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Mystery Russian satellite's behaviour raises alarm in US

Mystery Russian satellite's behaviour raises alarm in US

Technology
A mysterious Russian satellite displaying "very abnormal behaviour" has raised alarm in the US, according to a State Department official."We don't know for certain what it is and there is no way to verify it," said assistant secretary Yleem Poblete at a conference in Switzerland on 14 August.She voiced fears that it was impossible to say if the object may be a weapon.Russia has dismissed the comments as "unfounded, slanderous accusations based on suspicions".The satellite in question was launched in October last year."[The satellite's] behaviour on-orbit was inconsistent with anything seen before from on-orbit inspection or space situational awareness capabilities, including other Russian inspection satellite activities," Ms Pobl...
Richard Bacon placed in medically-induced coma after mystery illness

Richard Bacon placed in medically-induced coma after mystery illness

Entertainment
Twitter RICHARD BACON: The Blue Peter presenter, here last week, is in a medically-induced coma The 42-year-old presenter, who was famously sacked from children's TV show Blue Peter after he was found with drugs, is in a medically induced coma.According to The Sun, Richard is fighting for his life after contracting a mystery illness, which caused him to be hospitalised last week.A source is quoted as telling the publication: "This is an extremely worrying time for everyone who loves him [Richard]."Doctors started treating him for pneumonia, but it soon became apparent that it wasn't working and his condition took a dramatic turn for the worse. "They had no choice but to put him into a medically-induc...
Ozone hole mystery: China insulating chemical said to be source of rise

Ozone hole mystery: China insulating chemical said to be source of rise

Science
Cut-price Chinese home insulation is being blamed for a massive rise in emissions of a gas, highly damaging to the Earth's protective ozone layer. The Environmental Investigations Agency (EIA) found widespread use of CFC-11 in China, even though the chemical was fully banned back in 2010. Scientists have been extremely puzzled by the mysterious rise in emissions. But this report suggests the key source is China's home construction industry. Just two months ago, researchers published a study showing that the expected decline in the use of CFC-11 after it was completely banned eight years ago had slowed to a crawl. There were suspicions among researchers that new supplies were being made somewhere in East Asia. Rumours were rife as...
Mystery extinct ape found in ancient Chinese tomb

Mystery extinct ape found in ancient Chinese tomb

Science
An ape that is new to science has been discovered buried in an ancient tomb in China.The gibbon has already become extinct, suggesting humans wiped out primate populations long before the modern age.Living primates are in peril, with many on the brink of extinction.The new gibbon, named Junzi imperialis, may be the first to vanish as a direct result of human actions, according to scientists led by the Zoological Society of London."All of the world's apes - chimpanzees, gorillas, orang-utans and gibbons - are threatened with extinction today due to human activities, but no ape species were thought to have become extinct as a result of hunting or habitat loss," said lead researcher Dr Samuel Turvey."However, the discovery of the re...
Sculpted head of mystery biblical king found

Sculpted head of mystery biblical king found

Technology
An enigmatic sculpture of a king's head dating back nearly 3,000 years has set off a modern-day mystery caper as scholars try to figure out whose face it depicts. The 5-centimeter (2-inch) sculpture is an exceedingly rare example of figurative art from the Holy Land during the 9th century B.C. — a period associated with biblical kings. Exquisitely preserved but for a bit of missing beard, nothing quite like it has been found before. While scholars are certain the stern bearded figure wearing a golden crown represents royalty, they are less sure which king it symbolizes, or which kingdom he may have ruled. Archaeologists unearthed the diminutive figurine in 2017 during excavations at a site called Abel Beth Maacah, located just south of Israel's border with Lebanon, near the modern-...