Posts Tagged ‘Unexplained’

Speed of Light Broken?

August 17th, 2007

Let’s hope this is true. That would be seriously exciting! From this source A pair of German physicists claim to have broken the speed of light – an achievement that would undermine our entire understanding of space and time.   Albert Einstein won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921 According to Einstein’s special theory […]

Roswell Officer's Deathbed Confession: UFO's Are Real

July 1st, 2007

This just in. Lieutenant Walter Haut was the public relations officer at the Roswell Air Force base in 1947 when aliens or a weather balloon allegedly crash landed on a nearby ranch. Lieutenant Walter Haut was the public relations officer at the base in 1947, and was the man who issued the original and subsequent […]

British Ministry of Defense Chief Resigns; Cites Concerns About UFO's

November 9th, 2006

Ok, here’s a very unusual news item: During his time as head of the Ministry of Defence UFO project, Nick Pope was persuaded into believing that other lifeforms may visit Earth and, more specifically, Britain. His concern is that "highly credible" sightings are simply dismissed. And he complains that the project he once ran is […]

Is There Room for The Soul? – Good Article on Cognitive Science

October 17th, 2006

This is a surprisingly good article on the nature of consciousness — providing a survey of the current state-of-the-art in cognitive science research. It covers the question from a number of perspectives and interviews many of the leading current researchers.

What Was Before the Big Bang?

September 4th, 2006

An article in my new favorite magazine, Seed Magazine, by cosmologist Sean Carrol, proposes an interesting new theory about the nature of time and the evolution of baby universes. In this approach, baby universes can suddenly come into being from empty space when random quantum vacuum fluctuations fall into place in just the right way. […]

A Village Where Aging is Sped Up

September 4th, 2006

Here’s an interesting video about a village in India where men have been stricken for over a decade with a disease that causes them to age much faster. Nobody knows what is causing this. Men in their 30’s appear to be 80. It’s strange. Watch the video. Perhaps if someone were to collect some DNA […]

A Problem with Space Travel

August 17th, 2006

As the distance a spaceship travels through space increases, so do the odds that it will collide with debris in its path – such as interstellar dust, micrometeorites, asteroids, dark matter, dark stars, etc. If you are traveling at super high-speed, through uncharted territory, there is no way to know what is out there. Even […]

What is in frame 2:19, Anyone?

August 17th, 2006

Can anyone figure out what is in frame 2:19 of this old Apollo program video. Is it a flagpole? Well, it seems quite far away to be a flagpole. And if it’s that far away it would also be really really big. So I’m guessing it ain’t a flagpole. A giant chimney? Doubtful considering it’s […]

Virtual World to Test Telepathy

July 19th, 2006

A new test for telepathy harnesses a "completely objective" virtual world.

Water Powered Car — Too Good to Be True? Video.

June 11th, 2006

OK this is a clip from Fox News, which is not normally a source that I consider to be factual or trustworthy — but it cerrtainly is an interesting story. The video clip profiles an inventor who has developed a novel method of converting water to useful fuel. He powers a welding torch and a […]

All Cell Phone Calls Easily Eavesdropped … With Common Household Appliance

April 1st, 2006

A major, virtually unfixable, security flaw in the design of nearly all cell phones and other mobile devices will be announced this week by researchers at the Foundation for Microwave Safety (FMS). According to sources, it turns out that due to a coincidence in engineering, ordinary household microwave ovens can actually be used to receive […]

Physics World Buzzing Over Faster-Than-Ever Particle

March 28th, 2006

Hot news from Fermilab… (see this article) Tom Spears Ottawa Citizen A major physics lab in the U.S. has found a particle, far smaller than any atom, that switches itself back and forth between being a piece of matter and a piece of anti-matter 17 trillion times each second. It has taken 700 people in […]

Why Do Some Bacteria Contain Magnetic Crystals?

January 26th, 2006

It was previously thought that some types of bacteria carry around magnetic crystals in order to orient themselves. But a recent study has found that in fact this does not seem to be the case — so why do they carry magnetic crystals? Nobody knows. It’s an interesting mystery.

Quantum Evolution — A Radical Theory

January 24th, 2006

The theory of quantum evolution is a radical new take on how mutations in DNA occur. Basically the theory postulates that DNA molecules are in fact macroscopic quantum objects that undergo quantum interference. It is spearheaded by Johnjoe McFadden, a professor in the UK and makes for an interesting read. Here is a brief overview […]

New Quantum Propulsion Being Researched By Air Force

January 6th, 2006

A radical new form of propulsion is being researched that may enable travel from Earth to Mars in 3 hours, and travel to nearby stars in just 80 days. The system is based on a novel quantum theory termed Heim quantum theory (HQT). The hypothetical device, which has been outlined in principle but is based […]

Big Thinkers' Most Dangerous Ideas

January 4th, 2006

The Edge has published mini-essays by 119 "big thinkers" on their "most dangerous ideas" — fun reading. The history of science is replete with discoveries that were considered socially, morally, or emotionally dangerous in their time; the Copernican and Darwinian revolutions are the most obvious. What is your dangerous idea? An idea you think about […]

Does the Cosmic Background Radiation Contain Hidden Message?

December 16th, 2005

This is a cool idea — some researchers are considering whether the cosmic background radiation may contain an encoded "message from God." OK I doubt it. I think it is more likely to be somewhere in our DNA, or in the digits of Pi, or perhaps in the distribution of the prime numbers. But it’s […]

Boy in Nepal Said to go Without Food or Water for 6 Months

November 21st, 2005

From the Fringe Department… This article is making the rounds today. It’s about a 15 year old boy in Nepal (see the picture) who is said to have been meditating under a tree without food or water, or even moving or going the bathroom, for 6 months. Interesting. Although unfortunately, now that he has been […]

New Study: Human Hands, Feet and Foreheads Emit Light

November 6th, 2005

Now this is really interesting! New research has found that certain parts of the body emit measurable numbers of photons. This may open up new diagnostic techniques. But that’s just the beginning. Spiritual healers from many different faiths have long said that they experience light coming from their hands, and can feel (and even see) […]

Images of UFO's in Ancient Paintings

November 2nd, 2005

This is an interesting series of images of ancient paintings that seem to contain depictions of UFO’s.

Strange But True — Low Frequency Audio as a Social Instrument

October 18th, 2005

This is really fascinating: Scientists used to consider the frequency band of 500 hertz and below in the human voice as meaningless noise, because when a voice is filtered, removing all higher frequencies, ne hears nothing but a low-pitched hum. All words are lost. But then it was found that this low hum is an […]

Who are the Clickers?

October 10th, 2005

I have a question. Maybe it’s just me, but I think I’ve almost never clicked on a Web banner ad or sidebar ad in the nearly 10 years that Web ads have been around. A short informal poll of my friends yields similar answers. Nobody I know clicks on Web ads. Never. Ever. Now maybe […]

A Possible Future of Physics

September 27th, 2005

Today I read this nice article which provides a short consumer-friendly overview of the history of the Digital Physics paradigm. Digital Physics is not mainstream physics — but it is growing and someday could become huge. It brings together computer scientists and physicists in an interdisciplinary approach to physics. While many advocates simply take the […]

Brain Has Particular Neurons for Recognizing Celebrities and Other Concepts

June 22nd, 2005

In a very interesting new finding, researchers have discovered the people’s brains contain individual neurons, or small groups of neurons, that seem exist only to recognize particular people or concepts. This would imply that there is one neuron, or at least a small group of neurons, in our brains for every unique thing that we […]

New Quantum Model May Resolve Time Travel Paradoxes

June 18th, 2005

Quantum researchers have proposed a new model of time travel that may overcome paradoxes (such as going back in time and undoing something that causes an impossibility in your future  — for example, preventing yourself from being born). The basic idea is that if you travel to your past you cannot interact with anything that […]

Simulated Universes and the Nature of Consciousness

June 4th, 2005

Researchers in Europe have completed the first phase of what may be the largest computational physics experiment in history: They built and ran a simulated universe through 14 billion years of development. The experiment used up 25 million megabytes of memory, and the biggest supercomputer in Europe for a month. The result was a “Cube […]

Hackers Crack Junk DNA?

May 26th, 2005

A group of researchers working at the Human Genome Project will be announcing soon that they made an astonishing scientific discovery: They believe so-called non-coding sequences (97%) in human DNA is no less than genetic code of an unknown extraterrestrial life form. The above excerpt is from an article that has to be one of […]

Time Traveler Convention and Further Thoughts

May 7th, 2005

There’s a very interesting event taking place at MIT tonight — the first (and only?) Time Traveler Convention. The organizers are inviting anyone in the future who is capable of time travel to travel back to the geo coordinates of this event (to be held at MIT) and attend it, along with proof that they […]

Who Inserted Mutated Human Flu Virus in South Korean Pig Virus?

March 18th, 2005

In a worrying development, part of a mutated human influenza virus related to the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic was found in a virus in pigs in South Korea. The question is, how did this happen and what does it indicate? It couldn’t have taken place naturally and may be evidence of the early-stages of a  […]

How to Talk to Aliens

March 18th, 2005

Here is an interesting article, written by a chess grandmaster, on how to trade information with alien civilizations, assuming they are ever contacted. The article proposes that at interstellar distances, the only realistic form of trade would be a trade in information — such as technology and scientific knowledge. He suggests that the best way […]