August 5, 2009

Kubrick’s monolith on Mars

Posted in Astronomy, Cosmology, Evolution, Mars Mission, Mystery, Nature, Science, Science Fiction, Space, Universe at 10:58 am by deadlikeme

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Lunar Explorer Italia has recently published a photo of what seems to resemble a monolith on Mars. It was taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter last July.

And according to Buzz Aldrin there is also a monolith on Mars’ moon Phobos.

Was there once intelligent life on Mars or are these monoliths just natural rocks and boulders, like the infamous human face photographed by the Viking 1 probe in 1976?

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Read the Dailymail.co.uk article for more information.

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January 22, 2008

Bigfoot on Mars?

Posted in Astrophysics, Mars Mission, Mystery, Science, Science Fiction, Space, Universe at 3:35 pm by deadlikeme

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An old snapshot taken by Mars Rover Spirit seems to contain a mysterious figure walking downhill. Take a look at the picture and judge for yourself if it’s really an alien or just an odd rock formation.

check the dailymail.co.uk article for more and a higher resolution image of the above.

EDIT: I tracked down the original NASA image, you can watch it here (Resolution: 12756 x 3487, Size: 5.6MB); the “formation” is indeed visible on the lower left side, so at least it’s not a Photoshop fake

September 3, 2007

Mysterious fireball spotted off New Jersey shore

Posted in Astronomy, Mystery, Nature, Science at 7:41 am by deadlikeme

fireball.jpgLast Saturday night a fireball was seen droping from the sky into the Atlantic ocean, somewhere off the New Jersey shore. The unidentified object was first spotted by people on Normandy Beach, but apparently it could even be spotted from as far away as Fire Island and South Carolina.

The coast guard dispatched cutters and helicopters, but found nothing. The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) has no knowledge of missing planes.

A rare Aurigid meteor shower took place that day. The earth crossed the dust trail of comet Kiess. But the peak of that meteor shower was during the morning hours and was only observable on the west coast.

New York Post

September 1, 2007

Gigantic spider web discovered

Posted in Animals, Biology, Mystery, Nature, Science at 3:13 pm by deadlikeme

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An enormous spider web, twice the size of a football field, has been found in Lake Tawakoni State Park, Texas.

No it’s not the work of Shelob, but rather the joined effort of millions of smaller spiders. The web covers 180m of trees, shrubs and hiking trail. Once fairy-tale white, the web has now turned brown, due to the many mosquitos caught in it.

It hasn’t been determined yet what kind of spiders are responsible for this, but Donna Garde, superintendant of the park, welcomes entomologists who want to take a look at it.

But this unusual attraction won’t last long, because with the arrival of autumn the spiders will start dying off.

BBC article

July 29, 2007

Oscar, the Grim Reap-purr

Posted in Animals, Biology, Life, Mystery, Nature, Science at 5:57 pm by deadlikeme

cat.jpg2-year old cat Oscar can predict the death of patients in a nursing home in Providence, Rhode Island.

So far Oscar has foreshadowed the death of 25 patients, by curling up beside them a few hours prior to their death.

His track record not only got him a mention in the New England Journal of Medicine but also an own Wikipedia page.

USA Today article

P.S. dogs are known to be able to predict epileptic seizures and sniff out different kind of cancer. Can they also be trained to smell an upcoming death?

May 5, 2007

The Loch Ness … Toad

Posted in Biology, Education, Life, Mystery, Nature, Science at 8:08 am by deadlikeme

lochnesstoad.jpgResearchers from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), who carried out a sonar survey of the infamous Loch Ness, found a common toad in a depth of 324ft (98m). It was alive and kicking.

The Common Toad (Bufo bufo) is widespread throughout Europe and can grow to the size of a human hand. One has to wonder why the toad was kicking mud so deep down below the surface? Sorry Mario, the princess is not here. Bowser must have hidden her somewhere else.

Bob Rines, a lecturer at MIT, will reveal more infos on the survey and the toad on Oceans 07, a conference about Marine Technology, Oceans Science and Oceanic Engineering. The conference will be held in June 2007 in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Click the link below to see a picture of the toad.

BBC Article