By Akira The Don on Thursday, February 27th, 2014

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From Discover Magazine:

The marine tardigrade (Actinarctus doryphorus ocellatus) is also known as a water bear or moss piglet, names that suggest size and heft. But this creature measures less than a millimeter long.

The hardy tardigrades mostly inhabit freshwater environments and can survive in many places, from Antarctica to rainforests.

To determine the animal’s position on the phylogenetic tree of life, researchers at the University of Hamburg-Zoological Museum Hamburg in Germany homed in on its nervous system and musculature, systems that may reflect evolutionary paths. Until this imaging, tardigrades were classified using external characteristics, leaving many questions unanswered.

Read the rest here.

— By Akira The Don on Thursday, February 27th, 2014

By Akira The Don on Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

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By Steven Peters | Natural Revolution

In a new study published in the peer reviewed Public Library of Science (PLOS), researchers emphasize that there is sufficient evidence that meal-derived DNA fragments carry complete genes that can enter into the human circulation system through an unknown mechanism.

It’s interesting to ponder if the scientists at these biotech corporations have already identified this method? In one of the blood samples the relative concentration of plant DNA is higher than the human DNA. 

The study was based on the analysis of over 1000 human samples from four independent studies. PLOS is an open access, well respected peer-reviewed scientific journal that covers primary research from disciplines within science and medicine. It’s great to see this study published in it, confirming what many have been suspecting for years.

When it comes to genetically modified crops and foods, we really have no idea of what the long term effects will be on the public. The very first commercial sale of genetically modified foods was only twenty years ago in the year 1994.

There is no possible way that our health authorities can test all possible combinations on a large enough population, over a long enough period of time to be able to say with certainty that they are harmless. Geneticist David Suzuki recently expressed his concern, saying that human beings are part of a “massive genetic experiment” over many years, as thousands of people continue to consume GMO’s, and it makes sense.

Advances in genome science over the past few years have revealed that organisms can share their genes. Prior to this, it had been thought that genes were shared only between individual members of a species through reproduction. Geneticists usually followed the inheritance of genes in what they would call a ‘vertical’ fashion, such as breeding a male and female -you follow their offspring and continue down the road from there.

Today, scientists recognize that genes are shared not only among the individual members of a species, but also among members of different species.

Our bloodstream is considered to be an environment well separated from the outside world and the digestive tract. According to the standard paradigm large macromolecules consumed with food cannot pass directly to the circulatory system. During digestion proteins and DNA are thought to be degraded into small constituents, amino acids and nucleic acids, respectively, and then absorbed by a complex active process and distributed to various parts of the body through the circulation system. Here, based on the analysis of over 1000 human samples from four independent studies, we report evidence that meal-derived DNA fragments which are large enough to carry complete genes can avoid degradation and through an unknown mechanism enter the human circulation system. In one of the blood samples the relative concentration of plant DNA is higher than the human DNA. The plant DNA concentration shows a surprisingly precise log-normal distribution in the plasma samples while non-plasma (cord blood) control sample was found to be free of plant DNA.

It’s not like a human being mates with an apple, banana or a carrot plant and exchanges genes. What biotechnology and biotech corporations like Monsanto have done, is they have allowed for the transfer of genes from one to the other without any regard for the biological limitations, or constraints. The problem with this is that it is based on very bad science.

The conditions and biological ‘rules’ that apply to vertical gene transfer, at least those that we are aware of, do not necessarily apply to horizontal gene transfer. Biotech science today is based on the assumption that the principles governing the inheritance of genes are the same when we move genes horizontally as they are when they are moved vertically.

It just goes to show that GMO’s should be subjected to much more experimentation and rigorous research before we continue to consume them.


Read the full article at: naturalrevolution.org

— By Akira The Don on Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

By Akira The Don on Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

solar system

— By Akira The Don on Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

By Akira The Don on Friday, January 3rd, 2014

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Damn son. This is all sorts of interesting, especially given the theory posited by the likes of ColinWilson that is was such technology that enabled whoever built the pyramids in their seemingly impossible feat (also that the pyramids themselves are said by many to be superconductors, built in such a fashion as to channel both sound and other energies). Museums are stuffed with ancient carvings of giant tuning forks and ram’s horns aimed at levitating rocks and temples. Also worth remembering the myriad similar legends, like those about the temple of Uxmal in Mexico that “was built by a race of dwarves, which apparently only had to whistle and ‘heavy rocks would move into place'”.

Also that time The KLF knocked a cow across a field by blasting it with sub bass. Amen.

From Wired:

With every new year comes change, and change can be scary. Thankfully, we know that there’s at least one way 2014 will be like every year that came before it. Watching scientists make stuff levitate is still cool as hell, same as it ever was.

The latest work comes from a group of researchers at the University of Tokyo. What we see in their latest proof of concept clip is fairly dumbfounding: Arrangements of tiny little beads lift into the air and glide around in perfect formation. An iron screw spins gently in space. Pieces of plastic, broken match heads, and even droplets of water all defy gravity, all thanks to the precise application of ultrasonic sound waves.

The idea itself is not entirely novel. As we’re told in the clip, scientists have been experimenting with acoustic levitation for decades, using sound waves to suspend materials in mid-air. What’s new here, though, is the ability to move those materials in three dimensions.

That’s made possible by the unique arrangement of the speakers themselves. Where former setups bounced sound waves off a solid plate, the Tokyo researchers instead use four panels of speakers, all facing each other. These walls combine to create an “ultrasonic focal point,” which can be moved—along with the object trapped in it—by adjusting the output from each speaker array. The sound waves are out of the range of human hearing, so the setup effectively operates in silence.


Read the full article at: wired.com

— By Akira The Don on Friday, January 3rd, 2014

By Akira The Don on Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

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Alien intervention theory proponent Lloyd Pie is dead, which is sad, because he’ll never get to see the final DNA test results of that starchild skull he dedicated so much of his life to.

Personally, I was intrigued, but, like Pie himself, waiting on that 100% proof… however his research and passion was fascinating, and I was always eager to hear what he had to say whenever he showed up on Red Ice.

Speaking of which, his partner appeared on Red Ice recently to discuss the continuation of his work. Not much new information if you’ve been keeping up with this, they still need loads of money to complete the DNA testing. An IndieGoGo is running here.

— By Akira The Don on Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

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From independent.co.uk

The sun has “flipped upside down”, with its north and south poles reversed to reach the midpoint of Solar Cycle 24, Nasa has said.

Now, the magnetic fields will once again started moving in opposite directions to begin the completion of the 22 year long process which will culminate in the poles switching once again.

“A reversal of the sun’s magnetic field is, literally, a big event,” said Nasa’s Dr. Tony Phillips.

“The domain of the sun’s magnetic influence (also known as the ’heliosphere’) extends billions of kilometers beyond Pluto. Changes to the field’s polarity ripple all the way out to the Voyager probes, on the doorstep of interstellar space.”

To mark the event, Nasa has released a visualisation of the entire process.

— Thursday, January 2nd, 2014