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Wubbo Ockels at TEDxAmsterdam - It is time to overcome our chronocentric world view

Prof. dr. Wubbo J. Ockels is a Dutch physicist, and also the Netherlands original astronaut. He is a Professor of Aerospace Sustainable Engineering and Technology at the University of Delft, and tries to stimulate a mentality change among Dutch citizens.

 

In this mind-bending TEDxAmsterdam talk, Ockels explains how time is created by human beings, as a way for our brains to make sense of gravity.

 

The speed of light is constant, because it depends on our time, which is made by us: its the clock by which we have calibrated our existence. Based on this premise, Ockels proposes a new way to explore life in our galaxy.

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Reality doesn’t exist until we measure it, quantum experiment confirms

Reality doesn’t exist until we measure it, quantum experiment confirms | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

Australian scientists have recreated a famous experiment and confirmed quantum physics's bizarre predictions about the nature of reality, by proving that reality doesn't actually exist until we measure it - at least, not on the very small scale. 

 

That all sounds a little mind-meltingly complex, but the experiment poses a pretty simple question: if you have an object that can either act like a particle or a wave, at what point does that object 'decide'? 

 

Our general logic would assume that the object is either wave-like or particle-like by its very nature, and our measurements will have nothing to do with the answer. But quantum theory predicts that the result all depends on how the object is measured at the end of its journey. And that's exactly what a team from the Australian National University has now found...
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I believe that reality still exists but it only expresses itself when observed. Our thoughts and perceptions definitely do contribute to the reality we experience... they are necessary for it to come alive. 

A particle of light, a photon, is a wave unless and until it is stopped (or observed or "detected") at which time it curls up and is expressed as a particle. 

Billions of such particles then allow us to observe the energetic and material "reality" that surrounds us.

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NASA Discovers "Lonely Mountain" on Ceres Likely a Salty-Mud Cryovolcano - or not?

NASA Discovers "Lonely Mountain" on Ceres Likely a Salty-Mud Cryovolcano - or not? | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

Ceres’ mysterious mountain Ahuna Mons is seen in this mosaic of images from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft. On its steepest side, this mountain is about 3 miles (5 kilometers) high. Its average overall height is 2.5 miles (4 kilometers). The diameter of the mountain is about 12 miles (20 kilometers).  

 

“There is nothing quite like Ahuna Mons in the solar system,” said Lucy McFadden of NASA Goddard, a co-author on the paper. “It’s the first cryovolcano we’ve seen that was produced by a brine and clay mix.”

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So it's a unique object in the solar system, yet they have no problem identifying it as an ice volcano. 

 

Rather than an ice volcano, I see an open excavation pit and right next to it a mountain of discarded debris. It even has the right type of flanks that you'd expect when piling mine tailings up really high... like what was it, some 4000 meters. 

 

Why is it so difficult for us to accept that there may well be space-faring civilisations out there, with a technological level vastly superior to ours, mining both asteroids and planets... 

 

To get a better look at the image, follow the (headline) link...

 

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New Form of Carbon is Stronger Than Graphene and Diamond

New Form of Carbon is Stronger Than Graphene and Diamond | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

The sixth element, carbon, has given us an amazing abundance of extraordinary materials. Once there was simply carbon, graphite and diamond. But in recent years chemists have added buckyballs, nanotubes and any number of exotic shapes created out of graphene, the molecular equivalent of chickenwire. 

 

So it’s hard to believe that carbon has any more surprises up its sleeve. And yet today, Mingjie Liu and pals at Rice University in Houston calculate the properties of another form of carbon that is stronger, stiffer and more exotic than anything chemists have seen before. 

 

The new material is called carbyne. It is a chain of carbon atoms that are linked either by alternate triple and single bonds or by consecutive double bonds...

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Materials science: Carbon seems to be a very versatile element. A new and still stronger form of carbon is on the horizon...

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Researchers Discover the Blue Whirl, a New Type of Flame

Researchers Discover the Blue Whirl, a New Type of Flame | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

Naturally occurring fire tornadoes are scary, but a new clean-burning, controlled version could help clean oil spills 

 

Traditional fire whirls produced in forest fires or urban fires burn with a yellow color, which occurs when the fire is not able to completely consume its fuel and produces soot. Blue whirls, however, have access to more oxygen and completely combust their fuel, burning quickly and much more cleanly.

According to their paper, the researchers discovered the whirl while investigating the possibility of using fire whirls to clean up oil spills. As they produced the whirls using a stream of heptane gas pumped through a tray of water, they watched as the yellow swirl stabilized and settled into the stable blue phase. They believe that the stable blue whirl forms because of the water barrier.

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Interesting - we're discovering a new type of fire...

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Planet Nine may have tilted entire solar system except the sun

Planet Nine may have tilted entire solar system except the sun | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

The sun's spin isn't totally upright compared with the orbits of the planets. Could this be because a jealous, distant world shoved its siblings? 

 

A jealous Planet Nine may have shoved its siblings for attention. If a massive ninth planet exists in our solar system, it might explain why the planets are out of line with the sun. 

 

The eight major planets still circle the sun in the original plane of their birth. The sun rotates on its own axis, but surprisingly, that spin is tilted: the axis lies at an angle of 6 degrees relative to a line perpendicular to the plane of the planets. 

 

There are a few theories to explain this jaunty slant, including the temporary tug of a passing star aeons ago, or interactions between the magnetic fields of the sun and the primordial dusty disc that formed the solar system. But it is hard to account for why the sun’s spin is aligned the way it is relative to the planets. 

 

Two teams of astronomers have just announced a new explanation: a hypothetical massive planet in the outer solar system could be interfering with all the other planets’ orbits...

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Planet X - now going by the name of Planet Nine - may be a serious disturbing influence in our solar system... we just haven't found it yet on telescopes but the orbits and spin axis inclination of other planets point to its existence.

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All scientific papers to be free by 2020 under EU proposals

All scientific papers to be free by 2020 under EU proposals | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

All publicly funded scientific papers published in Europe could be made free to access by 2020, under a “life-changing” reform ordered by the European Union’s science chief, Carlos Moedas. 

 

The Competitiveness Council, a gathering of ministers of science, innovation, trade and industry, agreed on the target following a two-day meeting in Brussels last week.

 

The move means publications of the results of research supported by public and public-private funds would be freely available to and reusable by anyone.

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It is about time - research and learning has been held hostage by the science publishers for a long time. Even universities have trouble to afford all the information ...

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Nasa finding confirms Indian theory: Black holes are 'ultra hot balls of fire' - Firstpost

Nasa finding confirms Indian theory: Black holes are 'ultra hot balls of fire' - Firstpost | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

Recent observation by Nasa scientists of giant flares of X-rays from a black hole confirms theory that the black holes ultra hot balls of fire like our Sun. 

 

It came as a surprise when Nasa announced last month that two of its space telescopes caught a huge burst of X-ray spewing out of a super massive black hole. 

 

What is unique about this giant flare is it appeared to be triggered by the eruption of a massive corona (charged particles) from the "black hole". If nothing can get out of a black hole, how did the corona come out of it? 

 

Abhas Mitra, till recently head of theoretical astrophysics at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in Mumbai and currently Adjunct Professor at the Homi Bhabha National Institute says Nasa's observation has only bolstered his theory that "true" black holes do not exist and that the so-called black holes are in fact hot balls of magnetized plasma...

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Here goes another one of conventional physics' holy cows, the black hole... they are just supermassive, and super-fast rotating, stellar objects.

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The Nassikas Superconducting Lorentz Thruster: Levitation with essentially zero power draw

The Nassikas Superconducting Lorentz Thruster: Levitation with essentially zero power draw | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

Here I would like to announce a new superconductor thruster idea that Dr. Nassikas has come up with which should be able to produce 30,000 to a million times more thrust than his version 1 thruster. The implications of this new thruster invention are mind boggling. To distinguish it from his earlier version, he refers to it as the Nassikas thruster II (version 2)...

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This could be a paradigm change in space propulsion. Thrust by purely electrical means... no propellants to expel.

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Mayak - Crowdfunded Russian Satellite Will Soon be “The Brightest Star in the Night Sky”

Mayak - Crowdfunded Russian Satellite Will Soon be “The Brightest Star in the Night Sky” | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

The “Mayak” or “Beacon” satellite is becoming one of the most successful crowd funding campaigns in Russia. 

 

Introduced by a group of aerospace engineers and supporters from Moscow’s University of Mechanical Engineering (MAMI), the campaign is currently in its final stages and is being tested before it is launched into space by the Soyuz-2 carrier rocket.

 

On Thursday the team declared they have raised more than 1.5 million rubles ($19,650) on the Boomstarter crowd funding platform, letting them finish the next stage of the satellite’s flight testing...

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The Russians are about to put a crowdfunded satellite into orbit that will be visible in the night sky ... brighter than any star.

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New study: A Mysterious Mammoth Carcass Could Change Human History

New study: A Mysterious Mammoth Carcass Could Change Human History | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

The carcass was remarkably well preserved, but something was clearly wrong. A rounded hole through the interior jugal. Deep incisions along the ribs. Dents in the left scapula. A broken mandible. 


This 45,000 year-old mammoth’s life ended violently at the hands of hunters. That wouldn’t be surprising—it’s well known that Pleistocene humans were expert mammoth killers—but for the location. It was excavated from a permafrost embankment at Yenisei bay, a remote spot in central Siberia where a massive river empties into the Arctic Ocean. 


“We [now] know that the eastern Siberia up to its Arctic limits was populated starting at roughly 50,000 years ago,” said Vladimir Pitulko, an archaeologist at the Russian Academy of Sciences and lead author on the study. “This makes our window into the remote part [of the planet] open wider.” 


The discovery challenges our current understanding of early human history. Archaeologists believe that the ability to survive in far northern climates was related to technological advancements, including the widespread adoption of ivory hunting spears. If those advances had already occurred 45,000 years ago, then people could conceivably have crossed the Bering Land Straight into North America around that time. By comparison, our current oldest evidence for humans in North America only dates back about 15,000 years.

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Human history - we don't have the whole story yet...

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Ancient Underground Labyrinth Discovered in Egypt: ‘Contains 3000 Rooms With Hieroglyphs’

Ancient Underground Labyrinth Discovered in Egypt: ‘Contains 3000 Rooms With Hieroglyphs’ | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

In 2008, a team of researches headed for Hawara, Egypt (55 miles south of Cairo), to investigate a lost subterranean labyrinth, described by many classic authors like Herodotus and Strabo. The legendary temple was said to contain 3000 rooms full of hieroglyphs and paintings. The Belgian-Egyptian expedition team brought the highest level of ground penetrating technology to scan the sand of Hawara and solve the enigma. 


The Mataha expedition (Mataha = labyrinth in Arabic) confirmed the presence of the underground temple just south of the pyramid of Amenemhat III... 



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The huge underground complex exists but it has not been excavated. We might learn a lot of ancient history once we explore...

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This physicist has a groundbreaking idea about why life exists

This physicist has a groundbreaking idea about why life exists | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

Popular hypotheses credit a primordial soup, a bolt of lightning, and a colossal stroke of luck. 

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But if a provocative new theory is correct, luck may have little to do with it. Instead, according to the physicist proposing the idea, the origin and subsequent evolution of life follow from the fundamental laws of nature and “should be as unsurprising as rocks rolling downhill.” 


The formula, based on established physics, indicates that when a group of atoms is driven by an external source of energy (like the sun or chemical fuel) and surrounded by a heat bath (like the ocean or atmosphere), it will often gradually restructure itself in order to dissipate increasingly more energy. This could mean that, under certain conditions, matter inexorably acquires the key physical attribute associated with life...

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The difference between animated matter and the 'inanimate' kind seems to be getting much more blurred... 

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The Electric Comet II -- Mysteries Deepen

This is the second segment of Episode 4, Symbol of an Alien Sky: The Electric Comet II documentary series. It provides an update of comet science, starting where our earlier documentary The Electric Comet left off.


Our objective in both comet documentaries is to contrast two perspectives—the Electric Comet Model and the “dirty snowball” Standard Model—all with a critical eye on predictive ability.

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We're learning new things about comets. Their rocky consistency and distant interaction with the sun practically exclude the old hypothesis that comets' tails are made of water melted and sublimated by the sun's heat. 


Conclusion: There are definitely electric interactions in space...

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Engineers Stumble on a Whole New Method of Laser-Based Spacecraft Propulsion

Engineers Stumble on a Whole New Method of Laser-Based Spacecraft Propulsion | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

Are graphene light-sponges the new solar sails? 

 

A team of Chinese physicists has developed a new variety of light-based propulsion system with the ability to harness much greater forces than a conventional solar sail.

 

The key, according to the Nankai University-based group, is in swapping out the mirrored sail—which captures photonic energy as radiation pressure in much the same way a regular air-sail captures wind energy—for a pure-black graphene sponge. Rather than reflect off of the sail, light is absorbed by the sponge, which converts that energy into propulsion.

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'Solar sails' are used to propel some of our space probes. Using graphene instead of mirrors, their efficiency could be very much increased...

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EmDrive works: Nasa Eagleworks' paper has finally passed peer review, says scientist in the know

EmDrive works: Nasa Eagleworks' paper has finally passed peer review, says scientist in the know | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

The EmDrive is the invention of British scientist Roger Shawyer, who proposed in 1999 that based on the theory of special relativity, electricity converted into microwaves and fired within a closed cone-shaped cavity causes the microwave particles to exert more force on the flat surface at the large end of the cone (i.e. there is less combined particle momentum at the narrow end due to a reduction in group particle velocity), thereby generating thrust. 

 

His critics say that according to the law of conservation of momentum, his theory cannot work as in order for a thruster to gain momentum in one direction, a propellant must be expelled in the opposite direction, and the EmDrive is a closed system. 

 

However, Shawyer claims that following fundamental physics involving the theory of special relativity, the EmDrive does in fact preserve the law of conservation of momentum and energy.

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A self-contained electromagnetic drive that creates thrust in one direction... fuelless rocketry on the horizon!

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Why are so many smart people such idiots about philosophy?

Why are so many smart people such idiots about philosophy? | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

There's no doubt that Bill Nye "the Science Guy" is extremely intelligent. But it seems that, when it comes to philosophy, he’s completely in the dark.

The beloved American science educator and TV personality posted a video last week where he responded to a question from a philosophy undergrad about whether philosophy is a "meaningless topic. 

My comment:

Bill Nye is completely lost on that question. He ends up arguing the side of the matrix, the constructed reality we live in.

Philosophy as I understand it, is asking ourselves the big questions and trying to figure out the answer ... Philosophy is the science that should guide physics for instance, it should provide input to look in the right direction. 

... and it is of course a valid part of the world of science. Philosophy as taught today however, has somehow lost touch with its original purpose, which was that of an essentially explorative discipline.

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Philosophy is meaningless? I don't think so.

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The remains of a 200,000 year old advanced civilization found in Africa

The remains of a 200,000 year old advanced civilization found in Africa | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

The discovery was made in South Africa, around 150 km west of port Maputo. There, we find the remains of a huge metropolis that measures, according to tests, around 1500 square km. 

 

This ancient city is, according to researchers, part of an even larger community with about 10,000 square kilometers and is believed to have been constructed 160,000 to 200,000 years before Christ. 

 

According to Tellinger, it shows that the Sumerians and even the Egyptians inherited their knowledge from an earlier advanced civilization that lived at the southern tip of Africa more than 200,000 years ago… mining gold. 

 

They carved detailed images into the hardest rock, worshiped the sun, and are the first to have carved an image of the Egyptian Ankh – key of life and universal knowledge, 200,000 years before the Egyptian civilisation  came to light.

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We may find that there have been several civilisations on earth before our current one ... once we start to appreciate and learn to read the signs that were left behind. Anyway, here are the remnants of one located at the Southern tip of Africa that pre-dated ours by more than a hundred thousand years.

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Found: A Hidden Monument in the Center of Petra

Found: A Hidden Monument in the Center of Petra | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

Sarah Parcak, the space archaeologist, keeps finding new and exciting places, by looking down from above. 

 

In a new paperNational Geographic reports, she and colleague Christopher Tuttle describe a previously unknown monument that they found right in the middle of Petra.

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Space archaeologist ... discovers so-far-unknown historical site.

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GeoOrbital Wheel - Make your bike electric in 60 seconds

The Patent Pending GeoOrbital wheel is an evolution of the orbital wheel (the wheels on the TRON Motorcycles). The GeoOrbital wheel replaces a standard bicycle front wheel to turn your bike into a powerful electric bike in under 60 seconds. 

 

The GeoOrbital wheel is compatible with nearly every bicycle. We have tested it on hundreds of bikes of all different styles from all different eras. The wheel comes in 2 sizes to cover over 95% of all adult sized bicycles.

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Let the battery do some of that work...

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India to launch its reusable spaceplane in May

India to launch its reusable spaceplane in May | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

The Indian Space Research Organisation has announced that it is on track to launch its first reusable spaceplane as early as May 2016.

 

The Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) is scheduled to conduct maiden flight to evaluate various technologies needed to develop a fully reusable space vehicle.

 

 

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

We have a lot of catching up to do with our space travel technology. India is getting in on the act developing its own unmanned shuttle.

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The Electric Cosmos

The Electric Cosmos | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

Modern astronomy and cosmology ignores electricity and misinterprets redshift. 

 

There is a revolution just beginning in astronomy/cosmology that will rival the one set off by Copernicus and Galileo.  This revolution is based on the growing realization that the cosmos is highly electrical in nature.  It is becoming clear that 99% of the universe is made up not of "invisible matter", but rather, of matter in the plasma state.  Electrodynamic forces in electric plasmas are much stronger than the gravitational force. 

 

    Mainstream astrophysicists are continually “surprised” by new data sent back by space probes and orbiting telescopes.  That ought to be a clue that something is wrong.  New information always sends theoretical astrophysicists "back to the drawing board".  In light of this, it is curious that they have such "cock-sure" attitudes about the infallibility of their present models.  Those models seem to require major "patching up" every time a new space probe sends back data. 

 

    Astrophysicists and astronomers do not study experimental plasma dynamics in graduate school.  They rarely take any courses in electrodynamic field theory, and thus they try to explain every new discovery via gravity, magnetism, and fluid dynamics which is all they understand.  It is no wonder they cannot understand that 99% of all cosmic phenomena are due to plasma dynamics and not to gravity alone. 

 

    When confronted by observations that cast doubt on the validity of their theories, astrophysicists have circled their wagons and conjured up pseudo-scientific invisible entities such as neutron stars, weakly interacting massive particles, strange energy, and black holes.  When confronted by solid evidence such as Halton Arp's photographs that contradict the Big Bang Theory, their response is to refuse him access to any major telescope in the U.S. 

 

    Instead of wasting time in a futile battle trying to convince entrenched mainstream astronomers to seriously investigate the Electric/Plasma Universe ideas, a growing band of plasma scientists and engineers are simply bypassing them.  A new electric plasma-based paradigm that does not find new discoveries to be “enigmatic and puzzling”, but rather to be predictable and consistent with an electrical point of view, is slowly but surely replacing the old paradigm wherein all electrical mechanisms are ignored. 

 

    This web site is dedicated to explaining the basis of this ongoing scientific shift...

A good place to start your research into the electric nature of the universe. Here's the link againA good place to start your research into the electric nature of the universe.

 

http://electric-cosmos.org/indexOLD.htm

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A good place to start your research into the electric nature of the universe.

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Viktor Schauberger - Comprehend and Copy Nature - how to use the natural spiral flow of water...

This is a video by German filmmaker Franz Fitzke put online by http://www.cosmicpolymath.com/viktor-schauberger.html  

The documentary pulls together what we know of Viktor Schauberger's life and work with water. Schauberger was WAY ahead in his comprehension of natural motion and cycles.


Today we are just re-discovering what was first found almost a century ago. 

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Schauberger - a great teacher of natural processes, especially with regard to the flow of water but also in agriculture...

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Case made for 'ninth planet' - BBC News

Case made for 'ninth planet' - BBC News | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

American astronomers say they have strong evidence that there is a ninth planet in our Solar System orbiting far beyond even the dwarf world Pluto.  


The team, from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), has no direct observations to confirm its presence just yet. 


Rather, the scientists make the claim based on the way other far-flung objects are seen to move. 


But if proven, the putative planet would have 10 times the mass of Earth. 


The Caltech astronomers have a vague idea where it ought to be on the sky, and their work is sure to fire a campaign to try to track it down.


Here is the announcement from CatTech:


https://www.caltech.edu/news/caltech-researchers-find-evidence-real-ninth-planet-49523

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An object in the outer reaches of the solar system... well, let's see it. Find its trajectory.

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Protecting Earth and A Better Way to Mars

Protecting Earth and A Better Way to Mars | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

The following 3-prong idea leverages the possible advantages that could come from creating new infrastructure at the L-1 Lagrangian point in space.  Here we can create new infrastructure to save and also power our planet and as a bonus find a better way to go to Mars. Not a bad—in fact may be a great 3-in-l solution.


L-1 can indeed be a lower cost and safer way to Mars, an excellent location for a solar power satellite, and viable way to create a solar shield for Earth. This will be essential when the natural shielding from the Van Allen Belts is greatly diminished as the world’s magnetic poles flip.


The answer advocated here is what I called STAMPSS (STaging Area to Mars and Protective Solar Screen). 


The L-1 Point can act as the Staging Area for Missions to Mars and Creation of the “Solar Shield” for Earth. This is the most suitable place in space to locate at least three facilities...

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Some satellites or even a space station in a gravity-free point between the sun and the earth could come in quite handy in the future, says Joe Pelton.

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‘Cosmic Web’ or Cosmic Electricity Grid

‘Cosmic Web’ or Cosmic Electricity Grid | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

Observations on the largescale structure of the Universe over the past decades have given rise to the notion of the ‘cosmic web’, which is nothing if not the cosmic electricity grid of the Electric Plasma Universe - Dr Mae-Wan Ho 


There is no starker contrast between the Big Bang and the Electric Plasma Universe.


Big Bang cosmology developed when the Universe could only be seen dimly through light emitted in the visible electromagnetic spectrum, a narrow band less than one octave between 390 and 700 nm.


Since the 1970s, space research has extended our vision enormously in an electromagnetic spectrum spanning some 30 octaves - from radio waves, microwaves, and infrared at one extreme to ultraviolet, x-rays and γ-rays at the other, all emitted by magnetized plasmas, and on timescales of split seconds to minutes, hours, and days.


Instead of a static Big Bang Universe stuffed with dead dark matter and dark energy, the Electric Plasma Universe is alive and shimmering, flashing, often bursting with unrivalled brilliance...

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Major change coming in the way we view the universe. Einstein's gravity centred description of the universe is no longer sufficient. There are electric and magnetic forces out there that shape matter into galaxies, stars and planets...

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