Space Archaeology in Egypt: Uncovering Lost Pyramids and Modern-Day Looters
The increasing use of satellite imagery to analyze the surface of the Earth has opened the benefits of orbital imaging technology to fields of study that previously would not have been imagined. Formerly the purview of spy surveillance and meteorologists, satellite imaging is now helping archaeologists look for new places to explore in the landscape, searching for large-scale or subtle patterns that would otherwise have been invisible to a researcher on the ground.
Stories from a Life Part 2
Part two of Whitley's series, "Stories from a Life" covers past life memories up to and including his birth memory. In it there is a profoundly enlightening discussion of the meaning of ascension and the journey and fate of souls.
Next week: Early childhood.
The Internet's Defenses are being Probed by an Unknown Party -- Is Someone Planning on Shutting Down the Internet?
The Internet: a vast, planet-spanning network of fiber optic cable and computer servers, connecting untold billions of computer systems across the globe. One important aspect of the 'Net that tends to remain unseen for the majority of us is that the backbone of this massive network is handled by only a handful of multinational corporations, facilitating upper-tier net access for major providers around the world. If the network of any one of these companies were to fail, it would be disastrous for global communications, blocking access to millions of netizens and businesses. If more than one were to be disrupted at once, for instance in a coordinated cyberattack, the consequences would be catastrophic -- and it appears that someone is learning how to do just that.
An Ultra High Strangeness Childhood
Wednesday September 21, 2016
Continuing from last week, we continue to explore Brian's incredibly strange childhood. Then, he tells us a secret his father shared with him about the history of aviation and its advancements. A secret that he had the clearance to know and otherwise would have taken to his grave.
The Sugar Industry Financed Cardiac Health Research to Influence Public and Scientific Attitudes Toward Sugar
A new study has revealed that in the 1950s and 1960s, the sugar industry funded research that downplayed sugar's role in causing coronary heart disease, and instead shifted the focus onto dietary fat and cholesterol intake as the cause of CHD.
The study, conducted at Harvard University using publicly-available documents, found that, much like the influence that big tobacco had on scientific studies regarding the health effects of cigarettes, the Sugar Research Foundation (today called the Sugar Association) conducted a campaign in 1964 aimed at addressing negative public perception regarding sugar, in response to emerging medical research that implicated sugar's role in promoting coronary heart disease (CHD).
Facing an 8 Month Journey to Mars? Just Sleep the Trip Away!
Part of the problem of long-distance manned space voyages is that of the amount of consumables that would need to accompany the astronauts on their journey would add a significant amount of mass to the ship spacecraft, requiring more fuel for the trip to haul the extra food, water, etc., with that fuel adding yet even more weight to the craft -- needless to say, sending humans to another planet would be a resource-expensive endeavor. One solution often used in science fiction is to place the space travelers into suspended animation, typically in a state of biological suspension akin to a deep sleep.
Arctic Ice at 2nd Lowest Level on Record, Allowing Clear Navigation to the North Pole
Despite a cool, cloudy summer, the ice levels in the Arctic have shrunk enough to tie with the second-lowest Arctic sea ice minimum, recorded in 2007. "Historically such weather conditions slow down the summer ice loss, but we still got down to essentially a tie for second lowest on the satellite record," reports US National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) director Mark Serreze.
That Incredible New Nessie Picture: Out There Thinks It could be Real
A recent photograph of something in Loch Ness that appears to have a head, a hump and a tail has generally dismissed as seals at play. And indeed, the head on the right bears some resemblance to the head of a seal. The problem is that seals are not indigenous to Loch Ness because the waters are too murky for them to navigate. If the photograph was indeed taken at Loch Ness, there is a genuine chance that this is an unknown animal. To read the witness's description of the event, click here.
To read an analysis of the Loch Ness fauna, click here