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  1. RickAgresta

    RickAgresta Peanut, leader of the Peanutty Forces

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    Harvard scientists say interstellar object may be a probe sent by "alien civilization"

    A pair of Harvard scientists say a massive, fast-moving visitor to our solar system may have been a probe sent by an alien civilization. Most astronomers believe Oumuamua – Hawaiian for "messenger" or "scout" – is a comet or an asteroid, except a half a mile long. But there are things about its behavior they can't quite explain. Enter two Harvard scientists with an idea even they admit is a little out there, reports CBS News correspondent Tony Dokoupil.

    When Oumuamua was discovered last October, it was tumbling past the sun at 196,000 mph. To some the reddish object looked like a cigar. Others thought it was shaped like a pancake.

    "It looks very different from objects that we have found in the solar system," said Avi Loeb, chair of the Harvard University astronomy department. Loeb said Oumuamua did not behave like an ordinary asteroid or give off gas like a comet.

    "There seemed to be an extra force that is pushing it, and it's not clear what this push is from," he added.

    In an upcoming paper, he and colleague offer what they call a "more exotic scenario... Oumuamua may be a fully operational probe sent intentionally to earth vicinity by an alien civilization."

    Link to full article:
    https://www.cbsnews.com/amp/news/al...say-oumuamua-object-may-be-probe-watch-video/
     
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    Mysterious 'creature' spotted in Jupiter's clouds stuns NASA, space enthusiasts



    DrhMXJsVYAAuT_9.jpg NASA's Juno spacecraft spotted a mysterious creature in the clouds of Jupiter on October 29, 2018. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran)

    Space enthusiasts have spotted what they claim is a mythical "creature" hidden in the swirls of Jupiter's cloud system.

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory recently revealed a new, stunning image from its Juno spacecraft, which is currently circling the giant planet. The photo was snapped around 5 p.m. ET on Oct. 29 as the spacecraft made its 16th close flyby around Jupiter, according to a recent news release. At that time, Juno was just 4,400 miles from the floating clouds.

    "A Dragon’s Eye? What do you see within the swirling clouds of Jupiter?" the NASA lab asked on Twitter.

    IMAGES OF JUPITER BY NASA'S JUNO SPACECRAFT

    The question prompted a flurry of responses — with many allowing their imaginations to wander.

    Link:
    https://www.foxnews.com/science/mysterious-creature-in-jupiters-clouds-stuns-nasa-space-enthusaists
     
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    jigwashere Life is a circus!

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    These raccoons aren't rabid, they're just 'drunk,' police in West Virginia say

    So apparently some raccoons in West Virginia that appear to be “rabid” are apparently just drunk on crab apples. Buzz60

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    Police in Milton, West Virginia, responded to a pair of calls this week about suspected rabid raccoons. Turns out the animals were just "drunk" off crab apples, police said.Photo by: Photo: AP

    A couple of raccoons in West Virgnia aren't rabid, they're just "drunk," police say.

    Officers in Milton, West Virginia, received a pair of calls this week about raccoons suspected of having rabies. Upon finding the fury creatures, it "turns out they appear to be drunk on crabapples," the department said in a Facebook post.

    Police warned residents to be aware of the "staggering and disoriented" animals and told them not to approach any they might encounter.

    Officers were able to capture to two raccoons they received calls about and returned them safely to the woods, the department said.

    The case of these raccoons isn't the first time "drunk" animals have caused a stir in a community. In October, birds in Gilbert, Minnesota, were acting "tipsy" — flying into windows, cars and staggering down streets, police said. The department said those birds had eaten berries that fermented earlier than usual because of an early frost.
     
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    It's sad when little forest animals go wrong. :vbgrin:
     
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    Sounds like Malcolm's in the Middle again - of a run of really bad luck. :vbfrown:
     
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    Scientists discover why wombat poop is cube-shaped
    The adorable Australia marsupials' scat is square for a very logical reason, and it's not for building walls.

    The Australian burrowing animals called wombats are the only creatures who have feces in the shape of cubes. The reasons behind the unusual appearance of their poo have baffled scientists over the years.

    Is the poo in the shape of a square so wombats can more precisely mark their territories without it rolling away? Or are the blocky poo formations used to build habitats?

    Another popular theory for square wombat poo has to do with the wombat's dry living environment.


    "They have to really squeeze every drop of moisture out [of their food]," Mike Swinbourne, a wombat expert at the University of Adelaide in Australia, told National Geographic on Monday. Apparently, a dry climate make the poo form more rigid square geometric shapes with sharp corners.


    Swinbourne also suggested that in zoos, where wombats have easy access to water their poo is much less cubic in shape.

    Patricia Yang, a researcher at the Georgia Institute of Technology, thinks there's yet another reason behind the cube-shaped poo and has published her findings in a new study published on Sunday.

    Yang studied and compared the intestines of a deceased wombat with that of a pig to determine if the differences in the shapes of the intestines would affect the shape of the animals' droppings.

    Yang and her team of researchers inflated skinny balloons inside the wombat and pigs intestines to measure the stretchiness.

    They then discovered that compared to the pig's intestines which had uniform elasticity, the wombat's intestines were a more irregular shape that included two distinct narrow gorge-like grooves. This made the wombat's intestines stretchier, which could explain the square poo shape as a result.

    link to the whole story:
    https://www.cnet.com/news/scientists-discover-why-wombat-poop-is-cube-shaped/
     
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    jigwashere Life is a circus!

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    Talk about $hting bricks! Maybe they're just scared.
     
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    Wow, never heard that about wombats before. Will definitely file that one away for future use.
     
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