New Tinder-like App Helps Farmers Match Livestock For Love

PETERSFIELD, England, Feb 13 (Reuters) – A Tinder-inspired app is helping farmers match up potential partners for their cattle.

Called “Tudder” ― a mix of dating app Tinder and udder – it lets farmers swipe right on cattle they like the look of.

They are then directed to a page on the SellMyLivestock
website where they can browse more pictures and data about the animals before deciding whether to buy.

Valuable information is available on matters like milk yield
and protein content, or calving potential, explained Doug
Bairner, CEO of Hectare Agritech which runs SellMyLivestock (SML) and Graindex, a UK-based online agritech trading platform.

“Matching livestock online is even easier than it is to
match humans because there’s a huge amount of data that sits behind these wonderful animals that predicts what their offspring will be,” he said.

Launching just in time for Valentine’s Day, the makers
believer Tudder is the first ever matchmaking app for livestock.

As with the human equivalent, farmers use smartphones to first choose whether they are looking for a male or female, swiping through photos – right for yes and left for no – until they find a match.

Putting data at their fingertips connects farmers from all
over the country, making trading easier.

Cattle farmer and Tudder user James Bridger said it eases
transport stress for animals and may rival traditional markets.

“You’ve got all this data of its background and everything
which if you’re at a market you might not have had the time to go through for every single random animal,” he told Reuters in the southern English county of Hampshire.

“There’s nothing better than seeing an animal in its home,
its natural habitat, rather than putting it on a lorry … if
someone rings up and wants to come and have a look, or even getting it from the picture, it’s ideal really from that
respect, and they’re happier for it.”

SellMyLivestock has listed over £50 million ($64 million) of
livestock, feed and bedding to sell in the last year, dispelling notions that farmers are stuck in the past, Bairner said.

“Despite the rest of the world’s view of farming, it’s
actually very technologically driven,” he said, citing precision spraying, automated dairy units and genetic science.

($1 = 0.7762 pounds)
(Reporting by Matthew Stock; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne)

Lyft reportedly will beat Uber to IPO

Lyft is gearing up for its IPO.
Lyft is gearing up for its IPO.

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The two competing ride-hailing apps Lyft and Uber both filed paperwork before the end of 2018 to go public in 2019. Now it looks like Lyft’s initial public (IPO) offering will beat out Uber’s.

CNBC reported Wednesday that Lyft’s IPO will launch around March 18, while Uber’s will need a few more weeks to prepare.

Uber dwarfs Lyft in most ways — it’s valued at around $90 billion, while CNBC said Lyft’s latest valuation is around $20 million. Uber also has a vast presence. It’s available in more than 600 cities around the world while Lyft only operates in the U.S. and Canada. 

Last week Uber voluntarily shared its fourth quarter earnings, and while its losses were down below $1 billion, its rider growth slowed. Lyft doesn’t share as detailed, consistent financial reports as Uber, but The Information put together some metrics last year showing some growth.

The IPO head start could give Lyft a small advantage as the first and only ride-hailing service publicly traded on the stock market. 

Lyft declined to comment on details about the speculated IPO date, as did Uber.

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‘We are NOT alone’ Man who died saw otherworldly beings in the afterlife

The person, who gives his name as just Steven, was undergoing a simple operation when he began having trouble breathing. He began slipping out of consciousness, and dreamt that he was flying around the room. He came back around initially but the complications got worse, until Steven was temporarily clinically dead.

During this time, Steven said he began flying around the room again, but this time he was joined by otherworldly beings which took the form of lights.

Steven explained in the Near Death Experience Research Foundation forum: “As my eyes panned across, I looked up at the ceiling and could see many small oblong shaped white lights and they were randomly racing very fast in all different directions and elevations along the ceiling.

“At that moment I began to feel myself rise upwards, very slowly. As I was getting closer to ceiling, the objects that I was seeing started to become less random and they slowed down.

“I continued to rise and almost reached the ceiling. When I looked across the room, I saw that the lights had organised and become like a swimming school of fish.

“They were waving back and fourth and doubling back on each other. They started in the far diagonal corner from me and I thought how incredibly beautiful it was.

“Then I saw that they were getting closer to me. Then, I was enveloped in the school of lights and became part of the wave.”

Suddenly, Steven was back in his body after being resuscitated. However, he knew from that point on that “we are not alone”.

Some researchers state these visions are normal phenomenon and not necessarily a sign of an afterlife.

Dr Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City, told a recent Oz Talk: “People describe a sensation of a bright, warm, welcoming light that draws people towards it.

“They describe a sensation of experiencing their deceased relatives, almost as if they have come to welcome them. They often say that they didn’t want to come back in many cases, it is so comfortable and it is like a magnet that draws them that they don’t want to come back.

“A lot of people describe a sensation of separating from themselves and watching doctors and nurses working on them.”

Dr Parnia says there are scientific explanations for the reaction, and says seeing people is not evidence of the afterlife, but more likely the brain just scanning itself as a survival technique.

Mars ancient temple found in NASA images is PROOF of alien civilisation – shock claim

Conspiracy theorists believe they have found evidence of ruins on Mars which they believe is evidence of ancient aliens. In an image taken by NASA’s Curiosity Rover, what looks like a large structure can be seen on top of a hill. Some alien hunters believe this is proof that not only did aliens once live on the Red Planet, but perhaps even worshipped a higher power.

Prominent conspiracy theorist Scott C Waring, however, believes that NASA will refuse to investigate the ‘ancient structure’ as it wants to keep evidence of aliens under wraps.

Mr Waring wrote on his blog UFO Sightings Daily: “I was looking through this weeks uploads made by the Curiosity Rover and found that in the distance was a ancient temple structure built on a hilltop. The structure has five or more levels, each one getting smaller than the one before it.

“The top level being the highest. The main structure at the top of the levels looks like a pyramid with the top built flat.

“Each level has a flat perfectly horizontal top so that someone or something can walk on it. I believe the rover will not investigate this because NASA’s true mission is to drop feed the public boring information about space so it satisfies them, but keeps the public in the dark about the true nature of the surface of Mars.”

However, sceptics and NASA would say the ‘temple’ and other similar findings are just the effects of pareidolia – a psychological phenomenon when the brain tricks the eyes into seeing familiar objects or shapes in patterns or textures such as a rock surface.

This would mean that the Martian ‘temple’ could just be a misshapen rock or even a hilly area.

MH370 SHOCK: Missing Malaysia Airlines plane went into a ‘SPIRAL DIVE’ over Indian Ocean

MH370 went missing on March 8 2014 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board and was never seen again. The presumed location of the wreckage, according to the official investigation, is at the bottom of the Indian Ocean, but little was known about its last moments until now. Jeff Wise, author of The Plane That Wasn’t There, explained that data from a satellite – the Burst Timing Offset (BTO) – indicated that the plane had been travelling in a straight line.

He said this likely means the plane had been set to autopilot and flew until it simply ran out of fuel.

Then, the plane would have entered a spiral dive and hit the sea’s surface “within minutes”.

Mr Wise said: “The BTO data matched well with a straight line flight, meaning that in all likelihood the plane had been flying on autopilot towards a pre-programmed waypoint until it ran out of fuel a few minutes after 0.11 UTC.

“With the engines no longer running, the plane’s electrical systems would have failed until a back-up generator could kick in.

READ MORE: New technique INVENTED to track missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370

“When this happened, the sat-com system would have come back online and initiated the final ‘handshake’ at 0.19 UTC.

“By then, the plane was either in a steep spiral dive or about to enter one and impacted the sea within minutes.”

He added that in this scenario, there needn’t have been anyone controlling the plane at all.

He suggested that the pilots may have “fallen victim to some kind of accident” or even killed themselves.

The investigation into MH370’s disappearance used data from a satellite owned by British satellite telecommunications company Inmarsat.

The satellite, called 3F1, recorded communications with the plane called ‘handshakes’.

These recorded Burst Frequency Offset and Burst Timing Offset values, which gave an indication as to how far the plane was from the satellite and their relative motion respectively.

Combining these values led investigators to believe the plane flew south across the Indian Ocean, before entering the sea there.

Canadian Man Recreates Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’ On Backyard Ice Rink

A Canadian man took snow removal to a whole new level last week by bringing an artistic touch to the shoveling of his backyard ice rink.

Robert Greenfield of Toronto shot a time-lapse video of his process to create an image of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” and posted it on YouTube and Facebook.

“This is not exactly a masterpiece, but I present the Snowna Lisa!” Greenfield wrote on his Facebook post. “Oh, you think that’s bad? Wait till I tell you it should be hanging in the Igloouvre.”

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Time travel PROOF? ‘Time traveller’ from 2030 warns Mexico SURRENDERS border to USA

The anonymous , who hides behind the name of Noah, said North America will go through tumultuous changes in the next 11 years. Borders will cease to matter as countries one by one merge forces into giant superstates across the globe. The time traveller said Canada and Mexico will both surrender their borders to form a “super-country” by 2030. Speaking to paranormal investigators from the YouTube channel ApexTV, time traveller Noah said he is the real deal.

The alleged time traveller said: “I am Noah the time traveller. I am a time traveller from the year 2030, which is exactly 11 years into the future.

“I’ve come back to this time to tell you the truth about the future and everything you guys need to know.

“Today I’ll be telling you the future of Canada. Yes, Canada goes through a lot of big changes in the future and I would like to tell you guys them because they are very shocking.

“First things first, Canada actually merges with the United States and Mexico in the future to make one giant super-country.

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“Canada acts as a kind of district in this super-country. I’m not lying, this is serious.

“There are actually super-countries in the future.”

According to Noah’s incredibly bizarre confession tape, the phenomenon of nations merging together is not limited to North America.

Countries in all parts of the globe will strive to merge powers in the near future.

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By the year 2030, Noah said most of the world’s superstates are still ironing out the details of merging their borders.

But the emergence of super-countries will become a widespread practice, were borders “basically act like nothing anymore”.

Time traveller Noah said: “And Canada’s population actually increases amazingly due to the fact that global warming, which is a really big issue in the future, starts making the southern area of Canada more hotter. In northern Canada, it’s a more normal temperature.

“The population of Canada in 2030 is 44 million because of this.

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However, not everyone who saw Noah’s latest confession video was convinced the young man told the truth.

After Noah predicted a cataclysmic snowstorm would wipe out swathes of America in January and alien visitors would make an appearance, scores of YouTubers called out ApexTV for the video.

YouTube user Mady Dowd said: “Don’t forget the aliens in January. Oh wait, that didn’t happen.”

Shourya Singh said: “If he is a real time traveller, why doesn’t he go back where he has come from? Is he jobless?”

And Harley Miles commented: “Ok Noah, I am waiting for the huge snowstorm in the midwest of USA, February 2019. Then maybe I will believe you.”

Baltic Sea Anomaly: What is the Baltic Sea Anomaly? Why does it confound scientists?

The incredibly bizarre phenomenon on the seabed of the Baltic Sea is one of the biggest mysteries of the 21st century. The Baltic Sea Anomaly is a peculiar sonar image snapped in the northern Baltic Sea, in the Gulf of Bothnia, in the year 2011. Due to its unusual shape and large measurements, roughly 210ft (70m) across, have claimed the anomaly is a downed UFO. Others have proposed the Baltic Sea Anomaly is a submerged World War 2 bunker, a glacier remnant or a perfectly natural geological formation. So, what is it?

What is the Baltic Sea Anomaly?

The Baltic Sea Anomaly was discovered in 2011 by a Swedish team of divers, dubbed Ocean X Team, who were searching the Bothnian Sea for sunken treasure.

The Gulf of Bothnia serves as a waterway bridging Sweden and Finland and flows into the Baltic Sea.

During a treasure-hunting escapade into the landlocked body of water, the divers snapped a bizarre sonar image at a depth of 300ft (100m) beneath the water.

The anomaly appears roughly circular in shape, with two inlets and three prong-like portions.

From a distance, it looks like a chunky E, although some have suggested it looks like the Millennium Falcon spaceship from the Star Wars series of films.

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Baltic Sea Anomaly sonar image

Baltic Sea Anomaly: The Anomaly is a bizarre structure discovered in the Baltic Sea (Image: OCEAN X TEAM)

Baltic Sean Anomaly: Peter Lindberg

Baltic Sea Anomaly: The anomaly was found by Ocean X Team in 2011 (Image: OCEAN X TEAM)

Due to the Anomaly’s bizarre shape, scores of conspiracy theorists have spent years trying to explain its supposed extraterrestrial origin.

There are so many things in our ocean that they do not want us to find

Ocean X Team

Some have suggested the Anomaly is a 14,000-years-old ancient temple built by a highly advanced civilisation centuries ago.

Peter Lindberg and Dennis Asberg, who discovered the Anomaly, themselves were baffled by their incredible finding.

In an official Ocean X Team video uploaded to YouTube in December 2018, Mr Lindberg described the Anomaly as he first saw it.

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He said: “One thing I find strange is that we have this hard surface but still we have a darker colour.

“If it is a hard surface it should have this white colour all over it but instead it looks like the bottom, which consists of clay and mud, which is very soft.

“The only hard surfaces we see are these thin lines, which are the corridors and the angular structures we have on the object.

“So this is something I want to find out – why it looks like this.”

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However, as recently as November 2018, a scientist has claimed to have solved the mystery once and for all.

Volker Bruchert, an associate professor of geology at Stockholm University, said: “I was surprised when I researched the material I found a great black stone that could be a volcanic rock.

“My hypothesis is that this object, this structure was formed during the Ice Age many thousands of years ago.

“Because the whole northern Baltic region is so heavily influenced by glacial thawing processes, both the feature and the rock samples are likely to have formed in connection with glacial and postglacial processes.

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“Possibly these rocks were transported there by glaciers.”

Ocean X Team is, however, adamant the Baltic Sea Anomaly is not a natural structure.

On their YouTube channel, the divers suggested the Government is holding back the truth of what the anomaly really is.

Ocean X Team wrote: “Do you think the government wants us to reveal what people do not know?

Baltic Sea Anomaly location on Google Maps

Baltic Sea Anomaly: The Anomaly sits in the Gulf of Bothnia (Image: GOOGLE MAPS)

Baltic Sea Anomaly conspiracy theory

Baltic Sea Anomaly: A scientists has claimed the Anomaly is a glacial deposit (Image: OCEAN X TEAM)

“If the object is a risk… type volcano or something else… and we have nuclear power plants nearby. Do you believe they want us to reveal the truth about it?

“There are so many things in our ocean that they do not want us to find … and I know that.

“We have been fooled by our government before, and YES they do everything they can to ruin us.

“It’s no joke that we’ve found an object of sixty meters in diameter… it’s 100 percent true.”

MH370 FOUND? Locals ‘CONFIRM’ seeing plane go down in Cambodia with ‘dragon’ emblem

MH370 disappeared on March 8 2014 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing and has never been found. Mr Boyer paid for an expedition to where he believes the plane went down in Cambodia, but claims the team were unable to reach the site. He said that the location was so remote that the team, lead by Zorba Parer, would be risking their lives to pursue it further.

However, he alleged that the team spoke to local people who remembered seeing a plane come down in the area.

The amateur investigator added that a farmer described seeing a “dragon-like emblem”, similar to the red and blue logo of Malaysia Airlines.

Mr Boyer told Express.co.uk: “Due to the location of the apparent passenger plane crash, which measures up to the exact dimensions of a Boeing 777, Zorba and his team were unable to reach the altitude and dense area where the crash is at without risking dehydration and their lives.

“I did get information that locals miles away have recalled a jetliner on its descent before crashing around the same area my coordinates fall on.

READ MORE: Investigator makes plea for new MH370 search – gives EXACT coordinates

“A farmer even described the tail of the jetliner as having a dragon-like emblem, like MH370’s.”

Mr Boyer believes he has spotted the wreckage using satellite images on sites like Google Maps and has since paid for further images.

He compared the measurements of a Boeing 777 with what appears to be parts of a plane on the images.

He said: “There are no paths, no roads, no construction in this area and the last plane crash in Cambodia was in 2007, before satellite images of 2008 pinpointed on my coordinates show no plane crash or disturbance.

“In comparison to a Boeing 777 at an airport and the crash site, it all seems too real.

“Same colour, width and trails damaged through the trees.

“Through process of elimination and the consistent amount of evidence, this proves to be only MH370.”

The official MH370 investigation declared that the aeroplane must have landed somewhere in the Indian Ocean.

Winky The Bichon Frise Loses At Westminster Agility But Wins The Internet

But a fluffier, less determined dog named Winky also grabbed the spotlight with a decidedly different approach to the apparatus. The bichon frise’s complete lack of urgency may have lost the competition, but it won the hearts of the crowd and people who viewed the run ― er, stroll ― through the tunnels and over the obstacles.

When Winky reached the top of the A-frame, it seemed like the perfect time to stop and take a look around. And when crossing the dog walk, the bichon stopped again to acknowledge the cheers of the crowd.

Winky’s final time of 192 seconds, which included 92 faults, was nowhere near Rudy’s time of 51.63 or winner Verb’s time of 32.05.

But Winky’s fan club may rival Rudy’s.