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Mercury UFO: NASA Spacecraft Shows Strange Glowing Object

Posted by Anonymous on December 9, 2011

… ever-observant, keen-eyed ET hunters claim that the short video also reveals a previously hidden or cloaked giant spaceship.

Probably not, says a scientist at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C.

“I’d rather not comment on what other people are thinking,” said Nathan Rich, a ground systems engineer for the Sun Earth Connection Coronal and Heliospheric Investigation, a group of scientific telescopes that observe the sun’s corona, a region where solar wind and X-ray radiation originate.

“We get this kind of reaction quite frequently,” Rich told The Huffington Post. “The Naval Research Laboratory has provided the telescopes that are on the NASA spacecraft. We built and operate the instruments.”

He explained that the CME took place while Mercury happened to be in the center of the image.

“The camera wasn’t focused on Mercury. It passes through the field of view on a regular basis. (Image left) By going to our website, you can get a movie for any day from this telescope.

“On the video, you’re observing what we call coronal mass ejections — basically refraction from electrons and other particles coming off the sun. It’s part of the solar wind and it’s a very dynamic place called the heliosphere,” he said.

But as this solar wind material streamed across Mercury, something very large and bright appeared to the right of the small planet — something that UFO enthusiasts are hoping and claiming is the real alien deal. (Image left)

“It’s cylindrical on either side and has a shape in the middle. It definitely looks like a ship to me, and very obviously, it’s cloaked,” suggested YouTube user sinXster, who uploaded the short video to the video site.

While UFO enthusiasts hope the video reveals something akin to a cloaked Romulan or Klingon ship hiding out in the shadow of Mercury, Rich explains that, in essence, the “alien” image is a visual after-effect or ghost artifact of Mercury that was photographed the previous day.

“It’s a complicated effect,” Rich said. “It’s basically the background that is removed from the image to bring out the faint coronal signal. It’s a negative imprint on the background.” …

via Mercury UFO: NASA Spacecraft Photographs Strange Glowing Object (VIDEO).

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Hundreds of NASA’s moon rocks reported missing

Posted by Anonymous on December 9, 2011

This undated handout photo provided by NASA shows a six-inch lunar sample disk containing three rock pieces and three clumps of lunar dirt.The space agency has lost or misplaced more than 500 pieces of the lunar rocks and other space samples, NASA’s inspector general reported Thursday, making the case for better inventory controls.

Astronauts on the Apollo moon landings from 1969 to 1972 returned 842 pounds of lunar rock and soil to Earth. The space agency now loans samples, along with meteorite and comet dust, to about 377 researchers worldwide.

The space agency now lists 517 moon rock samples as missing or stolen.

However, the inspector general audit suggests much more is missing, based on inquiries to a sample of 59 scholars loaned moon rocks, comet dust or meteorites. The audit found 19% could not locate all of their samples.

It isn’t a new problem. NASA Administrator Thomas Paine threatened “waving heavy cudgels” at researchers who lost samples in a 1970 Congressional hearing.

The latest audit suggests professors remain absent-minded with moon rocks. “Records were inaccurate, researchers could not account for all samples loaned to them, and researchers held samples for extended periods without performing research,” the report says. Among the problems: … Overall the space agency lists 26,000 moon rocks and other “astromaterials” such as meteorites loaned to schools, museums and researchers. “To put this in perspective, losses of Apollo samples have amounted to less than one hundredth of 1 percent of the returned samples over 40 years of intense research,” Brown said.

via Hundreds of NASA’s moon rocks reported missing – USATODAY.com.

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Amazing Photo: ‘Extinct’ Persian Leopard Filmed…

Posted by Anonymous on December 9, 2011

Persian leopard picture: cat found recently via camera trap in AfghanistanIn this amazing photo, snapped with a camera trap, a rare Persian Leopard was photographed baring its fangs at the camera.

The picture, from a National Geographic series covering threatened wildlife species in war-torn Afghanistan, is significant because it was thought this kind of leopard had gone extinct in the region.

The camera trap, set up in September, proves that some of the big cats are hanging on, despite the numerous threats to its existence. And not all of them are caused by predators or the natural dangers in the leopard’s environment.

The article accompanying this amazing photo includes a candid shot, snapped by another camera trap, showing local villagers on a poaching raid.

Despite increased awareness, the world over, for the plight of endangered animals, there are still those who will hunt them into extinction. Perhaps for their own survival, but more likely out of pure greed.

It’s good to see that this majestic animal is still holding on. But it’s probably just a matter of time until its likes will never be seen again.

via Amazing Photo: ‘Extinct’ Persian Leopard Filmed… | Gather.

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Oxytocin helps people feel more extroverted

Posted by Anonymous on December 9, 2011

Sylvain-Jacques Desjardins – First dates, job interviews or Christmas cocktail parties can be stressors for some people. Such social rites of passage have no doubt made shy or introverted individuals wish for a magic potion that could make them feel like socialites, yet the answer might actually come from a nasal spray.

New research from Concordia University, published in the journal Psychopharmacology, has found that an intranasal form of oxytocin can improve self-perception in social situations. Oxytocin, a hormone naturally released following childbirth or during social bonding periods, has recently been investigated for its impact on social behaviors.

“Our study shows oxytocin can change how people see themselves, which could in turn make people more sociable,” says senior author Mark Ellenbogen, Canada Research Chair in Developmental Psychopathology at Concordia University and a member of the Centre for Research in Human Development. “Under the effects of oxytocin, a person can perceive themselves as more extroverted, more open to new ideas and more trusting.”

Some 100 men and women, between the ages of 18 and 35, were recruited for the study. To be eligible, participants couldn’t take medication, suffer from a current or past mental disorder, use recreational drugs or smoke cigarettes.

Participants inhaled oxytocin from a nasal spray and completed questionnaires on how they felt 90 minutes later. Participants were evaluated for neuroticism, extraversion, openness to new experiences, agreeableness and conscientiousness.

“Participants who self-administered intranasal oxytocin reported higher ratings of extraversion and openness to experiences than those who received a placebo,” says first author Christopher Cardoso, a graduate student in the Concordia Department of Psychology and a member of the Centre for Research in Human Development. “Specifically, oxytocin administration amplified personality traits such as warmth, trust, altruism and openness.”

The study builds on previous experimental research at Concordia that has shown intranasal oxytocin can influence how people perceive their ability to cope with difficult circumstances.

via Oxytocin helps people feel more extroverted.

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Mash star Harry Morgan dies aged 96

Posted by Anonymous on December 9, 2011

Actor Harry Morgan, best known for playing Colonel Sherman Potter in US TV show Mash, has died aged 96.

The star died at his Los Angeles home after suffering from pneumonia, his family confirmed.

Mike Farrell, who played BJ Hunnicutt in the military series, said of Morgan: “There was not an unadorable bone in the man’s body.”

Morgan also appeared as Officer Bill Gannon opposite Jack Webb in TV crime serial Dragnet from 1967 to 1970.

He appeared in more than 100 movies in mostly supporting roles from the early 1940s, playing opposite stars including Henry Fonda, John Wayne, James Garner, Elvis Presley and Dan Aykroyd.

Morgan began his TV career in the 1950s when the medium was in its infancy in the US, which he said allowed him “to kick the Hollywood habit of typing an actor in certain roles”.

But it was his role as fatherly Col Potter in Mash, which he played from 1975 to 1983, that remains his best-remembered performance.

In 1980 he won an Emmy award for his portrayal, which was set during the Korean War.

During a news conference in 1983, after taping the final episode of Mash, the actor broke down in front of reporters.

“I’m feeling very sad and sentimental. I don’t know if Mash made me a better actor but I know it made me a better human being,” he said.

via BBC News – Mash star Harry Morgan dies aged 96.

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Colored sand and vibrations

Posted by Anonymous on December 9, 2011

This is neat, except for the very loud camera. They should have just done it twice, once for the camera and once for video. Anyway, I would give this a standing O if he could get the sand BACK into those starting piles. It almost looked like he was going to do that…

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Who Was The Spirit Cave Man … and is Patrick Stewart decended from him?

Posted by Anonymous on December 9, 2011

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A mummy found in 1940, which has been dated to 7420 B.C., was first found by the husband-and-wife archaeological team of Sydney and Georgia Wheeler. The Wheelers, working for the Nevada State Parks Commission, were surveying possible archaeological sites near Carson City, Nevada, to prevent their loss due to guano mining. Upon entering Spirit Cave they discovered the remains of two people wrapped in tule matting. One set of remains, buried deeper than the other, had been partially mummified (the head and right shoulder). The Wheelers, with the assistance of local residents, recovered a total of sixty-seven artifacts from the cave.

These artifacts were examined at the Nevada State Museum where they were estimated to be between 1,500 and 2,000 years old. They were deposited at the Nevada State Museum’s storage facility in Carson City where they remained for the next fifty-four years.

In 1996 University of California, Riverside anthropologist R. Ervi Taylor examined seventeen of the Spirit Cave artifacts using mass spectrometry. The results indicated that the mummy was approximately 9,400 years old (uncalibrated Radio-Carbon Years Before-Present (RCYBP); ~11.5 Kya calibrated) — older than any previously known North American mummy.

via Cryptomundo » Who Was The Spirit Cave Man?.

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