As if growing working artificial brains and implanting fake memories that never happened were not enough awesomely disturbing scientific breakthroughs, scientists have now created “the world’s first living organism that has a fully synthetic and radically altered DNA code.” Although the godlike feat has only been performed using a small microbe, the possibilities for what may eventually be achieved with this technology are thought-provoking and, in some ways, frightening.
In a major first, scientists have detected water vapor and possibly even liquid water clouds that rain in the atmosphere of a strange exoplanet that lies in the habitable zone of its host star about 110 light-years from Earth. A new study focuses on K2-18 b, an exoplanet discovered in 2015. Previously, scientists have discovered gas giants that have water vapor in their atmospheres, but this is the least massive planet ever to have water vapor detected in its atmosphere.
It sounds as though the idea was pulled straight from a Hollywood movie script, but Russian billionaire Igor Ashurbeyl is really, in actuality, building a “Noah’s Ark” in space for 15 million Earthlings to escape Earth and begin a brand new civilization on space arks. The cosmic endeavor, although still in its early stages, has already accrued 300,000 sign-ups from hopeful future citizens, and has formed its own flag, national anthem, and parliamentary committee…
A mystery animal is on the run in Santa Fe, Texas, terrorizing people and cats alike. Several witnesses have reported spotting a humanoid creature resembling some type of monkey, possibly a chimpanzee, on the loose and - in at least one case - trying to nab someone’s cat. Is it a rogue chimp escaped from a traveling circus? Did a small Bigfoot take a wrong turn in the woods and end up in Santa Fe? Check out all the available details from the developing story.
The viral Storm Area 51-turned-AlienStock event, originally developed by Matty Roberts - first as a joke, and then as a controversial festival venue - has been officially canceled. News of Storm Area 51 has been circulating the internet for months, resulting in many safety concerns, copycat events, and some of the greatest memes in modern history. Check out all the details about the demise of Storm Area 51, and also its new replacement celebration in Las Vegas.
In recent news that will probably not surprise anyone, a new Gallup poll has revealed that two-thirds of Americans believe the government is not being completely transparent about their UFO knowledge. The poll also includes some interesting statistics about UFOs and the American public, including the break down of how many citizens believe UFOs are really alien spacecraft, how many think the UFO phenomenon has a logical explanation, and how many have personally witnessed an unidentified flying object for themselves.
Science continues to push the limits of what is possible as researchers revealed last week that they have successfully grown “mini-brains” with detectable brain waves at the University of California. Their home-grown organs have reportedly developed functional neural networks that are comparable to those found in preterm babies, and are growing at approximately the same weekly rate as the brains of unborn infants do. The team of researchers hopes their experiment will help shed light on the role of network activity in the developing human cortex.
After months of waiting, the results of a new scientific study of Loch Ness have been revealed! Over the summer, Loch Ness researchers teased that their DNA study of the famous Scottish lake pointed to one specific theory about the identity of the Loch Ness Monster being correct. According to their study, other popular theories - including the well-known plesiosaur theory - have all been ruled out. Instead, they’ve named the giant eel as the most probable identity of the water monster! Could the Loch Ness Monster mystery really be solved after all these years?
The world’s first fake memory has been successfully implanted. Scientists have confirmed that they have been able to generate an artificial memory, implant it into the brain of a mouse, and then make the mouse recall the fake experience as though it had really happened. The goal of the experiment is to eventually help those who struggle with memory impairment or with traumatic memories - perhaps one day leading to a common practice of memory manipulation or even memory deletion.
People have been trying to solve the mysterious disappearance of Amelia Earhart ever since she vanished over the Pacific Ocean in 1937. Countless theories and investigations have tried to locate her body, her plane, her co-pilot . . . any clue, big or small, that may finally tell us what fate met the famous female pilot in the Pacific. After over 80 years of searching, we may be closer to an answer than ever before.
Culture’s pervasive “fake news” trend is about to get a whole lot faker. Not only can news stories themselves be totally made up and manipulated, but now, the author of fake news itself may not even be real! An artificial intelligence text generator called GPT-2 has recently been put into operation by the research firm OpenAI, and GPT-2’s writing skills have already become almost virtually indiscernible from that of real human writers.
A man claims he recently spotted not just one but three Bigfoots out in the North Carolina foothills. Doug Teague says he encountered the Bigfoots two weeks ago while retrieving his game cameras, and managed to film nearly 10 minutes of the elusive creatures in the woods. Check out the story and some of his footage here.
It seems folks are not quite sure whether a concerned citizen’s letter to his local newspaper is a tongue-in-cheek joke or a true accusation against a cryptid burglar, but in either case, it’s now making headlines around the country! Following a series of break-ins, authorities in New Hampshire named some errant bears as the perpetrators of the crimes. Dubious letter-writer Caleb White, however, believes the finger should be pointed at a much more unlikely culprit: Bigfoot.
Ever wondered where in the world all the weird things are happening? Look no further than Liminal Earth! The web based mapping tool is on a quest to track bizarre stories, strange places, and odd encounters all over the globe. VICE offers details of the enterprising paranormal project in the article shared here, so check out Liminal Earth’s growing collection of weird accounts, and maybe submit a story of your own to the map!
Scientists hail it as perhaps the best-preserved dinosaur specimen ever uncovered. You can’t even see its bones. That’s because, 110 million years later, those bones remain covered by the creature’s intact skin and armor. Indeed, the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Alberta, Canada recently unveiled a dinosaur so well-preserved that many have taken to calling it not a fossil, but an honest-to-goodness “dinosaur mummy.”
NASA is continuing its push to find life in outer space! Following the news that the agency is preparing to search for alien life on a nearby super-earth, NASA has also announced that it will be scouting out Jupiter’s icy moon, Europa, for living organisms. Find out how and when they plan to get there.
The Chemtrail Conspiracy Theory has been circulating since sometime around 1996, and has never dissipated. Will a new study do anything to change that? According to a “first-of-its-kind scientific study on chemtrails,” the alleged government program responsible for secretly spraying chemicals into the air does not actually exist. Published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, the study is the first peer-reviewed paper ever written on the controversial chemtrail phenomenon.
The phrase “you don’t see that every day” rang frighteningly true for a group of children swimming in an Ohio creek last week, when it was discovered they were sharing the water with a seven-and-a-half-foot crocodile! The group of 16 kids were in a creek in Preble County as part of a weekly activity related to nature. They had just finished a lesson about how fish escape predators lurking in the shadows, when they suddenly encountered the foreign reptilian predator themselves.
Religion in Japan is getting a brand new face, and that face belongs to an android. In an effort to breathe life into Buddhism, a Japanese temple has introduced a non-living, robotic priest to serve as a spiritual guide for followers. The artificially intelligent droid is capable of delivering sermons, answering questions, and continually advancing. Learn more about the religious robot and see it in action here!
Flat Earth enthusiast 'Mad' Mike Hughes hopes to once again take to the skies inside of a homemade rocket at a launch scheduled for this weekend. The 'self-taught rocket scientist' made worldwide headlines last year when, after a series of failed attempts, he successfully soared nearly 2,000 feet into the air via a steam-powered craft that he built himself in an attempt to prove that the planet is flat. Having come away from the stunt largely unscathed, Hughes reportedly plans to up the proverbial ante with another launch this month.