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The ISS space station heaps love on Australia

The ISS space station heaps love on Australia

“Australia, you are very beautiful,” was the gobsmacked reaction of NASA astronaut Scott Kellyas he soared above the nation’s red centre on April 6.

Commander Kelly, who posted the photo to Twitter from 400 kilometres up in the International Space Station, began his one-year mission with Russian counterpart Mikhail Kornienko on March 27.

Twitter user Peter Caltner told the Herald the striking photo was of the Simpson Desert near Birdsville in Queensland.

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The Beast of Turin lives again

The Beast of Turin lives again

The vehicle in question is a Fiat S76, built in 1911 to do nothing but go fast in a straight line, contesting the era’s outright land-speed record. It features a monstrous 28.5-liter four-cylinder engine churning out 290 horsepower that propelled what would become known as the Beast of Turin to a top speed of around 140 miles per hour, which was downright crazy for that era.

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Russia is farting, scientists are poopin

Russia is farting, scientists are poopin

Respected Moscow scientist Professor Vasily Bogoyavlensky has called for ‘urgent’ investigation of the new phenomenon amid safety fears.

Until now, only three large craters were known about in northern Russia with several scientific sources speculating last year that heating from above the surface due to unusually warm climatic conditions, and from below, due to geological fault lines, led to a huge release of gas hydrates, so causing the formation of these craters in Arctic regions.

Two of the newly-discovered large craters – also known as funnels to scientists – have turned into lakes, revealed Professor Bogoyavlensky, deputy director of the Moscow-based Oil and Gas Research Institute, part of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

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Return to Callan Park to visit the secret tunnels

Return to Callan Park to visit the secret tunnels

Before you go ahead, if you have not seen the first part of this site then please check this out.

Today I had one of my exploration dreams come true. Access to the underground tunnels of Callan Park. The site of Australia’s only Kirk Bridie building and until recently a massive insane asylum. Today the site is an Arts University and through a friend a tour of the tunnels was arranged.

  
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The big bang was not the beginning?

The big bang was not the beginning?

The universe may have existed forever, according to a new model that applies quantum correction terms to complement Einstein’s theory of general relativity. The model may also account for dark matter and dark energy, resolving multiple problems at once.

The widely accepted age of the , as estimated by , is 13.8 billion years. In the beginning, everything in existence is thought to have occupied a single infinitely dense point, or . Only after this point began to expand in a “Big Bang” did the universe officially begin.

Although the Big Bang singularity arises directly and unavoidably from the mathematics of general relativity, some scientists see it as problematic because the math can explain only what happened immediately after—not at or before—the singularity.

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Strange Ocean lights

Strange Ocean lights

A pilot and his co-pilot have spotted a mysterious orange and red glow over the Pacific Ocean.

The strange lights were spotted south of the Russian peninsula Kamchatka during the flight of a Boeing 747-8 from Hong Kong to Anchorage, Alaska.

And while no explanation has yet been given, it’s thought that they may have originated from the explosion of a huge volcano under the surface of the ocean.

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New Batavia mass grave found

New Batavia mass grave found

Secrets from one of the nation’s most horrific maritime mass murders have been unearthed on a tiny island off Western Australia’s coast.

A new grave has been discovered almost four centuries after the Batavia was wrecked on Morning Reef, within the Abrolhos Islands.

The Dutch East India vessel was on its maiden voyage when it wrecked with more than 300 people on board.

The survivors managed to swim to the nearby Beacon Island, but about 40 people drowned.

What then played out on the tiny coral outcrop was a 17th-century tale of mutiny and systematic murders of those aboard that inspired movies, books and plays and remained one of the darkest chapters of Australia’s maritime history.

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If you don’t know about the Batavia then read this and watch this. It’s one of the most darkest and messed up shipwrecks in Australian history.

  
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SS Morro Castle – The Ship of Death

SS Morro Castle – The Ship of Death

Under ordinary circumstances, the final evening of a cruise aboard the luxury turbo-electric ocean liner SS Morro Castle was a splendid event. Hundreds of lady and gentlemen passengers would gather in the Grand Ballroom in their finest evening attire for the customary Farewell Dinner, where veteran sailor Captain Willmott would captivate his guests with salty tales from his years at sea over endless glasses of champagne. Reality, bills, hangovers, and economic depression were all far away, on the other end of tomorrow morning’s gangplank in New York. But on the night of Friday, the 7th of September 1934, circumstances aboard ship were not ordinary. Passengers were indeed draped in their finery in the ballroom, yet the captain’s chair at the captain’s table was conspicuously vacant. He had somewhat suddenly felt unwell. And atop the typical worries lurking outside were two near-hurricane-force storms, one approaching from the north and another from the south. The agitated sea and gusty winds were beginning to cause some sway in the decks, putting already-eaten entrées in danger of unscheduled egress. The surly weather was bound to be a considerable distraction.

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Abandoned jail in French Guiana

Abandoned jail in French Guiana

Devil’s Island and Other Islands of “Salvation”: The Prison Complex Was Abandoned in 1953, and Now Trees Are Reclaiming The Dark Past

French Guiana is a fascinating place in itself (one of the three Guianas, probably the least known tropical country to English-speaking tourists), but the Iles du Salut (nothing to do with “Salvation”, apparently) – Devil’s Island, Isle of St. Joseph and Royal Island – are simply off the charts when it comes to so-called “grief tourism”, i. e. visiting places where terrifying suffering took place in the past… This sinister prison complex of French government dating from Napoleon times was closed down in the 1950s, but as you can see from the following photographs, another sort of activity is taking place there – the Old Mother Nature steps in, and trees are now growing in and around the cells like some giant snakes or tentacled monsters:

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It’s not just Australia’s animals that will fuck you up

It’s not just Australia’s animals that will fuck you up

North Queensland road surveyor A.C. Macmillan was among the first to document the effects of a stinging tree, reporting to his boss in 1866 that his packhorse “was stung, got mad, and died within two hours”. Similar tales abound in local folklore of horses jumping in agony off cliffs and forestry workers drinking themselves silly to dull the intractable pain.

Writing to Marina in 1994, Australian ex-serviceman Cyril Bromley described falling into a stinging tree during mili­tary training on the tableland in World War II. Strapped to a hospital bed for three weeks and administered all manner of unsuccessful treatments, he was sent “as mad as a cut snake” by the pain. Cyril also told of an officer shooting himself after using a stinging-tree leaf for “toilet purposes”.

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No shit, the treatment for this is to use diluted acid to burn the stingers out.

  
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Can Lego Swim – You Betcha!!

Can Lego Swim – You Betcha!!

Eighteen years after a container of Lego fell off a Japanese ship near the Cornish coast, some of the 4.8 million pieces are still being washed up – in parts of Wales.

A quirk of fate meant many of the colourful plastic toys were marine-themed kits, so locals and tourists alike have found miniature cutlasses, flippers, spear guns, seagrass and scuba gear.

Tracey Williams, who has been combing the beaches of her native Cornwall in the years since 62 containers fell off the Tokio Express in February 1997, has set up a Facebook page to map where the iconic items have been spotted.

And although most of them have washed up in Cornwall, some have been found as far away as the Gower and Freshwater West in Pembrokeshire, hundreds of miles from where the containers were washed overboard.

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Credonia Mwerinde, mass murdering whore

Credonia Mwerinde, mass murdering whore

Credonia Mwerinde (born 1952) was the high priestess and co-founder of the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God, a sect that splintered from the Roman Catholic Church in Uganda. Before founding the movement she was a shopkeeper, brewer of banana beer, and a prostitute. Mwerinde was also a member of a religious group that was devoted to the Virgin Mary. She and two other group members approached Joseph Kibweteere in 1989, and said that the Virgin Mary had instructed him to take them in. Kibweteere did, and he was particularity struck by her claim of a Marian apparition near his home, which related to a vision he himself had five years earlier. Together Mwerinde and Kibweteere would found the Movement in 1989.

 

Mwerinde was part of the triumvirate that lead the sect, which included Kibweteere, and Dominic Kataribaabo, an excommunicated priest. However Paul Ikazire, a sect leader who later returned to the Catholic Church, described her as being the true power in the Movement. He said, “The meetings were chaired by Sister Credonia, who was the de facto head of the group. Kibwetere was just a figurehead, intended to impose masculine authority over the followers and enhance the cult’s public relations.”Mwerinde was also the source of the sect’s predictions of an apocalypse and the pronouncements that salvation could only be found with the Virgin Mary’s messages.

 

The Movement grew rapidly and at its height membership was estimated as being between 1,000 and 4,000. Defrocked Catholic priests and nuns joined and worked as theologians. The apocalypse was predicted to occur with the advent of the new millennium. After the Movement was evicted from Rwashamaire, it moved to an estate her father owned in Kanungu District. With the year 2000 approaching sect members sold their property and turned the profits over to group leadership.

 

When the world did not end by January 1, a crisis occurred in the Movement. Members began to ask questions and demand the return of their money and property. Police investigators believe that Movement leadership, particularly Mwerinde, began a purge of their followers culminating in the destruction of their Kanangu Church in a fire that killed all 530 inside. Hundreds of bodies were also found at Movement properties across southwestern Uganda. Initially believed to be a mass suicide, police later stated that they were investigating it as a mass murder.
Mwerinde is assumed to have survived the church conflagration. Ugandan authorities believe that she left the sect’s Kanangu compound in the early hours of March 17. In April 2000, police issued an international warrant for her arrest in connection to the sect killings.
In September 2011, Mwerinde and several other prognosticators who incorrectly predicted various dates for the end of world were jointly awarded an Ig Nobel Prize for “teaching the world to be careful when making mathematical assumptions and calculations”.

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Being Me

Being Me

“There are any number of self help books that will tell you how to find yourself.
But what if truly being yourself involved changing your gender? Would you have the courage to do it?
Eleven-year-old Isabelle does. To the world she looked like a young boy. But she knew that she was really a girl, and a year ago she told her parents the way she felt.”

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Isabelle’s father is my mate that I’ve known through high school, uni, homemate, and was even a groom at my wedding. I was even the only non-relative at his own wedding. I knew Isabelle in the early years, so my mind has been pretty blown on her strength and her parents support shown in this report. Definitely worth a watch even for those that do not know them.

  
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Google will test its Wi-Fi-beaming balloons in Australia

Google will test its Wi-Fi-beaming balloons in Australia

When it comes to telecommunications, Australia is generally pretty behind the eight ball – sometimes so much so that we can’t even see the ball anymore.

But in a surprisingly innovative move, the country’s largest telecommunications company Telstra has now partnered with Google to begin trials of the search engine giant’s ambitious Project Loon in western Queensland in December.

As part of Project Loon, Google plans to launch a network of high-altitude balloons into the sky, each capable of beaming a wireless signal to the ground below.

The ultimate goal is to provide internet to the two-thirds of the world that currently isn’t connected, and also help bring Wi-Fi to the poorest and most remote regions, as well as those areas struck by natural disasters.

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Not sure how well this will work I hope it will work, until a plane hits one.

  
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Amelia Earhart’s plane identified

Amelia Earhart’s plane identified

A fragment of Amelia Earhart’s lost aircraft has been identified to a high degree of certainty for the first time ever since her plane vanished over the Pacific Ocean on July 2, 1937, in a record attempt to fly around the world at the equator.

New research strongly suggests that a piece of aluminum aircraft debris recovered in 1991 from Nikumaroro, an uninhabited atoll in the southwestern Pacific republic of Kiribati, does belong to Earhart’s twin-engined Lockheed Electra.

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The Enfield Poltergeist

In August 1977, single parent Peggy Hodgson called police to her rented home in Enfield after two of her four children claimed that furniture was moving and knocking sounds were heard on walls. The children included Margaret, age 13, Janet, age 11, Johnny, age 10 and Billy, age 7. A female police constable saw a chair slide on the floor but couldn’t determine if it moved by itself or was pushed by someone. Later claims included allegedly demonic voices, loud noises, thrown rocks and toys, overturned chairs and levitation of children. Reports of further incidents in the house attracted considerable press attention and the story was covered in British newspapers such as the Daily Mail and Daily Mirror, until reports came to an end in 1979.[1][2][3] On Halloween 2011, BBC News featured comments from a radio interview with photographer Graham Morris, who claimed that a considerable portion of the events were genuine

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