News Burst 24 August 2021 – Get The News! ~ August 24, 2021

  • In recent years, Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) sightings seem to be occurring more often, thanks to modern technologies and the ability of almost everyone to film these phenomena and share them on social networks. In the US, increased interest in UFO sightings has been observed especially in light of a recently published government report on these unexplained phenomena. However, US authorities did not confirm the existence of extraterrestrial tourists on our planet. But those who want to believe continue to look for signs of life from other worlds.
  • Israel produces nearly a million tons of plastic per year, and it is estimated that by 2050 that number will triple. Israelis use some 70,000 tons of disposable utensils annually, forking out $620 million. Overall, the country produces 900,000 tons of plastic a year, but only nine percent of the total number is being recycled. Where is the rest? The waste is dispersed across the country. Recent research found that Tel Aviv is the third most polluted coastal city in the Mediterranean basin out of 22 places examined. 90 percent of all beach litter in Israel is plastic, whereas 70 percent of the trash found in the waters of the Red and Mediterranean seas contained plastic bags and containers.
  • With its barren icefields, huge lava fields, and constant volcanic activity, Iceland has been described as the perfect substitute for the rugged volcanic landscape found on Mars. Planetary volcanologist Christopher Hamilton of the University of Arizona and the University of Iceland has been using the island’s unique terrain in the Geldingadalir Valley, which saw some 30,000 earthquakes in March alone, to test a drone aimed for a Mars flight. It’s called RAVEN, which stands for Rover Aerial Vehicle Exploration Network, CBS News reported. According to Hamilton, Iceland as the perfect substitute for the rugged volcanic landscape found on Mars.
  • The Danish Health Authority is working on guidelines for which citizens should be given third vaccine shots. The agency’s deputy director, Helene Probst, suggested that the vaccines are “no longer having such a good effect”, thereby hampering a further analysis of the situation. “But we will not hesitate to recommend a third dose if it turns out that there is falling immunity among those who have been vaccinated”, she said in a statement.
  • Humans may not be as good as computers at maintaining constant vigilance, and may be slow to react in some circumstances, or may even be cognitively compromised (sleepy, distracted, drunk). But AI cannot approximate human cognition and spontaneous problem-solving. Outside of the narrow confines of algorithmic parameters, AI systems cannot problem-solve outside their trained capabilities. ~ Norman Lewis
  • Serial warmonger Tony Blair has blasted the US decision to pull out from Afghanistan, but history tells us the real madness was invading the unconquerable country in the first place. Had Blair read just a little bit of history, he would have pursued an exclusively diplomatic path to try and get Osama Bin Laden handed over and not have been so keen to send in the troops. Today, Blair is busily trying to spin the invasion of 2001 as a ‘success.’ But ‘Operation Enduring Freedom’ certainly didn’t bring peace to Afghanistan.
  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken seems to be having trouble with getting names right. As he was speaking about the escape of Ashraf Ghani to the UAE, he recalled a phone call he had had with the Afghan president just a day before Taliban fighters reached Kabul. But instead of saying that he’d had a conversation with the now-deposed Ghani, he mistakenly referred to his predecessor, Hamid Karzai, who served as the president of Afghanistan from 2001 to 2014.
  • A total of 229 “rehabbed” radical extremists previously released from the Cuba-based Guantanamo Bay detention centre have returned to terrorism, according to a US intelligence report obtained by the New York Post. The report issued by the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) claimed that at least 66% of those extremists had not been recaptured and are still at large. “Based on trends identified during the past 17 years, we assess that some detainees currently at GTMO [Guantanamo Bay prison] will seek to reengage in terrorist or insurgent activities after they are transferred”, the document said. The report added that although “enforcement of transfer conditions probably has deterred many former detainees from reengagement, some detainees determined to reengage have and will do so regardless of any transfer conditions”.
  • A team of scientists from India’s premiere technology institute has found that Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) or thermocol has the ability to resist earthquake forces on up to four-storey buildings. The team, led by research scholar Adil Ahmad, tested a full-scale building and a number of wall elements constructed with thermocol at the National Seismic Test Facility (NSTF) of the Department of Earthquake Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee. The team evaluated the elements constructed with thermocol under lateral forces that are similar to earthquakes. Later, the researchers supplemented the investigations with detailed computer simulations of a realistic four-storey building. Nearly 60 percent of India is prone to earthquakes of different intensities. Earlier this year, the Indian government stated that 965 earthquakes of magnitude three and higher were recorded in 2020 and 13 of them were in the National Capital Region and its surrounding areas.
  • President Samia Suluhu Hassan is joining the ranks of politicians who have repeatedly been told off for making inappropriate remarks about women. Tanzania’s president has been branded “rude” and “misogynistic” online after she said that female footballers with “flat chests” were like men and thus unattractive for marriage. President Samia Suluhu Hassan made the remarks during a Sunday ceremony celebrating the victory of the young national male team in the regional CECAFA Cup, when she suddenly referred to women footballers. The president noted that despite making the country proud with their victories, some female players had a low chance of getting married because of their appearance.
  • More than 200 protesters were arrested in Melbourne on Saturday. Melbourne’s top cop has claimed Saturday’s anti-lockdown protests were the most violent in two decades after officers pepper-sprayed children. A video footage posted on Twitter showed adults trying to treat a crying young boy for the effects of the spray that causes severe irritation to the eyes, nose, and throat.
  • Four women and three elderly people from a Dalit – the “untouchables” – family were mercilessly beaten by fellow villagers in India’s Maharashtra state. Residents of Vani Khurd village, where the incident took place on Saturday, accused them of performing black magic.

News Burst 24 August 2021

By cindyloucbp

Cynthia is the typical Pisces! Her left brain activities include scientific activities in the hospital laboratory as a director. Her right-brain activites show as a painter, photographer and musician. She is known as the scientist who sings!

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