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World UFO Day takes curious thinkers out of this world

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World UFO Day is celebrated on 2 June.

Today marks World UFO Day – the international day for people to gather and watch the skies for unidentified flying objects.

UFOs have boggled the minds of star-gazers and curious minds for decades.

Early UFO sightings date back to the 1900s when aviator Kenneth Arnold described a saucer-like object in the sky. Likewise, in 1947, William Brazel reported an air cash, which became known as the Roswell incident.

UAPs, or unidentified aerial phenomena, are taken “very seriously” by the United States’ Department of Defence. In fact, The Department says all reports of “any aerial object, identified or unidentified” are thoroughly investigated.

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Professor Alan Duffy from Swinburne University of Technology says UFO Day helps to reduce stigma around potential sightings.

“We really do have the government taking it very seriously, not laughing it out. But rather, treating it as a phenomenon that’s understood.

“I hope that there’s a few less tin-foil memes going around and some more considered opinion about what this footage could reveal,” he says.

But a recent report from The Pentagon highlights the need to improve processes, policies, technologies, and training to better understand UAPs.

The report looks into 144 cases of reported sightings. But only one was identified.

“We were able to identify one reported UAP with high confidence,” the report says.

“In that case, we identified the object as a large, deflating balloon. The others remain unexplained.”

The UFO report also clarifies the terrestrial theories behind some of the reported sightings.

“We have no clear indications that there is any non-terrestrial explanation for them — but we will go wherever the data takes us.”

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Possible explanations offered in the report:

  • Airborne clutter
  • Atmospheric phenomena
  • US-developed technology
  • Technology by foreign adversaries.

“There’s a lot of activity going on up there that if you’re not used to looking up at the night sky, you can mistake certain objects,” Professor Duffy says.

“If you ever do get concerned about something up there… there is a procedure for reporting it. Don’t be too worried, or concerned but do be curious and reach out to a local, friendly astronomer,” he says.

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TICKER NEWS is available on podcast apps

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For the first time, TICKER NEWS is now available on podcast apps, allowing you to hear the latest news, plus special programs

TICKER NEWS is now available as a podcast.

You can catch up on the latest news, or programs devoted to special topics including U.S. politics and TICKER AIR.

TICKER CEO Ahron Young says:

“TICKER always puts the story first. Video is in our DNA, but we want TICKER content to be available however our audience wants to enjoy it.”

“We are putting significant resources into TICKER content to make sure we get to the heart of the stories we cover.”

TICKER AIR is one of the podcasts available from TICKER

The first podcast to air is TICKER AIR, cohosted by Ahron Young and Geoffrey Thomas from Airlineratings.com

Every day, two full world news bulletins will be available, as well as three special documentary programs.

TICKER podcasts are available daily on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts. Just search TICKER NEWS to subscribe.

APPLE PODCAST – https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/ticker-news/id1632145760

SPOTIFY – https://open.spotify.com/show/3iidnXUXPDVWG2QMEhN0Kt?si=e2e195a8ee584fa6

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Big tech stocks tumble amid market uncertainty

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Big tech companies are struggling in the markets this quarter as interest rates rise to battle inflation

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has devalued tech stocks causing further supply chain disruptions and sending the broad S&P 500 index down about 5 per cent.

Rising interest rates triggered more severe plummets with the S&P dropping another 16 per cent and the Nasdaq Composite index by 22 per cent.

Tesla’s stock took a huge hit sinking to nearly 38 per cent its largest decline since 2010.

Amazon saw similar results falling by 35 per cent the most in over 20 years.

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Google to pay millions to app developers

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App developers are accusing Google of tempting users into making in-app purchases.

The lawsuit relates to money that was made by app creators for Android smartphones.

The lawsuit was filed in a San Francisco court, where the 48,000 app developers are believed to have been affected.

“Following our win against Apple for similar conduct, we think this pair of settlements sends a strong message to big tech: the law is watching, and even the most powerful companies in the world are accountable when they stifle competition.”

Steve Berman, ATTORNEY FOR the Android developers.

Google says the settlement’s funds will support developers who have made less than USD $2 million in revenue between 2016 and 2021.

“A vast majority of U.S. developers who earned revenue through Google Play will be eligible to receive money from this fund, if they choose,” the company says.

Google says it will charge developers a 15 per cent commission on their first million in revenue.

The court is yet to approve the proposed settlement.

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