Remember the first time you watched Jaws, and you subsequently refused to go swimming for the entire summer that followed? Well, this video of a robotic swimming snake is likely to have a similar impact on many of you. It’s both amazing and horrifying at the same time. Take a look for yourself, and we’ll discuss our impending aquatic doom further on down the page.
It’s no secret that over the years governments have been involved in some pretty harebrained schemes. There have been scams, invasions, secret wars, assassinations, and all manner of wacky shenanigans in the works. Some have come to fruition, while others never got beyond the planning stages. While there has been all sorts of madness, this may very well take the cake.
How much would you be willing to pay to be a colonist on Mars? According to Billionaire Elon Musk, a one-way ticket to the Red Planet should cost around $500,000…and he plans to make it a reality, not just a hypothetical. Considering what the mission entails, this price tag is surprisingly reasonable.
Elon Musk is the CEO of SpaceX, a private space exploration company interested in, amongst other things, expanding the space tourism market. According to Space.com, Musk wants to launch a Mars colony program with no less than 10 Mars, traveling by of a huge, reusable rocket powered by liquid oxygen and methane. It’s an extremely ambitious goal, but Musk believes it can be done.
The SpaceX CEO hopes to send machines along with the colonists to produce fertilizer, methane, and oxygen from Mars’ atmospheric nitrogen and carbon dioxide, and construction materials to build transparent domes on the Red Planet. Once finished, the domes would pressurize and allow the growth Earth crops including corn, wheat, and soy. Musk hopes that once the Mars pioneers are self-sufficient, they would transport more people with fewer supplies and equipment from Earth to Mars.
A long time ago, it was thought that our brains were mostly water, and that this water was controlled by lunar cycles, ebbing and flowing like the tide. This belief is the root of words like lunacy and lunatic. Despite this now seeming like a patently ridiculous thought, past civilizations didn’t know any better. This is 2012, a year which some people think will be our last. It shouldn’t surprise me that people still believe the moon has these kinds of powers, but it does. I mean, current beliefs aren’t to the same extent, but enough people say, “Be careful going out tonight. It’s a full moon, you know.” Though they’re saying it habitually, they’re giving credence to the concept.
There have been plenty of studies about this subject before, all with the same conclusion, and though a few statistical anomalies have come up, most can be attributed to other causes. Regardless, this latest study comes to us from the research team of Professor Geneviève Belleville from Université Laval’s School of Psychology in Quebec. Their study was published in the journal General Hospital of Psychiatry.