Suicide machine that could be controlled by the blink of an eye sparks euthanasia debate

Opponents of euthanasia have expressed concern at the creation of a “suicide machine”, which has been developed by Dr Philip Nitschke.

The well-known advocate of individuals’ right to die has regularly caused controversy by assisting what he calls “rational suicides”.

Having developed machines in the past that could be used by individuals to inject themselves with lethal doses of barbiturates, Dr Nitschke says he is now close to finalising a new device which uses nitrogen gas to cause death.

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Suicide machine that could be controlled by the blink of an eye sparks euthanasia debate

Opponents of euthanasia have expressed concern at the creation of a “suicide machine”, which has been developed by Dr Philip Nitschke.

The well-known advocate of individuals’ right to die has regularly caused controversy by assisting what he calls “rational suicides”.

Having developed machines in the past that could be used by individuals to inject themselves with lethal doses of barbiturates, Dr Nitschke says he is now close to finalising a new device which uses nitrogen gas to cause death.

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Is it a UFO? 10 bizarre Google Maps findings which could be the work of aliens

Have aliens visited Earth? Take a look at these 10 bizarre sites found by alien hunters on Google Maps and judge for yourself.

Whether you believe in aliens or not, you can’t deny that these areas found on Google Maps look a bit strange.

Alien researchers are constantly trawling the free mapping site in pursuit of extra-terrestrial signs. Check them out below and judge for yourselves…

 

The underwater alien base in Antarctica

In April, UFO hunters claimed a 500-metre-long object off the coast of Antarctica as an underwater alien lair.

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Could you live forever? Humans will achieve IMMORTALITY using AI and genetic engineering by 2050, expert claims

Old age could soon be old news, according to a leading futurologist who claims people born after 1970 could live forever.

He predicts that by the year 2050, humans could outlive the constraints of the physical body.

Genetic engineering could be used to extend the body’s life expectancy, by reducing or reversing the ageing of cells.

Advances in AI could lead to android bodies for humans to live in after their own flesh and blood frames have ceased to function.

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600-FOOT-WIDE, INTACT-LOOKING UFO SPOTTED ON MARS COULD STILL FLY, SPECIALISTS CLAIM

An enormous (some would say medium-sized) UFO has been recently photographed on the martian surface. UFO hunters claim it looks intact and could still fly, if Russia, China or the United States manage to retrieve it.

For that to happen, either of these states would first need to get there, but if the rumors are true, then all of these superpowers already have in their possession numerous and various UFOs, built from scratch using reverse-engineered alien technology or simply captured after they entered their respective airspace.

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Researcher Says The Mysterious “Eye of The Sahara” Could be The Ruins of Atlantis

You can have most any “fringe” beliefs or interests and still disguise yourself as an upstanding, yet adorably eccentric, member of normal society, but Atlantis is the point of no return. Once you start talking about Atlantis, you’re done for. So, let’s talk about Atlantis. According to Plato, The lost city of Atlantis was an ancient island superpower ruled located in the eastern Atlantic ocean—which was named after the lost city.  Atlantis was, according to Plato, a stunningly gorgeous and opulent place, built upon concentric circles of land and water. It was wealthy and powerful beyond measure until, in the course of one day and one night, the whole thing went sideways and a cataclysm wiped the city of Atlantis off the map and out of the history books. According to some esoteric traditions, Atlantis was the birthplace of the so-called “Mystery Schools” that wove their way through western philosophy after the city’s destruction.

The accepted explanation for Plato’s story of Atlantis, however, is that it was just a story, meant to teach a lesson of morality and show Plato’s philosophy on governance. Still, there are countless people who believe that Plato was talking about a real place that was destroyed by a real cataclysm. Plato himself says, in effect, “I know this sounds like nonsense, but I swear I ain’t lyin’.” But we’ve never found evidence, and now that we can image the sea floor, and have found evidence of sunken cities, shouldn’t the fact that we haven’t found Atlantis put this whole thing to bed? Well, what if we haven’t been looking in the right places? What if the ruins of the island-bound seafaring superpower were sitting, right under our noses the whole time, in the middle of the Sahara desert?

Atlantean mystery temple

An Idealistic Depiction of the Atlantean Mystery Temple by J. Augustus Knapp for the book The Secret Teachings of All Ages by Manly P. Hall (1928).

It sounds like a stretch. Yet, that’s what a new video by YouTube channel Bright Insight is proposing, building off the work done by George S. Alexander and Natalis Rosen in the documentary Visiting AtlantisIn a 20 minute long video that’s surprisingly clear, sober, and well edited Bright Insight lays out the case for the Richat structure—also known as the eye of the Sahara—being the true location of Atlantis.

The Richat structure is an earthen structure of unknown origin in Mauritania, on the northwest coast of Africa. It consists of concentric circles of raised ground, bordered by mountains to the north and facing the sea to the south. It’s very big. It also happens to be almost the exact same size as the measurements Plato gave for Atlantis (depending on how you interpret ancient Greek units of measurement).

Plato states that the city of Atlantis was 127 stadia in diameter. According to Dictionary.com, one stadia is approximately 607 feet. This is the conversion used in the video, which works out to 127 stadia equaling 77,089 feet and 23.49 kilometers. Measuring the Richat structure in Google Earth gives a diameter of between 22 and 24 kilometers. That’s pretty close to the measurements for Atlantis. However, other sources say that a stadia is between 607 and 630 feet, which doesn’t seem like a big difference until you realize that 27 feet of variance per stadia, multiplied by 127 stadia, comes out to 3429 feet. While that’s the upper end of the possible variance, it has to be said that the Richat structure would fit the bill a bit less if it was three quarters of a mile too small. It’s not a lot, but it sure wouldn’t be perfectly exact.

The Richat Structure

Bird’s eye view of the Richat structure.

The surrounding areas match the description of Atlantis fairly note-for-note as well. Plato describes the city as being bordered to the north by mountains notable for their great number and beauty. The Richat structure is indeed ringed by mountains to the north. In the video, mention is made of geologic surveys which show that the mountains to the north of the Eye of the Sahara had waterfalls falling from them when the Sahara desert was not yet a desert, which would be fairly noteworthy.

Further arguments made include the timeline of the fall of Atlantis matching up pretty nicely with the proposed date of the Younger Dryas impact hypothesis, which argues that the impact of a comet or asteroid triggered the Younger Dryas period of rapid and sudden climate change and sea level variation.

It’s an interesting proposal and a surprising one. Usually when you watch a YouTube video on subjects like the lost city of Atlantis, you come out of it measurably dumber for having done so. It is hard to believe that if there’s an argument this convincing to be made (ignoring whether or not it’s true), I somehow haven’t heard of it before. That generally means something is either being deliberately suppressed, or is easily and thoroughly debunked. Unfortunately, it’s usually the latter. Without the credentials to make a real judgement, I’ll say this: I’m certainly more interested in the topic of Atlantis than I was before, and I’m really glad to know there are people on YouTube who appreciate production value.

Mysterious Newly Discovered “Rosehip” Brain Cell Could be Key to Human Consciousness

It’s one of the oldest questions on the planet: what sets us apart from the rest of the animal kingdom? It’s true that as we’re dragged, kicking and screaming into the future, some of those perceived differences are shrinking. We now know that dolphins have language, elephants have ritual and mourn their dead, and some other primate species have entered the stone age. Still, there’s a difference. No other animal on the planet can open up a magic box and write about its own consciousness, for better or worse, and that’s probably not just due to how awesome our thumbs are. The nuts-and-bolts science of figuring out what makes our brains tick is also one of the scientific disciplines where there’s still a lot to learn, not least because of the difficulty in finding human brains to poke around in. Neurologists most often use mice as surrogates, because the structure of mammalian brains are generally the same. Generally the same doesn’t mean they’re exactly the same, however.

According to a new paper published in the journal Nature Neurosciencean international team of neurologists have discovered a new and mysterious brain cell present in the human brain and not present in the brains of mice. The team of scientists are calling it the “rosehip” neuron as the structure of the cell resembles the coastal rosehip bush. According to the paper, the rosehip neuron represents about ten percent of the human neocortex. Because of how difficult it is to actually study human brains, the researchers say there could be a higher density throughout the rest of the brain as well.

rosehip

The newly discovered cells are called “rosehip neurons” because of their resemblance to the the rosehip fruit.

So what do these rosehip neurons do, and what makes them special? At this point scientists only have their best guesses, but they found that rosehip neurons act as inhibitory factors in the brain, and are connected to a type of neuron called “pyramidal neurons” that are excitory cells. That is, rosehip neurons shut signals down and restrain activity rather than boost signals or send information of their own. According to Trygve Bakken, a lead author of the paper:

“They have the potential to sort of put the brakes on the excitability [of pyramidal neurons].”

Well that’s not that exciting, you’re probably thinking. Understandable, but stay with me. While the researchers don’t know yet how that effects cognition, we can do some wild speculation.

Humans are like other animals in regards to our base instincts. We all know the fight-or-flight response. We all get cranky when we’re hungry, and we’ll go to extreme lengths when we’re desperate. At the far end end of instinctual responses, we’re just like other animals. However, at the not-so-extreme end we differ quite a bit. What other animal can say “I’m hungry, but I really need to finish this so I’ll just deal with it and eat in an hour”? We can even override the fight-or-flight reaction to a certain degree.  Could it be that these rosehip neurons are the mechanism by which we can sometimes override our instincts?

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Diagram of a neuron.

Once again, at the extreme ends of those instincts, we’re just as impulsive as any other animal, but there is a degree to which humans can hit the manual override on our instincts. Perhaps that’s a talent shared by other animals—elephants, dolphins, and whales come to mind—but it certainly isn’t widespread. Maybe our cognitive strength is simply our ability to turn down the noise.

Scientists Say That People With Anxiety Could Have ‘Superpowers’

For those people who are actually living with an anxiety disorder, this must seem like a joke. Anxiety is not fun, and on bad days anxious people definitely feel far from super.

There really is no bright or positive side to living with anxiety, and although each sufferer has a different experience and different levels of struggle, they can probably all agree that it is no walk in the park.

However these claims aren’t suggesting that people who are living with anxiety can start flying or suddenly become as strong as superman but rather those who suffer from anxiety or panic disorders may have some pretty superb qualities about them that could be related to their disorder.

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Earth’s Magnetic Poles Could Flip Much Faster Than Previously Thought

Magnets, how do they work? Modern day philosophers Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J of the Insane Clown Posse were mercilessly mocked for that line back when their song “Miracles” came out in 2010. Yeah, that song is about as goofy as it gets, but here’s the thing: we don’t actually know how magnetism works. We know what makes certain elements magnetic, we know how to magnetize objects, we can measure the strength of a magnetic field, and we can accurately predict what magnets will do, but as to why and how the magnetic force attracts and repels objects, the best answer we have so far is “it just does.” Case in point: the famous scientist Richard Feynman was asked why magnets attract and repel each other and responded with a tirade about broken hips, drunk husbands, and why ice is slippery for 8 minutes, in order to explain why the only reasonable answer is “it just does.”

Magnetism is a constant part of our daily lives in more ways than just hanging things on refrigerators. In fact, if it weren’t for magnetism, we wouldn’t even be here. The magnetic field of the earth, likely generated by the spinning molten metal core of the planet, ripples out from the poles and acts as a shield that protects the earth from solar winds and cosmic rays which would otherwise scorch all life on earth. So magnetism keeps us alive and we’re incapable of understanding it. That’s slightly unsettling, but even more unsettling is that we’re constantly realizing we know even less than we thought, even on a predictive level. We’ve known for some time that it’s possible for the magnetic poles to reverse. This was discovered in 1906 when rocks were discovered that were magnetized in the opposite direction of what was expected. Since then, we’ve assumed that this process occurs rarely and slowly. However, a new study has found that magnetic field reversals can occur much quicker than previously thought.

Earth's magnetic field

Depiction of the earth’s magnetic field.

Geophysicist Andrew Roberts and a team from the Australian National University studied a 107 thousand-year-old stalagmite found in a cave in China, made up of large quantities of magnetite that provided a detailed look at the magnetic history of earth for the last 107 thousand years. They found that there have been periods of magnetic pole reversal, where north became south and south became north, that lasted for only a few centuries. According to Roberts, this suggests that the process of the reversal was incredibly fast:

“The record provides important insights into ancient magnetic field behaviour, which has turned out to vary much more rapidly than previously thought.”

Which means that there might not be much warning should the magnetic field decide to flip again, an event which, by the way, we’re overdue for. Should the magnetic field flip, it could cause a catastrophic failure of much of the technology that makes modern society work. It seems that the magnetic field reversals occur when the magnetic field is weakened. Although it is currently still strong, it does seem like the magnetic field is in a period of weakening.

Northern lights

The northern lights are the result of our magnetic field protecting us from our murderous sun.

It’s good that scientists are discovering more about yet another global threat, but really, even if they could predict it, is a pole reversal happens that fast, what could we really do about it? Would we pull our satellites out of the sky and re-calibrate them?  Would we make emergency updates to our infrastructure? The amount of pot holes I hit yesterday suggests we’d probably just shrug and say “well, it is what it is.”

Scientist Warns We Could Accidentally Declare War on Alien Civilizations

The universe is unimaginably large. The odds that we’ll find evidence of life anywhere in our cosmic neck of the woods is looking ever smaller, yet the time and energy required to send a craft or probe to look for alien civilizations in distant star systems means if you’re alive right now, you likely won’t live to experience first contact. Unless, of course, you’re some sort of immortal, in which case carry on.

Space

They’re out there somewhere. Will we reach them before our sudden but inevitable extinction?

One proposed solution to help us explore distant reaches of space without sending generations of astronauts to live and die entire lifetimes aboard cramped, fart-filled spacecraft is the Breakthrough Starshot initiative proposed by Stephen Hawking. This concept imagines using powerful lasers to send postage-stamp sized craft hurtling through space at incredible speeds and may even be capable of sending one such craft to Mars in just three days. Obviously, humans can’t ride aboard these spacecraft for ants, but each tiny probe could carry cameras, scientific instruments, and communication equipment, even human DNA – more than enough to establish first contact.

Breakthrough Starshot wants to send thousands of their nanocraft throughout the galaxy to survey surface features of other planets.

Breakthrough Starshot wants to send thousands of their nanocraft throughout the galaxy to survey surface features of other planets. What could go wrong?

However, one leading astrophysicist and science writer has come out against the popular Breakthrough Starshot initiative. Ethan Siegel, a former columnist for NASA and current science writer for Forbes, self-published a piece claiming that Earth may one day accidentally declare interstellar war if the Starshot initiative ever comes to fruition. Siegel claims that sending anything hurtling through space at high speeds is a bad idea, even a tiny postage stamp-sized probe with no weaponry:

Perhaps we’ll send an array of starchips to the same system, hoping to probe these systems and gain more information. After all, the main science goal, as it’s been proposed, is to simply take data during arrival and transmit it back. But there are three huge problems with this plan, and combined, they could be tantamount to a declaration of interstellar war.

The three problems Siegel identify are that for one, these spacecraft are likely to be shredded into Swiss cheese by all of the particles of dust and other matter floating around in space, rendering the entire program a useless waste of resources. Secondly, Siegel says that there is no way to send these nanocraft with any level of precision to distant areas of interest. The most precise target we can aim for is a cone-shaped vector around any planet while hoping for the best, meaning we could blow right by inhabited planets and never know it. Finally, Siegel points out that there’s no way to stop these tiny spacecraft once they reach their destination, meaning we could send one of these tiny craft blowing right through an inhabited planet causing unknown levels of destruction given the speeds at which they will be moving.

Asteroid impacts leave many elements and molecules deep within the surfaces of astronomical bodies

Oops.” – Stephen Hawking’s immortal digital consciousness

While these are all certainly issues worthy of consideration before we start blasting lasers at space stamps, that last one should give us serious pause. Given how tricky even intraspecies communication can be when two humans don’t speak the same language, how can we be sure of how any of our attempts at communication will be received by hypothetical alien races about which we know absolutely nothing, not to mention bombarding them with high-speed projectiles? Of course, given some of the recent curious statements made by Air Force brass, maybe they’d like an interstellar war to test out their new Space Force. Will a tiny laser-propelled probe be the shot heard round the universe?