Although the objects could very well be odd-looking rocks, Mr Waring argued they could be the real deal – dead or alive.
He said: “It’s impossible to tell if they are alive or statues, but I would say they are statues that have survived millions of years.
“One figure is short, fat and half as tall as the one next to it.
“The other figure has bended knees, as if sitting down, and looks to have its legs spread and its back to the other one.”
Mr Waring also shared photos of what appears to be a pig-like statue and a wall.
In the aftermath of the near-death experience, Bella has come to believe the “afterlife definitely exists”, saying: “I felt past relatives energy and of course, I was talking face to face with Jesus.”
However, most medical experts believe Bellas’memories can be explained without evoking supernatural powers.
According to Dr Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City, many NDE patients share similar memories of the supposed afterlife.
These can include out-of-body experiences or visions of bright lights at the end of a tunnel.
On December 18, 2007, NASA was challenged to address the theory, putting to rest rumours of an alien base on the Moon.
A question posed to the NASA Lunar Science Institute read: “If this is not true that Armstrong saw alien base camps on Moon then why no NASA plans for a base station at Moon and there have been no moon missions for the past 20 years or so?”
The question was answered by Dr David Morrison, an astrophysicist who at the time served as the interim director for the institute, now the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute.
He said: “Although you would never know this from the distorted perspective of some groups that post crazy claims on the internet, there is no scientific evidence for UFOs or aliens, no aliens or alien artefacts were seen on the Apollo or any other human space missions, and such false claims are irrelevant to the space policy of the United States or NASA.
The coronavirus pandemic has made education hard enough with the abrupt shift to online learning that schools, teachers, and students have had to suddenly make these past few months. Now, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement would like to make that move even harder for foreign students.
On Monday, ICE to its Student and Exchange Visitor Program which disallows foreign students from remaining in the U.S. if they’re enrolled in a college or university that’s planning all online courses for the fall semester.
Basically, if you’re in the U.S. on a student visa and attending a school with all remote learning, you have two options: You must leave the country or transfer to a school with in-person learning. Any failure to comply will result in deportation.
Furthermore, if you’re a student planning to enter the country on a student visa in order to attend a remote-semester school in the fall, you will not be allowed in the U.S.
As schools across the country struggle with reopening plans as the fall semester fast approaches, ICE’s new rules certainly don’t make things easier. The coronavirus pandemic remains an ongoing issue, and one that’s worsening in some parts of the country.
“In yet one more in a long line of attacks on legal immigration, the Trump administration is now closing the doors to immigrant students,” said New York Immigration Coalition VP of Policy Anu Joshi in a statement. “Many of these same students have gone back home to contribute to their countries, while others have applied their knowledge as specialized workers in the U.S. economy, especially in Silicon Valley.”
There are still some exemptions to ICE’s rules. According to its update, certain students here on visa will be allowed to stay in the country if they’re attending a school “adopting a hybrid model” of both in-person and online courses. ICE has lifted its usual limit of one online course for international students under this model. However, educational institutions will need to certify that the student’s program “is not entirely online, that the student is not taking an entirely online course load this semester[.]”
ICE instituted temporary exemptions earlier this year when the coronavirus pandemic shut down in-school learning. Under normal circumstances, international students here on a visa aren’t allowed to take more than one online course while in the country. But for the spring and summer semesters this year, ICE waved that rule which allowed foreign students to take a complete lineup of fully online courses. With these new changes, those exemptions will not be extended for the fall semester, barring those attending schools under the hybrid model.
Joshi also pointed out another party who’d be hit: the academic institutions themselves.
“At a time when colleges and universities of all sizes are struggling with virtual learning and the uncertainties of COVID-19, they are now faced with losing students who have been a crucial revenue source for schools,” she said.
However, foreign students won’t technically have to leave those schools. From ICE’s perspective, online courses can be completed in the student’s home country. However, Miriam Abaya, a policy associate at the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, out how some students come from countries lacking good internet connection for remote learning. There’s also the issue of time zone differences, which can make these online courses especially difficult.
So, what is a foreign student to do? Aaron Reichlin-Melnick, policy counsel at the American Immigration Council, that if given the choice to attend remote classes from their home country or transfer, many of those here on a student visa will go to a different school this fall in order to stay in the country — even if it means transferring out of .
“This is a shameful and short sighted decision that will have far reaching consequences,” said Joshi.
TikTok will pull out of Hong Kong within days, becoming the latest of several tech companies to react to the region’s controversial new national security laws.
The short-form video app announced its impending withdrawal from Hong Kong on Monday, with the news coming in the wake of new laws brought into effect on June 30.
“In light of recent events, we’ve decided to stop operations of the TikTok app in Hong Kong,” a TikTok spokesperson said in a statement provided to Mashable.
Under Hong Kong’s widely condemned new laws, criticising or expressing disapproval for government authorities may be considered a criminal offence. Companies operating within Hong Kong could also be required to , or hand over user data to the Chinese government. That’s exactly what TikTok doesn’t want.
TikTok has continually denied accusations from several countries that it shares data with the Chinese government, and has recently made attempts to distance itself from China. Reuters reported in May that its Chinese parent company ByteDance is shifting TikTok’s global decision-making and research power outside China, while the app released a statement addressing U.S. privacy concerns in October last year.
“Let us be very clear: TikTok does not remove content based on sensitivities related to China. We have never been asked by the Chinese government to remove any content and we would not do so if asked. Period,” read TikTok’s statement.
“We are not influenced by any foreign government, including the Chinese government; TikTok does not operate in China, nor do we have any intention of doing so in the future.” (Though TikTok is owned by a Chinese company, the app is unavailable in mainland China.)
With the implementation of the new national security laws, TikTok may have no choice but to withdraw if it wants to keep this resolve. Hong Kong was already a relatively small, unprofitable market for TikTok, but it seems the risks now outweigh the rewards of staying.
TikTok isn’t the only big name in tech to have been impacted by Hong Kong’s national security laws. Twitter and Facebook both recently stopped responding to data requests from Hong Kong authorities pending review of the laws and their implications. The companies expressed concerns regarding the impact of the new laws, with a Facebook spokesperson telling Mashable it is consulting with international human rights experts.
“Like many public interest organizations, civil society leaders and entities, and industry peers, we have grave concerns regarding both the developing process and the full intention of this law,” a Twitter spokesperson told Mashable.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is becoming less of a secret by the hour.
A few days ago, Samsung Russia accidentally leaked an image of the upcoming phone on its website. And now, an FCC listing for the device, spotted by MySmartPrice, gives us a look at some of its specs.
According to the listing, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor with 5G connectivity, and wireless charging (it’s possible that the chipset in question is actually the yet-unannounced Snapdragon 865 Plus).
Samsung has also received certification for a new LED View Cover for the smaller Galaxy Note 20 Plus, and the FCC listing mentions an S-Pen that likely belongs to the smallest variant of the phone, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20.
No other specs have been revealed in the listing, though we know from the leaked image that it’ll have a triple-lens rear camera on the back. Other rumors say the phone will come with a 6.9-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, as well as 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage or more.
That’s not all, though. YouTuber Jimmy Is Promo has posted some real-life images of the black version of the Note 20 Ultra, showing it from all sides. The photos show a single, centrally positioned selfie camera and thin bezels on the front, and confirm the triple camera setup on the back. In one of the photos, you can clearly see that one of the cameras on the back has a periscope lens. Also, that camera bump is absolutely massive.
Finally, a recent report in Korean’s ETnews says that the Note 20 series will launch on Aug. 5, with the phone becoming available in Korea on Aug. 21.
The next morning, upon closer examination, we noticed an irregularity in the skyline, and upon enhancing the photo – it appears to be a disc-shaped object – the exterior surface is not visible, it blends with the sky – with three visible oblong, turquoise/teal coloured windows, and a fourth much smaller light in the top NE corner of the photo which appears to be displaying visible light beams.
“The windows also appear to be outlined in a visible white vibration. Of note, this building has a unique design, with non-standard window features, so perhaps the reflection of the sun is causing this anomaly, however, the colour and shape of the objects’ windows and surrounding vibration, don’t seem to align with the sun reflection theory.”
However, it is more likely the UFO is a lens flare caused by direct sunlight falling on the camera’s lens.
Lens flares can be circular or streaked across the photograph.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is often at the heart of big blockbusters, as evidenced by the popularity of The Matrix and Terminator franchises. The Hollywood films typically envision scenarios in which sentient machines rise against their human masters. And though scientists are yet to develop machines that can truly think for themselves, many fear science-fiction could one day become science-reality.
Paul Begley, a Christian evangelist from West Lafayette in Indiana, US, believes fears of artificial intelligence can be addressed by reading the Bible.
Pastor Begley is the host of The Coming Apocalypse, a programme linking modern-day events to biblical scripture that is broadcast on some US TV channels.
During his latest broadcast, the preacher has bizarrely claimed AI technology is linked to biblical prophecies of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
He said: “Today we’re going to be looking at AI technology; how it’s becoming part of the biblical narrative; how that in the last days AI technology will be used to judge and convinct, and maybe even execute the human race.
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“Given the power to the computer, to the electronics, to the all-seeing eye, are you serious?”
Although the Bible was penned long before the advent of electricity, pastor Begley is certain clues about the rise of AI are found in scripture.
He said humans are placing their confidence in machines rather than God, arguing the world has drastically changed.
Pastor Begley then read from the Bible, quoting a prophetic dream by the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar.
The prophetic passage in question can be found in Daniel 2:31.
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Daniel 2 reads: “Your Majesty looked, and there before you stood a large statue—an enormous, dazzling statue, awesome in appearance.
“The head of the statue was made of pure gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of baked clay.
“While you were watching, a rock was cut out, but not by human hands. It struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and smashed them
“Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were all broken to pieces and became like chaff on a threshing floor in the summer.
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“The wind swept them away without leaving a trace. But the rock that struck the statue became a huge mountain and filled the whole earth.”
In pastor Begley’s opinion, the dream is a prophecy of changing technology and a blending of human and machine.
The evangelist then linked the prophecy to the Book of Revelation – the final chapters of the Bible that describe the end of the world.
Pastor Begley said: “We notice in the Book of Revelation it talks about an image, just like Nebuchadnezzar saw an image of the coming empires that would eventually fall – it was an image – so does John see an image of the beast of the Antichrist, and the Beast Kingdom that will also fall.”
Revelation 13 reads: “Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth.
“It ordered them to set up an image in honour of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived.”
Pastor Begley said: “I don’t need to be counterbalanced by technology when we’ve got what’s called the Holy Spirit.
“We have the Word of God, we have the truth, we’re told the things we should do, and the things we shouldn’t do – it’s pretty easy.
“And if you listen to your conscience, and you understand the Word, and you’re being led by the Holy Ghost, you don’t need to be monitored.”
Most experts, however, will agree the Bible does not reference the rise of artificial intelligence in scripture.
Engineering student Bruce Gutman wrote on Quora: “If you twist interpretation to suit the propoganda then you can find everything in it.”
In the aftermath of the incident, Michael said God definitely exists and so does the afterlife.
Most medical experts, however, believe Michael’s visions can be explained through natural means.
Near-death experiences (NDEs) are often characterised by similar visions, sounds and out-of-body experiences.
According to Neil Dagnall and Ken Drinkwater of Manchester Metropolitan University, there any many possible explanations.
A popular theory proposes NDEs are hallucinations caused by the brain creating the psychoactive chemical dimethyltryptamine or DMT during a moment of trauma.