Author: Leo Ashcraft

Researchers at NASA Langley have created a type of autonomously self-healing material that will repair itself rapidly from bullet holes. 0

NASA Self-Healing Material Can Repair Bullet Holes

Space and military technology just got creepy this week, with an announcement that NASA Langley’s Advanced Materials and Processing Branch has now created a type of self-healing material that can autonomously repair itself. When tri-layered materials are punctured, a type of ‘ thiol–ene–trialkylborane’ resin polymer is released upon atmospheric oxygen exposure. The ballistics tests carried out by Langley reveal that while similar methods of self-healing materials have been implemented in the past, this new material reacts and responds much more rapidly to surface breach trauma. This specific type of resin was selected due to its reaction to compounds reliably present in human-occupied environments....

Leonard Nimoy's Season 2 Science Officer uniform is up for bid starting September 23rd. 0

Star Trek Spock Uniform Up For Auction

What would you pay to own a piece of television history? The late Leonard Nimoy’s uniform worn as Science Officer Spock during season 2 of The Original Series will be up for auction set for September 23rd at 2:00 PM, GMT +1. This historic wardrobe is listed among numerous other iconic props and sci-fi cinematic memorabilia from movies like Alien, Armageddon, Back to the Future, Blade Runner, Star Wars, The Dark Crystal, and the Doctor Who TV series. Bidding starts at a cool £25,000 and is expected to fetch between £50,000 – £70,000 (approximately $76,735 – $115,103 US Dollars).  According to the auction site,...

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Obesity Linked Metabolically to Eating Speed

Ever told as a kid to slow down and chew your food? There may be a good reason. Japanese researchers have found a strong correlation between the speed at which someone consumes food and metabolism, concluding that faster eaters may contribute to the obesity epidemic. In short, faster eating could lower your metabolism and come with more than a few steep health risks. The study took place over the course of three years. Participants included 8,941 residents of Soka City, aged 40 through 75, both with and without diagnoses of metabolic syndrome. Eating speed was measured in form of questionnaire. Is it eating speed...

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Did NASA Just Reveal New Faces on Mars?

At 15:45:01 UTC on August 17th (Mars Sol 1077), NASA’s Curiosity Rover captured super-high-resolution images of the surface of Mars, appearing to contain what might look like numerous faces. These photographs were then stitched together and uploaded to Gigapan, giving users a closer look at the rover’s panorama. This screenshot was released by a user last week, sighting what has been described on social media as a “massive alien grave site.” According to NASA, “Curiosity sends back raw images for current and prior Sols based on commands sent by the mission team. The rover uses orbiters to relay back a lot of its data,...

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Single Molecular Event Linked to Mammalian Brain Development

How did humans develop larger brains than our ancestors?  Researchers at the Donnelly Centre for Cellular & Biomolecular research in Toronto have just discovered that mammalian brain development may be linked to a single molecular event that started an evolutionary chain-reaction, leading all the way up to humans. A genetic mutation in protein PTBP1, responsible for neurogenesis (the development of neurons), is said to be the likely precursor to an event set-off by something called ‘alternate splicing’ which occurs when neural proteins are assembled by our DNA. According to these findings, the greater the amount of ‘alternate splicing’ events which occur, the further the development of brain region size...

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Black Hole at Center of Our Galaxy Could Be Visible By 2017

During a Reddit AmA last week, scientists and researchers working on the Event Horizon Telescope Project (EHT) revealed that Earthlings could finally get a glimpse at the elusive black hole at the center of our own mysterious Milky Way Galaxy as early as 2017. A group of approximately 75 researchers and 9 confirmed radio telescope arrays are being employed around the world for this event. They aim to confirm or deny major theories about Black Holes, including one recently revised by Dr. Stephen Hawking, who now thinks that it may be possible to actually pass particles and wave-forms through the black hole...

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Scientists Confirm: Mysterious Humanoid ‘Shigir Idol’, “Oldest in World”

At a press conference on August 27th, scientists confirmed that the famous Shigir Idol, just recently radiocarbon-dated at approximately 11,000 years old, will become one of the oldest wooden sculptures of its kind, placing it at over twice the ages of Stonehenge and the Great Pyramid. Extracted by archaeologists in 1894, the mysterious humanoid Shigir Idol was found in bits and pieces scattered throughout a peat bog on the eastern-slope of the Middle Ural mountains in western Russia. The idle’s reconstruction, standing 9.2 feet tall in a glass box filled with inert gas to preserve the wooden remnants, is thought to have originally towered at 17.4...

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UFO in Lightning Storm Over Rio de Janeiro?

Date of sighting: Feb 2015 Date of publication: August 2015 Location of sighting: Rio de Janeiro, Brasil This Youtube video claims to show a UFO in Brazil causing a lightning storm over Rio de Janeiro.  They claim this is a cloaked UFO and is invisible until lightning strikes along its side. UFOs are often seen near storms and are sometimes the cause of such storms. They can also cause tornados and other odd weather phenomenon like golf ball size hail stones. If there is a big storm coming, set up a camera to record some video outside under a roof. You...

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100,000 Year Old Electrical Plug Found In Granite

In 1998, electrical engineer John J. Williams discovered what looked like an electrical connector sticking up out of the ground. He began digging and found the three-pronged plug was embedded in a small rock. According to Williams, the curious stone was unearthed during an excursion in a rural location in North America, far from human settlements, industrial complexes, airports, factories, and electronic or nuclear plants. While it may hurt the credibility of his discovery, Williams refuses to give the exact location of his find, for fear that the site might be plundered of other mysterious relics. Known as the “Enigmalith”...

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Would you take a balloon to the edge of space?

A company called World View is planning to float passengers up to the edge of space — about 20 miles into the sky — via balloon by the end of 2016. This 5-hour joy ride will include cocktails, stunning views of the stars, the blackness of space, and the curvature of Earth, all for the hefty sum of $75,000 — about the price of a new entry-level Tesla. While there is no real consensus on where exactly space begins, the International Astronautical Federation thinks it starts at the 100-kilometer mark — about 62 miles up. According to that definition, this...

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How SETI will Determine Intelligent Messages

The branch of SETI called “Communication with Extra Terrestrial Intelligence” focuses on deciphering messages from space whether it be a direct un-coded contact attempt, or if the message is encrypted and needs to be decoded. After confirming a signal, the task of extracting information from it could prove to be an extensive process depending on the nature of the received message. Many SETI researchers expect the signal to be a direct and deliberate contact initiative taking the form of an unambiguous nature. Andrew Siemon, a PHD candidate in astronomy at SETI Berkley says “Due to the random motions of the particles...

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Australian Hiker Snaps a Photo of a Ghost

Does this photo give you an eerie feeling? A man hiking in a national park in rural Queensland Australia was taking photographs of the terrain when he suddenly felt that he was being watched and sustained an overwhelming sense of dread. After looking through the photos that he took of the wilderness, he noticed what appeared to be a man behind a pile of tree limbs. The photo taken shows a bald man with a beard wearing a red jumpsuit of some sort. The Toowoomba Ghost Chasers group claims that one of their members snapped the photograph and the image...