30 sept. 2014

Is An Even Larger Eruption Brewing At Mount Ontake?




Despite the advanced technology devoted to the monitoring of seismic and volcanic activity, the unexpected eruption of the Japanese volcano Mount Ontake proves that Nature can still surprise us.



The unexpected eruption led to a heavy death toll; there are 36 people confirmed dead and many other were injured as 250 hikers were caught unawares by a deluge of red hot hail and rocks.The search for the bodies of the unfortunate hikers has now had to be called off amidst fears that the eruption is intensifying. Reports from the Japanese meteorological agency stated that volcanic tremors in the area could mean that another explosion was on the way.



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Mystery surrounds 'black-eyed child' reports

A mysterious entity has been sighted at Cannock Chase in England for the first time in almost 30 years. Reports of a ghostly girl with "coal-black pit...

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Brian Cox: 'stupidity' is our biggest threat

Professor Brian Cox believes that 'human stupidity' is the biggest threat to civilization. When we think of apocalyptic scenarios we tend to focus on ...

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Subject Revisited: Argentina's Monte Grande Explosion (2011) - Threats, Spies and UFOs?





Subject Revisited: Argentina's Monte Grande Explosion (2011) - Threats, Spies and UFOs?



[INEXPLICATA readers may remember the perplexing explosion that ruined the residential neighborhood of Monte Grande a few years ago - an event ascribed to a "pizza oven" explosion by the authorities but involving something more sinister...a crashed test drone, or worse? -- SC]



"There's a Deep Mystery They're Not Telling Us About"



The woman who lost her home on account of the mysterious explosion in Monte Grande spoke to 24COn three years after the fact.

Beyond the mystery that enshrouded the case, the suspicions and official stories, eyewitness accounts and the conclusions raised by experts, life goes on for the families affected by the Monte Grande explosion, and it is not a normal life either. Nothing was ever the same again, not even for the children of Silvia Espinoza, a Peruvian tourist who died when a wall collapsed on top of her. Or for Fabián Sequeira and his wife Yeanigres Cornejo, who lost all their worldly belongings.



On September 26, 2011 at 0216 in the morning, an explosion shook the 9 de Abril district of Esteban Echeverria. Two houses were reduced to rubble and beyond eyewitness accounts, the judiciary declared the case closed as an "alleged gas leak". At least this is how Yeanigres puts it when talking to 24CON. Yani, as her friends and neighbors call her, tries to explain her family's ordeal. "We're in bad psychological shape because they gave us a house in "comodato" (loan without charge), and it expires in three years. That means that we'll be out on the street within three years. We want the municipality to give us the deed to the property."



But to Yani and many others, what happened at their home was not a mere gas leak. It goes beyond that, and for that reason, both the judiciary and the municipal authorities have tried to silence them.



"There something much deeper going on here that they're not telling us about, but all we want is to live in peace. It's a miracle we're alive, and they often treat us like gangsters. We haven't had any peace for three years. We feel as though we'd killed someone. We have to be thankful to be alive," says the woman, who ratifies the theory that something fell out of the sky. "We were asleep when something fell down and it all exploded. We haven't had any peace since then."



Peace will be found only when both the Sequeira family and their neighbors know the truth. Yani has to take leave from work to engage in legal transactions. For example, going to District Attorney's office 6, where the files are kept. "I was never summoned. It was left like that. I spoke with the attorney from Sancor Insurance, who witnessed the expert report. She's no longer with the company, but she told me: 'I can't believe they closed your case as an alleged gas leak'. We don't know what to do or who to appeal to."



Three years after the "Monte Grande Roswell", as several UFO researchers involved in the investigation have called it, the matter remains open for debate. There is no certainty about what caused the fatal explosion: it could have been a gas leak, as the authorities say, or "something unknown that fell from the skies." The fact is that the affected families have been in limbo since then.



Ufologists Are Threatened: "We're listening in on you. Be careful."



Adrian Nicala, a UFO expert based in Ituzaingó, received intimidating messages on his phone. "They're the ones who should be afraid, he told 24 CON.



Silent but astute, ufologist scour the skies of the metropolitan area looking for strange objects, lights and odd movements. With their trained eye, their able to distinguished common air traffic from something that perhaps hails from another world. Their purpose is to disclose the strange phenomena that plow the skies. However, this disclosure sometimes affects interests that are contrary to those of the ufologists.



Research and discovery can lead to enemies. "We're listening in on you. Be careful." This is the first message received by Adriana Nicala, the Ituzaingó-based ufologist. At first he did not take it as a threat, but a prank. "[The call came in] at 10 in the morning. Since it says "we're listening in on you" I thought it had to do with a local radio show."



Faced with this uncertainty, Nicala replied, "Who's this?" - but received no reply.






He then phoned the unknown number, but no one answered. "Seconds later I received another text message. "Are you an idiot? Don't call me." I told him to go to hell in another message, phoned him again and he answered."



From the other side of the line, he heard the voice of a man between 30 and 40 years old who nervously asked not to be called again, then asked [Nicala] what time he left home, to increase the threat. The last message Nicala ever received sealed the person's intentions: "Have a care with what you say. I'm not far away from you."



According to the ufologist, threats, tapped phones and having his movements traced are commonplace. Nicala remembers that Luis Burgos, director of the Federacion Argentina de Ovnilogia, had a personal conversation he'd had with other UFO researchers played back to him over the phone. They had taped it right off his phone. "It's the intelligence services. Not from the United States, but from here. Our stance on the Monte Grande incident was very upsetting," he says.



"On a previous occasion, they ruined 20 terabytes of information we had. They disrupted a hard drive with 20 terabytes from our radio show. They got in while we were on the air. The engineer, Gaby Mottura, realized someone ahd gotten in because things were running slow. The IP showed us that they'd first entered from New Mexico, then another IP from Virginia came in. The second lingered 40 minutes and listened to the entire show. When we mentioned on air that things were running slowly, it went away, but not before planting a virus that ruined everything. They do this to erase their tracks," says Nicala, who broadcasts his experiences and those of his companions on the Testimonio Ovni radio show, broadcast on Inadaptados Radio (online) every Saturday at 20:00 hours.



"I'm not afraid. One's concerned about family, but I'm not afraid. It's not like I have firearms or anything, but I'm confident. I know there's an intelligence out there, without question. It's eminently powerful. If it allows something to happen to me, then it was meant to be. These people who threaten me should be more frightened, because I've seen these machines [UFOs] do things that ought to scare them," concluded Nicasa.



[Translation (c) 2014 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to the 24 CON newsroom, Leandro Fernandez Vivas [24CON] and Guillermo Giménez, Planeta UFO]




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Nuevo sistema de detección de meteoroides en el Observatorio de Calar Alto

Un sistema de cinco cámaras ha comenzado a monitorizar el cielo durante toda la noche para identificar de forma automática la entrada de meteoroides en la atmósfera terrestre. El instrumento se ha colocado en el Observatorio de Calar, situado en la Sierra de Los Filabres (Almería).

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'Spaceman' turns up on Margate beach

Beachgoers were left perplexed this week after an astronaut was spotted strolling across the seafront. Margate is a popular destination for holidaymak...

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29 sept. 2014

Dracula's dungeon discovered in Turkey

The dungeon in which Vlad the Impaler was imprisoned by the Turks has been found at Tokat Castle. Back at the beginning of the 15th century Wallachian...

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Building Blocks For Life Discovered Floating In Deep Space




Astronomers have made some very interesting discoveries in space recently, each potentially bringing them one step closer to finding habitable exo-planets with signs of extra-terrestrial life-forms.



A study appearing this week in the journal Nature revealed findings extracted from the combined offerings of three NASA space telescopes: Hubble, Spitzer, and Kepler. Data from the telescopes showed clear skies and steamy water vapor on a gaseous planet outside our solar system.



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El CERN celebra su 60 aniversario

El CERN, la Organización Europea para la Investigación Nuclear, ha celebrado hoy su 60 aniversario durante un evento al que han asistido delegaciones de 35 países, incluida España. Esta institución internacional reune a científicos de 100 nacionalidades. Más de medio millar de científicos y técnicos españoles participan en este Laboratorio Europeo de Física de Partículas, como también es conocido.

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Mon 29 Sept - Daily round-up of the world's weird news

Greek woman feared buried alive, polar bear arrested at NYC climate protest, face of Jesus on toilet floor, street corner exorcisms

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Mexico: Anomalous Object Over Cocoyoc





Contributing editor Ana Luisa Cid sends us a video taken over Cocoyoc, Mexico by Hector Ramírez Villanueva, a long-time videographer of the unexplained. Prof. Cid writes: "The witness described feeling a strange sensation prior to the sighting, as if something "informed" him where he should be looking to. Cocoyoc is a municipality in the Mexican state of Morelos, founded by the Tlahuiltecas in the 9th century. The area, known for its lush vegetation and fertile soil, has long been known as a UFO hotspot.

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Think tank hires 'Call of Duty' creator

The group is tasked with advising the Pentagon on possible threats that could arise in the future. Dave Anthony, creator of the phenomenally successfu...

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28 sept. 2014

Scientists develop new invisibility cloak

A team at the University of Rochester has come up with a new way to hide 3-dimensional objects from view. The method, which could give even Harry Pott...

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Organic molecules found in interstellar space

Astronomers have identified the first signs of life-bearing chemistry at the center of the galaxy. The building blocks of life appear to be widespread...

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Machu Picchu home to giant 'extinct' rat

A species of rat thought to be extinct has been rediscovered near the Incan city's ruins in Peru. Evidence of the Chinchilla rat, an 'extinct' mammal ...

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27 sept. 2014

Are black holes as we know them impossible ?

One physicist has determined that what we know about black holes and the Big Bang could be wrong. A black hole typically forms when a collapsing star ...

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World's most expensive cocktail goes on sale

Diners with more money than sense can sample the delicacy for the princely sum of £9,000 per glass. The ridiculously extravagant drink was concocted i...

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Probe to attempt comet landing in November

Rosetta's companion lander Philae is set to attempt a daring landing effort on the comet's surface. Set to take place on November 12th, the harrowing ...

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26 sept. 2014

Weekender: Surmounting Evolution - Enter The Bespoke Human




Of all the mammals currently living on this planet, the human race comes in a variety of diverse forms: a myriad of differing faces, skin colors, body shapes, eye colors, hair colors, heights and weight variations, but all undeniably "human."



All of these identifying features have, until very recently, been a product of evolution and the kaleidoscope of genetic diversity.

Historically, many varieties of hominid have existed, being defined by their most predominant capabilities and gradually evolving into more capable and advanced species: Homo habilis who had basic abilities; Homo erectus who could walk upright and homo sapiens who could think.



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Council responds to 'trivial' FOIA requests

Essex County Council has come up with some novel responses to FOIA requests about ghosts and zombies. Tired of wasting time and money dealing with Fre...

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Hoaxers fool thousands with fake UFO snaps

Several images showing a strange object hovering over Portsmouth have turned out to be fake. When photographs of the object were posted online by seve...

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Fri 26 Sept - Daily round-up of the world's weird news

Demons in your bottom, petrol-drinking pastor, frozen chickens held hostage, dead Ebola patients "reportedly resurrected"

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More anomalies spotted in Mars photographs

Two more unusually shaped rock formations have been discovered on the surface of the Red Planet. Thanks to the plethora of high quality images returne...

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A Contented Traveler on the Bardo Express

Football season has started, there’s a fat hummingbird on the feeder, and I am content, but it’s not just sports and bird life that are making me happy. It’s also because things are going surprisingly well. I mean, I haven’t died yet, and I consider that VERY surprisingly well! Another thing that hasn’t died is my interest in the world, and the little miracles that form the texture of my life still seem to happen almost every day.

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25 sept. 2014

How Ancient Peoples Saved Their Souls

Was there ever a science of the soul, and even a craft or art of purifying the soul and making it ready for its post-life journey? Greg Little believes that this is exactly what he's found in his decoding of the soul knowledge of the Mound Builders. Listen as he explains his findings to us, and points us on a stunning new path of the soul.



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Greg Little in a Major Breakthrough



September 26, 2014



Greg Little has unlocked an ancient secret of immense power: the journey of souls as it was understood by the enigmatic Mound Builder people whose civilization predates that of the people we know today as Native Americans. Greg's work appears on APMagazine.info. Listen as Greg describes the journey of the soul after death as they understood it--a journey, like that described by so many other ancient peoples, westward and into the stars. But they weren't supposed to understand what stars were. And why did they imagine we have a soul? Provocative, enlightening and wonderful interview!

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Another Strange Rock found by Curiosity Rover

Of course this unusual Mars rock is probably just a trick of light and random erosion, but it is sufficiently regular to allow one to imagine that we might not understand Mars nearly as well as we think we do. We're not making any claims about the object beyond saying that it is as regular as if it had been carved, seems out of place in its surroundings and appears to be part of something that is buried. If a photograph like this was taken in a desert on Earth, the only question would be, 'who carved it?'







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Have We Left It Too Late To Stop The Ebola Epidemic?




As the infamous Ebola virus continues to spread across the African continent, world leaders are now sending aid in an attempt to stop the virus from escalating out of control.



But have they left it too late?



Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit of the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine in Hamburg thinks so. He told Germany’s Deutsche Welle that there is now little hope for the populations of Sierra Leone and Liberia and that the virus will only “burn itself out” when it has infected the entire population and killed five million people.



“The right time to get this epidemic under control in these countries has been missed,” said Schmidt-Chanasit. “That time was May and June. “Now it is too late.”



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New 'Nazca lines' discovered in Kazakhstan

More than 50 previously unknown geoglyphs have been found sprawled across the north of the country. Found using Google Earth's satellite maps, the geo...

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Nicolas Cage once slept in Dracula's castle

The popular actor and director has had quite a few experiences with the paranormal over the years. During the making of "Ghost Rider: The Spirit of Ve...

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India's first Mars probe arrives in orbit

India's Mangalyaan probe has made history this week by successfully entering orbit around Mars. The mission has been hailed as an unparalleled success...

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24 sept. 2014

Water discovered in exoplanet's atmosphere

Astronomers have found signs of water vapor on a planet located around 120 light years from Earth. The Neptune-sized world known as HAT-P-11b can be f...

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Looking for Alien Life Forms? They Are Living Here On Earth...




Astronomers continue in their quest to discover alien life forms in the cosmos, but naturalists suggest that they should look closer to home as there is still a host of undiscovered species lurking on our own planet.



This month a species that has defied classification for thirty years has finally been named by scientists, though they are still no further forward in determining what they are.



The weird species, described for the first time recently in the journal PLOS ONE, poses the question of how much we really know about life on this planet.



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UFO sculpture set up in Rendlesham Forest

A commemorative metal UFO has been placed at the location of the famous 1980 encounter. The original incident took place near R.A.F Woodbridge in Surr...

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Burger designed to taste like human flesh

A london pop-up venture is offering consumers a chance to sample burgers with a rather unique taste. Adventurous diners will have the opportunity to s...

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Investigan proteínas que se agregan sin perder su estructura

Investigadores de la Universidad de las Illes Balears han desarrollado un mecanismo molecular clave para el futuro diseño de inhibidores de enfermedades neurodegenerativas asociadas a la diabetes mellitus del tipo II.

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Wed 24 Sept - Daily round-up of the world's weird news

Man has 100 orgasms a day; wandering pup found 3,000 miles from home; pensioner drops grenade on noisy teens; three-boobed hoaxer?

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Moléculas entrelazadas controlan el movimiento de un anillo móvil

Un grupo de científicos de la Universidad de Murcia ha publicado un estudio sobre su diseño de compuestos capaces de controlar el movimiento de las moléculas mediante el acoplamiento con otras más pequeñas. En medicina, esta aproximación tendría diferentes aplicaciones, una de ellas sería la fabricación de sistemas de administración controlada de fármacos cuya efectividad comience en el momento deseado.

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Observan signos de la formación de un sistema planetario en torno a la estrella HD169142

La joven estrella HD169142 muestra un disco de gas y polvo donde se aprecian dos cavidades en forma de anillo, posiblemente debidas a la formación de sendos planetas. Los discos con este tipo de estructuras se conocen como 'discos de transición' y se consideran una etapa clave para comprender cómo se forman los sistemas planetarios.

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23 sept. 2014

The Dangers Of Drinking Water From Warm Plastic Bottles




It's no secret that it's good to keep well-hydrated; the health benefits of drinking at least 1.5 -2 litres (half a gallon)of water daily, particularly in hot and dry conditions, are well documented.

Taking a bottle of water out and about with us is highly recommended to keep up our fluid intake.



But what if the bottled water itself has been exposed to hot and dry conditions?



Americans can take a warning from a University of Florida study of bottled water in China ─ don’t drink the liquid if you’ve left it somewhere warm for a long time.



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PROGRAMA 193 - La bizarra bestia de Bandai + Los 'microcortos' de Malasia

Volvemos después del descanso estival con dos monográficos diferentes. En el primero Álex nos hablará de un extraño ser que causó el terror a los habitant es del Monte Bandai (Japón) allá por 1782. Después Daniel nos describirá como son siempre los humanoides que se dejan ver por Malasia, unos humanoides de una morfología muy característica: todos son "microcortos".
NOTA: Para los que solo queráis escuchar temas de misterio, el monográfico empieza aproximadamente en el minuto 44:30



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UK to release more MoD files on UFOs

The UK government is set to release another set of declassified documents relating to the topic of UFOs. The news follows previous assurances by the M...

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New 'King Nose' dinosaur discovered

A new species of dinosaur has been found among fossils left in storage for more than two decades. Originally excavated from Utah's Nelsen rock formati...

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Man dies in botched 'resurrection' attempt

A pir has been arrested after killing a volunteer with the intention of bringing him back to life. The peculiar incident took place in Pakistan's Baha...

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22 sept. 2014

Strange green spheres wash up in Sydney

Beachgoers in Australia have been puzzling over the appearance of peculiar green ball-like objects. A beach in northern Sydney has become an unexpecte...

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NASA's Maven spacecraft arrives at Mars

The satellite has arrived in orbit around the Red Planet after a 10-month voyage across the solar system. The latest in a long line of spacecraft to v...

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New Study Reveals That Our Brains Solve Problems Whilst We Sleep




A grain of truth is often to be found in age-old remedies, with science often proving concepts and advice that our forefathers have been using for centuries. When faced with a dilemma, how many times have we been advised to "sleep on it" in the hope that the right solution will come to us while we slumber?



It seems that science has now proved that this sage advice also has a basis in truth, according to the results of a recent study conducted by researchers at École normale supérieure in Paris.



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Científicos europeos debaten en Valencia la puesta en marcha del laboratorio de física nuclear FAIR

Un centenar de científicos se reúne en el Instituto de Física Corpuscular de Valencia en el primer congreso que la colaboración Estructura Nuclear, Astrofísica y Reacciones (NUSTAR, por sus siglas en inglés) celebra en España. Se trata de uno de los grandes experimentos de FAIR, la principal instalación europea para la investigación en física nuclear. Diez centros de investigación y medio centenar de científicos españoles participan en el desarrollo de experimentos para FAIR.

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Nanocápsulas de frutos rojos permiten dirigir fármacos dentro del organismo

Investigadores de las universidades de de Huelva y Lecce (Italia) han desarrollado nuevos ‘transportadores ecológicos’, basados en frutos rojos, que permiten trasladar todo tipo de sustancias o medicamentos a cualquier tejido o célula del organismo

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Nanocápsulas 'ecológicas' de frutos rojos permiten dirigir fármacos dentro del organismo

Investigadores de las universidades de de Huelva y Lecce (Italia) han desarrollado nuevos ‘transportadores ecológicos’, basados en frutos rojos, que permiten trasladar todo tipo de sustancias o medicamentos a cualquier tejido o célula del organismo

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Los ecos del Big Bang medidos por BICEP2 se quedan, por ahora, en polvo galáctico

El anuncio científico más espectacular del año acaba de recibir el revés más temido. En marzo el equipo de EE UU de BICEP2 dijo que había detectado las ondas gravitacionales de los ecos del Big Bang, afirmación que fue enseguida puesta en duda por la comunidad científica. Ahora, los últimos datos de la misión europea Planck indican que las estimaciones de los físicos estadounidenses no tuvieron suficientemente en cuenta el polvo galáctico.

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Argentina: Man Claims Seeing UFO - Has Photos and Video to Show For It





Source: Planeta UFO and Diario Digital de Mar del Plata

Date: 09.20.14




Argentina: Man Claims Seeing UFO - Has Photos and Video to Show For It

By Redacción 0223



Martín photographed a series of blue lights moving randomly through the sky. "I think it's a UFO," he said. Read the article and draw your own conclusions.



Martín was strolling down Avenida Independencia, taking in his surroundings. When he reached Rawson, he stopped to look at a sign posted to a wall, because in the background, the steady glow of a set of lights illuminated it. This occurred on Friday (09.19.14) at around 20:00 hours.



"They moved at random," says the young man, startled at the vision, standing in the middle of the street looking fixedly at what seemed to be an unidentified flying object. Yes, a UFO. He immediately pulled a video camera out of his bag and recorded the unusual sight. He recorded the lights that moved "in a Z formation" for a little over two minutes, until he stopped recording. He also took a few photographs for good measure.



"When I watched the video back home I realized the flying object had blue lights, and from what I was able to find out, there are no commercial airliners with lights of that sort," Martín Malaspina explained to 0223. He also added: "The lights moved at random, not in a linear manner as aircraft or helicopters tend to travel."







The Mar del Plata resident told 0223 that this "isn't the first time" that he's come across unidentified flying objects, but in this opportunity he had a camera to capture the moment.



The bizarre images and information provided by Martín appear to be directly connected with the thousands of stories to be found in the most exclusive channels of this widespread popular belief.



"I think it's an unidentified flying object," Martín said frankly.



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Argentina: A UFO Sighting at Puesto Hernández





Source: El Periódico de Rincón (Neuquén, Argentina)

Date: Saturday 09-20-2014




Argentina: A UFO Sighting at Puesto Hernández



Scant kilometers from Rincón de los Sauces. "It was nearly flush with the ground, a very powerful, bright, rich orange and fuchsia light. It remained static, as if floating in the air." It gyrated among the trees before the eyes of a witness who took several photographs. Within minutes, her cellphone had turned off and her vehicle's engine died.






Last Friday, September 19 at 19:00 hours, Silvia Santagatti, a resident of Rincón de los Sauces, was in Puesto Hernández, a location some 15 kilometers from the city, when she came across a very strange situation.



"I was in Puesto Hernández, a filling station, waiting for my husband to return. I was in the pickup truck when I suddenly noticed over to my right a very powerful, bright, rich orange and fuchsia light. It was static, as if floating in the air," says Silvia.



"As the light remained there, I'm not sure how many seconds elapsed, I felt motivated to get out of the vehicle. The light moved, ascended, became larger for a moment, but the most striking thing is that I was able to take pictures of it."



"There was no one there, just nature, mountains, a perfect sky and a setting sun," recalls Silvia with astonishment, near some oil extracting machines known in the area as guanacos (oil jacks). "The thing flew off without making a sound, heading west, and lost itself in the cordillera." She expressed surprise at the experience she had lived through.



Silvia reports feeling a mixture of "fear and astonishment" at the time, and feels privileged at having been able to photograph it. She is not ready to say that it was "a UFO, an object, or aliens...I simply photographed the light that impressed me. It was incredible!"



"When I was through taking pictures, my cellphone turned off and the pickup's horn didn't go off. I don't know, it was all very strange," remarks Silvia, adding: "Why should we be so egotistical to think that we are unique? I won't give a name to what I saw, because I don't know what it was. But it certainly wasn't anything commonplace."



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Mon 22 Sept - Daily round-up of the world's weird news

Nicolas Cage buys haunted house, girl 'with no blood' starts school, Satanist colouring book, attack of the polygamist ninja women

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This year's Ig Nobel Prize winners announced

Every year some of the most weird and trivial research projects are recognized with a special prize. A counterpart to the traditional Nobel Prize, the...

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21 sept. 2014

The Middle East Explained. You WILL Understand!!

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We support the Iraqi government in the fight against ISIS.



We don’t like ISIS, but ISIS is supported by Saudi Arabia who we do like.



We don’t like Assad in Syria. We support the fight against him, but ISIS is also fighting against him.



We don’t like Iran, but Iran supports the Iraqi government in its fight against ISIS.



So some of our friends support our enemies, some enemies are now our friends, and some of our enemies are fighting against our other enemies, who we want to lose, but we don’t want our enemies who are fighting our enemies to win.



If the people we want to defeat are defeated, they could be replaced by people we like even less.

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No habrá persona que no lleve en su bolsillo un “fono” (1907)

a2000Tengo una tarde de domingo bastante retrofuturista. Cuando publiqué hace unos días el artículo sobre las granjas de arañas , recuerdo haber encontrado entre viejos papeles un ejercicio de predicción acerca del futuro lejano, ya presente, que transcribo parcialmente a continuación. Sorprende ver cómo se acierta de lleno en algunos asuntos, más que nada teniendo en cuenta que la radio, por ejemplo, acababa de nacer y apenas si existían aparatos en el planeta. Viajemos al futuro-pasado 2007 desde el lejano 19071:



Para el año 2007 tendrá Nueva York veintidós millones de habitantes2. Sus nombres llenarían tomos y tomos de una guía o directorio de señas, así es que se renunciará a estos. El problema se solucionará de un modo sencillísimo. Por aquel entonces la moneda corriente será el centavo de aluminio3, y bastará echar un décimo de centavo en la ranura de uno de los muchos aparatos telefónicos que habrá y pedir las señas que se deseen para que a los tres minutos se obtenga una tira de papel con la dirección pedida impresa. Lo maravilloso será que esta operación se efectuará desde la central por medio de las ondas hertzianas. (…) Se calcula que por aquella época existirán veintiún modos diferentes de locomoción, siendo el más agradable entre todos ellos el de los buques aéreos movidos por la electricidad, y el más rápido el de los tubos neumáticos4.


(…) Por medio centavo se podrá adquirir el último número de cualquier periódico diario, que hará ediciones de hora en hora, tanto de día como de noche, y que se publicará en forma de libro con cubierta de tela y canto dorado. El arte del anuncio habrá progresado de tal suerte que los mejores libros serán sencillamente colecciones de anuncios. Lo más curioso será que después de leído el periódico bastará exponerlo a determinada temperatura para que desaparezca la parte impresa, convirtiéndose en un libro de notas de papel blanco.


A no ser por los relojes, apenas se diferenciará el día de la noche, gracias a una porción de lámaparas eléctricas gigantescas que, suspendidas sobre la ciudad, harán las veces del sol y evitarán el uso de los millones de lámparas incandescentes que hoy gastamos. (…) Toda casa y todo hotel tendrá su cámara frigorífica donde podrá almacenarse de una vez alimento para varios años. (…) Existirán cocinas públicas desde las que se servirá a los abonados la comida por medio de tubos neumáticos.


Por medio de aparatitos portátiles todo el mundo podrá establecer comunicación a cualquier distancia, y no habrá persona que no lleve en el bolsillo su correspondiente “fono” para cuyo funcionamiento se aprovecharán hasta las vibraciones más sutiles del éter. Por encima pasarán las veloces máquinas voladoras, rápida y silenciosamente (…) existirán buques que harán los viajes con perfecta seguridad a razón de unos 1.000 kilómetros por hora. Con semejante velocidad y calculando en 6.000 kilómetros, en números redondos, la distancia que media entre Francia y Nueva York, será posible desayunar en este último punto a las siete de la mañana y cenar en Francia a las seis de la tarde.



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1 Véase Alrededor del mundo, 6 de febrero de 1907.

2 Actualmente el área metropolitana de Nueva York cuenta con poco más de 22 millones habitantes (dato de 2012).

3 El aluminio era poco utilizado en la época, pero empezaba a mostrar su potencial industrial futuro.

4 Al más puro estilo Futurama.


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'Finding Nemo' fish migrate vast distances

Real-life clownfish have more in common with their big screen counterpart than was previously believed. In the popular Pixar movie 'Finding Nemo' a yo...

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New 'second skin' spacesuit developed

A skintight lightweight spacesuit designed at MIT could one day be used by astronauts going to Mars. Today's spacesuits are large, bulky pieces of equ...

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'Ethical' robot makes deadly decisions

A robot programmed to save people from an imminent threat turned out to be worryingly indecisive. Researchers at Bristol University set up an experime...

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20 sept. 2014

'Yeti handprint' discovered near Moscow

Tales of a large undiscovered primate in the Russian wilderness have been on the rise in recent years. When the topic of cryptozoological primates is ...

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Graphics demo disproves Apollo hoax claim

Graphics giant Nvidia has used its latest GPU to debunk several common Apollo hoax arguments. Well known for its range of high performance computer gr...

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542 people dress as Batman at the same time

The bizarre scene set a new world record outside the Nexen headquarters in Calgary on Thursday. There have been several cases of individuals dressing ...

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19 sept. 2014

Weekender: Forests, The Carbon Cycle and the Sleeping Arctic Giant...




This weekend, hundreds of thousands of people will take to the streets for the People’s Climate March, part of the biggest global protest ever to highlight the issue of climate change.



The march will take place in New York on September 21st, ahead of a major United Nations summit that is bringing together government leaders from around the globe to discuss this global emergency. Satellite marches will also take place in a variety of other locations around the world

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Mystery spiral discovered near Coventry

A historian came across the pattern on Google Earth while conducting research on the Knights Templar. The peculiar spiral feature, which is approximat...

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World's population to reach 11bn by 2100

New predictions suggest that the population will rise by another 4 billion by the end of the century. The study, which was conducted by an internation...

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Un estudio británico destaca los análisis nanométricos de la Universidad de Zaragoza

La Real Sociedad de Química de Inglaterra destaca en una publicación una técnica desarrollada en la Universidad de Zaragoza para detectar y caracterizar nanomateriales en el medio ambiente. El método ayudará al control de nanopartículas de origen natural y artificial en suelos, aguas naturales y alimentos.

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Mejoran un potenciador natural de la respuesta inmune

Investigadores del Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center de Nueva York han sintetizado una versión mejorada del inmunoadyuvante QS-21, una sustancia que refuerza la respuesta inmune contra el cáncer y enfermedades infecciosas. En el estudio ha participado un cientifico español.

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Implant to give humans self-healing powers

A new device developed by the Pentagon could give humans the ability to heal more rapidly. A common trait among comic book superheroes is the ability ...

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18 sept. 2014

Ubaldo Pasarón, el tipo que “inventó” la navegación aérea y fue tomado por loco

Antes de entrar en harina conviene recordar algunas fechas. Julio Verne publicó La vuelta al mundo en ochenta días en el año 1872. Henri Giffard voló, con el que es considerado el primer dirigible de la historia, allá por el año 1852, aunque no fue hasta finales del siglo XIX cuando los dirigibles se convirtieron en algo relativamente común. Entre esos años citados situamos al español Ubaldo Pasarón y sus sueños aéreos. Veamos, el tal Ubaldo era un militar con formación en ingeniería que, además, era poeta y periodista. Siendo destinado como capitán en Cuba, desató repentinamente una actividad imaginativa asombrosa. Diseñó y solicitó patente para una máquina aérea gobernable, a modo de gran dirigible, capaz de dar la vuelta al mundo en poco más de diez días. Lo que no fueron más que unas letras publicadas en 1862 en la Gaceta de La Habana terminó convertido en una entrañable y un tanto caótica recopilación de textos en forma de librillo a los pocos meses. En la revista Nuestro Tiempo, edición de abril de 1926, se menciona al bueno de Ubaldo de la manera que sigue:



Un capitán de infantería, gallego natural de Lugo, don Ubaldo Pasarón y Lastra, autor de varias importantes obras y de una con láminas titulada Pilotaje aeronáutico, solicitó y obtuvo antes que nadie del intendente general de Cuba (…) el 10 de junio de 1862 el título de Descubridor de la navegación atmosférica y el privilegio durante diez años, y por el precio de 20 millones de pesos, de un servicio de correo aerostático cada semana al cual tituló “Flotante correo universal circunnavegador”; poco tiempo después moría este ilustrado capitán, y con él su proyecto, en la isla de Santo Domingo.



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La cosa tenía su gracia, porque ciertamente Ubaldo muy difícilmente iba a poder llevar a cabo aquella aventura. En España se lo tomaron con gusasa y durante bastante tiempo la prensa estuvo recordando a Pasarón, con burlas y dislates. Ahora bien, el libro de Ubaldo Pasarón no dejaba de ser un precursor de la ciencia ficción (salvando las distancias lógicas), un ejercicio de imaginación creativa realmente singular en el que se habla de navegación aérea y mil historias aparentemente inconexas, desde el transporte de pasajeros y de correo aéreo mundial, hasta la propulsión eléctrica, incluyendo cálculos de diverso tipo, cuando nada de eso existía todavía.


La obra Pilotage [sic] aereonáutico de Ubaldo Pasarón puede encontrarse en la Biblioteca Nacional de España (PDF). Incluye los dibujos que ilustran este artículo.


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JZ Knight, Ramtha and the Beyond



September 19, 2014



Whitley Strieber interviews the legendary JZ Knight, channeler of Ramtha, for the first time. Instead of the usual interview where the interviewer gets caught up in the validity of the channel, Whitley, who understands what channeling is and why it works, lets JZ really open up and tell us about the inner truth of creating one's own reality, and how it is something that can be learned.



You will probably never have heard JZ on the radio sounding quite like this, when she is being interviewed by somebody with long experience of the numinous world and respect for her forty years of experience.

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Cabinet smashes on its own in auction house

A CCTV camera has recorded the moment a glass door smashed to pieces seemingly on its own accord. The Barnsley Auction Centre in South Yorkshire appea...

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Sugar or Sweeteners? The Hidden Enemies In Our Foods




After years of being told that fat consumption is a dietary no-no, the latest research indicates that sugar, not fat, is the real demon in our diets.

Fat was labelled the bad guy years ago in what was essentially a political decision which pandered to the immense weight of the sugar industry.



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Two men go missing for 7 hours in Roswell

A driver and his passenger mysteriously vanished for several hours and had no memory of what happened. The two men had been involved in a car accident...

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Profundizan en el proceso de formación de los núcleos pesados en el universo

Un equipo internacional liderado por investigadores españoles ha sintetizado nuevos núcleos atómicos que sólo se originan en las estrellas y cuya vida ha resultado ser más corta de la previsto. Sus propiedades son esenciales para entender la formación en el universo de elementos más pesados que el hierro.

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NOAA team reveals Golden Gate ghost ships

Researchers have identified several new wrecks just outside of San Francisco’s Golden Gate strait. A team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Ad...

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Argentina: Consternation in La Rioja Over a Strange Obejct in the Sky





Source: Diario 26 and Planeta UFO

Date: 12 September 2014




Argentina: Consternation in La Rioja Over a Strange Object in the Sky



As occurred earlier in San Juan, residents of Chilecito were alarmed when they saw a light in the sky. In mid-August of this year, Valle Fértil was shaken after seeing a strange object in the sky. On that occasion, residents believed it might be a UFO because it was always suspended in the sky and looked like a white spot.



Scant kilometers away, another oddity has been seen. This time it was in Chilecito, La Rioja, where residents were startled to see as strange image in the morning sky. According to the Cronica newspaper, the object remained at the same location as time passed, barely evincing a slight movement.






On 14 August 2014, around 18:00 hours, some residents of Valle Fértil claimed seeing a strange image in the sky, feeling a tremor right before this, causing widespread alarm. According to the Instituto Nacional de Prevencion Sismica, the tremor took place at 17:42 hours with an epicenter close to the provincial seat at a depth of barely 11 km with a 2.6 magnitude.



Coincidence or not, residents claimed the object cause panic among many spectators, more than anything due to the time it remained motionless.

Fernando Soria, a resident of Valle, told Diario La Provincia newspaper: "It was seen throughout the Valley and along the road to Valle de la Luna and Talampaya. It hung in the air for about two hours. The whole town saw it. It was a metallic object that called the attention of the whole town. It

suddenly vanished around nightfall. The whole town and many tourists were in the town square, watching it for 2 hours more or less," said Soria, who admitted not feeling the tremor, but aware of close friends who did.



"It was very odd because it was very low and static, motionless. I watched from the departmental square, but it was visible everywhere. It was only suspended in the air within a small cloud. The blue sky and the metallic object. When the sun went down, it was a light," he explained.



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Thur 18 Sept - Daily round-up of the world's weird news

Bathtub threesome with homeless man ends in hamburger meat strangulation, baker vs sausage roll machine, Chernobyl's real-life Stalkers

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Una anomalía en el sobrevuelo de los satélites desconcierta a los científicos

Cuando las sondas espaciales, como Rosetta y Cassini, sobrevuelan algunos planetas y lunas para tomar impulso y viajar hacia destinos lejanos, su velocidad varía ligeramente por algún motivo desconocido. Ahora un investigador español ha analizado si podría influir un hipotético campo gravitomagnético, pero otros factores, como la radiación solar, las mareas o incluso efectos relativistas o la materia oscura podrían estar detrás del misterio.

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17 sept. 2014

Is The Universe A Hologram?




As the hot debate over whether the next "Miss Universe" beauty pageant will take place in 2014, 2015 or not all, the real question we should be asking ourselves is: what actually is the Universe? Is it the vast, limitless vacuum of space that we conventionally perceive it to be, or could it be...a hologram?



And if it was, would we ever know?



A unusual experiment, conducted at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, in Batavia, Illinois, is attempting to find the answers to this and other mind-blowing questions regarding the universe we live in. Using a unique device called the Holometer, scientists have begun to collate data that is trying to detect the smallest unit in the universe.



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Ghost caught on CCTV at Dover Castle

Footage showing a strange shadow figure walking across the road at the entrance has appeared online. Built in the 12th century, Dover Castle has been ...

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Rosetta spots UFO on surface of comet

An object described as a 'metallic disc' has turned up in a close-up photograph of the comet. Eagle eyed Internet users have spotted something rather...

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Código morse en Marte

Este es el tipo de bagatelas que más me llaman la atención, cuando una tecnología supuestamente anticuada y aparcada desde hace mucho tiempo reaparece en un lugar inesperado y, como en este caso, es utilizada para algo que no formaba parte de su primitiva función. Me avisó ayer Emilio Borque acerca de una nota publicada en Telegrafistas que me sorprendió. Veamos, la cosa va de código morse y Marte. Bien, dicho así caber preguntarse si se habrá encontrado en el planeta rojo alguna roca con mensajes en código morse o algo parecido. No, el misterio no es tal, sino una simple broma tecnológica. Resulta que el voluntarioso robot marciano Curiosity cuenta con unas ruedas muy especiales. Veamos la siguiente imagen para descubrirlo .


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Como puede verse, en la rueda se ha creado un patrón de espacios abiertos que está codificado en código morse. El mensaje oculto en el código no son más que tres letras (“.— .–. .-..”), JPL, del Jet Propulsion Laboratory de la NASA. Así, mientras la máquina va rodando sobre Marte, sus seis ruedas marcan continuamente un mensaje en morse recordando el lugar en el que nació el artilugio.


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El equipo de diseño del robot marciano necesitaba crear un patrón que fuera de utilidad en el análisis de imagen de las marcas de rodadura de la máquina, para poder así verificar su estado, posición y otros detalles. Y, claro, ya puestos, ¿por qué no crear un patrón original? Nació así este auténtico autógrafo marciano del JPL repetido una y otra vez.


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Human faces evolved to be recognizable

Scientists have conducted an extensive new study in to the uniqueness of human facial features. Researchers at the University of California used a US ...

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Desvelan por qué las redes naturales son más estables que las humanas

Una gran red de redes natural, como la que forman las neuronas del cerebro, es más estable y resiste mejor los fallos que las creadas de manera artificial, como internet. Ahora, investigadores de América y España han desvelado el secreto de esta estabilidad. Su estudio tiene posibles aplicaciones en las redes eléctricas, financieras o comunicaciones.

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Desvelado el secreto de la estabilidad en los sistemas de redes naturales

Una gran red de redes, como la mayoría que se presentan en la naturaleza, es más estable y resiste mejor los fallos cuando las interconexiones entre ellas las proporcionan nodos que ya son de alta conectividad dentro de su propia red y las conexiones son relativamente convergentes. Así lo señala un estudio de investigadores de América y España, testado con redes neuronales del cerebro y con posibles aplicaciones en las redes eléctricas, financieras o internet.

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16 sept. 2014

Signs of water found in Martian meteorite

Scientists have detected further evidence that life could have once existed on the surface of Mars. The Red Planet has been getting a lot of attention...

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Ebola Virus: New Study Suggests It Is Out Of Control




The Ebola virus appears to be rampaging unchecked across the globe, and there are predictions that the current, already significant, death toll of around 2,400 deaths could escalate into hundreds of thousands by the end of this year.



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Una granja de arañas

Desde hace mucho se está pensando en posibles usos, incluso industriales, de las fibras hiladas por las arañas. Esas aplicaciones de la seda de araña podrían ir desde su uso en suturas quirúrgicas, así como en ingeniería civil e incluso militar. Ciertamente, las propiedades físicas de la seda de araña son singulares y eso es algo que llevó a algunos visionarios a imaginar auténticas granjas de seda de araña. Chalais-Meudon, en las cercanías de París, es un tranquilo lugar que ha visto cómo se convertía en lugar elegido para diversos tipos de pruebas de dirigibles , contando incluso a principios del siglo XX con un descollante túnel de viento . Ahora bien, también pudo convertirse en el lugar de nacimiento de la gran industria de la seda de araña , o al menos eso es lo que pensaron algunos periódicos de todo el mundo cuando sacaron de quicio ciertas noticias llegadas de Francia. Una cosa es que se intentara y otra bien distinta que la cosa fuera factible.


Así, en la página 430 de The spider book , inmensa obra de John Henry Comstock, de la Universidad de Cornell, en su edición del año 1913, se menciona lo que sigue:



La seda de las arañas del género Nephila supera en resistencia y belleza a la propia de los gusanos de la seda. Esta seda ha encontrado ciertas aplicaciones. Las más importantes investigaciones llevadas a cabo para demostrar la utilidad de este material fueron llevadas en los Estados Unidos por el profesor Burt G. Wilder, con Nephila davipes. Igualmente, el misionero católico Padre Camboni hizo lo propio con Nephila madagascariensis



Las experiencias de Camboni fueron muy difundidas, y ahí es donde llegó lo de sacar de contexto lo que sólo era una investigación para ver ya auténticos imperios de granjas de arañas. Veamos, por ejemplo, cómo contemplaba el asunto la madrileña revista Alrededor del mundo en su edición del 16 de junio de 1899:



Las arañas, explotadas por el hombre.

granja_aranasSe viene hablando de la seda de las arañas, de su aprovechamiento y de sus extraordinarias cualidades de resistencia, elasticidad y brillantez. Pero no se la había considerado, industrialmente hablando, más que como una curiosidad. Ahora, sin embargo, la explotación de la araña por el hombre como hilandera parece haber entrado en el terreno de la práctica y del negocio. Un francés que ha vivido muchos años en Madagascar, Mr. Camboni, es el implantador de la nueva industria. En sus talleres de Chalais-Meudon, cerca de París, montados en toda regla, tiene miles de arañas trabajando para él desde por la mañana hasta por la noche. El sistema que emplea es éste: Se coge el extremo del hilo de una araña, se le pega a una bobina y se hace que ésta empiece a dar vueltas, enrollando el hilo. La araña, viendo que tiran de ella, echa a andar en dirección opuesta. El numero de revoluciones que da la bobina está perfectamente calculado para que el hilo no se rompa con la tensión ni la araña pueda alejarse demasiado.


Con el fin de excitarla para que no se detenga, se coloca en el extremo del cajetín donde trabaja un cebo cualquiera, tal como una mosca, unas gotas de alcohol y otros manjares no menos tentadores; pero lo que más estimula el ardor de la araña es la vista de un macho de su misma especie; corre con toda la ligereza de sus ocho patas en su deseo de acercarse a el, no para hacerle caricias, sino para comérselo. Porque es de advertir que sólo las hembras sirven para operarias y que el manjar favorito de la señora araña es el cuerpo de sus pretendientes o de sus maridos de un momento. Esto no quita que siempre tenga quien le haga la corte, aun a costa de la vida; buena prueba de ello son los ochocientos huevos que suele poner en la bolsita donde guarda su prole.


La cantidad de hilo que una araña puede suministrar en un día no es pequeña: unos noventa metros. Para entonces el animalito empieza a cansarse y a pararse, y hay que darle de comer y reemplazarle por otro. Cuando hay bastante hilo en una bobina, se le desenrolla, se le lava y se le tuerce con otros siete. Los ocho forman una hebra mucho más fuerte y mucho más ligera de peso que si fuera de seda de gusano. Su color es amarillo intenso con tendencia a dorado; puede teñírsele de cualquier color. Se han hecho muchos experimentos para estimular a las arañas a que produzcan más hilo; la administración de pequeña dosis de éter ha sido el remedio más eficaz; pero acorta la vida de estos animalitos, lo cual constituye un defecto grave. Porque no se trata de arañas ordinarias, sino de una especie que hay que traer de Madagascar o criar en Europa con bastante cuidado. Desde hace siglos los malgaches venían explotando para la fabricación de la seda a las arañas monstruo del país, que son unos bichitos capaces de comerse un pájaro y cuya picadura es bastante peligrosa. Mr. Camboni, que durante sus viajes por Madagascar, en clase de misionero, pudo estudiar detalladamente la curiosa industria, no se atrevió a entendérselas con aquella clase de arañas, y emplea otras, indígenas también de aquella isla. (…) Son algo más pequeñas que las otras, aunque bastante feroces y un poco venenosas. Sólo aprovecha las hembras porque son mayores que los machos, viven más que éstos y tienen peor genio. (…) La seda de las arañas se emplea principalmente para las «líneas de pelo» de los instrumentos ópticos y para hacer cables con destino á los globos. En la próxima Exposición de París, figurará un traje de señora hecho con seda de arañas.



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An Unlikely New Cancer Cure...From Cat Poop!




Scientists have discovered that a parasite normally found in cat faeces could help them to formulate a cancer-fighting vaccine.



Though Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii), a single-celled parasite, is happiest when hanging out in a cat’s intestines, it can live in any warm blooded animal and affects about one-third of the world’s population, including 60 million Americans. Most people have no symptoms, but some experience a flu-like illness, particularly those with suppressed immune systems who can develop a serious infection if they encounter T. gondii. Pregnant women are also advised to take extra care not to come into contact with the bacteria as it can threaten the health of unborn babies and cause miscarriage, still birth or birth defects.



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Cattle Mutilations: "I See Dead Cows" - Toward a Mutilation Vision of Reality





[An interesting contrarian perspective on the cattle mutilation phenomenon by Alejandro Agostinelli - SC]



Cattle Mutilations: “I See Dead Cows” – Toward a Mutilated Vision of Reality

By Alejandro Agostinelli – Factor 302.4



They return every so often, especially when the weather grows cold and the media runs out of stuff to talk about, or the story runs afoul of a hungry editor starving for a juicy ration of paranormal ghoulishness.



The flaps of “cow mutilations” or cases involving “cattle mutilations” represent a branch phenomenon of popular ufology or the urge to find evidence of extraterrestrial activity on Earth. It is also kept alive, however, by other media-created mysteries, such as the Chupacabras, or it receives a dose of crafty explanations such as those built by conspiracy theorists (which should not be cast aside, despite their minimal diffusion, as these are often turned into successful sci-fi scripts).



On August 25 of this year, the La Nación newspaper published another news item. Last year another appeared in Tucumán, and if we keep searching, or google back even further, there isn’t a year that does not include a report on this mystery that proves hard to extinguish. Likewise, we find a more intensive presence in provinces such as Entre Rios, where local UFO groups – highly interested in the matter – publicize accounts that would otherwise go unnoticed.

In 2002, this phenomenon manifested itself in Argentina with unprecedented strength. Personally, its importance was such that a chapter based on the matter displaced another on the mysteries of Capilla del Monte in my book Invasores: Historias Reales de Extraterrestres en Argentina (Sudamericana, 2009).



The following is an abbreviated version of the most theoretical part of the chapter included in Invasores:



12 years ago, Argentina experienced its first ufological cow-icide. I started in April and reached its climax in June 2002, particularly in the province of Buenos Aires and the Pampean region. Farmhands, cattlemen and local residents woke up to find dead cows of all breeds and ages all over the place. Dozens of bovine carcasses rested near circles of flattened grass, near empty water tanks – drained by who knows what and for which reason – and others in unusual circumstances.



All of the animals presented as “proof” of the flap bore similar injuries: their edges were irregular, as though cauterized. According to farmhands and cattlemen, these incisions appeared to have a purpose. Their carcasses had been despoiled of their soft tissue (tongue, eyes, ears, nipples, genitals, udders) and sometimes they appeared exsanguinated. Locals would sink their knives into them and the blade would emerge dry, as if they had been plunged into a piece of pound cake.



The discovery of over two hundred mutilated animal carcasses was reported in less than three months, a ruthless and doubtful notion, but giving the impression that an intelligence had been at work and the deaths were not due to natural causes, such as the onset of the cold of winter or seasonal diseases followed by the instinct of certain predators looking for nourishment. Agreement between cattlemen, journalists, policemen and ufologists was overwhelming: the incisions looked artificial. These animals filled the ranks of the bizarre while predator activity was dismissed by some veterinarians in their homilies. The cult of the mutilated cow was confected by all of them, with or without an awareness of the subject.



The flap ended almost if by decree. On July 1, 2002, the National Food Safety and Quality Service (SENASA) blamed the weather and carrion animals. Presto: a mystery cauterized.



The official body stated that rodents belonging to the Oxymycterus rufus genus – among other vermin – had devoured the cattle in fine gourmet style while other victims lay dead as a result of ice storms, disease or natural causes. Bernardo Cané, the head of the organization, stated: “We are dismissing Martians, the Pombero and other rural Argentinean beliefs.” (1) The sentence would have been less odious if Cané had not ascribed the mutilations to “esoteric practices” a week earlier. (2) Forty-five days later he was dismissed from his position under suspicion of underhanded dealings. (3)

Other experts were also caught on the hop. Veterinarian Alejandro Martínez suspected “some sort of techno-cattle rustling” wielding the thermocauterizer (a pistol that fires darts) to underscore that the mysterious incisions could be caused by “any agency”. Pathologist Ernesto Odriozola supported “the actions of some madman”. Even the most experienced forensic pathologists stoked the mystery. Days later, SENASA disclosed the results of a necropsy performed on twenty animals collected from fifteen farms in different sections of Buenos Aires province. Cané presented his conclusions in a press conference: the cattle died “due to pneumonia, malnutrition, metabolic or infectious diseases that are highly prevalent during the winter season.” Thus, the mystery was halved: the mutilated cows…were already dead. The enigmatic incisions had been subsequently caused by various carrion animals, the red-muzzled mouse among them.



“Extraterrestrials Laugh at SENASA” proclaimed one of the screens of the Crónica TV channel. The mouse’s humorous moniker prompted the notion that it had all been a gag. It was around that time that I phoned Dr. Alejandro Soraci, one of the parties involved in the study conducted by Universidad Nacional del Centro (UNICEN). “Could you photocopy the report, and I’ll send for it?” But there was nothing to photocopy. The only material available, he explained, was the press release and the video of the mouse in action. SENASA results were simply two hastily drafted pages. The investigation could hardly be taken seriously with such apathy. “Why were mutilated cows found in places where the Oxymycterus isn’t found? And if it was the mouse, why didn’t SENASA undertake a campaign to control it?” wondered ufologist Quique Mario. To him, and to many other ufologist, the media oasis was deceitful. “Matters remain the same: nothing has changed. Two animals were found mutilated last Saturday, thirty kilometers from here. Last week there were five and seventeen down south, around Cuchillo Có,” he told me in mid-2003.



What factors were at play in unleashing the epidemic? Why now, and not before?



This is how SENASA – spokesman for official explanations – has belittled the human dimension of these experiences. Not everyone is willing to believe that cows are abducted by UFOs, or that a clandestine operation was set in motion to decimate the bovine population and attack those who came too close to the truth. It is also unfair that aliens should mock SENASA. The fact that the initial speculations of its experts should contradict the formal verdict speaks volumes about the fantasies that the mystery creates in all of them, scientists included. On the other hand, it doesn’t say as much about the quality of the study, which does not exempt SENASA from the mistake of making a pronouncement before the results were in hand.



The red-muzzled mouse’s leading role gave the matter an almost humorous cast: The scene-stealing and headline-grabbing mouse obscured the investigation’s credibility. It is possible that the media stressed the rodent’s involvement because there can be nothing better than a Supermouse to displace a Chupacabras. The irregular, serrated tooth marks of the Oxymycterus rufus appeared on the skin and bones of the analyzed animals. Those marks explained the origin of the strange incisions, some of them described as perfect circles. “Ever since Tom and Jerry, we know that a [mouse hole] has a circular opening. Rodents stand up and work from top to bottom,” explained Fernando Kravetz, full professor of Ecology in the School of Exact and Natural Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires. “The rodent population grew with the increase in the availability of dead animals due to classic diseases, changes in vegetation and pastures deteriorated by the ice storms. Crops are harvested in March and the weather changed abruptly in April.” (4)



The quantity and dispersion of dead animals did not startle the professor, considered the main expert in rural ecology. “If three hundred mutilations were reported, the existence of a total of two thousand carcasses could be estimated. A congruent number for that time of year.” SENASA also mentioned less photogenic predators, such as the Pampas fox, seagulls and armadillos. But the red-muzzled mouse was on the cover, because the cow mutilation wave resulted in the casual discovery of an unexpected mutation in it dietary habits. Up to 2002, it was believed to be an insectivore, but it feasted on beef when given the chance. Kravitz measured the marks appearing on the cattle’s toughest tissue (such as the base of the tongue) and found the same patterns as in “cattle mutilations”.



Nor was SENASA the only agency to reach a prosaic conclusion. The Animal Health Group of the National Livestock Technology Institute (INTA Balcarce) studied ten cases. “The incisions and absence of internal organs, ears and nipples are due to action by predators found in the region.” The causes behind these animal deaths – when they could be ascertained – were not mysterious either (intestinal parasites, mineral deficiencies, metabolic diseases, malnutrition) as well as the cold and ice storms that blanketed the southeastern region (5).



What SENASA neglected to do – never mind other official agencies that were unresponsive to the mystery – was to find a hypothesis able to answer a question that can be stated in three ways: Why did men experienced in cattle activities feel certain that those incisions were qualitatively different from those caused by other predators? How can the belief about the phenomenon’s novelty be justified? What changed so that some more or less ordinary deaths should turn into an epidemic? Perhaps the answers would offer no consolation to cattlemen and others impressed by direct experience, but it is better to try to answer tough questions that feel the breath of the Chupacabras on the nape of one’s neck again.



The cattle mutilation wave did not occur at just any moment in time. The harsh reality suggested that attention given to these “strange events” responded to the infinity of existing social concerns. The mystery, therefore, could be considered an outgrowth of the crisis. According to the theory’s most newfangled variant, the phenomenon had been deliberately inflated to distract the population from the nation’s state of malaise. But more than a smokescreen, the exaggerated diffusion of such news looked like another symptom of the same illness.



On December 19, 2001, a crowd of Argentineans took the streets, banging on cooking pots, to protest against a government asleep in the midst of the most brutal crisis of recent history. Ferocious reprisals followed the protests, resulting in thirty-nine dead at the hands of the police. Bank freezes, the uncontrolled dollar and high rates of unemployment added to the sad national ordeal. The ashes were still hot in 2002. Shortly before the wave of alien cattle rustling, the emblem of creole opulence had been prey to minor “depredations”. It is still hard to forget the image broadcast by a news program, when a truck with beef cattle overturned on the outskirts of Rosario, Santa Fe, in 2001 and a crowd surged to butcher the animals on the roadside. Other factors – frivolous to some, but serious in their psycho-social impact – fostered the dejected popular mood: around the same time, the Argentinean football team had been eliminated from the world cup in the first round.



For once, a modern expression of the supernatural drew the interest of two specialists in myth and legends. Martha Blache and Silvia Balzano, researchers with CONICET, put forth an explanatory model for the events. They suggested the possible interconnection between Chupacabras reports, the penetration of genetically-modified sorghum and the use of new herbicides whose preparation is controlled by American laboratories. They wondered, for example, if the phenomenon might not be a warning against the uncertainty created by these changes and the perceived lack of control evinced by cattlemen. Globalization may be related to the role played by a country that “benefits from our raw materials and natural resources, removing them in an efficient yet imperceptible manner,” without leaving traces. News about cattle mutilations, they write, seemed to condense a wider metaphor reflecting a country in a state of crisis that is trying to identify the culprits. Who is attacking the cows, tame and apathetic representative of Argentine heritage? Is our blood being sucked by international agencies or domestic carrion animals?” The popular imagination, they conclude, “could sublimate the conflicting demands of the IMF with regard to the foreign debt.” (6)



In proposing their model, Blache and Balzano did not conduct a survey on the political trends or the technical-scientific concerns of cattlemen. Implementing a sort of psycho-cultural analysis using press clippings is always risky. But the authors are the first to say that their hypothesis rests only on journalistic sources. At least they didn’t keep quiet.



The authors also noticed the similarity in the conclusions reached by Kenneth M. Rommel when the FBI assigned him to study the bovine massacre in the United States in 1980 and those of SENASA in 2002. In his study of twenty-seven cattle mutilations, Rommel ascribed the phenomenon to the combined effect of the media, the social influence of “experts” and the action of various predators in the genesis, formation and extension of the wave. (7) Both in the United States and Argentina, the mutilated carcasses were found according to pre-defined patterns. What the authors have termed “the media transmission chain” supposes the participation of narrators who contribute to disseminating a legend regardless of their posture toward it.

This consensual version of the reality to be defined arises from an “identikit”, and these strangeness patterns configure, in turn a “selection criteria”. Thus, in order for the animal to belong to the category of “mutilated cattle”, it must meet a number of symptoms and even common scenarios. In order to build a “classic cattle mutilation scenario”, the animal must be found without its organs or soft tissue. The edges of its skin must be “clean, circular or with sharp angles” and the body must be as dry as possible, “as though exsanguinated”. Rommel did not find this “ideal case” in any of the one hundred seventeen mutilations he researched between 1975 and 1979, especially because – as in the Argentinean case – “surgical precision” vanished under the microscope and the exsanguination was only apparent. “Blood always pools in the lower parts of the carcass.” The missing parts – soft tissue organs – are the parts appealing to a carnivorous predator. He also discovered that the areas under the carcasses’ weight was also intact. An “intelligent mutilator” would have turned it over to devour the hidden parts. This was never the case.



[…]



In the United States, sociologist J.R. Stewart found that the number of cattle mutilation incidents was directly related to the volume of news devoted to the subject in the media. He also interviewed eight hundred adults and determined that the police, having no experience in elucidating the causes of cattle deaths, and certain local vets, more accustomed to treating live animals, were inclined to accept the farmers’ eyewitness accounts (9). A similar study was not performed in Argentina, but the phenomenon came to an end when the media moved on to other subjects.

Application of the “pitted windshield theory” can lead one to think of a case of selective perception molded by the stereotype provided by the media. I must stress that I am not a sociologist who can reduce the phenomenon to a case of mass hysteria. Even so, this theory seems more convincing to me than finding explanations in the incursions of a bloodthirsty Chupacabras, aliens hankering to throw some creole spareribs on the grill or a gang of lunatic scientists injecting strange potions into our cows.



For the moment, we know that the media is accustomed to broadcasting mutilated images of reality, and we cannot ask cows for their opinion. They can’t even moo. The red muzzled mouse – Professor Kravetz told me – swallowed their tongues.



Sources



1) “El Senasa dictaminó que las vacas mutiladas murieron ‘por causas naturales’” (01-07-02), in diario La Nación , Buenos Aires. “Vacas muertas: eran mutiladas por ratones de campo y zorros”, in diario Clarín, Buenos Aires (2-07-2002).

2) “Las vacas podrían haber sido mutiladas”, in diario Clarín (22-06-2002) y “El enigma de las vacas mutiladas, reportado por dos investigadoras en Internet”, in diario Clarín (24-06-2002).

3) “La salida de Cané del Senasa fue por una disputa política” (23/8/2003). In diario Río Negro.

4) Agostinelli, Alejandro (2002); “Vague de mutilations animales en Argentine”. In VSD Hors Série N° 5, pp. 56-61. Ed. GS Presse Com., Francia.

5) Balmaceda, Oscar (2002); “El INTA dice que las vacas mutiladas murieron por causas naturales” (29-06-02), in Diario La Nación, Buenos Aires. “Observaciones sobre supuestas mutilaciones en bovinos en el sudeste de Buenos Aires. Grupo de Sanidad Animal” INTA EEA Balcarce.

6) Balzano, Silvia; Blache, Martha (2004); “La leyenda del Chupacabras en el área pampeana. Una posible interpretación” In Folklore Latinoamericano, Tomo V, pp. 41-53, Buenos Aires, Instituto Universitario Nacional del Arte. Also see: Balzano, Silvia; Blache, Martha (2003-2004); “La cadena de transmisión mediacional en una leyenda contemporánea: El caso de las vacas mutiladas como metáfora de la crisis argentina actual”. In Estudos de Literatura Oral, No. 9-10, 39-55, Universidade do Algarve, Portugal.

7) Rommel, Kenneth (1980); Operation Animal Mutilation Project.

9) Stewart, James R. (1980); “Collective Delusion. A comparison of believers and skeptics” en Midwest Sociological Society, Milwaukee, Winsconsin, Estados Unidos.




[Translation (c) 2014 Scott Corrales, Institute of Hispanic Ufology (IHU)]




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Spinosaurus: Semiacuático y más grande que Tyranosaurus

Un equipo internacional de científicos de la Universidad de Chicago descubrió que el Spinosaurus aegyptiacus, un depredador mayor que el Tyrannosaurus rex, sabía nadar.


El análisis digitalizado de huesos fósiles de esta especie reveló que tuvo una serie de “adaptaciones únicas” que le permitieron no solo desenvolverse en el entorno acuático, sino también en el terrestre.


Estas conclusiones fueron publicadas por el equipo liderado por el paleontólogo Nizar Ibrahim en la revista Science.

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Con más de 15 metros de largo, unas extremidades relativamente pequeñas, una mandíbula estrecha y alargada con dientes afilados, el Spinosaurus aegyptiacus ha resultado ser el primer dinosaurio de su especie capaz de vivir y cazar en el agua.


El Spinosaurus aegyptiacus podía retraer sus fosas nasales a una posición encima de la cabeza para facilitar la respiración cuando estaba parcialmente sumergido y tenía unas patas planas, posiblemente palmeadas, con las que creen que se ayudaba a propulsarse en el agua.


Además, este dinosaurio con unas aberturas neurovasculares en el extremo del hocico, similares a los que tienen los cocodrilos, con receptores de presión que les permiten detectar el movimiento en el agua.


Además, la estructura de su cola le permitía doblarla para hacer una ola, parecida a las que ayudan a impulsarse a algunos peces óseos.


El dinosaurio tenía unos huesos particularmente densos, sin las cavidades de la médula típicas de los dinosaurios depredadores, asemejándolos más a otros animales acuáticos.


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“El animal que hemos reconstruido es tan extraño que va a obligar a los expertos a repensar muchas cosas que creían que sabían acerca de los dinosaurios”, indicó en una teleconferencia Nizar Ibrahim.


El Spinosaurus aegyptiacus fue descubierto a principios del siglo XX en el desierto del Sahara, en Egipto, pero el estudio de su morfología no pudo completarse puesto que los fósiles fueron destruidos en un bombardeo durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial.


Sin embargo, el hallazgo a partir de 2008 de una serie de fósiles mucho más completos encontrados en la región de Kem Kem, en Marruecos, que incluyen partes de un cráneo, la columna axial, la franja pélvica y restos de extremidades, ha permitido volver a estudiar esta especie con más elementos.


Los investigadores los usaron para crear un modelo digital de un Spinosaurus aegyptiacus adulto, que tendría más de 15 metros de longitud, pasaba gran parte de su tiempo en el agua, alimentándose de tiburones y peces, y necesitaba sus cuatro extremidades para andar cuando estaba en la tierra.


La investigación será el tema principal del número de octubre de la revista de National Geographic , que ha dedicado al depredador una exposición en su sede en Washington.


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