The Riddle Of The Toynbee Tiles

So I’ve just finished watching Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles. It’s a 2011 documentary about the cryptic plaques found embedded in asphalt streets throughout the United States and South America. There’s a lot of variation between the tiles, which began to appear (or at least became noticed) in the 1980s. Some contain “footnotes,” …

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The Antikythera Mechanism, The World’s “First Computer”

Over a century ago, the broken remains of the Antikythera Mechanism were recovered from a shipwreck off the coast of Antikythera, Greece. It was found in pieces, 82 fragments of an ancient puzzle that together revealed something of an anachronism: the world’s oldest known computer. Created some time around 150-100 B.C. in Ancient Greece, this …

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Final Fantasy XIV: Doomsday In Eorzea

Something strange is happening in Eorzea. One of the two moons orbiting the planet Hydaelyn, found in Square Enix’s troubled MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV, is on a collision course, driven (some say) by Garlean magitek technology. Call it Planet X. Maybe throw in some Melancholia or (one of my personal favorites) The Legend of Zelda: …

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Voyager 1 Approaches Edge Of Solar System, Interstellar Space

The Voyager 1 spacecraft, which has traveled a staggering 18 billion kilometers from the Sun, is fast approaching the very edge of the solar system. In fact, last week NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory revealed it had entered an area “showing a sharp increase in charged particles” originating from “beyond the solar system,” which may indicate that …

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The Dark Side Of End Times Prophecies

In six months, we’ll know. Either the world will end, or the Mayan 2012 prophecies will be put to rest. Perhaps both. But six months is a long time, and for years the steady crawl towards 2012 has sunk into the public consciousness. It’s not just the occasional doomsayer or “prophet,” either. TV shows, movies …

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Scientists Create Synthetic Synapse

Japanese scientists have successfully created an artificial, inorganic synapse, which emulates “the synaptic plasticity underlying the sensory, short-term, and long-term memory formation in the human brain.” In other words, get ready for nanotechnology that can fix your brain, and maybe — just maybe — replace it altogether. They also found that the inorganic synapse responded …

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Are Bath Salts The New Zombie Virus?

In most zombie apocalypse scenarios, a rogue virus goes astray and slowly begins to infect an unsuspecting population. The examples are too many to list: Resident Evil, The Walking Dead, Zombieland, 28 Days Later. Just to name a few. Even beyond zombies, we have stories of outbreaks like in The Crazies and I Am Legend, …

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Miss The Transit Of Venus? Check It Out With This Simulator

So, did you catch the transit of Venus yesterday? If you did, you witnessed a once-in-a-lifetime event, something that won’t happen again until 2117. I didn’t get to see it, myself; I was left in a stupor after witnessing Nintendo’s E3 conference. Stupefied. I didn’t have the proper equipment, anyway, so I can’t complain. Luckily, …

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The Soviet Film Agency’s “Experiments In The Revival Of Organisms”

(Please note that you might find the above video kind of gross.) In 1940, the Soviet Film Agency released a motion picture titled “Experiments In The Revival Of Organisms.” It was a brief showcase, if you will, of their scientists’ purported work in “reanimation,” or the resurrection of deceased animals. The dog head isolation experiment, …

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