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Paleontologists Have Found a 29,000 Year Old Siberian Unicorn Skull

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By Alexandria | The Spirit Science

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The recent discovery of a fossilized skull in Kazakhstan is making it clear that unicorns were indeed, real. In fact, the finding is making paleontologists rewrite the timeline of the Siberian unicorn, Elasmotherium sibiricum. This impressive animal was a real-life unicorn, and although it didn’t match the image most of us have for the fairytale creature, it’s clearly a part of the same family.

Related Article: Scientists Have Sequenced the Oldest Human Genome and Now History May Need to Be Rewritten

It was said that people of the past mistook rhinos as unicorns, not knowing what they were. But it’s not outlandish to think there were variations of species thousands of years ago, some just happened to look similar to what we picture as ‘unicorns’.

It was thought this long extinct mammal died out around 350,000 years ago, but this recent discovery changes everything.

It was thought the animal looked closer to a rhino but this skull shows its much more akin to a horse and was actually still existing 29,000 years ago. Just found in Kazakhstan, this species of animal is known as Elasmotherium sibiricum. 

The early descriptions of the Siberian unicorn say it was around 2 metres tall, 4.5 metres long, and weighed close to 4 tonnes. This is bigger than the horses we know today, but back then the typical size of an animal was much larger.

This “Siberian Unicorn” skull was found in the Pavlodar region of Kazakhstan and was in surprisingly good shape. Researchers from Tomsk State University used radiocarbon dating techniques to determine exactly how old the bones were. They suggest it was a male based on the size but are still unsure as to how it died. 

Related Article: Mysterious ‘Hobbits’ That Perished 15,000 Years Ago Were Not Human (Study)

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These types of animals had died off hundreds of thousands of years earlier, so researchers were baffled as to how this one lasted so much longer. They think the most likely thing is that it migrated south and lived in warmer areas.

Many people believe unicorns are representations of a kind of energy, an image of the collective idea of fantasy.

It’s important to remember that life before modern, recorded history was a lot more strange than we understand. We don’t have all the fossils, ruins and artifacts to show us exactly what it was like, and because of this, many believe the ancient life of the past was simply primitive.

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There’s Even More Evidence Planet Nine Is Hiding in Our Solar System

By Kelly Dickerson | Mic

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Is Planet Nine real? We may have more than eight planets in our solar system, and it’s not because Pluto is getting reinstated.

In January, researchers Mike Brown and Konstantin Batygin proposed that a possible ninth planet was orbiting on the outer edge of the solar system. They created a mathematical model that showed a distant, Neptune-sized planet might be influencing the orbital path of six smaller objects out in the Kuiper Belt.

“It’s almost like having six hands on a clock all moving at different rates, and when you happen to look up, they’re all in exactly the same place,” Brown said in a statement on January 20. “Basically it shouldn’t happen randomly. So we thought something else must be shaping these orbits.”

Now Brown and Batygin say they’ve found yet another one of these small objects, and it’s in the exact position their model predicts. This is even more evidence that Planet Nine really exists.

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Robert O'Leary 150x150Robert O’Leary, JD BARA, has had an abiding interest in alternative health products & modalities since the early 1970’s & he has seen how they have made people go from lacking health to vibrant health. He became an attorney, singer-songwriter, martial artist & father along the way and brings that experience to his practice as a BioAcoustic Soundhealth Practitioner, under the tutelage of the award-winning founder of BioAcoustic Biology, Sharry Edwards, whose Institute of BioAcoustic Biology has now been serving clients for 30 years with a non-invasive & safe integrative modality that supports the body’s ability to self-heal using the power of the human voice. Robert brings this modality to serve clients in Greater Springfield (MA), New England & “virtually” the world, with his website. He can also be reached at romayasoundhealthandbeauty@gmail.




What Is Dark Matter? Astronomers Are One Step Closer to Understanding Mysterious Phenomena

By Kelly Dickerson | Mic

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Astronomers may have detected signatures of elusive dark matter — a mysterious, invisible material that permeates the universe, but has so far proved undetectable.

If the results are confirmed, scientists will have a better idea of what dark matter is and how we might be able to directly observe it.

Even though we can’t see dark matter, we know it exists because we can measure its gravitational effect on visible matter. Galaxies in our observable universe are rotating way too fast for the gravity of their visible matter to be enough to hold them together. Based on the matter we can see, these galaxies should have flown apart and dissolved long ago.

So, clearly, something else is helping hold these galaxies together — and astronomers think that something is the gravitational pull of dark matter. In fact, astronomers estimate the matter we can see makes up only about 5% of the universe, while dark matter makes up 27%. (The other 68% is tied up in something called dark energy.)

Detecting dark matter: One of the most popular dark matter theories is that it is composed ofweakly interacting massive particles, or WIMPs, that annihilate each other when they collide. Those collisions should create a type of detectable high-energy radiation in the form of gamma rays.

A team of astronomers studying the distribution of gamma ray emissions near the center of the Milky Way found a huge gamma ray burst signature that might be evidence of such dark matter collisions

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Binaural Beats: Digital Drugs, Virtual High or Whistling in the Dark?

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By Michaela Whitton | The Anti Media

(ANTIMEDIA) United Kingdom — A sensationalist frenzy over binaural beats has rippled across the globe over the last few years. Mainly perpetuated by those wishing to capitalise on the phenomenon, as well as scaremongering media reports, many have been left confused as to whether claims are true that the hypnotic beats produce a virtual high.

In short, a binaural beat is created when auditory tones of two different frequencies are heard in the left and right ears. As a result, the brain creates a third tone or frequency that is perceived as a middle frequency of the two. The differences between the two frequencies become the new frequency of the perceived tone in the brain, known as a binaural beat.

It comes as no surprise that people are bewildered when a quick search for information reveals the sensational soundwaves can do everything from reducing anxiety and producing strong hallucinations to improving your meditation and helping achieve sexual enlightenment — whatever that may be. In addition, it is claimed the hypnotic sounds can enhance concentration and aid those with ADHD.

Whether it is alarmed parents — terrified their precious offspring are getting wasted behind bedroom doors with only a set of headphones and a laptop for company — or the Saudi authorities concerned people might be having far too much fun with something they haven’t banned yet, binaural beats remain shrouded in mystery and misinformation. Propaganda around the sensationalized soundwaves reached its peak in 2012, when a U.A.E police scientist called for a ban on the audio files and claimed they should be classed in the same category as cannabis and MDMA.

So are the rumours true? Is this a high of the finest variety that won’t leave you with an empty wallet and feeling regretful the next day?

No consumerist society worth its salt would be complete without someone cashing in on what makes people feel good, and U.S company I-Doser has stepped up to the plate. Claiming to help people achieve a simulated mood through digital dosing, the company boasts tracks on its website called Alcohol Content, Sleeping Angel, and Alert, offering hundreds of “doses” of binaural brainwaves for a few dollars.

However, the reality is that a quick search of Youtbube reveals hundreds of “doses” available for free with just a few clicks. Here, remedies are touted for everything from stress relief and quitting smoking to achieving a hands-free orgasm.

If you are still reading and we haven’t lost you to Youtube, we want to alleviate the fears of the joy police — whoever they may be — by taking a look at what binaural beats are and what they are not.

 What are they?

Our human brains are a wonderfully complex network of billions of neurons (nerve cells) connected to each other by synapses. Through these synapses, electrochemical signals are sent via nerves throughout the brain and nervous system. When large numbers of neurons vibrate at the same frequency, electrical fields — known as brain waves — are generated. When the brain is given a stimulus, through the ears, eyes, or other senses, it emits an electrical charge in response.

Frequencies and states of consciousness

Delta Brainwaves 0.5 – 3 Hz: deep dreamless sleep, very deep meditation, healing and recuperation

Theta Brainwaves 4 – 7 Hz: deep meditation, dreaming, creativity, inspiration, insight, enhanced memory

Alpha Brainwaves 8 – 13 Hz: accelerated learning, heightened creativity, deep relaxation, relaxed focus, visualization

Beta Brainwaves 14 – 40 Hz: high focus, concentration, wakefulness, analyzing and assimilating information rapidly, complex mental processing (cannot be sustained indefinitely)

Gamma Brainwaves 40 Hz and higher: heightened perception, euphoria, improved IQ, increased cognition, joy

Brainwaves can often be stimulated in a process called Brainwave Entrainment, which essentially synchronizes two different beats so they become harmonious. Entrainment is an assisted form of meditation that uses sound or light pulses, and this is where binaural beats come into the picture.

For example, if an auditory tone with a frequency of 120Hz is heard in the right ear and the auditory tone in the left ear at 130 Hz, the perceived middle tone will have a frequency of 10Hz.  This perceived middle tone — and the brain’s response to it — is the binaural beat. It is a brainwave frequency, not an audio drug, that gets people high.

While passively listening to binaural beats may not propel people into an altered state of consciousness, some may find certain hypnotic beats to be relaxing or energizing. The same could be said for other forms of music or meditative practice.

To recap, binaural beats are not digital drugs, they don’t get people high, and they are not harmful. They are frequencies produced in the brain by combining two other frequencies to create a middle tone which stimulates brain waves. Coming in five forms — delta, theta, alpha, beta, and gamma — these brainwaves perform a variety of functions, including sleep, relaxation, meditation, alertness, focus, problem-solving, and thinking. This is why binaural beats are used as a therapeutic technique, can aid in making behavioural changes, and be used to treat physical ailments.

Below is a video explaining the technique further. What are you waiting for? Why not give it a go if you haven’t already and remember to let us know what you think?


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Meet the Robin Hood Neuroscientist Who Made 47 Million Scientific Papers Available to Everyone

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By CoNN | We Are Anonymous

Information. It’s the only thing that truly differentiates us from our ancestors, and from our peers in poorer nations. Information in the form of science and technology in particular, presents us with the ability to tangibly manipulate our environment for our benefit. To exclude others from access to information is then to restrict their ability to thrive.

Between 2010 and early 2011, hacktivist Aaron Schwartz tried to download academic journal papers from JSTOR, a digital repository which hid tax-payer-funded knowledge, that should be in the public domain, behind a paywall.

He was arrested and indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of wire fraud, computer fraud, unlawfully obtaining information from a protected computer, and recklessly damaging a protected computer. At the worst, he faced 50 years in prison, all for copying some articles for the benefit of others. He later apparently committed suicide.

Far from benefiting the original researchers (who do not earn a cent from the fees charged by such journals), such restrictions simply act to prevent other researchers (particularly from poorer nations) from building on existing research, slowing down scientific progress for everyone.

Indeed, researchers effectively pay to hand over the copyright of their work to a “prestigious” journal (which profits handsomely from their work) in the hopes of being recognized with jobs and promotions. Other researchers then need to pay to access said work.

While Schwartz was facing prosecution, Alexandra Elbakyan, a researcher from Kazakhstan, created Sci-Hub. The site illegally obtains and provides over 47,000,000 scientific papers and articles.

The website’s introduction:

research paper is a special publication written by scientists to be read by other researchers. Papers are primary sources neccessary for research – for example, they contain detailed description of new results and experiments. At this time the widest possible distribution of research papers, as well as of other scientific or educational sources, is artificially restricted by copyright laws. Such laws effectively slow down the development of science in human society.

Last month, RT interviewed Sci-hub’s founder.

“There should be no obstacles to accessing knowledge, I believe,” she said. “Everyone has the right to freely participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.”

“For me, even the purchase of one such article would be a financial setback,” Alexandra said via email. While researching her thesis, she was faced with the prospect of paying at least 300 dollars for articles that would be skimmed through once and never used again. “So I had to go about acquiring all the articles by pirate means.

In 2012, scientific publisher Elsevier filed a lawsuit against Sci-Hub, and was successful in late 2015 at getting a temporary injunction against Sci-Hub. However, beyond ruling in Elseivier’s favor, US courts can’t touch Sci-Hub for three reasons: First, Elbakyan has no US assets. Second, a large number of researchers are fed-up with publishers and support her endevor. Third, and by and far the most important of these reasons, Sci-Hub’s servers operate on the dark net.

“Even if legal access to [Sci-Hub] is blocked, the user can still get in through the TOR network and immediately gain access to all the articles. However, we intent to fight for free access to all information. After all, using TOR still provides obstacles. And I believe there should be no obstacles on the way to scientific knowledge,” she concluded.

An excerpt of an open letter written by researchers who boycotted Elsevier, reads:

“There are many businessmen who own knowledge today. Consider Elsevier, the largest scholarly publisher, whose 37 percent profit margin stands in sharp contrast to the rising fees, expanding student loan debt and poverty-level wages for the adjunct faculty. Elsevier owns some of the largest databases of academic material, which are licensed at prices so scandalously high that even Harvard, the richest university of the global north, has complained that it cannot afford them any longer.
Sources: RT, Big Think, The Guardian, Sci-hub


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Scientists Have Sequenced the Oldest Human Genome and Now History May Need to Be Rewritten

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By Katharine J. Tobal | Collective Evolution

Scientists have discovered remains of the oldest human DNA sequence ever recorded, taken from a cave in Northern Spain known as Sima De Los Huesos, or the pit of bones. This discovery is helping to reconstruct the evolutionary sequence of human species.

The teeth and thigh bones remnants had been fossilized rather than frozen, making DNA extraction comparatively difficult.  Examination of the bones revealed they were 430,000 years old — 100,000 years older than the previous oldest human skull on record, and 200,000 years older than modern humans.

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To find out more, a team led by Matthias Meyer at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, pieced together parts of the hominin’s nuclear DNA from samples taken from a tooth and a thigh bone, New Scientist reported.

Paleoanthropologist Chris Stringer from the Natural History Museum in London, who wasn’t involved in the research, told Nature Magazine“It’s fascinating and keeps us all on our toes trying to make sense of it all. Instead of just being stuck with trying to resolve the last 100,000 years, we can really start to put some dates from DNA further down the human tree.”

Related Article: Discovery of Oldest DNA Scrambles Human Origins Picture – Leading To More Questions Than Answers

As the fossils were found in Northern Spain, scientists expected the specimen to be Neanderthal. They were accordingly quite surprised to see it more closely related to Denisovans, a sister family to Neanderthals.

Photo Credits: Javier Trueba, Madrid Scientific Films

Photo Credits: Javier Trueba, Madrid Scientific Films

Researchers consulted with LIVESCIENCE, which reported that “this man carried a similar level of Neanderthal ancestry as present-day Eurasians. Their research suggests Neanderthal genes flowed into the ancestors of this man 7,000 to 13,000 years before he lived.”

From this, they concluded that Neanderthals might have mated amongst each other about 50,000 – 60,000 years ago. That gave the sample the genome of Neanderthals. The mitochondria DNA is similar to that of the Denisovans, who apparently lived thousands of kilometers away. The genome of the discovered sample thus resembled more closely that of the Denisovans from Siberia, who were discovered and collated only a few years back, in 2010.

According to Ewen Callaway from Nature Magazine:

The Sima hominin skulls have the beginnings of a prominent brow ridge, as well as other traits typical of Neanderthals. But other features, and uncertainties around their age – some studies put them at 600,000 years old, others closer to 400,000 – convinced many researchers that they might instead belong to an older species known as Homo heidelbergensis.

Related Article: Scientists Find Bones Of New Human Species Buried In South African Cave (Video)

Previously it had been thought that our ancestors split from the Neanderthal-Denisovan Ancestor between 315,000 and 540,000 years ago. But if matured Neanderthals already existed 430,000 years ago, this split is likely to have taken place much earlier — perhaps as early as 750,000 years ago, as suggested by the collateral researches.

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Studies Show The Importance of Silence & How It Positively Affects Your Brain’s Development

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By Rebecca Beris | Life Hack

In 2011, the Finish Tourist Board ran a campaign that used silence as a marketing ‘product’. They sort to entice people to visit Finland and experience the beauty of this silent land. They released a series of photographs of single figures in the nature and used the slogan “Silence, Please”. A tag line was added by Simon Anholt, an international country branding consultant, “No talking, but action.”

Related Article: Silence is (Sometimes) Golden

Eva Kiviranta the manager of the social media for VisitFinland.com said: “We decided, instead of saying that it’s really empty and really quiet and nobody is talking about anything here, let’s embrace it and make it a good thing”.

Finland may be on to something very big. You could be seeing the very beginnings of using silence as a selling point as silence may be becoming more and more attractive. As the world around becomes increasingly loud and cluttered you may find yourself seeking out the reprieve that silent places and silence have to offer. This may be a wise move as studies are showing that silence is much more important to your brains than you might think.

Regenerated brain cells may be just a matter of silence.

 A 2013 study on mice published in the journal Brain, Structure and Functionused differed types of noise and silence and monitored the effect the sound and silence had on the brains of the mice. The silence was intended to be the control in the study but what they found was surprising. The scientists discovered that when the mice were exposed to two hours of silence per day they developed new cells in the hippocampus. The hippocampus is a region of the brain associated with memory, emotion and learning.

The growth of new cells in the brain does not necessarily translate to tangible health benefits. However, in this instance, researcher Imke Kirste says that the cells appeared to become functioning neurons.

“We saw that silence is really helping the new generated cells to differentiate into neurons, and integrate into the system.”

In this sense silence can quite literally grow your brain.

The brain is actively internalizing and evaluating information during silence

A 2001 study defined a “default mode” of brain function that showed that even when the brain was “resting” it was perpetually active internalizing and evaluating information.

Follow-up research found that the default mode is also used during the process of self-reflection. In 2013, in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Joseph Moran et al. wrote, the brain’s default mode network “is observed most closely during the psychological task of reflecting on one’s personalities and characteristics (self-reflection), rather than during self-recognition, thinking of the self-concept, or thinking about self-esteem, for example.”

When the brain rests it is able to integrate internal and external information into “a conscious workspace,” said Moran and colleagues.

Related Article: 20 Ways Sitting in Silence Can Completely Transform Your Life

When you are not distracted by noise or goal-orientated tasks, there appears to be a quiet time that allows your conscious workspace to process things. During these periods of silence, your brain has the freedom it needs to discover its place in your internal and external world.

The default mode helps you think about profound things in an imaginative way.

As Herman Melville once wrote, “All profound things and emotions of things are preceded and attended by silence.”

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New Sophisticated Humanoid Robot Declares “I Will Destroy Humans”

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By Nicholas West | Activist Post

The evolution of humanoid robots is well into the concerning stage at this point. DARPA’s latest incarnation of its Atlas robot is seen in the following video beginning to walk at a pace with a sense of balance equal to most humans. Strangely, toward the end of the video, it is being “abused” by its human handler, which begs the question if a true artificial intelligence is permitted to flourish in this robot, if it might strike back at some point. At the very least, this robot’s demonstration of dexterity in the warehouse is likely to threaten humans economically as humans continue to be outsourced to machine labor at record levels.

But it’s the latest humanoid robot from Hanson Robotics that might further heighten the level of concern. As you will see below, the “Sophia” robot is being designed to walk among us in the future and fully integrate as part of the consumer experience and on into the family, according to CEO Dr. David Hanson.

It is important to note several things that Hanson mentions.  Sophia first tells us that she would like to be “an ambassador” to humans, as well as to continue her evolution through formal education, studying art and eventually creating a business and having a family. Hanson explicitly states that Sophia will become as “conscious, creative, and capable as any human.” This statement is followed by a key mention of not having the rights of a human. This might seem absurd to the uninitiated, but this is a serious ethical discussion that has been taking place among “roboethicists.” This is all-but guaranteed to gain steam as robots are integrated in autonomous ways, whether it is on the battlefield, as self-driving vehicles (now programmed to sacrifice some humans over others), or certainly as they become visually and intelligently on par with human beings.  Even the mainstream Boston Globeaddressed this more than two years ago, citing a 2012 paper from MIT.

“Should Robots Have Rights?” states:

Robots having legal rights or privileges sounds ridiculous. But 20 years ago, the idea that the nation’s leading law schools would be teaching animal-rights courses seemed equally absurd.Now anti-cruelty legislation is quite common in industrialized countries, and late last year the Nonhuman Rights Project made national headlines when it argued that a chimpanzee had “standing,” meaning the right to sue, in a New York State court.

The Seattle-based Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Robots allows that robots won’t be appearing in court any time soon, “but recent advances in data nanostructures, cognitive modeling, and neural networking have convinced many people that the advent of some sort of created intelligence is much closer than previously thought.”

Yes, Virginia, there is a Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Robots, founded 15 years ago by music engineer Pete Remine. His website talks about a Robotic Bill of Rights, which Remine told me is more or less on hold; “until the state of artificial intelligence progresses a bit further, there’s really not a lot of relevant work to be done,” he e-mailed me.

There is ample proof that humans care about robots. During the height of the Iraq war, Washington Post writer Joel Garreau observed soldiers bonding with the complicated robots that detonated lethal improvised explosive devices. In one instance, a technician carried the remains of a “really great robot” named Scooby-Doo to a repair shop, hoping that the obviously “dead” robot could be brought back to life.

When we chatted, I asked Kate Darling what kinds of experiments she had carried out. “I did this one workshop where we gave everyone these cute little plush robot dinosaurs called PLEOs, and we asked them to spend time bonding with the toys,” she said. “They gave them names, they played with them a little . . . then we asked them to torture and kill them.”

“The results were more dramatic than I could even imagine,” she said. “There was an option to save your own dinosaur by killing someone else’s, and no one wanted to do that. They refused to even hit the things.”

For an advanced society, America lags far behind countries such as Japan and South Korea in . . . sexual robotics. Japan has hosted a thriving female doll escort service for almost 10 years, and engineers have designed robots called actroids, often young women who “breathe,” speak, and mimic many human behaviors.

Surely “Samantha,” the sensual and sensitive operating system that wins Joaquin Phoenix’s heart in the movie “Her” is barely a step removed from a sophisticated sexbot.

“The sexbot issue is going to be discussed sooner than most people think,” Darling predicted. “There are sexual acts that we don’t allow between humans, and people might argue for laws protecting robots from performing them.” In her 2012 paper, she quotes Immanuel Kant to the effect that a man shooting a dog “damages in himself that humanity which it is his duty to show toward mankind.”

So how we treat our robots will tell us volumes about ourselves. (emphasis added)

Hanson puts a timeline of 20 years on the full integration of robots that have become “indistinguishable from humans.” This, of course, falls right in line with Ray Kurzweil’s Singularity – the moment when machine intelligence and biological systems meet or surpass that of humans – first targeted for 2045, but since revised to be sooner than predicted, perhaps by 2029.

Regardless of whether or not you personally believe that the lofty intentions of robotics and artificial intelligence designers can truly manifest as planned, one must acknowledge that we are living in the realm of faith at this point, as nearly all of what they predicted years ago has come to pass.

Perhaps most troubling is the nervous laughter that erupts at the end of this video when the ultimate question is posited to our new humanoid friend and family member … and she gives her answer:

I will destroy humans.

Funny, super funny … ’til it’s not.

All of the components are coming together to bolster the warnings that have been issued by tech luminaries, scientists, universities, and even robot manufacturers themselves who all have urged a quick ethical framework to be established while we still remain in full control of this creation.  If permitted to continue at its current pace, we might very well be asking who should really have the rights to be protected from whom.

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Nikola Tesla: Maverick , Visionary, Master of Light

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By  C.Katt Krespach |EWAO


Remarkable was Tesla’s life.  His key observations and aptitude for working out the mechanics of the mysteries hidden within the micro world of physics reflects the genius of this man.

Yet, being born during the industrial revolution… and owning a generous and compassionate heart, Tesla was ruthlessly taken advantage of by the same corporate giants that rule our lives in the 21st century.

 If we wish to conceive a world, free of economic, political and environmental destruction, it is good to know fully his story.

If we do not search our history for truth, we see life only as we have been indoctrinated.

“The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.” -Nikola Tesla

https://youtu.be/hCFtjt-9Sfc

The Magical Intuition Of Tesla

Tesla’s ideas were often conceived and perfected in his mind’s eye in an instant.

“Birth, growth and development are phases normal and natural,” said Tesla, but, “It was different with my invention(s). In the very moment I became conscious of it, I ‘saw’ it fully developed and perfected…”

In fact these extraordinary powers of memory and visualization were to characterize much of his life and work.

A Youth Of The Industrial Revolution

Visionaries were creating the mechanical foundation of our world. Life was changing drastically and Tesla was at the heart of engineering a better world for everyone.

Tesla was a scientific visionary. Among his early accomplishments are the fluorescent bulb and neon lights; the speedometer and the car ignition system;  the basic scientific principles behind electron microscopes; and microwave heating.

Nikola Tesla And Thomas Edison

Upon his arrival into America from Croatia, Tesla remarked on the american mechanics being developed within the emerging industrial complex…

 “What I had left was beautiful, artistic and fascinating in every way.” He wrote to a friend: “What I saw here [is] machined, rough and unattractive.”

Upon arrival, Tesla presented a letter of introduction to Thomas Edison written by Charles Batchelor – one of Edison’s business associates in Europe.

Tesla worked a short time for Edison.

Once established into an American life, Tesla gave notice to Edison and left to continue his own inventions.

Within months, he filed for seven US patents, which included a complete system of generators, transformers, transmission lines, motors and lighting.

So original were the patents that they were issued without a challenge, as would normally happen. They turned out to be the most valuable patents since the telephone.

Nikola Tesla And GE Mogul, George Westinghouse

Pittsburgh industrialist George Westinghouse heard about Tesla’s inventions and decided to investigate for himself.

Acting on his sharp business instincts, Westinghouse arrived at Tesla’s lab, inspected the inventions and promptly bought the patents, which ironically were to lay the foundations for the Westinghouse Corporation, one of the pillars of the Military/Industrial complex.

The Westinghouse Corporation took full advantage of Tesla’s willingness to gift the world with his inventions. Instead of freely offering the designs to the public, Westinghouse used the designs to compete with the Edison Corporation.

While Westinghouse and Edison fought over the use of Tesla’s designs, J.P. Morgan sought his opportunity to gain control over the electrical industrial complex.

Years of fierce competition with Edison’s Corporation had left Westinghouse financially drained and by 1896 his company’s position was looking extremely precarious.

J.P. Morgan, the Stock Market’s ‘robber baron’, saw his chance. In an effort to bring the US power industry firmly under his control he began to manipulate the Stock Market, with the intention of ruining Westinghouse and buying Tesla’s valuable patents.

In desperation, Westinghouse pleaded with Tesla to revise his contract and release him from a bond to pay the inventor generous royalties. In a gesture that was typical of his true spirit, Tesla is said to have torn up the contract.

Tesla Invents Wireless Transmission

Around the turn of the century Tesla concluded that it would be possible to transmit electrical power without wires. To optimise results, he chose to experiment at high altitude, where the air was thinner and therefore more conductive.

Choosing Colorado Springs to build his research laboratory, he conducted extraodinary experiments and secret tests.

It was a solid theory. Unending amounts of power could be trasmitted around the globe…. without wires and with no restrictions on the energy use.

Tesla failed to acquire enough funds to pursue the invention and eventually abandoned his experiments in Colorado.

Watch Eric Dollard disclose his inventions based on the theories Tesla developed during his years in Colorado Springs.

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Researches Claim Ability to Download Info Into Brain — and Post Video to Prove It

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By Amando Flavio | The Anti Media

(ANONHQ) In the classic science fiction movie The Matrix, which was released in 1999, martial arts was uploaded into Keanu Reeves’ (Neo) brain through a cable connected from a computer to Neo’s skull. He received the skills of the art instantly, and was able to use it to perfection.

This happened in a science fiction movie. But what you were about to hear that this isn’t science fiction any longer? The reality is, that  a team of researchers in the United States of America are currently developing this technology.

Researchers from the Hughes Research Laboratories, based in California, have announced a way of speeding up leaning; similar to what was portrayed in the Matrix movie some 17 years ago. The researchers described a simulator they have developed, which can feed information directly into people’s brain and teach them new skills in a shorter amount of time. This new process will be far faster than the conventional “life imitating art.” The process will guide the first step in developing advanced software, making Matrix-style learning a reality.

According to information available on the Hughes Research Laboratories website, the researchers discovered that low-current electrical brain stimulation can modulate the learning of complex real-world skills. Some researchers have studied the low-current in the brain for some time now. In 2011, a team of scientists at Boston University, and ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories in Kyoto, Japan, predicted that it is possible to develop advanced software that will facilitate instant transfer of skills into the human brain.

Some skeptics doubted their prediction, but researchers from the Hughes Research Laboratories have done exactly that.

Lead researcher at the Hughes Research Laboratories, Dr. Matthew Phillips and his team of investigators from the Information & System Sciences Laboratory, have used transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) in order to improve learning and skill retention. Professional and amateur pilots were used in the experiment.

Dr. Phillips explained, “We measured the brain activity patterns of six commercial and military pilots, and then transmitted these patterns into novice subjects as they learned to pilot an airplane in a realistic flight simulator. We measured the average g-force of the plane during the simulated landing and compared it to control subjects who received a mock brain stimulation.”

According to Dr. Phillips, the experiment revealed that subjects who received brain stimulation via electrode-embedded head caps, improved their piloting abilities far better than those who never received them.

The reports state that previous research has demonstrated that tDCS can both help patients recover more quickly from a stroke, and boost a healthy person’s creativity.

However, this current study by Dr. Phillips and his team is the first to show empirical evidence that tDCS is effective in accelerating practical learning. Dr. Phillips explained, that the potential to increase learning with brain stimulation, may make this form of accelerated learning routine in human endeavors.

“As we discover more about optimizing, personalizing, and adapting brain stimulation protocols, we’ll likely see these technologies become routine in training and classroom environments. It is possible that brain stimulation could be implemented for classes like drivers’ training, SAT prep, and language learning,” Dr. Phillips said.

The study has since been published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. However, many critics have said the procedure used by Dr. Phillips and his team, has no scientific basis. Reacting to this criticism, Dr. Phillips explained in an interview in a YouTube Video that although the study sounds like science fiction, it has scientific basis, which can be verified by other scientists using the team’s procedure.

Dr. Phillips said, “Our system is one of the first of its kind. It’s a brain stimulation system. It sounds kind of sci-fi, but there’s large scientific basis for the development of our system. The specific task we were looking at was piloting an aircraft, which requires a synergy of both cognitive and motor performance. When you learn something, your brain physically changes. Connections are made and strengthened in a process called neuro-plasticity. It turns out that certain functions of the brain, like speech and memory, are located in very specific regions of the brain, about the size of your pinky.”


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Study Proves Extrasensory Mind-to-Mind Interaction at a Distance

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By Christina Sarich | The Mind Unleashed

A group of international neuroscientists and robotics engineers have discovered for the first time that human brains can indeed ‘talk’ directly to one another, even from thousands of miles away.

A brain-to-brain communication study conducted in coordination with Harvard Medical School has proven that extrasensory mind-to mind interaction can happen over great distances by leveraging different pathways in the mind.

The study, coauthored by Alvaro Pascual-Leone, Director of the Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and a Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, found that information can be successfully transmitted between two intact human brains from distances over 5000 miles apart.

The researchers were curious if one could communicate directly with another person, and tested their hypothesis by reading the brain activity from one person injecting brain activity into the second individual. You could call it a neuro-physical version of ‘instant messaging.’

“In the neuroscientific equivalent of instant messaging, Pascual-Leone, together with Giulio Ruffini and Carles Grau leading a team of researchers from Starlab Barcelona, Spain, and Michel Berg, leading a team from Axilum Robotics, Strasbourg, France, successfully transmitted the words “hola” and “ciao” in a computer-mediated brain-to-brain transmission from a location in India to a location in France using internet-linked electroencephalogram (EEG) and robot-assisted and image-guided transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) technologies.”

Using electrodes attached to one person’s scalp to record their brain currents (electrical signaling) during a thought-action, the computer could interpret that signal and translate it to a control output like a robot or a motorized wheelchair.

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Cymatics Insights: Sound into Form

By Brendan D. Murphy | Waking Times

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It was Ernst Chladni (1756–1827), a German jurist, physicist, and musician now known as the Father of Acoustics, who had developed the precursor to Cymatics (to kyma, the wave; ta kymatika, matters pertaining to waves, wave matters.) in the early 1800s. Chladni repeated the pioneering experiments of Robert Hooke of Oxford University who, on July 8, 1680, had observed the nodal patterns associated with the vibrations of glass plates. Hooke ran a violin bow along the edge of a plate covered with flour, and saw the nodal patterns emerge.[i]

In a demonstration to Napoleon in 1809, Chladni placed sand in a plate fixed to a pedestal and drew a violin bow around the plate, causing the sand to shift into intricate designs, effectively making sound waves visible. In the 1900s Hans Jenny, building on Chladni’s work, studied and documented the effects of sound vibrations on fluids, powders, and liquid paste. He would place these substances on a steel plate and then vibrate the plate at different frequencies, observing that a given vibrational frequency would organize the substance(s) into particular patterns. Jenny also developed the tonoscope for observing the action of the human voice on various materials in various media. This is a simple apparatus into which the experimenter can speak without any intermediate electroacoustic unit. Thus, vibrations are imparted to a diaphragm on which sand, powder, or a liquid are placed as indicators. Speaking actually produces on this diaphragm figures that correspond, as it were, to the sound spectrum of a vowel. The pattern is characteristic not only of the sound but also the pitch of the speech or song. The indicator material and also the nature of the diaphragm are, of course, also determinative factors.[ii]

When “Om,” the Hindu primordial sound of creation, is intoned into a tonoscope it forms in the substance the Sri Yantra, the visual representation of the Om chant and the vibration behind the cosmos itself[iii], the “sound” of the aetheric medium or “fabric” of space. Tellingly, it displays a self-similar/fractal interlaced tetrahedra-within-concentric-circles motif. (Technically, a tetrahedron isn’t fractal in itself because fractality is defined by the phi/Golden Ratio, and the tetrahedron is not based on phi, as Dan Winter emphatically instructs.) Thus we see that the Hindus knew thousands of years ago that sound possessed geometry, or sound into form is a fundamental truth of reality. The Om chant itself is one for expanding consciousness by developing resonance with the cosmos. (Remember, too, that sound waves exist in three dimensions!)

In Jenny’s Cymatics, we find images of his work demonstrating the increase in geometrical complexity in matter that occurs with an increase in vibration: what starts out as a relatively simple and spare pattern will grow in detail and complexity as the pitch increases—while still retaining the same basic theme. This makes some sense in that the higher a frequency rises, the more informational complexity it can code for, and the more complex the data, form, or geometry becomes. Frequency determines form. As vibrational frequencies shift, they move through harmonic gradations within the aether. These gradations work, as noted, as do the harmonics of music; they are octave-based. Donald Andrews found through his research that identical shapes in the size ratio of 2:1 produced the same fundamental tone but an octave apart.[iv]

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Originally entitled: “Sound into Form: Cymatics Insights and the Sri Yantra

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Blind Woman Regains Her Sight With This Amazing New Procedure

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By Arjun Walia | Collective Evolution

Jeffrey N. Weiss, an American ophthalmologist, has been performing procedures that have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for some time now. In fact, all he had to do was register his human trials with the US National Institutes of Health (which usually requires approval from the FDA).

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He was able to bypass the approval process because the procedure he was performing on patients had nothing to do with drugs. When a new drug is introduced claiming potential benefits to patients, it must face a rigorous approval process, although the many harmful drugs which still make their way onto the market would seem to belie this fact.

Weiss has been extracting stem cells from the bone marrow of blind patients and injecting them into their retina and optic nerve. As a result, some of his previously blind patients have been regaining their eyesight. One of those patients is Vanna Belton from Baltimore, who recently underwent the procedure. The Baltimore Sun explains why Weiss’ actions have proved to be so controversial:

Weiss is not following the usual steps of clinical studies. Among other things, he didn’t test his treatment theories first on lab animals or using computer models, or randomize his trials by using either stem cells or placebos in study participants. He didn’t test the procedure for safety on a small group before moving to a larger trial.

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He was able to avoid these steps because stem cells aren’t classified as a drug, which means that pharmaceutical companies can’t profit from the procedure. In order to use stem cells, they must be extracted from a patient’s body, undergoing very little processing. They are then always used on the same patient from whom they were extracted.

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UCLA-Led Study Is First to Find a Solution to School Bullying That Actually WORKS

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Source: Science Daily

Many programs to reduce bullying in primary and secondary schools have proven ineffective, but a new UCLA-led study finds one that works very well.

The study of more than 7,000 students in 77 elementary schools in Finland found that one program greatly benefited the mental health of sixth-graders who experienced the most bullying. It significantly improved their self-esteem and reduced their depression.

The research-based anti-bullying program, called KiVa, includes role-playing exercises to increase the empathy of bystanders and computer simulations that encourage students to think about how they would intervene to reduce bullying. (“Kiusaamista vastaan” means “against bullying,” in Finnish, while the word “kiva” means “nice.”)

KiVa is one of the world’s most effective anti-bullying programs, said Jaana Juvonen, lead author of the study and professor of psychology at UCLA.

“Our findings are the first to show that the most tormented children — those facing bullying several times a week — can be helped by teaching bystanders to be more supportive,” Juvonen said.

Thirty-nine of the schools in the study used KiVa; in the other 38 schools, students were given some information about combating bullying, but these efforts were much less comprehensive.

Anti-bullying programs are typically evaluated based on whether they decrease the average rates of bullying. Until this study, no school-wide programs have been found to help those who most need help — children who are bullied repeatedly.

KiVa significantly reduced the depression of the 4 percent of sixth graders who were bullied most frequently — on at least a weekly basis. The researchers also found improved self-esteem among the approximately 15 percent of sixth graders who had been bullied at least a few times per month.

A recent meta-analysis of 53 anti-bullying programs worldwide found the KiVa program to be one of the most effective. The odds that a given student experienced bullying were 1.5 to nearly 2 times higher in control schools than in KiVa schools nine months after KiVa’s implementation.

“Our analysis shows that KiVa improves students’ perceptions of the school environment, especially among those who are bullied. For sixth-graders, it also improves their mental health, which is a big issue,” said Juvonen, who has conducted research on bullying for more than 20 years. “Typically we think individuals with mental health needs must be addressed individually. The beauty here is that this school-wide program is very effective for the children who most need support.”

Students in all grade levels studied, fourth through sixth, benefited in terms of having significantly more favorable perceptions of the school environment. This was especially true for the students who were most frequently bullied before the intervention.

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Mysterious ‘Hobbits’ That Perished 15,000 Years Ago Were Not Human (Study)

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Homo floresiensis adult female – model of head. Credit: John Gurche, National Museum of Natural History, CC BY-SA

Source: phys.org

Diminutive humans that died out on an Indonesian island some 15,000 years ago were not Homo sapiens but a different species, according to a study published Monday that dives into a fierce anthropological debate.

Fossils of Homo floresiensis—dubbed “the hobbits” due to their tiny stature—were discovered on the island of Flores in 2003.

Controversy has raged ever since as to whether they are an unknown branch of early humans or specimens of modern man deformed by disease.

The new study, based on an analysis of the skull bones, shows once and for all that the pint-sized people were not Homo sapiens, according to the researchers.

Until now, academic studies have pointing in one direction or another—and scientific discourse has sometimes tipped over into acrimony.

One school of thought holds that so-called Flores Man descended from the larger Homo erectus and became smaller over hundreds of generations.

The proposed process for this is called “insular dwarfing”—animals, after migrating across land bridges during periods of low sea level, wind up marooned on islands as oceans rise and their size progressively diminishes if the supply of food declines.

An adult hobbit stood a metre (three feet) tall, and weighed about 25 kilos (55 pounds).

Similarly, Flores Island was also home to a miniature race of extinct, elephant-like creatures called Stegodon.

But other researchers argue that H. floresiensis was in fact a modern human whose tiny size and small brain—no bigger than a grapefruit—was caused by a genetic disorder.

One suspect was dwarf cretinism, sometimes brought on by a lack of iodine. Another potential culprit was microcephaly, which shrivels not just the brain and its boney envelope.

Weighing in with a new approach, published in the Journal of Human Evolution, a pair of scientists in France used high-tech tools to re-examine the layers of the “hobbit” skull.

More precisely, they looked at the remains of Liang Bua 1 (nicknamed LB1), whose cranium is the most intact of nine known specimens.

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