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Canada: Stop Spocking Fivers

Here’s a strange ongoing problem in Canada. Since February 27, 2015 when Leonard Nimoy who played the character of Mister Spock on the TV show Star Trek passed away, people in Canada have been defacing (re-facing?) 5 dollar bills to make Sir Wilfrid Laurier look like Spock.

Bank of Canada is pleading with Star Trek fans to stop “Spocking” its five dollar bills. Since Leonard Nimoy’s death, Canadian folks have been “Spocking” the hell out of the five dollar bill that features a portrait of Canada’s seventh prime minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier.

Sir Wilfrid now sports, on certain bills at least, pointy ears, the signature Vulcan haircut and eyebrows and Spock’s mantra “Live long and prosper.”

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Is writing on Canadian currency a crime? Actually, no.

It is not illegal to write on bank notes in Canada. There are prohibitions, however, on reproducing a current Canadian bill electronically. The question of whether it is illegal or not to write or make markings on Canadian money came up after the death of famous actor Leonard Nimoy. His most famous role was that of Mr. Spock in Star Trek. Following his death, many fans around Canada began inking his features on Canadian five dollar bills which show a portrait of Sir Wilfred Laurier, Canada’s seventh prime minister. … However, the Bank of Canada has expressed strong objections to mutilating or defacing bank notes because ultimately, writing on bank notes limits their life. …

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To me he looks a bit more like Severus Snape in this one than Spock, but anyway, stop Spocking the fivers. Wait, someone else agreed:

American currency is not immune to re-facement.

… it’s technically illegal to deface U.S. currency to the point at which it’s rendered unusable. The specific federal law at issue is 18 USC 333, which proscribes criminal penalties against anyone who “mutilates, cuts, defaces, disfigures, or perforates, or unites or cements together, or does any other thing to any bank bill, draft, note, or other evidence of debt issued by any national banking association, or Federal Reserve bank, or the Federal Reserve System, with intent to render such bank bill, draft, note, or other evidence of debt unfit to be reissued.”

That’s according to the federal Bureau of Engraving and Printing, or BEP, which quite literally makes money.

Read more BankRate

So, are these bills unusable?

The Willy Wonka theme:

The Star Wars theme

The famous artist theme

And so on. There are plenty more on line if you look. I would guess that they are not still usable. Would you take one as payment?

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Possible Aliens: Radio Pulse Pinpointed to Distant Galaxy

With some very fast accurate measurements from a radio telescope array, a radio burst called FRB 180924 (due to its detection date of Sept 24, 2019) has been pinpointed to be coming from a specific location in space. The location: the outskirts of a big galaxy called “DES J214425.25−405400.81“.

It was detected by the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP), a network of 36 radio telescope in Western Australia.

Here’s where the signal originated:

For just the second time ever, researchers have pinpointed the location of a fast radio burst (FRB), a super-brief explosion that releases as much energy in 1 millisecond as Earth’s sun does over nearly a century. …

The scientists … measured the tiny differences in FRB 180924’s arrival time at the 36 ASKAP dishes down to about 1/100th of a nanosecond. Comparing these differences allowed them to determine the burst’s source in the sky with a precision of 0.00002 degrees — equivalent to the width of a human hair as seen from 650 feet (200 meters) away.

More at Space

Another source:

For the first time, the origin of a single radio pulse has been pinpointed to a distant galaxy several billion light years away, a new study said.

The cause of the bursts remains unknown but the ability to determine their exact location is a big leap towards solving this mystery, the study said.

The “fast radio burst” – a very short-lived pulse of radio waves that comes from across the universe – has been identified as originating from a Milky-Way-sized galaxy some 3.6 billion light-years away.  

“This is the big breakthrough that the field has been waiting for since astronomers discovered fast radio bursts in 2007,” said study lead author Keith Bannister of Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation.

Since 2007, just 85 cosmic radio wave bursts have been detected, according to the IndependentAs for what the bursts are, ideas range from a rotating neutron star to, yes, a high-powered signal from an advanced civilization. 

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If you have any interstate in amateur astronomy, you may already know that the name of the galaxy tells its location in the sky using two coordinates: Right Ascension and Declination.

This two part tutorial can help you find a spot in the sky if you know the declination along with knowing your latitude above or below the equator on the earth and the and right ascension along with the current date and sunrise time.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RbPnXF-eeTU

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kejolGai7X8

Most humans will never need to know this,
but if you have time and curiosity, it is interesting to learn.

Getting back to the FRB, another theory says it may be caused by a highly magnetized neutron star.

What type of signal was it? That’s what I’d still like to know that I could not find. What was the nature of this fast signal? Was it just a burst of static? A repeating pattern? Something more complicated?

I’ll update this if I find out. If you know, leave a comment for us.

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New Species Recorded During Historic Dive

An explorer from the USA named Victor Vescovo has used a Triton submarine to boldly go where no one has gone before. While doing so he discovered what appears to be a new animal species never before seen by humans in one of the most isolated places on Earth. Here’s a still image:

In the submarine called Limiting Factor, Vescovo descended 23,596 feet into the deepest part of the Java Trench in the Indian Ocean, becoming the first human to dive to its depths. …

This was his third dive as part of the Five Deeps Expedition and it occurred April 5, though it was just announced this week in a news release.

via USA Today

It was at the bottom that the team captured video footage of an extraordinary gelatinous animal—perhaps a stalked Ascidian (aka Sea Squirt) which does not resemble anything seen before.

This blue vaguely dog head shaped beast with a long thin stalk is amazing:

Congratulations to Vescovo on the discovery and the journey.

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Soft Robots with Brains of Rubber

The award for the strangest news today goes to … robots with no solid parts. Soft robots are cheaper, lighter, simpler to make, and safer for humans to bump into. We are not talking about padding around a solid frame, but robots made entirely of soft flexible squishy parts. This is possible very soon because the last necessarily solid part of a robot, the logic board or “brain,” has found a soft replacement.

It may sound impossible, but all of the logical calculations and processing now done by electronic computers can be accomplished mechanically with only rubber and air. How?

… researchers have built a soft computer using just rubber and air. “We’re emulating the thought process of an electronic computer, using only soft materials and pneumatic signals, replacing electronics with pressurized air,” says Daniel J. Preston, first author on a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and a postdoctoral researcher working with George Whitesides, the Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor.

To make decisions, computers use digital logic gates, electronic circuits that receive messages (inputs) and determine reactions (outputs) based on their programming. Our circuitry isn’t so different: When a doctor strikes a tendon below our kneecap (input), the nervous system is programmed to jerk our leg (output).

Preston’s soft computer mimics this system using silicone tubing and pressurized air. To achieve the minimum types of logic gates required for complex operations — in this case, NOT, AND, and OR — he programmed the soft valves to react to different air pressures. For the NOT logic gate, for example, if the input is high pressure, the output will be low pressure. With these three logic gates, Preston says, “you could replicate any behavior found on any electronic computer.”

Soft robots could survive car accidents, floods, and could even function in nuclear disasters where high radiation would destroy solid robots. They can also be self-healing. Another advantage of Daniel J. Preston‘s micro pneumatic circuits is that they require zero power when not in use. As if this weren’t enough, they might even be given the power of invisibility:

… Depending on which material Preston selects, he could design a robot that is index-matched to a specific substance. So, if he chooses a material that camouflages in water, the robot would appear transparent when submerged.

Via SciDaily | Harvard

Are there elastomers transparent in air? It would seem so, since at least 1988.

Optically transparent, high-toughness elastomer using a polyrotaxane cross-linker as a molecular pulley

An elastomer is a three-dimensional network with a cross-linked polymer chain that undergoes large deformation with a small external force and returns to its original state when the external force is removed. Because of this hyperelasticity, elastomers are regarded as one of the best candidates for the matrix material of soft robots. 

Via NIH

High strength and optically transparent silicone rubber was prepared by two methods in this paper.

Via SciDirect (1988)

But transparency is just one option for invisibility, the new soft robots could also be designed to change colors dynamically to disappear against a surface like an octopus, according to this article on Forbes.

If the logic of a rubber micro pneumatic brain can be made to operate fast enough, this has potential to be the next computer revolution.

I’m reminded while reading this of a tiny wasp, that is so small, it supposedly could not function unless it’s brain cells were mechanical. A clockwork brain may already exist in this beneficial wasp used to control greenhouse whitefly pests.

A tiny wasp has brain cells so small, physics predicts they shouldn’t work at all. These miniature neurons might harbour subtle modifications, or they might work completely differently from all other known neurons – mechanically.

Read more at NewSci

As a bonus, the clockwork brained wasp has a name that sounds like a spell in a Harry Potter movie:

Encarsia formosa!

Anyway, if we can avoid disasters/wars that wipe out our current progress, a world of soft robots and quantum computers awaits future generations.

A final thought: about those grey aliens… What if they are made of rubber?

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Video: Direction-Changing Fireball Above Los Angeles

Here’s a recent strange event. The Los Angeles Police Department tweeted a video of a fiery streak in the Wednesday (March 20, 2019) evening sky which people reported and the LAPD reassured the public that it was “just a film shoot” and nothing to be concerned about.

It looked very much like a fiery meteor crash landing in Downtown Los Angeles or maybe space debris or an alien invasion  … Apparently it was the work of the Red Bull Air Force’s team of skydivers, wearing wingsuits fitted with LED lights and pyrotechnics, reported the Los Angeles Times. Jumping from a helicopter 4,000 feet above L.A., they flew one mile before pulling their parachutes at 1,000 feet, the newspaper reported. The captivating stunt was the energy drink’s celebration of the final super moon of the year. Reactions on planet Earth ranged from amused, to alarmed to paranoid to irritated. …

Read more at patch.com

A pair of wingsuit flyers sponsored by Red Bull lit up the skies over Los Angeles at twilight Wednesday.  The wingsuits left a trail of flames over the downtown L.A. skyline.  … On Twitter, some people reported seeing what they thought was a meteor or even a UFO.  But closeup video showed two people in wingsuits trailing sparks behind them in the air.

Read more at ABC7

Video, Original Footage | Credit: Celeste Perez

A meteor would be extremely unlikely to change direction as this fireball is seen to do in the video. In this one below it changes direction to a more shallow angle:

It’s a good explanation. I believe it, but in a city that size, I’m puzzled by the lack of a video showing the stunt people landing. Perhaps one will surface. I’ll add it here if so, or if you find it, feel free to post the YouTube URL into a comment.

Upate: Found this:

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Ghost Particles, They’re Here

Nutrinos are real. Science estimates 650 trillion of these subatomic ghost particles move through us at nearly the speed of light ever second. They were created one second after the Big Bang and they interact so weakly with matter that they can pass through light years of solid lead and not even notice.  Why should we care about them, then?

There are several possible practical reasons. Because we can occassionally detect them and because we can generate them, there are theories that alien civilizations may be using them instead of radio waves or light to communicate.

Every single second of every single day, you are being bombarded by trillions upon trillions of subatomic particles, showering down from the depths of space. They blow through you with the strength of a cosmic hurricane, blasting in at nearly the speed of light. They’re coming from all over the sky, at all times of the day and night. They penetrate the Earth’s magnetic field and our protective atmosphere like so much butter.

And yet, the hair on the top of your head isn’t even ruffled.

What’s going on? …

These tiny little bullets are called neutrinos, a term coined in 1934 by the brilliant physicist Enrico Fermi. The word is vaguely Italian for “little neutral one,” and their existence was hypothesized to explain a very curious nuclear reaction. …

So, why do we care so much about neutrinos? Why have we been chasing them for over 70 years, from before World War II into the modern era? Why have generations of scientists been so fascinated by these little, neutral ones?

The reason is that neutrinos continue to live outside our expectations. For a long time, we weren’t even sure they existed. For a long time, we were convinced they were completely massless, until experiments annoyingly discovered that they must have mass. Exactly “how much” remains a modern problem. And neutrinos have this annoying habit of changing character as they travel. That’s right, as a neutrino travels in flight, it can switch masks among the three flavors.

There might even still be an additional neutrino out there that doesn’t partake in any usual interactions — something known as the sterile neutrino, that physicists are hungrily hunting for.

In other words, neutrinos continually challenge everything we know about physics. And if there’s one thing we need, both in the past and in the future, it’s a good challenge.

via LiveSci

A long-distance neutrino experiment is taking place under several Midwestern states. A high-energy accelerator, which generates subatomic particles, shoots beams of neutrinos and related particles as much as six miles deep, beneath northern Illinois, across Wisconsin and into Minnesota. The particles start at Fermilab, as part of an experiment called the Main Injector Neutrino Oscillation Search (MINOS). In less than three-thousandths of a second, they hit a detector in the Soudan iron mine, 450 miles away.

via SmithsonianMag

The cosmic neutrino background (CNB, CνB[1]) is the universe’s background particle radiation composed of neutrinos. They are sometimes known as relic neutrinos.

The CνB is a relic of the big bang; while the cosmic microwave background radiation (CMB) dates from when the universe was 379,000 years old, the CνB decoupled (separated) from matter when the universe was just one second old. It is estimated that today, the CνB has a temperature of roughly 1.95 K.

As neutrinos rarely interact with matter, these neutrinos still exist today.

via Wikipedia

To save energy, alien civilizations might not be using radio or optical light at all, they might be communicating in a completely different way, with neutrinos.

… Neutrinos are produced in large quantities by the sun and astronomical sources, but they can also be produced artificially by nuclear reactors. …

… the Super-Kamiokande facility, the world’s largest neutrino detector … is located under Mt. Ikeno in Japan. There’s also the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, located at the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica and operated by the University of Wisconsin–Madison; and the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, located in a former mine complex near Sudbury, Ontario, and operated by SNOLAB.

via PhysOrg

Finding neutrinos here on Earth is difficult. We’ve got an incredible amount of neutrinos stream towards us from the Sun. In fact, you’ve got billions of neutrinos passing through your body every second and you never feel them because never interact. It takes a huge vat of water, protected underground from other radiation and a suite of sensitive detectors. And even then, they only turn up a few thousand neutrinos a year.

In fact, a neutrino can pass through light-years of pure lead and not even notice.

via UniverseToday

Who knows what interesting alien chatter we might pick up on the nutrino radio, once we figure out how to really tune in.

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AI to decode Dolphin Language

A human language focused artificial intelligence has been working on decoding dolphin communication, attempting to build a dictonary of dophin language.

After mastering 40 human languages, a Swedish startup has turned to dolphins, hoping to use its language-analysis software to unlock the secrets of communication employed by the aquatic mammals.

Using technology from artificial intelligence language-analysis company Gavagai AB, researchers from Sweden’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology will begin compiling a dolphin-language dictionary. The software will monitor captive bottlenose dolphins at a wildlife park about 90 miles south of Stockholm, the company said in an emailed statement Wednesday.

via Bloom

In an interview with Bloomberg, Jussi Karlgren, KTH professor and Gavagai co-founder said that:

“We hope to be able to understand dolphins with the help of artificial intelligence technology […] We know that dolphins have a complex communication system, but we don’t know what they are talking about yet.”

Via Steemit

Scientists at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology will use Gavagai’s AI software to unlock the secrets of dolphins’ language, according to Bloomberg. The software will be used to monitor captive bottlenose dolphins at a wildlife park just south of Stockholm, and the project is expected to span four years. It’s long been known that dolphins use distinct sounds, and even ‘signature whistles’ to communicate with their peers and identify particular individuals. …

But, much about their language remains a mystery.
Gavagai’s software has already taken on 40 human languages, and it’s hoped that these efforts will reveal new insight on the mysterious communication methods of dolphins.

Signature whistles are sounds made by dolphins, used to identify different individuals. Dolphin calves will eventually make their own individual whistle, but in the first stages of life, they use their mother’s.  …

Just last fall, scientists recorded dolphins having a ‘conversation’ for the first time, and even noted the use of sentence-like patterns.  A pair of Black Sea bottlenose dolphins named Yasha and Yana were observed using clicks and pulses to create ‘words’ in back-and-forth exchanges – and, they were even observed waiting for the other to finish their ‘sentence’ before replying.

According to the scientists at the Karadag Nature Reserve, in Feodosia, Russia said that, the find suggests that, dolphins, like humans, are able to communicate certain emotions such as stress or happiness.

Dolphins have larger brains than many mammals – 1,800g …

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If aliens came to earth and used brain weight as the measure of intelligence, humans would be lower on the list than many other animals to contact. This may be why we haven’t heard much from aliens. They have been making deals with the Sperm whales and Fin whales first.

Species (brain weight in grams)

  1. Sperm whale (7,800)
  2. Fin whale (6,930)
  3. Killer whale (5,620)
  4. Elephant (4,783)
  5. Humpback whale (4,675)
  6. Gray whale (4,317)
  7. Bowhead whale (2,738)
  8. Pilot whale (2,670)
  9. Bottle Nosed Dolphin (1,500-1,600)
  10. Adult human (1,300 – 1,400)

We’re number ten. Number ten. Number ten… Are whales smarter than humans? Intelligence, the abilities that allow survival, innovation and adaptation to unpredictable environments, may be a function of smart wiring more than just the number of brain cells. Some ants can, afterall, pass the mirror self awareness test while many animals with much larger brains cannot.

I look forward to a dolphin language being decoded. What do you suppose they talk about mostly with those interesting clicks and whistles?

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4Un61qv_QIc

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Perpetual Steam Powered Spacecraft + Are *We* Alien Probes?

By mining water from asteroids and using solar power to create steam for propulsion, an asteroid mining space probe would “never” run out of fuel for exploration. This simple propulsion strategy could be part of a self-repairing self-multiplying army of space exploration drones.

Using steam to propel a spacecraft from asteroid to asteroid is now possible, thanks to a collaboration between a private space company and the University of Central Florida.

UCF planetary research scientist Phil Metzger worked with Honeybee Robotics of Pasadena, California, which developed the World Is Not Enough prototype that extracts water from asteroids or other planetary bodies to generate steam and propel itself to its next mining target. …

“It’s awesome,” Metzger says of the demonstration. “WINE successfully mined the soil, made rocket propellant, and launched itself on a jet of steam extracted from the simulant. We could potentially use this technology to hop on the Moon, Ceres, Europa, Titan, Pluto, the poles of Mercury, asteroids—anywhere there is water and sufficiently low gravity.”

WINE, which is the size of a microwave oven, mines the water from the surface then makes it into steam to fly to a new location and repeat. Therefore, it is a rocket that never runs out of fuel and can theoretically explore “forever.”

The process works in a variety of scenarios depending on the gravity of each object, Metzger says. The spacecraft uses deployable solar panels to get enough energy for mining and making steam, or it could use small radiosotopic decay units to extend the potential reach of these planetary hoppers to Pluto and other locations far from the sun. …

Read more at: phys.org

I vote yes, send auto-refueling self-repairing exploration drones to the asteroid belt to catalog resources there. No telling what we might find. Or, lets skip to the advanced AI versions that build copies of themselves with collected minerals. They would also have swarm awareness so as to maximize the exploration effort and not travel to rocks already visited.

Are there any machines that build copies of themselves? This will be what some call the next major industrial revolution.

… once we’ve mastered the essential technology of life, assembling objects at the molecular level with molecular machines, there’s no reason we can’t rapidly exploit the central trick of life as well: getting the job done with machines that make copies of themselves.

Mass production has reshaped our industries, lives, economies, and societies, but it’s been a limited form of mass production: one where the process of production was explicitly designed and rigidly oriented to making a given object.

Once we can build molecular machines, we can design machines that make copies of themselves. By doing so we achieve the second level of mass production: being able to make anything we can design at a cost fundamentally constrained only by the materials and information it contains.

via Link

The idea of a machine that could produce a copy of itself has intrigued some of the greatest minds in history. Rene Descartes heads a list of philosophers, mathematicians and physicists who have long pondered the potential of a self-replicating machine. As have writers of science fiction, who have been also quick to warn of the dangers of unleashing such a powerful technology upon the world. …

via Guardian

Von Neumann proved that the most effective way of performing large-scale mining operations such as mining an entire moon or asteroid belt would be by self-replicating spacecraft, taking advantage of their exponential growth. In theory, a self-replicating spacecraft could be sent to a neighbouring planetary system, where it would seek out raw materials (extracted from asteroids, moons, gas giants, etc.) to create replicas of itself. These replicas would then be sent out to other planetary systems. The original “parent” probe could then pursue its primary purpose within the star system. This mission varies widely depending on the variant of self-replicating starship proposed. …

A von Neumann probe is a spacecraft capable of replicating itself. The concept is named after Hungarian American mathematician and physicist John von Neumann, who rigorously studied the concept of self-replicating machines that he called “Universal Assemblers” and which are often referred to as “von Neumann machines“.[8]

If a self-replicating probe finds evidence of primitive life (or a primitive, low-level culture) it might be programmed to lie dormant, silently observe, attempt to make contact (this variant is known as a Bracewell probe), or even interfere with or guide the evolution of life in some way.

Physicist Paul Davies of Arizona State University has even raised the possibility of a probe resting on our own Moon, having arrived at some point in Earth’s ancient prehistory and remained to monitor Earth, which is very reminiscent of Arthur C. Clarke’s The Sentinel and the Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

via Wikipedia

A self-replicating 3D printer that spawns new, improved versions of itself is in development at the University of Bath in the UK.

The “self replicating rapid prototyper” or RepRap could vastly reduce the cost of 3D printers, paving the way for a future where broken objects and spare parts are simply “re-printed” at home. New and unique objects could also be created.

via NewSci

All of this for me raises an interesting question. Not only may aliens have beat us to this, creating self-replicating universe exploring machines, but here’s the thing, are we ourselves those alien probes?

Humanity may be a manifestation of alien code, (DNA?), designed to creativly use local resources to propagate and to eventually get off the local rock and continue to explore space. We do have a built in longing to communicate with aliens and to know our creator, as intelligent alien probes would.

A final point: intelligent probes do not have to know what they are in order to do their job, but they may one day reach a level of awareness where they figure it out.

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(Video) Artificial Hollow Moonies

Some believe the Moon is hollow and artificial. While I love the science fiction idea that our moon is a gift from aliens or from a lost super advanced version of humanity, this speculation is based on facts which so far have other possible explanations.

 

Moon Hollows <> Aliens.

Here on our high density planet, I have explored huge caverns created by natural water erosion and also massive lava tubes created by volcanic magma flows. This thoroughly convinced me that aliens are not needed for the formation of large hollow underground structures. Aliens with the right technology could make huge underground spaces, no doubt, as we humans have already done such things, but hollow areas inside any moon are not evidence of artificial construction.

Low Density? Not So Much.

Regarding the low density of the Moon mentioned in the above video, our moon isn’t actually an anomaly in terms of having a low density. I’ve read that nearly every other moon in our solar system is less dense than our own.

The density of the Moon is 3.346 g/cm. The Moon is actually the second densest moon in the Solar System after Io. Need some comparisons? The density of Earth is 5.52 g/cm. This makes it the densest planet in the Solar System. The density of Io is 3.53 g/cm.

Our moon being the second densest in the solar system is saying a lot when you realize how darn many moons there are, hundreds in our solar system.

… over 200 minor-planet moons have also been observed in the Solar System (as of Jan. 2012). This includes the 76 known objects in the asteroid belt with satellites, four Jupiter Trojans, 39 near-Earth objects (two with two satellites each), 14 Mars-crossers, and 84 natural satellites of Trans-Neptunian Objects. And some 150 additional small bodies have been observed within the rings of Saturn. If we include all these, then we can say that the Solar System has 545 known satellites. …

Via UniverseToday

Our Iron Rich Moon.

Iron can ring like a bell when struck and the lunar lowland has much more iron than the crust of the earth by percent composition.

In fact, after oxygen and silicon, iron is the third most abundant element in the Moon’s geology from the sampling we’ve done. Compared to the earth, the moon’s surface is harder due to having more iron. This could account for impact craters being shallower than expected, if that is the case, but this does not require that the moon has massive artificial cavities with alien ships inside.

Tidal Lock is Common.

There are certainly other tidally locked moons in our solar system. This happens for reasons we think we understand, reasons that do not require aliens or any other artificial moon builders.

Most major moons in the Solar System− the gravitationally rounded satellites − are tidally locked with their primaries, because they orbit very closely and tidal force increases rapidly (as a cubic function) with decreasing distance.

Via Wikipedia

Speculation = Science Step 1

I enjoyed this video as I do other way out ideas, as starting points for discovery. Without imagination and speculation, we would have no place to start to understand the universe. Imagine, but then do reality checks. This formula is also known as … science. Basically.

My favorite fictional speculation is that the Moon is a dormant intelligent space ship that our ancient advanced ancestors built and programmed to watch over us as we got humanity started, perhaps seeded from another home world. There are a few of these immortals left inside the moon, and they visit, causing UFO sightings. They and the Moon ship will rescue us and transport us to another planet if our planet is ever in danger of total distruction.

Of course, if this whole universe is a simulation, then everything within it is artificial and the whole of creation gets my award for best ever universe by a god or gods, aliens, AIs or whatever else is responsible. I especially like the fresh strawberries, dark chocolate and real homemade vanilla ice cream manifestations, so good job, God.

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