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The R.M. Santilli Foundation - Eperimental dismissal of universe expansion, big bang dark matter and dark energy

The R.M. Santilli Foundation - Eperimental dismissal of universe expansion, big bang dark matter and dark energy | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

Is the universe really expanding? According to Ruggero Santilli, the 'expansion' is an effect of light losing force when it has to traverse an atmosphere or one of those numerous interstellar gas clouds out there. 


Revision of a long held 'holy cow' of physics?

 

Perhaps a look at this is long overdue. 

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The Need for Venture Science

The Need for Venture Science | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

Over the last few years, a growing chorus of insider critics have been exposing serious flaws in the ways that scientific research is funded and published, leading some to go so far as to say,

"Science is broken." 

The dysfunctions they describe include: 


- Deliberate, unconscious, and systemic fraud 


- Irreproducibility of results and lack of incentive to attempt replication 


- Misuse of statistics, such as "P-hacking" - the mining of research data to extract a post-hoc "hypothesis" for publication 


- Severe flaws in the system of peer review, its propensity to enforce existing paradigms, to be hostile to anything that challenges the views of the reviewers whose careers are invested in those views. 


- Difficulty in obtaining funding for creative and unorthodox research hypotheses ...


The system encourages the endless elaboration of existing theories about which there is consensus, but if one of these is wrong, there are nearly insuperable barriers to it ever being overturned.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Science needs an overhaul. Research is not free, if it challenges mainstream theories. There is no money for it and no publication, so it just isn't done, except on the very fringes.

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Black phosphorus surges ahead of graphene: A Korean team of scientists tune BP's band gap to form a superior conductor

Black phosphorus surges ahead of graphene: A Korean team of scientists tune BP's band gap to form a superior conductor | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

The research team operating out of Pohang University of Science and Technology, reported a tunable band gap in black phosphorus (BP), effectively modifying the semiconducting material into a unique state of matter with anisotropic dispersion. This research outcome potentially allows for great flexibility in the design and optimization of electronic and optoelectronic devices like solar panels and telecommunication lasers. 


Birth of a Revolution...

Phosphorus is the fifteenth element in the periodic table and lends its name to an entire class of compounds. Indeed it could be considered an archetype of chemistry itself.


Black phosphorus is the stable form of white phosphorus and gets its name from its distinctive color. Like graphene, BP is a semiconductor and also cheap to mass produce.


The one big difference between the two is BP's natural band gap, allowing the material to switch its electrical current on and off.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Another advance in materials science.


You have no doubt heard of graphene, but what about black phosphorus?

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Spin and rotation: gravity, magnetism and star formation - Sepp Hasslberger

Spin and rotation: gravity, magnetism and star formation - Sepp Hasslberger | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

There is a very common illustration of a ball pulling a flat sheet out of shape to represent Einstein's curvature of space but that concept is not really accurate.

We do not live in a two-dimensional world of sheets of flat space-time and gravity isn't just a bending, but a twisting curvature. Imagine the ball rotating and thus distorting that matrix of space-time to create a kind of space-time vortex, and you'd have a good analogy. 


We should really think of a 3-dimensional matrix of potential particles filling space. That matrix seeks to arrange itself in orthogonal patterns, but it can also be twisted out of shape by a rotating mass sitting in that spatial matrix. The distortion would be a twist in the space matrix.


Gravitation is a consequence of spin-induced curvature of the space-time matrix...

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In this article, the cause of gravitation is modeled as a result of particle spin and macroscopic rotation. Vortices distort the space-time matrix, inducing attraction between masses as the matrix seeks to un-distort.

Gravity from rotation of a larger mass adds to the gravity produced by particle spin.

Angular momentum is a pre-condition for the existence of particles as well as cosmic bodies.

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Physicists create first ever room temperature maser (from Wired UK)

Physicists create first ever room temperature maser (from Wired UK) | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

A team of physicists has published a paper detailing how it developed the first ever maser to work at room temperature with the help of a home-baked crystal and a laser bought on eBay. 


Masers (Microwave Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) have a similar functionality to lasers but work by emitting concentrated microwave beams instead of light.


Although the process was first used 60 years ago it is considered notoriously inconvenient, functioning at low power only in high magnetic fields, a vacuum or at temperatures close to absolute zero (the ruby crystals used to amplify the microwaves have to be kept at low temperatures)...

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a significant advance in microwave emission technology...

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Look Inside the International Space Station With This Interactive Tour

Look Inside the International Space Station With This Interactive Tour | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

Have you ever wondered what the International Space Station (ISS) looks like inside?

Samantha Cristoforetti, the Italian astronaut, was in space for 199 days and 16 hours until she came back to Earth last month. This makes her the record holder for the longest single space flight by a woman, as well as the longest uninterrupted space flight of a European astronaut.


But before Cristoforetti left the ISS, she took 15 photographs of the inside of each module...


The photos have now been stitched together, giving us a highly detailed interactive tour; you can see it in full screen here.

Apart from the Russian modules of the ISS, you can see every part of the Space Station in detail.

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Images of the inside of the International Space Station ... the "western" part at least. Courtesy Samantha Cristoforetti, the Italian astronaut.

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Ever wonder what an International Space Station looks like? Well you better check this one out!

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Dark Matter was Invented to Save Bad Gravity Theory

Dark Matter was Invented to Save Bad Gravity Theory | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

Continuing the theme that 20th century physics is all-knowing, all-seeing, and all-describing, when scientists saw their gravity equations could not describe the speed of stars on the edge of galaxies, instead of looking at their own equations they did what they always do: change the facts. 


They invented something invisible and impossible to detect because it must be really really hard to detect if the physicists can find it. Heaven forbid their equations are wrong! In fact, one of the more famous “physics evangelists” Michio Kaku says there is a Nobel Prize waiting for the answer to dark energy. That is the interest of course: the Nobel Prize. They don’t care if Dark Energy or Dark Matter is real or not. 


So basically, physicists invented a magical thing they called “dark” and say it is the reason stars are going faster than their equations predict.


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I believe what's wrong is that we never developed a theory of how gravity actually works and why. We have equations, but they are based somewhat in mid air, because we have no working description of the cause of gravity that would permit us to test our understanding.

My view is that gravity is caused by spin/rotation. Any particle spinning, any mass rotating, distorts space to some degree. Since the space matrix is highly rigid, those distortions (the space matrix is slightly twisted) involve comparatively great distances, and changes in intensity translate almost instantly through the matrix. 

The stressed regions of space attract each other, in an effort to "untwist". The result of that attraction is gravity. We have equations to describe it, but our equations are based on an incomplete understanding. 

We calculate gravity as emanating exclusively from mass, i.e. from the particles that make up a mass. What we are not realising is that when a mass rotates (think of planet, star, black hole at galaxy centre, an additional and rather strong gravitational field is added to that produced by the mere mass of particles.  

So all of our calculations, which are based on the mass of a solid ball the size of the earth, are essentially wrong in cosmic terms. We do not distinguish the microscopic (particles) gravity from the macroscopic (rotating large objects) gravity and until we do so, our calculations will be WAY off, requiring such strange concepts as dark matter to explain why we can't make proper predictions with our calculations.

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NASA’s Kepler Mission Discovers Bigger, Older Cousin to Earth

NASA’s Kepler Mission Discovers Bigger, Older Cousin to Earth | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it
NASA's Kepler mission has confirmed the first near-Earth-size planet in the “habitable zone” around a sun-like star. This discovery and the introduction of 11 other new small habitable zone candidate planets mark another milestone in the journey to finding another “Earth.”
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Finding earth-like planets out there ... it's just the beginning

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Carbon molecules called 'Buckyballs' may be ubiquitous in Space

Carbon molecules called 'Buckyballs' may be ubiquitous in Space | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it
"Buckyball" molecules appear to be commonplace across the universe, and may even be sources of organic molecules that are key to the origin and evolution of life, a new study suggests.
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Interesting finding! There may be carbon molecules - and therefore life as we know it - out there aplenty...

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The not-planets - by Emily Lakdawalla

The not-planets - by Emily Lakdawalla | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

Now that I have a reasonable-resolution global color view of Pluto, I can drop it into one of my trademark scale image montages, to show you how it fits in with the rest of the similar-sized worlds in the solar system: the major moons and the biggest asteroids. 


These are the not-planets. Their non-planetary status is a handicap because these are the worlds that we need to get Earthlings excited about exploring.


Titan's strange hydrology -- Enceladus' geysers -- the subsurface oceans of Europa and Ganymede -- the dynamic surfaces of Triton and Pluto. And beyond all the worlds pictured here, there are hundreds of Kuiper belt objects that I would include on this montage if we had ever visited them up close. But we haven't yet.


So much undiscovered country yet to explore -- but they're all worlds that much of the public is not familiar with.


...please go out and show your friends and family how cool these worlds are, and how much worth exploring. Help people learn their names, and help them understand how fascinating and mysterious they are.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Pluto has long been considered the ninth planet of the Solar system, but then some time ago the International Astronomical Union, in a rather badly attended meeting, took the decision to "declassify" Pluto, changing its status from planet to dwarf planet...

Now we  can finally have a closer look at Pluto. 

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The peer review drugs don’t work

The peer review drugs don’t work | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it
It is paradoxical and ironic that peer review, a process at the heart of science, is based on faith not evidence.

There is evidence on peer review, but few scientists and scientific editors seem to know of it – and what it shows is that the process has little if any benefit and lots of flaws.

Peer review is supposed to be the quality assurance system for science, weeding out the scientifically unreliable and reassuring readers of journals that they can trust what they are reading. In reality, however, it is ineffective, largely a lottery, anti-innovatory, slow, expensive, wasteful of scientific time, inefficient, easily abused, prone to bias, unable to detect fraud and irrelevant.
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Peer review, instead of helping science stay on track, is actually retarding real progress.

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Pluto, Through New Horizons' Eyes

Pluto, Through New Horizons' Eyes | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

Earlier this week, there was a mishap — or,  as the Captain would say, there was a “failure to communicate” — with New Horizons: the spaceprobe dispatched to explore the dwarf planet, Pluto. As of now, all systems are up and running once again, and the little probe that could remains on course for its rendezvous with the Plutonian system. 


It is expected to come within 7,750 miles (12,500 kilometers) of Pluto on July 14th; the event will mark the very first time that the enigmatic minor planet and its equally fascinating moons are studied up close and personal, before the probe ventures into the icy unknown—deep within the Kuiper Belt. 


In the days since the minor glitch, new images have trickled out, the latest batch is the most detailed yet...

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Better than a moonshot ... we might actually learn something from getting closer to those smaller planets in the solar system.

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3D-printed eco-friendly supercar does 0-60 in 2 seconds

3D-printed eco-friendly supercar does 0-60 in 2 seconds | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

Divergent Microfactories (San Francisco, CA), a company aimed at revolutionizing automotive manufacturing, has unveiled a 3D-printed prototype supercar designed to illustrate the potential for eco-friendly manufacturing of cars.


Designed and built using the company's 3D-printing-based Node Technology Platform, the prototype - called Blade - is offered as "one of the greenest and most powerful cars in the world."


Powered by either compressed gas or gasoline and equipped with a four-cylinder rear-mounted 700-horsepower engine, Blade goes from 0-60 mph in about two seconds and weighs 1,388 lb. 


The key technology building block behind Blade is a 3D-printed aluminum alloy joint - called a "node" - that connects pieces of carbon fiber tubing to make up the car's chassis.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Car manufacturing in a new way. Incredibly light weight chassis made with 3d printed aluminium joints and carbon fibre tubing... electric cars aren't the most "green" if you count in the manufacture of materials.

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Electric cars and hybrids aren't the most eco-friendly apparently. There is much pollution inherent in all the materials needed. 

Go Sky Go's curator insight, August 8, 11:11 AM

Electric cars and hybrids aren't the most eco-friendly apparently. There is much pollution inherent in all the materials needed. 

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Scientists Claim That Quantum Theory Proves Consciousness Moves To Another Universe At Death

Scientists Claim That Quantum Theory Proves Consciousness Moves To Another Universe At Death | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

A book titled “Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness Are the Keys to Understanding the Nature of the Universe“ has stirred up the Internet, because it contained a notion that life does not end when the body dies, and it can last forever. The author of this publication, scientist Dr. Robert Lanza who was voted the 3rd most important scientist alive by the NY Times, has no doubts that this is possible.


The theory implies that death of consciousness simply does not exist. It only exists as a thought because people identify themselves with their body. They believe that the body is going to perish, sooner or later, thinking their consciousness will disappear too.  

If the body generates consciousness, then consciousness dies when the body dies.  But if the body receives consciousness in the same way that a cable box receives satellite signals, then of course consciousness does not end at the death of the physical vehicle.

In fact, consciousness exists outside of constraints of time and space. It is able to be anywhere: in the human body and outside of it. In other words, it is non-local in the same sense that quantum objects are non-local.


See more at: http://www.spiritscienceandmetaphysics.com/scientists-claim-that-quantum-theory-proves-consciousness-moves-to-another-universe-at-death/

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"Biocentrism is turning the world upside down again, with the seemingly simple idea that the universe arises from life, not the other way around..."

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Secret X-37B space plane spotted in orbit by amateur astronomers

Secret X-37B space plane spotted in orbit by amateur astronomers | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

The US Air Force's top secret X-37B space plane has been caught on camera surveying the same region of the ground every two days at a much lower orbit and inclination than expected.


Like a shuttle, X-37B is blasted into orbit by a rocket. However, it lands using a runway like a normal aircraft. The X-37B is too small to carry people onboard, but does have a cargo bay similar to that of a pickup truck, which is just large enough to carry a small satellite

According to X-37B manufacturer Boeing, the space plane operates in low-earth orbit, between 110 (177km) and 500 miles (800km) above earth. 


By comparison, the International Space Station orbits at about 220 miles (350km).



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The Americans seem to be rather tight-lipped about their "mysterious" space plane...

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Spectacular Discovery Reveals Power Grid in Muscle Cells; Design Implications Are Profound

Spectacular Discovery Reveals Power Grid in Muscle Cells; Design Implications Are Profound | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

A new study overturns longstanding scientific ideas regarding how energy is distributed within muscles for powering movement.


Scientists are reporting the first clear evidence that muscle cells distribute energy primarily by the rapid conduction of electrical charges through a vast, interconnected network of mitochondria -- the cell's "powerhouse" -- in a way that resembles the wire grid that distributes power throughout a city.


The study offers an unprecedented, detailed look at the distribution system that rapidly provides energy throughout the cell where it is needed for muscle contraction.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

What an interesting study - our muscles are 'energized' by a network of mitochondria using electrical impulses... 

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Research finds that our muscles are 'energized' by a network of mitochondria using electrical impulses... 

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Meet the electric life forms that live on pure energy - bacteria eat and breathe electrons

Meet the electric life forms that live on pure energy - bacteria eat and breathe electrons | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

Unlike any other life on Earth, these extraordinary bacteria use energy in its purest form – they eat and breathe electrons – and they are everywhere. 


Nealson is particularly excited that Rowe has found so many types of electric bacteria, all very different to one another, and none of them anything like Shewanella or Geobacter.


“This is huge. What it means is that there’s a whole part of the microbial world that we don’t know about.”

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Bacteria that eat and breathe electricity. Wonder what their function is deep in the earth's crust...

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NASA Unveils Most Amazing View of Jupiter's Watery Moon Europa (Video 4min)

NASA Unveils Most Amazing View of Jupiter's Watery Moon Europa (Video 4min) | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

An incredible, reprocessed picture of Jupiter's moon Europa shows the mysterious natural satellite's amazing colors as they have never been seen before. 


"Hidden beneath Europa's icy surface is perhaps the most promising place in our solar system beyond Earth to look for present-day environments that are suitable for life," NASA officials wrote in a statement.


"The Galileo mission found strong evidence that a subsurface ocean of salty water is in contact with a rocky seafloor. The cycling of material between the ocean and ice shell could potentially provide sources of chemical energy that could sustain simple life forms."

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:
Any liquid water ocean that has been there "for most of the duration of the solar system" is bound to produce biological entities, and probably some of them fairly complex, like fish or even more advanced life forms that can live in the water. So, to find out more, just send a capsule there with recording equipment and capability to communicate (perhaps via an orbiter) the data it finds.

Now in the video, it says that the water stays liquid because of tidal forces. The general assumption is that Europa is a solid ball of rock or metal that also has water, and that the water is warmed up by forces of friction. We assume the same of the earth - solid ball with some water - but that may not be quite correct.

We should look at the possibility that Europa has, like very probably all planets and stars, a hollow configuration with a central "sun" that's doing the warming.

That would mean that the "Goldilocks zone" is not so much depending on the distance from the central sun, but on the existence of a central point that provides energy in the form of heat and light, as well as the impetus for rotation.

Hollow rotating bodies generally have a shell, more or less thick, which makes for two planetary (or lunar) surfaces, one on the outside of the shell, which is the one we generally see, and one adhering on the inside of the shell, which has the advantage of being bathed in light and heat from the central "sun" that is the heart of the planet/moon.

We should look for an understanding of the insides of planets and moons that does not start out from a solid, rocky ball configuration...

A whole new world (and a whole new view on where life might generally originate) could come to view.
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Any liquid water ocean that has been there "for most of the duration of the solar system" is bound to produce biological entities, and probably some of them fairly complex, like fish or even more advanced life forms that can live in the water. So, to find out more, just send a capsule there with recording equipment and capability to communicate (perhaps via an orbiter) the data it finds.
Now in the video, it says that the water stays liquid because of tidal forces. The general assumption is that Europa is a solid ball of rock or metal that also has water, and that the water is warmed up by forces of friction. We assume the same of the earth - solid ball with some water - but that may not be quite correct.
We should look at the possibility that Europa has, like very probably all planets and stars, a hollow configuration with a central "sun" that's doing the warming.
That would mean that the "Goldilocks zone" is not so much depending on the distance from the central sun, but on the existence of a central point that provides energy in the form of heat and light, as well as the impetus for rotation.
Hollow rotating bodies generally have a shell, more or less thick, which makes for two planetary (or lunar) surfaces, one on the outside of the shell, which is the one we generally see, and one adhering on the inside of the shell, which has the advantage of being bathed in light and heat from the central "sun" that is the heart of the planet/moon.
We should look for an understanding of the insides of planets and moons that does not start out from a solid, rocky ball configuration...
A whole new world (and a whole new view on where life might generally originate) could come to view.
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Philae Lander's Data Reveal Surprising Details About Comet

Philae Lander's Data Reveal Surprising Details About Comet | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

The comet lander Philae may be uncommunicative at the moment, but the pictures and measurements it took after it touched down on the comet in November have shown scientists that the comet is covered with coarse material, rather than dust, and is harder than expected. 


As it landed, Philae bounced and ended up in shadow, where its batteries soon ran out. But it still gathered unprecedented data, some of which the DLR German Aerospace Center said "amazed" scientists. 


A report on its findings will be published on Friday in a special edition of the journal Science. 


"The experiments conducted on site have led to new and, at times, unexpected insights into the nature of the comet," Ekkehard Kuehrt, a planetary researcher at the DLR, said in a statement


For example, pictures taken by Philae as it came in to land showed the surface of the comet was covered with coarse debris, rocks and pebbles, measuring up to five meters across, rather than the dusty deposits expected. 


According to the DLR, Philae's systems found a total of 16 organic molecular species, including four never before encountered in comets.


Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

First findings of the Philae lander of the Rosetta mission to study comet Churyumov–Gerasimenko to be published in a special edition of the journal Science.

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Portuguese scientists discover why pendulum clocks swing together

Portuguese scientists discover why pendulum clocks swing together | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

Physicists bust a 350-year-old conundrum in a report that proposes a transfer of energy through a sound pulse causes clocks to synchronise


A pair of Portuguese scientists hypothesised that these pulses might move from clock to clock, perturbing the swing of the pendulums and eventually causing them to synchronise.


They developed a complex mathematical model before conducting experiments with a pair of clocks attached to a rail fixed to a wall. The theoretical predictions and simulation matched, they found. 


“We could verify that the energy transfer is through a sound pulse,” said co-author Luis Melo, from Lisbon University’s physics department. This not only solves “an old, fundamental problem,” it also boosts understanding of other types of oscillator, he said.


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It makes sense that sound could transfer energy between the pendulum of one clock and another...

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Graham Hancock ~ Atlantis ~ We are a species with amnesia - YouTube

Author Graham Hancock traces what we know about Atlantis, and how we have lost touch with our ancient past.

There is also a more complete explanation in this 50min video...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuwQi91KQgk

 

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It is time science start adapting - and start looking at the archeological evidence with a view that there may have been high civilisations before this one...

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Continued destruction of Earth's plant life places humans in jeopardy

Continued destruction of Earth's plant life places humans in jeopardy | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

Unless humans slow the destruction of Earth's declining supply of plant life, civilization like it is now may become completely unsustainable, according to a paper published recently by University of Georgia researchers in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 


"As the planet becomes less hospitable and more people depend on fewer available energy options, their standard of living and very survival will become increasingly vulnerable to fluctuations, such as droughts, disease epidemics and social unrest," Schramski said.

"I'm not an ardent environmentalist; my training and my scientific work are rooted in thermodynamics," Schramski said. "These laws are absolute and incontrovertible; we have a limited amount of biomass energy available on the planet, and once it's exhausted, there is absolutely nothing to replace it."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2015-07-destruction-earth-life-humans-jeopardy.html#jCp

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Yes, this is one of the global emergencies we should very well pay attention to... we are destroying our own support system.

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Science, logic, consensus, and propaganda: a cartoon of reality

Science, logic, consensus, and propaganda: a cartoon of reality | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

“At some point during the modern age of public relations, it occurred to governments and corporations that they could fabricate any sort of knowledge. For example, they could pretend to follow the scientific method, pretend to take all the right steps in proper sequence, and then attach the seals and certifications of approval, without ever doing actual science.


Take the case of SARS, the epidemic that never was, in 2003. When the World Health Organization (WHO) decided there was an outbreak of a new disease, a closed circle of 10 WHO labs collaborated to find the virus that was causing SARS. This, on the basis of zero evidence that SARS was a new disease or that it was the result of a virus. The labs announced the discovery of a so-called coronavirus.


Subsequently, no other independent researchers replicated this finding with convincing evidence. And at the height of the “outbreak,” a WHO researcher in Canada (Frank Plummer) would confess to reporters that he was puzzled by the extremely rare appearance of the coronavirus in SARS patients—which was tantamount to an admission that he had no idea what singular factor or multiple factors were making patients ill.

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Science is not what it used to be...

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Science is not what it used to be...

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Solar activity predicted to fall 60% in 2030s, to 'mini ice age' levels: Sun driven by double dynamo

Solar activity predicted to fall 60% in 2030s, to 'mini ice age' levels: Sun driven by double dynamo | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

A new model of the Sun's solar cycle is producing unprecedentedly accurate predictions of irregularities within the Sun's 11-year heartbeat. The model draws on dynamo effects in two layers of the Sun, one close to the surface and one deep within its convection zone.


Predictions from the model suggest that solar activity will fall by 60 per cent during the 2030s to conditions last seen during the 'mini ice age' that began in 1645. 

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Magnetic effects determine sun activity, and we're learning to predict what's to come... prepare for winter a few years down the road...

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Dwarf planet Ceres offers big surprises for scientists

Dwarf planet Ceres offers big surprises for scientists | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

The closer we get to Ceres, the more perplexing the dwarf planet grows. NASA's Dawn spacecraft has found several more bright spots as well as a pyramid-like peak jutting out of the frigid world's surface. 


That bright spot resolved into two bright spots as the spacecraft got closer, and new images show that the dimmer companion is actually not one, but at least eight smaller spots. 


What are those shiny areas? It's still unclear, Russell said. It's possible they are salt or water ice, though scientists can't say for sure.


"We should get the answer when we pass over the bright spot again," Russell said. "We do see the contour of the ground, and it seems that it is not a hill but possibly a dip in the surface that is bright, but we need to complete the survey orbits in order to accurately obtain the topography of the area."



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What are those shiny areas? It's still unclear, Russell said. 


"We do see the contour of the ground, and it seems that it is not a hill but possibly a dip in the surface that is bright..."


Could it be that we are observing, for the first time in this research on Ceres, the fully lit interior of a planet? Could it be that the light, which according to some is at the centre of each planet, is "shining through" a number of holes (dips in the surface) for us to see?

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Radiation Remediation

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The space radiation environment presents a significant impediment to both human and robotic exploration and development of space. The Earth’s magnetic field traps high energy charged particles generated by cosmic rays, solar storms, and other processes, forming the “Van Allen” belts.


The high fluxes of energetic particles in the radiation belts will rapidly damage electronic and biological systems in these regions unless extraordinary and expensive measures are taken to harden or shield against these particles. Even with hardening measures, the lifetime and reliability of space systems is often limited by the steady degradation caused by very energetic particles.


Under funding from NASA's Institute for Advanced Concepts, TUI is currently investigating a novel concept for remediating the radiation belts to improve the safety and reliability of manned and unmanned missions in Earth orbit.


The High Voltage Orbiting Long Tether (HiVOLT) System, illustrated in Figure 1, will utilize long, lightweight, conducting structures deployed in the radiation belts and charged to very high voltages to scatter the energetic radiation particles, causing them to leave the radiation belts. Preliminary analyses indicate that a HiVOLT System can reduce the MeV particle flux in the inner electron belt to 1% of its natural levels within about two months. 

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Insanity ... in order to make space travel more easy, we plan to destroy the energetic Van Allen belts that provide protection to all life on earth from being fried by cosmic radiation. Not a smart move!

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