Astronomers Once Watched a Star Turn Directly Into a Black Hole

Most dying stars go out with a bang — a supernova, more specifically. But scientists recently observed a star that went out with a whisper, skipping the supernova phase and going straight into a black hole. The discovery not only teaches us more about stars, but it could also uncover the mysteries behind some of the universe’s most massive black holes.

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Climate Change, Midwest Floods & Food Shortages | Armstrong Economics

The Great Flood of 1927, flooded the lower Mississippi River valley in April 1927. It was one of the worst natural disasters in American history. More than 23,000 square miles of land was submerged, hundreds of thousands of people were displaced, and around 250 people died. The flooding impacted areas in Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. Following that Great Flood of 1927, we then see the climate swing dramatically in the opposite direction into the extreme drought that led to the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. The Dust Bowl was a period of severe dust storms that greatly damaged agriculture in the Midwest prairies during the 1930s. The Dust Bowl was a severe drought that came in three primary waves, 1934, 1936, and 1939–1940. The entire event actually complied with our Economic Confidence Model when many regions of the high plains experienced drought conditions for eight years. Unfortunately, the global warming people are already out in force and blaming this on moms driving the kids to soccer matches. They always pretend these are catastrophic events never before seen. Cars were not really in wide use until post-1940s. They could care less about history or truth. The cycle is very clear. This major flooding which may destroy at least 6 billion bushels of wheat is a prelude to what is coming. Long before there was the Global Warming crowd, there were the record-setting heat waves and drought of the 1930s that contributed to the Great Depression and wiping out agriculture that was employing 40% of the civil workforce at the start of the century. There were runs of extreme temperatures which broke all records. There was a stretch of 11 days straight in July with temperatures over 100. The two worst years were 1930 and 1936. Today, they would be demanding action and 11 days over 100 degrees Al Gore would be yelling this proves he is right. Of course, back then, there were no fleets of cars to blame no less soccer moms. This is all part of the cycle. We have extreme floods now, then swings of heat during the summer to create droughts, then the climate turns down and progressively moves into a colder pattern.
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This Tiny World Beyond Pluto Has the Building Blocks of Life

A little world far out in the solar system has the very building blocks of life on its surface. The object, MU69 (nicknamed Ultima Thule by NASA) includes not only water but also organic molecules — molecules that are common in biological and non-biological processes. While life as we know it doesn’t exist on MU69, the find shows that the ingredients of life are everywhere.

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The Bermuda Triangle Isn’t Actually a Mystery

The area of ocean between Florida, Puerto Rico, and Bermuda known as the Bermuda Triangle is the source of much mystery. Over the centuries, reports of ships and planes vanishing without a trace have haunted the public consciousness, leading the zone to be nicknamed “The Devil’s Triangle.” Suggested causes for these mysterious disappearances run the gamut from strange natural phenomena to underwater alien bases, but there’s a more basic question to ask: Do more crafts really disappear in the Bermuda Triangle than in any similarly trafficked area? It turns out that the answer is no.

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Aurora Borealis Warning the Climate May Turn Sharply Colder into 2032 | Armstrong Economics

There may actually be a confirmation that we are heading into a much colder climate. The Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, can now be seen in the UK. Normally, the Northern Lights can be seen only extremely north as in Alaska. Sir Edmund Halley (1656 – 1742), the man who discovered Halley’s Comet, was a friend of Isaac Newton. He was asked to speak about the unusual events that were taking place in the sky. He addressed the British Royal Society, stating: The Royal Society, having received accounts from very many parts of Great Britain, of the unusual lights which have of late appeared in the heavens ; were pleased to signify their desires to me, that I should draw up a general resation (sic) of the fact, and explain more at large some conceptions of mine I had proposed to them about it, as seeming to some of them to render a tollerable solution of the very strange and surprizing phænomena thereof. During the period of Halley’s investigation, the Little Ice Age dominated the decades and it bottomed around 1680. The Aurora Borealis actually expands and moves further south during periods of a colder climate. The Northern Lights being visible in the UK is not a good sign for climate change. This may be warning that we are headed back to a prolonged colder climate. Solar cycle 14 had the record high for sunspots during February in 1906. The annual peak took place in 1957 with 190 sunspots taking place that year. Based upon our models, the ideal low was most likely 1686/1687. From the 1957 high, the collapse to just 10 sunspots per year took place in 1964 — 7 years later. Just before the Mini Ice Age, sunspot activity peaked during 1787 at 132 (mean) and crashed for 11 years into 1798, dropping to just 4 sunspots. If we continue to witness this declining trend from the 2000 high where there are virtually no sunspots, we appear to be vulnerable to a significant decline at least into 2032.
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This Is One Way Psychopath Brains Are Different, According to a Harvard Study

Dealing with a psychopath can be a trying task. Psychopathy doesn’t make clear, honest communication particularly easy, but it shouldn’t be directly synonymous with evil, danger, or violence. There’s a key difference in the brains of psychopaths that you may relate to more than you realize.

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