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2001-Like Monolith Discovered on Mars In the 1960s Stanley Kubrick’s movie 2001: a Space Odyssey, a mysterious monolith, which suddenly appears on Earth, diverts the course of human evolution. Mankind, thus stimulated, ultimately sets out for the stars and finds similar monoliths placed along the way in space, providing a kind of trail of virtual breadcrumbs toward some un­known cosmic banquet. Not surprisingly, many who saw the movie were startled by recent reports that something very much like the 2001 monolith had been photographed on…

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Is Archimedes Due Credit for the Antikythera Device? A great deal of curiosity, if not awe, has arisen of late over the so-called Antikythera device, one of the great out-of­-place artifacts (sometimes called Ooparts) which have confounded conventional archaeology. Discovered in 1900 by sponge divers in the Aegean sea, the corroded lump which was first thought to be a rock was found to be the remains of a complex geared device—a virtual computer and a very good one at that. It came from the Greek…

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Did Francis Drake Make It to Canada? To the British under Queen Elizabeth I, Francis Drake was a hero. To the Spanish he was a pirate for whom king Phillip II offered a reward of about seven million dollars in today’s money. The money was never collected. And now it looks like the intrepid sea captain, privateer, navigator and slaver, went much further than the official history books of either England or Spain record. A newly discovered 16th century English shilling on the shoreline of…

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Time-Travel Evidence, or Something Different? In February, an image in a video making the rounds on the Internet was being taken by many for evidence of time travel. An ancient Greek funerary relief dating from about 100 BC appears to show a goddess examining what resembles a laptop computer. According to some, this is evidence that time travelers bearing laptops from the future visited the Greeks. You can see for yourself at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7isUmJ7BN8 Despite expert insistence that the object is only a shallow chest, the…

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To Infinity and Beyond… The limitations of life on this planet are evident, or so some would have us believe. Many feel the same about the familiar 3-dimensional construct, which seems to set the boundaries of all human experience. At least one person wants to do something about both issues. Entrepreneur Elon Musk, the erstwhile creator of PayPal, founder of SpaceX and Tesla Motors, says he plans to send humans to colonize Mars by 2025; and he is also reported to be financing, in part,…

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MIND READING COMPUTERS Before long, playing poker with your computer may not be to your advantage and the days when you can bluff your way out of a tight spot may be numbered. Computers that can read minds, or at least faces, are in the works. A team of British and U.S. scientists say they are teaching computers to watch facial expressions, raised eyebrows, quizzical looks, nods of the heads and to calculate the underlying moods behind them. Professor Peter Robinson of Cambridge University told…

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ALARM BELLS SOUND OVER MICROCHIP IMPLANTS Biblical literalists see them as the ultimate “mark of the beast,” the sign of the evil tyranny prophesied for the “last days” in the Book of Revelation. For those who get their prophecies from science fiction, they are the tools of ‘big brother’ intent on mass control, a’la George Orwell and others. For those worried about terrorism, they offer some hope for security in a dangerous world. The argument is over RFID microchips like those used to mark boxes…

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MAGNETIC POLES ARE SHIFTING QUICKLY While pole shifts for the earth, like those envisioned by Edgar Cayce, Charles Hapgood and others are rejected by es­tablishment science, no one denies that Earth’s magnetic pole is on the move. In fact, scientists are now predicting that the north magnetic pole is likely to shift far enough in the next fifty years that Alaska could lose its famed north­ern lights (Aurora Borealis) to more southerly latitudes in Siberia and Europe. A corresponding and complementary shift can also be…

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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…

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Study to Test NDE Truth Controversy within the scientific community has raged in recent years over the so-called Near-Death Experience (NDE). In many such cases, individuals, who have recovered, after being declared clinically dead have described, among other things, being outside their physical bodies and witnessing their own bodies from above. Despite the seeming ability of such patients to provide information that would have been impossible for them to otherwise know, some skeptics have disputed the authenticity of the experiences. Some, like Michael Shermer, publisher…

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