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19 Haunting Secrets Behind The USS Constitution, America’s Most Important Warship

During the War of 1812, the United States’ small and relatively new navy was taking a major beating at the hands of the powerful British. The U.S. needed a victory, and the USS Constitution would help provide one.

In August 1812, she met head on with Britain’s HMS Guerriere and astonished sailors on both sides with her resilience. When British cannonballs bounced off the Constitution’s hull, one British sailor was said to have exclaimed “Her sides are made of iron!” From there, it was more wartime heroics, battles with pirates, and the most venerated career of any U.S. warship.

The Constitution quickly gained mythical status, and–like so many other revered relics–it also soon gained a reputation for being haunted. It’s no surprise then that Syfy’s Ghost Hunters recently ventured inside this fabled ship, whose story is woven into the very fabric of American history. In the words of Ghost Hunter Dustin Pari: “Knowing the history of this ship lends to the sensation of walking amongst the ghosts of our American history.”

Walk amongst the ghosts yourselves with these unbelievable USS Constitution facts and photos:

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Photo Of The Day: The World’s Lightest Material Balances On A Cherry Blossom

Graphene Aerogel On Flower

Image Source: 9GAG

Created in 2013 by a research team from China’s Zhejiang University, grapheme aerogel (featured atop a cherry blossom in the photo above) is considered the world’s lightest material — so much so that it is seven times lighter than air.

That’s not to say it’s incredibly fragile or useless: the material can recover completely after more than 90 percent compression, and absorb up to 900 times its own weight in oil at a rate of 68.8 grams per second. In fact, it’s these properties that has led researcher Gao Chao to hope that the material can be used to mop up oil spills, squeezed to reclaim the oil, and then thrown back in the ocean to mop up more oil, Extreme Tech reported.

Why The World’s Greatest Minds Think Artificial Intelligence Is Humanity’s Greatest Threat

Terminator Genisys Robot

Is technology advancing toward Terminator: Genisys-style artificial intelligence? Image Source: Paramount Pictures

In 2014, the United States was feeling a sense of renewed vigor from the Edward Snowden revelations. It had been a year since the first top–secret NSA documents were published, Snowden was being charged under the Espionage Act, the U.S. government was trying to extradite him from Russia and Wired had just put him on the cover of their magazine. But one revelation could have the biggest repercussions of the entire Snowden affair: “MonsterMind”, a Skynet-esque cyber warfare program straight out of Terminator Genisys (just released on Blu-ray and Digital HD).

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Inside A Black Hole: Six Surreal Things That Might Happen

Inside A Black Hole Rendering

At the center of most galaxies lies a massive black hole. Image Source: NASA

Only “seen” when swallowing up an unfortunate gas cloud or wayward star, black holes remain an enigma. With one of these bodies at the center of most galaxies—including our own—many scientists spend their whole careers trying to understand what happens to objects that become entrapped in their startling gravitational pull. Once in its grasp, an object can only escape if it manages to travel faster than the speed of light, a feat considered nearly impossible. Without any actual experimentation possible, researchers can only speculate as to what would happen if an astronaut ever went inside a black hole. Here are some of the leading theories:

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