Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Mercedes-Benz Biome Concept to Go
Against BMW EfficientDynamics in 2015

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Autocar has learned that Mercedes-Benz plans on producing a mid-engined eco supercar to go against the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics. The Mercedes-Benz Biome concept is a preview of the new supercar that will be released in 2015.

The concept was developed at Mercedes' Californian design studio.
"There are elements within the design that could easily be progressed and developed for production. We were conscious during its development to ensure it wasn't too limited or edgy. It had to be do-able without any significant changes," says Hubert Lee, head of the California design studio.
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Monday, November 29, 2010

Telomerase reverses ageing process

Dramatic rejuvenation of prematurely aged mice hints at potential therapy.

Ewen Callaway
telomeres 
Protecting chromosome tips doesn't just prevent ageing. It can reverse it. 
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Premature ageing can be reversed by reactivating an enzyme that protects the tips of chromosomes, a study in mice suggests.
Mice engineered to lack the enzyme, called telomerase, become prematurely decrepit. But they bounced back to health when the enzyme was replaced. The finding, published online today in Nature1, hints that some disorders characterized by early ageing could be treated by boosting telomerase activity.
It also offers the possibility that normal human ageing could be slowed by reawakening the enzyme in cells where it has stopped working, says Ronald DePinho, a cancer geneticist at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, who led the new study. "This has implications for thinking about telomerase as a serious anti-ageing intervention."
Other scientists, however, point out that mice lacking telomerase are a poor stand-in for the normal ageing process. Moreover, ramping up telomerase in humans could potentially encourage the growth of tumours.

Eternal youth

After its discovery in the 1980s, telomerase gained a reputation as a fountain of youth. Chromosomes have caps of repetitive DNA called telomeres at their ends. Every time cells divide, their telomeres shorten, which eventually prompts them to stop dividing and die. Telomerase prevents this decline in some kinds of cells, including stem cells, by lengthening telomeres, and the hope was that activating the enzyme could slow cellular ageing.
Two decades on, researchers are realizing that telomerase's role in ageing is far more nuanced than first thought. Some studies have uncovered an association between short telomeres and early death, whereas others have failed to back up this link. People with rare diseases characterized by shortened telomeres or telomerase mutations seem to age prematurely, although some tissues are more affected than others.
“They are not studying normal ageing, but ageing in mice made grossly abnormal.”
David Harrison
Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine

 
When mice are engineered to lack telomerase completely, their telomeres progressively shorten over several generations. These animals age much faster than normal mice — they are barely fertile and suffer from age-related conditions such as osteoporosis, diabetes and neurodegeneration. They also die young. "If you look at all those data together, you walk away with the idea that the loss of telomerase could be a very important instigator of the ageing process," says DePinho.
To find out if these dramatic effects are reversible, DePinho's team engineered mice such that the inactivated telomerase could be switched back on by feeding the mice a chemical called 4-OHT. The researchers allowed the mice to grow to adulthood without the enzyme, then reactivated it for a month. They assessed the health of the mice another month later.
"What really caught us by surprise was the dramatic reversal of the effects we saw in these animals," says DePinho. He describes the outcome as "a near 'Ponce de Leon' effect" — a reference to the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon, who went in search of the mythical Fountain of Youth. Shrivelled testes grew back to normal and the animals regained their fertility. Other organs, such as the spleen, liver and intestines, recuperated from their degenerated state.
The one-month pulse of telomerase also reversed effects of ageing in the brain. Mice with restored telomerase activity had noticeably larger brains than animals still lacking the enzyme, and neural progenitor cells, which produce new neurons and supporting brain cells, started working again.
"It gives us a sense that there's a point of return for age-associated disorders," says DePinho. Drugs that ramp up telomerase activity are worth pursuing as a potential treatment for rare disorders characterized by premature ageing, he says, and perhaps even for more common age-related conditions.

Cancer link

The downside is that telomerase is often mutated in human cancers, and seems to help existing tumours grow faster. But DePinho argues that telomerase should prevent healthy cells from becoming cancerous in the first place by preventing DNA damage.
David Sinclair, a molecular biologist at Harvard Medical School in Boston, agrees there is evidence that activating telomerase might prevent tumours. If the treatment can be made safe, he adds, "it could lead to breakthroughs in restoring organ function in the elderly and treating a variety of diseases of aging."

 Other researchers are less confident that telomerase can be safely harnessed. "Telomere rejuvenation is potentially very dangerous unless you make sure that it does not stimulate cancer," says David Harrison, who researches ageing at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine.

Harrison also questions whether mice lacking telomerase are a good model for human ageing. "They are not studying normal ageing, but ageing in mice made grossly abnormal," he says. Tom Kirkwood, who directs the Institute for Ageing and Health at Newcastle University, UK, agrees, pointing out that telomere erosion "is surely not the only, or even dominant, cause" of ageing in humans.
DePinho says he recognizes that there is more to ageing than shortened telomeres, particularly late in life, but argues that telomerase therapy could one day be combined with other therapies that target the biochemical pathways of ageing. "This may be one of several things you need to do in order to extend lifespan and extend healthy living," he says. 

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Spiritual Reality: Near Death Experiences (2010)

There is a spiritual awakening going on right now in mass proportions and is growing exponentially. By the end of this video, you'll have no doubts about our true, divine reason for being here. You'll feel uplifted and re-energized! Please share this with others!

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Physics of Consciousness w/ guest: Dr. Steven Greer

This week are joined by Dr. Steven Greer, founder of the Orion Project and the Disclosure Project. Dr. Greer is physician, ufologist, author, and lecturer ; He was the first to coin the term, “Close Encounters of the 5th Kind” and teaches people how initiate contact with extraterrestrial intelligence.

His latest book, Contact: Countdown to Transformation can be found at the Disclosure Project website.

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Vatican Secrets w/ guest: Jordan Maxwell

Jordan Maxwell continues as a preeminent researcher and speaker in the fields of secret societies, occult philosophies, and ufology since 1959. His work is not only fascinating to explore, but too important to ignore.

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Friday, November 19, 2010

First glimpse of a planet from another galaxy


WASHINGTON (AFP) – A hot, gaseous and fast-spinning planet has been found orbiting a dying star on the edge of the Milky Way, in the first such discovery of a planet from outside our galaxy, scientists said Thursday.
Slightly larger than the size of Jupiter, the largest in our solar system, the newly discovered exoplanet is orbiting a star 2,000 light years from Earth that has found its way into the Milky Way.
The pair are believed to be part of the Helmi stream, a group of stars that remains after its mini-galaxy was devoured by the Milky Way some six to nine billion years ago, said the study in Science Express.
"This discovery is very exciting," said Rainer Klement of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy.
"Because of the great distances involved, there are no confirmed detections of planets in other galaxies. But this cosmic merger has brought an extragalactic planet within our reach."
Astronomers were able to locate the planet, coined HIP 13044 b, by focusing on the "tiny telltale wobbles of the star caused by the gravitational tug of an orbiting companion," the study said.
They used a powerful telescope owned by the European Southern Laboratory at La Silla Observatory in Chile, located at an altitude of 2,400 meters (7,800 feet) some 600 kilometers (375 miles) north of the capital, Santiago.
The planet is quite close to the star it is orbiting, and survived a phase in which its host star went through a massive growth after it depleted its core hydrogen fuel supply, a phase known as the "red giant" stage of stellar evolution.
"This discovery is particularly intriguing when we consider the distant future of our own planetary system, as the Sun is also expected to become a red giant in about five billion years," said lead researcher Johny Setiawan of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy.
The exoplanet is likely to be quite hot because it is orbiting so close to its star, completing each orbit in just over 16 days, and is probably near the end of its life, astronomers said.
The star may have already swallowed other planets in its orbit, making the star spin more quickly and meaning that time is running out for the surviving exoplanet.
Astronomers were mystified as to how the planet might have formed, since the star contained few elements heavier than hydrogen and helium and planets typically form out of a complex cloud of spinning space rubble.
"It is a puzzle for the widely accepted model of planet formation to explain how such a star, which contains hardly any heavy elements at all, could have formed a planet," said Setiawan.
"Planets around stars like this must probably form in a different way."
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Monday, November 15, 2010

The Day Before Disclosure

Part 1


Part 2

 
Part 3

Are we standing at the threshold of the most shocking paradigm-shift ever? Is the “greatest story in human history” about to be revealed? This is one of the comprehensive documentaries ever producd on the on the UFO and ET presence, - and the secrecy surrounding this issue. What do we know by now, – and what do we know about why we should not know? The film is presenting the UFO-history and some of the best documented cases from both the European and the American continents. Eyewitneses and many of todays most renowned UFO-researchers present their testimonials and views. The implications of Disclosure and the anticipated impact on society is discussed. The film also presents the alien abduction phenomenon, and issues surrounding it. Starring; Steven Greer, Stephen Bassett, Richard Dolan, Edgar Mitchell, Robert Dean, Peter Robbins, Paola Harris, Michael Salla, Stanton Freidmann, Robert Hastings, Linda Moulton Howe, Jim Marrs, David Jacobs, Barbara Lamb, Nadine Lalich, Budd Hopkins, Miriam Delicado, Joel Garbon, Wendelle Stevens, Milton Torres, Nick Pope, Roger Leir, A.J. Geveard, Jamie Maussan and many more. The film is presented and narrated by Terje Toftenes. Produced by Terje Toftenes, Ragnhild Løken and Truls Toftenes

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Hessedalen (Norway) UFO phenomena

Hessdalen is a small valley in the central part of Norway. At the end of 1981 through 1984, residents of the Valley became concerned and alarmed about strange, unexplained lights that appeared at many locations throughout the Valley. Hundreds of lights were observed. At the peak of activity there were about 20 reports a week.

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

What if the largest countries had the biggest populations?


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Alien Experiences


Dr. John E. Mack appears only briefly in this film, his death having occurred soon after production began. More substantial are visits to the New England countryside with experiencers, including one couple who videotaped an unidentified flying object hovering above a lake a few hours before they were abducted from their lakeside cottage. Also in this film, is the New York artist and alien encounter investigator Budd Hopkins. Although this documentary is similar to other documentaries commonly seen on American cable television, it has a more leisurely pace and gives more time for the experiencers to explain themselves than is commonly granted in US productions. One of the best interviews in the program is not with an experiencer at all, but rather with the husband of an experiencer, who matter-of-factly explains how his family has come to terms with his wifes experiences.
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Moon Rising - A Film by Jose Escamilla



THE TRUE COLOR OF THE MOON:
For over 50 years we have been told and convinced the Moon is nothing more than a black and white desolate rock with moon dust and craters. The thousands of photos released to the public have always presented a black and white Moon. Even the most recent Hubble Photographs of the Moon are black and white. NASA continues to perpetuate the "lie" that the Moon is black and white. Moon Rising is the first film that presents Full Color Photography of the Moon.

The Moon
On the left is one of the published photos of the Moon as we have been seeing for years.
On the right is the same Moon photo in full color.
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Saturday, November 13, 2010

2012 ASCENSION - Project Camelot Interviews David Wilcock


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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Miracle Film Turns Any Surface into a Touchscreen



 
Here’s one for all you lovers of futuristic interfaces. An interactive hardware company called Displax has begun marketing Skin, a paper-thin, flexible film that would transform any non-metal surface into an interactive touchscreen.
You could place Skin on any surface, transparent or opaque, flat or curved, and use it to display any interactive content you like. Displax’s multi-touch technology can detect up to 16 fingers at once and can also detect air movement.
Skin is completely transparent and works on surfaces that are also transparent; you can place Skin on a glass surface and interact with content displayed under the glass.
This unique hardware operates via a grid of nanowires embedded Skin’s polymer film. Each time a user makes contact with the surface, either by blowing on it or directly touching it, “a small electrical disturbance is detected allowing the micro-processor controller to pinpoint the movement or direction of the air flow,” according to Displax.


We can imagine millions of cool use cases for such a technology — business presentations, medicine, museums, schools, and gaming to start. The possibilities are as endless as our collective and ever-growing want and need to interact with digital content through multi-touch interfaces.
What do you think of Skin? Is this a product you’d like to try or use?
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Green Float: The futuristic concept that sees humans live in
giant skyscrapers on floating water lilies in the middle of the Pacific


Humans in the future could live in mini floating cities that drift across the Pacific as if on giant water lilies.

The startling new concept has been dreamed up by Japanese technology firm Shimizu and is designed to be a way of harnessing green technologies and creating carbon-neutral cities.

The Green Float concept involves a number of cells, each one kilometre wide, that house between 10,000 and 50,000 people.
 
The majority of people on the cells would live in huge towers 1km high surrounded
by lush green fields

 
Each individual cell would be free to float on the Pacific Ocean near the equator but could also be joined together with other cells to form larger towns and even cities.

A group or modules, a collection of cells, would become a country in its own right.

Most people in this brave new world would live in a 1 kilometre-high ‘City in the Sky’ at the centre of each cell. More people would live in residential areas around the edge of the cell.

The central towers would be surrounded by grassland and forests and be self-sufficient in terms of food, while livestock and other farming would take place in 'plains' also surrounding the tower - all built on a lattice of 7,000-tonne honeycomb pontoons.

The towers would be built from super-light alloys with the metal deriving from magnesium in seawater.

The imaginative plan is designed to create a future carbon-neutral society and the Shimizu developers claim that living on cells in this way would cut carbon emissions by 40 per cent.
 
The floating cells, each with a City in the Sky structure at its centre, 
can join together to form larger modules
 
The City in the Sky skscrapers are designed to be carbon negative with extensive environmental technologies and recycling facilities built in

The cells would create zero waste and recycle every product and covert waste into energy using new green technologies. Islands of waste would drift around the ocean and could be ‘harvested’ to provide energy

The location of the islands is key to their success too, the designers claim.

Each group of cells would be near the equator where the climate is at its most stable and a range of technologies would be used to protect the floating cities from tidal waves and extreme weather.

To protect the inhabitants from large waves, strong elastic membranes would be attached to the lagoons around the outer edge of the cells, with the shallows above the membranes standing 30 feet above sea level.
Shimizu scientists calculate that the water pressure difference between the lagoons and the ocean would limit the movement of the membranes and buffer the force of the open sea waves.

Seawalls as high as 100 feet could also be constructed. And tsunamis in the open sea are far less dangerous than those that hit coastal areas, the designers say.
 
A country consisting of one million people would be formed after 
modules joined together one by one

Lightning rods would be fitted around the circumference of the towers and mesh lightning conductors will be placed on the exterior walls to protect against lightning strikes.

Shimizu wants to develop the first cells by 2025 and is concentrating on developing the technologies to make it happen. The concept was displayed at a recent Japanese university conference.

This is the not the first outlandish idea that Shimizu has come up with. The firm also proposes encircling the moon in a belt of solar collectors that would collect solar energy and transmit it to Earth.
 
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The cities that never sleep: Spectacular night-time photos of Earth
taken from the space station that show London's lights shine brightest

We often look up at the sky at night and wonder at the stars, but from space Earth has its own impressive light show.
These pictures taken by an astronaut on the International Space Station show London, Paris lit up at night, the southern Mediterranean including Ibiza and Majorca and the light of towns snaking down the river Nile from Cairo.
One shot even captures the green northern lights spread out across the top of the earth above Britain.

Aurora Borealis in the distance on this beautiful night over Europe.
Aurora Borealis in the distance on this beautiful night over Europe. 
The Strait of Dover is clear as is Paris, the City of Lights, though there is 
a little fog over the western part of England and London. 
 
Each spectacular picture shows the cities as hubs, blazing away with the power of millions of watts of electricity all at once.
Doug Wheelock, currently orbiting the earth on the ISS took the series of pictures over the last 12 days.
He said: 'You can see the Aurora Borealis in the distance on this beautiful night over Europe. The Strait of Dover is pretty clear as is Paris, the City of Lights, though there is a little fog over the western part of England and London.
'Here is Europe on a cool autumn night. We can see the Mediterranean Riviera and beautiful mosaic along the coastline from Valencia, Spain to Livorno, Italy and all the magical places in between.  
'And here we have a night view of the River Nile winding up through the Egyptian desert toward the Mediterranean Sea, and Cairo in the river delta.  
The Florida peninsula and the southeastern U.S. on a clear autumn night with moonlight over the water and the sky filled with a billion stars
Clear outline: The Florida peninsula and the southeastern U.S. on a clear autumn night,
with moonlight over the water and the haze of the inner atmosphere visible
 
The stark contrast between the dark desolate lifeless desert of northern Africa and the Nile River teeming with life along its shores. In the distance lies the eastern Mediterranean on a beautiful autumn evening
Stark contrast: The dark desolate lifeless desert of northern Africa and the
Nile River teeming with life along its shores, and the Mediterranean beyond
 
Nasa Shuttle commander Douglas H. Wheelock
Nasa Shuttle commander Douglas H. Wheelock

He continued: 'There is such a stark contrast between the dark desolate lifeless desert of northern Africa and the Nile River teeming with life along its shores. In the distance lies the eastern Mediterranean on a beautiful autumn evening.'  
He added: 'It is incredible to see the lights of the cities and small towns against the backdrop of deep space. I am going to miss this view of our wonderful world.'
The images are a stark illustration of our incredible energy usage, particularly in the cities where lights are left on in office blocks for 24 hours and every light on every street blazes away all night.
However the latest official figures show that energy consumption per household has actually fallen from the equivalent of two tonnes of oil per household in 1980 to 1.6 tonnes last year.
The Mediterranean Riviera: Along the coastline from Valencia, Spain to Livorno, Italy
Looks like there's a party going on: The Mediterranean Riviera, along the coastline from Valencia, Spain, to Livorno, Italy, and the Balearic Islands
 

The ancient gateway city of Istanbul, in Turkey is the only city in the world to span two continents, linking the Black Sea to the north and the Sea of Marmara to the south
The ancient gateway city of Istanbul, in Turkey is the only city in the world to span two continents, linking the Black Sea to the north and the Sea of Marmara to the south
 

The approaching dawn moves across the horizon revealing the Aurora Borealis,or northern polar lights
The approaching dawn moves across the horizon revealing the Aurora Borealis,
or northern polar lights
 
Morning breaking over the majestic Andes mountain range in South America
Morning breaks over the majestic Andes mountain range in South America,
although astronaut Doug Wheelock was uncertain what peak this is
 

A unique surreal moment in space. From the Cupola, a view of the Soyuz TMA-19 'Olympus', the spaceship that will carry Commander Wheelock home. The Galapagos Islands can be seen through a break in the clouds below
Unique surreal moment in space: From the Cupola, a view of the Soyuz TMA-19 'Olympus',
the spaceship that will carry Commander Wheelock home.
The Galapagos Islands can be seen through a break in the clouds below

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