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Scientists are mapping an Atlas of the underworld hidden far beneath our feet

For as long as humans have been around we've been fascinated by the world hiding underneath the surface of the Earth, and now scientists are systematically mapping the positions of the tectonic plates that have been pushed deeper into the planet's core.

It's called the Atlas of the Underworld and you can view it online - measurements go down up to 2,900 kilometres (1,800 miles) in some cases. The focus is on 'dead' tectonic plates, pushed down to the bottom of the Earth's mantle and no longer part of the surface.

Source: Scientists are mapping an Atlas of the underworld hidden far beneath our feet
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Golan Heights Residents on Edge After Latest Cross-Border Exchange of Fire; ‘After Syria Civil War Ends, Guns Will Be Turned on Israel’

An IDF soldier looks into southern Syria from the Israeli side of the border. Photo: IDF via Wikimedia Commons.
Residents of Israel’s Golan Heights region are on edge following the latest exchange of fire on the border with Syria.
Early Saturday morning, five rockets were launched from Syria into Israel, hitting open areas, causing no injuries or damage. This prompted an IDF strike later in the day on three Syrian artillery pieces.
“Whether errant or not, any future occurrences will force the IDF to intensify its response,” the IDF said. “The IDF holds the Syrian regime responsible and won’t tolerate any attempt to breach Israeli sovereignty or threaten Israeli civilians’ safety.”
Eli Malka — the head of the Golan Regional Council — told the Hebrew news site nrg, “I hope that the clear response of the IDF will stop the shooting, but we are preparing for any potential escalation.”
Since the civil war in Syria erupted in 2011, Israel has largely sought to remain neutral in the bloody conflict, which has drawn in many regional players. However, the IDF has responded with pinpoint strikes to occasional cross-border fire — both errant and deliberate — in the Golan Heights and has reportedly targeted a number of Hezbollah-bound weapons convoys in Syria in recent years.
Israel has also provided medical treatment to thousands of people wounded in the fighting in Syria.
According to nrg, IDF officials believe Saturday’s rocket salvo was intentionally aimed at Israel and ordered by Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime.
“These were not mortars or artillery shells, but rockets that struck our territory,” an unnamed IDF Northern Command officer was quoted as saying by nrg. “The chance this was not deliberate is low. There were no battles taking place in the area where the launch took place. This very well may have been a message from Syria. Our main concern now is that this doesn’t become routine, because we’ve already seen this sector heating up since March.”
For Malka, it did not matter whether the fire was directed at Israel on purpose or not. “A bomb is a bomb,” he said.
As Assad — aided by Russia and Iran — has gained strength over the past year, Malka added, authorities on the Golan Heights have been preparing for an end of the relative quiet that has prevailed in the area.
“After the civil war in Syria dies out, the guns will be turned on Israel,” he predicted.
Zionist Union MK Eyal Ben-Reuven, a retired IDF general whose service included a stint as deputy Northern Command chief, told nrg that Iran — the patron of Hezbollah and other Shia militias operating in Syria — had “an unequivocal interest in heating up the border.”
“The real landlord in Syria, the Russians, cannot stop this, and the Americans are not there,” he said. Therefore, he warned, there was a possibility of a “significant escalation” in the north.

Source: Golan Heights Residents on Edge After Latest Cross-Border Exchange of Fire; ‘After Syria Civil War Ends, Guns Will Be Turned on Israel’
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Secretary of State Tillerson Pushes for Saudi, Iraqi Alliance Against Iran

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Photo: Wikicommons.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday promoted a Trump administration goal of uniting Saudi Arabia and Iraq in common cause to counter Iran’s growing assertiveness in the Middle East.
Tillerson participated in the inaugural meeting of the Saudi Arabia-Iraq Coordination Committee, along with Saudi King Salman and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, telling the leaders that the event highlighted the improving ties between the longtime rivals and showed “the great potential” for further cooperation. He noted the August reopening of a major border crossing and the resumption of direct flights between Riyadh and Baghdad.

Source: Secretary of State Tillerson Pushes for Saudi, Iraqi Alliance Against Iran
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Indonesia seeks answers after U.S. denies entry to top general

Indonesia's government is seeking clarification from the U.S. after the Indonesian military chief was denied entry to the country, an official said Sunday.

Source: Indonesia seeks answers after U.S. denies entry to top general
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Today's News / Dramatic sentencing hearing expected in Bergdahl case
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Dramatic sentencing hearing expected in Bergdahl case

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will appear Monday before the judge deciding his punishment for endangering comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan in 2009.

Source: Dramatic sentencing hearing expected in Bergdahl case
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US State Department already knows who will be the next president of Ukraine - two candidates already picked out

High-ranking representatives of the US State Department have laid down the condition for Ukraine - a man who is not stained with politics must become the next President.

This was reported by the founder of the Internet publication Gordon Dmitry Gordon, according to his sources on the news channel NewsOne.



 "Without surrendering sources, I will tell you: the United States has laid down the condition that the next president should not be associated with any former power, should not be stained with it, should not be a politician that everyone knows ... Today, there are two such people. They are seriously studying and seriously preparing. These are two very serious surnames. They are known in Ukraine and in the world, and they have never been in power. I repeat: some of the most famous Ukrainians in the world who have never been in power," said Gordon.



 Dmitry Gordon refused to call the names of these people. However, social networks immediately revealed the "secret" of at least one of the "American" applicants. In the users' view, it is the soloist of group "Okean Elzy" Slava Vakarchuk.

The next presidential elections in Ukraine must be held in 2019.

Source: US State Department already knows who will be the next president of Ukraine - two candidates already picked out
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CIA director rebuked by Dems for statements on Kremlin's election meddling

Democratic critics accuse Mike Pompeo of echoing Trump that the interference didn't affect the outcome.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo drew sharp criticism Thursday after wrongly stating that the U.S. intelligence community had found that Russian meddling did not tilt the 2016 presidential election.

Pompeo made the inaccurate claim at an event hosted by the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a conservative think tank close to the Trump administration. His comments come amid growing evidence of Russian interference in last year's campaign, the scale of which remains unclear.



Comment: Facebook ads and Twitter posts total spend came to a measly $300k. What a bargain! The Dems should hire Russian PR next time.  Yawn: More baseless propaganda over 'possible' Russian Facebook advertisements Clinton's chief strategist: 'Russian Facebook ads' didn't win Trump the election "Russian ads" on Facebook are merely a click-bait campaign  



"The intelligence community's assessment is that the Russian meddling that took place did not affect the outcome of the election," Pompeo said.

Source: CIA director rebuked by Dems for statements on Kremlin's election meddling
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'Like a college campus': Facebook security chief slams company's safeguards in leaked internal phone call

Facebook faces the same cyber threats as a large defense contractor but runs its own security "like a college campus" - that's the judgement of the company's top security chief, according to a leaked internal phone call.

Alex Stamos, the social media giant's chief security officer, made the remark during an internal discussion with employees on the threat to the company's network posed by hackers.

A recording of the call was later leaked to the website ZDNet on Thursday.

"The threats that we are facing have increased significantly and the quality of the adversaries that we are facing," Stamos said. "Both technically and from a cultural perspective, I don't feel like we have caught up with our responsibility."

Source: 'Like a college campus': Facebook security chief slams company's safeguards in leaked internal phone call
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Catalonia independence fight: Puigdemont 'will not accept' Rajoy plan

The Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, says the region will not accept Madrid's plan for direct rule.

He described it as the worst attack on Catalonia's institutions since General Franco's 1939-1975 dictatorship, under which regional autonomy was dissolved.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's plans include the removal of Catalonia's leaders and curbs on its parliament.

An independence referendum went ahead on 1 October, despite being banned by Spain's Constitutional Court.

Mr. Puigdemont said the Spanish government was acting against the democratic will of Catalans after refusing all offers of dialogue.

Source: Catalonia independence fight: Puigdemont 'will not accept' Rajoy plan
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Blood Flow Restriction Training: The easier, faster and safer way to build muscle

If you haven't heard of Kaatsu training before, you're in for a treat. While still a novelty in the West, Kaatsu training was developed in Japan five decades ago. Ka means "additional" and atsu means "pressure." An English layman's term for the practice is "blood flow restriction training," and involves performing strength training exercises while restricting blood flow to the extremity being worked.

A significant benefit of the method is that you can do strength exercises using just 30 to 50 percent of the weight you'd normally use while still reaping maximum benefits. In a way, you're trading weight for repetitions, in that you're using less weight but doing more reps - up to 20 or 30 repetitions opposed to the 10 or 12 you might normally do.

The cuffs or bands are just tight enough to allow arterial blood flow but not venous flow. This causes lactic acid and other waste products to build up, giving you the same benefit as heavy lifting without the dangers associated with heavy weights. For this reason, it's a great strategy for the elderly and those who are recuperating from an injury.

Compelling evidence suggests that venous blood flow restriction dramatically increases muscle growth and strength by increasing growth hormone secretion, reducing myostatin and inducing cell swelling - all while circumventing the tissue damage that can occur with traditional high-intensity weight training.

Source: Blood Flow Restriction Training: The easier, faster and safer way to build muscle
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