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The Zoo Hypothesis: Are Aliens Watching Us from a Distance?

What if aliens are all around us, but we just don’t see them? What if they’re hidden, passively watching until the day we enter the galactic community, perhaps after we hit some kind of technological benchmark? This idea is called the zoo hypothesis, first proposed by John A. Ball in 1973. It suggests that extraterrestrial intelligence, if it …

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Video: Weird Al’s “FOIL”

I can’t help but share this. Here’s the third music video from Weird Al Yankovic’s latest album Mandatory Fun. It’s a parody of Lorde’s “Royals” called, well, “FOIL.” Yeah, it’s about aluminium foil. And it’s surprisingly relevant. You can check out Weird Al’s other videos over at his official website. He’s releasing a new one every …

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How to Explore the Universe from the Comfort of Your Computer

“Space is big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space.” – Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy If you’re a fan of space exploration, you might sometimes feel …

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Phrenology: The Secrets In Your Skull

Phrenology. This strange practice was common back in the 1800s, and involved using the bumps and contours of your skull to determine various personality traits and psychological tendencies. The idea was that the brain consisted of segments, each responsible for a single trait, like concentrativeness (the ability to concentrate) or combativeness (the tendency to fight).