21 nov. 2017

8,000 Year-Old Petroglyph might be the World's Oldest Image of Hunting Dogs, complete with Leashes

Researchers have found what may be the earliest depiction of dogs hunting alongside a human companion in Saudi Arabia, in a sandstone carving believed to be more than 8,000 years old. The human is armed with a bow and arrow, accompanied by thirteen dogs, including two that appear to be tethered to their biped counterpart by what the researchers believe are leashes -- possibly the oldest record of the use of such a restraining device by humans.

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20 nov. 2017

MultiDark-Galaxies: un universo virtual de acceso libre

Un equipo internacional de astrónomos liderado desde la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) y el Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía ha creado un modelo teórico que permite recrear, de manera amplia y detallada, la formación y evolución del universo. El trabajo proporciona un banco de pruebas sin precedentes para las nuevas teorías sobre el cosmos.
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18 nov. 2017

El coche de von Ardenne (1961): Seguro, panorámico y ¡raro de narices!

Antes de entrar en la miga del asunto, cómo no, convendrá recordar muy brevemente quién fue Manfred von Ardenne, el inventor del extraño bicho sobre ruedas que nos visita hoy (próximamente publicaré una reseña biográfica sobre su figura, pero vayan por adelantado estas letras para ir descubriendo al personaje). Manfred dejó este mundo en 1997, cuando había cumplido nueve décadas de vida. Científico genial donde los haya, hoy es apenas recordado porque, por decirlo suavemente, estuvo trabajando del lado de los malos de la película. Por una parte, parte de su trabajo se desarrolló bajo el régimen nazi, con todo lo que ello conlleva y, posteriormente, estuvo bajo la esfera de influencia de la Unión Soviética (trabajó en su programa nuclear). Todo un antihéroe, si se quiere ver así. Pero eso no le resta genialidad (además, siempre afirmó mantenerse alejando de la política y no se afilió a ningún partido, pero eso no quita que terminara salpicado. De haber trabajado en el programa nuclear norteamericano, y no soviético, la cosa sería muy diferente… ya se sabe cómo son estas cosas). Manfred von Ardenne, físico, inventor y empresario alemán, no estuvo quieto ni un solo día. No es raro que, así, lograra cerca de 600 patentes y que fuera pionero de la tecnología nuclear, uno de los padres de la televisión, de las telecomunicaciones, de nuevas tecnologías médicas, la microscopía electrónica, el estudio del plasma… Además de su actividad científica convencional, y en cierto modo de la misma forma en la que trabajaba otro genio como fue Buckminster Fuller, también dedicó mucho tiempo a soñar con el futuro. Por eso, he traído aquí hoy una de sus más “locas” invenciones, que se adelantó a su tiempo en lo que se refiere a la seguridad en la circulación.

El automóvil seguro de von Ardenne. Fuente: Radio Electronics 1961.

Allá por 1961 Manfred von Ardenne presentó su coche seguro para el futuro. Se trataba de un coche muy extraño y que llamó la atención de su época, pero poco más, porque nunca se construyó en serie y no pasó de algunos estudios técnicos. Pero era audaz, sin ninguna duda. Veamos, el automóvil de Manfred hubiera dispuesto de:

  • Estructura reforzada con polímeros y espumas, recordando lejanamente a los airbag (nuestro protagonista había patentado ya diversos tipos de elementos de seguridad para automoción, como un tipo de cinturón de seguridad mejorado).
  • Para mejorar la seguridad todavía más, llevaría un “retén” de polímero, como un gran bloque en su parte delantera. Eso obligaba a que los pasajeros estuvieran sentados mirando al contrario del sentido de la marcha. Sí, ibas sentado al revés. Y, para conducirlo, uno debía servirse de grandes pantallas panorámicas alimentadas por cámaras y sensores, todo ello auxiliado por radares contra colisiones.
  • El inventor quería así asegurar la seguridad completa en caso de impacto frontal. La parte delantera del coche podría aguantar sin problemas los impactos gracias al gran bloque de polímero.
  • Si las cámaras, que llevarían incluso filtros infrarrojos para conducción bajo condiciones de niebla, llegaban a fallar, el coche disponía de un periscopio de emergencia para detener el vehículo.
  • Tal y como el propio Manfred explicaba en 1961 en las páginas de la revista Radio-Electronics magazine, el lograr una solución como esa era cosa de ingenieros electrónicos, como él, que llevaba décadas trabajando en el desarrollo de la televisión. ¿Qué mejor que blindar el frontal de los coches y circular disfrutando de una pantalla panorámica?

Ciertamente, era un diseño extravagante que no tenía recorrido, pero no por ello deja de llamar la atención, precisamente ahora cuando los vehículos nuevos llegan cargados de elementos de seguridad con todo tipo de sensores, cámaras y medios contra colisión, que tanto hubieran encantado al inventor alemán.

El coche de von Ardenne (1961): Seguro, panorámico y ¡raro de narices! apareció originalmente en Tecnología Obsoleta, 18 noviembre 2017.


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17 nov. 2017

Former Facebook Prez on the Dangers of Social Media: 'God only knows what it's doing to our children's brains'

The profound impact of the technology of social networking on our culture, especially social media juggernaut Facebook, is a phenomenon that is unique in human history, allowing friends, loved ones, and even complete strangers to connect from disparate corners of the interweb. Conversely, it has also been used to spread disinformation, such as in the case of Russian hackers meddling in the 2016 US presidential election, and for many it has also become the object of addictive behavior.

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The Punta Cuevas UFO - A "Repeater"?

Luis Burgos from ICOU/FAO shares some intriguing photographs with us. Was the Punta Cuevas UFO seen on two earlier occasions (Las Grutas, January '75) and Caleta Olivia (1974)? That would place it among the elite category of "repeaters" in the history of UFO study, which includes the McMinnville UFO, which had also been reported during a French saucer wave.



Readers interested in the fascinating subject of repeaters are invited to check out Timothy Green Beckley's The UFO Repeaters - Seeing is Believing over at Amazon.com.
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The Ozone Hole is (Finally) Shrinking

The infamous hole in Earth's ozone layer has shrunk down to 7.6 million square miles wide (12,200,000 square kilometers), the smallest the gap has been since 1988. This healing of Earth's main shield against ultraviolet radiation is due largely to efforts initiated in the mid-1980s, when the use of ozone-harming CFCs was phased out. Not only is this positive news in regards to our atmosphere's ability to filter out harmful UV radiation, it also stands as an example of how humanity can make a positive, large-scale impact when efforts to reduce ecological harm are required, such as in the case of our need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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16 nov. 2017

The Mystery of the White Spirit Animals

November 17, 2017
You've heard about the White Buffalo and maybe other white spirit animals. But what are they and what do they mean? Today, Zohara Hieronimous explains them to us. Learn about not only the White Buffalo but also the White Bear, the White Lion, the White Wolf and others. What does it mean for the future that so many animal species are now going extinct?

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El Sónar envía 33 canciones a un exoplaneta potencialmente habitable

El festival Sónar, que aúna música e innovación tecnológica a través de su propuesta Sónar+D, ha querido celebrar su 25 aniversario con una llamada a la inteligencia extraterrestre. En colaboración con el Instituto de Estudios Espaciales de Cataluña y la Asociación Científica Europea de Radares de Dispersión Incoherente ha decidido lanzar un mensaje –que incluye 33 piezas de música creadas por artistas afines al festival– a un exoplaneta que gira entorno a la Estrella de Luyten.
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Envían 33 canciones a un exoplaneta cercano potencialmente habitable

El festival Sónar, que aúna música e innovación tecnológica a través de su propuesta Sónar+D, ha querido celebrar su 25 aniversario con una llamada a la inteligencia extraterrestre. En colaboración con el Instituto de Estudios Espaciales de Cataluña y la Asociación Científica Europea de Radares de Dispersión Incoherente ha decidido lanzar un mensaje –que incluye 33 piezas de música creadas por artistas afines al festival– a un exoplaneta que gira entorno a la Estrella de Luyten.
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El mundo templado más cercano alrededor de una estrella tranquila

El cazador de planetas HARPS del Observatorio Europeo Austral (ESO) ha descubierto el planeta Ross 128 b, del tamaño de la Tierra, a tan solo 11 años luz del sistema solar. Se trata del segundo planeta templado más cercano tras Próxima b. También es el más próximo hallado que orbita alrededor de una estrella enana roja inactiva, lo que aumenta las probabilidades albergar vida.
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"We Are You And You Are Us."

Wednesday November 15, 2017
"Melanie" is one of those experiencers with clear, vivid memories of a range of high strangeness and spiritual experiences. And thanks to her unprompted honesty about what else was going on in her life as these experiences were unfolding, we may actually glean a clue as to the nature of abductions.
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15 nov. 2017

Researchers Save a Child's Life with Genetically-Modified, Lab-Grown Skin

Medical researchers have saved the life of a seven-year-old boy by growing genetically-modified replacement skin for him. The young German boy suffered from a deadly congenital condition called epidermolysis bullosa, a condition that cases the sufferer's skin to tear and blister, as if it had been burned. The procedure not only saved his life, but he's now able to participate in sports with his classmates.

By 2015 the patient had been admitted to the burns unit at Bochum Children's Hospital in Germany: at that point, two-thirds of his skin was either was either badly damaged or outright missing, and traditional treatments failed to yield results, including skin grafts from a donor.

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Argentina: As Seen On the X-Files



Source: luisburgosovni.blogspot.ar
Date: November 15, 2017


Argentina: As Seen on the X-Files

The Only Argentinean Photo Featured on The X-Files
By Luis Burgos (FAO-ICOU)

In 1971, Americo Lumelli, grandfather of our friend and colleague Luciano Mazzoni, opened the "El OVNI" bar in Venado Tuerto (Santa Fe), whose name made it an obligatory port of call for our entire team. It didn't take long to become famous in the national UFO circuit and even more so because Americo formed part of the CIC group (Centro de Investigaciones Cosmobiofisicas) in that community. The bar remained in business until his death in 1998. You can imagine all the subjects that were discussed there on the subject that has concerned us in 27 years of public research.

But far away and many years later, another bar with a similar name caught the attention of Argentinean researchers. In fact, the second episode of the first season of THE X-FILES featured a scene within a bar shows a UFO photo taken in Argentina - the ONLY one that appeared in the groundbreaking TV series: a shot of the Punta Cuevas saucer.

Punta Cuevas is a rocky formation with a thin strip of beach washed by the blue waters of Golfo Nuevo and located only a few kilometers from the downtown area of the lovely city of Puerto Madryn, the gateway to the Valdes Peninsula in Chubut Province. It is known as the "the landing site", as the vessel "Mimosa" arrived there in 1865 bearing 153 Welsh settlers who founded the regional communities. In fact, the Museo del Desembarco, located above the local caves, displays everything regarding this event and flies the white and blue flag, but with a red dragon in its middle - a device that flew over those shores at the time.

In late 1975, a resident of Trelew who chose to remain anonymous submitted a photo - allegedly taken in the Punta Cuevas sector - to Cuarta Dimension magazine. According to the account furnished by R.E.S. (the person's initials), he witnessed the maneuvers of a metallic object for over a minute at 15:20 hours on 18 February 1975. The object reflected the sun's light and headed eastward to the sea without making a noise. The camera employed was a Practika Pentacon using Kodak slide color film, being the second image in a series of six. At the time, the photo was analyzed by Lic. Guillermo Roncoroni, a member of Fabio Zerpa's team, and classified as QUESTIONABLE due to the lack of information provided.

In the second chapter of the first season of THE X-FILES ("Deep Throat"), the plot takes place in a bar located near the enigmatic Ellens AFB in Idaho. Mulder and Scully try to find the location from which locals are reporting triangular UFOs. What better place to do so than "The Flying Saucer" bar, owned by a woman who had not only had experiences of her own, but also fed the expectations of anyone interested in saucer affairs. Behind the bar, and only for a few seconds, we catch a glimpse of several UFO photographs...and the PUNTA CUEVAS one is among them. Strange but true. Evidently, some producer secured material from different parts of the world and came across the image from Chubut.


Taking advantage of our extensive Patagonian sojourn during the 10th Federal ICOU Event in El Bolsón, held on October 27-28, 2017, we set out with the FAO delegation that accompanied us to revisit classic case locations as we traveled, as well as to secure testimony from the Patagonian witnesses themselves. All of this, and our typical nocturnal skywatches as well. All expectations were met, to our great fortune, and such was the case with Punta Cuevas, where we manage to stand - 42 years after the original incident - at the place where the only Argentinean photo shown on the X-FILES was taken.



The local geography has clearly changed over time, but the typical vegetation of the dunes remains. Standing in the same are, we were able to reconstruct how the incident must have taken place on that summer afternoon. The witness was at the beach, surely taking photos of the caves. When the UFO appeared, practically over his/her head, coming in from the West and heading out to sea, he or she began pressing the shutter, resulting in only the dune and the blue sky appearing, without any other point of reference. While the photo does not say much in of itself, the fact that it appeared on the TV series will keep it alive forever, at least as a remarkable ufological curiosity from Argentina. It would have truly been extraordinary, however, if Américo had featured the Punta Cuevas photo behind his bar in Venado Tuerto!

[Translation (c) 2017, S. Corrales, Institute of Hispanic Ufology]
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Think AI Weapons are No Biggie? This Video will Chill You Crosseyed!

Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking and others have been warning about the dangers of weaponizing artificial intelligence. Meanwhile, the Pentagon and the Russian and Chinese militaries are already in an AI weapons arms race. The Pentagon has promised that it won't release such weapons from human control, but whether or not they will learn to release themselves--or be programmed to under various circumstances--remains an unknown. Research projects in all three countries are deeply classified, but if one deploys autonomous intelligent weapons, then the others must do the same. The simple reason is that human control would then be too slow.

This video, created by BanAutonomousWeapons.org, reveals the danger of these devices.

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