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24-Year-Old With PhD is Crowned Miss Virginia in 2019

Camille Schrier, a 24-year-old with a  Ph.D. was crowned Miss Virginia. Against pageant norms, she wore a lab coat and safety glasses to perform the catalytic decomposition of hydrogen peroxide during the talent section of the competition.

She has 2 Bachelor of Science degrees from Virginia Tech in Biochemistry and Systems Biology. She is currently working to get a Doctorate Pharmacy Degree at Virginia Commonwealth University. Using the talent section for a science experiment was a perfect way to get others excited about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). You can check out her blog post by Clicking Here

Paraphrasing, she said the evolution of the Miss America Competition that reflects comprehensiveness and the opportunity to make a difference and win scholarships inspired her to come forward in the competition which was her statement she emailed to IFL Science.

She added that she is more than Miss Virginia, she is Miss Biochemist, Miss Systems Biologist, Miss Future PharmD, looking forward to a career in the pharmaceutical industry. She believes it’s time to create her mind-set about bringing her passion for STEM to the stage.  Talent is not a passion alone, it’s a skill which is perfected over time.

Cool Scientific Experiment

Catalytic decomposition of hydrogen peroxide is an experiment that many students probably remember from school.  It’s very similar to applying hydrogen peroxide to a wound that is a bubbling foam.

The process is caused by a catalase (an enzyme found in almost all living organisms exposed to oxygen),  that is found in the blood and attacks the hydrogen peroxide putting off oxygen in the form of white gurgling bubbles.

Camille was the 24th contestant at the 2019 pageant and won more than $21,000 out of $75,000 in scholarship money.  Over the next year, she will travel around the state and share her platform of STEM awareness along with drug safety and the prevention of drug abuse.

Sadly, every day more than 130 Americans die from Opioid abuse and every eight minutes a caregiver makes a medical mistake that impacts a child’s life.  It’s time we do more about safety and abuse prevention.  She will go to represent the Commonwealth at Virginia at eh Miss America Pageant later this year.

I say Bravo Camille for your intelligence and desire to share the world of science to young people in hopes they will find careers they never knew existed.

Camille Schrier, a 24-year-old with a  Ph.D. was crowned Miss Virginia. Against pageant norms, she wore a lab coat and safety glasses to perform the...

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Tattoos Unveiled on Egyptian Mummies From 3,000 Years Ago!

These tattoos were actually hidden before the rise in high-technology which is drawing the attention of Egyptologists everywhere.  It’s allowing for a glimpse into the lives of people in Egyptian culture 3,000 years ago, along with how they lived and how they worked.

According to the archaeologist, Anne Austin in a study published in 2017, she described identical symbols of religious connections as well as floral motifs, animals, and deities.  At that time, photography showed dozens of tattoos on necks, shoulders, arms, and backs of mummies including one with 2 lotus blossoms connected by a dotted line on a woman’s lips.

In 2014, the Institut Français d’Archéologie Orientale (IFAO) identified an extensively tattooed mummy from the necropolis at Deir el-Medina. The community was made up of workmen who cut and designed the New Kingdom’s royal tombs. Since that time, there have been several other individuals with tattoos among mummies that have been unidentified on the site.

Deir el-Medina was an ancient village occupied by craftsmen who built the royal tombs for the nearby Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens, according to the Ancient History Encyclopedia.   Deir el-Medina, unlike other places at the time, was a community for the sole purpose of housing the workers who were known as “Servants in the Place of Truth.

Look Again!

Along with her team, Austin examined the mummies in 2016 and then again this year. The findings were presented before the American Schools of Oriental Research.  Identified tattooed individuals along with others that were previously examined have been revealed.

Unfortunately, researchers can not identify the symbols or what they possibly meant or what they were used for.  The identities of these mummies remain unknown.

Researchers wrote in a paper that the distribution, displays, and content of these tattoos show how they were used in religious practices and to create public identities. One female mummy had extensive tattoos that revealed the tattoos were used to identify and enable this woman to act as a key religious practitioner to the Deir el-Medina community.

While the placement and designs of the tattoos varied greatly, the number of tattoos suggests that this was a practice that played a significant role in Deir el-Medina culture.  Without a doubt, these new findings definitely reveal that the practice of tattooing in ancient Egypt was very popular.

Egyptologists have identified only a handful of tattoos going back to Pharaonic Egypt’s 3,000-year history.  That said, there is very little known about the practice of tattoos in Ancient Egypt. Researchers, to date, claim they have discovered what they believe are the oldest tattoos ever on 2 different mummies housed in the British Museum that date back 5,300 years ago.

Deir el-Medina has been excavated and studied since the early 20th century and has given the world so much information about the daily lives of the people as well as the construction of the resting places of the royals.

These tattoos were actually hidden before the rise in high-technology which is drawing the attention of Egyptologists everywhere.  It’s allowing...

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2,000 Feet Wide Asteroid Whizzes Past the Planet

The rather unimaginatively named 481392 (2006) SF9 asteroid measuring around 2,034 feet rushed past the Earth at an incredible 17,800 miles /hour on 20th November 2019.

The giant rock has a diameter of 2,034 feet and came to within 2.7million miles of the planet we call home. According to NASA, this is a distance 11 times greater than the distance between the Earth and the Moon.  This is likely to be the closest the asteroid will get to our planet for at least for the next 200 years.

The giant asteroid was first seen by astronomers near Tucson, Arizona back in 2006.  The Catalina Sky Survey is run by scientists based in the Steward Observatory and aims to look for asteroids, comets, and meteors.

How Far is “Near” in Space Terms?

Despite the huge distances involved this giant asteroid is known as a NEO (Near-Earth Object) because it came within 121 million miles of the sun and 30 million miles of our own planet’s path around the star.

There are numerous other types of NEOs but asteroids are the most common and are only considered “potentially hazardous” in certain circumstances.  NASA would start to become concerned about an asteroid if it came to within 4.6million miles of Earth and had a size over 460 feet.  This is about 19 times the distance between the moon and the earth.

It seems then that 481394 (2006 SF6) is seen as a potential hazard and certainly if it did hit the Earth there would be devastating results.  That said, it is not considered likely to hit the Earth within at least the next 200 years and, despite its size, the asteroid is still too small to cause the sort of extinction-level event that wiped out the dinosaurs even if a collision occurred.

There are around a quarter of a million NEOs larger than 460 feet at present, yet, according to NASA this probably represents only 35% of the total figure of asteroids in circulation.  Once you start looking at the smaller objects, those with a diameter of under 33 feet, you start to see figures shoot up to the 100 million range.

There are likely around 5,000 asteroids that could prove to be a hazard.

An asteroid consists of debris that was leftover for the early formation of the solar system. Most of the material joined together to form planets but some are still floating around out there. These asteroids give us valuable insights into how our solar system originated and shows that even now, around 4.5 billion years later, it is still changing and evolving.

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NASA: New Spacesuit for First Woman on the Moon Revealed

NASA has just released details of two new spacesuits and one of these prototypes is set to make history when worn by the first female astronaut to land on the moon.

The two suits each have a unique purpose.

The xEMU suite (Exploration Extravehicular Mobility Unit is intended to be used on the Artemis program which aims to launch the first woman to walk on the surface of the moon in 2024. The long term aim is to establish a presence there and there are hopes that it will help pave the way to future missions to Mars.

The xEMU suit has several new features that have been incorporated based on the experience of spacewalks. Specifically, the suit has been made more resistant to dust – essential because of the makeup of the moon’s soil. It can also withstand huge changes in temperature from -25oF to 25oF in light of the temperatures that exist on the dark and light sides of the moon.

The backpack of the suit has been altered to include miniature versions of life-support equipment, allowing a back-up to be carried in case of a system failure or for use on longer walks on the surface. New materials and technology have been utilized to make the suit more flexible, allowing easier movement. Communication improvement includes a microphone directly embedded within the suit.

Modular and Personalized

The xEMU suit has a wide range of interchangeable parts and the module design lends well to full customization; it can be set up according to the specific needs of the astronaut and where the suit will be used. It is possible to add extra layers in cases of extreme cold and the visor can now be easily replaced and repaired with no need to return it to Earth.

The Orion suit is a flight suit – used by the astronauts on the Artemis and Orion during launch and re-entry, during an emergency or in a high-risk situation. This has been improved on since the Space Shuttle missions and the helmet is no longer one-size-fits-all; it is fire resistant, can adjust to varying temperatures, is stronger, more comfortable and helps reduce noise levels to assist communication.

The Orion suit has been designed in a bright orange to make it easier to find astronauts when they must leave the capsule after re-entry and landing. The suits also have a built-in emergency survival kit. The Orion can sustain life for up to 6 days enabling an astronaut a better chance of returning to Earth if cabin pressure is lost.

Like the xEMU the Orion is also more mobile, it is custom-built to the astronaut and can be put on or taken off more quickly. The gloves are specially designed for protection and strength while taking into account the need to be flexible enough to use touch screen technology.

The next stage is that the suits will be subjected to testing in spaceflight conditions to ensure they perform before they are officially commissioned

NASA has just released details of two new spacesuits and one of these prototypes is set to make history when worn by the first female astronaut to land on the moon.
The two suits each have a unique purpose.

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Out-Of-This-World & Totally Impractical Bridge Designs

Some designing concepts for the new pedestrian and cycle crossing between Nine Elms and Pimlico in southern London are either pedestrian-friendly or just so far out of this world they have been called “The Flaming Mouth of Hades”.

The pedestrian bridge spans the Thames River that will link two different areas of the city and must be technically sound while creating a beautiful experience for a cyclist while offering a solid engineering design to provide enough required height to accommodate passing river traffic.

The designing of this bridge has drawn the attention of dozens of entries from around the world.

A list of contenders will be presented and the winner will be named, sometime soon.  The design must include what the bridge will look like from a distance, what it will feel like to pedestrians crossing it, and how it will look touching the shores on either side of the Thames.

Design is Critical for the Bridge’s Success

At this point in time, there is only a gallery of images to look at without much information on each design so it’s really difficult to tell just what you are looking at in some of these designs.  According to the City Metric, most of the entries look ridiculous, including one that is definitely not a bridge.

They pointed out that one looks like a spoon while another looks like an Escher painting! (Escher’s paintings were bizarre and impossible in reality).

There is no debate that the strange violet and orange creation for the bridge has been nicknamed “Hades” and is far from clear how this design could actually function as a bridge.

I guess you have to question if some of the entrants are just submitted for the heck of it vs. serious engineers that must complete this pedestrian bridge for aesthetic beauty as well as safety.  On particular design is actually quite beautiful featuring a perforated undulating canopy over a series of paths with planted greenery.

All in all, we will just have to wait to see what the judges think!

Some designing concepts for the new pedestrian and cycle crossing between Nine Elms and Pimlico in southern London are either pedestrian-friendly or just so far out of this world they have been called “The Flaming Mouth of Hades”.

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New High-Powered Self-Balancing Scooter

A blend of road-worthy and rugged, the self-balancing electric scooter boasts a quick-start functionality and speeds of up to 25 miles per hour which is cool for scooting around and through traffic in crowded cities for hours, all in a single charge.

For those already into other private scooter-share programs like Lime or Bird, but are dissatisfied with having to hunt for them, this device is a phenomenal boost in durability, personalization, maneuverability, speed, and acceleration.

Meet The “Stator”

Nathan Allen, a California-based product designer developed the Stator with all these demands in mind. It has oversized wheels connected to a single-tube frame and a single, wraparound handlebar with an electronic control unit (turned on by a wireless RFID tag or standard key).

Part of the design’s charm is its modularity. Made up of components that can be personalized and swapped, comprising of custom racks and rack bags, headlights, phone chargers and holders, seat, brake lights.

It’s powered by a 1000W geared motor and a 20-Ah, 48-volt, lithium-ion battery pack tucked into the baseboard. Different power settings can be used to get better performance or equalize the energy usage.

It won’t be easy to lug around at 90 pounds, but if you’re an urban street cruiser then that shouldn’t be a hassle. The extra weight helps provide extra features, like regenerative brakes paired with front-wheel hydraulic disk braking. It’s still a prototype, but its creator hopes to put up models for sale in the near future.

A blend of road-worthy and rugged, the self-balancing electric scooter boasts a quick-start functionality and speeds of up to 25 miles per hour which is cool for scooting around and through traffic in crowded cities for hours, all in a single charge.

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Man Loads the Sun Into His S.U.V.

A Russian has been caught on camera loading the sun into his SUV trunk, nonetheless, he is free of legal charges.

His photographer wife, Diana Badmaeva, shot the series of images, she perfectly aligned him with the setting sun to make it seem like he was stuffing it into the vehicle.

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She told SWNS that she does tons of sunset photography and a plan to approach the original concept.

Making all the scenes as fast as possible is the real thing because the sun sets quickly and you have just a few minutes for all this,” she said. “My husband and I talked on the phone so that he would do what I needed. It seems I managed to capture the theft of the century! Or, a quick guide on how to steal the sun.”

Of course, if you want to give it a shot, you’ll need a slightly larger vehicle than the one in the silhouette. Badmaeva told Fox News Autos that it was a Mitsubishi, with a cargo capacity of less than two cubic meters while the volume of the sun is about 1.4 x 10^27 cubic meters :)

A Russian has been caught on camera loading the sun into his SUV trunk, nonetheless, he is free of legal charges.

His photographer wife, Diana Badmaeva, shot the series of images, she perfectly aligned him with the setting sun to make it seem like he was...

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Picasso, Reconstructed by an A.I.

It’s rare for artists to spring up surprises long after their demise, but some occasions are noteworthy. Think Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Leonardo da Vinci, and Picasso.

Beneath the Old Guitarist (1903-04), Pablo Picasso’s popular Blue Period painting is the figure of a woman in faint markings. She was originally noticed in 1998 when X-rays and infrared light were used by conservators of the Art Institute of Chicago to peep behind the top layer of the paint.

She sits with her right arm tucked onto her lap and her left arm reaching toward the viewer.  Strangely enough, she resembles a sketch Picasso sent to a colleague at the same time the painting was made.

Enter A.I. Conservation

The foundation for the neural network was a technique created in 2015 by Leon Gatys at the University of Tübingen, Germany, called neural style transfer. The machine vision technique can indicate the style of a painting and convert it to match another.

For example, it can convert a Paul Cézanne to the style of Michelangelo. This technique has been used on videos as well, so it is possible to watch clips of Ice Age in the style of Van Gogh’s Starry Night.

All that could be recognized of the woman in the painting until now was the slightest trace of her outline. Other intricate details like style and color were lost.

Nevertheless, with the use of a neural network trained to differentiate the style of one artist from the other or one period from the other, researchers at University College London have given her a new life, even if it is not true to the original of Picasso.

Researchers George Cann and Anthony Bourached published their paper titled “Raiders of the Lost Art,” on the arXiv preprint server. The paper was also featured in a recent article in the MIT Technology Review.

The X-rayed images of the woman’s outlines were plugged into a neural network built to convert images into the style of La Vie (1903), another exceptional piece of Picasso’s Blue Period. In as much as the result cannot be a perfect match of Picasso’s painting which was also pained over 10 decades ago, it is at least conforming to the style he used at that period.

In Picasso’s The Crouching Beggar, the same technique was also used. It was painted over a landscape thought to have been made by a Spanish painter, Santiago Rusiñol, using Rusiñol’s Parc del Laberint d’Horta.

Cann and Bourached said that they hope the results help projects on other lost works of art and also challenge the popular doubt that “algorithm can be creative, or innovate.”

“We argue that the use of machine learning as an artistic tool can ultimately broaden creative insight and widen the landscape of inspirational ingenuity by human-AI collaboration,” wrote Cann and Bourached.

The Crouching Beggar and Old Guitarist are not the only Picasso works that cover hidden paintings. Earlier pieces are usually painted over by artists, especially when a fresh canvas is hard to come by due to inadequate funds. A portrait of a man resting his hand on his head underneath Picasso’s The Blue Room (1901) was found by researchers in 2014.

It’s rare for artists to spring up surprises long after their demise, but some occasions are noteworthy. Think Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Leonardo da Vinci, and Picasso.

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6 Great Candy-Free Halloween Treats Kids Love

Although candy is a traditional way of greeting the trick-or-treaters that find their way to your door on Halloween, sometimes it is good to be a little bit different. Why not try some of these fun, spooky surprises that are 100% candy-free and give the kids a real treat this year.

Spooky Halloween-themed glow sticks

These will light up the kid’s faces when they see these funky Halloween glow sticks. Instead of a straight stick, this pack of 12 lights comes in all sorts of spooky designs.

Choose from skulls, jack o’ lanterns, stars, axes, tridents, and skulls! These amazing favors will have kids reaching away from the candy and picking up something different for the celebration.

Fearsome Stampers

These scary stampers are going to be a real hit this Halloween. The pack has lots of different spooky designs including ghosts, mummies, witches, pumpkins and lots more cool designs.

The ink used is not toxic and is fully washable so the kids can have fun stamping cards, art, and anything else that takes their fancy.

Traditional Play-Doh

Play-Doh always goes down well but these special Halloween colors are going to win the day. These are the treats that most parents will thank you for.

Less candy is always good, but these one-ounce containers come in a variety of Halloween-themed colors – orange, purple, green, black and white and can be used long after Halloween to keep the kids occupied.

Super-Cute Wind-up monsters

These monsters are completely adorable because let’s face it, Halloween is not all about being scary!

These come in packs of 12 and include all the popular monsters like mummies, skeletons, vampires and a few other creepy items like fangs and eyeballs. They can even race against each other so the fun can keep going well into November.

Halloween pencils with giant erasers

Pencils and erasers make great treats plus they are useful for doing homework!

The packs contain 36 pencils in lots of spooky designs including bats, black cats, ghosts, witches and vampires. At around $13 for a pack of 36, they are not going to break the bank and kids will overlook the candy to get their hands on them.

Squishies

Who doesn’t love those soft and completely smushy squishies? Certainly they are popular with kids and the Halloween versions will have everyone beating a path to your door.

As with regular squishies you squeeze them and then they slowly go back to their shape, but these are in spooky Halloween designs. They are also great to use as prizes if you organize any Halloween games.

These are the 6 non-candy Halloween treats we chose but there are many more out there to choose from. Not only do they mean less candy but it also helps kids with food allergies join in with all the fun. So this year why not get creative and take a look around for more great candy-free Halloween treats.

Although candy is a traditional way of greeting the trick-or-treaters that find their way to your door on Halloween, sometimes it is good to be a little bit different. Why not try some of these fun, spooky surprises that are 100% candy-free and give the kids...

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Robotic Contact Lenses Allow You to Zoom In on Blink-Command

Everything robotic is on the rise!  As of late, researchers at the University of California San Diego have explored the idea of contact lenses that will zoom in on objects by blinking twice!  They are called “soft robots” which actually copies elements found in living organisms. They can be integrated with a human body and this is one of the projects that is taking center stage.

The researchers have actually created a prototype contact lens that’s controlled by the movement of your eye.  You can simply blink twice to zoom in and out from an object.  These biomimetic lenses are made from elastic polymer films designed to respond to the electric signals that are generated by eye movement.

The layers that expand or contract will change the thickness of the lenses which changes the amount of light that passes through. Actually, this technology is not new, it’s very much like eye-tracking technology that allows people to control their wheelchairs.

Soft Robots

Due to many unique features, soft robots have been extensively explored to work in collaboration with humans.  The latest development of soft robots can be either controlled manually or through a pre-written program.

The researchers explained that current developments have created a human/machine interface that uses electrooculographic signals that are generated by the movement of the eye to control motions and change the focal length of a biomimetic soft lens.

The motion and contortion of soft lenses are achieved by actuating areas of the dielectric polymer films which copies the mechanism of the eyes in people as well as in most mammals. In a recent study, the system has the potential to be used in visual prostheses, adjustable glasses, and remotely operated robotic in the near future.

This is really an amazing breakthrough that could allow your eye to see things more clearly and even zoom in on very small objects that the human eye has difficulty seeing. From there, the sky’s the limit.

Everything robotic is on the rise!  As of late, researchers at the University of California San Diego have explored the idea of contact lenses that will zoom in on objects by blinking twice!  They are called “soft robots” which actually copies elements...

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Amazing Footage of Hurricane Dorian’s 40 Mile-Wide Eye

Footage by the hurricane hunters flying directly into the eye of hurricane Dorian was released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Hurricane Dorian was 50 to 60 miles off the coast of South Carolina and footage of the storm was shot by Lt. Kevin Doremus from the cockpit of the NOAA aircraft, named Kermit. This aircraft is a four-engine Lockheed WP-3D Orion.

Along with cleverly naming one aircraft “Kermit” the other WP-3D aircraft that was involved was named “Miss Piggy”. The 2 NOAA aircraft have performed regular flights into Dorian to collect valuable data which helps forecasters to make better predictions and clearer understanding of the storm.

These planes are designed to measure pressure changes, wind speed, humidity, and other factors during this very long mission which lasted for more than 12 hours.

There is a shot of the planes going through the powerful winds and driving rain of the eyewall before entering into the eye of the storm which was very calm with amazing clear blue skies.

The eye of the storm varied in size from approximately 50 to 60 miles wide. Doremus told Newsweek the eye was a lot smaller than the previous fights into the storm, and in some cases was only 5 miles wide!

After that, the storm grew to more than 60 miles wide. The Washington Post reported the storm increased in size with hurricane-force winds and tropical storms that extended outward by 25 to 220 miles from the center.

During the following Thursday, Nick Underwood, hurricane hunter, posted a video of an NOAA plane flying into Dorian’s eye that showed an enormous “stadium” effect that can be clearly seen.

The eyes of hurricanes, as well as cyclones, usually have traits of “stadium” effects because the clouds of the eyewall are curved in a way that actually resembles an arena or stadium appearance.

Flying through the eyewall of a hurricane where the winds are at their strongest can be very dangerous. The NOAA planes are not normally harmed by the strong winds, which is absolutely incredible.

Flying Kermit and Miss Piggy

It’s quite common that airliners fly in jet streams with winds exceeding 150 miles an hour over the US during the winter months. It’s the shear or sudden change in horizontal or vertical winds that can harm an aircraft, causing the planes to lose control.

NOAA pilots and crew routinely, but never casually, fly in high-wind environments of hurricanes and are not worried about their planes being torn apart. NOAA aircraft do not fly through tornadoes. However, pilots and crews are constantly monitoring for any hot spots of severe weather and shear which they can pick up on with radar, especially to avoid really serious situations.

Lt. Kevin Doremus, referring to Dorian, said the storm was actually pretty easy to fly through when he captured his video. The storm was slowly deteriorating from a Category 3 to a Category 2 and there were very little up and downdrafts that are normally found in a Category 4 and 5 or rapidly intensifying storms.

They had been watching Dorian from a tropical depression up to a Category 5 and said this was, without a doubt, the smoothest flight they had been on since previous flights that entered the storm a few days before.

On Friday, at 5 AM EDT, Dorian was 25 miles east of Cape Lookout in North Carolina with sustainable wind speeds of 90 miles per hour. It was moving northeast around 14 miles per hour and was expected to remain in motion through Saturday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

According to a statement, Dorian remained a powerful hurricane while it moved along the North Carolina coast over the next several hours. It was forecasted to become a tropical cyclone with hurricane-force winds through Saturday night as it headed to Nova Scotia.

Footage by the hurricane hunters flying directly into the eye of hurricane Dorian was released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Hurricane Dorian was 50 to 60 miles off the coast of South Carolina and footage of the storm was shot by Lt...

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Area 51 is Back in the Limelight

Over the past couple of months, UFO followers have gone absolutely nuts! They are flocking to the Nevada desert that is close by the famous, secretive US Air Force military base after a joke was posted on Facebook sometime back this year.

Over two million people said they would attend the event and race through the base to find these “so-called” aliens!  It seems more and more people are not using common sense!

Recently, the organizers of this event decided to cancel for fear of safety, worrying this could turn into another Fyre Festival.  The Fyre Festival was a fraudulent luxury music festival created to promote the company’s app for booking music talent.

Canceled? Who Cares!

Even with the cancellation, people have flocked to small towns like Rachel, NV with a population of 54 residences.  Their sole intent is to meet up with other alien hunters.  To the insane, one fan performed the perfect Naruto run, passing a live news broadcast at the scene.

Should you not know, a Naruto run is performed by leaning forward with your arms stretched out behind you while running!

Area 51 is a military site that is closed off to the public and has been rumored to have evidence of alien contacts.  Shortly after the event gained momentum, the US Air Force issued a very strong warning that people should stay away as this is a training site for American armed soldiers.

A spokesperson for the US Air Force, which I paraphrase, said they are always ready to stand by protecting America and her assets but this recent lure of the conspiracy theory has obviously made the place difficult to resist.

This phenomenon is based on a blend of interests in aliens and swirling government conspiracies, wanting to know something no one knows.

Residents of Rachel have been preparing for the influx of people from around the US as well as other places.  They are installing outdoor floodlights, fencing, and “No Trespassing” signs.  They have organized a radio-equipped neighborhood night-watch fearing there will not be enough food, water, garbage containers, or even toilets to support this mad dash.

There is also a fear that people will flock into the desert with absolutely no knowledge about the climate conditions which during the night hours can drop below 5°C.  People are arriving in shorts and flip-flops and will probably come face-to-face with snakes, scorpions, and other creatures.

Officials are concerned about people becoming angry when they don’t find what they are looking for and cell phone service will become overwhelmed.  Visitors will not find a gas station closer than 45 miles away!

In a nutshell, people will not find what they are hoping for and even though the creators on Facebook called the whole event a fraud, it doesn’t seem to be stopping people from invading this area and potentially putting themselves in harm’s way.

Quite honestly, people, this conspiracy theory has been around since the 50s when people were worried about Nuclear weapons and there is absolutely no proof of aliens living in Nevada.

Over the past couple of months, UFO followers have gone absolutely nuts! They are flocking to the Nevada desert that is close by the famous, secretive US Air Force military base after a joke was posted on Facebook sometime back this year.

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Dan Aykroyd is Returning to Ghostbusters!

Actor Dan Aykroyd has recently announced that he will star in Jason Reitman’s latest sequel, Ghostbusters which is the third installment of the classic 1984 movie Ghostbusters. The original was directed by Jason’s father, Ivan Reitman.

Aykroyd said most of the original cast will also be in the film along with some new faces. Although he really does not work in films these days, he could not pass down Ghostbusters.

Speaking of cast members who were in both of the other two Ghostbusters, Sigourney Weaver and Bill Murray will also be on board. Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, and Ernie Hudson were in the original 1984 Ghostbusters and the 1989 sequel Ghostbusters II.

Female Version Comments

Reitman drew a lot of criticism after his comments regarding the release of the film with the female cast starring Leslie Jones, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Melissa McCarthy. Reitman said he would not make the Juno of Ghostbusters movies but this Ghostbusters film is one big love letter for all the Ghostbusters films.

Reitman did receive a lot of negative feedback regarding his comments that had fans believing he didn’t think the 2016 film was worth the attention of Ghostbusters fans. He commented on Twitter that wasn’t the case, he thought the film was great!

He said his comment came out all wrong that he actually liked Paul, Leslie, Melissa, and Kristen work on the 2016 Ghostbusters film directed by Paul Feig. He firmly believes it was an amazing film.

Feig said on Twitter that Jason was his biggest supporter at a time when he couldn’t do anything to get a film made. He also said that Reitman was a big supporter of his film Ghostbusters Answer the Call. He looks forward to seeing the newest film in the Ghostbusters galaxy.

Jason Reitman’s newest Ghostbusters film is marked for release in 2020. Fans from around the world are anticipating another great round with all the pack-bearing cast as they, once again, take on the ghoulish beings as first encountered in the 1984 movie.

He said he has a great deal of respect for Feig’s work and the incredible actresses who made the film a huge success. But he did say that this newest sequel will follow in the footsteps of the original film.

Actor Dan Aykroyd has recently announced that he will star in Jason Reitman’s latest sequel, Ghostbusters which is the third installment of the classic 1984 movie Ghostbusters. The original was directed by Jason’s father, Ivan Reitman.

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Hubble Spots a Big, Weird Blob of Star Gas

Stargazing has always been thought of as a romantic or peaceful pastime, but when you really think about what’s up there and the consequences it has on our world, it’s anything but. When you’re looking through NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, you see that they’re no longer just diamonds in the sky.

Take NGC 2022, for example, which can be found in the Orion constellation. When you see what it looks like through a telescope, it’s fantastic. It’s a star approaching the end of its life.

Different stars do different things when they age, depending on their size and makeup. When thinking about stars and the effect they have on us, the most crucial one to keep tabs on is our very own Sun. Eventually, it will become a red giant, just as NGC 2022 has done.

A Planetary Nebula

NASA explains in a new blog post:

“When stars like the Sun grow advanced in age, they expand and glow red. These so-called red giants then begin to lose their outer layers of material into space. More than half of such a star’s mass can be shed in this manner, forming a shell of surrounding gas. At the same time, the star’s core shrinks and grows hotter, emitting ultraviolet light that causes the expelled gases to glow.”

What is left is planet-like in appearance, which is why it’s called a planetary nebula. This all may sound fascinating and exciting, but the effect of our Sun becoming a red giant will be devastating for our planet. Planets that closely orbit stars headed toward the end of their life are swallowed up completely. Others are stripped of their atmosphere.

In our case, most likely Mercury and Venus will be swallowed up, but Earth won’t. However, all life on earth is sure to be eradicated because of the intense heat of the star.

Don’t run off and start panicking, though. We’ve still got about 5.4 billion years till this all goes down, and till then, the sun will very gradually get brighter and hotter.

Stargazing has always been thought of as a romantic or peaceful pastime, but when you really think about what’s up there and the consequences it has on our world, it’s anything but. When you’re looking through NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, you see...

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Massive Avocados Can Make 12 Avocado Toasts

With the rise in popularity of everything avocado over the last decade, nothing gets the public more excited than an avocado as big as a large zucchini; such an idea seems like it could only be the stuff of dreams – until you meet the farmers of Purdue University Crop.

Turns out a 13-inch, “long-neck” avocado is very real, and they’re being grown in Florida! In fact, they’ve been around for quite some time already. So, what’s the deal with these gigantic avocados? Could they possibly taste as good as the smaller Hass ones we’re so used to?

The good news is that these avocados, called “Persea Americana Russel” are just as tasty as Hass avocados are. Miami Fruit co-founder Edelle Schlegel told NBC’s Today Show, “Our long-neck avocados are thick, creamy, savory, and slightly sweet.”

Got to Eat Them Fast

The bad news, however, is that they ripen just as quickly! “Our ‘long-neck’ avocados do ripen quickly, just like the regular avocados that you would find in a grocery store,” a spokesperson for the company said. He also shared with INSIDER that a chef discovered that just one of these avocados can make 12 slices of avocado toast!

Originating in the small village of Islamorada in the Florida Keys, the long-neck avocado is typically harvested throughout August and September in southern parts of Florida. It can weigh anywhere between 24 to 40 ounces – typical avocados are usually around 6 ounces – and grow to about 13 inches long.

While the brand is currently sold out of their long-neck avocados for the season, you can already pre-order some for next year. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can try growing them yourself!

Trees are available for purchase, and Purdue has said that these avocado trees are excellent additions to home gardens since it’s highly likely you’ll reap a good number of avocados each year. However, they’re meant to grow in warm, humid climates like Florida, so if your home is somewhere like Colorado, you’ll just have to pre-order for next season now!

With the rise in popularity of everything avocado over the last decade, nothing gets the public more excited than an avocado as big as a large zucchini; such an idea seems like it could only be the stuff of dreams – until you meet the farmers of Purdue...