30 ene 2016

The Danger of Gene Drives by Dr. Tyler Kokjohn

Genetically modified salmon has just been approved for human consumption by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (1). It is unclear whether AquAdvantage salmon will be accepted by consumers, but this consent suggests more genetically modified animals will appear in the marketplace. However, gene manipulation technologies have advanced enormously in scope, precision and power in the years since faster-growing salmon were engineered. Both regulators and the public will struggle to keep pace.

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Not Only Didn't Dr. Kokjohn Walk Out Last Week, He Came Back for More!

Wednesday January 27, 2016
In this sequel to last week's episode, microbiologist Tyler Kokjohn returns to parse out what is known and perhaps scientifically knowable in the realms of high strangeness. We cover topics that have come up on the show and some that have not. Then, host Jeremy Vaeni puts his own spiritual experiences on the scientific chopping block.
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New Evidence Found for a Large Planet in the Outer Solar System

A team of planetary scientists from the California Institute of Technology have published a paper documenting strong circumstantial evidence for a large planet with an orbit outside of Pluto's. This yet-undiscovered planet is hypothesized to be smaller than Neptune, but would be 10-times more massive than Earth, and comes no closer than 30.5 billion km (19 billion miles) to the Sun.

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29 ene 2016

Argentina: CEFAE - Ten UFO Cases Studied by the Kirchner Administration

Source: PLANETA UFO and Urgente 24
Date: 01.28.2016

Argentina: CEFAE - Ten UFO Cases Studied by the Kirchner Administration

During the four years in which the Comisión para el Estudio de Fenómenos Aeroespaciales (CEFAE) was in operation - announced with great fanfare by former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner - little was known about its operation and financing. A 12-page PDF file containing 10 sightings reports was presented in December 2015: The Kirchnerian "Blue Book".

The administration of Christina Kirchner created a Commission for the Study of Aerospace Phenomena (CEFAE, in Spanish) attached to the Argentinean Air Force. After four years without official information, almost everything about the project is a mystery, especially the expenses it caused when the commission itself is practically defunct.

A group of researchers representing the State was formed in mid-2011 to approach the UFO phenomenon in a scientific manner. For the first time, and at the official level, there was talk of the need to study the growing number of unidentified flying object sightings in the national airspace, representing an interesting news item if nothing else, taking into consideration [Argentina's] scant history in this field. The announcement, made with great fanfare, promised that the commission would be comprised by experts from the National Weather Service, engineers, pilots, radar technicians, computer experts and geologists. An army of specialists from whom no further word was heard.

Captain Mariano Mohaupt was CEFAE's first director - a man of terse words whose tenure was brief. He was replaced by Commodore Guillermo Aloi and then by Rubén Lianza, a retired AAF officer. The fact is that faced with the paucity of news interviews granted by the members of that strange commission, questions increased among the fans and followers of the phenomenon. What did they do? Why had they not presented any documents analyzing photographs, eyewitness accounts or videos? What were they looking for, and with what funding?

The first CEFAE report was finally published in December 2015 after 54 months of mystery and not presenting the slightest evidence of work or activity. The thin, 12-page PDF, lacking anyone's signature, offers the end result: 10 cases studied in over 4 years, sightings from November 2014 to November 2015. No explanation was offered for what they did during all the previous years. The report appeared, by chance, at the end of the Kirchner Administration. As an example, the U.S. Project Blue Book covered 12,618 cases for the years between 1947 and 1969, when the project ended.

The Commission

The Comisión de Estudio de Fenómenos Aeroespaciales was created by Resolution No. 414/2011 of the Chief of staff of the Argentinean Air Force in order to organize, coordinate, and execute a methodical investigation of the possible causes for Unidentified Flying Objects specifically reported within Argentinean air space, publishing the results of those cases for which a certain and exact conclusion had been reached.

It consisted of permanent staff members of the Argentinean Air Force and specialists of proven experience in different fields of research, offering invaluable support in the analysis of each case from different perspectives.

In order to reach certain and exact conclusions, having truthful information that accurately describes the phenomenon witnessed is essential. The Commission has an office in Retiro, where it welcomes citizens who wish to submit their cases.

The Cases

The report published in December accounts for the 10 cases mentioned, accompanied by explanatory photos and screen caps from an astronomy software package.

Explanations for the cases mostly involve known objects in the sky, such as stars, planets or the moon itself; aircraft photographed at a distance; birds, and even a ball thrown into the air.

The report can be seen (in Spanish) at: http://ift.tt/1QfaxDq

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

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28 ene 2016

Los antiguos babilonios rastreaban a Júpiter con geometría avanzada

La transcripción de cuatro tablillas de la antigua Babilonia, datadas entre el 350 y 50 a. C., revela que aquella civilización ya utilizaba elementos geométricos para calcular la posición de Júpiter. El hallazgo reescribirá los libros de historia de la astronomía: hasta ahora se pensaba que fueron los europeos del siglo XIV los primeros en conocer las posiciones y trayectorias de los cuerpos con estos métodos.
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Did Hurricane Alex Cause a Melting Event in Greenland?

Earlier this month, the North Atlantic experienced a rare January hurricane, named Hurricane Alex. While Alex's northward track kept it in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, it's arrival in the waters south of Greenland coincided with a sudden outflowing of meltwater through a bay in the Western Greenland, indicating that the warm winds that accompanied Alex had triggered a melting event.

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Completo Tratado de Criptozoología

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Philippe Coudray


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Observan skyrmions magnéticos aislados en el sincrotrón ALBA

Nanoestructuras magnéticas con forma de remolino han sido identificadas a temperatura ambiente en materiales compatibles con la producción industrial. Este descubrimiento facilitará su uso en los ordenadores para almacenar y transportar información. 
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27 ene 2016

Fairy Tales may be Far More Ancient than we Realize

Fairy tales are an intrinsic part of our lives: in childhood, we are entertained and educated by the lessons imparted in their stories, and later in life, they continue to inspire and be adapted into popular culture, spawning new books, movies, television and video games.

While some of our oldest fairy tales can be traced to the 6th century storyteller Aesop, there is some contention that he based his stories on older fables. 19th century author Wilhelm Grimm said that he believed that the tales that he and his brother Jacob authored were thousands of years old, but this idea was dismissed by others shortly afterward. However, a new study shows that the origins of fables that have been retold over the centuries may have roots in our deep past.

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Perovskita y puntos cuánticos para mejorar los LED y las células solares

Las propiedades de dos materiales, la perovskita de haluros y los denominados puntos cuánticos coloidales, son muy valorados para desarrollar dispositivos optoelectrónicos. Ahora investigadores de las universidades Jaime I de Castellón y la de Valencia los han unido para crear un sistema combinado que podría mejorar la tecnología LED y la eficiencia de las células solares.
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Una ecuación contra las ‘conspiranoias’

Un físico de la Universidad de Oxford ha creado un modelo matemático que calcula la probabilidad de fallo de cualquier conspiración basándose en datos de casos reales, como las revelaciones de Edward Snowden sobre el espionaje por internet de la Agencia de Seguridad Nacional de EE UU. Teniendo en cuenta el número de personas que deberían guardar secreto, de su fórmula se deduce que, si fuesen confabulaciones globales, en menos de cuatro años debería salir a la luz la falsedad del cambio climático o que el hombre nunca ha pisado la Luna.
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26 ene 2016

Cripto-Publicidad en Canarias


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La imagen astronómica con mayor resolución muestra las entrañas de un núcleo galáctico

La misión espacial RadioAstron de la Agencia Espacial Rusa, junto con otros quince radiotelescopios distribuidos por toda la Tierra, ha observado el entorno del agujero negro en el núcleo de la galaxia activa BL Lacertae. Al operar conjuntamente, las antenas funcionan como un radiotelescopio con un diámetro equivalente a ocho veces el diámetro de nuestro planeta, y han obtenido la imagen con mejor resolución jamás obtenida en astronomía. El Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía ha liderado el estudio.
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La imagen con mayor resolución de la historia de la astronomía muestra las entrañas de un núcleo galáctico

La misión espacial RadioAstron de la Agencia Espacial Rusa ha observado, junto con otros quince radiotelescopios distribuidos por todo el globo, el entorno del agujero negro en el núcleo de la galaxia activa BL Lacertae. Al operar conjuntamente, las antenas funcionan como un radiotelescopio con un diámetro equivalente a ocho veces el diámetro de la Tierra, y han obtenido la imagen con mejor resolución jamás obtenida en astronomía. El Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía ha liderado el estudio.
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Hongos de la Antártida sobreviven a condiciones marcianas en la Estación Espacial Internacional

Científicos europeos han recogido los diminutos hongos que se cobijan en las rocas de la Antártida y los han enviado a la Estación Espacial Internacional. Tras permanecer allí durante año y medio en condiciones parecidas a las de Marte, más de un 60% de sus células permanecían intactas, con el ADN estable. Los resultados aportan nueva información en la búsqueda de vida en el planeta rojo. En el mismo experimento también viajaron al espacio líquenes españoles de la Sierra de Gredos.
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25 ene 2016

Cave Paintings May Depict 36,000 Year-Old Volcanic Eruption

In comparison to geological timescales, human documentation of geological events only extends back into a mere fraction of the Earth's past: the oldest-known depiction of a volcanic eruption is found in Turkey, in a mural dating back to 6,600 BCE. But according to a new paper published in the journal PLoS ONE, that date may have just been pushed back even further, by a scene painted in France's Chauvet-Pont D'Arc cave.

Discovered in 1994, Chauvet-Pont D'Arc cave is the home to an extensive gallery of Paleolithic cave art, created over a number of periods between 23,000 and 36,000 years ago. The illustrations in this cave are the earliest known examples of human art, documenting the evolution of mankind's artistic expression.

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Heraclio Alfaro, con la aviación en la sangre

Versión para TecOb del artículo publicado en la revista Historia de Iberia Vieja, edición de enero de 2016.

Ayer mañana realizó varias pruebas de aviación en el campo de Lakua nuestro convecino el intrépido aviador don Heraclio Alfaro. El aparato construido bajo su dirección está casi terminado, faltando solamente pequeños detalles, que completarán los perfeccionamientos por él introducidos en el mismo. Sabemos que Alfaro ha hecho un estudio acabadísimo del aeroplano realizando y llevando a la práctica reformas importantísimas tanto en el tren de aterrizaje como en el resto del aparato. Las pruebas realizadas ayer solo tuvieron por objeto probar el tren de aterrizaje rodando sobre el campo diferentes veces y con completo éxito. En días sucesivos continuarán las experiencias, comenzando por elevarse a pocos metros. Es de esperar que el éxito más completo corone los esfuerzos del aviador victoriano y que dentro de poco tiempo realice las pruebas definitivas, con la misma facilidad y maestría que las preliminares de ayer…

El Heraldo Alavés, edición del 8 de junio de 1914.

Unos comienzos poco espectaculares, sin duda, pero la aviación estaba naciendo y no podía uno hacerse el loco. Heraclio probaba todo a conciencia y, poco después de aquellos ensayos, los asombrados habitantes de Vitoria pudieron contemplar al aviador surcando los cielos con agilidad. Había nacido el primer avión fabricado en España, fruto de los trabajos y desvelos de Heraclio Alfaro Fournier.


Naipes y aviones

Al avezado lector ya le habrá saltado alguna alerta mental. He mencionado Vitoria y también un apellido: Fournier. La combinación de esas dos palabras nos trae de forma automática a la mente ciertos naipes. Sí, hay relación con la baraja española de Fournier, vitoriana para más señas.

Heraclio Alfaro Fournier vino al mundo en la Vitoria de 1893 y lo abandonó en el mismo lugar en 1962. Fue un ingeniero aeronáutico y aviador que, en aquellos primeros años de la historia de las máquinas volantes más pesadas que el aire, logró hacerse un hueco entre los más grandes pioneros.

Vale, ¿y lo de los naipes? Una de esas imágenes mentales que comparten la mayor parte de los españoles desde hace más de un siglo está grabada en la más clásica y conocida baraja que por estas tierras se estila. Oros, copas, bastos y espadas, todos bajo el omnipresente sello “Heraclio Fournier – Vitoria”. No, nuestro Heraclio aviador no es el de las cartas, sino un nieto de aquél.

A finales del siglo XVIII llegó a Burgos un joven de origen francés llamado Francisco Fournier. Procedía de una familia de impresores, labor con la que continuó. Mediado el XIX uno de sus hijos, Heraclio Fournier, llevó la imprenta familiar, en la que ya se hacían naipes, a alcanzar altura de celebridad mundial. En su nueva imprenta de Vitoria nació el naipe español, tal y como es conocido actualmente. El diseño que Augusto Ríus hiciera para Heraclio es hoy conocido por todos, de ahí que el nombre “Heraclio Fournier” le suene a cualquiera, incluso sin saber de quién se trataba.

Heraclio Alfaro Fournier, el aviador, era por tanto nieto del fundador de la celebérrima casa de naipes. Su hermano Félix Alfaro fue quien continuó la tradición familiar haciéndose cargo de la imprenta. Sin embargo, a Heraclio Alfaro le iban más las máquinas de altos vuelos. Al chaval le llamaron la atención los globos y dirigibles desde su niñez y, cuando unos mecánicos de bicicletas estadounidenses anunciaron su vuelo el 17 de diciembre de 1903, Heraclio encontró una pasión que no abandonaría nunca. Cierto es que ese vuelo del 17 de diciembre de 1903 de los hermanos Wright con el Flyer I no está alejado de la polémica pero, sea como fuere, está claro que sirvió para dar comienzo la fiebre global por los aviones. Constructores de todo el mundo avanzaron con rapidez para dar forma a sus aparatos. Los pilotos surgían por todas partes y las escuelas de vuelo comenzaban a tener cierto predicamento. En España se veían aviones de factura francesa o inglesa pero, ¿quién se atrevería a construir el primer avión español?

Antes de pasar a describir ese aparato, repasemos someramente la vida del bueno de Heraclio Alfaro. Tenemos a un chaval que pensaba en aviones todo el día. La fiebre no le abandonaba nunca, sobre todo cuando viaja por Europa para ampliar sus estudios y contempla todo lo que se cuece en lejanas tierras. Prueba a volar por primera vez en una escuela de Francia, allá por 1910. ¡Contaba con sólo 17 años de edad! Aquello llamó la atención porque se convirtió en uno de los pioneros más jóvenes de la historia. Al año siguiente, ya con un título de piloto bajo el brazo, podemos encontrar a Heraclio como profesor ayudante en la novísima escuela de aviación creada en su Vitoria natal.

Terminó por hacerse cargo de la escuela, comenzó a pensar en construir sus propios aviones y ya no hubo remedio: la fiebre del aire le acompañó siempre. El 22 de junio de 1914 voló su nave bautizada como Alfaro I, la primera de una serie de aparatos sorprendentes. El avión, un monoplano de líneas modernas, voló sobre Vitoria llamando la atención de miles de personas que contemplaban al entusiasmado piloto surcando los cielos. Fue el comienzo de una aventura que le llevó a otros campos de vuelo, como el de Cuatro Vientos en Madrid.

Coincidiendo con la Gran Guerra, Heraclio realizó su servicio militar, siempre en ambiente propio de la aviación. De la mano del gran Alfredo Kindelán, llegó a ocupar puestos de relevancia en la escuela de vuelo que existía en Getafe. Más tarde llegaron sus aviones destinados a competir en carreras, diseñó y construyó en Barcelona diversos aeroplanos militares y se involucró en el desarrollo del helicóptero ideado por el argentino Raúl Pateras Pescara.

Habían llegado mientras tanto los años veinte. La industria aeronáutica se estaba consolidando en todo el mundo y Heraclio decidió ampliar su visión estableciéndose en los Estados Unidos. De acá para allá, cruzando el charco, completa varios de sus aviones hasta pasar en 1924 a residir permanentemente en el nuevo continente. Allí pasó más de dos décadas, tiempo en el que se graduó como ingeniero aeronáutico en el MIT y pasó a ser reconocido diseñador de aviones destinados a competición así como, desde 1928, a difundir las ventajas de los autogiros de Juan de la Cierva en los Estados Unidos gracias a un ventajoso acuerdo comercial. A comienzos de los años treinta podemos encontrarlo como profesor de ingeniería en el MIT, así como fundando empresas siempre relacionadas con la aeronáutica.

Sus últimos años los pasó en Vitoria, donde nunca abandonó aquella pasión por el vuelo que le hizo célebre. Cabe comentar que son muchas las patentes que Heraclio Alfaro registró en Norteamérica, así como en España. Por ejemplo, de 1920 son sus patentes sobre tranvías, rodamientos perfeccionados y similares. También patentó en 1924 diversos avances en motores de explosión aplicables a aeroplanos.

El Alfaro I, primer avión construido en España

Su estampa es ciertamente atractiva. Sí, fue el primer avión construido en España, pero no por ello era algo poco meditado. El Alfaro I fue un precioso monoplano diseñado, construido y pilotado por un joven de veintiún años de edad. ¡Es para pasmarse! Con un motor capaz de hacer que la nave volara a más de 100 kilómetros por hora, se trató de una nave que asombró a sus contemporáneos en Vitoria.


En aquel lejano 1914, hace más de un siglo, no eran muchos los españoles que habían dado el paso para convertirse en aviadores. Pero que, además, en una sola persona se uniera la pasión por el pilotaje, el cálculo y el diseño así como la construcción de aeronaves… eso ya son palabras mayores. Junto a Heraclio Alfaro aparecían figuras como Manuel Menéndez, Benito Loygorri, que fue el primer piloto español, con licencia desde el 30 de agosto de 1910, o Julio de Adaro, Antonio Grancha o Mariano de las Peñas. Todo estaba por hacer y ellos aceptaron el reto.

Por Cuatro Vientos andaba igualmente La Cierva, haciendo pruebas con un aparato por él ideado, pero fue Heraclio quien alumbró aquel primer avión español que, volando sobre Vitoria y Madrid, demostró que aquí podían construirse máquinas competentes. El problema de tantos pilotos pioneros en la España de entonces era, principalmente, que o bien acudían a constructores extranjeros, o se quedaban sin aviones que volar. Heraclio abrió un nuevo mundo al diseñar su Alfaro I, en un taller de Vitoria, con mecánicos locales y con materiales propios. Dotado de un motor Gnome 50HP, contaba con 15 metros de superficie sustentadora, casi 10 metros de cruzamen y 5,60 de hélice a cola. Llegó a volar a 125 kilómetros por hora. Llamó la atención su maniobrabilidad, su cola negativa, la robustez de su cuerpo central y, sobre todo, su original tren de aterrizaje formado por dos vigas de chapa de madera que atravesaba el cuerpo del avión y que servía además de elemento estructural pues allí se fijaban los tirantes delanteros de las alas.

El aparato, de 290 kilos de peso, podía volar durante tres horas. Tal y como se mencionaba en El Heraldo Alavés, edición del 23 de junio de 1914:

Otros aviadores españoles y no pocos extranjeros al construir sus aparatos no han conseguido ni levantarlos un metro de tierra, sus cálculos han encontrado en la realidad un obstáculo insuperable que no han sabido vencer. Alfaro hizo sus cálculos y comenzó la construcción del monoplano con arreglo a ellos, luego, sin variar nada de lo hecho, ha efectuado el vuelo sorprendente que hemos visto y que realizado en un aeródromo oficial de Madrid o de París hubiera causado la admiración de profesionales, no solamente por el éxito obtenido desde el primer momento, sino por el mérito que supone en un muchacho de 21 años llegar a tal adelanto en materia de aviación.


Heraclio Alfaro, con la aviación en la sangre apareció originalmente en Tecnología Obsoleta, 25 enero 2016.

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Nuevo paradigma para el universo nanoelectrónico

Desde la invención del transistor a mediados del siglo pasado, la electrónica no ha parado de evolucionar, siguiendo el ritmo vertiginoso de la computación. Un equipo internacional de científicos, en el que participa la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, ha avanzado en el análisis de las propiedades físicas de nuevos materiales basados en óxidos, lo que podría suponer un antes y un después para la nanoelectrónica.
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23 ene 2016

Awakening Part 2: Long-Hidden Secrets Revealed

For many millennia, the secrets of awakening have been hidden. Now, Whitley and Anne Strieber, working together, are opening new doors to those secrets. In this discussion Whitley Strieber explains the relationship between esoteric and scientific understanding of the brain, then he goes into another amazing teaching from Anne Strieber, this one that shows the connection between the Great Work of alchemy and the 21st card of the Marseilles Tarot.

He then begins an explanation of just how to make use of the Tarot and to read its mysterious language in such a way that it is actually useful to one's inner work and exploration of higher mind.

This series continues to be at once amazing, informative and profoundly beautiful. Do not miss this, it is very powerful.
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The Message of the Visitors

January 29, 2016

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22 ene 2016

Use of Antidepressant Drugs During Pregnancy Increases Autism Risk by 87%

A new study, published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, has found that the use of antidepressant drugs during pregnancy can dramatically increase the chances of the child developing autism.

The study, conducted at the University of Montreal, reviewed data on 145,456 pregnancies, drawn from the Quebec Pregnancy Cohort, of which provided a wealth of data regarding the medical histories of the children involved, up to the age of ten. While a large number of factors were reviewed in the study, one statistic stood out: the use of antidepressants during the latter two trimesters of pregnancy increased the chances of a child developing autism by 87%, over those that were diagnosed with the condition, but who's mothers had not been prescribed antidepressants.

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Nuevo láser para trabajar a temperatura ambiente y reducir hasta mil veces el consumo

Científicos de la Universidad de Valencia y el CSIC han desarrollado un dispositivo láser semiconductor con el que se podría ahorrar entre 100 y 1.000 veces la energía que consumen los dispositivos láseres actuales. El trabajo ha sido seleccionado como uno de los 30 más relevantes del año 2015 en el área de la óptica.
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Nuevo láser para trabajar a temperatura ambiente y reducir mucho el consumo

Científicos de la Universidad de Valencia y el CSIC han desarrollado un dispositivo láser semiconductor con el que se podría ahorrar entre 100 y 1.000 veces la energía que consumen los dispositivos láseres actuales. El trabajo ha sido seleccionado como uno de los 30 más relevantes del año 2015 en el área de la óptica.
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Interacciones débiles para manipular estructuras nanométricas

Investigadores del centro CiQUS y el Instituto de Investigación Tecnológica de la Universidad de Santiago han descrito por primera vez la forma en la que pequeñas agrupaciones metálicas de plata establecen interacciones débiles con moléculas orgánicas. Estas interacciones actúan en los procesos biológicos y son esenciales en la manipulación de nuevos materiales a escala nanométrica.
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Strange Sounds Have Returned Worldwide

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Since December, strange sounds have been recorded in the Middle East, Italy, the UK and the US. There is no consistent pattern in regard to the noises themselves, but the number of reports clustered together is unusual.

Here is a compendium of recordings recently posted on YouTube:



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21 ene 2016

Wild Bees are Less Abundant in Areas Where They are Needed

While there has been a great deal of attention placed on the phenomenon of colony collapse disorder, the bees that are affected by CCD are commercial honeybees, with known populations that have numbers that can be easily quantified. However, the pollination provided by wild bees is also important to the growth cycle of crops, and supplements the job done by commercial honeybees. But as their hives aren't monitored by beekeepers, a loss in their numbers aren't as immediately noticed.

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Incredibly, a Scientist DOESN'T Walk Out on This Interview!

Thursday January 21, 2016
Get ready for a tough interview the likes of which you will hear nowhere else....

Dr. Tyler Kokjohn is a microbiologist and a professor at Midwestern University. He is also an esteemed member of the Project Core team along with host, Jeremy Vaeni. In this, the first of two, you will hear a scientist asked and answer some extremely tough questions, beginning with how normality and rationality are defined by Western science. Then, we begin to apply scientific thinking to mystical phenomena leading into next week's show. This is the interview that any other scientist would have walked out on. But Tyler is one of a kind.

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¿Existe realmente un Planeta Nueve en el sistema solar?

Dos astrónomos del Instituto de Tecnología de California (Caltech) afirman haber encontrado pruebas de la existencia de un planeta gigante con una órbita extraña y alargada en los confines del sistema solar. El objeto tiene una masa 10 veces mayor que la Tierra y sería comparable en tamaño a Neptuno.
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Calculadora de tiro y mesa trazadora de 1926

Recientemente visité el Museo Histórico Militar de La Coruña, buscando dos curiosas piezas que descansan cerca de la entrada del recinto. Las imágenes que aparecen a continuación están realizadas con un móvil, así que no son muy buenas, pero pueden servir para hacerse una idea de cómo son estos artilugios. He aquí, antes de nada, el propio museo…


No pude subir al también coruñés Monte de San Pedro, donde se conservan los restos de una batería de cañones Vickers de fabricación inglesa que data de los años veinte del siglo pasado. Estos monstruos bélicos destinados a la defensa costera tienen un calibre de 15 pulgadas (381 mm) y una longitud que sobrepasa los 17 metros. Los proyectiles que disparaba podían superar los 800 kg. de peso. Con estos cañones se cubría la defensa de las rías y costas de Ferrol y La Coruña. La batería se disparó por última vez en 1977. Esta fotografía (Fuente, vorjales, CC BY 2.0) nos dará una idea del tamaño del artilugio.


El control de tiro de este gigante se llevaba a cabo con un asombroso calculador electromecánico que se conserva en el mencionado museo. La mesa calculadora para los cañones costeros Vickers de 1926 constituía el elemento de dirección de tiro que efectuaba con rapidez todo tipo de operaciones destinadas a alcanzar objetivos móviles en el mar. La cosa tiene su miga, porque a través de una intrincada serie de diales, la máquina era capaz de hacer predicciones acerca de trayectorias de disparo con una certeza pasmosa. Pura y “simple” mecánica, sí, pero de gran complejidad. Este cerebro electromecánico contiene sistemas de suma, multiplicación, derivadores reversibles, servomotores y motores de corriente continua paso a paso de 24 voltios, síncronos, diales con índices móviles… El dial principal de alcance y dirección recibía de los telémetros los datos de distancia y dirección del objetivo, los promediaba y daba como salida de los cálculos una predicción ¡en modo gráfico! Vale, no había pantallas multicolores, pero el sistema de salida de datos tiene su encanto. Antes de presentarlo, he aquí la mesa calculadora.


Ahora llega lo mejor. Tras haber realizado los cálculos, y antes de enviar órdenes a los actuadores en las baterías, se plasmaba el cálculo de tiro en esta preciosa mesa trazadora que, salvando las distancias, puede recordarnos a un plotter con toque steampunk. El sistema de salida gráfica estaba controlado automáticamente por la calculadora electromecánica, que tras recibir los datos de distancias y direcciones actuales, plasmaba un dibujo de la ruta del objetivo y en tiempo “real” determinaba el rumbo y velocidad, obteniéndose la variación de alcances, esto es, el número de metros que cambia en un minuto la distancia de un buque. Como puede verse en la última de las fotografías, un brazo radial articulado genera la representación sobre un mapa de la ría gracias a una línea de blanco con marcas de distancia y dirección con trazo de lápiz.


Calculadora de tiro y mesa trazadora de 1926 apareció originalmente en Tecnología Obsoleta, 21 enero 2016.

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20 ene 2016

2015 was the Hottest Year on Record

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released their year-end report on the planet's average temperatures, and 2015 has proven to the warmest year since record keeping began in 1880 -- by a wide margin. The year also left a trail of multiple broken temperature records in it's wake, for both yearly and monthly records over land, sea, and combined averages.

2015's global average temperature was a full 1.62ºF (0.90ºC) above the 20th century average, and it beat 2014's record temperature by 0.29ºF (0.16ºC). This margin is also a record, in-of-itself, being the widest observed margin on record.

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Argentina: VIDEO - Anomalous Object Over Tucumán

Source: PLANETA UFO and Nuevo Diario Web
Date: 01.18.2016

Argentina: VIDEO - Anomalous Object Over Tucumán

The video shows the flying object over the city of Yerba Buena (Tucumán Province). After a series of movments, it rises swiftly and disappears.

A video published on YouTube displays an alleged UFO in flight in the skies over the Province of Tucumán, more specifically the city of Yerba Buena. "A mighty UFO filmed over Yerba Buena this Monday at 21:15 hours," said the reader who submitted the clip to Diario Contexto (newspaper) via WhatsApp.

"I recorded it from the 300 block of Aconquija Avenue. Another UFO passed by shortly, distancing itself quickly. The distance kept me from recording it," he added.

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

[Translation (c) 2015 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Guillermo Giménez, Planeta UFO; Diario Contexto; Nuevo Diario Web]
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19 ene 2016

Former U.S. Intelligence Agent Criticizes U.S. Spy Agencies for Underestimating Islamic State

 A former U.S. intelligence director is warning U.S. intelligence agencies that they are underestimating the intentions and capabilities of Islamic State, a mistake that could potentially leave the country vulnerable to attacks from the extremist organization.

Derek Harvey, a former DIA advisor on Iraq, and later a Pentagon advisor on Afghanistan and Pakistan, says that the conclusions being drawn by U.S.

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Argentina: A Photo of Uncertain Provenance

Source: PLANETA UFO and El Entre Rios (Online) and Diario El Pueblo de Salto
Date: 01.19.2016

Argentina: A Photo of Uncertain Provenance

The image was taken last week with the simple intention of photographing the area's characteristics. However, the photographer was startled when he saw an unidentifiable shape in the picture.

"The person who took the photo used a cellphone. He is known to me and I can attest to the fact that he is a serious and responsible person," said Dr. Rubén Díaz (attorney, teacher and psychologist).

It was taken in the La Aurora field in the region of Daymán, Salto (Republic of Uruguay), a place that became mired in controversy since a series of UFO sightings took place there in the 1970s.

Many visitors have come to the site since then, most of them from Argentina, but no other sightings have been recorded.

Last week, the unnamed person - who the attorney preferred to keep anonymous - took a photo of the location with no other goal beyond documenting its characteristics. To his surprise, he found what could be described as an unidentified object in the image.

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Máquina para atrapar ladrones (1921)

Ya va siendo hora de reactivar el blog en este 2016… apenas tengo tiempo para escribir, pero hay sorpresas a la vista. 😉 Mientras tanto, he aquí una pequeña bagatela, ciertamente compleja de llevar a cabo en el mundo real, pero que se propuso con toda seriedad. Se trata de la patente estadounidense US1392095 concedida al inventor Stanley Valinski en enero de 1921. Visto de lejos me parece un Dalek, seguro que podía asustar de verdad, y no sólo a los asaltantes de bancos. He aquí el ingenio en cuestión…


La propuesta era sencilla: un vigilante permanecía oculto en el interior de la máquina, que externamente debía parecer un objeto más, puede que un mostrador circular, o incluso un elemento decorativo. Ahora bien, ante cualquier sospechoso, el chisme podía moverse gracias a su sistema de ruedas articuladas y atrapar cual ratón en ratonera al incauto asaltante.


Vía Alrededor del Mundo (Madrid, 1 de enero de 1927), que a su vez lo “descubrió” en el número de octubre de 1926 de Popular Science.

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Hawking y Mukhanov, premio Fronteras del Conocimiento en Ciencias Básicas

El físico británico Stephen Hawking y el ruso Viatcheslav Mukhanov son los ganadores del Premio Fundación BBVA Fronteras del Conocimiento de este año en la categoría de Ciencias Básicas. Los dos investigadores han sido galardonados por predecir y descubrir que las galaxias se formaron a partir de perturbaciones cuánticas en el principio del universo.
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Un fullereno se convierte en la primera molécula bitermoeléctrica

Un equipo internacional en el que participan físicos de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid y el instituto IMDEA-Nanociencia ha identificado y caracterizado la primera molécula bitermoeléctrica conocida: el fullereno Sc3N@C80, que además de una esfera de carbonos, incluye escandio y nitrógeno. Los experimentos evidencian que es posible modificar las propiedades termoeléctricas de estas moléculas mediante su orientación y la presión ejercida.
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18 ene 2016

Fabled 'City of the Monkey God' Uncovered in Deep in the Jungles of Honduras

Since the early twentieth century, fortune hunters have mounted expeditions deep into the rainforests of Honduras's remote La Mosquitia region, searching for a fabled city called 'La Ciudad Blanca'. This 'White City' was spoken of by indigenous groups there, from stories passed down from their ancestors, whom used the city as a refuge from invading conquistadors.

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La ESA buscará objetos potencialmente peligrosos desde el Observatorio de Calar Alto

La Agencia Espacial Europea y el Observatorio de Calar Alto han firmado un acuerdo de colaboración para el uso exclusivo y en remoto del telescopio Schmidt de 80 centímetros que tiene este observatorio del norte de Almeria. El objetivo, detectar y estudiar objetos cercanos a la Tierra.
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David Bowie ya tiene su propia constelación

Astrónomos belgas han rendido homenaje al legendario músico David Bowie y le han puesto su nombre a una constelación de siete estrellas cercana a Marte. Su forma se parece al rayo pintado sobre el rostro del artista en la portada de su disco Aladdin Sane.
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16 ene 2016

A Hum And Strange Occurrences In Kansas City

I received this report from a witness today.  He reports a humming sound and strange happenings in Kansas City, Kansas.

"Hey so my friend and I have both heard the hum in the Kansas city Kansas area and it also included strange lights. This has also occurred only once thus far. Here is my friends story- I was about to go to sleep when I noticed a monotonous noise coming from outside and then later there were police sirens that were repeatedly crossing the road. There were also these strange flashing lights and a military cargo bob earlier that day.

And here's mine-

I was in my bed, at 2:00 in the morning. I'm laying in bed trying to go to sleep because I was on my laptop and it ran out of battery. And at exactly 2:14 AM, a hum starts. It would last for half a second, then pause for a quarter of a second. It repeated, and got faster and faster. After a little while, it would start over. Full of fear, I decided to get out of bed and look out the window. I see nothing, besides what should be out there. Until I look up. I see two stars in the sky. One actually is a star, and the other looks like one. Except for the flashing blue, red, and green lights. I grab my glasses, to get a clearer look, and I was not wrong. I climb back into my bed, and hope that this is a dream, but it feels too real. My cat wakes up and starts acting REALLY weird. She kept trying to get under my arm, as if I could protect her. After about a minute, the scariest thing in my life happened. A bright blue light shines from outside. I was only able to see it due to the window
on the front of my house and my bedroom door being left open. I sit in bed, petrified in fear, until I gain the courage to check it out. I grab my crossbow from my drawer and I walk through the second floor. I don't enter any of the rooms, because I was too scared to. I put my crossbow down, in a different part of my room, and get into bed. After about fifteen minutes, I hear footsteps. They go into the bathroom and I hear it lift up the seat on the toilet. After that, I hear it pee into it. It's sound really messed up, but it's true. I don't know what to do. I never hear the footsteps leave the bathroom. Throughout all this time, I hear the Hum. After that, I fall asleep. When I wake up, I check to see where the crossbow is. It is where I left it after I checked the second floor. I then checked the toilet. There is urine.  I tell my friends, but none believe me, except for one.

Please, if you can help me, do it. Me and my friend are both scared. If you need to get this story out, do it. Just do whatever you can to stop the Hum. It needs to be recognized by the world. Thank you."

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Is it possible that the underground "SubTropolis" could be the source of the hum that is being heard?  But what about the lights and someone, or something entering this person's home?
If you have experienced anything like this in the Kansas City, Kansas/Missouri area, please let us know.
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Cuba: UFOs, Ufonauts and a Compelling Documentary

Cuba: UFOs, Ufonauts and a Compelling Documentary

By Scott Corrales

The island nation of Cuba is in the public eye once again due to a thawing in diplomatic relations with the United States following fifty years of animosity between the island’s Castro regime and nine U.S. presidential administrations. Embassies have opened in the respective capitals of both countries and the future looks guardedly promising.

As these developments occur in the political landscape, more information becomes readily available on the ufological sphere thanks to the efforts of Cuban researchers like Orestes Girbau, whose articles have been prominently featured in INEXPLICATA, the journal of the Institute of Hispanic Ufology. Mr. Girbau is a guiding light of the Asociación Cubana de Ufología (Cuban Ufology Association, or A.C.U. by its Spanish initials).

One of the most intriguing items of information – and clearly one of the most compelling ones – is a documentary created in 1997 after the island had experienced an intense wave of UFO activity, coinciding with the nearly non-stop UFO/paranormal activity in neighboring Puerto Rico. This visual work bears the title UFOs – in Cuba? (OVNIS ¿En Cuba?) and runs only a few minutes short of an hour. It was directed and produced by Octavio Cortazar, Armando Linares and Hugo Parrado Frances, edited by Hector Falagán de Cabo and with modest but very effective special effects created by Miguel Coyula. It can best be described as a survey of the Nineties saucer/occupant wave, but alludes to a number of historical events that are not widely known outside the island.

Date: Sunday, October 15, 1995
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Torrente, Province of Matanzas

October 1995 would represent a significant date for Cuban ufology: the first mention of a traditional UFO occupant encounter in the mold of the 1973 UFO Wave. It involved a peasant named Alfredo Zárate, 74, who speaks on camera for the production.

"I happened to be cutting cane, and then decide to light a cigar," explains Zarate, walking across a field, followed by the camera. "That's when I saw a craft descending. Then, before it touched the ground, it braked and made a soft descent. When it landed, I saw a man emerge from it, from inside. He was camouflaged. he then turned around and went around the craft. I thought he was talking to another, but I couldn't see him. I suppose it took him around three minutes, more or less. Then he came around again, grabbed some grass, opened the door to the craft and went in. There was an outburst of air, the craft was lifted upward, and then a blast of fire followed. Blue fire. Then it vanished."

The camera focuses on the farmer as he recalls the astonishing event. "When the craft took off, I came to the spot [where it had been] and saw it had left some marks on the ground, right here where I'm standing," he explains, gesturing with his arms. "From that point on, well, the police got involved and measured, saying it was five meters long by two meters wide."

Zárate shakes his head. "No, it made no noise. All it did was give off a burst of air pressure, and the machine was lifted up. This was followed by a burst of flame and it took off. I didn't see it again. No, it wasn't an airplane or a helicopter, because I got to work with the Russians and got to see many machines there, and none of them resembled this. Since the day that device landed there, I've tried planted crops on the spot, but the seeds have been no good. I don't know if maybe they scattered something, or what. See how odd this is - on the site where the craft landed, it is more burned than anywhere else," he waves a hand over a discolored field of shoots." At this point the camera pulls away slightly and cuts to a new scene, discussing the fact that Cuba had not yet experienced the abduction phenomenon that was sweeping other countries. But elderly Mr. Zarate soon returns to speak about this possibility.

“A cousin of mine vanished,” he explains grimly, in profile. “I don’t know if it has anything to do with these craft or not. That’s all I can tell you. Here in this town, people brought it up after that vehicle had been here. People say it could’ve been that craft that took him away. I can’t say that it was indeed that craft, since I didn’t see it. They searched for him here, and they searched well. Here, anyone who gets lost in the wilderness is looked for by the people, and the Army goes out as well, because a battalion went in there. Plus the people. Look, that was from here,” Zarate gestures, pointing a finger in the air, “to way over there. People everywhere. Acre by acre, all the way in there [the wilderness]. Well, you can imagine the things people say about the craft maybe carrying him away and what not. But I don’t believe in that.” The honest famer looks away from the camera, perhaps to conceal his tears.

The October 18 1995 issue of the “Girón” newspaper summarized the case in a brief news item entitled “Ovnis en Jaguey?” – Adolfo Zarate, a smallholder, who witnessed the strange event, says that he was working on his field when he witnessed the descent of a saucer-shaped object with the approximate size of a light car. According to the 74-year-old witness, the flying object remained on the ground for some minutes while a human-looking figure, dressed in camouflage and wearing a helmet, descended to collect plant specimens before returning to the ship. Zárate adds that the UFO began to rise immediately, issuing a strange buzzing sound and vanishing in a southward direction after an explosion. The authorities inspected the site and confirmed the existence of flattened grass and compacted earth.”

There is a sad follow-up to the Zárate experience.

The blog Ovnis Cubanos (http://ift.tt/206tIS5) features an article written in June 2005 by Carlos Alberto Heredero García concerning a visit to Adolfo Zárate’s farm by the author and his friend Erick Mota. The two UFO researchers received a cold welcome from relatives who wanted no further association with flying saucers. They soon found that interviewing the elderly smallholder would be next to impossible, as he was in a state of depression and in poor health. Things had gone badly for him since the UFO experience, and he now regretted it. Mockery by the press and neighbors alike was worsened by the discourteous treatment he received by the island's scientific establishment, and journalists accusing him of trying to profit from the sighting.

UFO sighting reports were received from the localities of Puerto Padre, Majibacoa, San Antonio de los Baños and Florida (Camaguey Province) were received in following days, witnessed by civilians and military personnel on duty.

An even more spectacular case took place in mid-December 1995, when the EFE news agency reported that a UFO had supposedly to the south of Havana in a community known as Guara. The news wire noted that a number of non-human entities had emerged from the object, collected samples of vegetation, and –more disturbingly – had taken some people with them, a claim that was never confirmed. In the light of the disappearance of Adolfo Zárate’s cousin, one can only wonder.

Date: Summer 1990
Time: not specified
Location: not specified

A UFO abduction incident of a more familiar sort is also featured in the OVNIS-¿En Cuba? Documentary. It concerns the experiences of Anisia Arias in late 1990, interviewed by the documentarians in what appears to be her own home, face to the camera without any form of concealment.

“I went out to the yard,” she explains in a melodious voice, “I looked up at the sky, saw a little light moving, resembling a satellite, toward the north, near the star Polaris. It stopped abruptly, went backward, descended, and remained stationary some 500 meters from where I stood, some 100 meters above the ground. That’s when I was able to make out its shape. It was semi-oval, disc-shaped, with a slightly bulging, dome-shaped upper section, made of a material very similar to aluminum, brilliant aluminum, surrounded by a halo that outlined its contour. Suddenly, before I had a chance to react, the object flew over to where I was at tremendous speed, coming to within 5 meters of where I stood. I found myself encompassed by its luminous halo, which was like a fog. I was able to see something inside the dome which I couldn’t quite make out. That’s when I lost consciousness. What happened, I do not know. What do I think happened? I don’t know that either. All I know is that when I came to, I was inside the house again. How I got there, I don’t know, because I was in the yard. I found myself inside the house like someone who has been dropped in from a height. I could feel my knees buckling, and I made a considerable effort to make myself rigid to recover and remain standing, which I was able to do. I breathed deeply, recovered, and was able to see that everything was very well lit. The object was outside the door. I heard a sound – a sound like a very high-pitched buzz. I knew it was behind me, but I was very afraid, and did not turn to look. I walked toward the living room, phoned my mother, and told her: “Quick, get up! There’s a fireball behind me trying to burn the house down.” I kept walking and exited through the bedroom door, looking at the ceiling for signs of fire, since the object appeared to be on fire, which wasn’t true. I then looked into the sky, into space, and was able to see the object flying away to the north, toward where it had come, near the North Star. I stayed in the yard, and when I tried to walk, I felt pain in my feet, as though they were very heavy. I could feel cramps traveling up my legs, like an electrical current. I felt extremely tired, overcome with sleep. My mother was asking me questions, but I couldn’t answer her. I wasn’t able to speak that night. I went to bed in my clothes.”

Mrs. Arias steeples her fingers and glances sideways. “The next day, I got up and noticed that the daylight hurt my eyes. I tried to remember, but I still felt tired and a little stupefied. I was able to recall what had happened with great effort, and I was able to see that plants that come into the object’s proximity were wilted. As the days went by, they kept changing color and dried up, until they were completely dry.”

Interested in learning more about her “missing time” ordeal, Mrs. Arias underwent hypnotic regression, a session of which is shown in the documentary. Lying on a pink patterned bedspread, eyes closed, the woman answers weakly to the hypnotist’s questions, with captioning on the screen to facilitate the viewer’s understanding of the session.

“They were blonde,” she mumbles. “I remember their faces. Blonde and skinny. They have equipment looking like radios. They were touching my arms, squeezing my face…they had me in a sitting position…white seats…[the craft’s interior]…is white and rounded…and the seats were white.”

We are then shown how the hypnotist brings the session to a close as Mrs. Arias starts breathing heavily, recalling how the entities inserted pins into her right hand.

In April 1982, as hundreds of residents of Havana took their nightly stroll along the seaside promenade known as the Malecón, there was a bright flash over Havana Bay which immediately caused them to think they were under attack. Warheads, however, did not drop out of the darkness. Instead, there was an overwhelming brightness which gradually coalesced into an image of the Blessed Virgin--more specifically, Cuba's patroness, la Caridad del Cobre--extending her arms toward the startled masses on the promenade, as she remained suspended in the night sky. Unlike traditional images of the Blessed Virgin, this one did not bear the Christ-child in arms, nor were there any other religious items (crosses, etc.) associated with it. The divine protector appeared to be wearing a snow white mantle which contrasted even more so against the prevailing darkness.

The story was featured in Las Nubes del Engaño ("The Clouds of Deceit"), one of the most important books written by Spanish researcher Andreas Faber Kaiser, who would meet an untimely end, allegedly at the hands of the intelligence services. According to Faber Kaiser, Cuban authorities did their best to suppress the story, but it reached Miami-based broadcasters WRHC and WQBA. Further reports indicated that the divine image was seen again days later at port of Mariel, where it was taken to be Our Lady of Regla. The consternation created by this second sighting caused soldiers to open machine gun fire against the image. At least one of these men would require psychiatric treatment as a result of this experience. Reports of similar responses were received from the cities of Guanabo and Trinidad as well.

Faber Kaiser suggested that a U.S. Navy submarine that projected an advanced holographic image as part of psychological warfare operations against the Cuban government. While it may be hard to believe in both the sophistication of such techniques, and the fact that their use would ever be authorized, the fact remains that it would be one--albeit the most spectacular--ever employed against that island's socialist regime. On February 2, 1962, the Pentagon authorized a number of psychological warfare techniques which ranged from bombarding the city of Havana with free plane tickets for destinations such as Mexico and Venezuela as well as photographs showing Fidel Castro entertaining foreign women in expensive restaurants.

The world is indeed a small place, and it shouldn’t cause us any surprise to find the answer to a riddle in an entirely different part of the planet. Manuel Carballal, a world-traveler and member of Spain’s 3rd generation of UFO researchers, happened to find himself in Mongolia on an unrelated mission when he had the opportunity to interview General Battsagan Tsiiregzen. The military man offered new information concerning the Havana psy-ops event of 1982.

General Tsiiregzen had been part of his country's diplomatic mission to Cuba at the time. He witnessed how a policeman drew his sidearm and fired at the apparition, being so unnerved by the event that he was hospitalized and given psychiatric treatment. A Russian sailor, informed the general, had a similar experience, due to his inability to fit what he was seeing within the Marxist-Leninist framework of his upbringing. The Mongolian attaché was also able to confirm another story--that a scuba diver who had been in the water in the vicinity of the apparition had lost consciousness and had been brought to an emergency room. According to the story, whenever the hapless diver opened his eyes, he would goggle as though witnessing a vision, and would then lose consciousness again.

In the city of Trinidad, southwest of Havana, strange phenomena apparently played out while the divine patroness cast her beatific gaze over the bewildered townspeople. There were reports of strange odors in the air and smoke issuing from the floors of every dwelling.

The amazing account by the Mongolian diplomat was included in Carballal's own book, Los Expedientes Secretos (Planeta,2001), and he adds the highly intriguing detail that the U.S. intelligence community is believed to have planned a follow-up to its successful 1982 demonstration: to spread the belief among Cubans that Fidel Castro was the Antichrist foretold in the Book of Revelation, projecting a holographic image of Christ over the skies. It was believed that this "miraculous" event would unleash a rebellion that would overthrow the government.

Reports of gunfire directed against unidentified flying objects are also featured in the OVNIS - ¿En Cuba? Documentary.

At 8 p.m. on December 14, 1995 the community of Guara, located south of Havana, had its daily routine interrupted by an unknown presence in the sky. People took to the streets to get a better view of the “light”, described as large and yellow, surrounded by smaller red lights. It hovered over the cane fields with the undulating motion so common to the phenomenon since its earliest descriptions. Local children interviewed for the project believed that the object was interested in taking sugarcane samples, and the mysterious visitor made no noise whatsoever as it maneuvered only inches over the crops.

“Some soldiers on duty opened fire against it,” says one of the youngsters, creating an imaginary weapon with his hands. “They fired flares (sic) at it with their rifles, but what [the UFO] did was scattered their bullets like this,” making another expansive gesture, “like when you’re shooting at something and a big light happens.” The documentary substantiates the children’s account with eyewitness testimony provided by their elders.

Objects were also reported in the village of Camacho, not far from Batabanó, where they flew over a shooting range, where villagers could hear soldiers opening fire against them. Ricardo Cala, who happened to be driving his truck toward the village, heard shouts coming from the men he carried in his payload. “In came a UFO, a saucer, and I was startled. I looked through the truck window, and when I saw that reflection, looking like a balloon, having a fully illuminated small base, flying past my vehicle. The time was between eight and eight thirty in the evening. It flew at some fifty meters from the vehicle, because it was really close by. The only thing was it didn’t let you get a better look at it due to the amount of light it put out. It made no noise and we felt nothing. We kept going and it paced us for some ten minutes, more or less. Then, as we entered the village of Camacho, that was when we heard gunfire. I wondered if that thing was doing the shooting, but no, there was a military unit nearby firing at it. Tracer rounds were visible, the tiny red light of the tracers, and fifteen seconds after the shooting started, that thing vanished out of sight.”

Mr. Cala also added to his testimony that the object’s presence had caused a blackout through the area, a peculiarity common to UFO cases elsewhere in Latin America.

There was also hostile response to unwelcome UFO activity in 1968, when objects of unknown origin buzzed a military facility on Cabañas Bay in 1967. The troops quartered at this installation were jolted out of bed shortly after midnight by a blast of machine gun fire from the sentry box manned by Isidro Puentes. A squad was rushed to the area, but the sentinel was not at his post. Dozens of spent rounds were later found in the area, completely crushed as if they had impacted a very solid object upon impact. Even more ominous was the discovery of burn marks that suggested the landing of a large object with an estimated weight of ten tons.

The missing guard was found later in the morning, completely unconscious. He was taken to a military hospital, where he remained in shock and unable to speak for nearly seven days. The hapless soldier was then transported to a neurology unit, where scans showed that he had no brain damage, but still remained unresponsive. When he finally emerged from his trance-like state, the soldier told the medical staff and investigating officers that he had seen "strange lights" behind the trees, and upon investigation, was faced with a large object shaped like a "luminous sphere." Believing that the object could be the spearhead of a U.S. invasion force, the soldier fired at it, and could remember little else.

Additional Information

Anyone interested in viewing the documentary can do so at: https://youtu.be/d4pJpcaCvFg
We would like to extend our thanks to the creators of this unique and extremely valuable tool for understanding the case histories of a society which has been largely closed off from the world for a number of decades.

Full credits:
OVNIS ¿en Cuba?. Documentary. 1997. (55:45min)
Directed and Produced by: Octavio Cortazar, Armando Linares and Hugo Parrado Frances.
Editing: Héctor Falagán De Cabo.
3D Animation and Music: Miguel Coyula.
Titles: Richard Molina.
Special Assistance From: Laritza Ayupova, Lilly, Yamila Garzón.
TV Universitaria - AD HOC Video.
Havana, 1997.

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15 ene 2016

Climate Researcher Declares Normal Weather in the U.K. to be a Thing of the Past

In response to record-breaking warm, wet weather in Britain, professor Myles Allen of the Climate Research Programme at University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute, has declared normal weather to be a thing of the past.

Speaking in an interview with BBC's Radio 4, Allen responded: “You asked 'is this the new normal', well as I stressed, normal weather, unchanged over generations, is now a thing of the past. And if we’re building buildings and building infrastructure, we’re going to have to use climate simulations to work out what the weather will be like that that infrastructure will have to tolerate in 50 years’ time.”

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David Bowie, Close Encounters and Star Magic

January 22, 2016
Long time UFO investigator Timothy Beckley met David Bowie and discussed his UFO experiences with him. Here, Whitley Strieber taps those memories to explore and honor the life of the most magical rock and roll artist of all time. Of course, being that Whitley is involved and Timothy has direct knowledge of David's experiences, this conversation will be the most extraordinary one you will hear about David, rock and roll, magic dark and light and the visitors. Whitley has always been deeply grateful to David for appearing in his second movie, the Hunger, and honors him now with this journey into the wonder that he brought to this world. He truly was the man who fell to earth. May his journey home be filled with joy and new discovery!
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Nueva vía para la fabricación de sensores con materiales de cobre

Investigadores de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid y otros centros españoles han creado unos polímeros con capacidad para responder a ciertos estímulos, como la presencia de explosivos o gases tóxicos, por lo que podrían tener aplicación en la fabricación de sensores. La novedad es que utilizan cobre, en lugar de otros metales más caros, como la plata y el platino que se emplean hasta ahora.
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Cómo seguir la ‘caza’ de un planeta en directo

Esta semana se ha lanzado Pale Red Dot (Pálido Punto Rojo), una iniciativa internacional de divulgación que permitirá seguir la búsqueda de un planeta parecido a la Tierra en torno a la estrella más cercana a nosotros, Próxima Centauri. El Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía colabora en esta iniciativa desde España.
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Vientos de rayos X dificultan la creación de nuevas estrellas en una galaxia

El satélite XMM-Newton de la Agencia Espacial Europea ha encontrado, por primera vez, un viento de gas de alta velocidad que fluye desde el núcleo brillante de una galaxia muy parecida a la Vía Láctea. Este viento es bastante inusual, por estar compuesto fundamentalmente por oxígeno, y podría estar reduciendo la capacidad de la galaxia para producir nuevas estrellas. 
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Humanoids in Cuba

Source: Planeta UFO
Date: 01.14.2016

Humanoids in Cuba
By Orestes Girbau

[A keynote speech to the Steering Committee of the A.C.U. at the headquarters of the Cuban Meteorology Society in Havana, Cuba, 14 November 1998]

Who are they? Where are they from? What is the reason for their visits?

These questions are a clear source of concern for late 20th century humankind, as well as a fascinating opportunity for human development, when it comes to facing facts that are as enigmatic as they are undeniable, and whose consideration is, without question, a matter of worldwide importance.
Who has not felt uncertainty or curiosity when mention is made of them on the radio, or when reading about them in specialized publications that promote the awareness of close encounters of the third kind?

These controversial entities are a matter of serious debate, and are properly documented throughout the history of UFOs.

In order to better organize the answer to the first question, please allow me to classify them, first of all, according to the analysis resulting from the experience.

Everything suggests that aliens having considerable interest in us.

These forms - to give them a name - fall into 4 main groupings with subdivisions:

1. Humanoids
2. Beastly types
3. Paraphysical entities
4. Androids (Programed or Controlled

Swiss expert Erich Zurcher conducted a statistical-comparative analysis of our visitors based on height parameters, sampling 164 French cases.
a. Up to 1.60 meters tall in 64% of cases.
b. Between 1.60 meters and 2 meters in 24% of cases.
c. Over 2 meters tall in 12% of cases.

Drawing a disproportionate analogy with five (5) forgotten close encounters in Cuba that occurred in the 1992-97 period, we find the following result:
a. Up to 1.60 meters tall in 40% of the cases.
b. Between 1.60 meters and 2 meters tall in 20% of cases.
c. Over 2 meters tall in 40% of cases.

We can see from this that the proportion of entities of intermediate stature remains coherent.

Possible aliens involved in surreptitious visits to our territory have been seen collecting plant specimens and leaving ground imprints that give away their incursions, enough to confirm any presence of the UFO phenomenon (CE-2K). They have also seen wandering in unlikely places (such as cemeteries and forbidden areas) and finally, causing a commotion among peaceful residents from the air.

On July 17 1952, a UFO was photographed over the city of Matanzas, Cuba by citizen Guillermo Zincke, employing his camera and telescope. The negatives were immediately seized by the military.

Let us then discuss the hypothesis of the origin of these "apparent" astronauts backward, because they are doing nothing more than imitating our own unquestionable aims during moon landings or other space launches since 1957.

A very fashionable but somewhat antique hypothesis has been put forth by scientists of the stature of Jacques Vallée, who appears to be convinced of the extra-dimensionality of the level in which these mysterious creatures operate, capable of controlling us by telepathy, abduct us and penetrate bedrooms while we dream. If the truth be told, Harold Goodwin, an adviser for the U.S. National Security Research Council, had already written in 1955: "It has also been suggested that flying saucers are a three-dimensional manifestation of something that comes from a parallel or multi-dimensional world existing alongside us."

Another crucial element is the arrival of galactic and intergalactic little men, an alternative made possible by hyperspatial flight, accelerated technological development and a biological capacity for survival. Would these societies, evolved in all ways, be willing to have dealings with us? Could we understand them?

Many convergent lines of thought have emerged, setting forth logical propositions that involve spatial races within the confines of our solar system, whether by selectivity or other evaluations of the phenomenon. Official science, always highly conservative, would rather not speculate about space platforms, the hypothetical planet Phaeton - disintegrated between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, the infamous 12th planet with its unique elliptical orbit, the oft-spoken of planet Clarion, a world located beyond Pluto. Newcomers might hail from there, as the planet is impossible to see and would have the same size and mass as Earth, with the Sun always standing between both worlds. As our own planet increases or decreases speed, Clarion does the same.

Elsewhere, allusions are made to justify the poor relations between Extraterrestrial Biological Entities (EBEs) with Earthmen due to the pollution of our current atmosphere. Offworlders would conceal themselves in areas that contemporary man would find to reach, such as the ocean floor and inaccessible areas of the Lithosphere.

In any case, these ancient fellow travelers are caused us to reassess notions of our own origins and destiny. Cloning, electronic experiments involving animals and the recent history of the Cro-Magnon Man, with his evolutionary leap in brain capacity, should give us instructive possibility for answers.

If our Visitors are not Earthmen from the future, they could be linked to the dark history of some forgotten civilization, constituting an area of research within the new discipline known as Paleo-Astronautics.

Finally, what do they seek in the third blue planet? The answer is attractive, from a philosophical perspective, and has academic and ufological nuances. Perhaps they need us in ways we cannot imagine, and without meaning to do so, have kept them on tenterhooks with our lack of harmony and the deterioration of our environment.

Gathering leaves, stems and leaving a few meters of land in an awful condition, snooping around their intellectually younger brothers, subtly displaying their technological prowess, do not seem to be the only goals set by these beings. We must therefore infer (within our own mental parameters) that they are morally, ethically and spiritually superior. They are simply observing us constantly, hoping that we will understand the futility of our own lack of understanding. In the meantime, they experiment upon us with luminous beams, electromagnetic, gravitational and extra-sensory systems. Sexual relations also form part of their agendas.

It could be that human skin and our metabolism as a whole, along with our flora and fauna, minerals, the smiles of lovely Earthwomen, the causes behind feelings and tears, pain and happiness, in other words, are of interest to them. Perhaps they can see in this world of ours, on which we are burdened by its extreme conditions, a way of recovering aspects that they left behind millennia ago in the rising tide of their natural psychobiological development. Perhaps they regret having experimented excessively upon themselves; although this gives a clear (and positive) message that they were able to survive nuclear, ecological and genetic Armageddon.

The growing and "infringing" presence of these Vistors and ancient unknown characters on the premises of the Cuban archipelago pose a challenge to our understanding, and a thinly-veiled message to those who only think about Western sensationalism, mass hysteria (ironically assisted by radar, photo cameras and videos), and the wayward planet Venus, the scapegoat for myriad disinformers.

"Absurd" or aberrant experiences on the one hand, and the mystical bent of others (abductees, mystics), joined with the extrasensory powers of these entities and conveyed to some humans, according to thousands of eyewitness accounts worldwide, allow us to conclude that official researchers and ufologists alike are perplexed, finding themselves in a blind alley. Time will prove us right in the end, given the concern over this subject in many sectors.

Finally, will Science be able to give us an answer?

If Science would only trust and work more closely with genuine ufologists (whether orthodox or not) all over the world, the answer would probably be less uncertain and much more original, aiming toward a public opinion that will worthy of its trust.

Works consulted:

- Author's own files.
- Almanaque Mundial (1996). “OVNIS Nuevas Revelaciones. Editorial Televisa.
- Los viajes por el espacio ante la Ciencia. Author: Harold Leland Goodwin. Editorial Diana. 1955. Mexico
- The UFO CASEBOOK. Capitan Kevin D. Randle, Warner Books 1989 (USA).
- El Viaje Interrumpido. John G. Fuller.Edit.Plaza Janés 1968 (Spain).
- Time Magazine, June 23 1997. USA.
- Revista UFO Nov-Dec 1995. (Italy).
- We ae not the first .Andrew Tomas. P. Janés (Spain) 1973.

[Translation (c) Scott Corrales, Institute of Hispanic Ufology, with thanks to Guillermo Giménez, Planeta UFO and Orestes Girbau]

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14 ene 2016

Hurricane Seasons in both the Atlantic and Pacific get a Rare January Start

In an unprecedented event, two hurricanes have formed at the same time in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans in the month of January, with the Pacific storm, breaking a record as such, and also exhibiting an unusual proximity to the equator. This is also the first time on record that off-season hurricanes have formed in both the Atlantic and Pacific in the same year; to have both form in the same month adds to the extreme unusuality of the event.

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La supernova más brillante de la historia

La explosión estelar o supernova ASASSN-15lh, que estalló a 3.800 millones de años luz de la Tierra, ha pulverizado el récord de luminosidad observado hasta ahora en este tipo de objetos. Durante su pico de intensidad llegó a brillar 570.000 millones de veces más que el Sol. Se desconoce qué misteriosa fuente de energía es capaz de desencadenar una explosión tan colosal.
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UFO or Bird?

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Two astrophotographers found this image on their dashcam while driving in Australia. Our experts are unsure about what it is, but the consensus seems to be that it's not a fast moving insect. If it is not an unknown, then it must be a bird. We have not been able to find any type of nightbird that would fly at high speed in a straight line like this in Australia, and at such high speed. But if any of our Australian readers know different, we would be interested to hear from you. Please comment below.

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Authentic UFO Video from Canada

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This video doesn't offer much visual information, but the witness description of what he was seeing is very precise: he was seeing a bright, diamond shaped object that appeared to be large. It was emitting a glow. He describes it as being above the water. There are no oil rigs in the area and it was not a light on a ship. He shone a flashlight at it without apparent response, but a moment later said "it's putting on quite a show." Shortly thereafter another light appeared above it. So perhaps his flashlight was indeed noticed. He described the shape as like a "spin top," and observed one object descend slowly toward the water.

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Desarrollan un sensor selectivo para creatinina en muestras biológicas

Investigadores del Instituto Catalán de Investigación Química y la Universidad Rovira i Virgili han desarrollado el primer sensor capaz de determinar de forma directa los niveles de creatinina –un producto corporal de deshecho– en fluidos biológicos como la orina o el plasma, de una manera exacta, rápida, simple y económica. Un nivel anormal de creatinina puede ser indicativo de un mal funcionamiento de los riñones.
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13 ene 2016

Visitors: a Buddhist Perspective

Wednesday January 13, 2016
People with different religions and different cultural backgrounds have very different experiences of the close encounter phenomenon. This week we talk Visitors and Buddhism with a Buddhist experiencer. We also get a sense of what the experience is like and how such topics are treated overseas where the "gray alien" isn't as prevalent. This uniquely interesting material is practically unknown in the western UFO community, but it is very provocative and revealing.

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North Korea Claims to have Successfully Tested an H-Bomb -- But Did They?

On January 6, 2016, officials from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea announced that they had successfully tested their first hydrogen fusion bomb in an underground detonation, in North Hamgyong Province. North Korea's media claimed that this new weapon would be used as a self-defense measure against a U.S.-backed invasion, but experts are skeptical that the DRPK's new weapon actually exists.

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Nueva tecnología más efectiva y barata para regenerar aguas residuales

Investigadores de la Universidad de Almería han aplicado un método innovador al tratamiento final de las aguas residuales urbanas. Se trata del uso de un tanque o reactor para mejorar la capacidad de eliminación de contaminantes, lo que permite trabajar con más volumen de agua, reducir costes y dañar menos el medio ambiente.
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Expectación en la física por el posible hallazgo de ondas gravitacionales

Hace un siglo Einstein predijo la existencia de ondas gravitacionales, ondulaciones en el espacio-tiempo producidas por cuerpos muy masivos acelerados, como agujeros negros, supernovas y estrellas de neutrones. Los científicos llevan más de 50 años tratando de detectarlas, y ahora el observatorio LIGO de EE UU lo podría haber conseguido. Así lo sugieren los últimos tuits del físico teórico Lawrance M. Krauss, aunque los responsables del experimento insisten en que, de momento, se trata solo de un rumor.
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12 ene 2016

NASA Forecasts that the Worst of 2015-2016's El Niño is Yet to Come

 The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has released their prediction that the El Niño cycle currently being experienced in the Pacific Ocean will have it's greatest impact on the United States early in 2016.

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11 ene 2016

Researcher says Gravity can be Manipulated, using Contemporary Technology

Of the four fundamental forces known to science in our culture, there are only three that can be manipulated: electromagnetic, strong nuclear, and weak nuclear. Eluding our grasp thus far is the ever-important force of gravity, forcing us to expend large amounts of energy to leave the planet's surface. However, a revolutionary proposal has been made that may change that situation.

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Un nuevo método evalua la conservación del patrimonio arqueológico en Persépolis

Investigadores del laboratorio ArchaeChemis de la Universidad de Valencia han desarrollado una técnica no destructiva para identificar, in situ y de forma rápida, diversos compuestos sobre los monumentos para conocer el impacto de los agentes ambientales. El método se ha aplicado con éxito sobre piezas del palacio del rey Darío en Persépolis, la antigua capital del imperio persa, actualmente en Irán.  
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Awakening Part 1: Where to Begin?

In this beautiful and inspiring narrative, Whitley and Anne Strieber begin a series on awakening to the worlds of both the living and the dead. The series will continue over the course of the year. In this episode, a song by the choral group Cantus, "Wanting Memories" is discussed, as Anne Strieber brought it to Whitley's attention on Saturday evening (January 9, 2016) in an extraordinary way.

What is "awakening," and why is it different from our normal state of consciousness, and why is it so very important that we try to do it? There is an approach to those questions here that you will not find elsewhere. Don't miss this wonderful new series just for Unknowncountry subscribers!

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8 ene 2016

Welcome to a New Epoch: The Anthropocene

A international group of scientists have proposed that humankind's impact on the planet has been profound enough, with enough manmade materials deposited in the geological record, to re-define our current era as one shaped by humanity. The proposed name for this new epoch is "the Anthropocene".

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Strangeness, Danger and Wonder: Close Encounter Update

January 15, 2016
Ever heard of the mantis factor? More than one close encounter witness has come face to face with these extremely strange, enormous apparitions. But what do they mean? What is their message? What ARE they? Linda Moulton Howe and Whitley Strieber take you down a road to some very unexpected discoveries, including a haunting one about the future.

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Cómo observar un agujero negro con un telescopio de aficionado

Con un telescopio sencillo de 20 centímetros de diámetro se pueden detectar los cambios de luz que producen algunos agujeros negros cuando, de vez en cuando, emiten enormes cantidades de energía. Lo ha demostrado un equipo internacional de astrofísicos al observar V404 Cygni, un sistema binario de estrella y agujero negro que ‘despertó’ el año pasado en la constelación del Cisne.
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7 ene 2016

Greenland Ice Sheet is Forming Massive Meltwater Rivers

A new study has discovered what is behind a new phenomenon that is being seen on the Greenland ice sheet in recent years, due to it's accelerated melting: the formation of large rivers of fresh meltwater flowing on the ice sheet's surface.

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