When an asteroid gets too close

This image of Meteor Crater, AZ was created using an airborne laser instrument called LiDar. (Click on the picture for a bigger, more detailed version.) The bands of color show different elevations above sea level. An impacting meteor about the size of the asteroid that created this crater will whiz very close to Earth tomorrow. (Image: courtesy Barrett Salisbury, Arizona State University)

By now, you’ve probably heard about the asteroid that will zip by the Earth tomorrow. It goes by the unglamorous name of “Asteroid 2012 DA14,” and it is projected to pass within 17,200 miles of the home planet. On the cosmic scale, it’s missing us by a whisker. At half a football field in diameter, Asteroid 2012 DA14 is about the ...

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US Soldier Claims He Has Spent 17 Years Battling ALIENS on MARS

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UPDATE TO STORY: CAPTAIN “K” OF MARS (Soundcloud Audio) A former US Marine has claimed he spent 17 years of his career on MARS. The ex-naval infantryman, who uses the pseudonym Captain Kaye, says he was posted to the Red Planet to protect five human colonies from indigenous Martian life forms. He claims he then spent nearly three years serving in ...

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‘Ice pancakes’ found floating on the River Dee, UK

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“Ice pancakes” the size of dinner plates have been found floating on the River Dee in Scotland. The strange discovery was made by members of The River Dee Trust at a place called the Lummels Pool, at Birse, in Aberdeenshire. River Dee Team biologist Jamie Urquhart said it was thought foam floating about on the water started to freeze and ...

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Are these mystery radio bursts messages from ALIENS? Freak frequency from outside the Milky Way baffles astronomers

A follow-up observation was made by the Parkes Radio Telescope, time-lapse photo shown, in 2012. However it was not until April of this year that the signal was ruled out as an instrument glitch when the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico picked up a similar signal. But the mystery of its true origin persists

In 1967 British astronomer Jocelyn Bell Burnell was left stunned by mysterious pulsing signals she detected coming from outside the solar system. For months she suggested the signals could be of an extraterrestrial intelligent origin, but they were later proven to be rapidly spinning stars known as pulsars. However, a new series of mysterious signals, known as Fast Radio Bursts ...

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Curiosity finds active organic chemistry on Mars

Self-portrait of the Curiosity rover (Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)

The hunt for present or past life on Mars got a boost as NASA’s Curiosity rover records spikes in atmospheric methane ten times greater than previously measured by the unmanned probe. Though the levels are far below those found on Earth, methane is a key indicator that life may be or may once have been present. In addition, the nuclear-powered ...

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Socorro UFO Landing Remains Important To UFO Research After 50 Years

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Not too many cases that U.S. Air Force UFO investigators acknowledged of being baffled, and one of those few involved a UFO incident in 1964. Witnessed by a police officer, a mysterious object was seen close to the ground outside of Socorro, New Mexico. Lonnie Zamora, Socorro police officer, was pursuing a speeder just south of town 50 years ago, ...

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Forget the Higgs, neutrinos may be the key to breaking the Standard Model

The Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment in southern China.
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Some physicists are surprised that two relatively recent discoveries in their field have captured so much widespread attention: cosmic inflation, the ballooning expansion of the baby universe, and the Higgs boson, which endows other particles with mass. These are heady and interesting concepts, but, in one sense, what’s new about them is downright boring. These discoveries suggest that so far, our ...

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UFO sightings makes Scarborough top destination for alien fanatics

Scarborough beach famous for its seaside location, donkeys and now UFO's
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VISITORS have flocked to the Yorkshire seaside town of Scarborough for generations to enjoy the candy floss and donkey rides. Now the resort is aiming to cash in on close encounters of a different kind after being named the UFO capital of Britain.Tourism chiefs hope ET could do for the resort what the Loch Ness monster has done for the ...

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This Physicist Has A Groundbreaking Idea About Why Life Exists

Jeremy England, a 31-year-old physicist at MIT, thinks he has found the underlying physics driving the origin and evolution of life.

Why does life exist? Popular hypotheses credit a primordial soup, a bolt of lightning, and a colossal stroke of luck. But if a provocative new theory is correct, luck may have little to do with it. Instead, according to the physicist proposing the idea, the origin and subsequent evolution of life follow from the fundamental laws of nature and “should ...

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