Canada: Stop Spocking Fivers

Here’s a strange ongoing problem in Canada. Since February 27, 2015 when Leonard Nimoy who played the character of Mister Spock on the TV show Star Trek passed away, people in Canada have been defacing (re-facing?) 5 dollar bills to make Sir Wilfrid Laurier look like Spock. Bank of Canada is pleading with Star Trek fans to stop “Spocking” its five dollar bills. Since Leonard Nimoy’s death, Canadian folks have been “Spocking” the hell out of the five dollar bill that features a portrait of Canada’s seventh prime minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier. Sir Wilfrid now sports, on certain bills at … Continue reading Canada: Stop Spocking Fivers

Possible Aliens: Radio Pulse Pinpointed to Distant Galaxy

With some very fast accurate measurements from a radio telescope array, a radio burst called FRB 180924 (due to its detection date of Sept 24, 2019) has been pinpointed to be coming from a specific location in space. The location: the outskirts of a big galaxy called “DES J214425.25−405400.81“. It was detected by the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP), a network of 36 radio telescope in Western Australia. Here’s where the signal originated: For just the second time ever, researchers have pinpointed the location of a fast radio burst (FRB), a super-brief explosion that releases as much energy in 1 millisecond as … Continue reading Possible Aliens: Radio Pulse Pinpointed to Distant Galaxy

New Species Recorded During Historic Dive

An explorer from the USA named Victor Vescovo has used a Triton submarine to boldly go where no one has gone before. While doing so he discovered what appears to be a new animal species never before seen by humans in one of the most isolated places on Earth. Here’s a still image: In the submarine called Limiting Factor, Vescovo descended 23,596 feet into the deepest part of the Java Trench in the Indian Ocean, becoming the first human to dive to its depths. … This was his third dive as part of the Five Deeps Expedition and it occurred April … Continue reading New Species Recorded During Historic Dive

Soft Robots with Brains of Rubber

The award for the strangest news today goes to … robots with no solid parts. Soft robots are cheaper, lighter, simpler to make, and safer for humans to bump into. We are not talking about padding around a solid frame, but robots made entirely of soft flexible squishy parts. This is possible very soon because the last necessarily solid part of a robot, the logic board or “brain,” has found a soft replacement. It may sound impossible, but all of the logical calculations and processing now done by electronic computers can be accomplished mechanically with only rubber and air. How? … Continue reading Soft Robots with Brains of Rubber