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Antimatter Galaxies –“Could Create the Most Explosive Event Since the Big Bang”

 

NGC 4258, also known as M106

 

“Just because we happen to live in a region that is overwhelmingly dominated by matter doesn’t preclude the existence of other regions of space that are instead dominated by antimatter,” observes Dan Hooper, head of the Theoretical Astrophysics Group at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) and Associate Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago.

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“Alien Evolution” –Advanced Extraterrestrial Life Will Mirror Homo Sapiens

Prometheus Movie

 

But they may be billions of years older. Scientists are making predictions about the biological make-up of advanced, complex aliens, offering a degree of insight as to what they might look like.

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“Antarctica Alert” –Ghostly Supermassive Black Hole Invader

Blazar Eruption

 

On Sept. 22, 2017, a ghostly particle ejected from a far distant supermassive black hole zipped down from the sky and through the ice of Antarctica at just below the speed of light, with an energy of some 300 trillion electron volts, nearly 50 times the energy delivered by the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the biggest particle accelerator on Earth. 

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“Station of Extreme Light” –‘A New Physics That Can Tear Apart the Fabric of Spacetime’

 

China is building a laser that can produce 100 quadrillion watts – about 50,000 times the planet’s total power consumption — a light so intense that it would equal the amount of power our Earth receives from the Sun.

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The Ultimate Mystery –”Consciousness is Like Space-time Before Einstein’s Theory of Relativity”

 

Consciousness

 

Without mind, there might as well be nothing. Colin McGinn at the University of Miami, believes that no matter how much scientists study the brain, the mind is fundamentally incapable of comprehending itself. “We’re rather like Neanderthals trying to understand astronomy or Shakespeare,” McGinn observed in Consciousness and Space. Human brains suffer from a “cognitive gap” in understanding their own consciousness.”

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