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It’s Mosquito Time!

US Authorities have approved the release of 75 Crore genetically modified mosquitoes across the Florida Keys over the next two years. This is a part of a project designed to test if a genetically modified mosquito is a viable alternative to spraying insecticides to control the aedes aegypti, mosquitoes that carry diseases such as dengue, Zika virus, chikungunya and yellow fever.

Pet Dogs? We’ll eat them instead

South Korea’s largest circulation newspaper “Chosun” reported this month that leader Kim Jong-un had banned pet ownership, denouncing it as “a tainted trend” of “bourgeois ideology”. It also stated that people in North Korea are reportedly being forced to give up their pet dogs so that they can be used as dog meat for restaurants amid food shortage.

Dog meat has traditionally been consumed in Korea as a speciality summer dish to beat the heat, where dog is served as a delicacy at “dangogi” (sweetmeat) restaurant.

However, the Russian embassy accused foreign media of spreading “wild” rumours that were “far from the truth”.

Just “Putin” the opposition to the coffin

Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny is unconscious in hospital suffering from

suspected poisoning, his spokeswoman has said. She added: "We suspect that Alexei was poisoned by something mixed into [his] tea. It was the only thing he drank since morning.”

The anti-corruption campaigner fell ill during a flight and the plane made an emergency landing in Omsk, where doctors said he was in a coma and were trying to save his life.

The Siberian hospital treating Navalny has rejected claims the Russian opposition leader had been poisoned on Friday, however, his wife said the doctors there could not be trusted.

He will be moved to Germany for further treatments.

Mr Navalny, 44, has for years been among President Vladimir Putin's staunchest critics. In June he described a vote on constitutional reforms as a "coup" and a "violation of the constitution". The reforms allow Mr Putin to serve another two terms in office, after the four terms he has already had.

Unidentified Flying Objects

Recently, Russian cosmonaut Ivan Vanger captured five apparent unidentified flying objects

Apparent UFOs

(UFOs) flying over the Southern Hemisphere. Vagner, who is currently at the International Space Station (ISS), recorded the apparent UFOs when he was filming a timelapse video of the aurora borealis.

“However, in the video, you will see something else, not only the aurora,” he tweeted. The footage has been sent to experts for analysis.

In April, the US Department of Defence, released three declassified videos of "unexplained aerial phenomena".

According to the New York Times, a clip from 2004 was filmed by two navy fighter pilots and shows a round object hovering above the water, about 100 miles (160 km) out into the Pacific Ocean.

Two other videos filmed in 2015 show objects moving through the air, one of which is spinning. In one, a pilot is heard saying: "Look at that thing, dude! It's rotating!"

The Pentagon is forming a new task force to investigate UFOs that have been observed by US military aircraft, according to two defence officials.

Deputy Secretary of Defense, David Norquist, will help oversee the task force, which is expected to be officially unveiled in the next few days, according to the officials.

RIP Internet Explorer

Tech giant Microsoft has announced that it will end support for the Internet Explorer 11 and Legacy Edge browsers across all Microsoft 365 apps and services over the next year.

However, Microsoft added that Internet Explorer 11 will continue to function as a component of the Windows operating system but access to Microsoft 365 apps and services won't work with the browser after August.

We must all pay our respects to the browser which we used: to download other browsers, and make memes.

After this was announced, many memes surfaced.


Author ~ Karan Agarwal

Editor ~ Suansh Joshi

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