White Spots, Lone Mountains, and Other Funny Business on Ceres

“The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka’ but ‘That’s funny…'” That quote, delivered by the brilliant science writer Isaac Asimov, keeps popping into my head as I look at the remarkable new images of Ceres. NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has been orbiting the dwarf planet since March 6, scrutinizing a landscape that is not quite like anything humans have ever seen before.

One detail on Ceres jumped out almost immediately: a bizarre white

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These flatworms plunge their penises into their own heads to inject themselves with sperm (when they must).

The flatworm Macrostomum hystrix isn’t exciting to look at. Its diet of microalgae doesn’t raise any eyebrows, and you probably wouldn’t even notice one if you came across it in its native habitat. But in the bedroom, these flatworms take kink to a whole new level: when they can’t find a partner, they will stab themselves in the head with their needle-like penises and inject sperm to self-fertilize.

In principle, it is what scientists call hypodermic insemination: the practice of forceful

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Tapeworm-Associated Epilepsy on the Rise

It was the work of the lunar god, a “disease of the moon,” thought the Mesopotamians. The Romans attributed it to demonic possession. Priests and peasants in the Middle Ages considered the “falling sickness” a contagious evil.

Today our understanding of seizures and epilepsy rests not with lunar cycles or the supernatural, but with scientific insights into the developing brain and the pathologies of various diseases. We now know that there are over forty different disease processes that can c

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Bright Sky Event seen across several Southeast States, U.S. on June 29, 2015

UFO, Space Debris, Spent Rocket, Natural Event, Missile — What happened in the sky over Southeastern United States on June 29, 2015?

According to NASA: There was a bright event seen across several Southeast states (Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Alabama) last night at 12:29:30 AM CDT (1:29:30 EDT). Based on the data we currently have, this object was not a meteor or fireball.

Tracked by 5 NASA cameras in the SE, it is moving at roughly 14,500 miles per hour, which is too slow to be a meteor.

As you can see in the first video, it has also broken into multiple pieces, which, combined with the slow speed, indicates a possible reentry of space debris.

There are over 120 eyewitness accounts on the American Meteor Society website .

According to Spaceflight101, USSTRATCOM predicted the re-entry of a spent Block-2BL upper stage of a Molniya rocket that had been in orbit since 1973 for June 29, 2015.

However, data from USSTRATCOM show that the re-entry to have taken place at 4:12 UTC +/1 minute over the Atlantic Ocean. This data would mean that the object re-entered well before the bright event over the Southeast United States observed at 5:30 UTC.

This suggests that USSTRATCOM either caught a different re-entry over the Atlantic, possibly a natural event, or the rocket stage broke apart at some point in its final orbits with one object surviving until 5:30 UTC. Read more at Spaceflight101.

Despite NASA’s statement that they have no idea what exploded in the sky over Southeastern United States, I think they actually know what has been the cause of the phenomenon and with all the strange and unknown objects falling from the sky this year we may wonder whether the object was a missile or a UFO (man-made or extraterrestrial) that exploded over Southeastern United States.

 

In the video below, Bill Cooke from NASA’s Meteroid Environment Office describes the bright sky event over Southeastern United States.

 

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Drones Could Boost Wi-Fi Signals on U.K. Trains

Multi-taskers aboard passenger trains in the United Kingdom could someday post a Facebook update or upload a Google doc with the help of a drone.

Earlier this year, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron announced a new initiative to boost mobile connectivity and provide free Wi-Fi access aboard the trains of four major companies that, combined, account for more than 500 million journeys annually. The government has contributed $78 million (£50 million) to fulfill its pledge, but how exactly t

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