Weird news stories

Do we live in a simulation? Chances are about 50–50.
15th October 2020 | | Humans, Weird

Such conversations may seem flippant. But ever since Nick Bostrom of the University of Oxford wrote a seminal paper about the simulation argument in 2003, philosophers, physicists, technologists and, yes, comedians have been grappling with the idea of our reality being a simulacrum

Astronomers report two new space oddities
15th October 2020 | Space, Weird

Death by spaghettification and a stellar peacock.

An earlier universe existed before the Big Bang, and can still be observed today, says Nobel winner
8th October 2020 | Space, Weird

Sir Roger, 89, who won the honour for his seminal work proving that black holes exist, said he had found six ‘warm’ points in the sky (dubbed ‘Hawking Points’) which are around eight times the diameter of the Moon.

A mini fractal universe may lie inside charged black holes (if they exist)
8th October 2020 | | Space, Weird

Black holes are perhaps the strangest, least-understood objects in our universe. With so much potential — being linked to everything from wormholes to new baby universes — they have sucked in physicists for decades.

There’s too much gold in the universe. No one knows where it came from.
5th October 2020 | | Space, Weird

Something is showering gold across the universe. But no one knows what it is.

The First Black Hole Ever Seen by Humans is Glittering in Space
3rd October 2020 | | Space, Tech, Weird
M87*, the first black hole ever to be directly imaged, has a newly-identified feature: it glitters and wobbles, according to new research.
An exoplanet that goes to extremes
29th September 2020 | Space, Tech, Weird

European astronomers are taking a close look at one of the hottest known exoplanets.

Half the atoms in the planet could be digital data by 2245
27th August 2020 | | Humans, Tech, Weird

Information might seem immaterial. But within a few short centuries, the total amount of digital bits produced annually by humanity could exceed the number of atoms on our planet and, even more unexpectedly, account for half of its mass.

Mysterious meteorites came from an asteroid with a liquid metal core
28th July 2020 | Space, Weird

Most meteorites that fall to Earth belong to one of two broad groups – there are rocky ones, and there are metallic ones that were once molten iron. But one puzzling group of meteorites appears to belong to both camps at once….

Image from the paleobear(Wikki Commons)

Scientists spot flash of light from colliding black holes. But how?
30th June 2020 | | Space, Weird

Black holes aren’t supposed to make flashes of light. It’s right there in the name: black holes.

‘Black neutron star’ discovery changes astronomy
24th June 2020 | | Space, Weird

Scientists have discovered an astronomical object that has never been observed before. It is more massive than collapsed stars, known as “neutron stars”, but has less mass than black holes.

Why some physicists really think there’s a ‘mirror universe’ hiding in space-time
23rd June 2020 | | Space, Weird

A series of viral articles claimed that NASA had discovered particles from another parallel universe in which time runs backwards. These claims were incorrect. The true story is far more exciting and strange, involving a journey into the Big Bang and out the other side.

Physicists entangle 15 trillion hot atoms
9th June 2020 | | Space, Tech, Weird

Physicists set a new record by linking together a hot soup of 15 trillion atoms in a bizarre phenomenon called quantum entanglement.

Mysterious deep-space flashes repeat every 157 days
8th June 2020 | | Space, Weird

Astronomers have discovered an activity cycle in another fast radio burst, potentially unearthing a significant clue about these mysterious deep-space phenomena.

Some Humans May Have a Weird Pregnancy Quirk Inherited From Neanderthals
29th May 2020 | | Ancient, Humans, Weird

Human pregnancy is downright curious. Today, we still don’t know why women go into labour for so long or why they face so much risk when they give birth.

Chiltern’s magic mushrooms a unique midnight experience
28th May 2020 | | Earth, Humans, Weird

LIKE a scene out of a sci-fi movie, a small patch of Chiltern’s Mount Pilot National Park is now lit up by green, glowing mushrooms.

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