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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...

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...

If extra dimensions do exist, they must be really, really small

(Credit: iStock)  (This content is subject to copyright.) Does our universe exist in more than just three dimensions? Probably not on large scales, according to new research published July 23 in the Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics. The study found that across vast distances in space, the universe likely operates in just the dimensions we experience on Earth. The results are also helping scientists better understand the puzzling nature of dark energy, the mysterious phenomenon behind the accelerating expansion of the universe. In October 2017, scientists used the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) to detect a gravitational wave produced in the collision of two neutron stars. Dubbed GW170817, the event was also seen with traditional telescopes, allowing...

Scientists find great white shark lair in Pacific Ocean: report

Researchers from Monterey bay Aquarium and Stanford University discovered an area the size of Colorado between California and Hawaii that appears to be a “White Shark Café,” but it is unclear if the sharks are there for food or sex. The San Francisco Chronicle reported on Monday that authorities are trying to determine why these sharks spend months on an annual pilgrimage in winter and spring to the deep sea. Scientists say that it appears the sharks are out there to feast on the abundant amount of squid and small fish in the region. “They are telling us this incredible story about the mid-water, and there is this whole secret life that we need to know about,” Salvador Jorgensen, a research scientist for the Monterey Bay Aquarium and one of the expedition’s leaders, told the paper. The are...

WARNING GRAPHIC VIDEO: 9 lionesses brutally attack lion in front of horrified visitors at West Midlands Safari Park

This is the moment nine lionesses brutally attacked a lion in front of horrified visitors in Worcestershire, England. Shocking footage shows the pack of females tearing their teeth into the leader of the pride’s flesh at West Midlands Safari Park. The lionesses then drag him from the rocks into the water where he is seen helplessly roaring in pain. Safari workers at the enclosure in Bewdley, Worcs., had to step in and spray fire extinguishers at the beasts to break up the ferocious attack after the male was left covered in blood. It is conceivable the lionesses were trying to kill their leader because he was too old to run the pride. However, Mya Beverstock, who caught the attack on film, said the females may have pounced on him after a dispute over food. She said: “It pretty m...

Fishermen haul in monstrous skull and antlers of extinct Irish elk

Fishermen caught quite the catch with this enormous skull and antlers from an extinct Irish elk. Credit: Pat Grimes/Ardboe Heritage Fishermen in Northern Ireland pulled in the catch of a lifetime on Wednesday (Sept. 5), when they caught an enormous Irish elk skull that’s estimated to be more than 10,500 years old. The impressive specimen is about 6 feet (1.8 meters) across and is almost fully intact.  Raymond McElroy and his assistant, Charlie Coyle, caught the massive antlers in their fishing net in the northwest region of Lough Neagh, a large freshwater lake. The men were fishing in water no more than 20 feet (6 meters) deep, about a half mile from shore, said Pat Grimes, a local historian who shared his photos of the impressive discovery. “I was shocked to begin with when I ...

North Carolina UPS driver’s 3-word failed delivery note becomes viral hit

A North Carolina woman said a bear prevented her from getting her package on time.  (iStock) A North Carolina woman was expecting to find a package on her doorstep last week — but instead, she found an unusual note from a UPS driver in her mailbox. The driver left Marcy Lanier a failed delivery notice, explaining that a “bear in driveway” prevented him or her from leaving the package. Lanier couldn’t help but laugh while reading the message. In fact, the Asheville resident found the situation so hilarious, she decided to share it with friends on Facebook. ALABAMA SCHOOL’S HILARIOUS ‘OPT OUT’ FUNDRAISING LETTER GOES VIRAL “Like I say. Only in Asheville!” Lanier wrote, posting a photo of the slip. The photo went viral, garnering more than 2,200...

Glowing NASA map shows huge dust clouds swirling across Earth

Credit: NASA Earth Observatory We live our whole lives wandering from one cloud of dust to the next. The air is full of the stuff: salt wafting in from the sea, black carbon soot from wildfires and all sorts of dusty emissions from heavy industry. Usually, all that aerosolized gunk is invisible to us — but not to NASA’s satellites and ground sensors. In a stunning new illustration, shown above, NASA’s Earth Observatory reveals the invisible, tiny particles swirling around us. NASA combined data from multiple sensors on satellites such as the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) sensors on Aqua and Terra, as well as ground based sensors, to create a colorized image of the aerosol plumes. [Earth Pictures: Iconic Images of Earth from Space] Some of these dust clou...

16-foot great white shark comes within ‘arm’s length’ of underwater photographer

File photo of a great white shark.  (Discovery Channel via AP)) An underwater photographer had a terrifying — yet breathtaking — view of a 16-foot great white shark in the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary off the coast of Massachusetts this week. Photographer Keith Ellenbogen was freediving in the ocean, roughly 25 miles out from Boston, while capturing images of marine life for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration when a very large guest paid him a surprise visit. Initially, Ellenbogen and his camera were reportedly focused on a humpback whale swimming nearby. But suddenly, he spotted a large shadow swimming toward him. He turned, and shot footage of what he soon found out was a great white shark. GREAT WHITE SHARK KILLS DOLPHIN, LOSES MEAL TO EVEN BIGGER SHARK “I ...

NASA will launch a laser into space next month to track Earth’s melting ice

NASA is preparing to launch a cutting-edge, laser-armed satellite that will spend three years studying Earth’s changing ice sheets from above. Called the Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2), the mission is currently scheduled to launch in mid-September. The satellite will be able to measure the changing thickness of individual patches of ice from season to season, registering increases and decreases as small as a fifth of an inch (half a centimeter). “The areas that we’re talking about are vast — think the size of the continental U.S. or larger — and the changes that are occurring over them can be very small,” Tom Wagner, a NASA scientist studying the world’s ice, said during a news conference yesterday (Aug. 22). “They benefit from an i...

‘Big One’ talk swirls as 69 massive earthquakes hit the Pacific’s Ring of Fire in 48 hours

A large swath of earthquakes hit the Pacific’s so-called Ring of Fire earlier this week, prompting some to wonder if it is a precursor to the oft-discussed massive earthquake, colloquially known as “the Big One.” Sixty-nine earthquakes, including 16 tremors registering 4.5 or above on the Richter scale, recently hit the area, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), which recorded the events but did not issue a warning. Several of the quakes registered significant impacts, including one that hit 5.0 and shook the area on Tuesday morning. Fiji appeared to be the most impacted, as five tremors above a 4.5 magnitude hit the small island. ‘BIG ONE’ COMING? EARTHQUAKES OFF THE WEST COAST COULD TRIGGER A GLOBAL EVENT Luckily, the earthquakes did not reach the...

Astronaut captures incredible typhoon image from space

Typhoon Soulik swirls in an Aug. 20, 2018, image from the Suomi-National Polar Orbiting Partnership (Suomi-NPP) satellite. Credit: VIIRS/Suomi-NPP/NASA/NOAA NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold caught a spectacular view of Typhoon Soulik swirling toward southern Japan from his post on the International Space Station. Arnold posted the image on Twitter Aug. 20, warning everyone to stay safe in the wake of the whirling storm. According to the Washington Post, Soulik is one of three storms currently churning in the Pacific Ocean — Hurricane Lane, which may hit Hawaii, and typhoons Soulik and tropical storm Cimaron, heading toward East Asia. Soulik’s winds are traveling at 115 mph (185 km/h), which is equivalent to a Category 3 hurricane, and may hit the Amami Islands of Japan as early as Aug. 21...