Each day the world gains ever more knowledge regarding the world and universe around us, but every now and then something strange happens which we simply can’t explain, and then we feel like a bunch of stupid know-nothing dummies.
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Since 2007 a number of mysterious and fast radio bursts – 18 to be precise – have been detected by observatories around the world, and until recently we had no idea where they were coming from. In 2015 astronomers noticed that star KIC8462852, also known as Tabby’s Star, had begun to dim in brightness, and ever since we’ve been looking for an explanation as to exactly why it’s doing this. Now you may not think that the sinking of the Titanic is all that mysterious – it slammed into an iceberg and sunk to the bottom of the ocean – big whoop case closed. As early as April people were asking the question “why have so many celebrities died in 2016?” after David Bowie, Alan Rickman and Prince all snuffed it within the first four months. Can you imagine if you saw this hot mess bursting out of a manhole cover right beneath your feet? Whenever I’d pull a weird face as a kid my mom would always tell me to stop, because if the wind changes she said it would stay like that. In the past few years there have been an alarming number of mass animal deaths; with whole flocks of birds just dropping out of the sky, one-third of the world’s saiga antelopes dying off, and all kinds of whales, squid and bats just giving up and laying down for the reaper.
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