Happy new year! As years go, 2020 was a surreal one. So much happened that personally I found it hard to keep track of it all! So, as we welcome the new year, here is a look back at some of the most surreal stories of 2020. Let’s just hope that whatever 2021 brings, it’s less weird than this.

Mysterious Monoliths Discovered in Utah, Romania, California

Milky Way Galaxy, Sol System, Planet Earth, Utah, [Redacted]”N [Redacted]”W: On a bright November day, the Department of Wildlife Resources dispatched a helicopter crew to assess wild sheep populations in a remote part of the Utah desert. What they found instead was something inexplicable: a 12 foot tall, featureless steel monolith tucked inside an isolated […]

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Baby Yoda’s Trip to Space

This past Sunday marked the second ever manned flight of a SpaceX spacecraft! The launch carried astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, and Soichi Noguchi to the International Space Station. While the team was en route, a live stream revealed another passenger aboard the craft, Baby Yoda from The Mandalorian! Or at least a […]

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Microscopic 3D Printed Star Trek Voyager Can Move On Its Own

Physicists from Leiden University have developed and 3D-printed a miniature version of the USS Voyager from the show Star Trek Voyager. The idea of a tiny starship is probably something you have not heard of outside of a science fiction movie, but the model is actually a part of a larger research experiment.  The ship […]

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Military Starts Testing AR Goggles for Dogs

Augmented reality goggles have been around for a while now and have been used for many different purposes. Recently the United States Military has been looking into AR goggles for military dogs! The military has been using highly trained dogs for sniffing out explosives, finding targets, and working with patrols in dangerous areas. The handlers […]

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New Robot Butler Takes Inspiration From Bats

If you’re anything like me, then you probably love all things sci-fi and, more specifically, robots. I have been in love with robots ever since I was kid. Robots were just that one thing that fascinated me. It’s almost like robots can do anything, from dusting the corners to cooking lunch! It’s been a lifelong […]

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Take a Break From 2020 During Fat Bear Week, A Completely Real Holiday

At this point it seems fair to say that, as years go, 2020 is pretty depressing. So depressing, in fact, that at times curling up with a good book and plenty of blankets and proceeding to sleep through the second and third marking periods can seem pretty appealing. Unfortunately humans cannot hibernate our problems away, […]

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Astronomers May Have Detected Alien Life on Venus

In two papers published on Monday, a team of astronomers announced that they had detected significant levels of phosphine gas in the atmosphere of Venus. While certainties are rare in science, and in astronomy especially, phosphine is most commonly created by the decomposition of organic life. The high levels of phosphine, thousands of times greater […]

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GR Ford International Airport First in US to Introduce UV Disinfecting Robot

As technology advances at a blistering pace, new products, ideas, and innovations seem to happen on the regular these days. From self-driving cars to surgery on a grape, technology, and, more specifically, computers and robots have come a long way. However, the next chapter of innovation in the field of robotics isn’t coming out of […]

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Kindle Collects More Information Than You Think

In this day and age, cybersecurity is super important. Protecting your information while online is crucial to keeping yourself safe from hackers and online predators. Recently, a lot of people have started reading on Kindles, both on the devices themselves and in the app. However, it has recently been discovered that Kindle collects a lot […]

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Video Game Recipe Appears in Serious Literary Novel

If high school English teachers are to be believed the worst thing one can do in formal writing is use a contraction, but the second worst thing one can do is to use Wikipedia as a source. It is, however, an often neglected fact that just because something is not Wikipedia does not mean that […]

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E.G.L.E. Drone Destroyed by Actual Eagle Over Lake Michigan

Department of Great Lakes and Energy employee Hunter King was busy piloting a mapping drone high above Lake Michigan, his fourth flight of the day. When the drone’s cell signal faltered King decided to cut the flight short rather than risk a crash. The drone’s demise, however, would not come from a signal error…

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Turns Out Koalas Lick Trees

With all the worries of our personal COVID-19 quarantine, it can be easy to forget how the pandemic is affecting the wider world. Last week we talked about the Forgotten Role of Plants, so this week we are checking in with animals. Weird stuff has been happening in the animal kingdom since long before the […]

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On the Internet, Nobody Knows You’re an Ant

There are many strange things on the internet. Some of these things are stranger than others. Perhaps one of the strangest is this Facebook group where everyone pretends to be ants. This is not a joke. The group’s about page reads, “In this group we are ants. We worship The Queen and do ant stuff. […]

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Meet the Quarantine Dalek

With the Coronavirus crisis reaching its height, people around the world are finding increasingly creative ways to convince their neighbors to stay inside. In England fans of the British show Doctor Who have found a particularly unique way to convey Coronavirus PSAs, a quarantine Dalek. As one of the primary villains of the sci-fi epic, […]

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