Strange Noises In Seattle

“Unworldly” Hum In West Seattle Keeping Residents Awake

So, what do you think of this apparent epidemic of strange noises occurring around the world? The Windsor Hum, the booms in Michigan, the Songs of the Apocalypse? Some have natural explanations, others may be hoaxes. But they’ve driven a compelling story over the past year or so. Perhaps it’s just one of those 2012 …

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Alien Life To Be Observed Within 40 Years?

Lord Martin Rees, president of the Royal Society of London, believes advances in astronomy will allow astrophysicists to “view images of distant planets outside of our solar system as soon as 2025,” revealing the potential existence of alien life. Lord Rees made the comments at a debate, held in advance of Stephen Hawking’s latest television …

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A baseball player sliding to base

Research Suggests Sports Players Experience Time Dilation Effect

New research out of University College London suggests that our perception of time can slow when about to perform an action, such as when a baseball player is readying to hit a pitch. “Professional ball game players report the feeling of the ball ‘slowing-down’ before hitting it. Because effective motor preparation is critical in achieving …

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Choose Your Own Zombie Adventure With “Choice Of Zombies”

How would you fare during an actual zombie apocalypse? Me? I’d probably do okay for a while, then somehow find myself fighting away a group of zombies with a mannequin torso in a Victoria’s Secret, before finally having my face eaten off and succumbing to the zombification process. At least, that’s according to Choice of Zombies, a …

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Hey, It’s A Brain-Controlled Quadrotor

From the labs at Zhejiang University in China comes this remarkable brain-controlled quadrotor, which can be maneuvered using only The Power Of Thought. Called FlyingBuddy2, the tech uses a wireless EEG headset to read brain activity, allowing users to control an AR.Drone, using what I’m going to call “thought commands.” Simply think right to make the …

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Photo: Solar Whip

An incredible coronal mass ejection erupted from the Sun on August 31, 2012, shooting out “a long filament of solar material” that actually connected with “Earth’s magnetic environment.” Or, in other words, a solar whip. Just like Indiana Jones, right?

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Ends Of The World: Gamma-Ray Bursts

There’s something out there. Something that happens every day. If it were to happen at the right distance, and point in just the right direction, it would obliterate everything on Earth’s surface. We wouldn’t have much warning, and any preparation would be meaningless. There would be nothing we could do to stop our impending annihilation. …

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These Robot Chefs Will Shave Your Noodles

The odd thing about Chef Cui Runquan’s latest invention isn’t that it’s a noodle-shaving robot (it’s not a robot, really, more a windshield-wiper-cutter-thing). No, it’s that his new robot chef army looks ready to annihilate humanity, one shaven noodle at a time. Luckily, like I said, these things aren’t really robots; they’re more like anthropomorphic …

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