What’s Inside The Secret JFK Assassination Records Soon To Be Released By U.S. Government?

Jfk Assassination Records

Soon-to-be-released documents about President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas may put all of the conspiracy theories to rest. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Decades have passed since President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas on November 22, 1963, yet the truth behind what happened is still mired in secrecy, and conspiracy theories abound. Everyone from the C.I.A. to the U.S.S.R. to the Illuminati have come under scrutiny from conspiracy theorists.

But in October of 2017, due to a little-known act called the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 (or the JFK Records Act for short), the theories may soon be put to rest.

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Your World This Week, Feb. 14 – 20

This week in science: human cryogenic freezing looking more likely, sneezing is far more disgusting than you realized, grocery stores vow to start selling prescription-free heroin antidote, and the creation of life-saving mini-brains.

High-Speed Cameras Reveal That Sneezing Is Way More Gross Than You Thought

Sneeze High Speed Camera

This sequence illustrates the evolution of the multiphase turbulence cloud that suspends droplets emitted during a sneeze. Shown here are times ranging from 7 to 340 milliseconds post sneeze onset. Image Source: From the paper, “Visualization of sneeze ejecta: steps of fluid fragmentation leading to respiratory droplets,” by B. E. Scharfman, A. H. Techet, J. W. M. Bush, L. Bourouiba.

You thought — understandably so — that sneezing was gross when it seemed as if it was only a light spray of air and mucus. However, the high-speed cameras used during a recent study at MIT reveal that, when we sneeze, we actually expel a sheet of fluid.

The results continue: “As a person sneezes, they launch a sheet of fluid that balloons, then breaks apart in long filaments that destabilize, and finally disperses as a spray of droplets, similar to paint that is flung through the air.”

Now, all this research isn’t merely meant to gross us out, but instead to better understand how infections spread and which people might have especially explosive sneezes that make them “super spreaders.”

If you didn’t think the simple sneeze was worth scientists’ time, think again. The power of the sneeze can, in just 200 milliseconds, expel sometimes dangerous germs over 200 times farther than they would have gone without it.

Watch the sneeze’s journey at MIT.

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Photo Of The Day: The Bloody Massacre That Changed American Crime Forever

Valentines Day Massacre

The bloody massacre of seven men has gone down in history as one of Chicago’s most notorious murders — The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Today, people have the option to celebrate Valentine’s Day with loved ones, or to celebrate not having a significant other, or even to protest against the garish commercialism that has come to represent the holiday. But in 1929, Valentine’s Day was the bloody climax of Chicago’s notorious gang war between George “Bugs” Moran and the infamous Al Capone.

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