Via: South China Morning Post:
Another origins-of-life chemist, Steven Benner of the US-basedWestheimer Institute of Science and Technology has suggested that assembling RNA would have been very difficult on the ancient earth. Speaking at a conference in August, he presented results indicating that boron and molybdenum minerals can significantly help the process. But three billion years ago, the earth was too wet and the atmosphere had too little oxygen for these minerals to have been sufficiently common and in the right forms.
Instead, Benner suggested that Mars had the right chemistry, and life may have come to earth on a Martian meteorite. “The evidence seems to be building that we are actually all Martians; that life started on Mars and came to Earth on a rock,” he remarked.
Within days of Benner’s presentation, a paper was published that had reached similar conclusions regarding the “phosphate problem” – concerning the phosphorus compounds crucial for RNA, DNA and proteins. There would have been few such compounds in the water on early earth, but Martian phosphates were both more soluble and plentiful, making the “red planet” appear a better nursery for life.
Just possibly, fossil microbes have been found in meteorites from Mars. The most famous of these meteorites made world news in 1996, when Nasa scientist David McKay argued that tiny structures were fossils of life forms smaller than any known cellular life.
Meteorites from asteroids are another otherworldly source of ingredients for life. They can be rich in organic material such as amino acids, which may form as comets crash into moons or planets. After a meteor fell to earth over California in April last year, researchers at the University of Arizona gathered fragments for study. At first, they were disappointed to find few organic molecules. Then, they took insoluble material and baked it for six days in conditions akin to those around hydrothermal vents.
“And lo and behold, this meteorite left behind something we have never seen,” team leader Sandra Pizzarello told New Scientist. There were long molecular chains that can form scaffold-like structures. Rather than soapy bags, it might have been this scaffolding that trapped organic molecules which led to life.
Who would cut the tongues and take the reproductive organs from several cows? That’s the mystery police in a small town 90 miles away from Kansas City are dealing with.
Robert Hills, Henry County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy, says the first cow was discovered in December of 2011, the second and third this summer. All were female cows and were owned by rancher Lyn Mitchell.
“We couldn’t see any signs of trauma, and it doesn’t appear that there was any type of wild animal, such coyotes, that were involved,” Hills told KMOX.
The first cow discovered on Mitchell’s ranch had her tongue and ear removed. Mitchell told KSHB-TV she assumed the mutilation was part of a sacrificial ritual or just teenagers, so she didn’t report it.
The next two discovered on July 9th and 19th of this year had their tongues removed along with their udders, anus, reproductive organs, and ears. A veterinarian wasn’t called to examine the first two cows.
But one did examine the third one.
Mitchell said the veterinarian told her the cuts to the cow were precise and surgical. Also what seems to be the common denominator of all these incidents is the lack of blood and other bodily fluids surrounding the area and inside the animal.
Mitchell told the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) that the third cow’s heart was removed and exposed, but was not taken. She believes that maybe whoever did this was interrupted and she does not rule out the possibility of aliens.
3am + Internet on a 56K modem + Doom + 12 Pack of Moosehead + Art Bell. Ahh the 1990s.
Art Bell, radio’s master of the paranormal and outward edges of science, will return to the microphone on Sept. 16 with a new nighttime show on Sirius XM Radio.
Bell was one of radio’s top syndicated voices in the 1990s before walking away from his nightly show in 2002 due to family issues. He worked occasionally after that but hasn’t been on the air since Halloween 2010.
“I missed it terribly,” said Bell, 68, whose weeknight show will air live from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. ET. Sirius is building a studio at Bell’s rural Nevada home where he will work.
A Sirius representative contacted Bell through social media a few months ago, leading to the formation of his show, “Art Bell’s Dark Matter.” He’ll talk about things like UFOs, ghosts, near-death experiences and weird aspects of science. He’ll do interviews and take calls from viewers.
The message inside “the world’s most mysterious medieval manuscript” has eluded cryptographers, mathematicians and linguists for over a century.
And for many, the so-called Voynich book is assumed to be a hoax.
But a new study, published in the journal Plos One, suggests the manuscript may, after all, hold a genuine message.
Scientists say they found linguistic patterns they believe to be meaningful words within the text.
Whether or not it really does have any meaningful information, though, is much debated by amateurs and professionals alike.
Via: Celtic NZ:
The following photos of dilapidated structures were taken on 11th November 2000. These are a few examples of registered structures, designated as purpose built by archaeologists, which were mapped by position, described and recorded for posterity. The information derived was considered so sensitive that it was then labelled “restricted” and not to be viewed by the general public until the year 2063.
More: Embargo Saga
I haven’t seen one (fake or real) like this before.
Via: UFO Blogger:
Steorn is under contract with the two largest corporations in the electric hot water heating market worldwide. One HephaHeat product will cost about as much as the electric water heater it’s replacing, but will consume 1/5 as much electricity. With this marketplace vindication in as little as 18 months from now, they will then open the technology to other applications.
Via: Huffington Post:
A lot of people have a hard time trusting lawyers as it is, but what about one who claims he was part of a secret government time travel program when he was a kid?
Since 2004, Seattle attorney Andrew Basiago has been publicly claiming that from the time he was 7 to when he was 12, he participated in “Project Pegasus,” a secret U.S. government program that he says worked on teleportation and time travel under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
“They trained children along with adults so they could test the mental and physical effects of time travel on kids,” Basiago told The Huffington Post. “Also, children had an advantage over adults in terms of adapting to the strains of moving between past, present and future.”
Via: Ocean Explorer:
The Ocean X Team dove down to the circle-shaped object in the Baltic Sea and met something they never experienced before. First they thought it was just stone or a rock cliff, but after further observations the object appeared more as a huge mushroom, rising 3-4 meters/10-13 feet from the seabed, with rounded sides and rugged edges. The object had an egg shaped hole leading into it from the top, as an opening. On top of the object they also found strange stone circle formations, almost looking like small fireplaces. The stones were covered in something resembling soot.
Right now, scientists are examining samples from the circle-shaped object, and experts in sonar imaging are processing data from the ship to hopefully shed more light over the mysterious object.