News Briefs 22-03-2017

Identified swimming object?

Thanks to @AnomalistNews and @MattStaggs.

Quote of the Day:

I don’t want to really scare you, but it was alarming how many people I talked to who are highly placed people in AI who have retreats that are sort of 'bug out' houses, to which they could flee if it all hits the fan.

James Barrat

Fly Above the Surface of Mars in this Stunning Video

What would it be like to float above the surface of the Red Planet in a dirigible (because that's how H.G. Wells would have wanted it dammit)? Something like the video above I'm guessing, painstakingly constructed frame-by-frame by Finnish engineer and photographer Jan Fröjdman from still anaglyph images taken by the HIRISE camera:

The anaglyph images of Mars taken by the HiRISE camera holds information about the topography of Mars surface. There are hundreds of high-resolution images of this type. This gives the opportunity to create different studies in 3D. In this film I have chosen some locations and processed the images into panning video clips. There is a feeling that you are flying above Mars looking down watching interesting locations on the planet. And there are really great places on Mars! I would love to see images taken by a landscape photographer on Mars, especially from the polar regions. But I'm afraid I won't see that kind of images during my lifetime.

It has really been time-consuming making these panning clips. In my 3D-process I have manually hand-picked reference points on the anaglyph image pairs. For this film I have chosen more than 33.000 reference points! It took me 3 months of calendar time working with the project every now and then.

The colors in this film are false because the anaglyph images are based on grayscale images. I have therefore color graded the clips. But I have tried to be moderate doing this. The light regions in the clips are yellowish and the dark regions bluish. The clips from the polar regions (the last clips in the film) have a white-blue tone.There are a lot of opinions and studies of what the natural colors on Mars might be. But the dark regions of dust often seems to have a bluish tone. Please study this issue on e.g sites by NASA.

This film is not scientific. As a space enthusiast I have just tried to visualize the planet my way.

Be sure to HD and fullscreen that baby, it's so beautiful.

News Briefs 21-03-2017

Current status...

Thanks to @MattStaggs.

Quote of the Day:

Reality has one advantage over fiction - it does not have to be plausible.

Joe Carroll

Parapsychology Study Seeks People Who Are Totally Not Psychic

Dream Telepathy

If, like me, you have no apparent psychic ability or susceptibility to paranormal experiences, then finally there is a parapsychology study you can take part in. In fact, non-psi people are the *only* people they want:

You have been invited to be in this research study because you have expressed interest in contributing information about the genetics of extended human capacities. The purpose of this study is to discover if extended human capacities run in families, suggesting a genetic component. You have also shared that you or your family members DO NOT have psychic abilities. We are collecting information from people who DO NOT have abilities so we can compare those characteristics to people who do. Please do not continue with this survey if you believe you or your family members have psychic abilities.

Head on over to the IONS website to learn more, and take part if you're totally mundane.

News Briefs 20-03-2017

Johnny B. Interplanetary...

Thanks to @MattStaggs and @m1k3y.

Quote of the Day:

If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry.

John Lennon

Previously Unseen Nuclear Test Footage Released on YouTube

In the post-World War II era the United States conducted hundreds of atmospheric nuclear tests, with multiple cameras capturing each event at around 2,400 frames per second. Like the Ark of the Covenant in Raiders of the Lost Ark, however, these treasures have largely been forgotten as they languished in high-security vaults around the country.

With time running out to archive this material (film decomposes over time), the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory undertook a mammoth operation to capture these tests for posterity:

For the past five years, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) weapon physicist Greg Spriggs and a crack team of film experts, archivists and software developers have been on a mission to hunt down, scan, reanalyze and declassify these decomposing films. The goals are to preserve the films’ content before it’s lost forever, and provide better data to the post-testing-era scientists who use computer codes to help certify that the aging U.S. nuclear deterrent remains safe, secure and effective.

And now they have shared some of this material with us all, by posting a bunch of the videos they've scanned to YouTube.

At the top of this post is the 'Turk' blast of 7 March 1955, conducted as part of 'Operation Teapot'. The terrifying video shows the blast effect of a 40 kiloton nuke, which is about twice the yield of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, though it pales into insignificance compared to the megaton devices now in the arsenals of a number of countries around the world.

But at least there's sane people in charge of those nuclear arsenals, amirite?

Link: Nuclear test videos uploaded by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

News Briefs 18-03-2017

”We live in a nightmare of falsehoods, and there are few who are sufficiently awake and aware to see things as they are.”

Quote of the Day:

“To recover a sense of reality is to recover the truth about ourselves and the world in which we live, and thereby to gain the power of keeping this world from flying asunder.”

Nikolai Berdyaev

Two New Scientific Papers Suggest a Catastrophic Extraterrestrial Impact Event Occurred 12,000 Years Ago

Comet impact

'Alternative history' researcher and author Graham Hancock has long postulated that a cataclysm some 12,000 years ago might have wiped out advanced civilisations. In his most recent book Magicians of the Gods (Amazon US/Amazon UK) he discusses at length the Younger Dryas period (c. 12,900 to c. 11,700 calendar years ago), which began when temperatures plummeted over the course of just a few decades - and the 'heretical' theory that this event may have been caused by a comet impact.

Now, two new papers recently published in respected journals may perhaps provide material support for that idea. The first, published late last week in Nature's "Scientific Reports", notes the discovery of "a distinct platinum anomaly spread widely across North America and dating to the Younger Dryas (YD) onset", supporting the conclusions of previous papers that have provided evidence for an impact event at that time. The presence of platinum is a strong indicator of an impact event: as lead author Christopher Moore has pointed out, the element "is very rare in Earth’s crust, but it is common in asteroids and comets"; and previous studies have also found "a rise in platinum concentrations over 14 years and subsequent drop during the following 7 years" that is consistent with "the known residence time of stratospheric dust".

Christopher Moore says that his team's finding on elevated levels of platinum...

...is a confirmation of data previously reported for the Younger-Dryas onset several years ago in a Greenland ice-core. The authors for that study concluded that the most likely source of such platinum enrichment was from the impact of an extraterrestrial object.

Our data show that this anomaly is present in sediments from U.S. archaeological sites that date to the start of the Younger-Dryas event. It is continental in scale - possibly global - and it's consistent with the hypothesis that an extraterrestrial impact took place.

The other new paper has just been published in the journal Geomorphology ("A model for the geomorphology of the Carolina Bays). It also provides evidence for an impact event around that time, suggesting that the Carolina Bays may be the remains of "oblique conical craters formed on ground liquefied by the seismic shock waves of secondary impacts of glacier ice boulders ejected by an extraterrestrial impact on the Laurentide Ice Sheet".

Graham Hancock has discussed this new finding on his Facebook page:

The evidence for an extinction level comet-impact event in North America 12,800 years ago, setting in motion the mysterious episode of megafaunal extinctions, floods and freezing temperatures that geologists call the Younger Dryas, continues to grow stronger with a new paper published in the distinguished peer-reviewed journal Geomorphology. You can read a discussion of the implications of the paper, and you can download a pdf of the paper itself, here.

Those who have read my book Magicians of the Gods, now available in an extended and updated paperback edition, will be aware that I focus extensively on the Younger Dryas cataclysm in which I believe not only mammoths, not only the hunter-gatherer "Clovis" culture, but also an advanced prehistoric civilization, hitherto the stuff only of myths and legends, was lost to history. This, in my view, was when we became a species with amnesia.

Check out my previous post on this subject, with more links and papers, here.

You can of course read Graham's thoughts on this topic at length by picking up a copy of Magicians of the Gods from Amazon US or Amazon UK.

News Briefs 16-03-2017

"In the beginning was the Code, and the Code was with the Programmer…"

Quote of the Day:

"Do I believe, for example, that by using magic I could fly? No. How would you get around gravity? Impossible. Do I believe that I might be able to project my consciousness into a very, very vivid simulation of flying? Yeah. Yes, I've done that. Yes, that works."

˜Alan Moore