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  • Belarus Sprinter Is Latest in a Long Line of Olympic Defectors
    Belarus sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya is now officially a political exile—and the latest in a long line of Olympic defectors, many of them from authoritarian regimes in Eastern Europe. Unlike many of her predecessors, Tsimanouskaya didn't travel to the Olympics planning to defect, the AP reports. The 24-year-old, who said...... Read more »
  • Book Is Back in Library After 50 Years
    A book checked out a half-century ago has been anonymously returned to a library in northeastern Pennsylvania, officials said. The 1967 copy of Coins You Can Collect by Burton Hobson arrived last month at the Plymouth Public Library in Luzerne County along with a $20 bill, the AP reports. An...... Read more »
  • As Competition for Workers Heats Up, Target Offers Debt-Free Education
    With competition for retail workers heating up, Target has joined a growing number of employers, including rival Walmart , offering free college tuition. The retail giant says it plans to invest $200 million over the next four years in a program to offer " debt-free undergraduate degrees " and free... Read more »
  • Breakthrough COVID Kills Actor
    Alvin Ing's death last week followed a breakthrough COVID-19 infection, the actor's representatives said Tuesday. Ing received a pneumonia diagnosis in mid-July and tested positive for COVID-19 a few days later, Deadline reports. "Honolulu native and American Army veteran with a gift to serve, he felt a duty to himself...... Read more »
  • New Details Emerge on Pentagon Stabbing
    New details have emerged on the stabbing attack that killed a Pentagon police officer outside the nation's military headquarters Tuesday. The FBI says 27-year-old Georgia resident Austin William Lanz got off a bus at the Pentagon Transit Center and immediately attacked Pentagon Force Protection Agency officer George Gonzalez, without provocation,...... Read more »
  • Protests Follow Rape, Slaying of 9-Year-Old Dalit Girl
    Four men have been charged in the rape and slaying of a 9-year-old girl in India, sparking three days of street demonstrations against both the crime and the nation's treatment of the lowest caste in Hinduism. The child, whose name was not released, was found dead Sunday night, her body...... Read more »
  • Feds: $5.8K Bottle of Whiskey Given to Pompeo Is Missing
    A recent notice in the Federal Register list dozens of gifts from foreign government to federal employees in 2019, all with the same reason for acceptance: "Non-acceptance would cause embarrassment to donor and US government." But the annual accounting of gifts contains one mystery: The whereabouts of a $5,800...... Read more »
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    Ripley's Weird News

  • Step Out Of The Box With Ripley’s Newest Annual Book
    Featured in Ripley's Believe It or Not! Full of inspiration, ingenuity, and unbelievable accomplishments, let the latest Ripley’s annual book challenge you to step Out of the Box! Source: Step Out Of The Box With Ripley’s Newest Annual Book... Read more »
  • Tourists Get Bang For Their Buck With White Whale Sighting
    Featured in Ripley's Believe It or Not! The exact number of white orcas in the world is unknown, but considering that they were once thought to be mythical, we’d say these tourists got their money’s worth! Source: Tourists Get Bang For Their Buck With White Whale Sighting... Read more »
  • Swimming After You Eat? Yes, You Can.
    Featured in Ripley's Believe It or Not! Rumors of after-meal cramping have been greatly exaggerated. Source: Swimming After You Eat? Yes, You Can.... Read more »
  • The Truth Behind The “Failure” Of Colgate Beef Lasagna
    Featured in Ripley's Believe It or Not! Apparently, nobody had a craving for freeze-dried chicken and crab meat entrees created by a company best known for mint-flavored toothpaste. Source: The Truth Behind The “Failure” Of Colgate Beef Lasagna... Read more »
  • Uncovering The Science Of Sci-Fi With Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
    Featured in Ripley's Believe It or Not! For this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, join Ripley's Believe It or Not! and a panel of professors, disaster experts, paranormal celebs as they take a deep dive into the science behind your favorite sci-fi fandom. Source: Uncovering The Science Of Sci-Fi With Ripley’s... Read more »
  • VideoThe Olympic Flames: Burning From Ancient To Modern
    Featured in Ripley's Believe It or Not! Organizers have special plans for if the flames go out. Source: The Olympic Flames: Burning From Ancient To Modern... Read more »
  • Tokyo Olympics Turns Old Phones Into Gold (Medals)
    Featured in Ripley's Believe It or Not! This year's sustainability-centric Olympics will feature medals made of over 6 million phones, tablets, and laptops! Source: Tokyo Olympics Turns Old Phones Into Gold (Medals)... Read more »
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    Strange & Offbeat News -- ScienceDaily

  • Lava lamp tectonics: Research suggests giant blobs of subducted sediment float up through deep Earth
    Sand and mud subducted off the coast of California around 75 million years ago returned to the Earth's crust by rising up through the mantle as enormous diapirs, like blobs in a lava lamp, new research shows.... Read more »
  • Dissolvable smartwatch makes for easier electronics recycling
    Small electronics, including smartwatches and fitness trackers, aren't easily dismantled and recycled. So when a new model comes out, most users send the old devices into hazardous waste streams. To simplify small electronics recycling, researchers have developed a two-metal nanocomposite for circuits that disintegrates when submerged in water. They demonstrated... Read more »
  • Space scientists reveal secret behind Jupiter’s ‘energy crisis’
    New research has revealed the solution to Jupiter's 'energy crisis', which has puzzled astronomers for decades.... Read more »
  • Researchers use AI to unlock the secrets of ancient texts
    Researchers at University of Notre Dame are developing an artificial neural network to read complex ancient handwriting based on human perception to improve capabilities of deep learning transcription.... Read more »
  • Running quantum software on a classical computer
    Physicists have introduced an approach for simulating the quantum approximate optimization algorithm using a traditional computer. Instead of running the algorithm on advanced quantum processors, the new approach uses a classical machine-learning algorithm that closely mimics the behavior of near-term quantum computers.... Read more »
  • The music of silence: Imagining a song triggers similar brain activity to moments of mid-music silence
    Imagining a song triggers similar brain activity as moments of silence in music, according to new research. The results reveal how the brain continues responding to music, even when none is playing, and provide new insights into how human sensory predictions work.... Read more »
  • Why is this weird, metallic star hurtling out of the Milky Way?
    About 2,000 light-years away from Earth, there is a star catapulting toward the edge of the Milky Way. This particular star is one of a unique breed of fast-moving stars -- remnant pieces of massive white dwarf stars -- that have survived in chunks after a gigantic stellar explosion.... Read more »
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    SFGate - Weird News

  • Library book returned after 50 years with $20 bill
    PLYMOUTH, Pa. (AP) — A book checked out a half-century ago has been anonymously returned to a library in northeastern Pennsylvania, officials said. The Wilkes-Barre Citizens' Voice reports that the 1967 copy of “Coins You Can Collect" by Burton Hobson arrived last month at the Plymouth Public Library in Luzerne... Read more »
  • Woman bought $1M lottery ticket after flight was canceled
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Having just had her flight canceled, a Missouri woman's luck quickly changed when she won $1 million from a Florida Lottery scratch-off ticket. Angela Caravella, 51, of Kansas City, Missouri, claimed a $1 million top prize last month from The Fastest Road to $1,000,000 scratch-off game,... Read more »
  • Tanks but no tanks! German fined for WWII weapons arsenal
    BERLIN (AP) — A German court on Tuesday convicted an 84-year-old man of illegal weapons possession for having a personal arsenal that included a tank, a flak cannon and multiple other items of World War II-era military equipment. The state district in the northern city of Kiel handed the man... Read more »
  • Giant panda in French zoo gives birth to 'lively' twin girls
    PARIS (AP) — A giant panda on loan to France from China gave birth to female twin cubs early Monday, a French zoo announced, declaring “they are very lively, pink and plump.” The Beauval Zoo, south of Paris, said the twins were born shortly after 1 a.m. They weigh 149... Read more »
  • New theory: Earth's longer days kick-started oxygen growth
    Scientists have a new idea for how Earth got its oxygen: It’s because the planet slowed down and days got longer. A study published Monday proposes and puts to the test the theory that longer, continuous daylight kick-started weird bacteria into producing lots of oxygen, making most of life as... Read more »
  • 'Big chair' in front of Vermont bank damaged by vandals
    BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A giant ladderback chair that stands 19 feet (5.8 meters) tall may be big but it wasn't tough enough for some vandals. Damage to the massive “Big Chair” made from 3,000 pounds (1,361 kilograms) of cedar and white pine was captured early Thursday by surveillance video... Read more »
  • German federal court sides with Lindt in gold bunny battle
    BERLIN (AP) — A German federal court ruled Thursday that the golden shade of the foil wrap on Lindt & Spruengli's Gold Bunny, a popular chocolate Easter bunny, enjoys protected status. The Federal Court of Justice delivered its verdict in a battle between Switzerland's Lindt and a German company, Heilemann,... Read more »