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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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Elon Musk’s secretly welcomed twins last year

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Elon Musk secretly welcomed twins just weeks before his second child with Grimes was born last year

The world’s wealthiest man, Elon Musk is believe to have fathered 10 children after a top executive from one of his companies gave birth to twins last year.

The mother of the children is Shivon Zilis, a senior member of Musks’ artificial intelligence company, Neuralink.

Zilis is considered a rising star in the world of AI, after being listed on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in 2015, and LinkedIn’s 35 under 35.

According to her LinkedIn, she is currently the Director of Operations and Special Projects at Musk’s neurotechnology firm, Neuralink.

Court documents show the pair filed a petition to change their twins’ last names to Musk, and contain their mothers last name as part of their middle name.

The petition was filed in Austin, Texas which is also the birthplace of Zilis and Musk’s children where they were reportedly born in November 2021.

The two children will add to the six children Musk has with ex-wife, Justine Musk, and two children with Canadian singer Grimes.

The twins will also join Justine and Musk’s 18-year-old daughter, Vivian Jenna Wilson who has recently strived to cut ties with her father.

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Apple’s ‘Lockdown Mode’ to target hackers

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Apple is set to release a new ‘Lockdown Mode’ feature, which will add protections for people targeted by hackers

Apple is seeking to stamp out iPhone hacking by giving vulnerable targets the chance to ‘lock out’ suspicious links or activity.

The feature is a major win for human rights advocates, political activists and other prominent figures.

“Apple makes the most secure mobile devices on the market. Lockdown mode is a groundbreaking capability that reflects our unwavering commitment to protecting users from even the rarest, most sophisticated attacks.”

Apple’s head of security engineering and architecture, Ivan Krstić

It will work in conjunction with the ‘Messages’ app by stamping out any unknown links.

The company says it “is an extreme, optional protection for the very small number of users who face grave, targeted threats to their digital security”.

It comes after two Israeli two firms were able to break into iPhones without the target clicking on any links.

The attacks were reportedly carried out by the NSO Group, which is behind the controversial Pegasus Spyware.

The group has been placed on a U.S. blacklist.

The ‘Lockdown’ feature will come to Apple’s iPhones, iPads and Macs in the coming months.

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Emirates A380 “flew 14 hours” with massive hole

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At first passengers believed the plane suffered difficulties upon landing in Brisbane, but now it seems the Emirates A380 flew 14 hours with the massive hole

Passengers disembarked the airline after noticing the sound of an explosion mid-flight.

They had alerted crew during the flight, who were in contact with the flight crew.

One of the passengers on board has since taken to Twitter to describe the “terrifying” incident, which took place “during cruise.” 

“Was absolutely terrifying at first and the cabin crew knew something serious may have happened – were immediately in contact with the cockpit,” wrote Andrew Morris, an English professor at the UK’s Loughborough University.

“Shortly after, they resumed as normal. Their calm demeanor was reassuring — they knew it was not catastrophic.”

But no one knew exactly how long the plane was airborne with the massive hole in the side.

Landing view

The captain telegraphed ahead to Brisbane airport, and emergency services met the aircraft, which landed safely.

As passengers disembarked, they were shocked to see the size of the hole, which had been punctured by the landing gear.

Emirates later released a statement stressing that the rupture did not impact “the fuselage, frame or structure of the aircraft.”

“Our flight EK430 flying from Dubai to Brisbane on July 1 experienced a technical fault,” reads the statement. 

“One of the aircraft’s 22 tires ruptured during cruise, causing damage to a small portion of the aerodynamic fairing, which is an outer panel or the skin of the aircraft.”

“The fairing has been completely replaced, checked and cleared by engineers, Airbus and all relevant authorities,” adds Emirates.

“The safety of our passengers and crew has always been our top priority.”

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