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U.S. Military Wants to See Like Superman

The U.S. military wants to see through walls, and it is inviting technology companies to come up with ways that this might be done. The idea, they say, is to take away the home-field advantage enjoyed by terrorists in their native haunts. It is hoped that someday soon operatives will be able to scan a building or group of buildings, just like Super­man, and see everything—like bomb making for instance—that could be going on inside. Not having to kick down doors without knowing what is on the other side is viewed as a major public relations advantage for such an x-ray­vision approach.

The Comprehensive Interior Reconnaissance (CIR) program sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Pro­jects Agency (DARPA) is ostensibly intended for overseas conflicts, but one can easily envision other opportunities emerging shortly. Maybe some day, for example, it will be possible to see where traditional archaeologists have been thwarted and unearth the deeper secrets of the ancients. Already satellite imaging and ground penetrating radar have begun to open some long closed doors in that area. Could seeing through the Great Pyramid be next?

Then there is your local building inspector, looking for hidden code violations. What does the future hold? Only Big Brother knows for sure.

Cambodian Temple Stegosaur Mystifies Orthodox Science

Dinosaurs haven’t been around for millions of years, or have they? That is the question raised by a recently spotted stone carving on a portal of the ruined temple at Angkor Wat in Cambodia. A creature closely resembling an extinct stegosaur is clearly shown in bas relief and is raising some perplexing questions for researchers.

How could Khmer artisans sometime between A.D. 800 and 1400, who could not have seen or even heard of such a creature, have carved one with such detail? For Christian creationists who believe dinosaurs and humans have been around at the same time in what they think was the very brief history of Earth, the stegosaur image is prompting I­told-you-sos; but for researchers with a somewhat broader perspective, challenging questions remain. Some like Mi­chael Cremo believe mankind has been around for millions of years and was here when the dinosaurs were, so maybe some dreams, or nightmares, have survived.

Other artifacts, such as the Ica stones of Peru, which have suggested that dinosaurs could have lived at the same time as humans have long been dismissed as fraudulent by mainstream archaeology, while folk tales of large reptiles such as fire-breathing dragons have been assigned to the strictly imaginary realm. But, where did that Cambodian sculptor get the idea of vertical plates standing along the spine? Such a thing, after all, really existed, but not, we are told, for 155 million years.

Can Birds Tell What You Are Looking At?

Maverick British scientist Rupert Sheldrake has created quite a stir with several of his books. In The Sense of Being Stared At, he argues that the human sensitivity to the gaze of other humans is significant evidence of extrasensory perception. Now a new study published in the April edition of Current Biology presents evidence that birds are sensi­tive to what people are looking at.

Jackdaws, a member of the Crow family, it seems, know whether people are looking at food they are interested in, and will wait until the humans look away before trying to get it. For the writers of the study, researchers at the Uni­versity of Cambridge and Queen Mary University of London, this can only mean that the birds are watching the eyes of humans and calculating what they are looking at and what they are not. Sheldrake, we suspect, would argue that the birds are reacting to the field of human awareness. He has also produced considerable evidence that animals react to their masters’ thoughts at a distance and thus know such things as when their owners are coming home. Such ide­as, while still rejected as impossible by mainstream science, are yet coming very close to general acceptance. Studies like that on the Jackdaws seem to be very close to corroborating Sheldrake’s thesis.

Perhaps a future study might be attempted with the Jackdaws unable to watch the eyes of the relevant humans. The aim would be to find out if the birds still know when their food is being stared at.

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