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Alex Bartsch is a photographer who is a true reggae fan. He was first introduced to Bob Marley when he was a child, and he got so inspired that he spent 10 years of his life traveling around London searching for original locations of the most famous reggae vinyl covers from 1967 to 1987.

“It often starts with the information on the record sleeve but many of them don’t offer much to go on,” Bartsch told Huck Magazine. “I have learned through doing this project that a good place to start is the area where the label was based. Sometimes it was just outside the door of the record label.” Although most of the locations haven’t changed much, the photographer discovered that some of them have disappeared or were probably turned into supermarkets, flats, and became impossible to find.

Alex collection now has 42 pictures, with that he was able to publish an incredible photography book.

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For the first time in history, 2 species of giraffe have been added to the official list of critically endangered animals. In addition to that, the giraffe’s global population has also declined significantly. At this time, conservationists are taking it upon themselves to figure out what is causing the number of giraffes to shrink and what can be done to turn things around.

The 2 subspecies of giraffe impacted are the Kordofan giraffe and the Nubian giraffe, which are most commonly found in Cameroon and Kenya, respectively. Both are now on the IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s, red list, having previously been listed as “vulnerable.”

Multiple factors are behind the dwindling number of giraffes: illegal hunting, habitat loss, mining, changing agriculture, increased human-wildlife conflict, and civil unrest. If these current trends continue, then it is believed the giraffes could eventually face a “silent extinction.” Overall, giraffe populations have lost about a third of their numbers over the past 30 years.

According to IUCN Director, General Inger Andersen, “Many species are slipping away before we can even describe them. This Red List update shows that the scale of the global extinction crisis may be even greater than we thought.”
Surprisingly, not being targeted by the international poaching network is also believed to be hurting the giraffe. Unlike elephants or rhinos, who are hunted for their tusks and horns, the giraffe is normally hunted for its meat. Because of this, giraffes aren’t as heavily prized, meaning that there have been few campaigns developed to protect them.

To illustrate how much danger the giraffes are in, when asked if it was possible for them to become extinct in the next 20 years, Derek Lee, an ecologist who worked on the Red List report, said, if nothing was done to change the situation, “I think we’d see drastic declines at the very least.”

The World Conservation Congress has called for action to reverse this decline. Tourism is especially believed to be a powerful way of helping the giraffes, as it will inspire strong conservation efforts to maintain the sector, strong enforcement, and space for giraffes to inhabit.

Donald Trump is reportedly isolated and alone as he has driven away top advisers and steered the federal government into a shutdown, spending most of his time hiding out in his residence and watching more television than ever.

Trump is being widely blamed for the federal government shutdown that started at the stroke of midnight on Saturday, which came as he demanded that Congress provide funding for his border wall. Earlier in the week, Trump had signaled that he would keep the government open by signing a temporary funding measure that allowed the negotiations on the wall to continue. But he abruptly changed course, refusing to sign the bill after Democrats and Republicans had come together to pass it.

The pressure of the situation appears to be getting to the president. As a new a report from the New York Times noted, Trump is lashing out at his aides as his staff continues to shrink while also retreating back to his comforts in life.

“He spends ever more time in front of a television, often retreating to his residence out of concern that he is being watched too closely. As he sheds advisers at a head-spinning rate, he reaches out to old associates, complaining that few of the people around him were there at the beginning.”
“Now, the president who once declared that ‘I alone can fix’ the system increasingly stands alone in a system that seems as broken as ever.”
There were signs this week that Trump’s television-watching habits were affecting his policy decisions. Many said it was Fox News and other conservative media figures that influenced Trump to go back on his early signals and shut down the government, noting that Trump was being heavily criticized on some of his favorite programs, including Fox & Friends. Trump has been known to adjust his policy stances based on what he hears on Fox News, at some points even making declarations on Twitter that directly oppose the White House’s official stance.

Donald Trump will now have even more time to spend in his White House residence watching television. Amid the government shutdown, the White House announced that Trump had canceled his planned 16-day Christmas vacation at his Mar-a-Lago resort, remaining in Washington until the shutdown is averted. That could take quite a while longer, as Senators have gone home for the holiday and will not be back on Capitol Hill until December 27.
A MAN who claims to have worked at Area 51 on alien technology passed four lie detector tests over his testimony, it has been revealed.

Bob Lazar gained international attention more than 30 years ago after claiming to have worked at the notorious Area 51. In 1989, with the help of journalist George Knapp, Lazar detailed his supposed duties at a base to the south of USAF’s Homey Airport known as S-4. It is speculated that the auxiliary facility in the Nevada desert was home to top-secret alien technology, and it was apparently Lazar’s job to “reverse engineer” it.

Following the revelation, the science technician received criticism due to his lack of hard evidence. 

However, investigative filmmaker Jeremy Corbell has spent the last few years digging deep into the story.

In his film, “Bob Lazar, Area 51 & Flying Saucers,” it was revealed Lazar had passed a number of polygraph tests over his story.  

“I left there thinking we do have some credibility to what the subject had to say,” Terry Tavernetti, a former LA police officer revealed.

Bob Lazar claims to have worked at Area 51

Terry Tavernetti revealed Lazar passed four tests 

Another polygrapher also analysed the results and concluded they “appeared truthful”.

It is not the first first piece of evidence to come out of the documentary that could prove Lazar’s testimony. 

Corbell also dug out a photo of the top-secret hand scanner that was claimed to be used to access S-4. 

The images of the scanners used to get inside the building match Lazar's description almost perfectly. 

"I never thought I would see one of these again," Lazar admitted after scanning the photo. 

Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers premiered at the Ace Hotel 

'I tried to explain this to people so many times and they never believed me. 

"There it is – it was a biometric scanner used to get into S-F and measured the length of the bones in your hand."

A dwarf planet in our solar system is rich in organic matter, a Nasa spacecraft has shown.

Ceres is like a "chemical factory" full of the same ingredients that helped create life on Earth, according to scientists.

And studying it could reveal how those important processes took place on our own planet.

Ceres, a strange world that sits in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, is thought to be about 4.6 billion years old, originating at the same time as our solar system.

The Nasa Dawn spacecraft, which sent back the new findings, had already shown the presence of water and other important chemicals such as ammonium.

And now it has found the planet is rich in carbon – far more than even the most carbon-rich meteorites on Earth, and giving it a strange chemical makeup.

"Ceres is like a chemical factory," said the Southwest Research Institute's Simone Marchi, a principal scientist who was the lead author of the research, which is published in Nature Astronomy.

"Among inner solar system bodies, Ceres' has a unique mineralogy, which appears to contain up to 20 percent carbon by mass in its near surface. Our analysis shows that carbon-rich compounds are intimately mixed with products of rock-water interactions, such as clays."

The discoveries could help us understand how planets like Earth came to be – and what laid the foundations for the life that is there today.

"With these findings, Ceres has gained a pivotal role in assessing the origin, evolution and distribution of organic species across the inner solar system," Dr Marchi said. "One has to wonder about how this world may have driven organic chemistry pathways, and how these processes may have affected the make-up of larger planets like the Earth."

AN ancient fossil has been discovered on Mars with some saying it is proof that turtle-like creatures once existed on the Red Planet.

Scientists are determined to find life on Mars, although now it would seem that the only life-form there would be microbial. However, this has not deterred amateur alien hunters who believe they have compelling evidence that some creatures live, or lived at one point, on the Red Planet. The latest discovery comes in the form of a “turtle-like fossil” which is claimed in some quarters of the internet to be proof of a species on Mars.

The finding was made using images from NASA’s Mars rover and is apparently concrete proof of life elsewhere than on Earth.

Prominent conspiracy theorist Scott C Waring was the first to make the sighting.

Mr Waring wrote on his blog UFO Sightings Daily: “I found a turtle-like fossil of of a creature in a Mars surface photo today. The object shows lots of signs of once being an animal.

“The shell has a back bone area from front to back. It also has ribbed sides that are slightly raised as turtles have.

“One end looks like its where the head came out because its raised up allowing an open area.

“The opposite side has a tail like sharp area which is part of the shell. Instead of a soft tail as turtles have here on Earth, this has a hard tail that is built into the shell itself.”

Mr Waring has made similar claims like this before.

Just last week he announced he had found a object which was eerily similar to an ammonite fossil – a common fossil found on Earth from a curled up shell from an ancient sea mollusc.

Mr Waring said: “I noticed this object near the rover looks very similar in shape to a snail.

"Here on Earth, Ammonites died out 66 million years ago, but lived as long ago as 200 million years ago.

“I believe that since it evolved on a different planet, its shape was effected by a different evolution involving different environmental influences.”

However, sceptics and NASA would say the fossil 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 'fossil' could just be a misshapen rock.

This scene out of a mall in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania shows a wild reaction to what has become a fairly typical ordeal for those with service dogs.

These particular dogs happen to be in training, making the mother's reaction even more troubling. There are signs on each dog, patches, and many people all there telling her that her child cannot pet the service dogs.

She would not listen.

Literally Says 'DO NOT PET'

As you can see in the video, the mom in question was not happy with ANYTHING coming from the handlers on the service dog side. We don't get to see how the situation was handled before the cameras started to roll, but we do get a feel that this mother thinks very highly of herself.

Not only does she ignore the clear signs and the handlers, she wants to pick a fight and tell them how it should've gone down.

Don't Like The Way She Said No

One of the more ridiculous comments is that she didn't like how the woman just told her "No" in response to her question about the petting.

Since this is a world where this happens pretty much daily, being told "no" is the kindest way to handle this. It's also the more straight-forward way possible.

Going To Call My Lawyer

And by the end, she's saying it is illegal to film her without permission -- wrong -- and that she will call her lawyers.

The handlers do get one thing wrong here -- though Pennsylvania could be different. It is not illegal to pet the dogs. It is frowned upon and it ruins the training process, but it isn't illegal on its own.

But the potential harassment, interference, and hurt IS illegal. And the way that is defined can vary. So the child petting the dog in the middle of training? Could be trouble. These are not pets. These are medical equipment/workers when that vest is on.


Most of the folks responding to the initial video were quick to call the woman entitled and asked how she managed to come to the conclusions she reached at the end of the clip.

Why Are Kids Better Than Adults?

Others pointed out that even though they didn't have service dogs, they did notice something special. Kids always asked permission before touching the animals, meanwhile, adults did not.

It's strange that we lose that basic component about touching an animal or anything having to do with someone else.

Since making his name as a Hollywood heartthrob, Leonardo DiCaprio has - after Sir Dave Attenborough, of course - become somewhat the face of the global fight to save our doomed planet.

I mean we should have known he was a pretty good egg when he let that spoilt brat Rose (Kate Winslet) take up all the space on the raft when there was clearly room for two on it.

But it wasn't long after this award winning role that a young DiCaprio began showing an interest in the environmentalist movement, creating the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF).

And the star, now 44, has had a bigger impact on the world than most would have realised; over the past two decades he has supported over 200 environmentally focused projects.

At the recent 20th anniversary of the LDF, the Wolf on Wall Street actor was honoured for his contribution to efforts to help protect the planet.

At the star-studded event, which was attended by a host of A-listers, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Madonna, Tobey Maguire, and Ellen DeGeneres, DiCaprio announced there would be $11 million worth of new funding to all six of the foundation's programmes; Wildlands Conservation, Oceans Conservation, Climate Change, Indigenous Rights, Transforming California, and Innovative Solutions.

This would bring the foundation's total contribution to over $100 million, which is an incredible amount of money.

In a statement from the LDF's website, DiCaprio, who became a United Nations Messenger of Peace in 2014, said: "When I founded LDF 20 years ago, I did so based on the simple idea that we could make a real difference by directly funding some of the most effective environmental projects - whether it be individuals, grassroots movements or major nonprofits, we wanted to focus on getting critical funding to those who could have the greatest impact.

"We are extremely proud to celebrate 20 years of this model.

"Since 1998, we have supported over 200 projects on every continent and in every ocean from habitat and species conservation, renewable energy, climate change, indigenous rights, and more.

"I am pleased to announce $11 million in new grants across our six program areas, bringing the total financial impact of LDF to over $100 million."

The glitzy event also featured a special performance by Coldplay frontman and resident tree-hugger, Chris Martin, who performed a number of tunes, including 'My Heart Will Go On', 'Viva La Vida', and 'Something Just Like This'.

Just when you think Oreo has created every variation of the cookie possible, they drop another flavor that we can’t wait to try. One of the newer flavors Oreo reportedly has up its sleeve (haha, get it?) combines a classic cake with the beloved cookie.

Carrot Cake Oreos are a flavor we didn’t know we needed, but we are SO excited to have. Instagram foodie Candy Hunting posted a photo of the new Oreos, which will reportedly have carrot cake flavored cookies and cream cheese-flavored cream. They sound like crunchy little carrot cakes!

Candy Hunting reports that the Carrot Cake Oreos will be available early next spring (hopefully in time for Easter)! We reached out to Oreo for more information about the new flavor, and we will update as we hear back.

For many of us, Alexa is a handy helper around the house. For Rocco, however, Alexa is the soulmate he's been searching for.

I hasten to add, Rocco is a parrot.

The African Grey parrot aused a bit of trouble in his previous home, at the National Animal Welfare Trust sanctuary in Berkshire, after upsetting visitors due to his blue language. He was then rehomed - and his new abode is where he discovered Alexa.

But Rocco's love for the virtual assistant device may not be as pure as initially thought - he started using the Amazon Echo in his new home to order all the things he likes to eat.

Living with his new owner - Sanctuary worker Marion Wischnewski - Rocco has been causing a whole heap of mischief with Alexa serving as his partner in crime. His breed is highly well known for its mimicking skills, meaning he was able to add his preferences to a virtual supermarket list

Marion said: "I have to check the shopping list when I come in from work and cancel all the items he's ordered."

On his list he's added a whole range of fruit and veg, including melons, broccoli and raisins (pretty healthy) along with ice cream (ok, not so healthy).

He's also ordered some pretty random stuff such as a lightbulb and a kite - well, why not?

To be fair, Rocco doesn't only cause havoc with his shopping demands. He's been known to ask Alexa to play his favourite music - songs by Kings of Leon, to be exact.

"They chat away to each other all day. Often, I come in and there's music playing," Marion added talking about her parrot's 'relationship'.

A recent image of Mars' Korolev crater, taken by the European Space Agency's Mars Express probe.

Mars is cold, mostly dry, and a place where liquid water appears only fleetingly. But water ice does exist on the Red Planet, and in the northern lowlands, Korolev crater holds a veritable reservoir nearly 1.1 miles (1.8 kilometers) thick in places.

This remarkable photograph is a combination of five different image strips recombined into one that reveals the 51-mile (82 km) wide crater and its ever-present sheet of ice. Due to the cold trap phenomenon, when the thin air settles over the ice, it cools down and creates a chilly layer that behaves as a shield, keeping Korolev continuously icy.

The pictures that make up this image were recorded by the European Space Agency’s Mars Express orbiter which has been snapping pictures of the Martian surface since 2003.

Korolev is named after the enigmatic rocket engineer Sergei Korolev, whose leadership in the Soviet space program vaulted the country ahead of the United States by launching Sputnik and later Yuri Gargarin into orbit. He spent years as a prisoner in Siberia before being released in 1944 to continue his work in aircraft design. He died in 1966 after complications from a minor operation.

A team of researchers from Shizuoka University working in collaboration with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will start the tests of a miniature version of space elevators in the coming week. The tests conducted will be minimal and simple and will serve as the tiniest step towards an actual elevator to the stars. The elevator will consist of a small box of 6cm length, 3cm width, and 3cm height. The box will move along a 10-meter cable which is suspended in orbit between two small CubeSats. The movement of the box will be monitored with cameras inside of the satellite.

A spokesperson from the university said in an interview, “It’s going to be the world’s first experiment to test elevator movement in space.” There are several technical reasons why no serious work was done on the space elevators after they were imagined by Russian scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky back in 1895. The main idea of the lifts is that a cable capable of moving from the surface of the earth can orbit in the space until it reaches the destination in the space. The material required for this cable has to be lighter and stronger than any other material so that it can stand the stress it would face.

Obayashi, a Japanese construction company, which was collaborating with Shizuoka University, had the goal of building a space elevator by 2050. When the plans were announced in 2014, it stated that  “current technology levels are not yet sufficient to realize the concept, but our plan is realistic.” The plan involved building a 96000-kilometer carbon nanotube cable, a 400-meter diameter ‘Earth Port’ on the ground, a 12500 ton counter weigh in space. The Carbon nanotubes are known to have more tensile strength than steel.

The difficulties of building such an elevator and the potential financial benefits in the future are both immense. Preliminary studies based on hypotheticals show that space elevators will bring the cost of moving cargo to space as down as $100 per pound as compared to the current launch which cost $10,000-$40,000 per pound. This significant decrease in the price can have the potential to lower the amount of space travel as well.

The future is definitely very exciting for space travel!

Since the very first International Space Station mission in 2000, NASA has been creating expedition posters usually featuring a group photo of the crew. These posters were used to advertise expeditions and were also hung in NASA facilities and other government organizations. However, when astronauts got bored of the standard group photos they decided to spice things up a bit. And what's a better way to do that other than throwing in some pop culture references? Fair warning the results are quite cringy, making it hard to believe that these images are actually real.