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'Vampire' kangaroos lived longer than thought - Unexplained Mysteries

Sunday, October 15 2017

'Vampire' kangaroos lived longer than thought - Unexplained Mysteries

what's going on with all these kangooroo articles lately ?

Humans Are Born With a Natural Fear of Spiders and Snakes

Tuesday, October 24 2017

Humans Are Born With a Natural Fear of Spiders and Snakes

Google+ Gather up those people who incessantly ridicule you for your fears of spiders and snakes and get ready to say “I told you so!” A new study found that the human brain is preprogrammed to get nervous or worse around spiders and snakes, and that hard-wiring occurred millions of years ago when there was probably a good reason to to be afraid of them – they were big, bad and dangerous. OK, all together now: “I TOLD YOU SO!” “When we showed pictures of a snake or a spider to the babies instead of a flower or a fish of the same size and color, they reacted with significantly bigger pupils.” Neuroscientist Stefanie Hoehl of the Max Planck Institute and the University of Vienna in Austria is one of the co-authors of the study published this week in Frontiers in Psychology . Its simple yet fascinating purpose was to determine if arachnophobia (fear of spiders) and ophidiophobia (fear of snakes) are learned from other humans or are traits we are born with. The researchers recruited 32 babies (around six months in age – too young to have learned fears of spiders or snakes) and their parents as volunteers. The babies sat comfortably and stresslessly on the laps of their parents for the test. To measure fear, infrared eye trackers (scary, but not as much as spiders) were pointed at each baby’s face to measure pupil dilation, which is caused by changes in levels of norepinephrine, the brain chemical whose primary function is to activate the brain and body rapidly in response to stress or danger – the so-called flight-or-fight response. The parents wore blindfold so they wouldn’t influence the babies’ responses. In one experiment, the babies were shows pictures of spiders and flowers. Their eyes dilated an average of 0.14 millimeters for the spiders and 0.03 millimeters for the flowers. When shown snakes and fish, the pupil dilations surprisingly showed no differences. The researchers then showed the babies snakes and flowers and saw an average pupil dilation of 0.29 mm for the snakes and 0.17 mm for the fish. “We conclude that fear of snakes and spiders is of evolutionary origin. Similar to primates, mechanisms in our brains enable us to identify objects as ‘spider’ or ‘snake’ and to react to them very fast. This obviously inherited stress reaction in turn predisposes us to learn these animals as dangerous or disgusting.” The researchers point out that this inherited automatic stress reaction gets stronger as it is reinforced by children seeing their parents or older siblings react in horror to spiders and snakes. What’s interesting is that other studies show that babies are not born with innate fears of truly dangerous animals like bears or big cats, so this imbedded arachnophobia and ophidiophobia must go back 40 to 60 million years ago when snakes and spiders were bigger dangers to humans. This means most fears – of big animals, fire, electricity, other people – must be taught. This is such big news, it’s worth shouting again: “I TOLD YOU SO!” Tags arachnophobia biology natural world phobia Science Snake spider Paul Seaburn Paul Seaburn is one of the most prolific writers at Mysterious Universe. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious. You can follow Paul on and Join Plus+ for $9 a month to access bonus podcasts & premium content!

UFO Sighting in Germantown, Wisconsin on 2017-10-21 00:00:00 - Dashing objec... - Code UFO

Tuesday, October 24 2017

UFO Sighting in Germantown, Wisconsin on 2017-10-21 00:00:00 - Dashing objec... - Code UFO

by Code UFO Used to be sitting in my again backyard looking at for the orionids, when i noticed what seemed to be an airplane or brightly illuminated satellite tv for pc popping out of 036 levels, on a heading of about 250 levels. no place lighting fixtures or rotating beacon had been visual, even supposing i thought nav lighting fixtures would turn out to be visual earlier than it handed overhead — with the exception of it didn't go overhead! as i'm watched the thing's method, it got here to an abrupt prevent within the northeast sky. i watched for a couple of mins, however the object remained desk bound, having a look like a vibrant celebrity. i glance down at my telephone, and when i seemed again once more, it used to be long gone!

The UFO Sighting in Tinley Park IL – What Really Happened?

Tuesday, October 24 2017

The UFO Sighting in Tinley Park IL – What Really Happened?

23 October 2017 23:34  Facebook 0  Twitter 0 0 0 0 On August 21, 2004, a strange occurrence took place in Tinley Park, Illinois. Three red lights hovered above the town, photographed by hundreds of people who gathered under the night sky from Tinley Park and its neighboring municipalities, keen to witness the bizarre spectacle. The event has become known as the ‘Tinley Park lights’ and remains one of the most documented and speculated UFO phenomenon in recent history. At the same time the red lights were seen, an air show was taking place in Chicago. Many argued that the lights were caused by the show, which was considered the most plausible of explanations. However, there are many who dismissed this argument, namely due to the fact further sightings of the red lights were seen at Tinley Park, once on Halloween in 2006 and, more later, on October 1, 2015. Triangle UFO As (1) Patch reports, the three lights congregated in a triangular shape. Sam Maranto, state director of Illinois MUFON, who lives in nearby Orland Park, told Patch how, on the night of the first sighting, the conditions were perfect. “The night of the 21st was beautiful, people were outside, there were parties all over.” “There were a lot of people outside that night, hundreds if not thousands. People were able to see and record what was going on,” said Maranto. Other eye-witnesses share their experiences of three bright lights, coming towards them in single file. According to Bill Dooley, a resident of Tinley, the lights hovered in the sky for around 20 minutes. Dooley also noted how the lights were silent and, after they had made a triangle, they began to move away, stacked on top of each other. The lights turned white before they moved on. The most logical sounding theory was that the lights were caused by the air show that was taking place in Chicago at the time. Suggestions have been made that the lights were caused by military planes, model aircraft and even a balloon hoax. The Model Aircraft Theory Though, when asked whether the lights could have been caused by a model aircraft, Dooley was quick to dismiss such claims, due to the fact the lights were silent. The theory that the lights may have been something to do with the fact that the Air and Water Show that takes place in August each year, doesn not explain how further similar lights were seen above Tinley Park in October in later years. The balloon hoax theory has also been debunked by UFO hunters Pat Uskert and Bill Birnes, who traveled there to try and recreate the scene in an episode for the history Channel titled the “Illinois Invasion”. Though as Dooley says, the recreated scene, using flares and balloons, “looked very different” from the lighting phenomenon that took place in Tinley. Metrocosm has published eye-witness accounts of the UFO events in Tinley Park, which make interesting reading. (2) One such account is by a local trucker who relays his/her experiences at Tinley Park on October 1, 2005. The truckers says how he/she regularly checks the night sky and stars when loading the truck. Describing the scene as “very freaky,” the trucker said: “This particular night I noticed a constellation I’ve never seen before off to my northwest. Three extremely bright stars in the shape of a triangle.” Such is the incredibility of the Tinley Park UFO sightings that Metrocosm has listed it as number one on its map which displays over 90,000 reports of UFO sightings dating back to 1905. The (3) ‘Most Credible UFO Sightings and an Interactive Map’ report is based on data from the National UFO Reporting Center. Tinley Park Lights Still Unexplained Number one on the list is Tinley Park Lights, which has 77 eye-witness reports attached to it. Many of the reports certainly help wash away more ‘logical’ theories of the lights being caused by aircraft or by the Chicago light show. As one eye-witness wrote: “Three horizontal equally spaced lights in the sky way too big to be an aircraft.” The residents of Tinley Park certainly make the most of the strange occurrence that has taken place in the night sky above it on several occasions. One business-minded resident of the nearby Frankfort, Mark Vecchi, is celebrating the anniversary of the event in his store in Tinley Park, selling commemorative t-shirts that read:“Tinley Park Illinois BEWARE: alien dropping.” What are your thoughts on the Tinley Park lights? Could they be, like other UFO sightings, caused by “logical” reasons such as (4) military experiments, or a nearby sky show? Or does the bizarre behavior suggest something more supernatural, such as aliens from another planet visiting Earth? References & Image Credits:

Tom Hanks On The Weinstein Scandal: 'The Dam Has Burst'

Tuesday, October 24 2017

Tom Hanks On The Weinstein Scandal: 'The Dam Has Burst'

Tom Hanks On The Weinstein Scandal: 'The Dam Has Burst' In an interview actor Tom Hanks talks about the Weinstein scandal. He points out that the problem of sexual harassment does not only exist in Hollywood , but wherever there are bosses and underlings. Regarding Weinstein he says "the dam has burst" and expects new ethic rules not only in Hollywood. Embed Code:

Bizarre: Man Teleporting Between Elevators In Russia

Monday, October 23 2017

Bizarre: Man Teleporting Between Elevators In Russia

« Previous - Next » Bizarre: Man Teleporting Between Elevators In Russia A security camera recorded something strange in Russia. A man leaves an elevator and enters again, but after a few seconds he leaves, but another elevator to the side. Was it a real teleportation case or just a simple circus trick? You decide. Embed Code:

“Magic Mirrors” of the Ancients: Were Telescopes Used in Ancient Times?

Tuesday, October 24 2017

“Magic Mirrors” of the Ancients: Were Telescopes Used in Ancient Times?

Google+ In the 1930s, a small glass cylinder of ancient provenance was discovered in Baghdad. Simple and of otherwise inconsequential design, the strange little object did convey a message: that in ancient times, and at least as early as 2,700 BC, artificial glass was being produced for various purposes. Similar discoveries in the way of these mysterious ancient glassmakers turned up 12 miles from Haifa, Israel, within a large cave, when a bulldozer on site struck a large 6 by 10 foot glass slab, first believed by archaeologists on site to have been a large piece of vitreous stone. Upon closer examination, the slab was indeed found to be glass, as confirmed in 1964 by a group of American glass experts who visited the site. While the early production of such materials is fascinating unto itself, at least in terms of the engineering skill it displays, there are more unusual allusions to glasswork that appear in history, which might suggest more technical use of glass in the creation of mirrors, lenses, and even sighting devices. Among the most famous examples is the “famous” mirror attributed to Ptolemy Euergetes, under whose reign the item was purportedly placed in the Pharos lighthouse off the coast of Alexandria. In his aptly-titled 1860 book, Stories of Inventors and Discoveries in Science and the Useful Arts: A Book for Old and Young , the antiquarian John Timbs (who also used the name Horace Welby) wrote of this strange “mirror,” described as being capable of sighting objects at great distance: This mirror is stated by ancient authors to have represented accurately every thing which was transacted throughout all Egypt, both on water and on land. Some writers affirm that upon its surface an enemy’s fleet could be seen at the distance of 600,000 paces; others say, more than 100 leagues! Albulfeda, in his description of Egypt, states this mirror to have been of “Chinese Iron” which Buffon considers to mean polished steel; but a writer in the Philosophical Magazine , 1805, supposes the metal to have been tutenag , a Chinese metallic compound, capable of receiving the highest polish. The existence of Ptolemy’s mirror has, however, been generally treated aa a fiction; but Father Abbat, in his Amusemems Philosophiques, first published at Marseilles in 1763, considers that it may have been at the time the only mirror of its kind, and, being a great wonder, its effects may have been greatly exaggerated; making allowance for which, nothing remains “but that at some distance, provided nothing was interposed between the objects and the mirror, those objects were seen more distinctly than with the naked eye; and that with the mirror many objects were seen which, because of their distance, were imperceptible without it.” “It is certain that, under some circumstances, objects may be seen at a much greater distance than is generally supposed,” Timbs concluded. “Thus it is stated that the Isle of Man is clearly visible from the summit of Ben Lomond, in Scotland, or 120 miles distant. Brydone states, that from the summit of Etna mountains 200 miles off may be distinguished; and, during his visit to Tenerife in 1856, Mn Piazzi Smyth saw objects at a much greater distance.” The implication here, of course, is that perspective may have had more to do with claims of sight over great distances with the use of this “mirror,” rather than the unique qualities imbued by its formation in “Chinese Iron.” The description of the device, and its attribution to metal obtained from the Orient, does bear a passing similarity to the “Chinese Magic Mirror,” a device with the perceived capability of becoming transparent, and/or projecting designs when bright sunlight was cast upon it (more on these devices can be read about on page 16 of the PDF found here ). Strange though the description may seem, many scholars have noted its apparent similarity, at least in terms of its function, to modern telescopes. For some time, the creation of the telescope was credited to the 17th century astronomer Galileo. However, a patent for such a device was later found to have been filed in 1608 by the Flemish maker of eyeglasses, Hans Lippershey, at least one year before Galileo improved upon the design and built his own. Centuries before this, it is known that the ancient Norse seafarers possessed lenses made of polished crystalline rock, which would have been of enough quality for use in a telescope; whether or not they actually created such devices remains unclear. However, claims of similar devices in antiquity have turned up elsewhere over the years, which include the Chinese Emperor Chan, who around 2283 BC was alleged have paired two magnifying lenses together, allowing him “to magnify planets.” Pliny the Elder also wrote of Roman Emperor Nero employing some variety of magnifying device, which he used to observe the Colosseum games from a distance. In 2016, The Royal Astronomical Society reported on the discovery of a series of megalithic tombs in Portugal, whose long, narrow entrances might have functioned as early sorts of telescopes, although sans any lenses. “These structures could therefore have been the first astronomical tools to support the watching of the skies, millennia before telescopes were invented,” the RAS reported. If nothing else, such historical accounts lend some credence to the idea that telescopic devices may have been in use in some parts of the ancient world. Perhaps they were widely regarded as novelties at the time, and hence, we don’t see anything akin to mass production related in the archaeological record today. And, when considered alongside items like the famous Antikythera mechanism, the notion that such “high technology” might have been implemented in some parts of the ancient world, at least on a small scale, really isn’t that farfetched. Even Galileo is said to have believed that people in ancient times discovered and used telescopes. Whether or not they were on par with the instruments he helped craft and improve, at least he could have been right that similar technologies had been used well in advance of his era of astronomical discovery. Tags ancient mysteries Magic Mirror telescope Micah Hanks is a writer, podcaster, and researcher whose interests cover a variety of subjects. His areas of focus include history, science, philosophy, current events, cultural studies, technology, unexplained phenomena, and ways the future of humankind may be influenced by science and innovation in the coming decades. In addition to writing, Micah hosts the Middle Theory and Gralien Report podcasts. You can follow Micah on and Join

The Gate Has Opened: This Insect Seems To Be From Another Dimension

Tuesday, October 24 2017

The Gate Has Opened: This Insect Seems To Be From Another Dimension

The Gate Has Opened: This Insect Seems To Be From Another Dimension Footage of bizarre tentacled moth goes viral. Footage taken by a man in Indonesia has gone viral, with numerous online viewers being stricken with the mysterious insect’s terrifying appearance. The video which was recently posted online has become something of an online sensation and has gone viral after being shared more than a hundred thousand times in the space of only a few days. Internet users across the world were terrified of the absolutely bizarre creature which despite having the appearance of an ordinary, and rather beautiful moth, also has a very unusual abdomen with what appears to be several hairy tentacles which the video shows to pulsate in a way that has been described as ‘unnerving.' The moth is actually well known to entomologists who have come forward to say that the moth in the footage is called the Creatonotos gangis which can be found in numerous areas of south-east Asia and certain parts of Australia. Native farmers to the areas where the moth is indigenous will also be able to recognize the distinctive insect as it is known to be a minor pest which gorges itself on a diet of groundnuts, rice, ragi, sorghum, coffee, sweet potato and Lucerne crops. They have also shown a particular fondness for pomegranate trees. But what are the bizarre tentacles for? These dangling appendages are called coremata and are actually the scent organs of the moth which they use to produce pheromones to attract potential mates. Interestingly, these coremata will only be able to develop and produce the scent pheromone if the moth feeds on plants which produce highly bitter and toxic pyrrolizidine alkaloids. While ingestion of pyrrolizidine alkaloids can make much larger creatures such as cows and sheep very ill, it apparently causes no harm to the bizarre little moth and actually appears to form a fairly significant part of its diet. Related Articles

Unidentified Object Crashes Down In St. John's - Newfoundland

Tuesday, October 24 2017

Unidentified Object Crashes Down In St. John's - Newfoundland

« Previous - Next » Unidentified Object Crashes Down In St. John's - Newfoundland Andrew Wilkins was enjoying dinner in a St. Johns pub and was taking in the scenery over the harbor of the city when it was interrupted by a flash of light green in color. Sky Lit Up With Green Light Coming Down At 45 Degree Angle He said that the whole of the sky lit up and the light was coming on an angle of 45 degrees. Wilkins said that he stopped eating and just stared at the moving ball of light as it was falling down. The light crashed in a region opposite the harbor at some point in the region of the Southside Hills, which is for the most part uninhabited. He said that he had tried to make out if he could hear a crash but the chatter around him in the pub has stopped him from being able to make out any sound that might have accompanied the flash of light. He went on to say that the light had been like a big green ball of fire and the first thought was that perhaps it was a firework. He then ruled it out being a firework due to the way that it was shooting down horizontally. Krista Godfrey had been sitting in her living room on the same night and was looking out over the city. She said that from her home she can Signal Hill on a clear day but that night she saw something very different. Godfrey said that sometimes lights from planes catch her eye and she happened to look up and she also thought it might be a firework. However, she then realized that it was shooting downwards not up. She thought it might have been related to a meteor shower as she had seen talk about the Orionid meteor shower. This is the biggest meteor shower that has been associated with Halley’s Comet, and it generally shows up for a week during late October. The shower can offer up to 70 meteorites each hour at peak times. She went on to say that it was the biggest thing she had ever seen and she kept on waiting to find out if a noise would come with it but it didn’t. Light Also Captured On CCTV Camera A CCTV camera managed to capture the light as it streaked down over the harbor sky and it caught the light seemingly ending in a flash behind the hills. The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary said they had taken calls about a mysterious light crashing down close to the harbor but said that they did not have any reports of injury or fire. Andrew Wilkins said that he was very pleased to have seen the final moments of the strange light before it disappeared. He went on to say that he had seen meteor showers before but he had never seen anything so bright or something that had crashed down on Earth. Related Articles