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How common are UFO sightings?

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UFOs are currently the hot topic amongst U.S. officials with Congress holding a public hearing just today

They’ve been frequently dismissed as science fiction but now even U.S. Congress is discussing the possibility of extraterrestrial life.

The governing body held its first public hearing on UFOs in over 50 years.

This is all in an effort to increase trust and transparency around their investigations into what they label as “unidentified aerial phenomena” or UAPs.

Pentagon officials testified before a House Intelligence subcommittee with the Chair pointing out that this phenomena is a “potential national security threat”.

Representative Andre Carson urged for more seriousness around the topic as pilots typically avoid reporting any sightings and if they do they’re often laughed at, and this of course has slowed down intelligence analysis.

UAP sightings have been reported about 400 times since June.

Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence says they have ramped up their investigations, making them more data-driven rather than relying solely on observations.

Bray played a number of videos featuring unidentified objects and explained how fleeting this phenomena usually is.

One clip from a few years ago showed floating green triangles which were later recognised as unmanned aerial systems.

But there are some cases that Bray simply could not explain.

Although everyone’s excited thinking the US government is on the search for aliens, Members of Congress have stressed that the sightings aren’t being investigated for extraterrestrial activity but rather for national security purposes.

Congress emphasised their duty to ensure that foreign countries are not releasing new technologies into their airspace.

But intelligence officials will not be revealing all the information they have citing that it is important to protect sensitive intel.

For now, the Pentagon has revealed that they’ve assigned a Director for a new task force investigating unidentified aerial phenomena.

There hasn’t been any evidence of extraterrestrial life yet but perhaps more will be revealed as the investigation unfolds.

Natasha is an Associate Producer at ticker NEWS with a Bachelor of arts from Monash University. She has previously worked at Sky News Australia and Monash University as an Online Content Producer.

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Companies to pay extra for verified Twitter accounts

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Elon Musk has announced that companies and brands will have to pay $1,000 per month – plus an additional $50 per sub-account – to get verified check-marks on Twitter

The new pricing falls under the new Twitter Blue for Business service.

Within the next few months, only paying Twitter customers will have verified status.

Twitter has stacked on $12.5 billion in debt, and this move hopes to increase subscription revenue to meet Musk’s obligations.

Advertisers halted spending on Twitter after the takeover, but Twitter has since announced partnerships with two brand-safety vendors to win back marketers.

Musk also announced that Twitter would start sharing ad revenue with creators for “ads that appear in their reply threads”, but didn’t provide further detail.

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BMW to invest €800 million in Mexico

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BMW is set to invest €800 million in Mexico, to produce its next generation of high-voltage and fully electric batteries

 
The carmaker is looking to convert more than half of its sales into all-electric cars by 2030.

Construction will begin next year with production beginning in 2027.

The announcement follows several other major expansions from the automaker in recent months, including a $1.7 billion investment in the United States.

The move will add around 1,000 new jobs to its Mexico operations.

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Future Airplane Design

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What will the next generation of aircraft look like?

 
From the dawn of time, man has dreamed of flying.

Now, more than 100 years since the first flight, airlines and aircraft manufacturers are trying to work out the future of flight.

This Ticker Original takes you behind the scenes as designers look to the future of flight. #aviation #boeing #aircraft

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