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Shocking Claim: Scientists Think Octopuses Might Be Aliens After Studying Their DNA

According to a group of scientists, the lovable octopus, nature's aquatic contortionists, might actually be aliens not of this world. Researchers who mapped out the genetic code of the octopus found it to be so strange that it could actually be an extraterrestrial.

It's the first genome sequencing ever conducted on a cephalopod and it showed remarkable complexity with some 33,000 protein-coding genes identified - more than is found in a human.


Researchers also found that octopus DNA is highly rearranged, like a shuffled deck of cards. Their genetic code contains a number of "jumping genes" that leap around the genome.

“The octopus appears to be utterly different from all other animals, even other molluscs, with its eight prehensile arms, its large brain and its clever problem-solving abilities," said Dr Clifton Ragsdale, a researcher from the University of Chicago.

But as any scientist will tell you, all good science makes room for peer review. When the claim was leveled that octopuses were possibly aliens, other scientists stepped up to examine the claim.

Writing in The Stranger, Charles Mudede cautioned us to chill out and not judge “alienness as a matter of DNA. And this was not an accident but an inevitable consequence of the public's hyperfocus on the importance of genetic information."

“But, no matter how crazy an animal's DNA might appear, it is probably from this planet if its cells contain the energy-generating organelles called mitochondria," he wrote.

And that assessment is an accurate one. At the end of the day, the only thing the University of Chicago project demonstrated is that life on Earth is unimaginably diverse and that genome mapping projects can reveal so much about the world that we don't yet know.

It isn't out of the question that during our studies that we will find an example in wildlife of something that might not be from the Earth, but don't count on it.

But what do you think? Is the octopus not from the Earth or was it wishful thinking on the part of a few scientists?

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When a strong woman says goodbye, there is no turning back

A strong woman "loves, forgives, walks away, lets go, and perseveres," a popular saying goes.

To be clear, a breakup is a traumatic experience no matter who you are; an in-charge, "alpha female," however, handles a failed relationship a bit differently than the ordinary woman. Here's how.

Let's start with the "moment of truth." You decide the relationship isn't working and you break up with her. Alternatively, she realizes you aren't a good match and elects to end things with you.

Would you expect her to feel shock? Do you think she will experience the deluge of complicated emotions that come with heartbreak?

You'd be correct in answering "yes," but here's the thing — for a strong woman, those feelings only last a short while.

The relationship you had, though it may have been special at one point in time, is still just one relationship. She won't let any singular event define who she is or dictate how she should feel.

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In truth, she'll quickly come to accept your breakup with poise and grace, then set down the path of recovery without looking back. Will there be setbacks along the way?

Certainly, there will be. She may glance at an old picture, relieve some heartfelt memories, and long for things to have gone differently. She'll never beg you to stay, however, and she'll implore you to do the same.

She knows that no single person is her sole source of inspiration, fulfillment, or joy. She derives these things from life itself, so instead of focusing on what you're doing after you're gone, she'll be focusing on herself.

She will steel herself for whatever challenges block the road ahead, but at the same time, she won't let this bit of bad luck change her character.

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She won't become mean. She won't be bitter. She will emerge from this trying time a better human in all respects — savvier, wiser, and more compassionate.

Make no mistake, while she'll have stopped loving you (and there's no changing that) her ability to love has not diminished, it has grown, along with her. That's the way a strong woman walks away — for good, and always feeling better for it.

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