Second Arctic ‘doomsday’ vault will store the world’s data

 Literature will be protected from apocalypse in artic facility in Norway

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Who says there’s no good news? It just so happens that if all of humanity is wiped out in a nuclear holocaust, the people of Earth will leave behind a record of their existence in two “doomsday vaults” on the frozen island of Svalbard, halfway between Norway and the North Pole.

Svalbard’s first doomsday vault was built into the side of a mountain in 2008. Known as the Global Seed Vault, it stores duplicates of seed samples from across the globe. They’re essentially backups, stored at half a degree below zero Fahrenheit. If every kernel of corn in the world is wiped out by the unthinkable, there’s a backup in Svalbard waiting to be withdrawn.

The Seed Vault, which currently holds more than 880,000 samples from almost every country in the world, is big enough to store 2.5 billion seeds — an average of 500 seeds from 4.5 million varieties of crops, according to The Crop Trust, an international nonprofit dedicated to preserving global food security.

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And now the vault has a sibling — a second doomsday vault designed to ensure that the world’s most important books, documents and data are preserved much more carefully than the people who wrote them.

Launched last week, the Arctic World Archive is a place where governments, research facilities, companies and private individuals can store their information for 4,000 generations, according to a report in Science Alert.

“We believe that we can save the data using our technology for a whole 1,000 years,” Katrine Loen Thomsen of the Norwegian technology company Piql told local broadcaster NRK.

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The data — “basically big QR codes” — is being stored in analog form, not digital, which could be vulnerable to cyberattacks and hacking, Piql founder Rune Bjerkestrand told Science Alert. When the data is physically etched into reels of film, it’s as if it were “carved in stone,” he said.

The new vault already contains the National Archives of Brazil — “…different kinds of documents from their national histories, like, for example, the Brazilian Constitution,” Bjerkestrand said. It also now holds materials from Mexico — “important documents, even from the Inca period.”

As for the people responsible for all these crops and data, no third vault for humans is planned, but Svalbard sounds like a nice, safe place to live. As reported in Science Alert, the nations of the world have agreed to keep it free from military installations and occupation, making it close to a demilitarized zone.

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“We can be reasonably confident that no military attack will happen,” Pål Berg, of the Norwegian coal mining firm SNSK, told NRK.

You’ll want to pack an extra sweater, because it gets a bit chilly at night — especially in the winter, which lasts about half a year.

But that’s the price you pay for safety. And if the unthinkable happens, you’ll have more than enough seeds and books to last you a lifetime.

Extinct creature sightings are piling up in Australia

File photo - Don Colgan, Head of the Evolutionary Biology Unit at the Australian Museum, speaks under a model of a Tasmanian Tiger at a media conference in Sydney as seen in this May 4, 2000 file photo regarding the quality DNA extracted from the heart, liver, muscle and bone marrow tissue samples of a 134 year-old Tiger specimen (R) preserved in alcohol. The last known Tasmanian Tiger died in 1936 after it was hunted down and wiped out in only 100 years of human settlement. (Reuters)

File photo – Don Colgan, Head of the Evolutionary Biology Unit at the Australian Museum, speaks under a model of a Tasmanian Tiger at a media conference in Sydney as seen in this May 4, 2000 file photo regarding the quality DNA extracted from the heart, liver, muscle and bone marrow tissue samples of a 134 year-old Tiger specimen (R) preserved in alcohol. The last known Tasmanian Tiger died in 1936 after it was hunted down and wiped out in only 100 years of human settlement. (Reuters)

Multiple reports of Tasmanian Tiger sightings are starting to flow in from everyday citizens in Australia. Several people have recently claimed they’ve spotted the animal, which isn’t a tiger at all — and, despite looking very much like a species of dog, isn’t of canine lineage either — but a carnivorous marsupial. Spotting an interesting creature in Australia isn’t exactly a rare occurrence, but there’s one problem with these reports in particular: the Tasmanian Tiger is supposed to be extinct.

The last known Tasmanian Tiger was captured in its native Australia in 1933 and lived for a few years in a zoo before dying, and its death has long been thought to be the final nail in the species’ coffin. Australians have occasionally claimed to have spotted the dog-like animals over the years, but the sightings were typically rare and attributed to nothing more than misidentification. That’s all changed now, as several “plausible sightings” are beginning to give life to the theory that the animal never actually went extinct at all.

Now, scientists in Queensland, Australia, are taking action in the hopes of actually finding evidence that the Tiger is still around. If confirmed, it would be an absolutely monumental discovery, considering the animal’s history. The team plans to set up cameras in areas where reported sightings have taken place in the hopes of confirming the claims.

In the late 1800s there were actually bounties on Tasmanian Tigers in Australia, and the creatures were hunted to the brink of extinction before any action was taken. By that point, the species was thought to be doomed, and when the last captive animal died it was assumed that was the end of the road. Now, it appears that might not be the case after all.

Here’s how ‘invisible armor’ could defeat bullets and blades

The NRL-developed transparent polymer armor consists of alternating layers of elastomeric polymer and a harder material substrate. Very small crystalline domains, which also provide rigidity, give the polymer its transparency. (U.S. Naval Research Laboratory)

The NRL-developed transparent polymer armor consists of alternating layers of elastomeric polymer and a harder material substrate. Very small crystalline domains, which also provide rigidity, give the polymer its transparency. (U.S. Naval Research Laboratory)

Ever wonder if there was such a thing as transparent armor? It sounds like something straight out of a comic book, but it’s something the Navy has actually created.

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) scientists have created a remarkable transparent armor that is lightweight and still provides excellent protection.

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Nearly as transparent as glass, the armor is essentially invisible protection from bullets. And if the armor surface is damaged, warfighters could fix it on the fly with something as simple as a hot plate and the armor will meld itself back together.

 

Think about how “bulletproof glass” (a misnomer since it is often only bullet resistant) works – you can see through it and it stops bullets.

Now what if you could do that for body armor and helmets? That’s the idea here.

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This next-generation armor advance could also amp up transparent bulletproof walls to protect tourist attractions from the attacks we’ve seen in Paris and most recently, in London.

What’s the armor made of?

The transparent polymer armor gets its transparency from something known as tiny crystalline domains. The armor itself is made up of alternating layers of elastomeric polymer combined with a harder material substrate.

NRL scientists conducted tests using polymeric materials as a coating to try to enhance impact resistance.

By applying layers of the special materials to body armor and helmets, the result was better protection for warriors against bullets.

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The armor also helped reduce the impact of blast waves caused by something like an IED explosion, which could potentially help prevent brain trauma.

When a bullet hits the armor

If you picture a windshield that has been struck by a rock kicked up while driving, the rock’s impact may cause damage that makes it difficult to see through the windshield.

One of the amazing things about this see-through armor is that when it’s struck by a projectile, such as a bullet, it still retains its lucid nature. There’s virtually no impact on visibility and the damage is limited only to the spot where the bullet connected with the armor.

Repair vs. replace 

The possibility exists that this futuristic body armor could be ironed back into shape after it sustained some hits, because of the material used to create it.

The material needs to be heated to around 100 degrees Celsius, which then causes it to become hot enough to melt the tiny crystallites. By heating the material, any impact from the bullet can be melded back together and returned to its normal state. Scientists believe that this sort of repair will not impact how the armor performs.

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Easy, fast repairs can be a great advantage for warfighters operating in remote locations and it can save money by repairing rather than replacing.

Implications for protecting against global terror attacks

In a scenario like the recent London attack, lightweight body armor approaches like the aforementioned can be very useful to protect armed officers from bladed weapons, bullets and other threats while the reduced weight can improve their speed, agility and flexibility of response.

Like the Capitol building in the US, armed officers protect the building and those working in and visiting the building. Based on the information provided publicly thus far, the terrorist wielded a bladed weapon and attacked British officers. One officer was tragically killed.

Guns and explosive devices are not the only methods of attack used by Islamic extremist terrorists. In Europe, terrorist plots and attacks have increasingly involved bladed weapons on foot as well the weaponization of vehicles.

Islamic extremist groups such as al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and the Islamic State group have been actively promoting these sorts of attack methods.

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Just last month in Paris, a terrorist tried to launch an attack with machetes at the popular tourist site of the Louvre museum. A French soldier stopped him before there were any casualties.

In 2013, two terrorists drove at British Army soldier Fusilier Lee Rigby, who was walking a street in England. The terrorists then exited the vehicle, attacked him with blades and murdered him by hacking him to death.

Invisible Walls?

Ultimately, advances like NRLs in transparent armor could play a vital role in amping up “invisible” walls could be used to stop both people and vehicles from storming sites and areas. By enhancing protection, it could help prevent attacks and casualties.

Paris recently announced they are building an eight-foot bulletproof glass wall around the Eiffel Tower. Why? Tourist sites are attractive targets for terrorists. The goal is to stop not just bullets but prevent vehicles loaded with bombs from gaining access.

Transparent armor-ed up walls mean tourists can still enjoy an uninterrupted view while benefiting from enhanced protection.

Advanced armor like this can also become a deterrent to future attacks.

 

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Allison Barrie consults at the highest levels of defense, has travelled to more than 70 countries, is a lawyer with four postgraduate degrees and now the author of the new book “Future Weapons: Access Granted”  covering invisible tanks through to thought-controlled fighter jets. You can click here for more information on FOX Firepower columnist and host Allison Barrie and you can follow her on Twitter @allison_barrie.

Man who lived 700 years ago gets brand-new face

(Credit: Dr. Chris Rynn, University of Dundee)

(Credit: Dr. Chris Rynn, University of Dundee)

Gizmodo calls his face “haunting,” but to UK researchers, seeing the mug of the man known as Context 958 is nothing short of astounding. His visage was revealed at the two-week-long Cambridge Science Festival this month, as were details about who he was: in short, a 13th-century working-class man who died in middle age, had apparently lived a life of indigence, and whose face was reconstructed by scientists based on his teeth and bones, per a Cambridge press release.

Context 958’s skeleton, analyzed as part of the university’s “After the Plague” project, was discovered along with about 400 others between 2010 and 2012 in a medieval-era graveyard underneath one of the college’s schools.

The bodies, which date from the 1200s to the 1400s, came from the Hospital of St. John the Evangelist, which used to exist across from the cemetery.

Context 958, who was found buried face-down in his burial spot, is believed to have been a few ticks older than 40 and boasted a “robust skeleton with a lot of wear and tear,” which means he likely had a physically challenging job, says Cambridge professor John Robb.

However, unlike others who lived in poverty, Context 958 appears to have chowed down on meat and fish, suggesting that he worked in a specialized niche that gave him access to this ample food supply.

What makes the discovery of his body and others in the same demographic notable, Robb says, is that it gives researchers a chance to study how the poor lived in England more than 700 years ago.

“The less money and property you had, the less likely anybody was to ever write down anything about you,” he notes. (This living man’s face was reconstructed using 3D printing.)

This article originally appeared on Newser: This Man Lived 700 Years Ago

Giant chicken looks like a ‘grown man in a costume,’ according to internet

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Move over, 13-foot alligator — the internet is obsessed with a different enormous animal today.

Footage of a ridiculously large chicken has been sweeping the internet after a Twitter user named LifesBook_CEO uploaded a video of the bulky bird on Sunday morning. In the clip, the large chicken can be seen emerging from its chicken coop and strutting around its pen, flapping its colossal wings and sauntering around on its massive haunches.

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“Am I the only person wondering why this chicken is so d— big[?]” asked LifesBook_CEO in the caption.

Am I the only person wondering why this chicken is so damn big 🤔🤔🤔

But judging by the video’s popularity, LifesBook_CEO is not alone in his bewilderment.

In fact, Some Twitter users are actually skeptical that what they’re looking at is — in fact — a chicken.

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“So you’re going to tell me that’s not a grown a– man in a costume!!!???” wrote one incredulous user, reports The Sun.

“I still refuse to believe that giant chicken video is real,” wrote another.

According to Mashable, however, the chicken in the footage is very likely a Brahma chicken, a breed that was popular in the U.S. as a source of meat during the turn of the 20th century. This particular breed can grow to weigh as much as 18 pounds, and was originally developed from species imported from Shanghai. The average boiler chicken in the U.S. weighs just under 6 pounds, according to USDA statistics.

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The site also pegs this particular chicken as being from Kosovo, since the footage was initially uploaded to a chicken-themed Facebook group based in the country. Mashable says the larger than life bird’s name is Merakli.

Despite the scientific explanation behind the gigantic bird, Twitter is still having a hard time processing Merakli’s existence.

I’d like a 2,000-word explainer about that big chicken video, please.

everytime i close my eyes i see that big chicken. i cant breathe. it’s all i think about

that video of the giant chicken scares the living hell out of me

So on second thought, it’s not so surprising that many believe Merakli is just an adult human in a chicken suit:

@LifesBook_Ceo Bruh, this ain’t no chicken. Who really finna try to cook this grown man.

Buzz Aldrin hosts virtual reality experience on how to get to Mars

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin suits up for a countdown demonstration test prior to the launch of Apollo 11 on July 5, 1969.

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin suits up for a countdown demonstration test prior to the launch of Apollo 11 on July 5, 1969.  (NASA)

Buzz Aldrin, the second man to set foot on the moon, is looking to keep humanity going and get to Mars.

The 87-year old astronaut is hosting a virtual reality experience to discuss his plan on how to get astronauts to Mars. The experience, named Cycling Pathways to Mars, debuted at the tech conference South by Southwest earlier this week.

In the experience, Aldrin is placed on a lunar landscape, then goes on to show how humanity could get to Mars. The Apollo 11 astronaut thinks there could be two ships going back and forth between Earth and Mars on six months schedules in order to do so.

In addition to the experience, Aldrin participated in a panel at the conference on how to get to Mars, taking questions from the media to further expand his thoughts.

For years, Aldrin has been a vocal supporter of having a manned mission to Mars.

In June 2013, he wrote an op-ed for The New York Times, detailing his thoughts on a potential mission. In August 2015 — Aldrin, along with the Florida Institute of Technology — gave a “master plan” to NASA on how to colonize Mars prior to 2040.

Buzz Aldrin hosts virtual reality experience on how to get to Mars

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin suits up for a countdown demonstration test prior to the launch of Apollo 11 on July 5, 1969.

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin suits up for a countdown demonstration test prior to the launch of Apollo 11 on July 5, 1969.  (NASA)

Buzz Aldrin, the second man to set foot on the moon, is looking to keep humanity going and get to Mars.

The 87-year old astronaut is hosting a virtual reality experience to discuss his plan on how to get astronauts to Mars. The experience, named Cycling Pathways to Mars, debuted at the tech conference South by Southwest earlier this week.

In the experience, Aldrin is placed on a lunar landscape, then goes on to show how humanity could get to Mars. The Apollo 11 astronaut thinks there could be two ships going back and forth between Earth and Mars on six months schedules in order to do so.

In addition to the experience, Aldrin participated in a panel at the conference on how to get to Mars, taking questions from the media to further expand his thoughts.

For years, Aldrin has been a vocal supporter of having a manned mission to Mars.

In June 2013, he wrote an op-ed for The New York Times, detailing his thoughts on a potential mission. In August 2015 — Aldrin, along with the Florida Institute of Technology — gave a “master plan” to NASA on how to colonize Mars prior to 2040.

‘Long Island Medium’ Theresa Caputo had her brain tested to prove she has a gift

 

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Theresa Caputo was determined to prove the world she has a gift.

The 50-year-old star of TLC’s reality TV series, “Long Island Medium,” appeared on FOX & Friends Thursday where she recalled getting her brain tested by a doctor in front of cameras to show there was something different about her.

“They did find that I do access a part of my brain that we typically don’t and that my brain actually goes blank,” explained Caputo on what the medical scans showed while she was channeling. “It almost like it flat lines. Like, it’s clear as I’m channeling.”

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Caputo said she was not surprised by the results.

“I always said that my brain doesn’t work like everyone else’s,” she explained. “I always said since I was a young child, ‘Mom, I don’t feel right. I don’t feel like I belong. I feel different.’”

Caputo added that it wasn’t until her late 20s and early 30s when she fully realized her psychic abilities. Before then, she assumed anyone could speak to the dead just like her.

“I thought everyone saw what I was sensing and feeling,” said Caputo.

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The celebrity medium has received backlash from some critics, questioning her reported abilities to communicate with the dead. However, the comments don’t phase Caputo, who insisted her goal is to help people move forward after tragedy.

“You know, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. But you speak to the people that I channeled their loved ones and it has changed their lives in a positive way,” she said. “And look, there are common things that spirits have me say. That’s not my fault that there are only so many different ways that people can die. Those things are common. But spirits talk about unique things that there’s no way I would know about.”

Search is on for 10-foot crocodile who ate a man while fishing in Mexico

 (Reuters)

Mexican authorities are looking for a 10-foot crocodile that reportedly ate a young man who was fishing in southern Mexico.

The attack was reported by three of the victim’s friends who were there and watched the whole thing unfold. They were able to escape unharmed.

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The gruesome incident occurred Sunday in La Encrucijada reserve in southern Chiapas, a protected area they had entered without authorization.

“Most of these events are caused due to unawareness of people coming to unauthorized fishing grounds,” an official with the Commission on Natural Protected Areas told El Universal.

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According to the Environment and Natural Resources Office (Semarnat), they have experts combing the marshy area and have put up warning signs.

The goal is to capture all 10-foot crocodiles and pump out their stomachs to find the victim’s remains, officials said.

Jack the Ripper mystery: Researchers hit roadblock

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Mary Jane Kelly's grave marker (Carl Vivian University of Leicester).

Mary Jane Kelly’s grave marker (Carl Vivian University of Leicester).

Researchers looking to identify the last known victim of Jack the Ripper have hit a low-tech roadblock that will likely prevent them from unleashing their DNA testing technology on any potential remains.

Experts from the U.K’s University of Leicester that identified the remains of King Richard III have embarked on the project to identify Jack the Ripper’s last known victim – Mary Jane Kelly, who was also known as Marie Jeanette Kelly.

The infamous murderer is thought to have killed at least five young women in the Whitechapel area of London between August and November 1888.

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The scientists were commissioned by crime author Patricia Cornwell to examine the feasibility of finding Kelly’s exact burial location and her remains as a precursor to possible DNA analysis. In a statement, the University explained that the effort to establish Kelly’s true identity follows contact with Wynne Weston-Davies who believes that Mary Jane Kelly was actually his great aunt, Elizabeth Weston Davies.

In his 2015 book “The Real Mary Kelly,” Weston-Davies claims that the woman known as Mary Jane Kelly was living under a pseudonym and was actually his great-aunt.

As part of ‘The Mary Jane Kelly Project’ researchers have already assessed Kelly’s burial location, visiting St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Leytonstone, London last year. The team studied the cemetery’s burial records and surveyed marked graves near Kelly’s modern grave marker.

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But finding Kelly’s actual remains poses a massive challenge, with the grave marker likely having little relevance to her actual grave. Dr. Turi King, reader in genetics and archaeology at the University of Leicester explained that the precise location of Kelly’s grave is unknown; making it highly likely that other remains would have to be disturbed in any exhumation. King noted that the communal gravesite where Kelly was buried was reused in the 1940s, making the researchers’ job extremely difficult, if not impossible.

“For the DNA testing to go ahead, it’s crucial that we know the remains we have are those of Mary Jane Kelly and given what we know, the likelihood of even finding her remains, let alone identifying them accurately, appears highly unlikely,” she told Fox News, via email.

To complete an exhumation application to the U.K.’s Ministry of Justice, researchers would have to make a compelling case for the exhumation as well as provide detailed information on the grave’s location, as well as determining whether other remains might be disturbed, according to King.

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The University of Leicester team estimates that, in order to locate Kelly’s remains, they would have to excavate an area potentially encompassing hundreds of graves.

“As information presently stands, a successful search for Kelly’s remains would require a herculean effort that would likely take years of research, would be prohibitively costly and would cause unwarranted disturbance to an unknown number of individuals buried in a cemetery that is still in daily use, with no guarantee of success,” said King, in the University’s statement. “Most human remains found during excavations remain stubbornly, and forever, anonymous and this must also be the fate of Mary Jane Kelly.”

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