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Monkeys may technically be able to talk (but this will make you glad they don't)

Monkeys may technically be able to talk (but this will make you glad they don't):

There’s a new Planet of the Apes movie coming out soon, but there’s no way it will be more terrifying than the simple audio simulation of a monkey talking.  From PopSci:

Using the computer model of the vocal tract, the researchers discovered that a macaque could, in theory, “produce comprehensible vowel sounds–and even full sentences–with its vocal tract if it had the neural ability...

H.P. Lovecraft and the phantom planet

H.P. Lovecraft and the phantom planet:

Warming back up the Chamber of Horrors with a post on my main blog, in which I talk about the connections between science and horror fiction, using an example of a famous planet which does not exist!

Recently, I came across another influence of Lovecraft’s fiction.  During his astronomy years, before he turned to fiction writing, he was intrigued by the possibility of undiscovered planets in our Solar System; such phantom planets would...

Resurrecting the Chamber

You may have noticed that I’ve been rather quiet here at the Chamber of Horrors lately.  Suffice to say, life has been rather crazy over the past six months and I haven’t been able to post as I would like.

But, hopefully, that’s going to change! I’ve made a big overhaul of the official Tumblr page for the blog, and am planning to start posting things semi-regularly again.

If anyone has any suggestions for posts, feel free to send me a message!

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100 (now 108) years ago today: KABLAM!!!!!

100 (now 108) years ago today: KABLAM!!!!!:

Today happens to be the anniversary of the Tunguska blast of 1908, when an asteroid exploded over a remote region of Russia with the force of a nuclear blast.  On the 100-year anniversary, Phil Plait marked the event with a post over at “Bad Astronomy”:

The air blast flattened trees for hundreds of square kilometers. The ground shook, witnesses felt the hellish heat from kilometers away, and the shock wave circled the world....

The Demon Core

The Demon Core:

Today is the day of a rather grim anniversary in the history of science: the 1946 death of physicist Louis Slotin in the second death connected to a critical nuclear chain reaction:

Slotin’s procedure was simple. He would lower a half-shell of beryllium, called the tamper, over the core, stopping just before it was snugly seated. The tamper would reflect back the neutrons that were shooting off the plutonium, jump-starting a weak and short-lived nuclear chain...

H.P. Lovecraft and the phantom planet

H.P. Lovecraft and the phantom planet:

Warming back up the Chamber of Horrors with a post on my main blog, in which I talk about the connections between science and horror fiction, using an example of a famous planet which does not exist!

Recently, I came across another influence of Lovecraft’s fiction.  During his astronomy years, before he turned to fiction writing, he was intrigued by the possibility of undiscovered planets in our Solar System; such phantom planets would...

Resurrecting the Chamber

You may have noticed that I’ve been rather quiet here at the Chamber of Horrors lately.  Suffice to say, life has been rather crazy over the past six months and I haven’t been able to post as I would like.

But, hopefully, that’s going to change! I’ve made a big overhaul of the official Tumblr page for the blog, and am planning to start posting things semi-regularly again.

If anyone has any suggestions for posts, feel free to send me a message!

...

100 (now 108) years ago today: KABLAM!!!!!

100 (now 108) years ago today: KABLAM!!!!!:

Today happens to be the anniversary of the Tunguska blast of 1908, when an asteroid exploded over a remote region of Russia with the force of a nuclear blast.  On the 100-year anniversary, Phil Plait marked the event with a post over at “Bad Astronomy”:

The air blast flattened trees for hundreds of square kilometers. The ground shook, witnesses felt the hellish heat from kilometers away, and the shock wave circled the world....

The Demon Core

The Demon Core:

Today is the day of a rather grim anniversary in the history of science: the 1946 death of physicist Louis Slotin in the second death connected to a critical nuclear chain reaction:

Slotin’s procedure was simple. He would lower a half-shell of beryllium, called the tamper, over the core, stopping just before it was snugly seated. The tamper would reflect back the neutrons that were shooting off the plutonium, jump-starting a weak and short-lived nuclear chain...

Zombie crabs get infected and controlled by barnacles

Zombie crabs get infected and controlled by barnacles:

It’s been a while since I posted here, so here’s some nightmare fuel for you: 

Zombies are real. They’re walking around on the bottom of Alaska’s ocean, mindlessly incubating the next generation of creatures that will, in turn, create even more zombies.

Imagine a king crab, living the good life. He’s minding his own business, happily scavenging the bottom of the ocean for food with his fellow crabs, when all...

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