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NASA's Chandra Shows Milky Way is Surrounded by Halo of Hot Gas

NASA's Chandra Shows Milky Way is Surrounded by Halo of Hot Gas | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it
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Astronomers have used NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory to find evidence our Milky Way Galaxy is embedded in an enormous halo of hot gas that extends for hundreds of thousands of light years.

 

The estimated mass of the halo is comparable to the mass of all the stars in the galaxy.

 

If the size and mass of this gas halo is confirmed, it also could be an explanation for what is known as the "missing baryon" problem for the galaxy.

 

Baryons are particles, such as protons and neutrons, that make up more than 99.9 percent of the mass of atoms found in the cosmos. Measurements of extremely distant gas halos and galaxies indicate the baryonic matter present when the universe was only a few billion years old represented about one-sixth the mass and density of the existing unobservable, or dark, matter.

 

In the current epoch, about 10 billion years later, a census of the baryons present in stars and gas in our galaxy and nearby galaxies shows at least half the baryons are unaccounted for.

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China All Set To ‘Make First Contact’ With Aliens

China All Set To ‘Make First Contact’ With Aliens | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

China, which on its way to emerge as a Space Superpower, claims to be the first nation to make contact with alien life using the world's largest radio dish. According to researchers, the dish, which is 500-metre Aperture Spherical Telescope is about twice the size of the US' Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, can detect signals from the deepest depths of space. 

 

In 2016, China became a space exploration powerhouse after it fired its brand new lab Tiangong 2 into low orbit – joining the US and Russia.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

I have a feeling the Chinese may want to force the Americans' hand, by saying they are making contact. In order not to be second, the US-led cover up of what's going on in space might just give us what we want, disclosure. Although if they do, they will try to get away with giving as little data as possible.

We should also not forget that we do not have anyone, neither the SSP (Secret Space Program), nor any country on earth, that can speak authentically for humanity.

Also, I don't think that disclosure (and perhaps ailien intervention) is automatically positive. We need to really find out what it is that is being offered, in case intervention does occur, and what is the potential cost to our independence as a civilization...

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Cycles of Time

Cycles of Time | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

In this inaugural episode, Gregg Braden guides us through the evidence which charts the simultaneous peaking of economic, human conflict and solar cycles. The rise and fall in each of these cycles holds major implications for our civilization. 

If, after seeing this video, you would like to dig deeper, you can find other episodes of Gregg Braden's investigation of human and planetary cycles

https://www.gaia.com/video/cycles-time?fullplayer=feature

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Are we living in long term repeating cycles that govern not only the climate but also such things as the economy and conflicts such as war and peacetime? An interesting presentation by Gregg Braden.

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Australia “weather-experts” falsify climate change

Australia “weather-experts” falsify climate change | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

“Australian scientists at the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) ordered a review of temperature recording instruments after the government agency was caught tampering with temperature logs in several locations.” 

 

“Agency officials admit that the problem with instruments recording low temperatures likely happened in several locations throughout Australia, but they refuse to admit to manipulating temperature readings. The BOM located missing logs in Goulburn and the Snow Mountains, both of which are in New South Wales.” 

 

Let’s be clear. The missing and altered temperature readings actually indicated lower-than-normal temperatures which, if reported, would weaken the assertion that Australia is getting hotter...

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Another one of the mainstream media's obsessively promoted 'certainties' is slowly crumbling...

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Saturn Has Changed Colour And It's Freaking Everbody At NASA Out – Disclose.tv

Saturn Has Changed Colour And It's Freaking Everbody At NASA Out – Disclose.tv | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

�� - Space - While here in America dramatic changes are happening in our political climate even more dramatic changes are happening out in space.

 

Saturn has changed colors. No one is very sure why Saturn has changed colors. Luckily not all of Saturn has changed but the north-pole, which is a storm that could easily swallow the whole of planet Earth. READ MORE: http://www.disclose.tv/news/saturn_has_changed_colour_and_its_freaking_everbody_at_nasa_out/137387?utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=boostf&utm_content=link&utm_medium=paid

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Something is happening out there in space...

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Team combines quantum physics and photosynthesis to make discovery that could lead to highly efficient solar cells

Team combines quantum physics and photosynthesis to make discovery that could lead to highly efficient solar cells | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

 

He set out to re-think solar energy conversion by asking the question: can we make materials for solar cells that more efficiently absorb the fluctuating amount of energy from the sun. Plants have evolved to do this, but current affordable solar cells - which are at best 20 percent efficient - do not control these sudden changes in solar power, Gabor said. That results in a lot of wasted energy and helps prevent wide-scale adoption of solar cells as an energy source. 

 

Gabor, and several other UC Riverside physicists, addressed the problem by designing a new type of quantum heat engine photocell, which helps manipulate the flow of energy in solar cells. The design incorporates a heat engine photocell that absorbs photons from the sun and converts the photon energy into electricity. 

 

Surprisingly, the researchers found that the quantum heat engine photocell could regulate solar power conversion without requiring active feedback or adaptive control mechanisms.



Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-11-team-combines-quantum-physics-photosynthesis.html#jCp

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How do plants optimally use sunlight? These scientists just found out how the green color in plants is the 'sweet spot' of efficient energy capture. They think this might be a way of making more efficient solar cells.

I think this is a good step in the direction of understanding how Nature works so we can copy her...

The research was only possible because one man left his field of expertise to learn another one. Combining insights from both, he found the mechanism. 

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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.”

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

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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Launch of To The Stars Academy Promises Transport Revolution with Space-Time Technology

Launch of To The Stars Academy Promises Transport Revolution with Space-Time Technology | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

Rockstar Tom DeLonge Live Streamed the launch of his latest venture, To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science. During this October 11 Live Streaming he introduced a number of former aerospace scientists and defense department personnel knowledgeable in applying exotic information gained from the Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon (UAP – aka UFO) for the development of advanced transportation technologies. 

 

Each of the presenters at the Live Stream explained some of their expertise acquired during their careers and how it could help in the development of a transportation revolution. This is exemplified in the effort to develop a space-time device that could make transportation around the globe possible in a matter of minutes. 

 

When it comes to developing space-time transportation technologies, the prospect of reinventing the wheel will be time consuming and duplicates what has occurred in the classified world. Yet this seems necessary while efforts continue to push for the disclosure of black project technologies to the public,

Former Lockheed Skunkworks director Ben Rich famously summarized the problem when he said

 

We already have the means to travel among the stars, but these technologies are locked up in black projects, and it would take an act of God to ever get them out to benefit humanity. Anything you can imagine, we already know how to do.

 

DeLonge’s To The Stars Academy of Arts and Science, doesn’t qualify as such an act of God, but it is a small step forward in facilitating such a breakthrough.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Here is an effort by rockstar Tom DeLonge to bring existing advanced space transport technologies into public view and perhaps even into public use... I feel this may not be "it" but it's interesting nevertheless that we are moving in this direction.

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Notable Scientists Gather To Emphasize: Physical Material “Matter” Is Not The Only Reality

Notable Scientists Gather To Emphasize: Physical Material “Matter” Is Not The Only Reality | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.” – Nikola Tesla

 

A group of internationally recognized scientists have come together to stress the importance of what is still commonly overlooked in the mainstream scientific community – the fact that matter (protons, electrons, photons, anything that has a mass) is not the only reality. We wish to understand the nature of our reality, but how can we do so if we are continually examining only physical systems? What about the role of non-physical systems, such as consciousness, or their interaction with physical systems (matter)? 

 

Fortunately, some scientists are studying non-physical systems, and the double slit experiment is a great example of  this.  A paper published by Dean Radin, PhD, in the peer-reviewed journal Physics Essays, explains how this experiment has been used multiple times to explore the role of consciousness in shaping the nature of physical reality....

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Scientists are starting to look at not only matter but also at the causal spiritual principles behind the material reality out there...

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An Interview with Deepak Chopra: You Are the Universe

An Interview with Deepak Chopra: You Are the Universe | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

Chopra: Science is struggling to explain what is called Reality.

 

We’ve been through several iterations about what the universe is made of, who made the universe, what made the universe. We’ve been through the divine universe as explained in the book of Genesis. We’ve been through Newtonian classical physics, relativistic physics, both general theory and also special theory of relativity—quantum mechanics, eternal inflation, cosmic inflation, multiverses, on and on.

 

None of these theories of science actually explains what Reality is or how we even know that there is something called Reality. So, the two basic mysteries of existence remain mysterious:

(1) What is the true nature of existence?

(2) How do we know that we exist or that something exists? 

 

I felt it was incumbent upon me—along with the help of physicists, cosmologists, and quantum physicists including my co-author, Menas Kafatos—to really look at these two very fundamental questions. What is reality? What is existence? And how come we have awareness of that existence? That was the genesis of

You Are the Universe: Discovering Your Cosmic Self and Why It Matters

 

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Science, and especially physics, is in a blind alley.

Deepak Chopra, in his new book, explains why: Science is missing half the show by excluding spirit from the reality it is struggling to investigate.

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Chris Fontenot: Ionospheric Heaters, Waves from Alfven to ELF (Video 30min)

Chris Fontenot: Ionospheric Heaters, Waves from Alfven to ELF (Video 30min) | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

A very interesting discussion of the energetic connections in the solar system, between the planets and the sun. 

Chemtrails and "full spectrum dominance of the electromagnetic spectrum"...

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This is important. Microwaves - not only to run mobile phones but also to run the weather and the solar system energetic connections...

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Consciousness could be a side effect of 'entropy', say researchers

Consciousness could be a side effect of 'entropy', say researchers | Science, Space, and news from 'out there' | Scoop.it

The quest to understand human consciousness - our ability to be aware of ourselves and our surroundings - has been going on for centuries. Although consciousness is a crucial part of being human, researchers still don't truly understand where it comes from, and why we have it. 

 

But a new study, led by researchers from France and Canada, puts forward a new possibility: what if consciousness arises naturally as a result of our brains maximising their information content? In other words, what if consciousness is a side effect of our brain moving towards a state of entropy?

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They still regard the second law of thermodynamics as holy writ, which it definitely is not. Entropy is balanced by syntropy, its opposite. Syntropy is an ordering influence. It decreases disorder. It is associated with living things. 

When will they learn that insisting the only thing that exists is the material will not allow us to understand the All?

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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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