Curiosity Finds Evidence That Life May Have Existed On Ancient Mars

Rock samples collected on Mars by NASA’s Curiosity rover have revealed that the Red Planet may have, at one time, supported life. “Scientists identified sulfur, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and carbon — some of the key chemical ingredients for life — in the powder Curiosity drilled out of a sedimentary rock near an ancient stream …

Tsunami Survivors See “Ghosts” In Japan

The devastating earthquake and tsunami that occurred in Japan in 2011 left many far-reaching scars on the land and its people. The effects of nuclear meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the collapsed infrastructure, and the over 15,000 confirmed deaths are still felt to this day. This day, in fact, which marks the …

When Thomas Edison Electrocuted An Elephant

On January 4, 1903, Thomas Edison performed a shocking demonstration at Luna Park, Coney Island. It was an attempt to prove the deadliness of alternating current, backed by Edison’s competitors George Westinghouse and Nikola Tesla. Edison himself was looking to preserve the use of direct current, and jumped at any opportunity to discredit his competition.

Disease From Space?

Chandra Wickramasinghe is no stranger to extraordinary claims: he, along with Fred Hoyle, worked on the original panspermia hypothesis, the idea that life is “seeded” through the cosmos by things like meteors and rogue planets. More recently, I wrote about his findings regarding a meteorite in Sri Lanka, which may have contained a fossil diatom, …

Lake Vostok Diagram

Russian Scientists Discover “Unidentified” Life In Lake Vostok (Updated: No, no they didn’t)

When I last wrote about Lake Vostok, Russian scientists had retrieved new water samples from the subglacial lake in Antarctica. This lake, if you remember, has existed deep beneath the Antarctic ice, isolated for about 20 million years. And, at the very least, the lake’s water has been free of any contamination or disturbance from …

Apparitions in the dark

What Is Ectoplasm? A Slimy Paranormal Phenomenon

Ectoplasm is an extraordinary substance once believed to be exuded from physical mediums during seances in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. It appeared as a manifestation of white and often slimy or cloth-like material, including faces and body parts, originating from within the medium’s own body. Ectoplasmic Origins The word itself, ectoplasm, comes from …