A Field Guide to Identifying Unicorns by Sound

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Truth Behind the Blue Moon


The Truth Behind This Month's Blue Moon
By Joe Rao, SPACE.com Skywatching Columnist

posted: 25 May 2007 06:59 am ET
Thursday, May 31 brings us the second of two full Moons for North Americans this month. Some almanacs and calendars assert that when two full Moons occur within a calendar month, that the second full Moon is called the "Blue Moon."
The full Moon that night will likely look no different than any other full Moon. But the Moon can change color in certain conditions.

Gobekli Tepe - Paradise Regained?

Text and Images by Sean Thomas
One of the most important archæological digs in the world, Gobekli Tepe in Turkey has revolutionised our understanding of hunter-gatherer culture. But could it also be the site of the Garden of Eden?

Can cyborg moths bring down terrorists?


A moth which has a computer chip implanted in it while in the cocoon will enable soldiers to spy on insurgents, the US military hopes.

At some point in the not too distant future, a moth will take flight in the hills of northern Pakistan, and flap towards a suspected terrorist training camp.

But this will be no ordinary moth.

Inside it will be a computer chip that was implanted when the creature was still a pupa, in the cocoon, meaning that the moth’s entire nervous system can be controlled remotely.

The moth will thus be capable of landing in the camp without arousing suspicion, all the while beaming video and other information back to its masters via what its developers refer to as a “reliable tissue-machine interface.”

The creation of insects whose flesh grows around computer parts – known from science fiction as ‘cyborgs’ – has been described as one of the most ambitious robotics projects ever conceived by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa), the research and development arm of the US Department of Defense.

Rod Brooks, director of the computer science and artificial intelligence lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which is involved with the research, said that robotics was increasingly at the forefront of US military research, and that the remote-controlled moths, described by DARPA as Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems, or MEMS, were one of a number of technologies soon to be deployed in combat zones.

“This is going to happen," said Mr Brooks. "It’s not science like developing the nuclear bomb, which costs billions of dollars. It can be done relatively cheaply.”

“Moths are creatures that need little food and can fly all kinds of places," he continued. "A bunch of experiments have been done over the past couple of years where simple animals, such as rats and cockroaches, have been operated on and driven by joysticks, but this is the first time where the chip has been injected in the pupa stage and ‘grown’ inside it.

“Once the moth hatches, machine learning is used to control it.”

Mr Brooks, who has worked on robotic technology for more than 30 years and whose company iRobot already supplies the US military with robots that defuse explosive devices laid by insurgents, said that the military would be increasingly reliant on ‘semi-autonomous’ devices, including ones which could fire.

“The DoD has said it wants one third of all missions to be unmanned by 2015, and there’s no doubt their things will become weaponised, so the question comes: should they given targeting authority?

“The prevailing view in the army at the moment seems to be that they shouldn’t, but perhaps it’s time to consider updating treaties like the Geneva Convention to include clauses which regulate their use.”

Debates such as those over stem cell research would “pale in comparison” to the increasingly blurred distinction between creatures – including humans – and machines, Mr Brooks, told an audience at the University of Southampton’s School of Electronics and Computer Science.

“Biological engineering is coming. There are already more than 100,000 people with cochlear implants, which have a direct neural connection, and chips are being inserted in people’s retinas to combat macular degeneration. By the 2012 Olympics, we’re going to be dealing with systems which can aid the oxygen uptake of athletes.

“There’s going to be more and more technology in our bodies, and to stomp on all this technology and try to prevent it happening is just? well, there’s going to be a lot of moral debates,” he said.

Another robot developed as part of the US military’s ‘Future Combat Systems’ program was a small, unmanned vehicle known as a SUGV (pronounced ‘sug-vee’) which could be dispatched in front of troops to gauge the threat in an urban environment, Mr Brooks said.

The 13.6kg device, which measures less than a metre squared and can survive a drop of 10m onto concrete, has a small ‘head’ with infra-red and regular cameras which send information back to a command unit, as well as an audio-sensing feature called ‘Red Owl’ which can determine the direction from which enemy fire originates.

“It’s designed to be the troop's eyes and ears and, unlike one of its predecessors, this one can swim, too,” Mr Brooks said.

Roswell Contemplates UFO theme park

Where else but Roswell? US city known for UFOs wants to build alien theme park


Virtual Tours Offer Trips Through Time

Archaeologists and historians agree. Museums, educators and others are increasingly using video, animation, graphics and other technology to depict historical sites beyond what text, maps and drawings offer.


Mind Power News

Mind Power News
Issue No. 169 / Friday, May 25, 2007


In this issue:

THE FUTURE OF TELEPATHY: In the future, we will be able to read each other's minds... At first, this technology will be very simple and only allow a limited vocabulary, and it requires no implants or surgery, just some electrodes placed on the head, perhaps in a hood or even a baseball cap, connected to a mobile phone.

KARMA OF THE BRAIN: WHY GOOD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE: New research suggests that doing good deeds can actually help people live longer, healthier lives... "The remarkable bottom line of the science of love is that giving protects overall health twice as much as Aspirin protects against heart disease."

HOW TO SLOW DOWN TIME WITH YOUR MIND: Perceptive awareness is being fully alert and living fully in the moment... It is clearing the mind of future events and past replayed scenes, so you can experience the entirety of the current moment in time... It is being fully alive. With that kind of perceptive awareness, a moment can seem to you to last forever.

DO GUT FEELINGS PREDICT THE FUTURE? Do some of us avoid tragedy by foreseeing it? Some scientists now believe that the brain really can predict events before they happen.

DO ANIMALS HAVE TELEPATHY? Traditional scientists remain skeptical about psychic abilities among people -- let alone pets. They say much of the phenomenon can be explained in other ways, through pets' acute senses of hearing and smell, reading human body language, or noting other cues.


Is It Possible to Reduce Your Sleep by 3 Hours and Have More Energy Than When You Slept 8 Hours or Longer?

There's actually a method to optimize your body's inner sleep system to sleep less, and have more energy in your life than when you slept LONGER. Sleep expert Kacper Postawski spills the beans in his fascinating new ebook "Powerful Sleep." While most people think sleep is just sleep, it is actually a complex and fascinating system which you can OPTIMIZE in order to sleep less, and create an abundance of energy in your life.

Learn more about Powerful Sleep here...


The Future of Telepathy

By Vexen Crabtree
Source: HumanTruth.info

In the future, we will be able to read each other's minds. It will be like making and receiving a phone call. At first, this technology will be very simple and only allow a limited vocabulary, and it requires no implants or surgery, just some electrodes placed on the head, perhaps in a hood or even a baseball cap, connected to a mobile phone. How will this come to be? Let's see.

An important introduction is to look at what is old, and already possible. People who are disabled and highly immobile have a few technological devices available to control computers in order for them to communicate. For example, measuring a persons eye movement or measuring the activity in nerve endings across a limb. The data is passed to a computer, so that the user can tell the computer what to do.

But neither of these are as nifty as the electroencephalnon graphs that doctors use. These are clunky, awkward headsets that are worn whilst neurologists examine brain wave activity. We can only 'see' general areas of excitement in the brain, and it is impossible to follow trains of thought, ideas, language or complex thoughts. We can only see, in general, what types of things are going on. We can tell if a person is asleep, thinking hard, or using various generic systems in the brain. This is because we can read neurons en masse.

But, using a much simpler technique with just a few electrodes, we will be able to develop technology that results, practically speaking, in telepathy.

Read the full story here...


Weird Card Trick Messes With Your Mind
Here's a strange video created by Dr. Richard Wiseman, a British psychology professor who does some very interesting and very entertaining research, much of it about perception.

Here's a sample of his work, The Color-Changing Card Trick. See if you can catch him making the switch...

Watch the trick here...


Karma of the Brain: Why Good Things Happen to Good People
By Siri Agrell
Source: The Globe and Mail

What if your doctor told you to take two steps toward being a better person and call him in the morning?

Patients at a California health maintenance organization are being prescribed generous behaviour as part of a program called Rx: Volunteer, one of various new research projects described by Stephen Post in his book Why Good Things Happen To Good People, out next week. Dr. Post chronicles the link between doing good and living a longer, healthier life.

"The science shows that we're hardwired to be giving," he says. "We're talking here about a one-a-day vitamin for the soul."

A growing number of researchers are supporting his claim with studies that show how the human body benefits from everything from gratitude to generosity.

Dr. Post, the president of Case Western Reserve University's Institute for Research on Unlimited Love, believes in the scientific equivalent to The Secret, the self-help phenomenon that preaches positivity as a means to personal reward.

No, being a good person won't necessarily get you a new car or help you lose 10 pounds, Dr. Post says, but there is a karma of the brain, where the body physically rewards acts of kindness and forgiveness.

"The remarkable bottom line of the science of love is that giving protects overall health twice as much as Aspirin protects against heart disease," he says.

Read the full story here...


How to Slow Down Time With Your Mind

By Enoch Tan
Author of Manifestation Keys

Your spirit operates outside time and space. When there is an emergency where danger is about to approach you faster than you can normally sense, your spirit will compell you to act quickly without pondering. It directs you through your instinct and reflexes. Think of a time when you moved out of harm's way in an instant and the move was so spontaneous it seems that everything just flowed in the moment. Your awareness of what was happening and your response happened without hesistation, but so quickly that it was almost together at the same time.

That is because your spirit can observe things and sense reality beyond your ordinary rate and range of awareness. Imagine that a dagger is flying towards you from the side. In ordinary rate of awareness, there is simply not enough time to notice the dagger coming and to move out of the way. But in the realm of your spirit’s awareness, time is slowed down to a crawl and it can fully perceive everything that is happening no matter how quickly. It sends the message to you and in that moment you experience the spontaneous and seemingly simultaneous knowing and action. The awareness comes just before the action but it seems that time slows almost to a standstill during that moment of thought. Perception and action become as one.

If you want to consciously perceive faster so that things don’t seem to happen so quickly, you have to slow time down in your consciousness.

It is not time that slows down but you that slows down. See in your mind’s eye and memory things slowing down. Like a picture frame frozen from a movie in motion. It is the way you experience time slowing down or stopping when you see a beautiful person of your dreams.

It would be an advantage for anyone to stop the world or at least make everything appear to move in slow motion. It would give you time to analyze the situation and the actions of everyone and everything around you. It gives you extra time to determine your actions in a pressure situation. This would would be incredibly useful in business, driving your car in traffic, playing games, military combat, sports and life threatening situations.

Read the full story here...

Do Gut Feelings Predict the Future?

Do some of us avoid tragedy by foreseeing it? Some scientists now believe that the brain really CAN predict events before they happen.

Source: The Daily Mail

Professor Dick Bierman sits hunched over his computer in a darkened room. The gentle whirring of machinery can be heard faintly in the background.

He smiles and presses a grubby-looking red button.

In the next room, a patient slips slowly inside a hospital brain scanner. If it wasn't for the strange smiles and grimaces that flicker across the woman's face, you could be forgiven for thinking this was just a normal health check.

But this scanner is engaged in one of the most profound paranormal experiments of all time, one that may well prove whether or not it is possible to predict the future.

For the results - released exclusively to the Daily Mail - suggest that ordinary people really do have a sixth sense that can help them 'see' the future.

Such amazing studies - if verified - might help explain the predictive powers of mediums and a range of other psychic phenomena such Extra Sensory Perception, deja vu and clairvoyance. On a more mundane level, it may account for 'gut feelings' and instinct.

The man behind the experiments is certainly convinced. "We're satisfied that people can sense the future before it happens," says Professor Bierman, a psychologist at the University of Amsterdam.

Read the full story here...


Do Animals Have Telepathy?

Source: Herald News Online

A cat disappears when her owners go on vacation each year, yet arrives back at the house right before they return.

A man sits on the couch, his dog alseep in the next room. He thinks, "I should take Daisy for a walk," and suddenly his dog comes bounding in the room, leash in mouth.

A cat curls up next to the phone just before a family member calls, but never when anyone else is about to call. These stories are told by many pet owners from all over the world.

Most dogs and cats are attuned to their owners and learn their patterns, read their body language and anticipate what's going to happen next.

But there are so many stories of pets seeming to know more than their natural senses would allow that it has been the subject of study and debate for years. Are their natural senses even greater than we ever imagined? Or do they have a sixth sense?

Biologist Rupert Sheldrake, author of "Dogs That Know When Their Owner is Coming Home," believes that animals have perceptive abilities of telepathy and premonitions. Veterinarian and author Dr. Allan Schoen says in his book, "Kindred Spirits," that people and animals are intimately connected. Pets whom we feel especially close to seem to understand our needs, read our moods, and even communicate with us on a level that transcends words or body language.

Can pets be so connected and attuned to their owners when they are far apart, even when there is no possible way they could be using their sense of smell or hearing?

Read the full story here...



More news at the Mind Power Blog

What You Think Can Shrink Your Brain
Dr. S. Lupien of Montreal's prestigious McGill University studied brain scans of 92 people over a period of 15 years. She found the brains of those with negative self-esteem were shrinking away. Their brains actually became 20% smaller than those who felt good about themselves. Read more here...

Meditation Sharpens the Mind
In the next five years, Davidson expects a dramatically increased level of research into meditation "because it is beginning to be recognized as something that takes advantage of the plasticity of the brain, has relatively few if any side-effects and has potentially very beneficial effects, the impact of which can be documented using the most rigorous scientific methods." Read more here...

How to Wire Your Brain for Religious Ecstasy
Persinger is one of the more colorful characters in the fast-growing, flakey field of neurotheology, which studies what is arguably the most complex manifestation — spirituality — of the most complex phenomenon — the human brain — known to science.
Read more here...

Are Psychedelic Drugs Good for Your Mind?
Last year two top journals, the Archives of General Psychiatry and the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, published papers showing clear benefits from the use of psychedelics to treat mental illness.
Read more here...


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The Rosslyn Matrix

Ancient Map discovered in Rosslyn Chapels crypt

Just when you think there can't be anything left to dig up when it comes to secret codes and Rosslyn Chapel, another layer is unearthed. The latest mystery - involving a carving scratched on the wall of the crypt - doesn't involve the Knights Templar, the bloodline of Christ, or any ancient secret societies. But for Ashley Cowie - who has spent the best part of a decade trying to work out its meaning - the carving has huge global significance when it comes to the history of ancient navigation. 'What is down there is an example of a lost system for measuring time and distance, involving both latitude and longitude. It's a priceless mapping treasure.'

Cowies theory that the carving is a navigational teaching board forms the basis of a new book, "The Rosslyn Matrix" where he presents his case for Rosslyn Chapel’s history being less cryptic and more cartographic. When Cowies hypothesis was handed to the academic community, Dr Robert Lomas from Bradford University conducted a statistical analysis on the theory and published the results in his best selling novel 'The book of Hiram', the fourth book in the Hiram Key series. His study concluded that Cowies theory has a 1 in 128 chance of being incorrect, a result which rubber stamps the discovery.

At first glance, the mysterious carving looks a bit like a miniature electricity pylon or an oil drill with a latticed construction of uprights and grids. At the top is the outline of a misshapen chalice cup which has a five pointed star on one of the sides. Inside the cup shape, stacked on top of each other, are four diamond shaped lozenges of different lengths and widths.

The crypt is part of an older building the 15th century chapel was built on top of, and it had been used as a workshop during chapel construction. The scratching on the south wall seems to have been dismissed as a workman's sketch for one of the roof pinnacles. 'I can say with confidence this carving does not represent a pinnacle, or any three dimensional church spire design,' says Cowie. 'This becomes obvious when you break down the elements of the carving and unravel the geometric layers.' Which is where he has the edge on most of us.

Where we see an electricity pylon or a badly drawn cup, Cowie sees a multi-layered, geometrically defined, mathematical template. And that's just one carving. Before he gets down to the nitty gritty, the first forty pages of his book colourfully illustrate the geometry underlying the architecture of the church and with graphic precision - his analysis of what he believes Rosslyn Chapel is not. 'It is not a copy of Solomon's or Herod's Temple. There is no 'Grail Trail' link with a Paris based meridian, and mathematical analyses of original ground plans show it to be an unfinished collegiate church.'

Not a knight in sight…
'I challenge anybody to show me a Knight Templar symbol in there' he says - no doubt opening up a very big can of worms. ‘When Rosslyn was built it had nothing to do with Freemasonry either', he claims - 'such concepts are illusions performed by modern authors and distract us from the real reasons such places were built' - his new book completely ignores such ideas.

Cowie speaks with the righteousness of the newly converted. 'Yes, I went down all the usual roads and got involved with all the esoteric stuff, Knights Templar included. I've come out the other end with my feet now firmly on terra firma.'

A decade and more has passed since the young fish merchant with a love of local history first brushed the dirt off an old crest on a ruined Caithness farmhouse lintel. Researching into the background of what turned out to be the engrailed cross of the St Clairs, led to a fascination with the skills of the family of ancient master builders and their craftsmen.

Determined to remain unfazed by the current hype, he examined William St Clair's fifteenth century Rosslyn Chapel from a practical perspective. 'As Earls of Orkney and Caithness, William and his predecessors learned their navigational skills from their Norwegian overlords who were experienced explorers.' The carving is what he believes to be the Chapel's most enduring legacy and the discovery makes a hugely important contribution to Scottish scientific history.

Getting him to explain its importance in a few short paragraphs is impossible, and the following synopsis will no doubt cause him much angst…
The lozenges at the top are ancient symbols showing degrees of latitude. They're created by observing and recording shadows at solstice sunrises and sunsets which produce different shapes at each degree of latitude. Tall, thin lozenges relate to northern places like Norway, which the top lozenge on the carving represents; wide and squat signifies a Mediterranean band, as in the bottom one. The middle two lozenges are the latitudes for Orkney (northern Scotland) and Rosslyn (southern Scotland).

The pylon shaped grid is a longitudinal slice of 15 degrees (1/24th of the 360 degree globe) and its vertical central line is an ancient meridian. And the cup shape isn't a cup, or grail chalice. It's an astronomical drawing of the orbits traced by the morning and evening star, a.k.a. planet Venus. All the elements in the carving were important to ancient navigators for place determination, synchronising dates, times and locations.

Cowie has certainly opened up many new avenues of approach, where a rich heritage and long standing cultural tradition take the place of myth and magic.

And Rosslyn Chapel are very happy to stock 'The Rosslyn Matrix' on their shelves. 'It's an interesting and refreshing new perspective on Rosslyn and Cowies book is selling more than all our other titles, including the Da Vinci Code,' says Stuart Beattie, Project Leader of the Chapel Trust.

Ashley will be delivering numerous lectures and doing signings this summer about his book and is set to release his second book at the Orkney International Science Festival in September. The festival organisers are advising people to pre book tickets or to get there early to assure a seat. With a series of three books on their way, a signed copy of Cowie's first book might just be a very good investment. Further details can be found at www.rosslynmatrix.com

Were all the pharoahs of Cushite blood ?

History has somewhat been unjust to the Egyptians, I had a coversation the other day with a person from the Israelite faith in my community and all can be said was how bad the Egyptians were. But if you look through the biblical times a few of the great leaders of the bible had some connection to this pariah country. Moses, Jacob, Yeshua and the list can go on. Was this so bad, the bible mention the Egyptians as enemies of The God of Jacob.Were they all from Cushite descendants.

Rock Pile Creates Controversy


Near the Massachusetts border at least 100 stone piles (about 3 feet high and 4 feet wide) lie on private land in this northern Rhode Island town of about 10,600 people. Developers are pressing to put 122 house lots on the location which has stirred much controversy over whether or not this is a sacred burial ground. No mention of any human remains being found yet. Detractors say that they are merely piles of rocks from early colonial agricultural operations. State experts have stated they are keeping watch on the site for further finds which may or may not confirm local Native American tribe's concerns.