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« Reply #9570 on: Dec 1st, 2013, 10:19am »

Good morning Sys,

I grew up with Siamese cats. They are cats on steroids!

I adore cats but as the article reads, they can take us or leave us, lol.

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« Reply #9571 on: Dec 1st, 2013, 10:24am »

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'UFO Investigations Manual' provides history, tips for researchers

by Jack Brewer
30 November 2013


Nigel Watson recently released his fourth book, 'UFO Investigations Manual: UFO Investigations from 1892 to the Present Day' from Haynes Publishing. It contains an in-depth look at the history of the UFO phenomenon, tips for investigating UFOs and similar resources. “For the seasoned ufologist it will be a handy guide,” Watson told 'Orlando Paranormal Examiner' by email Friday, “and for beginners it provides a clear overview of the subject that can't be gained by trawling the Internet.”

The British writer's articles on paranormal, science and technological topics have been carried in numerous publications including 'Flying Saucer Review' and 'UFO Magazine'. Watson first caught the UFO bug during the Apollo moon-landing missions of the 1960's. His research and writing interests subsequently inspired him to seek further education in film and literature, as well as psychology.

“Studying psychology revealed the complexities and inadequacies of human perception, especially in exceptional circumstances,” Watson explained Friday. “Every ufologist should gain some understanding of the basics of human psychology.”

His most recent book examines the UFO phenomenon from the late 19th century to present. Various perspectives and potential explanations are considered. Detailed appendices include essentials for an investigation kit, how to produce an investigation report, tips on sky-watching and more.

When asked what readers should expect to gain from reading 'UFO Investigations Manual', Watson replied, “They will gain an understanding of the history of the subject, from the airship and aircraft scares of the 19th and 20th centuries right through to the official investigations conducted after the Arnold sighting in June 1947. The book also looks at how UFO reports have been classified and the many explanations that have been put forward to account for these reports.”

What does Watson think is one of the more interesting UFO cases, and why?

“The Betty and Barney Hill case is fascinating as it set the standard for future abduction reports. In the 1960's, it was such an exceptional case that ufologists were not sure how to react to it. It took a journalist [John G. Fuller] to bring the case to worldwide attention in his book, 'The Interrupted Journey'.

“What happened to them during their missing two hours is still hotly contested, and I doubt there will ever be an adequate answer that will satisfy skeptics and believers.”

What does Watson think would be most important for writer/researchers to understand when delving into reports of UFOs, alien abduction and related subject matter?

“That there is no all embracing answer to why people keep reporting UFO sightings and alien abductions. The reasons vary according to the witness and their sociological and cultural background.”

'UFO Investigations Manual: UFO Investigations from 1892 to the Present Day' by Nigel Watson is available in book stores and online at Amazon.


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« Reply #9573 on: Dec 1st, 2013, 10:27am »

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I LOVE ANIMALS...HAD A FEW PAVLOV CATS-N-DOGS...I USED TO THINK I HAD THEM WELL TRAINED...HOW SOON THE REALITY SET IN...IT WAS OTHER WAY AROUND... grin

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« Reply #9574 on: Dec 1st, 2013, 11:07am »

Glad you found the article about Nigel Watson's work and statements interesting, Crystal. I particularly appreciated his remarks about psychology and how there is no all embracing explanation. Thanks for the post.

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on Dec 1st, 2013, 10:27am, ZETAR wrote:
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I LOVE ANIMALS...HAD A FEW PAVLOV CATS-N-DOGS...I USED TO THINK I HAD THEM WELL TRAINED...HOW SOON THE REALITY SET IN...IT WAS OTHER WAY AROUND... grin

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EVERY TIME I THINK WE HAVE OUR GIRLS TRAINED THEY LET US KNOW THAT WE DON'T. grin

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AND THAT'S THE WAY THEY LIKE IT.

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« Reply #9576 on: Dec 2nd, 2013, 10:11am »

on Dec 1st, 2013, 11:07am, jjflash wrote:
Glad you found the article about Nigel Watson's work and statements interesting, Crystal. I particularly appreciated his remarks about psychology and how there is no all embracing explanation. Thanks for the post.

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Every time you think you have a handle on the phenomenon something else comes along and you think, "What?" and you start all over again. It's like trying to wrangle cats.

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« Reply #9577 on: Dec 2nd, 2013, 10:16am »

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Devon knows what it is: UFO mystery as bizarre flying saucer shape is captured in the sky above West Country wind farm

By Sophie Jane Evans

PUBLISHED: 19:25 EST, 30 November 2013
UPDATED: 04:54 EST, 1 December 2013

Aliens are here and they have chosen the perfect landing pad - the lush green fields of a wind farm in Devon.


That is, if you choose to believe these photos of a bizarre shape hovering in the sky in broad daylight.


The images show what appears to be a UFO floating above turbines at Fullabrook wind farm.


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Bizarre object: The mysterious shape can be seen floating above Fullabrook wind farm in Devon


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« Reply #9578 on: Dec 2nd, 2013, 10:21am »

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Outlandish Concept Cars Inspired by Nature (And Probably Some Drugs)

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A car inspired by ants that can climb walls. A submersible pod that uses the Los Angeles river instead of congested freeways. A bio-suit with one leg that jumps like a kangaroo. These are the concepts nine automakers developed for this year's L.A. Design Challenge with the theme "Biomimicry and Mobility: 2025."

Twelve years in the future seems pretty optimistic for these insane creations, but when you give designers from BMW, Mazda, Toyota, Subaru, and a handful of Chinese automakers carte blanche to create whatever their imaginations can conjure -- along with a RedBull IV and probably some powerful hallucinogens -- you get the Future. Or road-going vaporware.

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How Men's Brains Are Wired Differently Than Women's

Male brains have more connections within hemispheres to optimize motor skills, whereas female brains are more connected between hemispheres to combine analytical and intuitive thinking

By Tanya Lewis
2 December 2013

Men aren't from Mars and women aren't from Venus, but their brains really are wired differently, a new study suggests.

The research, which involved imaging the brains of nearly 1,000 adolescents, found that male brains had more connections within hemispheres, whereas female brains were more connected between hemispheres. The results, which apply to the population as a whole and not individuals, suggest that male brains may be optimized for motor skills, and female brains may be optimized for combining analytical and intuitive thinking.

"On average, men connect front to back [parts of the brain] more strongly than women," whereas "women have stronger connections left to right," said study leader Ragini Verma, an associate professor of radiology at the University of Pennsylvania medical school. But Verma cautioned against making sweeping generalizations about men and women based on the results.

Previous studies have found behavioral differences between men and women. For example, women may have better verbal memory and social cognition, whereas men may have better motor and spatial skills, on average. Brain imaging studies have shown that women have a higher percentage of gray matter, the computational tissue of the brain, while men have a higher percentage of white matter, the connective cables of the brain. But few studies have shown that men's and women's brains are connected differently.

In the study, researchers scanned the brains of 949 young people ages 8 to 22 (428 males and 521 females), using a form of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) known as diffusion tensor imaging, which maps the diffusion of water molecules within brain tissue. The researchers analyzed the participants as a single group, and as three separate groups split up by age.

As a whole, the young men had stronger connections within cerebral hemispheres while the young women had stronger connections between hemispheres, the study, detailed today (Dec. 2) in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found. However, the cerebellum, a part of the brain below the cerebrum that plays a role in coordinating muscle movement, showed the opposite pattern, with males having stronger connections between hemispheres.

Roughly speaking, the back of the brain handles perception and the front of the brain handles action; the left hemisphere of the brain is the seat of logical thinking, while the right side of the brain begets intuitive thinking. The findings lend support to the view that males may excel at motor skills, while women may be better at integrating analysis and intuitive thinking.

"It is fascinating that we can see some of functional differences in men and women structurally," Verma told LiveScience. However, the results do not apply to individual men and women, she said. "Every individual could have part of both men and women in them," she said, referring to the connectivity patterns her team observed.

When the researchers compared the young people by age group, they saw the most pronounced brain differences among adolescents (13.4 to 17 years old), suggesting the sexes begin to diverge in the teen years. Males and females showed the greatest differences in inter-hemisphere brain connectivity during this time, with females having more connections between hemispheres primarily in the frontal lobe. These differences got smaller with age, with older females showing more widely distributed connections throughout the brain rather than just in the frontal lobe.

Currently, scientists can't quantify how much an individual has male- or female-like patterns of brain connectivity. Another lingering question is whether the structural differences result in differences in brain function, or whether differences in function result in structural changes.

The findings could also help scientists understand why certain diseases, such as autism, are more prevalent in males, Verma said.

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UFO cases that generate buzz

Investigators see references to rockets and aliens going back 6,000 years

UFO investigators see references to rocket ships, aliens and astronauts that go back to the days when humans first put chisel and paintbrush to rock. More than 6,000 years later, objects that are unidentified — at least at first — continue to appear in the skies and generate buzz.

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Business Week

Waiting for That Delivery Drone? Regulators Are in No Rush

By Justin Bachman
December 03, 2013

Amazon.com’s (AMZN) goal of airborne retail gratification—using drones to air-drop purchases to your home or office—is hardly the only business application proposed for unmanned aircraft. Scores of companies are hoping to exploit drones’ capabilities, from surveying power lines to aiding firefighters and offshore oil explorers—or patrolling borders and far-off facilities.

“There are hundreds of companies already out there with very well thought-out and good ideas on how to use these things to do business,” says Timothy Adelman, an attorney in Annapolis, Md., who works on regulatory issues surrounding unmanned aircraft systems. Proponents envision an industry that can create 70,000 new jobs and generate $13.5 billion in economic activity in the three years—but only after regulators integrate commercial drones into the U.S. airspace.

The first steps of that regulatory process are expected some time in 2015. Before then, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration will select six test sites at which data will be collected next year on the operation of the unmanned aircraft. The agency forecasts that some 7,500 small drones will be flying in U.S. airspace by 2019, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said in a speech last month.

Yet the nascent industry faces numerous hurdles before Americans will see an array of commercial drones delivering pizzas, inspecting roads and pipelines, and monitoring crops. “In moving forward, we recognize that the expanded use of unmanned aircraft presents great opportunities, but it’s also true that integrating these aircraft presents significant challenges,” Huerta said. For one thing, drones come in all shapes and sizes and will need to detect and avoid air traffic such as police helicopters and airlines. Will there be altitude restrictions? Can these unmanned aircraft fly near airports? If so, how close? Do they all need a remote pilot? How do you certify that they’re airworthy? Should they carry equipment to transmit their identification and location data? If one crashes, who will be responsible for addressing damage?

“Just like when cars came out, there’s going to be a similar evolution,” says Joe Hall, chief technologist at the Center for Technology and Democracy in Washington. “What we start out with in 2015 is going to look very different than in 10 years.”

Because of these many considerations, the FAA has adopted a cautious approach to any rules for unmanned aircraft over concerns about the many bad outcomes that could arise. “This will set the precedent, so it’s hard to back off a rule you’ve created and shape it and redefine it after it’s out there,” Adelman says. “They’re human. They understand that if they make a mistake they’re going to get blamed for it.”

A detailed FAA “roadmap for commercial drones” ( http://www.faa.gov/about/initiatives/uas/media/uas_roadmap_2013.pdf ) released last month plumbs the extensive list of trouble spots. One small example: The agency has rules governing security for cockpit doors in an aircraft, but what does a terms like “cockpit door” even mean for a drone operator sitting hundreds or thousands of miles away? It’s just one of the issues regulators have identified for integrating drones into U.S. airspace. Even the FAA’s limited drone experience to date has been enough to demonstrate that “rule-making efforts may be more complex, receive greater scrutiny, and require longer development timeframes than the average regulatory effort,” the agency says.

Those time frames are frustrating many companies—now including Amazon—that wish to ramp up manufacture or operation of commercial drones. The wait threatens to ruin many smaller companies that have been unable to monetize their products or services in the meantime, says Adelman, who predicts a wave of bankruptcies before the rules are set.

An inevitable sector of new business linked to commercial drones remains on hold, at least for now: insurance coverage for drone operators. Still, several insurers have begun working with Adelman’s firm, LeClairRyan, to price products for the industry . “The dam just needs to open,” he says.

For Amazon, which has made clear that its fleet of octocopters will be carrying consumer products weighing less than five pounds, there may be an additional consideration to its futuristic delivery scheme: Will people try to steal merchandise by shooting down drones? Would it even be illegal to knock down an unnamed craft buzzing over your home? “If an Amazon drone crosses into your property, can you shoot it down?” Hall asks. “Who the hell knows?”

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-12-03/waiting-for-that-amazon-delivery-drone-regulators-are-in-no-rush-to-put-unmanned-aircraft-into-business

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Cocaine barons will be dancing with joy.
No more pilots to squeal when caught. Just press a self destruct button and the whole thing goes up in flames.

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No more pilots to squeal when caught. Just press a self destruct button and the whole thing goes up in flames.

Perfect.

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Hi HAL cheesy

I thought of parties where everyone decides to play shoot down the drone.

Seriously though, what about small planes, helicopters, etc. that will be affected by this.

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