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Has Russia’s Infamous “Devil’s Pass” Claimed a New Victim?

In two previous features, we’ve examined the nightmarish mystery involving the bizarre and unexplained deaths of an entire 1959 hiking expedition to the peak of Otorten Mountain in Russia’s Ural range. All nine members of Sergei Dyatlov’s highly-trained expedition were later found frozen to death — most of them stripped of protective gear, and some […]

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Astronomers Think Jupiter’s Great Red Spot Might Disappear Soon

As a life-long astronomy nerd, waking up to this headline all over the web made me gasp out loud (and I don’t surprise easily). I mean, seriously: Jupiter’s famous “Great Red Spot” — the massive, rust-colored megastorm wider than the entire Earth — is going away? Maybe even within my lifetime? Sure, storms of any […]

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Live Feed From the Deepest Place on Earth Reveals a World of Living Nightmares

The most remote, least explored location on this planet isn’t some impenetrable forest, an airless mountain peak or the most barren desert… nope, it’s a long, narrow crack in the Earth’s crust over six miles beneath the surface of the Pacific Ocean: a site known as the Mariana Trench. Very few scientific expeditions have explored these […]