19 ago. 2017

New Aluminum Nanomaterial Rapidly Converts Water into Hydrogen

Researchers with the US Army Aberdeen Proving Ground Research Laboratory have stumbled upon an aluminum alloy that, when structured into a nanomaterial powder, efficiently reacts with ordinary water to produce hydrogen gas, that can in turn be burned to produce energy. "The hydrogen that is given off can be used as a fuel in a fuel cell," explains materials engineer and team leader, Scott Grendahl. "What we discovered is a mechanism for a rapid and spontaneous hydrolysis of water."

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18 ago. 2017

21 de agosto, el gran eclipse americano

El próximo 21 de agosto se producirá el eclipse total de Sol más esperado de los últimos tiempos: el gran eclipse americano. La banda de totalidad cruzará, en diagonal, de oeste a este EE UU y cerca de 100 millones de personas podrán presenciar el fenómeno en directo.
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How to Avoid Unsafe Fake Eclipse Glasses

The excitement is sky-high for the upcoming total solar eclipse that is due to occur on August 21, 2017, and along with major events such as this come safety concerns regarding observers' eyesight, as looking directly at the sun -- even when much of it is blocked as it is over the duration of an eclipse -- can cause permanent damage to the viewer's eyes. 

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Subscriber Notice: Firefox Login Page Bug

A bug in the most recent update of Firefox (55.0.2) has caused some Unknowncountry subscribers to see a misconfigured page when attempting to log in. To work around this until Mozilla fixes the bug, click on the small lock just to the left of the site address and temporarily turn off security for the site. The bug is causing the browser to see images as part of the page that should be secured when they are not.

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17 ago. 2017

Hallan una enana blanca poco común residuo de una supernova

Un equipo internacional de astrónomos ha descubierto una enana blanca poco común en la Vía Láctea cuya masa es baja y su composición extraña. El remanente estelar que gira a gran velocidad podría ser uno de los restos de una supernova de tipo Iax, de la que aún se tiene escaso conocimiento, y se podría haber originado entre hace cinco y 50 millones de años.
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Confronting Dark Forces with a Light Heart

Thursday August 17, 2017
The maestro himself, Whitley Strieber, returns to talk about the dark forces trying to sabotage his life and the Unknown Country website. Where do they come from? What do they want? And what is in us that can render them impotent? This episode, we'll peel back the curtain on the dark hearts among us to see what beats at their center.
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Beyond Strange

August 18, 2017
Trish and Rob MacGregor return with Beyond Strange—reports of extreme high strangeness that are well documented and often involve trained observers.

Dreamland is about exploring the credible edge of strangeness and this show fits the bill in spades. The reason is that, DURING THE SHOW, Trish and Rob and Whitley realize that one of the phenomena they are talking about occurs all over the world but has never been understood before as a unique high strangeness phenomenon.

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U.S. Diplomats in Cuba may have been Attacked with a Sonic Weapon

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is currently investigating what appears to be an attack on U.S. diplomats working in Cuba involving a covert sonic weapon. Last fall, a number of diplomats with the newly-opened U.S. embassy in Havana began to suffer an unexplained loss of hearing, forcing many of the afflicted diplomats to return home for medical treatment. Diplomatic ties were re-opened between Cuba and the U.S. in 2015, following decades of tension between the two countries.

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16 ago. 2017

Fairy-Folk Said to be Damaging Road in Ireland

In many places throughout the world some old traditions hold steadfast, with Ireland being no exception to this phenomenon: Irish Teachta Dála (Member of Parliament) Danny Healy-Rae says that a persistent dip in a road running through his constituency in County Kerry is being caused by the presence of nearby "fairy forts", an arrangement of standing stones that, according to tradition, is associa

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Argentina: The Argentinean X-Files - An Interview with Ruben Lianza



Source: Planeta UFO and www.perfil.com
Date: 08.16.2017
Article by Enrique Garabeytan


Argentina: The Argentinean X-Files - An Interview with Ruben Lianza

A debate arose 70 years ago that is still ongoing: In 1947, the sighting of a "fleet of flying saucers" and the "Roswell incident" in the New Mexico desert became the kickoff points for the UFO (unidentified flying object) phenomenon. There are two factions today: one claims that extraterrestrials are flying over the Earth and another, which would sooner engage in a detailed analysis, avoiding extremist positions, of every claim, photograph and video on the subject before passing judgment.

This task has been carried out since 2011 by the Comisión de Estudio de Fenómenos Aeroespaciales (CEFAE), a branch of the Argentinean Air Force. Its current director is Ruben Lianza, an experienced air force test pilot, now retired, who was the commandant of the Marambio Base, as well as being an amateur astronomer and a student of the UFO field for over forty years.

"During 2016 we investigated - and explained - forty reports submitted to us from nearly all of [Argentina's] provinces," Lianza told PERFIL from his office in the Condor Building. "Last year we were able to satisfactorily explain all the reported incidents following an analysis of images using specialized software, an evaluation of eyewitness reports, a search for background data and the application of astronomy, meteorology and optical techniques." All of this is done without any specific budget allocation to his office, "as the air force has other greater and more pressing operational needs."

Reports usually reach CEFAE through a contact form found at http://ift.tt/2v1v1Hr. "Most of them are eyewitness reports and taken with digital cameras and some videos. All of them show various objects in flight, some of them saucer-shaped. The photographer says that no plane, helicopter or bird was visible when the photo was taken. They are sometimes nocturnal shots in which one or several lights are seen in the sky."

Lianza is in charge of carrying out the detective-like work for identifying each flying object, based on various techniques and following a systematic methodology. "Biological causes are common, ranging from birds to bugs flying in front of the camera. This is studied with programs that enable a pixel-by-pixel analysis of the photo, including tools that can remove the blurry outline to reveal the solid image."

Optical phenomena or camera defects are another common explanation, Lianza explains. These range from lens scratches to a drop of moisture that creates a particular spectral dispersion. "In other cases, for example, when lights are seen in a given point in the sky, we search databases and use simulation programs to see if the cause could be attributed to the sun reflecting over a satellite in orbit above the specific geographical point. Or the Moon, seen by day, but an angle and location the photographer was not expecting.

According to Lianza, other causes are meteorological, such as certain clouds, which can be attested by analyzing satellite photographs against the place where the photo was taken, and reports of the National Weather Service (Servicio Meteorologico Nacional) breaking down the weather conditions. Finally, an aeronautical explanation can be found for other UFOs, ranging from military planes, drones or even high-altitude balloons such as Google's, which provide Internet access in isolated locations. After the proper scientific explanation is found, the UFO becomes an IFO - Identified Flying Object.

"So what happens if the UFOs cannot be explained?"
"Should this happen, it's still not proof of alien involvement. These files remain open for the following year while we look for new data and sources sometimes provided by colleagues in other countries such as France, Chile, Uruguay or Peru, with whom information is exchanged. Or we practice new techniques so that the report can reach the level of scientific expertise required by international standards."
"Do you personally believe extraterrestrial life exists?"
"There's already an accepted scientific discipline called astrobiology. It is focused on two things - on the one hand, it studies things like extremophile bacteria able to live on other planets. But other experts are engaged in analyzing the likelihood of other advanced civilizations that could perhaps be broadcasting electromagnetic signals. It is for this reason that there have been several SETI projects worldwide for years. CEFAE has a list of external advisors that includes scientists of all types, but none related to the paranormal. In fact, we added an Argentinean astrobiologist, but not to perform autopsies on alleged aliens, only to escort us in our educational endeavors.

One of the few times the USAF researched and published reports on UFOS was to clarify Roswell. According to Lianza, who compiled considerable information on the subject, this is a myth arising from an unfortunate mixture of events and secret military projects of the Cold War era and the space race. "On the one hand, the remains of a string of stratospheric balloons employed to determine whether it was feasible to detect Soviet nuclear explosions was indeed recovered. In 1956, launches involving human mannequins were carried out to determine free-fall speeds in designing parachutes for astronauts involved in flight tests in the space race against the USSR. Thirty years later, two UFO experts recycled both stories, embellished them and popularized them." Today, thanks to these stories, Roswell became a tourist destination.

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

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Costa Rica: Pilot Records UFO



Source: PLANETA UFO and Peru.com
Date: 08.16.2017

Costa Rica: Pilot Records UFO

Impressive! A video recorded in Costa Rica has gone viral on YouTube. What is the reason for this? It turns out that an airline pilot captured the very moment at which the UFO flew in the distance.

The pilot, whose name is Jose Daniel Araya, wanted to record the sunset over Costa Rica on his cellphone without thinking he would capture a UFO. The images have gone around the world and have been seen millions of times on Youtube.

At first, the pilot did not clearly see the UFO and wanted to be certain. Upon going home to inspect the recorded images, he was startled to find the UFO was clearly visible.

Faced with this mystery, the pilot visited astronomer José Alberto Villalobos and UFO expert Alexis Astúa, who said it was in fact an 'extraterrestrial spacecraft'. As of this moment the video has over a millon views on YouTube and is a viral phenomenon. Do you think these images are true. Leave your comments and share them on all of your social networks.

VIDEO AT: https://youtu.be/iZKvSYt41Bc

[Translation (c) 2017, S. Corrales IHU]
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Fairy Folk are Damaging a Nearby Road, according to Irish TD

In many places throughout the world some old traditions hold steadfast, with Ireland being no exception to this phenomenon: Irish Teachta Dála (Member of Parliament) Danny Healy-Rae says that a persistent dip in a road running through his constituency in County Kerry is being caused by the presence of nearby "fairy forts", an arrangement of standing stones that, according to tradition, is associated with fairy-folk.

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15 ago. 2017

Path and Letters

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The Path

The Path

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