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Life on Earth… but not as we know it

Life on Earth… but not as we know it
Across the world's great deserts, a mysterious sheen has been found on boulders and rock faces. These layers of manganese, arsenic and silica are known as desert varnish and they are found in the Atacama desert in Chile, the Mojave desert in California, and in many other arid places. They can make the desert glitter with surprising colour and, by scraping off pieces of varnish, native people have created intriguing symbols and images on rock walls and surfaces. How desert varnish forms has yet to be resolved, despite intense research by geologists. Professor Carol Cleland, of Colorado University, has a very different suggestion. It is a striking idea: We share our planet with another domain of life that exists "like the realm of fairies and elves just beyond the hedgerow", as David Toomey puts it in his newly published Weird Life: The Search for Life that is Very, Very Different from Our Own. Science's failure to date to spot this weird life may seem puzzling. Related:  13/2/7 - 00Divers1Interesting - alternative - science views

This AI “solves” Super Mario Bros. and other classic NES games In the 28 years since Super Mario Bros. was released, and it's obviously been comprehensively beaten, thoroughly, many thousands of times in that time by players around the world. But have you ever made the game beat itself? That's what computer scientist Tom Murphy has done. At SigBovik 2013, he presented a program that "solves" how to play Super Mario Bros., or any other NES game, like it's just another kind of mathematical problem. And for those who know that SigBovik is an annual computer science conference dedicated to spoof research, hosted on April 1 every year, Murphy stresses that this is "100 percent real." He outlines his method in a paper, "The First Level of Super Mario Bros. is Easy with Lexicographic Orderings and Time Travel... after that it gets a little tricky," but he also presented the results in the video you can see with this story. Lexicographic ordering is a pretty simple mathematical technique used to determine the best order a set of values should come in.

Géoglyphes de Nazca Un article de Wikipédia, l'encyclopédie libre. Découverts en 1927 dans le sud du Pérou, les géoglyphes de Nazca (ou de Nasca) sont de grandes figures tracées sur le sol (géoglyphes), souvent d'animaux stylisés, parfois simples lignes longues de plusieurs kilomètres, qui se trouvent dans le désert de Nazca. Ces géoglyphes sont le fait de la civilisation Nazca, une culture pré-incaïque du Sud du Pérou qui se développa entre 300 av. J.-C. et 800 de notre ère. Ils ont été majoritairement réalisés entre 400 et 650[1]. Les lignes et géoglyphes de Nazca et de Pampas de Jumana sont inscrits sur la liste du patrimoine mondial de l’Unesco depuis 1994[2]. Historique[modifier | modifier le code] La première mention écrite connue des géoglyphes a lieu dans le livre Chronique de Pérou du conquistador Pedro Cieza de León en 1553 mais ce dernier les prend pour des traces de pistes. Description[modifier | modifier le code] Image satellite d'une zone où des géoglyphes de Nazca sont visibles.

Former politicians convinced alien life exists and it has visited Earth WASHINGTON – We are not alone. That is the conclusion of two former members of Congress who heard five days of testimony this week about supposed UFO landings and a government conspiracy to cover them up. Asked if he now believes the government is suppressing the truth about visits by extraterrestrials, former Sen. Mike Gravel (D-Alaska) said, “Very much.” "The testimony was convincing," he told the Daily News. Former Rep. Former Rep. “There's an implication for which one of the answers has got to be an extraterritorial origin,” Cook said. The Paradigm Research Group – which is dedicated to ending the “government-imposed truth embargo surrounding an extraterrestrial presence” – paid six lawmakers $20,000 each to preside over the weeklong “Citizen Hearing on Disclosure.” Former Rep. The other four lawmakers who heard testimony offered more cautious views about alien life, but none of them ruled it out. "The Air Force has admitted there were 701 UFOs that they could not identify. AP Photo

Articles and Papers - Scientific Papers - Morphic Resonance - Morphic Fields by Rupert Sheldrake In the hypothesis of formative causation, discussed in detail in my books A NEW SCIENCE OF LIFE and THE PRESENCE OF THE PAST, I propose that memory is inherent in nature. Most of the so-called laws of nature are more like habits. My interest in evolutionary habits arose when I was engaged in research in developmental biology, and was reinforced by reading Charles Darwin, for whom the habits of organisms were of central importance. Morphic fields in biology Over the course of fifteen years of research on plant development, I came to the conclusion that for understanding the development of plants, their morphogenesis, genes and gene products are not enough. All cells come from other cells, and all cells inherit fields of organization. Thanks to molecular biology, we know what genes do. Many organisms live as free cells, including many yeasts, bacteria and amoebas. Ernst Haeckel Tafel_06 Morphogenetic fields are not fixed forever, but evolve. February 2005 Top of Page

Full Ginsburg The term is named for William H. Ginsburg, the lawyer for Monica Lewinsky during the sexual conduct scandal involving President Bill Clinton. Ginsburg was the first person to accomplish this feat, on February 1, 1998.[2] Completed full Ginsburgs[edit] Special cases[edit] On September 19, 2009, President Barack Obama could also be said to have achieved a "Full Ginsburg" when he appeared on five programs, even though Univision's Spanish-language Al Punto was not part of Ginsburg's original five programs. The first person to appear on all six shows in the same week was former Governor of Florida Jeb Bush, who achieved the feat on March 10, 2013.[9] Florida Sen. References[edit]

Nephilim Le passage de la Genèse où ils sont cités laisse entendre qu'ils sont, ou bien les « fils de Dieu », ou bien, selon une lecture plus largement répandue, le fruit de l'union entre « fils de Dieu » et filles des hommes. Ce passage de la Genèse précède l'épisode du Déluge et, si court soit-il, a donné lieu à diverses interprétations, souvent de caractère ésotérique. Les nephilims sont associés, par comparaison, à d'autres géants évoqués dans la Bible. Étymologie[modifier | modifier le code] Selon le dictionnaire Brown-Driver-Briggs, l'étymologie de base du mot « nephilim » est « incertaine », et les diverses interprétations suggérées sont « toutes très précaires »[1]. La majorité des versions anciennes de la Bible, incluant la Septante, Théodotion, la Vulgate, les traductions de la Bible Samaritaine, le Targum Onkelos et le Targum Neofiti, interprètent le mot comme signifiant « géants »[2]. Les nephilims avant le Déluge (Genèse 6:4)[modifier | modifier le code] — Genèse 6, 1-8 Le Lit d'Og.

My visit to Defkalion Canada | nickelpower On February 22 I made my way to the Canadian office of Defkalion. This is a report of my experience and what I learned. 1140 Homer St. in Vancouver is an older building in a well established area of the city. Defkalion is on the second floor. Symeon (I’d call him Mr. Symeon is the head of business development for the company. Mr. Mr. Now, there also was discussion about a certain report in a Greek newspaper . I was not able to confirm any source of government support. A few notes: · Only the R&D portion of expenditures can be applied to the SR&ED program. I learned that there is another R&D pursuit that Defkalion is taking on. Vancouver does offer Defkalion a lot of advantages, one of which is the SR&ED program. Speaking to the head of business development, I surely learned about Defkalion’s business strategy. However, they are placing emphasis on a second marketing strategy, a strategy that I find more interesting. <— To main blog Like this: Like Loading...

What is Psi? In the late fall of 1976 I had an experience that would change my life. While asleep, I heard a female voice call out my name, twice. It resembled the voice of my sister or my mother. I woke up in a panic, with the distinct impression that the ceiling was about to collapse on me. I jumped out of bed and ran outside my bedroom. There was dead silence everywhere, and everything seemed quite normal. The following morning I was startled awake by a phone call. One of our favorite ways for dealing with the unknown is through language. To begin with, what do we mean by "psi?" To qualify as psychic, an experience must involve interactions that are qualitatively different from our normal ways of exchanging with the world (verbal and nonverbal communication, sensations, bodily movements). Say, for example, Jean fell asleep while listening to the radio, and has a dream about a plane-crash. So not all that appears to be psychic is in fact such.

Item Discussion of the Day: Orchid Malevolence (April 16th, 2013) : DotA2 Pachamama Un article de Wikipédia, l'encyclopédie libre. La Pachamama (Terre-Mère), étroitement liée à la fertilité dans la cosmogonie andine, est la déesse-terre dans certaines cultures présentes essentiellement dans l'espace correspondant à l'ancien empire inca. La figure de Pachamama est particulièrement forte chez les peuples Aymara et Quechua. Elle constitue une déesse majeure de la culture pré-inca Tiwanaku en Bolivie. Histoire et tradition[modifier | modifier le code] La culture inca ne distingue pas l'espace et le temps ; l'espace-temps est appelé « pacha », en quechua et en aymara[1],[2],[3]. Avec l'arrivée des Espagnols, l'imposition du Christianisme et l'influence du métissage, la Pachamama a commencé à régresser et à être remplacée par l'image de la Vierge Marie. Actuellement la tradition de l'offrande se maintient et se pratique toujours, principalement dans les communautés quechuas et aymaras, à travers une offrande appelée Challa ou Pago. Rituel d'offrande à la Pachamama.