Time actually existed before the Big Bang, according to new theory

by Bryan Nelson, Mother Nature Network

The Big Bang wasn’t the start of time, it was just a transition.

One of the most baffling aspects of the Big Bang theory is figuring out how to explain what happened “before” time and space began. The language itself is awkward. How does it make sense to even refer to a time “before” time itself existed?

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Japan thinks smartphones are destroying students’ eyesight

by Saqib Shah, engadget

The amount of Japanese students with less than 20/20 vision is at at its peak.

The eyesight of Japan’s students is deteriorating and the country’s government thinks smartphones are to blame. A recent survey conducted by Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology found that the number of students with vision below the standard 1.0 score (equivalent to 20/20 vision) is at an all-time high of 25.3 percent. Worse still, just over 67 percent of high school students and more than 34 percent of elementary students didn’t meet the bar. The government is attributing the trend to “increased time spent staring at [smartphone] screens…and mobile games.”

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Incoming! A June meteor swarm could be loaded with surprises

by Joel Achenbach, The Washington Post

Scientists studying a mysterious event over Siberia in 1908 call for a special observation campaign next summer.

On June 30, 1908, an object the size of an apartment building came hurtling out of the sky and exploded in the atmosphere above Siberia. The Tunguska event, named for a river, flattened trees for 800 square miles. It occurred in one of the least-populated places in Asia, and no one was killed or injured. But the Tunguska airburst stands as the most powerful impact event in recorded human history, and it remains enigmatic, as scientists don’t know the origin of the object or whether it was an asteroid or a comet.

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Russian cosmonaut confirms mysterious hole in the International Space Station was drilled from INSIDE – but investigators still don’t know how it got there

by Associated Press and Cheyenne MacDonald for Daily Mail

A Russian cosmonaut who explored a mysterious hole in a capsule docked to the International Space Station has revealed that the opening was drilled from inside the spacecraft.

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Days Before Ultima Thule Flyby, New Horizons Has Detected Something Weird About Its Distant Target

by George Dvorsky, Gizmodo

NASA’s New Horizons is en route to Ultima Thule, a journey that will see the NASA spacecraft whiz past this mysterious Kuiper Belt object on New Year’s Day. But as the probe nears, mission specialists are already having to deal with a rather strange observation—an anomaly in the way Ultima Thule is reflecting incoming light.

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