Aaron Hernandez: An All-American Tragedy

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It has been recently reported that late pro football player Aaron Hernandez had severe CTE—chronic traumatic encephalopathy. His CTE was so bad that researchers who examined his brain were shocked…the 27-year-old former New England Patriots tight end had the brain trauma of a football player in his sixties.

Why is this important & why am I writing about it? Well, Hernandez had a history of violence and was convicted of killing someone…and earlier this year he committed suicide in prison after writing the word “Illuminati” on the wall of his jail cell with his blood alongside a eye-and-pyramid- symbol.

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Possible “New World” Under Antarctica In Warm Caves

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Warm hollowed-out cave systems under Antarctica glaciers could host a variety of life, Australian researchers recently discovered. Analyses of soil samples from caves around the area of Mount Erebus, an active volcano on Ross Island, yielded DNA from algae, mosses, and small animals. Most, but not all, of the DNA could be identified—also creating speculation that there might be new (or previously “lost”) species living there.

One of the most mysterious and coldest places on Earth, the icy continent is roughly the size of the United States and Mexico combined, and has a population around 1,000-5,000 (mostly researchers). It has also been the subject of a number of myths and theories concerning “lost worlds”—lore that these recent discoveries tantalizingly revive.

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“Human” Footprints Found In Crete Vastly Pre-Dates Human Feet

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You know it’s a fun legit scientific discovery when the writer of the article (who has just had their conception of reality shook) can mostly bring themselves to only write short, terse sentences about said discovery. Case in point: this news.com.au article on anomalous “human” footprints recently found in Crete (formatting theirs):

They shouldn’t be there.

Testing puts the rock’s age at 5.7 million years.

That’s a time when palaeontologists believe our human ancestors had only apelike feet.

And they lived in Africa.

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Not-So-Popular Science

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This post is in part inspired by a recent thread on the subreddit r/iamverysmart, in which celebrity astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is taken to task for seemingly being smug about the recent eclipse. But it also touches on concerns I have in general about science and technology topics being handled in a very “smarter than thou” way by “spokespeople” in the mainstream media.

Basically, I get the general impression that Tyson and his fellow “celebrity scientist” Bill Nye are not very well liked amongst many of the same people who would frequent Reddit in the first place. Now, one could say: well, fuck Reddit and everyone on it…but the growing disconnect between these “science celebrities” and these internet users (many of them younger and of an age where being inspired by science/tech/space exploration could change their lives) is something to note.

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Our Increasingly Unprovable Universe

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There is a current “rumble” going on between roving gangs of rival physicists, each championing their own theories as to how our universe was created. On one side are the authors of the controversial article “Pop Goes The Universe” from the February issue of Scientific American. On the other are “33 Famous Physicists,” including Stephen Hawking, who have signed off on a very stern letter criticizing said article.

What hangs in the balance might very well be our perceptions of Life, the Universe, and Everything:

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Professor Predicts Brain Transplants Will “Sweep Away Religion Forever”

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This recent Telegraph article, based on a German interview with the controversial Professor Sergio Canavero, just got more and more insane and mind-blowing (if you will excuse the pun) as I read it…ending in like an operatic Frankenstein-meets-Nietzsche conclusion that is the stuff of fever-dream obscure conspiracy videos on YouTube.

Professor Canavero—Director of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group and most known for his upcoming plans to conduct the world’s first human head transplant—discussed with the magazine Ooom his next project, which will be human brain transplants.

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