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The Doomsday Clock – a grim reminder that the human race is not immortal

Called the Doomsday Clock, it hangs on a wall in the University of Chicago. In over 65 years, the time has only changed twenty-one times. Created in 1947, during the dawn of the atomic age, the universally-recognized clock represents the countdown to human extinction. The closer they set the clock to midnight, the closer the scientists believe the world is to global disaster.
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Are sunspots killing us? New research hints sunspots at birth shorten overall lifespan

Research out of Norway drew a surprising conclusion this week – sunspots appear to shorten a person’s lifespan by over half a decade. Researchers studied more than 9,062 Norwegian births from 1676 to 1878 and using the occurrence of sunspots, a barometer of sorts for solar activity, found that lifespans were shorter by slightly over five years for persons born during years of high solar activity.
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New Jersey school teachers snaps most terrifying great white shark photo ever!

National Geographic reported this unbelievably terrifying photo of a Great White Shark lunging for bait dangling from shark cage. The photo was taken by 26-year-old Amanda Brewer who acts as a courageous cage diver by night and a, wait for it… New Jersey school teacher by day! She took the photo of the female great white shark off Seal Island in Mossel Bay, South Africa.
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Shocking video – alligator vs. electric eel. Guess who wins?

The electric eel, native to the fresh waters of the Amazon and Orinoco River basins in South America, is capable of generating up to 600 volts which it uses for hunting and, you guessed it, self-defense. They grow to a lengthy 7 foot and can weigh as much as 45 lbs. which means they could provide a substantial meal for a hungry alligator. But can an electric eel generate enough voltage to fend off a 7-foot hungry alligator? Check out the shocking video below (sorry, couldn’t pass up the obvious pun).
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North Korea surprises the world with their stupidly simple military drones – RC planes with GoPro cameras attached

Although they pale in comparison to the United States’ Predator and Global Hawk military drones, North Korea apparently has a military drone program of their own, albeit Kim Jong-un’s version is little more than a RC plane with GoPro cameras strapped on. South Korea said today that two of the drones crashed outside their military installations near Paju, just south of the Korean DMZ.
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National Archives photo mystery solved – newly-discovered 150-year-old photos depict Lincoln funeral procession

Experts at the National Archives say it’s long been a mystery – what the photograph depicts, why it was photographed, and where it was shot. But a retired government accountant from Maryland, Paul Taylor, believes the scene was shot on Broadway, outside New York’s historic Grace Church, and that it was shot on Tuesday, April 25, 1864 – 11 days after Abraham Lincoln was assassinated inside Ford’s Theatre in Washington. According to Taylor, the crowd in the picture is waiting on a horse-drawn hearse in order to pay homage to the death of the late President during a 11-stop funeral procession that made its way around the country. If Taylor is correct, a long-standing mystery has been solved while providing another piece of rare historical documentation of the event.
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It’s python vs. crocodile – guess who won the epic four-hour battle

Pythons and crocodiles – both are deadly carnivores who terrify not only people, but the enumerable members of the animal kingdom who are unfortunate enough to serve as their lunch. Both beasts lie pretty close to the top of the food chain. But what would happen if the two were pit against each other in a head-to-head battle for life and death? Australian visitors to Queensland’s Lake Moondarra found out this week after witnessing (and photographing) an epic four-hour battle between a 10-foot python and a crocodile measuring at least as much. Surprising to many, the python won.
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Scientist observe and photograph record-breaking meteorite impact on Moon

On September 11, 2013, Spanish astronomers spotted a meteorite with a weight of nearly 1,000 lbs crashing into the surface of the Moon. Astronomers say the record-breaking impact would have generated a flash of light bright enough to be seen from Earth. The strike was recorded by the Moon Impacts Detection and Analysis System (MIDAS), a series of telescopes in southern Spain

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