Photo Of The Day: WW1 German U-Boat Washes Ashore In Britain

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U-118, a WWI German U-boat, washed ashore in Britain one year after it was built. Image Source: Rare Historical Photos

German U-boats were among the most feared weapons of World War I. And when one (U-118) washed ashore in Britain like a beached whale, people from all around flocked to take a look.

U-118 was launched on Feb. 23, 1918, surrendered exactly one year later, and then landed–unassisted–in Hastings a few months later after the tow line taking it to France broke. The French ship towing U-118 tried to shoot it to pieces after it drifted ashore, but it remained generally intact and the submarine’s proximity to the Queens hotel stymied further shots. And it stayed generally intact for months on the beach of Hastings.

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Photo Of The Day: What’s Inside The Time Capsule Of Humanity We Made For Aliens

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The Golden Record was launched into space on board the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2. The information contained is a mini time capsule of humanity as of 1977. Image Source: Wikipedia

What would you tell the universe about humanity if you had the chance? This is essentially the question that was answered when NASA launched Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 in 1977 to feed information about Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune back to Earth. Scientists knew that Jupiter’s gravity would give the spacecrafts enough velocity to leave the orbit of the sun and enter into the greater Milky Way, eternally drifting further and further from our solar system.

In case these spacecrafts ever made contact with aliens (with the capability to use human technology, understand human language, and read the written word), each Voyager had an 8-track tape memory system, computers (with less processing power than a smartphone) and a copper phonograph LP that became known as the “Golden Record”, featuring a collection of images and sounds.

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22 Things You Didn’t Know About Friday The 13th

Bad luck on Friday the 13th might just be a superstition, but it’s so prevalent across so many cultures that the date can actually influence people’s behavior. One organization that has researched the phenomenon says that the United States loses up to $900 million in business because people don’t go about their business as usual: they are less likely to travel, receive healthcare or even plan weddings.

Where does this fear come from? Here are some possible explanations — and a few facts you might not know:

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

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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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