Comets may have ‘created’ life on Earth

ALL ALONG we have been taught that comets are one precipitating factor in the extinction of early animals and plants.
Scientists, however, are now considering the possibility that comets may also have spawned life – or, at least, set into motion a chain of events that brought about life on Earth.
A study recently presented during the Goldschmidt geochemistry conference in Prague explores on the life-spawning abilities of comet impact, with the theory that they may indeed have been one of the driving forces that caused substantial synthesis of peptides — the first building blocks of life.
Through a series…

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Spanish 16th century soldier in Manila ‘teleported’ to Mexico

TELEPORTATION – the ability to suddenly disappear from a given place and immediately appear somewhere else – has long fascinated writers and scientists for centuries.
Countless stories and films have been made exploring the possibilities of teleportation, one of the most famous being the television series Star Trek.
However, history has taken note of a few documented real-life cases of teleportation. One such case is that of the soldier Gil Perez, first documented in the 16th century.
During that time, Gil Perez was working as the palace guard (Guardia civil) for the governor-general of Manila, then under Spanish control.

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Can mankind survive mass extinction?

Scientists have warned that the human race may be just as likely to disappear as a rare animal species.

When we consider the possibility of a major disaster wiping out a large percentage of life on Earth we tend to take it for granted that our own species would go on, especially given our dominance of the planet and our unique ability to employ technological solutions to complex problems.

According to a new report by scientists from the University of Leeds, mankind may be no more likely to survive a mass extinction than a species of animal that is currently…

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Mystery of ‘Romblon Triangle’

The Philippines being an archipelagic nation, Philippine folklore naturally teems with stories of mysterious creatures and phenomena surfacing under the sea. 

One such lore, which has gone down into becoming an urban legend, is the “Romblon Triangle,” an area south of Luzon that had claimed thousands of lives in maritime disasters over the past years.

Named after the infamous “Bermuda Triangle,” in North America, the “Romblon Triangle” is situated between the islands of Mindoro and the Dos Hermanas and Sibuyan Islands in Romblon province. 

The area has been dubbed as the EDSA of Philippine waters by the Coast…

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Experts call for ban on AI weapons

More than 1,000 top experts among them Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and hundreds of other scientists, engineers and researchers have called for a full ban on autonomous weapon systems.

In fact, they have written an open letter this week designed to encourage a complete ban on AI weapons and killer robots before their development sparks a new arms race across the globe.

Entitled "Autonomous Weapons: an Open Letter from AI & Robotics Researchers", the document details the opinion held by many that autonomous weapon systems pose an existential threat that could ultimately lead to humanity being wiped off the face…

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