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Mysterious Wooden Idol Found in Russia is 11,000 years old

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The Shigir Idol was found in a peat bog in Russia over 125 years ago. It had previously been dated at 9,500 years old, but new research from Mannheim, Germany suggests the idol is actually 11,000 years old. That’s twice as old as Stonehenge and the Pyramids. Even more mysterious, the idol is covered in some kind of “encrypted code.”

Professor Mikhail Zhilin of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Archeology said: ‘The ornament is covered with nothing but encrypted information. People were passing on knowledge with the help of the Idol.’

The researchers in Mannheim, Germany used tiny fragments of the idol for analysis by Accelerated Mass Spectrometry to determine its new age.

For more reading: The Huffington Post and Yahoo News.

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Bizarre Mars photos: Signs of life?

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A certain section of the Internet spends much of their time analyzing photos from Mars taken by Curiosity. Many say these photos are proof of life. The folks at CNN explore this with more than a hint of snark.

Ian Lee and Nick Thompson via CNN:

For most of us Earthlings, the photos of Mars taken by the Curiosity rover reveal little more than a desolate red landscape inhabited mostly by rocks. Lots and lots of rocks.

But to the more, er, imaginative minds in our midst, these are no ordinary rocks. They’re signs of alien life on the planet next door.

For years, eagle-eyed conspiracy theorists have been trawling through the photos beamed back to Earth by NASA probes and “discovering” mysterious objects that they say proves the existence of extraterrestrial activity on Mars — a world where lizards,mermaids, traffic lights, jelly donuts and a statue of Barack Obama all apparently coexist in the dusty expanses of the red planet.

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Creepy cloaked figure photographed dropping meat near playground

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A creepy cloaked figure was photographed outside of an apartment complex in Gastonia, North Carolina. Witnesses claimed that the figure was seen dropping meat near a playground. Police are currently investigating.

Chris Dyches via WBTV:

According to online posts, the mysterious pale figure “sparked fear among locals after it was reportedly caught on camera standing outside an apartment complex in Gastonia, North Carolina, dressed in a dark cloak.”

Police spokesperson Donna Lahser told WBTV that investigators were called out to meet with the manager of the Hudson Woods Apartment complex last Monday about the photo.

h/t Boing Boing.

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Strange find in tunnels under Paris

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The Paris Police Force is tasked with policing the 170 miles of tunnels and catacombs running beneath the city of Paris. In 2004 they made an intriguing discovery.

Behind that, a tunnel held a desk and a closed-circuit TV camera set to automatically record images of anyone passing. The mechanism also triggered a tape of dogs barking, “clearly designed to frighten people off,” the spokesman said.

Further along, the tunnel opened into a vast 400 sq metre cave some 18m underground, “like an underground amphitheatre, with terraces cut into the rock and chairs”.

There the police found a full-sized cinema screen, projection equipment, and tapes of a wide variety of films, including 1950s film noir classics and more recent thrillers. None of the films were banned or even offensive, the spokesman said.

A smaller cave next door had been turned into an informal restaurant and bar. “There were bottles of whisky and other spirits behind a bar, tables and chairs, a pressure-cooker for making couscous,” the spokesman said.

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Researchers Encounter ‘Bigfoot’ in Missouri, say it Made Donkey Sounds

Randy Savig, a 50-year-old Bigfoot researcher, and his research partner, Bernie, claim to have encountered the always elusive creature. They provided the above audio recording, but no video.

via Cryptozoology News:

“The whoop vocals came from about 30 degrees to the right of the subject we were watching,” he says. “They almost seemed to be an alarm. With the audio contamination from the tree frogs and the bugs this time of the year, recording good clear audio is next to impossible, but if you use headphones to listen to this it is easier to hear what is going on.”

But these vocals reportedly became something else. As the two men were closely monitoring the being behind the bushes, the “donkey” sounds began.

“Odd. It was as if it was attempting to mimic a donkey. There are mules on a farm about a mile and a half ,as the crow files, but really sound off from audio we got from them before.”

The two men said that the animal then “dropped down” and that it became “too dark to see anymore”.

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Solved: Mystery Booms in California

There have been several mysterious “booms” affecting residents in California’s Gold Country. It now appears that a military installation over 100 miles away is the cause.

via Phys.org:

The Hawthorne Army Depot routinely destroys obsolete munitions on weekdays between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m—the period of time when many of the nearly 2,300 members of the Facebook group “Mother Lode Mystery Booms” have reported hearing the blasts.

Glen White, a science instructor at Columbia College outside Sonora, said the sound coming from Hawthorne appears to carry especially well in the summer months.

“I can’t explain all the physics involved, but the atmosphere is bouncing in response to the energy and it’s reflecting and bouncing (the sound) back down,” White said. “The really odd part is people fairly close to the source of the energy, the explosions, aren’t hearing it.

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Nick Bostrom & Ray Kurzweil – Could Our Universe Be a Fake?

A word from the experts…

Robert Lawrence Kuhn, creator and host, “Closer To Truth” via Space.com:

It’s like the movie “The Matrix,” Bostrom said, except that “instead of having brains in vats that are fed by sensory inputs from a simulator, the brains themselves would also be part of the simulation. It would be one big computer program simulating everything, including human brains down to neurons and synapses.”

Bostrom is not saying that humanity is living in such a simulation. Rather, his “Simulation Argument” seeks to show that one of three possible scenarios must be true (assuming there are other intelligent civilizations):

  1. All civilizations become extinct before becoming technologically mature;
  2. All technologically mature civilizations lose interest in creating simulations;
  3. Humanity is literally living in a computer simulation.

His point is that all cosmic civilizations either disappear (e.g., destroy themselves) before becoming technologically capable, or all decide not to generate whole-world simulations (e.g., decide such creations are not ethical, or get bored with them).

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MH370: wreckage found on Reunion ‘matches Malaysia Airlines flight’

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A piece of wreckage has been found on La Réunion Island and a French aviation expert believes it could be from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight, MH370.

Harriet Alexander writes at The Telegraph:

Xavier Tytelman, a former military pilot who now specialises in aviation security, was contacted on Wednesday morning by a man living on the island of Reunion, in the Indian Ocean. The man sent Mr Tytelman a series of photos showing wreckage of a plane, which the Frenchman said could possibly be the missing jet.

“I’ve been studying hundreds of photos and speaking to colleagues,” Mr Tytelman told The Telegraph. “And we all think it is likely that the wing is that of a Boeing 777 – the same plane as MH370.

“Police in Reunion examining the wreckage say that it looks like it’s been in the water for around a year, which again would fit with MH370.

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Three scientists investigating melting Arctic ice may have been assassinated, professor claims

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Robert Mendick Via The Telegraph:

A Cambridge Professor has made the astonishing claim that three scientists investigating the melting of Arctic ice may have been assassinated within the space of a few months.

Professor Peter Wadhams said he feared being labelled a “looney” over his suspicion that the deaths of the scientists were more than just an ‘extraordinary’ coincidence.

But he insisted the trio could have been murdered and hinted that the oil industry or else sinister government forces might be implicated.

The three scientists he identified – Seymour Laxon and Katherine Giles, both climate change scientists at University College London, and Tim Boyd of the Scottish Association for marine Science – all died within the space of a few months in early 2013.

Professor laxon fell down a flight of stairs at a New year’s Eve party at a house in Essex while Dr Giles died when she was in collision with a lorry when cycling to work in London.

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