10 Insane News Stories You’ve Missed This Year

10 Insane News Stories You’ve Missed This Year 10 Real Pacific Rim Covid-19 has, for obvious reasons, hogged all the news of the first half of these years

Yet, the world hasn’t stopped In fact, there are quite interesting and insane news stories you might have missed Luckily, we’re here for you, and we start with the world getting a bit weirder The news is fresh from last month, and involves a baby robot taking its first steps Though this robot is huge, straight out of an anime, which is why it’s such a big deal

This extraordinary achievement was earnt by Gundam Factory Yokohama, over in Japan The massive 60-FEET tall robot was designed after the Gundam robots from multiple TV series and manga Robotic and manga fans are sharing their excitement through social media, posting the video of the gigantic statue lifting and lowering its legs, with walking surely soon on the horizon too The Gundam Factory's goal is to make the robot debut in October with a proper walk at the port of Yokohama An engineering challenge of enormous work

But, if it'll work, with 24 degrees of motion, the giant Gundam will be the most advanced full-sized Gundam ever built Hopefully it’ll be Pacific Rim suits next 9 Extinct Blue Bee Is Back Around the same time, just in the middle of May, natural life surprised us all too A rare blue bee that was thought to be extinct extraordinarily came back from the dead

But first a bit of background story This rare species of bee was first discovered in 2011 in the Highlands County of Florida but, since then, it has been eluding scientists, disappearing and reappearing for years at a time The blu-navy bee – scientifically known as Osmia Calaminthae – was last spotted in 2016 After that, there was no sign of the little blue bug, not in Florida, nor elsewhere Therefore, the scientific community assumed the species was extinct

Yet, 2020 hit hard on humans but brought back a lot of weird animals, so the blue bee decided to come out into the world again – because, why not? Have fun little bees, ’cause once the Covid-19 will be over, we’ll be back and you’re gonna have to fake extinction again 8 Man Rescued After Six Days A Well Hollywood get ready, ‘cause this story has the right stuff for you If there’s something you would never wish it would happen to you is get stuck, wounded, in the middle of nowhere, having to face possible imminent death by starvation Add to this a pandemic and you’ll know your chances of being found alive are near to zero

Yet, against all the odds, Jacob Roberts managed to survive six days inside a well in the countryside of a small village of Bali, Indonesia According to local sources, the 29-year-old British man broke his leg falling into the well in Pecatu village while running away from a dog – Can you imagine, meet the death ‘cause a dog was chasing you? Luckily, Jacob’s strong body and strength of mind helped him to get him through it – I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to survive anything like that but, I guess, survival instinct really kicks in certain situations – Anyway, according to Police chief Yusak Agustinus Sooai, Jacob could survive only by drinking the water in the well

7 Siberian Oil Spill If you look at the images of the Siberian Arctic Sea at the beginning of June, you would see the waters tinted with red, purple colours Frankly, at first glance, it kinda looks tranquil and beautiful If it wasn’t for the fact the coloured waters were caused by a huge oil spill The disaster started on May 29, when an oil tank collapsed near the city of Norilsk, Russia

The spill was most likely caused by the thawing permafrost in the area Since then, some 21,000 tons of oil leaked into the nearby Ambarnaya River, polluting the area of about 180,000 m2 A proper catastrophe, that scientists believed could have been avoided They have studied the effects of climate change in the Arctic for decades and warned about infrastructure collapse, coastline erosion, and methane escaping from the previously frozen ground Yet, as usual, nobody listens because, just lazy students who push back all their studies till the last finals week, let’s wait till it’s too late to face the problem

6 World’s Largest Electric Plane Flight On the 28th of May, the world’s largest electric plane took off from Moses Lake in Washington state and successfully completed its flight This is, for several reasons, a pretty HISTORIC event that more people should know about The plane flew at more than 100 mph to an altitude of around 2,500 feet, made a few turns and then landed after 28 minutes – which may not sound so groundbreaking to you

I mean, it’s not that different from common aircrafts standard journeys But please, consider that flights produce carbon dioxide from burning fuel, that contribute to global warming when released into the atmosphere An economy-class return flight from London to New York, for example, emits an estimated 067 tonnes of CO2 per passenger, and, according to the International Air Transport Association, they contribute about 2% of the world's global carbon emissions An entirely electric plane, powered by a 750-horsepower electric motor and supplied with energy by more than 2,000 pounds of lithium-ion batteries would change the world

5 Pentagon UFO Program We’ve started the year with a global pandemic that’s still taking its toll, giving usa pretty terrible year so far What else could ever be out there? Well, according to the Pentagon, the answer is indeed OUT THERE – Or rather FROM out there At the end of July, The New York Times published a report on the Pentagon's Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force

The program's primary goal is to investigate unidentified flying objects, which does not necessarily mean the Aliens are among us but rather that they focus their attention on other countries aviation technology that could pose a threat to the US However, according to the Times, some former officials, including the previous director of the program, are now convinced that objects of undetermined origin have crashed on earth And it's not only officials Astrophysicist Eric Davis, who worked as a consultant for the program, told the paper that he briefed the Defense Department in March regarding retrievals from "off-world vehicles not made on this earth

" Great! Just what we needed, an Alien invasion – Just get it over with us all, guys PLEASE Some of the findings are reported to be publicly disclosed by a Senate committee report Hopefully, we’ll know a bit more soon 4

Antarctica’s Meltdown Well, this is hardly surprising, thanks to global warming Still, when you hear that in February the Antarctic Peninsula reached 6494 Fahrenheit183°C, it might give you a shock Seems like humanity isn’t the only thing on Earth having a meltdown… The degrees marked the highest temperatures ever recorded on the continent

– yay- The event, no matter how unique may sound, is not really unexpected to experts who know very well the impact global warming has at the Poles They've observed, for years now, the temperatures on the Antarctic continent rising – by almost 37 degrees Fahrenheit over the past 50 years – and about 87% of the glaciers along with its west coast retreat Scientists have also stressed once again how relevant any small action can be, both at slowing down and increasing the warming – However, I'd take the slow down thing seriously and go for the bigger the better since, otherwise, we could soon face the collapse of the ice shelves along the peninsula – Not ideal

3 Super Space Fungi A Super Space Fungi could easily be a comic-book character, but this isn't the case – for now… if you come up with something good, send it over, we may go into business Jokes aside, this is indeed one of the coolest news of the past months In July – what a great month, considering the year and the fact that the same month started with reported cases of Black Plague in Mongolia – Anyway, in July, a team of researchers from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Stanford University made an ASTONISHING fungi discovery

They studied a particular type of fungus, grown in some of the destroyed nuclear reactors of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant – which is already impressive – and discovered it could be really useful in space How? Given their high-resistance to radiations, the fungi could be the perfect repellent to cosmic radiations, which is extremely dangerous to astronauts To give you a better idea, this is one of the primary reasons human missions to Mars are still on hold The research team came up with the idea of using the fungi to shield astronauts from those radiations 2

Exploring Both Great Depths Speaking of space, last June former NASA astronaut Kathy Sullivan became the first person to ever be both into space and to the deepest point of the ocean At 68 years old, Sullivan is definitely a record woman Before her latest ocean adventure, about 37 years ago she became the first American woman to walk in space Looking for a new record-challenge, together with pilot Victor Vescovo, she dove to Challenger Deep, the lowest known location on the planet The Challenger Deep, in the western Pacific Ocean, is characterized by extreme darkness, immense pressures and low temperatures

Only simple microorganisms can survive in its environment – Microorganisms and former astronauts, apparently She reached a depth of 10,928 metres, beating every previous record As a matter of fact, Sullivan is an oceanographer too, but wasn’t the first person to dove into those waters From 1960, a total of eight people have challenged the Pacific Ocean throughout the years

But only one beat any records both in space and in the ocean 1 The Iconic Istanbul Museum Turned Into A Mosque What happens when you turn an historical Unesco World Heritage site into a mosque? And why is this so important? Let’s go step by step The Hagia Sophia, world-famous Istanbul museum has a very long and intricate history But, in short – 'cause we don't have much time left – the historic building was built 1,500 years ago as an Orthodox Christian cathedral

Then the site was converted into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest in 1453 and, eventually, in 1934 it became the UNESCO museum everyone knows today However, to shake things up a bit – ‘cause, yeah, we were getting bored lately – Turkey's President Erdogan, at the beginning of July, announced the decision to annul the site's museum status and turn it into a mosque again A decision that prompted criticism from religious and political leaders worldwide Many interpreted Erdogan's proposal as a way to please Turkish nationalists Others believe he's using the issue to distract attention from the economic damage done by the Covid19 pandemic

Still, everyone agrees the decision is profoundly symbolic Hagia Sophia was turned into a museum by Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey Erdogan is now taking one more step to dismantle Ataturk's legacy

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