Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Mayan Light Beam Photo: Message from Gods, or iPhone Glitch?

When Hector Siliezar visited the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza with his wife and kids in 2009, he snapped three iPhone photos of El Castillo, a pyramid that once served as a sacred temple to the Mayan god Kukulkan. A thunderstorm was brewing near the temple, and Siliezar was trying to capture lightning crackling dramatically over the ruins.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

My Take: Stop sugarcoating the Bible

The 17th century painting Judith Beheading Holofernes, by Artemisia Gentileschi, depicts a biblical scene.

Editor's note: Steven James is the author of more than 30 books, including"Flirting with the Forbidden," which explores forgiveness.
By Steven James, Special to CNN
(CNN) – The Bible is a gritty book. Very raw. Very real. It deals with people just like us, just as needy and screwed up as we are, encountering a God who would rather die than spend eternity without them.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

NASA's Hubble Reveals a New Class of Extrasolar Planet

Observations by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have come up with a new class of planet, a waterworld enshrouded by a thick, steamy atmosphere. It's smaller than Uranus but larger than Earth.

Zachory Berta of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) and colleagues made the observations of the planet GJ1214b.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Is There a City on Pluto? Before You Answer, Consider: We've Never Looked. Two Scientists Want to Change That

Before Ed Turner and Avi Loeb tell you about their research, they want to make one thing perfectly clear: they do not claim that there's a city on Pluto. But if there were one, they say, we could see it. And as they suggest in a paper they've submitted to the journal Astrobiology, it's worth taking a look, just in case.
The whole thing began a couple of years ago, when Loeb and Turner, astrophysicists at Harvard and Princeton, respectively, were at a conference in Abu Dhabi. The organizers sent them on a tour of nearby Dubai, where the guide bragged that his gleaming, ultramodern city was so brightly lit at night that from space it would outshine London, Paris or New York City.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Eisenhower Met With ETs Says Ex-Government Consultant

It's a story that has circulated in and out of the UFO community for years: Did former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower have three meetings with extraterrestrials?
An ex-government consultant says the story is true that the 34th commander in chief chatted, if you will, with aliens at a New Mexico air base, according to reports.

Did Churchill and Eisenhower cover up UFO encounter?

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The MOD has long stated it "knows of no evidence that substantiates the existence of these alleged phenomena".With a civilian population haunted by the Blitz and the Second World War still in the balance, it was one development Winston Churchill could have done without – an incursion into British airspace by an arrow-shaped metallic object feared to contain an invasion force of little green men.

Such was the sensitivity of an alleged UFO sighting by an RAF bomber crew returning to England from a mission over Germany that Churchill ordered it to be covered up with the words: "This event should be immediately classified since it would create mass panic amongst the general population and destroy one's belief in the Church."

Monday, February 13, 2012


"Secret Access" report by The History Channel

Saturday, February 11, 2012

2057: The City of the Future

2057: The City of the FutureWhat would you see and experience if the clocks rolled forward 50 years? In a unique blend of drama and science, this three-part series shows you the world of tomorrow. Will we have flying cars? Will advances in medicine help us stay young forever? What about “printing” custom-made vital organs? What will our cities look like? What will tomorrow’s wars be about? Will we have robots helping around the house? Will solar power be the new oil?
Supported by the world’s leading scientists and research institutes, we embark on a quest to answer some of society’s most fundamental questions and reveal the dramas of tomorrow’s world along the way. State-of-the-art computer graphics in combination with a dynamic story line will create a world usually only seen in feature films, but with the accuracy and relevance of a documentary. This series is all about opening the window of our future based on science fact, not science fiction.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Mars may have had oceans

The European Space Agency's Mars Express shows sediments
that could indicate oceans were once present on the red planet.
The idea that Mars once had oceans is a controversial one: It's been proposed before, and formations that look like shorelines have been found in images from a variety of spacecraft.

Monday, February 06, 2012

The Zeitgeist Movement: Radio Show - Ben McLeish

3rd in a short series of lectures begun in December 2011. This talk outlines the traditional understandings of social control, reinforcement, coercion and human behavior within present society, and in a society organized around scientific principles and mutuality.

Host: Ben McLeish

Prior talks

Talk 1: What is Corruption:

Talk 2: Art in a Resource Based Economy:

About : Started in 2009, TZM Global Radio is a weekly radio show presented by various coordinators/lecturers of The Zeitgeist Movement in a rotational fashion.

Friday, February 03, 2012

8 Elevators You Need To See To Believe

The elevator at the AquaDom in Berlin travels up the middle of the 82-foot tall aquarium. (Caro/Alamy)The elevator at the AquaDom in Berlin travels up the middle of the 82-foot tall aquarium. (Caro/Alamy)

Usually, a ride on an elevator involves pushing a button and zoning out until the ding for your floor. Pay attention on these lifts, though, or risk missing out on one of the most thrilling rides of your life (even if it only lasts 30 seconds). From climbing to a scenic overlook in rural 
China to an ascent up an American icon, these vertical feats of engineering are about way more than getting from point A to point B.
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