Thieves are set to be out in full swing this month, as the darker nights, coupled with Christmas, send break-ins soaring. But Santa’s little helpers take note - as there are a few tips you can take to protect your valuables, should your home become a target over the next few weeks. In a report, insurer Aviva has revealed the most popular places used to hide Christmas presents ahead of the big day. Cupboards and drawers are the most common choice, with almost a third of the population stashing gifts and goodies here. In fourth place is under the bed - another secret location you might want to avoid if you're after a secret space this month. The guest bedroom is a popular pick for more than a quarter of gift-givers, while one in 10 resort to hiding presents at other people’s homes. The study of more than 2,000 UK adults also revealed a few more extreme hiding places. One respondent stated they use a safe; another said they … [Read more...] about Where burglars are most likely to look for Christmas presents
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The first scans for alien technology aboard a mysterious object that is barreling through the solar system have found no evidence it is the work of an intelligent civilisation. The cigar-shaped object was spotted hurtling through the solar system in October and while astronomers suspected it was an interstellar asteroid, its curious shape led them to propose sweeping it for radio signals in case it happened to be an alien craft. While the long, slender object may have been well suited to flying through clouds of interstellar gas at breakneck speed, as some researchers noted, the observation that the body was tumbling through space suggests any aerodynamic advantage was at best minimal. Scientists on the Breakthrough Listen project, funded by the internet billionaire Yuri Milner, used the Green Bank telescope in West Virginia to eavesdrop on the 400m-long body named ‘Oumuamua, from the Hawaiian word for “messenger” or “scout”. The body is twice as far from … [Read more...] about Is ‘Oumuamua an alien spacecraft? Initial scans show no signs of technology
THE countdown is on for Anthony Joshua's massive rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr tomorrow. As well as the huge fight in the desert, there's plenty to look forward to in 2020 as Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder remain on a collision course after the Bronze Bomber's dramatic win against Luis Ortiz. Meanwhile, Dillian Whyte will face Mariusz Wach on the packed undercard. One of boxing's greats, Manny Pacquiao, will make his long-awaited return against either Shawn Porterm Danny Garcia or Mikey Garcia. Follow all the gossip from the world of boxing below... Anthony Chapman8 hours ago6th December 2019AJ's drastic dip in weight has left former super-middleweight king Carl Froch worried, as it is right on the cusp of the limit he wanted to see him at. The Cobra said on Thursday: “Being lighter will give Joshua more speed. “But I want to see him around or above 17st, anything below that would worry me. “I want to see AJ big and strong enough to bully Ruiz out of it.” Anthony … [Read more...] about 11pm Boxing news LIVE: Joshua vs Ruiz build-up, AJ weighs in THREE STONE lighter than Ruiz, Whyte nearly quit boxing
So, there you are, having worked your way through a crowd denser than a Brexit negotiation, standing in front of your prize. The Mona Lisa in the Louvre. What do you do? Look more closely at that enigmatic smile? Wonder at the subtle gradations of light and shadow in Leonardo’s rendering of the face? Admire the illusion of depth? No, of course not. You turn your back on the painting, whip out your phone and take a selfie. And then you move on to your next prize. You could be forgiven, amid the Brexit fracas, for not having noticed that Wednesday was Museum Selfie Day, a “fun day to encourage people to visit museums”, in the words of Mar Dixon, whose brainchild it was. A fun day? Not to the critics. “Art is serious. It is not light entertainment,” the Guardian’s Jonathan Jones wrote sternly in 2015, adding that selfies were a “spiritual menace” to museums and galleries. This might seem pompous and overwrought. For selfie enthusiasts, such … [Read more...] about Here’s me and the Mona Lisa. Who says that art and selfies can’t mix?