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    Scientists Crack the Code of “Super-ager” Brains — Here’s How to Stay Mentally Alert

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    How is it that some people in their 80s and 90s have the sharp mental acuity of people in their 50s or younger?

    Called ‘Superagers’, these extraordinary octogenarians (plus) have recently become the topic of study by scientists at Chicago’s Northwestern University interested in finding out why certain seniors seem to defy the typical degeneration of mental capacities, writes the Associated Press.

    Neuroscientist Emily Rogalski, who leads the SuperAging study, launched the study after seeing all the research into the debilitating effects of Alzheimer and saying to herself, “why don’t we figure out what it is we might need to do to maximize our memory?”

    As we age, parts of the brain shrink, which is why our elder citizens experience a growing limitation to their powers of memory. The area of the brain related to this, the cortex, is what Rogalski and her team focused on.

    The study, which analyzed the post-mortem brains of superagers and normal seniors while simultaneously conducting simple tests on volunteers, found that the brains of superagers are not shrinking as fast as that of the control group. In fact, the analysis revealed that the cortex in superagers was thicker than those in normal senior brains.

    In addition, the brains of superagers were also found to possess a unique type of nerve cell deep in the cortex. The study found that these cells were unusually large, spindly neurons called von Economo neurons, believed to assist in social processing and awareness. Superagers were said to have four to five times the number of von Economo neurons than the average senior.

    This plethora of special neurons may explain the prevalence of one shared trait among superagers: sociability.

    The AP writes:

    “Rogalski’s superagers tend to be extroverts and report strong social networks, but otherwise they come from all walks of life, making it hard to find a common trait for brain health. Some went to college, some didn’t. Some have high IQs, some are average. She’s studied people who’ve experienced enormous trauma, including a Holocaust survivor; fitness buffs and smokers; teetotalers and those who tout a nightly martini.”

    “They are living long and living well,” Rogalski said. “Are there modifiable things we can think about today, in our everyday lives” to do the same, she asks.

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    Cleaning Showdown: Scientists Test Wipes vs Soap & Water — Their Result Might Surprise You…

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    We all know the type of people who maintain a kitchen that seems as sterile as can be to the point of obsessiveness.

    According to a story in the UK’s <a href=”http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/02/21/anti-bacterial-wipes-pointless-bugs-grow-back-20-minutes-scientist/”>Telegraph</a>, a new study from Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne has cast doubt on one tool of the hyper-cleaners.

    Dr. Clare Lanyon, a biomedical scientist from Northumbria University, has conducted an experiment on the effectiveness of anti-bacterial wipes commonly used to ‘touch up’ or spot treat contaminated areas.

    Lanyon found that such wipes are, for all intents and purposes, useless. This is because bacteria can replicate itself within 20 minutes if at least one cell is left untouched. With wipes boasting a bacteria kill rate of only up to 99 percent, it should become obvious that the use of them are, as Lanyon says, “an absolutely redundant” exercise.

    “Some bacteria can divide every 20 minutes so it doesn’t take long for one cell to become one million cells – in fact it would only take around 6.6 hours,” said Lanyon.

    Instead, Lanyon suggests that those cleaning kitchen surfaces use good old bar soap and water, which contains ingredients that effectively kill bacteria by breaking down their cell walls.

    Dr. Lanyon conducted the experiment for the BBC program, ‘Trust Me I’m A Doctor’. The audience saw the “dramatic growth” of microbes within 12 hours of cleaning of a regular kitchen surface with wipes.

    Advise was also offered as how to minimize the chance of contracting the bacteria. Lanyon strongly suggested that after handling raw meat, the area, utensils and the individual’s hands should be cleaned thoroughly with soap and water.

    Lanyon stated that it is impossible to keep a kitchen and any room entirely free of microbes, so it is a waste of time to obsess over extreme acts of sterilization.

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    “The point of the show is you don’t need to be so fastidious in cleaning your house from top to bottom because you can’t actually remove all bacteria and nor would we want to – exposing ourselves to everyday pathogens is good in keeping the immune system healthy and strong.

    “The research shows you can quite quickly reestablish bacteria that we have in our homes anyway. You’re never going to get your home sterile and clean – no way – and there are better things to be doing with your time.”

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    Lanyon added: “Spend your time cleaning up after food that’s known to be high risk. But on a Sunday, if your kitchen is clean, don’t be cracking out the antibacterials and wiping it down because it’s an absolutely redundant exercise – the minute you walk around the kitchen you’re shedding bacteria and fungi into the area again and it’s just recolonising.”

    “Personally I don’t waste my time purchasing antibacterial products for the home… Our research found that a lot of antibacterial cleaning products were not as effective as good old fashioned soap and water.”
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    NASA DENIES LATEST CONSPIRACY THEORY

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    NASA cannot seem to catch a break these days. With Anonymous claiming alien life, Gwyneth Paltrow’s snake oil issue, and the explanation of why the world didn’t end in 2012, it’s safe to say NASA has been swimming up to their eyes in rumors to squash. It should be no surprise to anyone that yet another rumor has surfaced. Can this one be debunked or is it actually true?

    What Is A Conspiracy?

    A conspiracy theory is the belief that a clandestine organization or group is hiding, covering up, or denying an event or situation that occurred. Usually, this organization is seen as suspicious and harboring malicious intent against the general public but this is just the tip of the iceberg definition. Conspiracy theories often form a hypothesis based on three principles: nothing happens by accident, everything is connected, and nothing is as it seems.

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    NASA’s Conspiracy Riddled Past

    These days on the internet, you need to put your skeptical glasses on before looking at anything. NASA, unfortunately, is no stranger to conspiracy theories. From the Apollo moon landings being faked to the Earth being flat, the theorists have continuously claimed NASA is up to no good. In fact, there’s even a conspiracy theory that NASA is a front for a much more sinister group.

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    Who Started This Latest Conspiracy

    According to the internet, we have the infamous right-wing provocateur Alex Jones to thank for this conspiracy. He’s the host of Infowars, an internet news show that has been recently labeled as a “fake news site.” Jones invited an ex-CIA officer and known info peddler, Robert Steele, who was the harbinger of the latest NASA conspiracy theory. This juicy piece of news is considered his craziest theory yet.

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    The Power Of Conspiracy Theories

    According to Psychology Today, the belief in conspiracy theories is a powerful thing. With more than 50% of Americans believing in at least one conspiracy theory, research shows that these individuals are heavily influenced by the mere mention of the theories. Experts say these beliefs are due to “conjunction fallacy” or the belief that specific events are more prevalent than general ones. Because people are uncomfortable with random events, there is a need for there to be a specific cause.

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    And This New Conspiracy Is…?

    So what is this new conspiracy theory that NASA must now debunk? Well, prepare yourself. According to Robert Steele, NASA is accused of harboring child slaves on Mars. That’s right! Steele told Jones (and everyone watching) that children from Earth were kidnapped by NASA and sent on a 20 year flight to Mars, where they would arrive as slave workers on the red planet. NASA debunked the theory, stating there are no humans on Mars, slaves or otherwise.

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    Elusive Underwater Beast Grabs Man’s Paddlebaord

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    James Taylor was paddleboarding with some friends off the coast of Melkbosstrand, South Africa, when something terrifying floundered up from the water and wrapped themselves around his board.
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    Creature from the Deep
    Taylor estimated the creature to be nearly thirty-three feet in length.  At one point, the creature flipped over his board and Taylor fell into the water. This could have been dangerous. But Taylor noticed the creature was missing something important, and its long body was covered in what appeared to be seal bite marks.
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    Operation Rescue
    Taylor and his friends decided to catch the injured creature and bring it back to the beach.  The creature was quite docile and they were able to lasso a rope around the giants body and drag it back to shore.
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    Out To Lunch
    Taylor tried to call researches from a local aquarium but said they were on holiday and unavailable.  He was left with a tough decision. “It was quite badly injured and barely alive when I caught it,” he wrote on Facebook, where he posted the video. “It didn’t even really try and get away, so we ended up putting it out of its misery when we got to the beach. It felt like the best thing to do at the time.”
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    The Elusive Giant Squid
    In the name of science, Taylor and company dissected the creature and took detailed pictures which they later sent to researches who confirmed it indeed was a giant squid. The giant squid is the biggest invertebrate on earth and largely remains a mystery to scientists.
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    Researchers Finally Solve Century-Old Physics Problem – This Changes Everything [DETAILS]

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    Einstein called it “spooky action at a distance”. Physicists have come to call it “entanglement”. It’s a complicated idea but basically what happens to one set of particles might affect another set of particles over a given distance. And for scientists, this opens up so many more possibilities.

    It’s Not Just Sci-Fi Anymore!
    Quantum Entanglement gave way to the theory of Quantum Teleportation, which scientists around the world have already accomplished. Quantum Teleportation doesn’t allow for the teleportation of objects like in Science-Fiction, but it does allow for information to be sent over vast distances, potentially even light-years, instantly.


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    Wait…what?

    Quantum mechanics is a field of physics developed in the early 20th Century, most notably by Albert Einstein. It deals with the nature of incredibly small particles, on the atomic and subatomic levels. Quantum mechanics has led to such inventions like lasers, superconducting magnets, and microprocessors, but much of the field still remains theoretical.


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    Okay, so what’s going on?

    Quantum mechanics gave way to quantum teleportation, which says that since two particles are inextricably linked, what happens to one will have an opposite reaction on the other, no matter the distance between them. But quantum teleportation requires that the entangled particles need to have been produced in the same place. However, if a third particle, such as photons, are introduced, the particles may be entangled over a distance in a process called counterfactual quantum communication.


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    Quantum what?!

    Counterfactual quantum communication. It’s a mouthful and somewhat difficult to understand. Counterfactual quantum communication is based on something called the Quantum Zeno Effect, which allows an established field between two particles to be measured. Thus when something taps into said field, the measurements are changed, revealing a breach of security.


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    So who did what?

    Researchers in China have successfully sent entangled pairs of particles to three ground stations via an experimental satellite. The ground stations are over 1,200 kilometers apart from one another. The experiment paves the way for a quantum-backed internet. As of now, the data transmission between stations is far too small to support any large-scale communications such as video or audio. However, since any outside interference in the data streams is immediately observable, it makes the prospect of hacking the stream very difficult.


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    NASA Makes Statement About Discovering Alien Life

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    A few days ago the internet was abuzz with news leaked by a secret organization known as Anonymous, a group notorious around the world for hacking. Whether their claim of what NASA has found is true or not caused widespread discussions and debates. This stir prompted NASA to step up and put the record straight. What was in their statement to the public?

    Who Is Anonymous?

    Anonymous is an international internet gathering of activists and hacking entities that originated in 2003. On June 27th, 2017, Anonymous released a video in which they claimed to know exactly what NASA was going to announce, pulling from NASA’s April 2017 announcement and using that information to make their claim. But the public is now asking: Was this really the Anonymous group making claims or a fake?


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    Were They Really The Anonymous Group?

    There is some speculation as to whether the Anonymous group making such claims is the real hacktivist group. Rather than expose information hidden from the public (Anonymous’s loosely held goal), the videos released, featuring the standard Guy Fawkes mask, regurgitated facts from the website Ancient-code.com. This deviation from habit leads experts to believe the videos were made by impostors and not the Anonymous group.


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    Their Claims

    And what were the claims made of NASA’s discoveries? A twelve-and-a-half-minute video was posted to YouTube, garnering more than 2,000,000 views, made the claim that NASA found extraterrestrial life on five of the 219 plants found this year. Pulling the information from a public statement made by Thomas Zurbuchen on Twitter, Anonymous publicly stated NASA found alien life beyond Earth.


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    How Did People Respond?

    As stated before, the internet exploded with speculation and conspiracies. Their video garnered more than 2 million views and 800 comments, proving the dividing line between those who believe in life beyond earth and those who are skeptics. For the most part, however, and due to NASA’s swift response, the majority of the public remains unfazed by the latest news.


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    NASA’s Statement

    When Anonymous came out with their claims, NASA wasted no time debunking them. According to NASA officials. Anonymous collected information from Zurbuchen and other sources, details that were readily available to the public. Not only did they take the evidence from accessible forums, NASA pointed out that there is a difference between saying they are closer to discovering life and claiming that life has already been found, a distinction Anonymous failed to make in their haste to leak the news.


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    Breaking: Dinosaur Hunters Make Incredible 125 Million Year Old Discovery

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    Dinosaur hunters have made an incredible discovery of one of the largest beasts to ever have walked the Earth. After searching for several years in an area known to have been rich with skeletal remains of dinosaurs, paleontologists believe this amazing discovery marks the beginning of an unknown species. What exactly did they find?

    Where Did They Find It?

    In 2015, dinosaur hunters found the remains in Morella, Spain. The skeletal remains were dug up from the bed of Mas De La Paretta Quarry, an area dominated by dinosaurs more than 125 million years ago. When they began to dig in this area, they found a myriad of bones, all belonging to various species the dinosaur hunters have never seen before.

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    The Location’s Past

    In the past, Morella, Spain and the surrounding areas have been cited as an area rich in dinosaur remains. In 2014, after 18 months of excavating the area, researches, José Luis Carballido and Diego Pol, found the (titanic) species Titanosaur. Other dinosaur remains were found, such as Iguanodonts, Argosaurus, and theropods. Within the site, they also found fragments of egg shells and intact footprints in the sediment, making Morella heaven for paleontologists.

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    What Bones Did They Find?

    What bone fragments were found that led to the discovery of one of the largest dinosaurs on Earth? At first, two massive leg bones were found, both femurs. One femur was measured at 5 feet 3 inches and the second femur was measured at 5 feet 11 inches. Later, roughly 80 other bones would be found, shedding light on the physical characteristics of this new beast.

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    Is It The Biggest Ever Found?

    While certainly not the biggest dinosaur ever found, the owner of the femur bones was definitely among the largest alive during its time. After assembling the fossil bones together, paleontologists found their new dinosaur stood more than 20 meters (65 feet 7 inches) long and 10 meters (32 feet 10 inches) tall. It had four bulky legs, a long tail, and extended neck.

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    The Find

    So what is this monster that lived more than 125 million years ago? It was a sauropod, plant-eating creatures with a long tail, protracted neck, and unusually small head. They looked like giant lizards. In fact, their name Sauropoda means “lizard-footed” and their closest relatives were “lizard-hipped”. At the time of their existence, the Triassic period, they were so big they had zero competitors.

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    MODEL KILLED: Her Life Was Taken Unexpectedly.

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    A French Instagram model was unexpectedly killed recently as the result of a strange accident. Rebecca Burger’s family is now using her Instagram account to issue warnings to the public about how they can avoid their daughter’s fate. Burger had over 150,000 followers on Instagram and was famous for being a health and fitness model. Her photos often showed her in workout gear, showing off her fitness.

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    World Traveler

    Burger was famous for her lifestyle blogging, namely fitness and travel. Her Instagram posts mention trips to places as diverse as Austria, Zanzibar and Dubai. Many of her recent posts show her in Bali, in Indonesia. In addition to shots of herself there are many photos of healthy food like fruits and salads.

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    Dessert, anyone?

    Burger’s family has said she was killed in a “domestic accident'” which occurred while she was preparing a desert. She was not killed immediately by the accident but died later. According to CNN, her cause of death has still not been determined but officials have said that her death was most likely caused by a “cardiac incident” following the shock of the accident.

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    Related Injuries

    While Burger is the first to have died she is not the first to be injured in the same kind of accident. Consumer groups in France and around the world have been issue warnings and complaints about the product in question. Injuries have been as severe as lost teeth and even a lost eye.

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    Death by Cream Canister

    Rebecca Burger, 33, was sent into cardiac arrest when a malfunctioning nitrous oxide canister attached to a whipped cream dispenser exploded, hitting her in the chest. Burger was revived by paramedics but died later at the hospital. Burger’s family has since been issuing warnings on her Instagram account about the dangers of using the canister which was recalled in 2013.

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    Malfunctioning Cans

    Burger was using a re-usable whipped cream dispenser made by French company Ard’time, which recalled the product several years ago. However, only a fraction of the canisters sold were returned to the company. Consumer magazine 60 Million consumers said it had been issuing warnings about the canisters for years.

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    SCIENTISTS ARE FREAKING OUT! Dead Galaxy Found, Which Changes Everything We Know!

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    There are countless galaxies throughout the universe. So many that new ones are being discovered all the time. Scientists have been studying galaxies for thousands of years, though for many of those years people had no idea what they were looking at. The word “galaxy” comes from the Greek term “galaxies kuklos” or milky circle, used to describe the appearance of what would come to be known as the Milky Way.


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    In the Beginning

    Humans have been looking at the Milky Way since time-immemorial, but it wasn’t until the past few hundred years that we began to understand what we were looking at. It wasn’t until 1610 when Galileo and his telescope observed that the white band that appeared in the night sky was indeed made up of distant stars, something which had long been thought, but never proven.

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    Charles Messier

    Charles Messier was a French astronomer in the 18th century who was the first to observe and catalog galaxies in the night sky. He saw a number of fuzzy light patches in the sky called “nebulae”. People had noted these patches before, notably the Persian astronomer Al-Sufi who noted them as far back as 964, but Messier was the first person to make an extensive catalog and recognize the spiral shape many of these nebulae had. The patches cataloged by Messier are still known as “Messier Objects“.

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    Modern Discoveries

    Debate raged on for decades as to what these “nebulae” actually were. Scientist had come to believe that our own solar system existed in a concentration of stars but it wasn’t until 1929 when Edward Hubble was able to prove that these distant patches were the same kind of spiral nebulae as our own. Hubble used a massive telescope to not only observe galaxies but determine the kinds of stars within them, their distance to us, and the speed at which they move.

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    A Dead Galaxy

    Recently, the Hubble Space Telescope was able to observe a distant “dead galaxy” or a galaxy which is no longer producing stars. The nearby Andromeda galaxy has been dead for several billion years and some scientists have suggested that our own galaxy may be expired. A “dead” galaxy doesn’t mean a non-functioning galaxy, it simply means that no new stars are being created. The galaxy and the objects within it, still moves as live ones do.

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    A New Piece of the Puzzle

    The discovered galaxy, MACS 2129-1, is half the size of the Milk Way but more than twice its density. The stars in MACS 2129-1 are spinning at more than twice the velocity of our stars. More over, the nature of MACS 2129-1 has upended scientists’ previous notions about how galaxies age. Under the current theory, dead galaxies lose their spinning disk shape and take on a more elliptical one. MACS 2129-1 however, has retained its disk shape despite being dead for billions of years causing scientists to rethink some of their theories. Astronomers admit that because there are so many galaxies and that they can be hard to see, our perception of the nature of galaxies is extremely limited.

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    Man Falls Into A Yellowstone Hot Spring Similar to Battery Acid

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    A 21-year-old man from North Carolina fell into a hot spring in Yellowstone National Park and managed to survive. Not the first hot springs incident to happen, many are wondering how the man was able to escape the flesh-boiling temperatures that claimed countless lives before him. Here’s what the experts have to say about it.

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    Yellowstone is widely known for its natural beauty and volcanic activity but hidden in its treasured landscapes are hot springs. Not the only dangerous element in the 3,500 square foot area, hot springs can be unpredictable and have been known to shoot boiling water into the air like geysers. There are over 10,000 known thermal (meaning hot and active) features in Yellowstone.

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    How Hot Is It?

    Because of the unpredictability of hot springs, exact temperatures are not a constant. According to geologists, hot springs can reach devastating temperatures of 199 degrees Fahrenheit (93 degrees Celsius) or higher. If any organic material were to fall in, a human being, for example, it would be the equivalent of swimming in battery acid. The tissue would be melted like butter in a frying pan.

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    A Boiling Past

    The 21-year-old is not the first human being to have fallen in. In fact, just last year a 23-year old man from Oregon took a dip in one of the hot springs. Less than 24 hours later, his body was unrecoverable because it had completely dissolved. Looking over Yellowstone’s checkered past, twenty-two people have died since 1890 after falling into the hot springs. Considering the park’s strict safety guidelines, why do people continue to be hurt or killed by hot springs?

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    How Do People Fall In?

    The answer, it seems, is simple. Though warned to stay on the paths, visitors continue to veer off the walkways and travel into areas of the park deemed dangerous. A few people in history have been said to go “hot-potting”, a term for skinny dipping in hot springs and died moments after bathing in 202 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures. This is one of those instances in which curiosity kills and the warning signs should be heeded.

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    What Happened To The Man?

    Identified as Gervais Dylan Gatete from Raleigh, North Carolina, the 21-year-old man survived a fall into a boiling hot spring with third-degree burns. He is in critical but stable condition. Despite Yellowstone’s deadly, park rangers remain hopeful that for once, people choose to stay on the designated paths rather than risk a potential a slip into the acidic springs that have thus far spared only Gatete.

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    Researchers Have Discovered A Terrifying Deep Sea Monster

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    Researchers have discovered a hermaphroditic deep-sea lizard with odd anatomy that undoubtedly makes it an optimal predator of the sea. What is this creature that has renewed terror of murky depths and raised the hair on the back of researchers’ necks?

    A Monster By Any other Name

    A horrifying fish with the face of a lizard, the teeth of a shark, and the body of an eel has recently been found dominating the sea floors off the coast of Australia. Who is this new predator in town? The Deepsea lizardfish, scientifically known as Bathysaurus ferox, which literally translates to “fierce deepsea lizard.”

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    Where Does It Come From?

    As the name suggests, Deepsea lizardfish are typically found in the dark depths of tropical or temperate seas, with the first being discovered off the coast of Australia. They reside at depths of 600-3,500 meters, in an area known as the Aphotic zone, with temperatures ranging between 3 and 4 degrees Celsius (37.4-39.2 degrees Fahrenheit). Because of the scarceness of food at the bottom of the ocean, Deepsea lizardfish are few and far between.

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    What Does It Eat?

    The Deepsea lizardfish isn’t a picky superpredator. Because there is little to eat on the sea floor, Deepsea lizard fish will lock their jaws onto anything edible, including squid and other fish of various sizes.They are considered piscivores, carnivorous predators that most eat fish but have been known to eat crustaceans and mollusks. In fact, it will eat anything that crosses its path, including other Deepsea lizardfish.

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    The Anatomy Of A Killer

    Scientists point to the anatomy of the fish as the reason it’s an apex predator. With a broad, flat bone plated head, the Deepsea lizardfish has a wide jaw filled with needle-thin teeth that are visible even with its mouth closed, a clear sign that the lizardfish is a formidable foe to any other creature crossing its path. Add in the camouflage scales, ranging from grayish to blackish in color, and its slender, eel-like body, the Deepsea lizardfish has the advantage of being not only stealthy but quick in its attacks.

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    What’s So Scary About it, eh?

    Deepsea lizardfish aren’t pretty to look at. In fact, their giant bony heads lined with deadly teeth are what makes them nightmarish in appearance and the kind of monsters we wouldn’t want to encounter but isn’t that the point? If predators like the Deepsea Lizardfish didn’t look grotesque and appalling to other creatures, especially humans, they might have gone extinct. They might have become monsters of legends rather than predators of the sea that, hideousness aside, we can’t stop ogling.

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    NASA MADE SHOCKING ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT KEPLER MISSION

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    Around 11:00 am EDT today, NASA made an announcement about the recent discoveries from their Kepler mission. After much speculation as to the nature of the announcement, the public was finally rewarded with a glimpse into the organization’s latest finds beyond the Milky Way Galaxy.

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    What can we expect? For now, NASA is keeping the exciting details to themselves, promising to release their discoveries during their official announcement. In the past, NASA has discussed mission goals, the reason why their missions are important, and the discoveries of other objects in space. For now, NASA has hinted their reveal is a general discussion of the Kepler mission.

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    What is The Kepler Mission?

    Kepler is a space station satellite built by NASA for the purpose of discovering new worlds. Whether these worlds were planets, asteroids, galaxies, or the far reaches of space didn’t matter. NASA’s eyes were on the sky and Kepler was the spyglass through which they saw. It was geared up with a photometer, a device that measured the brightness of stars nearby. Officially launched on March 7th, 2009, the Kepler mission has been successful for the past 8 years.

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    Kepler’s Past Discoveries

    During its time in orbit, Kepler has made amazing discoveries. Not only has Kepler observed and recorded 145,000 main-sequence stars (stars in the same phase as our sun), it has also discovered over 1,000 exoplanets beyond our solar system. It was revealed, not long after these discoveries, that exoplanets were observed revolving around a single star, much like our planets revolve around the sun. Does this mean Kepler might have found life on one of these exoplanets?

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    Life Beyond Earth Speculation

    Each time NASA discusses a future announcement, the most common speculation is whether or not they have discovered life beyond Earth. In the past, NASA has concluded that there are exoplanets that exist with traces of water. Without water, life on Earth would not exist and because of this fact, NASA looks for planets with significant amounts of it. Any mention of exoplanets with Earth-like features leads people to wonder when NASA will drop the news of extraterrestrial life.

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    NASA’s Official Reveal

    According to Mario Perez, one of the program’s scientists, 219 new exoplanets have been discovered, with ten showing the most potential. These planets are rocky, within the habitable zone, and possibly supporting liquid water, all conditions necessary for life. With the data collected by Kepler, which has found more than 4,000 exoplanets to date, other projects are underway. As the TESS project prepares for launch in 2018, NASA continues to hunt for exoplanets, searching for habitable worlds among the stars.


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