Author: Amanda Curran

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New Research Suggests The Universe Is Swamped By Histories Other Than Our Own

  Exciting new research published in the journal Astrobiology concludes that the odds of us having been alone in the universe is very, very small. Study co-authors Adam Frank and Woodruff Sullivan used NASA’s recent planetary discoveries to calculate the odds of whether sophisticated civilizations existed on these potentially  habitable exoplanets in the past or present. Franks believes that the possibility of the potential number of planets orbiting their parent stars within a habitable distance is staggering. Frank explains by saying “Even if you are pretty pessimistic and think that you’d have to search  through a hundred billion habitable zone...

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Physicist Claims The Use Of Photonics Technology Could Revolutionize Our Search For Extra Terrestrial Intelligence

  In a paper soon to be published in Reviews in Human Space Exploration, Physicist Philip Lubin  from the University of California, believes by using directed energy lasers we could send a detectable beam outwards to let others know we are here. Lubin suggests that by using  photonics technology we could revolutionize the way we search for extra-terrestrial intelligence. Lubin theorizes if advanced life forms are out there and want to be found, that they could be  using the same kind of ‘directed energy’ systems to be broadcasting their presence to us and says the type of laser propulsion system...

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Residents Of A Mexican City Fear The Worst After Possible Meteor Explosion

Residents in a Mexican city awoke in terror as reports of a bright light in the sky followed by a thunderous noise lead to fears of the local volcano erupting. However, many witnesses suggest it was most likely a meteor, which caused windows to shake and a  loud explosion like sound to be reported. One witness reported “There was a light that shone for a couple of seconds like it was daytime and then there was tremendous thunder.” while another stated “We thought it was an earthquake, but it wasn’t. We were truly terrified.” Officials said Popocatepetl volcano had not...

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William Friedkin Says He Will “Never Be The Same” After Filming Real Life Exorcism

80-year-old American filmmaker, William Friedkin, famed director of The Exorcist, claims he was invited to the Vatican to film a real life exorcism and he says he will “never be the same.” Friedkin says he was invited earlier this month by the chief exorcist in Rome to record an actual exorcism which, he says “few people have ever seen and which nobody has ever photographed.” Though he claims he believes whole heartedly in the case of the 14 year boy in which his horror classic was based on, he says he was taken aback at how close the ceremony was...

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Material From A Four Million Year Old Asteroid Found

  Scientists at  Australian National University’s Planetary Institute have uncovered evidence of  a gigantic asteroid that crashed into Earth billions of years ago. Earth and paleoclimate scientist Andrew Glikson said “The impact would have triggered earthquakes orders of magnitude greater than terrestrial earthquakes and it would have caused huge tsunamis and would have made cliffs crumble.” Scientists conclude that the impact could have been even more devastating than the collision that’s thought to have contributed to the decline of the dinosaurs some 66 million years ago. The researchers think that this asteroid would have measured between 20 to 30 kilometres...

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Would You Live In An unidentified Floating Object?

Italian mini yacht-maker Jet Capsule has designed a revolutionary new two story house, that allows you to live off-grid on the ocean in an Unidentified Floating Object. According to designers Pierpaolo Lazzarini and Luca Solla, the UFO will have a battery-powered motor gets its energy from 40 square meters of solar panels and travel at a maximum speed of 6.5 km/h or 3.5 knots by using this water-jet propelled electric motor. Wind and water turbines could also be added that would create enough power for you to operate the rest of the house. The water would be provided by solar-powered desalination,...

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Blue Dwarf Galaxy Located 30 Million Light-Years Away

  An astonishing new discovery was recently published in the Astrophysical Journal, where astronomers found a small blue galaxy located 30 million light-years away, which has the smallest fraction  of heavy elements ever seen in a galaxy. Professor John J. Salzer, of Indiana University and senior author of the paper said “Finding the  most metal-poor galaxy ever is exciting since it could help contribute to a quantitative test of  the Big Bang,” suggesting that the material hasn’t changed much since and that very little star  formation has happened. However, Salzer goes on to explain, “There are relatively few ways to...

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The Birthmark Of Earth Has Been Found In Canada

  Geologists believe they have found the original “birthmark” of Earth…and it’s in Canada. University of Maryland Professor of Geology Richard Walker and his team have discovered a original material from the birth of Earth that was produced 50 million years ago and then never again. Researchers theorize that the mantle under Baffin Island off the coast of northern Canada did not experience the same tungsten-removing iron separation that the rest of the mantle experienced during the collisions that destroyed or homogenized the rest of early Earth. The previous belief was that any material from the planet’s original mantle was...

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Frozen Planets May Get Second Chance At Life

  Astronomers now believe that currently frozen planets may become habitable once our sun dies. A team from Cornell University in New York are suggesting that as our sun swells hundreds of times in size, they could warm up frozen planets and provide suitable conditions for life. According to Lisa Kaltenegger and her team, when our Sun starts to swell up into a red giant, the ‘goldilocks’ zone of our Solar System will shift from around Earth’s orbit to include the orbits of Jupiter and Saturn instead. Team member Ramses M. Ramirez explained “When a star ages and brightens, the...

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The Europlanet 2020 Research Infrastructure Calls For Jupiter Watchers

  A researcher with the French Astronomical Society has organized a group of amateur astronomers from all over the world, to watch for and report fireballs caused by meteors crashing into Jupiter. Sky-gazers from Australia, Europe, Japan, the United States and elsewhere have identified four  Jupiter fireball impacts since June 2010 so Marc Delcroix created the Europlanet 2020 Research Infrastructure, a collaborative research program sponsored by the European Union. His goal is to integrate and support planetary science activities throughout Europe. “Dramatic impacts with Jupiter can be captured with standard amateur equipment and analyzed with easy-to-use software,” Delcroix explained. “But...

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Blind Man Sees Again After 40 Years Thanks To A Bionic Eye Transplant

  A Texas man has had his vision restored after 40 years of blindness thanks to a bionic eye implant. John Jameson was born with perfect eyesight, but due to retina damage cause by infection and  further vision reduced by botched laser eye surgery this pea sized telescope was successfully implanted into his eye and astonishingly, he was able to read again clearly within 4 hours of the procedure. Jameson is one of only a handful of patients to receive the bionic eye since it was approved by  the FDA less than two years ago. The implantable miniature telescope itself...

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Drake Equation Reinvented With Startling Results

  Researchers have reinvented the 1961 Drake equation and came to the mathematical likelihood that the chances of humans on Earth being the only intelligent life in the universe is ten-billion-trillion to one. Researchers Adam Frank of the University of Rochester and Woodruff Sullivan the University of  Washington both respectively found that if you change the wording of the equation to ask if wither we “have been” the only intelligent life in the universe rather than “are we” the only intelligent life you get the astronomical answer that no, we could not have been the only ones ever. As Frank...