If you drive, you might enjoy it very much, or you may not care for it. Some people love cars and working on them, while others see them as nothing more than transportation, and they don’t care about the detailing and craftsmanship that went into them. Many people own them, though, and that’s probably not going to change anytime soon.
When you get in a car, either as a driver or passenger, you risk injury. There are thousands of car wrecks every day, some more serious than others. Human error causes many of them, while mechanical failure causes others.
While you will never be one hundred percent safe when riding in a car or driving one, you should know that there have been significant automotive safety advances over the past few years that are becoming more widespread. Let’s look at five of those right now.
Even if you’re a great driver, something might distract you for a moment, and sometimes, that’s all it takes. If you’re not far behind the car in front of you, and it stops suddenly, you can plow into it if your eyes are not on the road ahead.
Many new cars now come with forward automatic emergency braking, or FAEB systems. They sense a collision before it occurs, and the vehicle starts to brake for you. They can often prevent collisions or at least ensure that you are going a lot slower when you strike the car ahead of you.
No law requires them yet, but that could certainly change soon. They have already prevented many serious injuries.
As you’re backing out of your driveway, you never know if the neighbor’s dog is going to run past at that moment, with a couple of kids chasing after him. You don’t know if a cyclist is going to peddle past right then. Maybe your child left a toy lying in the driveway, and without that camera, you would not notice it.
Backup cameras also help when you’re out in the world, like when you’re backing out of a space in a busy restaurant or grocery store parking lot. They make driving so much safer that the federal government mandated that all cars must have them, starting with the 2019 model year.
Lane Departure Warning Systems
Lane departure warning systems are another recent vehicle arrival. Companies debuted these systems to warn drivers who are starting to drift out of their lane and into another without signaling a lane switch.
The way they work is that a camera underneath the vehicle monitors the road in real-time. It sees the lane markings on a street or highway surface. When the car begins to drift, the car lets the driver know.
A noise, dashboard light, or vibrating seat or steering wheel tells you that you’re drifting out of your lane. You then adjust the wheel to prevent hitting another car or getting a police citation for an illegal lane change.
The camera picking up the illegal lane change and warning you about it in real-time is remarkable. It’s truly a miraculous modern technology example.
Blind Spot Alert Systems
Vehicle blind-spot alert systems are also becoming more common these days. The car detects when there is a vehicle or other large object in your blind spot. It then makes a noise to indicate that to you, so you don’t try to switch lanes right then.
Some alert systems light up the dashboard, or else the steering wheel or your seat might vibrate. This way, you won’t forget to check your blind spot and change lanes, either hitting another vehicle or causing that other car to swerve, possibly hitting a barrier or something else.
Inexperienced drivers particularly like the blind spot alert system. Teenagers avoid many accidents with them.
More experienced drivers will know to check their blind spot every time, but you never know. Even road veterans might make a mistake from time to time, and these systems can prevent that.
Radar Cruise Control
Cruise control has been around for a long time. If you’re on a long, monotonous highway stretch, and you know what the speed limit is, you can program the car to stay at that speed. However, if traffic conditions in front of you change, you need to take the vehicle off cruise control for traffic navigation.
The radar cruise control version is cruise control, but with a twist. You can set it and then take your foot off the accelerator. Radar picks up vehicles and congestion in front of you.
If there’s a traffic jam or slow traffic ahead, you don’t need to take the vehicle out of cruise control. The car will slow down automatically to adjust to the traffic condition changes.
It can be a little scary not having your foot on the brakes as cars appear ahead of you, but this technology makes it possible.
Aside from all this, there are things like Bluetooth connectivity. With Bluetooth, you can make a smartphone call through voice command. You don’t need to take your hands off the wheel to try and balance a phone or set it to speaker when you call a friend or family member.
Driving is easier and fun with all this tech. Even if you don’t like vehicles too much, you might come to like your driving time more since there are so many accident prevention features now.
Chemical Memory in Plants Affects Chances of Offspring Survival
Researchers at the University of Warwick have uncovered the mechanism that allows plants to pass on their ‘memories’ to offspring, which results in growth and developmental defects.
In order to survive and thrive, plants have the unique capability to sense and remember changes in their environment. This is linked to the chemical modification of DNA and histone proteins, which alters the way in which DNA is packaged within the cell’s nucleus and genes are expressed — a process known as epigenetic regulation.
Usually, this epigenetic information is reset during sexual reproduction to erase any inappropriate ‘memories’ from being passed on to ensure the offspring grows normally. In the paper, ‘A new role for histone demethylases in the maintenance of plant genome integrity’ published in the journal elife, it was found that some plants were unable to forget this information and passed it on to their offspring, thereby affecting their chances of survival.
The researchers identified two proteins in Thale Cress (Arabidopsis), previously known only to control the initiation and timing of flowering, that are also responsible for controlling ‘plant memory’ through the chemical modification (demethylation) of histone proteins.
They showed that plants unable to reset these chemical marks during sexual reproduction, passed on this ‘memory’ to subsequent generations, resulting in defects in growth and development.
Some of these defects were linked to the activation of selfish DNA elements, also known as ‘jumping genes’ or transposons, thus indicating that the erasure of such ‘memory’ is also critical for maintaining the integrity of plant genomes by silencing transposons.
Prof. Jose Gutierrez-Marcos, a senior author on the paper from the School of Life Sciences at the University of Warwick commented:
“Our study into the proteins that regulate plant memory has shown how important it is for chemical marks to be reset during sexual reproduction in order to avoid offspring inheriting inappropriate ‘memories’ that lead to growth and developmental defects associated with genome instability.
“The next step is to work out how to manipulate such ‘memories’ for plant breeding purposes, so that subsequent generations show greater adaptability to allow them to thrive in a changing environment.”
Javier Antunez-Sanchez, Matthew Naish, Juan Sebastian Ramirez-Prado, Sho Ohno, Ying Huang, Alexander Dawson, Korawit Opassathian, Deborah Manza-Mianza, Federico Ariel, Cecile Raynaud, Anjar Wibowo, Josquin Daron, Minako Ueda, David Latrasse, R Keith Slotkin, Detlef Weigel, Moussa Benhamed, Jose Gutierrez-Marcos. A new role for histone demethylases in the maintenance of plant genome integrity. eLife, 2020; 9 DOI: 10.7554/eLife.58533
The missing dark matter in certain galaxies can be explained by the effects of tidal disruption: the gravity forces of a neighboring massive galaxy, literally tearing the smaller galaxy apart.
In 2018 an international team of researchers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and several other observatories uncovered, for the first time, a galaxy in our cosmic neighborhood that is missing most of its dark matter. This discovery of the galaxy NGC 1052-DF2 was a surprise to astronomers, as it was understood that dark matter is a key constituent in current models of galaxy formation and evolution. In fact, without the presence of dark matter, the primordial gas would lack enough gravitational pull to start collapsing and forming new galaxies. A year later, another galaxy that misses dark matter was discovered, NGC 1052-DF4, which further triggered intense debates among astronomers about the nature of these objects.
Now, new Hubble data have been used to explain the reason behind the missing dark matter in NGC 1052-DF4, which resides 45 million light-years away. Mireia Montes of the University of New South Wales in Australia led an international team of astronomers to study the galaxy using deep optical imaging. They discovered that the missing dark matter can be explained by the effects of tidal disruption. The gravity forces of the neighboring massive galaxy NGC 1035 are tearing NGC 1052-DF4 apart. During this process, the dark matter is removed, while the stars feel the effects of the interaction with another galaxy at a later stage.
Until now, the removal of dark matter in this way has remained hidden from astronomers as it can only be observed using extremely deep images that can reveal extremely faint features. “We used Hubble in two ways to discover that NGC 1052-DF4 is experiencing an interaction,” explained Montes. “This includes studying the galaxy’s light and the galaxy’s distribution of globular clusters.”
Thanks to Hubble’s high resolution, the astronomers could identify the galaxy’s globular cluster population. The 10.4-meter Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC) telescope and the IAC80 telescope in the Canary Islands of Spain were also used to complement Hubble’s observations by further studying the data.
“It is not enough just to spend a lot of time observing the object, but a careful treatment of the data is vital,” explained team member Raúl Infante-Sainz of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias in Spain. “It was therefore important that we use not just one telescope/instrument, but several (both ground- and space-based) to conduct this research. With the high resolution of Hubble, we can identify the globular clusters, and then with GTC photometry we obtain the physical properties.”
Globular clusters are thought to form in the episodes of intense star formation that shaped galaxies. Their compact sizes and luminosity make them easily observable, and they are therefore good tracers of the properties of their host galaxy. In this way, by studying and characterizing the spatial distribution of the clusters in NGC 1052-DF4, astronomers can develop insight into the present state of the galaxy itself. The alignment of these clusters suggests they are being “stripped” from their host galaxy, and this supports the conclusion that tidal disruption is occurring.
By studying the galaxy’s light, the astronomers also found evidence of tidal tails, which are formed of the material moving away from NGC 1052-DF4. This further supports the conclusion that this is a disruption event. The additional analysis concluded that the central parts of the galaxy remain untouched and only about 7% of the stellar mass of the galaxy is hosted in these tidal tails. This means that dark matter, which is less concentrated than stars, was previously and preferentially stripped from the galaxy, and now the outer stellar component is starting to be stripped as well.
“This result is a good indicator that, while the dark matter of the galaxy was evaporated from the system, the stars are only now starting to suffer the disruption mechanism,” explained team member Ignacio Trujillo of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias in Spain. “In time, NGC 1052-DF4 will be cannibalized by the large system around NGC 1035, with at least some of their stars floating free in deep space.”
The discovery of evidence to support the mechanism of tidal disruption as the explanation for the galaxy’s missing dark matter has not only solved an astronomical conundrum but has also brought a sigh of relief to astronomers. Without it, scientists would be faced with having to revise our understanding of the laws of gravity.
“This discovery reconciles existing knowledge of how galaxies form and evolve with the most favorable cosmological model,” added Montes.
What Is VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) Etching and Engraving?
Vehicle Identification Numbers are assigned to vehicles by the Government for identification purposes. The number is permanent and comes in handy while making sales bill, repair invoices and for vehicle registration.
How does the VIN etching process work?
In the VIN etching process, chemicals are used to permanently etch the numbers on glass, in the case of vehicle on its windows and windshield. The entire process takes less than 10 minutes and does not in any way affect the appearance of your vehicle.
A lot of customers are confused about whether it is necessary to VIN etch their vehicles. Down below are the reasons why VIN etching your vehicle is necessary–
Does not attract theft – Vehicle thieves disassemble the vehicle and try to sell off the removable parts as quickly as possible. Vehicles with VIN etching on their windows, windshields and other removable parts are least attractive to burglars because they will have to spend extra cash in taking off the etched parts from the vehicles. So a VIN etched vehicle has the least possibility of getting stolen.
Allows for quick identification of vehicles – the rate of recovery of a stolen vehicle is greater if the VIN number is etched on the windows. Etched VIN numbers leads to quick identification of stolen vehicles and increase the recovery rate by 85 percent.
It is greatly encouraged by Insurance companies and law enforcement authorities – Insurance companies have so much faith on VIN etching that they offer attractive discounts to vehicle owners if they get their vehicles etched. Law enforcement authorities also equally endorse the process as it reduces theft and in case of a theft allows speedy recovery of the vehicle.
It is budget friendly – The entire process does not cost an arm and a leg. It can be considered as a great investment. If you aren’t very keen on shelling cash on professional etching services there are other options as well. DIY etching kits are available for lesser prices. These are hassle-free and can be done by the owner.
It does not affect the aesthetics of the vehicle – it is an unobtrusive process and does not stand out. Only visible to the eyes exclusively looking for it. It does not take away the functionality of the windows or windshield.
VIN etching is no doubt theft repellent. And even in case, the vehicle gets stolen it will be easier for authorities to track down your car. Businesses with small or large fleet of vehicles can see this as a great investment to protect their vehicles. The discount from insurance companies is also another great reason to get your vehicles VIN etched.
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Musk Unveils Creepy Futuristic Dashboard That Shows What Neural Network Inside Tesla Self-Driving Car Sees
Elon Musk, easily one of the most audacious business entrepreneurs and tech mavens in modern times, has promised self-driving, autonomous cars for years now. Earlier this year he even went so far as to predict the commercial release of a beta fleet of autonomous vehicles by the end of 2020.
It turns out that prediction may have had a substantial foundation behind it because last week Musk stunned Tesla enthusiasts with a demo of the company’s forthcoming “Full Self-Driving” (FSD) beta. The presentation confirmed a major upgrade to Tesla’s self-driving suite and shocked viewers with a video demo of the beta car’s futuristic dashboard in action.
The test demo featured a specially selected trained driver but the most jaw-dropping aspect undoubtedly involves the dashboard that represents what the car’s neural network is “seeing” as it drives. Multiple glowing modules and real-time data monitors depict a full spectrum of the road ahead, highlighting pedestrian movements, parked cars, and unmarked lane dividers.
Musk himself calls the upgrade a “quantum leap” in the autonomous vehicles race and his Tesla ‘bros’ seem to be just as sold.
Later in the demo, that driver expanded on the almost creepy, human-like impulses demonstrated by the vehicle: “I almost felt like I was still driving, because I still looked [before making a turn], and the car felt like it was looking, so that was amazing and truly mind-blowing how it was working.”
The neural net used in the new software allows drivers to engage the Autopilot advanced driver-assist mode on local and non-highway streets. The company released terse warnings about the use of the beta car, saying that it still requires constant human oversight because “it may do the wrong thing at the worse time.”
Experts note the risk of a haphazard release, which could result in drivers performing experimental stunts for YouTube videos. In this vein, The Verge described the whole spectacle with succinct criticism:
“Frankly, this looks terrifying — not because it seems erratic or malfunctioning, but because of the way it will inevitably be misused.”
Ed Niedermeyer, communications director for Partners for Automated Vehicle Education, issued the following statement:
“Public road testing is a serious responsibility and using untrained consumers to validate beta-level software on public roads is dangerous and inconsistent with existing guidance and industry norms. Moreover, it is extremely important to clarify the line between driver assistance and autonomy. Systems requiring human driver oversight are not self-driving and should not be called self-driving.”
In its publicly released warning, Tesla acknowledges these risks and the probability that dangerous rule-breaking and stunts are inevitable. There have already been fatal crashes involving autonomous vehicles and there will likely be more. As a result, the company says the Autopilot feature should only be engaged by attentive drivers who have both hands on the wheel.
Despite these dangers, Musk continues to aim for a 2020 wide release.
“Full Self-Driving is in early limited access Beta and must be used with additional caution,” the company writes. “It may do the wrong thing at the worst time, so you must always keep your hands on the wheel and pay extra attention to the road.Do not become complacent.“
Although many critics are expressing an abundance of caution with regard to Tesla’s beta rollout, it is widely believed by automotive and industry experts that autonomous vehicles will one day dramatically improve traffic, reduce car accident injuries, and could save millions of lives. The industrial automation and robot revolution will also shake up the job market and society as a whole.
So, what’s the verdict from The Mind Unleashed readers? Will you buy a self-driving beta car in the first year of its release or will you wait to see the fatality statistics?
Amateur Astronomer Alberto Caballero Finds Possible Source of Wow! Signal
The Wow! signal represented as “6EQUJ5”. Credit: Big Ear Radio Observatory and North American AstroPhysical Observatory (NAAPO)
Amateur astronomer and YouTuber Alberto Caballero, one of the founders of The Exoplanets Channel, has found a small amount of evidence for a source of the notorious Wow! signal. In his paper uploaded to the arXiv preprint server, Caballero describes searching the Gaia database for possible sun-like stars that might host an exoplanet capable of supporting intelligent life.
Back in 1977, astronomers working with the Big Ear Radio Telescope—at the time, situated in Delaware, Ohio—recorded a unique signal from somewhere in space. It was so strong and unusual that one of the workers on the team, Jerry Ehman, famously scrawled the word Wow! on the printout. Despite years of work and many man-hours, no one has ever been able to trace the source of the signal or explain the strong, unique signal, which lasted for all of 72 seconds. Since that time, many people have suggested the only explanation for such a strong and unique signal is extraterrestrial intelligent life.
In this new effort, Caballero reasoned that if the source was some other life form, it would likely be living on an exoplanet—and if that were the case, it would stand to reason that such a life form might be living on a planet similar to Earth—one circling its own sun-like star. Pursuing this logic, Caballero began searching the publicly available Gaia database for just such a star. The Gaia database has been assembled by a team working at the Gaia observatory run by the European Space Agency. Launched back in 2013, the project has worked steadily on assembling the best map of the night sky ever created. To date, the team has mapped approximately 1.3 billion stars.
In studying his search results, Caballero found what appears to fit the bill—a star (2MASS 19281982-2640123) that is very nearly a mirror image of the sun—and is located in the part of the sky where the Wow! signal originated. He notes that there are other possible candidates in the area but suggests his candidate might provide the best launching point for a new research effort by astronomers who have the tools to look for exoplanets.
On December 21, We Will Witness a Super-rare Planetary Alignment Not Seen in 800 Years
How the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction will appear to telescope viewers. (Patrick Hartigan/CC BY 4.0)
Stargazers are in for a treat over Christmas, as Jupiter and Saturn will get closer to each other in Earth’s night sky than they have been for nearly 800 years. Set up your telescope, hope for a clear night, and get ready.
The celestial synchronization has been in the works since summer as Jupiter and Saturn have been moving closer together in the night sky, and between 16-25 December, they’ll be separated by only 1/5th the diameter of a full moon.
While the planets won’t physically be close to each other at all, of course, they’ll look like a single point of bright light to anyone looking up at the night sky.
“Alignments between these two planets are rather rare, occurring once every 20 years or so, but this conjunction is exceptionally rare because of how close the planets will appear to one another,” says astronomer Patrick Hartigan from Rice University.
“You’d have to go all the way back to just before dawn on March 4, 1226, to see a closer alignment between these objects visible in the night sky.”
To get the best viewing experience for this spectacular show, you’re going to need to be somewhere near the equator – but if the skies are clear then the alignment should still be visible from just about anywhere on Earth.
The pair of planets will show up in the night sky for about an hour after sunset each evening, according to astronomers. If you’re hoping to catch a glimpse yourself, you’ll need to point your telescope towards the western sky.
“On the evening of closest approach on Dec 21 they will look like a double planet, separated by only 1/5th the diameter of the full moon,” says Hartigan. “For most telescope viewers, each planet and several of their largest moons will be visible in the same field of view that evening.”
“The further north a viewer is, the less time they’ll have to catch a glimpse of the conjunction before the planets sink below the horizon.”
The planets will be bright enough in the sky to be visible in twilight, which might be the best time to try and take a look at them if you’re in the US. Websites such as Stellarium should help you work out where you should be looking from your vantage point.
While this kind of alignment hasn’t occurred since the Middle Ages, it will happen again fairly soon, in March 2080. After that though, Jupiter and Saturn won’t get as close in our night sky until 2400.
When we’re dealing with these sorts of timescales, it always pays to keep up to date with what’s happening around the Solar System – you don’t want to miss something incredible.
Cellular Aging Process REVERSED for 1st Time in History
Researchers in Israel claim to have partially reversed cellular aging using a somewhat controversial treatment. While only a small study, it improves our understanding of the aging process in humans.
The shortening of telomeres, the caps at the end of each of our chromosomes, is one of the main underlying mechanisms behind aging. Cell division whittles down these telomeres each time it occurs, leaving each new chromosome slightly shorter than its predecessor.
This, in turn, increases the risk of mutation down the line, which can often lead to age-related diseases like certain types of cancer.
Scientists in Israel, led by Shair Efrati, a physician from the Faculty of Medicine and Sagol School of Neuroscience at Tel Aviv University, claim they can now partially reverse this process by extending the length of these telomeres using hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT).
They placed 26 volunteers aged 64 and older in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber for five 90-minute sessions every week for three months, taking regular samples throughout the process.
At the end of the study, the researchers were pleasantly surprised to find some of the patients’ telomeres had extended by up to 20 percent.
The aging process isn’t the direct result of shrinking telomeres but keeping the lid on chromosomes means better cellular performance into old age. Staving off telomere shrinkage can be helped by plenty of quality sleep, exercise, and good food but applying hyperbaric oxygen therapy appears to also promote healthier telomeres in the body.
However, the researchers acknowledge that their study was based on small sample size, needs to be replicated, and that the technique has been attempted before without success.
Furthermore, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) can be a somewhat controversial topic, however, as there have been extraordinary and poorly-evidenced claims that it can treat conditions ranging from aseptic bone necrosis, global brain ischaemia to autism.
Efrati describes the full knowledge and understanding of telomere shortening as “the ‘Holy Grail’ of the biology of aging.”
In order to ‘turn back time’ on the aging process altogether, we would need to recover some of the bits of genetic code lost during cell division. This does happen in certain tissues that line our gut, via an enzyme called telomerase, another avenue of extensive research.
However, reactivation of telomerase is a technique employed by certain cancers to replicate, so scientists must also proceed with caution while exploring that particular avenue.
The aging process extends far beyond shortening telomeres, so humanity is still some way off discovering the fountain of youth, but early indications are that HBOT can improve health in old age.
Scientists: The Human Brain And the Entire Universe Have Odd Similarities
An astrophysicist at the University of Bologna and a neurosurgeon at the University of Verona have claimed that the brain resembles the universe. The two Italian researchers came up with the galaxy-brain theory that is out of this world: The structures of the perceptible universe, they say, are astonishingly comparable to the neuronal networks of the human brain.
University of Bologna astrophysicist Franco Vazza and University of Verona neurosurgeon Alberto Feletti document the extraordinary similarities between the cosmic network of galaxies and the complex web of neurons in the human brain. The detailed study was published in the journal Frontiers in Physics showcasing the human brain has roughly 27 orders of magnitude separated in scale, while similarly, the composition of the cosmic web shows comparable levels of complexity and self-organization, according to the researchers.
The brain itself contains an estimated 69 billion neurons, while the visible universe is comprised of at least 100 billion galaxies, strung together like a mesh network. Even more intriguing both galaxies and neurons only account for about 30 percent of the total masses of the universe and brain. Further, both galaxies and neurons arrange themselves like pearls on a long string.
Beginning from the shared features of the two systems, the two researchers examined a simulation of the network of galaxies in comparison to sections of the cerebral cortex and the cerebellum. Their purpose was to inspect how matter variations propagate.
In the case of galaxies, the remaining 70 percent of the mass is dark energy. The equivalent in the human brain, the pair said was water.
“We calculated the spectral density of both systems,” Vazza said in a statement about the experiment. “This is a technique often employed in cosmology for studying the spatial distribution of galaxies. Our analysis showed that the distribution of the fluctuation within the cerebellum neuronal network on a scale from 1 micrometer to 0.1 millimeters follows the same progression of the distribution of matter in the cosmic web,” he added, “but, of course, on a larger scale that goes from 5 million to 500 million light-years.”
The amount of interwoven connections originating from each node also were strangely alike sparking further interest to the researchers.
“Once again, structural parameters have identified unexpected agreement levels,” Feletti said in the statement. “Probably, the connectivity within the two networks evolves following similar physical principles, despite the striking and obvious difference between the physical powers regulating galaxies and neurons.”
The team is anticipating that their preliminary research could lead to new analysis procedures advancing knowledge about both cosmology and neurosurgery. Which would enable scientists to better comprehend how these compositions have developed over time.
Tel Aviv University Study Finds Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatments Reverse Aging Process
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First clinical trial reverses two biological processes associated with aging in human cells
A new study from Tel Aviv University (TAU) and the Shamir Medical Center in Israel indicates that hyperbaric oxygen treatments (HBOT) in healthy aging adults can stop the aging of blood cells and reverse the aging process. In the biological sense, the adults’ blood cells actually grow younger as the treatments progress.
The researchers found that a unique protocol of treatments with high-pressure oxygen in a pressure chamber can reverse two major processes associated with aging and its illnesses: the shortening of telomeres (protective regions located at both ends of every chromosome) and the accumulation of old and malfunctioning cells in the body. Focusing on immune cells containing DNA obtained from the participants’ blood, the study discovered a lengthening of up to 38% of the telomeres, as well as a decrease of up to 37% in the presence of senescent cells.
The study was led by Professor Shai Efrati of the Sackler School of Medicine and the Sagol School of Neuroscience at TAU and Founder and Director of the Sagol Center of Hyperbaric Medicine at the Shamir Medical Center; and Dr. Amir Hadanny, Chief Medical Research Officer of the Sagol Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Research at the Shamir Medical Center. The clinical trial was conducted as part of a comprehensive Israeli research program that targets aging as a reversible condition.
The paper was published in Aging on November 18, 2020.
“For many years our team has been engaged in hyperbaric research and therapy – treatments based on protocols of exposure to high-pressure oxygen at various concentrations inside a pressure chamber,” Professor Efrati explains. “Our achievements over the years included the improvement of brain functions damaged by age, stroke or brain injury.
“In the current study we wished to examine the impact of HBOT on healthy and independent aging adults, and to discover whether such treatments can slow down, stop or even reverse the normal aging process at the cellular level.”
The researchers exposed 35 healthy individuals aged 64 or over to a series of 60 hyperbaric sessions over a period of 90 days. Each participant provided blood samples before, during and at the end of the treatments as well as some time after the series of treatments concluded. The researchers then analyzed various immune cells in the blood and compared the results.
The findings indicated that the treatments actually reversed the aging process in two of its major aspects: The telomeres at the ends of the chromosomes grew longer instead of shorter, at a rate of 20%-38% for the different cell types; and the percentage of senescent cells in the overall cell population was reduced significantly – by 11%-37% depending on cell type.
“Today telomere shortening is considered the ‘Holy Grail’ of the biology of aging,” Professor Efrati says. “Researchers around the world are trying to develop pharmacological and environmental interventions that enable telomere elongation. Our HBOT protocol was able to achieve this, proving that the aging process can in fact be reversed at the basic cellular-molecular level.”
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The Best Kept Secrets on E.T Reverse-Engineered Technology
John Lear has discussed secret operations with those that have worked on reverse-engineered technology gained from extraterrestrial civilizations. There have been numerous attempts to conceal these special projects, yet whistleblowers continue to leak vital information. Some of these incredible technologies have been given to powerful aerospace corporations that include the technology to fuel interstellar crafts.
Technology Innovations Taking Healthcare By Storm
The technology sector is currently leading global economic growth. In 2017, the tech industry generated over $3 trillion in revenue, and that figure is expected to increase over the next decade.
Technology has affected processes in several industries, including retail, education, and manufacturing. Technological innovations have also reshaped the healthcare industry, enabling healthcare providers to reach more patients, improve the diagnostic process, and develop more effective treatments. Keep reading to learn about some of the most exciting technological innovations that are changing the healthcare industry.
Individuals who suffer from musculoskeletal injuries, spinal cord injuries, strokes, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), and degenerative conditions, such as ataxia, muscular dystrophy, and muscular sclerosis, may require physical and occupational therapy. Therapy can enable these patients to regain their mobility, maintain muscle and bone strength, and manage pain. Physical therapists use exercises to help their patients improve their mobility. In contrast, occupational therapists use exercises to help patients gain or restore the ability to perform routine tasks, such as buttoning shirts and tying shoelaces.
Technological developments have revolutionized the way that physical and occupational therapists can treat patients. Under the supervision of a physical therapist or an occupational therapist, patients can wear a bionic suit that provides support and makes it easier for them to perform typical functions, such as standing, walking, and writing. Bionic suits — also known as exoskeleton suits — can even be used to enable people who are paralyzed to move their limbs. This exoskeleton technology enables medical professionals to implement more effective treatment plans to improve their patients’ health.
Data Access and Analysis
Many patients have multiple healthcare providers. For example, some individuals may see a psychiatrist as well as a doctor and physical therapist. Patients who are hospitalized may be under the care of multiple medical professionals addressing different symptoms and needs. When a patient has this many providers, it calls for next level data management so that everyone is sure ot be on the same page.
Data virtualization software can access information from multiple sources, assess that data, and present real-time data in a useful manner. This data virtualization tool saves healthcare providers time by using data integration to compile information and present it effectively. Data virtualization software translates data into a usable format that enables healthcare professionals with the insights they need to improve operations and patient care.
The COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 prompted healthcare providers to expand telemedicine services to patients. Medical doctors, dentists, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and psychologists could offer some services remotely. Video conference calls were used to assess patients. Some medical treatments could be conducted remotely. For example, psychologists and other mental health professionals have provided counseling to patients over the phone or through video conferencing apps. Physical and occupational therapists use live video appointments to demonstrate how to complete exercises and monitor patients’ progress. Speech-language pathologists can also direct and evaluate their patients with video calls.
Doctors have supplemented telemedicine by phoning in prescriptions to ensure patients can access their medication while eliminating office visits. This is an effective way of preventing exposure to COVID-19, and it enables medical professionals to use their time more efficiently. Patients arriving at medical offices and hospitals must be screened for COVID-19 symptoms, which takes time and requires staff. Eliminating office visits has ensured medical professionals can still provide excellent, affordable healthcare to their patients.
Artificial intelligence (AI) can direct communications and perform routine tasks, such as processing payments and scheduling appointments. Customer service systems with AI can relieve the burden on representatives and allow them to concentrate on complex tasks while ensuring all patients are served. AI answering systems can also determine which staff is required to address a patient’s needs, which reduces the number of times callers are transferred and ensures prompt service.
AI systems can also be used by healthcare professionals to schedule work shifts. AI with machine learning capabilities can be used to increase efficiency and improve treatment protocols.
Exercise and Monitoring Equipment
Patients’ can be monitored remotely with electronic equipment that records their heart rate, temperature, and blood pressure. Alerts notify staff when a patient requires medical care due to a change in their condition. With technology, medical staff can assist more patients simultaneously and focus resources on patients requiring immediate care.
Individuals can use electronic devices to monitor their condition at home. Smartphones can be used to monitor your blood pressure and heart rate. There are also apps for tracking the number of steps you take during the day and the number of calories you consume. App alerts can also notify family members if a diabetic’s blood sugar levels are dangerously high or low. Modern technological advances make it possible for individuals to have access to immediate, accurate health information to ensure they take medications on time and seek medical care when required.
BMW Develops Turbocharged Electric Wingsuit That Lets You Fly at 186 Mph
German automotive giant BMW is hoping that it can revolutionize extreme sports by turbocharging wingsuits to reach blazing speeds of up to 186 miles per hour (300-km/h).
Conventional wingsuit flying began as an extreme sport in the late 90s, with humans wearing the flying squirrel-like suits – also known as birdman suits and bat suits –to glide as they fell from enormous heights to navigate narrow canyons, caves, and gorges.
Since then, wingsuit flying has proved it’s staying power and become a veritable genre of its own on YouTube, with dozens of videos sponsored by the likes of GoPro and Red Bull showing the exploits of daring wingsuit flyers who use gravity to reach blistering speeds.
However, engineers at BMW’s Designworks studio have now created a wingsuit that would be equipped with a set of electric impellers that pump out 20 horsepower, allowing wearers to reach speeds that were previously unthinkable, reports New Atlas.
The experimental wingsuit is the brainchild of Peter Salzmann, an Austrian stuntman who linked up with the German carmaker to push the extreme sport past the limits.
The final result is this wingsuit fitted with chest-mounted, electric-powered contraption with two 25,000 rpm, 5-inch impellers.
Salzmann is a seasoned wingsuit flyer whose top speed can reach a formidable 62 mph. However, after some time the extreme sport seems less like actual flying and more like prolonged, albeit extreme, falling.
But with this new BMW propulsion system that reaches 186 mph, your typical wingsuit flyer can feel less like a flying squirrel and more like a rising eagle who can actually regain altitude – at least for as long as the suit’s electrical charge lasts.
This speed demon’s dream device has been tested in specialized wind tunnels and has been used in 30 different test jumps. In a video showing the wingsuit’s first public demonstration, an airborne Salzmann can be seen soaring past the Del Brüder mountain peaks of the Austrian Alps.
In the video, the seasoned stuntman and two other stuntmen wearing normal, analog wingsuits can be seen jumping out of a helicopter at 10,000 feet. They soon begin to fly in formation before Salzmann breaks from them and flies over a mountain peak. Meanwhile, his mates in unpowered wingsuits are forced to fly around it.
“In a relaxed atmosphere one evening after a day of testing, we threw out lots of ideas about how we could improve performance,” Salzmann said in a press release. “One of them was a supporting motor – and it’s an idea I just couldn’t shake. I found the idea of being able to jump from my local mountain wearing the wingsuit and land in my garden fascinating.”
It still remains unclear whether BMW plans to go beyond releasing that one epic video and plans to release these turbocharged wingsuits to consumers. So far, this wild invention seems to be a component in a promotional campaign for its new electric SUV, the iX3
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Study Analyzes Apollo 15 Images & Finds Evidence of “Excavation” & Unusual Structures on Moon
The Facts:Members of the Society For Planetary SETI Research published a paper in the Journal of Space Exploration about features on the far side of the Moon that may be artificial. They analyzed images from Apollo 15 and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.
Reflect On:How much do we really know about our planet, the Moon, and other planets in our solar system? Have we rejected further study and evidence simply because they “don’t fit the frame” of accepted knowledge?
With so much information and misinformation in many different areas these days, it can be hard to know what to believe or what to trust. How did we get into this position? It seems there is a great divide on a number of different topics, and the Moon is no doubt one of them. Is it really that difficult to look at information and arrive at some sort of truth? I don’t believe so, but the most important thing is to be able to discuss information and ideas transparently, openly while having the ability to see from another perspective as well. If we cling to certain beliefs and positions and become polarized in them, we are not really opening ourselves up to new possibilities that may change the way we think and perceive not only our world but ourselves.
What Happened: A study published in the Journal Space Exploration in 2016 provides an in-depth analysis of images taken from Apollo 15 as well as the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. According to the authors, there appears to be “two unusual features in the crater Paracelsus C on the far side of the moon,” the side that is never visible from Earth. By combining multiple images it becomes clear to them that what they are looking at are two walls “on either side of a narrow valley or passageway.”
Using single image shape from shading and 3D terrain visualization we show in a computer generated perspective view looking northeast that the southwest end appears to be the entrance to the passageway. A reverse angle view looking southwest shows the passageway ending at a rise of terrain at the other end, possibly leading underground. The terrain surrounding the two structures is not flat but appears “excavated ” by some unknown mechanism, natural or artificial. It is shown that these objects are visually different from the lunar background because their underlying structure is different.
The paper provides evidence supporting the hypothesis that certain features in the crater Paracelsus C on the far side of the moon may be artificial in origin.
The idea that these “passageways” may lead underground on the Moon correlates with the idea that the Moon may in fact be hollow, or at least partially. According to MIT’s Sean C. Solomon:
“The Lunar Orbiter experiments vastly improved our knowledge of the Moon’s gravitational field…indicating the frightening possibility that the Moon might be hollow.”
This was as far back as 1974, and it’s been a common theme. It arises due to the fact that we know very little about the Moon and all of the other moon’s within our solar system. That being said, the majority of scientific evidence points towards a solid Moon, but that doesn’t mean artificially built compartments within it are not a possibility.
It’s easier to explain the non-existence for the Moon, than it’s existence – NASA scientist Robin Brett
The best explanation for the Moon is observational error – the Moon doesn’t exist – Irwin Shapiro, Harvard Astrophysicist
The paper concludes by stating:
“Based on the evidence presented in this paper we believe this area in Paracelsus C is one such candidate that is worthy of future study by orbital missions and surface rovers. Both of the features analyzed in this area are statistically different from the surrounding terrain.”
Mark J. Carolotto, one of the authors of this paper is an image scientist with almost 40 years of experience in satellite remote sensing, image analysis, digital image processing, satellite imaging, remote sensing, and pattern recognition. He studied optics, signal, and image processing at Carnegie-Mellon University from 1972-1981 where he received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering, and he works within the aerospace industry. Here are some of the peer-reviewed papers he’s authored and co-authored prior to this one.
On his YouTube channel, he provides some images from the paper in a video titled “Unusual Structures On The Far Side of The Moon.”
Possible Structures On The Moon. Not A Novel Idea/Observation
Reports and hypotheses about artificial structures on the moon are quite common and have been a common theme for quite some time. During the early years of SETI, in 1963, Carl Sagan spoke about the possibility of extraterrestrial visitation, as pointed out by the study:
It is not out of the question that artifacts of these visits still exist, or even that some kind of base is maintained (possibility automatically) within the solar system to provide continuity for successive expeditions. Because of weathering and the possibility of detection and interference by the inhabitants of the Earth, it would be preferable not to erect such a base on the Earth’s surface. The Moon seems one reasonable alternative. Forthcoming high resolution photographic reconnaissance of the Moon from space vehicles – particularly the back side – might bear these possibilities in mind.
A number of books have been written over the years contemplating the subject. Amateur astronomer George Leonard’s 1976 book, Somebody Else is on the Moon is one example. Fred Steckling’s 1981 book, We Discovered Alien Bases on The Moon is another, and there are many more.
Fast forward to today and it’s hard to find solid evidence for structures on the Moon, but there are some strange leaks and testimony from people with interesting backgrounds that do make one ponder. For example, a classified document published by Wikileaks clearly implies that the United States had a “secret” base on the Moon that was destroyed by Russia. The idea that this is or was reality is strengthened given the fact that the U.S. government had plans to build a base on the Moon. Perhaps they already did? The leak from Wikileaks is dated 1979, a document from the government’s own publishing office from 1966 clearly shows one of the goals of the United States government was to build a base on the moon.
A memorandum that was addressed to the CIA director regarding “Military Thought (Top Secret)” by Lieutenant General Korenevskiy highlights this point even more. It also appears to be from the 1960s:
“Already, interest in the moon is not limited to a study of questions and a discussion of discovered potentialities. Specific projects are being worked out which propose the construction of various structures under the surface of the moon from the freight compartments of missiles, and also the employment of various versions of pneumatic structures. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and also various American companies (“matin”, “Aerospace”, etc), are conducting a great deal of work in this direction.
Another document that compliments the Wikileaks one, also from the 1960s comes from the CIA keeping tabs on Soviet space plans, a portion of it reads as follows:
“The soviets have additionally stated their intention to establish a lunar base subsequent to manned lunar landing…If Society manned lunar landing is undertaken as a follow-on to extensive earth orbital operations and instrumented exploration of the moon, it is likely that they will enjoy some advantage in the establishment of a lunar base….It is possible that a late lunar landing may be followed fairly rapidly by the establishment of a Soviet base on the moon.”
The idea that humans may have built structures on the Moon, as well as perhaps intelligent extraterrestrials currently or in the past, is a hypothesis contemplated by many, so why do some people see it as ridiculous? This is a deeper question for later.
Rejecting Evidence Because It Conflicts With Our Beliefs
I thought it was interesting that the authors of the paper state the following:
A decidedly conservative mainstream scientific establishment often rejects anomalies based on subject matter alone, i.e., there cannot be alien artifacts on the moon because there are no alien artifacts on the moon (or other planets). Such a view is an example of circular reasoning, based on the belief that extraterrestrials do not exist, or if they do exist that they could not have traveled to our solar system.
How much do our beliefs and perceptions about our world limit and hinder our ability to discover and acknowledge ideas and results that may not “fit the frame?” How much do we limit our consciousness and perceptions about our world, who we truly are and what we are capable of as a result of our beliefs, and our determination to say “this is the way things are.”
Cassandra Vieten, Ph.D. and President/CEO at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, which was founded by Apollo 14’s Dr. Edgar Mitchell touches upon this point in her piece, “When Skeptics Face The Evidence.”
There seems to be a deep concern that the whole field will be tarnished by studying a phenomenon that is tainted by its association with superstition, spiritualism, and magic. Protecting against this possibility sometimes seems more important than encouraging scientific exploration or protecting academic freedom. But this may be changing. The session I presented in was very well-attended, and I found that most people, while not exactly open-minded, were open-hearted, thoughtful, and willing to engage in respectful discussion about the topic.
Why This Is Important
The implications of any findings that suggest an extraterrestrial presence have enormous implications and would truly expand human consciousness to another level. The UFO/Extraterrestrial phenomenon and the proof for its existence go much further than what is provided in this article.
The way we perceive our world, technology, history, metaphysics, consciousness, and the very nature of reality would change in an instant if this were realized by the collective. Perhaps it would inspire us to question the way we live here on Earth and why we do what we do? Do civilizations who travel the stars have such difficulty implementing solutions on their planet? What type of consciousness do they operate from? Do they collaborate peacefully, or divide themselves by country and ethnicity?
If we had technology that allowed us to provide abundance for all, which many believe we do, could we enact these solutions given the fact that we are so divided? Are we currently stuck in a state with fear, chaos, greed, and egoic mindsets for us to even successfully implement solutions? Are solutions like highly advanced clean energy technology useless if the consciousness of the human race and the way we think doesn’t change?
It’s not solutions or technology that will change our planet, it’s the place from within of those who operate these technologies that will determine whether or not we are ready for such things – this is us.
Change starts within, and perhaps humanity needs a new way of thinking and way of seeing our world, as well as ourselves, in order to move forward. Too often we point our fingers and place the blame on others like the ‘global elite,’ without ever realizing that ‘they,’ are us too, and we’re in this story together. We perpetuate our own human experience based on where we are at mentally and spiritually. It will be difficult to tackle the challenges we face today if we don’t step out of ourselves and observe our planet and the way we live from an outside perspective. We may simply perpetuate our current human experience if we attempt to tackle our problems from the same level of consciousness that created these problems.