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Living in hell

5 days ago  
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A town in Michigan, Merrill, has been experiencing eerie events since the 1970s. The town is believed to be haunted by sinister spirits that have been tormenting the townsfolk. Paranormal investigator Steve Shippy recently headed to this sleepy town to investigate if the residents' claims hold any weight. "Living in Merrill seemed like a dream at first," one resident told him. "Eventually, the dream turned into a nightmare," he added. The Michigan village has been the source of spook since the 1970s. Pics/@jesslee0820, Instagram and merrillvillage.com A family recounted how they were forced to move to another home in the summer of 1974, after they suffered six months of inexplicable banging and multiple spontaneous fires. Both the FBI and a seismologist tried and failed to determine the cause of the banging. Fearing for their lives, they moved to another house. Paranormal investigator Steve Shippy. Pic/@therealprozak, Instagram Theirs is not the only family to have experienced unnatur..
                 

Can buy me love

12 days ago  
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An entrepreneur, Jeff Gebhart, from Prairie Village, Kansas, is willing to shell out $25,000 (R17 lakh) in return for a girlfriend. He has promised to pay the whopping reward to any person, who can help him in his search for a lover. "I'm single, and I don't want to go back to the normal, app-based dating stuff," said 47-year-old Gebhart in the welcome video of his new site, DateJeffG.com. An ad on it also promises to donate an additional $25,000 to a local no-kill animal shelter. This move is probably inspired by his love for his dog, Gunner. Gebhart is not shy about mentioning his credentials on his website. His profile says he is 5 feet, 7 inches tall, weighs roughly 72 kgs and has 9 per cent BMI (body mass index). It also discloses that he has never been married and is childless. "I've run with the bulls in Spain, jumped out of a few airplanes and have been known to snowboard wearing my pink bunny costume," he bragged in the section called A Great Life on his website. The terms ..
                 

First coronavirus death confirmed in Europe; more than 67,000 cases globally

12 days ago  
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Paris: An 80-year-old Chinese tourist has died from the new coronavirus in France, the first death confirmed outside of Asia, French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said on Saturday. Buzyn said she had been told about the death of the patient —in hospital in Paris since late January—late on Friday, adding that his condition "had deteriorated rapidly" after several days in a critical condition. Six people with the virus remain in hospital in France, Buzyn said, adding that none were seriously ill. One of them was the dead Chinese tourist's 50-year-old daughter and the rest were British nationals who were infected by a compatriot at a French ski resort. The scale of the epidemic ballooned this week after officials in the Chinese province of Hubei—the epicentre of the outbreak—changed their criteria for counting cases, adding thousands of new patients to the tally. A staffer checking temperature of a driver in Zhangjiakou The overall death toll in China due to the dead..
                 

Bot world's Zubin Mehta

19 days ago  
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A Humanoid music conductor wowed listeners at a performance in Sharjah, when it effortlessly guided a symphony orchestra's players through Keiichiro Shibuya's opera, Scary Beauty. The robot, Android Alter 3, gesticulated with its arms, bounced up and down and rotated, during the performance. What's more, it even sang every now and then. "The android itself moves according to its own will," remarked Kotobuki Hikaru, the technician behind the musical bot. Shibuya is a composer from Japan who feels that robots can be extremely useful in everyday life. But he also believes that it is up to humans to determine how to use artificial intelligence in a manner that will facilitate the human experience. "This work is a metaphor of the relationship between humans and technology. Sometimes the android will get crazy, and human orchestras have to follow. But sometimes humans can cooperate very comfortably," he said to the New York Post. Shibuya said that the AI technology that is available right no..
                 

Joe Biden's supporters shaky due to poor show in Iowa

22 days ago  
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Des Moines: Joe Biden's third US presidential bid enters a critical stretch after a disappointing finish in the Iowa caucuses sent the former vice president on to New Hampshire with a skittish donor base, low cash reserves and the looming threat of billionaire rival Michael Bloomberg and his unlimited personal wealth. In New Hampshire, Biden insisted he had a 'good night' in Iowa even as he trailed the top moderate candidate, former Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, and the leading progressive, Bernie Sanders, according to initial returns from 71 per cent of precincts. Biden was running fourth, close to Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who just days ago polled in single digits. That leaves some establishment Democrats, including some Biden supporters, questioning his contention that he'll reclaim clear front-runner status in the race against President Donald Trump once the primary fight moves beyond overwhelmingly white Iowa and New Hampshire to more racially diverse elect..
                 

Man's 'beast' friend

26 days ago  
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Jonathan Tippett, who hails from Vancouver, spent more than a decade designing a giant, four-legged robot named Prosthesis. Tippett has been awarded a Guinness World Record for building the robot, which is the world's largest tetrapod exoskeleton. It stands tall at 16 feet and 18 inches long, and weighs 1,600kg. A pilot is required to operate the machine. Pics/Jonathan Tippett, Facebook Chromoly steel tubing, often used for aerospace and racing vehicles, was used to construct Prosthesis. Tippett spent over 10 years designing the exoskeleton and less than a year working on the final design. Prosthesis has been designed with the purpose of using it for racing. This new sport aims to pit pilot against pilot in all electric, high-powered, and off-road running machines that rely solely on the expertise and training of the people inside them to move. Tipett hopes to continue to develop the technology and build the novel sport of mech racing. 1,600kgWeight of the robot Hate your ex? A zoo is..
                 

Tiny tot, smartest of the lot

one month ago  
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Tiny tot Muhammad Haryz Nadzim, who is all of three years old and lives in the UK made history last week by becoming the youngest member to have been invited to join the British Mensa. Mensa is an IQ society that provides a forum for intellectual exchange among its members who score at the 98th percentile or higher. His mother took him to meet a psychologist and he scored 142 on the Stanford-Binet IQ test, placing him in the 99.7th percentile. The test assesses subjects such as mathematics, reading, memorisation and logical thinking skills. Nur Anira Asyikin, his mother, is of Malaysian origin. She lives in the city of Durham and works as an engineer. She told CNN that she knew her son was special even before the Mensa took notice of him. She calls him her 'brainbox'. Nadzim was placed on the honor roll for both maths and reading at his Kumon after-school program. "We are so proud and happy for Haryz. He's not only good at academics, but he's just like other children who love playing a..