Alternative Science

Secrets of the Alchemists

By Joseph Robert Jochmans, Lit.D.

Without a doubt the best known claim of the alchemists was the transmutation of lead into gold. Modern physicists up until the end of the nineteenth century dismissed such notions as ridiculous, for it violated all known laws of the stability and constancy of the elements. But then came Madame Joliot-Curie, radium, and the discovery of radioactive substances which can be transformed by isotope decay from higher atomic number elements to lower number ele­ments. So far, physicists have been able to synthesize up to element…

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Global Drying

By Susan B. Martinez, Ph.D.

Doesn’t Drying Mean Cooling? Cold and dry are a set; think of the Poles: Antarctica, the coldest place on earth, is technically a desert, with barely six inches of annual rainfall. Contrapuntally, the world’s rain forests are near the Equator. Water vapor acts as the most effective greenhouse gas, holding in heat. And it works both ways: “Raising temperature … enhances moisture content of the atmosphere” (“The Human Impact on Climate,” Scientific American, Dec. 1999, p. 103). By the same token, forestlands hold in both…

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How Did the Ice Ages End?

By Cynthia Logan

SIDEBAR: John Anthony West has complained that Ph.D. candidates in Egyptology spend way too much time on subjects like Tutankhamun’s underwear, and far too little on subjects of real significance, like the true meaning of Egypt’s monuments. We end up knowing more and more about less and less, he has argued. The pattern is repeated throughout the entire scientific establishment, as researchers, in order to advance their careers, feel the need to specialize in ever-narrower areas of interest. The smart doctoral candidates politely defer to…

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Solar Catastrophe

Solar Catastrophe Did An Outburst from the Sun End the Last Ice Age and Destroy a Forgotten Civilization? By Robert M. Schoch, Ph.D.   The conventional status quo view is that true civilization and high culture dates back to the period of approximately 3500 BC to 3000 BC in Mesopotamia, Egypt, and the Indus region. In the early 1990s, my work on the Great Sphinx of Egypt broke this barrier when I demonstrated, using geological data, that the great statue’s origins go back thousands of…

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How Old Is the Earth, Really?

BY STEPHEN E. ROBBINS, Ph.D.

We are on a remote, dusty plain in Montana. The Discovery Channel takes us breathlessly to view the excavation of the grave of a 65-million-year-old Mama T-Rex. The intact, huge and heavy thigh bone of the weighty mom must be broken in half to enable a helicopter to pick it up, and by this serendipitous event, a researcher later discovers that the inside of the bone yet contains organic tissue! “Currently,” a commentator opines, “the biochemical community estimates that protein structures can at best last…

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Ancient Nukes on Mars

By Martin Ruggles

In May of this year, Mars One—the European non-profit organization that aims to send a team of four on a one-way trip to Mars, in 2024—announced the selection of 705 candidates chosen for the daring mission from a pool of 200,000 applicants. The chance to be one of first humans to set foot on the Red Planet, is apparently irresistible to many, even when there will be no chance of return to the home planet. If the Mars One project succeeds, its intrepid voyagers will…

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Dawn of the Dolphins

By Patrick Marsolek

In 2014, Maddalena Bearzi, a researcher with the Ocean Conservation Society, and her team were studying a school of bottlenose dolphins near Los Angeles, California. They were working near shore in an area where the dolphins regularly relaxed and fed. One dolphin abruptly headed out toward deeper water and soon the rest of the school turned and followed. Bearzi and her assistant decided to follow them in their boat. The dolphins increased their speed and the researchers matched speed to keep pace. About three miles…

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Ancient Astronauts or Guiding Spirit?

BY WILLIAM B. STOECKER

In 1968 Swiss author Erich von Daniken popularized ideas previously suggested by others when he published Chariots of the Gods. From the lofty terraces of Peru’s Machu Picchu to the immense megaliths of Stonehenge in England, from the staggering complexity of Egypt’s Great Pyramid to the advanced plumbing of Mohenjo-Daro in Pakistan, the remarkable technical achievements of our “primitive” ancestors in every quarter of the globe millennia ago, could be explained, it is argued, only by postulating the guidance and assistance of aliens from other…

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Hidden Agenda?

BY JOHN KETTLER

Going dark,” in espionage parlance, means hiding and ceasing to communicate, as when a spy goes to ground un­til things calm down. To “take it dark” means to remove something from public view, meanwhile clandestinely con­tinuing to operate whatever the asset may be. This can be as simple as moving a suddenly sensitive discussion from an open radio channel to an encrypted one, or the more complicated faking the breakdown of a satellite, or even re­porting its loss, but continuing to clandestinely receive the data….

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Project Stardust: Accessing the Cosmic Hall of Records

BY WILLIAM HENRY

Where did we come from? Is there life in the interstellar void? Are there beings that travel the “crystal halls” of God’s mansion beyond our solar system? Was life brought here in drops of water by comets as ancient myths indicate? Are we really made of alien stars? What forces prompted the universe to form the primordial cosmic particles floating in the sacred ocean into Paris Hilton? These are not questions in a debate between evolution and Intelligent Design. These are the complicated ques­tions asked…

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