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Old 06-13-2009, 12:18 AM   #1701
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Cognitive Training Can Alter Biochemistry Of The Brain
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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.
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Plants 'talk' to warn each other of threats
Plants can "talk" to each other to warn their neighbours of potential threats, scientists believe.
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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:
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Scientists capture the first image of memories being made
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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.
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“Little People” of the Southeast United States (and World Wide)


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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.
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Old 06-25-2009, 08:27 AM   #1711
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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."
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Man Who Impersonated Dead Mom Is Creepier Than You Thought



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.
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ll Patriarch of Ethiopia: "Soon the world will know the Ark of the". By the Templars to Indiana Jones is the mystery of mysteries
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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.
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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."
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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'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."
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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.
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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.
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First Evidence of Entanglement in Photosynthesis

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
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Whales May Equal Apes In Human Character and Emotion
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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.
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