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« Reply #13440 on: Sep 17th, 2015, 08:11am »






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« Reply #13442 on: Sep 17th, 2015, 10:58pm »

RIP founder of MUFON, Walt Andrus.
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« Reply #13444 on: Sep 18th, 2015, 09:34am »

on Sep 17th, 2015, 10:58pm, Swamprat wrote:
RIP founder of MUFON, Walt Andrus.



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Making 3-D objects disappear: Ultrathin invisibility cloak created

Date: September 17, 2015
Source: DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Invisibility cloaks are a staple of science fiction and fantasy, from Star Trek to Harry Potter, but don't exist in real life, or do they? Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley have devised an ultra-thin invisibility "skin" cloak that can conform to the shape of an object and conceal it from detection with visible light. Although this cloak is only microscopic in size, the principles behind the technology should enable it to be scaled-up to conceal macroscopic items as well.

Working with brick-like blocks of gold nanoantennas, the Berkeley researchers fashioned a "skin cloak" barely 80 nanometers in thickness, that was wrapped around a three-dimensional object about the size of a few biological cells and arbitrarily shaped with multiple bumps and dents. The surface of the skin cloak was meta-engineered to reroute reflected light waves so that the object was rendered invisible to optical detection when the cloak is activated.

"This is the first time a 3D object of arbitrary shape has been cloaked from visible light," said Xiang Zhang, director of Berkeley Lab's Materials Sciences Division and a world authority on metamaterials -- artificial nanostructures engineered with electromagnetic properties not found in nature. "Our ultra-thin cloak now looks like a coat. It is easy to design and implement, and is potentially scalable for hiding macroscopic objects."

Zhang, who holds the Ernest S. Kuh Endowed Chair at UC Berkeley and is a member of the Kavli Energy NanoSciences Institute at Berkeley (Kavli ENSI), is the corresponding author of a paper describing this research in Science. The paper is titled "An Ultra-Thin Invisibility Skin Cloak for Visible Light." Xingjie Ni and Zi Jing Wong are the lead authors. Other co-authors are Michael Mrejen and Yuan Wang.

It is the scattering of light -- be it visible, infrared, X-ray, etc., -- from its interaction with matter that enables us to detect and observe objects. The rules that govern these interactions in natural materials can be circumvented in metamaterials whose optical properties arise from their physical structure rather than their chemical composition. For the past ten years, Zhang and his research group have been pushing the boundaries of how light interacts with metamaterials, managing to curve the path of light or bend it backwards, phenomena not seen in natural materials, and to render objects optically undetectable. In the past, their metamaterial-based optical carpet cloaks were bulky and hard to scale-up, and entailed a phase difference between the cloaked region and the surrounding background that made the cloak itself detectable -- though what it concealed was not.

"Creating a carpet cloak that works in air was so difficult we had to embed it in a dielectric prism that introduced an additional phase in the reflected light, which made the cloak visible by phase-sensitive detection," says co-lead author Xingjie Ni, a recent member of Zhang's research group who is now an assistant professor at Penn State University. "Recent developments in metasurfaces, however, allow us to manipulate the phase of a propagating wave directly through the use of subwavelength-sized elements that locally tailor the electromagnetic response at the nanoscale, a response that is accompanied by dramatic light confinement."

In the Berkeley study, when red light struck an arbitrarily shaped 3D sample object measuring approximately 1,300 square microns in area that was conformally wrapped in the gold nanoantenna skin cloak, the light reflected off the surface of the skin cloak was identical to light reflected off a flat mirror, making the object underneath it invisible even by phase-sensitive detection. The cloak can be turned "on" or "off" simply by switching the polarization of the nanoantennas.

"A phase shift provided by each individual nanoantenna fully restores both the wavefront and the phase of the scattered light so that the object remains perfectly hidden," says co-lead author Zi Jing Wong, also a member of Zhang's research group.

The ability to manipulate the interactions between light and metamaterials offers tantalizing future prospects for technologies such as high resolution optical microscopes and superfast optical computers. Invisibility skin cloaks on the microscopic scale might prove valuable for hiding the detailed layout of microelectronic components or for security encryption purposes. At the macroscale, among other applications, invisibility cloaks could prove useful for 3D displays.

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« Reply #13447 on: Sep 18th, 2015, 2:27pm »

Okay, okay, I know wading through scientific documentation can be tedious and boring, but, how else are we going to learn about the important developments of our lifetime?!



2015 Ig Nobel Prizes: From Egg-y Science to Penis Bee Stings


by Elizabeth Palermo, Associate Editor
September 17, 2015

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Getting stung by a bee on the top of your middle toe doesn't hurt as much as getting stung by a bee on the shaft of your penis (or your nostril, for that matter). If you attach a plunger to a chicken's butt, the chicken will walk like a dinosaur.

These are just two of the (real) scientific findings celebrated tonight (Sept. 17) at the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony, an annual event held here at Harvard University's Sanders Theatre. The over-the-top affair, hosted by Harvard student groups and the Improbable Research organization, honors scientific research that "makes people laugh and then think."

This year, 10 Ig Nobel Prizes were awarded to scientists from all over the world, many of whom traveled to Cambridge to accept the prizes in person. Also present this evening were several Nobel Prize laureates, who helped hand out the awards and participated in a very silly opera. The distinguished scientists were also tasked with summing up their Nobel Prize-winning research in just seven words (a task they all performed quite well). [See full list of winners at the 2015 Ig Nobel Prize ceremony]

For example, Sara Lewis, a professor of evolutionary and behavioral ecology at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, had this to say about her years spent researching lightning-bug sex: "Female fireflies favor fancy, food-filled flashes." And Frank Wilczek, a professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the recipient of the 2004 Nobel Prize in physics, summed up the very broad topic of beauty like this: "Beauty — we like it when we see it."

The winners of this year's Ig Nobel Prizes had slightly more time to talk to the audience about their work. One of the most fascinating speeches of the night came from Jerome Choo, a former graduate student at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), who was one of several recipients of this year's Ig Nobel Prize in physics. He was also the only one at the ceremony wearing a toilet seat around his neck.

"Have you ever seen a panda, a goat or an elephant pee?" Choo asked the audience. If you have, and you happened to have counted how long it took these animals to empty their bladders, you may have found that, on average, their bathroom breaks last for about 21 seconds.

Choo and his colleagues found that all mammals weighing more than 6.6 lbs. (3 kilograms) take about the same amount of time to pee. How is that possible? Well, smaller animals may have smaller bladders that hold less pee, but their pee comes out slowly, one drop at a time. Larger animals, on the other hand, have more pee to unleash at potty time, but their longer "pee-pee pipes" (plus gravity) help them push the urine out more quickly, Choo said.

Though the event was charged with lighthearted bathroom humor, there were certain rules everyone in the audience had to follow. For example, prize recipients who droned on for too long during acceptance speeches were scolded by Ms. Sweetie Poo, a little girl wearing suspenders and a sly grin who saddled up next to gregarious recipients to screech, "Please stop. I'm bored." At certain points in the ceremony, Ms. Sweetie Poo was everyone's hero.

But the golden rule governing the night? Paper airplanes could be thrown on stage only at very specific times, and they had to be aimed at certain human targets wearing special equipment (a face mask). That and, whenever anyone said the word "life," which was the theme of this year's ceremony, everyone had to cheer (and they did).

These ridiculous traditions paired well with the hilarious research discussed. The most blush-worthy research rewarded at the ceremony came from scientists in Japan and Slovakia who are studying the effects of sex and kissing on certain kinds of allergic skin reactions. (Swapping spit and other fluids helps reduce allergic reactions in some people, it turns out.) The researchers behind that study took home the Ig Nobel Prize in medicine.

"We are experts in kissing now. If you have any trouble, just ask us," Jaroslava Durdiaková, a researcher at Comenius University in Slovakia, said before blowing a kiss to the audience.

While Durdiaková was undoubtedly the sweetest award recipient of the night, the researchers who figured out how to partially unboil an overcooked egg were met with the most excitement. Who wouldn't like to know this information? However, you need some machinery to perform this magical feat, they explained before walking off stage with their Ig Nobel Prize in chemistry (a potted plant with no plant in it).

Several award recipients chose to act out their research in lieu of giving a formal speech. The Chilean researchers who figured out that sticking a plunger to a chicken's butt made it walk "like a dinosaur" stuck plungers to their own butts and performed a little dinosaur promenade. Then, there were the researchers who figured out that driving someone with a stomach ache over a speed bump is a good way to find out if that person has appendicitis. They were painfully funny.

http://www.livescience.com/52221-2015-ig-nobel-prize-ceremony.html

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The Ig Nobel Prizes are a parody of the Nobel Prizes and are given each year in early October for ten unusual or trivial achievements in scientific research.

The stated aim of the prizes is to "honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think". Organized by the scientific humor magazine Annals of Improbable Research (AIR), they are presented by a group that includes Nobel laureates at a ceremony at Harvard University's Sanders Theater, and they are followed by a set of public lectures by the winners at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The name is a play on the words ignoble ("characterized by baseness, lowness, or meanness") and the Nobel Prize. The pronunciation used during the ceremony is /ˌɪɡnoʊˈbɛl/ IG-noh-BEL, not like the word "ignoble".


Maybe this was the "Nobel Prize" they meant to give Obama??

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"Choo and his colleagues found that all mammals weighing more than 6.6 lbs. (3 kilograms) take about the same amount of time to pee. How is that possible?"



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Supernatural Staffordshire: UFO sightings question whether we are alone

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Posted: September 20, 2015

Paranormal Investigator Damon Simms has explored some of Staffordshire's spookiest places. This week he tells the very recent story of a North Staffordshire man's brush with a UFO and appeals for other Sentinel readers to share their experiences…

UFO sightings do not receive the level of respect they deserve, if you ask me. Take, for example, how Hollywood has moulded us to perceive them with scepticism, with films such as "Mars attacks" & "War of the Worlds" to name just two of many movies that affected our "understanding" of these strange yet wonderfully fascinating encounters.

That is why this week's story is so intriguing…

Peter Hulme lives in Kidsgrove with his wife Judith. He is in his sixties and does not own or use a computer. He has never even browsed the internet for anything. The worldwide web has no influence on Peter.

Some people are lucky enough to experience a sighting of a genuine UFO once in their lifetime, so it's amazing to think that Pete has done this not once but twice in his; and both from the comfort of his own home.

The first happened in September 2013. Pete was upstairs in his home when something out of the window in the distant skyline caught his eye. It was a bright glowing orange ball of light that was huge in size. The brightness was so intense that Pete said 'it looked like it became almost white as you looked towards the centre of the object'.

It was flying at approximately 400 feet and at almost a mile away it still was very clear to see as it was an exceptionally clear night. The object was traveling from south to west in a straight line at a speed in the region of 30 miles per second towards Mow Cop according to Pete's calculations.

As Pete opened his window to gain a better look and to also mitigate possibility of glare or refractions affecting what he thought he was seeing, he stood watching the UFO traveling through the night's sky. Just then another almost identical object joined the first.

Pete witnessed both objects traveling in a perfectly linear formation (one behind the other) for approximately four minutes until the both flew out of his view.

This encounter convinced this logical, educated and level headed man that we are not alone…

Fast forward to last week – September 13 – and Peter is once again upstairs in his home when he glances out of the window and sees another object in the clear night sky. This time it is heading from east to west.

Again the object was very large, travelling at a similar speed, altitude and a very bright orange colour.

All of a sudden, as once again Pete opened the window to get an unobstructed view he saw the first UFO was "joined" by a second – except this one had a small "tail" that trailed behind it.

Pete watched with great interest as both craft left his vision as they "flew" into the distance.

It's important to say that during my interview with Peter that he continually felt the need to stress how "in formation and linear" the objects seemed to travel through the sky and at the same speed as each other.

Pete went downstairs to tell his wife what he has witnessed again and as he stood by a large back window pointing into the sky describing his latest encounter they were both shocked to see a new large orange object enter their field of vision.

Pete rushed outside to get a better look and as he did, he and his wife witnessed another craft join the first. This one was slightly bigger and brighter and, as it flew perfectly behind the first object something strange but amazing happened.

The "leading" object seemed to just drop from the sky and "bounce" twice on the ground in a large wooded area, on its second bounce it sent out a flash of light that lit up the surrounding area brightly – revealing the wooded area clearly.

As it did so, Pete said it "changed" colour to a bright lilac.

With that the UFO just vanished, one moment it was there the next it was gone.

Pete and Judith watched as the trailing UFO flew off into the distance and as they turned to make their way back into the house a fifth and final object became visible in the star-filled sky. This one was much bigger than all the others they had seen and was flying much slower.

Pete explained that he got the feeling that it was 'searching or looking for something – maybe the object that hit the ground in the Cheshire plain'.

This one followed the path from east to west before eventually disappearing for good.

Pete told me that he was sure other people must have seen some of their fascinating objects and hopes that by coming forward for this article it will encourage others to share their experiences with Sentinel readers.

I, for one, am convinced we are not alone.

Have you had a brush with the paranormal? Contact Damon at: supernaturalstaffordshire@outlook.com

http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/Supernatural-Staffordshire-UFO-sightings-question/story-27833244-detail/story.html

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