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Israel shoots down drone, discovers tunnel from Gaza

Israel shoots down drone, discovers tunnel from GazaIsrael's military shot down a drone on Monday that crossed into its territory from the Gaza Strip and found an attack tunnel running under the Gaza perimeter fence.

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Man Discovers Handgun Impaled In Front Bumper Of Car

Man Discovers Handgun Impaled In Front Bumper Of CarThis brings new meaning to the term "gunning your engine."

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Woman discovers she has a twin she was separated from at birth

Woman discovers she has a twin she was separated from at birthSharon Morello, who was adopted as a baby, learned that she was separated at birth from her twin sister, who was adopted by a different family.

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Australian Woman Discovers Message In A Bottle Sent In 1886

Australian Woman Discovers Message In A Bottle Sent In 1886An Australian woman happened upon what experts believe is the oldest message in a bottle ever found, dating back to 1886. Tonya Illman of Perth said she walking along the beach on Wedge Island in January when she spied the old glass bottle and picked it up. Using basic German language skills and Google Translate, Kym Illman figured out the person who dispatched the bottle wanted to know where and when it was found.

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Microsoft co-founder discovers sunken WWII aircraft carrier

Microsoft co-founder discovers sunken WWII aircraft carrierMicrosoft co-founder Paul Allen led a team of deep sea explorers to quite the discovery off the coast of Australia. The Seattle billionaire's team announced on Monday they'd found the wreckage of the USS Lexington, an American aircraft carrier from WWII sunk by the Japanese military.  SEE ALSO: Divers find undetonated WWII bomb lurking in city harbour Discovered lying dormant in the Coral Sea, over 500 miles off the coast of eastern Australia, the Lexington was discovered by Research Vessel (R/V) Petrel on March 4.  According to a post on Allen's website, the Lexington, launched in 1925, was one of the first U.S. aircraft carriers built, but was originally meant as a battlecruiser. "Lady Lex," as the vessel became known, was sunk carrying 35 aircraft. Remarkably preserved aircraft on the seabed bearing the five-pointed star insignia of the U.S. Army Air Forces.Image: DOUGLAS CURRAN/AFP/Getty Images“
Lexington was on our priority list because she was one of the capital ships that was lost during WWII,” said Robert Kraft, director of subsea operations, in the post. “We’ve been planning to locate the Lexington for about six months and it came together nicely.” The wreckage was found some 3,000 metres (two miles) below the surface of the Coral Sea.Image: DOUGLAS CURRAN/AFP/Getty Images"Lady Lex" was reportedly part of the first carrier vs. carrier battle in history, the Battle of the Coral Sea in May 1942, and was recruited to curb Japanese advances on Australia and Papua New Guinea.  After surviving multiple torpedo hits, a secondary explosion within the Lexington called for crew and officers to abandon ship, and 2,770 people were rescued — apparently including the captain's dog, Wags.  The wreckage was found by the team's research vessel, the R/V Petrel.Image: DOUGLAS CURRAN/AFP/Getty ImagesAllen's philanthropic priorities have been focused on ocean exploration, conservation and research for many years, funding shark research surveys and teaming up with NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory to deploy deep ocean floats in key observation areas. And it's not the first battleship mystery he's helped to solve either — in 2015, he and his team said they discovered the remains of the Musashi, once one of the two largest warships in the world, near the Philippines. WATCH: We could see a decline in King Penguins thanks to — you guessed it — climate change

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BP discovers North Sea oil and gas

BP discovers North Sea oil and gasBritish energy major BP on Wednesday announced oil and gas discoveries in the North Sea, in a boost for the company and local industry. The discoveries were made in Capercaillie in the central North Sea, and in Achmelvich, west of Shetland, the company said in a statement. BP fully owns the Capercaillie well, while the Achmelvich well is a partnership between operator BP (52.6 percent), Royal Dutch Shell (28 percent) and US peer Chevron (19.4 percent).

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Google discovers new planet which proves Solar System is not unique 

Google discovers new planet which proves Solar System is not unique Google has previously discovered lost tribes, missing ships and even an forgotten forest. But now it has also found two entire planets. The technology giant used one its algorithms to sift through thousands of signals sent back to Earth by Nasa’s Kepler space telescope. One of the new planets was found hiding in the Kepler-90 star system, which is around 2,200 light years away from Earth. The discovery is important because it takes the number of planets in the star system up to eight, the same as our own Solar System. It is the first time that any system has been found to have as many planets ours. Andrew Vanderburg, astronomer and Nasa Sagan Postdoctoral Fellow at The University of Texas, Austin, said:  "The Kepler-90 star system is like a mini version of our solar system. You have small planets inside and big planets outside, but everything is scrunched in much closer. The Kepler-90 star system has eight planets, like our own  Credit: Nasa “For the first time we know for sure the Solar System is not the sole record holder for the number of planets. “Maybe there are systems out here with so many planets they make ours sound ordinary. It’s very possible that Kepler-90 has even more planets we might not even know about. “There is a lot of unexplored real estate in Kepler-90 system and it would almost be surprising if there were not more planets in the system.” The new planet Kepler-90i is about 30 per cent larger than Earth and very hot Credit: Nasa  The planet Kepler-90i, is a small rocky planet, which orbits so close to its star that the surface temperature is a ‘scorchingly hot’ 800F (426C). It orbits its own sun once every 14 days. The Google team applied a neural network to scan weak signals discovered by the Kepler exoplanet-hunting telescope which had been missed by humans. Kepler has already discovered more than 2,500 exoplanets and 1,000 more which are suspected. The telescope spent four years scanning 150,000 stars looking for dips in their brightness which might suggest an orbiting planet was passing in front. The Kepler space telescope  Credit: Nasa Although the observation mission ended in 2013, the spacecraft recorded so much data during its four year mission that scientists expect will be crunching the data for many years to come. Christopher Shallue, senior software engineer at Google AI in Mountain View, California, who made the discovery, said the algorithm was so simple that it only took two hours to train to spot exoplanets. Test of the neural network correctly identified true planets and false positives 96 percent of the time. They have promised to release all of the code so that amateurs can train computers to hunt for their own exoplanets. “Machine learning will become increasingly important for keeping pace with all this data and will help us make more discoveries than ever before,” said Mr Shallue. “This is really exciting discovery and a successful proof of concept in using neural networks to find planets even in challenging situations where signals are very weak. “We plan to search all 150,000 stars, we hope using our technique we will be able to find lots of planets including planets like Earth.” Previously Trappist-1 was found to have the most planets outside of our own Solar System Credit: Nasa  Before the new discovery, Trappist-1 was the star system with the most planets, with seven. Paul Hertz, Astrophysics Division director at NASA Headquarters in Washington, said: “When we launched Kepler in 2009 we didn’t know if planets were common or rare. We now know every star in the night sky has a family of planets orbiting it. “The archive Kepler data is a treasure trove of information which will bring many more discoveries. Today’s announcement is one such discovery. “It shows what happens when new scientific methods are applied to archival data.” Jessie Dotson, Kepler’s project scientist at Nasa’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley, added: "These results demonstrate the enduring value of Kepler’s mission. “New ways of looking at the data – such as this early-stage research to apply machine learning algorithms – promises to continue to yield significant advances in our understanding of planetary systems around other stars. I’m sure there are more firsts in the data waiting for people to find them.”  

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22-Year-Old Woman Discovers Breast Cancer Lump After Dropping Necklace Down Her Shirt

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This article originally appeared on People.com.

When Leslie Almiron discovered a lump in her breast in 2016, it was by accident. The pendant on her necklace had fallen off and landed in her bra. When the then 22-year-old reached in to retrieve it, she felt her hand brush up against something. At first, she didn’t think much of it and hopped in the shower. But while she was showering, she couldn’t shake the feeling that something was off. So she felt around again, and this time, she couldn’t deny that there a lump.

Almiron immediately called her mom and asked her what to do. Her mother wasn’t too concerned — after all, Almiron was only 22 — but she suggested she call her doctor to make sure. The doctor wasn’t very worried either, considering her age and history, but advised her to come in.

That initial doctor’s visit led to an ultrasound and then a recommendation to make an appointment with a breast surgeon. But even then, the idea that it could be cancer didn’t weight too heavily on Almiron’s mind. Her doctor didn’t even mention the word, she says.

“Now that I think about it, it did take a long time,” Almiron, now 24, tells PEOPLE of the ultrasound. “But I was just completely unaware of what was going on. I was just laying on the table, perfectly fine.”

The thought that the lump could be cancerous didn’t occur to Almiron until she was getting it biopsied, and she saw the physician assistant’s face go white as she took a closer look. But they couldn’t tell her if it was cancer until her official test results came back the following week.

“I spent the whole weekend borderline freaking out, and then thinking there was just no way that this could happen,” she says.

The following week, she got the call: It was cancer — stage 3 — and they needed her to come in as soon as possible for more tests. Almiron went on to undergo chemotherapy, radiation and a double mastectomy.

Almiron’s diagnosis at such a young age may be rare, but it’s far from unheard of. Though typically associated with older women, about 70,000 women and men under the age of 40 are diagnosed with breast cancer every year, according to the Young Survival Coalition. And every year, the disease kills 1,000 women in the same age group — a lower survival rate compared to those over 40. Young women generally face more aggressive cancers and lower survival rates, and evidence suggests that breast cancer before age 40 differs biologically from the cancer faced by older women.

With these cases comes unique challenges. Jennifer Merschdorf, the CEO of the Young Survival Coalition (who herself was diagnosed with breast cancer at 36, the same year her mother was diagnosed at 66), says the organization’s goal is to help young women navigate these obstacles.

“Young women are starting or in the full swing of their careers,” Merschdorf tells PEOPLE. “They’re starting families. That’s very different than older women.”

The decision to get a mastectomy at such a young age is all the more difficult, and many women go into early menopause, according to Merschdorf.

For many women, the question of fertility and children is “huge” when they get a breast cancer diagnosis, Merschdorf says. Particularly if a woman hasn’t had children or isn’t even sure if she wants them in the future.

Almiron says she hadn’t given much thought to whether she wanted children prior to her diagnosis. So when her doctor suggested freezing her eggs, she was overwhelmed.

“I’m just freaking out,” she says. “I’m thinking ‘I have cancer, I’m not going to live to have children. Why do you want me to do this?’ “

Almiron had been with her boyfriend for four years, but they had just graduated college and were looking for their first jobs and hadn’t seriously spoken about children.

“I had to call him and say, ‘Hey, I have to freeze my eggs. Do you think you’re going to love me forever? Should we do embryos?’ ” she recalls. “That’s just a conversation I don’t need to be having at 22.”

At her doctor’s encouragement, Almiron ended up going forward with the egg preservation, and within days, she was getting hormone injections. She was able to freeze 26 eggs before she started her treatment.

There may be about 70,000 new cases every year, but finding fellow young people living with breast cancer is tough. Especially for those who live outside of an urban area. And though support groups for breast cancer patients exist all over the country, if they’re filled with older woman, it often can make a young patient feel isolated.

Once, when Almiron was checking into to a support group, the leader told her to wait outside for her mom, assuming she was the daughter of a patient, not a patient herself.

“She eventually stopped going after she says she realized “this just isn’t going to make me feel better.”

Comfort can be found in organizations that are geared towards those living with cancer who are in their age group. The Young Survival Coalition hosts an annual conference called the National Summit for survivors to come and meet one another. And Almiron met fellow young cancer survivors through a group called Stupid Cancer, where she made immediate connections with survivors her own age.


“We clicked right away, and it’s a friendship that you’d think we would have been friends for years,” she says of one of the friends she made through Stupid Cancer. “It’s like, ‘I know exactly what you’ve been through.’ “

And for young women, financial and logistical problems that come with a cancer diagnosis can be even more pronounced. As Merschdorf says: “It’s not like in your twenties you’ve saved this huge nest egg that you can use to offset these huge medical expenses.”

For Almiron, who is a DACA recipient, the ability to pay her medical bills presented its own problems. Before getting her first job a year before her diagnosis, she didn’t have health insurance. And because she had no way to get insurance without a job, she had to continue working while she was going through treatment. The only time she took off was when she was recovering from her double mastectomy, and was, in her words “flat broke.”

“I couldn’t afford to get kicked off my insurance,” she says. “It was like, ‘Tough luck, you have to deal with it.’ And that was my attitude. I have to go to work bald, sweating and in pain. It sucks.”

She credits DACA for saving her life: “If I had been diagnosed two years before when I didn’t have insurance, I don’t know what I would have done.”

When asked what she would want a young woman who has just been diagnosed with breast cancer to know, Almiron says, “It gets better.”

“The finish line will move, and it’s going to change, and it’s not going to be over when you think it’s over, or when you want it to be over, but there is an end,” Almiron says. “It’s coming. Just hang in there.”

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Florida man discovers huge snake has been living in his attic for years

Florida man discovers huge snake has been living in his attic for yearsOut of all the stuff that can go wrong in Florida, finding out that a snake has been hiding out in your attic is probably low on the list. Bob van der Herchen recently had the pleasure of discovering a 6-foot boa constrictor living in the attic of his home in Englewood, Florida, rent free. According to WFLA, van der Herchen's son and wife often complained about noise coming from the attic, but he payed no attention to it. SEE ALSO: Commuting snake hitches a ride home on a Boston train “He used to complain he’d hear sounds in the attic. I didn’t think much of it, I thought maybe it was rats,” van der Herchen told WFLA. Just rats, nothing to see here. Well, the attic intruder was actually a massive snake. A snake trapper helped the family safely remove the boa from the attic, and in the process found it had shed some skin. The man estimates the snake had been living in the attic for years.  According to van der Herchen, the snake's cozy resting spot was right above the chair his wife sat in. “It was actually bunking in the rafter space right above the Florida room chair where my wife sits,” he said. The man believes the snake was once a pet, a common problem in Florida, and entered his home by a tree branch that was hanging close to his house. "He hopes this story serves as a reminder to homeowners to trim overgrown trees," WFLA wrote. Yeah, that's the problem here. Overgrown trees.  WATCH: Rogue deer tackles innocent man in a parking lot

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Policeman pulls over black woman and quickly discovers she is the state attorney

Policeman pulls over black woman and quickly discovers she is the state attorneyA pair of police officers caught themselves on camera, struggling to explain why they had pulled over Florida’s first and only black state attorney. Aramis Ayala, who serves as state attorney in the Sunshine State’s 9th Judicial Circuit, was pulled over on 19 June. When he asks what agency she works for, she responds: “I’m the state attorney”.

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