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A “nanospace” fleet will be sent to search for Nibiru

For centuries, astronomers have suggested that the solar system contains undiscovered planets that rotate in the remote, dark reaches of the solar realm. From time to time, they noticed the gravitational effects of unknown bodies, forcing them to look for the culprit. This is how Neptune and Pluto were discovered.

And now, astronomers are faced with a similar puzzle: they have a whole package of evidence that somewhere on the periphery of the solar system there is a huge planet. According to preliminary calculations, it should revolve around the Sun at a distance of about 500 astronomical units or 70 billion kilometers.

Another testimony came from the Kuiper belt, located beyond Neptune. Having studied the distribution of open objects in the belt, astronomers were surprised to find that the objects there are not evenly distributed, as in the asteroid belt, but are collected by local groups. It seems that if these objects are combined together, then some huge mass collects them into clusters.

This object is traditionally called Planet Nine. According to estimates, it should have a mass of 5-10 times the mass of the Earth. At one time, it was believed that the object cannot be seen, since it is extremely far away, but recently a different theory has dominated astronomers. So many people think that Planet Nine is the primary black hole left over from the Big Bang.

If this black hole has a mass of the order of 5-10 Earth masses, its diameter will be about 5-10 centimeters. But even if the mass of the black hole is more significant, its diameter will still be insufficient for detection through a telescope. In addition, a black hole is invisible in nature and can only be seen if it interacts with matter. In the light of these sad data, astronomers bang their heads against the wall and try to circumvent the laws of nature by devising a way that will allow them to see such objects. And today, thanks to a new scientific work by Ed Witten, a physicist at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, astronomers have such an opportunity.

Witten’s idea is to look not for the black hole itself, but for the gravitational deformations that it creates around itself. And for this, you need to send a fleet of space ships to the black hole. Only it will not be huge battleships and cruisers from science fiction films, but objects of a microscopic size – nanopowder. Witten is not the first to represent the potential of a nanospace ship. Various scholars and visionaries have been exploring the idea of ​​using powerful ground-based laser beams to advance tiny chip-based spacecraft toward the stars. In particular, even the project of sending such devices to the stars was considered.

The idea is that the spacecraft will travel as if at the tip of a huge laser beam sent from the Earth, from the Moon or from a large orbital station. And although a lot of money was invested in this project and NASA even tested experimental lasers and devices, nevertheless, all these were, as it were, developments that would help only the next generations to reach the nearest stars. Nevertheless, Witten’s idea is revolutionary in its own way, since no one considered sending a probe weighing in hundredths of a gram. Moreover, such a probe may not be the only one – they can be sent in whole clouds.

All that is required of such an apparatus is to carry a transmitter, a device for determining its exact position and an onboard clock on board. This huge and complex, by the standards of the last century, set today can be implemented as a single chip. At the same time, due to its small mass, this reflecting plate with a chip can be accelerated to real cosmic speeds – a few percent of the speed of light.

Another great opportunity is the cloud of these spacecraft. So, since astronomers only assume the presence of a black hole in the solar system – their devices do not even have a clue in which direction to fly to search for it. But the cloud allows you to comb the whole sector and look for deviations there in the course of time and in gravity. Astronomers compare this approach with “shooting at Planet Nine with a shotgun”.

According to the estimates of the British rocket engineer Kevin Parkin, the cost of such a mission will be from 100 million to 1 billion dollars, which is simply ridiculous for space agencies. At the same time, the mission will be a demonstration to the world of its technologies and gravitational mapping of the entire flight route – in the end, who knows what else there is on the way to Neptune. Although the main prize will, of course, be the main prize, when in a few weeks or months the cloud of nanites reaches the Kuiper belt and opens there the primary black hole.

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Bad Omen? Lightning struck the Washington Monument

On June 3, 2020, an unusually strong thunderstorm began over the central Atlantic, formed by the so-called mesoscale convective system:

As the US National Meteorological Service explains, this is a well-described and occasionally recurring event, the result of which are stormy winds blowing on the east coast in an almost straight line:

The wind caused quite serious damage, in particular, about 500,000 people were left without electricity, which was replaced by thunder and lightning falling from the sky:

The lightning fell not just somewhere, but into the Washington monument:

The Washington Monument is a monument to the first US president, George Washington. It is a granite obelisk lined with marble, 169 meters high and weighing 91 thousand tons. It is the largest obelisk in the world and the tallest building in Washington.

There is not a single skyscraper in the city and, by tradition, none of the buildings can exceed the height of the Washington Monument, so the fact that lightning came directly into the monument is not very surprising: it must have got into it before. But the problem is that this definitely mystical sign is taking place against the backdrop of the riots.

The riots begans in Minnesota and swept almost 400 cities in the United States and somehow strange coincided that the epicenter of all this storm coming from the Atlantic was also … Minnesota.

Therefore, most likely the storm and riots are somehow mystically connected, and the fact that the lightning from this storm hit the main monument of the United States is clearly not a good sign, which portends something. But what? Natural disaster? Disaster? The collapse of the national currency or war?

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A voice in head led a man to win the lottery

A resident of the English city of Coventry, West Milands County, bought a winning lottery ticket after a voice in his head advised him to do it. This was reported by the Daily Mail.

On May 19, the 31-year-old electrician, Simon Waddup, went shopping. He claims that a voice in his head advised him to buy a lottery ticket and participate in the draw. The Briton bought online two lottery tickets for 2.5 pounds. Before that, he had never participated in major draws and limited himself to buying scratch cards.

On the morning of May 20, he checked his phone and saw that he had received a message from the National Lottery. It turned out that he hit the jackpot of a million pounds. To verify the reliability of the win, Waddap called the hotline.

“The first person I told about the win was my ten-year-old daughter. She asked if she could now get a passport, bearing in mind that she had never been abroad. Then I called my mother and sister, and they did not believe me, ”the winner said.

Waddap hopes that the prize will allow him to realize his childhood dream and become a reenactor of old houses – buy old real estate, repair it and sell it. He spent years working on construction sites and studying various industries.

With the money won, the man bought new clothes for himself and his daughter and bought a coffee machine. He plans to spend part of the money on his family. 

“I will make my daughter a passport, and when we can, we will go abroad – she already told me that she wants to go to Spain,” he said.

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From witchcraft to hunting husbands: The most unusual schools in the world

These educational institutions are very different from our usual standards. We talk about the most breathtaking schools in the world for those outside the “format”.

Witch School in Salem

It would even be breathtaking if such a school did not arise in a town famous worldwide for its terrible judicial action against 200 inhabitants accused of warlocking. Surprisingly, it was founded by a priest, Rev. Ed Hubbard. The school studies basic warlock techniques and the witch belief system. Most of the courses can be taken remotely, but some subjects are taught on a full-time basis.

The institution’s website was opened in 2004, and since then more than 200 thousand people have enrolled in the school.

The activities of the school of witches are criticized by representatives of the American Orthodox Church. But, despite this, it continues to exist and attract the attention of students from all over the world.

School on the railway platform

At stations in India, you can see a huge number of children begging for passers-by. This is a sad sight, and without education, a completely unenviable future awaits them. The teacher from the town of Orissa – Inderjit Khurana – decided to give these children a chance for a normal life, having organized the first school in the country on the platform 25 years ago.

Initially, only one school of this format was planned. But during this period of time, the organization Rushika, founded by Khurana, was able to open 14 schools in which at least 1.5 thousand children study.

In the morning, about 30-40 people gather at the station for four-hour classes. There are no desks and boards. Kids learn through games, songs, poems and puppet shows. Any of them can come and go from the lesson whenever he wants. The organization also provides children and their families with free food and essential medicines.

Brooklyn Freestyle School

As the name implies, this educational institution is located in one of the districts of New York – Brooklyn. The school has existed since 2004. There is no class schedule and any inherent rules. The theory of the school is to allow students to find their own path. Students decide for themselves what to study and what classes to attend. If they are not interested in the exercises, they can just get up and go home. At school, no one looks at the performance of students, they are practically left to their own devices.

Bangladesh’s floating schools

Floods often occur in Bangladesh due to heavy rains, putting thousands of children under the questionnaire (the pedagogical process, as a result of which students under the guidance of a teacher acquire knowledge, skills) . The non-profit organization Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha took the initiative and organized a huge number of floating medical posts and schools in the villages. Now children do not need to go on foot to classes – boats pick them up on the shore and take them home after school. The project met expectations – at the moment there are more than 100 floating schools in the country, which even have computers, access to the web and small libraries.

Dongzhong Cave School

Dongzhong Cave is located in the Chinese province of Guizhou in the small village of Mao. She is known for the fact that in 1984 local residents opened a school in her, tired of waiting for the authorities to build a suitable building. The cave is quite spacious – up to 200 children could fit in it without effort. In addition to several pavilions with desks and boards, a basketball court was also equipped in Dongzhong.

The cave school managed to survive for 23 years – in 2007, local authorities closed it, promising to build a real school in Mao.

School of the Future in Philadelphia

This educational institution was opened in 2006. According to the statement of its founders, this is the first model of how all schools will look in the future. Students here do not use textbooks and pens. All materials are in Microsoft applications, namely in the One Note Digital Notebook. Every student has his own digital locker, which is revealed using an ID-card.

Classes at school last seven hours – from 9 to 16. In practice, just like working in an office, children are prepared for adulthood.

The first years, the adaptation of students to learning at school was quite difficult: not all students had sufficient abilities to switch to one hundred percent digital learning (the pedagogical process, as a result of which students, under the guidance of a teacher, acquire knowledge, skills and abilities) . Over time, the system was established, and at the moment, the School of the Future is one of the most successful educational institutions in Philadelphia.

Elf School

If you want to carefully study Icelandic folklore about the life of elf creatures tiny and invisible to the human eye, then you need to urgently sail to Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. Since 1990, an unusual school has been opened here, which has already trained more than 9 thousand students – mostly foreigners.

Students learn to distinguish all 13 types of elves. Training materials carefully outline the creatures, and in the classrooms are educational posters with bare elves – to find out if suddenly these creations meet in the forest. At the end of the training, students receive a diploma.

Maharishi School

This school, which was opened in 1986 in Lancashire in the UK, does not go for knowledge of arithmetic or chemistry. In school, Maharishi students develop opportunities for clairvoyance and telepathy. Students meditate a lot and recognize themselves. You must admit that this is completely different from the classical school, but the non-least institution is popular and is among the best schools in England.

Hunting School for Husbands

In the Land of the Rising Sun, loneliness has long since become a mass phenomenon. A large number of ladies aged 20 to 30 years can not make their personal life. In the old days, when the ancestors organized the marriage, families were created much more often. Later, traditions gave way to the space of increasing independence of Japanese women, expectations and requirements for a possible spouse increased.

And here it turned out that finding a suitable spouse is absolutely difficult.

At the Tokyo School for Hunting Husbands, students are taught to maintain posture, have a conversation and set the table, correctly set values, establish communication with the spouse and his family and almost all other things that are needed in home life. Education (the pedagogical process, as a result of which students under the guidance of a teacher master knowledge, skills and abilities) at school is expensive – about 2,000 bucks a year, but it is still very popular – especially among women in the 30+ age group.

Santa Claus School

The oldest school teaching volunteers the art of bringing children satisfaction was based in Michigan back in 1937 by American actor Charles Howard. To this day, students are trained to match the classic look of good Santa. Students must master the rules of etiquette, gestures, an unusual manner of speech and even the art of dressing like Santa Claus in order to become worthy ambassadors of the head sign of Christmas and {New Year}.

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