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The global jellyfish crisis in perspective

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SEEN from high above, a jellyfish bloom is a single mass, a brushstroke on the ocean’s vast surface. Zoom in closer and the streaks begin to resolve themselves, separating into hundreds of individual pulsing forms that resemble animated contact lenses…

Large asteroid to hurtle past Earth on April 19

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PARIS (AFP) -- An asteroid as big as the Rock of Gibraltar will streak past Earth on April 19 at a safe but uncomfortably close distance, according to astronomers. “Although there is no possibility for the asteroid to collide with…

Into the Ghostly Gloom: Strange tales of haunted caves

CAVES are already inherently spooky places as it is. With their cold, rock walls, claustrophobic dark tunnels, and eerie caverns bathed in perpetual night, these are already innately scary, although also ofttimes beautiful places. Yet there are caves that have…

America, China, and Russia are testing hypersonic weapons

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AIR Force Chief Scientist Greg Zacharias reports that the United States military will be using hypersonic weapons systems sometime in the next decade. In a recent interview with sports blog and military watchdog site Scout.com, Zacharias stated the the U.S.…

Brazil, Mexico make first deposits to ‘doomsday’ data vault

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CONSIDERING all the concern over the preservation and protection of data as of late, it seems only fitting to see the debut of a specialized library where copies of the world’s most precious written words -- rare texts, historically significant…

A Strange Story of Rosemary’s Baby

PETER Beckman is, to put it mildly, a notable character. Having grown up in northern California, as a youngster he gravitated towards the arts and acting and was soon involved with local theater and production companies. In his early twenties,…

The Mystery of the U.K.’s “Phantom” Social Workers

THE 1980s saw the surfacing of a deeply disturbing phenomenon in the U.K. It revolved around what became infamously known as “Phantom Social Workers” (PSW) or “Bogus Social Workers” (BSW). They were strange and terrifying characters who, on more than…

‘A Strange Case Of Supposed Kidnapping’

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LAST week, I wrote an article here at Mysterious Universe titled “The Mystery of the U.K.’s ‘Phantom Social Workers.” It began as follows: “The 1980s saw the surfacing of a deeply disturbing phenomenon in the U.K. It revolved around what…

100,000 people die in China every year so you can buy cheap goods

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THERE’s a hidden cost to cheap goods that are manufactured overseas, and it’s paid in pollution, cheap labor and, it turns out, actual lives. According to a new study, Chinese-made goods bought in western Europe and the United States have…
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