr Hoogerbeets says that as the plates are tugged apart, they could cause earthquakes around the globe– and it could happen today.

Originally, the earthquake forecaster said the tremor will strike on December 9 or 10, but as yesterday passed without a meg…

Google launches AI-driven audio news feed

Google said Thursday it was launching a radio-style, on-demand audio news feed available on smart speakers, personalized with the help of artificial intelligence.

The technology giant said it had partnerships with more than a dozen news organizations to deliver an audio feed in the same manner as its smartphone news feed.

"This new experience will bring you an audio news playlist assembled in that moment, for you," Google product manager Liz Gannes said in a blog post.

"It starts with a briefing of top stories and updates on topics you care about, and extends into longer-form content that dives deeper into more stories."

Google Assistant, the AI program developed by the company, will manage the feed, allowing users to skip a story, go back or stop.

The project aims to transform audio news into a Netflix-like experience, available on demand with personalized recommendations.

"For the past century, radio has been a one-size-fits-all medium," Gannes wrote.

Brain implants might one day help paralyzed patients use tablets

Paralyzed people might one day be able to operate smartphones and tablets just by thinking about the actions they want to perform, with help from sensors implanted in their brains, a recent experiment suggests.

While previous experiments have had some success using brain sensors paired with customized computers to help paralyzed patients type up to eight words a minute, the current test focused on making it possible for these patients to use tablets and smartphones right out of the box without any special modifications, said lead author Dr. Jaimie Henderson of the Stanford University School of Medicine in California.

“We are still likely a number of years away from having a fully implantable, FDA-approved device that would be available for widespread use,” Henderson said by email. “However, I’m convinced that most of the technological hurdles have been solved and that we will one day in the near future see assistive devices that allow people with paralysis to control a computer using…

The Great Pyramid of Giza was an 'Energy Machine', shock claim

THE Great Pyramid of Giza was not a tomb as commonly thought but was actually an ancient machine, it has been sensationally claimed.

It’s the last surviving of the Seven Wonders of the World and has both wowed and baffled visitors for thousands of years. The 481ft high structure is located on the Giza plateau along with two smaller pyramids and the Sphinx. Mystery surrounds how the structure, built between 2580 and 2560BC, was erected and what it was actually used for. A Netflix documentary, The Pyramid Code, seeks to answer these mysteries. And there are some incredible claims within the show. Carmen Boulter, director of the documentary, said she had doubts that the pyramid was used as a tomb. She said: “Why in the Great Pyramid are there no frescoes, there’s nothing, no decorations at all? “Now, some people have proposed the idea that the pyramids are actually energy machines. "So I liken this to the fact that you wouldn’t put a decoration inside your oven.” John Deering,electro…

‘No-surrender’: French rebels return to Paris for Act IV

PARIS: Back they came to Paris, despite appeals by authorities for moderate members of the “yellow vest” anti-government rebellion to stay home on Saturday, to avoid giving cover to hooligans.

In by now familiar scenes, the provincial poor and struggling middle classes poured into the capital for a fourth round of protests over taxes and inequality.

As the slogan scrawled on one yellow vest summed it up: “No-surrender, change-resistant Gauls, Act IV”.

The slogan was a dig at a remark by President Emmanuel Macron during a visit to Denmark this summer where he praised the Danes’ “flexisecurity’ labour model, contrasting it with the “Gauls who are resistant to change”.

But change is exactly what the protesters who piled onto the Champs-Elysees boulevard are demanding.

They want a change of government policies which they see as favouring the rich, a change in a government seen as too technocratic, and for some, a change at the very top.

“Macron, resign!” chanted the demonstrators, who al…

Listen to the Sound of Mars wind captured by NASA's Insight Lander

The sound of wind blowing across the surface of Mars has been recorded for the first time.

Nasa's latest spacecraft, the InSight lander, captured the "haunting low rumble" of Martian winds on 1 December, in a landmark moment for space exploration.

The InSight spacecraft landed on the Red Planet just ten days ago.

The Mars lander's sensors detected vibrations from the wind, which is thought to have been blowing at between 10 to 15 mph, northwest to southeast.

Nasa said that the direction of the wind was consistent with the direction of dust devil streaks which had been observed in the area.

"Capturing this audio was an unplanned treat," said Bruce Banerdt, the InSight team's principal investigator at Nasa.

"But one of the things our mission is dedicated to is measuring motion on Mars, and naturally that includes motion caused by sound waves."

The wind vibrations were recorded in different ways on two of the spacecraft's sensors.

An air pre…

Is Christmas busy for Sex Workers?

You might think the Christmas spirit is in full swing, with Aussies feeling mischievous and merry. But is it a busy time for a sex worker?

You might think the Christmas spirit is in full swing, with Aussies feeling mischievous and merry. But is it a busy time for a sex worker?


I might be in a minority here, but I happen to love Christmas.

From the constant visual assault of twinkling rainbow lights to the ever-present audio loop of Christmas carols in every store and mall, I’m a sucker for everything festive.

I simply adore making a list of my loved ones and setting off to find them each the perfect gift, I swoon at the thought of spending the night in watching Christmas films under the watchful glow of the baubles on the tree and when it comes to Christmas-themed food, I simply can’t get enough.

In fact, I unashamedly love anything tacky, commercial, and cheap so come December 1, slap on some faux-snow decorations and a pair of jingling bells and I’ll be first in line to buy…