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Private Space

Are you one of those waiting for the day when space travel is no longer reserved for highly trained astronauts? Well, wait no longer.  2012 may go down in history as the year private industry takes over the race to space—at least America’s part. For a price, individuals can take day trips to space, overnight visits to a space station, book a space hotel—even one near the moon—and if one has the desire for romance, it could soon be possible to get married in space…

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The Bloody Politics of Archaeology

The past is the past, and perhaps it is a truism that we can never know the past with absolute certainty. However it does not follow that the past should be manipulated or mythologized for present social, personal, and political agendas—yet that is what all too often happens, sometimes very purposefully and consciously, other times inadvertently. Often we fall into the trap of seeing what we want to see, seeing that which suits our current purposes. It occurs among laypeople, political leaders, archaeologists, and historians….

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The Cranial Deformation Mystery

Many of you may remember the old Saturday Night Live routine with Dan Akroyd and gang as the strange family of “Coneheads” (later made into a feature movie). This bizarre family of comical weirdos had long, bald heads that were about twice as long as a normal human head—heads that came to a sharp point at the top, hence the name “coneheads.” As funny and strange as this may appear, such “coneheads” did, and do, exist! In fact, the remains of “coneheads” of various shapes…

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The Morality of Materialism

Anyone who doubts the persistence of old-fashioned, reductionist materialism at the heart of politically correct thinking these days, need look no further than a new paper published in the February issue of the American Sociological Review. “A Theory of the Self for the Sociology of Morality” is presented by Jan E. Stets and Michael J. Carter, a pair of West Coast professors from the University of California, Riverside, and California State University, Northridge, respectively. Convinced that life is really nothing more than chemical reactions brought…

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Ancient Breeding Arts

Ferocious to Fido Even by the high standards of my favorite magazine (Atlantis Rising), Stephen Robbins’ “From Ferocious to Friend Fido” (AR #92) was outstanding. This is a topic that needs careful thought and study. Mr. Robbins points out what should have been obvious to all of us but wasn’t: there is no way Neolithic human beings, supposedly with a low level of technology, could have bred or somehow engineered the many varieties of domestic plants and animals that are the foundation of our present…

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News

Ice Ages Brought About by Earth’s Tilt Could the greatest cause of climate change be, not human activity as we have been led to believe, but, in fact, the tilt of the Earth’s axis? The idea is not new, but now a respected Harvard Earth Sciences researcher says he has proven that it is true. If he is right, climate scientists everywhere may need to go back to their computers, inconvenient or not. Professor Peter Huybers has used state-of the-art computer models to prove that…

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Sun’s Lost Twin Thought to Be Sirius Some scholars, like author Walter Cruttenden (Lost Star of Myth and Time), have argued that the 26,000-year precession of the equinoxes (a.k.a., The Great Year)—which some, like the Hindu sage Sri Yukteswar, have said tracks the rise and fall of civilizations—indeed exists because our Sun is part of a binary star system. Most astronomers think precession, which tracks backward through the constellations of the zodiac at about 2000 years per sign, is caused by the slow wobble of…

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Eisenhower Met with Aliens, Says Former Government Consultant A former consultant to both the U.S. Congress and the Pentagon now says that President Eisenhower met with extraterrestrials in 1954. According to the British newspaper The Daily Mail, Timothy Good, a well-known author and lecturer, told the BBC that Eisenhower had three secret meetings with representatives from an alien world. The meetings were held at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. Good says telepathy between the president, FBI officials and the aliens was used to…

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Has the Hubble Telescope Validated the Dead Sea Scrolls? The Dead Sea Scrolls are corroborated by the Hubble Space Telescope, claims researcher J. Paul Hutchins. In his forthcoming book, Hubble Reveals Creation by an Awe-Inspiring Power, Hutchins argues that a passage in an ancient copy of the book of Isaiah included among the Scrolls found in the caves at Qumran reveals knowledge of interstellar forces far beyond that conventionally associated with the people of that place and time. The key passage is Isaiah 40:25-26: “To…

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iNews:

• Asteroid Threatens Earth in 2013 NASA says a 60-meter asteroid, spotted by Spanish stargazers in February, will whistle by Earth next March, bringing it within a hair’s breadth of our planet, and raising fears of a possible collision. http://rt.com/news/paint-asteroid-earth-nasa-767/ • US Military Seeks Sixth Sense Training Ordinary soldiers have sometimes shown a battlefield sixth sense that has saved lives in Afghanistan and Iraq. Now the U.S. military wants to better understand that “spidey sense” and train troops to tap their inner superhero instincts. http://www.livescience.com/18850-military-sixth-sense-soldiers-intuition.html…

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From Whirlpools to Gyres: The Promise of Vortex Science

If you personify nature and think about what would be in Mother Nature’s toolbox, you’d see her favorite shape, the vortex. It’s a three-dimensional spiral and comes in various sizes from galactic down to the planetary scale—the helical trajectories of planets—and on down to microscopic vortices. It has other names such as gyre and helix. You see its spiraling imprint on seashells and fern fronds, pinecones and pineapples—and throughout our own bodies. Nature not only works with the vortex shape, nature plays with it. By…

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Doomsday Prospects for 2012

In January 2012, I was in South India giving lectures at technical institutes and universities in and around the city of Salem, in the state of Tamil Nadu. Some of the professors and students said they were surprised to see me. Usually, when Western researchers come to India, they speak only at the major scientific and educational institutions in the big cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and so forth. They almost never come to the smaller institutions in out-of-the-way places like Salem. Well, I…

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Searching for the Higgs

Recently there has been a lot of buzz in the scientific community about scientists working at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland who are zeroing in on the Higgs particle, a large theoretical particle that might be essential to our understanding of the universe. Scientists continue to crunch the data from previous experiments, and the results are still not clear. This is expected to be an exciting year in the world of experimental and theoretical physics. Proponents of various theories and beliefs are all commenting…

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Return of the Crystal Skulls

In 1996, a prominent Argentine anthropologist traveling through China acquired a most remarkable object. Carved from opaque crystal, it is the 6-pound representation of a human skull, 5 inches wide, 5.5 inches tall, and 7 inches long. A professor on the faculty at the Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, Dr. Gustavo A. Martínez was a world-class specialist in Neolithic cultures. Only his stellar academic credentials allowed him to purchase the quartz artwork and leave the self-styled Peoples Republic with it,…

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Dehumanizing

Viktor Frankl, a Holocaust survivor who endured the horrors of Auschwitz, astutely commented on the way that modern European thought had helped prepare the way for Nazi atrocities (and his own misery). He stated, “If we present a man with a concept of man which is not true, we may well corrupt him. When we present man as an automaton of reflexes, as a mind-machine, as a bundle of instincts, as a pawn of drives and reactions, as a mere product of instinct, heredity and…

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Dying Words

At the October 16, 2011, memorial service for Apple founder Steve Jobs, Mona Simpson, his sister, delivered a eulogy in which she told of her brother’s final words: “Oh Wow! Oh Wow! Oh Wow!” The initial reports did not include the exclamation points, but a believer might very well infer them. Simpson said that before her brother’s “embarking,” he had looked at his sister Patty, then at his children, then at his life’s partner, Laurene, then over their shoulders past them before uttering those curious…

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True Mars

Where is the Mars of our dreams, our imaginings—the dusty red planet laced by canals, and home of ancient civilizations? There is the Mars presented by NASA and JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory)—an almost airless, cratered world, utterly lifeless and resembling our own Moon. Then there is the actual Mars, the true Mars, which, as we shall see, is perhaps closer to our dreams than to the representations of NASA and JPL. Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun, half again as far out as…

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Washington, D.C. & Newgrange, Ireland

People have always felt a desire to be in contact with their Creator God. They looked toward the heavens and recognized cycles and numbers that were identical to numbers and laws associated with the creation of life here on Earth. For example the five-pointed star Venus traces during 13 revolutions around the Sun over eight Earth years—manifests the Fibonacci series of number 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55….  These came to be called “holy numbers” because they expressed the proportions of…

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The Threat to Tesla’s Legacy

It is possible that, soon, nothing physical will remain of the works of the greatest scientific genius of the twentieth century, Nikola Tesla. Why does the world care so little for the legacy of a man who did so much to our modern world? On Long Island, roughly 60 miles east of New York City, stands the bleak remains of Wardenclyffe Tower, one of the most ambitious projects ever attempted—or at least intended to provide a better future for Mankind—but which never materialized. Built between…

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Venus Kisses the Sun

“Willingly would I burn to death like Phaeton, were this the price for reaching the Sun and learning its shape, its size, and its distance.” —Eudoxus (370 BC)   In June 5, 2012, Venus will “kiss” the Sun. From Earth we will see the distant planet as a small black disk gliding slowly across the fiery surface of the Sun. Astronomically, when two objects in the sky come together from our viewing perspective, it is called a conjunction. The term transit is used when the…

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Threshold Experiences

If you want your video fare to be more transformative than informative, try this batch; but don’t complain if you end up better informed as well. You might well be entertained, too. 2012: MAYAN PROPHECY AND THE SHIFT OF THE AGES Philip Coppens and Geoff Stray We are now in the time of 2012 apocalypse mania, and certainly Hollywood has completely blown it out of proportion. Opinion remains divided as to whether apocalyptic scenarios of worldwide destruction or utopian visions of a spiritually renewed humanity…

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