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Patent Sought for Flying Disk

For years, self-described UFO witnesses have reported disk-shaped craft that moved quickly and silently and like noth­ing we are accustomed to on earth. Such “craft” have long been scoffed at by mainstream scientists as beyond the possibilities of physics. Now it turns out that the scoffers may be wrong and that UFO observers may be proven more plausible that once thought.

A University of Florida professor has designed and filed for a patent on a plasma-propelled flying saucer that he ex­pects to behave much like the familiar devices of Hollywood science fiction. Mechanical and aerospace engineering associate professor Subrata Roy has designed what he calls a “wingless electro-magnetic air vehicle,” or WEAV. Powered by a phenomenon called magnetohydrodynamics, or the force created when a current or a magnetic field is passed through a conducting fluid, the WEAV will fly, he says, because the conducting fluid will be created by elec­trodes that cover each of the vehicle’s surfaces and ionize the surrounding air into plasma. The force created by pass­ing an electrical current through this plasma pushes around the surrounding air, creating lift and momentum and providing stability against wind gusts. Roy’s vehicle will be hollow and have no moving parts. The prototype will be small, only 6 inches across, but he says it should scale up and work in a much larger form.

The Air Force and NASA are said to be interested. Potential uses include carrying a camera over a war zone and ex­ploring other planets, a use not unlike what some have speculated may be the practice of ETs visiting this planet.

Mystery of Crop Circle Solved with Pi

The mystery surrounding one of the most complex crop circles ever found has been solved, at least partly. According to a story in the British newspaper The Daily Mail, a British astrophysicist has determined that the pattern which ap­peared near Barbury Castle in Wiltshire in early June is a precisely coded version of Pi, the ratio of a circle’s circum­ference to its diameter.

The mysterious crop circle, which is 150 meters in diameter, had baffled just about every one, with few guessing at what it could mean. Then Dr. Mike Reed, who had seen pictures of the circle taken by Lucy Pringle, created a sen­sation in the international news media by announcing that the design accurately expresses the value of Pi to the first 10 decimal places (3.141592654). “The tenth digit has even been correctly rounded up,” he said. “The little dot near the center is the decimal point. The code is based on ten angular segments with the radial jumps being the indicator of each segment.”

For Pringle and many prominent crop circle investigators, Reed’s discovery underscores their thesis that the cir­cles are clearly some kind of advanced communication from somebody or something beyond ordinary understanding, and, as such, are among the most important phenomena of our time and should not be ignored. If they are hoaxes, then the hoaxers are certainly smarter than Doug and Dave, the two notorious British drunks who have been given credit in the international press for phenomenon.

Mind Reading Tech?

Just as police can now examine the phone at a crime scene and determine the last number called, they may someday be able to check the brain of a murder victim to determine the last thing seen. The technology to do such a thing is getting closer. Already scientists say they can look at a living brain and often figure out what a person is seeing.

According to the journal Nature a team at the University of California, Berkeley has learned how to compare an assortment of prepared images with the data from the brain’s visual cortex during MRIs to deduce what the person is seeing. The team of researchers report that they can determine which of 120 images the subject is looking at with an accuracy of 90%.

Even though researchers say they can now only decode very simple information, the ability to reconstruct actual images from the mind is currently out of reach. But someday scientists hope they will be able to do just that.

For those concerned that internet companies can analyze our web browsing to determine what our likes and dis­likes are, it seems the future of privacy could be even bleaker than even George Orwell imagined.

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