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A Brazilian man tragically lost his life by plunging down a deep shaft he had dug in his kitchen after dreaming that there was gold buried deep under his house. 71-year-old João Pimenta da Silva’s dream of enrichment ended as a nightmare that claimed his life. His lifeless body was found at the bottom of an exceptionally deep well he and his neighbors had dug under his kitchen in Ipatinga, a municipality in Brazil’s Minas Gerais state. The man had reportedly dreamt that there was gold deep under his home, and that all he had to do was dig to…
Sunday, 07 January 2024 04:28

‘Miracle’ mom wakes from 5-year coma

“When she actually found out our ages and things like that, it broke her heart,” Jennifer Flewellen’s son Julian, now 17, tells PEOPLE It's a miracle — and it all started with a joke. As Jennifer Flewellen, of Niles, Michigan, lay motionless in a hospital bed last year, stuck in a nearly five-year coma caused by a car crash, her mother Peggy Means told her a joke. Then the impossible happened: Flewellen, 41, laughed. "When she woke up, it scared me at first because she was laughing and she had never done that," Means tells PEOPLE. "Every dream came true.…
An artificial intelligence model developed by an international team of researchers has demonstrated the ability to predict future events in people’s lives, including the time of their death. Life2vec, a so-called transformer model trained on a massive volume of data to predict various aspects of a person’s life, was created by scientists in Denmark and the United States. After being fed data from Danish health and demographic records for six million people, like time of birth, schooling, education, salary, housing, and health, the AI model was trained to predict what would come next. According to its creators, Life2vec demonstrated an…
Hafize Erkan, Turkey’s central bank governor, says she has been forced to move in with her parents due to the country’s inflation. Speaking to Turkey’s Hürriyet, Erkan said her decision was hinged on the increase in rents due to the lack of social housing — of which the country’s rising inflation is a contributory factor. Erkan, who took up her post in June after two decades in the United States, said when there is a lack of supply and cheap financing, “balances can sometimes be disrupted”. “Here, the most important problem for us is the supply of social housing. There…
It's the trans rights row that has gripped Ireland for well over a year – putting an otherwise unremarkable history teacher at the heart of the country's culture wars for his refusal to use a trans pupil's pronouns. Enoch Burke – who taught History and German – refused to refer to a transitioning transgender student as 'they' rather than 'he' in May last year. It sparked a chain of events that has led to him being jailed for repeatedly showing up at Wilson's Hospital School in County Westmeath after being sacked, and entering the staff room saying he was there…
Russian hydrologist Alexander Tsvetkov was detained in February 2023, after an AI system determined that his face was a 55% match to the sketch of a murderer drawn 20 years ago by a witness. Alexander Tsvetkov, a scientist at the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of Inland Water Biology, has been living a nightmare for the past 10 months. He was removed from an airplane in February, following a work trip to Krasnoyarsk, and informed that he had been identified as the author of a series of murders over 20 years ago. Investigators claimed that he and his alleged accomplice…
Google scored a lukewarm victory against Apple a few weeks ago when the latter announced iMessage will soon support RCS messaging. However, iMessages will remain blue and encrypted, while RCS messages will stay green and unencrypted. Apple will only support the RCS standard the GSMA developed, not the proprietary RCS product that Google operates. I said time and again that Google has bigger problems than the iMessage bubble war it’s fighting in an effort to make Android as appealing as the iPhone. Getting Apple to support RCS will not stop the iPhone from being the more coveted product. There’s no…
A Vietnamese man who had been suffering from severe headaches and even loss of vision over the last five months recently learned that he had a pair of chopsticks stuck in his skull. The unnamed man was recently admitted to the Cuba Friendship Hospital in the city of Dong Hoi, Vietnam’s Quang Binh province, after complaining of constant headaches, vision loss, and fluid discharge from his nose. When asked, the man revealed no possible cause for these symptoms, but a CT scan showed a tension pneumocephalus, the intracranial equivalent of a pneumothorax, as well as two foreign objects protruding from…
A United Nigeria Airlines flight destined for Abuja on Saturday landed in Asaba, the capital of Delta state. Passengers said they only realised the mistake after the cabin crew announced “Welcome to Abuja” when they landed in Asaba. “We departed Lagos about an hour ago on Fly United to Abuja and upon arrival, the cabin crew confidently announced that we had arrived Abuja only for us to realise that we landed in Asaba,” Salihu Yakasai, the Kano governorship candidate of Peoples’ Redemption Party in the 2023 election, wrote on X. After about half an hour on the tarmac, the plane…
Nigerians seeking a safe outlet for their anger can now get an unusual form of therapy, a "rage room" where they can break glass, smash wardrobes, and destroy electronic devices without any consequences. Located in the crowded megacity of Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital, the Shadow Rage Room offers 20-minute sessions for N7,500 ($8.93). Banjoko Babajide James, a co-founder, said the idea for the rage room came from the rising mental health crisis in Nigeria which is "a taboo topic" to discuss openly. "We want to create a community of like minds, to make people to understand that this thing is…
April 15, 2024

Investors on NGX lose N633bn as banks’ recapitalization bids induce negative sentiments

Investors have continued to backpedal on the stock market, especially in the banking sector, on…
April 12, 2024

At cost totaling the 2024 budgets of the 36 states plus FCT, Lagos-Calabar project is…

Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 election, Atiku Abubakar, has…
April 14, 2024

I've spent 25 years studying the brain—I never do these 4 things that destroy our memory as we age

As a neuroscientist, I've spent the last 25 years researching the science of memory. A…
April 13, 2024

A new camera can undress people almost in real time—to send a message about AI

Nuca, a new deepfake camera, is an art project that shows how artificial intelligence can…
April 15, 2024

Contrary to Betta Edu’s claim, EFCC says no suspended officials in Humanitarian Ministry cleared as…

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it has discovered other fraudulent dealings involving Covid-19…
April 15, 2024

What to know after Day 781 of Russia-Ukraine war

WESTERN PERSPECTIVE Ukraine's top commander says Russia aims to capture Chasiv Yar by May 9…
April 15, 2024

Winning funding proposals written by generative AI: Should that matter to you?

Generative AI is getting better every day. We now have ChatGPT4, Claude 3, Gemini, Perplexity,…
April 10, 2024

Nigeria’s Super Falcons qualify for 2024 Olympics at South Africa’s expense

Super Falcons of Nigeria have qualified for the women’s football event of the 2024 Olympics…

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