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Some Scientific Explanations For Alien Abduction That Aren’t So Out Of This World

Some Scientific Explanations For Alien Abduction That Aren’t So Out Of This World

Image credit: YouTube DNews Guest Author Ken Drinkwater, Manchester Metropolitan University and Neil Dagnall, Manchester Metropolitan University Accounts of mysterious flashing lights in the sky, spacecrafts and encounters with “real” aliens reflect high levels of public interest in UFOs and the belief that there is “something out there”. However, many psychologists are less convinced, and think

Keep An Eye Out For One Of These Eerie Spinning Ice Disks This Winter

Image credit: YouTube MLive Recently, a Michigan man out for a drive noticed something truly spectacular on the Pine River — in the center of the river was a circle of ice that was being spun around by rushing water. Although it might look like the work of crop circle enthusiasts, it’s actually a well documented natural phenomenon. They’re found

Why Are Most People Right Handed? The Answer May Be In The Mouths Of Our Ancestors

Image credit: Hugo Martins via Flickr Guest Author Caroline Spry, La Trobe University Roughly 90% of humans are right-handed and this is one of the traits that separates us from most other primates who don’t really show any overall preference for left or right handedness. It’s believed that handedness played an important role in human evolution,

Nokia Had The World's Best Smartphone – Then Came The 'Inferior' iPhone

Nokia Had The World’s Best Smartphone – Then Came The ‘Inferior’ iPhone

Image Credit: Sami Keinanen via Flickr Guest Author Nigel Linge, University of Salford Ten years ago, anyone who wanted the latest and best smartphone was excited about the Nokia N95. Launched at the Nokia Open Studio in September 2006, it was trumpeted as the all-in-one multimedia computer and went on to achieve sales of a million

8 Space Reasons To Look Up In 2017

Image credit: NASA/Hinode/XRT Guest Author Alan Duffy, Swinburne University of Technology It’s been a rough 2016 on Earth so I wanted to share (just some of) my reasons why I think we should celebrate New Years as 2017 is looking incredibly exciting. Everything from meteor showers and eclipses to epic space missions and more, 2017 will be

This Dude Deliberately Takes A Sting From The Most Painful Insect Known

Image credit: YouTube Brave Wilderness Almost all of us have felt the pain of some the more common creatures like wasps, bees and jellyfish. But there are some insects known whose pain giving power makes those common ones seem like a tickle. The bullet ant from Central and South America inflicts a sting that has been described like “walking

NASA Says Earth Totally Unprepared For A Surprise Asteroid Strike

Image Credit: Wikimedia   NASA has never been one to cause or start a panic about an asteroid strike. However at a recent presentation scientist Joseph Nuth said humans are woefully unprepared for a surprise asteroid or comet. All the known ones, labelled ‘potentially hazardous asteroids’ have less than a 0.01 percent chance of impacting Earth in the next 100 years. It’s

Protect Your Privacy During Turbulent Times: A Hacker’s Guide To Being Cyber-Safe

Image Credit: The Preiser Project via Flickr Guest Author Timothy Summers, University of Maryland Protecting individual privacy from government intrusion is older than American democracy. In 1604, the attorney general of England, Sir Edward Coke, ruled that a man’s house is his castle. This was the official declaration that a homeowner could protect himself and his privacy