The discovery of new fast radio burst (FRBs)from an unknown source outside of our galaxy, made by the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment Fast Radio Burst (CHIME/FRB) Collaboration, was detailed in a report released in Nature magazine on Wednesday. Although already shrouded in mystery, what makes these FRBs, dubbed FRB 180916.J0158+65, so special is that they are the first to have produced a periodic pattern. FRB 180916.J0158+65’s cyclical pattern stretches over a 16-day period. The pattern begins with a noisy four-day period in which FRBs are emitted from the unknown source. This is followed by a 12-day period of radio silence, before the cycle starts over again. “This FRB we’re reporting now is like clockwork,”says Kiyoshi Masui, assistant professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research.
B&G Foods has retired the black ‘chef’ mascot who once graced its Cream of Wheat packaging. B&G stated they were “initiating an immediate review of the Cream of Wheat brand packaging” because of “concerns regarding the Chef image.” The brand promised to “proactively take steps to ensure that we and our brands do not inadvertently contribute to systemic racism” and reminded consumers that they “unequivocally stand against prejudice and injustice of any kind.” Cream of Wheat fans might wonder how the anonymous smiling chef perpetuates systemic racism, but they know better than to voice their doubts out loud. No one, from large corporations to the people who buy their products, wants to be seen as racially insensitive, and the range of behaviors that fall under that heading appears to be expanding rapidly. Aunt Jemima, of pancake syrup fame, is the character based on the offensive “mammy” racial stereotype; the original model for the character was born a slave in the South. Over the last 70 years, Quaker gradually lightened Jemima’s skin and made her thinner, finally ditching her “mammy” bandana entirely for the most recent 1989 reinvention. In short, she’s been “problematic” since day one, even before you get to the ingredients in the products marketed under her name (spoiler alert: Aunt Jemima syrup contains no actual maple syrup, but it does have a lot of high fructose corn syrup).
An internal CIA report about the Vault 7 fiasco paints a damning picture of the main US spy agency. WikiLeaks released the CIA’s hacking tools, likely leaked by an insider, while CIA chiefs were too busy cooking up Russiagate. Vault 7 was the name given to cyber attack tools developed by the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence (CCI), and published by WikiLeaks in March 2017. It was the largest data breach in Langley’s history, with long-lasting consequences. For example, Chinese cybersecurity companies recently used Vault 7 evidence to show that the US has been hacking China for over a decade. According to a just-released internal CIA report, “CCI had prioritized building cyber weapons at the expense of securing their own systems. Day-to-day security practices had become woefully lax. Most of our sensitive cyber weapons were not compartmented, users shared systems administrator-level passwords, there were no effective removable media controls, and historical data was available to users indefinitely,” the report goes on to say. The heavily-redacted document actually dates back to October 2017 and was only made public Tuesday by Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), in an effort to pressure the new Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe into imposing new security measures. While the CIA ineptitude is the obvious takeaway, no one seems to have noticed the real bombshell: the timing of the breach and its implications.
Sky News is the latest broadcaster in the UK to tell its staff not to tweet about politics in an attempt to portray itself as an impartial outlet. It’s time UK broadcasting grew up and admitted there is no such thing. Bias is a fact of life, everyone has prejudices about almost every facet of life. Everyone knows this, even children know it, but there seems to be one segment of society that believes it can inoculate itself against bias, British journalists. Many in this profession think they are capable of being completely fair minded. Unlike the rest of society, they think they have found clear objectivity, they just relay facts and leave it up to those watching or reading to make up their minds. The BBC, Sky, ITN and Channel 4 will all plead till the cows come home that they are impartial, even in the face of mounting evidence to the contrary. The latest indication of this is Sky News’ new guidelines for staff on social media. Such is the extent to which they believe their staff are capable of displaying impartiality, that they have banned all those who do not work in the politics department from tweeting about politics, completely. This even extends to “liking” posts that are “at odds with Sky News’ obligations and values”.
As a number of projects planned under government-to-government deals have sparked controversy in Nepal over their transparency, a government committee has recommended that Germany’s Munich Airport not be appointed as the operator of Gautam Buddha International Airport in Bhairahawa. Located in south-central Nepal, Gautam Buddha International Airport, which will serve as the gateway to the international pilgrimage destination of Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, will be Nepal’s second international airport. “We have suggested that in view of the controversy in Nepal regarding government to government deals, Gautam Buddha International Airport’s operation should not be handed over to Germany’s Munich Airport,” said Buddhi Sagar Lamichhane, joint secretary at the Ministry of Tourism. “We have suggested that the permit should be awarded through an open competition,” said Lamichhane, who led the committee.
Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi announced that Indonesia would prevent haj departures to Saudi Arabia this year, a decision that affected hundreds of thousands of would-be pilgrims in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation. Indonesia has the largest haj pilgrim quota of any country. The House of Representatives and lawmakers on Commission VIII overseeing religious affairs criticized him for not consulting with the House before deciding to cancel the 2020 haj pilgrimage over coronavirus concerns. John Kennedy Azis of the Golkar Party, a political party in President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s ruling coalition, questioned Fachrul’s sudden announcement of the policy, saying there had been no pressure for the central government to announce it immediately without consulting the legislative body. Indonesia initially planned to send about 221,000 people on the annual pilgrimage, and nearly 180,000 people had already paid for the journey, Religious Affairs Ministry data shows. The government said the pilgrims would be placed on next year’s haj.
Police have arrested a 42-year-old church caretaker from Pancoran Mas district in Depok, West Java, over alleged sexual abuse. Parents had reported “suspicious behavior” of the caretaker, identified only as SPM, said Azas Tigor Nainggolan, the alleged victims’ attorney. “He often kissed and hugged the boys and put them on his lap. Some parents also claimed that he verbally bullied the kids,” Tigor told The Jakarta Post on Thursday. The parents reported their suspicions to the church pastor, who conducted an internal investigation. Afterward, some 20 boys reportedly came forward and said they had been molested by SPM. “The investigation revealed that SPM has been abusing kids since 2002. All the victims are male, aged 11-15,” Tigor said.
Retired nurse Feridia Rojas, 82, walks past a vintage car as she wears cardboard shaped like a house to protect herself from the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Havana, Cuba, 16 June 2020. The words on the cardboard read: “I am at home. And you?”
A German-Russian space telescope has beamed back a truly breathtaking map of the entire sky as seen through x-rays from the observational post some 1.5 million km from Earth. The eRosita instrument, mounted on the Spektr-RG orbital telescope which was launched in July last year, captured the universe in all its glory, replete with black holes devouring everything in their vicinities, exploding stars, and searing hot gas clouds sprawling across the Milky Way and beyond. The telescope only became operational in December and began scanning the entire sky, sending back the first all-sky data-set just last week for processing. The results were published on Friday. The team used a technique called Aitoff projection, developed by Russian cartographer David A. Aitoff in 1889, to unravel the sphere of the sky onto an ellipse shape.
This morning in Europe, astronomers witnessed a lunar occultation of Venus in broad daylight. Surrounded by blue sky, the Moon eclipsed the second planet. Didier Favre of Brétigny-sur-Orge, France, photographed the event moments before Venus disappeared behind the sunlit edge of the Moon.
New Delhi: the celestial object has blown the mind of netizens as it appears to be very attractive and glittery. While some are calling it “fascinating” others have termed it an “alien mask” because of its shape. A celestial object, which geologists have classified as a “very rare and valuable” metallic meteorite, has fallen from the sky in the Indian state of Rajasthan’s Jalore district. The shiny and metallic object which weighs around 2.78 kilograms fell in the Sanchore area of the district at around 7:00 a.m. on Friday. Because of its weight, the object is believed to have sunk 4-5 feet into the ground. The object was retrieved by police and is set to be further examined by a team of scientists. Such events are not new to the northern Indian state of Rajasthan. Recently, residents in the village of Alwar woke up to a loud thud in the wee hours, when a meteor-like structure crashed on the ground, emanating a bright light.
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Crop Circle – Hunt’s Down Nr Wilton Wiltshire – 17/06/2020
Istanbul 17 June 2020
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The sun is about to turn into a “ring of fire.” On June 21st, the Moon will pass directly in front of the sun, producing an annular solar eclipse over Earth’s eastern hemisphere. Greatest coverage occurs over the Himalaya of northern India. A partial eclipse will be visible over eastern Africa, the Middle East, India, and most of Asia.
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Waves of anomalous cold are coloring the majority of the 11.73 million mi² African continent “blue” and “purple” this week, as the Grand Solar Minimum continues its intensification. Latest GFS runs reveal temperature departures some 4C – 10C below the seasonal norm will stretch the length and breadth of Africa today, June 19, from Morocco in the north down to South Africa.
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M5.6 535 km Fiji
The development of the last 24 hours in Europe shows how the seismic push continues to arrive on the M5 in the Eastern Mediterranean and is then, in a certain sense, mitigated and reduced to movements on the M3 further west. An M5.1 shock occurred in the Pliny Trench south of Crete this morning and this time the transfer toward the west and the Atlantic occurred on the coasts of North Africa with a movement on the M3 on the border between Algeria and Tunisia. In Iceland the swarm on the M3 continues, here all the seismic force that has passed through Central Europe regroup.
Nevada continues to be in motion, in the last 24 hours various movements have occurred, a shock of M4.3 at 10:26 UTC and a shock of M5 at 20:42 UTC. In the image you can see some earthquakes above M5 at the Aleutian Islands, the previous stop of the transfer of the seismic force. The intermediate zone where we could see movements falls at the height of the southern coast of Canada.
The South West Pacific still shows a series of deep earthquakes with the most powerful shock of M5.6 at 534 km of depth occurred this morning at 10:07 UTC in Fiji. The second movement took place at 17:54 UTC south of Fiji, M4.3 at 502 km. These will certainly put in motion the areas to the west and south, the latter already suffered in recent days. For now, the shocks stop in the Kermadec Islands without reaching New Zealand.
Earthquakes Last 24 Hours – M4 and Above
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