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Natural causes or traces of alien life? The mystery of BeLaU spheres from the Pacific Ocean has been revealed

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Last year, Avi Loeb, an astrophysicist at Harvard, announced that small metal balls recovered from the ocean may be the remains of an interstellar meteorite and may contain signs of alien technology. However, recent research points to a more likely origin for this find.

In 2014, during an expedition off the coast of Papua New Guinea, Loeb and his colleagues discovered microspheres while searching for meteorite debris. Based on the speed of the meteorite, Avi Loeb suggested that the meteorite was of interstellar origin.

Analysis of the metal spheres revealed a number of “anomalous” properties: five of them contained high percentages of beryllium (Be), lanthanum (La) and uranium (U). Loeb called them “BeLaU spherules” and believed that their composition could be evidence of alien technology: elemental abundance exceeded three orders of magnitude compared to chondrites in the Solar System.

Natural causes or traces of alien life?  The mystery of BeLaU spheres from the Pacific Ocean has been revealed

One of the metal spheres found by astronomer Avi Loeb. Source: EYOS

However, many scientists unrelated to this research objected to these claims even then, and new research confirms their doubts about the extraterrestrial origin of the spheres.

First, the question was raised about whether the meteorite in question was truly interstellar. A new non-peer-reviewed paper indicates that its speed was only recorded by US military devices, and some researchers believe there was an error in the speed measurement. However, even if the speed was measured correctly, the chances that a significant portion of the meteorite was preserved after passing through the atmosphere are extremely low.

“Even if the meteorite is interstellar, there will be almost nothing left of it after passing through the Earth’s atmosphere. If it was moving at the speeds that were recorded (and that are required for interstellar origin), then at least 99.8% of the matter should have evaporated in the atmosphere, leaving only a small amount that could settle on the ocean floor,” write the authors of the new research by Professors Stephen Desch of Arizona State University and Alan Jackson of Towson University.

Then the question arose about whether these spheres proved a connection with this particular meteorite. After almost 10 years since its registration, it will be extremely difficult to find small particles of this particular meteorite by exploring the ocean within a radius of 48 kilometers. On the other hand, small metal balls are commonly found on the ocean floor. Some of them are actually micrometeorites, while others appear as a result of volcanic eruptions or industrial activity. Over time, they accumulate naturally on the ocean floor.

Finally, the question arises about the composition of the spheres. As a recent article points out, they fit the profile of coal dust pollution. Patricio Gagliardo, an astronomer at the University of Chicago and author of the study, writes that “a meteorite origin is unlikely.”

Is it still possible to say that the spheres originate from outside our solar system? Maybe. However, based on the available evidence, it is much more likely that they originated much closer to home, new research concludes. As NASA astrobiologist Caleb Scharf noted, “We have thus found evidence of technological civilization right here on Earth.”

In his blog on Medium, Avi Loeb responded to the criticism with which new articles are being published that it is impossible to adequately assess the composition of the spheres without directly studying them. He quoted team member Jim Lem from the Papua New Guinea Polytechnic University as saying: “The region in which the expedition took place should not contain coal mineralization. Additionally, coal is not magnetic and cannot be collected by the magnet used to collect them.”

Loeb also noted that 93% of the collected samples have not yet been analyzed, warning critics not to jump to conclusions about the origins of the spheres until all the data is available. “It would be unprofessional to make blanket statements about the nature of the spheres before careful analysis in a peer-reviewed study,” Loeb said.

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The era of inexpensive foldable smartphones has arrived: Nubia Flip 5G has been introduced. True, in the USA the price is much higher than in Japan

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The era of inexpensive foldable smartphones has arrived Nubia Flip

Nubia’s first foldable smartphone, the Nubia Flip 5G, has been launched in the US. It was valued at $600.

The Nubia Flip 5G mobile phone features a 6.9-inch main screen with a resolution of 2790 x 1188 pixels, supports a 120Hz refresh rate and 2160Hz PWM.

The era of inexpensive foldable smartphones has arrived: Nubia Flip 5G has been introduced.  True, in the USA the price is much higher than in Japan

The outer part of the phone features a 1.43-inch circular screen with a resolution of 466 x 466 pixels, which supports functions such as calling the selfie camera, recording, checking step count, weather and music control.

The phone is equipped with a single-chip Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 system, a built-in 4310 mAh battery and supports 33 W charging power. The main camera has a 50-megapixel sensor, the front one has a resolution of 16 megapixels. Buyers have access to 8/12 GB of RAM and 256/512 GB of flash memory.

The era of inexpensive foldable smartphones has arrived: Nubia Flip 5G has been introduced.  True, in the USA the price is much higher than in Japan

In Japan, the gadget was released under the name Libero Flip for $265 for early buyers. Even after the promotion ends, the price should be $420.

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Now it will be a real “jeep”. All-wheel drive Jeep Avenger introduced

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Now it will be a real jeep All wheel drive Jeep

The new hybrid version of the smallest SUV in the Jeep lineup, the Jeep Avenger 4XE, combines a 134 hp four-cylinder gasoline engine with a 28 hp electric motor. in front and a second electric motor of the same power in the rear. This version will provide all-wheel drive for the first time in the Avenger.

Now it will be a real “jeep”.  All-wheel drive Jeep Avenger introduced

The petrol engine drives the front wheels through a six-speed dual-clutch transmission but is not mechanically coupled to the rear wheels, which are driven solely by electric power. Although the electric motors are relatively small, Jeep says the 4xe is capable of running on full electric power at low speeds.

Now it will be a real “jeep”.  All-wheel drive Jeep Avenger introduced

Jeep showed off a concept version of the Jeep Avenger 4XE at the 2022 Paris Motor Show, and the only teaser image showing the production car confirms that much of the concept’s rugged looks remain intact. The sketch shows a new front bumper design, the same as the concept’s, as well as green and matte hood shades, beefy tires and increased ground clearance.

Now it will be a real “jeep”.  All-wheel drive Jeep Avenger introduced

The model will be released in Europe at the end of 2024.

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It’s high time to retire. Peugeot Pars (Peugeot 405) discontinued

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Its high time to retire Peugeot Pars Peugeot 405 discontinued

Iran Khodro (IKCO) has discontinued production of the Peugeot Pars sedan (restyled Peugeot 405), as reported by the insider telegram channel “Autopotok”.

The “farewell” took place ahead of schedule (Pars was originally planned to be discontinued in April). The discontinuation of production is due not only to the obsolescence of the model and the physical obsolescence of die equipment, but also to the tightening of certification requirements for new cars in Iran.

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It's high time to retire.  Peugeot Pars (Peugeot 405) discontinued

The fact is that from this year all new cars in Iran must have an ESP system, a gear shift indicator, a tire pressure sensor, and daytime running lights. IKCO considered that it was not economically feasible to implement these functions in Pars.

Peugeot Pars were produced for almost 24 years, with production in Iran starting a few years after the assembly of the original model ceased: the Peugeot 405 was produced in France in 1987-1997.

The platform and frame elements of this model are used in the more modern IKCO Soren+ model, the production of which will be increased.

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