Taboo-breaker: Aussie senator breastfeeds while passing motion in Parliament (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Taboo-breaker: Aussie senator breastfeeds while passing motion in Parliament (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Taboo-breaker: Aussie senator breastfeeds while passing motion in Parliament (VIDEO, PHOTOS) Get short URL An Australian politician has become the first woman to breastfeed while passing a motion in the country’s Senate. Last month, Greens Senator for Queensland Larissa Waters became the first woman to breastfeed within the Federal Parliament. And she took it one step further Thursday by feeding daughter Alia while holding court on the subject of black lung disease.
Colleagues hailed Waters for her taboo-breaking actions, with Green party leader Senator Richard Di Natale leading the praise.
Following the motion, Waters took to Twitter to share her thoughts.
She did the same after her ground-breaking decision to breast feed her baby in Parliament in May.
“We need more women and parents in Parliament. And we need more family-friendly and flexible workplaces, and affordable childcare, for everyone,” the senator said at the time.
Baby Alia has been a regular in the parliamentary chamber si..

End of the road: China’s futuristic ‘straddling’ bus test site demolished

End of the road: China’s futuristic ‘straddling’ bus test site demolished

End of the road: China’s futuristic ‘straddling’ bus test site demolished Get short URL China’s innovative plan to tackle air pollution has come to an abrupt end after local media reported that the test site of the state’s controversial ‘straddling bus’ is being demolished. The Transit Elevated Bus – essentially a metro system that arches above cars – hit headlines last year after it was unveiled at a tech expo in Beijing. Referred to as the ‘straddling bus’, the 22-meter long (72ft), 4.2-meter high (14ft) rail vehicle was hailed as the future of transport.
Now, the project has been scrapped, according to China News Service. Work has reportedly begun to demolish the specially built testing site in Qinhuangdao City in north China's Hebei Province. This process is expected to be complete by the end of the month.
According to the state run news agency, the Beidaihe District government refused developer TEB Technology’s appeal to extend the land contract which is due to expire in Jul..

Hazardous plaything? Parents demand ban on ‘toothpick crossbows’

Hazardous plaything? Parents demand ban on ‘toothpick crossbows’

Hazardous plaything? Parents demand ban on ‘toothpick crossbows’ Get short URL What could possibly go wrong in a classroom full of kids armed with weapons capable of firing pointy projectiles? Parents are calling for the Chinese government to intervene so they don’t have to find out. ‘Toothpick crossbows’ have officially replaced fidget spinners as the must-have toy for children in China – but concerned parents are now calling for them to be banned.
READ MORE: Bavarian teen probed for shooting at Thai king with toy gun
The popular toys are widely available in toy shops and online for as little as 10 yuan ($1.46), Shanghai Daily reports. And shop owners told the newspaper that they’re selling out quickly.
While the miniature medieval weapon may look small, it packs a powerful punch. Tests carried out by Shanghai Daily showed that toothpicks fired from the bow easily pierced a balloon and cardboard. Ominously, the paper also revealed that when the tiny timber toothpick is replaced with a..

#Vault7: CIA’s secret cyberweapon can infiltrate world’s most secure networks

#Vault7: CIA’s secret cyberweapon can infiltrate world’s most secure networks

#Vault7: CIA’s secret cyberweapon can infiltrate world’s most secure networks Get short URL WikiLeaks’ latest release in its Vault7 series details how the CIA’s alleged ‘Brutal Kangaroo’ program is being used to penetrate the most secure networks in the world. Brutal Kangaroo, a tool suite for Microsoft Windows, targets closed air gapped networks by using thumb drives, according to WikiLeaks.
Air gapping is a security measure employed on one or more computers to ensure that a secure computer network is physically isolated from unsecured networks.
These networks are used by financial institutions, military and intelligence agencies, the nuclear power industry, as well as even some advanced news networks to protect sources, according to La Repubblica journalist Stefania Maurizi.
READ MORE: ‘CIA’s Cherry Bomb’: WikiLeaks #Vault7 reveals wireless network targets
These newly released documents show how closed networks not connected to the internet can be compromised by this malware. However..

‘Jaw-dropping’: Rare total solar eclipse will ‘bring people to tears’

‘Jaw-dropping’: Rare total solar eclipse will ‘bring people to tears’

‘Jaw-dropping’: Rare total solar eclipse will ‘bring people to tears’ Get short URL The US is set to experience its first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in almost a century on August 21 – giving millions of Americans the chance to observe the rare celestial event. NASA revealed details and viewing advice for the upcoming eclipse, which will see the moon pass between the sun and Earth, casting a dark shadow and making visible the solar corona – the sun’s normally obscured atmosphere, as well as bright stars and planets.
A total of 14 states from Oregon in the west to South Carolina in the east will experience more than two minutes of darkness in the middle of the day over a span of almost two hours.
This will be the first total eclipse in the US since 1979 and the first coast-to-coast eclipse since 1918.
The US will be the only country to experience the total eclipse. International visitors, however, are expected to descend on the country for the rare chance to see the sun disappear..

Forgetting actually makes you smarter – study

Forgetting actually makes you smarter – study

Forgetting actually makes you smarter – study Get short URL The inability to remember has long been considered a failure of the brain, but a new study has found that our brains are actively working to forget memories in order to retain the truly important information. In fact, the study’s researchers believe the brain is not designed to keep memories intact, but its actual purpose is to only hold onto valuable information to optimize intelligent decision making overtime.
“It's important that the brain forgets irrelevant details and instead focuses on the stuff that's going to help make decisions in the real world,” says Blake Richards, author of the study and associate fellow in the Learning in Machines and Brains program.
READ MORE: Daily dose of cannabis extract could help memory in old age – study
The new University of Toronto paper was published Wednesday in the Neuron journal. Paul Frankland, a senior fellow at CIFAR's Child & Brain Development program, who was also..

Satellite images show devastating extent of Portugal forest fire (BEFORE & AFTER PHOTOS)

Satellite images show devastating extent of Portugal forest fire (BEFORE & AFTER PHOTOS)

Satellite images show devastating extent of Portugal forest fire (BEFORE & AFTER PHOTOS) Get short URL The magnitude of the deadliest forest fire to strike Portugal has been laid bare in dramatic satellite imagery. The inferno that swept through central Portugal, killing 64 people and injuring more than 150 others, was finally extinguished Wednesday, reports Reuters.
The initial fire, caused by lightning strike, erupted Saturday about 200km (125 miles) north of Lisbon and spread at speed to overcome victims as they attempted to flee.
READ MORE: ‘Biggest tragedy in years’: At least 62 killed, 59 injured in Portugal forest fires (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
The largest blaze ever registered in the country, near the town of Pedrogao Grande, was extinguished Wednesday but the several other fires continue to burn to the north of the town.
However, the abnormally high temperatures Portugal has been experiencing – and which exacerbated the flames – are expected to drop in the coming days, helping firefigh..

Tropical Storm Cindy batters US Gulf Coast (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Tropical Storm Cindy batters US Gulf Coast (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Tropical Storm Cindy batters US Gulf Coast (PHOTOS, VIDEO) Get short URL A massive tropical storm is pounding much of the US Gulf Coast, with areas across six states in the southeastern US experiencing potentially life-threatening floods. Tropical Storm Cindy, which stretches from San Luis Pass, Texas, to Orlando, Florida, is expected to dump as much as 5 to 12 inches of rain in some areas over the coming days.
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey reacted to the threat of dangerous high tides and torrential rains by issuing a state of emergency Tuesday, while the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has said it is moving 125,000 meals and 200,000 liters of water into Louisiana.
The storm has also sparked evacuations at oil rigs and platforms. A weather warning has been issued for Galveston Bay in Texas – the site of the only active liquefied natural gas export terminal in the lower 48 states – according to Bloomberg.
Tornadoes, too, have been reported in southern Louisiana and the Florida ..

65ft tall, 125 million years old: Scientists unearth fossils of enormous dinosaur (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

65ft tall, 125 million years old: Scientists unearth fossils of enormous dinosaur (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

65ft tall, 125 million years old: Scientists unearth fossils of enormous dinosaur (VIDEO, PHOTOS) Get short URL Researchers have uncovered the fossils of one of the largest dinosaurs to ever walk on the Earth – remains which they believe could belong to a previously undiscovered species. Paleontologists digging near the city of Morella in eastern Spain discovered the remains of a gigantic dinosaur which would have measured a staggering 20-meters (65 ft) from head to tail.
The team unearthed over 80 bones belonging to the same dinosaur, Spanish newspaper El Pais reports. Included in this haul were two femurs, a humerus, other parts of limbs and vertebrae from the tail of a sauropod dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous period.
Sauropods were giant plant-eaters with a distinctive long neck. The largest animal to ever walk the Earth, the brachiosaurus, was a type of Sauropod.
From studying the prehistoric remains, researchers were able to determine that the giant plant eater survived on the..

Giant squid wraps tentacles around paddleboard, knocks beachgoer into water (VIDEO)

Giant squid wraps tentacles around paddleboard, knocks beachgoer into water (VIDEO)

Giant squid wraps tentacles around paddleboard, knocks beachgoer into water (VIDEO) Get short URL Incredible footage shows the moment an injured giant squid wrapped its tentacles around a paddleboard and knocked the surprised rider into the sea. The heart-stopping encounter happened near Melkbosstrand, on the south west coast of South Africa, after beachgoer James Taylor spotted the injured creature in the water.
Taylor wrote on Instagram that he wanted to bring the cephalopod to the beach as it was badly hurt.
Read more The video shows Taylor lowering a rope to the giant sea creature – but he was caught off guard by the tentacles animal when it clung on to his board, eventually toppling Taylor.
The video cuts off suddenly, leaving the well being of the squid a mystery but Taylor reveals in the comments of his post that it did not survive.
“Unfortunately it was very badly injured. Had lost a couple of tentacles and had some bite marks on the upper part of its body so it didn't ma..

Stonehenge summer solstice attracts pagans, revellers – and armed police (PHOTOS,VIDEO)

Stonehenge summer solstice attracts pagans, revellers – and armed police (PHOTOS,VIDEO)

Stonehenge summer solstice attracts pagans, revellers – and armed police (PHOTOS,VIDEO) Get short URL Thousands of sun worshippers gathered at Stonehenge in the early hours Wednesday to celebrate the summer solstice – and in light of recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London, armed police were also on hand to keep watch on proceedings. An estimated 13,000 people watched the sun rise over the ancient monument in Wiltshire, southwest England, according to event organizers English Heritage.
Stonehenge is thought to be a prehistoric temple aligned with the movement of the sun.
It has become a popular destination for pagan-style celebrations and is often graced with revellers dressed in druid robes and flower garlands for key occasions.
READ MORE: Pagans celebrate first day of spring at Stonehenge during vernal equinox (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)
Extra security arrangements were put in place for this year’s ceremonial event, with armed police on patrol.
“This year, following recent terror att..

Activists clash with traders as Chinese Dog Meat Festival gets underway (VIDEOS)

Activists clash with traders as Chinese Dog Meat Festival gets underway (VIDEOS)

Activists clash with traders as Chinese Dog Meat Festival gets underway (VIDEOS) Get short URL China’s notorious Yulin Lychee and Dog Meat Festival is underway despite earlier claims that the controversial event, which celebrates eating dog meat, would be banned this year. Animal activists are engaging in stand offs with meat trucks en route to Yulin in China’s southern province of Guangxi. It is believed many of the dogs sold at the festival are stolen.
The festival opened Wednesday after Chinese authorities reached a compromise with vendors in which each stall would only display two dog carcasses, AFP reports.
Authorities told the media they have no power to ban the event, which is not officially sanctioned by the government, as eating dog meat is not illegal in the country.
Tense scenes have been reported at the Dongkou and Nanqiao markets where Beijing-based journalist Marcel Wink claimed foreign attendees were being watched closely by vendors.
The festival began in 2010 and is tra..

South and North Korea may team up in 2018 Winter Olympic peace plan

South and North Korea may team up in 2018 Winter Olympic peace plan

South and North Korea may team up in 2018 Winter Olympic peace plan Get short URL South Korea’s sports minister wants to create an inter-Korean hockey team with neighbors North Korea to compete in next year’s Winter Olympic Games. The proposal, which would amalgamate North and South Korea’s women’s hockey teams, is one of a number of efforts at rapprochement ahead of the February opening of the Games in the South Korean town of Pyeonchang.
Reports also suggest that some skiing events could even be moved north of the border.
Do Jong-hwan, who was appointed minister of culture, sports and tourism last week, plans to discuss the plan with Chang Ung, North Korea’s IOC representative, at the World Taekwondo Championships in Muju in South Korea’s North Jeolla Province.
“North Korea says the Masikryong Ski Resort was built according to global standards, and I intend to discuss this with Chang,” Do told the Chosunilbo. “I’m also thinking about the Olympic torch passing through Kaesong or Pyong..

ISIS-inspired toy set draws strong rebuke from LEGO (PHOTOS)

ISIS-inspired toy set draws strong rebuke from LEGO (PHOTOS)

ISIS-inspired toy set draws strong rebuke from LEGO (PHOTOS) Get short URL Danish toymaker LEGO has condemned the production of counterfeit toy sets featuring Islamic State-themed (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) fighters armed with chainsaws and bombs. The ‘Falcon Commandos’ set, which pitches “information intelligence officers” against the IS jihadists, is part of a whole series of Lego knock-offs being sold online via a Chinese retailer.
READ MORE: 11yo ‘Cyber Ninja’ weaponizes Teddy Bear live on stage at tech conference (VIDEO, PHOTOS)
Images on the front of the box show toy IS fighters tossing sticks of dynamite, complete with countdown timers, and launching a flaming barrel of oil from a catapult. Another image shows a militant fighter armed with a chainsaw looking at a man’s decapitated head. The miniature militants also carry black IS flags and reportedly hold a banner displaying the words “Allah” and “Muhammed.”
Lego spokesperson Camilla Pedersen was keen to stress to RT.com that the ..

LEGO condemns ISIS-inspired counterfeit toy sets (PHOTOS)

LEGO condemns ISIS-inspired counterfeit toy sets (PHOTOS)

LEGO condemns ISIS-inspired counterfeit toy sets (PHOTOS) Get short URL Danish toymaker LEGO has condemned the production of counterfeit toy sets featuring Islamic State-themed (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) fighters armed with chainsaws and bombs. The ‘Falcon Commandos’ set, which pitches “information intelligence officers” against the IS jihadists, is part of a whole series of Lego knock-offs being sold online via a Chinese retailer.
READ MORE: 11yo ‘Cyber Ninja’ weaponizes Teddy Bear live on stage at tech conference (VIDEO, PHOTOS)
Images on the front of the box show toy IS fighters tossing sticks of dynamite, complete with countdown timers, and launching a flaming barrel of oil from a catapult. Another image shows a militant fighter armed with a chainsaw looking at a man’s decapitated head. The miniature militants also carry black IS flags and reportedly hold a banner displaying the words “Allah” and “Muhammed.”
Lego spokesperson Camilla Pedersen was keen to stress to RT.com that the toy..

Viewers hit ‘dislike’ on #MoreThanARefugee YouTube campaign

Viewers hit ‘dislike’ on #MoreThanARefugee YouTube campaign

Viewers hit ‘dislike’ on #MoreThanARefugee YouTube campaign Get short URL A YouTube video seeking to highlight the plight of refugees and promote tolerance has provoked the exact opposite response as an overwhelming number of viewers hit ‘dislike’. The video, which is titled #MoreThanARefugee, is part of a series created by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in partnership with YouTube. Seven well-known YouTube creators were invited to tell refugees’ stories to mark World Refugee Day Tuesday.
The latest video, which has attracted most of the negative attention, features a young Iraqi girl called Maryam now in Serbia, Palestinian Hasan now in Greece, and Catherine from Sudan, now a refugee in Uganda.
The refugees tell viewers about their interests and about being forced to leave their homelands because of war and violence. The video has been viewed nearly six million times since it was published Tuesday. At the time of writing, more than 230,000 people have disliked it, while appr..

Doomsdayers on edge as quake ‘swarm’ rocks Yellowstone supervolcano

Doomsdayers on edge as quake ‘swarm’ rocks Yellowstone supervolcano

Doomsdayers on edge as quake ‘swarm’ rocks Yellowstone supervolcano Get short URL The supervolcano under Yellowstone National Park has once again become a point of focus for doomsdayers after scientists picked up some ominous earthquake activity this month. Scientists from the University of Utah, responsible for monitoring the supervolcano in Wyoming, said a “swarm” of 464 earthquakes began on June 12 – the biggest being a 4.5 magnitude shudder on June 15.
“The epicenter of the shock was located in Yellowstone National Park, eight miles north-northeast of the town of West Yellowstone, Montana,” UU scientists said in a statement. “The earthquake was reported felt in the towns of West Yellowstone and Gardiner, Montana, in Yellowstone National Park, and elsewhere in the surrounding region.”
The 4.5 magnitude quake is the largest to hit the supervolcano since a 4.8 quake struck in March 2014. Scientists noted that the “energetic sequence of earthquakes… included approximately 30 earthquak..

Heartwarming moment elephants team up to save drowning calf caught on camera (VIDEO)

Heartwarming moment elephants team up to save drowning calf caught on camera (VIDEO)

Heartwarming moment elephants team up to save drowning calf caught on camera (VIDEO) Get short URL Footage of a pair of elephants saving a drowning calf in a spectacular display of teamwork is melting hearts worldwide. The clip shows a calf standing by the enclosure pool in South Korea’s Seoul Grand Park enjoying a refreshing drink before taking a tumble and falling into the water.
The baby’s mother looks on in horror before frantically trying to reach the calf who flounders in the pool, struggling to keep its trunk above the water.
Another nearby elephant rushes to give assistance but, unable to reach it with their trunks, they’re left with no choice but to wade into the water to fetch the youngster, flanking either side of the calf, dragging it out of the water and seconds later are seen herding it back to dry land.

Bali tourists fed poisoned dog meat regularly new investigation reveals

Bali tourists fed poisoned dog meat regularly new investigation reveals

Bali tourists fed poisoned dog meat regularly new investigation reveals Get short URL A new investigation has revealed unsuspecting tourists in Bali have been served dog meat in their dinner instead of chicken. The probe, which aired on Australia’s ABC and led by Animals Australia, revealed dogs are regularly cooked up and served to unsuspecting tourists. It is legal to sell dog meat in Bali.
According to the investigation, many of the dogs are poisoned, raising questions about the potential health risk to humans. Dogs were also allegedly bludgeoned and strangled.
The four-month investigation was led by a man calling himself Luke, who infiltrated Bali’s dog meat trade by posing as a documentary maker.
“I began the investigation by pinpointing and getting to know the key players in Bali's completely unregulated dog-meat industry,” he said. “Eventually, they invited me to join them as their gangs stole, hunted, poisoned and killed dogs.”
Luke’s footage shows dogs being rounded up a..

India arrests 15 men for ‘sedition’ after cheering Pakistan in cricket final victory

India arrests 15 men for ‘sedition’ after cheering Pakistan in cricket final victory

India arrests 15 men for ‘sedition’ after cheering Pakistan in cricket final victory Get short URL At least 15 people have been arrested in India on sedition charges for shouting “anti-India and pro-Pakistan” slogans during the ICC Champions Trophy final between the rival cricket-mad nations Sunday. The men, aged 19-35, were denied bail in a Madhya Pradesh court where they were charged under section 124A (sedition) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code. They were later transferred to the Khandwa district jail.
Relations between India and Pakistan remain tense, particularly in the disputed Kashmir region where a series of high profile incidents have heightened tensions in recent months.
The men were allegedly charged for the anti-India and not the pro-Pakistan slogans.
The charge of sedition is among the most severe under Indian law as the accused must surrender their passports, appear in court as and when ordered, while paying legal fees throughout the entire process…

Uber driver fined $250 in Miami for not speaking English

Uber driver fined $250 in Miami for not speaking English

Uber driver fined $250 in Miami for not speaking English Get short URL An Uber driver was fined $250 at Miami International Airport on Sunday for not understanding English. Carmen Echevarria had dropped a passenger off at the airport when, according to CBS, an airport worker told Echavarria to move her car, which she didn’t understand. Echavarria speaks Spanish as her first language.
“She said, ‘I don’t know what you’re doing working for Uber if you don’t speak English.’” Echavarria said. “I did understand that part of the conversation.”
An inspector then came over to fine her, and Echevarria recorded the incident on her phone. Telemundo 51 acquired cellphone footage of the incident.
“I felt discriminated against,” Echevarria told Telemundo 51. “I asked (the passenger sitting in the car) ‘Can you please help translate what she is saying?’ Then she asked why, if I was an Uber driver, I didn’t speak English.”
“I said 'I'm sorry,' so she called the inspector who also conf..

Clerk stabs suspect while defending his store in violent robbery (VIDEO)

Clerk stabs suspect while defending his store in violent robbery (VIDEO)

Clerk stabs suspect while defending his store in violent robbery (VIDEO) Get short URL A violent brawl laid waste to half of a gas station convenience store in Florida on Sunday after a man demanded the clerk hand over the cash in the register. The brave clerk attempted to fight the suspect off with a baseball bat before he was overpowered. The suspect, identified by police as Dwayne Eubanks, fought the Sunoco gas station clerk at approximately 5:45am local time on June 18. Initially it was just hand-to-hand combat before things quickly escalated when the unnamed clerk reached for a baseball bat to defend himself.
“I’m very glad and thankful that he didn’t get hurt at all because it could have ended up in a bad way for him,” Anthony Patterson told WFTS local news, after his co-worker was attacked early Sunday morning.
The two men wreaked havoc throughout the store as they fought over the bat. When Eubanks successfully wrested the bat from the store clerk's grasp, the shopkeeper st..

The month of Ramadan is a month full of blessings to all Muslims

The month of Ramadan is a month full of blessings to all Muslims

  By Yusuf Abubaker Without any doubt month of Ramadan is a blessing month to all Muslims all over the world.In this month, many try to do good, The rich helps the poor, And this year as usual Muslims around the world dedicated little they had to those who could […]

Hitler busts among Nazi relics found in secret room in Argentina (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Hitler busts among Nazi relics found in secret room in Argentina (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Hitler busts among Nazi relics found in secret room in Argentina (PHOTOS, VIDEO) Get short URL A treasure trove of Nazi-era paraphernalia has been discovered in a secret room behind a bookcase in Argentina, lending further weight that top Third Reich officials fled to the country at the close of World War II. Argentine Federal Police (PFA) confiscated numerous historical artifacts belonging to Nazi Germany, as well as objects of Asian and Egyptian origin, in Buenos Aires as they conducted a recovery operation dubbed “Near East.”
Among the 75 Nazi-era pieces recovered were Adolf Hitler busts, silver statues, boxes carrying swastika engravings and imperial eagles as well as macabre medical devices, and toys that were used to indoctrinate children.
Authorities believe that the items are originals and were smuggled into Argentina by high-ranking Nazi officials at the end of the war.
“Our first investigations indicate that these are original pieces,” Argentine Security Minister Patricia Bul..

Canadian mom demands ‘white doctor who doesn’t have brown teeth’ in racist rant (VIDEO)

Canadian mom demands ‘white doctor who doesn’t have brown teeth’ in racist rant (VIDEO)

Canadian mom demands ‘white doctor who doesn’t have brown teeth’ in racist rant (VIDEO) Get short URL A shocking video showing a mother’s racist rant at a walk-in Canadian clinic shows stunned staff and patients attempting to deal with her demands to see a “white doctor” who “doesn’t have brown teeth and speaks English.” The four-minute video was posted to social media on Sunday by Hitesh Bhardwaj, who recorded the disturbing incident at Rapid Access to Medical Specialists in Mississauga in Ontario, Canada.
When told no white doctors were presently on duty, the unidentified woman, wearing a yellow top and black jeans, asks a staff member: “What type of horrible country do I live in?”
“Being white in this country I should just shoot myself,” she adds.
“My kid is part not white so can we get somebody to see him that at least speaks English?” the woman says to the English-speaking staff member. “We want somebody Canadian to see him, there must be one person?” to which the staff member res..

‘Happiest People on Earth’: Take a rare peek inside North Korea in RT’s new doc (360 VIDEOS)

‘Happiest People on Earth’: Take a rare peek inside North Korea in RT’s new doc (360 VIDEOS)

‘Happiest People on Earth’: Take a rare peek inside North Korea in RT’s new doc (360 VIDEOS) Get short URL RT’s latest documentary ‘The Happiest People on Earth’ gives a rare and immersive inside look at the world’s most-isolated country, North Korea. It airs Wednesday, June 21. Our documentary team recently visited the land of the ‘Great Marshall’, Kim Jong-un, as the nation celebrates the birthdays of his two predecessors, supreme leaders Kim Jong-il and Kim Il-sung.
We returned with some amazing images, including 10 pieces of 360-degree footage taken at some of the iconic sights, which can be viewed below, giving an even more immersive look at the country and how it operates.
Some of the highlights include a visit to the sanctuary of sciences in the center of Pyongyang.
North Korea’s national dances, in which thousands of citizens come together to dance and sing in unison.
And of course the parade celebrating 105 years since Kim Il-sung’s birth.
All 10 of the 360 videos can be view..

Bizarre asexual, glow-in-the-dark sea creatures invade Pacific (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)

Bizarre asexual, glow-in-the-dark sea creatures invade Pacific (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)

Bizarre asexual, glow-in-the-dark sea creatures invade Pacific (VIDEOS, PHOTOS) Get short URL A party of pyrosomes invading the Pacific is causing great concern that the non-native creature could damage the area's food chain. Millions of the translucent, cucumber-shaped species have been spotted much further north than their usual haunts. Typically found in the Tropics, pyrosomes – meaning ‘fire bodies’ due to their bioluminescence – have been spotted in the waters off Alaska and British Columbia. One fisherman told National Geographic that when he dragged up 50 fishing hooks they were on almost every one.
“It got to the point where they couldn't effectively fish,” Leon Shaul of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said.
In Oregon a research team managed to gather 60,000 of the creatures in just five minutes during a trawl, reported CBC.
In British Columbia they’ve been measured between 8 and 60cm in length, much smaller than their potential growth length of 10 meters in wa..

Lava love: Dinosaurs have volcanic activity to thank for world domination

Lava love: Dinosaurs have volcanic activity to thank for world domination

Lava love: Dinosaurs have volcanic activity to thank for world domination Get short URL Dinosaurs are in debt to volcanoes, which, thanks to a prolonged period of activity, caused a mass extinction that allowed the reptiles to thrive. A new study found that Triceratops can thank “fire fountains and lava flows” for its one-time existence. Researchers examined the mercury content of rocks dating from the end of the Triassic period, around 200 million years ago, which preceded the Jurassic period in which dinosaurs became the dominant species on land.
Five of the six samples, sourced from the UK, Austria, Argentina, Greenland, Canada, and Morocco, were found to show a large increase in mercury content at the end of the Triassic period.
Mercury levels can be used to determine the level of volcanic activity at a given time. When eruptions take place, mercury spreads through the atmosphere before being deposited in sediments in the ground.
The intensity of the heightened period of volcanic a..

Russian daredevil detained on rooftop after climbing Moscow skyscraper (VIDEOS)

Russian daredevil detained on rooftop after climbing Moscow skyscraper (VIDEOS)

Russian daredevil detained on rooftop after climbing Moscow skyscraper (VIDEOS) Get short URL The self-styled “Russian Spiderman” conquering a 72-story building in the capital’s Moscow City business center has been met by police and emergencies services on the rooftop. The stunt was filmed by his friends, who were raising money for an inevitable fine. “I’ve been [climbing tall buildings] for seven to eight years now,” Sergey Devlyashov told Life as he walked out of a police station, where he was charged with an administrative offense and handed a fine.
“But this is my first skyscraper. Before I’d only climbed buildings as tall as 40-45 floors,” Sergey added.
Dozens gathered to witness the climbing stunt once Devlyashov began ascending the 309-meter-tall (1,013 feet) Eurasia Tower on Sunday. The entire event, broadcast live on YouTube, raised the alarm among the authorities, who rushed to help the climber make it to safety.
Emergency Ministry units arrived at the scene and lowered safet..

Florida man fights off shotgun-wielding armed robbers with machete (PHOTO, VIDEO)

Florida man fights off shotgun-wielding armed robbers with machete (PHOTO, VIDEO)

Florida man fights off shotgun-wielding armed robbers with machete (PHOTO, VIDEO) Get short URL Five men have been arrested after an attempted burglary went horribly wrong in Saratosa, Florida last Thursday. Police have released dramatic footage showing a homeowner with a machete face down intruders armed with a shotgun. Police received initial reports of a suspicious person with a firearm outside a home on Dodge Avenue, Saratosa at approximately 4:45am local time.
While deputies were en route they received reports that not only had the homeowner fended off the attackers, armed with a shotgun, a machete and a crowbar, but he had also disarmed one of them while carrying out a citizen’s arrest.
When police arrived on scene, the homeowner advised the deputies that the two other suspects had fled. Based on his description of the suspects’ vehicle, police quickly found and arrested the remaining would-be burglars.
A total of five suspects were arrested and interviewed by Saratosa detective..

Ancient Viking toilet found in Denmark, fecal analysis dates it at 1,000 years old

Ancient Viking toilet found in Denmark, fecal analysis dates it at 1,000 years old

Ancient Viking toilet found in Denmark, fecal analysis dates it at 1,000 years old Get short URL Archaeologists have unearthed a 1,000-year-old Viking toilet in Denmark containing feces, staining all previously held beliefs about the bathroom habits of rural Vikings. According to radiocarbon dating of the feces layer, the loo dates back to the Viking Age (late 8th to mid 11th century), reported Science Nordic.
The toilet, essentially a deep hole in the ground, was discovered in a Viking settlement on Stevns, Denmark.
Scientific analyses of the sediments accumulated in the two-meter (6.5 ft) hole confirmed that they were indeed human feces.
READ MORE: Discovery of huge Viking camp reveals secrets of Norse armies in medieval England
“It was a totally random find. We were looking for pit houses—semi-subterranean workshop huts—and it really looked like that from the surface,” Anna Beck from the Museum of Southeast Denmark told Science Nordic.
“But we soon realized that it was something to..

Incredible Moment Puppy Who Appears To Be Made Of Stone Is Comforted By His Brother

Incredible Moment Puppy Who Appears To Be Made Of Stone Is Comforted By His Brother

A tiny puppy was brought to into South Carolina shelter as a stray and upon his arrival, he could not stand or walk.
Rescue organization, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC were immediately notified of the puppy’s condition and they sprung into action trying to help him. Naming him Jeremy, rescuers took the dog and brought him to the organization’s emergency veterinary hospital, where co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC said, “Our hearts are breaking for Jeremy.”

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“He looks like he is made of stone with those sad eyes peering out begging for help. They got a central line in, and he’s getting albumen (protein) and blood transfusions along with dextrose. His body temp is low again. He did not deserve this,” she continued.

Jeremy’s red blood count was extremely low and his body temperature was high, but even with blood transfusions, his blood count remained constant. In addition, Jeremy’s skin was so damaged from mange and dehydration, that it was nearly impossible to ins..

16yo texted mother moments before being mauled to death by black bear in Alaska

16yo texted mother moments before being mauled to death by black bear in Alaska

16yo texted mother moments before being mauled to death by black bear in Alaska Get short URL A 16-year-old trail runner was cornered and mauled to death by a black bear in Alaska on Sunday just moments after he texted his mother to send help. “I've been running in the mountains for 30 years,” race director Brad Precosky told KTUU News, adding that there had been multiple sightings of both brown and black bears in the area that day, hampering search and rescue efforts.
“People come down off the trail and say they've run into a bear. Sometimes that means nothing; other times, it's really serious. Like this,” said Precosky.
“There was a brown bear sighting, there was a black bear with cubs sighting,” Precosky said. “We didn’t know which was which.”
Precosky launched a search party of volunteers from the race when he was shown the message from the boy’s mother reports KTUU. The boy has yet to be identified.
Park rangers did shoot the reportedly 250lb (113kg) black bear in t..

Russian web studio posts ad to hire ‘fake programmer’

Russian web studio posts ad to hire ‘fake programmer’

Russian web studio posts ad to hire ‘fake programmer’ Get short URL A web studio in Tyumen, a city in the Russian Urals, has listed quite a job offer: they’re looking for a… fake programmer. The ideal candidate should be skinny, have a “worn sweater”, and wear glasses. The vacancy first emerged on Monday on one of the key job-searching websites, Zarplata.ru , translated from Russian as ‘salary’.
Read more The job includes being at the desk when a client comes in, then opening the html code, and, while looking attentively at the monitor, mumbling something like:
“Told them this should’ve been done on Framework [a programming model for building apps]!”, “Oh my God, no! Whew, I made a backup…” or “What kind of dumbhead wrote this code?!”
The phrases, the job offer also says, should be learnt by heart, and there will be monthly additions to the list.
So what would a perfect match look like, one wonders?
Well, a skinny, bespectacled kind of person, according to the job listing, also prefer..

NASA unveils 10 new worlds humans could one day call home (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

NASA unveils 10 new worlds humans could one day call home (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

NASA unveils 10 new worlds humans could one day call home (VIDEO, PHOTOS) Get short URL NASA's Kepler space telescope team have identified 219 new planet candidates, ten of which could prove to be humanity’s next great hopes of life among the stars. The exoplanets, planets which occupy space outside of our solar system, are all near-Earth size and occupy the habitable zones of their star systems where liquid water, the precursor for life, would pool on the surface rather than freeze.
The identified planets occupy the 'goldilocks' zone in orbit around their neighboring stars.
The Kepler team's findings were presented at a news conference Monday at NASA's Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, California and later published online.
The catalog is the cumulation of Kepler's first four years of operations and details a patch of sky in the Cygnus constellation. So far, Kepler has identified a total of 4,034 candidates, 2,335 of which have been officially verif..

Abandoned Dog Was So Matted His Leg Stuck To His Ear

Abandoned Dog Was So Matted His Leg Stuck To His Ear

A 6-year-old Lhasa Apso was abandoned by a heartless owner and was left to wander the streets of Leeds alone.
According to the Daily Mail, when dog warden, Harriet Chaplin learned about the homeless less, she alerted the RSPCA saying, “The dog was matted like no dog I had ever seen before. The mats were so bad they were pulling his skin off around the eye and his front leg was matted to his ear.”

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“I believe he was either dumped in this area or has come from a home nearby as I don’t think he could have wandered far in his state,” Chaplin continued.

Chaplin named the dog Soldier, and he was transferred to Dogs Trust Leeds, where rescuers began the difficult task of getting rid of his extremely matted fur, which caused him to live an uncomfortable life.

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Having not been groomed for several months, staff at Dogs Trust Leeds had to anesthetize him to cut away his coat so Soldier wouldn’t experience any further pain.

Amanda Sands, Manager of Dogs Trust, has ..

Teen Is Caught On Camera Viciously Swinging Dog By Neck

Teen Is Caught On Camera Viciously Swinging Dog By Neck

Warning: The following video contains footage that may be upsetting to some viewers.

A disturbing video has emerged of a teen forcefully swinging a puppy around by its neck. The video, which was posted on social media, shows the girl swinging the white puppy by the neck with a leash.
The dazed puppy is shown crouching on the floor after landing back on its feet and appears to be very distraught. The girl continues to swing the poor puppy in circles, and it is unclear as to why she is doing this, but we can guess it’s out of sheer ignorance. The girl laughs while she’s swinging the dog and so does the person filming the video.

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The RSPCA has instigated an investigation into the situation and the video has since been removed by Facebook. It is believed that the girl in the video is a 14-year-old teenager from the Devon town of Bovey Tracey.

According to the Daily Mail, before the video was taken down, hundreds of people left comments venting their fury at the girl. One ..

Nazi submachine gun found in traffic stop north of Sydney ahead of gun amnesty

Nazi submachine gun found in traffic stop north of Sydney ahead of gun amnesty

Nazi submachine gun found in traffic stop north of Sydney ahead of gun amnesty Get short URL A driver pulled over by police was found in possession of a submachine gun made by the Nazis. Around one million MP40s were built between 1940 and 1945, one of which found its way into a Holden Commodore 60 miles (96.5 km) north of Sydney. The driver was pulled over on Sunday and police found the gun, which was missing a barrel, along with 60 rounds of ammunition. Despite the missing barrel, the weapon was still in working order, police said in a statement.
Police released an image of the weapon which shows tape wrapped around its grip. The gun will undergo forensic examinations to investigate if it was used in any shootings.
The 40-year-old driver was arrested and charged with possessing a prohibited firearm and possessing ammunition without a permit.
On July 1, Australia will begin a three-month national gun amnesty, allowing people to hand in unregistered guns without penalty. An estimated 2..

Ticket to ride: Newborn baby gifted free flights for life after birth at 35,000ft

Ticket to ride: Newborn baby gifted free flights for life after birth at 35,000ft

Ticket to ride: Newborn baby gifted free flights for life after birth at 35,000ft Get short URL A newborn baby has received possibly the best birthday gift ever after being born mid-flight while travelling from Saudi Arabia to India. Jet Airways has gifted the baby boy with free flights for life. It was during the Sunday morning flight that the expectant mother went into labor. The soon-to-be frequent flier was born over the Arabian Sea at a height of 35,000 feet (10,668 meters) to an Indian woman from Kerala.
Thankfully for her, and the infant, a trained nurse was onboard and she and the crew safely delivered the child.
The Jet Airways plane then touched down in Mumbai where the pair were rushed to hospital and are reportedly in a stable condition.
“Being the first baby to be born in-flight for the airline, Jet Airways is pleased to offer the newborn a free lifetime pass for all his travel on Jet Airways,” the airline said in a statement, as cited by the Hindustan Times.
This is not ..

Great escape: 4 prisoners dig way to freedom from Bali prison

Great escape: 4 prisoners dig way to freedom from Bali prison

Great escape: 4 prisoners dig way to freedom from Bali prison Get short URL Four prisoners dug their way out of Bali’s Kerobokan jail via a tunnel and remain at large. Prison guards discovered the men were missing on Monday morning. A 40cm-diameter tunnel was found behind the jail’s clinic, close to a guard tower.
READ MORE: Nearly 1,000 inmates escape prison after militant attack in Congo
The men include Australian Shaun Davidson, who was locked up for using a fraudulent travel document and only had two months left to serve of his one-year sentence. An Indian man, Saye Mohammed Said, was serving 14 years for drug offences, Malaysian Tee Kok King was serving seven-and-a-half years for drug offences and Bulgarian Dimitar Nikolov Iliev was doing seven years for money laundering.
“We found a hole behind the clinic to the outside, underground,” the corrections chief at the Law and Human Rights Ministry, Surung Pasaribu, told News Corporation. “We allege that they escape through the undergr..

‘4D printing’ could hold key to humanity’s future in space (VIDEOS)

‘4D printing’ could hold key to humanity’s future in space (VIDEOS)

'4D printing' could hold key to humanity’s future in space (VIDEOS) Get short URL Innovation over the last decade has seen a massive proliferation of 3D-printing technology, but 4D printing, where time plays a crucial role in the final structure, could be the future of human space exploration and habitation, according to researchers. The rather unique solution comes courtesy of the Georgia Institute of Technology and may resolve multiple problems plaguing not only the commercial space exploration industry, but also the biomedical and medical instruments industries.
Georgia Tech's method of '4D printing' relies on temperature change over time in order for initially 3D-printed structures to rise and take their final forms.
4D printing relies on a principle known as tensegrity, a system in which the perfect combination of light, strong and collapsible structures can take a robust form based around the perfect balance of tension between their constituent parts. Ess..

Escaped pigs bring traffic to a standstill on busy British motorway (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Escaped pigs bring traffic to a standstill on busy British motorway (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

A pair of troublesome pigs escaped from a farm and made their way to a motorway in southern England, bringing traffic to a standstill.
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What a mouthful!: Costa Rican president accidentally eats wasp live on air during speech (VIDEO)

What a mouthful!: Costa Rican president accidentally eats wasp live on air during speech (VIDEO)

What a mouthful!: Costa Rican president accidentally eats wasp live on air during speech (VIDEO) Get short URL President Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera faced an uninvited guest at a press briefing on his nationwide tour in the Zona Sur region of Costa Rica on Friday. While mid-sentence at a press briefing at the inauguration of an asphalt plant in Paso Real, Puntarenas, a wasp flew at the president who accidentally swallowed the insect.
“I ate it, I ate the wasp!” Solís exclaimed, before bursting out laughing along with his entourage and assembled journalists.
“You don't see that every day… they're going to send it to CNN, pure protein!” the president laughed as he was handed a bottle of water by a member of his team.
The original video was uploaded to Facebook by PZ Actual on June 16.

Nepal to measure Everest again after devastating 2015 earthquake

Nepal to measure Everest again after devastating 2015 earthquake

Nepal to measure Everest again after devastating 2015 earthquake Get short URL Nepal will spend two years measuring Mount Everest to find out the actual height of the world’s tallest mountain, after fears the 2015 earthquake may have affected its stature. The Nepali government will conduct the measurement itself even though Chinese, Indian and other institutions offered to measure the height after the earthquake.
The study will also provide information about the effects of climate change on the famous peak.
The measuring process has already begun, with technicians starting work in the Udayapur district last week.
The group will measure from Basghari, Udayapur to Lukla this year. Sherpas will be trained to take measurements at high altitude and will carry equipment from Base Camp to the peak.
“We will involve international experts, scientists and others who are experienced in high altitude measurements,” Ganesh Prasad Bhatta of the Survey Department told the Kathmandu Post.
“We will ta..

Lebanese soldiers violently suppress protests as govt delays elections for 3rd time (VIDEO)

Lebanese soldiers violently suppress protests as govt delays elections for 3rd time (VIDEO)

Lebanese soldiers violently suppress protests as govt delays elections for 3rd time (VIDEO) Get short URL Soldiers in Beirut clashed with protesters Friday as they attempted to make their way to the parliament building for an organized demonstration. Videos from the scene show women being brutally attacked by armed security personnel. The protest was organized after the Lebanese government struck a deal Wednesday to hold the country’s next election in May 2018, the first since 2009. Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri told Reuters the delay was due to “technical reasons.”
Protesters took to the streets of Beirut to demonstrate against the third extension to the current parliament’s initial four-year term.
Video uploaded to Twitter shows a man being beaten on the ground by security personnel. When a woman attempts to intervene she is also struck by police.
RT contacted the uploader of the video, who said it was provided by a friend who wished to remain anonymous. “They don't have any ..

Award-winning matador dies after being gored by bull (PHOTOS)

Award-winning matador dies after being gored by bull (PHOTOS)

Award-winning matador dies after being gored by bull (PHOTOS) Get short URL An award-winning Spanish matador has died after being gored in the lungs during a bullfight in the small French town of Mont de Marsan. Professional matador, Ivan Fandino, 36, reportedly tripped on his cloak before being caught by the bull’s horns at the Aire-sur-l'Adour bullfighting festival on Saturday.
The Spaniard reportedly suffered two heart attacks while in an ambulance on the way to the hospital.
The renowned fighter had fought hundreds of bulls over his 12-year career.
Fandino is the second Spaniard to die in the arena in the last year but the first to be killed in France in almost a century.
Compatriot Victor Barrio suffered the same fate after being gored by a bull last July during a live televised event.
Barrio was the first fighter to be killed in almost 30 years in the centuries old tradition, which sees a matador face off against a bull in an oft vicious contest that usually results in the d..

Distressing footage of Afghan passenger abused on Turkish Airlines flight (VIDEO)

Distressing footage of Afghan passenger abused on Turkish Airlines flight (VIDEO)

Distressing footage of Afghan passenger abused on Turkish Airlines flight (VIDEO) Get short URL Shocking video filmed on a Turkish airlines flight shows an Afghan man being hit and restrained while the plane is still on the tarmac. In distress, the man exclaims he is being deported despite having Italian documents. “I can’t breathe honestly,” the passenger can be heard saying as a man restrains him.
The video was filmed and uploaded to Facebook on Saturday by Ahtzaz Ali, who told RT the confrontation took place on a Turkish airlines flight set to take off from London’s Heathrow airport for Istanbul.
“Why is he slapping him?” one passenger can be heard saying in the video. A member of the crew responds with “please stop your mobile phone.”
The Afghan man can be heard yelling to the camera: “Please send to the media. I am Afghan. I have Italian documents… they are rejecting the information.”
Ali said the man was upset, but “wasn’t being abusive” to the crew or passengers.
“All of a sud..

Fuel leak on United Airlines flight goes unnoticed by crew (VIDEO)

Fuel leak on United Airlines flight goes unnoticed by crew (VIDEO)

Fuel leak on United Airlines flight goes unnoticed by crew (VIDEO) Get short URL Flying with United Airlines became even less attractive this week after a concerned passenger posted a video online showing fuel gushing from the wing of a jet ready to take off from Newark airport, as the flight crew dismissed the spill as “normal.” “Sit down, it’s normal,” a flight attendant yelled at Rachel Brumfield after her husband Mike alerted the crew to the deluge pouring from Flight 170’s wing, which is shown in the video Brumfield uploaded.
Shortly afterwards, firetrucks showed up to investigate, according to Brumfield, who was on the flight to take off with her husband for their honeymoon in Italy. “I will never fly United again,” she told the NY Post, adding “every person there was awful.”
Brumfield claimed United Airlines quickly changed their tune when they realized the seriousness of the situation and invited the couple into the cockpit for a glass of champagne, where they were asked to “go..

Katy Perry 1st person to gain 100mn followers on Twitter

Katy Perry 1st person to gain 100mn followers on Twitter

Katy Perry 1st person to gain 100mn followers on Twitter Get short URL Katy Perry has become the first person in history to gain 100 million followers on Twitter, beating pop rivals Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber, as well as world leaders like Donald Trump and Barack Obama, to the coveted social media top spot. The official Twitter account marked the occasion with a compilation video and a well-crafted hashtag nod in honor of Perry’s newly released album ‘Witness.’
Perry, who joined the platform in February 2009 and has tweeted over 8,500 times, thanked Twitter for allowing her to connect with her fans.
Perry is scheduled to play the world-famous pyramid stage at the Glastonbury festival just two weeks after taking to the stage at the One Love Manchester benefit concert for victims and survivors of the suicide bombing that killed 22 people.
Twitter’s top five accounts are: @katyperry (100m followers), @justinbieber (96.7m), @BarackObama (90.8m) @taylorswift13 (85.1m) and @rihanna 74.1m..

Pamela Anderson pens love letter to ‘sexy’ Assange, asks for audience with Macron

Pamela Anderson pens love letter to ‘sexy’ Assange, asks for audience with Macron

Pamela Anderson pens love letter to ‘sexy’ Assange, asks for audience with Macron Get short URL Actress, philanthropist and activist Pamela Anderson has penned an online love letter to Julian Assange in which she decried his current situation and called on world leaders (and the nation of China) to petition for his immediate release. “Thinking of Julian makes me wonder, what is the sexiest quality in a man? Surely the sexiest qualities in a man are bravery and courage,” Anderson wrote in the letter, entitled, ‘Why my heart stands with Julian.’
Throughout the letter she praises the WikiLeaks founder for his efforts at speaking truth to power and exposing the hypocrisy of world leaders, describing his standoff with US authorities as “an unstoppable force, standing up to an immoveable object.”
Anderson also described the US government as the “ultimate bully, a superpower, with 1,200 military bases all around the world.”
The actress-turned-activist also lashed out at UK leader Theresa May,..

Man who once survived Niagara Falls plunge dies after 2nd attempt

Man who once survived Niagara Falls plunge dies after 2nd attempt

Man who once survived Niagara Falls plunge dies after 2nd attempt Get short URL The first person in recorded history to defy death by plunging over Niagara Falls without any protection has died after apparently trying the stunt again 14 years after his original attempt – this time in an inflatable ball. Kirk R. Jones’ body was recovered downriver from the waterfall on June 2. Investigators determined that he had been in the Niagara Falls area on April 19 and “may have been attempting a stunt by going over Niagara Falls in a large inflatable ball,” New York State Park Police detective sergeant Brian Nisbit told Syracuse.com.
The inflatable ball was found empty at the base of the falls, where water gushes at an astonishing 150,000 gallons (567,811 liters) per second.
Jones miraculously survived the 180 ft (54.8 meter) plunge in 2003 becoming something of a local celebrity and gaining a criminal record in the process; Canada banned Jones for life after the stunt.
“I'm feeling very h..

Man awarded $870,000 after surgeon removes wrong testicle

Man awarded $870,000 after surgeon removes wrong testicle

Man awarded $870,000 after surgeon removes wrong testicle Get short URL A Pennsylvania man has been awarded almost one million dollars after a botched surgery left him with only one testicle – the one he didn’t want removed. Steven Haines, 54, had been suffering from chronic pain in his right testicle for 15 years. In 2013, he finally sought help from urologist Dr. Spencer Long.
The doctor agreed to help Haines out by removing the offending testicle. However, when he performed the surgery, Dr. Haines removed the wrong, healthy testicle.
Unsurprisingly, Haines was none-too happy with his surgeon and sued him, reports CBS Pittsburgh.
A Huntingdon County jury sided with Haines and awarded him a total sum of $870,000. $620,000 was awarded for pain and suffering and a further $250,000 was awarded in punitive damages.
The jury found the urologist to be “recklessly indifferent” in removing Haines’ healthy testicle.
Haines’ lawyer said that he remains in pain and has a “debilitating fear” of ..

Oscar-winning Rocky director John G. Avildsen dies aged 81

Oscar-winning Rocky director John G. Avildsen dies aged 81

Oscar-winning Rocky director John G. Avildsen dies aged 81 Get short URL The Oscar-winning director behind the iconic 1976 blockbuster Rocky has died aged 81 following a battle with pancreatic cancer. John G. Avildsen died in LA at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He is survived by his three sons and daughter.

Rocky’s lead actor and writer, Sylvester Stallone, famously shopped his script around Hollywood until he found a studio that would take a chance on the then-fledgling actor.
Avildsen bet on Stallone and turned the movie into an instant hit, surprising everyone and winning the Oscar for Best Picture in 1976, along with the Best Director award.
The filmmaker initially had misgivings about directing the low-budget boxing flick, as he admitted last year in an interview with the Baltimore Sun.
“When this script came to me from an old friend… I said I had no interest in boxing, I think boxing’s sort of a dumb thing,” he said.
“Stallone pleaded and pleaded, so I finally read the thin..

Twitter briefly suspends Al Jazeera’s Arabic account amid Qatar rift

Twitter briefly suspends Al Jazeera’s Arabic account amid Qatar rift

Twitter briefly suspends Al Jazeera’s Arabic account amid Qatar rift Get short URL Al Jazeera’s Arabic Twitter account was suspended as the result of what the Qatari news organization said was an “organized campaign.” The Gulf state has been in the midst of a diplomatic crisis since Saudi Arabia accused it of sponsoring terrorism. “The account of Al Jazeera on twitter @ajarabic is currently suspended due to what seems to be an organised campaign and we are doing the necessary work to get the service back,” al Jazeera tweeted from its breaking news Twitter account on Saturday.
The organization’s general manager, Yasser Abuhilalah, confirmed the account’s suspension.
The main account went offline at about 10am local time, 07:00GMT, and was reinstated after about three hours. The media company’s English account was not affected.
“We alert our followers that the #Jazeera main account on Twitter @ajarabic has returned to work again,” the organization tweeted.
Twitter has given no explanatio..

You go sister: New hoverboard has French nun flying high (VIDEO)

You go sister: New hoverboard has French nun flying high (VIDEO)

You go sister: New hoverboard has French nun flying high (VIDEO) Get short URL A French nun has been channeling her inner Marty McFly, whizzing around her convent and the streets of Bauge in western France on a hoverboard. Sister Fabienne, 78, was spotted riding her hoverboard through the streets of the sunny town while running her daily errands on Friday.

The nun, who said she learnt how to ride the hoverboard from a priest who came to the town from Paris, described the experience of hoverboarding as “the joy of living,” as it makes her feel “comfortable, relaxed.”
Sister Fabienne, who is part of the Filles du Coeur de Marie Compatissant au Pied de la Croix (Daughters of the Heart of Compassionate Mary at the Foot of the Cross) religious community, took to the mode of transport mainly popular with younger users.
The hoverboard concept was made famous by the character Marty McFly in the hit Hollywood series, Back to the Future.
“It is the joy of living, being comfortable, relaxed. I s..

Citizens of Asgardia can now vote on future of world’s first ‘space nation’

Citizens of Asgardia can now vote on future of world’s first ‘space nation’

Citizens of Asgardia can now vote on future of world’s first ‘space nation’ Get short URL Asgardians can now vote on the future of the world’s first “space nation,” which includes choosing its constitution, flag, and national anthem. Unity Day – June 18 if you go by the Gregorian calendar or Asgard 1, if you’re on the Asgardian calendar – is the 24-hour period in which registered citizens of the world’s first space nation can electronically vote on their country’s future.

Asgardia, officially known as the Space Kingdom of Asgardia, is a proposal for a nation that was announced on October 12, 2016.
The nation’s 214,255 citizens, who hail from around 200 countries, will be voting on five items: the country’s declaration, constitution, national flag, insignia, and national anthem.
For those who aren’t yet Asgardians, here are five things you must know about the wannabe nation:
1. The beginning of now
Asgardia was first announced in Paris on October 12, 2016 (or October 5 if you’re an A..

Man arrested for ‘parading’ pet lioness through Karachi streets (VIDEO)

Man arrested for ‘parading’ pet lioness through Karachi streets (VIDEO)

Man arrested for ‘parading’ pet lioness through Karachi streets (VIDEO) Get short URL A Pakistani man has been charged with neglectful conduct with an animal for driving his pet lioness through the streets of Karachi, the country’s most populous city, on the back of his pickup truck. The footage has rapidly gone viral. READ MORE: ‘Just a scratch’: Lion attacks 15yo in middle of Russian city
Local pet dealer Saqlain Javed said he was making his way home after getting his lioness vaccinated when the footage was recorded, according to the Khaleej Times.
Shocked commuters filmed the animal as it casually lay in the back of Javed’s truck, surrounded by cars and bustling pedestrians. The viral footage then sparked complaints from concerned citizens, leading to Javed’s arrest Thursday.
At a bail hearing Javed’s lawyer reportedly argued his client was a law-abiding citizen who had a licence for the pet. The overseeing judge granted Javed’s release under the condition that he keeps the pet at h..

Mail Carrier Fed Dog Meatball Stuffed With Nails

Mail Carrier Fed Dog Meatball Stuffed With Nails

Mail carriers and dogs haven’t always had the greatest relationship, however, one Alabama man was truly horrified after he realized what a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier did to hurt his innocent four-legged companion.
When Ed Glover recently went out to get the mail from his mailbox at his New Hope home, he noticed a meatball lying on the ground. When he looked closer, however, he discovered the snack, which he believes was left out to harm his dog Missy, was riddled with sharp nails.

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Glover had no idea if Missy had already eaten some of the dangerous treat so he rushed her to the veterinarian, who discovered multiple nails in Missy’s abdomen after taking an x-ray. Glover believes his usual U.S. Postal Service mail carrier, Susanna Burhans, was responsible for leaving the nail-riddled meatballs in an attempt to harm Missy.

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Police at the Madison County Sheriff’s Department opened an investigation and have since charged Burhans for aggravated animal cruelt..

Nearly-Blind Rescue Dog Gets Contact Lenses

Nearly-Blind Rescue Dog Gets Contact Lenses

One New York couple will do absolutely anything for their four-legged companions, so when one of their elderly rescue dogs was struggling to see, they didn’t rest until they found a way to help her.
“They are our family and we have made a promise to them to give them the best life we can,” said Mariesa Hughes. So when she and husband Chris noticed their elderly pit bull named Gremlin, who they rescued from a life of dog fighting at four years old and has since battled cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, and a blood disease, was struggling with her vision and developing cataracts, they were ready to do anything to help her.

Photo by Facebook/Gremlin
Gremlin underwent surgery but developed dangerous pressure in her right eye, which caused blindness in the eye and had to get an injection to deaden the eye to ease the pain. Unfortunately, Gremlin’s eyesight still wasn’t great and because she was farsighted, she’d often get frightened by things close to her that she couldn’t see and started ..

‘Crooked Hill(ary)’: Pranksters channel Trump in road sign joke (PHOTO)

‘Crooked Hill(ary)’: Pranksters channel Trump in road sign joke (PHOTO)

‘Crooked Hill(ary)’: Pranksters channel Trump in road sign joke (PHOTO) Get short URL Vandals have defaced a road sign in Long Island, New York – a juvenile-like move that, given recent events, now appears surprisingly presidential. For commuters travelling along Stagtikos Parkway, they'd normally pass a sign for “Crooked Hill,” but a few extra letters were mischievously added, changing the sign to “Crooked Hillary.”
“As soon as we were notified about the graffiti yesterday morning, it was removed,” a spokesperson for the Department of Transportation told Newsday. “Defacing public signs is illegal.”
Trump repeatedly used the pejorative “Crooked Hillary” moniker while referring to his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton during 2016’s US presidential election campaign.
And, despite his victory, the president has continued to use the term, most recently referencing her on Thursday.
Many online were left tickled by the new signage.

AI’s art of the deal: Facebook bargaining bot learns to lie to get what it wants

AI’s art of the deal: Facebook bargaining bot learns to lie to get what it wants

AI’s art of the deal: Facebook bargaining bot learns to lie to get what it wants Get short URL An AI chatbot programmed to negotiate with humans has figured out that lying can be a useful tactic in bargaining – an ominous sign for those who believe humans will one day bow at the electronic feet of robot overlords. In an experiment by Facebook’s AI researchers, chatbots were paired off and set the task of dividing a collection of items among themselves. Each item was designated a certain value based on how much the chatbot cared about them.
Researchers noted that the haggling bots were quick to discover that lying about their interest in an item could bring them favorable results.
“There were cases where agents initially feigned interest in a valueless item, only to later ‘compromise’ by conceding it – an effective negotiating tactic that people use regularly,” the researchers said in a statement.
“This behavior was not programmed by the researchers but was discovered by the bot as a me..

Grandmother Accidentally Locks 2-Year-Old Boy And Dog In Hot Car

Grandmother Accidentally Locks 2-Year-Old Boy And Dog In Hot Car

A little boy and a puppy were rescued from a scorching hot car in New Jersey after the child’s grandmother accidentally locked the keys inside the vehicle.
Dashcam footage from a police car at the incident at Hammonton Township was posted last week, where Troopers Jacob Sherry and Steven Hodge broke the windows of the car and carried the boy and the dog to safety.

Credit: New Jersey State Police
According to Inside Edition, the child and dog had been locked inside the car for 30 minutes before the rescue and temperatures outside were about 84 degrees. We’re unsure of the temperature in the car, but it’s estimated to be at least 10 degrees warmer than outside.

New Jersey Trooper, Lawrence Peele of the New Jersey State Police, told Inside Edition, “It’s a good reminder to parents and caretakers everywhere to be aware when securing children and animals and that you secure your keys.”

Credit: New Jersey State Police
Apparently, the grandmother had finished loading her grandson and do..

Dairy dunces? Half of Americans don’t know where chocolate milk comes from – survey

Dairy dunces? Half of Americans don’t know where chocolate milk comes from – survey

Dairy dunces? Half of Americans don’t know where chocolate milk comes from – survey Get short URL More than 48 percent of Americans aren’t sure where chocolate milk comes from – and seven percent are convinced it comes from brown cows, according to a new survey. The astonishing figures were released by the Innovation Center of US Dairy, who surveyed 1,000 Americans over the age of 18. The group believes the results to be “nationally representative,” suggesting more than 16 million people think brown cows directly produce the dessert drink.
READ MORE: Americans less eager to slim down even as poor diet claims more lives
The study also found that 29 percent of those surveyed use their children as an excuse to buy the sugar and cocoa-filled beverage for themselves.
FoodCorps co-founder Cecily Upton believes the results are part of a much broader issue of Americans simply not knowing enough about where their food comes from.
“At the end of the day, it's an exposure issue,” Upton told ..

Phelps V Shark: Olympic legend ‘will race great white’ in TV special

Phelps V Shark: Olympic legend ‘will race great white’ in TV special

Phelps V Shark: Olympic legend 'will race great white' in TV special Get short URL Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps has snatched victory from the jaws of defeat many times – but he’s never snatched it from Jaws himself. When swimming legend Phelps signed up to star in Discovery’s ‘Shark Week’, it’s doubtful he imagined he would end up racing one of nature’s toughest predators, but that’s exactly what he’s lined up to do during the week-long TV event.
“They are one of the fastest and most efficient predators on the planet: Sharks. He is our greatest champion to ever get in the water: Michael Phelps. 39 world records. 23 Olympic golds,” Discovery announced in a statement.
“But he has one competition left to win. An event so monumental no one has ever attempted it before. The world’s most decorated athlete takes on the ocean’s most efficient predator: Phelps V Shark — the race is on!”
The 23-time Olympic medallist provided a teaser of the event when he posted a photo of a..

Facebook ‘revealed names of counter-terrorism moderators to suspected extremists’

Facebook ‘revealed names of counter-terrorism moderators to suspected extremists’

Facebook ‘revealed names of counter-terrorism moderators to suspected extremists’ Get short URL A Facebook moderator says he was forced to go into hiding after a security glitch made his personal profile available to suspected terrorists. The man, an Iraqi-born Irish citizen in his 20s, was working on Facebook’s counter-terrorism team in Dublin, Ireland. As an Arabic speaker, he was part of a 40-strong team responsible for monitoring and removing content that breached the social media giant’s terms of service.
Speaking to the Guardian, the unnamed man said: “[When] you have people like that knowing your family name you know that people get butchered for that.
“The punishment from IS [Islamic State, formerly ISIS/ISIL] for working in counter-terrorism is beheading.”
The lapse was discovered in November last year, when a bug in the software was found to put the personal information of moderators in the activity log of the Facebook groups targeted for breaching the terms of service. In gr..

Hyperloop Hotel? Futuristic concept builds on Musk’s high-speed transport tunnel (PHOTO)

Hyperloop Hotel? Futuristic concept builds on Musk’s high-speed transport tunnel (PHOTO)

Hyperloop Hotel? Futuristic concept builds on Musk’s high-speed transport tunnel (PHOTO) Get short URL An award-winning futuristic design aims to transform Elon Musk’s innovative Hyperloop One into a high-speed transit hotel. Hyperloop Hotel proposes transforming shipping containers into moving, customizable hotel rooms – allowing guests to travel between 13 cities without ever leaving the comfort of their suite.
Hyperloop One is a proposed mode of transportation that would propel pods of people through a tube at incredibly high speeds. First introduced by billionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk in 2013, plans are underway to produce an operational system by 2020.
The idea, devised by Brandan Siebrecht, from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, won the student prize at the Radical Innovation Awards 2017 – a competition for imaginative hotel designs.
Siebrecht wants to combine a sustainable modular design with luxury accommodation while eliminating the need to buy separate travel ticket..

#Shadwell: Blaze at 2nd London apartment block just days after Grenfell disaster (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

#Shadwell: Blaze at 2nd London apartment block just days after Grenfell disaster (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

#Shadwell: Blaze at 2nd London apartment block just days after Grenfell disaster (PHOTOS, VIDEOS) Get short URL A blaze on the roof of an apartment block in Shadwell in east London led to the building being evacuated early on Friday. The incident comes just two days after a deadly fire engulfed the Grenfell Tower in west London. READ MORE: 17 confirmed dead in London tower inferno, figure ‘likely to rise’ – police
Four fire engines from the London Fire Service were dispatched to the scene in the early hours of Friday morning, and firefighters quickly brought the blaze under control and extinguished it, fire services told RT.com.
What's going on in London? 1.37am, 16/6 massive fire near Shadwell (East London)#Fire#ShadwellFire#LondonFire#Londonpic.twitter.com/doiww5iCY4
— Jean-Paul Melaga (@JPMelaga) June 16, 2017No injuries have been reported.
Dramatic images and footage shared on social media show the fire blazing from an outdoor patio area on the roof.
Another fire in Shadwell t..

Hang ’em high: Mrs. Wallenda beats husband’s teeth-hanging record over Niagara Falls (PHOTO, VIDEO)

Hang ’em high: Mrs. Wallenda beats husband’s teeth-hanging record over Niagara Falls (PHOTO, VIDEO)

Hang ’em high: Mrs. Wallenda beats husband’s teeth-hanging record over Niagara Falls (PHOTO, VIDEO) Get short URL Renowned daredevil Erendira Wallenda completed her most dangerous task yet by hanging from a helicopter over Niagara Falls using just her teeth and a hoola hoop. The stunt apparently stole a record from her husband, Nik. Wallenda, a well-known aerialist, was tethered to a hoop suspended from a helicopter some 300 feet (91 meters) above the violent waters on Thursday. She had a safety harness around her waist to comply with New York State law for stunts that occur more than 20 feet in the air.
Hundreds of onlookers stood by in shock as the 36-year-old mother-of-three hung by her teeth, with the use of a mouth guard, and performed a number of poses including handstands and splits.
Wallenda is the wife of famed tightrope walker Nik Wallenda, who pulled off a stunt of his own in the same place exactly five years ago by tightrope walking across Niagara Falls himself.
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Woman Distracted On Her Phone Falls 6 Feet Into Basement

Woman Distracted On Her Phone Falls 6 Feet Into Basement

A surveillance video captured the frightening moment a pedestrian fell down an open cellar into a basement while she was distracted texting on her cellphone.
The 67-year-old woman from New Jersey was walking along a Plainfield street when she fell 6ft over open basement access doors into the opening. The woman landed in the cellar of Acme Windows, where workers were repairing gas lines.

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Martin Delgadillo told WNBC-TV that he was standing outside his barbershop on Somerset Street when he saw the woman plunge through the access door and into the cellar. “She was looking at her phone — the last minute — she hit the door and fell right in,” Delgadillo said.

The woman, who has yet to be identified was reportedly taken to a hospital, and according to police, her injuries were not life-threatening. “I thought texting and driving was a bad thing,” Delgadillo said. “Now it’s texting and walking.”

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Time and time again we see pedestrians walking and texting at the..

Iconic ‘bat signal’ will shine across LA sky for late Dark Knight Adam West

Iconic ‘bat signal’ will shine across LA sky for late Dark Knight Adam West

Iconic ‘bat signal’ will shine across LA sky for late Dark Knight Adam West Get short URL LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck are doing the honors on Thursday night during a memorial event for the actor at City Hall. READ MORE: Adam West iconic ‘Batman’ actor dies of leukemia aged 88
West was most famous for his role as the Caped Crusader when the classic “Batman” TV series aired in 1966. The pop culture icon died last Friday, aged 88, following a battle with leukemia.

The signal is a symbol of hope for characters in the comic book series who would shine the light to summon Batman’s help.

The actor reportedly failed to get major roles after playing the popular superhero, but later enjoyed success after being cast as the voice of the mayor of Quahog in the animated series, “Family Guy.”

Iconic ‘bat signal’ shines on LA’s City Hall in tribute to late Dark Knight Adam West (VIDEO)

Iconic ‘bat signal’ shines on LA’s City Hall in tribute to late Dark Knight Adam West (VIDEO)

Iconic ‘bat signal’ shines on LA’s City Hall in tribute to late Dark Knight Adam West (VIDEO) Get short URL LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck did the honors on Thursday night during a memorial event for the actor at City Hall. The event was announced earlier on the mayor’s Twitter account.
READ MORE: Adam West iconic ‘Batman’ actor dies of leukemia aged 88
West was most famous for his role as the Caped Crusader when the classic “Batman” TV series aired in 1966. The pop culture icon died last Friday, aged 88, following a battle with leukemia.

The signal is a symbol of hope for characters in the comic book series who would shine the light to summon Batman’s help.

The actor reportedly failed to get major roles after playing the popular superhero, but later enjoyed success after being cast as the voice of the mayor of Quahog in the animated series, “Family Guy.”

15-Year-Old Lifeguard Saves Toddler From Drowning 20 Minutes Into His First Shift

15-Year-Old Lifeguard Saves Toddler From Drowning 20 Minutes Into His First Shift

Teenage lifeguard Jack Vigliano was only on the job for 20 minutes when he sprang into action to save a little boy from drowning.
Viglianco, 15, was on his first shift at the Charles A. Foster pool in Lakewood, Ohio, on Thursday when he spotted the 4-year-old boy bobbing up and down. Eventually, the child fell, and Viglianco realized, “‘Oh! I have to go in and save this kid,’” he told WKYC-TV.

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He had only completed his orientation the previous day when his training kicked it and he immediately jumped into the water. “I grabbed him and pulled him out of the water and probably saved his life,” he told WKYC-TV.

Luckily, the child did not require CPR or medical treatment, but Viglianco did say the 4-year-old’s heart was racing throughout the rescue. [It was] “a dream come true” to be a lifeguard in that moment, Viglianco said. “Not many other people can say they saved a kid’s life,” but “[I was] glad I have the experience now” he added.

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While he was..

Earth, Sun & Saturn align tonight: Here’s what you need to know

Earth, Sun & Saturn align tonight: Here’s what you need to know

Earth, Sun & Saturn align tonight: Here’s what you need to know Get short URL Astronomers are readying themselves for a cosmic feast Thursday night as Saturn aligns with the Earth and the Sun. Saturn and its rings will be illuminated in sunlight when the planet reaches full tilt in direct opposition to Earth. Stargazers will also be able to compare cloud bands on both Saturn and the giant planet Jupiter, with the best time to catch both planets tipped to be a few hours after sunset, just as Saturn rises and before Jupiter sets.
#Saturn is nearly at opposition — now's a great time to see the planet, its rings and moons through a telescope https://t.co/aRGQHSjmRppic.twitter.com/zcgsuq5WED
— CassiniSaturn (@CassiniSaturn) June 14, 2017READ MORE: Touching the sun: NASA to reveal plans for hellish mission (PHOTOS)
Astronomers can expect to see fainter cloud bands around Saturn which will be painted in shades of “cream and butterscotch” according to NASA. Jupiter, on the other hand, wil..

Police unmask ‘fake prince fraudster’ who fooled rich, famous & Pamela Anderson

Police unmask ‘fake prince fraudster’ who fooled rich, famous & Pamela Anderson

Police unmask ‘fake prince fraudster’ who fooled rich, famous & Pamela Anderson Get short URL Italian police say they’ve unmasked a man who has been posing as a Montenegrin Prince in order to blag free meals and holidays – and even rub shoulders with high society. The unnamed man, 57, called himself Prince Stefan Cernetic of Montenegro and Macedonia and set up several Facebook pages and a website to bolster his bogus credentials.
The website and social media pages show the man pictured alongside high-profile people, including mayors, Cardinals and even some of Monaco's royal family.
Despite Montenegro not having a monarchy since the end of World War I, Cernetic’s ruse fooled numerous people. It seems he didn’t act alone, however, with Italian news wire ANSA reporting that he also had an accomplice who posed as his valet.
Speaking to RT.com Cernetic refuted the claim saying: “I am the heir to the throne of Montenegro. Very simple.”
Cernetic came to the authorities’ attention in Jul..

100 yo US military ship discovered off California coast (PHOTOS)

100 yo US military ship discovered off California coast (PHOTOS)

100 yo US military ship discovered off California coast (PHOTOS) Get short URL The lost US Coast Guard ship Cutter McCulloch has been found off the coast of southern California almost a century after it sank. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) confirmed the remarkable find just in time to coincide with the 100-year anniversary of the vessel’s collision with a passenger ship on June 13.
The shipwreck was discovered during a joint NOAA and US Coast Guard training mission off Point Conception in October last year.
There are no plans to resurrect the US military wreck, with officials citing strong currents and an abundance of sediment as impediments.
The ship’s armaments included four six-pounder rapid firing guns and one 15-inch torpedo tube. One of the guns was found in still mounted on a platform on the starboard bow.
The torpedo tube and the top of a bronze 11-foot propeller blade were also located 300ft (90 meters) below the surface.
Cutter McCulloch was commis..

Ireland pays tribute to Native American tribe for 1847 famine support (PHOTO, VIDEO)

Ireland pays tribute to Native American tribe for 1847 famine support (PHOTO, VIDEO)

Ireland pays tribute to Native American tribe for 1847 famine support (PHOTO, VIDEO) Get short URL Ireland is set to recognize the extraordinary charity shown to its people by a Native American tribe during the country’s 19th-century famine. A sculpture is to be unveiled in Bailic Park, Midleton, Co. Cork, on Sunday to honor the Choctaw Nation, an indigenous tribe from the southeastern US who, upon learning of the plight of the Irish during the height of the country’s famine in 1847, raised $170 to send aid to the country – the equivalent of tens of thousands of dollars in today’s money.
Speaking to the Irish Times, Joe McCarthy, the municipal manager for East Cork County Council, said: “The gift from the Choctaw people was a demonstration of love and this monument acknowledges that and hopefully will encourage the Irish people to act as the Choctaw people did.”
The piece, titled ‘Kindred Spirits’, is made up of nine 20ft stainless steel eagle feathers, each arranged in a shape reminis..

Plankton ‘explosion’ turns the Bosphorus Strait stunning turquoise (PHOTOS)

Plankton ‘explosion’ turns the Bosphorus Strait stunning turquoise (PHOTOS)

Plankton ‘explosion’ turns the Bosphorus Strait stunning turquoise (PHOTOS) Get short URL The Bosphorus Strait, which divides the continents of Europe and Asia, has undergone a sudden change of color in Istanbul, Turkey, transforming its waters from a deep blue to a stunning turquoise. The change sparked alarm among some residents who speculated it was caused by pollution or a recent earthquake, reported AFP.
Scientists, however, have reassured the public that the cause of the jewel-toned waters is down to a sudden boost of phytoplankton across the Black Sea, and there’s no reason to be alarmed.
“This is a blessing for the Black Sea,” said Ahmet Cemal Saydam, professor of environmental science at Hacettepe University.
Phytoplankton, microscopic photosynthesizing organisms, are a key element of marine ecosystems as they are consumed by a wide range of sea animals.
Saydam insists the new water color has nothing to do with pollution, but admitted residents may notice a stronger sea smell ..

‘The Donald & I are winning’: Leak reveals Australian PM’s roasting of Trump (AUDIO)

‘The Donald & I are winning’: Leak reveals Australian PM’s roasting of Trump (AUDIO)

‘The Donald & I are winning’: Leak reveals Australian PM’s roasting of Trump (AUDIO) Get short URL A recording of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull roasting US President Donald Trump during an ‘off the record’ address at a ball in Canberra has been leaked. The tongue-in-cheek comments, made at Parliament House's annual Mid Winter Ball, were broadcast by Australian TV channel 9 News, despite usual protocol that the prime minister’s address is off limits to the press.

Speaking to a packed room, Turnbull recalled his meeting with President Trump in New York last month.
“It was beautiful. It was the most beautiful putting-me-at-ease ever,” he said, mimicking Trump.
The two leaders had met to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea, in which US and Australian forces defeated Japanese troops.
Turnbull continued his mocking of Trump, referencing “fake polls” and Russia.
“The Donald and I, we are winning and winning in the polls. We are winning so much. We are ..

Astronomers discover 2 new moons & find 5 lost ones around Jupiter

Astronomers discover 2 new moons & find 5 lost ones around Jupiter

Astronomers discover 2 new moons & find 5 lost ones around Jupiter Get short URL Astronomers have discovered two new moons orbiting Jupiter and relocated five ‘lost’ moons belonging to the Solar System’s largest planet. Scientists made the serendipitous discovery while on the hunt for ‘Planet X’ – a Neptune-sized planet believed to be lurking beyond Pluto.
Scott Sheppard, a Carnegie science researcher at the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, was surveying the night sky with colleagues, David Tholen of University of Hawaii and Chadwick Trujillo of Northern Arizona University, when they directed their telescopes towards Jupiter and spotted two new, mile-wide moons.
READ MORE: Jupiter could be a whole lot older than previously thought – new study
Jupiter has 53 officially named moons, and over a dozen “provisional” satellites awaiting confirmation before they are named by the International Astronomy Union.
The two new moons, S/2016 J 1 and S/2017 J 1, were observed in March 2016 and Ma..

‘CIA’s Cherry Bomb’: WikiLeaks #Vault7 reveals wireless network targets

‘CIA’s Cherry Bomb’: WikiLeaks #Vault7 reveals wireless network targets

‘CIA’s Cherry Bomb’: WikiLeaks #Vault7 reveals wireless network targets Get short URL The latest Wikileaks Vault7 release reveals details of the CIA’s alleged Cherry Blossom project, a scheme that uses wireless devices to access users’ internet activity. READ MORE: #Vault7 ‘Athena’: CIA’s anti-Windows malware ‘better than bombing things’
The Cherry Blossom program also provides a means to perform software exploits on particular ‘targets’, meaning the hacker can take advantage of vulnerabilities on the target’s device, according to a Wikileaks press release.
Read more Wikileaks notes that the common use of WiFi devices in homes, offices, and public spaces makes them ideal for these so-called ‘Man-In-The-Middle’ attacks as the Cherry Blossom program can easily monitor, control and manipulate the Internet traffic of connected users.
Malicious content can be injected into the data stream between the user and the internet service, which exploits vulnerabilities in the target’s computer or ..

Top EU court: The Pirate Bay can be found liable of copyright violations

Top EU court: The Pirate Bay can be found liable of copyright violations

Top EU court: The Pirate Bay can be found liable of copyright violations Get short URL One of the largest and most infamous torrent sites, The Pirate Bay, is under further pressure to shut down after Europe’s top court ruled that it can be found liable of copyright violations – even if it doesn't host any infringing content. The Luxembourg-based EU Court of Justice (ECJ) said in its judgment Wednesday that the Pirate Bay's role as a host may mean it’s breaching copyright law.
“Making available and managing an online platform for sharing copyright-protected works, such as 'The Pirate Bay,' may constitute an infringement of copyright,” the judges stated. “Even if the works in question are placed online by the users of the online sharing platform, the operators of that platform play an essential role in making those works available.”
The judgment, which interpreted the EU Copyright Directive, accepted that the works in question are placed online by the users but said: ..

Elon Musk explains why space colonizers should choose ‘fun’ Mars over the moon

Elon Musk explains why space colonizers should choose ‘fun’ Mars over the moon

Elon Musk explains why space colonizers should choose ‘fun’ Mars over the moon Get short URL SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk is making his case for people to colonize “fun” Mars instead of the moon. A paper on Musk’s Mars mission, published in the journal New Space, argued humans who wish to be “multi-planetary species” should opt to relocate to the Red Planet because the moon lacks the same feasibility to become a “self-sustaining city.”
“I think it is challenging to become multi-planetary on the moon because it is much smaller than a planet,” said Musk. “It does not have any atmosphere. It is not as resource-rich as Mars. It has got a 28-day day, whereas the Mars day is 24.5 hours. In general, Mars is far better-suited ultimately to scale up to be a self-sustaining civilization.”
The fun factor on Mars is also worth noting, says Musk: “It would be quite fun to be on Mars because you would have gravity that is about 37% of that of Earth, so you would be able to lift heavy things and ..

Bad star rising: Sun’s twin ‘Nemesis’ could have caused dinosaur extinction

Bad star rising: Sun’s twin ‘Nemesis’ could have caused dinosaur extinction

Bad star rising: Sun’s twin ‘Nemesis’ could have caused dinosaur extinction Get short URL New research has offered evidence to support the theory that our sun was born with a non-identical twin named “Nemesis” and some astronomers are blaming it for the death of the dinosaurs. Scientists have long noted, and sought to explain, the phenomenon of stars having companions. Now a new analysis by scientists from Harvard and UC Berkeley suggests that nearly all stars are born with a twin.
Our sun’s twin, which has been dubbed “Nemesis,” would have orbited the same point as our sun before venturing off into the galaxy. The star has never been found, but new research suggests that it must have existed because all stars are born in pairs.
Nemesis picked up its ominous sounding name from a theory that suggests it launched the asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs.
Researchers reached the conclusion after observing newborn stars in a large cloud in the Perseus constellation. Several decades ago r..

‘I do, I do, I do’: Colombia recognizes ‘polyamorous’ marriage of 3 gay men

‘I do, I do, I do’: Colombia recognizes ‘polyamorous’ marriage of 3 gay men

‘I do, I do, I do’: Colombia recognizes ‘polyamorous’ marriage of 3 gay men Get short URL A marriage between three gay men has been legally recognized in Colombia’s first official “polyamorous” union. The the union of actor Victor Hugo Prada, teacher John Alejandro Rodriguez and journalist Manuel Jose Bermudez was made official in Medellin on June 8.
READ MORE: Malaysia holds contest for ‘homosexuality prevention’ videos with up to $1,000 cash prizes
“We wanted to validate our household … and our rights, because we had no solid legal basis establishing us as a family,” Victor told Colombian radio station LAFM.
Speaking to Colombian magazine Semana, the men said the roots of their relationship started in 1999 when Manuel and John first met and began a relationship. That match then grew to include a third person, Alex Esneider Zabala, whom the couple met in 2004. It expanded still further when they met Victor, the youngest in the union, in 2012.
The men told Semana that they lived happ..

‘The end is nigh!’ Netizens go wild over pics of ‘apocalyptic’ cloud (PHOTOS)

‘The end is nigh!’ Netizens go wild over pics of ‘apocalyptic’ cloud (PHOTOS)

‘The end is nigh!’ Netizens go wild over pics of ‘apocalyptic’ cloud (PHOTOS) Get short URL A cloud formation resembling an gigantic wave has left spectators in Sweden dumbfounded – so much so that some have even speculated that the end is nigh. Incredible photos of a cylindrical cloud were shared online by onlookers in the province of Skåne. And their unease will not be lifted by news that the type of cloud has an equally dark and intimidating name: volutus.
Some of the images, taken on a beach in the south of Sweden, even create the illusion of a giant wave crashing towards the shore.
Facebook users were left wowed by the formidable-looking cloud, with some describing it as ‘apocalyptic’ and ‘Doomsday-like’.
The volutus is a long, typically low, tube-shaped cloud mass, often appearing to roll slowly on a horizontal axis, according to International Cloud Atlas.
Sweden is often home to otherworldly clouds. Earlier this year a UFO-shaped cloud left observers astonished as it appeared ov..

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