Michael Schmicker's debut novel, The Witch of Napoli is a work of historical fiction with a paranormal twist, set in fin-de-siècle Italy and England. An investigative journalist, Schmicker hasn't strayed far from his foremost literary interest--scientific anomalies.
Could it be that no one is out there? Are we now free to declare ourselves the acme of brain power in this part of the cosmos, and certify that everything out to 50 million light-years is Klingon-free?
With every new research finding of extrasolar planets in the habitable zone, or of potential life-friendly environments within the solar system, the mystery of Fermi's paradox deepens. Indeed, "Where is everybody?" has emerged as one of the most intriguing scientific questions of our time.
Brilliant scientists, including Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, thought it possible to someday "cure death." Dmitry Itskov, the "godfather" of Russia's Internet, predicted that the technology that would allow him to live for 10,000 years would be in place by 2045.
Cosmologists propose that the universe was until recently a lifeless collection of particles. But they have ignored a critical component of the cosmos because they don't know what to do with it. This component, consciousness, is an utter mystery. How did inert, random bits of matter ever morph into Obama or Lady Gaga?
Listen up folks: it's time to stop screwing around and find out what's happening on Jupiter's moon Europa -- right now. Seriously, we managed to land a robot on a comet late last year... so what's the hold up? Let's go! Everybody in the van!
James Randi devised elaborate hoaxes over many years to prove that renowned scientists could be easily fooled by magicians into thinking that such gimmicks as psychokinesis (supposedly moving or influencing objects with one's mind) were real and not optical illusions.
Except for a few notable exceptions, nearly all stars appear as mere points of light because their distance simply precludes our current capabilities from seeing otherwise. Let's look at a cool analogy to understand the issue and how it relates to planets.
Which of the two potential achievements -- the discovery of extraterrestrial intelligent life or the development of human-matching thinking machines -- will constitute a bigger "revolution"?
Unlike Slenderman, the shadow people have been sighted by a large number of witnesses around the globe, and these sightings have been documented by multiple investigators.
I think we all know about Electronic Voice Phenomena. But still, just FYI, when the dead attempt to communicate with the living, there are a number of stereotypical ways such a communication occurs.
Several unidentified flying objects have been spotted over nuclear power plants in France and Belgium over the last few months, and the story has been all over European news.
Bigfoot has been one of America's greatest all-time controversies. But investment? That seems a bit too far off to me. But, just in case you are, in Fox Mulder's lingo, a true believer, this might just be in your financial plan of the year.
I recently wrote about the United States Air Force's files regarding their investigation of UFOs, Project Blue Book, and how they have become more accessible. The news regarding these files has become a big national story, albeit much of the coverage has been inaccurate.
Needless to say, this will shroud the realm of near-death experiencers with a blanket of disbelief. And perhaps that is justified, to an extent. But as I said, you cannot of just one opinion in matters like these.
Looking at our own Solar System helps us understand how the placement of an Exoplanet within the habitable zone of its star will drastically affect its climate.