Weekender: The Science of Awe
Our inner emotions are very powerful, and it is becoming more widely accepted by science that they can have profound and measurable physiological effects.
Stress is known to have negative effects on the body, but what about more positive emotions, such as happiness, joy and awe?
Can feeling deeply moving sentiments change our bodies, our minds, maybe even our souls?
Mysterious Fires Return to Italian Town
Mysterious electrical fires have returned to Canneto di Caronia in Sicily according to a report in a British Newspaper. This report was picked up by Open Minds, which confirmed it with Italian UFO investigator Paola Harris. The fires and associated phenomena were first reported in the community in 2004, and were extensively investigated by officials. In 2007, the Italian government issued a report stating that the fires were caused by a powerful electromagnetic field of unknown origin, and specifically stated that 'aliens' might be involved. Unknowncountry.com reported on this phenomenon extensively beginning in 2004. To read these reports, click here.
Close Encounters of the Intimate Kind
Whitley Strieber and Yvonne Smith are two of the world's best informed people when it comes to close encounters and alien abductions, and Yvonne, with her many years of therapeutic experience, understands its strangeness, ambiguity and threatening nature deeply. Here they discuss the intimate reality of the experience as you have never heard it discussed before. Then they go on to explore some of the bizarre and provocative reasons that the Coronado abductions took place while President Bill Clinton--who was highly interested, behind the scenes, in the UFO phenomenon--was on Coronado Island.
The Coronado Incident: the President, the Secret Service and Alien Abductions
One of the very rare instances of mass abduction known took place at a UFO conference at the Coronado Hotel. Researcher Yvonne Smith has spent 19 years putting together the details of this amazing story. The corresponding details of multiple-witness memories are startling. As startling--at least--is the fact that the President of the United States was present on Coronado Island while the abductions were taking place.
Yvonne Smith's website is CeroInternational.com
You can get the Coronado Incident wherever books are sold.
Drinking Soda Can Cause Premature Aging
It is well-documented that, due to their high sugar content, regular consumption of soft drinks has been linked to the development of various health problems including diabetes, heart disease and obesity.
A new study has suggested that their negative physiological effects may be even more far-reaching, however, concluding that even consuming just one soda per day can cause premature aging.
The study identified that sodas affect telomeres, the protective caps found on the ends of our chromosomes, by increasing the rate at which they decrease in size. This happens naturally as we get older, but drinking sugary sodas hastens the process significantly.
Sun Unleashes X-Class Flare, And More Could Be On The Way
The sun's solar flare activity appears to be hotting up: a massive X-Class solar flare erupted early on Sunday (Oct. 19) from a huge sunspot, and astronomers fear that this could just be the beginning of a spate of sizeable flares.
Solar flares are explosions of energetic radiation that can have potentially devastating effects on our communication systems, causing radio blackouts and affecting satellite measurements. Flares are categorised into three types, with grade C being the least powerful, grade M a medium-level flare, and grade X being the most powerful of all. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) spacecraft captured images of the latest huge flare which was classified as a formidable X1.1.
What Poses The Greatest Threat To Humanity In The 21st Century?
A poll led by the Pew Global Attitudes Project has canvassed more than 48,000 people from all different cultures, religions and nationalities to discover what they believe to be the greatest current threats facing humanity in the 21st century.
People from 44 different countries were given a list of potential threats and asked to name which of these constituted their greatest fears for the human race, answering the question:
"Which one of these poses the greatest threat to the world?"
San Francisco: Next Big Quake Could Be Imminent
As San Francisco commemorates the 25th anniversary of its last serious quake this week, a new report has warned that the city could once again be sitting on top of a ticking seismic time bomb.
Scientists tracking the movements of four highly stressed seismic faults that form part of the Bay Area’s densely populated San Andreas system have discovered worrying surface mobility which suggests that they could burst forth in a major quake at any time.
The "War On Consciousness:" Ethical Measures or Suppression of Free Speech?
There can be no doubt that the variety of information available on the internet is incredibly wide and varied, and limited only by the imagination of its users. As with all aspects of life, this diversity of subject matter encompasses all extremes, from the lightest and most positive to the darkest and most vile of pursuits, and all shades of grey in between.