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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.

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.

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.

The Conscious Universe: Chapter 1 An excerpt from The Conscious Universe (©1997, Dean Radin, HarperEdge) Chapter 1: Introduction The psyche’s attachment to the brain, i.e., its space-time limitation, is no longer as self-evident and incontrovertible as we have hitherto been led to believe.… It is not only permissible to doubt the absolute validity of space-time perception; it is, in view of the available facts, even imperative to do so. – Carl Jung, Psychology and the Occult In science, the acceptance of new ideas follows a predictable, four-stage sequence. In Stage 1, skeptics confidently proclaim that the idea is impossible because it violates the Laws of Science. This stage can last from years to centuries, depending on how much the idea challenges conventional wisdom. In Stage 2, skeptics reluctantly concede that the idea is possible, but it is not very interesting and the claimed effects are extremely weak. Other signs of shifting opinions are cropping up with increasing frequency in the scientific literature.

Motorola developing Android phones with stock software, 'just right' size The dream of a stock Android phone that isn't too big to use with one hand was almost realized by the HTC First, but we may see some other options on the market in the near future, as well. According to a report from PC Mag, Motorola is working on new smartphones that will run 'stock' Android and will be smaller than the giant Android devices that have been dominating the market for the past couple of years. PC Mag spoke with Jim Wicks, Motorola's chief of design, who said that these new phones are the result of collaboration and influence from Google, as opposed to the other devices that Motorola has released in the time since Google acquired the company. "It will be the unadulterated version of Android, and I feel really good about our embracing Android and being the best Android experience." Wicks also touched on included software with phones, more commonly called bloatware, and said that Motorola's phones will be as bloatware-free as possible.