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Discovery Measures "Heartbeats" of a Distant Galaxy's Stars

Discovery Measures "Heartbeats" of a Distant Galaxy's Stars | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

In many ways stars are like living beings. They're born; they live; they die. And they even have a heartbeat. Using a novel technique, astronomers have detected thousands of stellar "pulses" in the galaxy Messier 87 (M87). Their measurements offer a new way of determining a galaxy's age. 


The astronomers studied the elliptical galaxy M87, located 53 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Virgo. They examined a unique series of images taken with the Hubble Space Telescope over the course of three months in 2006. They quickly found what they were looking for. 


"Amazingly, one in four pixels in the image changes with time," said Pieter van Dokkum, a professor and chair of the astronomy department at Yale University. "We tend to think of galaxies as steady beacons in the sky, but they are actually 'shimmering' due to all the giant, pulsating stars in them." 


Analysis of the Hubble data showed that the average pixel varies on a timescale of approximately 270 days. The regular up and down changes in brightness are reminiscent of a heartbeat. "It's as if we're taking the pulse of the galaxy," said Conroy.


- See more at: https://www.cfa.harvard.edu/news/2015-25#sthash.naRHOQS4.dpuf

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Stars have a pulse! 


This means stars (as well as our sun) are probably an electromagnetic phenomenon in space rather than being those balls of hydrogen that achieved fusion through pressure and heat, that we think them to be...

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Mushrooms as Rainmakers: mushroom spores are launched by water droplets and act as nuclei for raindrops

Mushrooms as Rainmakers: mushroom spores are launched by water droplets and act as nuclei for raindrops | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

Millions of tons of fungal spores are dispersed in the atmosphere every year. These living cells, along with plant spores and pollen grains, may act as nuclei for condensation of water in clouds.


Basidiospores released by mushrooms form a significant proportion of aerosols, particularly above tropical forests.


Mushroom spores are discharged from gills by the rapid displacement of a droplet of fluid on the cell surface. This droplet is formed by the condensation of water on the spore surface stimulated by the secretion of mannitol and other hygroscopic sugars. This fluid is carried with the spore during discharge, but evaporates once the spore is airborne.


Using environmental electron microscopy, we have demonstrated that droplets reform on spores in humid air. The kinetics of this process suggest that basidiospores are especially effective as nuclei for the formation of large water drops in clouds.


Through this mechanism, mushroom spores may promote rainfall in ecosystems that support large populations of ectomycorrhizal and saprotrophic basidiomycetes. Our research heightens interest in the global significance of the fungi and raises additional concerns about the sustainability of forests that depend on heavy precipitation.

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How interesting ... mushrooms may help make it rain.

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Comets are not primordial bodies leftover from big bang

Comets are not primordial bodies leftover from big bang | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

Comets formation theory is totally based on the idea that comets are the leftovers or survivors of the creation of the universe. But all evidence seems to suggest that comet theory is very wrong. They are rocky objects, not dirty snowballs


Now oxygen molecules have been detected. But oxygen reacts with most things so how has it survived in a comet since the formation of the universe? This can possibly be explained through Electric Universe theory about comet electric/plasma water


Oxygen is the third most abundant element in the Universe, but the simplest molecular version of the gas, O2, has proven surprisingly hard to track down, even in star-forming clouds, because it is highly reactive and readily breaks apart to bind with other atoms and molecules. 


We weren’t really expecting to detect O2 at the comet – and in such high abundance – because it is so chemically reactive, so it was quite a surprise,” says Kathrin Altwegg of the University of Bern. 


“This is an intriguing result for studies both within and beyond the comet community, with possible implications for our models of Solar System evolution,” says Matt Taylor, ESA’s Rosetta project scientist.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Close up measurements of the gases in and around comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko by the Rosetta space probe put much of our theories of comet formation in doubt.

I believe comets may be fractions resulting from the break-up of rocky planetary bodies, rather than leftovers from the time the universe first formed... and that planet formation must have been a "very gentle" process as they say.

Like asteroids, comets are space rocks, probably pieces of broken up planets/moons. There must have been plenty of collisions during geological times.

Perhaps the difference between asteroids and comets is in their orbits. Comets venture far out into space for years before coming back to take a swing around the sun to then head out again.

They might accumulate some of those elements in deep space. As the comet approaches the sun and is exposed to the solar wind and the sun's infrared radiation, the elements get gasified and form a visible "tail" as the comet approaches the sun.

 

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Rosetta finds molecular oxygen on comet 67P

Rosetta finds molecular oxygen on comet 67P | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

Stunned scientists announced Wednesday the unexpected discovery of large quantities of oxygen on a comet which streaked past the Sun in August with a European spacecraft in tow.


The find came as a "big surprise", and challenges mainstream theories on the formation of our Solar System, said scientist Andre Bieler of the University of Michigan. 


Measurements made by the Rosetta probe suggested that oxygen molecules in the 67P comet's gassy halo must have existed "before or at" its formation, he told journalists. 


This may have implications for mankind's understanding of the chemistry involved in the formation of the Solar System some 4.6 billion years ago. 




Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2015-10-rosetta-molecular-oxygen-comet-67p.html#jCp

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It appears we may need a different story of the universe... ours doesn't fit the data any more. 

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NASA - The Electric Atmosphere: Plasma Is Next NASA Science Target

NASA - The Electric Atmosphere: Plasma Is Next NASA Science Target | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it
Two giant donuts of radiation surround Earth, trapped in a region known as the Van Allen Radiation Belts. NASA's RBSP mission will study the material, called plasma, in this mysterious region.
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Good we will get some actual data collected. 

What I find most thought provoking is that there are two distinct doughnut shaped rings, one much smaller than the other. What could be the cause of this?

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There are 397 planets in OUR solar system, says top space expert

There are 397 planets in OUR solar system, says top space expert | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

THERE are 397 planets in our solar system, a space expert sensationally claimed tonight. 


Jerry Stone, from Spaceflight UK, has launched a campaign to reclassify Pluto, where frozen water has been discovered, as a full planet. 


Ever since the discovery of Pluto in 1930 there were nine planets in the solar system - the others being Mercury, Neptune, Venus, Uranus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. 


But in 2006 the International Astronomical Union (IAU) at its 2006 conference in Prague stripped Pluto, the smallest of them, of the title creating the dwarf planet status, by a slim margin of 206 to 199. 


The controversial decision was made because a number of similar-sized "objects" to Pluto were being discovered and critics of the decision say official astronomers were struggling to keep on top of them so tightened up entry requirements into our solar system's planet club.

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Should Pluto be re-classified as a planet? Many astronomers say yes, especially since we have lots of close-up images from the New Horizons space probe. 

The controversial new definition of what is a planet should be revised, they say. 

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The Ancestral Myth of the Hollow Earth and Underground Civilizations

The Ancestral Myth of the Hollow Earth and Underground Civilizations | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

The Hollow Earth theory states that the Earth is a hollow planet with ancient entrances to the subterranean world scattered throughout it, including near both polar caps. This theory has been reported since ancient times and scientists such as Edmund Halley have defended it throughout history. 


From 1818-1826, the American John C. Symmes passionately supported the theory as well. According to him, there was a subterranean world inside our planet illuminated by a tiny sun, and that included mountains, forests, and lakes. Symmes launched a national campaign aiming to raise the necessary funds to send an expedition to the Arctic to search for an entrance to the subterranean world. 


Meanwhile, the first man to fly over the poles, Richard E. Byrd, in his report said he “inspected about 26,000 km (16,155.7 miles) around and beyond the Pole.” This simple sentence with the words "beyond the Pole" are the foundation on which many advocates of the hollow earth theory accuse the US government (who funded Byrd’s flight) of a cover-up, saying that Byrd went into the Inner Earth.


Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Stories and rumours about the earth being hollow and habitable 'on the inside' have been around throughout history... Why have we stopped looking? 

"Edmund Halley (1656 - 1742), the English scientist who studied the comet that bears his name, may have been the first to develop a scientific hypothesis about the Hollow Earth. After a series of observations of the Earth's magnetic field, Halley concluded that the anomalies observed could only be explained if the Earth was composed of two spheres: an external solid one and an internal hollow one, each with its own magnetic axis." 

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Forget water on Mars: Fossilised dinosaur 'found on the Red Planet'

Forget water on Mars: Fossilised dinosaur 'found on the Red Planet' | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

AS NASA made its historic announcement of finding signs of water on the surface of Mars, alien hunters celebrated their own discovery amid claims these pictures shows a fossilised dinosaur in rocks on the Red Planet.


"This appears to show the of remains of a possibly prehistoric monster. 


"If we look closer we can see a large skull with a defined small bone, we can also see a large eye socket and a large curved spine. 


"As we rebuild the artefact using enhancement techniques and colourisation, we can begin to see that this artefact is the remains of a long-dead Martian creature.


"It is quite clear this is indeed the petrified remains of a Martian creature, possibly prehistoric in nature."


But Nasa explains these are just unusually eroded rocks and the alien hunters are the victims of pareidolia - an optical illusion that is caused after the brain tricks the eyes into seeing familiar objects or shapes in textured surfaces or patterns.

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Don't worry, NASA says that seeing unusual shapes in their photos of Mars indicates we're all suffering from an illness they call pareidolia...

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Electrostatic Seed Enhancement Scuttled for Profit

Electrostatic Seed Enhancement Scuttled for Profit | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

In laboratory experiments the researchers, Dr. Guido Ebner and Heinz Schurch, exposed cereal seeds and fish eggs to an "electrostatic field" -- in other words, to a field of static voltage, in which no current (or hardly any) flows. Typically a high voltage but low amperage DC current is used to charge two metal plates, separated by air. The plates create an electrostatic field and this influences the changes they observed. 


The seeds and eggs they tested were placed between the charged plates for many hours to many days. They were then allowed to germinate and continue growing under normal conditions. 


Unexpectedly, primeval organisms grew out of these seeds and eggs: a fern that no longer exists; primeval corn with up to twelve ears per stalk; wheat that was ready to be harvested in just four to six weeks and giant rainbow trout, extinct in Europe for 130 years, with so-called salmon hooks.

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It is apparently possible to reverse genetic modifications - by simply exposing seeds to a static electric field for some time before germination and growth. The recently added genetic traits will vanish, giving way to a plant or animal close to its origins...

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It is apparently possible to reverse genetic modifications - by simply exposing seeds to a static electric field for some time before germination and growth. The recently added genetic traits will vanish, giving way to a plant or animal close to its origins...

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Electric Plasma Universe Arrives

Electric Plasma Universe Arrives | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it
Plasmas are low density electrically charged particles that respond collectively to electromagnetic forces. The charged particles are usually clouds or beams of electrons or ions, or mixture of electrons and ions or charged dust particles [2]. Plasmas in their quiescent state are invisible in the visual spectrum and make up more than 99.9 % of the matter in the universe. Plasmas are the ultimate stardust from which the visible universe of stars and planets (and their living inhabitants), galaxies and supergalaxies (clusters, walls, and networks of galaxies) are created. The creation of stars and galaxies are often highly energetic, sometimes explosive events associated with massive electrical discharges, releasing the energy stored in stellar, galactic, and supergalactic electric plasma circuits. Hence plasmas are also the main engine of creation in the Plasma Universe.

Plasmas are responsible for both the accretion and the redistribution of matter in forming galaxies, stars and planets through electromagnetic forces. They are also prodigious producers of electromagnetic radiation in the entire spectrum from radio waves through visible to X-rays and γ-rays; all subject to real time observations through huge arrays of powerful telescopes and dedicated space missions (see [5]).  Gravity follows only when matter is sufficiently condensed from its plasma state; and even then, electromagnetic plasmas continue to play a pivotal role in shaping and reshaping the heavenly bodies, and especially in the origin and evolution of life. Without Earth’s magnetic field, our atmosphere would be stripped away by the solar wind, and life on Earth would have been impossible [6].   
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On the way to acceptance - an electromagnetic, rather than relativistic, view of the universe. 

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How Old is The Water On Earth?

How Old is The Water On Earth? | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

New research reveals that a big portion of the Earth’s water is older than previously thought, and actually predates the age of the Sun. 


Moreover, the findings of the study suggest that water – and life – could exist on exoplanets throughout our galaxy and beyond.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Some evidence is emerging that water may be more common than thought. It's not an earth exclusive by any means, and since water provides the conditions for organic life to develop, we should be finding life out there ... soon ...

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The Influence Of Vedic Philosophy On Nikola Tesla’s Idea Of Free Energy

The Influence Of Vedic Philosophy On Nikola Tesla’s Idea Of Free Energy | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

Science now knows that a material universe as the foundation of what we perceive to be our physical material world isn’t quite the case.


Today, physicists recognize that physical atoms are actually made up of vortices of energy that are constantly spinning and vibrating. At its smallest observable level, matter is energy, and this energy that exists all around us can be tapped into and possibly used to generate power. 


“Get over it, and accept the inarguable conclusion. The universe is immaterial-mental and spiritual.” – R.C. Henry, Professor of physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins


“All perceptible matter comes from a primary substance, or tenuity beyond conception, filling all space, the akasha or luminiferous ether, which is acted upon by the life giving Prana or creative force, calling into existence, in never-ending cycles all things and phenomena.”Nikola Tesla
Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Only a deeply spiritual man like Nikola Tesla could have gone as far ahead in technological achievement as he did.

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The magnetic mystery at the center of the Earth

The magnetic mystery at the center of the Earth | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it
Earth’s depths are a hellish place. More than 5,000 kilometers belowground, the iron-rich core scorches at temperatures comparable to the sun’s surface and crushes at pressures akin to the weight of 20 blue whales balanced on a postage stamp.
Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

That molten iron core at the centre of the earth is pure speculation - an attempt to explain why the earth has a magnetic field. Apparently no one dares think that rotation of a mass in space is sufficient to create such a field, without any significant presence of iron. 

But then - our whole conception of earth as a gravitationally accumulated ball of matter is way off the mark. 

My view on this - take it as an opinion - is here...

http://blog.hasslberger.com/2015/04/spin_rotation_gravity_magnetism_star_formation.html ;

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Scientists Just Spotted The Most Distant Object In Our Solar System

Scientists Just Spotted The Most Distant Object In Our Solar System | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

Astronomers have spotted what they believe is the most distant object in the solar system -- a dwarf planet floating some 9.5 billion miles from the sun. 


Dubbed V774104, the object is between 310 miles and 620 miles across -- about half Pluto's size and about three times farther from the sun. 


"That's pretty much all we know about it," Scott Sheppard told Space.com. "We don't know its orbit yet because we only just discovered it about two weeks ago."  


The object was found using Japan’s 8-meter Subaru Telescope in Hawaii. 


V774104 is about 103 times farther from the sun than Earth, and scientists' early guess is that it is part of a rare group of "sednoids," objects whose orbital paths exist entirely outside the Kuiper Belt and extend into the Oort Cloud, the boundary of our solar system.


If V774104 proves to be one, it would provide astronomers with further support for the theory that an undiscovered Planet X is lurking in the outer fringes of our solar system.


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We are just discovering that our solar system is bigger and has more planetoids than we suspected...

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Wallace Thornhill: The Long Path to Understanding Gravity | Electric Universe Conference 2015

In the theoretical sciences, it is commonly assumed that the role of gravity is settled. But as Richard Feynman observed, “There is no model of the theory of gravitation today, other than the mathematical form.”


The problem is that mathematics will not account for the essential force in question. And yet, when theorists speculate about the big bang one conjecture is followed by another all building on the supposed supremacy of gravity as the driving force of cosmic evolution.


In this talk at the EU2015 conference, Wal Thornhill takes us on a forty-year personal journey to understand the role of gravity in the electric universe.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Wal Thornhill, one of the initiators of the Electric Universe project, talks about our gravity. We have no good conceptual understanding of what brings about gravity. We know of its existence, we have formulas to describe it, but we don't really know what causes it...

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Dawn Sends Sharper Scenes from Ceres

Dawn Sends Sharper Scenes from Ceres | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it
NASA's Dawn spacecraft spotted this tall, conical mountain on Ceres from a distance of 915 miles (1,470 kilometres). 

The mountain, located in the southern hemisphere, stands 4 miles (6 kilometers) high. Its perimeter is sharply defined, with almost no accumulated debris at the base of the brightly streaked slope.
Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

NASA shows the picture but does not comment. 

To me, this image looks like it shows a giant mining operation, or what's left of it, it may be abandoned. 

We have a large excavation showing a very bright inside slope that's hit by sunlight. There are other bright spots on Ceres, that we do not know what exactly they are caused by. 

Then we have not one but two large debris mountains right next to the depression, "with almost no accumulated debris at the base of the brightly streaked slope" as NASA puts it. 

What are we to make of this? Are we ready to acknowledge that there are things going on in the solar system that are not caused by us, that there are other civilizations out there as well?

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To infinity and beyond: Light goes infinitely fast with new on-chip material

To infinity and beyond: Light goes infinitely fast with new on-chip material | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

Electrons are so 20th century. In the 21st century, photonic devices, which use light to transport large amounts of information quickly, will enhance or even replace the electronic devices that are ubiquitous in our lives today. But there's a step needed before optical connections can be integrated into telecommunications systems and computers: researchers need to make it easier to manipulate light at the nanoscale.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

This research is on controlling light on chips, going towards quantum computing, but there is also an interesting discussion in this article regarding the velocity of propagation of changes in that light... there appears to be a mechanism for instant or near-instant transmission.

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The Strange Magnetic Bubbles At The Edge Of The Solar System

The Strange Magnetic Bubbles At The Edge Of The Solar System | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

The sun’s magnetic field spins opposite directions on the north and south poles. These oppositely pointing magnetic fields are separated by a layer of current called the “heliospheric current sheet.” Due to the tilt of the magnetic axis in relation to the axis of rotation of the Sun, the heliospheric current sheet flaps like a flag in the wind. 


The flapping current sheet separates regions of oppositely pointing magnetic field, called sectors. As the solar wind speed decreases past the termination shock, the sectors squeeze together, bringing regions of opposite magnetic field closer to each other. The Voyager spacecraft have now found that when the separation of sectors becomes very small, the sectored magnetic field breaks up into a sea of nested “magnetic bubbles” in a phenomenon called magnetic reconnection. 


The region of nested bubbles is carried by the solar wind to the north and south filling out the entire front region of the heliopause and the sector region in the heliosheath. This discovery has prompted a complete revision of what the heliosheath region looks like. The smooth, streamlined look is gone, replaced with a bubbly, frothy outer layer.

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As the sun's magnetic field separation breaks down at the edge of the solar system, it forms re-connection bubbles...

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Alien Life on Ceres? New evidence points towards intelligent life on the dwarf planet

Alien Life on Ceres? New evidence points towards intelligent life on the dwarf planet | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

NASA has tried hard to understand all the enigmas surrounding the dwarf planet Ceres. Ever since the first image was beamed back by NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft scientists around the world have tried to explain all the mysteries about one of the most interesting dwarf planets in the solar system. 


Well we could say that the mysterious bright lights that were spotted on the surface of Ceres are the most talked about mystery surrounding Ceres. The truth is that no one has been able to accurately explain what the mysterious lights are, what causes them, and why they are not present anywhere else.


If you compare the image of the bright lights on Ceres to an image of a city on Earth, taken from Space, the two look very much alike… It’s as if we are looking at an Alien city on Ceres… 

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It is intriguing to see lights on a small planet that can't be explained. Are we looking at a settlement, a city of non human origin?

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Here's why an 11-year search couldn't find Einstein's gravitational waves

Here's why an 11-year search couldn't find Einstein's gravitational waves | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

Gravitational waves are tiny ripples in the fabric of spacetime, and are a direct consequence of Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity. We celebrate its 100th birthday in November this year. When any two black holes are spiralling around one another, they ought to emit gravitational waves. 


But we want to be very clear that our lack of a detection does not imply that Einstein’s theory of relativity is wrong, nor does it imply that gravitational waves don’t exist. While we don’t know the real solution, we have a number of ideas...


Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

They are looking for gravitational "waves", similar to electromagnetic waves (light, radio, etc) but Einstein never said there were waves. He merely said that gravitation is caused by a distortion of the space matrix. 

The matrix of space connects every object in space. Spin of particles and rotation of a mass of particles cause distortion (a slight twist) in the space matrix. There is no need for "waves" to make that distortion felt at a distance. 


There are no gravitational "waves", only gravitational stress of space matrix. That is why they can't find the waves. They are looking for the wrong thing. 

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Elon Musk Is Right: Colonizing the Solar System Is Humankind's Insurance Policy Against Extinction

Elon Musk Is Right: Colonizing the Solar System Is Humankind's Insurance Policy Against Extinction | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

Why blow billions of dollars on space exploration when lots of people are living in poverty here on Earth? You've likely heard the justifications. 


The space program brings us useful innovations and inventions. Space exploration delivers perspective, inspiration, and understanding. It's the final frontier. 


SpaceX founder Elon Musk, in a fascinating interview with Ross Andersen, skipped all the usual arguments in favor of something else entirely. Space exploration, he says, is as urgent as easing poverty or disease—it’s our insurance policy against extinction.

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Space exploration might distract us enough to forget about all the in-fighting here on earth...

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Giant "Light Bulbs" in Space? | YouTube (Video 9min) - from Thunderbolts Project

Giant "Light Bulbs" in Space? | YouTube (Video 9min) - from Thunderbolts Project | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

For more than four years, NASA scientists have puzzled over mysterious structures in the Milky Way galaxy called Fermi Bubbles.


The so-called bubbles reach for ten of thousands of light years above and below the galaxy. Both the structures enormous size and their emissions are presenting huge theoretical puzzles for astrophysicists.


Dr. Tom Wilson discusses what plasma cosmology and the Electric Universe tell us about these phenomena.

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Trying to look at the universe - our galaxy in this case - with a different kind of perspective - electric flows, magnetic fields, radio emissions...

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The Mystery of Consciousness | Thunderbolts Project - Dr. Michael Clarage - YouTube (11min)

Perhaps the greatest mystery of human experience is consciousness itself.


Today, the fields of neuroscience and neurotechnology provide astounding insights into the electrical and chemical processes of the brain. Consequently, institutional science proposes with confidence that the brain alone creates conscious experience.


Yet despite all that science has learned, the very source and essence of consciousness remains a puzzle. Thunderbolts colleague Dr. Michael Clarage shares with us his thoughts on the enduring mysteries of consciousness.

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The current struggle of science - physics and neuroscience - to find out what is consciousness and what gives rise to our physical world...

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Some Whales may breathe easier — Natural Resources Defense Council wins settlement with US Navy — it's a first step

A Whale of a Win - Natural Resources Defense Council - Medium

After decades of advocacy and action, a campaign to protect marine mammals from harmful underwater sonar finally pays off — in an appropriately big way.


Earlier today, in the U.S. District Court’s District of Hawaii, a hugely important settlement was ratified between environmental groups and the federal government to remind us that whales, along with other marine mammals, are still at risk.

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It shouldn't really be necessary to sue government and military to stop harassing and killing whales for war games and oil exploration, should it?

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Latest New Horizons images of Pluto and Charon delight and amaze | Astronomy Now

Latest New Horizons images of Pluto and Charon delight and amaze | Astronomy Now | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

New close-up images of Pluto from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft reveal a bewildering variety of surface features that have scientists reeling because of their range and complexity.


“Pluto is showing us a diversity of landforms and complexity of processes that rival anything we’ve seen in the solar system,” said New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern, of the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), Boulder, Colorado. “If an artist had painted this Pluto before our flyby, I probably would have called it over the top — but that’s what is actually there.”

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

It took a while to download those images, but it was worth waiting. I wonder if those astronomists who voted to demote Pluto from planet status to "dwarf planet" are biting their tongues yet...

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