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« Reply #10845 on: Jun 11th, 2014, 1:01pm »

Now that we know space smells like a blow torch..
the next logical step is to put it to use..

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2655105/Engage-warp-drive-Nasa-reveals-latest-designs-Star-Trek-style-spacecraft-make-interstellar-travel-reality.html

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Dr Harold White is famous for suggesting that faster than light (FTL) travel is possible.
THE 100-YEAR STARSHIP PROJECT

The 100-year Starship Project is a joint endeavour run by Darpa, Nasa, Icarus Interstellar and the Foundation for Enterprise Development.

Announced in January 2012, the project has an overall goal of achieving manned interstellar travel by 2112.

To do so it is evaluating a number of different techonolgies, including ‘warping’ space time to travel great distances in short time frames at faster-than-light speeds.

The project is also considering building ‘generation ships’ that move slowly but have a self-sustainable long-term population.

To date Nasa has contributed $100,000 (£60,000) to the project and Darpa $1 million (£600,000).

Using something known as an Alcubierre drive, named after a Mexican theoretical physicist of the same name, Dr White said it is possible to ‘bend’ space-time, and cover large distances almost instantly.

This, in essence, would allow a spaceship to travel almost anywhere in a tiny fraction of the time it would take a conventional spacecraft.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2655105/Engage-warp-drive-Nasa-reveals-latest-designs-Star-Trek-style-spacecraft-make-interstellar-travel-reality.html#ixzz34M3CGtv7
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« Reply #10846 on: Jun 11th, 2014, 1:50pm »

on Jun 10th, 2014, 09:07am, WingsofCrystal wrote:



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I find this impressive.Reasons being:
#1) May be how other civilizations communicate over parsecs of space.
#2)The Scientific community of the World may be getting closer to the science of communicating with those civilizations.

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« Reply #10847 on: Jun 11th, 2014, 2:37pm »

CRYSTAL ~ PURR ~ SYS ~ DRWU ~ HAL ~ JJ ~ CASEBOOK cool

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« Reply #10848 on: Jun 11th, 2014, 2:45pm »

ZETAR,

ALWAYS THINKING OF YOU GUYS.

NOT ALWAYS WITH THE KINDEST OF THOUGHTS, BUT THINKING JUST THE SAME.

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« Reply #10849 on: Jun 11th, 2014, 3:55pm »

HAL,

I DO RECALL YOUR ASSESSMENT OF THAT LONG AND LABORIOUS ROAD TO ENLIGHTEMENT ~ ALWAYS STARTS WITH THINKING ~ cool

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« Reply #10850 on: Jun 11th, 2014, 5:34pm »

We are all prisoners of thought. Sometimes..it serves us well and others it betrays us. In either circumstance how we conduct ourselves during engagement and in defeat or victory.. tells us more about the person than what he or she says. What is remembered is the conduct..
You'd make a good Colonel Bogey, Hal.



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« Reply #10851 on: Jun 12th, 2014, 11:08am »

Good morning jm57, Purr, Sys, Hal, Swamprat, Z and UFO Casebookers cheesy

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« Reply #10852 on: Jun 12th, 2014, 11:12am »

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UFO Sightings Over Colfax, California

11 June 2014

Ghosts & the Supernatural - The forest in Colfax is the beginning of the Sierras, an area that has a reputation of the weird.UFOlogists suggest that UFOs are attracted to 4 things – gold and other minerals, our DNA, our water and nuclear power plants. The Sierras does not have nuclear power plants, but it is known for gold and other mineral deposits and an abundance of water. We loaded up the Rusty Anomaly (My Kia Forte) with telescope, night vision goggles, video cameras, digital cameras, glow sticks, flashlights, binoculars. Piling in the car are Deanna Jaxine Stinson, Mooey and Mark. We are headed up to Colfax to a private residence, where the occupant sees UFOs on a nightly basis.

Point of rendezvous is the Red Frog, an establishment in Colfax. Colfax reminds me of one thing. In 1977, I was a firefighter stationed in Colfax with the California Division of Forestry, which is now called CAL-FIRE. In the wooded areas of Colfax, you get reports of UFOs, Bigfoot and other creepy creatures of the night. Maryfrances Smith – the occupant tells me how she once saw a terrified coyote run through her yard, being chased by something unknown.

Mary Frances Smith Story:

The UFOs seem to appear frequently in the night skies above her home. On one particular night, she saw a disc shaped UFO and it shown a bright light into her home. During this evening at 8:08 pm, she feels she lost 45 minutes of time. Mary Frances says she has psychic abilities and at a young age she would have severe headaches and nosebleeds. Headaches and nosebleeds are at times an indication of abductions. Also, many abductees feel at a later time that they have psychic abilities.

Mary Frances was so frightened by her experience, that she contacted MUFON and talked with Mary Barr. On other nights she saw figures and outlines of creatures that resembled Grays. On another night, she saw 4 alien women on her balcony with long dark hair. One of the alien women cavorted up a tree. She tells us that a chunk of flesh was taken from her buttocks, she has seen faces in the windows and her bed once shook violently.

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« Reply #10853 on: Jun 12th, 2014, 11:33am »

HAVE A GREAT DAY CRYSTAL ~ CASEBOOK ~ cool

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TODAY IS NATIONAL RED ROSE DAY ~ FOR THOSE WHOM THE ROSE HAS MEANING ~ cool

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Thanks for adding the Colfax/Mary Frances Smith story, Crystal. Vintage stuff cheesy which reminds me of the very first abduction reports I read as a teen, gave me the shivers too.

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Hey Ya'll cheesy

Took me until now to get my computer going. Some weird Windows bug. We loaded the 8.1 update and it worked. I hate Windows 8 angry

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Synchronized brain waves enable rapid learning

June 12 2014

The human mind can rapidly absorb and analyze new information as it flits from thought to thought. These quickly changing brain states may be encoded by synchronization of brain waves across different brain regions, according to a new study from MIT neuroscientists.

The researchers found that as monkeys learn to categorize different patterns of dots, two brain areas involved in learning -- the prefrontal cortex and the striatum -- synchronize their brain waves to form new communication circuits.

"We're seeing direct evidence for the interactions between these two systems during learning, which hasn't been seen before. Category-learning results in new functional circuits between these two areas, and these functional circuits are rhythm-based, which is key because that's a relatively new concept in systems neuroscience," says Earl Miller, the Picower Professor of Neuroscience at MIT and senior author of the study, which appears in the June 12 issue of Neuron.

There are millions of neurons in the brain, each producing its own electrical signals. These combined signals generate oscillations known as brain waves, which can be measured by electroencephalography (EEG). The research team focused on EEG patterns from the prefrontal cortex -- the seat of the brain's executive control system -- and the striatum, which controls habit formation.

The phenomenon of brain-wave synchronization likely precedes the changes in synapses, or connections between neurons, believed to underlie learning and long-term memory formation, Miller says. That process, known as synaptic plasticity, is too time-consuming to account for the human mind's flexibility, he believes.

"If you can change your thoughts from moment to moment, you can't be doing it by constantly making new connections and breaking them apart in your brain. Plasticity doesn't happen on that kind of time scale," says Miller, who is a member of MIT's Picower Institute for Learning and Memory. "There's got to be some way of dynamically establishing circuits to correspond to the thoughts we're having in this moment, and then if we change our minds a moment later, those circuits break apart somehow. We think synchronized brain waves may be the way the brain does it."

The paper's lead author is former Picower Institute postdoc Evan Antzoulatos, who is now at the University of California at Davis.

Humming together

Miller's lab has previously shown that during category-learning, neurons in the striatum become active early, followed by slower activation of neurons in the prefrontal cortex. "The striatum learns very simple things really quickly, and then its output trains the prefrontal cortex to gradually pick up on the bigger picture," Miller says. "The striatum learns the pieces of the puzzle, and then the prefrontal cortex puts the pieces of the puzzle together."

In the new study, the researchers wanted to investigate whether this activity pattern actually reflects communication between the prefrontal cortex and striatum, or if each region is working independently. To do this, they measured EEG signals as monkeys learned to assign patterns of dots into one of two categories.

At first, the animals were shown just two different examples, or "exemplars," from each category. After each round, the number of exemplars was doubled. In the early stages, the animals could simply memorize which exemplars belonged to each category. However, the number of exemplars eventually became too large for the animals to memorize all of them, and they began to learn the general traits that characterized each category.

By the end of the experiment, when the researchers were showing 256 novel exemplars, the monkeys were able to categorize all of them correctly.

As the monkeys shifted from rote memorization to learning the categories, the researchers saw a corresponding shift in EEG patterns. Brain waves known as "beta bands," produced independently by the prefrontal cortex and the striatum, began to synchronize with each other. This suggests that a communication circuit is forming between the two regions, Miller says.

"There is some unknown mechanism that allows these resonance patterns to form, and these circuits start humming together," he says. "That humming may then foster subsequent long-term plasticity changes in the brain, so real anatomical circuits can form. But the first thing that happens is they start humming together."

A little later, as an animal nailed down the two categories, two separate circuits formed between the striatum and prefrontal cortex, each corresponding to one of the categories.

"This is the first paper that provides data suggesting that coupling in the beta-band between prefrontal cortex and striatum may play a key role in category-formation. In addition to revealing a novel mechanism involved in category-learning, the results also contribute to better understanding of the significance of coupled beta-band oscillations in the brain," says Andreas Engel, a professor of physiology at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf in Germany.

"Expanding your knowledge"

Previous studies have shown that during cognitively demanding tasks, there is increased synchrony between the frontal cortex and visual cortex, but Miller's lab is the first to show specific patterns of synchrony linked to specific thoughts.

Miller and Antzoulatos also showed that once the prefrontal cortex learns the categories and sends them to the striatum, they undergo further modification as new information comes in, allowing more expansive learning to take place. This iteration can occur over and over.

"That's how you get the open-ended nature of human thought. You keep expanding your knowledge," Miller says. "The prefrontal cortex learning the categories isn't the end of the game. The cortex is learning these new categories and then forming circuits that can send the categories down to the striatum as if it's just brand-new material for the brain to elaborate on."

In follow-up studies, the researchers are now looking at how the brain learns more abstract categories, and how activity in the striatum and prefrontal cortex might reflect that type of abstraction.

The research was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140612121354.htm

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