Author: Amanda Curran

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Humanoid Robots Getting Set To Head To Mars

NASA is teaming up with scientists and students from four universities, in an effort to design humanoid robots to send to Mars. This 5’9, 275 pounds robot named Valkyrie, that can already walk and is learning to interact with people, will be used to carry out vital tasks in environments deadly to human beings. Holly Yanco, professor of computer science, explained “Up in the head, you can see we have a stereo camera pair, we hooked it up to an Oculus Rift, so somebody who’s remotely controlling the robot can see through the robot’s eyes.” It also has cameras on...

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Elon Musk Hopes We Are Living In A Virtual Reality

Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX and co-founder of Tesla Motors, discussed the possibility that we are living in a virtual reality at Code Conference, a tech conference in California. When asked what the likelihood was that we are all living in a simulated matrix, Musk uses video games as an analogy. “40 years ago we had Pong – two rectangles and a dot. That’s where we were. Now 40 years later  we have photo realistic, 3D simulations with millions of people playing simultaneously and it’s  getting better every year.” He goes on to suggest that even if the speed of...

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Dark Thirty Radio – June 3rd, 2016

Tonight On Dark Thirty Radio Elon Musk Hopes We Are Living In A Virtual Reality When asked what the likelihood was that we are all living in a simulated matrix, founder of SpaceX and co-founder of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk used video games as an analogy. “40 years ago we had Pong – two rectangles and a dot. That’s where we were. Now 40 years later  we have photo-realistic, 3D simulations with millions of people playing simultaneously and it’s  getting better every year.” Musk says he himself believes that “it would seem to follow that the odds that we’re in...

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Researchers Look For Answers Into Walking Corpse Syndrome

New research into a mysterious and deadly mental illness called Cotard’s syndrome is underway to explain and eventually treat this disorder that causes the sufferer to have any of a number of delusions that range from believing they have no organs, blood or body parts to insisting they are actually dead. Commonly referred to as Walking Corpse Syndrome, this condition was first diagnosed in 1880 when a patient nicknamed Mademoiselle X, who claimed she was missing several body parts and  organs, including brain, chest, stomach and intestines was first described by French neurologist Jules Cotard. Mademoiselle X who believed she...

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Planet Nine Stolen From Another Galaxy

A recent hypothesis suggesting that the highly theorized Planet Nine is actually an exoplanet  from a neighboring planetary system that our Sun stole from another star is now proving to be a very real explanation to its existence in our galaxy…if it exists at all. Astronomer Alexander Mustill from Lund University in Sweden, explained that the evidence is based on the strange alignment of rocky objects in the Kuiper belt, which seems to suggest that  some kind of massive cosmic body is exerting a very strong gravitational force on them. Mustill stated “What we were wondering is, how could you...

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Dark Thirty Radio – June 1st, 2016

Tonight On Dark Thirty Radio Planet Nine Stolen From Another Galaxy A recent hypothesis suggesting that the highly theorized Planet Nine is actually an exoplanet  from a neighboring planetary system that our Sun stole from another star is now proving to be a very real explanation to its existence in our galaxy…if it exists at all. Astronomer Alexander Mustill from Lund University in Sweden, explained that the evidence is based on the strange alignment of rocky objects in the Kuiper belt, which seems to suggest that  some kind of massive cosmic body is exerting a very strong gravitational force on...

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Scientists Try To Recreate The Building Blocks Of Life

Scientists have been trying to replicate the conditions necessary for the origin of life on Earth and now a team from the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany released the results of  their study of how RNA may have been at the root of it. DNA carries the genetic code that determines physical characteristics while RNA acts as a messenger for DNA by spreading the proteins throughout the body. Lead researcher, chemist Thomas Carell says, “We now have a pathway that would allow us to use simple molecules that were likely present on the early Earth.” They suggest that a...

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Does Alice Cooper Believe in Werewolves?

Several reports of a werewolf type creature being seen lurking around an abandoned industrial  area outside the East Yorkshire city center have received a lot of notice from local residents as well as rock legend Alice Cooper. Dubbed  the ‘Beast of Barmston Drain’ seven eye witnesses claim to have spotted an eight  foot werewolf is running free in Hull. Cooper took to social media, re-posting a story of these sightings and posed this question to Facebook… “So there are suddenly several reports of a werewolf like creature near a small town in the UK. Do you think it could be...

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First Human Thought Successfully Converted To Sound

An incredible new groundbreaking device has just successfully turned human thought into speech. Professor Robert Knight and colleagues at UC Berkeley are leading the research by studying how  “hearing words, speaking out loud and imagining words involves overlapping areas of the brain.” Now, scientists have successfully played back a word someone was thinking by monitoring their  brain activity. Knight explains “We applied a temporal realignment procedure that improved our accuracy in classifying words that are spoken or imagined. Our work showed us it is possible to capture the  brain signals that represented an intended word.” “We want to develop an...

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Dark Thirty Radio – May 31st, 2016

  CCTV Captures Video Of Woman Possessed By Demon A terrifying new video has been uploaded to YouTube which seems to show a shopper become  possessed by a demon has many viewers puzzled. A CCTV supermarket surveillance camera in China, showed a woman walking down an aisle, where a box behind her falls off the shelf, inexplicably. As she stops to turn and place it back on the shelf, you can visibly see the change in her body, as she starts to shake uncontrollably and drops to her knees. Source: Mirror Does Alice Cooper Believe In Werewolves? Several reports of...

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CCTV Captures Video Of Woman Possessed By Demon

A terrifying new video has been uploaded to YouTube which seems to show a shopper become  possessed by a demon has many viewers puzzled. A CCTV supermarket surveillance camera in China, showed a woman walking down an aisle, where a box behind her falls off the shelf, inexplicably. As she stops to turn and place it back on the shelf, you can visibly see the change in her body, as she starts to shake uncontrollably and drops to her knees. As a bystander reaches out to aid her, she lets out a blood curdling scream, which throws the onlooker backwards....

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Dark Thirty Radio – May 27th, 2016

Tonight On Dark Thirty Radio The Humans To Mars Summit Makes Plans For 2030 During a three-day symposium, researchers and scientists discussed the very real possibility of getting humans to Mars by 2030 and are now outlining what we should do once we arrive. The Humans to Mars summit brought together planetary scientists , space enthusiasts and  representatives from both NASA and the aerospace industry to talk about the challenges facing a  crewed mission to Mars and rough ideas for how to get there. Source: ScienceNews Mars Approaches This Monday, May 30th, Mars will make its closest approach to Earth...