22 nov. 2017

The Solar System's First Interstellar Visitor, 'Oumuamua, is Red... and Cigar-Shaped?

New observations of the Solar System's first known interstellar asteroid, A/2017 U1, has revealed new and unusual information regarding our visitor from afar, including its size, color -- and that it is shaped like a cigar.

Using the European Southern Observatory's (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile, astronomers have found that the asteroid, now named 'Oumuamua, is a dark red color, much like other Kuiper belt objects that orbit on the extreme fringes of the solar system.

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Cómo crear una red cuántica híbrida entre laboratorios distintos

Investigadores del Instituto de Ciencias Fotónicas han logrado un enlace elemental en una red cuántica híbrida, formada por átomos fríos y un cristal con iones, y usando un fotón como portador de la información. Así han demostrado por primera vez la comunicación cuántica fotónica entre dos nodos cuánticos de naturaleza distinta y colocados en laboratorios diferentes.
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Spain: UFOs Over the Pyrenees - The Pusilibro Event (1977)

Source: PLANETA UFO (Argentina) and El Heraldo (Spain)
Date: 11.22.2017

Spain: UFOs Over the Pyrenees - The Pusilibro Event (1977)

Sightings from Sierra Caballera in Huesca drew the attention of thousands interested in extraterrestrial phenomena.

The story of UFOs in the Pyrenees is inextricably linked to the sightings at Pusilibro, a peak in the Sierra Caballera (Huesca) which exerted a hypnotic attraction some 40 years ago over thousands of people interested in a phenomenon which at the time commanded newspaper pages and headlines.

Forty years ago, in November 1977, the 'Nueva España' newspaper (today known as 'Diario del Alto Aragón') published a series of strange nocturnal photographs showing two moving lights, increasing an obsession that had come about a few months earlier in the midst of Summer.

The subject of odd lights on the summit of Mount Pusilibro (1,597 meters), known to a handful of people, soon turned into an international phenomenon that led to continuous nocturnal pilgrimages to the area and prompted the interest of the international media.

Among those who best knew the entire process is journalist Luis García Nuñez, now retired, who was responsible for providing the Huesca newspaper with not only the photographs, but the narrative of what became known as the "Pusilibro UFO".

In a statement to the EFE news agency, the veteran journalist states that a call to the paper's newsroom in September 1977 prompted his editor to entrust him with looking into the alleged sightings, to see if there was any truth to them.

The phone call alerted them to the presence of a large red vehicle over the ridge that leads to the summit of Pusilibro.

Night after night - he recalls - he drove to the vicinity of Pusilibro to await the unexpected, standing next to a few dozen others who faithfully believed that an encounter was going to happen.

From that moment on, García Nuñez had to screen dozens of phone calls informing him of unlikely sightings in various corners of Huesca's geography. Some of these were unquestionably pranks.

Publication of the photos on November 10, 1977 not only changed everything: it awakened the interest and curiosity of the media, ufologists, or simply curiosity-seekers interested in the phenomenon.

The infamous images of the Pusilibro UFO were taken by an amateur photographer from the tenth floor of his building. The three-picture sequence shows a smaller white light approaching a larger red one, finally merging into a whitish form. The photographer thought he could see a large kidney-bean shaped craft in one of the lights, says García Núñez, recalling those times.

It was a landslide of information, says the journalist, causing hundreds of people to seek the magic of the unknown at Mount Pusilibro. A phenomenon from which sharp-eyed businessmen were able to profit by selling drinks, but which also drew the attention of renowned journalist, writer and researcher Juan José Benítez, with whom García Núñez has been in contact since then. The long nights were filled with sandwiches, hot drinks, cold weather, blankets, tripod-mounted cameras and an enthusiasm and excitement that are hard to understand today.

Benitez himself, among those who spent the most time near Pusilibro, was able to secure the negatives to the photos, sending them to a laboratory to detect any possible fraud or manipulation.

According to the journalist, the writer told him some time later that the images he had published were genuine and not manipulated in any way.

Nonetheless, the phenomenon gave rise to jokes and mockery. He remembers receiving a typewritten document submitted by alleged aliens from the planet UMMO, warning about humanity's inability to understand the existence of extraterrestrial life.

"It is for this reason," reads the report that García Núñez still keeps, “that contacting you is a difficult and delicate matter. We must sensitize you little by little with communications such as this and manifestations by some of our craft, which occur along a systematically pre-established plan."

These reactions notwithstanding, the phenomenon also summoned the interest of well-known ufologists like Benitez himself, who either confirmed or questioned the images and the alleged sightings themselves.

Sometime later, Benitez would write: "The case of the 'Pusilibro UFO' is genuine, and we are faced with an exceptional document: a UFO mothership or carrier in Spanish skies. Let us bear in mind that this vessel was also seen by many other witnesses throughout the months of September, October and November 1977."

The truth of the matter, recalls García Núñez, is that there hasn't been a sighting in the Pyrenees that stirred up such a commotion since that one.

[Translation © 2017 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Guillermo Giménez]

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Argentina: The Uncertain Fate of the Cachi "Ufoport"

Source: Planeta UFO and El Tribuno (Argentina)
Date: 11.22.2017

Argentina: The Uncertain Fate of the Cachi "Ufoport"

After learning that Werner Jaisly - the Swiss national who built the Chachi "ufoport" which shall hereinafter be under the jurisdiction of municipal authorities - had separated himself from the project, several readers contacted El Tribuno to obtain further information on the story.

The concern has to do with whether another infrastructure or some lookout spot will exist at the site to enable witnessing UFO sightings, which are quite frequent in the area.

The ufoport is an area created by Jaisly using white rocks, geometrically arrayed over a plain that allows for access to the mountain ranges north of Cachi, formations that are the foothills of the famous mountain that bears the same name as the community.

It was there - according to Werner's stories - that he had been telepathically contacted by alien beings one night in November 2008. They had ordered him to design a series of drawings making use of the local stone.

It was from this command that Jaisli began designing what became known at the time as a ufoport, a place where contact with beings for other planets could be made. The story excited seekers and followers of the UFO community and the site became another tourist landmark, which the municipality could exploit to its advantage. Not much is known about the eccentric Werner, only that people have stopped seeing him on the city's streets. Not much is known about his plans once he has left Cachi. Some believe he will go back to his country of origin.

"People stopped seeing him around town and the strangest theories were concocted. They even said he'd been taken away by flying saucers. That's not the case. He left because he was tired," says David Zuleta.

The complex Werner dubbed "La Esperanza" is some 4 kilometers distant from the community. It was very common to see this 70-year-old Swiss walking down the narrow streets, clad in the manner of a druid - those pre-Christian wisemen who specialized in the occult and philosophy. Werner had a pointed white beard, a black jacket with toggles made of deer horn, a mid-thigh wide skirt, a toque, and completed his outlandish outfit with a pair of cowboy boots. The place where he erected his works is called Fuerte Alto and occupies an area of approximately four city blocks. He outlined a star with thirty-six points, measuring 48 meters in diameter, containing a smaller star of the same color but with only 12 points. The entire construction is visible from above. He began working on it in 2008 and had it ready by 2012.

"I was at Fuerte Alto with my neighbor Luis. It was midnight on November 24, 2008. We could hear a celebration going own below in the Complejo Deportivo (sports complex). Suddenly there was silence. The power went out and we were in total darkness. 'It's a UFO night,' I said to Luis. No sooner had I finished saying those words when two luminous objects flew 200 meters over the Chalchaqui River. They were solid, circular and seemingly made of burnished metal. I don't know why, but I mentally asked them to come closer, and they did! They came down some 100 meters over our heads and bathed us in a beam of light that made us glow. What's odd is that it didn't harm our eyesight. Something bubbled in my brain. It was a command. I was being telepathically asked to build the spaceport," explained Werner.

[Translation (c) 2017 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Gullermo Giménez, Planeta UFO]

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21 nov. 2017

La Niña is here, but how will it affect our Winter?

La Niña conditions are currently forming in the Pacific Ocean, however forecasters expect that if these conditions persist through the winter, this will only be a mild episode, compared to La Niña that have occurred in the past.

La Niña, Spanish for "little girl", occurs when sea surface temperatures drop to below normal along a band following the equator in the Eastern Pacific, the counterpart to the phenomenon of above-average sea surface temperatures known as El Niño. These two phenomena are part of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO), one of the strongest drivers of climate variation in North America and around the world.

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¿Cómo se regenera de forma natural la costa tras un vertido?

Investigadores de las universidades de Huelva y Oviedo han analizado el comportamiento natural del ecosistema tras un derrame de fuel y su capacidad para eliminar cualquier foco contaminante. Los resultados ayudarán a establecer protocolos de actuación ante derrames de combustible en el litoral.
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El alargadísimo ‘Oumuamua, el primer asteroide interestelar

Las primeras observaciones de un asteroide llegado a nuestro sistema solar procedente del espacio interestelar han sorprendido a los astrónomos. El objeto, bautizado con el nombre hawaiano de ‘Oumuamua, no se parece a nada visto antes: parece ser metálico o rocoso, con un color rojo oscuro y, sobre todo, muy alargado. Su longitud es de al menos 400 metros y, después de girar cerca del Sol, se aleja a la vertiginosa velocidad de 95.000 km/h.
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Stories from a Life 18 : New Book, the Afterlife Revolution

Whitley Strieber announces what promises to be a truly amazing book called the Afterlife Revolution. He and Anne have written it together, and here he talks about what it is like to be back in contact with her, and tells about the meaning of the book, which is due to be published on December 8.

As always, he delivers his message with great passion and integrity, explaining why the book had to be published so quickly, and exactly what he and Anne hope to accomplish with it.

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8,000 Year-Old Petroglyph might be the World's Oldest Image of Hunting Dogs, complete with Leashes

Researchers have found what may be the earliest depiction of dogs hunting alongside a human companion in Saudi Arabia, in a sandstone carving believed to be more than 8,000 years old. The human is armed with a bow and arrow, accompanied by thirteen dogs, including two that appear to be tethered to their biped counterpart by what the researchers believe are leashes -- possibly the oldest record of the use of such a restraining device by humans.

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20 nov. 2017

MultiDark-Galaxies: un universo virtual de acceso libre

Un equipo internacional de astrónomos liderado desde la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) y el Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía ha creado un modelo teórico que permite recrear, de manera amplia y detallada, la formación y evolución del universo. El trabajo proporciona un banco de pruebas sin precedentes para las nuevas teorías sobre el cosmos.
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18 nov. 2017

El coche de von Ardenne (1961): Seguro, panorámico y ¡raro de narices!

Antes de entrar en la miga del asunto, cómo no, convendrá recordar muy brevemente quién fue Manfred von Ardenne, el inventor del extraño bicho sobre ruedas que nos visita hoy (próximamente publicaré una reseña biográfica sobre su figura, pero vayan por adelantado estas letras para ir descubriendo al personaje). Manfred dejó este mundo en 1997, cuando había cumplido nueve décadas de vida. Científico genial donde los haya, hoy es apenas recordado porque, por decirlo suavemente, estuvo trabajando del lado de los malos de la película. Por una parte, parte de su trabajo se desarrolló bajo el régimen nazi, con todo lo que ello conlleva y, posteriormente, estuvo bajo la esfera de influencia de la Unión Soviética (trabajó en su programa nuclear). Todo un antihéroe, si se quiere ver así. Pero eso no le resta genialidad (además, siempre afirmó mantenerse alejando de la política y no se afilió a ningún partido, pero eso no quita que terminara salpicado. De haber trabajado en el programa nuclear norteamericano, y no soviético, la cosa sería muy diferente… ya se sabe cómo son estas cosas). Manfred von Ardenne, físico, inventor y empresario alemán, no estuvo quieto ni un solo día. No es raro que, así, lograra cerca de 600 patentes y que fuera pionero de la tecnología nuclear, uno de los padres de la televisión, de las telecomunicaciones, de nuevas tecnologías médicas, la microscopía electrónica, el estudio del plasma… Además de su actividad científica convencional, y en cierto modo de la misma forma en la que trabajaba otro genio como fue Buckminster Fuller, también dedicó mucho tiempo a soñar con el futuro. Por eso, he traído aquí hoy una de sus más “locas” invenciones, que se adelantó a su tiempo en lo que se refiere a la seguridad en la circulación.

El automóvil seguro de von Ardenne. Fuente: Radio Electronics 1961.

Allá por 1961 Manfred von Ardenne presentó su coche seguro para el futuro. Se trataba de un coche muy extraño y que llamó la atención de su época, pero poco más, porque nunca se construyó en serie y no pasó de algunos estudios técnicos. Pero era audaz, sin ninguna duda. Veamos, el automóvil de Manfred hubiera dispuesto de:

  • Estructura reforzada con polímeros y espumas, recordando lejanamente a los airbag (nuestro protagonista había patentado ya diversos tipos de elementos de seguridad para automoción, como un tipo de cinturón de seguridad mejorado).
  • Para mejorar la seguridad todavía más, llevaría un “retén” de polímero, como un gran bloque en su parte delantera. Eso obligaba a que los pasajeros estuvieran sentados mirando al contrario del sentido de la marcha. Sí, ibas sentado al revés. Y, para conducirlo, uno debía servirse de grandes pantallas panorámicas alimentadas por cámaras y sensores, todo ello auxiliado por radares contra colisiones.
  • El inventor quería así asegurar la seguridad completa en caso de impacto frontal. La parte delantera del coche podría aguantar sin problemas los impactos gracias al gran bloque de polímero.
  • Si las cámaras, que llevarían incluso filtros infrarrojos para conducción bajo condiciones de niebla, llegaban a fallar, el coche disponía de un periscopio de emergencia para detener el vehículo.
  • Tal y como el propio Manfred explicaba en 1961 en las páginas de la revista Radio-Electronics magazine, el lograr una solución como esa era cosa de ingenieros electrónicos, como él, que llevaba décadas trabajando en el desarrollo de la televisión. ¿Qué mejor que blindar el frontal de los coches y circular disfrutando de una pantalla panorámica?

Ciertamente, era un diseño extravagante que no tenía recorrido, pero no por ello deja de llamar la atención, precisamente ahora cuando los vehículos nuevos llegan cargados de elementos de seguridad con todo tipo de sensores, cámaras y medios contra colisión, que tanto hubieran encantado al inventor alemán.

El coche de von Ardenne (1961): Seguro, panorámico y ¡raro de narices! apareció originalmente en Tecnología Obsoleta, 18 noviembre 2017.

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17 nov. 2017

Former Facebook Prez on the Dangers of Social Media: 'God only knows what it's doing to our children's brains'

The profound impact of the technology of social networking on our culture, especially social media juggernaut Facebook, is a phenomenon that is unique in human history, allowing friends, loved ones, and even complete strangers to connect from disparate corners of the interweb. Conversely, it has also been used to spread disinformation, such as in the case of Russian hackers meddling in the 2016 US presidential election, and for many it has also become the object of addictive behavior.

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The Punta Cuevas UFO - A "Repeater"?

Luis Burgos from ICOU/FAO shares some intriguing photographs with us. Was the Punta Cuevas UFO seen on two earlier occasions (Las Grutas, January '75) and Caleta Olivia (1974)? That would place it among the elite category of "repeaters" in the history of UFO study, which includes the McMinnville UFO, which had also been reported during a French saucer wave.

Readers interested in the fascinating subject of repeaters are invited to check out Timothy Green Beckley's The UFO Repeaters - Seeing is Believing over at Amazon.com.
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The Ozone Hole is (Finally) Shrinking

The infamous hole in Earth's ozone layer has shrunk down to 7.6 million square miles wide (12,200,000 square kilometers), the smallest the gap has been since 1988. This healing of Earth's main shield against ultraviolet radiation is due largely to efforts initiated in the mid-1980s, when the use of ozone-harming CFCs was phased out. Not only is this positive news in regards to our atmosphere's ability to filter out harmful UV radiation, it also stands as an example of how humanity can make a positive, large-scale impact when efforts to reduce ecological harm are required, such as in the case of our need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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