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October 2015

Skull-faced near-Earth asteroid delivers Halloween scare

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No, that wasn’t the face of death approaching Earth on Halloween, it was just a renegade asteroid.

The asteroid, officially named 2015 TB145, was observed by the Planetary Radar Group at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico on the eve of Halloween, October 30.

read full story and video at Mashable

Inside Advanced Grow Labs’ Operation

Join HIGH TIMES for a tour of Advanced Grow Labs. This state-of-the-art facility, located in West Haven, Connecticut, features epic vegging, flowering and drying rooms.

Advanced Grow Labs also boasts onsite concentrate production and an industrial kitchen for creating delectable edibles.

Don’t miss this rare, behind-the-scenes look at this incredible facility. And, stay tuned to hightimes.com for more coverage of the East Coast’s emerging legal cannabis production market.

Source HIGHTIMES

Have We Really Discovered A Huge Alien Megastructure Around A Star?

An alien space station

Last week, the internet was abuzz with the news of a mysterious object orbiting a distant star 1,500 light-years away that was blocking a huge amount of its light. With no obvious candidate for what the object could be, one scientist suggested the very faint possibility that it could be artificial in nature – yes, made by aliens.

“Aliens should always be the very last hypothesis you consider, but this looked like something you would expect an alien civilization to build,” Jason Wright, an astrophysicist from Pennsylvania State University, told The Atlantic. Wright wasn’t directly involved in the study, which has been published in Arxiv, but made his comments after discussing the findings with lead author Tabetha Boyajian. Is he right, and if so, what could it be?

Wright has since clarified his comments and said that such a theory is extremely (emphasis on “extremely”) unlikely. But it’s intriguing, nonetheless – if not least to spark discussion as what might be out there. After all, there are hundreds of billions of planets in our galaxy, itself one of hundreds of millions of galaxies in the known universe. It seems doubtful that we are the only planet with life on it, although why we have not found other intelligent life yet is a mystery, known as the Fermi Paradox.

full article at IFLS 🙂

America’s crypto battles

Graphic of an encryption key

John Miller reckons he can get into pretty much any safe. A court order to the owner is one option, another is a team he has with blow torches.

The reason John Miller has such a team is because he is Deputy Commissioner of the New York Police Department (NYPD) for intelligence and counter-terrorism.

Getting into safety deposit boxes and bank vaults has not been a challenge. But he says NYPD is now faced with a new problem.

“We are now dealing with electronic compartments that we cannot get in[to], no matter the urgency,” he told the BBC. “It is something we are going to have to deal with not as a department, but as a society.”

full article at the BBC

HISTORY OF HALLOWEEN (videos,links,resources)

Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats.

but there is so much more to this festival and it is much older then the church.

Find a huge amount of curated videos,links,stories and pictures History

Cutest Squirrel Photo Session Ever Captured By Russian Photographer

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Meet Vadim Trunov, a Russian photographer with a true talent for photographing wildlife. While it’s hard not to love all of his work, this cute squirrel photo shoot is one of his best yet. The personalities of the squirrels come to life as they interact, tossing snowballs at one another and even taking turns behind the camera lens.

The 30-year-old photographer has had a couple of close encounters with squirrels in the past, but this is his most interactive to date! While it looks like these squirrels are building snowmen and goofing off, the truth is a bit less fantastical. It’s the dead of winter and these squirrels are really hungry, and all they want to do is find some food to eat. Which is exactly what Trunov left out for bait, squirrel food.

Watch the cutest squirrels ever battle it out for one yummy pinecone!

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full post and superb images at EarthPorm

Illustrator Adds Funny Cartoons To Strangers’ Instagram Photos

Bored Panda has the whole article and dozens of pictures

‘Game of Thrones’ season 6: Major spoilers already revealed

Game Thrones Season 6 Spoilers

It’s too late for me, as I have read about the major Game of Thrones Season 6 spoilers many times before, but you may be still safe. If you absolutely want to know what might happen in the upcoming season of HBO’s best TV show in years, keep reading. Otherwise, do your best to avoid the Game of Thronesonline chatter that’s filled with speculation about what’s going to happen next, largely based on proof from the sets where crews are filming it.

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. MAJOR, MAJOR SPOILERS FOLLOW

here be spoilers at BGR

Pontypool girl’s prosthetic hand made with 3D printer

Cian and Emilie showing off their prosthetic hands

An eight-year-old girl has been given a new hand, made with a 3D printer.

Emilie from Pontypool, Torfaen, was born with a partially-formed left hand.

Designers at Cardiff Metropolitan University used a template to print her prosthetic hand over three days before combining it with Velcro and wires within two hours.

Her mother, Sade, said: “There’s not a lot that Emilie can’t do… But her new hand will mean she won’t feel shy about her disability anymore.”

Emilie’s family heard about the technology on social media after the university designed a hand for five-year-old Cian from Llwynypia, Rhondda Cynon Taff.

And Cian has helped show Emilie how her new hand works – it is operated by bending their wrists.

Martijn Gommeren from the university said: “We are now developing a programme to teach Emilie and Cian’s families how to use the software and printers to enable them to make a new one when needed.”

source BBC news

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