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AREA 51 BOOK EXPOSED: SOURCE FOR ROSWELL STORY NAMED AND INTERVIEWED! by Anthony Bragalia

Posted by Anonymous on May 27, 2011

alfred27.jpgImage: the source for the Roswell was Russians leak.

Annie Jacobsen’s recently released bestseller Area 51 has stirred global interest. She has been featured numerous times on many networks and websites. Her book was reviewed last week by the New York Times. Jacobsen’s biggest “scoop” concerns the Roswell crash. She learned from an early executive of one of our nation’s largest defense contractors that the Roswell crash of 1947 was resultant from a scheme by Russia’s Josef Stalin and escaped Nazi mad-scientist Josef Mengele to “hoax” the Americans by staging UFO sightings. The plan was to induce panic and psychological warfare in the manner of the Orson Welles War of the World broadcast aftermath. They would launch unusually-designed craft from a “mothership” (located near Alaska.) These were single-wing, remote-controlled “UFOs” with “alien-like” children on board. The craft were of Nazi German design (captured by the Soviets at the close of the War) and the “aliens” were actually 13 year olds. The grotesque child aviators were biologically engineered by Mengele with strange large heads and oddly spaced eyes. The craft and pilots had crashed near Roswell in July of 1947 and were flown to Wright Field. In 1951, Jacobsen’s source maintains, the crashed vehicle and the two still-surviving deformed children were taken to Area 51 and to the facilities of defense contractor EG&G (now URS Corporation)

This author has identified and located Annie Jacobsen’s anonymous source. I have also decided, after much consideration, to “out” him. In this article I will openly name him. I have also contacted him very recently. He reluctantly spoke with me for some time. I believe that the source was indeed told this bizarre story by officials. But just why this is so will stun readers, and is not for the reasons that you may think. …

Continue reading: The Bragalia Files.

Anthony make a case that the source who says Roswell was a trick by the Russians was likely fooled himself. He gives reasons the believe that the source for the Roswell/Area 51 book was set up and is now repeating just a cover story put in place to protect the truth, that it was aliens.

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Speeding case defended in rhyming couplets

Posted by Anonymous on May 27, 2011

Martin CassiniMagistrates dealing with a speeding offence case were stunned when the accused defended his case in rhyming couplets.

Film-maker Martin Cassini, 63, appeared in court accused of driving at 91mph on the A361 North Devon Link Road at Rose Ash. The speed limit is 60mph.

He admitted speeding but told magistrates Department for Transport statistics demonstrated only five per cent of accidents are caused by excessive speed.

He then explained in verse how he had put his foot down to get past a lorry.

“The outlandish speed was but a short burst/ on a dual lane stretch to get up there first/ to the top of the hill to avoid getting stuck/ down the single lane stretch by a slow-moving truck.”

Bemused magistrates in the court in Barnstaple, took into consideration the driving conditions on the day, which were good, and Cassini’s previously clean driving licence. They fined him £175 plus costs, bringing the total to £280. And they put six points on his driving licence when he appeared last Friday.

Afterwards Cassini, who lives in London, said: “I only thought about writing something in verse the day before.

“I had seven pages of notes, but it suddenly struck me that I could pack much of what I wanted to say into rhyming couplets, which would also lighten a heavy matter.” …

via Magistrates dealing with a speeding offence case were stunned when the accused defended his case in rhyming couplets..

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Swedish scientists help people ‘feel like Barbie’

Posted by Anonymous on May 27, 2011

Swedish scientists help people 'feel like Barbie'Scientists working at Stockholm’s Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm have shown its possible to fool people into thiking they’re a Barbie-doll or a 4-metre-tall giant.“Both illusions were cool, but if I have to choose which one I preferred, I would have to say the Barbie,” Björn van der Hoort, neurologist at Karolinska Institutet, told The Local.

In the experiment, 198 people were shown images of a doll – a Barbie-sized one and a giant one – having their legs stroked. At the same time the subject’s legs were stroked – causing the illusion that what they saw was what they felt.

After that the subjects were asked to estimates the size of differently sized blocks and then walk over these with their eyes shut.

The result showed that for the subjects touched as a Barbie-doll, the blocks were estimated as very large.

Where the 4–metre doll had been used the blocks were perceived as tiny. The distances between the blocks were over- and under-estimated in a similar manner.

The experiment indicates that how we perceive size and distance is universal and almost all test subjects had the same experience.

“It is a really strong illusion, even when you know that you are being fooled you still believe it,” said van der Hoort.

The conclusion is that we all use our bodies as reference points to which we compare everything around us, a behaviour that most likely stems from evolution according to van der Hoort. …

via Swedish scientists help people ‘feel like Barbie’ – The Local.

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Aussie student finds universe’s ‘missing mass’

Posted by Anonymous on May 27, 2011

A 22-year-old Australian university student has solved a problem which has puzzled astrophysicists for decades, discovering part of the so-called “missing mass” of the universe during her summer break.

Undergraduate Amelia Fraser-McKelvie made the breakthrough during a holiday internship with a team at Monash University’s School of Physics, locating the mystery material within vast structures called “filaments of galaxies”.

Monash astrophysicist Dr Kevin Pimbblet explained that scientists had previously detected matter that was present in the early history of the universe but that could not now be located.

“There is missing mass, ordinary mass not dark mass … It’s missing to the present day,” Pimbblet told AFP.

“We don’t know where it went. Now we do know where it went because that’s what Amelia found.”

Fraser-McKelvie, an aerospace engineering and science student, was able to confirm after a targeted X-ray search for the mystery mass that it had moved to the “filaments of galaxies”, which stretch across enormous expanses of space.

Pimbblet’s earlier work had suggested the filaments as a possible location for the “missing” matter, thought to be low in density but high in temperature.

Pimbblet said astrophysicists had known about the “missing” mass for the past two decades, but the technology needed to pinpoint its location had only become available in recent years.

He said the discovery could drive the construction of new telescopes designed to specifically study the mass.

Pimbblet admitted the discovery was primarily academic, but he said previous physics research had led to the development of diverse other technologies.

“Whenever I speak to people who have influence, politicians and so on, they sometimes ask me ‘Why should I invest in physics pure research?’. And I sometimes say to them: ‘Do you use a mobile phone? Some of that technology came about by black hole research’.

“The pure research has knock-on effects to the whole society which are sometimes difficult to anticipate.”

via Aussie student finds universe’s ‘missing mass’ – Yahoo! News.

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Boy, 10, drags alligator home from canal

Posted by Anonymous on May 27, 2011

Florida wildlife officials say a 10-year-old boy dragged a nearly 6-foot alligator home from a nearby canal.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers were called to the Rockledge home of Michael Dasher on Wednesday after the boy’s grandfather saw the alligator in the front yard.

Michael told the officers he had been fishing with friends when something big caught the hook and snapped the line. The boy said the alligator ran at him, so he started hitting it with sticks and jumped on its back.

Michael dragged the alligator home and suffered only minor scratches on his hands and arms. Wildlife officers measured the alligator at 5 feet 9 inches long.

The officers let Michael off with a stern talk but no charges. They’ll release the alligator back into the St. John’s River.

via Boy, 10, drags alligator home from canal | TBO.com.

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Tests show Arctic reindeer ‘see in UV’

Posted by Anonymous on May 27, 2011

Wild reindeer foraging for food on the Arctic island of SvalbardArctic reindeer can see beyond the “visible” light spectrum into the ultra-violet region, according to new research by an international team.

They say tests on reindeer showed that the animal does respond to UV stimuli, unlike humans.

The ability might enable them to pick out food and predators in the “UV-rich” Arctic atmosphere, and to retain visibility in low light.

Details are published in the The Journal of Experimental Biology.

Seeing predators

UV light is invisible to humans. It has a wavelength which is shorter (and more energised) than “visible” light, ranging from 400 nanometres down to 10nm in wavelength.

The researchers first established that UV light was able to pass through the lens and cornea of the reindeer eye by firing light through a dissected sample. The tests showed that light down to a wavelength of about 350nm passed into the eye.

They then sought to prove that the animals could “see” the light, by testing the electrical response of the retina of anaesthetised reindeer to UV light.

“We used what is called an ERG (electroretinography), whereby we record the electrical response to light by the retina by putting a little piece of gold foil on the inside of the eyelid,” co-author Professor Glen Jeffery of University College London told BBC News.

The tests showed that photoreceptor cells or “cones” in the retina did respond to UV light.

“If you’re a bumblebee, you wouldn’t think much of what this animal is doing because it’s seeing in what’s called ‘near UV’ (about 320 to 400nm), but that’s still very high energy stuff.”

The researchers believe UV vision could enable the reindeer to distinguish food and predators in the “white-out” of the Arctic winter and the twilight of spring and autumn.Lichen, on which the animal feeds, would appear black to reindeer eyes, they say, because it absorbs UV light. …

via BBC News – Tests show Arctic reindeer ‘see in UV’.

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Apollo 17 moon rocks are surprisingly wet

Posted by Anonymous on May 27, 2011

Optical photograph of a lunar melt inclusion from Apollo 17 sample 74220, enclosed within an olivine crystal (Image: Thomas Weinreich, Department of Geological Sciences, Brown University) Optical photograph of a lunar melt inclusion from Apollo 17 sample 74220, enclosed within an olivine crystal (Image: Thomas Weinreich, Department of Geological Sciences, Brown University)

The moon is not exactly the shrivelled prune of a satellite we once thought. Beneath its dusty surface there is water – quite a lot of it. A recent analysis of lunar rocks reveals that they have the same concentration of water as the Earth’s upper mantle, the layer of near-molten rock just beneath the crust. The findings leave traditional thinking about how the moon formed in deep water.

“For the last three years geochemists and planetary scientists have been circling around the possibility of water-rich domains in the lunar interior,” says John Eiler of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, who has studied water on the moon but was not involved in the new study. “This study puts the question to rest. It’s the first clear evidence.”

In 2008, Alberto Saal of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and his colleagues discovered small amounts of water – some 50 parts per million – inside tiny bubbles of volcanic glass collected during the Apollo 15 and 17 missions in the 1960s and 1970s.

These rocks formed around 3 billion years ago from the magma ejected by lunar volcanoes. But many scientists were sceptical of the result.

Now a new analysis of glass beads from the same sample by many of the same researchers has revealed that the rocks actually contain at least 10 times more water, between 615 and 1410 parts per million. These levels are comparable to the 500 to 1000 parts per million of water in the Earth’s upper mantle.

This time around, Erik Hauri of the Carnegie Institution of Washington analysed a different part of the rocks, called melt inclusions. These are globules of once-molten rock trapped inside crystals in the rock. The crystals protected the molten globules – and the water inside – from the huge changes in pressure as the rocks were ejected from the moon’s interior, which would otherwise suck out any water and gas.

Brown University undergraduate Thomas Weinreich searched through thousands of glass pebbles from a sample of titanium-rich “orange soil”, discovered by astronaut Harrison Schmitt during the Apollo 17 mission, to find 10 that contained melt inclusions. The researchers used a focused beam of caesium ions to dislodge molecules of water from the inclusions and measured the amount with a mass spectrometer. …

via Apollo 17 moon rocks are surprisingly wet – space – 26 May 2011 – New Scientist.

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Mind-reading scan identifies simple thoughts

Posted by Anonymous on May 27, 2011

A new new brain imaging system that can identify a subject’s simple thoughts may lead to clearer diagnoses for Alzheimer’s disease or schizophrenia – as well as possibly paving the way for reading people’s minds.

Michael Greicius at Stanford University in California and colleagues used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to identify patterns of brain activity associated with different mental states.

He asked 14 volunteers to do one of four tasks: sing songs silently to themselves; recall the events of the day; count backwards in threes; or simply relax.

Participants were given a 10-minute period during which they had to do this. For the rest of that time they were free to think about whatever they liked. The participants’ brains were scanned for the entire 10 minutes, and the patterns of connectivity associated with each task were teased out by computer algorithms that compared scans from several volunteers doing the same task.

This differs from previous experiments, in which the subjects were required to perform mental activities at specific times and the scans were then compared with brain activity when they were at rest. Greicius reasons his method encourages “natural” brain activity more like that which occurs in normal thought. …

Once the algorithms had established the brain activity necessary for each task, Greicius asked 10 new volunteers to think in turn about each of the four tasks. Without knowing beforehand what each volunteer was thinking, the system successfully identified 85 per cent of the tasks they were engaged in. “Out of 40 scans of the new people, we could identify 34 mental states correctly,” he says.

It also correctly concluded that subjects were not engaged in any of the four original activities when it analysed scans of people thinking about moving around their homes.

The findings suggest that patterns for thousands of mental states might serve as a reference bank against which people’s thoughts could be compared, potentially revealing what someone is thinking or how they are feeling. “In some dystopian future, you might imagine reference patterns for 10,000 mental states, but that would be a woeful application of this technology,” says Greicius.

The idea of the system being used by security services or the justice system to interrogate prisoners or suspects is far-fetched, Greicius says. Thousands of reference patterns would be needed, he points out, and even these might not be enough to tell if someone is lying, for example. …

via Mind-reading scan identifies simple thoughts – health – 26 May 2011 – New Scientist.

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New Technology Reveals Widespread Mislabeling of Fish

Posted by Anonymous on May 27, 2011

Scientists aiming their gene sequencers at commercial seafood are discovering rampant labeling fraud in supermarket coolers and restaurant tables: cheap fish is often substituted for expensive fillets, and overfished species are passed off as fish whose numbers are plentiful.

Yellowtail stands in for mahi-mahi. Nile perch is labeled as shark, and tilapia may be the Meryl Streep of seafood, capable of playing almost any role.

Recent studies by researchers in North America and Europe harnessing the new techniques have consistently found that 20 to 25 percent of the seafood products they check are fraudulently identified, fish geneticists say.

Labeling regulation means little if the “grouper” is really catfish or if gulf shrimp were spawned on a farm in Thailand.

Environmentalists, scientists and foodies are complaining that regulators are lax in policing seafood, and have been slow to adopt the latest scientific tools even though they are now readily available and easy to use.

“Customers buying fish have a right to know what the heck it is and where it’s from, but agencies like the F.D.A. are not taking this as seriously as they should,” said Michael Hirshfield, chief scientist of the nonprofit group Oceana, referring to the Food and Drug Administration.

On Wednesday, Oceana released a new report titled “Bait and Switch: How Seafood Fraud Hurts Our Oceans, Our Wallets and Our Health.” With rates of fraud in some species found to run as high as 70 percent, the report concluded, the United States needs to “increase the frequency and scope” of its inspections.  …

via New Technology Reveals Widespread Mislabeling of Fish – NYTimes.com.

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Skin cells ‘turned into neurons’ by US scientists

Posted by Anonymous on May 27, 2011

Main news imageMaking neuronal cells

A Californian team say they have managed to convert human skin cells directly into functioning brain cells.

The scientists manipulated the process by which DNA is transcribed within foetal skin cells to create cells which behaved like neurons.

The technique had previously been demonstrated in mice, says the report in Nature.

It could be used for neurological research, and might conceivably be used to create brain cells for transplant.

Reprogrammed skin

The scientists used genetically modified viruses to introduce four different “transcription factors” into foetal skin cells. These transcription factors play a role in the “reading” of DNA and the encoding of proteins within the cell.

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We showed that it is possible to convert human skin cells directly into cells which look and behave like nerve cells”

Marius Wernig Stanford University

They found the introduction of these four transcription factors had the effect of switching a small portion of the skin cells into cells which functioned like neurons.

Unlike other approaches, the process did not involve the reprogramming of the skin cells into stem cells, but rather the direct transformation of skin cells into neurons.

Marius Wernig, an assistant professor of pathology at Stanford University School of Medicine in California, was one of the researchers.

“We showed that it is possible to convert human skins cells directly into nerve cells which look and behave like nerve cells which usually only exist in the brain,” he told BBC News.

“It was known that it was possible to change a specialised cell back into a stem cell, what’s called an induced pluripotent stem cell (iPS), but it was not known whether a specialised cell could be pushed into another direction, other than backwards.”

Professor Wernig conceded that there were examples, some dating back many years, where specialised cells have been switched into similar cell types, but he believes this is the first example of where cells have undergone such radical conversion.

He believes the immediate application will be in modelling diseases, whereby skin cells from a patient with a known neurological condition could be used to produce new brain cells for research.

“It is very very difficult to look into the brain. There is a big skull which protects the brain very well and therefore it’s difficult to image,” he said.

“Everything that can be done at a cellular level is only possible after a patient has died, by which time the disease is usually in the final stages and you have no chance of seeing how the disease develops.”

The technique might one day also be used to create new brain cells which could be transplanted into patients with neurological disorders, he said….

via BBC News – Skin cells ‘turned into neurons’ by US scientists.

This is the awesomest thing I’ve heard all day.

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