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December 8 2014

Bigfoot Allegedly Photographed and Recorded in Britain


Adam Bird, the co-founder of the British Bigfoot Research organization, followed a hot tip that a small wooded area in the Lincolnshire town of Friskney might have some cryptids living in it and sure enough, he came back with photographs and a video of what may be the British Bigfoot.


Related: The Bigfoot of Japan

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December 8 2014

Exorcists warn against buying Ouija boards as gifts


Exorcists and paranormal investigators are urging people not to buy the occult board game Ouija as gifts unless they want to invite demonic forces into their homes this Christmas.

The warning comes as Google predicted that the modern version of the Victorian-era 'spirit boards' will be a sell-out this Christmas.


Alt: Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

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December 8 2014

The Booms Over Britain are Baffling and Bizarre


As readers of Mysterious Universe are aware, booms are booming around the U.S., from Dayton, Ohio, to Kansas and New Jersey. Now it appears they’ve crossed the pond, as people across the UK reported window-rattling blasts for hours the evening of November 29th. Reasons for the pops are popping up as fast as the governments and military officials can deny them. What caused these explosions in the UK and were they linked to booms heard at the same time in Buffalo, New York?

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December 8 2014

Is That an Asteroid or a Comet? It’s Getting Harder to Tell


Traditionally, comets and asteroids belong to two distinct categories. In one corner, you have icy comets with long, wispy tails of gas and dust. In the other, you have dim, rocky asteroids in orbit between Mars and Jupiter.

Recent findings, however, are now revealing the distinction to be rather murky. For example, astronomers have discovered asteroids that look like comets—and vice versa. “We have indeed been witnessing discovery after discovery blurring the line between asteroids and comets,”.

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December 8 2014

Study finds a barrage of small impacts likely erased much of the Earth's primordial atmosphere


Today's atmosphere likely bears little trace of its primordial self: Geochemical evidence suggests that Earth's atmosphere may have been completely obliterated at least twice since its formation more than 4 billion years ago. However, it's unclear what interplanetary forces could have driven such a dramatic loss.

Now researchers at MIT, Hebrew University, and Caltech have landed on a likely scenario: A relentless blitz of small space rocks, or planetesimals, may have bombarded Earth around the time the moon was formed.

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December 8 2014

Canadian Crowdfunding Project Aims to Build Mini Mars Rover


A Canadian company wants to land a couple of robots on Mars in late 2018, but to do so, it might need your help.

For the mission, called Northern Light, Thoth Technology plans to deliver a lander and a mini rover called "Beaver" to the Red Planet in the next four years, and the company is asking space fans to help crowdfund the huge undertaking.


Related: Here Are Photos Taken on Mars Just This Afternoon

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December 8 2014

Finding infant earths and potential life just got easier


Among the billions and billions of stars in the sky, where should astronomers look for infant Earths where life might develop? New research from Cornell University's Institute for Pale Blue Dots shows where - and when - infant Earths are most likely to be found.

"The search for new, habitable worlds is one of the most exciting things human beings are doing today and finding infant Earths will add another fascinating piece to the puzzle of how 'Pale Blue Dots' work".

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December 8 2014

Astronauts lift our spirits. But can we afford to send humans into space?


The success of the Orion spacecraft test flight has paved the way for America to carry humans to Mars and beyond. Yet many scientists say that manned missions are expensive and unnecessary and that robot probes are the future.


Related: Next giant leap for mankind should be to moon, not Mars, says Chris Hadfield

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December 8 2014

Is Quantum Entanglement Real?


FIFTY years ago this month, the Irish physicist John Stewart Bell submitted a short, quirky article to a fly-by-night journal titled Physics, Physique, Fizika. He had been too shy to ask his American hosts, whom he was visiting during a sabbatical, to cover the steep page charges at a mainstream journal, the Physical Review. Though the journal he selected folded a few years later, his paper became a blockbuster. Today it is among the most frequently cited physics articles of all time.

Bell’s paper made important claims about quantum entanglement, one of those captivating features of quantum theory that depart strongly from our common sense.

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December 8 2014

New technique offers spray-on solar power


Pretty soon, powering your tablet could be as simple as wrapping it in cling wrap. That’s Illan Kramer’s (ECE) hope. Kramer and colleagues have just invented a new way to spray solar cells onto flexible surfaces using miniscule light-sensitive materials known as colloidal quantum dots (CQDs)—a major step toward making spray-on solar cells easy and cheap to manufacture.

“My dream is that one day you’ll have two technicians with Ghostbusters backpacks come to your house and spray your roof,”.

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December 8 2014

Why Elon Musk's Batteries Scare the Hell Out of the Electric Company


Here’s why something as basic as a battery both thrills and terrifies the U.S. utility industry.

At a sagebrush-strewn industrial park outside of Reno, Nevada, bulldozers are clearing dirt for Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA)’s battery factory, projected to be the world’s largest.

Tesla’s founder, Elon Musk, sees the $5 billion facility as a key step toward making electric cars more affordable, while ending reliance on oil and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. At first blush, the push toward more electric cars looks to be positive for utilities struggling with stagnant sales from energy conservation and slow economic growth.

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December 7 2014

Berlin Police Mull Crime-Predicting Software


Police in Berlin are considering deploying software that predicts crimes -- and have even dubbed the project "Precobs" in a nod to a term used in "Minority Report," the sci-film based on a similar premise.

Developed by a German firm, the software program predicts when and where a crime is most likely to occur, based on different data. It is being tested by police in the southern state of Bavaria.

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December 7 2014

NASA craft to probe Pluto after nine-year journey


An American probe that will explore Pluto woke up from its slumber Saturday, after a nine-year journey to take a close look at the distant body for the first time.

"New Horizons is healthy and cruising quietly through deep space, nearly three billion miles from home, but its rest is nearly over," said Alice Bowman, the craft's operations manager at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory outside Washington.


Related: NASA launches new Orion spacecraft and new era

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December 7 2014

Cosmic Glow Discovered --"Radiates More Light than All the Known Galaxies in the Universe"


Using an experiment carried into space on a NASA suborbital rocket, astronomers at Caltech and their colleagues have detected a diffuse cosmic glow that appears to represent more light than that produced by known galaxies in the universe. Initially some researchers proposed that this light came from the very first galaxies to form and ignite stars after the Big Bang. CalTech researchers say that the best explanation is that the cosmic light originates from stars that were stripped away from their parent galaxies and flung out into space as those galaxies collided and merged with other galaxies.

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December 7 2014

Mysterious Mars Mound May Be Result Of Ancient Lava Flows, NASA Says


A weird circular landform recently spotted on the surface of Mars might look like a deformed waffle--or maybe the surface of a human brain. But as to what the strange feature really is--and how it got there--scientists at this point have only opinions.

The 1.2-mile-wide mound, which was observed by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Spacecraft, is located in the planet's Athabasca region--an area known for lava flows.

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December 7 2014

Robotic Rock Climbers Could Aid Hunt for Mars Life


A robot that can scale the faces of steep cliffs might one day help explore Mars and find signs of life.

The latest experiments with this "Cliffbot" showed it could help examine places otherwise difficult or impossible for astronauts to safely reach, although further improvements are needed for it to overcome obstacles, according to findings detailed in the journal Astrobiology.

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December 7 2014

Aliens Are Probably Everywhere, Just Not Anywhere Near Humans


If there’s intelligent life in the cosmos, it’s probably nowhere we can get to anytime soon. At least that’s the finding of the astrobiologist who, for the first time in decades, has rendered a major update to the key formula scientists use to seek out interstellar life.

That’d be the Drake equation, which was developed over half a century ago to determine where life might lurk in the universe.

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