We’re (Once Again) Not Saying It’s Aliens…Plus Really Old Shark!

Phil and Stephen discuss a variety of future-facing new stories, starting with the big one: NASA has once again not discovered aliens.

NASA ANNOUNCEMENT: First solar system like ours with eight planets discovered

NASA today announced it has found another solar system just like ours with EIGHT planets… boosting the chances of finding ALIEN life elsewhere in the Universe.

NASA says the new discovery has been made by researchers using machine learning from Google, which is an approach to artificial intelligence, and demonstrates new ways of analysing Kepler data.

A NASA spokesman said: “When Kepler launched in March 2009, scientists didn’t know how common planets were beyond our solar system.

“Thanks to Kepler’s treasure trove of discoveries, astronomers now believe there may be at least one planet orbiting every star in the sky.”

Kepler completed its prime mission in 2012 and went on to collect data for an additional year in an extended mission.

Bitcoin mining ‘is using so much energy that it is causing electricity blackouts’ amid fears it will consume more power than the world by 2020

The virtual mining of Bitcoins is using up so much energy that it is causing electricity blackouts in some countries, it has been revealed.

Experts say the high-tech activity is consuming a higher level of power than in 159 countries across the globe – amid fears it will use more than the world by 2020.

Bitcoin mining hardware uses approximately 31 terrawatt hours of energy per year – compared with 23 in Ireland and 309 for the whole of the UK.

It is creating a ‘colossal’ carbon footprint as the value of one coin surges to more than £12,000 amid violent swings in the cryptocurrency market.

This Shark Could Be Oldest Living Vertebrate At 512

Danish scientists believe they’ve discovered the oldest living vertebrate: A Greenland shark lurking in the frigid North Atlantic and Arctic waters that could be 512 years old, according to the journal Science.

Greenland sharks grow at torpid pace of only about one centimeter per year. So when the scientists discovered a female shark measuring about 18 feet, it was clear the shark had witnessed a few centuries of history.

Here’s why your attitude is more important than your intelligence

People with a growth mindset believe that they can improve with effort. They outperform those with a fixed mindset, even when they have a lower IQ, because they embrace challenges, treating them as opportunities to learn something new.

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