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This week Conspiracy Journal brings you such thought-provoking tales as:
- Whoa, Dude, Are We Inside a Computer Right Now? -
- Grasping the Paranormal…Is it a Matter of Time? -
- UFOs: Awakening the Fire Within -
- Progress Made in Cloning a Woolly Mammoth -
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- TIME TO REBOOT DEPARTMENT -
Whoa, Dude, Are We Inside a Computer Right Now?
This NASA Scientist Thinks We Could Be.
Two years ago, Rich Terrile appeared on Through the Wormhole, the Science Channel’s show about the mysteries of life and the universe. He was invited onto the program to discuss the theory that the human experience can be boiled down to something like an incredibly advanced, metaphysical version of The Sims.
It’s an idea that every college student with a gravity bong and The Matrix on DVD has thought of before, but Rich is a well-regarded scientist, the director of the Center for Evolutionary Computation and Automated Design at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and is currently writing an as-yet-untitled book about the subject, so we’re going to go ahead and take him seriously.
The essence of Rich’s theory is that a “programmer” from the future designed our reality to simulate the course of what the programmer considers to be ancient history—for whatever reason, maybe because he’s bored.
According to Moore’s Law, which states that computing power doubles roughly every two years, all of this will be theoretically possible in the future. Sooner or later, we’ll get to a place where simulating a few billion people—and making them believe they are sentient beings with the ability to control their own destinies—will be as easy as sending a stranger a picture of your genitals on your phone.
This hypothesis—versions of which have been kicked around for centuries—is becoming the trippy notion of the moment for philosophers, with people like Nick Bostrom, the director of Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute, seriously considering the premise.
Until recently, the simulation argument hadn’t really attracted traditional researchers. That’s not to say he is the first scientist to predict our ability to run realistic simulations (among others, Ray Kurzweil did that in his 1999 book The Age of Spiritual Machines), but he is one of the first to argue we might already be living inside one. Rich has even gone one step further by attempting to prove his theories through physics, citing things like the observable pixelation of the tiniest matter and the eerie similarities between quantum mechanics, the mathematical rules that govern our universe, and the creation of video game environments.
Just think: Whenever you mess up there could be the intergalactic version of an overweight 13-year-old Korean boy controlling you and screaming “Shit!” into an Xbox headset. It sort of takes the edge off things.
VICE: When did you first surmise that our reality could be a computer simulation?
Rich Terrile: Unless you believe there’s something magical about consciousness—and I don’t, I believe it’s the product of a very sophisticated architecture within the human brain—then you have to assume that at some point it can be simulated by a computer, or in other words, replicated. There are two ways one might accomplish an artificial human brain in the future. One of them is to reverse-engineer it, but I think it would be far easier to evolve a circuit or architecture that could become conscious. Perhaps in the next ten to 30 years we’ll be able to incorporate artificial consciousness into our machines.
We’ll get there that fast?
Right now the fastest NASA supercomputers are cranking away at about double the speed of the human brain. If you make a simple calculation using Moore’s Law, you’ll find that these supercomputers, inside of a decade, will have the ability to compute an entire human lifetime of 80 years—including every thought ever conceived during that lifetime—in the span of a month.
Now brace yourself: In 30 years we expect that a PlayStation—they come out with a new PlayStation every six to eight years, so this would be a PlayStation 7—will be able to compute about 10,000 human lifetimes simultaneously in real time, or about a human lifetime in an hour.
There’s how many PlayStations worldwide? More than 100 million, certainly. So think of 100 million consoles, each one containing 10,000 humans. That means, by that time, conceptually, you could have more humans living in PlayStations than you have humans living on Earth today.
So there’s a possibility we’re living in a super advanced game in some bloodshot-eyed goober’s PlayStation right now?
Exactly. The supposition here is how do you know it’s not 30 years in the future now and you’re not one of these simulations? Let me go back a step here. As scientists, we put physical processes into mathematical frameworks, or into an equation. The universe behaves in a very peculiar way because it follows mathematics. Einstein said, “The most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it’s comprehensible.” The universe does not have to work that way. It does not have to be so easy to abbreviate that I can basically write down a few pages of equations that contain enough information to simulate it.
The other interesting thing is that the natural world behaves exactly the same way as the environment of Grand Theft Auto IV. In the game, you can explore Liberty City seamlessly in phenomenal detail. I made a calculation of how big that city is, and it turns out it’s a million times larger than my PlayStation 3. You see exactly what you need to see of Liberty City when you need to see it, abbreviating the entire game universe into the console. The universe behaves in the exact same way. In quantum mechanics, particles do not have a definite state unless they’re being observed. Many theorists have spent a lot of time trying to figure out how you explain this. One explanation is that we’re living within a simulation, seeing what we need to see when we need to see it.
Which would explain why there have been reports of scientists observing pixels in the tiniest of microscopic images.
Right. The universe is also pixelated—in time, space, volume, and energy. There exists a fundamental unit that you cannot break down into anything smaller, which means the universe is made of a finite number of these units. This also means there are a finite number of things the universe can be; it’s not infinite, so it’s computable. And if it only behaves in a finite way when it’s being observed, then the question is: Is it being computed? Then there’s a mathematical parallel. If two things are mathematically equivalent, they’re the same. So the universe is mathematically equivalent to the simulation of the universe.
Do you play video games?
I do, actually, and I’ve played The Sims before, but coming up with this theory was the result of a combination of several things. I’m a planetary scientist, so I think a lot about the future of technology and where it might lead us. I also do a lot of work in evolutionary computation and artificial intelligence, where I’m dealing with the nature of consciousness. Plus, I began thinking about religion, or what you believe about the universe if you’re an atheist, which means you have to believe there’s an alternative origin story independent of a creator. And we have a pretty good one: the Big Bang. But you also have to think about engineering and if a creator could exist in our current universe. And if so, what are the requirements of said creator? After thinking about it, I realized that a creator of a universe is capable of changing the laws of physics and sculpting whatever this universe is, which I can do in a computer simulation. In fact, I’ll maybe be able to do that soon with conscious beings.
Beings with whom you could interact?
Maybe, or maybe I’d just let them go. They’d be living out their lives in an incredibly short amount of time. Maybe I could change the physical laws. I could make them live in places both hospitable and inhospitable. I could make it so that they’re completely alone—perhaps that’s a boundary condition for us, and explains why there are no aliens.
You seem really at peace with this concept. When I first heard about your theory I was incredibly bummed but, obviously, intrigued.
I find great inspiration in it, and I’ll tell you why: It tells me that we’re at the threshold of being able to create a universe—a simulation—and that we in turn could be living inside a simulation, which could be in turn yet another simulation. And our simulated beings could also create simulations. What I find intriguing is, if there is a creator, and there will be a creator in the future and it will be us, this also means if there’s a creator for our world, here, it’s also us. This means we are both God and servants of God, and that we made it all. What I find inspiring is that, even if we are in a simulation or many orders of magnitude down in levels of simulation, somewhere along the line something escaped the primordial ooze to become us and to result in simulations that made us. And that’s cool.
Scientists Could Find Alien Life Within 40 Years
Martin Rees, former president of the Royal Society, said evidence of whether beings exist not only beyond earth but beyond our solar system, could be found in that time, a newspaper reported.
Lord Rees said he believed that astro-physicists could be able to view images of distant planets outside the solar system as soon as 2025. This could potentially lead to the discovery of some form of life on them.
When asked what changes could be expected in science in the next 40 years, he said understanding more about the "origin of life, the place where it exists, and whether aliens exist, is going to be crucial", the Daily Mail reported.
The astronomer was speaking at the launch of Professor Stephen Hawking's new series Grand Design, due to begin next Thursday on the Discovery Channel.
Lord Rees, who has been Astronomer Royal - a senior position within the Royal Household offering advice to the Queen on astronomical matters - since 1995, said: "Within 10 or 20 years we will be able to image other planets like the earth, orbiting other stars.
"That will be a really exciting subject to see if there is evidence for [extra-terrestrial] life or not."
However it was suggested earlier this year that rather more earthbound concerns may hold such research back.
It emerged in June that astronomers scanning the universe for signs of extra-terrestrial activity were facing a financial crisis that threatened to stall the 52-year search for intelligent life beyond Earth.
The respected SETI Institute in California will be forced to curtail radio telescope operations, which search space for signals from other worlds, unless it can plug a multi-million dollar funding gap.
Source: The Telegraph
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Grasping the Paranormal…Is it a Matter of Time?
By Andrew Nicholson
Could seemingly disparate paranormal phenomena from UFOs to ghosts, psychic intuition, prophecies and visions to reincarnation, life after death, and even episodes of high strangeness, all be explained in common terms with a similar origin?
Perhaps the key to unlocking these and many other mysteries is all a matter of time. According to brilliant physicist and prolific science writer, Paul Davies, what we perceive as time, and how physicists prefer to think of time, are at odds. From That Mysterious Flow Davies writes in connection with how we perceive time in our daily lives:
“In daily life we divide time into three parts: past, present, and future. The grammatical structure of language revolves around this fundamental distinction. Reality is associated with the present moment. The past we think of having slipped out of existence, whereas the future is even more shadowy, its details still unformed. In this simple picture, the ‘now’ of our conscious awareness glides steadily onward, transforming events that were once in the unformed future into the concrete but fleeting reality of the present, and thence relegating them to the fixed past.”
...and how physicists prefer to think of time.
But for many physicists, time is viewed rather differently according to Davies:
“Physicists prefer to think of time as laid out in its entirety – a timescape, analogous to a landscape – with all past and future events located there together … Completely absent from this description of nature is anything that singles out a privileged special moment as the present or any process that would systematically turn future events into the present, then past, events. In short, the time of the physicist does not pass or flow.”
The Block Universe
To philosophers, this concept of time is often referred to as eternalism. Perhaps, however, it is more commonly known as block time or the block universe. In this theory, time is another dimension. A dimension where there is no objective flow of time and where all events, past, present and future, all exist somewhere within this vast block of time.
Consider the possibilities of a block universe.
Somewhere now within this block universe, dishevelled Roman soldiers are marching along a newly-built road in Roman-occupied London, possibly in retreat or following a hard-won fight. A bloody battle is in full swing between the Picts and Northumbrians by a lake on a Scottish field. Also taking place somewhere are the battles of Agincourt and Gettysburg.
And it’s not only major ‘historical’ events that are playing out either. The block universe is crowded with the mundane minutiae of everyday life.
A woman stands by a window, pining for her long-lost husband, drowned at sea years earlier on a whaling expedition.
There is the chatter of millions upon millions of conversations.
It’s not only past events that exist either. Events that we have yet to experience, and can hardly imagine, are also playing out somewhere within this block universe.
If the theory of the block universe is correct, the implications are profound.
At the Center for Science and Society Symposium, held in February 2003, Cheryl Chen, Department of Philosophy at Harvard, considered the implications of the block universe:
“If the block universe view is correct, it is irrational to fear death. We apparently fear death because we believe that we will no longer exist after we die. But according to the block universe view, it’s not true to say that we exist now, but won’t exist any longer after death. Death is just one of our temporal borders, and should be no more worrisome than birth!”
While the idea of the block universe may provide us with solace in the face of death, it may also provide a key to unlocking many of the disparate paranormal phenomena that today remain unexplained.
While installing central heating in the cellar of the Treasurer’s House in 1953, Harry Martindale was witness to an astounding sight. Roman soldiers, dressed in green tunics and wearing plumed helmets, appeared suddenly through a wall of the cellar, they then marched, dishevelled and dejected, through the cellar before disappearing. Interestingly, the soldiers were only visible from the knees up. Later, a Roman road was discovered, buried knee-deep beneath the current floor of the cellar.
In a similar case, a Scottish woman apparently witnessed a replay of what was, at the time of her experience, a little known battle in 685 AD between the Picts and Northumbrians, complete with warriors carrying flaming torches.
What may be even more perplexing is the case of the Battle of Campania recorded by St Augustine in The City of God, in which many reported to have witnessed this ancient battle … days before it actually took place.
“Is not this proved by the fact that they were seen in a wide plain in Campania rehearsing among themselves the battle which shortly after took place there with great bloodshed between the armies of Rome? For at first there were heard loud crashing noises, and afterwards many reported that they had seen for some days together two armies engaged. And when this battle ceased [the phantom battle], they found the ground all indented with just such footprints of men and horses as a great conflict would leave.”
Could these cases of spectral armies and phantom battles be explained in a block universe model of time where all events are occurring now, but at different locations within that block?
Another mystery that may one day be explained by the block universe is the Bermuda Triangle and its many disappearances.
Bruce Gernon describes himself as “the only person in the world to witness what creates the Bermuda Triangle”. Gernon believes that an electronic fog produces time distortions which may account for some of the many disappearances in the notorious waters. In his own experience, the plane he was piloting was enveloped in this so-called electronic fog and was catapulted 30 minutes forward in time and 100 miles forward in space.
Could this electronic fog have also enveloped Flight 19 and transported the ill-fated squadron to another location within the block universe?
It must be remembered that the block universe is a theory, and while many physicists may favour it, the block universe remains unproven. We still have a long way to go before we understand time. But when we do, will this newly found knowledge also provide the key to unlocking many of the mysteries we struggle to comprehend today? Will it add credence to the reality of paranormal phenomena?
Will we learn that the UFOs that seemingly enter and leave our atmosphere instantaneously simply have the ability to move backward and forward at will within different time locations within the block universe?
Will we nonchalantly explain away phenomena such as time slips, ghost sightings, EVPs and battles between spectral armies as events that simply drop in momentarily on our own location in time as if tourists visiting from another country?
And will predictions, prophecies and psychic intuition one day be commonplace in a society that understands that time does not simply flow from the past to the present and into an unknowing future, but that all events within time are accessible if we know their location within block time?
Source: Mysterious Universe
- THE SPIRIT OF THE UNKNOWN DEPARTMENT -
UFOs: Awakening the Fire Within
By Tim R. Swartz
UFOs confound us with a number of different mysteries. First we have the mystery of UFOs themselves, unknown, seemingly solid objects that fly around our skies with impunity. Next, there are the UFO occupants that seem to come in as many unusual shapes and sizes as the vehicles they allegedly pilot. And last are the strange aftereffects that are suffered by some people who have had contact of one form or another with a UFO.
The reactions that some people have after a UFO encounter indicate a connection between the eyewitness and the phenomena that may go beyond the physical, and into the realms of the mind and even the spirit. The question we have to ask is: why would visitors from other planets induce paranormal or mystic responses from human observers? Perhaps we are making some broad assumptions about the true nature of UFOs. Or maybe we are asking the wrong questions altogether.
BEYOND THE HUMAN MIND AND SPIRIT
Jerome Clark and Loren Coleman in their book The Unidentified, state as their "First Law of Paraufology" that the UFO mystery is primarily subjective and symbolic. While they admit that the phenomenon is not without objective aspects, they maintain that such manifestations are only "subsidiary" displays "whose cause can be traced to certain extrasensory functions of the brain."
Their "Second Law of Paraufology" says that the objective manifestations associated with UFOs are "psychokinetically-generated by-products of those unconscious processes which shape a culture's vision of the Otherworld. Existing only temporarily, they are at best only quasi-physical."
There are numerous theories regarding UFOs place of origin and their true identity. Every investigator has their own favorite location, whether physical or ethereal. Generally, these arguments are distilled to the central issue of whether the UFO intelligences are essentially physical beings from some other physical planet, or nonphysical beings from an invisible realm in our own world. Conceivably both theories may be correct.
RENDEZVOUS WITH THE UNKNOWN
Author Regan Lee says that the psychic aspect of UFOs seems to be too often ignored or dismissed by many researchers who perceive it as a "New Agey" element that is an embarrassment to "serious" UFO researchers. However, Lee suggests that there is a psychic thread within the UFO experience, and it is dishonest to ignore it since UFO lore is full of stories of people who have had psychic or telepathic experiences in context of their UFO encounter.
Gail Mangas of Toledo, Ohio had no interest in UFOs or the paranormal. She was a divorced mother of two children and a waitress for a local restaurant, with little time to do anything else except care for her family - that is until she had a rendezvous with the unknown.
One night, as she drove home from work, Gail noticed a strange light in the sky that seemed to be following her car. The light was reddish in color and about the size of a half-dollar held at arms length.
When Gail was about a mile from her home, along a particularly deserted stretch of road, the light suddenly zoomed out of the sky and positioned itself directly in front of the car.
"I was absolutely terrified," she remembered. "The object blocked the road so I had to stop or risk running into it. Its light was so bright that I had to shield my eyes with my hand."
Before Gail had a chance to react, the weird light disappeared just as suddenly as it had appeared. Shaken, Gail drove the rest of the way home without further incident. She might have forgotten about her unusual experience if it wasn't for what occurred to her afterwards.
"That was the point where my life changed completely," she said. "I became interested in science and math and read everything I could get my hands on. This was so unlike me, I had barely graduated from high school and now I was reading books that were written for scientists. And the really weird thing was that I understood them."
Gail also noticed that along with her increased intelligence she had also developed the power to heal and to tell what others were thinking.
"It was as if the UFO awakened some part of me that had laid dormant all of my life," she said. "I can't explain it, but I know deep inside that I have been chosen somehow."
Gail also said that she has the feeling that some other intelligence is guiding her to develop both mentally and spiritually. She feels that she has some mission to fulfill for mankind in the future.
"I don't know what my mission will be - I only know that I am not the only one to be contacted this way. There are thousands, maybe millions of others on this planet that are being prepared for something truly great in the future."
Gail Mangas's experience is not unique. Throughout history there have been others who have touched the unknown and returned changed somehow. Perhaps we are experiencing a sort of enhanced evolution, intended to carry humankind quickly beyond this point in our development when our passions often outweigh our intelligence.
Jacques Vallee, in his book Dimensions, writes that the UFO phenomenon is one of the ways through which an alien form of intelligence of incredible complexity is communicating with us symbolically, and that paranormal phenomena with UFOs are one of the manifestations of a "spiritual control system for human consciousness."
Perhaps somewhere there is an intelligence that can see our potential as an enlightened species and has made it their mission to see us through these difficult times by awakening our hidden, spiritual capabilities. We may have an important role to play on the universal stage. Maybe UFOs are here to show us the hidden meaning between the lines of our lives.
- THE SKY IS FALLING DEPARTMENT -
FAA: Mysterious Roof Holes Not Caused by Falling Frozen Waste
Two Long Island families with mysterious holes in their roofs think plummeting frozen waste from overhead airplanes might be the cause of their troubles.
Lois Farella awoke to a thunderous crash at 3:30 a.m. on Sunday morning (Sept. 9) and found that her roof had a hole the size of a basketball leading straight through the shingles, plywood and insulation, according to CBS New York. At the same time, the roof of Farella's next-door neighbor's house got a similar makeover. And when her roofer, Bryan Lanzello, investigated the damage, he reportedly found a brown, wet stain in the attic where the offending object would have landed.
“That’s a lot of blunt force that did that [and it] was coming from a distance. It blew through an inch and a half of shingles and those shingles are tough,” Lanzello said.
Convinced that the holes could only have been caused by something falling from an airplane, the two households called the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to investigate whether they'd been the victims of a shower of "blue ice."
Blue ice is a euphemism for the industrial-deodorizer-hued chunks of frozen human waste that can occasionally fall from airplanes with faulty waste tanks.
Though waste should never be released from an airplane during flight, and in fact can't be released intentionally since the valve to open the tank is on the exterior of the plane, sometimes a leak will allow some waste to freeze to the outside of an airplane at high altitude.
As the plane makes its descent, the frozen mass will begin to warm and can decouple from the craft.
According to a fact sheet on the FAA’s website, any such blue ice “would melt long before it hit the ground, dissipating into miniscule droplets that are nearly invisible."
But Arlene Salac, a spokesperson for the FAA's eastern region office, told Life's Little Mysteries, "If it's a large enough chunk of it, it falls off down to the ground. It does definitely occur." She added that in the past, people have frozen specimens of blue ice that landed in their yards or homes to be back-matched to the namesake lavatory chemical and hopefully linked to the airline responsible.
Salac said blue ice did not cause the mysterious Long Island roof holes, however.
"Inspectors went out there today and it doesn't appear from the information we have at this point to be a case of blue ice," she said. "Whenever we have these cases we pull the radar tracks over the residents and there weren't any aircraft going over that house at that time. The closest one was 3 miles away, so it's not a case of blue ice, but we don't know what happened to the house."
Asked whether frozen waste might drift 3 miles on a collision course with a Long Island rooftop, Salac said no.
Some scientists think that large chunks of ice falling from the sky are a natural, yet still strange, phenomena. There is a great deal of disagreement in the scientific community regarding the origin of these falling slabs of ice, but it is certain that something is causing massive frozen chunks to occasionally drop from seemingly empty skies. The objects are called megacryometeors.
The term was coined by researcher Jesús Martínez-Frías, a planetary geologist from Madrid, Spain. In the year 2000, he investigated a series of such mystery ice meteors which began with a four-and-a-half pound object that smashed through the windshield of parked car in the city of Tocina. It fell out of a clear, sunny sky in January. Soon there were reports of similar incidents in the surrounding area, which continued at irregular intervals for about a week before they stopped as mysteriously as they had started.
Over the past twenty years, over fifty such objects have been recorded worldwide. Some have been as small as about one pound, but one monstrous mass of ice that fell in Brazil weighed about 400 pounds– almost a quarter of a ton– and crashed through the roof of a Mercedes-Benz factory. One recently made headlines in Oakland, California, weighing over 200 pounds and creating a dent in the Earth three feet deep. A similar event occurred in Chicago last February, crashing through the roof of a house.
Martínez-Frías led the research on the objects in Spain, examining the ice and impact sites from multiple megacryometeors. The ice was found to be free of urine, feces, and disinfecting solutions, so it was determined that its source was not an airplane’s frozen waste water. In fact, at the times of several of the events, the official records of air traffic control showed no airplanes in the skies over the areas in question. The makeup of the ice was vastly different from that of comets, so an extraterrestrial original was ruled out. But the composition of the frozen water did bear a very striking resemblance to that of a well-known weather phenomenon: hail.
The mysterious ice blobs, like hail, have been found to contain air bubbles, onion-like layering, and traces of ammonia and silica. The icy objects also have isotopic distributions of oxygen-18 and deuterium similar to those found in hailstones. Aside from their surprising mass and their tendency to plunge one-at-a-time from clear skies, the ice balls are almost identical to hail. Adding further intrigue to the investigation, it was discovered that there were several peculiar conditions in the high atmosphere over Spain that day: ozone levels were lower than normal, causing the troposphere to be particularly warm and the stratosphere to be particularly cold… also, the lower stratosphere was more humid than usual, and there was strong wind shear in the upper atmosphere.
Martínez-Frías and his team speculate that these meteorological ingredients may have worked together to create a situation where ice balls formed high in the atmosphere, aggregating ice as they descended until they grew to enormous size. They believe that the recent increase in the frequency of these megacryometeors worldwide may be due to the effects of global warming.
Many scientists are skeptical of the notion that these ice chunks are atmospheric conglomerations. Their most likely source, according to some, is passing aircraft. It may be that rainwater collects on the fuselage of aircraft, freezes during flight, and then becomes dislodged and falls to the Earth. Although Martínez-Frías was unable to find evidence of passing aircraft during the times of several events, it is possible that the flight-control records do not include all military and private aircraft.
Another possible explanation is that Martínez-Frías and his team have been duped by an elaborate hoax, but that seems unlikely given the numerous megacryometeor events which have occurred worldwide over a span of many years. Consider also Brazil’s 400-pound behemoth… such an ice ball would be exceedingly difficult to create and deliver without spending a great deal of money and drawing some attention. Another factor ruling out a hoax is that such ice-meteor events have been recorded (though with much less frequency) since times before aircraft were invented.
Whether or not you subscribe to the idea that humankind can have such a serious impact on our planet’s weather systems, it is certain that the hail-from-hell theory is worth investigating. Regardless of the cause, it is vaguely alarming to consider that on occasion, very large chunks of ice can fall out of a clear blue sky without explanation. Even more troubling, it seems to be happening more and more.
Source: Yahoo News
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Progress Made in Cloning a Woolly Mammoth
There may be some life left yet for the woolly mammoth, according to controversial research by Russian and South Korean scientists that has raised hopes the extinct animal could be cloned.
The team of researchers from Russia and South Korea said they had discovered mammoth tissue fragments buried under metres of permafrost in eastern Siberia that could contain living cells.
The existence of the cells — perhaps too few to achieve successful cloning, and treated with scepticism by many stem cell scientists — must still be confirmed by a South Korean lab.
But expedition member Sergei Fyodorov of Russia’s Northeastern Federal University said the discovery in the far north of the vast Yakutia region of eastern Siberia could soon lead to actual woolly mammoth cloning attempts.
“We discovered the mammoth tissue fragments in eastern Siberia in early August,” Fyodorov told AFP in a telephone interview Wednesday.
“It seems that some of the cells still have a living nucleus. We saw that with portable microscopes on the spot — the cells appeared in colour,” said the scientist.
The mission has struggled for credibility amid doubts that permafrost could keep anything alive for millennia and eventually give humans a chance to recreate extinct animals that once roamed the planet.
One of the participants in the expedition was the hugely controversial South Korean cloning pioneer Hwang Woo-Suk of South Korea’s Sooam Biotech Research Foundation.
Hwang was a national hero until some of his research into creating human stem cells was found in 2006 to have been faked. But his work in creating Snuppy, the world’s first cloned dog, in 2005, has been verified by experts.
Russia’s state-run RIA Novosti news agency cautioned in a commentary that “the cloning of mammoths is being indefinitely postponed” because the find — whatever it may have contained — was too small.
The mammoths are believed to have vanished fewer than 4,000 years ago — a flash in geological terms that coincided with the rise of the Bronze Age in Egypt.
Scientists set their sights on the animal after global warming thawed parts of Siberia, raising hopes a mammoth could be cloned using technology like that used in Scotland in 1996 to produce a cloned sheep called Dolly.
The same Russian researchers went on their first woolly mammoth hunt with a team from Japan in the late 1990s and found traces of skin that turned out to have belonged to a rhinoceros.
Source: The Raw Story
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Exorcism Boom in Poland Sees Magazine Launch
The devil may be in the details but for Roman Catholic priests hoping to capitalize on an insatiable demand for exorcisms in Poland, he may be in the fine print as well.
In what is being called the world's first monthly magazine devoted exclusively to the art of exorcism, the exorcizing priests and a publisher this week announced the launch of Egzorcysta. The new magazine will have an initial print run of 15,000 copies in one of the most devoutly Roman Catholic countries in Europe.
According to AFP, the new magazine is tapping into a growing trend.
“The rise in the number or exorcists from four to more than 120 over the course of 15 years in Poland is telling,” Father Aleksander Posacki told reporters in Warsaw on Monday as he announced the magazine's launch. The priest, identified as a "leading demonologist and exorcist," ironically attributed the bump to the 1989 downfall of Poland's atheistic communist regime.
"Capitalism creates more opportunities to do business in the area of occultism," Posacki told the news agency. "Fortune telling has even been categorized as employment for taxation."
These are boom times for specialists in chasing out the devil. While Catholics are not the only ones whose clergy perform exorcisms, the practice of cleansing troubled souls of Satan has taken off in recent years among those faithful to the Latin Rite.
There are now more Catholic exorcists in the United States than at any other time. Both Pope Benedict XVI and his Polish predecessor, Pope John Paul II, have been big boosters of the craft.
Egzorcysta, which will have 62 pages in its first issue, will feature articles with titles such as “New Age — the spiritual vacuum cleaner” and “Satan is real,” according to AFP. The magazine will sell for10 zloty, or $3.10 dollars, a copy.
One thing readers may learn is that art may indeed imitate "life." Both Posacki and Grefkowicz said movies like 1973's "The Exorcist" are spot-on when it comes to depicting demonic possession.
While the heads of the real-life possessed may not spin like Linda Blair's did in the movie, their predicament "manifests itself in the form of screams, shouting, anger, rage -- threats are common," Posacki said. “Manifestation in the form or (sic) levitation is less common, but does occur and we must speak about it — I’ve seen it with my own eyes."
Source: The Huffington Post
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