Weird news stories

Tasmanian tiger: ‘Sightings’ of extinct animal spark hunt in Australia
30th March 2017 | independent.co.uk | Animal Life, Weird

Apparent sightings of the Tasmanian tiger in northern Australia have sparked a search for the long-extinct carnivore.

The wolf-like predators were the largest known carnivorous marsupial to have existed alongside human society, but the last known specimen died in a zoo on the island of Tasmania itself in 1936.

Physicists Find That as Clocks Get More Precise, Time Gets More Fuzzy
27th March 2017 | sciencealert.com | Space, Weird

Time is weird – in spite of what we think, the Universe doesn’t have a master clock to run by, making it possible for us to experience time differently depending on how we’re moving or how much gravity is pulling on us.


Alt: Physicists Have Uncovered a Weird Problem While Measuring Time

Lost Tourist Says Monkeys Saved Him in the Amazon
26th March 2017 news.nationalgeographic.com | Animal Life, Humans, Weird

Rurrenabaque, BoliviaIn the Bolivian Amazon, where vast rivers wind endlessly through mountainous terrain and a thick blanket of fog creeps through the trees, the locals say the jungle can swallow you in a second. Venture too far and you may never find your way back.

‘Blurred times’ in a quantum world
20th March 2017 phys.org | Space, Tech, Weird

When measuring time, we normally assume that clocks do not affect space and time, and that time can be measured with infinite accuracy at nearby points in space. However, combining quantum mechanics and Einstein’s theory of general relativity theoretical physicists from the University of Vienna and the Austrian Academy of Sciences have demonstrated a fundamental limitation for our ability to measure time.

Mysterious ‘beast’ believed to be roaming Scottish Highlands stripping all the flesh off sheep and eating them
16th March 2017 | independent.co.uk | Weird

A large “cat” with a taste for mutton is believed to be roaming the most remote parts of northern Scotland, stripping sheep from their skin and leaving no trace but bones and wool.


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Two decades later, “Phoenix Lights” remains a mystery
16th March 2017 | fox10phoenix.com | Weird

March 13, 1997. It’s a date many people will remember, as it is the night the so-called “Phoenix Lights” event took place. 20 years ago. In the two decades since that mysterious night, there have been lots of theories over the light’s origins.


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Are distant radio bursts in space signs of alien sailors?
15th March 2017 | csmonitor.com | Space, Weird

A new paper uncovers a number of coincidences suggesting that recently discovered radio bursts are consistent with advanced civilizations using light sails for transportation.


Alt: Are Fast Radio Bursts Evidence Of Alien Activity?

Did the Oscars Just Prove That We Are Living in a Computer Simulation?
11th March 2017 | newyorker.com | Weird

These bizarre events put one in mind of a simple but arresting thesis: that we are living in the Matrix, and something has gone wrong with the controllers. This idea was, I’m told, put forward first and most forcibly by the N.Y.U. philosopher David Chalmers: what is happening lately, he says, is support for the hypothesis that we are living in a computer simulation and that something has recently gone haywire within it.

Alien hunters claim to have spotted giant 2-mile wide ‘saucer’ moving along the Pacific seafloor
11th March 2017 | dailymail.co.uk | Weird

We have yet to explore all of what the ocean has to offer, but a recent find has suggested that aliens may have already beaten us to it – if a group of alien hunters are to be believed.


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Only piece of ‘revolutionary’ metallic hydrogen in the world disappears just weeks after it was first created
1st March 2017 | dailymail.co.uk | Tech, Weird

The world’s first piece of metallic hydrogen, created by Harvard scientists just last month, has disappeared.

The machinery used to keep the sample stable malfunctioned, leaving no sign of the metal in its wake.

Winston Churchill’s views on aliens revealed in lost essay
18th February 2017 | bbc.com | Ancient, Space, Weird

A newly unearthed essay by Winston Churchill reveals he was open to the possibility of life on other planets.

Churchill’s interest in science is well-known: he was the first British prime minister to employ a science adviser, Frederick Lindemann, and met regularly with scientists such as Sir Bernard Lovell, a pioneer of radio astronomy.

A Danish astronaut has captured the best-ever images of rare blue flashes
16th February 2017 arstechnica.com | Earth, Space, Weird

Scientists don’t know much about the mysterious, powerful electric discharges that sometimes occur in the upper levels of the atmosphere in conjunction with thunderstorms. The first photograph of the phenomenon—which can occur as high as about 90km above the surface of the Earth and are known variously as sprites, pixies, elves, or jets—was only taken from Earth in 1989.

Is there a lost city in Antarctica? Mysterious dome ‘building’ may have been created by an ancient civilisation, bizarre theory claims
3rd February 2017 | dailymail.co.uk | Ancient, Weird

An image of a ‘dome’ in Antarctica has sparked claims there was once a civilisation living in the frozen continent.

The picture, which is said to be from Google Earth, shows an oval-shaped structure that is believed be 400 foot (121 metres) across.

A ‘cluster of UFOs’ was filmed hovering over the border between the US and Mexico
3rd February 2017 | dailymail.co.uk | Weird

Creepy footage showing ‘a fleet of UFOs’ hovering over the border between the USA and Mexico has mysteriously disappeared from the internet.

The 14 minute-long film showed a group of seven or eight lights dancing above a border control post in Tijuana, Mexico.


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Lots of corpse flowers bloomed in 2016 and nobody knows why
28th January 2017 | bbc.com | Weird

The corpse flower takes ten years to build up enough energy to bloom, but mysteriously, dozens of them bloomed within weeks of each other in 2016

Plants Have an “Ear” for Music
27th January 2017 nautil.us | Earth, Weird

[Dan Carlson] maintained that “green music”—sounds akin to, or recorded from, those found in nature, like birds singing or crickets stridulating—possesses frequencies that boost plant growth and yield rates. He claimed that when exposed to synthesized birdsong, a plant’s stomata—the mouth-like pores on the underside of leaves that absorb water and nutrients and expel oxygen—widen.

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