25 jun. 2016

The Mystery Deepens in the Case of Fluctuating Star KIC 8462852

Last October, researchers with the Kepler Planet Hunters program announced the discovery of unusual patterns in the light output of a star indexed as KIC 8462852, patterns that could only be explained by massive objects in orbit around the star, blocking a significant portion of its light. While many theories were put forward to explain the phenomenon, ranging from proto-planetary debris to massive comets, all of the explanations failed to fit what was being observed -- except for the otherwise controversial idea that the light might be blocked by massive alien artifacts.

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First Mammalian Climate-Change Casualty: The Bramble Cay Melomys Wiped Out by Sea-Level Rise

Australian researchers have announced the first mammalian species to have been driven extinct by man-made climate change, with the loss of a rodent known as the Bramble Cay melomys, also known as the mosaic-tailed rat. First documented in 1845, this species was found only on the Great Barrier Reef's Bramble Cay, a tiny coral cay with an average area of only 8.9-acres (3.62-hectares). The creatures have not been seen since 2009, and a recent attempt to search for individuals came up empty-handed.

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24 jun. 2016

Argentina: Researcher Proposed UFO Tourism for Salta Province

Source: PLANETA UFO and El Intransigente (Argentina)
Date: 06.22.2016

Argentina: Researcher Proposed UFO Tourism for Salta Province

SALTA (Newsroom) - Antonio Zuleta, a researcher of unidentified flying objects, proposed the rather intriguing notion of promoting "UFO tourism". The native of Cachi is also in the process of shooting a movie on alien life.
Zuleta says that seeing objects of this sort in the Valle Chalchaquí area is quite common, and that records exist for similar occurrences elsewhere in the province but on a lesser degree. According to him, there are witnesses who have seen strange beings prowling the area.

In a statement to FM LaVoz radio, the researcher asked the provincial government to promote Salta as a UFO sighting area, as this will serve to attract massive tourism to Salta and will jump-start the economy. Zuleta ended by saying that the phenomenon has not been given the importance it deserves, despite being exploited elsewhere in the world.

In Campo Santo, a wilderness area in Salta, a teacher named Malena Agudo wanted to photograph a landscape, and upon checking the photo, was startled to see the strange flying object in the shot.

The photo was taken in La Poma, and the instructor says that upon close inspection of the photographs taken with her cellphone, she witnessed a strange flying object between the hills of the Nevado de Cachi. It was taken near the home of Eulogia Tapia last month, who assured the teacher that sightings are common in the area.

"Some of my relatives are from La Poma and they say sightings have been frequent for a long time now. At night they look like lanterns. People say it's the luz mala (evil light)," Malena told Diario 24. This isn't the first time that our readers have informed us of strange events on provincial territory.

In this regard, she said: "I didn't want to share my experience earlier, fearing I wouldn't be believed, but upon hearing about it, my relatives urged me to report it." This isn't the first time that our readers have informed us of strange events on provincial territory.

A woman identified as Rebeca Victoria Diaz Estrella uploaded a clip to YouTube showing images taken from her own home. According to her statement, "the UFO was visible from Salta proper at 4:37 a.m." further adding: "I saw it from my house and summoned my parents, and we recorded it. As you can see, the camera is still."

[Translation (c) 2016 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Guillermo Giménez, Planeta UFO]

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Los líquenes españoles del espacio regresan a la Tierra

Los líquenes de Guadalajara que viajaron al espacio hace dos años ya están en casa. El pasado fin de semana lo hicieron a bordo de la nave Soyuz 45, que regresó desde la Estación Espacial Internacional con la plataforma Expose R2 y el experimento Biomex. Los organismos españoles han estados expuestos a la radiación extraterrestre para evaluar la capacidad de resistencia de sus biomoléculas.
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Climate Change is a Present-Day Reality: May 2016 Breaks Even More Temperature Records

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released their temperature data for the month of May 2016, showing yet more broken temperature records around the globe, fueled in part by a record-breaking El Niño, estimated to have contributed to roughly 20 percent of the observed temperature increase.

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22 jun. 2016

The Laying on of Hands Challenge

Wednesday June 22, 2016
We've heard a lot about host Jeremy Vaeni's trickster-like experiences involving moving into a new home with his new love, Carol. This week, we hear from her for the first time. And then... Jeremy makes an open offer for scientific study of the energy that moves his body when he rests his sense of self, as Carol and he have made a startling discovery about it.

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The Lost Tomb

June 24, 2016
Was King Arthur real? Did Merlin do magic? After a ten year absence from Dreamland and a seven year span between books, legendary historical investigator Graham Phillips returns with the truth about Arthur, Camelot and Merlin.

Do the legendary Arthurian Romances have any basis in truth? And if Arthur was a great king, where is his tomb?

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2,200-Year-Old Antikythera Computer's Purpose has been Deciphered

Recovered from a 1st-century Roman shipwreck in 1901, the Antikythera Mechanism is the world's oldest known analog computer, at an estimated 2,200 years old. While the device's mechanism has long since been known to have involved astronomical calculations, its full nature has been shrouded in mystery, with the mechanism's approximately 30 bronze gears having corroded into a single lump over the millennia that it lay on the seafloor. However, new examinations by a multi-national research team have deciphered nearly all of the surviving text that had been inscribed on the device by its builder from ancient Greece.

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Argentina: Army Sergeant Sees a Train-Shaped UFO (1977)

Source: CEFORA (Commission for the Study of UFO Phenomena in the Republic of Argentina)
and Planeta UFO
Date: 06.20.2016

Argentina: Army Sergeant Sees a Train-Shaped UFO
By Andrea Pérez Simondini
Investigation conducted by Carlos Iurchuk
Material by Osvaldo Sánchez

In October 2010, researcher Carlos Iurchuck made a trip to the Chaco following the trail of cases experienced by military personnel.

On October 9, he held a meeting with Osvaldo Sánchez, a researcher and broadcaster who is unquestionably the greatest compiler of case histories in that province.

Osvaldo is a retired policeman who once held the rank of commissioner. He became interested in the UFO phenomenon as a result of the stories told by members of the police force, involving experiences in various parts of the Chaco.

He has hosted the "Encuentros Cercanos con el Mas Alla" radio show for over 35 years, and after a personal interview, he was kind enough to give Carlos some material, including pages he had written years ago, describing local events as they were told to him. Thus, we share with you an even from the 1970s:

"In the early morning hours of 1977 or 1978, perhaps during the months of October or November, the eyewitness, Army sergeant [name withheld], in the company of Mr. [name withheld], a well-known businessman in the province, were travelling along National Route 11 in a Ford Fairlane heading toward Resistencia. When they were north of Santa Fe, both men saw something resembling an "illuminated train" that crossed the road in complete silence and lost itself in the fields.

"He said the object looked like "an arrow" and moved flush to the ground. The ghostly apparition startled them greatly. The person telling the story exclaimed - "look out for the train", although his companion replied that he was already aware of it. Once the moment was over, they stopped the car to remark on their sighting, realizing only then that no railroad tracks existed in that area.

To this very day in 1993, the witnesses still wonder: "what was that?"

[Translation (c) 2016 S. Corrales IHU with thanks to Andrea Pérez Simondini and Guillermo Giménez]

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21 jun. 2016

Curtiss-Wright 2500 ¡El hover-coche!

Los vehículos aerodeslizadores, que se desplazan sobre un “colchón de aire”, o hovercraft, han logrado encontrar diversas aplicaciones sobre todo militares y deportivas pero, por suerte o por desgracia, nunca se ha comercializado un modelo para circular por carretera. Ahora bien, se ha intentado en varias ocasiones. De todas ellas, creo que nunca se estuvo más cerca de lograrlo que con el Curtiss-Wright 2500 o, al menos, por su estampa fue lo más parecido a un hover-coche.

Curtiss-Wright 2500. Fuente.

No es que fuera muy práctico, pero su apariencia era de lo más futurista. Se estudió incluso su empleo para transporte militar, como si fuera un Jeep capaz de flotar también sobre el agua, pero la aventura no llegó muy lejos.

Modelo militar del hover-coche en el US Army Transportation museum, Fort Eustis. Fuente.

La Curtiss-Wright Corporation era a mediados del siglo XX uno de los principales fabricantes de material aeronáutico del mundo. Con el tiempo fue diversificando su negocio hacia la fabricación de todo tipo de maquinaria. En 1959, justo en la época en que la compañía estaba experimentando con el motor rotativo Wankel, tras haber adquirido su licencia de uso a NSU, apareció el hover-coche. Fue un tiempo en que la empresa estaba buscando abrir nuevos caminos, mirando hacia el futuro. Pensaron que en unos años las carreteras se iban a llenar de aerodeslizadores y construyeron varios prototipos.

Otra vista del Curtiss-Wright 2500. Fuente.

El modelo 2500 fue planteado muy en serio. Un potente motor daba vida a dos grandes ventiladores, uno anterior y otro posterior, capaces de crear un colchón de aire para este coche de dos pasajeros que estaba pensado para “flotar” sobre las carreteras, terrenos poco practicables y, cómo no, sobre el agua. Finalmente la compañía decidió que no era adecuado pasar a producción y, como tantas otras líneas exploradas en ese tiempo, acabó convertido en una vía muerta.

Los siguientes vídeos muestran al Curtiss-Wright 2500 en acción sobre tierra y agua. ¡Es digno de ver!

Curtiss-Wright 2500 ¡El hover-coche! apareció originalmente en Tecnología Obsoleta, 21 junio 2016.

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New Conversion Method turns Carbon Dioxide into Stone

A great deal of the carbon dioxide that our industry produces can be extracted at the source before it gets into the atmosphere, where it would otherwise act as a greenhouse gas, trapping solar radiation before it can radiate back out into space. While the gas can be trapped, storage becomes an issue, especially given the sheer tonnage that is emitted by power plants and factories across the globe. But a new process may allow CO2 to be processed into solid rocks, made up of stable compounds that won't enter the atmosphere.

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Nuevas células solares con nanocristales ecológicos

Investigadores del Instituto de Ciencias Fotónicas (ICFO), en Barcelona, han desarrollado células solares semitransparentes basadas en nanocristales de plata, bismuto y azufre, elementos no tóxicos y abundantes. Sus resultados ofrecen una eficiencia de conversión de energía del 6,3%, un valor parecido al que consiguen las tecnologías fotovoltaicas de células solares ultrafinas de alto rendimiento.
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20 jun. 2016

Largest Coal Producer in the U.S. Funded Climate Change Denial Groups

A new report from the U.K's Guardian newspaper has unveiled that Peabody Energy, the U.S.'s largest coal producer, was actively funding over two dozen groups that advocated a policy of climate change denial, including various trade associations, corporate lobby groups, and conservative think-tanks. While long suspected by environmental groups, Peabody's role in climate change denial was uncovered when the company filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy in April.

“These groups collectively are the heart and soul of climate denial,” says Climate Investigation Center founder Kert Davies, referring to the groups funded by the coal giant. “It’s the broadest list I have seen of one company funding so many nodes in the denial machine.”

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Mexico: Eyewitness Declares Tlaxcala a "UFO Contact Area"

Source: PLANETA UFO and e-tlaxcala.mx
Date: 6/20/2016

Mexico: Eyewitness Declares Tlaxcala a "UFO Contact Area"

Sunday, June 19, 2016 -14:11 hrs.

People Report Seeing a UFO in the Municipality of Contla.

"Only minutes ago, a small UFO was suspended in front of my house near the community of Cuba in San Bernardino Contla."

[PHOTO CREDIT: Hector Aguirre Avila "Halconi"]

"There are some very interesting details to be made out," said the person who was able to photograph this object, after explaining that it was only visible for a few seconds, as it vanished in an instant.

The person adds that the UFO was at an altitude of 500 meters (1600 feet) The photograph was taken at a 45-degree angle over the horizon.

[Translation (c) 2016 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Guillermo Giménez, Planeta UFO]
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