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Are we alone? Alien pollution might reveal the answer
July 23, 2014
Earthlings often wonder if life exists on other planets, and researchers said Wednesday that hunting for traces of pollution from distant worlds could provide the answer.
 
Three Ways To End Life On Earth, According To 1962
February 07, 2014
end the world 1962

This article, written by Martin Mann, originally appeared in the September 1962 issue of Popular Science magazine. "Man's Last Big Blast," published just a month before the Cuban missile crisis, describes in frightening detail the ways in which so-called Doomsday weapons could end human life on Earth.

Leaking past security are hints of a new and terrifying weapon: the Doomsday Bombs. These are Gargantuan bombs designed, in their ultimate form, to put an end to the world. They pose a completely new kind of danger to mankind, so grave that it is difficult to grasp. These are not just bigger and deadlier bombs. They are, as no weapon before has ever been, the ultimate weapon. They could put our entire planet at the mercy of a few men possessing a few pushbuttons.

 
00000000 for Armageddon: USA's launch nuke launch code was frighteningly simple
December 01, 2013
nuclear code world war 3 armageddon

For nearly 20 years, the secret code to authorize launching U.S. nuclear missiles, and starting World War III, was terrifyingly simple and even noted down on a checklist.

From 1962, when John F Kennedy instituted PAL encoding on nuclear weapons, until 1977, the combination to fire the devastating missiles at the height of the Cold War was just 00000000.

This was chosen by Strategic Air Command in an effort to make the weapons as quick and as easy to launch as possible, as reported by Today I Found Out.

 
How to Make a Zombie (Seriously)
October 25, 2013
how to make a zombie
The slouching, flesh-eating zombie has become one of the most in-vogue creatures in current TV and movie offerings, appearing in films like "World War Z" and in the AMC series "The Walking Dead."

Most rational people scoff at the suggestion that zombies are real, but a number of respected medical experts and academic journals have presented evidence that zombies are, in fact, real. To understand the zombie phenomenon and its Haitian roots, you need an appreciation of the practice of vodou (sometimes spelled voodoo or vodun), a religion based in West Africa and still practiced in varying forms throughout the Caribbean, Brazil, the American South and other places with a strong African heritage.
 
Paris post le apocalypse! Eerie video!
October 07, 2013
paris apocalypse
  • French filmmakers recorded timelapse videos at locations around Paris
  • Using photo-editing tools, they removed all signs of people and cars 
  • It is set to an eerie soundtrack with soundbites about the fragility of life
  • The four-minute film ends with tagline 'Don't forget out planet is fragile'

City streets left abandoned, desolate Ferris wheels turning with no-one on board and traffic lights aimlessly switching from red to green without a single car in sight to see them change. These are just some of the haunting images from a short video by French filmmakers showing what post-apocalyptic Paris could look like. Called Hypocentre, the four-and-a-half minute film shows the usually bustling areas around the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees and the streets of Montaparnasse empty and devoid of people and cars.
 
Friday the 13th: Why Humans Are So Superstitious
September 13, 2013
friday the 13th superstition
Despite having well-developed brains, complex technologies and centuries of scientific progress, the human species remains a fearful, superstitious lot. And what better day to revisit the nature of superstition than Friday the 13th?

Superstition, it seems, is one thing that binds all of humanity throughout history and across cultural divides. Anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss once wrote that superstitions and belief in magic "are so frequent and so widespread that we should ask ourselves if we are not confronted with a permanent and universal form of thought." [LIVESCIENCE]
 
Bizarre! Supervolcano's Ash So Hot It Turned to Lava
August 29, 2013
supervolcano heat
Ash from supervolcanoes dwarfing any volcanoes on Earth today could have been so hot that it turned back into lava once it hit the ground miles from an eruption, new research suggests.

Supervolcanoes are capable of eruptions surpassing anything seen in recorded history, expelling thousands of times more magma and ash than even the biggest of modern-day eruptions. A dozen or so supervolcanoes exist today, including one sitting dormant under Yellowstone National Park in the western United States.
 
Lunacy? People do not sleep easy on nights when there is a full Moon
July 28, 2013
full moon lunacy
It sounds like an idea dreamed up over a few beers in the pub one evening. And that, those involved freely admit, is exactly what it was. As Christian Cajochen and his colleagues put it in their paper on the matter in Current Biology, “We just thought of it after a drink in a local bar one evening at full Moon.”

“It” was a way of testing the persistent but unproven idea that the full Moon affects human behaviour, generally for the worse. In prescientific days this was expressed in terms like “moonstruck” and “lunatic”. It found even more sinister manifestation in the form of the lycanthrope, who did not sleep when the Moon was full, but turned into a wolf instead. Though few now believe in werewolves some modern thinkers still suspect the Moon’s phase affects sleep patterns, and on that particular moonlit night Cajochen and his buddies realised they already had the data needed to find out.
 
Mysterious hum driving people crazy around the world
July 27, 2013
It creeps in slowly in the dark of night, and once inside, it almost never goes away. It's known as the Hum, a steady, droning sound that's heard in places as disparate as Taos, N.M.; Bristol, England; and Largs, Scotland. But what causes the Hum, and why it only affects a small percentage of the population in certain areas, remain a mystery, despite a number of scientific investigations.
 
9 Desolate Ghost Towns (PHOTOS) -- Abandoned Places, No Humans
June 22, 2013
It doesn't take long for nature and the elements to overtake the cities and towns humans have built. In an interview with Living on Earth, Alan Weisman, the author of the bestselling nonfiction book The World Without Us, described what would happen if humans no longer existed. In a house without people, "suddenly no one is there in fighting off mold, keeping the insects out, keeping the mice out, keeping the woodpeckers out, keeping the water out," Weisman said. In ghost towns around the world, nature has picked up where humans left off, slowly bringing down cement and iron constructions or filling in homes with water or sand. Whether people leave because of natural disasters or man-made ones, the outcome is usually the same: the town falls apart.

The UFO houses of Sanzhi, named for their odd shape, were abandoned just a few years after their construction. According to France24, the owner went bankrupt before completing the homes, which were meant to be a tourist destination on the coast. There are also rumors that the construction came to a halt because thousands of skeletons were found at the site, and that it was the scene of several murders, reported the Taipei Times. Although these rumors were never substantiated, the eerie, empty buildings became popular with tourists and photographers, such as the Taiwanese photographer Cypherone. But the Taipei County Government demolished the site in 2008 and 2009 in order to use the site for a new development project, laying to rest all of the ghost stories, said the Taipei Times.
 
Uploading our entire MINDS to computers in 30 years; Bodies replaced by machines
June 19, 2013
  • Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google, believes we will be able to upload our entire brains to computers within the next 32 years - an event known as singularity
  • Our 'fragile' human body parts will be replaced by machines by the turn of the century
  • And if these predictions comes true, it could make humans immortal

In just over 30 years, humans will be able to upload their entire minds to computers and become digitally immortal - an event called singularity - according to a futurist from Google. Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google, also claims that the biological parts of our body will be replaced with mechanical parts and this could happen as early as 2100. Kurweil made the claims during his conference speech at the Global Futures 2045 International Congress in New York at the weekend.

 
Fear of catastrophic events is now worryingly mainstream
May 28, 2013
end of the world shaman
Disease without Cure Ravages Florida Citrus! Plague of Locusts Blankets Madagascar! These headlines, plucked from my daily paper, have an almost biblical ring, but we catastrophists usually place no stock in apocalyptic visions. Apocalypse is about the final reckoning and divine judgment, the end of days and the four horsemen. Believers in apocalypse plan their social schedule by the Mayan calendar; they see God's justice in the formation of funnel clouds and detect punishment in the spread of plague. We catastrophists, by contrast, are mostly a secular lot. Where the apocalypticist sees patterns, the catastrophist sees the terrifying work of randomness. Apocalypticism foretells the ultimate restoration of order; catastrophism imagines its sudden, radical disruption. Perhaps not the end of life, but a tearing asunder of happily patterned existence.
 
Is April a Month Prone to Mass Violence?
April 16, 2013
April Violent Month
After Monday's bombing at the Boston Marathon, many people casting around for an explanation have focused on the date: April 15, a holiday in Massachusetts and the middle of a month with a history of violence. It's not yet known whether the perpetrator or perpetrators of the bombing, which killed three, chose April 15 for its associations with tax day or with Massachusetts' Patriots' Day, a commemoration of the first battles of the Revolutionary War. The month could simply be a coincidence, given that the Boston Marathon, always held on the third Monday of April, was a convenient target.

Nevertheless, some have speculated about the symbolism. On NBC, reporter Tom Llamas told Matt Lauer that "over the last 20 years in this country several terrorist attacks and school shootings have taken place around this time of the year." He cited the Virginia Tech shooting, which took place April 16, 2007; the Columbine school shooting, which occurred April 20, 1999, and the Oklahoma City bombing, which took place on April 19, 1995.
 
The 7 Most Bizarre Natural Phenomena Caught on Camera
April 14, 2013
electric blue sea
We humans are all too aware of the scary shit nature likes to pull on us. Whether it's destroying our towns with surging flood waters or setting our drug labs on fire with a well-placed lightning strike, we're constantly reminded that this is Mother Nature's world, and we're only squatting on it until she eventually comes home from vacation with a lingering tequila buzz and a shotgun. But perhaps that's unfair to nature: She's not all petty violence and viciousness ... sometimes she goes for more of a psychological approach to warfare. Here are a few natural phenomena that prove nature is probably just fucking with our heads ... {CRACKED}
 
Thunderstorms contain ‘dark lightning,’ invisible pulses of powerful radiation
April 10, 2013
dark lightning
A lightning bolt is one of nature’s most over-the-top phenomena, rarely failing to elicit at least a ping of awe no matter how many times a person has witnessed one. With his iconic kite-and-key experiments in the mid-18th century, Benjamin Franklin showed that lightning is an electrical phenomenon, and since then the general view has been that lightning bolts are big honking sparks no different in kind from the little ones generated by walking in socks across a carpeted room.

But scientists recently discovered something mind-bending about lightning: Sometimes its flashes are invisible, just sudden pulses of unexpectedly powerful radiation. It’s what Joseph Dwyer, a lightning researcher at the Florida Institute of Technology, has termed dark lightning.
 
How The World Will End -- According To 1939
April 05, 2013
End of the world predictions
Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice. The scientists of 1939 would like to add "moon explosion" and "giant meteor" to that list—and they created some terrifying paintings to show you just what humanity's demise will look like. Popular Science published those apocalyptic illustrations, along with a very upsetting three-page article, in its September 1939 issue.

In the image above, thousands of people run from Manhattan as meteors streak down around them. But their flight is futile, because a city-sized asteroid is about one nanosecond away from obliterating the Eastern time zone. "People that it missed would still be threatened, not only by terrible earthquakes, but even more by a searing air blast of hurricane velocity that would mushroom out from the point of impact," Popular Science explains. [POPSCI]
 
Nazi plans for a mile-wide 'sun gun' to fry cities from space
April 02, 2013
Nazi Sun Gun Weapon
  • Giant space mirror would have concentrated the sun's rays on Earth
  • German army would use it to 'burn enemy cities' or 'boil part of an ocean'
  • Would also contain a manned space station complete with gardens

It sounds like something only a Bond villain would propose, but the Nazis planned a mile-wide ‘space gun’ powered by the sun. The giant mirror could be used to focus the sun on a target – like the magnifying glasses used by children to create fire. A long-forgotten article from Life magazine in 1945 revealed how ‘US Army technical experts came up with the astonishing fact that German scientists had seriously planned to build a “sun gun”’. [DM]

 
Why We're Obsessed with the Zombie Apocalypse
February 20, 2013
zombei apocalypse
They've terrorized a shopping mall in "Dawn of the Dead," been folded into classic literature, and even crashed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. Seriously. What is the deal with zombies?

The shuffling (or quick-as-lightning, depending on your preferred version) hordes are horror-movie staples, but they've lately skyrocketed in fame with humorous takes such as in the book "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" (Quirk Books, 2009) and the movie "Shaun of the Dead" (2004), which follows a sad-sack salesman during the zombie apocalypse. In 2011, the CDC capitalized on zombie fever with a blog post dedicated to preparing for a zombie uprising, driving so much Internet traffic that their servers crashed.
 
METEORITE CRASH IN RUSSIA; UFO FEARS SPARK PANIC
February 14, 2013
Meteor Russia UFO Fears
A series of explosions in the skies of Russia’s Urals region, reportedly caused by a meteor shower, has sparked panic in three major cities. Witnesses said that houses shuddered, windows were blown out and cellphones stopped working.

According to unconfirmed reports, the meteorite was intercepted by an air defense unit at the Urzhumka settlement near Chelyabinsk. A missile salvo reportedly blew the meteorite into pieces at an altitude of 20 kilometers.A bright flash was seen in the Chelyabinsk, Tyumen and Sverdlovsk regions, Russia’s Republic of Bashkiria and in northern Kazakhstan. [RT]
 
Zombies: The Real Story of the Undead
October 28, 2012
Real Zombies
From "World War Z" to "The Walking Dead" to "Shaun of the Dead to "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" and countless brain-dead rip-offs, zombies — re-animated corpses with an unstoppable craving for human flesh, especially brains — have invaded pop culture like never before. For staggering, slow-moving monsters, zombies have become quite a force in the entertainment industry over the past decade.

Though George Romero's 1968 film "Night of the Living Dead" is often considered to be the original modern zombie film, the first actually appeared nearly 40 years earlier in "White Zombie," starring Béla Lugosi as an evil voodoo priest in Haiti who zombifies a beautiful young woman. In the years since, only a handful of zombie films have returned to their Haitian origins — most notably "The Serpent and the Rainbow."

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word "zombie" first appeared in English around 1810 when historian Robert Southey mentioned it in his book "History of Brazil." But this "Zombi" was not the familiar brain-eating manlike monstrosity but instead a West African deity. The word later came to suggest the vital, human force leaving the shell of a body, and ultimately a creature human in form but lacking the self-awareness, intelligence, and a soul. It was imported to Haiti and elsewhere from Africa through the slave trade.

 
Cigar-shaped UFO spotted by thousands across 3 states
October 26, 2012
Cigar UFO 2012
Something very strange was spotted high above the skies of Pike County last week leaving those who witnessed the UFO bewildered as to what it could be. The mystery glowing object which has left people wondering what is flying over their heads was watched by amateur astronomer Allen Epling from his Virgie, Kentucky home for over two hours.

Taking video and pictures of the unusual craft, Epling was just one of thousands who saw the cigar-shaped craft across three states and the part-time star-gazer estimated the UFO to be operating at over 100,000 feet - over twice the height a commercial jet flies.
 
Mysterious 'Nazca lines' in Russia are thousands of years old
October 12, 2012
Nazca Lines Russia
A huge geoglyph in the shape of an elk or deer discovered in Russia may predate Peru's famous Nazca Lines by thousands of years.The animal-shaped stone structure, located near Lake Zjuratkul in the Ural Mountains, north of Kazakhstan, has an elongated muzzle, four legs and two antlers. A historical Google Earth satellite image from 2007 shows what may be a tail, but this is less clear in more recent imagery.

Excluding the possible tail, the animal stretches for about 900 feet (275 meters) at its farthest points (northwest to southeast), the researchers estimate, equivalent to two American football fields. The figure faces north and would have been visible from a nearby ridge.

 
Moment driver is struck by lightning as he drives down busy highway
October 01, 2012
lightning strikes car
It seems a normal commute during a normal, slightly wet day in Russia.

But suddenly the ire of the heavens opens up above the highway- and a bolt of lightning slams into the roof of an SUV, leaving the driver stunned, shaken - and perhaps a little shocked.

Luckily for the driver, he appears to be left unharmed by the thousand-volt hit and in the footage, uploaded to YouTube this month, he carries on driving for a few seconds, before rolling to a stop.

 
Rare 'Fire Devil' Caught on Film
September 18, 2012
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Nature's not much for subtlety. Just ask Chris Tangey, the man who watched in awe as a 100-foot-high (30-meter-high) whirlwind of fire tore around a patch of Australian Outback on Tuesday (Sept. 11).

Tangey, a filmmaker, managed to capture some very rare footage of the startling phenomenon while out scouting locations near Alice Springs, Australia, according to The Australian. One term for the event he recorded, a fire tornado, is a misnomer, according to Mark Wysocki, New York's state climatologist and a professor of atmospheric sciences at Cornell University. The columns of spinning fire are much more similar to dust devils than tornadoes, Wysocki said.

 
Foul smell reported across Southern California
September 10, 2012
South Coast Air Quality Management District spokesman Sam Atwood says investigators are in the field Monday trying to determine the source of a "strong, rotten egg/sulfur odor" that's been reported across much of the district's 10,000 square miles.  The district has received 200 calls since midnight. Regional air quality monitors are trying to determine whether a foul odor spreading across parts of Southern California is coming from the Salton Sea.
 
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