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Algorithm may one day be able to alter Bible’s style for its audience

Computer scientists are using The Bible to develop an algorithm that will identify and translate different styles of writing. (loc.gov) Computer scientists have used various editions of The Bible to develop an algorithm that identifies different author’s writing styles, Inside Science reported. The researchers — comprising computer scientists and mathematicians from Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, and Indiana University – said they used 34 English language versions of the New and Old Testaments to develop the system. A long-range goal is a possibility of altering the Bible’s style for its audience, a researcher said. One day, a computer algorithm may be able to, for example, use the text that Ernest Hemingway may have written to alter various Bible verses. TWO SECRET CHURCHES...

NASA prepares to ‘light up the sky’ on the East Coast with space station rocket launch

Northrop Grumman Antares rocket sits atop its launch pad at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va., Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) NASA is set to launch an Antares rocket on a resupply mission to the International Space Station from the space agency’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia this week. Weather permitting, the Northrup Grumman rocket and Cygnus cargo spacecraft may be visible to East Coast residents in the first few minutes after Friday’s launch from Wallops’ Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. “The launch is expected to be visible to much of the East Coast if the skies are clear,” explained the Facility in a Facebook post. The unmanned Cygnus cargo craft will carry 7,500 pounds of groceries, hardware and research. NASA’S PARKER SOLAR PROBE B...

Enormous solar storm caused hidden US bombs to detonate during the the Vietnam War

This so-called seahorse flare shot up on the disk of the sun on Aug. 7, 1972, LiveScience notes. The radiation from it would’ve been harmful to astronauts if a moon mission had been in progress. (Credit: NASA) The Vietnam War may have been one of the most unpopular wars in U.S. history, but the massive solar event that took place in August 1972, towards the end of the war may have caused a greater impact than the government let on. According to a new study published in the journal Space Weather, the enormous solar storm may have actually caused old sea mines to detonate unintentionally. “These effects, long buried in the Vietnam War archives, add credence to the severity of the storm: a nearly instantaneous, unintended detonation of dozens of sea mines south of Hai Phong, North...

Thousands of spiders cover Arkansas highway in huge webs like ‘thick carpet’

Tents of sticky spider webs are covering the side of an Arkansas highway — and thousands of “creepy crawlers” are beginning to emerge. Arkansas native Zach Riggs was traveling along Highway 230 outside of Bono city in Craighead County when he stopped to take pictures and videos of the shocking scene. “Anybody need some spiders?” he asked in a Facebook post this week. TENNESSEE WOMAN BITTEN BY BROWN RECLUSE SPIDER ALLEGEDLY FINDS DOZENS MORE IN APARTMENT Nearly 10,000 people have watched Riggs’ 40-second footage, which shows what is believed to be Tetragnatha spiders — known as “stretch spiders” for their long bodies — covering road signs, construction equipment and traveling across giant webs almost completely covering a portion of the road like a ...

Giant lizard in Florida captured months after terrorizing family, evading capture: ‘Everybody is relieved’

Months after terrorizing a Florida family with young children and evading capture, an escaped Asian water monitor lizard that was “terrifying to look at” has officially been apprehended, state wildlife officials announced this week. The lizard — which officials with the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) said measured more than 8 feet in length — was seized Tuesday, ending the animal’s nearly 3-month diatribe in a Davie neighborhood. FLORIDA MAN CAPTURES ‘MAMMOTH’ 17-FOOT PYTHON, SETS RECORD The lizard was first spotted by Zachary Lieberman on a horse trail behind his family’s home in August. Liberman, who told Fox News at the time he immediately contacted FWC officials, said the reptile “scratched” at the family’s back door. “I was sitting there playing with the kids whe...

Florida man captures ‘mammoth’ 17-foot python, sets record

The python weighed 120 pounds, according to the agency. (SFWMD) A man in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Monday, captured a monstrous 120-pound python, officially setting a record for the South Florida Water Management District’s Python Elimination Program. The serpent, a Burmese python, was captured by Homestead resident Kyle Penniston, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) said in a Wednesday news release. VIRGINIA WOMAN SNAPS STUNNING PHOTO OF VENOMOUS COTTONMOUTH SNAKE BARING ITS FANGS The “mammoth” snake measured 17 feet, 5 inches, according to the SFWMD, which added the serpent was the “third caught as part of the program that measured more than 17 feet.” “This snake just showed me you really can do anything. I just caught this python alone, I was riding along the levee and s...

12-pound rock from moon sells for more than $600,000

A 12-pound lunar meteorite discovered in Northwest Africa in 2017 rests on a table, in Amherst, N.H. (Associated Press) A 12-pound meteorite from the moon was sold at a Boston auction for the out-of-this-world price of $612,500 on Friday. “As soon as we saw this, we knew it was extraordinarily unusual,” Geoff Notkin, star of television’s “Meteorite Men,” said. “This is close to a once-in-a-lifetime find.” Most lunar meteorites found are the size of a walnut or golf ball, said Notkin, who is CEO of Aerolite Meteorites, which sold the rock. Boston-based RR Auction announced the winning bid on Friday to a representative working with the Tam Chuc Pagoda complex in Ha Nam Province, Vietnam. RR said it’s one of the biggest pieces of the moon ever put up for sale in the online auction that ran fr...

Extremely rare ‘open’ beehive in Virginia stuns wildlife expert

A church maintenance worker stumbled upon a massive “open” beehive outside Victory Tabernacle Church of God in Midlothian, Virginia. (Virginia Wildlife Management and Control) A huge “open” beehive outside a Virginia church may be the discovery of a lifetime for at least one wildlife expert. A groundskeeper was doing yard work when he stumbled upon the massive colony of Italian honey bees hanging off a chain-link fence last week. The maintenance worker alerted officials at Victory Tabernacle Church of God in Midlothian who then reached out to the Virginia Wildlife Management and Control for assistance. Owner Richard Perry, who responded to the call, was shocked to find the swarm of unprotected bees. “I’ve never seen anything like it and I’ve been in this business 39...

Frogs and toads ‘falling’ from above in North Carolina as populations explode

Coastal North Carolina residents may have noticed an increase in the local toad and frog population. An eastern spadefoot toad is one of the species that’s been on the rise, a state biologist said. (iStock) North Carolina is experiencing a population boom — of toads and frogs. Tens of thousands of the hopping creatures have been spotted in the state, specifically across the coastal plain, The Charlotte Observer reported. The reason? It’s two-fold, Jeff Hall, a state biologist, told the newspaper. TENNESSEE ‘BEE WHISPERER’ REMOVES 35,000 HONEY BEES FROM BRICK WALL The first wave takes the form of tadpoles born during heavy rains over the summer, specifically in June and July. The second is thanks to certain species of toads — such as the eastern spadefoot — which have been...

NASA’s aging planet-hunting Kepler telescope is struggling to see straight

An artist’s illustration of NASA’s Kepler space telescope, which has discovered about 70 percent of all known exoplanets to date. (NASA) The reign of NASA’s champion exoplanet-hunting telescope Kepler may be coming to an end this month, according to an update from the agency posted yesterday (Sept. 28). That’s because two systems are troubling the aging telescope: New data shows that the instrument is struggling to point precisely across the heavens, even as it continues to run out of fuel, according to the agency statement. The team behind Kepler has turned off the instrument temporarily, then will wake it up again on Oct. 10, when it is due to send its next batch of data back to Earth. At this point, according to NASA, there’s no way to tell whether that pro...

Indianapolis Zoo to add black mamba, world’s deadliest snake, to exhibit

The Indianapolis Zoo is slated to add the black mamba snake to its exhibit in May 2019. (iStock) An Indiana zoo will soon welcome a lethal addition to its animal kingdom: A black mamba snake. The Indianapolis Zoo is adding the black mamba, which is typically found in southern and eastern Africa, in May 2019. The serpent will join the zoo’s Deserts Dome exhibit, which will feature the black mamba and other exotic snakes, the Associated Press reported. RATTLESNAKE EMERGED FROM WATER IN FLORIDA, BEACHGOERS SAY The black mamba is a “fast, nervous, lethally venomous, and when threatened, highly aggressive” reptile, National Geographic reported, which also noted this snake is considered to be the deadliest in the world. The black mamba, which can grow as long as 14 feet, gets its name from the b...

Galileo toned down his heretical words, long-lost letter proves (but the Church persecuted him anyway)

The long-lost letter from Galileo Galilei, dated Dec. 21, 1613, addressed to Padre Benedetto Castelli. The letter was found in the Royal Society archives.  (Copyright the Royal Society) Did Galileo Galilei really say all those terrible things that the Vatican said he did in his famous 1613 letter about a sun-centered solar system — and in saying so, violate church doctrine? Or did the Catholic Church alter his words to make him look bad, so they could more easily declare him a heretic? A long-lost letter that recently emerged from a library archive in the United Kingdom may finally put this question to rest. The discovery sheds light on claims that Galileo made when he came under fire for suggesting that the church stick to religion and stay out of science, the journal Nature recently repo...