Pigeon of Doom

Scientists Crack Code Of Pigeon “Bermuda Triangle”

There are certain areas on Earth where homing pigeons seemingly become lost, unable to return home, and simply…go missing. I wrote about such an incident last August, when pigeon racers began calling an area of the UK the “Bermuda Triangle of Pigeons.” They just kept vanishing, never to return. Explanations ranged from a high number …

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Cobh (Ireland) statue

The Otherworlds Of Ireland

They say time passes differently in the Otherworlds of Ireland. These are the paradises that exist on Earth in Celtic mythology, inhabited by faeries, demons, spirits and other supernatural creatures, as well as the Tuatha De Danann. They are said, perhaps, to exist underground, or on islands west of Ireland. Or maybe they’re all around …

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InMoov, the 3D-printed robot

InMoov, The 3D-Printed Open Source Robot

Meet InMoov, a fully 3D-printed robot created by sculptor Gael Langevin. The robot can be printed out, piece by piece, using a 3D printer, then put together and programmed using a couple Arduino Unos. It comes (mostly) complete with all the basic body parts and voice commands, though there’s still a lot of assembly required …

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Chainsaw Robot Returns

Chainsaw Robot Returns: This Time It’s Personal

So here’s an idea: Let’s strap a chainsaw to a robot arm and see what happens. Actually, this is an industrial robot with a chainsaw attachment, which can cut pretty good-looking stools out of logs. Just check out that programming and precision. Makes it look easy. I blogged about another chainsaw-wielding robot in 2011. But …

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Did A Gamma-Ray Burst Hit Earth During The Middle Ages?

In Ends of the World: Gamma-Ray Bursts, I raised the possibility that millions of years ago, Earth may have experienced a catastrophic gamma-ray burst, an immense beam of energy that forms when high-mass stars collapse, or after a collision between binary neutron stars. Well, a new study claims that it actually may have happened, but …

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The terraced pools

The Terraced Pools Of Pamukkale

No, that’s not snow you’re looking at. The terraced pools of Pamukkale in southwestern Turkey are naturally occurring hot springs, and the majestic white landscapes you see are actually the result of calcium carbonate, which bubbles up from within the earth and hardens to become travertine, a type of limestone.

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A map of Indonesia featuring highlighted UFO sightings

Google Maps Anomalies: UFO Sightings Around Indonesia

While not technically a map “anomaly,” here’s a mapped collection of reported UFO sightings and other unidentified phenomena reported around Southeast Asia, compiled by BETA-UFO Indonesia: “We came out of a hall to see what the commotion was all about and I saw a round blue disc in the sky…It turned green a few seconds …

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Have Scientists Discovered Alien Fossils In A Meteorite?

A handful of scientists believe they have discovered alien fossils inside a meteorite. The claim comes, in part, from Chandra Wickramsignhe, known for his many “out there” theories, such as the panspermia hypothesis and the idea that rogue planets may deposit life while moving through star systems. You’ll find it in the paper “Fossil Diatoms …

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7 DARPA Robots That Will Eventually Rule The World

DARPA. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Founded in 1958 as a response to the Soviet Union’s Sputnik launch, this agency has been at the absolute forefront of new technologies, ranging from the Internet (they created ARPANET) to sophisticated military systems. They also play a large role in the development of unique and often terrifying …

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California Fireball

California’s Fireball Problem

If any of you happen to live in or around California, watch your heads. On Thursday, January 17, a bright fireball streaked across the sky in Northern California and Nevada. The event occurred around 5:21 a.m. PST, with the American Meteor Society receiving 80 reports and even more comments on their website.

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