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Boozy tours court trouble in the hermit kingdom – The Australian

Left: Gareth Johnson, who founded the Young Pioneer Tours agency in 2008, on a visit to the Pyongyang Film Studio in North Korea. Right: Otto Warmbier at the Supreme Court in Pyongyang. Beer-soaked “booze cruises” down North Korea’s Taedong River. Scuba-diving trips off the country’s eastern coast. Saint Patrick’s Day pub crawls in Pyongyang featuring drinking games with cheery locals. Since 2008, the Young Pioneer Tours agency has built up a business attracting young travellers with a competitively priced catalogue of exotic-sounding, hard-partying adventures in one of the world’s most isolated countries. But the death on Monday of 22-year-old American …

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The week’s 5 weirdest news stories: KFC sunscreen, parkour fail and more – azcentral.com

The mad ad men and women behind the KFC campaign that brought us an assortment of deranged body-swapping Colonel Sanderses have produced a line of fried-chicken-scented sunscreen.(Photo: KFC) Welcome back to another Offbeat, where we’ve collected the top five strangest news reports of the week as chosen by the tenured professors at the Ryan Lochte School for Kids Who Can’t Crime Good. Here they are on the scale of weird from Towhead Dye Job to Bustin’ Up a Brazilian Gas Station Men’s Room: 5: Great moments in parkour fails A University of Pittsburgh student attempting to American Ninja Warrior his way …

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‘He never wears anything twice’: Cannes’ top concierges share their best festival stories – CNN

(CNN) — When walking down the Croisette, Cannes’ famous promenade, take a moment to think of the concierges. During the film festival this cabal of indefatigable problem-fixers will be working in overdrive, handling just about anything the rich and famous can throw at them. Take the most outlandish request you can imagine. Double it. These guys — and they are mostly men — wouldn’t bat an eyelid. They’ve seen it all, and they’re in the business of making the impossible happen. If they’re wearing golden keys pinned to their lapels, especially so. The golden keys are the insignia of Les …

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Recognition technology a step closer to use in courtroom

In most crime scenes, there is some information that is known only by investigators and the actual perpetrator. Only the kidnapper knows what the abandoned shed where they kept a victim looks like, and only the true thief will know which house was burglarized. When confronted by investigators about this type of information, suspects uniformly answer: “I’ve never seen that before.” Soon, however, neuroscience technology may be able to help the legal system differentiate the truth tellers from the liars, according to a University of Minnesota study. The report, “The Limited Effect of Electroencephalography Memory Recognition Evidence on Assessments of …

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The mere presence of your smartphone reduces brain power, study shows

Your cognitive capacity is significantly reduced when your smartphone is within reach — even if it’s off. That’s the takeaway finding from a new study from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. McCombs Assistant Professor Adrian Ward and co-authors conducted experiments with nearly 800 smartphone users in an attempt to measure, for the first time, how well people can complete tasks when they have their smartphones nearby even when they’re not using them. In one experiment, the researchers asked study participants to sit at a computer and take a series of tests that required …

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Pagan Community Notes: Texas adoption bill, Piaga Paganism, Juneteenth, and more. – The Wild Hunt

[Wikimedia Commons]. AUSTIN, Texas — Governor Greg Abbott signed into a law the Texas adoption bill that aims to protect “the rights of conscience for child welfare services providers.” As we reported in May, the controversial bill has generated both national support and criticism. Proponents claim that the new law will help an ailing child care system by protecting faith-based service organizations, which make up a sizable bulk of the potential child welfare providers. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. James Frank (R), posted on Facebook: “HB 3859 bans no one.” The aim, as he has said, is to improve the system and find stable families for troubled children. Contrary …

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6 films of witchcraft and wizardry to mark the 20th anniversary of ‘Harry Potter’ – City Pages

For those of us who grew up with it, Harry Potter may be the first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions “witchcraft,” but the bespectacled boy wizard was hardly the first sorcerer in our popular culture. Witches and wizards have long played a starring role on the movie screen. Let’s take the occasion of this anniversary to look back at six of the best cinematic stories of witchcraft — streaming online — from across the world and through the ages. [embedded content] Title: Carrie (USA, 1976) What it is: Let’s start off with an American classic: Brian de …

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Were Nazis occult masters? It’s a good story but not history – Scroll.in

Maybe it started with Indiana Jones. When Raiders of the Lost Ark premiered in 1981, audiences were treated to the vivid spectacle of bumbling Nazi officials obsessed with esoteric lore, eager to harness ancient occult powers for their own nefarious purposes. Fast-forward a few decades, and today’s popular culture is still awash in the imagery of Nazi occultism. From the History Channel to video games, from Hollywood movies to comic books, from chat rooms to Reddit to YouTube, there is endless speculation about the hidden forces behind Nazi evil. Books on the topic abound. It is a favourite of conspiracy …

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Four Terrifying Ways Space Can Kill You – Gizmodo

Image: SyFy We’re all clamoring to get into space these days, but lost in our excitement to fly to the Moon and colonize Mars is a brutal truth: the final frontier is a cold, inhospitable wasteland that’ll kill you at the first opportunity it gets. Astronauts already know this, but for the rest of us, here are just a few of the potentially lethal dangers faced by spacefaring pioneers. Exposure to the vacuum of space Let’s handle the most obvious danger first—exposure to vacuum. This is, as I’m sure would-be explorers are taught on the first day of astronaut school, …

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Here’s Where Space.com Staffers Will View the 2017 Solar Eclipse – Space.com

The total solar eclipse that will cross the continental U.S. from coast to coast is only two months away. On Aug. 21, millions of people are expected to commute into the path of totality to see this amazing celestial sight — including some of the staff of Space.com.  Four of our staff members — including myself — will be traveling to see the total eclipse. The eclipse will be visible along a path that stretches from Oregon to South Carolina, so there are plenty of places for people to see the total eclipse. There are many good reasons to select …

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Space Warfare: America could soon have a new branch of the … – Fox News

Members of Congress have laid the groundwork for the U.S Air Force to establish a new branch of the military, known as a Space Corps, by January of 2019.  The proposal came from Congressmen Mike Rogers, R-Ala., and Jim Cooper. D-Tenn., the top representatives of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee, which oversees military space operations. They introduced the legislation into the House Armed Services Committee National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on Tuesday. According to a joint statement by Rogers and Cooper, the Space Corps would reorganize the national security space enterprise “to ensure prioritization of the space domain by creating a …

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This Space Museum in Central Kansas Was Worth the 30 Hour Drive – Gizmodo

All Images: Chris Davidson Hutchinson, Kansas isn’t the kind of place you’d wind up if you weren’t looking to. The placid prairie town sits a solid hour’s drive south of I-70, the interstate that most travelers use to blow across 425 miles of Kansas cornfield and cattle pasture as quickly as possible. But as soon as I entered the silver-roofed museum, which is flanked by an authentic Mercury-Redstone Launch Vehicle and a Gemini-Titan II rocket, I knew the extra hours of driving were going to be worth it. After all, how often is one greeted at the door by a …

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Newborn Star Gorges on a ‘Space Hamburger,’ Belching Spinning Jets – Space.com

Observations from the ALMA telescope in Chile revealed spinning jets of material (green) ejecting from inside the accretion disk around a young star, which ALMA could picture at a resolution of 8 astronomical units. A model of the solar system is included in the lower left for scale. Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/Lee et al. Astronomers have observed the eating habits of a newborn star — and like any youngster, it has an affinity for fast food. Using the powerful Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile, an international team of researchers has imaged the flow of material around a “young” 40,000-year-old …

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CHESS mission will check out the space between stars – Phys.Org

Floating clouds of the interstellar medium are the focus of the NASA-funded CHESS sounding rocket mission, which will check out the earliest stages of star formation. Here, the CHESS payload is integrated with the sounding rocket before launch. Credit: Kevin France Deep in space between distant stars, space is not empty. Instead, there drifts vast clouds of neutral atoms and molecules, as well as charged plasma particles called the interstellar medium—that may, over millions of years, evolve into new stars and even planets. These floating interstellar reservoirs are the focus of the NASA-funded CHESS sounding rocket mission, which will check …

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Live coverage: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket takes off from Florida, lands on ship – Spaceflight Now

Live coverage of the countdown and launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida with the BulgariaSat 1 communications satellite. SpaceX’s live video coverage begins at approximately 2:50 p.m. EDT (1850 GMT). Text updates will appear automatically below; there is no need to reload the page. Follow us on Twitter.

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This Secret Catholic Exorcist Cult in Brazil Is Making a Deal With the Devil – Daily Beast

ROME—Plinio Correa de Oliveira is almost as peculiar in death as he was in life. Dr. Plinio, as he is still known by his devout followers, was a right-wing Catholic figure who founded the ultra conservative Tradition, Family and Property Association, known in Catholic circles as the TFP. In the early 1960s, he famously came to Rome to protest the opening of the Second Vatican Council, which sought to modernize the Catholic Church in a changing era. He called such attempts at renewal “a point in history as sad as the death of our Lord” and handed out propaganda with …

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Flight attendant reveals craziest plane ‘ghost’ stories she’s heard – NEWS.com.au

Video Image Parents of Rebecca Coriam open up about the time they discovered she was missing0:35 Mark and Ann, the parents of missing cruise ship crewmember Rebecca Coriam, speak to the BBC about the time they discovered their daughter was gone. Courtesy: BBC June 23rd 2017 a day ago /display/newscorpaustralia.com/Web/NewsNetwork/Network News/World/ Thai Smile, the low-cost subsidiary of Thai Airways, accommodates passengers travelling with “child angel” dolls. Picture: Arthur Jones Dionio/Alamy Live News Amanda Plevanews.com.au Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Email a friend LIGHTS that turn themselves off and on. Unusual sounds. Sudden …

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Missouri witness drives under hovering triangle UFO

The witness had to pass directly under the object – which was hovering at the height of a tree line. Pictured: St. Francois County, MO. (Credit: Google) by Roger Marsh ​A Missouri witness at St. Francois County reported an encounter with a triangle-shaped object hovering low over a rural roadway, according to testimony in Case 83973 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database. The witness was southbound along Highway 67 between Farmington and Cherokee Pass at 7 p.m. on March 3, 2017, when the incident began. “I was basically in the middle of nowhere,” the witness stated. “There …

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UFO Sighting Recorded In New York • Latest UFO sightings

UFO sighting videos usually involve shaky, grainy captures from sensationalist claims and low-resolution cameras. It is the reason many reported alien encounters with such videos as evidence have been debunked or criticised by sceptics. Interestingly, those negative factors are not present in the seemingly legitimate UFO sighting that was reported on Sunday in New York. The video was shot using a high-resolution device, and the witness has not made any claims about the possible identity of the mysterious craft. The footage, which was uploaded to YouTube, shows strange lights over the trees in a New York suburb. It was captured …

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New Discovery Could Allow Us to Edit Memories to Make Them Less Traumatic

Researchers have recently discovered two different types of memory use completely different processes in the same nerves, opening the way for a new pharmaceutical solution for treating anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The find challenges earlier research that had suggested memories of traumatic events used the same nerves in the same ways, making them impossible to physically distinguish.   A team of scientists from Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and McGill University analysed neurons from a marine snail called an Aplysia in order to test a hypothesis explaining why memories of incidents surrounding a bad experience can themselves trigger anxiety. …

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