Was Russia’s Phobos-Grunt Probe Assassinated?

The Phobos-Grunt Probe, as I’ve already mentioned, will be returning to Earth in a fiery hellstorm of shrapnel in a few days. Don’t panic: It shouldn’t be anything to worry about. The Roscosmos space agency, otherwise known as the Russian Federal Space Agency, is predicting it will splashdown peacefully in the Indian Ocean. But that’s …

On The Geology Of Iceland

The characters in Jules Verne’s A Journey To The Center Of The Earth begin their perilous voyage in Iceland, where they descend into Snæfellsjökull, a 700,000 year old extinct stratovolcano. It’s no doubt an incredible piece of fiction, complete with great dinosaur battles and ancient giants with little basis in reality. But one aspect of …

A Minecraft Sunrise

Herobrine: The Phantom Doppelganger Of Minecraft

Let me tell you a story about Herobrine. If you’ve never played Minecraft, it’s a game of relatively endless possibilities. What began as nothing more than virtual LEGOs has evolved into one of the best sandboxes ever created, selling over 4.5 million copies. You can build, fight, excavate, explore. You’re limited only by your imagination, …

The Phobos-Grunt Probe Comes Home Early

Russia’s Phobos-Grunt probe hasn’t fared well in space since it launched in November. It was stranded as soon as it reached Earth’s orbit, and now appears to be falling backwards. Unable to make the trip to Mars, Phobos-Grunt will return to Earth later this month, perhaps around January 16. So watch your heads. Again.

Mars Gale Crater

Has President Obama Traveled To Mars?

At the age of 19, President Barack Obama went by the name of Barry Soetero, and he had been to Mars. At least, that’s what two self-proclaimed “chrononauts” are alleging. Andrew D. Basiago and William Stillings are claiming that President Obama was part of a top secret DARPA operation in the 1980s. Together, Basiago, Stillings, …

False Memory Syndrome And Paranormal Experiences

Is it possible to remember something that never actually happened? In his latest book, “The Magic Of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True,” Richard Dawkins suggests that it is. Could False Memory Syndrome be at the root of most paranormal encounters?

A Look Into The Inner Earth

During the Apollo 8 moon mission, astronaut Bill Anders snapped a photograph of our planet rising over the moon’s surface. It was the first image of its kind ever taken. It showed our Earth, a spherical geoid, hovering in infinite darkness. The Sun illuminated blue oceans and swirling white clouds on one side, our lonely …