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It Seems Like Buzz Aldrin Knows Something That We Don’t Know About Mars

The idea that Mars could have once been home to intelligent life is a theory that has become very popular in recent years. Discoveries like the so-called “Face on Mars” and the occasional sighting of flowing water have only fanned the flames of speculation.

Chances are, however, that you’ve never heard of the best possible evidence of intelligent life on Mars: the monolith on Phobos.

This is Phobos, one of Mars’ two moons. It’s a small, potato-shaped rock that makes its way around the red planet once every seven hours.

During a Canadian Space Agency mission in 2007, a probe captured this photograph. Looks normal enough, right?

Well, that’s where you’re wrong. Upon closer inspection of the photo, researchers discovered this large monolith.

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin mentioned the monolith directly during an interview on C-SPAN, after which the object received even more attention.

Despite that bolstered attention, researchers haven’t been able to determine what the structure is.

You can check out Aldrin’s thoughts in the video below.

(via Cool Interesting Stuff)

What the heck is that thing? Well, it could just be a giant boulder on an otherwise flat plain, but that’s boring! Let’s just go ahead and attribute this thing to alien ingenuity.

What The MythBusters Think About 14 Science Things

Vaccines? Climate change? Yup.

MythBusters Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman have been making things explode for 13 seasons.

But we wanted to hear what they think of some of the biggest recent science headlines, from the Jurassic Park sequel to Mercury retrograde.

Here are 14 of their answers from our lightning round of word association. (Adam’s answers are in white, and Jamie’s are in yellow.)

1. Neil deGrasse Tyson.

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2. Pluto.

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3. Sending humans to Mars.

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4. Creationism.

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5. The Jurassic Park sequel.

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6. XKCD.com.

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Adam: “We’re big longtime fans.”

7. Mercury retrograde (and whether or not it has any effect on your actual life).

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8. Climate change.

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Adam: “Early on in MythBusters we went on Fox News and they wanted to ask us about the extremely vigorous hurricane season. As we were getting mic’d up, they were like, ‘So this is just a light piece. We don’t want you guys to talk about global warming or anything like that. OK, you’re on. What do you guys think about this hurricane season?’ Jamie’s like, ‘It’s clearly global warming.’ It was awesome.”

9. Naming snowstorms.

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Adam: “I remember when Hurricane Gloria came through New York in 1985 or early ‘86 — one of those two. You get a personal relationship with the disaster.”

10. Rosetta comet landing.

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11. Vaccines.

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Adam: “They work. Stop not using them.”

12. Mantis shrimp.

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Adam: “Oh right, the one that causes a shockwave. That’s one of the fastest biological processes in nature. Not sure where it compares to a jellyfish stinging, which is also ludicrously fast. They’re literally injecting you with a micro-hair of poison when you touch a jellyfish stinger. If you look into it microscopically, it’s amazing. The mantis shrimp is incredible.”

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Jamie: “Yeah, I first ran across those in the ocean while diving, and one of my favorite things to do was to just go down and not run all over the place like most people do when they’re scuba diving but just drop down and hang out and go into spaces in the reef.

“There was a cleaning station that had those in it. These little fish were hanging out, and the shrimp would come out and pick at them. But one of the mantis shrimp came out and it has, as I recall, if this is the same shrimp, it has one big claw and one little one. And I’m putting my hand out, and it comes up with its little claw and it’s picking at you. Then out comes the big claw and Bang! It’s like an electric shock that you feel.”

13. Tardigrades (aka water bears).

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Adam: “Life is amazingly tenacious. That’s the best part of looking at extremophiles like that.”

14. Grab bag: kale!

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Adam: “Kale! In our house, we make kale chips all the time, which is baking them in the oven with a little hot sauce and salt, and it’s phenomenal.”

The season finale airs Saturday, Feb. 14, at 9/8 p.m. CT on the Discovery Channel.

18 Stunning Photos That Prove Earth Isn’t So Bad

Suck it, Mars!

1. Need a reason to stop staring at your phone? Look up!

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Redwood National and State Parks, California, United States

2. Everything the light touches is beautiful.

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South Africa, Africa

3. See the marvelous architecture and brooding clouds? It’s like something out of Lord of the Rings.

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Sant’Agata de’ Goti, Italy

4. And that canoe in the middle? It’s exactly where you’d want to be.

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Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Canada

5. If you love the tropics, raise your hand.

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El Yunque, Puerto Rico

6. Or visit the mountains, if you prefer somewhere colder, but equally as epic.

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Bernese Alps, Switzerland

7. In the fall, this kind of foliage will warm your heart.

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Yugansky Nature Reserve, Russia

8. Or you can take a dip in the center of natural symmetry.

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Lake Padarn, Snowdonia, Gwynedd, Wales

9. This could be the most beautiful walk of your life.

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Great Wall, China

10. And just look at that sunset!

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Uluru, Australia

11. This monumental landscape actually touches the sky.

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Kalalau Beach, Hawaii, United States

12. You don’t have to climb it, just admire it.

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Pedra de Gávea, Brazil

13. Even one of the busiest cities in the world can seem peaceful from a new angle.

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New York City, United States

14. These bizarre and brilliant shapes form an alternative skyline.

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Reed Flute Cave, China

15. And in beautiful storms like this, you won’t mind forgetting your umbrella.

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Queensland, Australia

16. Even deadly volcanoes have their charm.

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Halema’uma’u Crater, Hawaii, United States

17. And don’t get us started on the wonders of the ocean.

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Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, United States

18. Why travel to space, when there’s still so much to see on Earth?

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Yunnan Province, China