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Welcome To The Furthest Object Found In Our Solar System

The galaxy that we live in is indeed quite a wonderful thing. Take a look around the world that we inhabit, and things like the solar system immediately feel very interesting indeed. All it takes is a quick look around to help you see that we are very much in a vast expanse of space, with so much to be found. Recent probes and studies, though, found what is being called “Farout” – the single further object we’ve found in our solar system.

This latest discovery comes after a team of international astronomers found the object located around 11.15 billion miles from the sun. This small, rounded object sits around 17.95 billion km away, then, and currently carries a rich, pink hue. The discovery was made using the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile.

310 miles in diameter, this interesting discovery is a landmark moment as it becomes the first object discovered to be more than 100 Astronomical Units (AU) from our own star. For reference, 1 AU is the distance from the Earth to the Sun. in total, this sits around 120 AU, while our furthest find yet until now was Eris the dwarf planet found at around 96 AU.

If you want a good example of just how far this is, Pluto is around 34 AU!

An Incredible Discovery

It’s also very interesting as it brings us into contact with something much further out than Pluto. It would be something very interesting to hear more about, especially as the orbits of these objects appear to be influenced via the gravity of a large-scale planet. Some, then, estimate that this could be the infamous Planet 9 which could, in theory, sit as far back as 200 AU from the Sun.

Speaking about this was co-discoverer Scott Sheppard, part of the Carnegie Institution for Science, who said: “2018 VG18 is much more distant and slower moving than any other observed Solar System object, so it will take a few years to fully determine its orbit.

But it was found in a similar location on the sky to the other known extreme Solar System objects, suggesting it might have the same type of orbit that most of them do. The orbital similarities shown by many of the known small, distant Solar System bodies was the catalyst for our original assertion that there is a distant, massive planet at several hundred AU shepherding these smaller objects.”

While this might just be one smaller discovery, it does create much excitement about what we might find if we continue to look further beyond our present limits.

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The galaxy that we live in is indeed quite a wonderful thing. Take a look around the world that we inhabit, and things like the solar system immediately feel very interesting indeed. All it takes is a quick look around to help you see that we are very much in...

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A Giant Black Hole Merger Has Been Discovered

The total count of black hole mergers we know about today is ten. The recent addition of four black hole mergers which were previously not considered has been documented and accepted by the scientific community. Among the newly added black hole, mergers is a massive one which is much bigger than the Sun.

It is easier to understand the nature of these black hole mergers if we can establish patterns. In 2016, the first black hole merger was detected; this event was widely reported in scientific journals. It was a huge achievement in physics.

The Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) was the first agency that observed the formation of black holes. To properly investigate this discovery, the reports from the LIGO observatory period were analyzed a second time to ensure the details were in order. The information from these reports led to the discovery of the last four black hole mergers.

On July 29, 2017, scientists witnessed one of the most significant black hole mergers. These mergers are measured based on their mass, distance from the earth and spin.

It remains the largest black hole merger to have been discovered. The combined mass is very large, and scientists have reported the black holes were spinning at their fastest speeds which are unlike other mergers they have identified.

It is also the most distant black hole merger at about nine billion light-years in space. According to LIGO, the components of the black hole during the merger were identified with the code blue, while code purple was presented for other black hole mergers. The continuous studies are now making it possible to determine a pattern characteristic of each black hole merger event.

The black hole merger events may have happened following the collapse of large stars such as the Type II supernova. According to scientific speculations, it is also proposed that the black hole merger events currently happening are secondary, in follow up to previous mergers of black holes. The need for larger samples of black holes will increase the chances of identifying particular subgroups of larger holes which had been formed earlier.

The larger black holes have a capacity to draw in all objects in and around its path. This means there are more chances of mergers with smaller black holes. However, such an event is yet to be witnessed and confirmed. The bigger black holes have characteristically shorter signals; this means the random noise them emit is notably shorter. Therefore, it is important to use the proper equipment to detect the size of merged objects.

On the other hand, it is also suggested that the events witnessed and reported by LIGO are mergers between neutron stars. These events lasted for remarkably longer periods, and the signals from the neutron start were weaker thus reducing the volume of space where these events can be detected.

Going forward, the scientists can continue to work with what they have at the moment. The massive black hole merger will be under observation to define patterns. If the patterns can be determined, it will be easier to determine the space where such events are likely to happen.

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Donald Trump And His Science

Growing up, I used to listen with part-wonder and part-bemusement at some of the things I’d hear Ronald Raegan had once said. My father grew up in the United Kingdom but got to pick up on a lot of the ‘greatest hits’ of one of the more controversially-spoken Presidents of the USA.

As I was growing up to get more involved in the world outside of my toy box, I used to watch on with embarrassment at George Bush Jr. I’d feel equally embarrassed for my own nation’s leader at the time, Tony Blair, standing there like the best mate who was only invited out of guilt.

Today, though? It would appear that the current President might be among the most outrageous yet. Here are just some of his statements which fly in the face of facts which aren’t even really contestable any longer. Science is always changing and fluid, and skepticism is usually a good thing. However, some of these takes? You’d get laughed out of your earliest science classes for stuff like the following…

Super Stealth

“You like the F-35?” Trump said at a military briefing in Puerto Rico in November 2017, “You can’t see it. You literally can’t see it. It’s hard to fight a plane you can’t see.”

Hahahaha. He’s become someone who uses the term “literally” in literally the wrong way. Donald my friend, you might mean figuratively. You can quite literally see these planes, my friend. It’s not hard.

Causing Cancer One Lumen at a time

“Remember, new ‘environment-friendly’ lightbulbs can cause cancer. Be careful – the idiots who came up with this stuff don’t care.” Proclaimed the leader of the free world.

Yeah, a lot of things cause cancer that we can only know about. Smoking. Eating junk food. Constant sunlight on our skin. Light bulbs though? That seems a bit of a stretch.

Nuclear Warming

When a man like Donald Trump sits with a fellow intellectual heavyweight like Sean Hannity, you take notice. Speaking to Hannity on Fox News in July 2018, Trump said: “I know President Obama said global warming is our biggest problem and I would say that no, it’s nuclear warming is our biggest problem by a factor of about five million.”

He said a similar thing in 2015 when campaigning across Indiana, when he said: “I believe global warming is the single biggest problem in our country, but it’s made of the nuclear variety.”

Nuclear warming.

Jet Fuel Can’t Melt … Asbestos

There are many, many things which could have eventually stopped the dreadful September 11th terror attacks. However, when Donald Trump tweeted in 2012 that “If we didn’t remove incredibly powerful fire-retardant asbestos & replace it with junk that doesn’t work, the World Trade Center would never have burned down,”, that was a bit of a stretch.

I’m not sure if asbestos would have stopped them burning down. It would have probably left a good chunk of the local populace with asbestosis, though. Kinda expensive to cure – but cheap to die from!

Asbestos would have stopped the War on Terror, you see. Some of these statements are just…yeah. Come on now.

If that is not enough for you, Here is Trump bragging that he got a natural instinct to science last month:

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New Found Dinosaur Species Named After Marvel’s Thanos

Any Comic book  fan knows who Thanos is, he was always quite a big deal within the Marvel lore but unlike other Marvel characters that broke out into the mainstream in the last two decades, Thanos remained in the shadow for a while. All of that off course changed when Infinity War came along and showed what a great character he really is. Now that Josh Brolin’s portrayal of the  the Mad Titan made him a household name all across the world, Thanos receives a huge honor from the scientific community as he now has a dinosaur named after him. Yeah, you read that right  Thanos is now the name of a newly-discovered species of dinosaurs.

The species which is called the Thanos simonattoi —was a carnivorous dinosaur that resided in Brazil during the later part of Cretaceous Period around 145 million years ago. The announcement of the new dinosaur discovery first came in Historical Biology, a journal first published online on November 16, 2018.

“In the present contribution, we describe a new abelisaurid (Thanos simonattoi, gen. et sp. nov.) from the São José do Rio Preto Formation, Bauru Group, Brazil (Upper Cretaceous). Thanos differs from other theropods by having a well-developed keel becoming wider and deeper posteriorly on the ventral surface; two lateral small foramina separated by a relative wide wall on each lateral surface of the centrum, and well-developed and deep prezygapophyseal spinodiapophyseal fossae.”

It is still unknown what the future holds for the character in the the MCU, Brolin is set to reprise his role as Thanos once again in next year’s Avengers 4, but that might not because of the last time according to the actor. If he has his way, Brolin would appear in more Marvel Cinematic Universe movies in the near future.

“You know what, I don’t know what the future brings and who knows, but [I] love the idea of something infinite like this,” Brolin told ScreenRant. “I’ve never been involved in sequels. The fact that we’ve done some of Avengers 2, oh sorry, Avengers 4 but Infinity War 2, I’m going back. I’m going to do more, and we’re going to do some re-shoots and all that. So, I’m excited about all that. I love the Russos. I love working on the Avengers. I didn’t think I was going to and I actually loved it. I didn’t even like it. I loved it.”

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Science

So, Who Built The Great Pyramids? New Information

Built by slaves. Produced by beings of intellect far beyond our present day capabilities. Built with spiritual powers that lifted the blocks into place. Created under the instruction of some form of super-being. Formed in homage to the ‘Anunnaki’. Look around enough, and it’s very easy to find some stories about what the Great Pyramids may have been built by, or for.

However, one recent discovery claims to have come a bit closer to solving the mystery. The Great Pyramid, easily among the most impressive objects built by man, stands at a whopping 456ft in height. It’s stood for millennia, and its true creation has never been understood. We’d struggle, if not fully fail, to create something so perfect today – even with all of our tools. How, then, could some slaves have built it in homage to the Pharaohs?

Head north of the town of Luxor, and we might have some answers. A new sloped ramp has been found with two large sets of steps and a variety of post holes either side. It’s now suggested these blocks could have been brought up the ramps via sled. Using the wooden posts, many men and plenty of ropes, the sled would be pulled uphill.

According to the Egyptian Minister of Antiquities, this is evidence of a system that was in place to move and pull around the blocks. While it’s always been a suggested part of the building of the pyramids, this is the first ever found physical suggestion that this was actually the case. That’s very interesting, especially as the lack of physical evidence left behind by ramps at any pyramid has always made this seem a little odd.

A step in the right direction

As well as finding this interesting ramp system, a number of engravings were found along the slopes. These depict worker and their building campaigns of the era. It’s all very interesting, especially as the location it was found is nearby Hatnub, which was once a major home for workers and also home to a major alabaster quarry.

Many of the walls, floors and sculptures of the pyramids were made from alabaster, which would have made Hatnub an obvious place to start the transport. Indeed, it’s also supposed to date back to the time of King Khufu, which would put it in a good line of sight with the Great Pyramid’ time of construction.

Indeed, studies in the past have always pointed to the likelihood of sleds and roped being used to move the various 2.5-ton blocks used to build the pyramids. Indeed, another suggestion is that water was poured onto the sand slowly to help reduce tension when trying to pull the large stones along – supposedly enough to half the needed workforce.

While I’m still somewhat skeptical, it’s certainly one of the most interesting finds related to the Pyramids in some time.

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Today It’s Easier To Find Habitable Planets

For years, the search for habitable planets has gone on. However, there is often little to no genuine progress. one such change to that, though, has come from the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), as well as the Paris Observatory. Working alongside NVIDIA, they have taken the move to try and ramp up the search for new planets which would be habitable.

This comes after a new demonstration of the Subaru Telescope, the 8.2-meter telescope owned by the NAOJ. Also, they are using development with astronomers from the KAUST Extreme Computing Research Center to develop new Extreme-AO algorithms. These will help to make the search for habitable planets much easier and should help to put a dent in what has been a huge barrier in the path to finding a potential new home in the centuries to come.

According to Dr. Hatem Ltaief, the Senior Research Scientist at ECRC: “Imaging exoplanets with large ground-based telescopes is very challenging due to the star/planet contrast and blurring induced by Earth’s atmosphere. Very high-performance adaptive optics—sometimes referred to as ‘Extreme-AO’—are required,”

The aim is to create more powerful control algorithms, with the aim being to help use high-powered NVIDIA GPU systems to help deliver continuous optimization of the system. This would even help to create a system that can anticipate quickly changing disturbances caused by the atmosphere of the Earth itself.

A step in the right direction

Professor Damien Gratadour, an astronomer at Paris Observatory, noted that “This fantastic new technology is already being used to take a closer look at exoplanets orbiting around nearby stars. With the larger 25-40 meter telescopes astronomers are currently building, new Earth-like planets orbiting nearby stars will be imaged and their atmospheric composition will be measured to look for signs of life such as oxygen, water or methane,”

By using the new Singular Value Decomposition (SVD) algorithms, there can be better control provided to account for atmospheric conditions. Indeed, the research itself was highly regarded, winning awards at the Platform for Advanced Scientific Computing Conference in Basel in 2018. Indeed, it’s already being used on the Subaru Telescope, located at 14,000ft, over in Hawaii.

While some get frustrated at stories like this, it’s obviously very cool. The world does need to act faster on saving our own planet, what with the whole 12-year warning recently from the IPCC. However, it’s important that we continue to develop aspects of science like this. Sadly, if humanity continues to show this same ravenous appetite for all things it shouldn’t touch, we might need a new planet one day.

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Stunning: See Animal X-Ray Pictures

One of the most important things a zoo can do is carry out regular check-ups and medical checks on their animals. Good quality health is so important in a zoo, and this is part of the reason why animals in the zoo often look so healthy. However, one of the things we often forget about is how animals are examined. They can’t exactly follow medical instructions. For that reason, it’s important that we use X-ray hardware to take a closer look inside and try to fully diagnose what the problem might be.

Want to see what that looks like? Then take a look at some of these amazing animal x-ray images. They show you just how an animal looks from the inside, and makes it easier to appreciate their rare beauty.

The zoo that was being looked into was Oregon Zoo, rated as one of the best in the United States. They take comprehensive checks of all animals in their stable, looking into things like weight and general health. Indeed, the use a massive state-of-the-art scanning tool which can be used for creatures as large as bears – even elephants, in fact!

This allows them to easily study the animals without having to sedate them or do anything else. it also allows for a much easier level of knowledge about the animal, allowing them to easily share images with other zoos and health departments to get further information, confirmation or to warn of a problem to look out for.

As the zoo explained, trying to get some creatures to take part is easier than others. For example, trying to get a tiger or a golden eagle to sit inside an x-ray system is a lot harder than getting something like a sloth to do so!

A challenge for science

Some of the things found in their studies was amazing. For example, did you know that the fruit bat – who looks so lean and fit – is actually a bit podgy? These fluffy little creatures are actually a touch more rotund than the svelte shadows suggest.

At the same time, finding out that a snake has a backbone and is actually a vertebrate is quite the shock. This awesome x-ray image of a ball python, though, makes it easy for you to see the bone in full flow. Snakes have 200-400 vertebrae, and equally as many ribs – tends of times the volumes we have as humans.

The beaver, too, is shown to have a strong tail for a reason: rather than being fluffy like hair, it’s actually scaly in complexion. This helps them to use it both on land and when in the water.

Each image just shows us how many animals and creatures that we share out existence with are just quite different to what one would expect. Often, what is under the skin is far different than what we would expect – in people and in creatures.

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The Earth Map Is A Lie!!!

Turns out the Earth actually is flat. Those YouTube accounts with suspiciously large followings might just be right after all.

Sorry, jokes aside. It turns out that the world map that most of us grew up observing, though, might not be true either. The world is not quite the way it was set out in the maps of old. Most of the maps that we see come from the Mercator projection. However, at a good bit over 450 years old, the map obviously has some limitations.

The Mercator projection is a cylindrical map projection on a flat surface, presented by the Flemish geographer and cartographer Gerardus Mercator in 1569. The projection on a flat surface creates a distorted image of land masses and countries.

Instead, Google Maps has decided to stop using the old metric and start creating its own projection instead. Since it poorly maps out the size of countries properly, the Mercator projection often poorly projects the size of some locations. For example, climate scientist Neil formed a new map visualization which is a closer medium between the Mercator projection and other accepted projections.

Want to see just how odd this project can be at times? Take a look at this GIF – it shows you in perfect detail why this might not be the best way to estimate the size of nations.


Indeed, limitations like showing Greenland to be larger than the whole of Africa is a joke. At fourteen times the size of Greenland, it’s these limitations that make the Mercator projection more than a little wobbly all these years on. While once a very powerful and useful, today it’s possible that we can do even more.

Why the need for a change?

Well, the Mercator projection came to be in 1569, when Gerardus Mercator put it together. The famous Finnish cartographer was a major name in his time, and he was seen as the creator of a tool which made navigation much easier. By being able to plot a straight-line course whilst maintaining the true shape of country, it was very useful for the time.

However, convert the Mercator projection into a 3D globe, and it does not really work. Unless the flat Earth people are correct, it’s likely that this rule very much needed an update. Others claim that the Mercator projection needs to go as it presents a very European-sympathetic view of the world – to the point where some schools got rid of it and replaced it with the alternative maps made by Gall-Peters.

The 2018 release of the Equal Earth projection map is supposed to be the catch-all solution to bring an end to these constant arguments. However, we are sure that cartographers will continue to vociferously debate the pros and cons of each choice.

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Scary: First Set of Edited Human Embryos Soon In Japan

The reports coming from Japan indicate that the government will soon allow human genes to be edited. This is following the receipt of guidelines which define how the process must be done. According to these guidelines which were released by representatives from Japan’s health and science ministries, scientists must adhere to the recommendations. We know about the invention of the sophisticated tools that can be used for gene editing.

Now, it is time to use these tools. There are many uncertainties about the expected outcome of gene editing. The curiosity has put pressure on the regulatory committees and scientists to make an attempt at editing human genes with the tools.

One of the tools that can be used to edit human genes is the CRISPR Cas9. It was developed for use in modifying the DNA in the human embryo. This has been the focus of on-going studies on human embryos for many years.

The center where a majority of these studies are done is located within the Hokkaido University in Sapporo. One of the foremost scientists involved in this process is Tetsuya Ishii, a bioethicist attached to the university.

Earlier, Japan had propagated a neutral opinion about editing human genes. However, there has been a review of this position. The authorities are now interested in pushing forward research in this direction.

It has however been noted that when all permissions to proceed with this experiment have been granted, there will be some restrictions. The scientists in charge of the project will not be allowed to manipulate the human embryos to stimulate or achieve reproduction. These restrictions will not be legally binding.

The main objective of this project is to modify genes in the human embryo to find ways through which genetic mutations can be prevented. This means a long list of diseases can be prevented if the project is successful.

These experiments have been stalled for many years due to uncertainties based on ethics. There have been criticisms that the editing of genes in the human embryo is unethical. There are also concerns that secret experiments can be done to use these tools to modify human DNA. The authorities have therefore stressed that the tools should only be used for medical research.

The concept of editing genes in the human embryo is forbidden in many countries.

What we know is the publication of reports for studies that have only discussed the possibilities and advantages of this process. In countries such as China and the United States, scientists are permitted to explore these areas only through privately funded research projects. However, these projects are closely monitored by the authorities in these countries.

According to the reports from Japan, we will be able to view the guidelines that have been released publicly. These documents are scheduled to be released in the coming months. It is expected that there will be a public debate and some review to adjust different areas of this report.

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Privacy Invasion Big Time, in China

For some time now, TV shows such as Black Mirror have tried to show us how technology could lead to an Orwellian state. It might sound daft when Black Mirror is just a TV show, but when you find out just how close some of the episodes are to reality, it becomes terrifying. Take the latest new ‘Social Credit’ system coming into place by 2020 in China: it’s essentially a mass surveillance system!

This system will monitor, track and follow every Chinese citizen – ranking them across various factors. They’ll then be given a score akin to a credit score, and will play a critical role in determining how someone gets on in life. From giving them VIP access to making it harder for them to get access to government facilities, including transportation, this new system sounds like a death knell for long-term privacy.

Depending on how you behave, your score could increase or decrease. The ranking system is supposed to help bring in what they call a “Secure Socialist Society” – but what kind of socialism is built on such monitoring?

Indeed, around 600 million high-tech cameras exist in China, monitoring the 1.4 billion inhabitants of the country. That’s 20x what the USA has for example. With around 9 million banned from getting air tickets and another 3 million banned from buying business class tickets, this new system is an absolutely haunting look into the future.

A new form of social control

This kind of governance goes far beyond we’ve ever seen outside of the most terrifying fiction. Some might think that sounds overblown, but this kind of service is easily one of the biggest forms of privacy intrusion that we have heard of.

With a score capped at 800, you can increase your score by doing stuff like taking part in charitable acts, paying your bills without delay and obeying the law. Good scores will give you benefits such as cheaper transport and better hospital services. Bad scores will exclude you from a great many different things.

Personally, I find the idea of ranking people on such static algorithms is outrageous. While I won’t pretend to be too knowledgeable on Chinese culture, it seems that the nation which had many great forms of social progress has just taken a massive regressive step backwards.

For some people, it’s a justifiable invasion of privacy for a nation that takes up over a seventh of the global population. If it shows even a slight level of ‘success’ in China, expect supposedly more liberal Western governments to continue adapting it as time goes on.

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Elon Musk Signs up First SpaceX Customer

As one of the most commonly discussed (and maligned) organizations around, SpaceX is rarely out the news. Headed up by embattled billionaire Elon Musk, who has found 2018 to be a controversy-laden year, some good news finally can come from a Musk story: he’s got his first passenger signed up for a round-the-moon trip!

This is a huge leap forward for what many deem to be commercial space travel. While obviously some way off yet – don’t worry, Red Faction won’t be happening in the near future – it’s nice to see some form of legitimate progress on this front. The lucky person to be taking off as part of the SpaceX rocket, tipped for 2023, is to be Yusaku Maezawa.

Maezawa is a Japanese billionaire, and will become the first civilian passenger to have gone around the moon. The 18th richest man in Japan, he’s also known for his extravagant and varied collection of artworks. Indeed, he’s going to bring a team of six artists, designers and various other creatives with him on the week-long journey. He’ll become the first ‘tourist’ to leave the planet, and can add that to a list of growing accomplishments. Introduced by Elon Musk at the SpaceX California HQ, a visibly excited Maezawa said: “I choose to go to the moon,”

Speaking about his companions taking part in the trip with him, he said: “They will be asked to create something after they return to Earth,

“These masterpieces will inspire the dreamer within all of us.”

This will, of course, be the first humans to go to the moon since the Apollo mission in 1972. It’s a landmark moment, and it’s without doubt the first step to making travel to and from the Moon a reality for more than astronauts.

Richard Branson’ famous Virgin Galactic LLC program was another major step in trying to get space aviation to become a thing, with Branson himself wanting to be on a spaceship heading up to space before the end of the year.

Impressive progress

This comes after the successful satellite launch from Florida earlier in September, making it the 16th mission in just nine months of 2018. The fact that 2018 has been a controversial year for Musk has done nothing to slow down the progress at SpaceX, with many believing that is’ only going to get bigger and better as time goes on.

The BFR has been a secret project even though we knew the BFR would have unique designs. The media and interested people have been debating the new features SpaceX added to the BFR and the identity of the first passenger. Now the first images have revealed some features of the amazing rocket. It is a spaceship designed to accommodate a crew. The spacecraft also appears to feature three fins, and belly mounted heat shield.

A trip to the moon is expected to cost as high as $35million. It is surely a trip for very wealthy people. However, we are excited that there will soon be such a thing as ‘space tourism.’

We first heard about the planned SpaceX launch and the BFR rocket in 2016. The project was unveiled by Musk as a spacecraft that will be the first to carry human cargo to space commercially. The BFR has undergone a series of changes since its unveiling. Its huge size has the capacity to carry as many as one hundred people to space. The BFR is designed to launch with a booster that will propel the craft into the orbit.

According to Musk, the BFR will be the replacement for the Falcon 9 and other Falcon rockets previously developed by SpaceX. The BFR will be developed to reach the moon, mars, and other locations in space. In the long-term, the BFR is expected to be the first rocket to make an unpiloted flight to Mars by 2022.

We expect a second passenger to be announced by Musk very soon. This is in line with the announcement made in 2017 that there will be two passengers aboard the BFR for its first launch. However, these plans were made while the Falcon Heavy rocket was being developed by SpaceX.

They’ve also agreed a contract to help take astronauts from Earth up to the International Space Station in the future. After so much fanfare and build-up, then, Yusaku Maezawa will be the lucky person taking part in what will be landmark moment for civilian travel.

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‘Zombie Turtle’ Washes Ashore in UK

As one of the most majestic animals in the UK, the turtle is a unique species. They are very impressive, known for their comfortable lifestyles and incredible feats of aging. However, while we mostly associate the turtle with wisdom, knowledge and grandeur, they sometimes can be the subject of horror. Indeed, this recent find in the United Kingdom is one that would shock most people: a boat-size zombie turtle!

While it’s not alive and feasting on the brains of other turtles, the horrifying scale of waste on its skeleton is horrifying to look at. It was found when Richard Pears and James Mustoe were out and about with James’ kids, Barnaby and Reuben. They were heading around the beach of Polkerris, Cornwall, when they came across their gargantuan discovery.

Speaking to IFLScience, Mustoe said: “We saw this thing floating in the water from a way off and didn’t have a clue what it could be,

“I was stunned – it was shocking,”

“When we realized what it was, it was very sad but also seeing something that rare and that size just bobbing in the sea like that must be a once in a lifetime encounter. I told my children it would be something they could tell their grandchildren about in years to come.”

What they had found bobbing up and down like a buoy was the decomposing body of the leatherback turtle. Indications that the turtle was a century old – perhaps older – were clear, too. At least it was able to lead a happy, fulfilling life, right?

A once-in-a-lifetime spot

The fact that a leatherback turtle was so near the beaches of Cornwall might seem odd. However, these creatures are fairly nomadic, and do a good job of getting around the world – they often appear in locations all across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. However, Mustoe was right: to spot one near the UK is a very rare opportunity indeed.

They are supposedly quite laid-back, and don’t mind winding up in new locations. However, if you see one and it is alive, you should contact some form of coast guard: they are presently listed as a “vulnerable” species. The general population is going down, and we need to do something to try and change that: if you see one of these majestic animals struggling, try and do something.

From climate change to pollution through to accidental catching, these amazing animals should be protected at all costs. While it might be amazing to see one so up-close, we’d much rather it was alive and kicking!

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As one of the most majestic animals in the UK, the turtle is a unique species. They are very impressive, known for their comfortable lifestyles and incredible feats of aging. However, while we mostly associate the turtle with wisdom, knowledge and grandeur...