Month: December 2019

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Michel de Nostredame, or Nostradamus, was a 16th-century writer and apothecary believed by many to be the world’s foremost authority on prophecies. Nostradamus’ fervent followers credit the French mystic with predicting many of the world’s biggest events, penne in cryptic passages dubbed quatrains. Nostradamus is famously said to have predicted the rise of Adolf Hitler
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Jeane Dixon was one of the best-known US self-proclaimed psychics and astrologers of the 20th century, due to her outrageous newspaper columns that encapsulated the interest of readers. Ms Dixon reportedly correctly predicted the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, writing in the May 13, 1956, issue of Parade Magazine that the 1960 presidential election would be “dominated by labour and
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As 2019 winds to a close, the journey towards fully realised quantum computing continues: physicists have been able to demonstrate quantum teleportation between two computer chips for the first time.   Put simply, this breakthrough means that information was passed between the chips not by physical electronic connections, but through quantum entanglement – by linking
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Things are pretty dire right now. Giant swaths of my country are burning as I write this, at a scale unlike anything we’ve ever seen. Countless animals, including koalas, are perishing along with our life-supporting greenery. People are losing homes and loved ones.   These catastrophes are being replicated around the globe ever more frequently, and
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The central figure to Christianity is believed to be the incarnation of God and the awaited Messiah prophesied in the Old Testament of the Bible. According to the Church, Jesus was born in 4AD and was crucified under the order of Pontius Pilate, the Roman prefect, sometime between 30AD and 33AD, before rising again through resurrection three days later, but a discovery made in 2000 may suggest there was inspiration behind
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This year, I was on the judging panel for the Royal Statistical Society’s International Statistic of the Decade. Much like Oxford English Dictionary’s “Word of the Year” competition, the international statistic is meant to capture the zeitgeist of this decade. The judging panel accepted nominations from the statistical community and the public at large for
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The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a secure seed bank on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, near Longyearbyen, approximately 810 miles from the North Pole. It is the brainchild of American conservationist Cary Fowler, in association with the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) to preserve a wide variety of plant seeds that are duplicate samples, or “spare” copies, of seeds held in gene banks worldwide. The
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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk welcomed the launching of Space Force, the newest US military service, with a “Star Trek”-themed tweet: “Starfleet begins.“ On Friday, President Donald Trump signed the National Defence Authorization Act (NDAA) a US$738 billion bipartisan defence spending bill.   Part of the NDAA authorizes the Space Force as a military service under
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On September 12 this year, Pope Francis announced his plan to launch a global education pack to “unite efforts” to combat climate change. The leader of the Vatican called on world leaders to come together on May 14, 2020, to discuss his “Laudato Si” proposal to reduce global warming. He said: “Never before has there been such
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To many people around the world of various religions, God is conceived of as the supreme being, creator deity and central object of their faith. Those people often pray to their God, hoping to bring good luck or fortune and also attribute miracles to them when something seemingly unexplainable happens. Neil deGrasse Tyson says these “fascinating