Bizarre Particles Keep Flying Out of Antarctica’s Ice, and They Might Shatter Modern Physics

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Bizarre Particles Keep Flying Out of Antarctica’s Ice, and They Might Shatter Modern Physics
Above Image: A team recovers NASA’s Antarctic Impulsive Transient Antenna (ANITA) after a successful flight. Credit: Australian Antarctic Division There’s something mysterious coming up from the frozen ground in Antarctica, and it could break physics as we know it. Physicists don’t know what it is exactly. But they do know it’s some sort of cosmic […]
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“Nuclear Pasta” Might be The Strongest Material in The Universe

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“Nuclear Pasta” Might be The Strongest Material in The Universe
As insufferable as the whole Flying Spaghetti Monster thing is—born of the same culture that decided being “random” was a replacement for being witty. Good jokes aren’t just haphazard insertions of words you laughed at once, like “pirates,” they’re intentional. Yes, this is the hill I’ve chosen to die on, and no, I’m not happy […]
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Henge Discovered at Newgrange Might Have Been Used for Ancient Astronomy

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Henge Discovered at Newgrange Might Have Been Used for Ancient Astronomy
The remains of an ancient earthwork found recently near Newgrange, County Meath in Ireland could have been used by ancient astronomers, new research suggests. The henge was found by Anthony Murphy, a local researcher who was using a drone to observe a nearby site called Brú na Bóinne when he spotted the circular formation, now […]
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The woman who might find us another earth

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The woman who might find us another earth
Like many astrophysicists, Sara Seager sometimes has a problem with her perception of scale. Knowing that there are hundreds of billions of galaxies, and that each might contain hundreds of billions of stars, can make the lives of astrophysicists and even those closest to them seem insignificant. Their work can also, paradoxically, bolster their sense […]
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NASA’s ‘Golden Record’ Might Give Aliens a Bizarrely Warped View of Humanity

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NASA’s ‘Golden Record’ Might Give Aliens a Bizarrely Warped View of Humanity
First contact: that glorious moment, some bright morning on a day that’s yet to come, when humanity shakes hands with intelligent extraterrestrial life (or whatever sort of weird space-hands aliens have)  and we step assuredly, no longer chained by neither gravity nor ignorance, into the next chapter of our species’ story. We’re going to screw […]
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UFO Novels That Might Be More Than Novels

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UFO Novels That Might Be More Than Novels
Over the years, rumors have surfaced to the effect that certain UFO-themed novels may have actually been based on reality, with the stories specifically having been based on genuine, insider information. There is, for example, Bernard Newman’s 1948 sci-fi novel, The Flying Saucer. Newman had an “interesting” background in government and wrote a story of […]
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Parallel Universes Might be Habitable

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Parallel Universes Might be Habitable
While the search for extraterrestrial life here in this universe is complicated enough, the problem becomes even murkier when you account for the multiverse theory—our universe might one of many “universes” that make up a collective multiverse. Theoretical physicists have long assumed that the vast majority of parallel universes would be unable to harbor alien […]
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Astrology Might Predict Driving Habits, According to Ride Share Company

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Astrology Might Predict Driving Habits, According to Ride Share Company
Can astrology predict how likely you are to get fined for bad driving habits? Maybe. An Australian ride share company decided to study whether our astrological sun signs have any correlation with the number of fines we get for driving like jerks. It turns out there are some interesting trends both in terms of number […]
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How humans might outlive Earth, the sun…and even the universe

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How humans might outlive Earth, the sun…and even the universe
Nuclear war. Runaway climate change. A global pandemic. Today our world faces all manner of existential threats. But scary possibilities like these are nothing compared to what astronomers say lies in store for Earth. Our planet’s ultimate destiny is to be baked, blasted, and eventually disintegrated. There’s nothing we can do to prevent this cataclysm. […]
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Vast Reserve of Frozen Water Might Hide Beneath the Moon’s Surface

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Vast Reserve of Frozen Water Might Hide Beneath the Moon’s Surface
We often forget how mysterious our moon is. Maybe it’s due to seeing it every night, just hanging out in the sky, predictably waxing and waning. Of all the celestial bodies in our solar system, the moon is probably taken for granted the most. That’s too bad, because the moon is weird, and scientists are […]
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