It can't get more heartbreaking than this – a mother cradling her baby in what experts are saying is a mass grave that's about 4,800 years old. The human fossil was unearthed in Taiwan and is part of 48 other sets of remains that prove that there already was a community of humans in the area in and near Taichung at that time.
The discovery was announced by the country's National Museum of Natural Science.
It definitely is a chilling and shocking find, even for archaeologists who have spent most of their lives digging human remains in the earliest history. It is not every day that they stumble upon a find like this, especially if one thinks how the mother didn't want to let go of her child at a certain point when death was inevitable. more >>
Japanese manga series "Hunter X Hunter," one of the more popular manga series published on Weekly Shonen Jump, is taking a week off because of Japan's Golden Week holiday so the next chapter of the series will not be coming out until next week. According to a report in Yibada, Chapter 352 is much-awaited by fans as they will likely find out who will be coming out victorious from the battle between Chrollo Lucifer and Hisoka.
In the previous chapter, Lucifer and Hisoka were already battling it out at the Sky Tower. The battle finally happened after Hisoka's pursuit of Lucifer in order for this match to occur. According to another report in Christian Times, Lucifer finally got tired of Hisoka hunting him down, thus giving way to this fight. Lucifer is the leader of the terrifying Spiders group, while Hisoka is a former Spider member. Both of them are considered to be skilled fighters and hunters.
During the fight, it was clear that Lucifer had the advantage in terms of fighting techniques, although Hisoka managed to block some of these moves. Towards the end of the fight however, Lucifer was at a great advantage and was about to deal a great blow to Hisoka. more >>
Japanese manga series "One Piece" is on a break this week because of Japan's Golden Week holiday and is returning with Chapter 825 next week. Spoilers for the upcoming chapter are many, with fans of the series posting their own spoilers and predictions on fan forums and the like.
According to a report in Hall of Fame Magazine, one of the spoilers pertain to the relationship or alliance between the leader of the Straw Hats, Monkey D. Luffy and "Surgeon of Death" Trafalgar D. Water Law. In the current story arc, they are allies especially after bringing down Donquixote Donflamingo. According to the report, things may change soon, as Law may have other things in mind. After all, like any other pirate, he is also interested in finding the treasure of One Piece.
This prediction comes courtesy of Hannibal Psyche at Manga Helpers, who cites an earlier statement by Donflamingo of future situations of "betrayal, illusiveness, lies and incomprehensible alliances" in an earlier chapter. One of these betrayals may likely include that of Law with regards to his alliance with Luffy. Law supposedly is waiting patiently for the time to make the right move – for an unknown reason – and this may include betraying Luffy. more >>
This year is definitely the breakout year for virtual reality. After several big-name companies simultaneously announced their investments in VR, HTC took it to the next level by unveiling a $100 million program intended to back VR startups. And if that doesn't sound cool, the name of the program will certainly change your mind: Vive X.
According to the company, the Vive X program is going to be launched in the three cities of Beijing, Taipei, and San Francisco and adds that there will be an expected expansion to other parts of the world in the soonest possible time.
In a statement released to the press, CEO Cher Wang emphasizes the role of virtual reality in a world that is changing fast. "We are very excited about gathering the brightest and the most creative minds to join Vive X," he said. Wang added that for virtual reality to be able to make an impact, it needs to thrive in a healthy environment. more >>
An Islamic State affiliate group in the Philippines that beheaded a Canadian hostage earlier this week plotted to kidnap famed Christian boxer Manny Pacquiao or one of his children, the Pacific island country's president has warned.
Philippines president Benigno Aquino III announced Wednesday that the militant group Abu Sayyaf, whose leader has pledged allegiance to IS (also known as the ISIS or ISIL), "hatched plots" to kidnap the former world champion professional boxer or one of his children as a way of gaining leverage to negotiate the release of jailed militants.
Aquino also explained that Abu Sayyaf plotted to to kidnap his sister, Kris Aquino, a famous Filipino actress and talk show host, or one of her children. Additionally, Aquino stated that the terrorist group might be planning an assassination attempt against him. more >>
Islamist terrorists on the island of Jolo in southern Philippines beheaded Canadian hostage John Ridsdel and threw his severed head in a plastic bag to be found by police. More than 20 other foreign hostages are still being held captive.
"We have received information that a headless body was found … of a Caucasian man in Jolo City, Jolo Island," Dick Gordon, chairman of the Philippine Red Cross, said, according to National Post. "It appears to have been decapitated."
Police identified the head as that of 68-year-old Ridsdel. There is no information about Ridsdel's companions — a Canadian, Robert Hall, his Filipino girlfriend, Marites Flor, and a Norwegian, Kjartan Sekkingstad — who had also been abducted by the militants belonging to the Abu Sayyaf Islamist group. more >>