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Newly-discovered ‘hypervelocity stars’ flee our galaxy

Newly-discovered ‘hypervelocity stars’ flee our galaxy | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it
Astronomers have discovered dozens of solitary stars that move fast enough to escape the gravitational grasp of the Milky Way galaxy. The stars travel at over 1.5 million kilometers per hour, but scientists have no idea what force drives them.
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The stars move faster as they are caught in the magnetic vortex of our galaxy.

 

Think of the center of the galaxy, the black hole, as a giant magnet. Its rotation creates a magnetic field formed like a toroid, much like any magnet. Those are giant vortices that are shaped in a kind of fat, round doughnut pattern that encloses the galaxy.

 

Stars also have such a vortex and planets do, too. Think of the earth's magnetic field and its interaction with the sun's.

 

The polar vortices could take those stars with them, throwing them out of the main galactic plane and and accelerate them to the observed high velocities...

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As Spock would say "faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaascinating"

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Scientific curiosities - developments in space and on planet earth
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Owning the Weather

Owning the Weather | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

Nothing is more terrifying than the weather gone wild. Since the very beginning we’ve search for ways to manipulate mother nature. Now thanks to technological leaps in the last three decades, the holy grail of climate science may actually be in our reach as we strive to own the weather.


Chaos theory hurricane control, advanced cloud seeding, massive ionospheric heaters, storm absorbing super gels, nano scale weather machines, some barely visible to the human eye. All of these technologies exist in some form today – many of them are being tested at this very moment. In many parts of the world, large-scale modification is already common place, and with good reason. 


(Excerpt from the film)

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A good historical view of weather modification technology available some years ago. Of course we are always learning as evidenced by the fact that the USA has not had a major hurricane landfall in 9 years straight - NASA says so.


https://www.facebook.com/NASA/videos/vb.54971236771/10153238352621772/

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Researchers in China discover a 300 million year old screw embedded into rock

Researchers in China discover a 300 million year old screw embedded into rock | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

According to reports from Chinese News agencies, a mysterious object discovered in 2002 could be evidence of prehistorical civilizations


The Lanzhou screw is another mysterious object discovered in recent years that seems to challenge mainstream archaeology and history. It was discovered in 2002, and has since then, generated great amount of attention among collectors and researchers alike. The most mysterious part of this object is that, within a piece of rock, a metal screw was discovered. The mysterious pear-shaped stone is about 6x8 cm and weighs around 466 grams. But it is not a common rock and the metal shaped screw just adds to the mystery of a rock, that according to researchers is around 300 million years old. 


According to researchers, 300 million years ago, the supercontinent Pangea formed. It is during that time that the Lanzhou screw was believed to have been created, curiously, the Lanzhou screw has a similar history to the screw discovered in Russia in the 90's. The Russian screw, also embedded into rock, was found by chance as researchers were performing analysis after the fall of a meteorite in the Kaluga region when they came across a mysterious object that resembled a modern-day screw. 


Tests performed on the mysterious rock from Russia demonstrated that there are several screws embedded into the structure. Curiously, the age of the Russian screw is believed to be an exact match to the one found in China. 


It is quite likely that millions of years ago, Earth was completely different and it could have been home to a species much different then ours today. Objects like the ones found in China and Russia point toward the possibility that advanced civilizations might have existed millions of years ago on our planet.

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Human history is incomplete. We think we are so important, the pinnacle of development, while we may merely be the last one in a long chain of human civilisations that have existed on this planet...

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Study Confirms: The Universe Is A Hologram

Study Confirms: The Universe Is A Hologram | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

Are we living in a hologram?  

Energy fields are decoded by our brains into a 3D picture, to give the illusion of a physical world.  Despite its apparent materiality, the universe is a kind of 3-D projection and is ultimately no more real than a hologram.  And some recent scientific discoveries support the conclusion that the universe is one big holographic projection.


The building blocks of reality are behaving in ways which are inexplicable and can only make sense if we think of the universe in terms of a holographic field, not an empty container filled with objects.  


A recent study published in Nature suggests that the universe may be one big projection, according to their simulations. 


- See more at: http://www.spiritscienceandmetaphysics.com/new-study-confirms-universe-is-a-hologram/

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The universe is a bit like a tv or computer screen except that we live not on a flat surface, but in a 3D space. The pixels of the screen show us a moving picture. The pixels of the universe are much smaller, and they are arranged in a 3D matrix which we perceive as our reality...

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10,000 Dead Sea Lions Wash Up In California, Officials Announce Crisis

10,000 Dead Sea Lions Wash Up In California, Officials Announce Crisis | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

10,000 baby sea lions have washed up dead on a California island, with experts calling the unexplained deaths a 'crisis' and ' are washing ashore at a rate so alarming, rescuers said Thursday, this year is the worst yet”. 


Tens of thousands of pups birthed last summer are believed to be dying on the islands… some [are] desperately trying to climb onto small boats or kayaks… Scientists noted a worrisome anomaly in 2013, when 1,171 famished pups were stranded… scientists blamed the phenomenon on unseasonably cold waters… On San Miguel…


"It’s clear these sea lions are trying to tell us something. Their very presence here in such great numbers at this time of year is sounding an alarm up and down the coast… it signals something complex happening in our ocean… sea lions are very sensitive to their environment… alerting us to major changes in the ocean…


See more at: http://tinyurl.com/jwuyzhy

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Starving sea lion pups die by the thousands and wash up on the American West Coast. The marine scientists are baffled as to what is the cause. 

Have they forgotten Fukushima and the massive dose of radioactive elements that have been put into the Pacific Ocean for several years now?

Or is is "not cool" to keep talking about Fukushima and the associated radiation in the water? 

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We're Running Out of the Nuclear Fuel That Powers Space Travel

We're Running Out of the Nuclear Fuel That Powers Space Travel | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

Rosetta's lander lasted just 60 hours on a comet after it bounced into the dark shadows of a cliff, where its solar panels couldn't power the vehicle. Why didn't it carry a more reliable power source, say a nuclear battery like one that's unfailingly fueled Voyager for decades? It's a simple question with a fascinating answer, one that begins with the Cold War and ends with the future space exploration.

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Plutonium 238, a by-product of atomic weapons manufacture, is fuelling some spacecraft and apparently, there's too little of it. 

My big question after reading the article is: Why are we not actively inventing alternatives?

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Huge ocean confirmed underneath solar system’s largest moon, containing more water than Earth's oceans combined

Huge ocean confirmed underneath solar system’s largest moon, containing more water than Earth's oceans combined | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

The solar system’s largest moon, Ganymede, in orbit around Jupiter, harbors an underground ocean containing more water than all the oceans on Earth. Scientists were already fairly confident in the ocean’s existence, based on the moon’s smooth icy surface—evidence of past resurfacing by the ocean—and other observations by the Galileo spacecraft, which made a handful of flybys in the 1990s. But new observations by the Hubble Space Telescope, published online today in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, remove any remaining doubt. Ganymede now joins Jupiter’s Europa and two moons of Saturn, Titan and Enceladus, as moons with subsurface oceans—and good places to look for life.


Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt, may also have a subsurface ocean. The new results come from Hubble’s observations of Ganymede’s magnetic field, which produces two auroral belts (pictured) that can be detected in the ultraviolet. Because of interactions with Jupiter’s own magnetic field, these belts rock back and forth. However, there is a third magnetic field in the mix—one emanating from the electrically conductive, saltwater ocean and induced by Jupiter’s field—that counterbalances Jupiter’s field and reduces the rocking of the auroral belts. The Hubble study suggests that the ocean can be no deeper than 330 kilometers below the surface.


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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Ganymede, a Jupiter moon, with lots of water - it looks like water is very common on planets and moons, more so than we thought previously. 


And in consequence, life forms as we know them might also turn out very abundant...

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No life without water ...

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Rosetta Comet analysis points to a Water Universe

Rosetta Comet analysis points to a Water Universe | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

Rosetta is a robotic space probe consisting of a comet orbiter and a lander built by the European Space Agency, which also launched it in 2004.


Rosetta reached the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P) on August 2014 at 3.7 AU (astronomical unit, equal to 149.6 million kilometres, the mean distance from the centre of the earth to the centre of the sun), and moved from 200 km above the comet to a bound orbit of ~10 km, becoming the first spacecraft to orbit a comet.


On 12 November 2014, the lander module Philae soft-landed on the comet and managed to send some data before its solar-powered battery ran out, and it went into hibernation until its battery becomes sufficiently recharged, which hasn’t yet happened.


Rosetta’ s first results were stunning and ‘surprising’. Images of the comet nucleus (the solid body) inside the coma (the surrounding cloud of dust and gas) show two lobes joined by a ‘neck’. The surfaces are rocky and rugged, and blacker than coal. 


Significantly, water vapour (H2O gas) is actively produced. The total H2O gas production rates varied from 1 x 1025 molecules per second in early June 2014 to 4 x 1025 molecules per second in early August 2014 (equivalent to ~0.3 kgs-1 and 1.2 kg s-1 respectively). Water production is associated with jets shooting out from the comet nucleus.


How is this copious amount of water produced?


According to standard theory, water is being outgassed through vents from underground stores, or sublimated from the surface by the warmth of the sun, neither of which appears likely for 67P.


The most actively producing regions and jets are from the neck, the shadiest, coldest part of the comet, and tellingly, not from the most sunlit parts (see Image).

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Now that is interesting. We are seeing, for the first time, a comet when it gets active in its swing around the sun, and it looks like we will have to revise our theories on how comets work.

They aren't the 'dirty snowballs' they have been described as. They are rocks that, when hit by solar wind, start to actively *produce* water... 

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Astronomy and Space News - Astro Watch: Mystery Giant Mars Plumes Still Unexplained

Astronomy and Space News - Astro Watch: Mystery Giant Mars Plumes Still Unexplained | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

On Feb. 16, an international group of researchers proposed new hypotheses about some unusual plumes spotted by amateur astronomers on Mars in 2012.


The plumes were seen rising to altitudes of over 250 km above. By comparison, similar features seen in the past have never exceeded 100 km.


Now, new conclusions presented by scientists still raise more questions about the mysterious plumes, than they answer.


“We tentatively explored two scenarios that might help explain the observed phenomenon: a cloud of condensed CO2 or H2O, or even dust, and an aurora. After elaborating the details of these two hypotheses, we came to the conclusion that none of them provided a fully satisfactory answer,”


Antonio García Muñoz of ESA’s European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), co-author of the paper reporting the results in the journal Nature, told astrowatch.net.


“Therefore, we consider that the genuine nature of the phenomenon is still an open issue.”

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Is it not interesting that a major discovery about mysterious plumes on Mars had to be made by amateurs, not by the agency that should be telling us about such things?

The phenomenon was visible to the earth-bound telescopes of amateur astronomers, several of them then somehow got past the publication filters that normally suppress any reporting on what we can't explain.

Even more interesting (to me) than the clouds that can be seen in these images, is the light that comes from a south polar opening on planet Mars.

Oh yes, that's supposed to be ice according to official interpretations. 

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Newly Found Megalithic Ruins In Russia Contain The Largest Blocks Of Stone Ever Discovered

Newly Found Megalithic Ruins In Russia Contain The Largest Blocks Of Stone Ever Discovered | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

An incredible discovery that was recently made in Russia threatens to shatter conventional theories about the history of the planet.


On Mount Shoria in southern Siberia, researchers have found an absolutely massive wall of granite stones. Some of these gigantic granite stones are estimated to weigh more than 3,000 tons, and many of them were cut “with flat surfaces, right angles, and sharp corners”.


Nothing of this magnitude has ever been discovered before. The largest stone found at the megalithic ruins at Baalbek, Lebanon is less than 1,500 tons. So how in the world did someone cut 3,000 ton granite stones with extreme precision, transport them up the side of a mountain and stack them 40 meters high?


According to the commonly accepted version of history, it would be impossible for ancient humans with very limited technology to accomplish such a thing.


Could it be possible that there is much more to the history of this planet than we are being taught?

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More and more evidence points to the fact that human civilizations have a much richer history than the historians are letting on ...

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A new view of the solar system: Astrophysical jets driven by the sun

A new view of the solar system: Astrophysical jets driven by the sun | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

The yellow shape in this figure is the heliopause, the boundary between the heliosphere and the local interstellar medium. The sun sits at the center of this large bubble, but is too small to be seen here. The gray lines are the solar magnetic field lines and the red lines are the interstellar magnetic field.


The sun's magnetic field has more influence on the shape of the heliopause than previously thought. 


Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2015-02-view-solar-astrophysical-jets-driven.html#jCp

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The new model envisages "two jets" produced by a squeezed solar magnetic field. Why can't they ever call a vortex by its name...

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Houston Anthropologist Reveals Proof that Recorded History Is Wrong - advanced human civilisations preceded our current one

Houston Anthropologist Reveals Proof that Recorded History Is Wrong - advanced human civilisations preceded our current one | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

An examination of the age of structures across the earth reveals conclusively that they were built by advanced civilizations from over 29,000 years ago.


Houston anthropologist, Dr. Semir Osmanagich, founder of the Bosnian Archaeology Park, the most active archaeology site in the world, declares that irrefutable scientific evidence exists of ancient civilizations with advanced technology that leaves us no choice but to change our recorded history.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

There definitely were developed human civilisations before this current one. Evidence of construction is emerging all over the place, that does not fit with our account of human history.

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NASA Shuts Down Live Video Feed As Massive UFO Appears

NASA Shuts Down Live Video Feed As Massive UFO Appears | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

6th January, 2015 -- As NASA were broadcasting their live feed showing the International Space Station - what looked like a giant UFO appeared on screen, surprising viewers of the live stream.


Very shortly afterwards NASA cut the live feed and removed the video from its archives.


A “UFO Hunter” who was watching the feed managed to capture stills from the feed as the UFO appeared.  What do you make of this? A UFO or something else?


- See more at: http://yournewswire.com/nasa-shuts-down-live-video-feed-as-massive-ufo-appears/#sthash.N31PuP6j.dpuf

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

There are things NASA isn't being honest about with us. 

That whole "search for extraterrestrial intelligence" seems a great joke when considering that we have pictures and encounters both official and unofficial. 

This story apparently goes back to June 2014...


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

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Super-Colossal Hole Spotted On Sun As New Year Begins

Super-Colossal Hole Spotted On Sun As New Year Begins | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

Talk about big!

A dark hole hundreds of times bigger than the Earth has been spotted on the surface of the sun. A photo of the enormous "coronal hole" (below) was snapped by a camera aboard NASA's 

Solar Dynamics Observatory on Jan. 1, 2015.


The irregularly shaped hole spans about 400,000 kilometers (250,000 miles) at its widest point, said Dr. C. Alex Young, associate director for science for the heliophysics division at the space agency's Goddard facility in Greenbelt, Maryland. Its total surface area is about 410 times that of the Earth, he said (see below for size comparison).

Coronal holes were first seen in photos taken by NASA astronauts in the 1970s. They aren't holes in the usual sense. Rather, they're colder, cooler regions where the sun's magnetic field reaches out into space. The holes can remain visible for five years or longer.
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We don't know the significance of this one yet ... or the consequences, if there are any.

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What if Humans Aren’t the Most Intelligent Creatures on the Planet?

What if Humans Aren’t the Most Intelligent Creatures on the Planet? | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

In the light of biological evidence that shatters the idea of human superiority, Paul Watson asks us to redefine intelligence.


"We willingly accept the idea of intelligence in a life-form only if the intelligence displayed is on the same evolutionary wavelength as our own. Technology automatically indicates intelligence. An absence of technology translates into an absence of intelligence. 


Dolphins and whales do not display intelligence in a fashion recognizable to this conditioned perception of what intelligence is, and thus for the most part, we are blind to a broader definition of what intelligence can be. 


Evolution molds our projection of intelligence. Humans evolved as tool-makers, obsessed with danger and group aggression. This makes it very difficult for us to comprehend intelligent non-manipulative beings whose evolutionary history featured ample food supplies and an absence of fear from external dangers."  - Paul Watson

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Our view of what constitutes intelligence may be skewed. Certainly we can't be proud of behaving intelligently if we consider our influence on the eco-environment that we are embedded in.

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NASA Discovers New Arsenic-based Life Form, Could Revolutionize Green Energy

NASA Discovers New Arsenic-based Life Form, Could Revolutionize Green Energy | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

A team of NASA scientists studying bacteria in Mono Lake in California have discovered a microorganism that substitutes arsenic — a chemical that is toxic to almost all living organisms — for all parts of a cell that in every other life form are built from phosphate.


Not only will this discovery make it necessary to re-edit every science textbook in use, but researchers say it could revolutionize green energy and toxic waste cleanup.

Read more:  NASA Discovers New Form of Life, Could Revolutionize Energy | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

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We believe life is carbon-oxygen based with phosphorus playing an important role. Well not necessarily. Like this recent discovery there may be others yet to be made that will take us by surprise...

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Extensive Ancient Underground Network Discovered From Scotland to Turkey

Extensive Ancient Underground Network Discovered From Scotland to Turkey | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

Archaeologists uncovered thousands of Stone Age underground tunnels, stretching across Europe from Scotland to Turkey, perplexing researchers as to their original purpose.


German archaeologist Dr Heinrich Kusch, in his book ‘Secrets of the Underground Door to an Ancient World’ revealed that tunnels were dug under literally hundreds of Neolithic settlements all over Europe and the fact that so many tunnels have survived 12,000 years indicates that the original network must have been huge.


While many believe Stone Age humans were primitive, incredible discoveries such as the 12,000 year-old temple called Gobekli Tepe in  Turkey,  the pyramids of Egypt and other structures such as Stonehenge, which demonstrate extremely advanced astronomical knowledge indicates that they were not as primitive as many believe.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Just another indication that our story of the history of humanity is full of holes. 

The fact that there were extensive tunnel systems and megalithic constructions dating back more than ten thousand years indicates that there must have been advanced civilisations before this one.  

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250 Million Year-Old Stone With Microchip Discovered

250 Million Year-Old Stone With Microchip Discovered | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

Researchers have made another incredible discovery in Labinsk, Russia. According to scholars this discovery marks the beginning of a completely new history, one that many ancient alien theorists have been talking about for years. 


The object that researchers have found is believed to be some sort of ancient microchip and according to researchers, this ancient microchips dates back millions of years. After countless tests, researchers have come to the conclusion that this antique piece was used as some sort of microchip in ancient times


The problem is its age, according to tests, the artifact is believed to be between 225 and 250 million years old. Some researchers believe that the dating of the artifact is not entirely accurate given the fact that you cannot date rock, and the tests were based on traces of organic material found around the mystery “chip”. 


The million dollar question is, who or what used a microchip that dates back 250 million years? Is there a possibility that this is in fact the remains of ancient technology? Technology that belonged to a highly advanced civilization that inhabited Earth millions of years ago?

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Another indication that our civilisation may not be unique, that there have been other advanced civilisations before ours on this planet...


Note: There is scant evidence to be found for this story. No official records that I could find, so take it with a grain of salt.

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#duh what goes around, comes around

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Why does it have to be a civilization that inhabited the Earth. It could have came from space (another planet) hmmm.. 

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Landmark study proves that magnets can control heat and sound

Landmark study proves that magnets can control heat and sound | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

Researchers at The Ohio State University have discovered how to control heat with a magnetic field.


The study is the first ever to prove that acoustic phonons - the elemental particles that transmit both heat and sound - have magnetic properties.

"This adds a new dimension to our understanding of acoustic waves," said Joseph Heremans, Ohio Eminent Scholar in Nanotechnology and professor of mechanical engineering at Ohio State. "We've shown that we can steer heat magnetically. With a strong enough magnetic field, we should be able to steer sound waves, too."

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So heat, sound and magnetic fields have been shown to influence each other. This adds to another recent post about students experimentally putting out fires with sound waves...

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Astrophysicist Adam Frank: "There Is No Such Thing As Time"

Astrophysicist Adam Frank: "There Is No Such Thing As Time" | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

Astrophysicist Adam Frank's new book mixes cosmology with humanity. How does our understanding of the universe and cosmic time inform our daily lives? Especially if time is an illusion?


Julian Barbour's solution to the problem of time in physics and cosmology is as simply stated as it is radical: there is no such thing as time.


"If you try to get your hands on time, it's always slipping through your fingers," says Barbour. "People are sure time is there, but they can't get hold of it. My feeling is that they can't get hold of it because it isn't there at all."


Barbour speaks with a disarming English charm that belies an iron resolve and confidence in his science. His extreme perspective comes from years of looking into the heart of both classical and quantum physics.


Isaac Newton thought of time as a river flowing at the same rate everywhere. Einstein changed this picture by unifying space and time into a single 4-D entity. But even Einstein failed to challenge the concept of time as a measure of change.


In Barbour's view, the question must be turned on its head. It is change that provides the illusion of time. Channeling the ghost of Parmenides, Barbour sees each individual moment as a whole, complete and existing in its own right.


He calls these moments "Nows."

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Neither time nor space have independent physical existence. They are both a consequence of motion...

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▶ [1/5] Viktor Schauberger ~ Comprehend & Copy Nature ~ - YouTube

A comprehensive study of historical facts, current research, and various practical applications for both technology and the natural world.

The Austrian forester Viktor Schauberger (1885 - 1958) is today considered to be one of the pioneers of modern water research and holistic nature observation. Already during the first half of the 20th century, he warned insistently against the consequences of unrestricted exploitation of the environment.


As an alternative, he propagated a radical rethinking of our attitudes towards nature, and the development of completely new methods of energy production that are in harmony with nature. He formulated his so-called "C & C" Principle: to Comprehend and Copy Nature!

The applications of his ideas and his inventions include devices for qualitative water refinement (the creation of "living water"), spiral water pipes that reduce friction, river regulation in accordance with natural water flow, and the generation of energy from air and water using nature's own principles of motion based on suction and inward spiral movement -- the "Implosion" Principle.


Five videos...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoXW_3vPBiI


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0IJlBfH3m4


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDITD7p8AZw


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkfDC5kiXr0


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SNnHyaLWi8

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I have always found Viktor Schauberger's work extremely interesting.


He was a genius who advocated to base technology on the life principle (vortex flow forms) rather than staying on the radiative, explosive track which is characteristic for the current industrial model.


Perhaps one day...

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'Bright Spot' on Ceres is actually two spots

'Bright Spot' on Ceres is actually two spots | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

Dwarf planet Ceres continues to puzzle scientists as NASA's Dawn spacecraft gets closer to being captured into orbit around the object. The latest images from Dawn, taken nearly 29,000 miles (46,000 kilometers) from Ceres, reveal that a bright spot that stands out in previous images lies close to yet another bright area.


"Ceres' bright spot can now be seen to have a companion of lesser brightness, but apparently in the same basin. This may be pointing to a volcano-like origin of the spots, but we will have to wait for better resolution before we can make such geologic interpretations," said Chris Russell, principal investigator for the Dawn mission, based at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Ceres is a mini planet (about 950 km diameter and, it seems, perfectly round. It orbits the sun in the asteroid belt, somewhere between Mars and Jupiter.


It seems strange to find a perfectly round object together with the irregularly shaped asteroids, which are most probably the pieces of a former planet that was destroyed. And to make things even more strange, Ceres has a pair of strong light emitting points, now imaged by Dawn space probe, as it draws closer ...

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Stephen Hawking: “The Absence of Event Horizons Means There are No Black Holes"

Stephen Hawking: “The Absence of Event Horizons Means There are No Black Holes" | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

Stephen Hawking has set the world of physics back on its heels by reversing his lifetime’s work and a pillar of modern physics.


He claims that black holes do not exist – saying that the idea of an event horizon, the invisible boundary thought to shroud every black hole -- the awesome gravitational pull created by the collapse of a star will be so strong that nothing can break free including light -- is flawed.


Hawking proposes that instead of an inescapable event horizon, we should think of an “apparent horizon”. “The absence of event horizons means that there are no black holes — in the sense of regimes from which light can't escape to infinity.”


“There is no escape from a black hole in classical theory. [But quantum theory] enables energy and information to escape from a black hole," Hawking told Nature. His revised theory allows matter and energy to be held for a period of time before being released back into space.


Hawking says that his revsion requires a new theory that merges gravity with the other fundamental forces of nature. “The correct treatment remains a mystery,” he observed.

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Black holes apparently are out ... what will take their place?

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Scientists Suggest Aliens May Have Sent Space Seeds To Create Life On Earth

Scientists Suggest Aliens May Have Sent Space Seeds To Create Life On Earth | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

Scientists in the U.K. have examined a tiny metal circular object, and are suggesting it might be a micro-organism deliberately sent by extraterrestrials to create life on Earth.

Don't be fooled by the size of the object in the microscopic image above. It may appear to look like a planet-sized globe, but in fact, it's no bigger than the width of a human hair.


The University of Buckingham reports that the minuscule metal globe was discovered by astrobiologist Milton Wainwright and a team of researchers who examined dust and minute matter gathered by a high-flying balloon in Earth's stratosphere.


"It is a ball about the width of a human hair, which has filamentous life on the outside and a gooey biological material oozing from its centre," Wainwright said...

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Panspermia, the theory that biological life may be intentionally "seeded" so as to start life on recently formed planets, just got a boost. A tiny metal sphere as a carrier...

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OCHS CQU (Kimberly Van Lathum)'s curator insight, March 19, 9:14 PM

I'm still undecided whether ideas like these are interesting, realistic, amazing or terrifying. 
Growing up on a property I had a lot of time out in the bush to think about things, and let me tell you, at night when the milky way turns the sky white above you, lighting your surroundings almost as well as the sun, it's almost impossible to not think about the origin of life on earth. 
I am always hoping and dreading to hear evidence based arguments that there is other life out there, but eventually one day (whether tomorrow, next year, in five years, or 100) we will discover something extraordinary.
For now I'll just have to keep reading and wondering :) 

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The Sun's Activity May Help Determine How Long You'll Live

The Sun's Activity May Help Determine How Long You'll Live | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

The sun sustains life on Earth, and maybe that's not all it does. Provocative new research by scientists in Norway suggests there may be a link between solar activity at the time of your birth and how long you're likely to live.

Specifically, the scientists found that the life spans of people born during a so-called "solar maximum" period - when the sun displays the greatest number of sunspots and solar flares in any given solar cycle - are about five years shorter than those of people born in a solar minimum period, when the sun is less active.

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So it appears solar activity at time of birth may determine our likely lifespan. 


Living on the outside surface of a planet has its drawbacks, radiation damage being one of them...

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Powerful astro camera produces stunning images of exoplanets - Sen.com

Powerful astro camera produces stunning images of exoplanets - Sen.com | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

The first year of science operations with the Gemini Planet Imager (GPI) has produced stunning exoplanet images, spectra and research.


The Gemini Planet Imager (GPI) is designed for direct imaging and analysis of faint planets lying close to bright stars and to probe their atmospheres, plus study dusty, planet-forming disks around young stars. It is the most advanced such instrument to be deployed on the 8-metre Gemini South telescope, at Cerro Pachon in Chile.


“GPI’s advanced imaging capabilities have delivered exquisite images and data,” said Perrin. “These improved views are helping us piece together what’s going on around these stars, yet also posing many new questions.”


- See more at: http://sen.com/news/powerful-astro-camera-produces-stunning-images-of-exoplanets#sthash.r9LACkRH.dpuf


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We're learning to look for planets out there, not just stars.

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