What Killed 9 Hikers in 1959?: Two theories for an unsolved Soviet mystery

In February 1959, a group of hikers disappeared in the remote Ural Mountains of western Siberia. A search party found the hiker’s tents weeks later, abandoned along with all his gear. Frozen bodies were found 1,500 meters away, mysteriously ill-dressed for the weather conditions

Most were not wearing shoes or gloves, and some were only wearing nightwear. Even stranger, three of the hikers had suffered major internal trauma — broken ribs and a fractured skull — and two were wearing radioactive-contaminated clothing.

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We hear about a lot of extreme things happening as a result of climate change. But the findings of a recent study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters are pretty over the top. Santa might need to pack up and find a new apartment because the study says climate change is literally shifting the Earth’s axis and changing the location of the North Pole. And the new study suggests it’s been doing it since at least the 90s.

The idea that the North Pole can move is nothing new. It’s something we’ve been tracking actively for over a century, but we’ve known about it for even longer. You can picture the Earth more or less like a spinning top as it rotates around its axis.

And just like a top wobbles as it spins, Earth’s axis is moving slightly this way or that in what’s known as polar motion. A lot of this movement is pretty predictable. …

You’ve heard it said that the world works in mysterious ways, but rarely has that seemed truer than right now! The forces of nature are the absolute cornerstones of reality as we know it, and so much of physics is calculated with these four, fundamental qualities in mind.

Together, they’re what guides and shapes most of everything in our existence. But now, there’s potentially something new on the scene… and it could push us to rethink everything we thought we knew before! …

DNA is central to biology as we know it. On a big level, it shapes species and how they evolve over generations. And on a small level, it’s the code that keeps your body going day in and day out. But getting to the point where we understood that took years of research.

By the 1940s, the most we knew was that genetics involved compounds called nucleic acids, but we didn’t know which ones were important, or in what proportions. And for that knowledge and much more, we have to thank Marie Maynard Daly. If you’ve heard anything about Marie…

That Einstein guy was a real bummer for our hopes of a star-hopping, science-fiction-like future. His whole “nothing travels faster than light” rule seems to ensure that exploration of even the local part of our galaxy will be an excruciating slow. But Einstein also gave us a glimmer of hope. He showed us that space and time can be warped — and so the warp drive was conceived. Just recently, a couple of papers contend that this is not pure science fiction.

In 1915, Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity revealed that the fabric of space and time is mutable…

Just under a century ago, we learned that the universe is expanding. And by rewinding that expansion, we learned that reality as we know it had a beginning. Astronomers refer to it as the Big Bang. But although that is an awesome name, it can also be kind of misleading. “The Big Bang” makes it sound like there was a big explosion in one particular spot. So then, if that’s the case, where did it happen?

Well, this is the thing: The Big Bang happened everywhere. According to this theory, nearly 14 billion years ago, all of the space began…

Billions of stars, billions of planets, an inestimable number of moons and asteroids… there are plenty of places in the universe that could be home to alien life. Not to mention the endless expanse of a near-perfect vacuum between all of those celestial objects that an alien spaceship could be traveling through. So, this is Uncovered, and today we’re discussing four possible solutions to the Fermi Paradox.

Enrico Fermi

For more than seventy years, the Fermi Paradox has been a key talking point among space enthusiasts, as well as alien hunters. …

The universe is vast, complex, and awesome. Despite hundreds, if not thousands of years of scientific endeavor, there’s still so much we don’t know about it. And that point was hit home this week with results out of Fermilab — a particle physics lab in the US state of Illinois.

In their experiments, tiny subatomic particles called muons disobeyed the laws of physics as we know them. And if the results hold, the only logical explanation is that there are kinds of matter and energy out there that physicists either don’t fully understand or don’t yet know about.

The way physicists currently explain how the universe works is mostly through something called the Standard Model. This model explains three of the four fundamental forces of the universe — like how electricity works and why particles stick together to make atoms, and elements, and us.

The only one it doesn’t cover…

The Battle of Krojanty was a face-off between the Polish Army and the Germans at the onset of World War II in 1939. As the story goes, the woefully unprepared Polish cavalry rode in on horses and wielded lances, jousting-style, to meet German tanks.

As anyone who has played with both G.I. Joe and My Little Pony toys knows, horses are a bad match-up for armored vehicles, and the Polish forces were soundly defeated. That story has been repeated for decades. But is it really true, or just a product of one of warfare’s most powerful types of ammunition propaganda…

The ancient Egyptians were one of the first great civilizations on the planet. They built the pyramids at Giza, the Great Sphinx, and the Library of Alexandria. As a foundational well-structured society, the Egyptians had a sophisticated agricultural economy, a highly organized government, and proper law enforcement.

These social institutions created a sense of stability in their everyday lives that nurtured research and documentation. Through trial and error, the ancient Egyptians were able to discover medical treatments that were far ahead of their time, many of which are still employed today. …

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