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You Can Now Explore the CIA's 'Entire' Collection of UFO Documents Online

Approximately 2,780 pages of (CIA) documents detailing the government entity’s findings on (UFOs) are now available for anyone to read and download. As Brandon Specktor reports for , the ’s collection features UFO-related records declassified by the CIA since the 1980s. The site’s owner, John Greenewald Jr., obtained the newly digitized documents—said by the CIA to represent the entirety of its UFO collection—by filing a series of (FOIA) requests. “The Black Vault spent yea........

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Here’s How These 7 Pets See The World Around Them

Have you ever wondered how animals see the world around them? Well, Home Advisor created a project just to answer that question. They went through the latest scientific research to find out and visualized how animals see. Home Advisor created a digital room and placed animals around it. After that, they rendered the pictures based on the way the specific animal would see it. For example, dogs see very few colors and spiders look like they should get some glasses. It is quite an interesting idea, a........

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How to Kill Mosquitoes: What Works and What Doesn't

While you might fantasize about living in a mosquito-free world, eradicating them would actually be disastrous for the environment. Adult mosquitoes are food for other insects, birds, and bats, while larval mosquitoes support aquatic ecosystems. The best we can hope for is to limit their ability to transmit disease, repel them, and kill them within the confines of our yards and homes.........

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Living With Being Dead

Glancing around the courtyard of the walled-off National Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery, you might think this place is filled with them. Two dozen patients chew and pick at their lunches of yellow chicken legs and bread rolls, while others slump listlessly around a courtyard. Some are catatonic. Blank. Others are simply bodies in beds, slumbering beneath the sheets, unconscious in the afternoon. ........

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Is Time Real? What does this even mean?

Indeed, time could be defined as an emergent quantity of matter structure due to causiation (radiation at speed c) deviating from straight effective line.Not surprisingly that definition could be the same for gravitating/inertial mass/energy.I think something like that fundamentality is described by the holographic emergent gravity. Via the information theory almost invariant mass/curvature has steady info and quantized items cannot be figured out. Only the changing distribution would emit measurable quanta. Time is the mental delusion of motion. Just as light is the mental del........

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Is the Earth an organism?

The idea that the Earth itself is like a single evolving ‘organism’ was developed in the mid-1970s by the independent English scientist and inventor James Lovelock and the American biologist Lynn Margulis. They dubbed it the ‘Gaia hypothesis’, asserting that the biosphere is an ‘active adaptive control system able to maintain the Earth in homeostasis’. Sometimes they went pretty far with this line of reasoning: Lovelock even ventured that algal mats have evolved so as to control global temperature, while Australia’s Great Barrier Reef might be a ........

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These Are 7 of The Strangest Experiments Humans Have Ever Done in Space

The way things behave in microgravity may seem obvious to us now, after humans have been venturing into space for over 50 years. But we haven't always been certain how space might affect certain things. Like fire. Or planarian worms. Or even plants. It's only by conducting experiments that we can learn the answers to these burning questions. That has led to some pretty fascinating, sometimes upsetting, and sometimes downright wac........

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Anesthesia Works on Plants Too, and We Don’t Know Why

Humans have been using anesthesia for almost 175 years, but we’re still not sure how it works. Researchers have come at the problem from dozens of directions and posited many hypotheses, but no one has yet explained the mechanism. Enter the botanists. Who else would think of sealing a Venus flytrap in a glass case, gassing it with ether, then tickling it a bit? A group of researchers decided to di e into the thorny problem of anesthesia by looking at how it affects a thorny plant, Venus flytraps (dioneae muscipula). These small herbs (yep, technically they’re an herb, like banana ........

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Scientists Use Iron to Turn Carbon Dioxide Into Jet Fuel

A newly developed chemical process could convert carbon dioxide into jet fuel, reports Maria Temming for . Carbon dioxide (CO2) is of course the same greenhouse gas flooding Earth’s atmosphere via the exhaust of jet engines and nearly anything else that burns fossil fuels. So, if this new chemical reaction can successfully turn CO2 into fuel for airplanes it could help reduce the carbon footprint of the aviation industry, which currently accounts for 12 percent of all global transportation carbon emissions. The experimental process appeared in a new paper published last we........

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Chemists discover the mix that likely originated life on Earth

Scientists find that an RNA-DNA mix possibly created the first life on our planet. The single-stranded RNA, or ribonucleic acid, can be found in all living cells, carrying instructions from DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) that lead to the synthesis of proteins. The study says the compound DAP, potentially available widely in Earth's early days, strung together DNA from building blocks called deoxynucleosides. A by the same team showed this pr........

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South Korea's 'artificial sun' sets new world record, lights up at 100 million degrees for record 20 seconds

Comfortably setting a new world record for fusion, South Korea managed to light up an artificial sun at over 100 million degrees for a record 20 seconds. In comparison, the core of the Sun burns at only 15 million degrees Celsius. According to , a team of South Korean physicists used an "artificial sun" -- a superconducting fusion device known as KSTAR (Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research) -- for ........

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IMD launches country’s highest Meteorological Centre in Leh

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) will now provide specialised weather forecasts for traffic movement on highways, agriculture, and defence personnel , which was inaugurated on Tuesday. Located at 3,500 metres above sea level in Leh, it will be the highest Meteorological Centre (MC) in India. The centre was virtually inaugurated by Minister for Earth Sciences (MoES) Dr Harsh Vardhan. After Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh, the Leh centre is the seco........

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Is the Multiverse Theory Science Fiction or Science Fact?

Do we live in a multiverse? Daydreamers and science-fiction authors have pondered parallel universes for as long as scientists have described our own.  Our universe contains everything we know — from planets, stars, and galaxies to space and time itself. And it’s truly staggering in size, spanning some 93 billion light-years across, according to astronomers’ estimates. That’s more than our species could ever hope to explore.  But what if our universe isn't the only one? What if alternate universes are humming along undetected, right "next" to ours? Cosmologists call ........

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How the Maya Created Their Extraordinarily Accurate Calendar Thousands of Years Ago

Eight years ago, the world was supposed to end. At least that’s what some interpreters of the ancient Maya calendar believed. They noted that the calendar seemed to be running out of days, and would end on Dec. 21, 2012. Various doomsday scenarios, asteroids featuring prominently among them, were forecast. Of course, the winter solstice of 2012 came and went with little to show for it. The Maya calendar simply ticked over to a new b’ak’tun, equal to about 394 years, an........

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The lure of lithium gets serious

Scientists and engineers seeking to power the alternative-energy future are scrambling to find new sources of lithium for rechargeable batteries. The overall demand, a panel of researchers said today at the virtual meeting of the American Geophysical Union, is expected to double in the next five years, and increase tenfold by 2030. Much will be driven by the increasing use of electric vehicles, says Michael Whittaker, a director of the Lithium Resource Research and Innovation Center at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in California. “To power our electric trucks, we’r........

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Pythons Lived in Europe as Early as 48 Million Years Ago

A new genus and species of medium-sized python that lived during the early-middle Eocene period has been identified from several nearly complete skeletons and partial skulls found in Germany. Senckenberg Research Institute. The newly-identified python species lived in what is now Germany, approximately 47.6 million years ago (Eocene period). Named Messelopython freyi, the ancient snake is the earliest-known member of the sup........

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National Mathematics Day 2020: History, significance - All you need to know

The day marks the birth anniversary of self-taught Indian mathematician, Srinivasa Ramanujan and his contributions in the field of mathematics. The main objective behind celebrating the day is to raise awareness among people about the importance of mathematics for the development of country. History On 22 December 2012, the former Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh, paid tribute to Srinivasa Ramanujan on the occasion of the 125th birth anniversary of the great mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan in Chennai. December 22 was declared ........

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This Wind-Powered Hydroponic Vertical Farm Grows 1,000 Tons Of Veggies A Year

A Danish company in Denmark has set up a state-of-the-art indoor farming system spread across 75,000 square feet, on the outskirts of Copenhagen that promises to produce 1,000 metric tons of greens in a year locally.  . This conglomerate is also responsible for developing the largest vertical farm in Taiwan as well as the largest vertical farm in China.  In Denmark however, they’ve collaborated with Nordic Harvest -- a startup that is working on making farming more susta........

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New T-rays Can See Under The Skin, Allowing Doctors New Health Insights

The discovery has been made by scientists from the University of Warwick and The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Reported in Advanced Photonics Research, the method involves T-rays fired from several different angles to build a more detailed picture of skin and how hydrated it is than what current methods allow. For those unaware, Terahertz (THz) radiation, or T-rays, is an electromagnetic radiation with frequency lying between r........

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Now Seen in Poland, Monolith is Going Places Unlike the Rest of Us in 2020

Monolith seen in Netherlands. A mysterious metal monolith has appeared on a heath in the Netherlands after similar objects were found in the United States, Romania and Britain, an official said. Hikers found the object on Sunday on private land near the Kiekenberg nature reserve in northern Friesland province, a spokesman for the Dutch Forestry Commission said. "We know that it was probably placed this weekend because some hikers who were walking there found it, but we don't........

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