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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Water might be the weirdest liquid in the universe, and now we know why

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Water might be the weirdest liquid in the universe, and now we know why
Water might seem ubiquitous and ordinary; it covers 71 percent of the Earth’s surface, not to mention being the primary fluid in most living organisms. But when you step back and look at water from the point of view of physics and chemistry, it’s truly an oddball molecule. For one, water has a highly unusual […]
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Discovery of alien life might not bring the response you’d expect

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Discovery of alien life might not bring the response you’d expect
“War of the Worlds. “Independence Day.” “Pacific Rim.” Hollywood is no stranger to tales of space aliens, and most seem to culminate in an epic fight to save the human race. But let’s say we discover space aliens not on Main Street but on some distant planet. Will we panic — or heave a global ho-hum? A […]
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Pig Brains Can Be Kept Alive Outside the Body. Human Brains Might Be Next.

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Pig Brains Can Be Kept Alive Outside the Body. Human Brains Might Be Next.
In a step that could change the definition of death, researchers have restored circulation to the brains of decapitated pigs and kept the reanimated organs alive for as long as 36 hours. The feat offers scientists a new way to study intact brains in the lab in stunning detail. But it also inaugurates a bizarre new possibility […]
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