Another Strange Boom Occurs In West Michigan

A strange boom and “violent shaking” were reported in West Michigan on Sunday, and officials still have no explanation for their cause. It happened in the evening, with residents from multiple counties reporting the incident. Union County residents in particular reported strange noises at around 10:30 p.m., though it apparently went on throughout the night …

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Lightning During A Hawaiian Volcano Eruption

In July 2008, the ocean entry plume at Kalapana, Hawaii erupted with a spectacular display of lava, ash, and dark-clouded fury. But within those eruption clouds was something else entirely: Lightning. Apparently, this is a fairly common phenomenon, though it’s rare in Hawaii. It occurred due to “unusually dry conditions.” The lightning is clearly visible, …

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Will We Ever Be Attacked By Giant Mutant Ants?

Giant ants. They stand alongside the greats of B-movie cinema: The Megasharks, the giant spiders, the…frogs. In the above trailer from the 1954 movie Them!, we see these monstrosities in action, brought to life with one part movie magic, two parts atomic nightmare. But could these six-legged, gargantuan terrors someday become a reality? Attack Of …

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Is The Mysterious Illness In Le Roy Driven By Social Networking?

Last year, a peculiar illness swept the community of Le Roy, New York. Students attending a local high school exhibited symptoms such as twitching, shaking, and uncontrollable speech, similar to Tourette’s Syndrome. At the time, it was written off as nothing more than a conversion disorder. Psychiatrists told the victims it was “all in their heads,” …

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Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Iceland

The Icelandic Elf School, And A Word Of Warning

Since 1991, the Icelandic Elf School (or Álfaskólinn) has held classes on all sorts of mysterious creatures in Iceland, from hidden people, trolls, and gnomes, all the way over to fairies and, of course, elves. It’s located in the country’s capital, Reykjavik, and run by Magnús Skarphéðinsson. According to Wikipedia, he “organizes five hour long …

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NASA Confirms Existence Of 4,700 Potentially Hazardous Asteroids

Everything seems so peaceful when you look up at the stars. It’s all so quiet. Motionless. Eternal. But that’s only because your eyes can’t see the 4,700 asteroids that might want you, and everything else on Earth, dead. New data from NASA’s NEOWISE project (that’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer) has confirmed the existence …

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New Discovery Casts Doubt On Mayan “Doomsday” Prophecy

This week, archaeologists working at the Xultun ruins in Guatemala revealed their latest discovery: Ancient Mayan astronomical tables. They were found in a surprisingly well-preserved “writing room,” where the ancient Mayans at Xultun likely worked on their astronomical calculations, setting the groundwork for their now infamous calendar system. Archaeologists even found something akin to a …

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Life On A Rogue Planet

We’ve heard about the potentially life-supporting planets around other stars, in some cases sliding neatly into the habitable zones of red dwarfs. But there’s another kind of planet out there, one you probably wouldn’t think could harbor life: Rogue planets. Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe and his team at the University of Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology have …

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