The Cosmic Computer

Scientists Search For Evidence That We Live Within A Computer Simulation

I’ve written about Nick Bostrom’s simulation hypothesis, and individuals such as Frank Tipler, who believe post-humans will create a universal simulation that will, in essence, grant us virtual immortality. You can read about both ideas in the article Simulated Reality At The End Of The Universe. We’ve even looked at the research of superstring theorist …

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A Shredded Galaxy

UK Scientists Hope To “Mimic” Black Holes In Lab

Before the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN finally began operation, there was a small movement to shut the project down, out of fear that scientists would inadvertently create a black hole that would swallow the entire planet. This obviously didn’t happen, and probably won’t. Now, however, perhaps we should cast our gaze over to …

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Chichen Itza Ball Court

Archeologists Determine Purpose Of “Watchtower-Style Structures” At Chichen Itza

Archeologists at Chichen Itza in Mexico have determined the original purpose of previously discovered “watchtower-style structures.” It’s believed the Maya people used these structures, which were located atop the walls of the ceremonial ball court, to calculate equinoxes and solstices. To determine their ancient functions, archeologists actually reconstructed the watchtower-like boxes, which had previously crumbled. …

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Drilling Into The Earth

Scientific Mission Hopes To Explore The Earth’s Mantle

Scientists hope to bring back the world’s first fresh samples of Earth’s mantle, in a $1 billion mission dubbed “the most challenging endeavor in the history of Earth science.” They’ll do so by venturing out into the middle of the Pacific Ocean, where comparatively thin mid-ocean ridges exist. These should, in theory, allow geologists to …

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The Madness Of Minecraft

The Madness Of Minecraft

There’s something altogether Lovecraftian about Minecraft. It’s not the story — Minecraft doesn’t have a story, per se. It’s the world. A limitless expanse, filled with strange creatures hidden in dark chasms and deep, forgotten mine shafts.

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Mayan Prophecies & The End Of The World

Whatever Happened To The End Of The World?

You know, I’m actually surprised. In the lead-up to Y2K, you couldn’t turn on a TV without seeing something about the coming Dark Ages. It was all the rage on Coast to Coast AM, and even slightly incorporated into John Titor’s Excellent Adventure. There were Y2K toys. Disaster kits, computer upgrades, New Year’s Eve parties …

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Peine forte et dure

Peine forte et dure

Peine forte et dure — otherwise known as “hard and forceful punishment” — was a form of torture that involved stacking heavy stones upon a person’s chest until he or she could no longer breathe, suffocating to death. The courts usually performed it as a means of coercion, on individuals who “stood silent” (that is, …

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It's the moon.

British Police Officer Encounters Strange Light

Last month, a British police officer was on night duty, patrolling the streets in Worcestershire, central England, when he came upon something rather peculiar: a “suspicious bright light” emanating from the other side of the Clent Hills. He immediately called his sergeant. He was going to investigate those hills, he told him, and uncover the …

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