Ancient Indian Land Bridge Man-Made?
An 18-mile land bridge connecting India with Sri Lanka is made of rocks 7,000 years older than the sandbar on which they rest. That is the startling finding by a group of American archaeologists. If true, it corroborates ancient accounts from Vedic scripture that ‘Ram Setu,’ as the bridge is called, was artificially made by the ‘mythical’ Indian ruler Rama. So says the Ramayana.
The research reported in a new Discovery Channel documentary, and mentioned in a broadcast preview, has provoked an immediate sensation in the Indian press. ‘Rama’s Bridge,’ has long been a source of controversy, but evidence of its artificial origin is not new. According to researcher Rita Louise, writing for Atlantis Rising (AR #98, “Rama’s Bridge,” March/April 2013), “Dr. S. Badrinarayanan, the former director of the Geological Survey of India and member of the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), performed a survey of the structure and concluded in 2007 that it was man-made. In the course of their study, Dr. Badrinarayanan and his team drilled ten holes along the alignment of Adam’s Bridge. His discoveries were startling. About six meters below the surface, he found a consistent layer of calcareous sandstone, corals, and boulder-like materials. Some 4–5 meters further down, the team was surprised to discover a layer of loose sand and then, below that, formations of hard rock.”
According to the Hindu tradition, Rama lived during the Treta Yuga, a period that began 2,165,000 years ago and extended until about 869,000 years ago, many millennia before humans, if they existed at all, were capable of anything other than the most primitive existence. That, at least, is what academia would have us believe.
Paper: Mars 3-Sided Pyramid Likely Artificial
For those who argue that ancient Mars was host to an advanced civilization, comes new support. A just published, scientific paper argues that a unique, 3-sided pyramid in the Candor Chasma region was the result of artificial design and construction. The Journal for Space Exploration published the report in an October 2017, issue.
Displaying a startling symmetry on all three sides, the pyramid is visible in five NASA images taken by the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) spacecraft. “The images reveal,” says the study, “defining aspects of the formation’s three-sided Reuleaux geometry, exposing a uniform symmetry in its three, triangular faces.” The authors, including a geologist and a geoscientist, have ruled out natural mechanisms that could have produced the pyramid.
The study, “Three-Sided Pyramidal Formation in the Western Region of Candor Chasma” is authored by William R. Saunders, George J. Haas, James S. Miller, Michael A. Dale, and other members of The Society for Planetary SETI Research (established in 1991), an independent organization of scientists and researchers with a common interest in the study of anomalies observed on planets and satellites within our solar system whose origins may be the result of intelligent design.
CAPTION: Three-sided pyramidal formation. Detail MOC E15-01285 (2003). Image source: MSSS/The Cydonia Institute.
Illuminated Plants to Light Night
Could glowing plants light cities of the future? Professor Michael Strano, and his team of chemical engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) think so, and they have developed plants that might do the job.
‘Plant nanobionics,’ is the name of the new research area. By embedding plants with various types of nanoparticles, Strano’s lab seeks to give them novel features. The plan is to grow plants to take over many functions now performed by electrical devices. Previously, researchers have designed plants that can detect explosives and communicate that information to a smartphone, as well as plants that can monitor drought conditions.
By embedding special nanoparticles in the leaves of watercress and other plants, the chemists have induced them to give off a dim light for nearly four hours. Soon they think they will be able to make plants glow brightly enough to illuminate a workspace.
The trick is to use an enzyme that gives fireflies their glow. Luciferase works on a molecule called luciferin to produce the glow. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration regard the ingredients as safe.
Glowing plants use only the energy of their own metabolism. Considering that 20 percent of today’s electrical energy is for lighting, the idea of replacing street lights with self-powering, glowing trees is attracting interest from green, if not glowing, activists.
CAPTION: Book lighted by nanobionic light-emitting plants (two 3.5-week-old watercress plants). The book and the light-emitting watercress plants were placed in front of a reflective paper to increase the influence. (Photo: Kwak Seonyeong)