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Scientist still can’t decide if Oumaumua was an asteroid or an alien craft

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When the interstellar object named Oumaumua hurtled through our solar system, scientists were simultaneously excited and confused. It was the first object discovered in our neighborhood which definitively originated somewhere else in the galaxy. But it also acted strangely, exhibiting a bit of acceleration which couldn’t be accounted for by the sun’s gravity.

That led Avi Loeb, chairman of Harvard University’s astronomy department, to write one of the most controversial articles in the scientific community last year. He gently suggested that we couldn’t rule out the possibility that the object wasn’t just a chunk of rock, but possibly some type of alien ship or probe. In a recent interview, he’s not backing down and insists that we should keep our minds open to all the possibilities.

However, the biggest surprise came last June, when new data from the Hubble Space Telescope showed that the mysterious object had accelerated during its visit to the inner solar system in 2017 – an acceleration that is not explained by the sun’s force of gravity.

Acceleration of that sort can be explained by the rocket effect of comets: The comet approaches the sun, the sun warms the ice of the comet and the ice escapes into space in the form of gas, an emission that makes the comet accelerate like a rocket. But the observations did not reveal a comet tail behind Oumuamua. Moreover, gas emission would have brought about a rapid change in the rate of the object’s spin, a change which was also not observed in practice, and it also might have torn the object apart.

If it wasn’t comet outgassing, what force caused Oumuamua to accelerate? It is precisely here where Loeb enters the picture. According to his calculations, Oumuamua’s acceleration was caused by a push.

To be clear, Loeb isn’t saying that Oumuamua definitely was a spaceship or autonomous alien probe. He offers other possible explanations which fall into the more mundane range of astrophysics, none of which I’m qualified to translate into English for you. But the object’s strange behavior was more than enough to at least open the door to the possibility that it might not be a natural formation.

And is that really so unlikely? I’ve long held that nobody can say with any amount of certainty whether life arose anywhere else in our galaxy and eventually reached levels of intelligence and technological capability that match or even vastly exceed our own. If this object really did come from the vicinity of Vega, as scientists currently believe, it would have been traveling for more than 600,000 years to reach Earth. How much dust, rock, and space debris might have accumulated on it during that long journey? Enough to coat it and make it look like a cigar-shaped asteroid perhaps.

Think about our own Voyager missions, currently heading out into the interstellar void. They’re not going nearly as fast as Oumuamua, but they’re still traveling at a fairly good clip. Eventually, they might cruise through the planetary system of another star. What will they look like in a million years? Would they be recognizable as “technology” by then or would aliens on some planet out there simply mistake them for random frozen rocks zooming through their neighborhood?

We managed to launch those vehicles out into the void barely fifty years after we first achieved powered flight. How much better might a probe be if it was built by beings that had thousands of years more to advance their technology? Sadly, this remains yet another thought experiment because the object is gone and we only had a brief window to observe it from afar. What I really regret is that we didn’t have enough advance notice to get a mission together to go out and intercept it. If it turned out to be a piece of technology, our entire view of the universe would have changed overnight.

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Trump facing ‘coup,’ FBI brass was in cahoots, Dowd tells Fox’s Kilmeade

President Donald Trump’s former attorney John Dowd told Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade that he believes the president is facing a ‘coup’ and the recent reports regarding the president’s relationship with Russia prove that.

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Mel Stottlemyre, former New York Yankees great, dies after long battle with cancer

Former New York Yankees legend Mel Stottlemyre — who starred on the mound for the Bronx Bombers before presiding over five World Series titles as a pitching coach for the Yankees and Mets — died Sunday in Seattle after a battle with bone marrow cancer. He was 77.

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The brazen plot against Trump by the Obama FBI and DOJ continues, enabled by a complicit media

The brazen plot against President Trump by the Obama FBI and DOJ continues, enabled by a complicit media. The odor of corruption has long been noxious. But the Democrats and media hold their collective noses.

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Michigan man playing hide-and-seek in abandoned Detroit factory dies, may have fallen down elevator shaft

A game of hide-and-seek took a deadly turn in Michigan’s largest city during the weekend, when a man apparently fell to his death in an abandoned building.

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WATCH: May – “Give this deal a second look”

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USA Today publisher targeted for buyout

DENVER (AP) — The publisher of USA Today has received a $1.36 billion buyout bid from a media group with a history of taking over struggling newspapers and slashing jobs.

MNG Enterprises, better known as Digital First Media, said in a letter to Gannett Co. Monday that its leadership team has failed to show that it can run the company effectively.

The newspaper industry has shrunk and consolidated as readers ditch print papers and go online. Estimated U.S. daily newspaper circulation, print and digital combined, fell 11 percent to 31 million in 2017, according to the Pew Research Center. As recently as 2000, weekday subscriptions totaled 55.8 million.

In just the last three years, employment in newsrooms has fallen 15 percent.

The Wall Street Journal was first to report that the hedge-fund backed MNG has built up a 7.5 percent stake in Gannett, and that it has been rebuffed repeatedly by the company about a sale.

Gannett said Monday that it has received the offer and it’s under review.

Gannett, based in McLean, Virginia, owns dozens of newspapers including the Record in New Jersey and the Arizona Republic in addition to USA Today. It also has a record of buying media companies and slashing costs.

It, like newspapers it has acquired, has faced intense pressure to maintain revenue and attract advertising dollars.

Profit has been in decline for years and in November the company lowered its full-year expectations on weak revenue growth in digital advertising. It is also seeking a new CEO after Robert Dickey announced plans in December to step down this year.

Digital First plans offered $12 per share for Gannett, nearly a quarter above its closing share price Friday of $9.75. Gannett’s shares have rebounded after a rough spell in 2018.

Digital First owns about 200 newspapers and other publications including the Denver Post and Boston Herald. It has a reputation for stringent, painful cost-cutting. Its biggest shareholder is Alden Global Capital LLC, a New York hedge fund that invests in distressed companies.

In April, The Post published the editorial headlined “As vultures circle, The Denver Post must be saved,” calling on Alden Global Capital to sell the newspaper after it cut 30 more positions in the newsroom, leaving it at a fraction of its size just a few years ago. Then in May , three top figures at the Denver Post, including its former owner, resigned amid budget and staff cuts.

But jobs are being slashed all over at newspapers.

In July media company Tronc Inc. cut half of the New York Daily News’ newsroom staff, including the paper’s editor in chief.

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