Today's "Planet Earth Report" --The Bitcoin Mystery That’s Rocking South Korea

 

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Days after South Korea’s chief proponent of regulating cryptocurrency, Jung Ki-joon, was found mysteriously dead in his home, South Korea apparently has decided not to crack down further on trading in bitcoin and other cybercurrencies. On Tuesday, Choe Heung-ski, chief of South Korea’s Finance Supervisory Service, told reporters that the government would support cryptocurrency trading rather than heavily regulating it or banning it completely.

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From the Farside --Third Reich's Weird Cosmology: "Why Hitler Thought the Universe Formed from Ice"

 
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Nazis came to believe a lot of strange and horrific ideas as they built up their Third Reich and attacked the world. One of the weirdest was the theory about the creation of the universe that Hitler and other top Nazis promoted called the World Ice Theory (“Welteislehre” aka just WEL) or Glacial Cosmology (“Glazial-Kosmogonie”).

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"These Ancient Artists Were Talking to One Another" --MIT Researchers Link Human Language to Prehistoric Cave Art

 
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When and where did humans develop language? To find out, look deep inside caves, suggests an MIT professor.
More precisely, some specific features of cave art may provide clues about how our symbolic, multifaceted language capabilities evolved, according to a new paper co-authored by MIT linguist Shigeru Miyagawa.

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"The Starmaker" --How Do Supermassive Black Holes Shape Their Galaxies?

 

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A schematic view of the fact that an ionized gas outflow (green) driven by the central supermassive black hole does not affect the star formation of its host galaxy. This situation may occur if the ionized gas is outflowing perpendicularly to the molecular gas.

 

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Today's "Planet Earth Report"--Ancient Maya Artifacts Found In World's Largest Underwater Cave (WATCH Video)

 

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Remains of giant sloths and proto-elephants were found interspersed with burnt human bones and ceramics in Mexico's Sac Actun cave system. Last month, researchers from the Great Maya Aquifer Project announced the discovery of the world's largest underwater cave system in Yucatán after realizing that two massive cave systems in the Mexican peninsula were connected. Now, they're unveiling the findings to the public.

 

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Today's Top Science Headline --"Homo Erectus Was Able to Create Seagoing Vessels– and Sailing Lingo"

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A new theory suggests that Homo erectus was able to create seagoing vessels – and must have used language to sail successfully. “Oceans were never a barrier to the travels of Erectus. He traveled all over the world, traveled to the island of Flores, across one of the greatest ocean currents in the world,” said Daniel Everett, professor of global studies at Bentley University, and author of How Language Began. “They sailed to the island of Crete and various other islands. It was intentional: they needed craft and they needed to take groups of twenty or so at least to get to those places.”

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Today's Top Space Headline: Black Holes At the Very Edge of Time --"So Huge, They are a Mini, Galaxy-Sized Big Bang"

 
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"We do know that black holes are extraordinary phenomena," says Hlavacek-Larrondo, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Observational Astrophysics of Black Holes. "So it's no surprise that the most extreme specimens defy the rules that we have established up until now."

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Today's "Planet Earth Report" --Stephen Hawking "On Taking Control of Our Own Evolution"

 
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Stephen Hawking notes that “with genetic engineering, we will be able to increase the complexity of our DNA, and improve the human race.” Indeed, the potential advantages of modifying biology are revolutionary. Doctors would gain access to a powerful tool to tackle disease, allowing us to live longer and healthier lives. We might be able to extend our lifespan and tackle aging, perhaps a critical step to becoming a space-faring species. We may begin to modify the brain’s building blocks to become more intelligent and capable of solving grand challenges.

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Life in the Cosmos --"In Its Advanced Forms May Be Incomprehensible to the Human Mind"

 

 

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"If life really does form readily in Earth-like conditions, it should have started many times right here on Earth, so we should look for a 'shadow biosphere' of life, but not as we know it, under our very noses.'"

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Today's Top Science Headline: "Hacking the Human Body" --What Winning the Biathlon Olympic Gold Means

 

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"It’s like running up a flight of stairs as fast as you can and then trying to thread a needle.” Every second counts in biathlon. Or, as seen Sunday in Martin Fourcade’s .04-second victory for France over Norway’s Emil Hegle Svendsen, every sliver of a second counts. What’s even more, the abilities these 2018 Olympic biathletes champion are not naturally compatible; in fact, the exertion from cross-country skiing paired with the focus needed to shoot a gun are at odds, requiring control of the body that teeters on superhuman strength.

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