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Cat filter strikes again during press conference

Image Credit: Facebook / RCMP

The unfortunate gaffe occurred during a serious press conference.

A Canadian police press conference about a mysterious double homicide was marred by ‘technical difficulties’.

Last month, Facebook’s ‘cat filter’ turned a Pakastini minister’s livestream in to a farce when journalist Shaukat Yousafzai appeared with cat ears and whiskers during the presentation.

Now the same thing has happened again – this time during a livestreamed press conference by police officers in Canada who had been relaying information about a double homicide in British Columbia.

A spokesman for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police later apologized for the incident which has since been blamed on “technical difficulties” relating to Facebook’s livestream settings.

The conference ended up being re-recorded without the cat filter enabled.

The murder case being covered was that of American Chynna Noelle Deese and her Australian boyfriend, Lucas Robertson Fowler, who had been on holiday in Canada when they were killed.

Their bodies were found on a remote highway in British Columbia on July 15th.

Canadian police are encouraging anyone with information to come forward.

Source: Huffington Post

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Amateur Astronomer records a mysterious explosion on the Moon

On December 1, 2019, Peter Lawrence of Thornton, an English astronomer, recorded a strange red flash on the moon, as if it were an explosion. What caused the red flash?

Something exploded on the moon or was it a lunar wave, a hologram or perhaps a glitch in the matrix or something else?

According to atmospheric optics expert Les Cowley “The technical name of this event is a ‘Ducted Mock-mirage Red Flash.’ As the Moon set, it dipped into a strong temperature inversion layer with warm air above cooler air – light rays bend when they cross the layers, in this case strongly enough that ‘ducting’ occurs — that is, the rays bounce up and down, trapped in an optical duct”, reports spaceweather.

Credit image and video clip Peter Lawrence via Spaceweather.com

How many technical scientific explanations are thought in an instance, to try to give a justification or a plausible answer to an unknown phenomenon. Many researchers are convinced that the Moon is protected by a holographic shield, while others say that the Moon is an artificial object inhabited by extraterrestrial civilizations that use the satellite as a center of control and surveillance of the earth’s humanity.

Lawrence created a short clip of the strange red flash.

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NASA has found new evidence that our Sun is not an ordinary star

About two years ago, NASA launched the Parker space probe toward the Sun, which finally reached the distance closest to our star and transmitted the first results of its observations of the luminary. It turned out that the strangeness in the behavior of the magnetic field of the Sun, including its ultrafast turns, lasting only a few seconds, does not end there. How can our seemingly well-studied star surprise us?

Our sun may be weirder than it seems

Why is the corona of the sun hotter than its surface?

According to the portal newsweek.com, the first results of the mission were published in four scientific articles of the journal Nature. Despite the fact that the Sun is a key factor in the existence of life on Earth, there are huge gaps in our understanding of the whole multitude of phenomena occurring in its vicinity. So, it is known that the corona – the outermost part of the atmosphere – is much hotter than the surface of the Sun, reaching about a million degrees Celsius compared to 5500 degrees. The reason for this phenomenon is still unknown to scientists. At the same time, our star also produces the so-called solar wind, which constantly bombards Earth’s magnetic field. However, how exactly and why does it arise?

In order to help specialists understand such difficult issues, the Parker probe was designed, which came closer to the Sun than any other artificial object in the history of mankind. During his last three flights, scheduled for 2024 and 2025, it will approach the surface of the Sun at a distance of 6 million kilometers. Currently, the solar probe rotates at an approximate distance of about 24 million kilometers from our star at its closest point from the star.

The solar corona is fraught with many mysteries

The first studies of the space probe were aimed at studying the solar corona and its magnetic fields. It is known that it is the corona that produces the electrons of the solar wind, which are noticeably accelerated, leaving the place of its appearance.

Using new observations, the team found that while a “fast” solar wind, whose speed can reach 900 kilometers per second, comes from large holes in the corona at the North and South poles of the Sun, a “slow” solar wind comes from smaller holes in that part of the corona, which is located near the equator. It is known that the fastest recorded solar winds moved at a speed of 1.8 million kilometers per hour.

A team from NASA has also proven that the solar wind revolves around the Sun 10 to 20 times faster than standard models predicted. Such impressive speeds can be associated with unexpected changes in the magnetic field of a star. Researchers have discovered that magnetic fields can be traced down to coronal holes, sometimes suddenly turning as much as 180 degrees in just a few seconds.

Currently, the Parker solar probe continues to revolve around our star, getting a little closer with each circle. Activity on the sun increases and decreases during the 11-year cycle, which is currently in the “solar minimum”, characterized by fewer sunspots than usual. In the coming years, the activity of the Sun will increase until it reaches the so-called “solar maximum”, which will occur at the end of the mission of the Parker probe in 2024.

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Banana duct-taped to a wall sells for $120,000

Some people will buy anything… 

Modern art connoisseurs have taken to a rather tongue-in-cheek exhibit at a Miami Beach art festival this week.

A fool and his money are soon parted, as the saying goes – and nowhere is this more apparent than at the Art Basel in Miami where at least two art collectors have already paid an absurd $120,000 for a piece of ‘art’ that amounts to little more than an overripe banana stuck to a wall with duct-tape.

The farcical exhibit, which is appropriately entitled ‘Comedian’, is the work of Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan who reportedly acquired the piece of fruit from a local supermarket.

After going on sale by Paris-based gallery Perrotin, the first iteration of the piece sold to a French art collector for the full $120,000, while a second version also sold for the same amount.

Given the success of the piece, subsequent iterations are set to be sold for even higher sums.

Exactly what will happen to its value once the banana rots away however remains unclear.

Source: NBC News

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