Antonio Guterres sworn in as UN Secretary

The first former head of government at the United Nations helm, Guterres takes over from Ban Ki-moon on January 1 amid bloodshed in Syria and uncertainty following the election of Donald Trump. President of the UN General Assembly Peter Thomson administered the Oath of Office to Guterres at a special plenary meeting of the 193-member General Assembly here.

'What the hell is that?': Mysterious object washes up on Auckland beach

Conspiracy theories are running rampant on social media - with some suggesting it is a Rastafarian whale, an alien time capsule, an ancient Maori canoe, a sea monster with dreadlocks or a beached Christmas tree, The Sun reported . Doubleday added, "It looks like worms with shells I've never seen before with these amusing creatures that just come out". "It's got a putrid smell when you're down wind and when you look closely, it looks like wiggling worms", she said , Stuff New Zealand reports.

Top tech executives to attend Trump summit on Wednesday: Recode

Recode has now shared quite a few names of tech leaders who will be attending this week's meeting with Donald Trump. Trump had the stick out for the most part during the campaign. Invitations to the who's who of the tech industry were sent out by Trump's campaign manager, Reince Priebus , his son-in-law Jared Kushner , and transition advisor, Peter Thiel.

Scientists Name New Spider After Harry Potter Sorting Hat

While it's natural to assume that a spider being named after a Harry Potter character should have been called Aragog, after Hagrid's monstrous eight-legged friend, the visual similarities to the Sorting Hat were too obvious to have been avoided.

Titans of new industry spring $1 billion clean energy fund

The fund's goal, in Gates' own words, is to build companies that will help "deliver the next generation of reliable, affordable, and emissions-free energy to the world". "We will invest in technologies with an existing scientific proof of concept that can be meaningfully advanced". Bezos has reportedly been invited, but it's not clear if Gates or other members of the Breakthrough Energy group will be in attendance.