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- ROUND AND ROUND THE PLANET GOES DEPARTMENT -
The North Pole is on the Move
Global warming is shifting the way the Earth wobbles on its polar axis which has meant the North Pole is now moving slowly towards the UK, a new NASA study finds.
'This is the first time we have solid evidence that changes in land water distribution on a global scale also shift which direction the axis moves to,' said Surendra Adhikari at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab.
The North Pole is now moving towards the Greenwich meridian with melting ice sheets, especially in Greenland, being blamed for changing the distribution of weight on Earth.
Global warning has caused both the North Pole and the wobble, which is called polar motion, to change course, according to a study published Friday in the journal Science Advances.
Scientists and navigators have been accurately measuring the true pole and polar motion since 1899 and for almost the entire 20th century they migrated a bit toward Canada.
Since 2003, Greenland has lost on average more than 600 trillion pounds of ice a year and that affects the way the Earth wobbles in a manner similar to a figure skater lifting one leg while spinning, said NASA scientist Eirk Ivins, the study's co-author.
Ivins said he likes to think of it as a billion trucks each year dumping ice out of Greenland. On top of that, West Antarctica loses 275 trillion pounds of ice and East Antarctica gains about 165 trillion pounds of ice yearly, helping tilt the wobble further, Ivins said.
They all combine to pull polar motion toward the east, Adhikari said.
Jianli Chen, a senior research scientist at the University of Texas' Center for Space Research, first attributed the pole shift to climate change in 2013 and he said this new study takes his work a step further.
'There is nothing to worry about,' said Chen, who wasn't part of the NASA study. 'It is just another interesting effect of climate change.'
Source: The Daily Mail
- SOMETHING WEIRD DEPARTMENT -
UFOs: Extraterrestrial? Probably Not…
By Nick Redfern
As people who know me well will be aware, my views on the nature of the UFO phenomenon have radically changed over the years. Back when I was in my twenties, I was of the opinion that UFOs (the truly unknown ones) were extraterrestrial. As in definitely extraterrestrial. As I slid into my thirties, however, my thoughts slowly began to change (something which also happened for a few friends of mine in the field, too). And as many people will also know, my views – today – are far closer to those suggested by John Keel. Namely, that we’re dealing with something that co-exists with us and which masquerades as ET. It’s not enough for me to say “My views have changed.” There are the reasons why my mind has altered since my early thirties (or thereabouts). And, there are several reasons, rather than just one.
There’s the nature of the entities themselves: they practically overemphasize who, or what, they claim to be. Take, for example, all those “soil-sampling” aliens of the 1950s and 1960s. You know the ones: someone is working in their field, or driving down a stretch of road, when they encounter a couple of diminutive aliens collecting specimens of local plants, flowers, and vegetables. ET on a scientific mission, right? No, not in my view.
We only have to take a careful look at such cases (and there are more than a few on record – here’s a link to a number of classic cases) to see that these “incidents” are clearly stage-managed. It’s a game, a scenario that has nothing to do with real soil-sampling, but everything to do with trying to emphasize the ET meme. Are we to believe that, time and time again, aliens are so stupid that they can’t collect a few of those aforementioned samples without having their cover blown? Of course, they could easily avoid us! But, here’s the deal: they want to be seen. It’s not an accident. It’s carefully planned. And it’s designed to plant an image of “ET scientists” in the mind(s) of the witness(es).
It’s much the same with the way in which – in both Contactee and Abductee cases – the aliens aren’t just keen to tell us which planet, star-system, or galaxy, they’re from. They’re more than a bit too keen to do so. Once it was Venus and Mars. Then, it was Zeta Reticuli. Or is it the Pleiades? The problem is not so much where they claim to come from. Rather, it’s their eager insistence on letting us know where they’re from – and time and again. There’s another issue, too. Over the decades, we have allegedly been visited by long-haired Space Brothers, stacked Space-Babes, black-eyed and large-headed dwarfs, bipedal reptiles, praying mantis-type creatures, and…well…the list goes on and on. But, they all seem perfectly comfortable with the Earth’s gravity, temperature, oxygen levels, etc. Doesn’t that strike you as a bit odd?
And there’s also the fact that many UFO encounters are far more visionary in nature than of a “nuts-and-bolts” type. Tales of Contactees heading out to isolated and desert-based locations, and meeting very human-like entities, abound. They’re not at all unlike multiple accounts that one can find in numerous religions. In fact, they’re near-identical. Lives are radically changed, and people find themselves on new paths. Gods, angels, demons, the “little people,” and – today – aliens: it’s all one and the same. A force that we presently don’t understand and which impacts upon us – and manifests before us – in a fashion that is relevant to the people of the particular era in question.
Of course, there’s nothing new about all (or any) of this: it mirrors the work of the likes of Terence McKenna, Jacques Vallee, and the aforementioned John Keel. I don’t fully deny the ET angle of the UFO controversy. Maybe, they really are just inept plant collectors. But, I can say for sure that, every year, my views that we are dealing with something much stranger than ET grow stronger. Inter-dimensional? Time-Travelers? An ancient terrestrial race that exists alongside us? I don’t know. But, ET? Probably not. The main reason: the phenomenon works too hard to come across as alien. As McKenna said: “We are part of a symbiotic relationship with something which disguises itself as an extra-terrestrial invasion so as not to alarm us.”
Source: Mysterious Universe
- SECRET TECHNOLOGY OR OLD CLUNKER DEPARTMENT -
Why Are You Stalling?
By Gareth J. Medway
One day in June 1936, so the story goes, Rachel, the wife of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, was planning to drive from Rome to Ostia on the coast, about twenty miles away. Over breakfast, her husband said: “I wouldn’t be surprised if you had a very unusual experience today.” Indeed, she and her chauffeur were only a few miles past the city limits when they encountered a traffic jam. “What’s happening here?” Madame Mussolini demanded. “It looks as if everyone is breaking down at once ....” her driver began. His own motor then coughed and died. He coasted to the edge of the road. “I can’t understand it!” Several minutes passed, but then suddenly all of the stalled motors roared back to life again. “There was a universal shrugging of shoulders as the fuming drivers got back into their vehicles and continued to Ostia.”
This story was told by John Keel (The Cosmic Question, 1976, p.35), who, however, did not specify his source – possibly it was Albert Zarca, Mussolini sans Masque, 1973, which he mentions in a footnote. It was said to be the result of secret experiments by Marconi, who had moved back to his native Italy and was employed by Mussolini. Whilst trying to develop radar, he had inadvertently hit upon a radio frequency that caused internal combustion engines to stall.
A similar story went around in Germany, where a large transmission mast had been built on the Brocken (traditionally a meeting place of witches) in the Harz mountains. “As usually reported, the phenomenon consisted of a tourist driving his car on one of the roads in the vicinity, and the engine suddenly ceasing to operate. A German Air Force sentry would then appear from the side of the road and tell him that it was no use his trying to get the car going again for the time being. The sentry would, however, return and tell him when he would be able to do so. The sentry appeared in due course, and the engine started.” (R. V. Jones, Most Secret War, 1978, p.50)
Another version came from the United States: “What about the boy in Appleton, Wisconsin, whose short-wave set hit a magnetic frequency which not only paralysed automobiles within three miles of his home, but any plane flying over his house? Chet L. Swital was sent by his paper from Chicago to cover the story and when he reached Appleton he found the place crawling with FBI men. They confiscated the boy’s short-wave set and shipped him, his family, and the mystifying radio to Washington for further study. This was in 1941.” (Frank Scully, Behind the Flying Saucers, 1950, p.201.)
An obvious question arises: if the Italians or Germans or Americans were possessed of such devices, why did they not use them during the war? In the age of the propeller airplane they would have been lethal. Though the British government they did not believe these tales, during this period they a lot of time and effort to disinformation, hence, “... we thought that it might be a good idea to start the same tale going in England to see whether it would puzzle the Germans. The story spread rapidly, and we heard of it from time to time, with ever increasing detail. The last I heard of it was a family of Quakers, who of course never lie, driving across Salisbury Plain when the engine of their car stopped. In due course a soldier appeared and told them that it would now start again, and so they were able to continue on their way.” (Jones, idem.) So perhaps the other stories had a similar origin.
Of course, the Second World War produced a number of rumours about secret inventions, some of which, such as the atomic bomb, turned out to be true. Death rays were popular, and perhaps not entirely fictional. Another story about Marconi was that he experimented with microwaves, and found that they were killing sheep on nearby farms. Some were deliberately invented. When R. V. Jones was working on infra-red as a way of detecting aircraft at night, which was abandoned when radar proved to be more effective, he told one man that they were working on a way to make ships invisible. They had so far managed to make a gunboat invisible, but the crew could still be seen. (One wonders if this has any connection with the yarn about ‘The Philadelphia Experiment’?) When radar did get working, the RAF put it about that they were able to locate the enemy at night by feeding their pilots carrots so as to improve their night vision.
These stories evidently came to the ear of Bernard Newman, author of The Flying Saucer, 1948. This was inspired by a remark of Anthony Eden, former foreign secretary (and future prime minister), that the Cold War had made enemies of nations who just before had been united against the Third Reich, and that a new common enemy would be beneficial. “What we need is an invasion from space.” In the novel, a group of scientists took him up on this and faked an invasion from space for the purpose.
Flying saucers only appeared peripherally: I get the impression that he was already at work on the book when the first UFO flap began in the summer of 1947, so he added a few pages based upon what had appeared in the press, though they did not really affect his plot. The science in it was shaky: a man who was supposed to be the world’s leading physicist stated that the atom bomb worked by “a chain reaction of electrons” (he meant neutrons). So it is not surprising that he went on to do the impossible, and next to their dummy spaceship erected a transmitter that caused engines to stop in the vicinity, so that people would think that alien technology was at work.
One might have expected that that would have been the end of the matter, but ‘car-stops’ have been reported in many UFO cases. It would be futile to attempt to list them all, but here is one of the most puzzling: on the night of 2nd November 1957 (coincidentally, or not, this was the night that the Russians launched their second satellite, Sputnik II), police in Levelland, west Texas, received phone calls from six different men who had almost identical stories. Each had seen a large glowing object near the town, usually thought to be more than 100 feet long, whereupon their motors failed and their headlights went out. After the object departed, the vehicles returned to normal. A seventh witness later reported the same thing to the Air Force. (Allen Hynek, The UFO Experience, pp.159-64.)
Dr. Donald Menzel, who initially thought that the object might have been ‘an unusually bright meteor’, later observed that at the time the area was experiencing unusual weather, rain and lightning, so that the object must have been ball lightning, which can range in size from a few inches to several feet. He did admit that there is no ‘entirely satisfactory’ explanation for ball lightning, and that ‘some scientists have doubted its reality’.
“The truck’s engine may have died for one of several reasons. The rain during the evening could have seeped under the hood and soaked the ignition or dampened the spark plugs. The feed line may have been clogged. Or the region of highly rarefied air created by the ball lightning may temporarily have deprived the engine of oxygen.” These would not explain the headlights being extinguished, however, and it is odd that it should happen to seven drivers in the same district on the same evening. Nevertheless, “Only the saucer proponents could have converted so trivial a series of events – a few stalled automobiles, balls of flame in the sky at the end of a thunderstorm – into a national mystery.” (Donald H. Menzel and Lyle G. Boyd, The World of Flying Saucers, pp.174-80.)
In 1966 a man named Mel Noel claimed to the media that he had been involved with a secret U. S. Air Force group who had investigated UFOs and made contact with them. In one talk he gave that was transcribed and printed, he made a few howlers, such as saying that one Air Force document was headed: ‘Top Secret: Destroy Before Reading’. He said that a group of scientists in South America had been building flying saucers under guidance from the space people, and that one would land on the set of the Jackie Gleason show in Florida. “He backed his tale with frayed clippings of Marconi’s alleged experiments.” Needless to say, this landing did not occur. “Mel Noel disappeared back into the cosmic woodwork.” Unfortunately, it is not clear whether these clippings referred to engine failures or something else.
The Colorado UFO Project observed that “There are many UFO reports in which it is claimed that an automobile’s ignition failed and the motor stopped, and in some cases that the headlights failed also, and that after this happened, a UFO was seen nearby. Usually such reports are discussed on the supposition that this is an indication that the UFO had been the source of strong magnetic field.” Of the people that they personally interviewed, however, there was only one such, and that “was made by a diabetic patient who had been drinking and was returning home alone from a party at 3 a.m.”. Tests showed that, to stall a car, a field greatly in excess of 20,000 gauss would be required, and that this would permanently affect the magnetisation of the car. (Dr. Edward Condon, Scientific Study of Unidentified Flying Objects, 1969, p.38.)
Occasionally stalling turns up in accounts of hauntings. Rolling Acres Road in Florida is reputedly inhabited by the ghost of a murdered woman. A group named ghostbusters “went there to check it out, and the car we were in stalled. It took better than ten minutes to get it cranked. I think it had something to do with that road.” (Charlie Carlson, Weird Florida, 2005, p.161.)
Jay Anson’s The Amityville Horror has been described as a novel. But the Lutz family, who lived there, were real, and maintained that the book was at least based upon what happened to them, though amplified by Anson’s imagination. The story is that one afternoon they got so frightened by the spooks in their home that they decided to leave there and then, but their van would not start, so they had to remain. At seven o’clock the next morning they tried again, and this time “The motor turned over immediately.” (Jan Anson, The Amityville Horror, pp.167, 179.)
I do not have any personal conclusion from all this. Some of these stories, clearly, are myths, so this may or may not be true of the others. I do know a woman with a car whose engine often conks out, not due to the presence of aliens or ghosts, but because it is a clapped-out old banger.
Source: The Magonia Blog
- LOST MAGIC OF THE AGES DEPARTMENT -
Magical Rings and Their Mystical Powers
By Valda Roric
Treasures are not always large gold hoards or mountains of precious stones. A treasure can also be a highly precious artifact such as the Ark of the Covenant, the Spear of Longinus, and the Sword of Nuada, the Holy Grail or a small, but very precious ring with magical powers.
According to legend, the famous king Solomon had a very valuable gold ring. The ring was not only precious, but also magical. With it, Solomon could supposedly control spirits and demons. Out of all his treasures, this ring is regarded as the most mystical.
It is said that one day the king lost the precious ring. He had lost it in the waters of the River Jordan. Solomon considered the ring lost forever until a fisherman returned it to him. He had found the ring inside the body of a fish. The precious magic ring is said to be buried alongside the body of King Solomon. However, nobody has found Solomon’s tomb yet. According to legend, the one who finds the ring will become the ruler of the world.
Howard Carter’s Ring of Protection
Howard Carter is the archaeologist who, in 1922, discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen. At the time, everybody was surprised because of the fact that the curse of King Tut’s tomb did not affect the archaeologist. It is said that Carter had a ring found in Assuan in the tomb of a priest called Jua. The ring was bought in 1860 by the Egyptologist marquis d’Agrain.
The ring had geometric figures covering it such as three straight lines and triangles. The figures on the ring had been arranged according to the principles of esoteric knowledge. The design was meant to protect a person from danger, curses, and black magic. Today, the ring is known as “the ring of Ra” and it is believed that it was originally designed by the people of the lost city of Atlantis. According to the same theory, Egyptians are regarded to be the descendants of these people. As for the ring, an explanation is that it follows the principles of radionics which can have positive or negative effects on the individual who wears it.
Charlemagne and the Love of a Magic Ring
Said to be influenced by the power of a magic ring, Charlemagne fell deeply in love with a German woman. He loved her so much that he even began to neglect his affairs of state to be with her. However, one day, the woman died. Charlemagne kept worshiping her dead body which he refused to bury. One day, when Charlemagne was away, the Archbishop Turpin entered the bedroom. There, he noticed a precious ring on the corpse which he took with him.
As soon as the ring was removed, the dead body began to rot. Upon Charlemagne’s return, all he found was an awful smelly corpse. He had the body buried, but another strange thing began to happen. Charlemagne began to direct his passion towards the Archbishop Turpin. Turpin had the ring and thought that something was not right about it. Therefore, in order to escape Charlemagne’s advances, he threw the ring in a lake. According to legend, Charlemagne than fell in love with the lake and ordered a magnificent palace to be built near it. This was the city of Aix-la-Chapelle, where Charlemagne was buried upon his death.
Genghis Khan’s Ring
Genghis Khan knew how to take advantage of Mongolian magic. In the 12th century, he reigned over the great Mongolian Empire and some believe this is due to a powerful magic ring. The ring had a ruby engraved with a magic symbol and it was worn by both Genghis Khan as well as by his nephew, Kublai Khan. They always wore it on the right hand, on the forefinger.
Historians wondered how a man without education was able to lead a bunch of nomads to conquer peoples and empires which were “further advanced”. As for the ring, it was engraved with a mystical Indian symbol. Some claim that this symbol actually comes from Hyperborea, the long lost continent.
The symbol is the dextrogyre swastika which is believed to have positive effects. Its opposite is the sinistrogyre swastika which was used by Hitler. By modifying the direction of the symbol, Hitler obtained the reverse of the positive effects, attracting misfortune with an evil swastika which turned against him and his actions. As for the ring of Genghis Khan, many Asian archaeologists as well as politicians are still looking for it.
In this way, treasures are not always large gold hoards or mountains of precious stones. A treasure can also be a highly precious artifact such as the Ark of the Covenant, the Spear of Longinus, and the Sword of Nuada, the Holy Grail or a small, but very precious ring with magical powers.
Source: Ancient Origins
- TALES OF MAD SCIENTISTS DEPARTMENT -
By Stephen Wagner
From human invisibility to amazing demonstrations of levitation, these strange devices, weird experiments and impossible observations - if true - challenge conventional scientific knowledge
Electrodes flash and spark, illuminating the dimly lit laboratory. Vials of eerie glowing liquid bubble and spit. The scientist, with a mad glare in his eyes, closely watches the progress of his secret experiment.
Something weird is happening in this dark, cold basement - something the scientist hopes will finally prove what the rest of the scientific world said was impossible.
We've all enjoyed the image of the mad scientist in the movies as he toiled away in his creepy lab, working on the very edge of scientific knowledge.
There really have been such independent scientists, of course. And although they might not quite be mad, their pursuits have been unconventional. Perhaps impossible.
Here are a few intriguing tales of "mad scientists" and their wild inventions. They may be true, exaggerated, hearsay, legends or outright hoaxes - we may never know for certain. But the possibility that they are real is irresistible.
THE INVISIBLE MAN
Human invisibility is a fun idea, one that has been the subject of several sci-fi books and movies, including H.G. Wells' classic The Invisible Man and the more recent Hollow Man. Has some obscure scientific genius actually achieved it? Consider this story found on Keelynet:
The scene is a public hall in London England.
The year is 1934. A young scientist, claiming he has discovered the secret to electromagnetically induced invisibility, steps into an open-front cabinet on a brightly lit stage before a curious audience. On his head he wears a device he calls an Electro-Helmet along with some other paraphernalia. He reaches up and touches two contacts above his head with both hands, then gives the signal for the switch to be thrown.
The switch allegedly sends a current of electricity to his strange devices... and his body gradually vanishes from his feet to his head!
According to the story, spectators could touch and feel his body within the cabinet, but they could not see him. "All one could see," the story goes, "was the development of a cone of light such as might be projected between the two poles of a powerful transmitter." Naturally, the inventor refused to reveal how his contraption worked, stating only that it was the result of many years of experimentation.
Was he a brilliant scientist? Or a clever magician? The demonstration sounds very much like illusions performed by top magicians today. The part of the story that makes it most intriguing, if it is accurate, is that his body vanished from toe to head "gradually."
The U.S. military in recent history is said to have experimented with creating invisibility by bending light through electromagnetic means, and may have been one of the goals of the legendary "Philadelphia Experiment." Was this "young scientist" decades ahead of them?
ANOMALOUS TRANSPARENCY: THE FAILE EFFECT
Dr. S.P. Faile doesn't believe he can make himself invisible, but he does think things around his laboratory sometimes inexplicably become partially transparent. In a curious article titled "Observations of Anomalous Transparency: The Faile Effect," author Nicholas Reiter writes about the weird observations Dr. Faile began making around his home in 1997 and 1998.
Faile, a semi-retired materials research engineer and scientist noticed the strange effects after he had been conducting experiments in "new energy." According to the article, "the effect seemed to mainly consist of occasional circumstances where common, normally opaque objects ranging from one's forearm, to sheet metal, to furniture, would seem to turn partially transparent.
More distant objects seemed to be visible through these structures, even to the extent of such details as printed characters."
Was it just an optical illusion? Failing eyesight? Or had Dr. Faile stumbled upon a new phenomenon?
At first, Faile too wondered if the effect was just an illusion, but dismissed that possibility after numerous experiments and corroborating observations by colleagues. In numerous tests, he was able to observe this transparency both indoors and out, in various kinds of lighting. The effect is not the common observation anyone can make if they hold their hand or an object close to one eye and allow the other eye to see past it, resulting in an illusion of transparency.
So what is it?
"At present it seems to be a phenomenon in search of a definition or methodology," the article states. "One model would place the effect into the realm of anomalous human talent, such as clairvoyance or remote viewing. However, other individuals, with only a minimum of technique refinement, have been able to confirm the effect.
Additionally, because a number of 'real world' factors such as lighting, location and certain material structures can greatly affect its magnitude, it seems to more properly belong in the realm of optics, and probably quantum mechanics."
JOHN KEELY'S FLOATING MINI-SOLAR SYSTEM
John Worrell Keely (1827-1898) was a rogue inventor who tirelessly experimented with free energy, something called a "compound disintegrator" and numerous other devices on the fringe of mainstream science. He still has a devoted following today of like-minded experimenters who are convinced that free energy is out there somewhere, just waiting to be tapped.
One of the most fascinating stories about Keely concerns his encounter with John Jacob Astor, heir to the Astor fur-trading fortune (and who later perished on the Titanic), at the World's Fair in the late 1880s. Keely was demonstrating a device he called "The Musical Globe." This sphere (the story does not mention its size) was painted black on one side and white on the other and was said to contain some secret arrangement of vibrating components. When properly tuned, the sphere would react to the playing of a harmonica and begin to spin of its own accord.
Astor was so impressed by the demonstration that he sought Keely out. Allegedly, Keely told Astor that The Musical Sphere was only part of a much more fantastic discovery - the the "good stuff," he said, was in his laboratory, if Astor would like to see it. Of course, he did.
In Keely's lab was a very curious device that consisted of a large metal sphere centered on a large ring. An outer, larger ring was supported by the first and in it were nested smaller spheres of various sizes. The appearance was of a mini solar system - planets surrounding a central sun. When Keely turned on his machine and fiddled with some dials to make the necessary fine tuning, the large sphere began to rotate on its axis. Soon the small spheres began to rotate too, and also to orbit the large sphere.
So far this demonstration could be explained by any number of mechanical means, but what happened next enters the realm of the impossible. In just a few minutes, the large sphere, still spinning, rose off of the ring, as did all of the smaller spheres in their orbits. When reaching a certain height, the smaller spheres spread out to their optimum orbits. So what Astor stood looking agape at was a completely free-floating, moving representation of our solar system.
Supposedly, Astor reached up and grabbed one of the smaller spheres - and was carried around the room by it. His touching it had no affect on its height or speed of rotation.
Had Keely truly discovered some fantastic unknown force? Or was it a trick? Or is this just a tall tale passed around by Keely's fans? If it's true, how and why would news of such a miraculous device have been kept secret?
There will always be such independent, free-thinking "mad scientists" in our midst. And perhaps one day one of them will incontrovertibly demonstrate a device from his basement workshop that will change the world, and make the impossible possible.
- MEDDLING IN GOD'S DOMAIN DEPARTMENT -
Eight Real-Life Doctor Frankensteins
Mary Shelley helped advance the science fiction genre with her tale of a scientist who brings a man built of corpses to life. But in real life, plenty of mad and not-so-mad scientists have played with human and animal bodies (and body parts) to gain a greater understanding of the limits on life. After the jump, right real-life scientists who have performed shocking experiments on the nature life and death.
Johann Dippel: An actual inhabitant of Castle Frankenstein, Dippel is believed by many to be an inspiration for Shelley’s story. His life’s work was to discover the Elixir of Life, which would make anyone immortal, and created "Dippel’s Oil," an elixir made from bones, blood, and other bodily fluids and widely used as a neurostimulant. He was also rumored to have been an ardent vivisectionalist, frequently stealing corpses from the local graveyard.
Andrew Ure: Ure was also looking for the secrets of life in human corpses. He obtained and experimented on the body of John Clydesdale, a criminal who had been executed by hanging. Ure caused a stir among the scientific community when he revealed the nature of his experiements. He claimed that men who had died of suffocation, drowning, or hanging could be restored to life through the stimulation of the phrenic nerve.
Giovanni Aldini: Luigi Aldini discovered that a frog’s legs would kick as electricity traveled through the muscles. His nephew Giovanni took the discovery a step further. He studied the effects of galvanizing human and animal bodies. He publicly electrified a recently severed dog’s head, giving it the appearance of life. He also performed experiments on recently deceased criminals, churning electricity through them to achieve momentary reanimation. His corpses convulsed, grimaced, and even raised their limbs, much to the shock of onlookers. Aldini was also the first to use electric shocks to the brain in the treatment of neurological disorders, a practice still in use today.
Gabriel Beaurieux: France’s use of the guillotine led to Beaurieux’s fascination with severed heads. He examined heads immediately after decapitation and noted that the heads would open their eyes, fix their pupils on the objects before them, and even respond to their own names for several seconds before appearing to completely lose consciousness.
Robert Cornish: Building on the work of George Washington Crile, who pioneered the blood transfusion, Cornish worked in resuscitating dead animals. After asphyxiating dogs in a lab, Cornish would place the bodies on a teeterboard while infusing them with saline, oxygen, and adrenalin. The fourth and fifth dogs in the experiment (named Lazarus, as were their less fortunate predecessors) were successfully revived, although they never fully recovered. Cornish went on to play himself in Life Returns a film about a doctor who works to revive the dead.
Sergei Bryukhonenko: We have mentioned Soviet scientist Sergei Bryukhonenko before. Another fan of canine experimentation, Bryukhonenko invented the autojektor, a heart and lung machine, and proved its efficacy by attaching it to a severed dog’s head, which stayed alive, eating and drinking.
Vladimir Demikhov: We can credit Demikhov with many modern advances in organ transplants, but he is perhaps best remembered for his work in two-headed dogs. Demikhov transplanted the head and front legs of one dog onto a second dog’s body. Both dogs were awake, aware, and hungry. He made 20 of these two-headed creatures, but, tragically, due to tissue rejection, none of them lived longer than a month.
Robert White: Following the revelation of the Soviet Union’s two-headed dog program, the United States began working on some mad transplant programs of its own. During the 1970s, surgeon Robert White successfully transplanted the head of one monkey onto the body of another. Because he was unable to repair the resulting nerve damage, the monkeys were paralyzed from the neck down, but the heads themselves could see, taste, think, and feel. It was believed the monkeys could survived this way indefinitely, although they were ultimately euthanized.
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