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INVISIBILITY TECH CALLED POSSIBLE

The day when you will be able to cloak your car from speed cops, just like a Romulan spacecraft in Star Trek, may be a bit closer now, but don’t expect to be beating those tickets for a few years yet.

According to a report from Robert Roy Britt, writing for the web site LiveScience.com, the technology to make things invisible is now in its infant stages. Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania say it may soon be feasible to use plasmons—excitations on the surfaces of some metals—to cancel out the visible light or other radiation coming from an object. Researchers say with the right kind of design it might be possible to produce a dramatic drop in the scattering cross-section, making the object nearly invisible to the observer. Right now it appears the possibilities for the foreseeable future would be limited to very small objects. As for making a human being invisible it is thought it might work with microwaves but probably not with visible light.

Plasmons are real and we are assured that their use for invisibility technology does not violate any laws of physics. Scientists see potential applications in military stealth technology and camoflage, eventually, but no time soon. As for Hollywood, though, the possibilities for immediate application are anything but invisible.

VEDIC WISDOM VINDICATED

Long despised by Eurocentric historians and scholars, India’s ancient Vedic wisdom now—in the wake of important recent discoveries—is enjoying a remarkable renaissance around the world. In the process, many orthodox academic theories, such as the Aryan invasion hypothesis, which have held sway for a century and a half, seem to be fully dis­credited.

No longer do responsible scholars argue that India’s culture was bequeathed by western invaders, and it now seems clear that the truth is much closer to accounts found in the ancient Sanskrit holy books.

Among the many recent developments reported at http://www.archaeologyonline. net/artifacts/scientific-verif­vedas.html and elsewhere have been:

• Underwater findings of prediluvian communities, most recently at Mahabalipuram following December’s Tsuna­mi. Marine archaeology has also been utilized off the coast of the ancient port city of Dvaraka in Gujarat, uncovering further evidence in support of Vedic scriptures. An entire submerged city at Dvaraka, the ancient port city of Krishna

with its massive walls intact has been found in the ocean as described in the Mahabharata.

High resolution satellite imagery confirms the actual existence of the supposedly mythical Sarasvata River. Veri­fied are descriptions in The Rig Veda of its descent from Himalayan sources to the Arabian Sea.

Carbon and Thermoluminescence has dated many artifacts to a much greater age that once believed, providing verification of scriptural statements. More than thirty-five sites in northern India have yielded evidence as ancient cities described in the Mahabharata. Dating corresponds to the non-aryan-invasion model of Indian antiquity.

Linguistic analysis of script on artifacts provides further evidence. Paniprastha, Sonaprastha and Indraprastha are sites which have yielded pottery and antiquities, with dating consistent with the Mahabharata.

HERBAL CURES PRESERVED

Once again the world of modern science is congratulating itself for rediscovering what the ancients knew centuries ago. In this case, traditional herbal medicine is yielding clues to help 21st century doctors in their battle with peren­nial diseases.

In London’s Kew Gardens, says a report from the British newspaper The Guardian, a new scientific study is direct­ed at learning if our ancestors were deceiving themselves, or if, in fact, they knew something we don’t. So far it looks more like the latter than the former.

Under study are more than 1,600 plants native to the United Kingdom which hold some kind of healing promise. Of particular interest is figwort which has been prescribed by herbalists for centuries as a remedy for bleeding wounds. The scientists at Kew are hoping they may be able to use it to help diabetics whose ulcerated limbs must fre­quently be amputated.

Plant names often give away their uses. The herb lovage, for example, won its name because of its reputation as an aphrodisiac. Professor Monique Simmonds, chief plant scientist at Kew, told The Guardian, “Sage is an herb that has been connected with wisdom down the ages, and now for the first time we can see whether it really helps with cognitive ability, or memory.” Around the world, sage is used by many communities to help the memory. Researchers at King’s College London and Newcastle University have worked with Kew to establish that it does affect receptors in the brain, and work is still continuing into exactly what it does. One discovery was that people taking sage oil extract showed a marked improvement in their memory.

This is not the first time that modern medicine has gone looking for cures from the plant world. Aspirin, after all, comes from the willow tree and the cancer drug taxol is taken from the Pacific Yew tree. Today, though, many, even in the medical research world, have become concerned that we may be on the verge of losing our heritage of reme­dies gathered over thousands of years. Chronically slow to give proper credit for ancient achievement, the modern world has been relentlessly severing its connections to the past and seemingly sawing off the branch on which it sits. The herbal study represents a serious effort to put us back in touch with our roots.

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