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alkemical
03-16-2009, 08:32 AM
http://www.histories-mysteries.com/2009/03/07/the-lost-city-of-z/

Synopsis

A grand mystery reaching back centuries. A sensational disappearance that made headlines around the world. A quest for truth that leads to death, madness or disappearance for those who seek to solve it. The Lost City of Z is a blockbuster adventure narrative about what lies beneath the impenetrable jungle canopy of the Amazon.
After stumbling upon a hidden trove of diaries, acclaimed New Yorker writer David Grann set out to solve “the greatest exploration mystery of the twentieth century”: What happened to the British explorer Percy Fawcett and his quest for the Lost City of Z?
In 1925, Fawcett ventured into the Amazon to find an ancient civilization, hoping to make one of the most important discoveries in history. For centuries Europeans believed the world’s largest jungle concealed the glittering kingdom of El Dorado. Thousands had died looking for it, leaving many scientists convinced that the Amazon was truly inimical to humankind. But Fawcett, whose daring expeditions helped inspire Conan Doyle’s “The Lost World”, had spent years building his scientific case. Captivating the imagination of millions around the globe, Fawcett embarked with his twenty-one-year-old son, determined to prove that this ancient civilization existed. Then he and his expedition vanished.

Fawcett’s fate – and the tantalizing clues he left behind about “Z” – became an obsession for hundreds who followed him into the uncharted wilderness. For decades scientists and adventurers have searched for evidence of Fawcett’s party and the lost City of Z. Countless have perished, been captured by tribes, or gone mad.
As David Grann delved ever deeper into the mystery surrounding Fawcett’s quest, and the greater mystery of what lies within the Amazon, he found himself, like the generations who preceded him, drawn into the jungle’s “green hell.” His quest for the truth, and his stunning discoveries about Fawcett’s fate and “Z,” form the heart of this enthralling narrative.

alkemical
03-16-2009, 08:37 AM
http://australianetworknews.com/stories/200903/2508800.htm

Ancient pre-Angkor kingdom unearthed in Malaysia

Malaysian archaeologists say they have found the site of an an ancient kingdom in northern Kedah state, which predates Cambodia's Angkor temples and may be one of the oldest civilisations in Asia.

Lead researcher Professor Mokhtar Saidin says the discovery could lead to the rewriting of history books on the region.

He says buildings found in two palm oil plantations in northern Kedah last month appear to have been part of the ancient Hindu kingdom of Bujang, which existed in the area around 300AD, long before Cambodia's Angkor civilisation which flourished from the 12th to 14th centuries.

"We have dated artifacts from what we believe are an administration building and an iron smelter to 1,700 (years before present), which sets the Bujang civilisation between the third and fourth century AD," he told reporters.

Professor Mokhtar says the iron smelter was a particularly surprising find, as it shows a high level of technology for such an early civilisation.

"We have 30 more mounds at the site that have to be excavated and we are hoping to also find the port area for the kingdom as it was near the sea," he added.

"This will give us a clue to how the civilisation was trading and influenced by China and India, who would have been the two main powers back then to have influenced development in this region."

http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=596

This is an image of the area around the city of Angkor, Cambodia. The city houses an ancient complex of more than 60 temples dating back to the 9th century. The principal complex, Angkor Wat, is the bright square just left of the center of the image. It is surrounded by a reservoir that appears in this image as a thick black line. The larger bright square above Angkor Wat is another temple complex called Angkor Thom. Archeologists studying this image believe the blue- purple area slightly north of Angkor Thom may be previously undiscovered structures. In the lower right is a bright rectangle surrounded by a dark reservoir, which houses the temple complex Chau Srei Vibol. In its heyday, Angkor had a population of 1 million residents and was the spiritual center for the Khmer people until it was abandoned in the 15th century. The image was acquired by the Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C/X-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SIR-C/X-SAR) on the 15th orbit of the space shuttle Endeavour on September 30, 1994. The image shows an area approximately 55 kilometers by 85 kilometers (34 miles by 53 miles) that is centered at 13.43 degrees north latitude and 103.9 degrees east longitude. The colors in this image were obtained using the following radar channels: red represents the L-band (horizontally transmitted and received); green represents the L-band (horizontally transmitted and vertically received); blue represents the C-band (horizontally transmitted and vertically received). The body of water in the south-southwest corner is Tonle Sap, Cambodia's great central lake. The urban area at the lower left of the image is the present-day town of Siem Reap. The adjoining lines are both modern and ancient roads and the remains of Angkor's vast canal system that was used for both irrigation and transportation. The large black rectangles are ancient reservoirs. Today the Angkor complex is hidden beneath a dense rainforest canopy, making it difficult for researchers on the ground to study the ancient city. The SIR-C/X-SAR data are being used by archaeologists at the World Monuments Fund and the Royal Angkor Foundation to understand how the city grew, flourished and later fell into disuse over an 800-year period. The data are also being used to help reconstruct the vast system of hydrological works, canals and reservoirs, which have gone out of use over time. Research teams from more than 11 countries will be using this data to study the Angkor complex.

<img src="http://veimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/596/PIA00505_md.jpg">

alkemical
03-16-2009, 08:37 AM
http://www.allnewsweb.com/page4994992.php

Cambodia: Dinosaur images noticed in temple ruin

<img src="http://www.allnewsweb.com/attachments/CropImages/c96c1d8ca55427bc68efec2de269a29b.jpeg">


Conventional science has it that the dinosaurs were wiped out many millions of years ago either as the result of climate change or a meteorite hitting earth. Some researchers, however, claim that dinosaurs might have continued to roam remote parts of the earth as recently as a few hundred years ago. A few even claim that there might be some small populations of dinosaurs, otherwise believed to be extinct, surviving in the world’s most isolated forests.
A reader has sent to All News Web these photos of the stunning Ta Prohm Temple (pictured below) deep in the jungles of Cambodia.This temple is the work of the remarkable Khmer civilization which lasted from the 800’s AD until the 1400’s AD.
The temple is covered with the most intricate of carvings. The reader who was visiting the area noticed very distinct and clear images that seem to depict a Stegosaurus (pictured above), indicating that this creature might well have survived up until the Khmer era in the region. One expert on Khmer ruins has told us that it is unlikely that these images are a recent addition to the temple.



http://www.cryptomundo.com/cryptozoo-news/cambodian-stego/

<img src="http://www.cryptomundo.com/wp-content/watstegosaurus.jpg">

alkemical
03-16-2009, 08:41 AM
http://spectrum.ieee.org/mar09/7895

http://spectrum.ieee.org/mar09/7895/handsb1


Fusion on a Budget


1. Choose your fusor design: Hirsch-Farnsworth [see “Tabletop Fusion”], Elmore-Tuck-Watson, or some variant of your own creation.

2. Assemble your fusor with a fanatical attention to cleanliness. You will need a vacuum-tight shell, a high-voltage grill, various feedthroughs, a valve to admit deuterium, a vacuum pump, and power supplies.

3. Pump the fusor down to a millionth of an atmosphere or so, fire it up to 10 or 15 kilovolts (or whatever levels your design requires), and see what kinds of discharge it makes without deuterium in it. There are images on fusor sites to suggest what you ought to be seeing; if you aren’t, debug until you are.

4. Acquire some deuterium (either as a gas or as heavy water that you can split by electrolysis), some sensors for detecting neutrons or charged particles, and some shielding.

5. Turn on your fusor, admit trace quantities of deuterium from a safe distance, and collect your data.


Do you have a few thousand dollars to spare, some basic machining and welding skills, and the ability to follow directions without getting fingerprints inside your equipment? Then you, too, can build a baby fusion reactor, or fusor, in your garage.

In fact, it’s pretty simple, according to Paul Schatzkin, who runs Fusor.net, a Web site where amateur “fusioneers” congregate to swap equipment and advice: “Find two stainless steel half-spheres, seal them together around a wire grid, suck the air out of it, apply some high voltage to the grid, inject a bit of deuterium into the chamber, and sit back and count the neutrons.” Don’t expect to reach energy breakeven, Schatzkin says, but at least you’ll be failing to achieve practical fusion at only a millionth the cost of a tokamak.

Tokamaks, the multibillion-dollar fusion reactors that have occupied physicists’ attention for more than 50 years in their quest for limitless clean energy, use a magnetic field to confine a plasma heated to about 100 million kelvins and compressed so that the deuterium nuclei inside will collide and fuse. A fusor is even simpler: Just make a very deep electrostatic potential well for your nuclei to fall into, and make it radially symmetrical so that they wallop into each other when they reach the middle [see “Fusioneering” and “Tabletop Fusion”]. Nuclei at a temperature of 100 million kelvins have the same energy as those that have traversed a potential drop of only about 9000 volts, so getting your nuclei to travel fast enough will not be a problem.

alkemical
03-16-2009, 01:37 PM
http://planetark.org/wen/51981

# Sea levels rising faster than expected. You've got two choices: learn to swim, or learn carpentry.

<img src="http://www.visualhollywood.com/movies/evan-almighty/pics/evan-almighty-008.jpg">

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alkemical
03-16-2009, 02:09 PM
http://www.theage.com.au/news/entertainment/epicure/nine-meals-from-anarchy/2009/03/09/1236447129641.html

"Think of the global credit crises," he says. "Well, in 10 to 15 years we could see something similar happen with food, a sort of global food crunch. This would have far worse consequences than this financial crises ... In just a few generations we have burned almost all our reserves of fossil fuel and pumped the gas into the atmosphere."

Holden refers to the fact that almost all the food in the Western world is grown using oil. Tractors and harvesters run on diesel, chemical pesticides are made from oil; fertilisers are either made directly from oil or mined from rapidly diminishing mineral reserves.

He also describes a global food production and distribution system that uses oil to transport food not only around the world but within national borders.

"We rely so much on oil for our food that if something were to disrupt that supply, such as a political incident like we saw recently when Russia cut off gas supplies to Europe this winter, terrorism or war, then our food stocks would run out.

"We must also consider that we have reached peak oil production and it's just going to get more expensive from now on."

alkemical
03-16-2009, 02:14 PM
http://www.slate.com/id/2213353?nav=wp

Elf Detection 101How to find the hidden folk of Iceland.

alkemical
03-17-2009, 08:07 AM
http://copycateffect.blogspot.com/2009/03/green-men.html

http://copycateffect.blogspot.com/2009/03/green-men.html

Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Green Men

<img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/92/Green_man_door_bell.jpg/180px-Green_man_door_bell.jpg">

<img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/43/Ludlow_Green_Man_misericord.jpg/180px-Ludlow_Green_Man_misericord.jpg">

Green Men are often represented as garden waterspouts, doorknockers and associated landscape ornaments.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

<img src="http://www.cryptomundo.com/wp-content/GREEN.jpg">

March 17th seems like a good day to talk about Green Men, Jolly Green Giants, and Wild Men traditions.

Let’s look for a moment at the tradition underlying the Green Giant, as it was originally known.

In 1903, Green Giant® was founded in Le Sueur, Minnesota, as the Minnesota Valley Canning Company. In 1925, a boy-like, pale, giant human figure with a leafy bit of clothing was introduced to market the company’s new line of giant sweet, early green peas. The name “Green Giant” for this marketing image soon followed, with the giant figure’s skin then turning green.

Eventually the Green Giant came to symbolize not only the peas, but the company as well. In 1950, Minnesota Valley Canning Company disappeared completely behind the trademark it had created and became officially, the Green Giant Company. Today, the “Jolly Green Giant”® is the name of the giant figure, having evolved from the youthful figure of 1925.

<img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/68/JollyGreenGiantBlueEarthMN2006-05-20.JPG/180px-JollyGreenGiantBlueEarthMN2006-05-20.JPG">

Statue of Jolly Green Giant, Blue Earth, Minnesota.

In our search for the origins of the California Giant in the tales of the California Bigfoot, should we be disturbed that Jolly Green Giants are not running around Minnesota? Perhaps. Perhaps not. First and foremost, the tradition of the Green Giant appears to have a direct link, in terms of artistic imagery, with the folklore and widespread art of the European Green Man.

From ancient times, the archetypal figure shown as the “Green Giant” is commonly referred to as “The Green Man,” or leafy man, and has been discussed throughout European texts, especially in England, and as well as, in France, where it is called Le Feuillou, and in Germany, where it is known as Blattqesicht. Authors have written extensively on the pagan and Celtic traditions of these Green Men, and books and websites about them are abundant.

Scholars, furthermore, see a direct link between the European traditions of the Green Man, and the old tales and encounters with real Wild Men. "The wildman (who may be the same as the 'green man'),” Myra Shackley notes in her book, Wildmen: Yeti, Sasquatch and the Neanderthal Enigma, “also takes on the role of the spirit of the woods, a kind of pagan nature god...Over 200 European families have wildmen as heraldic emblems, and many more as supporters. Any nude figure in heraldry is called a 'savage', 'wildman' or 'woodman', and the terms are interchangeable. There is little variation in the way they are portrayed, leafy decorations and a club being the rule....Wildmen (or green men) also appear carved in wood and as architectural adornments in the Middle Ages...Green men are frequently shown as a face with foliage emerging from the mouth, and fifty or more of these are known from England alone. The green man is also found carved in stone, as a gargoyle…In the Elizabethan period wildmen, or green men, were often employed to clear the way for processions, wielding sticks."

Clearly the Green Man comes from the tradition and evolution of the art form of the burly wildmen, the woodsmen, and thus the man of the woods and greenery. Shackley notes: "Wildmen are important figures in medieval paintings and illuminated manuscripts. They may be called 'wodewoses' or 'woodhouses', and are frequently shown covered with long hair or fur. An additional class of picture shows actors in plays, masques and dramas who are depicted in wildman costumes...The name 'wodewose' is derived from the Anglo-Saxon Wudewasa and thence from Wudu (late Old English for wood); Wudewasa seems to mean 'man-of-the-wood'.…"

The “wildmen” are an active topic in hominology, and some researchers feel the Wildmen and Green Men are a remembrance of Neandertal. As Shackley, Ivan T. Sanderson, and others have noted, we must view the interrelationship between the hairy wildfolk lurking in the remote woodlands of the Middle Ages and the European wildmen, regardless of whether they were called wodewose or green men.

So the graphic transmutation of the survival of late Neandertals in Europe to Wild Men and Green Men, with an artistic connection to the Green Giant and Jolly Green Giant, is worth serious consideration. There appears to be a link between that label on a can of peas in your kitchen and the possible existence of relict hairy hominids, even if uncomfortably so.

Just as the encounters of European wildmen survive in medieval carvings and other graphic representations, so too is the evidence of early-twentieth-century California Bigfoot evident in an artistic form. Depression-era painters appear to have captured the giant hairy hominid on at least one fruit crate label. The containers for lettuce, carrots, and, yes, green peas may have much to teach us in Bigfoot studies, beyond our wildest imaginations.

by Loren Coleman, from Bigfoot! The True Story of Apes in America (NY: Paraview Pocket - Simon and Schuster, 2003, pages 56-58)


<img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a5/Kniender-wilder-mann-2.jpg/74px-Kniender-wilder-mann-2.jpg">

European Wild Man art.

Photo credit for all images above: Wikipedia.

Bronco Bob
03-18-2009, 08:59 PM
http://www.allnewsweb.com/page4994992.php

Cambodia: Dinosaur images noticed in temple ruin

<img src="http://www.allnewsweb.com/attachments/CropImages/c96c1d8ca55427bc68efec2de269a29b.jpeg">


Conventional science has it that the dinosaurs were wiped out many millions of years ago either as the result of climate change or a meteorite hitting earth. Some researchers, however, claim that dinosaurs might have continued to roam remote parts of the earth as recently as a few hundred years ago. A few even claim that there might be some small populations of dinosaurs, otherwise believed to be extinct, surviving in the world’s most isolated forests.
A reader has sent to All News Web these photos of the stunning Ta Prohm Temple (pictured below) deep in the jungles of Cambodia.This temple is the work of the remarkable Khmer civilization which lasted from the 800’s AD until the 1400’s AD.
The temple is covered with the most intricate of carvings. The reader who was visiting the area noticed very distinct and clear images that seem to depict a Stegosaurus (pictured above), indicating that this creature might well have survived up until the Khmer era in the region. One expert on Khmer ruins has told us that it is unlikely that these images are a recent addition to the temple.



http://www.cryptomundo.com/cryptozoo-news/cambodian-stego/

<img src="http://www.cryptomundo.com/wp-content/watstegosaurus.jpg">

I've never seen any dinosaur that looked like that though.
It sort of looks like a cross between a stegosaurus and
a hornless triceratops. Something that someone that
has just seen pictures of dinosaurs would carve from
memory. And as to dinosaurs living in remote jungles,
the question that needs to be asked is if these jungles
existed 65 million years ago. For example, some claim
the Loch Ness monster is a dinosaur that managed
to survive until present times. Problem with that is
the Loch Ness is only 10,000 years old. So where
was this dinosaur living the previous 64,990,000 years?
And other that this one expert's claim, what other
proof is there that this isn't a recent carving?

Bronco Bob
03-18-2009, 09:04 PM
Stegosaurus

Bronco Bob
03-18-2009, 09:05 PM
Protoceratops

alkemical
03-19-2009, 06:45 AM
I've never seen any dinosaur that looked like that though.
It sort of looks like a cross between a stegosaurus and
a hornless triceratops. Something that someone that
has just seen pictures of dinosaurs would carve from
memory. And as to dinosaurs living in remote jungles,
the question that needs to be asked is if these jungles
existed 65 million years ago. For example, some claim
the Loch Ness monster is a dinosaur that managed
to survive until present times. Problem with that is
the Loch Ness is only 10,000 years old. So where
was this dinosaur living the previous 64,990,000 years?
And other that this one expert's claim, what other
proof is there that this isn't a recent carving?


I guess any archeological proof of dating (weather erosion, etc etc) would give a ball park it of "recent".

snowspot66
03-19-2009, 06:53 AM
Over time living in the jungles would have likely shrunk the size of the species as well. It seems entirely plausible that some did exist into the age of man.

alkemical
03-19-2009, 07:49 AM
http://aftermathnews.wordpress.com/2009/03/19/nano-sized-gps-tracking-device-the-next-best-thing-to-an-implanted-gps-tracker/

‘Nano Sized’ GPS Tracking Device - The Next Best Thing To An Implanted GPS Tracker
March 19, 2009 · No Comments

Soccer moms want GPS Implant. Lighting GPS launches Tiny covert Military Grade GPS Tracker any Mom can use.

alkemical
03-19-2009, 07:51 AM
http://deadlinescotland.wordpress.com/2009/03/17/edinburgh-freemasons-admit-women-members-for-the-first-time-739/

<img src="http://aftermathnews.files.wordpress.com/2008/04/female-freemasons_.jpg?w=185&h=350">

FREEMASONS at the Edinburgh Masonic Club have made a historic decision to allow women members, rolling back half a century of tradition.

The club’s 1,100 masons voted the motion through last month - a decision ten years in the making.

The first women members will go through the club’s doors on April 1st, and the club are anticipating a huge surge in membership.

alkemical
03-19-2009, 07:53 AM
http://aftermathnews.wordpress.com/2009/03/19/the-obama-administration%E2%80%99s-new-deal-for-blackwater/

The Obama Administration’s New Deal for Blackwater

alkemical
03-19-2009, 08:55 AM
http://aftermathnews.wordpress.com/2009/03/19/terrafugias-flying-car-makes-maiden-voyage/

<img src="http://aftermathnews.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/terrafugia_flying_car.jpg?w=500&h=331">

Terrafugia’s flying car makes maiden voyage

The start-up Terrafugia first popped up on our radar screens in early 2006 with a one-fifth scale model, $30,000 in prize money, and an urge to build a car that could fly. Or is that an airplane you can take on the highway?

Some signs point strongly to the latter. Terrafugia describes its Transition vehicle as a “roadable aircraft” and is pitching it in part as giving private pilots an easy travel alternative when bad weather makes flying a bad idea, or simply to avoid having to take a separate car to the airport. Also, in the eyes of the Federal Aviation Administration, the vehicle falls into the light sport aircraft category.

On March 5, Terrafugia got to show that–whatever the eventual business prospects–the Transition can indeed fly. The maiden voyage (the duration wasn’t specified) took place at the Plattsburgh International Airport in New York, with a retired U.S. Air Force Reserve colonel in the pilot’s seat. The flight followed six months of static, road, and taxi testing.

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TheReverend
03-19-2009, 08:59 AM
http://deadlinescotland.wordpress.com/2009/03/17/edinburgh-freemasons-admit-women-members-for-the-first-time-739/

<img src="http://aftermathnews.files.wordpress.com/2008/04/female-freemasons_.jpg?w=185&h=350">

FREEMASONS at the Edinburgh Masonic Club have made a historic decision to allow women members, rolling back half a century of tradition.

The club’s 1,100 masons voted the motion through last month - a decision ten years in the making.

The first women members will go through the club’s doors on April 1st, and the club are anticipating a huge surge in membership.

Half a century my ass.

alkemical
03-19-2009, 11:16 AM
http://cryptogon.com/?p=7595

Obama Administration: Constitution Does Not Protect Cell-Site Records

alkemical
03-19-2009, 11:19 AM
http://www.wikileaks.org/wiki/Murder_in_Nairobi:_Wikileaks_related_human_rights_ lawyers_assassinated

Murder in Nairobi: Wikileaks related human rights lawyers assassinated

alkemical
03-19-2009, 11:31 AM
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http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/pattie_maes_demos_the_sixth_sense.html


About this talk

This demo -- from Pattie Maes' lab at MIT, spearheaded by Pranav Mistry -- was the buzz of TED. It's a wearable device with a projector that paves the way for profound interaction with our environment. Imagine "Minority Report" and then some.

alkemical
03-20-2009, 10:48 AM
Trippy witch round-up

We've often seen strange witch hunts and murders but this may just take the voodoo biscuit, on both oddity and scale:

About 1,000 people have been rounded up and forced to drink hallucinogens as part of a witch-hunting campaign in Gambia.

The authorities began inviting "witch doctors" from nearby Guinea after the death this year of an aunt of Gambia's president, Yahya Jammeh. Mr Jammeh is said to believe witchcraft was involved in her death.

Since then, the "witch doctors" – accompanied by police, soldiers, intelligence agents and the president's personal guards – have forcibly taken about 1,000 alleged witches from their villages and spirited them to secret locations, according to Amnesty International. It said about 300 of them had been taken to Mr Jammeh's personal farm.

The rights group said victims were "forced to drink unknown substances that cause them to hallucinate and behave erratically. Many are then forced to confess to being a witch. In some cases, they are severely beaten, almost to the point of death".

The mysterious liquid has caused serious kidney problems among many, and two people are known to have died, Amnesty said.


So to summarise: the president of Gambia has recruited Guinean witch doctors and kidnapped hundreds of people to his farm where he has loaded them up with drugs and tortured them into confessing to be witches. Makes the Salem Witch trials seem tame by comparison.


http://www.wunderkabinett.co.uk/damndata/index.php?/archives/1734-Trippy-witch-round-up.html

alkemical
03-24-2009, 11:04 AM
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loborugger
03-25-2009, 09:57 AM
Did you hear about so folks at a Navy lab stating they had proven or discovered or seen cold fusion? Thats cool.

alkemical
03-25-2009, 10:38 AM
Did you hear about so folks at a Navy lab stating they had proven or discovered or seen cold fusion? Thats cool.

No i haven't!

I've been running around busy at work. I had to patch 300 machines...

Bronco Bob
03-25-2009, 08:55 PM
Did you hear about so folks at a Navy lab stating they had proven or discovered or seen cold fusion? Thats cool.

I'll guess we'll have to see if anyone else can duplicate their results.
That was why the Fleishmann-Pons study fell into discredit.
Other researchers were unable to reproduce the results.

Meanwhile there is already a device that can produce fusion in
a controlled manner, a Fusor. And it's a real device, they
are used commercially as a source of neutrons. It's just so
far no one has built one that breaks even, puts out more
energy than is put in.

http://www.fusor.net/


If you want to build your own Fusor, and create nuclear fusion in your
garage or basement, this link shows you how to.

http://www.fusor.net/files/EMC2_FusionToPost.pdf

Who knows, maybe you'll be the one who succeeds in breaking even. :)

alkemical
03-26-2009, 12:46 PM
I need to find a way to get the PDF hosted. But the magazine is done.

Whomever would like a copy, just let me know - alkemical23 - gmail

alkemical
03-31-2009, 02:09 PM
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gO5_jAT-uuGxWQ5oWf_gYuyBDRMg

Egyptian's 3,500-year-old tomb discovered

Mar 17, 2009

MADRID (AFP) — A tomb decorated with 3,500-year-old paintings has been discovered in Luxor by a Spanish Egyptologist, Spain's scientific research agency (CSIC) announced.

The tomb, part of the Dra Abu El-Naga necropolis, also includes drawings and hieroglyphics taken in part from the Book of the Dead, the ancient Egyptian funerary text, and could be that of a senior functionary named Djehuty, the CSIC said.

The person was in the service of the 18th dynasty Queen Hatshepsut, the most powerful female pharaoh and who ruled for 21 years from 1479 to 1458 BC.

The burial chamber of about 3.5 square metres (37.6 square feet) and 1.5 metres (five feet) high, is one of the first to have been entirely decorated with paintings from the era, said the Spanish Egyptologist who made the discovery, Jose Manuel Galan.

Galan is head of the team that has been carrying out excavation work for several years in the Dra Abu El-Naga necropolis on the west bank of Luxor for the CSIC, a project financed since 2004 by the Caja Madrid foundation.

Archaeologists in 2007 identified a mummy found in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor about a century ago as that of Hatshepsut, who declared herself pharaoh after the death of her husband and half-brother Tuthmosis II and was known for sporting a false beard and dressing like a man.
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http://www.physorg.com/news155904395.html

Study Rules Out Fröhlich Condensates in Quantum Consciousness Model

<img src="http://www.physorg.com/newman/gfx/news/consciousness.gif">

Researchers have found that the formation of coherent Fröhlich condensates requires high temperatures, making them incompatible with biological systems, and thus an unlikely component in the Penrose-Hamerhoff model of quantum consciousness.

(PhysOrg.com) -- Scientists don't fully understand how consciousness works, and, so far, no classical theories can explain consciousness in the brain. In light of this lack of understanding, some researchers suggest that quantum mechanics may play a significant role in the workings of the mind and the brain. Quantum consciousness theories have always been controversial, and now a recent study has undercut one more component of these proposals.
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http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/news/2641/subatomic-particles-have-free-will

Subatomic particles have free will

<img src="http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/files/imagecache/news/files/news/particle3.jpg">

The free will theorem

The U.S. mathematicians based their deductions on three unassailable theorems, which also happen to rhyme: 'spin' - measuring a quantum property called spin of an elementary particle; 'twin' - that a pair of particles are correlated; and 'min' - that an experimenter's choice of what to measure cannot be communicated faster than the speed of light.

If experimenters are free to choose between experiments - that is, the choice of experiments is not predetermined by past events - then the particle must also decide how to act on the spur of the moment.

Bartlett believes Conway and Kochen's work is convincing. "It's quite an interesting result. Their research falls into the broad category of exploring just how strange the quantum world is," he says.

Conway is currently presenting his theorem in a series of lectures at Princeton University.
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http://seedmagazine.com/content/article/deciding_how_to_decide/

Jonah Lehrer shines light on the black box of decision making, explains the problem with certainty, and discusses the challenges of eavesdropping on the brain.
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http://www.reuters.com/article/scienceNews/idUSTRE52I04720090319

<img src="http://www.reuters.com/resources/r/?m=02&d=20090319&t=2&i=9081900&w=192&r=2009-03-19T003705Z_01_BTRE52I01PY00_RTROPTP_0_CUBA-TOBACCO">:

Scientists grow diabetes drug in tobacco plants
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http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/03/tenlapse.html

Top 10 Time-Lapse Videos Show Nature at Work

The world is filled with sluggish spectacles. Watching them would be painful were it not for time-lapse photography, which can make those long stories short and remarkably entertaining.

When a phenomenon happens very slowly, viewing accelerated footage helps scientists take a step back and see the big picture: At higher speeds, things that we regard as fixed take motion — even the dullest scenes spring to life.

Here are Wired Science's picks of the best time-lapse videos of nature at work.

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7966437.stm

Scientists say the possible discovery of mud volcanoes on Mars could boost the search for the planet's past life.

If life ever existed on Mars, the evidence could be buried deep below the surface, where it may be warm enough for water to remain in a liquid state.

Mud volcanoes could transport rocks from depths of several kilometres up to the surface, where robotic explorers could reach them.



<img src="http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/45605000/jpg/_45605108_allenmars.jpg">



http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7958471.stm

Pools of salty water might be able to exist just below the surface of Mars, planetary scientists believe.
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alkemical
03-31-2009, 02:10 PM
http://www.sciam.com/blog/60-second-science/post.cfm?id=after-20-years-new-life-for-cold-fu-2009-03-23

After 20 years: New life for cold fusion?
By Katherine Harmon in 60-Second Science Blog

One team, led by Pamela Mosier-Boss, an analytical chemist at the U.S. Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, has announced visual evidence of a fusion-like reaction. "If you have fusion going on, then you have to have neutrons," Mosier-Boss said in a statement. “People have always asked 'Where's the neutrons,'" she said, and in their presentation, they reported finding evidence of these neurons. By exposing a special kind of plastic to the reaction, patterns of minute dents (or "triple tracks" that show three close nearby forms) were made by excited neutrons created from a nuclear reaction, they report.

In other signs of fusion, Tadahiko Mizuno, an assistant professor in the department of nuclear engineering at Hokkadio University in Japan, reports having detected gamma radiation and De Ninno notes the production of helium gas in experiments; both are possible byproducts of a nuclear LENR reaction.

The hope of LENR is to replicate the powerful energy generation that occurs in stars such as our sun, but to do so at a much cooler temperature. If successful, it could provide a nearly infinite supply of clean energy here on Earth. But many remain skeptical, including the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). After reviewing a July report by LENR researchers, the DOE said the evidence "did not conclusively demonstrate the occurrence of cold fusion." DOE recommended research continue, but even its tempered response and skepticism in the scientific community has done little to quell the enthusiasm of researchers.


http://www.foresight.org/nanodot/?p=2991

“Cold fusion” redux?

20 years ago, in the wake of the cold fusion excitement-turned-debacle, I noticed an interesting fact. The people doing the experiments were divided into two classes: The electrochemists who believed that fusion was happening were doing their experiments in plastic tubs and glassware, whereas the physicists who believed that no fusion was really happening were doing theirs behind walls of lead bricks. (I mentioned this to several people at the first Foresight Conference on Nanotechnology late in 1989 and was bemused to have some of the same people repeat it to me in later years, having clearly forgotten where they’d heard it. Such is the nature of memetic success.)

Cold fusion is all over the science blogosphere and news today due in large part to this experiment from SPAWAR which shows believable (at least to Naturwissenschaften reviewers) evidence of energetic particle production.

What I know about nuclear physics could be written on a palladium nucleus with a blunt crayon, but the mechanism for the (cold) fusion of deuterium just never made sense. Perhaps a tiny bit more sense is that there might be some form of electron capture (the decay mode of 7Be) going on, but in hydrogen, as proposed in this paper. That would leave free thermal neutrons to wander around and get into all kinds of trouble (generating secondary decay reactions with energetic ionizing particles). Who knows? At least Widon/Larsen’s mechanism doesn’t have electrochemistry overcoming nuclear Coulomb barriers. And inter-lattice effects are known to put electrons into other interesting quantum states, e.g. Cooper pairs.

There may be some interesting physics ahead — but I wouldn’t sell my oil stocks just yet!

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http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20127002.800-body-illusions-leave-your-body-behind.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news

Body illusions: Leave your body behind

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http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2009/03/23/carbon-dioxide-fuel.html

Nanotube Tech Transforms CO2 Into Fuel

March 23, 2009 -- Powered by sunlight, titanium oxide nanotubes can turn carbon dioxide into methane, which can be harnessed as an energy source, say scientists at Pennsylvania State University.

The nanotubes could dramatically reduce CO2 emissions into the atmosphere and reduce our need for fossil fuels.

"Right now there is lots of talk about burying carbon dioxide, which is ridiculous," said Craig Grimes of Penn State, who, along with Oomman Varghese, Maggie Paulose and Thomas LaTempa, co-authored a paper on the nanotubes in the journal Nano Letters. "Instead we can collect the waste out of the smoke stack, put it though a converter, and presto, use sunlight to change [CO2] back into fuel."

The nanotubes are arranged vertically, almost like empty honeycomb. Over the top of the nanotubes sits a thin, reddish-brown layer of copper oxide. Both the copper and titanium oxide act as catalysts, speeding up reactions that take place naturally.

When sunlight hits the copper oxide, carbon dioxide is converted into carbon monoxide. When sunlight hits the titanium oxide, water molecules split apart. The hydrogen freed from the water and the carbon freed from CO2 then recombine to create burnable methane, and the spare oxygen atoms pair up to create breathable oxygen.

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alkemical
03-31-2009, 02:11 PM
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/03/090324131550.htm

Wild Bees Can Be Effective Pollinators

ScienceDaily (Mar. 25, 2009) — Over the past few years, honey bee keepers have experienced problems due to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), which has hurt honey bee populations, causing some growers of fruits, nuts and vegetables to wonder how their crops will be pollinated in the future.

A new study published in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America shows that wild bees, which are not affected by CCD, may serve as a pollination alternative.

In the article “Wild Bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Anthophila) of the Michigan Highbush Blueberry Agroecosystem,” authors Julianna K. Tuell (Michigan State University), John S. Ascher (American Museum of Natural History), and Rufus Isaacs (Michigan State University) report the results of a three-year study which took place on 15 southwestern Michigan blueberry farms. Using traps and direct observation, the authors identified 166 bee species, 112 of which were active during the blueberry blooming period. Many of these species visit more flowers per minute and deposit more pollen per visit than honey bees (Apis mellifera L.), and most of them are potential blueberry pollinators.

“This should help growers know what kinds of bees are in the fields so that they can make informed decisions about whether they should modify crop management practices in order to help conserve natural populations of bees,” said Dr. Julianna Tuell.

Unlike honey bees, which live together in hives, most of the bees found by the authors were solitary bees that nest in the soil or in wood cavities. While soil–nesting bees may be difficult to manage, the authors see potential for cavity–nesting bees, such as several species of mason bees, to be managed by growers who can support their populations by providing nesting materials.

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http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2009/03/25/scientist-smackdown-is-chernobyl-animal-dead-zone-or-post-apocalyptic-eden/

Scientist Smackdown: Is Chernobyl Animal Dead Zone or Post-Apocalyptic Eden?

<img src="http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/files/2009/03/chernobyl.jpg">


The blast that shook the Chernobyl nuclear power plant more than 20 years ago, sending a highly radioactive plume of fallout into the air, still affects local populations of butterflies and bees and other insects, according to a new study. The study appears to argue against the idea put forward by previous researchers that the region around the power plant, contaminated by radiation and off limits to most humans, has become a sort of post-apocalyptic Eden [The New York Times], in which animals can live unmolested. However, the new results are stirring up controversy.

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http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2009/03/24/20-years-after-valdez-spill-eagles-are-healthy-7-other-species-still-hurting/

20 Years After Valdez Spill, Eagles Are Healthy; 7 Other Species Still Hurting

Twenty years have passed, and oil from the Exxon Valdez spill still taints Alaska’s shores and waters: roughly 21,000 of the original 11 million gallons remain, and have spread up to 450 miles from the spill site in Prince William Sound.

A report by the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council—a state and federal partnership formed to oversee ecosystem recovery efforts—lists nine species, including the bald eagle, as fully recovered, but many of the area’s fish populations remain low. Sea otters and harlequin ducks continue to die because they dig for food in the sand and release buried oil, pockets of which remain buried in small portions of the intertidal zone hard hit by the spill. Seven distinct species, including sea otters, killer whales and clams, still are considered to be “recovering” from the initial effects of the oil [Seattle Times].

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http://www.examiner.com/x-2363-UFO-Examiner~y2009m3d24-Triangular-UFO-spotted-by-two-South-African-pilots

<img src="http://image.examiner.com/images/blog/wysiwyg/image/UFO-350.gif">



A South African couple was witness to a 300-foot long black, silent, triangular-shaped UFO that "blocked out the stars" as it moved across the sky over their back yard.

The 10-second sighting by these two pilots in May 1996 is something that they will never forget.

Following is the original account from the witnesses. Only minor edits were made.

We are Brian & Lynette van Malsen from a town called Springs 50 miles east of Johannesburg, Gauteng South Africa.

And we saw what your witnesses saw in your UFO news of AZ town in exact detail only 13 year's earlier.

We are both retired pilots and very aware of things in the sky. And we can recall our sighting like it happened yesterday.

No kidding. It was May 1996 ( fall ) at sun set just after 5 p.m. We had just finished supper. at 6:45 p.m. and went for a walk in our back yard to look for a satellite that used to track NW to SE at that time. We saw our satellite and started to walk North back to the house and as we walked I looked up at the evening sky.

The very next instant I saw the UFO ( clear as daylight ) moving South to North at about 3 times the speed of a commercial jet, round about 7,500 to 10,000 feet.

Shouted to Lynette to look and she saw it too. I immediately listened for sound, but nothing, thinking at first it was some
NATO stealth jet?

But over my suburb in South Africa at low altitude - impossible?

Joburg Int ATC would have it on radar as this is a special rules flying area ith three military air base in a 60 mile radius - Dunnotar military flying school down the road a few miles ( flying SAAF Harvard's / T6 Texans noisy & slow ) and then Waterkoof and Swartkops airbases near Pretoria.

We got to watch this UFO for about 10 seconds and this is what we saw.

A black triangular shape, but with more of a wing profile, 300+ feet long , blocking out the stars. Not a sound, with dull red wing tip lights also down the trailing edges of the wings. I know of nothing that can move that fast without noise.

Well this is closure for us. We must have seen something!

Kindest Regards

Brian & Lynette van Malsen

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http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20127011.400-deja-vu-where-fact-meets-fantasy.html

Déjà vu: Where fact meets fantasy

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alkemical
03-31-2009, 02:13 PM
Hey all -

Mirror magazine is done - if you'd like a copy email: alkemical23@gmail.com

Bronco Bob
04-01-2009, 07:18 PM
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/03/090324131550.htm

Wild Bees Can Be Effective Pollinators

ScienceDaily (Mar. 25, 2009) — Over the past few years, honey bee keepers have experienced problems due to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), which has hurt honey bee populations, causing some growers of fruits, nuts and vegetables to wonder how their crops will be pollinated in the future.

A new study published in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America shows that wild bees, which are not affected by CCD, may serve as a pollination alternative.

In the article “Wild Bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Anthophila) of the Michigan Highbush Blueberry Agroecosystem,” authors Julianna K. Tuell (Michigan State University), John S. Ascher (American Museum of Natural History), and Rufus Isaacs (Michigan State University) report the results of a three-year study which took place on 15 southwestern Michigan blueberry farms. Using traps and direct observation, the authors identified 166 bee species, 112 of which were active during the blueberry blooming period. Many of these species visit more flowers per minute and deposit more pollen per visit than honey bees (Apis mellifera L.), and most of them are potential blueberry pollinators.

“This should help growers know what kinds of bees are in the fields so that they can make informed decisions about whether they should modify crop management practices in order to help conserve natural populations of bees,” said Dr. Julianna Tuell.

Unlike honey bees, which live together in hives, most of the bees found by the authors were solitary bees that nest in the soil or in wood cavities. While soil–nesting bees may be difficult to manage, the authors see potential for cavity–nesting bees, such as several species of mason bees, to be managed by growers who can support their populations by providing nesting materials.

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http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2009/03/25/scientist-smackdown-is-chernobyl-animal-dead-zone-or-post-apocalyptic-eden/

Scientist Smackdown: Is Chernobyl Animal Dead Zone or Post-Apocalyptic Eden?

<img src="http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/files/2009/03/chernobyl.jpg">


The blast that shook the Chernobyl nuclear power plant more than 20 years ago, sending a highly radioactive plume of fallout into the air, still affects local populations of butterflies and bees and other insects, according to a new study. The study appears to argue against the idea put forward by previous researchers that the region around the power plant, contaminated by radiation and off limits to most humans, has become a sort of post-apocalyptic Eden [The New York Times], in which animals can live unmolested. However, the new results are stirring up controversy.

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http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2009/03/24/20-years-after-valdez-spill-eagles-are-healthy-7-other-species-still-hurting/

20 Years After Valdez Spill, Eagles Are Healthy; 7 Other Species Still Hurting

Twenty years have passed, and oil from the Exxon Valdez spill still taints Alaska’s shores and waters: roughly 21,000 of the original 11 million gallons remain, and have spread up to 450 miles from the spill site in Prince William Sound.

A report by the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council—a state and federal partnership formed to oversee ecosystem recovery efforts—lists nine species, including the bald eagle, as fully recovered, but many of the area’s fish populations remain low. Sea otters and harlequin ducks continue to die because they dig for food in the sand and release buried oil, pockets of which remain buried in small portions of the intertidal zone hard hit by the spill. Seven distinct species, including sea otters, killer whales and clams, still are considered to be “recovering” from the initial effects of the oil [Seattle Times].

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http://www.examiner.com/x-2363-UFO-Examiner~y2009m3d24-Triangular-UFO-spotted-by-two-South-African-pilots

<img src="http://image.examiner.com/images/blog/wysiwyg/image/UFO-350.gif">



A South African couple was witness to a 300-foot long black, silent, triangular-shaped UFO that "blocked out the stars" as it moved across the sky over their back yard.

The 10-second sighting by these two pilots in May 1996 is something that they will never forget.

Following is the original account from the witnesses. Only minor edits were made.

We are Brian & Lynette van Malsen from a town called Springs 50 miles east of Johannesburg, Gauteng South Africa.

And we saw what your witnesses saw in your UFO news of AZ town in exact detail only 13 year's earlier.

We are both retired pilots and very aware of things in the sky. And we can recall our sighting like it happened yesterday.

No kidding. It was May 1996 ( fall ) at sun set just after 5 p.m. We had just finished supper. at 6:45 p.m. and went for a walk in our back yard to look for a satellite that used to track NW to SE at that time. We saw our satellite and started to walk North back to the house and as we walked I looked up at the evening sky.

The very next instant I saw the UFO ( clear as daylight ) moving South to North at about 3 times the speed of a commercial jet, round about 7,500 to 10,000 feet.

Shouted to Lynette to look and she saw it too. I immediately listened for sound, but nothing, thinking at first it was some
NATO stealth jet?

But over my suburb in South Africa at low altitude - impossible?

Joburg Int ATC would have it on radar as this is a special rules flying area ith three military air base in a 60 mile radius - Dunnotar military flying school down the road a few miles ( flying SAAF Harvard's / T6 Texans noisy & slow ) and then Waterkoof and Swartkops airbases near Pretoria.

We got to watch this UFO for about 10 seconds and this is what we saw.

A black triangular shape, but with more of a wing profile, 300+ feet long , blocking out the stars. Not a sound, with dull red wing tip lights also down the trailing edges of the wings. I know of nothing that can move that fast without noise.

Well this is closure for us. We must have seen something!

Kindest Regards

Brian & Lynette van Malsen

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http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20127011.400-deja-vu-where-fact-meets-fantasy.html

Déjà vu: Where fact meets fantasy

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B2 Bomber?

alkemical
04-02-2009, 06:49 AM
B2 Bomber?

There's alot of these black triangle UFO reports - I've never seen one. I do know a few people that have.

I believe the experience they had, is one they are relaying to me. But i wasn't there, didn't see it - etc.

alkemical
04-02-2009, 12:51 PM
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Features/2008/08/11/6413481-sun.html

"Up until a few days before the killing, Li held a part- time job delivering newspapers in Edmonton. He was well thought-of by his boss and considered a nice guy, if a bit quiet and shy.

Carlson documented several cases in northern Alberta communities where people believing they were "turning Windigo" would go into convulsions, make terrifying animal sounds and beg their captors to kill them before they started eating people.

In last month's bus case, Li allegedly butchered McLean's body, brandishing the victim's severed head at the men who trapped him on the bus until police could arrive.

He was later accused of eating McLean's flesh.

When he appeared in a Portage La Prairie courthouse on charges of second-degree murder, the only words Li reportedly uttered were pleas for someone to kill him.

A lot of his reported behaviour eerily mirrors the Windigo cases recounted in the newspaper feature that Li helped deliver to Edmonton homes just days before McLean was killed, one of the most gruesome slayings in modern Canadian history.

Several media reports called McLean's killing unprecedented - an unspeakable, random attack the likes of which has never been seen in Canada.

But Carlson knows better.

"There are just too many parallels," he says. "

http://peeringthrough.blogspot.com/2008/08/second-death-of-joker.html

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_h9jM93aGqfs/SJn6_iR1RaI/AAAAAAAAA4E/iUzXdZCxkVs/s400/l_c4193f8c38f9f2023fb8c68bbf5213c7.jpg

According to a facebook tribute page [here] to Canadian bus victim Tim McClean (who incidentally worked for a carnival), his favorite band was The Insane Clown Posse...and he was known as JoKAwiLd (which according to his myspace page was tattooed across his back)...Mix this with the death of Heath Ledger, can this get any weirder at this point?

alkemical
04-03-2009, 01:51 PM
<b>The Mystery of Father Krespi</b><br>World War II had ended. A former Nazi Intelligence Officer named Magda Zeitfeld had offered her services to the United States Government. <br><a href="http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/252150/the_mystery_of_father_krespi.html">http://www.associatedcontent.comarticle/252150/the_mystery_of_father_krespi.html</a>

alkemical
04-03-2009, 01:52 PM
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article5992949.ece

Quest for artificial nose to sniff out terrorists’ fear

LAW enforcement agencies are seeking scientists to develop an artificial nose that can detect the smell of fear as terrorists pass through security at airports.

The US Department of Homeland Security is advertising for specialists to devise airport scanners that will sniff out “deceptive individuals”.

The technology builds on recent breakthroughs in finding human scent-prints which, many researchers believe, may be as unique to individuals as fingerprints.

Body odours also change perceptibly according to mood. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have already produced a gel that acts like the smell receptors in the human nose. Now they are trying to create a version that can isolate the tangy smell of adrenaline, the stress hormone, so that nervous passengers or those with a guilty conscience can be singled out.

alkemical
04-03-2009, 01:53 PM
http://www.viewzone.com/cognitivedissonance.html

an article on cognitive dissonance

alkemical
04-03-2009, 02:03 PM
http://www.physorg.com/news157029052.html

What is 'Real'? How Our Brain Differentiates Between Reality and Fantasy

alkemical
04-06-2009, 08:25 AM
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alkemical
04-06-2009, 08:26 AM
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20227023.000-the-five-ages-of-the-brain-adulthood.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news

The five ages of the brain: Adulthood

he slippery slope

So you're in your early 20s and your brain has finally reached adulthood. Enjoy it while it lasts. The peak of your brain's powers comes at around age 22 and lasts for just half a decade. From there it's downhill all the way.
The peak of your brain's powers comes at age 22 and lasts for just half a decade

This long, slow decline begins at about 27 and runs throughout adulthood, although different abilities decline at different rates. Curiously, the ones that start to go first - those involved with executive control, such as planning and task coordination - are the ones that took the longest to appear during your teens. These abilities are associated with the prefrontal and temporal cortices, which are still maturing well into your early 20s.

Episodic memory, which is involved in recalling events, also declines rapidly, while the brain's processing speed slows down and working memory is able to store less information.

So just how fast is the decline? According to research by Art Kramer, a psychologist at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, and others, from our mid-20s we lose up to 1 point per decade on a test called the mini mental state examination (see graph). This is a 30-point test of arithmetic, language and basic motor skills that is typically used to assess how fast people with dementia are declining. A 3 to 4 point drop is considered clinically significant. In other words, the decline people typically experience between 25 and 65 has real-world consequences.

That all sounds rather depressing, but there is an upside. The abilities that decline in adulthood rely on "fluid intelligence" - the underlying processing speed of your brain. But so-called "crystallised intelligence", which is roughly equivalent to wisdom, heads in the other direction. So even as your fluid intelligence sags, along with your face and your bottom, your crystallised intelligence keeps growing along with your waistline. The two appear to cancel each other out, at least until we reach our 60s and 70s (see "The five ages of the brain: 5 Old age").

There's another reason to be cheerful. Staying mentally and physically active, eating a decent diet and avoiding cigarettes, booze and mind-altering drugs seem to slow down the inevitable decline. And if it is too late to live the clean life, don't panic. You still have one more chance to turn it around.

alkemical
04-06-2009, 08:28 AM
http://webecoist.com/2009/04/05/15-awesome-ways-to-reuse-shipping-containers/

15 Awesome Ways to Reuse Shipping Containers

http://webecoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/cargo-container-buildings-main.jpg

alkemical
04-06-2009, 08:29 AM
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article6040521.ece

Knights Templar hid the Shroud of Turin, says Vatican

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_iq2vQY1Jeaw/SdlX2o7NY4I/AAAAAAAAMe8/lHF7WnYEH4k/s320/templar.jpg

alkemical
04-06-2009, 08:43 AM
http://copycateffect.blogspot.com/2009/04/lastweek.html

Sunday, April 05, 2009
A Week Of Body Counts
I predicted an increasing build-up in copycat activity as the calendar ticks off days moving towards April 20, 2009, the tenth anniversary of Columbine.

Here's the week that just was:

Saturday, March 27.

A 23-year-old beheads his younger sister Bianca, 5, and kills Samantha Revelus, 17, at their home in Milton, Massachusetts. The killer is killed by police officers.

Sunday, March 29.

Seven patients and a nurse were killed during a Sunday morning shooting at a Carthage, North Carolina, nursing home. The 45-year-old man accused of carrying out the attack was shot by a police officer, and his condition "is currently unknown."

Friday, April 3.

A 41-year-old gunman barricaded the back door of a community center with his car and then opened fire on a room full of immigrants taking a citizenship class Friday, killing 13 people before dying by suicide, in Binghamton, New York.

Saturday, April 4.

The bodies of five children between the ages of 7 and 16 years old and their father were found dead in separate locations south of Seattle, near Orting, Washington State on Saturday. The father apparently killed his children before dying by suicide near a casino some distance away from their home.

Three Pittsburgh police officers responding to a domestic-disturbance call on the morning of Saturday, were killed when a man, who is hiding and waiting, armed with an AK-47, opened fire on them.

Other very recent shootings include these:

A gunman killed 10 people and himself in Samson, Alabama; shootings that began with a traffic stop in Oakland, California, left four police officers and the gunman dead; an apparent murder-suicide in Santa Clara, California, left six dead. At an Illinois church, a man shot and killed the pastor and stabbed two parishioners, and a 17-year-old in Germany killed 15 people in two small towns before dying in a shootout with police.

alkemical
04-06-2009, 08:43 AM
http://copycateffect.blogspot.com/2009/04/hiway.html

Sunday, April 05, 2009
Highway Serial Killers: Myth or Reality?
Wasn't the theory that serial killers happened to be truckers using super highways to disrupt law enforcement investigations the plot of a few cinema and television fictions already?

According to the Associated Press for April 5, 2009, the FBI suspects there's a link between long-haul truckers and serial killers, and runs a national program to track murders along popular trucking routes.

Los Angeles Times reports that federal authorities first made the connection five years ago while investigating a string of unsolved killings along Interstate 40 in Oklahoma and several other states.

After patterns started emerging, the FBI launched the Highway Serial Killings Initiative to track suspicious slayings and suspect truckers.

A computer database now includes more than 500 female murder victims whose bodies were discarded at truck stops, motels and other locations.

Intriguingly, in July 2008, in an attempt to dismiss urban myths, the The Federal Bureau of Investigation released a report examining misinformation that typically surrounds serial killer cases.

Although serial murders account for less than one percent of all homicide cases, media attention and Hollywood thrillers have cemented certain myths into the American psyche.

The FBI’s report discredits seven of these myths:
“Serial killers are all dysfunctional losers.”
“Serial killers are all white males.”
“Serial killers are only motivated by sex.”
“All serial murderers travel and operate interstate.”
“Serial killers cannot stop killing.”
“All serial killers are insane or are evil geniuses.”
“Serial killers want to get caught.”

alkemical
04-06-2009, 08:44 AM
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-me-serialkillers5-2009apr05,0,2159458,full.story

FBI database links long-haul truckers, serial killings

<img src="http://www.latimes.com/media/photo/2009-04/45987732.jpg">

alkemical
04-06-2009, 09:01 AM
http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/juan_enriquez_shares_mindboggling_new_science.html

About this talk

Even as mega-banks topple, Juan Enriquez says the big reboot is yet to come. But don't look for it on your ballot -- or in the stock exchange. It'll come from science labs, and it promises keener bodies and minds. Our kids are going to be ... different.

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gyldenlove
04-06-2009, 12:15 PM
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-me-serialkillers5-2009apr05,0,2159458,full.story

FBI database links long-haul truckers, serial killings

<img src="http://www.latimes.com/media/photo/2009-04/45987732.jpg">

Anyone who watches Top Gear will know that truckers are murderers, especially they target women of ill-repute. On a more serious note, if you want to kill someone and get away with it, don't do it where you live.

alkemical
04-06-2009, 12:28 PM
Anyone who watches Top Gear will know that truckers are murderers, especially they target women of ill-repute. On a more serious note, if you want to kill someone and get away with it, don't do it where you live.

I've not watched it.

Before i passed out last night - coast2coast had a lady on or was going to be on talking about that subject.

alkemical
04-07-2009, 08:49 AM
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16915-ebola-accident-puts-vaccine-to-the-test.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news

Ebola accident puts vaccine to the test

* 14:34 07 April 2009 by Debora MacKenzie

Did an experimental vaccine save a scientist in Germany from Ebola? The lives of others who work with the deadly virus might ride on the answer.

On 12 March a woman working at the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNI) in Hamburg accidentally pricked her finger with a needle carrying Ebola virus.

There is no approved vaccine for Ebola, and such injuries have killed lab workers before. So she was given an experimental vaccine consisting of a live vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) carrying an Ebola protein.

alkemical
04-07-2009, 08:55 AM
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16911-schizophrenics-see-through-hollowmask-illusion.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news

Schizophrenics see through hollow-mask illusion

<img src="http://www.newscientist.com/data/images/ns/cms/dn16911/dn16911-5_300.jpg">

Is this the front or back of the mask? People with schizophrenia will know (Image: Thomas Papathomas)


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Telling the front from the back of a mask can be more difficult than it seems. Thanks to an effect called the hollow-mask illusion, the brain can have trouble deciding if the image is convex or concave.

But, it seems, not everyone struggles to correctly determine the mask's orientation. New research shows that people with schizophrenia are immune to the effect – a finding that means the illusion could provide a diagnostic test for the condition.

In the study, volunteers were monitored in an fMRI (functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scanner as they looked at photos. Some of these were normal pictures of faces, but others had been inverted as in the hollow-mask illusion. All the participants with schizophrenia could distinguish between the two types of photos, whereas control volunteers without the condition were fooled 99 per cent of the time.

alkemical
04-09-2009, 07:13 AM
http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/io9/2009/04/090404-chandra-nebula-02.jpg

http://io9.com/5202504/the-hand-in-space

alkemical
04-09-2009, 07:23 AM
http://strategicsorcery.blogspot.com/2009/04/cagliostros-rituals-published.html

Cagliostro's Rituals Published

Can't wait for this to arrive....

The Masonic Magician By Philippa Faulks, Robert L D Cooper

Count Alessandro Cagliostro was a cult figure in European society in the tumultuous years leading to the French Revolution. As an alchemist, healer, and Freemason, he inspired both wild devotion and savage ridicule, becoming the subject of novels by Alexander Dumas, a drama by Goethe, and Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute. But Cagliostro’s sincere belief in the magical powers, even the immortality, of what he called the Egyptian Rite of Freemasonry made him dangerous enemies, too. In 1789, he was arrested by the Inquisition and condemned to death for heresy.
Now, the discovery of a mysterious manuscript found in the Archives of the Grand Lodge of Scotland may shine a light on Cagliostro’s secret spiritual teachings, and allow us, finally, a full understanding of his beliefs. The Masonic Magician tells Cagliostro’s extraordinary story, complete with the first English translation of the Egyptian Rite ever published. It presents the case made against him (that he was an impostor as well as a heretic), and finds that the Roman Church, and history itself, have done him a terrible injustice. This scholarly account, drawing on remarkable new documentary evidence, reveals that the man condemned was in fact a remarkable visionary and a true champion of Freemasonry—and that his teachings have much to reveal to us today.

alkemical
04-09-2009, 08:04 AM
http://webecoist.com/2009/04/08/air-purifying-plants/

10 Air Purifying Plants For Homes & Offices

alkemical
04-09-2009, 08:04 AM
http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/009718.html

So you think small-scale solar remains the preserve of die-hard environmentalists? Think again. A new movement gathering momentum in the US could make photovoltaics a common feature on residential streets.


‘One Block Off The Grid’ (1BOG for short) groups local residents together to negotiate better deals on solar. The idea, born out of conversations between Dave Llorens, now General Manager, and Co-founders Sylvia Ventura and Dan Barahona, is designed to create a ‘tipping point’ in renewable energy adoption.

By grouping people together, Llorens says, participants can enjoy an average 15-20% reduction on the market rate. Combined with government subsidies, this eases the pain of investment. Meanwhile, 1BOG takes a fee from the chosen installer: “the same fee, regardless of whom we choose”.

alkemical
04-09-2009, 08:22 AM
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20227031.500-quantum-lasers-half-light-half-matter.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=tech

Quantum lasers: Half light, half matter

alkemical
04-09-2009, 08:23 AM
http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2009/04/08/dolphins-sonar-deaf.html

Strong Sonar Causes Deafness in Dolphins

alkemical
04-09-2009, 08:29 AM
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16926-universe-lit-by-dustswaddled-galaxies.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news

Universe lit by dust-swaddled galaxies

alkemical
04-10-2009, 07:21 AM
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/03/090330200722.htm

Nine Lives: Cats' Central Nervous System Can Repair Itself And Restore Function

ScienceDaily (Mar. 31, 2009) — Scientists studying a mysterious neurological affliction in cats have discovered a surprising ability of the central nervous system to repair itself and restore function.

alkemical
04-13-2009, 08:32 AM
http://i.gizmodo.com/5202776/attack-of-the-card-skimmers-its-happening-right-here-right-now

Attack of the Card Skimmers: It's Happening Right Here, Right Now

<img src="http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/gizmodo/2009/04/cardskimmersean.jpg">

Sean Seibel was inside a local Chase bank where he inserted his ATM card into one of two side-by-side automatic teller machines. When the machine told him it could not read his card, it took him a bit of jiggling to get his card back. He tried it a couple more times and got the same results. Before trying the other machine, he inspected the slot of the current ATM he was using and realized that it had a false plastic cover attached to the slot. The amazing thing about the cover was that the translucent green plastic matched the card reader slot perfectly, meaning that it was made specifically for Chase ATMs. After snapping a few photos with his iPhone, he alerted the branch manager and explained what happened.

As he was leaving, Seibel remembered reading about card skimmers having small cameras in the proximity in order to read PIN pad activity, so naturally, he went back to the ATM to inspect, which is where he found an extra mirror attached to the vandalized machine that the other ATMs didn't have. Drilled into the mirror was a tiny pinhole with a camera inside, directed at the PIN pad. Seibel alerted the branch manager again and asked Chase why they hadn't inspected the ATM after he had warned them the first time. Chase honestly replied that they hadn't thought of it because they had never encountered that sort of thing before.

From the crazy amounts of feedback we received last night after we posted the first story, it seems that card skimmers are a common crime everywhere from Thailand to Mexico. But actually hearing about it happening to our very own readers here in America makes us want to help get the word out. Seibel says it best: "Take this as a warning and please inspect every ATM machine you use, no matter how secure you think the environment is." [Thanks Sean!]

alkemical
04-13-2009, 08:47 AM
http://news.scotsman.com/scotland/Scotland39s-most-ancient-home-found.5161087.jp

Scotland's most ancient home found – at 14,000 years old

____________

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1168962/Is-Turin-Shroud-genuine-From-grave-startling-new-claim.html

Is the Turin Shroud genuine after all? From beyond the grave, a startling new claim

______________

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/science/article2368630.ece

Britain’s Atlantis under the North Sea

alkemical
04-13-2009, 08:48 AM
http://www.wunderkabinett.co.uk/damndata/index.php?/archives/1472-Mapping-a-lost-world-Doggerland.html

Some have used comparative mythology to suggest that legends of a Great Flood are just inspired by impressive flooding events in the distant past. While some look to more local events like the filling of the Black Sea, most eyes turn to the end of the last Glaciation and the inundation of large areas of coastal lowlands. The evidence of life in these lost areas is now largely lost (and has lead to speculation about whether this explains Atlantis) but through a lot of hard work it is possible to get a glimpse into their history.

The latest issue of Nature shows us an impressive attempt to provide a map of just such a lost world - Doggerland, now under the North Sea, but there is plenty there waiting to be discovered. I have a vertebra of some kind of deer from Doggerland on my shelf as we speak and there have been far more impressive finds dredged up over the years. The data is patchy and actually access the sea bed is difficult and expensive work but it is really starting to pay dividends.

<img src="http://www.wunderkabinett.co.uk/gallery/albums/userpics/10003/doggerland_450.jpg">

alkemical
04-13-2009, 08:50 AM
http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/04/doubleduckweed.html

Tiny Flower Turns Pig Poop into Fuel

alkemical
04-13-2009, 08:51 AM
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/science/article6082788.ece

The theory that women are born with all the eggs they will ever have has been challenged by research that could raise the prospect of restoring female fertility and reversing the menopause.

Scientists in China have discovered that the ovaries of adult and newborn mice seem to contain stem cells that can be grown into eggs that can be fertilised to create healthy offspring.

The findings suggest that it may be possible one day to isolate and culture these stem cells from women’s ovaries, should they also exist in humans. This could provide a source of eggs to extend female fertility, which declines as the ovaries’ supply is depleted with age.

TheReverend
04-13-2009, 10:06 AM
Awesome Cagliostro article.

Hey, you posted something on how your brain interprets 90+% of your reality, but I can't find the damn thing! Spent HOURS looking for it the other day. Any idea where it's hiding?

alkemical
04-13-2009, 11:07 AM
Is there anything else you remember of it? I'll see if i can scour my RSS feeds. I got them all into google reader now

TheReverend
04-13-2009, 11:14 AM
Is there anything else you remember of it? I'll see if i can scour my RSS feeds. I got them all into google reader now

Not particularly... just brain interpreting reality. I went through every goddamn article in this huge thread and couldn't find the damn thing so I had to paraphrase what I remembered for my book and hope it's accurate!

alkemical
04-13-2009, 11:19 AM
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2003/11/031104063920.htm


Is this close?

there's some DNA/RNA mention in here too:

http://www.rawilsonfans.com/articles/IRobot.html

alkemical
04-13-2009, 11:29 AM
http://www.livescience.com/culture/090408-dark-morals.html

Dark Morals Lurk Inside You

Sex and food
By Robert Roy Britt, Editorial Director

posted: 08 April 2009 12:59 am ET

The morals we all tend to agree on are the easier ones to identify, things like not harming people or caring for the needy, the thinking goes [though already this column seems to be on shaky ground]. In space, these morals are akin to stars, planets and other visible matter — the obvious stuff — according to a theory by University of Virginia psychologist Jonathan Haidt.

The darker morals (think exotic concepts like dark matter and dark energy which are everywhere but nowhere) get into more slippery things like group loyalty, respect for authority, purity and sanctity, reports MSNBC's Alan Boyle, who was in Phoenix over the weekend attending the Origins conference where this was discussed. These are the more obscure morals that account for things like patriotism, conformism and taboos about sex and food.

Dark morals are the ones that different people have their own views on. And, twisting a perfectly good George Thorogood line, evubody's different.

Okay. Let's stop right there and go over some basics. First, we are all moral hypocrites. Studies show this. We judge others more harshly than we judge ourselves. Second, morality leads to unethical acts. Again, science. Okay, back to Haidt's ideas ...

alkemical
04-13-2009, 11:30 AM
http://www.livescience.com/strangenews/080707-moral-hypocrites.html

Why We're All Moral Hypocrites

Most of us, whether we admit it or not, are moral hypocrites. We judge others more severely than we judge ourselves.

Mounting evidence suggests moral decisions result from the jousting between our knee-jerk responses (think "survival instinct") and our slower, but more collected evaluations. Which is more responsible for our self-leniency?

To find out, a recent study presented people with two tasks. One was described as tedious and time-consuming; the other, easy and brief. The subjects were asked to assign each task to either themselves or the next participant. They could do this independently or defer to a computer, which would assign the tasks randomly.

Eighty-five percent of 42 subjects passed up the computer’s objectivity and assigned themselves the short task – leaving the laborious one to someone else. Furthermore, they thought their decision was fair. However, when 43 other subjects watched strangers make the same decision, they thought it unjust.

TheReverend
04-13-2009, 11:52 AM
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2003/11/031104063920.htm


Is this close?

there's some DNA/RNA mention in here too:

http://www.rawilsonfans.com/articles/IRobot.html

Sadly no. Cool article though. Ah well, this will just leave the door open for some neurologist d-bag to prove me wrong and send some hate mail.

alkemical
04-13-2009, 12:01 PM
Sadly no. Cool article though. Ah well, this will just leave the door open for some neurologist d-bag to prove me wrong and send some hate mail.

Hmm.... i wonder if i made a thread alone for it.

alkemical
04-13-2009, 12:51 PM
duh!

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/04/090409134745.htm

How You Feel The World Impacts How You See It

alkemical
04-13-2009, 12:54 PM
http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2009/04/06/1881705.aspx

Six mind-blowing ideas

Posted: Monday, April 06, 2009 10:06 AM by Alan Boyle

Weird life under our nose?

Did the moon make us possible?

Life interrupted on Mars?

Greenhouse extinctions

Humanity's mind-blowing rise

Dark morality

alkemical
04-13-2009, 01:52 PM
http://current.com/items/89962877/ancient_life_tapped_for_solar_technology.htm

"An ancient life form has been tapped to create one of the newest technologies for solar energy. The systems that may be surprisingly simple to build compared to existing silicon-based solar cells, researchers said today.

Interestingly, the scientists aren't sure exactly how it works.

Tiny, single-celled marine life forms called diatoms have existed for at least 100 million years and are at the bottom of the food chain, supporting much of the life in the oceans, but they also have rigid shells that can be used to create order in a natural way at the extraordinarily small level of nanotechnology.

alkemical
04-14-2009, 01:24 PM
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16944-stem-cells-free-diabetics-from-insulin-treatment.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news

Stem cells free diabetics from insulin treatment

alkemical
04-14-2009, 01:26 PM
http://seedmagazine.com/content/article/the_hive_mind/



Is understanding the selfless behavior of ants, bees, and wasps the key to a new evolutionary synthesis?

alkemical
04-14-2009, 02:16 PM
http://venturebeat.com/2009/04/12/virtual-reality-will-come-from-inside-our-brain-not-goggles-says-ray-kurzweil/

Virtual reality via nanobot injection? Ray Kurzweil says it’s the future




http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20227034.400-slave-ants-keep-a-taste-for-revenge.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news

FORGET Spartacus - you need look no further than an ant colony for a slave mutiny.

Some ant species raid colonies of smaller species, killing the queen, scaring away worker ants and stealing larvae. Kidnapped larvae grow up as slaves.

Susanne Foitzik of the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Germany, has evidence the slaves have evolved an unusual weapon in the fight for survival: mutiny.

When her team monitored 473 pupae in 88 slave-making colonies, they saw enslaved worker ants destroy two-thirds of newly hatched queens and female workers of their captors. Male pupae, which do not conduct raids, were left alone (Evolution, vol 63, p 1068).

alkemical
04-14-2009, 02:18 PM
The lucifer principle - howard bloom disinfo interview

pt1
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pt3

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http://seedmagazine.com/content/article/the_body_politic/

The deep symbiosis between bacteria and their human hosts is forcing scientists to ask: Are we organisms or living ecosystems?

alkemical
04-15-2009, 09:45 PM
test


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alkemical
04-20-2009, 08:53 AM
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20227044.200-avoid-a-future-cataclysm-forget-the-past.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news

Avoid a future cataclysm: Forget the past

REAT news, there may be a way to avoid a looming disaster. All you need to do is forget all about it by "resetting" your memory.

That's the claim of physicist Saibal Mitra at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, and it is predicated on the existence of parallel universes.

The "many worlds" concept is an interpretation of quantum theory - our best description of the microscopic world of atoms and their constituents. Many worlds takes literally quantum theory's idea that a quantum entity like an atom can exist in many states at once, and posits the existence of parallel universes containing infinite copies of you with different histories and futures.

TheReverend
04-20-2009, 09:46 AM
Those Lucifer principle clips worth watching when I get home from the gym?

gyldenlove
04-20-2009, 12:35 PM
http://seedmagazine.com/content/article/the_hive_mind/



Is understanding the selfless behavior of ants, bees, and wasps the key to a new evolutionary synthesis?

There is as such nothing selfless about how worker ants, bees and wasps behave.

What many people fail to realize is that worker ants are genetically identical, meaning that if one ant sacrifices herself to save 2 others the genes she carry will live on. So any genetically dependent behaviour that encourages minimizing the amount of worker ants killed will tend to proliferate through the species.

alkemical
04-20-2009, 12:45 PM
There is as such nothing selfless about how worker ants, bees and wasps behave.

What many people fail to realize is that worker ants are genetically identical, meaning that if one ant sacrifices herself to save 2 others the genes she carry will live on. So any genetically dependent behaviour that encourages minimizing the amount of worker ants killed will tend to proliferate through the species.

I don't disagree with you - but - but but - haha - I found this interesting for the idea of the "hive-mind".

alkemical
04-21-2009, 12:38 PM
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/04/20/ap/politics/main4956478.shtml

Court Turns Down Challenge To Jury's Use Of Bible
Supreme Court Won't Disturb Death Sentence In Case Of Jurors Who Consulted Bible


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http://cryptome.com/0001/obama-cia2.htm

Transcript of President Barack Obama's Remarks at CIA Headquarters

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http://www.projectcensored.org/top-stories/category/y-2009

Top 25 Censored Stories for 2009

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http://www.mcclatchydc.com/homepage/story/66530.html

Robots are narrowing the gap with humans


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http://hnn.us/articles/7219.html


Are U.S. History Textbooks Still Full of Lies and Half-Truths?
By Ray Raphael

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http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20227041.300-green-and-mean-the-downside-of-clean-energy.html

Green and mean: The downside of clean energy

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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article6134158.ece

China finds another 1,000 miles of the Great Wall

<img src="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/multimedia/archive/00525/wallchina_525904a.jpg">

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http://www.physorg.com/news159438178.html

India's 'holy powder' finally reveals its centuries-old secret

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alkemical
04-21-2009, 12:54 PM
FRACTIONS may be written as the ratio of two whole numbers, but that's not how our brains process them. Instead it seems we respond to fractions directly, without processing whole numbers along the way. This suggests that kids, who often dread fractions, could be taught them more intuitively.

Previous tests have shown that specifc groups of neurons respond to different whole numbers, with the number one altering the firing patterns of different neurons than the number three. Now Simon Jacob and Andreas Nieder of the University of Tübingen in Germany have shown that we have fraction-specific neurons too.

The pair scanned the brains of adults as they were shown a variety of different fractions - either as numerical ratios or in words. In both cases, specific groups of neurons altered their firing patterns. Crucially, control experiments showed that the volunteers weren't responding first to whole numbers, and then calculating the ratio, but were reacting to the fraction itself (The Journal of Neuroscience, DOI: 10.1523/jneurosci.0651-09.2009).

Fractions tend to be taught as ratios of whole numbers, but Nieder says this may not tap our neural machinery in the most constructive way, making fractions harder to grasp than they need to be.


http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20227045.100-fraction-cells-found-in-human-brain.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news

alkemical
04-21-2009, 12:58 PM
http://www.alternet.org/waroniraq/137603/obama_campaign%27s_multi-million_dollar_propaganda_firm_deployed_in_iraq_to _advise_on_%26quot%3Bnew_media%26quot%3B/

Obama Campaign's Multi-Million Dollar Propaganda Firm Deployed in Iraq to Advise on "New Media"

With Iraq in ruins, Obama sends a politically connected firm, along with reps from AT&T, Google, and Twitter to build 'smart power' in Baghdad.

alkemical
04-21-2009, 12:59 PM
http://electricchildren.com/wordpress/?p=340

Understanding Lost - Draw Me A Hexadecimal


*For "Lost" (T.V.) fans.

alkemical
04-21-2009, 01:21 PM
http://www.disinfo.com/content/story.php?title=Hemp-Victory-1940s-U-S--Government-Film-Urging-Folks-to-Grow-Tons-Mary-Janes-Cousin

http://www.boingboing.net
Posted by ralph 5 days ago View profile
Xeni Jardin, BoingBoing: Hemp for Victory, a 13-minute film produced by the US government in the 1940s which urged citizens to grow hemp during the war. During this earlier era of American crisis, farmers and 4-H clubs were encouraged to cultivate industrial hemp, the non-intoxicating cousin of what I like to call cannabis gettabis stonerus. And now, during our current American crisis, this same "non-drug" cannabis strain is the subject of a new bill put forth by Congressmen Ron Paul (R-TX) and Barney Frank (D-MA):

"They and eight cosponsors, both Republican and Democrat, hope to legalize the plant so American farmers can begin supplying fibers for a wide array of products, with the overreaching goal of opening a new sector in American agriculture."

Anyway, back to the propaganda film. I think the world needs a post-econopocalyptic remix with a totally baked-out Cheech and Chong VO

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alkemical
04-21-2009, 01:23 PM
http://www.disinfo.com/content/story.php?title=Government-Officials-Admit-NSA-Wiretaps-on-Americans-Exceeded-Law

Government Officials Admit NSA Wiretaps on Americans Exceeded Law
Avatar http://www.nytimes.com
Posted by ralph 3 days ago View profile
ERIC LICHTBLAU and JAMES RISEN, NYT Times: The National Security Agency intercepted private e-mail messages and phone calls of Americans in recent months on a scale that went beyond the broad legal limits established by Congress last year, government officials said in recent interviews.

Several intelligence officials, as well as lawyers briefed about the matter, said the NSA had been engaged in “overcollection” of domestic communications of Americans. They described the practice as significant and systemic, although one official said it was believed to have been unintentional.

The legal and operational problems surrounding the NSA's surveillance activities have come under scrutiny from the Obama administration, Congressional intelligence committees and a secret national security court, said the intelligence officials, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity because NSA activities are classified. Classified government briefings have been held in recent weeks in response to a brewing controversy that some officials worry could damage the credibility of legitimate intelligence-gathering efforts.

The Justice Department, in response to inquiries from the New York Times, acknowledged Wednesday night that there had been problems with the NSA surveillance operation, but said they had been resolved.

As part of a periodic review of the agency’s activities, the department “detected issues that raised concerns,” it said. Justice Department officials then “took comprehensive steps to correct the situation and bring the program into compliance” with the law and court orders, the statement said. It added that Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. went to the national security court to seek a renewal of the surveillance program only after new safeguards were put in place.

alkemical
04-22-2009, 09:04 AM
http://www.economist.com/science/displaystory.cfm?story_id=13489722

Conscious and unconscious thought
Incognito

Apr 16th 2009
From The Economist print edition
Evidence mounts that brains decide before their owners know about it


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http://news.aol.com/article/solar-storm-warning/437777

Huge Solar Storm Could Shut Down US

Such a storm could knock out power nationwide, ABCNews.com reported, leading to a nightmarish scenario that could include failures of transportation, communication and financial systems; shutdowns of government services; and a lack of safe drinking water, food and medication.



(Major Ed Dames on coast to coast am - has noted that the sun could send us a kill shot - that would halt the tech we have)
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http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/95902/How-Houston-rehearsed-its-worst-ever-problem

HOW HOUSTON REHEARSED ITS WORST EVER PROBLEM



Sunday April 19,2009
By Ted Jeory

AS AMERICA prepares to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first Moon landing, attention is set to focus on a little-known speech drafted in case of a much different outcome that historic day.

While Neil Armstrong’s immortal lines “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” have entered history, 233 other words, written for a tragedy that everyone hoped would never happen, were consigned to an archive and forgotten until now.

They are contained in a typed memo from President Richard Nixon’s speechwriter, Bill Safire, to White House chief of staff Harry Haldeman, dated July 18, 1969 – two days before the landing was due.

Chillingly entitled “In the event of Moon disaster”, the stark message brings home just how dangerous the mission was.

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http://estimateofthesituation.blogspot.com/2009/04/seti-paradigm-shift.html

Monday, April 20, 2009
A SETI Paradigm Shift?


A recent -- and overall sensible -- New York Times editorial by the SETI Institute's Seth Shostak makes me wonder if a long-overdue paradigm shift is finally underway among American SETI scientists.

For a long time, as I've written about here many times before, American SETI scientists -- with Shostak predominant among them -- have dismissed out of hand the possibility that an advanced extraterrestrial civilization has ever ventured to travel to our solar system. Unexplained phenomena such as UFO reports cannot be evidence of extraterrestrial visitation, the reasoning goes, because interstellar travel is simply prohibitively expensive regardless of a civilization's age or technological level of development. Rather than looking for signs of visitation, they insist, we should limit our search for E.T. to looking for radio and perhaps laser transmissions.

In his recent column, Shostak doesn't back off that stance explicitly. His column discusses what he views as the apparent futility of human interstellar travel, given our current and projected states of knowledge and technological development. (I'm going to set aside his main thesis, which many have questioned, including myself.)

What intrigues me is Shostak's suggestion that what may be within our technological grasp are small, smart interstellar probes that remotely explore extrasolar planetary systems and then radio the results back to Earth. While such missions may require many decades before we get the results from distant probes sent on long journeys light-years from Earth, such probes are conceivable given our current technological development.

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http://karlshuker.blogspot.com/2009/04/otter-kings-to-earth-hounds-in-search.html

OTTER KINGS TO EARTH HOUNDS - In Search of Britain's lesser known Mystery Beasts
Grace Connolly was a recently-married young woman who lived in the townland of Creevelea, at the northwestern corner of Glenade Lake, just inside County Leitrim's border with County Sligo, in Ireland. One bright morning in September 1722, Grace went down to the lake, to bathe and perhaps also to wash clothes. Tragically, however, she did neither, for while there she was attacked and killed by a water monster that rose up out of the lake's depths.


<img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_ZtZgkzQ2J2Q/SeypD3x8ZNI/AAAAAAAAATg/QQGFeAla2HM/s400/Master+otter+on+Grace+Connolly%27s+tombstone.jpg">

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http://www.archaeology.org/0905/etc/high_def.html

The Past in High-Def
Volume 62 Number 3, May/June 2009
By Eric A. Powell

The world's ancient heritage is coming to your desktop in 3-D


<img src="http://www.archaeology.org/0905/etc/thumbnails/high_def12.gif">

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http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iyy_p39sNj5_F4SGHgS0j-rv-XrQD97MUGIG1

4 new ancient Egypt temples discovered in Sinai

By HADEEL AL-SHALCHI – 21 hours ago

CAIRO (AP) — Archaeologists exploring an old military road in the Sinai have unearthed four new temples amidst the 3,000-year-old remains of an ancient fortified city that could have been used to impress foreign delegations visiting Egypt, antiquities authorities announced Tuesday.

Among the discoveries was the largest mud brick temple found in the Sinai with an area of 70 by 80 meters (77 by 87 yards) and fortified with mud walls 3 meters (10 feet) thick, said Zahi Hawass, chief of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities.

The find was made in Qantara, 2 1/2 miles (4 kilometers) east of the Suez Canal. These temples mark the latest discovery by archaeologists digging up the remains of the city on the military road known as "Way of Horus." Horus is a falcon-headed god, who represented the greatest cosmic powers for ancient Egyptians.

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alkemical
04-22-2009, 12:23 PM
http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/mexico/090414/trouble-the-us-mexico-border


Home > The Americas > Mexico
Scenes from the drug war in Sinaloa, Mexico
Fernando Brito - Special to GlobalPost April 15, 2009 13:13 ET

Note: This slideshow includes graphic images of the drug war.


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http://www.globalpost.com/notebook/mexico/090415/all-eyes-mexico

All eyes on Mexico

alkemical
04-22-2009, 01:20 PM
http://dornob.com/shell-house-design-spectacularly-curved-architecture/

<img src="http://dornob.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/curved-super-modern-house.jpg">

<img src="http://dornob.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/curved-house-at-night.jpg">

alkemical
04-22-2009, 01:36 PM
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alkemical
04-22-2009, 01:39 PM
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alkemical
04-22-2009, 01:44 PM
http://www.brookings.edu/projects/archive/nucweapons/runit.aspx

<img src="http://www.brookings.edu/FP/PROJECTS/NUCWCOST/runit.jpg">

Beneath this concrete dome on Runit Island (part of Enewetak Atoll), built between 1977 and 1980 at a cost of about $239 million, lie 111,000 cubic yards (84,927 cubic meters) or radioactive soil and debris from Bikini and Rongelap atolls. The dome covers the 30-foot (9 meter) deep, 350-foot (107 meter) wide crated created by the May 5, 1958, Cactus test. Note the people atop the dome.

alkemical
04-22-2009, 01:50 PM
http://www.dirjournal.com/info/one-to-one-with-nature-incredible-wildlife-photograpy/

<img src="http://www.dirjournal.com/info/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/nicklen3.jpg">

<img src="http://www.dirjournal.com/info/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/yonover.jpg>

<img src="http://www.dirjournal.com/info/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/henly.jpg">

alkemical
04-22-2009, 01:56 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/19/us/19DNA.html?_r=2

Law enforcement officials are vastly expanding their collection of DNA to include millions more people who have been arrested or detained but not yet convicted. The move, intended to help solve more crimes, is raising concerns about the privacy of petty offenders and people who are presumed innocent.

alkemical
04-22-2009, 02:12 PM
http://www.wired.com/print/science/discoveries/magazine/17-05/ff_guidestones

The strangest monument in America looms over a barren knoll in northeastern Georgia. Five massive slabs of polished granite rise out of the earth in a star pattern. The rocks are each 16 feet tall, with four of them weighing more than 20 tons apiece. Together they support a 25,000-pound capstone. Approaching the edifice, it’s hard not to think immediately of England’s Stonehenge or possibly the ominous monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Built in 1980, these pale gray rocks are quietly awaiting the end of the world as we know it.

Called the Georgia Guidestones, the monument is a mystery—nobody knows exactly who commissioned it or why. The only clues to its origin are on a nearby plaque on the ground—which gives the dimensions and explains a series of intricate notches and holes that correspond to the movements of the sun and stars—and the “guides” themselves, directives carved into the rocks. These instructions appear in eight languages ranging from English to Swahili and reflect a peculiar New Age ideology. Some are vaguely eugenic (guide reproduction wisely—improving fitness and diversity); others prescribe standard-issue hippie mysticism (prize truth—beauty—love—seeking harmony with the infinite).

What’s most widely agreed upon—based on the evidence available—is that the Guidestones are meant to instruct the dazed survivors of some impending apocalypse as they attempt to reconstitute civilization. Not everyone is comfortable with this notion. A few days before I visited, the stones had been splattered with polyurethane and spray-painted with graffiti, including slogans like “Death to the new world order.” This defacement was the first serious act of vandalism in the Guidestones’ history, but it was hardly the first objection to their existence. In fact, for more than three decades this uncanny structure in the heart of the Bible Belt has been generating responses that range from enchantment to horror. Supporters (notable among them Yoko Ono) have praised the messages as a stirring call to rational thinking, akin to Thomas Paine’s The Age of Reason. Opponents have attacked them as the Ten Commandments of the Antichrist.

alkemical
04-30-2009, 10:33 AM
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20227054.800-hidden-photons-to-send-secret-emails-through-earth.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=on

'Hidden photons' to send secret emails through Earth

IF YOU shine a laser on the floor, where does the light go? With the right preparation, some of it might pop out at the other side of the world - an effect that could be exploited to transmit secret messages through the ground.

That is the conclusion of Andreas Ringwald at the German Electron Synchrotron (DESY) in Hamburg, and colleagues, who have explored the possibility of hypothetical particles called "hidden photons" (www.arxiv.org/abs/0903.5300). "If such particles exist, then we can use them to communicate," says Ringwald. "It's very simple."

Hidden photons are a class of particles predicted by so-called supersymmetric extensions to the standard model of particle physics. Unlike normal photons, hidden photons could have a tiny mass and would be invisible because they would not interact with the charged particles in conventional matter. This means hidden photons would flit through even the densest materials unaffected.

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8016869.stm


World premiere of brain orchestra
By Jason Palmer
Science and technology reporter, BBC News, Prague

The Multimodal Brain Orchestra performed its world premiere on Thursday.

Led by an "emotional conductor" and a traditional one, music and video change in time with the performers' brain waves and heart rate.

According to the work's producer, the orchestra aims to "see what the brain can do without the body".

The orchestra's premiere performance closed the Science Beyond Fiction conference in Prague.

The project is the creation of the Synthetic, Perceptive, Emotive and Cognitive Systems (SPECS) group at the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona.

"Only recently we have come to appreciate more the tight coupling between mind, brain and body," Paul Verschure, head of the project, told the audience.

"But we can wonder what the mind and brain would be capable of if it would be directly interfaced to the world, bypassing the body."

The piece that the orchestra performed, Xmotion, was composed by Jonatas Manzolli, giving it an underlying structure.

But it is the performers who control variations of visuals, sounds, frequencies, and volumes in the overall piece.


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http://renegadefuturist.com/archives/2009/04/24/ruskkoff-encouraging-craigs-list-to-offer-craigbucks/

Ruskkoff encouraging Craig’s List to offer “craigbucks”
Klint Finley

Futurist Douglas Rushkoff, famous for correctly predicting the rise of social media, is trying to convince Craigslist’s Craig Newmark to create “craigbucks.” He thinks it’s the obvious next step in the evolution of money. “People could buy and sell things exclusively on Craigslist using craigbucks,” Rushkoff enthuses. “Sure they’ll want to keep their Visas and their MasterCards, but they’ll want a specialized, alternative form of cash too.”

The idea is not as far-fetched as it may seem. Economists already have a term for this kind of community-specific money; they’re called “complimentary currencies” and they naturally take root when conditions are right. For example, in 2006, a Chinese online social network called QQ produced “QQ coins” that became widely traded, used for almost a billion dollars a year in transactions. Even though the currency was designed just to buy things on the QQ network, other websites started accepting QQ coins for payment of even non-virtual goods, and a black market sprung up to convert QQ coins directly to Yuan. The Chinese government cracked down: They feared that QQ could trigger inflation of the Yuan by increasing the total money supply in China.


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http://webecoist.com/2009/04/24/11-amazing-earthships-eco-friendly-luxury-living/

The Earthship Era: Eco-Friendly Luxury Living

<img src="http://webecoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/montage5.jpg">


<img src="http://webecoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/montage7a.jpg">

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http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/009787.html

Luxury Or Necessity?


Clark Williams-Derry
April 24, 2009 1:51 PM

Poll finds that people are reconsidering what's really "necessary."

A new poll from the Pew Resarch Center finds that the recession is altering our perceptions of what we truly need, and what we can live without: some consumer goods that were once widely considered "necessities" are increasingly being viewed as mere "luxuries."

<img src="http://rss.sightline.org/images/blog-2009-q2/copy_of_pew.gif/image_preview">

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http://www.boingboing.net/2009/04/08/gentleman-in-new-orl.html

Gentleman in New Orleans Loses Chunk of Arm in Possible Zombie Attack

The headline is a keeper: "Metairie man says stranger chewed, swallowed after taking bite out of his arm." The story is horrible, but more frightening still, it suggests the imminent threat of a worsening zombie onslaught.


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http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/009788.html


World’s Largest Solar Power Plants With Thermal Storage To Be Built In Arizona


<img src="http://www1.eere.energy.gov/solar/images/parabolic_troughs.jpg">


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http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20227035.500-eyeball-spy-turns-the-tables-on-big-brother.html


Eyeball spy turns the tables on Big Brother

To the rescue of Big Brother's limited attention capabilities come Ulas Vural and Yusuf Akgul of the Gebze Institute of Technology in Turkey, who have developed a gaze-tracking camera system that watches the eyeballs of CCTV operators as they work. It then automatically produces a summary of the CCTV video sequences they have missed during their shift. "This increases the reliability of the surveillance system by giving a second chance to the operator," the researchers write in the journal Pattern Recognition Letters (DOI: 10.1016/j.patrec.2009.03.002).

The system uses webcam-style cameras trained on the irises of the CCTV operators. From this, software works out where the operators are looking as they stare at each monitor - and the areas they have not been paying attention to. From this it creates a video of what they missed, for them and their bosses to watch at the end of their shift.

To make sure the summary can be watched as quickly as possible, Vural and Akgul have developed an algorithm that discards frames that show only the background with no people or moving vehicles in them, to leave only a few key frames for each scene of interest. Vural says the system runs on a standard PC and processes the images in real time, so the summary frames are ready to browse, like a fast-motion flip book, at the end of the shift.

Privacy campaigners may enjoy the irony if the gaze-tracking system comes to be regarded as intrusive by CCTV operators - who could fear that employers will use it to dispense with their services if they consistently miss too much on-screen skulduggery.

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http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20227055.400-raindrops-splash-before-they-hit-the-ground.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news

Raindrops splash before they hit the ground

WHEN does a raindrop splash? Surprisingly, the process begins before it makes contact.

A liquid drop hitting a surface often flattens into a thin sheet that then bounces to form a crown shape. Previous experiments have suggested the surrounding air plays a role: a droplet doesn't splash so easily when the air pressure is low, instead spreading out into a thin pancake.

Shreyas Mandre of Harvard University and colleagues ran computer simulations of liquid drops hitting a solid surface, accounting for factors such as air pressure and the drop's surface tension. Their results showed that a typical raindrop - roughly 2 millimetres wide and travelling at a few metres per second - compresses air in front of it a few microseconds before hitting a solid surface. This creates an air cushion that causes the raindrop to flatten and spread out, which the team believe would be less likely if the drop was striking a higher friction surface, and may help the splash evolve into a crown (Physical Review Letters, vol 102, p 134502).


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http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/009791.html


Coming Soon: TED Open Translation Project

TED has already proven itself an invaluable resource in the English-speaking world. Now it's about to unveil a new project that will catapult its archive of mind-bending talks to a new global public. Through the TED Open Translation Project, volunteers will be able to translate approved transcripts of their favorite talks into their native language. Approved translations will become available to the public – free as always – as subtitles to accompany each talk.


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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1170663/The-tiniest-piece-celery-leave-gasping-breath-Rising-number-children-allergic-fruit-veg.html

Rising number of children allergic to fruit and veg

Soaring numbers of children are being diagnosed with allergies to fruit and vegetables.

Doctors have seen the numbers rise by as much as five times in some areas of the country, putting children at risk of asthma.

Experts fear the rising tide of intolerance to fruit and veg could be the new peanut allergy, which affects one in 50 children.


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http://www.911blogger.com/node/19824

The Poppy Palace

Connect the dots. According to the UN's latest report, under U.S. occupation 92% of the world's opium production comes from Afghan poppies. Most of the heroin going to Europe is manufactured in or transits Turkey. The exact value to Turkey of its heroin exports is unknown but experts estimate a range in the tens of billions of dollars per year. The neocons helped establish and remain closely associated with Turkish lobbying efforts in the U.S. The question is, then: does the seamy side of Turkish influence peddling involve, among other things, money laundering, narcotics trafficking, espionage, bribery of U.S. officials, nuclear proliferation, and aid to terrorist front groups (not to mention whatever motivated the previous administration to invade Afghanistan)? Put differently, how and to what extent has the Turkish "deep state" joined forces with the American "deep state"? To consider some of these questions, and others, I turned to Sibel Edmonds, the renowned whistleblower. It was great to talk with Sibel and I have the highest regard for her courage and principled stand. Total runtime an hour and sixteen minutes. A cover-up is not the answer!


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http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/04/26/black-and-white-fractals-that-capture-creativity/

Black and White Fractals That Capture Creativity

<img src="http://media1.smashingmagazine.com/images/black-white-fractals/im1.jpg">


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http://europebusines.blogspot.com/2009/04/mexican-swine-flu-advanced-biowar-event.html

Mexican Swine Flu
An Advanced Biowar Event
That Will Be Bigger Than 9/11

On 23 rd April 2009 the world began to become aware of a very strange new version of swine flu H1N1 in Mexico with limited cases in Texas and California. By the morning of the 24th of April, we began to hear that there were hundreds of sick and 20 or so dead. By late in the day, we have learned that over 1,000 are now reported ill and over 60 are reported dead. There are solid reasons to suspect that this new Mexican Swine Flu is NOT a naturally occurring event but instead is an Advanced Biological Warfare recombination DNA genetically engineered virus.

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http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/04/2012storms


Entitled "Severe Space Weather Events — Understanding Societal and Economic Impacts," it describes the consequences of solar flares unleashing waves of energy that could disrupt Earth’s magnetic field, overwhelming high-voltage transformers with vast electrical currents and short-circuiting energy grids. Such a catastrophe would cost the United States "$1 trillion to $2 trillion in the first year," concluded the panel, and "full recovery could take 4 to 10 years." That would, of course, be just a fraction of global damages.

Good-bye, civilization.

Worse yet, the next period of intense solar activity is expected in 2012, and coincides with the presence of an unusually large hole in Earth’s geomagnetic shield. But the report received relatively little attention, perhaps because of 2012’s supernatural connotations. Mayan astronomers supposedly predicted that 2012 would mark the calamitous "birth of a new era."

Whether the Mayans were on to something, or this is all just a chilling coincidence, won’t be known for several years. But according to Lawrence Joseph, author of "Apocalypse 2012: A Scientific Investigation into Civilization’s End," "I’ve been following this topic for almost five years, and it wasn’t until the report came out that this really began to freak me out."

Wired.com talked to Joseph and John Kappenman, CEO of electromagnetic damage consulting company MetaTech, about the possibility of geomagnetic apocalypse — and how to stop it.


"...Joseph: The chair of the NASA workshop was Dan Baker at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics. Some of his comments, and the comments he approved in the report, are very strong about the potential connection between coronal mass ejections and power grids here on Earth. There’s a direct relationship between how technologically sophisticated a society is and how badly it could be hurt. That’s the meta-message of the report.

I had the good fortune last week to meet with John Kappenman at MetaTech. He took me through a meticulous two-hour presentation about just how vulnerable the power grid is, and how it becomes more vulnerable as higher voltages are sent across it. He sees it as a big antenna for space weather outbursts.

Wired.com: Why is it so vulnerable?

Joseph: Ultra-high voltage transformers become more finicky as energy demands are greater. Around 50 percent already can’t handle the current they’re designed for. A little extra current coming in at odd times can slip them over the edge.

The ultra-high voltage transformers, the 500,000- and 700,000-kilovolt transformers, are particularly vulnerable. The United States uses more of these than anyone else. China is trying to implement some million-kilovolt transformers, but I’m not sure they’re online yet.

Kappenman also points out that when the transformers blow, they can’t be fixed in the field. They often can’t be fixed at all. Right now there’s a one- to three-year lag time between placing an order and getting a new one.

According to Kappenman, there’s an as-yet-untested plan for inserting ground resistors into the power grid. It makes the handling a little more complicated, but apparently isn’t anything the operators can’t handle. I’m not sure he’d say these could be in place by 2012, as it’s difficult to establish standards, and utilities are generally regulated on a state-by-state basis. You’d have quite a legal thicket. But it still might be possible to get some measure of protection in by the next solar climax.

Wired.com: Why can’t we just shut down the grid when we see a storm coming, and start it up again afterwards?

Joseph: Power grid operators now rely on one satellite called ACE, which sits about a million miles out from Earth in what’s called the gravity well, the balancing point between sun and earth. It was designed to run for five years. It’s 11 years old, is losing steam, and there are no plans to replace it.

ACE provides about 15 to 45 minutes of heads-up to power plant operators if something’s coming in. They can shunt loads, or shut different parts of the grid. But to just shut the grid off and restart it is a $10 billion proposition, and there is lots of resistance to doing so. Many times these storms hit at the north pole, and don’t move south far enough to hit us. It’s a difficult call to make, and false alarms really piss people off. Lots of money is lost and damage incurred. But in Kappenman’s view, and in lots of others, this time burnt could really mean burnt..."


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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/scienceandtechnology/scienceandtechnologypicturegall/5055210/Hubbles-greatest-hits-Hubble-space-telescope-images.html

Hubble's greatest hits: Hubble space telescope images


<img src="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/telegraph/multimedia/archive/01372/cats-eye_1372974i.jpg">


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http://gizmodo.com/5229314/follow-the-swine-flu-in-real-time-with-google-maps

Follow the Swine Flu Pandemic in Real Time With Google Maps

<img src="http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/gizmodo/2009/04/influenza.jpg">


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westcliffe - Apr 28, 2009 8:15 pm (#2981 of 2981) Reply

Here are a couple of links I found about them just by typing "earthship homes westcliffe colorado" into google. Lots more.

http://hostmylistings.com/portal/propertydetail.php/CO/Westcliffe/486947/THINK_OUTSIDE_THE_BOX!_A_UNIQUE__EARTHSHIP-BUILT_HOME_ON_A_BEAUTIF.html

http://www.sustainableways.org/Page.aspx?PageID=2427 http://pinkhammer.blogspot.com/2006/06/finish-plaster.html

http://localism.com/blog/tx/posts/341963/Sustainable-lifestyle-the-earthship


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http://cryptogon.com/?p=8247


What Do You Call it When a Four-Week Civil Contingency Exercise, to Prepare for a Flu Pandemic, Has to Be Cancelled Due to the Outbreak of a Flu Pandemic? A “Sheer Coincidence”


April 27th, 2009

This was in the Scotsman last week: Rehearsal of Flu Pandemic Set to Begin:

A FOUR-WEEK exercise to prepare Scotland for a flu pandemic is to start next week, it was announced yesterday.

The Scottish Government will be running the emergency exercise, called Cauld Craw, involving health boards, the ambulance services and other organisations who will be key to managing a severe outbreak of flu.

For several years experts have warned it is only a matter of time before a flu pandemic arrives.

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said: “Although there has been no change to the level of risk of a flu pandemic, an outbreak has been identified as one of the main risks Scotland could face.

Exercise Cauld Craw will test how ready we are and help us strengthen our plans for the future.”

And now…

Via: Times Online:

Ms Sturgeon also disclosed today that Cauld Craw - a four-week civil contingency exercise involving hospitals, ambulance services and other agencies to prepare the country for an eventual flu pandemic had been delayed because of the swine flu outbreak.

She told the Good Morning Scotland programme that Cauld Craw - Scots for Cold Throat - had been due “by sheer coincidence” to start this morning. “Obviously that has now been suspended,” she said.

alkemical
04-30-2009, 10:34 AM
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http://cryptogon.com/?p=8242


Baxter International Wants to Make Swine Flu Vaccine
April 27th, 2009

Most people have already forgotten about this, or never knew about it in the first place: Baxter International “Unintentionally” Sent Flu Samples to Companies that Contained H5N1 Avian Flu.

And now back to our regularly scheduled programming.

Via: Chicago Sun Times:

Deerfield-based Baxter International Inc. has requested a sample of the swine flu virus so it can try to develop a vaccine.

Baxter spokesman Christopher Bona said the company has expertise in pandemic planning, research and development and manufacturing to rapidly develop potential flu vaccines.

“So when Baxter learned about the swine flu outbreak, the company requested a virus sample from the World Health Organization,” he said.

Baxter isn’t the only vaccine maker taking initial steps toward making shots against swine flu. GlaxoSmithKline Plc, based in London, has had conversations with WHO as well.

Bona said it’s premature to give any kind of time frame on how long it might take Baxter to develop a potential swine flu vaccine. But the company’s cell-based vaccine technology enables it to produce or manufacture vaccines in about half the time as conventional methods that use eggs. That effectively cuts production time to roughly 13 weeks from 26 weeks, once a vaccine is developed, he said.

Baxter has been developing a vaccine to protect against a potential bird flu pandemic. The vaccine, called Celvapan has received approval in Europe and is in clinical trials in the United States. Governments around the world have pandemic planning programs with Baxter. Some have stockpiled Celvapan or contracted to receive the vaccine if a bird flu pandemic breaks out.

Other companies that make flu vaccines include Novartis AG, of Basel, Switzerland, and Sanofi-Aventis SA, of Paris.


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http://cryptogon.com/?p=8272

Container of Swine Virus Explodes on Swiss Train
April 28th, 2009

Via: Reuters:

A container of flu virus samples packed in dry ice exploded on a Swiss train, injuring one person but posing no other risks to humans, police said on Tuesday. Skip related content

The box held vials of swine flu virus, although a different strain than the H1N1 variety that has caused about 150 deaths in Mexico and infected people in the United States, Canada, Spain and Britain.

A technician was transporting the container on Monday night to the Swiss national flu centre in Geneva, where scientists are developing a flu test for humans, police said.

One woman was hurt when the box exploded in reaction to the dry ice used to keep the samples cold.

After consulting virus specialists, the police decided to stop the St. Gallen to Geneva train before it entered the station in Lausanne.

The virus specialists confirmed that the samples being transported posed no risks to humans, police said.


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alkemical
04-30-2009, 12:35 PM
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17050-innovation-how-your-search-queries-can-predict-the-future.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news

Innovation: How your search queries can predict the future


Innovation is our new column that highlights the latest emerging technological ideas and where they may lead.

Real-time web search – which scours only the latest updates to services like Twitter – is currently generating quite a buzz because it can provide a glimpse of what people around the world are thinking or doing at any given moment. Interest in this kind of search is so great that, according to recent leaks, Google is considering buying Twitter.

The latest research from the internet search giant, though, suggests that real-time results could be even more powerful – they may reveal the future as well as the present.

Google researchers Hyunyoung Choi and Hal Varian combined data from Google Trends on the popularity of different search terms with models used by economists to predict trends in areas such as travel and home sales. The result? Better forecasts in almost every case.


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http://www.oddee.com/item_96656.aspx

10 Alien-Looking Places on Earth


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http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/mar/26/one-nation-seven-sins/



One nation, seven sins
Geographers measure propensity for evil in states, counties


We have all heard religious leaders lament that the United States has turned sinful and ungodly. But, where exactly is this happening? Geographers from Kansas State University have used a variety of statistical data to map wickedness in counties across the nation, giving us a better idea of which specific cities and towns are ripe for smiting from above.

The prevalence of each of the Seven Deadly Sins is mapped out separately; for instance, gluttony was measured by tallying the number of fast food restaurants per capita, lust by rates of STD infection, and sloth by comparing rates of expenditures on recreation with rates of employment. When all was told, the Deep South and Bible Belt, along with California, are where people live least biblically, while the Midwest would make Moses proud.


<img src="http://neatorama.cachefly.net/misscellania/lustmap.png">


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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8025886.stm

Invisibility cloak edges closer

Scientists have rendered objects invisible to near-infrared light.

Unlike previous such "cloaks", the new work does not employ metals, which introduce losses of light and result in imperfect cloaking.

Because the approach can be scaled down further in size, researchers say this is a major step towards a cloak that would work for visible light.

One of the research teams describes its miniature "carpet cloak" in the journal Nature Materials.

This "carpet" design was based on a theory first described by John Pendry, from Imperial College London, in 2008.

Michal Lipson and her team at Cornell University demonstrated a cloak based on the concept.


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http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20227062.100-unknown-internet-2-could-the-net-become-selfaware.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=tech


Unknown internet 2: Could the net become self-aware?


Yes, if we play our cards right - or wrong, depending on your perspective.

In engineering terms, it is easy to see qualitative similarities between the human brain and the internet's complex network of nodes, as they both hold, process, recall and transmit information. "The internet behaves a fair bit like a mind," says Ben Goertzel, chair of the Artificial General Intelligence Research Institute, an organisation inevitably based in cyberspace. "It might already have a degree of consciousness".

Not that it will necessarily have the same kind of consciousness as humans: it is unlikely to be wondering who it is, for instance. To Francis Heylighen, who studies consciousness and artificial intelligence at the Free University of Brussels (VUB) in Belgium, consciousness is merely a system of mechanisms for making information processing more efficient by adding a level of control over which of the brain's processes get the most resources. "Adding consciousness is more a matter of fine-tuning and increasing control... than a jump to a wholly different level," Heylighen says.

How might this manifest itself? Heylighen speculates that it might turn the internet into a self-aware network that constantly strives to become better at what it does, reorganising itself and filling gaps in its own knowledge and abilities.

If it is not already semiconscious, we could do various things to help wake it up, such as requiring the net to monitor its own knowledge gaps and do something about them. It shouldn't be something to fear, says Goertzel: "The outlook for humanity is probably better in the case that an emergent, coherent and purposeful internet mind develops."

Heylighen agrees, but warns that we might find it a little disappointing. "We probably would not notice a whole lot of a difference, initially," he says.

And when might this begin? According to Heylighen, it all depends on internet fashion trends. If the effort that has gone into developing social networking sites goes into developing internet consciousness, it could happen within a decade, he says.


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alkemical
04-30-2009, 01:48 PM
http://blog.ted.com/2009/04/coral_math.php

The beautiful math that links coral, crochet and hyperbolic geometry: Margaret Wertheim on TED.com

Margaret Wertheim leads a project to re-create the creatures of the coral reefs using a crochet technique invented by a mathematician -- celebrating the amazements of the reef, and deep-diving into the hyperbolic geometry underlying coral creation. (Recorded at TED2009, February 2009, in Long Beach, California. Duration: 15:34.)

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http://singularityhub.com/2009/04/29/transcendent-man-wows-at-tribeca-film-festival-premier/

Transcendent Man Wows At Tribeca Film Festival Premier

“Does God exist? Well, I would say, ‘Not yet.” —Ray Kurzweil, Transcendent Man, 2009

It’s not every documentary that predicts humanity will someday create and become God. Transcendent Man says it will happen in the next twenty years. A bold statement for a movie about a bold man. Barry Ptolemy’s Transcendent Man is a biopic of famed inventor, writer, and futurist Ray Kurzweil. Kurzweil is author of The Singularity is Near, a best-selling book describing humanity’s journey to becoming non-biological life.

Singularity Hub was at the Tribeca Film Festival debut of Transcendent Man, and the revealing panel discussion that followed. Whether you are new to the concept of ‘the singularity’, or whether you are a well-known authority on the subject, you will want to see this film.


http://transcendentman.com/

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http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg19726391.500-is-time-an-illusion.html?full=true


Is time an illusion?

IT IS the invisible presence that governs your world. Trailing you like an unshakeable shadow, it ticks and tocks incessantly - you can sense it in your heartbeat, in the rising and setting of the sun, and in your daily rush to make meetings, trains and deadlines. It brings order to our lives through the categories of past, present and future.

Time. There is nothing with which we are so familiar, and yet when you try to pin it down you find only a relentless torrent of questions. Why does time appear to flow? What makes it different from space? What exactly is it? It's enough to make your neurons misfire, then sizzle and smoke.

You are not alone. Physicists have long struggled to understand what time really is. In fact, they are not even sure it exists at all. In their quest for deeper theories of the universe, some researchers increasingly suspect that time is not a fundamental feature of nature, but rather an artefact of our perception. One group has recently found a way to do quantum physics without invoking time, which could help pave a path to a time-free "theory of everything". If correct, the approach suggests that time really is an illusion, and that we may need to rethink how the universe at large works.

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http://www.lifedivine.net/healing/how-god-changes-your-brain/


How God Changes Your Brain

"What we’re finding is that, if you engage in contemplative spiritual practice or meditation or prayer or even focusing intently on a positive thought and a positive affirmation, you can begin to make permanent changes in both the structure and the function of your brain in ways that enhance memory, cognition, awareness, consciousness, compassion, and it simultaneously suppresses the neuromechanisms in your brain that cause anxiety, depression, fear, anger and rage."

Sounds good doesn’t it, and here’s where the ‘unify our understanding of some of the aspects of religion and spirituality’ part comes in.

"what we’ve done is that we’ve distilled from all of the world’s religious traditions a set of 12 basic exercises that we have in Chapter 9, I believe, that anyone can do. And if you do these exercises for 12 minutes a day for eight weeks and we put you into a brain scan machine, we can show you that changes are being made in your brain that make all of the improvements that I just talked about."



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http://www.k2.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp/members/alvaro/Khronos/

The Khronos Projector is an interactive-art installation allowing people to explore pre-recorded movie content in an entirely new way. A classic video-tape allows a simple control of the reproducing process (stop, backward, forward, and elementary control on the reproduction speed). Modern digital players add little more than the possibility to perform random temporal jumps between image frames.

The goal of the Khronos Projector is to go beyond these forms of exclusive temporal control, by giving the user an entirely new dimension to play with: by touching the projection screen, the user is able to send parts of the image forward or backwards in time. By actually touching a deformable projection screen, shaking it or curling it, separate "islands of time" as well as "temporal waves" are created within the visible frame. This is done by interactively reshaping a two-dimensional spatio-temporal surface that "cuts" the spatio-temporal volume of data generated by a movie.

<img src="http://www.k2.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp/members/alvaro/Khronos/Images%20Demo/SequenceStrokeSpacetime.jpg">


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alkemical
05-01-2009, 07:45 AM
http://seedmagazine.com/content/article/the_body_politic/

The deep symbiosis between bacteria and their human hosts is forcing scientists to ask: Are we organisms or living ecosystems?

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20227061.300-sponge-larvae-your-unlikely-ancestors.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news

Sponge larvae: Your unlikely ancestors

alkemical
05-01-2009, 12:09 PM
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17064-quack-remedies-spread-by-virtue-of-being-useless.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news

Quack remedies spread by virtue of being useless


Contagious treatments

To understand why these quack medical treatments persist in the face of better proven remedies, Tanaka applied mathematical models used to measure evolutionary fitness to medical treatments.

His model accounted for factors including the rate of conversion to a treatment, the effectiveness of a treatment, the rate at which people abandon a treatment, the odds of recovering naturally, and the chances of dying. The model starts with a single person demonstrating a treatment – rubbish or not – and measures how many people are influenced to go on to give the treatment a try.

Under a wide range of conditions, quack treatments garnered more converts than proven hypothetical medicines that offer quicker recovery, Tanaka found. "The very fact that they don't work mean that people that use them stay sick longer" and demonstrate a treatment to more people, he says.

Bad treatments don't always win out. Recurring diseases are more likely to promote effective treatments than rare diseases because repeated demonstration weeds out bad treatments, Tanaka found.

alkemical
05-01-2009, 12:10 PM
http://www.alternet.org/story/139018/armed_revolt_in_the_obama_era_right-wing_gun_nuts_share_their_paranoid_worldview/


Armed Revolt in the Obama Era? Right-Wing Gun Nuts Share Their Paranoid Worldview

alkemical
05-01-2009, 12:12 PM
http://www.alternet.org/healthwellness/139243/what%27s_behind_the_epidemic_of_family-killings_could_it_be_anti-depressants_/

What's Behind the Epidemic of Family-Killings? Could it Be Anti-Depressants?


Economic stress is usually blamed, but a bunch of government-approved psychoactive drugs have proven homicidal and suicidal side effects.

alkemical
05-01-2009, 12:12 PM
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17059-brainjuggling-lets-dolphins-avoid-sleep-deprivation.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news

'Brain-juggling' lets dolphins avoid sleep deprivation


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http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17058-worlds-tiniest-lamp-spans-quantum-and-classical-physics.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news

The smallest ever incandescent lamp, made using a single carbon nanotube, has been created by physicists in the US. At 1.4 micrometres long and just 13 nanometres wide, the filament is invisible to the naked eye until it is switched on.

Chris Regan's team at the University of California, Los Angeles attached a palladium and gold electrode to each end of the carbon nanotube, which spans a tiny hole in a silicon chip and is held in a vacuum.

When electricity runs along the nanotube it heats up and begins to glow, releasing millions of photons every second, of which a few thousand reach the eye. "That makes the light relatively easy to see," says Regan. "Your eye is nearly single-photon sensitive." But it would make a poor reading lamp, he jokes.

alkemical
05-01-2009, 12:13 PM
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17060-first-dino-blood-extracted-from-ancient-bone.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news

First dino 'blood' extracted from ancient bone

alkemical
05-04-2009, 06:57 AM
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alkemical
05-07-2009, 10:41 AM
http://webecoist.com/2009/05/05/amazingly-beautiful-natural-caves/

10 Amazingly Beautiful Natural Caves

http://webecoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/montagetop1.jpg

alkemical
05-07-2009, 11:17 AM
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17090-sea-snake-generates-electricity-with-every-wave.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=tech

Sea 'snake' generates electricity with every wave

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alkemical
05-07-2009, 11:33 AM
Fifty years on, CP Snow's 'Two Cultures' are united in desperation (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/scienceandtechnology/5273453/Fifty-years-on-CP-Snows-Two-Cultures-are-united-in-desperation.html)


In a famous lecture 50 years ago, CP Snow warned that science and arts were becoming 'two cultures' - but the problem now is far, far worse

alkemical
05-07-2009, 11:36 AM
Ray Kurzweil: A singular view of the future (http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20227076.200-ray-kurzweil-a-singular-view-of-the-future.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=tech)


Can we outrun our current environmental problems to reach 2045?

Yes. The resources are much greater than they appear. We only have to capture 1 part in 10,000 of the sunlight to get all the energy we need. Nanotechnology is being applied to solar energy collection technology and that is scaling up at an exponential rate. Such new technologies are ultimately very inexpensive because they are subject to the law of accelerating returns.

What do you mean by the law of accelerating returns?

The power of ideas to change the world is accelerating and few people grasp the implications of that fully. People don't think exponentially, yet exponential change applies to anything that involves measuring information content. Take genetic sequencing. When the human genome project was announced in 1990, sceptics said: "No way you're going to do this in 15 years." Halfway through the project the sceptics were still going strong, saying you've only finished 1 per cent of the project. But that's actually right on schedule: by the time you get to 1 per cent you're only seven doublings away.

alkemical
05-07-2009, 11:46 AM
http://www.oddee.com/item_96663.aspx

10 Most Fascinating Castles and Palaces


<img src="http://63.134.213.184/_media/imgs/articles/a435_potala.jpg">

<img src="http://63.134.213.184/_media/imgs/articles/a435_michel.jpg">

alkemical
05-07-2009, 11:53 AM
http://seedmagazine.com/content/article/creation_on_command/

From Jackson Pollock to John Coltrane — how creativity springs from a choreographed set of mental events.

alkemical
05-07-2009, 12:04 PM
Is nature one mean mother? (http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2009/05/06/1924384.aspx)

Now University of Washington paleontologist Peter Ward has proposed an alternate theory that suggests Earth is set up to kill off life when it spreads too widely. Humans wouldn't be the first victims of this periodic biocide. The dinosaurs may have been killed off by an asteroid, he says, but during the planet's other mass extinctions, millions of species were done in by good old Mom.

"I hypothesize that life and its processes, together often referred to as 'Mother Nature,' was, is, and will be anything but a good mother to her many evolved and evolving species," Ward contends in his new book, "The Medea Hypothesis."

Gaia vs. Medea ... that sounds like the start of a philosophical catfight.

Ward, however, says he's not just trying to pick a fight with the 90-year-old Lovelock. "Most every scientist is trying to 'pick a fight' with another scientist," he told me today. "We try to do it in a collegial fashion. ... I'm trying to do science, but I'm also trying to point out that there has never been opposition in a formal sense - it's been Gaia, Gaia, nothing but Gaia."

alkemical
05-07-2009, 02:27 PM
http://www.wunderkabinett.co.uk/damndata/index.php?/archives/1781-Crazy-sickness-spreads.html

Monday, May 4. 2009
"Crazy sickness" spreads

Back in late March we looked at the outbreak of "crazy sickness" in Nicaragua. Since then it appears it has not only spread but taken on aspects that we've seen elsewhere (infecting schools and in particular targeting young woman) and has acquired strange new claims.

alkemical
05-07-2009, 02:27 PM
http://www.scientificblogging.com/daytime_astronomer/jupiter_ignites

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alkemical
05-08-2009, 08:47 AM
http://www.thememoryhole.org/2009/03/bailout-transparency/

Bailout transparency

By Russ Kick at 6 March, 2009, 1:34 pm

OpenTheGovernment.org has a fantastic section tracking what we know and don’t know about the financial bailout. You’ll find news, documents, links to sites, and more. The Treasury Dept & Federal Reserve are currently fighting court battles in order to keep details of the bailout secret.

See also: ProPublica’s Show Me the TARP Money and Subsidyscope’s Financial Bailout Project.

{EDIT: Added Subsidyscope link at 5:30 PM}

alkemical
05-08-2009, 08:53 AM
http://www.thememoryhole.org/2009/03/obama-and-biden-chipped-or/

New Yorker: Obama & Biden chipped or wearing tracking devices?

While profiling White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel for The New Yorker, Ryan Lizza saw something interesting in Emanuel’s office. It’s mentioned only in passing:

Next to his computer monitor is a smaller screen that looks like a handheld G.P.S. device and tells Emanuel where the President and senior White House officials are at all times.

alkemical
05-08-2009, 08:57 AM
http://www.thememoryhole.org/2009/02/wikileaks-releases-6780/


Wikileaks Releases 6,780 Semi-secret CRS reports

By Russ Kick at 10 February, 2009, 3:07 pm

From Wikileaks:

Wikileaks has released nearly a billion dollars worth of quasi-secret reports commissioned by the United States Congress.

The 6,780 reports, current as of this month, comprise over 127,000 pages of material on some of the most contentious issues in the nation, from the U.S. relationship with Israel to the financial collapse. Nearly 2,300 of the reports were updated in the last 12 months, while the oldest report goes back to 1990. The release represents the total output of the Congressional Research Service (CRS) electronically available to Congressional offices. The CRS is Congress’s analytical agency and has a budget in excess of $100M per year.

Although all CRS reports are legally in the public domain, they are quasi-secret because the CRS, as a matter of policy, makes the reports available only to members of Congress, Congressional committees and select sister agencies such as the GAO.

alkemical
05-08-2009, 08:58 AM
http://www.thememoryhole.org/2009/01/psyops-proposed-leaflets-for-iraq/

Psyops: Proposed Leaflets for Iraq


<img src="http://www.thememoryhole.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/iraq-leaflets02.jpg">

alkemical
05-08-2009, 10:52 AM
<a href="http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17071-bacteria-take-fantastic-voyage-through-bloodstream.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news">Bacteria take fantastic voyage through bloodstream </a>

Canadian engineers have sent swimming magnetic bacteria through the bloodstreams of rats. The work is a step towards the team's goal of harnessing them as drug mules steered through human bodies using magnetic fields.



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alkemical
05-08-2009, 10:56 AM
<a href="http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17079-farmers-crops-keeping-us-cool.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news"> Farmers' crops keeping US cool </a>

While cities create a warm bubble known as the urban heat island, most farms have an opposite chilling effect. This "cool farms factor" has lessened the effects of global warming across the entire continental US, and could continue to do so, suggests new research.

It also suggests projects that plant trees to cool the planet need to be approached with caution.

Fields can lower temperatures in two ways: by using solar energy to evaporate water – in a similar way to a person cooling down by sweating – and by reflecting more solar energy out into space than darker vegetation such as forests – a phenomenon known as the albedo effect.

In 2007, Céline Bonfils and David Lobell of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California found that for much of the 20th century, temperatures in irrigated parts of California's Central Valley were up to 1.6 °C cooler than modestly irrigated regions. This suggested that increased evaporation in the well-watered areas was responsible for the cooling.

alkemical
05-08-2009, 11:03 AM
<a href="http://www.physorg.com/news160928968.html"> THEMIS: 'Singing' electrons help create and destroy 'killer' electrons</a>

Killer electrons are born within Earth's natural radiation belts, called the Van Allen belts after their discoverer, James Van Allen. Killer electrons are mostly found in the outer belt, which over the equator begins approximately 8,000 miles above Earth and tapers off about 28,000 miles high.

The high-speed electrons pose a threat to satellites in or near the outer belt -- those in medium-level and higher (geosynchronous) orbits -- like the Global Positioning System and most communications satellites. They are known as "killer" electrons because they can penetrate a spacecraft's sensitive electronics and cause short circuits.

"This discovery is important to understand the physical processes that shape the radiation belts, so that one day we will be able to predict the moment-by-moment evolution of the radiation belts and be in a position to safeguard satellites in these regions, or astronauts passing through them on the way to the moon or other destinations in the solar system," said Dr. Jacob Bortnik of the University of California, Los Angeles, lead author of a paper on this research appearing May 8 in Science.

gyldenlove
05-08-2009, 11:20 AM
http://www.oddee.com/item_96663.aspx

10 Most Fascinating Castles and Palaces


<img src="http://63.134.213.184/_media/imgs/articles/a435_potala.jpg">

<img src="http://63.134.213.184/_media/imgs/articles/a435_michel.jpg">

Those castles and fortresses are a testament to the goods of slave labour. You could never build anything that awesome and wicked today, the unionists have put a stop to that.

Punisher
05-08-2009, 11:21 AM
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http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/mar/26/one-nation-seven-sins/



One nation, seven sins
Geographers measure propensity for evil in states, counties


We have all heard religious leaders lament that the United States has turned sinful and ungodly. But, where exactly is this happening? Geographers from Kansas State University have used a variety of statistical data to map wickedness in counties across the nation, giving us a better idea of which specific cities and towns are ripe for smiting from above.

The prevalence of each of the Seven Deadly Sins is mapped out separately; for instance, gluttony was measured by tallying the number of fast food restaurants per capita, lust by rates of STD infection, and sloth by comparing rates of expenditures on recreation with rates of employment. When all was told, the Deep South and Bible Belt, along with California, are where people live least biblically, while the Midwest would make Moses proud.


<img src="http://neatorama.cachefly.net/misscellania/lustmap.png">


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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8025886.stm




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very interesting

alkemical
05-08-2009, 11:25 AM
Those castles and fortresses are a testament to the goods of slave labour. You could never build anything that awesome and wicked today, the unionists have put a stop to that.

Dubia does alright with building islands and stuff.

But hey, i'm not going to tell you that i think slavery is a bad thing...

alkemical
05-08-2009, 01:49 PM
http://www.physorg.com/news160911231.html

Post-Quantum Correlations: Exploring the Limits of Quantum Nonlocality

alkemical
05-08-2009, 01:57 PM
http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2009/05/underground-cities-and-bunkers-living.html

Underground Cities and Bunkers: Living Down Below

<img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_hVOW2U7K4-M/SgNuoZg-AFI/AAAAAAABAoQ/EspwShBzhRU/s800/ykuetyjfynjcgcv.jpg">

alkemical
05-08-2009, 02:01 PM
<a href="http://www.chycho.com/?q=Internet"> Three Must See Presentations: Power of the Internet and Why Our Governments Are Trying to Control It</a>

Avatar http://www.chycho.com

Posted by salviad 5 days ago View profile

There is a very good possibility that the World War III option is an attempt to control the Internet by eliminating Net Neutrality and online free speech. It appears that the boundaries set between countries through treaties are vanishing due to the exponential dissemination of information through the Net. This is in conflict with the wishes of the oligarchy who are willing to do anything to maintain control.


<img src="http://www.chycho.com/images/Internet_blackholes_en7b_thumb.jpg">

The attack on the Internet is three-pronged, it involves bandwidth throttling by ISP’s, Internet censorship by governments, and the oligarchy trying to prevent Network Neutrality.

Click this 2008 map to enlarge and compare it with the up (on site)

alkemical
05-08-2009, 02:04 PM
<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/22/AR2009042204036.html"> What If You Could Move Objects With Your Mind? Well, That Time Has Come. </a>

Just like Yoda levitated Luke's X-Wing Fighter, a new Mattel toy raises a ping-pong ball using only the power of your mind. (Small wireless headsets convert your brain's electrical activity into a wireless signal.)

But that's only the beginning. Government-financed projects are investigating mechanical hands, arms, and legs controlled by the nervous system. Though NeuroSky's hardware is used in "The Force Trainer," they're marketing their brain-wave sensors to the healthcare industry, with applications in education and even the automotive industry.

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alkemical
05-08-2009, 02:11 PM
<a href="CIA's Kryptos -Does it Hold The Key to the Sequel to "The Da Vinci Code"?"> CIA's Kryptos -Does it Hold The Key to the Sequel to "The Da Vinci Code"?</a>


Daily Galaxy: One of the few uncracked codes at the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Langley, Virginia is found in Kryptos, a wonder of technology, a sculpture sitting in a sunny corner of the headquarters courtyard.

"EMUFPHZLRFAXYUSDJKZLDKRNSHGNFIVJ" is the first line of the Kryptos sculpture, a 10-foot-tall, S-shaped copper scroll perforated with 3-inch-high letters spelling out words in code resembling a piece of paper emerging from a computer printer. Completed 15 years ago, Kryptos, which is Greek for "hidden," at first attracted interest from government code breakers who deciphered the easier parts without announcing their findings publicly.

The main sculpture is made of red granite, red and green slate, white quartz, petrified wood, lodestone and copper, and is located in the northwest corner of the headquarters courtyard. The characters consist of the 26 letters of the standard alphabet and question marks cut out of the copper. This "inscription" contains four separate enigmatic messages, each apparently encrypted with a different cipher.

Mystery lovers around the world have joined members of the national-security establishment in trying to crack the rest. So far, neither amateurs nor pros have been able to crack the code.

<img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c6/Pd_cia_krypt-lg.jpg">

alkemical
05-08-2009, 02:13 PM
<a href="http://www.disinfo.com/content/story.php?title=New-Video-Game%E2%80%99s-Objective-Stop-Spread-Christianity-Islam"> New Video Game’s Objective: Stop the Spread of Christianity and Islam </a>

Lindsey Ward, WSLS TV: A video image released by the computer game’s creator showing an injured man may
not appear to be graphic, but you may change your mind once
you know who it is. It’s the Islamic prophet Muhammad. The new game, not yet released, is giving a voice to the atheist community, that’s according to the game’s creator, a University of Virginia graduate student. He wouldn’t release his name, for fear of his safety.

“Atheists have never really had anything to speak for them like this. It’s the general atheist premise that the world might be a better place without some of those religions,” explained the
creator of the game.

The object of the game is to stop the spread of Christianity and Islam by murdering Abraham and the authors of the Bible, before beheading Muhammad. “This really just mirrors, you know, a lot of violence that we see,” explained the creator.

Barkley Thompson is a Reverend at Saint John’s Episcopal Church in downtown Roanoke. After hearing about the game and seeing its images he says it’s a sign of the times. “I think that the images speak of a culture that as become obsessed with violence, I think that it is true in all demographics, but it seems to me particularly true of younger age groups,” said Thompson.

However, the game’s creator argues the game is not just violent and it has a message to young players, helping them imagine a time when the world’s two largest religions were new and less organized. “It’s the idea of being able to go back in time and sort of nipping the problem in the bud,” said the game’s creator.

alkemical
05-08-2009, 02:20 PM
<a href="http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17092-possible-site-of-free-will-found-in-brain.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news"> Possible site of free will found in brain </a>

Free will, or at least the place where we decide to act, is sited in a part of the brain called the parietal cortex, new research suggests.

When a neurosurgeon electrically jolted this region in patients undergoing surgery, they felt a desire to, say, wiggle their finger, roll their tongue or move a limb. Stronger electrical pulses convinced patients they had actually performed these movements, although their bodies remained motionless.

"What it tells us is there are specific brain regions that are involved in the consciousness of your movement," says Angela Sirigu (pdf format), a neuroscientist at the CNRS Cognitive Neuroscience Centre in Bron, France, who led the study.

alkemical
05-11-2009, 11:38 AM
http://renegadefuturist.com/archives/2009/05/10/the-netherlands-paradox-capitalism-and-socialism/


The Netherlands Paradox - Capitalism and Socialism



http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/03/magazine/03european-t.html?_r=2&scp=1&sq=going%20dutch&st=cse


Going Dutch

alkemical
05-11-2009, 01:44 PM
<a href="http://webecoist.com/2009/05/10/garbage-to-green-10-landfills-turned-into-nature-preserves/"> Garbage to Green: 10 Landfills Turned into Nature Preserves </a>

<img src="http://webecoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/header3.jpg">

Landfills are among the most notorious pieces of real estate in the world. Even a hardcore recycler is still directly or indirectly responsible for creating trash that will find its way to a landfill. It is a side effect of modern human life. But landfills don’t have to remain steaming heaps of smelly rubbish. Take these ten former trash heaps that are now characterized by abundant green and diverse wildlife.

alkemical
05-11-2009, 01:46 PM
http://dsc.discovery.com/news/slideshows/da-vinci-face.html

The Face of Da Vinci: An Enduring Mystery

alkemical
05-11-2009, 01:47 PM
This is a good one to pay attention to - it reflects other articles i posted about solar flares and the interference they cause, as well as the "killshot" that would take out satellites.


http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2009/05/08/sun-sunspots.html

Warning: Sunspot Cycle Beginning to Rise

alkemical
05-11-2009, 01:48 PM
http://www.thirteen.org/sites/reel13/blog/watch-sita-sings-the-blues-online/347/

Watch “Sita Sings the Blues” online
Thursday, February 26th, 2009 at 6:57 pm

Sita is a goddess separated from her beloved Lord and husband Rama. Nina is an animator whose husband moves to India, then dumps her by e-mail. Three hilarious shadow puppets narrate both ancient tragedy and modern comedy in this beautifully animated interpretation of the Indian epic Ramayana. Set to the 1920’s jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw, Sita Sings the Blues earns its tagline as “The Greatest Break-Up Story Ever Told.”

alkemical
05-11-2009, 01:50 PM
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20227073.700-planck-the-future-of-probing-the-past.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news

Planck: The future of probing the past

During inflation, quantum fluctuations in space-time were extended to cosmological scales: by the time the CMB was released, these fluctuations had led to variations in the distribution of matter across the universe. Denser regions of the universe produced CMB photons slightly colder than average, and vice versa.

Planck will create the sharpest possible map of all the CMB's anisotropies, and will arguably provide the final word on their distribution (see "computer simulation, above right"). "It is the Everest excuse - we are going to get everything because it's there," says cosmologist Andrew Jaffe of Imperial College London.

By measuring these temperature variations accurately, cosmologists can calculate parameters such as the curvature of space-time, and the contribution of dark energy, dark matter and normal matter to the distribution of mass and energy in the universe. Planck will slash the uncertainties in the values of these parameters to less than 1 per cent. "In terms of the information that is available to do cosmology, Planck is about 15 times better than WMAP," says Jan Tauber, Planck's project scientist at ESA's offices in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.

alkemical
05-11-2009, 02:02 PM
http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/air_space/4316464.html

When Comets Attack: Solving the Mystery of the Biggest Natural Explosion in Modern History
On the morning of June 30, 1908, the sky exploded over a remote region of central Siberia. A fireball as powerful as hundreds of Hiroshima atomic blasts scorched through the upper atmosphere, burning nearly 800 square miles of land. Scientists today think a small fragment of a comet or asteroid caused the "Tunguska event," so named for the Tunguska river nearby. Now, a controversial new scientific study suggests that a chunk of a comet caused the 5-10 megaton fireball, bouncing off the atmosphere and back into orbit around the sun. The scientists have even identified a candidate Tunguska object—now more than 100 million miles away—that will pass close to Earth again in 2045. Is there a hidden, but powerful, danger inside the seemingly harmless comet?

alkemical
05-11-2009, 02:03 PM
http://estimateofthesituation.blogspot.com/2009/05/warp-speed-possible.html

Source and Credit: Baylor University

Two Baylor University scientists have come up with a new method to cause a spaceship to effectively travel faster than the speed of light, without breaking the laws of physics.

Dr. Gerald Cleaver, associate professor of physics at Baylor, and Richard Obousy, a Baylor graduate student, theorize that by manipulating the extra spatial dimensions of string theory around a spaceship with an extremely large amount of energy, it would create a "bubble" that could cause the ship to travel faster than the speed of light. To create this bubble, the Baylor physicists believe manipulating the 10th spatial dimension would alter the dark energy in three large spatial dimensions: height, width and length. Cleaver said positive dark energy is currently responsible for speeding up the expansion rate of our universe as time moves on, just like it did after the Big Bang, when the universe expanded much faster than the speed of light for a very brief time.

"Think of it like a surfer riding a wave," said Cleaver, who co-authored the paper with Obousy about the new method. "The ship would be pushed by the spatial bubble and the bubble would be traveling faster than the speed of light."

alkemical
05-11-2009, 02:13 PM
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123966767906515339.html

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123966767906515339.html#project%3DSLIDESHOW08%26 s%3DSB123966359269314997%257Csection%253DWORLD%26a rticleTabs%3Dslideshow


Hong Kong Christens an Ark of Biblical Proportions
The First Built as Big as Noah's, It Joins a Global Regatta of Replicas

alkemical
05-11-2009, 02:20 PM
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/04/090429-stress-map-kentucky-picture.html

U.S. Mood Map: Kentucky Saddest, Hawaii Gladdest?

<img src="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/04/images/090429-stress-map-kentucky-picture_big.jpg">

alkemical
05-11-2009, 02:22 PM
http://www.spaceinvading.com/entry/project_id/Selgas_Cano_Architecture_Office200904301241133189

<img src="http://www.spaceinvading.com/bookmarklet/Images/resized/3004091241133192564970563_selgascanooffice2553.jpg">

alkemical
05-11-2009, 02:23 PM
that's an office building merged with a forest.

alkemical
05-18-2009, 02:03 PM
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http://www.military-heat.com/91/p791-hybrid-airship-project/

P-791 hybrid airship project

January 31, 2006 marked the maiden flight of the P-791 experimental hybrid airship. Developed by Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Development Programs aka Skunk Works, the P-791 hybrid airship was flight tested at Lockheed Martin’s flight test facility on the Palmdale Air Force Plant 42.

The United States Department of Defense is interested in the development of an airship capable of transporting heavy loads, 500-1000 tons of cargo, up to 12,000 nautical miles. Such designs have been announced by DARPA ( Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency ). The Walrus HULA ( Hybrid Ultra Large Aircraft ) is an example of such an aircraft. A small scale version of the Walrus is scheduled to fly this year with a 40,000 pounds payload.

Skunk Works managed to test fly the P-791 two years earlier. Although just a testbed for future development, P-791 successors can be used in the future for a number of applications such as delivery of fighting units in a theater of operations or as a weapons/sensor/communications platform capable of operating for long periods of time. The test flight was just a short traffic circuit around the Palmdale Air Force Plant 42 airport and Lockheed did not want to comment the flight.

Airships have great potential for transporting cargo but their use has declined after a series of accidents, one of the most famous of which was the 1937 Hindenburg disaster. Another reason for their decline is the delicate ground handling and relatively high vulnerability to meteorological conditions.The P-791 is an independent research and development program initiated by Skunk Works to better understand the capabilities and to try to solve the numerous problems faced by operating large airships.

alkemical
05-18-2009, 02:04 PM
http://www.forteantimes.com/features/articles/1302/lost_in_space.html

Lost in Space
What really happened to Russia's missing cosmonauts? An incredible tale of space hacking, espionage and death in the lonely reaches of space.

alkemical
05-18-2009, 02:05 PM
http://www.thisislichfield.co.uk/news/Cross-riddle-leads-new-Grail-quest/article-1000277-detail/article.html


Cross riddle at Shugborough leads to new Grail quest

alkemical
05-18-2009, 02:06 PM
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/05/090513-mexico-ritual-island.html

Ancient Elite Island With Pyramid Found in Mexico

alkemical
05-18-2009, 02:07 PM
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=1604193


Possible new dinosaur species found in Alberta

alkemical
05-18-2009, 02:08 PM
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/05/090515191558.htm

Andes Mountains Are Older Than Previously Believed

ScienceDaily (May 17, 2009) — The geologic faults responsible for the rise of the eastern Andes mountains in Colombia became active 25 million years ago—18 million years before the previously accepted start date for the Andes' rise, according to researchers at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, the University of Potsdam in Germany and Ecopetrol in Colombia.

alkemical
05-18-2009, 02:09 PM
http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2009/05/hubbles-secret.html

Is There a Milky-Way Galaxy/Earth Biodiversity Link? Experts Say "Yes"

alkemical
05-18-2009, 02:09 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/18/science/earth/18juneau.html?_r=1&ref=science

As Alaska Glaciers Melt, It’s Land That’s Rising

alkemical
05-18-2009, 02:10 PM
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/kryptos-and-dan-brown-inside-the-cias-code-of-secrecy-1686787.html


'Kryptos' and Dan Brown: Inside the CIA's code of secrecy

Artist Jim Sanborn thought his 'Kryptos' cypher at the CIA headquarters would be broken within weeks. But two decades later, it still guards its text. David Usborne reports on a mystery that has frustrated the world's best crypto-geeks

alkemical
05-18-2009, 02:11 PM
http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2009/05/pentagon-preps-soldier-telepathy-push/


Danger Room What’s Next in National Security
Pentagon Preps Soldier Telepathy Push

alkemical
05-18-2009, 02:13 PM
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/05/18/darpa_gps_backup_plan/

DARPA in useful, easily-achievable project shocker

System likely to actually work: Sackings expected


Renowned Pentagon crazytech agency DARPA, which normally wouldn't touch a piece of low-hanging fruit with a bargepole, has announced a new plan which seems strangely practical and achievable. The idea is to develop a backup for satnav location systems using radio "signals of opportunity".

DARPA refers to the plan as "Robust Surface Navigation" (RSN), making it clear that we aren't on about nuclear missiles, smart bombs or other such things which use satnav - just military units or systems down on the ground. In some situations, such as "urban canyons" or forest with dense overhead foliage, such users often struggle to get a decent fix using satnav.
Click here to find out more!

Hence DARPA would like it if US military navigation hardware could also sniff out other radio transmissions in the neighbourhood. These might be special nav beacons emplaced by US forces, but the scheme is aimed more at "radio emitters not originally intended for location and navigation (such as commercial communications satellites, commercial radio and television broadcast towers, or mobile telephone towers)", according to DARPA. It's intended "to counter localized jamming or global failure of the Global Positioning System (GPS) ... and to complement GPS capabilities in situations for which it was not intended".

The weird thing about this - in a DARPA context - is that it's fairly simple and do-able. Most mobile phones, using Google's free map software, can get some kind of fix - potentially a fairly decent one - by simply looking at the cell towers nearby. Any device equipped with Wi-Fi can tap into a database of MAC IDs and locations (http://www.skyhookwireless.com/howitworks/wps.php), and so get an idea where it is. Similar plans are eminently achievable using Bluetooth (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/09/19/bluetooth_talking_web_signs/) or other radio protocols.

alkemical
05-18-2009, 02:14 PM
http://noosphere.princeton.edu/

The Global Consciousness Project (GCP) is an international effort involving researchers from several institutions and countries, designed to explore whether the construct of interconnected consciousness can be scientifically validated through objective measurement. The project builds on excellent experiments conducted over the past 35 years at a number of laboratories, demonstrating that human consciousness interacts with random event generators (REGs), apparently "causing" them to produce non-random patterns. A description of the technical implementation is given under procedures.

The experimental results clearly show that a broader examination of this phenomenon is warranted. In recent work, prior to the Global Consciousness Project, an array of REG devices in Europe and the US showed non-random activity during widely shared experiences of deeply engaging events. For example, the funeral ceremonies for Princess Diana, and the international Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, created shared emotions and a coherence of consciousness that appeared to be correlated with structure in the otherwise random data. In the fully developed project, a world-spanning array of labile REG detectors is connected to computers running software to collect data and send it to a central server via the Internet. This network is designed to document and display any subtle, but direct effects of our collective consciousness reacting to global events. The research hypothesis predicts the appearance of coherence and structure in the globally distributed data collected during major events that engage the world population.

alkemical
05-21-2009, 01:48 PM
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alkemical
06-09-2009, 09:03 AM
cthulhu!!!!

http://dailygrail.com/node/7603

Over the weekend, an atmospheric scientist in Europe photographed something that resembled a giant luminous squid floating over a thundercloud in France. It was a strange form of lightning known as a "sprite":

<img src="http://spaceweather.com/swpod2009/07jun09/Oscar-van-der-Velde1.jpg?PHPSESSID=6g4l81ln54q7f3244a7a7setg5">

alkemical
06-09-2009, 09:17 AM
http://www.technovelgy.com/ct/Science-Fiction-News.asp?NewsNum=2334

AeroVironment's Stealthy, Persistent Perch and Stare UAVs got an additional $5.4 million in birdseed from DARPA. The intent is to develop the company's one-pound, 29-inch wingspan battery-powered Wasp unmanned system.

<img src="http://www.technovelgy.com/graphics/content09/Stealthy-Persistent-Perch-Stare.jpg">

alkemical
06-09-2009, 12:09 PM
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=seven-deadly-shrooms

[Slide Show] Seven Deadly 'Shrooms
Fungi hunters and hikers beware, here are seven super toxic mushrooms to avoid

alkemical
06-09-2009, 12:30 PM
http://blog.mises.org/archives/010099.asp

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Pirat Partiet!

June 9, 2009 4:19 AM by Justin Ptak | Other posts by Justin Ptak | Comments (8)

Sweden's Pirate Party has won entry to the European Parliament in Brussels in elections held Sunday.

The Pirate Party gained 7 percent of the Swedish votes and secured at least one of the 18 seats that Sweden holds in the parliament.

"Citizens have understood that it's time to pull the fist out of the pocket and that you can make a difference," Rick Falkvinge, leader and founder of the party, told the Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet, after the result of the elections were revealed. "We don't accept to be bugged by the government. People start to understand that the government is not always good."

The Pirate Party is focused on three main goals: "to fundamentally reform copyright law, get rid of the patent system, and ensure that citizens' rights to privacy are respected."

alkemical
06-09-2009, 12:33 PM
http://www.oddee.com/item_96703.aspx

10 Breathtaking Viewing Platforms around the World

<img src="http://208.106.191.145/_media/imgs/articles2/a96703_a460_iguazu.jpg">

alkemical
06-09-2009, 12:39 PM
http://www.scienceagogo.com/news/20090503225827data_trunc_sys.shtml

Biologically inspired, ultra-broadband chip could enable "cognitive" radio

Inspired by nature, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) engineers have designed and built a fast, ultra-broadband, low-power radio chip that could enable wireless devices capable of receiving cell phone, Internet, radio and television signals.

Associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, Rahul Sarpeshkar (left), and graduate student, Soumyajit Mandal, designed the chip to mimic the inner ear, or cochlea. The chip is faster than any human-designed radio-frequency spectrum analyzer and also operates at much lower power. "The cochlea quickly gets the big picture of what's going on in the sound spectrum," said Sarpeshkar. "The more I started to look at the ear, the more I realized it's like a super radio with 3,500 parallel channels."

alkemical
06-09-2009, 12:40 PM
http://www.scienceagogo.com/news/20090504215120data_trunc_sys.shtml

5 June 2009
Did population density create modern humans?

alkemical
06-09-2009, 12:41 PM
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20227115.800-stretched-neutrinos-could-span-the-universe.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news

Stretched neutrinos could span the universe

TALK about misnomers. It seems the particles that Enrico Fermi dubbed neutrinos, meaning "little neutral ones", might stretch across billions of light years.

The big bang produced huge numbers of "relic" neutrinos, which are quantum-mechanical superpositions of three different mass-energy states. In the early universe, all of these states would have moved at close to the speed of light. But according to calculations by George Fuller and Chad Kishimoto of the University of California, San Diego, as the universe expanded, the most massive of these states slowed down in the relic neutrinos, stretching them across the universe (Physical Review Letters, vol 102, p 201303).

This raises the possibility that only one of the neutrino's states could fall into a black hole. It's unclear what would happen to the others if this occurred, says Fuller.

alkemical
06-09-2009, 12:53 PM
http://scienceblogs.com/tetrapodzoology/2009/06/new_lake_champlain_footage.php

A 'lake monster' caught on film at Lake Champlain

Category: cryptozoology
Posted on: June 5, 2009 6:36 AM, by Darren Naish

The big buzz in the cryptozoology community right now concerns a piece of footage taken on May 31st 2009 at Oakledge Park in Burlington, Vermont, and on the shore of Lake Champlain. Lake Champlain is famous in the world of lake monster research as it's alleged to be home to a large, long-bodied animal of some sort: for a previous discussion see my article on the Mansi photo (easily the best known image purporting to show a large, unidentified animal in the lake). The new film was taken by Eric Olsen on his mobile phone: the original version is viewable here on youtube, but can no longer be embedded. Here is a stabilised version produced by John Donald Carlucci, also available via youtube. The footage, and the events behind and around it, have been extensively discussed by Loren Coleman at Cryptomundo, and as usual with events of this sort (e.g., Montauk monster) I'm coming in late to the game.

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alkemical
06-09-2009, 12:54 PM
http://ufocon.blogspot.com/2009/06/roswell-what-if-air-force-doesnt.html

Roswell: What if the Air Force Doesn't Actually Know? by Nick Redfern

alkemical
06-12-2009, 01:05 PM
http://www.walyou.com/blog/2009/05/19/ravage-transformer-usb-flash-drive/

<img src="http://www.walyou.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/transforming-flash-drive.jpg">

alkemical
06-12-2009, 01:06 PM
http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/worldview/090528/garden-photography

Full Frame: In a secret garden
Amid the symmetry, formal English and Italian gardens retain much mystery.

alkemical
06-12-2009, 01:12 PM
http://illusioncontest.neuralcorrelate.com/2009/the-break-of-the-curveball/

In baseball, a curveball creates a physical effect and a perceptual puzzle. The physical effect (the curve) arises because the ball’s rotation leads to a deflection in the ball’s path. The perceptual puzzle arises because the deflection is actually gradual but is often perceived as an abrupt change in direction (the break). Our illusions suggest that the perceived “break” may be caused by the transition from the central visual system to the peripheral visual system. Like a curveball, the spinning disks in the illusions appear to abruptly change direction when an observer switches from foveal to peripheral viewing.

alkemical
06-12-2009, 01:13 PM
http://www.yankodesign.com/2009/05/18/air-guitar-move-over-i-got-the-real-drums-to-compete/

Air Guitar Move Over, I Got The Real Drums To Compete

Oh how I envied Phil Collins when he sat behind the drums, crooning so sensually while his hands never missed a beat with the sticks! You folks may be the guitar freaks, but there are many of us who totally dig the Air Drum thing. Feeding our fantasy is this UFO shaped Electronic Drums by Petr Kubík. Designed for personal use, this electronic device sits neatly between your legs, more like a bongo, and reproduces magical beats when your hands strike its surface.

With each strike, the surface produces lighted impressions of your hand to highlight the effect. I can picture myself sitting in a dim-lit room, thumping this, beat for beat to the songs that I like, and the magical display of lights corresponding to my mood. This is music heaven!

<img src="http://www.yankodesign.com/images/design_news/2009/05/17/ufodrums.jpg">

alkemical
06-12-2009, 01:15 PM
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mshandro/2325728935/sizes/o/

alkemical
06-12-2009, 01:16 PM
The 10 Most Disturbing Books Of All Time (http://www.popcrunch.com/the-10-most-disturbing-books-of-all-time/)

alkemical
06-12-2009, 01:16 PM
http://www.artificialowl.net/2009/04/mexican-church-buried-by-lava-san-juan.html

<img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Q-PuSGjFHvY/SfOF5ghAItI/AAAAAAAAD7I/7gtfJfcabaM/s640/958456.jpg">

alkemical
06-12-2009, 01:18 PM
http://www.wunderkabinett.co.uk/damndata/index.php?/archives/1807-Return-of-the-Borg-UFO-cube-over-Muswell-Hill.html


<img src="http://www.wunderkabinett.co.uk/gallery/albums/userpics/10003/muswell_cube.jpg">

A while back Graylien did a piece on cubic UFOs. They are a pretty rare class of UFOs so it is interesting to hear of another report from actor Sam Lathem, which comes with a sketch like a schoolchild's version of something by Blake:


Muswell Hill's growing reputation as "Roswell Hill" for its mysterious night-sky activity has taken another alien turn with the latest UFO sighting.

Actor Sam Lathem was so spooked by the appearance of a large cube-shaped "ship" with orange lights erratically making its way across the sky he sketched an image of the floating object.

The 44-year-old, of Ellington Road, said: "What was really peculiar was it was a cube and had orange lights coming from underneath and it was such a close-up view.

"It was about the distance of a football pitch away and the size of a small truck. It slowed a bit and then suddenly went off again.

"It was really strange because there was no noise and you would have thought at that distance it would have woken up everybody on the street. It doesn't make any sense."

...

Other shock sightings reported in Muswell Hill in the past include a bright orange ball the size of a helicopter, and a silver two-pronged ship which whizzed across the sky.

alkemical
06-12-2009, 01:20 PM
http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/magazine/17-05/ff_guidestones

<img src="http://www.wired.com/images/article/magazine/1705/ff_guidestones_f.jpg">

American Stonehenge: Monumental Instructions for the Post-Apocalypse

alkemical
06-12-2009, 01:32 PM
http://www.disinfo.com/content/story.php?title=Shrooms-Bound-Bonnaroo-Seized-in-Murfreesboro-1

Nearly 35 pounds of Psilocybin (hallucinogenic) mushrooms baked into about 500 chocolate peanut butter cups were intercepted by Murfreesboro Police vice detectives before being sold at Bonnaroo music festival beginning Thursday in Manchester.

Vice detectives Wednesday raided the Kingwood Drive home of suspect Charles Culver, 22, and located the illegal drug with a street value of $10,000, said police spokesman Kyle Evans.

“We have seen an increase in LSD over the past several years and this is another form or substitute for that drug,” Evans said.

“The affects are hallucinogenic in nature, similar to LSD. They are very dangerous and there have been incidents of people dying the first time they used this drug.”

Origin of the mushrooms is not being disclosed.

alkemical
06-12-2009, 01:38 PM
http://gothamist.com/2009/06/04/luxury_condos_being_turned_into_hom.php

Luxury Condo Being Turned into Homeless Shelter

Instead of boarding up an unoccupied luxury condo in Crown Heights and letting it fall into disrepair, the owner has done the unthinkable: arranged to let homeless people live there. The new apartments, which were originally priced up to $350,000, seem pretty nice; one resident who moved in with his wife and two young daughters tells the Daily News, "When I first saw it, I was like, 'Damn, everything is brand new.' It has marble counters and marble floors in the bathrooms, too. I like the big kitchen. That's my favorite." Another new resident, an out-of-work truck driver from Miami who's living with his teenage son, crows, "The closet in the main room is so big you could put a twin bed in there." Lucky homeless!

Of course, some neighbors who go to work every day to pay obscene rent on their depressing dumps are livid; window salesman Desmond John gripes, "I'm a hardworking taxpayer, and I don't think homeless people should be living better than me. They said it's not for rent. It's a shelter. I was shocked." But developer Avi Shriki just had to go and interfere with the natural process of urban blight; he says that "when the market went south," he jumped at the chance to sign a 10-year contract with the Bushwick Economic Development Corp to turn the 67-unit building on East New York Ave into a shelter.

The city is paying about $2,700 a month for each apartment, which also covers social services like job counseling. Shriki says, "At least we still own the building and we are paying our mortgage, so that's good. The outcome is not as bad as some people I know who had to surrender the whole building to the bank." And as for the neighbors who now envy the homeless, one 18-year-old condo resident called "Boss" had this to say: "Just because a person fell out doesn't mean they don't deserve a place to stay." And it doesn't mean they don't deserve a master bedroom that extends into a ballroom, either!

alkemical
06-12-2009, 01:40 PM
http://www.abc15.com/content/news/southeastvalley/mesa/story/Home-burglarized-after-owner-twittered-he-was/Jq5LLx3ra0exDfw_pwFwOg.cspx

Home burglarized after owner 'twittered' he was leaving town

alkemical
06-12-2009, 01:44 PM
Congress, Obama Supporting Expanded Secrecy Law
from Disinfo.com by hypnos1
Glenn Greenwald, Salon.com: The White House is actively supporting a new bill jointly sponsored by Sens. Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman -- called The Detainee Photographic Records Protection Act of 2009 -- that literally has no purpose other than to allow the government to suppress any "photograph taken between September 11, 2001 and January 22, 2009 relating to the treatment of individuals engaged, captured, or detained after September 11, 2001, by the Armed Forces of the United States in operations outside of the United States." As long as the Defense Secretary certifies -- with no review possible -- that disclosure would "endanger" American citizens or our troops, then the photographs can be suppressed even if FOIA requires disclosure. The certification lasts 3 years and can be renewed indefinitely. The Senate passed the bill as an amendment last week. What kind of a country passes a law that has no purpose other than to empower its leader to suppress evidence of the torture it inflicted on people? Read the language of the bill; it doesn't even hide the fact that its only objective is to empower the President to conceal evidence of war crimes.

alkemical
06-12-2009, 01:45 PM
Barack Obama Admits U.S. Role in 1953 Iran Coup
from Disinfo.com by davidagillespie
US President Barack Obama has admitted US involvement in the 1953 coup in Iran which overthrew the democratically elected government of premier Mohammad Mossadegh."In the middle of the Cold War, the United States played a role in the overthrow of a democratically elected Iranian government," Obama said during his keynote speech to the Muslim world from Cairo University in the Egyptian capital.The CIA, with British backing, masterminded the coup after Mossadegh nationalized the oil industry, run until then by the British-owned Anglo-Iranian Oil Company.

alkemical
06-12-2009, 01:51 PM
http://www.hplusmagazine.com/articles/robotics/manufacture-it-yourself

Manufacture It Yourself
A Conversation with FabLab@Home Project Co-Creator Evan Malone

http://www.hplusmagazine.com/articles/robotics/manufacture-it-yourself

Manufacture It Yourself
A Conversation with FabLab@Home Project Co-Creator Evan Malone

http://www.hplusmagazine.com
Posted by moezilla 11 days ago View profile
130 hackers are now playing with desktop machines which can go directly from raw materials to finished products, according to the founder of the open source Fab@Home project.

Evan Malone worked on the design team for Fermilab's "proton driver" synchroton (and Cornell's robot soccer project), but Malone now says he's focused on "putting manufacturing power directly in the hands of individuals." The project shares designs and software for open architecture, multi-material desktop fabricators, and Malone says he hopes open sourcing the effort will lower the performance/price threshhold, ultimately driving demand for "even better fabbers."

"I suspect that home manufacturing will gradually creep into being over the next decade."

alkemical
06-12-2009, 01:52 PM
http://www.hplusmagazine.com/articles/bio/spooky-world-quantum-biology

Using high-speed lasers, a Berkeley research team has discovered cell-level "quantum computing" occurring in plants during photosynthesis.

"Life's very existence may be the consequence and continued operation of a quantum computer," notes this mind-boggling article from a transhumanist science magazine. The light energy first moves through every possible path, but then retroactively "decides" which is most efficient. Humankind's harnessing of this process may be the key to advanced computing, but also much more. Quantum computing instantly calculates every possible state and outcome, and makes it possible to choose the optimal path.

"Ultrafast computing, accelerated by our explorations into the new science of quantum biology, could well be the critical technology that pushes us over the edge into the Singularity ... a vast sentience beyond human comprehension, and we are merely the newest avenue for its expression in the world."

alkemical
06-12-2009, 01:53 PM
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alkemical
06-12-2009, 01:55 PM
http://www.disinfo.com/content/story.php?title=Rise-Homeless-Internet-Users

The Wall Street Journal explores homeless Americans' use of online access, exemplified by Charles Pitts, a 37-year-old San Franciscan who has Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter accounts, runs an Internet forum on Yahoo, reads news and emails friends online, and lives under a highway bridge. In his words, "You don't need a TV. You don't need a radio. You don't even need a newspaper...but you need the Internet."

Obviously, online access for the homeless is important for finding jobs, shelter, and a million other resources. Part of the solution comes from city and nonprofit planning; New York City has put 42 computers in its homeless shelters and plans to have all shelters wired by next year; inhabitants are limited to 30 minutes of use per day due to demand.

Other homeless computer users struggle with issues of theft, rain, and the challenge of finding electricity and Wi-Fi. But, as San Francisco's Robert Livingston, a homeless unemployed security guard, puts it, "It's frightening to be homeless...When I'm on here, I'm equal to everybody else," and can still feel human and connected.


<img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v351/jakub4/homeless.jpg">

alkemical
06-12-2009, 02:00 PM
http://www.jrbaldwin.com/boardgame

<img src="http://s2.buzzfeed.com/static/imagebuzz/terminal01/2009/5/22/8/fear-and-loathing-the-board-game-26579-1242995104-3.jpg">

alkemical
06-12-2009, 02:04 PM
Illegal Downloaders Ten Times More Likely To Buy Music
from Disinfo.com by JacobSloan
From the Guardian: Piracy may be the bane of the music industry but according to a new study, it may also be its engine. A report from the BI Norwegian School of Management has found that those who download music illegally are also 10 times more likely to pay for songs than those who don't. We are made to imagine legions of internet criminals, their fingers on track-pads, downloading songs via BitTorrent and never paying for anything. One of the only bits of good news amid this doom and gloom is the steady rise in digital music sales. Millions of internet do-gooders, their fingers on track-pads, who pay for songs they like - purchasing them from Amazon or iTunes Music Store. And yet according to Professor Anne-Britt Gran's new research, these two groups may be the same.

BABronco
06-12-2009, 07:00 PM
The 10 Most Disturbing Books Of All Time (http://www.popcrunch.com/the-10-most-disturbing-books-of-all-time/)

Holy ****! I was reading The Girl Next Door summary and just got goosebumps. I have to read this but I imagine it being one you can't set down even though your almost in tears.

TheReverend
06-12-2009, 07:03 PM
Holy ****! I was reading The Girl Next Store summary and just got goosebumps. I have to read this but I imagine it being one you can't set down even though your almost in tears.

They should arrest the writer.

I don't care if writing that is cathartic. Something is very wrong.

snowspot66
06-12-2009, 07:25 PM
Arrest the author? Why?

BABronco
06-12-2009, 07:30 PM
They should arrest the writer.

I don't care if writing that is cathartic. Something is very wrong.

Arrest them for what? Its called freedom of speech. Nobody is forcing you to read it. However, I am half tempted to find out where the bitch is buried and dig her bones up and set them on fire and piss all over them... hell might even **** on em before I light it on fire.

BABronco
06-12-2009, 07:37 PM
I also really would like to read We need to talk about Kevin, The road, and 120 days of Sodom.

TheReverend
06-12-2009, 07:39 PM
Arrest the author? Why?

Did you read the description?

Somewhere in his mind this guy is dreaming up this girl being kidnapped, tortured in horrid ways, etc.

Sets off a flag to me! Then again, there are several issues I'm admittedly completely fascist about.

TheReverend
06-12-2009, 07:39 PM
Arrest them for what? Its called freedom of speech. Nobody is forcing you to read it. However, I am half tempted to find out where the b**** is buried and dig her bones up and set them on fire and piss all over them... hell might even **** on em before I light it on fire.

LOL See above and definitely arrest you too.

BABronco
06-12-2009, 07:47 PM
LOL See above and definitely arrest you too.

ment her aunt...

BABronco
06-12-2009, 07:48 PM
Did you read the description?

Somewhere in his mind this guy is dreaming up this girl being kidnapped, tortured in horrid ways, etc.

Sets off a flag to me! Then again, there are several issues I'm admittedly completely fascist about.

So have we really come far enough to punish thought crimes ... for an author no less that based this off a true story.

TheReverend
06-12-2009, 09:58 PM
So have we really come far enough to punish thought crimes ... for an author no less that based this off a true story.

Woops.

BABronco
06-13-2009, 01:18 AM
Woops.

http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc64/javdeezy/YouFail.jpg

alkemical
06-24-2009, 01:34 PM
http://renegadefuturist.com/archives/2009/06/11/cognitive-training-can-alter-biochemistry-of-the-brain/

Cognitive Training Can Alter Biochemistry Of The Brain
Klint Finley

Follow-up related to the dual n-back test and its use in intelligence amplification:

Researchers at the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet have shown for the first time that the active training of the working memory brings about visible changes in the number of dopamine receptors in the human brain. The study, which is published in the journal Science, was conducted with the help of PET scanning and provides deeper insight into the complex interplay between cognition and the brain’s biological structure. [...]

Professor Klingberg and his colleagues have previously shown that the working memory can be improved with a few weeks’ intensive training. Through a collaborative project conducted under the Stockholm Brain Institute, the researchers have now taken a step further and monitored the brain using Positron Emission Tomography (PET scans), and have confirmed that intensive brain training leads to a change in the number of dopamine D1 receptors in the cortex.

alkemical
06-24-2009, 01:52 PM
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/5595619/Plants-talk-to-warn-each-other-of-threats.html


Plants 'talk' to warn each other of threats
Plants can "talk" to each other to warn their neighbours of potential threats, scientists believe.

alkemical
06-24-2009, 01:52 PM
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jun/22/paganism-stonehenge-environmentalism-witchcraft

http://www.theage.com.au/national/pagans-party-as-winter-solstice-brings-hope-20090620-crzk.html

Rise in paganism

alkemical
06-24-2009, 01:53 PM
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/06/23/darpa_physical_intelligence/

US military wacky-professor bureau DARPA has outdone itself this time, issuing a request for "intelligent" electronic components and chemicals which can "self-organise" themselves to form complex items such as routers, fuel cells, biofuel factories or medical drugs. Indeed, reading between the lines it appears as though the American killboffins are seeking nothing less than the creation of artificial intelligent lifeforms.

The Pentagon crazytech chiefs' name for this initiative is "Physical Intelligence", and full details were released last week. According to DARPA, humanity at present has only a dim grasp of what intelligence actually is and how it came into existence:

alkemical
06-24-2009, 01:55 PM
http://www.physorg.com/news164554667.html

Scientists capture the first image of memories being made

alkemical
06-25-2009, 08:21 AM
http://copycateffect.blogspot.com/2009/06/lizardkill.html

Monday, June 22, 2009
Lizard Man Witness Killed
On Monday, June 22, 2009, Chris Davis will be laid to rest. Few involved can forget the shy young man who would find himself in the limelight after he came forth to say, yes, he'd seen a bipedal reptilian creature near Bishopville, South Carolina.

alkemical
06-25-2009, 08:59 AM
http://electricchildren.com/wordpress/?p=402

“Little People” of the Southeast United States (and World Wide)


http://electricchildren.com/wordpress/?p=215


Mysterious Beings in Alaska

This an interesting article by Mike Dunham from the Anchorage Daily News about modern day encounters with the mythical beings in Alaska known as the Ircenrraat.

alkemical
06-25-2009, 09:04 AM
http://www.clarklittlephotography.com/gallery/

<img src="http://www.media.desicolours.com/2009/may/clark-little-photography-01.jpg">

alkemical
06-25-2009, 09:11 AM
http://www.panoramas.dk/2009/sydney.html

alkemical
06-25-2009, 09:27 AM
From my area:

http://www.disinfo.com/content/story.php?title=Surveillance-Nation-Americas-Most-Closely-Watched-City

Reporting from Lancaster, PA — This historic town, where America's founding fathers plotted during the Revolution and Milton Hershey later crafted his first chocolates, now boasts another distinction.

It may become the nation's most closely watched small city.

Some 165 closed-circuit TV cameras soon will provide live, round-the-clock scrutiny of nearly every street, park and other public space used by the 55,000 residents and the town's many tourists. That's more outdoor cameras than are used by many major cities, including San Francisco and Boston.

Unlike anywhere else, cash-strapped Lancaster outsourced its surveillance to a private nonprofit group that hires civilians to tilt, pan and zoom the cameras — and to call police if they spot suspicious activity. No government agency is directly involved.

Perhaps most surprising, the near-saturation surveillance of a community that saw four murders last year has sparked little public debate about whether the benefits for law enforcement outweigh the loss of privacy.

"Years ago, there's no way we could do this," said Keith Sadler, Lancaster's police chief. "It brings to mind Big Brother, George Orwell and '1984.' It's just funny how Americans have softened on these issues."

alkemical
06-25-2009, 09:32 AM
http://www.pharmacytechs.net/blog/old-school-medicine-ads

<img src="http://www.pharmacytechs.net/img/thumb/painannihilator2.jpg">

alkemical
06-25-2009, 10:40 AM
http://gothamist.com/2009/06/18/man_who_impersonated_dead_mom_is_cr.php

Man Who Impersonated Dead Mom Is Creepier Than You Thought

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The story of the Park Slope man who dressed like his dead mother for six years to cash her Social Security checks and collect other benefits has captivated the world, with Google showing the Thomas Prusik-Parkin Psycho tale popping up as far afield as Turkey and Russia. Perhaps there's something about the story that resonates with humanity's deep-seated Oedipal urges—or maybe Prusik-Parkin has just tapped into our universal fantasy to live on the dole without our moms' nagging us to get a job. Either way, it gets creepier: The Daily News reports today that Prusik-Parkin kept a casket in his living room.

Investigators say it's unclear why Prusik-Parkin kept the casket, so we can only assume it facilitated some kind of bizarre incestuous-necrophiliac-autoerotic asphyxiation fetish. We'll have to wait for the Kevin Spacey biopic (or Billy Bob Thorton?) to really see what it was used for, but in the meantime, Prusik-Parkin and his accomplice, Mhilton Rimolo—who posed as his mother's nephew when Prusik-Parkin would dress in old lady drag to go cash checks or file court papers—were indicted yesterday in Brooklyn Supreme Court. Prusik-Parkin's accused of collecting $1 million in benefits and loans on behalf of his dead mother, who was believed to be alive by the bureaucracy because her son allegedly gave the funeral director a phony Social Security number when she died.

"He said he's not Norman Bates," Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes told reporters yesterday. "This guy is not stupid; this guy is very smart. His schemes were brilliant." According to investigators, the scam was detected when the new owner of Prusik-Parkin's childhood brownstone—lost in foreclosure—got suspicious and tipped off the cops. When detectives showed up to interview the late Irene Prusik in May, they encountered an elderly "woman" in a red dress and dark sunglasses, wearing an oxygen mask and a scarf to cover his Adam's apple.

But according to one investigator, Prusik-Parkin's "rather large hands" were an obvious red flag. He's charged with 47 counts of grand larceny, forgery and conspiracy; the two face up to 25 years in prison if they're convicted and are currently being held in lieu of $1 million bail. They only way this could get crazier is if Prusik-Parkin's "aunt" shows up to bail them out with a suitcase full of counterfeit bills.

alkemical
06-25-2009, 11:05 AM
http://www.adnkronos.com/IGN/News/Cultura/?id=3.0.3437413641

ll Patriarch of Ethiopia: "Soon the world will know the Ark of the". By the Templars to Indiana Jones is the mystery of mysteries
last update: June 17, ore 19:38
Rome - (Adnkronos) - The Orthodox Patriarch, Abuna Pauolos wants to reveal secret and the millennium in an exclusive interview all'ADNKRONOS explains:''I am ripe time to tell the truth. "Axum rise to a museum for the sacred symbol


He said in an interview exclusive video all'ADNKRONOS, Ign visible on the site, tested on-line site Adnkronos (www.adnkronos.com), the Patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Ethiopia Abuna Pauolos, in these days in Italy for 'G8 of Religions', and that tomorrow will meet Pope Benedict XVI for the first time and to which, "if you ask - continued the Patriarch - tell the whole of part of the current situation."

"The Ark of - reaffirms Pauolos - is in Ethiopia for many centuries. Patriarca As I saw with my own eyes and only a few very qualified people have been able to do the same, so far." According to the patriarch is kept in a church, but to defend the authentic copy of a religious symbol and 'been placed in every church in the country.

The official announcement that the Etopia give the world the keys to the secret part of the millennium, will be given next Friday during a press conference at the Hotel Aldrovandi 14 Rome from the Orthodox Patriarch of Ethiopia, along with Prince Aklile Berhan Makonnen Haile Selassie, and the Duke Amedeo D'Aosta, which will be in Rome tomorrow morning.

According to some studies, the Ark was stolen from Jerusalem by the son of King Solomon and brought to Axum, regarded as the Jerusalem of Ethiopia. It will rise to Axum Museum named to host the Ark, whose project was funded by the Foundation of the prince, heir-designate to the throne by Haile Selassie before he died, Crhijecllu, acronym of the initials of the names of the children of Prince Christian , Jessica, Clarissa, Lucrezia.

A few weeks ago had been shown around the world the news that would have been seen by a journalist in the Ark authentic Ethiopian church. It 'was then that the Patriarch has gained Pauolos the decision to "say once and for all the world the truth'" on the wooden crate and gold with the Tables of the Law of God The Patriarch has judged the time ripe to close permanently chapter in which up to now no history, no research, no 'Indiana Jones', was able to write the word order.

The Patriarch of the ancient Ethiopian Orthodox Church has wanted to be at his side in this adventure, the grandson of the Negus, head of an important family, whose role is recognized both in Ethiopia and abroad. Prince heir who two years ago managed to reconcile the Christian and Muslim factions at the center in Ethiopia for a hard contrast.

It 'started the countdown to finally unveil the mystery of the sacred Ark of the Covenant, capable, according to legend, to release bursts of divine light and lightning can incinerate anyone who was affected, as is effectively described in the cult movie 'I lost part of the predators'. From the fiction film will now be transferred to reality.

Friday press conference with the official announcement, an event was possible thanks to the collaboration of Paul Salerno, collaborator of Prince and the journalist Antonio Parisi, who for several years following the historical events of royal families and the Ethiopian in particular, and of course part of the Alliance.

What is the Ark of the Covenant, one of the greatest mysteries of antiquity on which fantasy, legend and history have continued to interlacing for centuries? The Ark, in Jewish tradition, contained the Tables of the Law, ie the Ten Commandments, and the artefact, acacia wood, was built by Moses. Outside decorations were gold and has long been kept by the Jewish people: it has accompanied its vicissitudes, the battles and defeats, the wanderings and struggles against the Philistines and was kept in various places until the King David is not l 'was placed in the fortress of Jerusalem.

But it is Solomon, son and successor of David, to put the Ark in the Temple of Jerusalem which he himself had built. This story then interwoven with historical events and other religious and national traditions. In fact, the Ark of the disappeared in 586 BC with the conquest of Jerusalem by the Babylonians and the consequent destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem.

However it can be ruined, there is no written testimony, since the Ark becomes a symbol eternally searched by the men and found in various parts of the world, from Africa to the Middle East. Ethiopian tradition places the Ark in the kingdom of Axum, after Solomon had given to the son of the Queen of Sheba, Menelik I. Here, it remained over the centuries protected by Orthodox monks in the city 'in the holy of Lalibela to Axum, where would be today.

The Ark, which is not visible to anybody except a monaco that the guards, is preserved in the complex of the cathedral of Saint Mary of Zion, and 'therefore hidden to all and is carried in procession once a year but wrapped in a cloth .

The Ark has access to the imagination of archaeologists, writers, religious groups, seven of every kind. In fact, tradition states that it adopts a particular power but also that those who were touched fulminates. An object that given its location - the Temple of Jerusalem - has been from time to time in the middle of stories related to Masonry or Templars. However, it should be remembered that there are many churches in Ethiopia and in which 'kept un'''arca'', as well as other scholars - often moving at the edge of mystery and legend - the place in various parts of the world.

alkemical
06-25-2009, 11:23 AM
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124501849215613523.html

FBI Seeks to Target Lone Extremists

The recent killings of a U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum guard and a Kansas abortion doctor came a few months after the Federal Bureau of Investigation stepped up efforts to pre-empt violence committed by just such political extremists working alone.

"Lone-wolf offenders continue to be of great concern to law enforcement," the agency said in a February memo reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. The FBI is "trying to identify a potential lone wolf before he or she would act out violently," Michael Ward, the bureau's deputy assistant director for counterterrorism, said in an interview earlier this year.

The lone-wolf initiative is one element of a broader strategy to fight domestic terrorism, dubbed "Operation Vigilant Eagle," launched late last year in response to what the memo identified as "an increase in recruitment, threatening communications, and weapons procurement by white supremacy extremist and militia/sovereign citizen extremist groups."

alkemical
06-25-2009, 11:25 AM
http://www.disinfo.com/content/story.php?title=Huge-Pre-Stonehenge-Complex-Found-Via-Crop-Circles

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/bigphotos/images/090615-stonehenge-tombs-crop-circles_big.jpg

Given away by strange, crop circle-like formations seen from the air, a huge prehistoric ceremonial complex discovered in southern England has taken archaeologists by surprise.

A thousand years older than nearby Stonehenge, the site includes the remains of wooden temples and two massive, 6,000-year-old tombs that are among "Britain's first architecture," according to archaeologist Helen Wickstead, leader of the Damerham Archaeology Project.

For such a site to have lain hidden for so long is "completely amazing," said Wickstead, of Kingston University in London.

Archaeologist Joshua Pollard, who was not involved in the find, agreed. The discovery is "remarkable," he said, given the decades of intense archaeological attention to the greater Stonehenge region.

alkemical
06-25-2009, 11:26 AM
http://www.disinfo.com/content/story.php?title=Krauthammer-Fox-News-Created-Alternate-Reality

Krauthammer: "Fox News Created an Alternate Reality"
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On Tuesday Charles Krauthammer received the NY Posts' Award for Excellence in Opinion Journalism, and in his acceptance speech went wildly off-message to provide a glimpse into the twisted psyche of a Fox News commentator.

"What Fox did is not just create a venue for alternative opinion. It created an alternate reality.

A few years ago, I was on a radio show with a well-known political reporter who lamented the loss of a pristine past in which the whole country could agree on what the facts were, even if they disagreed on how to interpret and act upon them. All that was gone now. The country had become so fractured we couldn't even agree on what reality was.

That's why Fox News is so resented. It altered the intellectual and ideological landscape of America. It gave not only voice but also legitimacy to a worldview that had been utterly excluded from the mainstream media."

For further excursions into this mind gripped by fear and loathing of anything left of Pat Robertson, visit his article archives at RealClearPolitics.

Rohirrim
06-25-2009, 12:05 PM
Prior to Fox, journalism strove to arrive at the facts of a story. Fox is based on the premise that every story not only has an ideological angle, but is defined by that angle. So, facts are eventually replaced by ideology. There is another name for Krauthammer's "alternate reality": Propaganda.

alkemical
06-25-2009, 01:29 PM
http://seedmagazine.com/content/article/invoking_the_magic_of_the_mind/

Are secrets of the evolution of the mind to be found by imagining the ancestors of tool-wielding crows, or is such an approach strictly for the birds?

alkemical
06-25-2009, 01:30 PM
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17372-gallery-domestic-robots-with-a-taste-for-flesh.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=tech

'Game of life'

But the robots also have a taste for flesh. They can gain energy by chomping on flies and mice, an idea inspired by researchers at Bristol Robotics Lab, UK, who built a fly-powered robot and have also suggested that marine robots could feed on plankton.

The pests are lured in and digested by an internal microbial fuel cell. This exploits the way microbes generate free electrons and hydrogen ions when oxidising chemicals for energy. Electronics can be powered by directing the electrons around an external circuit before reuniting them with the ions.

"As soon as there is a predatory robot in the room the scene becomes loaded with potential," Auger told New Scientist. "A fly buzzing around the window suddenly becomes an actor in a live game of life, as the viewer half wills it towards the robot and half hopes for it to escape."

Although, for now, the robots rely on mains power, Auger believes they could become truly self-sufficient. "If the system fails, the grid goes down and all humans die, these robots could go on living so long as the flies don't go with us."

Odysseus
06-25-2009, 11:04 PM
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/5595619/Plants-talk-to-warn-each-other-of-threats.html


Plants 'talk' to warn each other of threats
Plants can "talk" to each other to warn their neighbours of potential threats, scientists believe.

Why this thread does not have double the amount of views is amazing to me.

alkemical
06-26-2009, 06:37 AM
Why this thread does not have double the amount of views is amazing to me.

It's in the seedy part of town. ;)

Thanks though for checking it out. Like i said on The South Stands - i like finding new stuff and presenting it to people. I think all of these crazy things show the great power of imagination, and what we can do with it.

alkemical
06-29-2009, 11:02 AM
http://electricchildren.com/wordpress/?p=403

<img src="http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee212/kirkultra/PHOTOSYNTHESIS_GOES_QUANTUM.jpg">

<a href="http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/arxiv/23581/">First Evidence of Entanglement in Photosynthesis</a>

But a new, more robust face of entanglement is beginning to emerge from other types of experiment. For example, physicists have recently found the signature of entanglement in the thermal states of bulk materials at low temperatures. This has huge implications for biological systems: if entanglement is more robust than we thought, what role might it play in living things?

Now we’re beginning to find out. In the first rigorous quantification of entanglement in a biological system, an answer is beginning to emerge. Researchers from various institutions in Berkeley California have shown that molecules taking part in photosynthesis can remain entangled even at ordinary atmospheric temperatures.

Clearly the implications for this are incredible.

In the Posthuman Blues article, a question from Ray Kurzweil is quoted, asking:

Does this support the Hameroff/Penrose idea of quantum computation in brain microtubules as a model of consciousness?

If quantum entanglement is happening inside of plants, then what must be happening in our minds?

Is Quantum Mechanics Controlling Your Thoughts?

The Biocentric Universe Theory: Life Creates Time, Space, and the Cosmos Itself

See also:

Free Will and the Subatomic World

alkemical
06-29-2009, 11:58 AM
http://naturalplane.blogspot.com/2009/06/whales-may-equal-apes-in-human.html

Whales May Equal Apes In Human Character and Emotion

alkemical
06-29-2009, 12:04 PM
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20227141.200-disorderly-genius-how-chaos-drives-the-brain.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news

Disorderly genius: How chaos drives the brain

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HAVE you ever experienced that eerie feeling of a thought popping into your head as if from nowhere, with no clue as to why you had that particular idea at that particular time? You may think that such fleeting thoughts, however random they seem, must be the product of predictable and rational processes. After all, the brain cannot be random, can it? Surely it processes information using ordered, logical operations, like a powerful computer?

Actually, no. In reality, your brain operates on the edge of chaos. Though much of the time it runs in an orderly and stable way, every now and again it suddenly and unpredictably lurches into a blizzard of noise.

Neuroscientists have long suspected as much. Only recently, however, have they come up with proof that brains work this way. Now they are trying to work out why. Some believe that near-chaotic states may be crucial to memory, and could explain why some people are smarter than others.

alkemical
06-29-2009, 12:33 PM
http://discovermagazine.com/2009/feb/13-is-quantum-mechanics-controlling-your-thoughts

Is Quantum Mechanics Controlling Your Thoughts?

Science's weirdest realm may be responsible for photosynthesis, our sense of smell, and even consciousness itself.

alkemical
06-29-2009, 12:34 PM
http://discovermagazine.com/2009/may/01-the-biocentric-universe-life-creates-time-space-cosmos

The Biocentric Universe Theory: Life Creates Time, Space, and the Cosmos Itself

Stem-cell guru Robert Lanza presents a radical new view of the universe and everything in it.

alkemical
06-29-2009, 01:19 PM
http://www.traditioninaction.org/bkreviews/A_026br_LennonProphecy.htm

John Lennon’s Pact with Satan

The Beatles' success and influence were immeasurable, extending beyond music to culture and society as a whole. How did they do it: talent? Luck? Nope, a deal with Lucifer.

A new book called The Lennon Prophecy unveils the sinister secret of the Beatles' success: a pact which John Lennon made with the devil, which granted him exactly twenty years of unimaginable fame, fortune, and power, followed by his untimely death.

The book begins with a well-known remark Lennon made to his friend Tony Sheridan in the mid-1960s: “I’ve sold my soul to the Devil.”

Author Joseph Niezgoda then pinpoints December 27, 1960, a night on which the Beatles played at the Town Hall Ball Room in Litherland, England, as the eve on which twenty-year-old John Lennon, desperate to be "more famous than Elvis," sold his soul to Satan ... obviously, the Beatles' music, lyrics, and album art are laden with "clues."

alkemical
06-29-2009, 01:45 PM
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17381-magnetic-superatoms-promise-tuneable-materials.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=tech

Magnetic 'superatoms' promise tuneable materials

alkemical
06-29-2009, 01:48 PM
<img src="http://www.wired.com/images/slideshow/2008/04/gallery_top_10_macro_photos/macro_photo_10.jpg">


http://www.wired.com/culture/art/multimedia/2008/04/gallery_top_10_macro_photos?slide=10&slideView=10

alkemical
06-29-2009, 01:49 PM
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20227143.700-us-refuses-prisoners-right-to-dna-tests.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news

US PRISONERS do not have a constitutional right to a DNA test that might prove their innocence, the Supreme Court has ruled.

Many inmates are seeking to take a DNA test in a bid to overturn a conviction. However, in some states there are no specific rules to grant access to such tests. The court ruled in a 5:4 decision that rules on who should be allowed DNA tests after conviction should be made by individual states and the US Congress, not federal courts.

alkemical
06-29-2009, 01:51 PM
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17378

Invisibility cloak could hide buildings from quakes

Borrowing from the physics of invisibility cloaks could make it possible to hide buildings from the devastating effects of earthquakes, say physicists in France and the UK.

The "earthquake cloak" idea comes from the team led by Stefan Enoch at the Fresnel Institute in Marseille, France. They were the first to show that the physics of invisibility cloaks could have other applications – designing a cloak that could render objects "invisible" to destructive storm waves or tsunamis.

The seismic waves of an earthquake fall into two main groups: body waves that propagate through the Earth, and surface waves that travel only across the surface.

Although Enoch's team have calculated that controlling body waves would be too complex, controlling surface waves is within the ability of conventional engineering, they say. Fortunately, it is surface waves that are more destructive, says team member Sebastien Guenneau at the University of Liverpool in the UK.

alkemical
06-29-2009, 01:54 PM
http://www.alternet.org/environment/140923/new_solar_power_plants_may_threaten_scarce_desert_ water_resources/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=alternet

New Solar Power Plants May Threaten Scarce Desert Water Resources

alkemical
06-29-2009, 01:55 PM
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17380-solar-xrays-may-create-dna-building-blocks-on-titan.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news

Solar X-rays may create DNA building blocks on Titan

alkemical
06-29-2009, 01:56 PM
This is something i've had a "gut" instinct on for a while. We as americans keep looking for the one-size fits all solution and i think we need to thinks smaller:

http://www.alternet.org/environment/140911/congress,_think_small:_we_don%27t_need_a_national_ supergrid,_we_need_microgrids/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=alternet

Congress, Think Small: We Don't Need a National Supergrid, We Need Microgrids

alkemical
06-29-2009, 01:57 PM
http://www.alternet.org/water/140818/new_washing_machine_uses_only_1_cup_of_water_/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=alternet

New Washing Machine Uses Only 1 Cup of Water

alkemical
06-29-2009, 02:02 PM
http://cryptogon.com/?p=9437

Sam’s Club Giving Kids Candy In Pill Bottles
June 25th, 2009

Via: Consumerist:

The Sam’s Club in Salisbury, Maryland, is promoting its pharmacy by handing out pill bottles filled with candy to kids. I guess that’s better than filling Dots boxes with Vicodin. Or handing out gallon-sized jugs of Nerds.

On the downside, as a pill recipient at Salisbury News notes, “Now my 3 year old thinks all prescription pill bottles are just tasty snacks”.

alkemical
06-29-2009, 02:03 PM
http://cryptogon.com/?p=9428

Whistleblower Who Linked “Taliban” Leader to U.S. Intelligence is Assassinated
June 24th, 2009

Via: Prison Planet:

A whistleblower who defected from the Pakistani Taliban has been assassinated just days after he claimed that the group was working with US intelligence to destabilize the country.

Qari Zainuddin, a tribal leader of the South Waziristan region in Pakistan was shot dead on Tuesday by a gunman said to be loyal to Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud.

Analysts said that Mr Zainuddin’s murder was a serious blow to the military campaign against the militants, as support of his faction was considered crucial, reports the London Times. “[It] is a warning to other pro government tribal commanders,” said Mahmood Shah, a retired brigadier who had served as top official in the tribal region.

alkemical
06-29-2009, 02:14 PM
http://cryptogon.com/?p=9420

Boy Discovers Microbe That Eats Plastic
June 23rd, 2009

Via: Mother Nature Network:

PhDs have been searching for a solution to the plastic waste problem, and this 16-year-old finds the answer.

It’s not your average science fair when the 16-year-old winner manages to solve a global waste crisis. But such was the case at last May’s Canadian Science Fair in Waterloo, Ontario, where Daniel Burd, a high school student at Waterloo Collegiate Institute, presented his research on microorganisms that can rapidly biodegrade plastic.

NOTE: there are TWO high school students who discovered plastic-consuming microorganisms. The first was Daniel Burd (last year). The second was Tseng I-Ching (last month), a high school student in Taiwan.

Daniel had a thought it seems even the most esteemed PhDs hadn’t considered. Plastic, one of the most indestructible of manufactured materials, does in fact eventually decompose. It takes 1,000 years but decompose it does, which means there must be microorganisms out there to do the decomposing.

alkemical
06-29-2009, 02:15 PM
http://cryptogon.com/?p=9367

If the guidelines are approved, bloggers would have to back up claims and disclose if they’re being compensated — the FTC doesn’t currently plan to specify how. The FTC could order violators to stop and pay restitution to customers, and it could ask the Justice Department to sue for civil penalties.

Any type of blog could be scrutinized, not just ones that specialize in reviews.

So parents keeping blogs to update family members on their child’s first steps technically would fall under the FTC guidelines, though they likely would have little to worry about unless they accept payments or free products and write about them.

But they would need to think twice if, for instance, they praise parenting books they’ve just read and include links to buy them at a retailer like Amazon.com Inc.

That’s because the guidelines also would cover the broader and common practice of affiliate marketing, in which bloggers and other sites get a commission when someone clicks on a link that leads to a purchase at a retailer. In such cases, merchants also would be responsible for actions by their sales agents — including a network of bloggers.

Amazon declined to comment.

gyldenlove
06-29-2009, 02:49 PM
http://www.traditioninaction.org/bkreviews/A_026br_LennonProphecy.htm

John Lennon’s Pact with Satan

The Beatles' success and influence were immeasurable, extending beyond music to culture and society as a whole. How did they do it: talent? Luck? Nope, a deal with Lucifer.

A new book called The Lennon Prophecy unveils the sinister secret of the Beatles' success: a pact which John Lennon made with the devil, which granted him exactly twenty years of unimaginable fame, fortune, and power, followed by his untimely death.

The book begins with a well-known remark Lennon made to his friend Tony Sheridan in the mid-1960s: “I’ve sold my soul to the Devil.”

Author Joseph Niezgoda then pinpoints December 27, 1960, a night on which the Beatles played at the Town Hall Ball Room in Litherland, England, as the eve on which twenty-year-old John Lennon, desperate to be "more famous than Elvis," sold his soul to Satan ... obviously, the Beatles' music, lyrics, and album art are laden with "clues."

I wonder if it isn't more plausible that the 1966 cover is a symbol of the Vietnam war rather than satanism. I don't see any classical satanic symbolism in that picture.

I am piqued though, I might read that book some day.

The problem with these things is always, which satan did he make a deal with?

c_lazy_r
06-30-2009, 02:30 PM
From my area:

http://www.disinfo.com/content/story.php?title=Surveillance-Nation-Americas-Most-Closely-Watched-City

Reporting from Lancaster, PA — This historic town, where America's founding fathers plotted during the Revolution and Milton Hershey later crafted his first chocolates, now boasts another distinction.

It may become the nation's most closely watched small city.

Some 165 closed-circuit TV cameras soon will provide live, round-the-clock scrutiny of nearly every street, park and other public space used by the 55,000 residents and the town's many tourists. That's more outdoor cameras than are used by many major cities, including San Francisco and Boston.

Unlike anywhere else, cash-strapped Lancaster outsourced its surveillance to a private nonprofit group that hires civilians to tilt, pan and zoom the cameras — and to call police if they spot suspicious activity. No government agency is directly involved.

Perhaps most surprising, the near-saturation surveillance of a community that saw four murders last year has sparked little public debate about whether the benefits for law enforcement outweigh the loss of privacy.

"Years ago, there's no way we could do this," said Keith Sadler, Lancaster's police chief. "It brings to mind Big Brother, George Orwell and '1984.' It's just funny how Americans have softened on these issues."


That last quote says it all...

snowspot66
06-30-2009, 04:59 PM
I blame the suburban soccer Mom mentality. If has become more relevant than did. If something can happen is far more scary to the public than something that did happen. Fearful of our own shadows.

alkemical
07-01-2009, 02:15 PM
http://www.nature.com/news/2009/090628/full/news.2009.603.html?s=news_rss

Spooky computers closer to reality

Solid-state quantum processing demonstrated.

alkemical
07-06-2009, 08:16 AM
Uhm, this is pretty ****ed up. I'm going to say this isn't for everyone.


http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/offbeat-news/how-russian-scientists-kept-a-dogs-severed-head-alive/1315

How Russian Scientists Kept a Dog’s Severed Head Alive!

alkemical
07-06-2009, 08:47 AM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_8127000/8127519.stm

Ant mega-colony takes over world

A single mega-colony of ants has colonised much of the world, scientists have discovered.

Argentine ants living in vast numbers across Europe, the US and Japan belong to the same inter-related colony, and will refuse to fight one another.

The colony may be the largest of its type ever known for any insect species, and could rival humans in the scale of its world domination.

What's more, people are unwittingly helping the mega-colony stick together.

alkemical
07-06-2009, 08:56 AM
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BABronco
07-06-2009, 09:27 AM
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wtf?

alkemical
07-06-2009, 09:30 AM
I don't know man. I don't know if it's real, fake, etc. Was just strange as ****.

gyldenlove
07-06-2009, 09:35 AM
Uhm, this is pretty ****ed up. I'm going to say this isn't for everyone.


http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/offbeat-news/how-russian-scientists-kept-a-dogs-severed-head-alive/1315

How Russian Scientists Kept a Dog’s Severed Head Alive!

It is only a matter of time before we can have heads in jars like in futurama, that would be awesome. I would so love to be old and grumpy for another 200 years after my body craps out.