Quantum teleportation was just achieved over more than 7 km of city fibre


It’s getting real.

Quantum teleportation just moved out of the lab and into the real world, with two independent teams of scientists successfully sending quantum information across several kilometres of optical fibre networks in Calgary, Canada, and Hefei, China.

The experiments show that not only is quantum teleportation very much real, it’s also feasible technology that could one day help us build unhackable quantum communication systems that stretch across cities and maybe even continents.

Quantum teleportation relies on a strange phenomenon called quantum entanglement. Basically, quantum entanglement means that two particles are inextricably linked, so that measuring the state of one immediately affects the state of the other, no matter how far apart the two are – which led Einstein to call entanglement “spooky action at a distance“.

Using that property, quantum teleportation allows the quantum state of one particle to be transferred to its partner, no matter the distance between the two, without anything physical passing between them.

That’s not like the teleportation you see in sci-fi shows like Star Trek – only information can be sent via quantum teleportation, not people.

What it is, though, is a great way to create an unhackable, totally encrypted form of communication – just imagine receiving information that can only be interpreted once you know the state of your entangled particle.

In the latest experiments, both published in Nature Photonics (here and here), the teams had slightly different set-ups and results. But what they both had in common is the fact that they teleported their information across existing optical fibre networks – which is important if we ever want to build useable quantum communication systems.

In fact, quantum teleportation has been achieved over greater distances in the past – in 2012, researchers from Austria set a record by teleporting information across 143 km of space using lasers, but that technology isn’t as useful for practical networks as optical fibre.

To understand the experiments, Anil Ananthaswamy over at New Scientist nicely breaks it down like this: picture three people involved – Alice, Bob, and Charlie.

Alice and Bob want to share cryptographic keys, and to do that, they need Charlie’s help. Alice sends a particle to Charlie, while Bob entangles two particles and sends just one of them to Charlie.

Charlie then measures the two particles he’s received from each of them, so that they can no longer be differentiated – and that results in the quantum state of Alice’s particle being transferred to Bob’s entangled particle.

So basically, the quantum state of Alice’s particle eventually ends up in Bob’s particle, via a way station in the form of Charlie.

The Canadian experiment followed this same process, and was able to send quantum information over 6.2 km of Calgary’s fibre optic network that’s not regularly in use.

“The distance between Charlie and Bob, that’s the distance that counts,” lead researcher of the Canadian experiment, Wolfgang Tittel, from the University of Calgary in Alberta, told New Scientist“We have shown that this works across a metropolitan fibre network, over 6.2 kilometres, as the crow flies.”

The Chinese researchers were able to extend their teleportation further, over a 12.5 km area, but they had a slightly different set-up. It was Charlie in the middle who created the entangled particles and sent one to Bob, instead of the other way around.

This resulted in more accurate communication, and could work best for a quantum network where a central quantum computer (Charlie) communicates with lots of Alices and Bobs around a city. But the Calgary model could spread even greater distances, because Bob could work like a quantum repeater, sending the information further and further down the line.

The downside to both experiments was that they couldn’t send very much information. The Calgary experiment was the fastest, managing to send just 17 photons a minute.

And while many people assume that quantum teleportation would result in faster communication, in reality, decrypting the quantum state of the entangled particle requires a key, which needs to be sent via regular, slow communication – so quantum teleportation wouldn’t actually be any faster than the internet we already have, just more secure.

But the fact that both teams were able to use existing telecommunications infrastructure to achieve such long-distance teleportation at all is a huge deal – and something that hasn’t been done outside of the lab before.

It’s going to take a lot more tweaking and investigation before it’s something that we can use in our daily lives, but we’re definitely getting closer.

Meet The Scientist Who Could Prove That God Does Not Exist


A scientist names Jeremy England has come out with a theory which potentially proves that life can exist without god and that god did not create us. Jeremy England’s theory has been developed on Charles Darwin’s idea of evolution. He says that the idea not only applies to things which are alive but to the creation as well. Meaning that evolution not only takes place while we are alive but at our creation as well.

Jeremy England

The scientist says that it is thermodynamics that plays the major part in our creation and not a ‘creator’ who is at work. The theory of thermodynamics says if you start with a random clump of atoms, and if you shine light on it for long enough, it should not be surprising that you get a plant. If these atoms are exposed to an energy source (i.e. the sun), these are bound to grow and restructure themselves which eventually leads to life.
The theory was posted on Richard Dawkins website, a famous Athiest scientist, and is titled ‘God is on the ropes: The brilliant new science that has creationists and the Christian right terrified’. The blog post was written by Paul Rosenberg, and it looks as though this theory has got the scientific community quite excited.

Jeremy England god theory

Charles Darwin’s theory focused more on life progression but the blog post by Paul Rosenberg has got everyone excited about the Jeremy England’s development on Darwin’s idea.
The theory by Jeremy England has been developed on mathematical facts which questions the existence of god and forces us to think about it in a deeper sense.

Sleeping boosts women’s brain power but men benefit more from naps, research suggests


Previous research has suggested women need more sleep as their brains are ‘more complex’ than men’s.

Getting a good night’s sleep boosts women’s brain power, while men benefit from shorter naps, research has suggested.

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Scientists at the Max Planck Institute in Munich analysed the sleep patterns of 160 adults to consider how sleep affects intellectual capacity. Their study has been presented at the Forum of Neuroscience in Copenhagen.

The researchers monitored the cohort’s sleep patterns, as well as performing intelligence tests on them to assess their reasoning and problem solving skills, Mail Online reports. They monitored sleep spindles, which are bursts of brain activity to consider correlation with different forms of sleep, cross-referenced with gender.

They found that sleep spindles, which are associated with higher IQ scores, were boosted when women entered dreamless sleep. For men no such correlation was found during dreamless sleep.

However, analysis of men’s brain activity found the same stimulation occurred when they had naps.

Professor Martin Dresler said: “Our results demonstrate that the association between sleep spindles and intelligence is more complex than we have assumed until now.

“There are many factors involved in intellectual abilities, and sleep is just one of them. This large study of men and women gives us a more accurate framework for the next phase of research which will involve differences in individuals sleep patterns.”

Earlier this year, researchers at Loughborough University Sleep Research Centre found women may need more sleep as their brains are more complex than men’s. Professor Jim Horne, who has researched the issue said: “Women tend to multi-task — they do lots at once and are flexible — and so they use more of their actual brain than men do. Because of that, their sleep need is greater.”

Scientists Find Fluoride Causes Hypothyroidism Leading To Depression, Weight Gain, and Worse


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Researchers from the University of Kent, a public research university based in the United Kingdom, conducted the latest and considerably groundbreaking study on the health effects potentially caused by adding fluoride to the public’s water.

After studying data obtained from nearly every medical practice in England, scientists found that fluoride may be increasing the risk for hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid, a condition in which the thyroid gland fails to produce enough hormones, resulting in symptoms such as fatigue, obesity and depression.

Published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, the study included the largest population ever analyzed in relation to the adverse health effects caused by water fluoridation.

Recent UK study includes the “largest population ever studied in regard to adverse effects of elevated fluoride exposure”

After collecting data from 99 percent of England’s 8,020 general medical practices, researchers found that the locations with fluoridated water were 30 percent more likely to have high levels of hypothyroidism, compared to areas with low, natural levels of the chemical in the water.

This means that up to 15,000 people could be suffering from depression, weight gain, fatigue and aching muscles, all of which could theoretically be prevented if fluoride were removed from the water, according to The Telegraph.

“Overall, there were 9 percent more cases of underactive thyroid in fluoridated places,” reports Newsweek, which also notes that 10 percent of England’s water is fluoridated compared with nearly 70 percent of America’s.

The science paper also compared the fluoridated city of Birmingham with the city of Manchester, which refrains from fluoridating, and found that doctor’s offices in Birmingham were nearly twice as likely to report high levels of hypothyroidism.

The new report has some experts questioning their stance on water fluoridation.

“The study is an important one because it is large enough to detect differences of potential significance to the health of the population,” said Trevor Sheldon, a medical researcher and dean of the Hill York Medical School who has published numerous studies in this field.

Sheldon, who in the past supported fluoride, admits that the “case for general water fluoridation” is no longer clear.

New fluoride study contradicts last year’s report by Public Health England that states fluoride is “safe and effective” for improving dental health

Released in March of last year, Public Health England’s report states that “there is no evidence of harm to health in fluoridated areas,” and no differences were found between fluoridated and non-fluoridated areas in regard to rates of hip fractures, osteosarcoma (a form of bone cancer), cancers overall, Down’s syndrome births and all other recorded causes of death.

New research, however, suggests that the spike in the number of cases of hypothyroidism in areas such as the West Midlands and the North East of England is “concerning for people living in those areas.”

“The difference between the West Midlands, which fluoridates, and Manchester, which doesn’t was particularly striking. There were nearly double the number of cases in Manchester,” said the study’s lead author Stephen Peckham.

Women 15 times more likely to develop underactive thyroid

“Underactive thyroid is a particularly nasty thing to have and it can lead to other long term health problems. I do think councils need to think again about putting fluoride in the water. There are far safer ways to improve dental health.”

Hypothyroidism is particularly a cause for concern for women, as they’re 15 times more likely than men to develop the condition. Previous studies suggest that fluoride inhibits the thyroid’s ability to use iodine, which is an essential mineral for a healthy thyroid, the master gland in the human body.

Working up a sweat could soon power your Fitbit: Researchers design patch that converts body heat into electricity


 

  • New 2mm thick patches convert body heat into electricity
  • Layer of thermally conductive material sits on skin and spreads out heat
  • Polymer layer on top forces heat into device that makes electricity
  • Found the optimal place to harvest body heat is on the upper arm
  • Researchers have also incorporated the patch into T-shirts 

Soon working up a sweat won’t just increase your heart rate on your Fitbit – it will also power the device.

Researchers are currently developing a new design that harvests body heat and converts it into electricity that can power wearables and smartphones.

The system uses a body-conforming patch with a conductive layer that forces body heat through a centrally-located wearable thermoelectric generator, where it is converted into electricity.

This innovation derives from North Carolina State University, who states their prototype can generate far more electricity than previous lightweight heat harvesting technologies – 20 μW per centimeter squared, compared to 1 microwatt or less.

‘Wearable thermoelectric generators (TEGs) generate electricity by making use of the temperature differential between your body and the ambient air,’ says Daryoosh Vashaee, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at NC State and corresponding author of a paper on the work.

‘Previous approaches either made use of heat sinks – which are heavy, stiff and bulky – or were able to generate only one microwatt or less of power per centimeter squared (µW/cm2).’

‘Our technology generates up to 20 µW/cm2 and doesn’t use a heat sink, making it lighter and much more comfortable.’

The team began with a layer of thermally conductive material that rests on the skin and spreads out the heat.

A polymer layer was then placed on top to prevent heat from escaping from the body.

This components also forces the body heat to pass through a centrally-located TEG that is one cm2.

Heat that is not converted into electricity passes through the TEG into an outer layer of thermally conductive material, which rapidly dissipates outside the body.

The team began with a layer of thermally conductive material that rests on the skin and spreads out the heat. A polymer layer was then placed on top to prevent heat from escaping the body, this forces the body heat to pass through a centrally-located TEG that is one cm2 

The team began with a layer of thermally conductive material that rests on the skin and spreads out the heat. A polymer layer was then placed on top to prevent heat from escaping the body, this forces the body heat to pass through a centrally-located TEG that is one cm2

This new system is just 2 millimeters thick and the team says it is also very flexible.

‘In this prototype, the TEG is only one centimeter squared, but we can easily make it larger, depending on a device’s power needs,’ says Vashaee, who worked on the project as part of the National Science Foundation’s Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST) at NC State.

While creating this new power generator, the team discovered that the upper arm is the optimal location for harvesting heat.

TURN YOURSELF INTO A WALKING CHARGER

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a button sized self-charging battery that can scavenge energy from low temperature sources of heat.

The device can charge itself at temperatures between 20°C(68°F) and 60°C (140°F), far lower than other heat-harvesting technologies.

The button sized battery designed by Dr Gang Chen and his team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a prototype for a new way of charging mobile devices from surrounding heat

The button sized battery designed by Dr Gang Chen and his team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a prototype for a new way of charging mobile devices from surrounding heat

Dr Gang Chen, head of the mechanical engineering department at MIT, who led the work, said the technology could lead to new mobile phone batteries that can be charged without needing to be plugged in.

The two centimetre wide battery works by exploiting the relationship between temperature and voltage known as the thermally regenerative electrochemical cycle.

This cycle means that a battery charged at high temperatures can deliver more electricity at lower temperatures than has been used to charge it in the first place because of the energy absorbed as heat.

Dr Chen and his colleagues found they use this to create a ‘heat engine’ to generate electricity purely from the heat surrounding the battery.

By tuning the battery’s electrodes, which were made from lead and ionic iron, Dr Chen and his colleagues were able to produce a device that could achieve this at low temperatures.

This they believe, would allow a phone to be charged by harvesting energy from body heat and then cooling down when it is removed from a pocket.

While the skin temperature is higher around the wrist, the irregular contour of the wrist limited the surface area of contact between the TEG band and the skin.

They also found that wearing the band on the chest limits air flow, as the chest is normally covered by a shirt.

In addition, the researchers incorporated the TEG into T-shirts.

The researchers found that the T-shirt TEGs were still capable of generating 6 µW/cm2 – or as much as 16 µW/cm2 if a person is running.

This new system is also just 2 millimeters and the team says it is also very flexible. In addition, the researchers incorporated the TEG into T-shirts (pictured)

This new system is also just 2 millimeters and the team says it is also very flexible. In addition, the researchers incorporated the TEG into T-shirts .

‘T-shirt TEGs are certainly viable for powering wearable technologies, but they’re just not as efficient as the upper arm bands,’ Vashaee said.

‘The goal of ASSIST is to make wearable technologies that can be used for long-term health monitoring, such as devices that track heart health or monitor physical and environmental variables to predict and prevent asthma attacks,’ he says.

‘To do that, we want to make devices that don’t rely on batteries. And we think this design and prototype moves us much closer to making that a reality.’

 

Man to undergo world’s first head transplant as early as next year


A terminally ill man could become the first to undergo a human head transplant as early as next year.

Valery Spiridonov, 31, suffers from Werdnig-Hoffman’s disease – a rare form of spinal muscular atrophy that causes muscle degeneration, as well as problems chewing, swallowing and breathing.

Man to undergo world's first head transplant as early as next year

 

Now he has volunteered for the groundbreaking procedure, which will be carried out by neurosurgeons in China and led by Italian doctor Dr Sergio Canavero.

Valery told ITV’s Good Morning Britain that although the procedure is incredibly risky, he was willing to ‘give it a go’ to try and improve his quality of life and contribute to a potential medical breakthrough.

‘My current condition is pretty heavy,’ he continued. ‘I cannot take care of myself, I cannot walk, I need constant assistance. My motivation is about improving my life conditions and to get to the stage where I will be able to take care of myself and be independent of other people.’

The operation, which will cost £10million and take 150 medical staff 36 hours to complete, has never been attempted on a human before. Scientists have attempted the procedure on animals, but with limited success.

How will the operation be carried out?

  • First the head will be frozen to temperatures below -15C to stop brain cells from dying
  • Then the neck will be cut, and tubes connecting the key arteries and veins will be fitted
  • The next, and most challenging step will be to cut the spinal cord. The surgeon will use a fine blade made from diamond in order to minimise the damage
  • The donor body’s head will then be removed and the spinal cords will be fused together with a form of glue
  • As quickly as possible, the remaining muscles, veins and organs – such as the oesophagus – will be fused together
  • Plastic surgeons will then stitch the skin together
  • After the procedure, the patient will be kept in an induced coma for three to four weeks so that everything is able to heal – drugs will also be administered to stop the body rejecting the head

Dr Hillary Jones, who is not involved in the operation, told GMB that if he survives Valery could end up paralysed, or the donor body could reject his head.

‘He’d need a respirator because the nerves that make his heart beat and his lung breathe would not be connected anymore and he could well end up with no motor function in his body, paralysis,’ he said.

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Dr Sergio Canavero insists that the procedure will be successful 

But Dr Canavero insisted that all of the surgeons involved estimate that there’s a 90% chance of survival.

He added that, if successful, Valery would be able to speak in his own voice after regaining consciousness, and that he could be walking within a year.

Chinese doctor Xiao-Ping Ren, who is performing the operation alongside Dr Canavery, carried out head transplants on more than 1,000 mice. However, none survived.

 

Scientists find key to ‘turbo-charging’ immune system to kill all cancers


Imperial College scientists are developing a gene therapy designed to boost immune cells.

A protein which ramps up the immune system has been discovered by scientists at Imperial College London

A protein which ramps up the immune system has been discovered by scientists at Imperial College London

A protein which ‘turbo-charges’ the immune system so that it can fight off any cancer or virus has been discovered by scientists.

In a breakthrough described as a ‘game-changer’ for cancer treatment, researchers at Imperial College found a previously unknown molecule which boosts the body’s ability to fight off chronic illnesses.

Scientists at Imperial College London, who led the study, are now developing a gene therapy based on the protein and hope to begin human trials in three years.

“This is exciting because we have found a completely different way to use the immune system to fight cancer,” said Professor Philip Ashton-Rickardt, from the Section of Immunobiology in the Department of Medicine at Imperial, who led the study.

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“It could be a game-changer for treating a number of different cancers and viruses.

“This is a completely unknown protein. Nobody had ever seen it before or was even aware that it existed. It looks and acts like no other protein.”

The protein – named lymphocyte expansion molecule, or LEM, promotes the spread of cancer killing ‘T cells’ by generating large amounts of energy.

Normally when the immune system detects cancer it goes into overdrive trying to fight the disease, flooding the body with T cells. But it quickly runs out of steam.

However the new protein causes a massive energy boost which makes T cells in such great numbers that the cancer cannot fight them off.

It also causes a boost of immune memory cells which are able to recognise tumours and viruses they have encountered previously so there is less chance that they will return.

The team made the discovery while screening mice with genetic mutations. They found one type produced ten times the number of cancer-fighting T cells, suppressing infections and becoming resistant to cancer.

Researchers found that the mice with enhanced immunity produced high levels of the unknown protein which is also found in humans.

They are hoping to produce a gene therapy whereby T cells of cancer patients could be enhanced with the protein and then injected back into the body. It could end the need for harsh chemotherapies as the body itself would be fighting the disease, rather than toxic drugs.

Dr Mike Turner, Head of Infection and Immunobiology at The Wellcome Trust, said: “The discovery of a protein that could boost the immune response to not only cancer, but also to viruses, is a fascinating one.

“Further investigation in animal models is needed before human trials can commence, but there is potential for a new type of treatment that capitalises on the immune system’s innate ability to detect and kill abnormal cells.”

Charities said the protein showed ‘great promise’ and were eager to see if it could be translated into humans.

Dr Alan Worsley, senior science information officer at Cancer Research UK, said: “This exciting work in mice is still at an early stage and only looked at one type of cancer.

“Cancer often finds a way to suppress the immune system, but drugs that overcome this and allow immune cells to target cancer show great promise. Research into the biology of the immune system could help develop more effective treatments by increasing the number of cancer-killing immune cells.

“The researchers now need to figure out how to develop drugs that target this molecule, and whether doing so would be safe and effective in cancer patients.”

Beyond Science Seeing the Unseen: What Our Human Eyes Don’t Show Us


The world is filled with amazing colors and energies we cannot see.

The world is filled with amazing colors and energies we cannot see. (Steve Jurvetson/Creative Commons)

Humans—with our robot rovers on faraway planets, our advanced nuclear technology, and our instant global communication—often assume ourselves to be masters of our universe. Yet an entire hidden dimension exists around us which we do not often detect. We live in a world of unseen phenomena because our eyes only respond to the visible spectrum.

The world around us is comprised of energy, but we cannot touch it or see it, and instead we use technology to detect energy ranges on the invisible spectrum, such as electromagnetic fields, infrared rays, and ultraviolet light. We know wireless Internet exists because we connect to it with our devices, but we cannot see it permeating our environment.

Different types of electromagnetic radiation by their wavelengths. In order of increasing frequency and decreasing wavelength. (ttsz/iStock)

Different types of electromagnetic radiation by their wavelengths.
In order of increasing frequency and decreasing wavelength.

In the 17th century, physicist and mathematician Isaac Newton, experimenting with optics, first used the word “spectrum”Latin for “apparition”to describe the effect of a prism scattering sunlight into a rainbow of colors. He realized there were phenomena that we cannot detect with our eyes.

Birds and other animals can detect and use the Earth’s electromagnetic fields to navigate and hunt.

 Unlike many animals’ and insects’ eyes, the typical human eye will see only certain wavelengths of light on the electromagnetic spectrum. There are spectacular color variations, which we cannot see that animals detect readily. For instance, bees can detect ultraviolet light, which they use to identify flowers. What’s more, last year a study in the journal Science revealed that flowers and bees may communicate with one another using bioelectromagnetics. Similarly, birds and other animals can detect and use the Earth’s electromagnetic fields to navigate and hunt.

Seeing the Unseen

Animals are masters of seeing the unseen, detecting what we cannot, and using it as a tool of survival. Using magnetoception, many creatures sense magnetic fields to determine direction, altitude, and location, which they then use to orient themselves and even migrate. Magnetoception is used by birds, turtles, foxes, and even bacteria!

In one study, red foxes were observed hunting for mice by jumping in attack. To the surprise of scientists, the foxes were found to be helped along by the Earth’s magnetic field. Displaying a clear preference, the foxes often pounced on prey from a certain magnetic direction—roughly north-east—and when they came from that direction they were more often successful.

Bizarrely, a study conducted by an international team of scientists found that domesticated dogs seem to defecate in alignment to geomagnetic fields.

It has also been shown that migratory animals, such as robins, can be impacted by man-made electromagnetic “noise,” as evidenced in a study published in the journal Nature. The European robins were captured and made to fly out of a funnel-shaped cage. When exposed to electromagnetic noise by scientists, the birds became disoriented, flew in many directions, and were largely unable to escape the funnel. When they were protected from the noise by a Faraday cage (a metal, conductive shielding enclosure), their internal compasses began working again, and they were able to easily exit the funnel.

The Terror of Ultraviolet

In what seems like extra-sensory perception to humans, reindeer and other migratory herd animals tend to stay clear of the power lines that cross the landscape. Scientists said the avoidance of the power cables is likely due to the animals’ ability to see ultraviolet light. Even though it’s not visible to humans, it’s suspected the animals see the power lines as long bands of terrifying, randomly flashing, and bright light. It’s no wonder they steer clear! Knowing this should help future power planners ensure the migrations are not hampered or interrupted.

Extra Sensory Perception

Even some humans are able to experience what is often shielded from the rest of us by our senses.

It has been reported that after impressionist painter Claude Monet had cataract surgery on his eyes in 1923, some think he became able to detect colors on the ultraviolet spectrum, and as a result his paintings changed slightly.

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“Water Lilies and Reflections of a Willow,” painting by Claude Monet.

It is said that after the operation, his paintings of water lilies possessed a blue tinge—his visual perception of the world had an ultraviolet blue cast to it.

 She has a fourth receptor in her eyes, which enables her to see 99 million more colors than other people.
Concetta Antico is an Australian artist who possesses a rare genotype, which makes her a tetrachromat. She has a fourth receptor in her eyes, which enables her to see 99 million more colors than other people. Her exciting, colorful art demonstrates her visual range and the kaleidoscopic world she enjoys.

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Tetrachromat Concetta Antico.

Reading Auras

Certainly there are those who claim to be able to see or detect human-projected energies, otherwise known as auras. An ancient concept often linked with spirituality, the aura is believed to be a field of luminous radiation around a person. The idea of aura and aura detection is often met with skepticism, and it is contended that people may perceive auras because of effects within their own brains, potentially stemming from epilepsy, synesthesia, or migraines.

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Colorful aura depicted in art.

Support for aura detection comes in the form of Kirlian photography. This is a technique, which captures images of electrical discharges of an object. The striking imagery illustrates what many people describe as auras.

NASA Just Updated The Astrological Signs, And Yours Most Likely Changed


My astrological sign is Capricorn. Well, it was. Until NASA went and messed with everything.

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Instead of going out into space and exploring and finding a new, inhabitable planet for us to escape to, NASA decided to mess with most of humanity.

How did they do this?

Why, by completely changing the dates that designate our astrological signs, of course!


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Okay… they didn’t do this just to mess with us. As with all things NASA, there is a scientific explanation for what’s going on.

It turns out that the sky and its constellations are vastly..

different today compared to 2,000 or so years ago.

But so what! Our astrological signs were never scientific! They are the opposite of scientific! That’s why we liked them in the first place!

If the newspaper says that I am super loyal and driven and hard-working, then I want that to be the case!


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Anyway. You may be one of the lucky ones who didn’t get an Extreme Makeover Astrological Edition. Those who escaped unharmed are a small percentage, however. 86% of humans are going to need to engage in some very intense self-reflection.

The updated astrological signs and their dates are now:

Capricorn: Jan 20 – Feb 16

Aquarius: Feb 16 – March 11

Pisces: March 11 – April 18

Aries: April 18 – May 13

Taurus: May 13 – June 21

Gemini: June 21 – July 20

 


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Cancer: July 20 – Aug 10

Leo: Aug 10 – Sept 16

Virgo: Sept 16 – Oct 30

Libra: Oct 30 – Nov 23

Scorpio: Nov 23 – Nov 29

Ophiuchus: Nov 29 – Dec 17

Sagittarius: Dec 17 – Jan 20

What’s Ophiuchus you might ask? I have no damn idea! You go figure that out.

This just messed up my entire life. I am also super-curious as to what the astrological community is going to do about this.

Will they explain it away and tell us not to panic? Will they make the change and backtrack to how this is at all possible?

Your move, psychics!

If you’ll excuse me, I have to go start brainstorming how to act like a Sagittarius or something.

Fentanyl is so dangerous that some cops now carry an antidote in case they touch it


Many police officers and first responders in North America already carry the overdose antidote naloxone to save dying opioid users. But the rise of fentanyl — a synthetic opioid that’s around 50 times more powerful than heroin — has led cops in Canada to take a new precaution: carrying naloxone to use on themselves.

Touching or inhaling even a small amount of fentanyl can be fatal, so officers with Canada’s federal police force are now carrying naloxone nasal spray in case they come in contact with it while on duty. The police force will also begin distributing naloxone kits that officers may use on overdose victims.

Bob Paulson, commissioner of the Royal Mounted Canadian Police (RCMP), told reporters on Tuesday that he cannot overstate the dangers of fentanyl. The force also released a video that shows two officers discussing how they got sick after accidentally coming in contact with the painkiller.

“It’s spreading across the country, leaving a trail of misery and death,” Paulson wrote in a news release. “First responders and the public need to know that even being near it can make you sick, or worse.”

‘First responders and the public need to know that even being near it can make you sick, or worse.’

A number of other police forces in the US and Canada have also begun equipping themselves with naloxone — sold under the brand name Narcan — in the event they see someone with fentanyl, or suspect they might have ingested it somehow.

Last week, police in Vancouver, British Columbia, which is on pace to experience more than 800 fatal overdoses this year, announced they would carry naloxone. The city’s police chief told reporters that his officers regularly come in contact with fentanyl.

In August, the RCMP awarded a nearly $2 million (CAD) contract to Adapt Pharma Canada, makers of Narcan, although the tender notice gives little detail about the purchase, beyond that it is for ‘drugs and biologicals.’

Earlier this year, New Jersey detective Dan Kallen told the Associated Press about an incident where he and his detectives got sick after opening a box of drug accessories while searching a home. Kallen suspected fentanyl was to blame.

“It hit us like a ton of bricks,” he said. “It became very difficult to breathe. Our hearts were racing. We were nauseous, close to backing out… I felt like, ‘Holy crap, I’m going to die right now.'”

This summer, 23 police departments in Delaware started carrying naloxone to protect themselves and save others from overdose deaths. The kits were purchased with funds seized during drug busts.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there’s been a spike in drug seizures by law enforcement testing positive for fentanyl since 2013, especially in Ohio, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.