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« Reply #10425 on: Apr 8th, 2014, 09:26am »

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Crystal you were up awfully early for a Monday!
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Good morning Swamprat cheesy

These little dogs of ours wake me up whenever they feel like it. Most days they let me sleep in a bit. But sometimes they have me up EARLY!!!!!!!

I should be outside looking for UFO's at that hour but if I saw one it would scare the crap out of me so I don't even try. grin Besides, Bigfoot might be running around.

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NASA has rover photos of mysterious light on Mars

April 08, 2014 6:34PM



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THERE may not be life on Mars, but PLEASE: let there be light. And there was light. But where is it coming from?

An unexplained shard of light in a photo from NASA’s Curiosity rover has got UFO enthusiasts excited, the Houston Chronicle reports (technically, it doesn’t appear to be flying so it can’t be a UFO, so there’s one theory quashed - Unless, of course, it’s refuelling).

Scott C. Waring, who runs the UFO Sightings Daily site, posted the photo on April 6.

Waring said the light shines upward, as if from the ground, and is very flat across the bottom.

“This could indicate there is intelligent life below the ground and uses light as we do,” Waring noted on his website. “This is not a glare from the sun, nor is it an artifact of the photo process.”

The strange light, spotted in a photo taken by the rover’s right-hand navigation in a new study area known as the Kimberley, does not appear in pictures from the left-hand camera, suggesting the “light” is actually a speck of lost data, reports NBC. An imaging expert at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory says the blip appears to have been caused by a cosmic ray hit.

Although the space agency hasn’t issued any statement about the phenomenon, bloggers and NASA watchers have chimed in on what is seen in the photo, which was sent over millions of kilometres of space before being picked up by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, the Houston Chronicle says.

Four different types of rock come converge at the Kimberley, which is named after a region of Western Australia.

“This is the spot on the map we’ve been headed for, on a little rise that gives us a great view for context imaging of the outcrops at the Kimberley,” the Curiosity mission’s Melissa Rice, of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, said.

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« Reply #10428 on: Apr 8th, 2014, 09:48am »

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Edward Snowden: US government spied on human rights workers

Whistleblower says NSA deliberately listened in on groups like Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International and their staff

by Luke Harding
Tuesday 8 April 2014 09.49 EDT

The US has targeted prominent human rights organisations and has spied on their staff, Edward Snowden said on Tuesday, giving evidence to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, Europe's top human rights body.

Speaking via a video connection from Moscow, Snowden said that the National Security Agency – for which he worked as a contractor – had deliberatly snooped on bodies like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

He told MEPs: "The NSA has targeted leaders and staff members of these sorts of organisations, including domestically within the borders of the United States." Snowden did not reveal which groups the NSA had bugged.

But in live testimony, Snowden gave a forensic account of how the NSA's powerful surveilllance programs violate the EU's privacy laws.

He said programs such as XKeyscore, revealed by the Guardian last July, use sophisticated data mining techniques to track "trillions" of private communications. "This technology offers the most significant new threat to civil liberties in the modern era," he declared.

XKeyscore allows analysts to search with no prior authorisation through vast databases containing emails, online chats, and the browsing histories of millions of individuals.

Snowden said on Tuesday that he and other analysts were able to use the tool to select an individual's metadata and content "without judicial approval or prior review".

In practical terms, this meant the agency was targeting citizens not involved in any nefarious activities, he stressed. The NSA operated a "de facto policy of guilt by association", he added.

Snowden said the agency, for example, monitored the travel patterns of innocent EU citizens not involved in terrorism or any wrongdoing.

The 30-year-old whistleblower- who began his intelligence career working for the CIA in Geneva – said the NSA also routinely monitored the communications of Swiss nationals "across specific routes".

Others who fell under its purview included people who accidentally clicked on the wrong link, downloaded the wrong file, or who visited a sex forum.

The Council of Europe invited the White House to give evidence but it declined. The EU body defended its decision to invite Snowden to testify.

In a statement on Monday, it said: "Edward Snowden has triggered a massive public debate on privacy in the internet age. We hope to ask him what his revelations mean for ordinary users and how they should protect their privacy and what kind of restrictions Europe should impose on state surveillance.''


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« Reply #10429 on: Apr 8th, 2014, 10:26am »

This is already under discussion on another post Crystal, I do not think it is mars as in the color photo you clearly see water marks on the rocky ground indicating heavy rain fall. I have the exact same marks here on the rocky sandy areas, now unless it rains on mars then someone is taking the Mickey so is the rover fake and say in the Nevada desert or similar type area. Relaying the signal so it appears to come from space would be easy enough.
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« Reply #10430 on: Apr 8th, 2014, 11:22am »

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This is already under discussion on another post Crystal, I do not think it is mars as in the color photo you clearly see water marks on the rocky ground indicating heavy rain fall. I have the exact same marks here on the rocky sandy areas, now unless it rains on mars then someone is taking the Mickey so is the rover fake and say in the Nevada desert or similar type area. Relaying the signal so it appears to come from space would be easy enough.


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NASA Explains Martian Flash, and it's Not What You Think

9 Apr 2014 08:51 AM EST

A leader of NASA's Mars Curiosity rover team has offered a couple of explanations for an anomalous bright spot that showed up on pictures from the Red Planet. Justin Maki, an imaging scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory who is the lead for Curiosity's engineering cameras isn't giving any weight to the not-completely-serious claims that are being bandied about by UFO websites. The image scientist doesn't believe it was an alien spotlight. Instead Maki and his colleagues think it's either a well-placed flash of reflected sunlight, or light shining through a chink in Curiosity's camera housing.

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Navy’s New Railgun Can Hurl a Shell Over 5,000 MPH

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The U.S. Navy is tapping the power of the Force to wage war.

Its latest weapon is an electromagnetic railgun launcher. It uses a form of electromagnetic energy known as the Lorentz force to hurl a 23-pound projectile at speeds exceeding Mach 7. Engineers already have tested this futuristic weapon on land, and the Navy plans to begin sea trials aboard a Joint High Speed Vessel Millinocket in 2016.

“The electromagnetic railgun represents an incredible new offensive capability for the U.S. Navy,” Rear Adm. Bryant Fuller, the Navy’s chief engineer, said in a statement. “This capability will allow us to effectively counter a wide range of threats at a relatively low cost, while keeping our ships and sailors safer by removing the need to carry as many high-explosive weapons.”

The massive railgun that needs just one sailor to operate it relies on the electromagnetic energy of the Lorentz force—the combination of electric and magnetic forces on a point charge—for power.

The Navy likes the weapon for several reasons, not the least of which it has a range of 100 miles and doesn’t require explosive warheads. That makes it far safer for sailors, and cheaper for taxpayers. According to the Navy, each 18-inch projectile costs about $25,000, compared to $500,000 to $1.5 million for conventional missiles.

“[It] will give our adversaries a huge moment of pause to go: ‘Do I even want to go engage a naval ship?’” Rear Admiral Matt Klunder told reporters. “Because you are going to lose. You could throw anything at us, frankly, and the fact that we now can shoot a number of these rounds at a very affordable cost, it’s my opinion that they don’t win.”

The Navy’s been talking about using railguns for the past ten years. The Office of Naval Research launched a prototype program in 2005, with an initial investment of $250 million committed through 2011. The Navy anticipates spending about that much more by 2017.

Of course the Army is interested in having one too, and the Pentagon is in general interested in many aspects of the technology. In July, the Navy will display the electromagnetic railgun prototype at San Diego Naval Base.

“Frankly, we think it might be the right time for them to know what we’ve been doing behind closed doors in a Star Wars fashion,” said Klunder. “It’s now reality. It’s not science fiction. It’s real and you can look at it.”

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« Reply #10434 on: Apr 9th, 2014, 09:30am »

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AND SO THE MIRAGE~ cool

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GOOD MORNING CRYSTAL ~ TODOS AMIGOS cool

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THE UFOLOGICAL MYSTERY SUMMARIZED THUSLY cool

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Londonist.com

10 April 2014
By: Scott Wood

Fortean London April 2014: Poltergeists, UFOs And Easter

We’ve always taken a skewed look at our city so, with a number of news items and events taking a turn for the strange, we thought it would be a good idea to return to a regenerated Fortean London. Prepare yourself for a monthly paranormal and legendary London events and news round-up (roughly) each month.

It seems right to start with the South East London Folklore Society which is hosting a talk by London expert Rob Stephenson on the origin myths of London on 10 April. The talk will be at its Borough home of the Old Kings Head, just off Borough High Street. The talk, from 8pm and costing £2.50/£1.50, will dig-up the legends of Brutus setting up the city after escaping a ruined Troy, and the Temple to the goddess Diana supposedly squashed beneath St Paul’s Cathedral. SELFS events are excellent places to start looking into London lore.

Another introduction to the strange spirits of London is the London Fortean Society’s meeting on 24 April. Alan Murdie, president of the Ghost Club, and Shirley Hitchings will discuss the case of the Battersea Poltergeist which Shirley was at the centre of in the 1950s. The poltergeist communicated with researchers at the time and claimed to be the ghost of the lost Dauphin of revolutionary France. After squeezing people in to their previous venue, the London Fortean Society have moved to the roomy basement of Dirty Dicks on Bishopsgate. They too start at 8pm and entry is £3. Shirley is the co-author of the book The Poltergeist Prince of London and hopefully copies will be available on the night.

Things have been getting a little UFO in London. Sightings poured in of a strange object passing over the airspace of Bromley and Sydenham on 24 March. Adam Pankhurst reported:

“I was travelling through Westerham towards Bromley and something caught my eye in the sky. I saw a ball of light shoot out of another ball of light. It was very quick, faster than any aircraft. The original ball stayed in the same position for at least 10 minutes then I lost sight.”


Meanwhile Anthony Wilson was at his mother’s house in Sydenham at 10pm on this faithful night when he and his mum saw:

“a very, very sharp, bright light blinking on and off in a static position. Then a smaller object below it began to move very, very, very fast. We could tell the difference because there was [a] helicopter hovering nearby and aeroplanes in the sky — it moved at lightning speed.”


The news report on the This Is Local London site is worth looking over for the full story (http://www.thisislocallondon.co.uk/news/11119514.Man_spots_UFO_hovering_over_Bromley/?ref=mr) — and the image the poor picture researcher had to produce to illustrate this story of nocturnal night-light flights. It’s of a disc flying in daylight with the sheepish caption ‘The UFO may have looked like this’.

This Sunday, 13 April, we can say with a fair amount of confidence that the first ever Walthamstow UFO Conference is taking place at Ye Old Rose and Crown pub. Running from 1pm until 9pm and costing £5, this keenly-priced day of flying discs commemorates the 50th anniversary of a Roswell-like incident in Walthamstow. On 13 April 1964 a bus driver reported a UFO-like object just missing his vehicle and crashing into the River Lea. The witness to this falling UFO, Bob, erm, Fall, said at the time:

“I just glanced into the sky and saw something coming towards me very, very fast. It flew straight across the road and, had I been a few yards further forward, it would have hit the top deck of the bus. At first I thought the back windows of the bus had come in and, as I turned around, I saw all the passengers looking out towards the river. There was a big splash in the water. I stopped as soon as I could to report it.”


The conference includes a trip to the UFO crash-site as well as urban-druid Steve Wilson speaking on the occult origins of UFOs, James DC on Walthamstow’s UFO triangle, John Rimmer of Magonia Magazine speaking on UFOs Vision and Belief, and author and film-maker Mark Pilkington of Strange Attractor Press discussing The Abuses of Enchantment. Mark’s film on UFOs and the US government, Mirage Men, is showing at the Horse Hospital on 25 and 26 April, tickets £6 in advance.

Before then it’s Easter. Our Alternative Easter guide to London’s stranger traditions, An Alternative Easter, is four years old now but these seasonal celebrations are older than centuries, older than the reign of monarchs and have gone on longer than several ‘must-watch’ HBO series. Best check before going out though, just in case.

Once Easter is out of the way we can prepare for the London May Day tradition of the Jack-in-the-Green, essentially a dancing giant hedge going on a pub crawl during the day of 1 May. Once a chimney-sweep festival, now a general celebration that may involve morris-dancers, Deptford’s Fowlers Troop celebrate 30 years of taking the Jack out across London this year. An introduction to this London tradition takes place on Monday 28 April at the Miller pub, SE1, where Sarah Crofts, Neil Transpontine and David Aylward discuss May Day in South London and the Jack in the Green. Entry is £3 and the discussion and film of the 2006 Jack start at 8pm.

http://londonist.com/2014/04/fortean-london-april-2014-poltergeists-ufos-and-easter.php

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ScienceNews.com

La Brea Tar Pits yield exquisite Ice Age bees

Ancient pupae snug in leaves give clues to climate

by Susan Milius
5:30pm, April 9, 2014



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NOW AND THEN A pupa of a modern leafcutter Megachile bee female (left) has the same basic look as a Megachile male (right, CT scan) that is at least 23,000 years old, having been preserved in the La Brea Tar Pits.



It’s not all mammoths and saber-toothed tigers. The first leafcutter bees from the Pleistocene epoch have turned up in the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles.

Exquisitely preserved as pupae undergoing their transformation to adulthood, a male and a female are still wrapped in their leafy nest. Micro-CT scans and other clues let researchers identify the bees as Megachile gentilis, a species that still lives today. These bees line burrows with bits of leaves to pamper developing offspring.

The preserved pupae probably lived between 35,000 and 40,000 years ago, says Anna R. Holden of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. The bees’ presence suggest that the insects’ tar pit was near woods or riverbanks with pollen-rich plants in a relatively cool and moist climate, Holden and her colleagues report April 9 in PLOS ONE.

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