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The Freiburg Thioacetone Incident by Odd Feed

Thioacetone: The World’s Most Pungent Scent?

Thioacetone may be the foulest-smelling chemical in the world—so foul, in fact, that when it was first synthesized in 1889, it induced vomiting and fainting from half a mile away. Read on to find out more about a stink that puts skunks and rotten eggs to shame.

A painting of the Byford Dolphin diving bell floating in the North Sea.

The Grisly Truth Behind the Byford Dolphin Accident

The Byford Dolphin accident was a notorious 1983 disaster in the North Sea that instantly killed four oil rig divers and an attending technician. All five crew members died due to explosive decompression, but the factors that caused the accident are poorly understood, unlike its gruesome aftermath.

An artwork inspired by the Wow! Signal, a mysterious radio signal detected in 1977.

The Wow! Signal: A Message from E.T?

For 72 seconds on August 15, 1977, a radio telescope in Ohio detected what may have been a signal from extraterrestrial intelligence. It was a narrow-band burst of radio waves, matching no known natural phenomenon, and it stood out like a sore thumb from the ordinary background noise of the cosmos.

A dark and ominous expanse of space, with an eerie nebula in the background

The Fermi Paradox: Where Are All the Aliens?

The Fermi Paradox questions why, despite the vastness of the universe, we have not found evidence of extraterrestrial life. There are a few possible reasons why there may be very few habitable planets like Earth, such as the Rare Earth hypothesis. Another theory, the Dark Forest theory, suggests that intelligent beings may intentionally hide to avoid confrontation with aggressive neighboring civilizations.

A futuristic metropolis with sleek skyscrapers, bustling streets, and hovering vehicles, set against a backdrop of a stunning nebula.

The Voyager Golden Record: A Cosmic Message in a Bottle

The Voyager Golden Record, sent on Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 in 1977 by NASA, is a time capsule that showcases human civilization and aims to communicate the essence of Earth to beings beyond our planet. The Golden Record, which includes 115 pictures, greetings in 55 languages, natural sounds, and 90 minutes of diverse music, marks humanity’s initial attempt to explore beyond our solar system.

A breathtaking astronomical scene of a spiral galaxy.

The Drake Equation: Calculating the Odds of Extraterrestrial Life

It’s obvious to any stargazer on a clear night that we live in a universe vast beyond imagining, glittering with worlds besides our own—and yet, as far as we know, Earth is the only planet to have developed living creatures of any kind. Intelligent life is an unrepeated experiment, with a sample size of one. Could we really be alone?