Volume 10, Number 1 – 1/08/2007

Volume 10, Number 1
1/08/2007
Edited by John L. Petersen
[email protected]

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In This Issue:

Future Facts – From Think Links
Think Links – The Future in the News…Today
A Final Quote


 

FUTURE FACTS – FROM THINK LINKS
DID YOU KNOW THAT…

  • Snakes can sense a nascent earthquake from 70 miles away, three to five days before it happens.
  • Four million of a newly discovered microbe – the smallest form of life discovered to date – could fit into the period at the end of this sentence.
  • New solar cells have a 40.7% sunlight-to-energy conversion efficiency.
  • Advances in technology have helped to drastically improve the ratio between dead and wounded among US troops in Iraq, bringing it to one to eight – in Vietnam it was one to three.

 

INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE

The Opening Salvo in China’s Media War
Criminals Teach Target Students

The Opening Salvo in China’s Media War — (International Herald Tribune– January 3, 2007)
http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/01/03/business/copyright.php
A lawsuit that has been filed by one of China’s largest newspapers against one of the country’s leading Internet portals over the issue of massive copyright violations is being described as “the opening salvo” in a media war over copyright law. In the suit, which was filed in October and is expected to go to court soon, The Beijing News is seeking $400,000 in damages from a popular Internet site called Tom.com for having copied and republished more than 25,000 articles and photographs without authorization.

Criminals Teach Target Students — (BBC — December 8, 2006)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6220416.stm
The boom in cyber crime is forcing criminals to go to great lengths to recruit skilled hackers. Some criminal gangs are paying students while they study to ensure they have a pool of tech-savvy workers to call on. Others are cashing in on the glamour of the hi-tech world to tempt youngsters into embarking on a life of crime.


 

NEW REALITIES

Meteorite’s Organic Matter Older than the Sun
New Microbe Could be Smallest Life Form Yet
Head-Banging Snakes May Predict Quakes
Free Will: Now You Have It, Now You Don’t
Scientists Predict Big Solar Cycle

Meteorite’s Organic Matter Older than the Sun — (National Geographic — November 30, 2006)
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/11/061130-meteorite.html
Organic globules found in a meteorite that slammed into Canada’s Tagish Lake may be older than our sun. The ancient materials could offer a glimpse into the solar system’s planet-building past and may even provide clues to how life on Earth first arose.

New Microbe Could be Smallest Life Form Yet — (New York Times — December 25, 2006)
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/custom/space/
orl-smallest2506dec25,0,6050262.story?coll=orl-news-headlines-space

The smallest form of life known to science just got smaller. Scientists found the microbes living in a remarkably inhospitable environment — drainage water, as caustic as battery acid, from a mine in Northern California. The microbes are about 200 nanometers wide — the size of large viruses. Bacteria average about five times that size.

Head-Banging Snakes May Predict Quakes — (Reuters — December 38, 2006)
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16379707/from/ET/
China may have come up with an earthquake prediction system which relies on the behavior of snakes. The earthquake bureau in Nanning, capital of the Guangxi autonomous region in southern China, has developed a system that uses a combination of natural instinct – in this case, snake behavior – and modern technology to can detect earthquakes days in advance.

Free Will: Now You Have It, Now You Don’t — (New York Times — January 2, 2007)
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/02/science/02free.html
A bevy of experiments in recent years suggest that the conscious mind is like a monkey riding a tiger of subconscious decisions and actions in progress, frantically making up stories about being in control. As a result, physicists, neuroscientists and computer scientists have joined the heirs of Plato and Aristotle in arguing about what free will is, whether we have it, and if not, why we ever thought we did in the first place.

Scientists Predict Big Solar Cycle — (NASA — December 21, 2006)
http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2006/21dec_cycle24.htm?list29945
Solar cycle 24, due to peak in 2010 or 2011 looks like it is going to be one of the most intense cycles since record-keeping began almost 400 years ago. Astronomers have been counting sunspots, a core measure of solar activity, since the days of Galileo, watching solar activity rise and fall every 11 years. Curiously, four of the five biggest cycles on record have come in the past 50 years.


 

GENTICS/HEALTH TECHNOLOGY

Back From the Dead
Mobiles Cleared of Cancer Risk
Cell Phones: Invisible Hazards of the Wireless Age
Cows Engineered to Lack Mad Cow Disease
Longevity Gene Keeps Brain Agile
A Step Closer to the Creation of Human Organs

Back From the Dead — (Cosmos — December 6, 2006)
http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/node/903
One day we may again hear the roar of a woolly mammoth as it might have sounded when brought down by a group of Neanderthal hunters. Scientists are racing to resurrect long dead animals with modern cloning technology. It may seem like science fiction, but it’s not. Not even ten years after the first mammal was cloned, scientists are trying to clone the first extinct species.

Mobiles Cleared of Cancer Risk — (BBC — December 6, 2006)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6209960.stm
Long or short-term mobile phone use is not associated with increased risk of cancer, a major study has found. Mobile phone antennas emit electromagnetic fields that can penetrate the human brain. But a research team found no evidence that this was linked to an increased risk of tumors in the head or neck as had been feared.

Cell Phones: Invisible Hazards of the Wireless Age — (Common Ground — December, 2006)
http://commonground.ca/iss/0612185/cg185_cellphone.shtml
An interesting opinion blog that, as does the previous article, takes on the issue of cell phone safety. The difference between the two articles’ conclusions is stark, with this article referring to cell phones as a significant public health hazard.

Cows Engineered to Lack Mad Cow Disease — (Physorg — January 2, 2007)
http://www.physorg.com/news86928856.html
Scientists have genetically engineered a dozen cows to be free from the proteins that cause mad cow disease, a breakthrough that may make the animals immune to the brain-wasting disease. An international team of researchers reported that they had “knocked out” the gene responsible for making the proteins, called prions. The disease didn’t take hold when brain tissue from two of the genetically engineered cows were exposed to bad prions in the laboratory.

Longevity Gene Keeps Brain Agile — (MIT Technology Review — December 29, 2006)
http://www.technologyreview.com/BioTech/17949/
A genetic variation that helps people live longer may also help keep their minds intact as they age. A study of a group of elderly people of Ashkenazi Jewish descent found that those with the genetic variation, which changes the way the body processes cholesterol, perform better on tests of mental ability. The researchers found that in a group of 158 people age 95 and older, those with the variant were twice as likely to pass tests of mental agility as those with a different version of the gene.

A Step Closer to the Creation of Human Organs — (Guardian — December 28, 2006)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/story/0,,1979218,00.html
Scientists are a step closer to growing replacement organs and tissues which can be transplanted into patients. Their breakthrough uses tiny protein scaffolds that encourage stem cells to grow into three-dimensional structures for the first time. Growing organs that are genetically matched to patients is one of the great hopes of research using stem cells.


 

NANOTECHNOLOGY

Nanoparticle Implant Measures Tumor Growth
Remotely Activated Nanoparticles Destroy Cancer

Nanoparticle Implant Measures Tumor Growth — (Science Daily — December 29, 2006)
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/12/061219095316.htm
A tiny implant now being developed could one day help doctors rapidly monitor the growth of tumors and the progress of chemotherapy in cancer patients. The implant contains nanoparticles that can be designed to test for different substances, including metabolites such as glucose and oxygen that are associated with tumor growth. It can also track the effects of cancer drugs: Once inside a patient, the implant could reveal how much of a certain cancer drug has reached the tumor, helping doctors determine whether a treatment is working.

Remotely Activated Nanoparticles Destroy Cancer — (BBC — January 2, 2007)
http://www.technologyreview.com/NanoTech/17956/
The first in a new generation of nanotechnology-based cancer treatments will likely begin clinical trials in 2007. If the promise of animal trials carries through to human trials, these treatments will transform cancer therapy. By replacing surgery and conventional chemotherapy, this nanotech approach could reduce or eliminate side effects by avoiding damage to healthy tissue. It could also make it possible to destroy tumors that are inoperable or won’t respond to current treatment.


 

GLOBAL EPIDEMIC

Thousands of Ducks Mysteriously Dying in Idaho
Bird Flu Kills Woman in Egypt, Infects Family Members
New Approach Disarms Deadly Bacteria
New AIDS Drug Shows Phenomenal Results
Medicines Patent Loophole Found

Thousands of Ducks Mysteriously Dying in Idaho — (Reuters — December 13, 2006)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061214/us_nm/ducks_dc_1
Officials scrambled to determine what has caused the deaths of thousands of mallard ducks in south-central Idaho near the Utah border. Although wildlife experts are downplaying any links to bird flu, they have sent samples to government labs to test for the deadly H5N1 flu strain, among other pathogens.

Bird Flu Kills Woman in Egypt, Infects Family Members — (Bloomberg — December 26, 2006)
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20670001&refer=&sid=aVw4.HxBKoSk
Bird flu killed a woman in northern Egypt as authorities attempt to eradicate the lethal virus that infected two other members of the woman’s family. The woman from Zifta, in the northern province of Gharbia, had been in contact with infected poultry. Fowl kept by the family and neighbors have been culled, and people in contact with the birds are being tested.

New Approach Disarms Deadly Bacteria — (Science Daily — December 29, 2006)
http://www.livescience.com/humanbiology/061229_nonkill_bacteria.html
Health experts warn that if bacteria keep toughening up, some deadly diseases that have been treatable for the last five-plus decades again will have no cure. A better battle plan may be to make them “nice”. Instead of killing off disease-causing bacteria, bacteriologists may be able to simply disarm them, via DNA modifications that would leave the bacteria toothless, but alive.

New AIDS Drug Shows Phenomenal Results — (Physorg — January 2, 2007)
http://www.physorg.com/news86960302.html
AIDS researchers said a new drug shows promise for inhibiting the HIV virus in patients new to treatment or those currently taking a drug cocktail. Clinical studies showed that, when combined with two existing drugs, it reduced the virus to undetectable levels in nearly 100 percent of HIV patients prescribed a drug regimen for the first time. The drug essentially prevents the virus’ DNA from integrating with a host’s cells, inhibiting its ability to replicate itself.

Medicines Patent Loophole Found — (BBC — January 2, 2007)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6224601.stm
Researchers who have found a way to bypass the legal patent on an expensive drug say others should follow suit. Imperial College experts have developed a potentially cheaper version of an existing Hepatitis C drug by altering the molecular structure.


 

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Supercomputers Crunching Chips, Proteins and Nuclear Bombs
New Research Could Lead to Invisible Electronics
Face-Hunting Software will Scour Web for Targets

Supercomputers Crunching Chips, Proteins and Nuclear Bombs — (CNN — December 7, 2006)
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/12/05/supercomputers/index.html
An average PC can perform in the tens or hundreds of megaflops – millions of calculations per second. A supercomputer like Purple at Livermore can calculate 100 teraflops – 100 million million calculations per second. Using this ability to think faster, Purple can simulate the explosion of a nuclear weapon – from the moment the button is pressed to the point when the bomb detonates. In just a just a few billionths of a second, many complex systems interact to create a nuclear explosion. In 1994 it would have taken the world’s fastest computer 6,000 years to complete the highly classified “button to bang” simulation. It took Purple about six weeks.

New Research Could Lead To Invisible Electronics — (Science Daily — December 23, 2006)
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/12/061223092615.htm
Imagine a car windshield that displays a map to your destination, military goggles with targets and instructions displayed right before a soldier’s eyes or a billboard that doubles as a window. Only in science fiction you say? Researchers report that by combining organic and inorganic materials they have produced transparent, high-performance transistors that can be assembled inexpensively on both glass and plastics.

Face-Hunting Software will Scour Web for Targets — (New Scientist — December 19, 2006)
http://www.newscientisttech.com/article/dn10828?DCMP=NLC-nletter&nsref=dn10828
A search engine that uses sophisticated facial recognition to allow users to identify and find people in online images will launch next month. But civil liberties groups say the biometric-style tool could compromise the privacy of anyone who has their picture online. Search engine Polar Rose reconstructs the 3D shape of a person’s face and then combines that with characteristics of their features to generate a unique “face print”. This can then be used to search other photos for a match.


 

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

By 2040: an Arctic with no Ice
Chemicals in Everyday Products can be Found in Humans
Ancient Ice Shelf Breaks Free from Canadian Arctic
U.S. Proposes Listing Polar Bears as Threatened Species
Louisiana Slowly Slipping into Gulf
Global Dimming
Disappearing World: Global Warming Claims Tropical Island

By 2040: an Arctic with no Ice — (The Times — December 12, 2006)
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-2500054,00.html
Ice is melting so fast in the Arctic that the North Pole will be in the open sea in 30 years, according to leading climatologists. Ships will be able to sail over the top of the world and tourists will be able visit what was, until climate change, one of planet’s most inaccessible landscapes.

Chemicals in Everyday Products can be Found in Humans — (Lexington Herald-Leader — December 2, 2006)
http://www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/living/health/16146816.htm
They’re found in floor waxes and shampoos, fast-food wrappers and microwave popcorn bags. They coat pizza boxes, carpets and frying pans. And they’re in people. They’re perfluorochemicals. Though you might not recognize the word, you probably know the brand names: Teflon, Stainmaster, Gore-Tex. You are exposed to those compounds every day, and there is mounting concern that they might cause a variety of health problems

Ancient Ice Shelf Breaks Free from Canadian Arctic — (AP — December 29, 2006)
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/science/12/29/canada.arctic.ap/index.html
A giant ice shelf the size of 11,000 football fields has snapped free from Canada’s Arctic. The collapse was so powerful that earthquake monitors 155 miles away picked up tremors from it. The Ayles Ice Shelf, roughly 41 square miles in area, was one of six major ice shelves remaining in Canada’s Arctic. Scientists say it is the largest event of its kind in Canada in 30 years and point their fingers at climate change as a major contributing factor.

U.S. Proposes Listing Polar Bears as Threatened Species — (Science Daily — December 31, 2006)
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/12/061231100753.htm
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne has announced the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to list the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act and initiating a comprehensive scientific review to assess the current status and future of the species. “Polar bears are one of nature’s ultimate survivors, able to live and thrive in one of the world’s harshest environments,” Kempthorne said. “But we are concerned the polar bears’ habitat may literally be melting.”

Louisiana Slowly Slipping into Gulf — (Physorg — January 2, 2007)
http://www.physorg.com/news86929148.html
A new report by scientists studying Louisiana’s sinking coast says the land here is not just sinking, it’s sliding ever so slowly into the Gulf of Mexico. Researchers have known for years that the swampy land under south Louisiana is sinking (potholed streets and wobbly porches and floors are visible evidence of that) but a lateral movement of the land into the Gulf enters largely unstudied terrain.

Global Dimming — (BBC — December 5, 2006)
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15809.htm
An interesting BBC video on the effects of pollution on a phenomenon known as ‘global dimming’ – the cooling of the earth, due to the increase of sunlight-reflecting particulate matter in the atmosphere.

Disappearing World: Global Warming Claims Tropical Island — (The Independent — December 24, 2006)
http://news.independent.co.uk/environment/article2099971.ece
Rising seas, caused by global warming, have for the first time washed an inhabited island off the face of the Earth. The obliteration of Lohachara island, in India’s part of the Sundarbans where the Ganges and the Brahmaputra rivers empty into the Bay of Bengal, marks the moment when one of the most apocalyptic predictions of environmentalists and climate scientists has started coming true.


 

ENERGY DEVELOPMENTS

Solar Cell Breakthrough Claimed
Samsung Develops Marathon Fuel Cell
India’s Big Plans for Biodiesel

Solar Cell Breakthrough Claimed — (Information Week — December 6, 2006)
http://www.eetimes.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=196602149
Most of today’s solar cells are between 12% and 18% efficient. Some of the ones used to power satellites are around 28% efficient. In 1954, 4% efficiency was state of the art. Researchers have now managed to create a solar cell with 40.7% sunlight-to-energy conversion efficiency

Samsung Develops Marathon Fuel Cell — (Top Tech News — December 28, 2006)
http://www.toptechnews.com/news/Samsung-Develops
-Marathon-Fuel-Cell/story.xhtml?story_id=13000ER599E2

Researchers have engineered a fuel cell that can power a notebook computer for up to a month. The fuel cell is part of a docking station that lets a laptop run for eight hours a day, five days a week, for up to four weeks in a row. Of course, fuel cells are nothing new in the market for smarter, cleaner energy, but this is the first instance of applying the technique to a notebook with such long-lasting results. The new fuel cell is a 1200 watt-hour direct methanol fuel cell, or DFMC, which convert methanol to water to produce DC power.

India’s Big Plans for Biodiesel — (MIT Technology Review — December 27, 2006)
http://www.technologyreview.com/Energy/17940/
India has launched an initiative aimed at eventually producing more than 2.3 million barrels of bio-diesel annually. The initiative is focused around commercial production and synthesis of the jatropha plant. The plant can grow in wastelands, and it yields more than four times as much fuel per hectare as soybean and more than ten times that of corn.


 

TERRORISM, SECURITY AND THE FUTURE OF WARFARE

Ultra-Secure Long-Distance Quantum Key Distribution
Army Game Proves U.S. can’t Lose
Spies in the Sky
The Future of War
Molecule-Size Keypad Lock
The Mathematics of Cloaking
America’s Holy Warriors

Ultra-Secure Long-Distance Quantum Key Distribution — (Physorg — December 22, 2006)
http://www.physorg.com/news86020679.html
Scientists have demonstrated unconditionally secure quantum key distribution (QKD) over a record-setting 107 kilometers of optical fiber. The work is a significant step towards enabling communication with an unprecedented level of security over long distances of optical fiber.

Army Game Proves U.S. can’t Lose — (Wired — November 27, 2006)
http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,72156-0.html?tw=wn_politics_12
A new video game commissioned by the U.S. Army as a recruiting tool portrays the nation’s military in 2015 as an invulnerable high-tech machine. However, equipment never breaks down, electronics are never jammed and, in contrast to a certain real-life conflict where the hallmark of insurgents is their ability to rapidly gain knowledge and evolve, enemies never learn.

Spies in the Sky — (Jackson Free Press — December 27, 2006)
http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/comments.php?id=12123_0_4_0_C
Jackson, Mississippi will have a new ‘eye in the sky’ that gives a whole new meaning to the old phrase, ‘Big Brother Is Watching.’ The helicopter, called Metro One, features an array of high technology and spying devices, such as a 360-degree 18x zoom color camera, video recording, a GPS in-flight map, a 20-million candle searchlight and, most notably, an infrared camera that can pick up both biological and mechanical heat signals.

The Future of War — (The Independent — November 21, 2006)
http://www.ioltechnology.co.za/article_page.php?iArticleId=3554796
At a recent exhibition of new military technology one independent expert stood almost agog as the prototype for a new killing machine was rolled out. It went by the acronym of URV or Unmanned Robot Vehicle – and it looked like something from the movies.

Molecule-Size Keypad Lock — (Live Science — December 26, 2006)
http://www.livescience.com/technology/061226_molecule_lock.html
Scientists have created a keypad lock a single molecule in size. This lock only activates when exposed to the correct password, a sequence of chemicals and light. Researchers suggest their device could in the future lead to a new level of safeguards for secret information. This lock might also serve to recognize when certain sequences of chemicals are released in the body—for instance, after exposure to Sarin or another deadly chemical or biological weapon.

The Mathematics of Cloaking — (Physorg — December 26, 2006)
http://www.physorg.com/news86358402.html
The theorists who first created the mathematics that describe the behavior of the recently announced “invisibility cloak” have revealed a new analysis that may extend the current cloak’s powers, enabling it to hide even actively radiating objects like a flashlight or cell phone.

America’s Holy Warriors — (Truth Dig — December 31, 2006)
http://www.truthdig.com/report/print/20061231
_chris_hedges_americas_holy_warriors/

This opinion piece represents an interesting perspective, not commonly seen, on several key aspects of American society. In particular, it examines the relationship between conservative Christian groups and American security forces, speculating on whether US forces are at risk of becoming religiously polarized.


 

CONTACT AND THE EXPLORATION OF SPACE

First South Korean Space Rocket to Launch in 2008
India to Test Space Capsule as Part of Moon Mission
Google and NASA Pair Up for Virtual Space Exploration

First South Korean Space Rocket to Launch in 2008 — (AFP — January 2, 2007)
http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/First_South_Korean
_Space_Rocket_To_Launch_In_2008_999.html

South Korea plans to launch its first space rocket next year, becoming the world’s ninth country to do so. A space centre on the country’s south coast is around 90% complete after construction began in late 2000. The rocket, named Korea Space Launch Vehicle, will put a small satellite into orbit for scientific research and atmospheric surveys. Between this year and 2010, South Korea plans to build or launch a total of nine satellites

India to Test Space Capsule as Part of Moon Mission — (AFP — January 3, 2007)
http://www.moondaily.com/reports/India_To
_Test_Space_Capsule_As_Part_Of_Moon_Mission_999.html

India plans to launch a capsule into orbit early next year and bring it back to Earth, an initial step towards an unmanned mission to the moon by 2010. India also announced recently its intentions to send an unmanned mission to Mars by 2013 to look for evidence of life.

Google and NASA Pair Up for Virtual Space Exploration — (New Scientist — December 18, 2006)
http://space.newscientist.com/article/dn10822?DCMP=NLC-nletter&nsref=dn10822
The crunch of Martian soil underfoot and the feel of Martian wind against your cheek could one day be experienced by anyone with an internet connection as a result of a new collaboration between NASA and internet titan Google.


 

DEMOGRAPHICS AND SOCIAL CHANGE

Education is Proving Key to a Longer Life — (International Herald Tribune — January 3, 2007)
http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/01/03/news/lifespan.php
The one social factor that researchers agree is consistently linked to longer lives in every country where it has been studied is education. It is more important than race; it obliterates any effects of income. A few extra years of school is associated with extra years of life and vastly improved health decades later, in old age.


 

A FINAL QUOTE…

Technology… is a queer thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other. -C.P. Snow


A special thanks to Hanna Adeyema, Bernard Calil, Ken Dabkowski, Neil Freer, Humera Khan, KurzweilAI, Sher Patterson-Black, Diane C. Petersen, John C. Petersen, the Schwartzreport, Joel Snell and Matthew W. Sollenberger our contributors to this issue. If you see something we should know about, do send it along – thanks.
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Gaia: In 2012, Conscious Media Network merged with Gaiam TV in 2012, with Regina serving as anchor in their new media division on Open Minds and Healing Matrix. The demand for Regina’s unique perspective on a variety of subjects has drawn attention from conference organizers, moving her into the public as a presenter at conferences. In addition, Regina offers retreats and workshops for those who wish to ‘Dive Deep’ into a new understanding of the nature of reality and life itself. In this venue she shares her exclusive approach to meditation and regression work for a greater understanding of life’s challenges and identifying the innate joys.

Dr. Harold Puthoff

Although nominated for a Nobel Prize in physics for his breakthrough theoretical work on zero-point energy, Dr. Harold Puthoff, is most recognized for having been a co-founder of the secret US government “remote viewing” program that successfully used psychics to spy on the Soviet Union and China.

Now a principal and science advisor in a leading-edge effort by former senior military and intelligence managers to disclose the many decades of interest that the US has had in UFOs, he comes to Berkeley Springs on the 8th of February to give a TransitionTalk about his work in making sense out of the UFO phenomena.

Dr. Puthoff’s presentation will include a summary of his current activities with To The Stars Academy, which is on the forefront of bringing into the open formerly highly classified efforts by the government to track, record and understand the meaning of hundreds of encounters that the military has had with UFOs over the past years.

This is an extraordinary opportunity to learn from and question one of the foremost thinkers and leaders of the rapidly accelerating global effort to both make the public aware of what was previously unacknowledged about UFO and alien interaction with humans and also to address the deep questions about what is happening and what it might mean for the future of humanity.

Gregg Braden

Gregg Braden is a five-time New York Times best-selling author, and is internationally renowned as a pioneer in bridging science, spirituality and human potential! His discoveries have led to 12 award-winning books now published in over 40 languages. The UK’s Watkins Journal lists Gregg among the top 100 of “the world’s most spiritually influential living people” for the 5th consecutive year, and he is a 2017 nominee for the prestigious Templeton Award.

Rosemary Ellen Guiley

Rosemary Ellen Guiley is a leading expert on the paranormal and supernatural. With more than 50 books – including 10 encyclopedias – and hundreds of articles in print on a wide range of paranormal, spiritual and mystical topics, she possesses exceptional knowledge of the field. Her present work focuses on inter-dimensional entity contact experiences and communication.

John L. Petersen

John L. Petersen is considered by many to be one of the most informed futurists in the world. He is best-known for writing and thinking about high impact surprises (wild cards) and the process of surprise anticipation. His current professional involvements include the development of sophisticated tools for anticipatory analysis and surprise anticipation, long-range strategic planning and helping leadership design new approaches for dealing with the future.

 

He has led national non-profit organizations, worked in sales, manufacturing, real estate development, and marketing and advertising, mostly for companies he founded. A graduate electrical engineer, he has also promoted rock concerts; produced conventions; and worked as a disc jockey, among other things.

Mr. Petersens government and political experience include stints at the National War College, the Institute for National Security Studies, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the National Security Council staff at the White House. He was a naval flight officer in the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserve and is a decorated veteran of both the Vietnam and Persian Gulf wars. He has served in senior positions for a number of presidential political campaigns and was an elected delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1984. He was twice the runner-up to be Secretary of the Navy.

In 1989, Petersen founded The Arlington Institute (TAI), a non-profit, future-oriented research institute. TAI operates on the premise that effective thinking about the future is impossible without casting a very wide net. The “think tank” serves as a global agent for change by developing new concepts, processes and tools for anticipating the future and translating that knowledge into better present-day decisions. Using advanced information technology, a core group of bright thinkers and an international network of exceptionally curious people along with simulations, modeling, scenario building, polling and analysis, Arlington helps equip leaders and organizations from many disciplines with tools and actionable perspectives for dealing with uncertain times.

An award-winning writer, Petersens first book, The Road to 2015: Profiles of the Future was awarded Outstanding Academic Book of 1995 by CHOICE Academic Review, and remained on The World Future Societys best-seller list for more than a year. His Out of the Blue: How to Anticipate Wild Cards and Big Future Surprises book was also a WFS best-seller. His latest book is a Vision of 2012: Planning for Extraordinary Change. His coauthored article, (The Year 2000: Social Chaos or Social Transformation?) was one of the most highly acclaimed writings on Y2K. His 1988 book-length report (The Diffusion of Power: An Era of Realignment) was used at the highest levels of American government as a basis for strategic planning. He has also written papers on the future of national security and the military, the future of energy and the future of the media.

Petersen is a past board member of the World Future Society, writes on the future of aviation for Professional Pilot magazine and is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation. He is a former network member of the Global Business Network and a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science. A provocative public speaker, he addresses a wide array of audiences around the world on a variety of future subjects. When he is not writing or speaking, Petersen invests in and develops resources for large, international projects and advanced technology start-up companies. He lives in the Washington, D.C. area in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. Speaking Inquiries: Email [email protected]

Robert David Steele

Robert David Steele, former spy, former Marine Corps officer, a proponent of Open Source Everything, Presidential candidate in 2012 and perhaps again in 2024, recommended for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017 will integrate his life’s experience with his lessons from the works of others to explore love versus fear as a foundation for politics; liberty under natural law versus predatory fascism as we now have in the USA; and the possibilities for cosmic awakening very soon, in a full-on defeat of the Deep State and its Archon masters.

Chris Robinson

Chris Robinson’s amazing ability to dream about the future in terms that can be reliably translated into people, times, places, and activities has been the subject of books, major university scientific studies, films, articles, TV shows, and just about all forms of media. He has taught many people how to dream about the future and, through his advanced intuitive capabilities, helped thousands to understand how to deal with seemingly impossible personal situations. He is also a healer, having on numerous occasions led people with supposedly terminal conditions to eliminate those issues and return to a healthy life. There is no one else in the world that has Chris’s fascinating background (undercover police work, etc.), coupled with these amazing personal gifts.

Frank DeMarco

FRANK DeMARCO has been reporting on his conversations with non-physical beings for more than two decades, in magazine articles, talks, and in a dozen non-fiction books and two novels.

FRANK DeMARCO is the author of 14 books rooted in more than 25 years of psychic exploration, including It’s All One World, Awakening from the 3D World, Rita’s World (two volumes), The Cosmic Internet, The Sphere and the Hologram, and Imagine Yourself Well. Since 2005, he has been actively engaged in an on-going series of conversations with various non-physical beings, including historical individuals, “past lives,” aspects of personal guidance, and a generalized group he calls “the guys upstairs.”

He is also the author of three novels, Messenger, That Phenomenal Background (originally published as Babe in the Woods) and Dark Fire.

Dr. Larry Dossey

Dr. Larry Dossey is a physician of internal medicine and former Chief of Staff of Medical City Dallas Hospital. He received his M. D. degree from Southwestern Medical School (Dallas), and trained in internal medicine at Parkland and the VA hospitals in Dallas. Dossey has lectured at medical schools and hospitals throughout the United States and abroad. In 1988 he delivered the annual Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Lecture in New Delhi, India, the only physician ever invited to do so. He is the author of twelve books dealing with consciousness, spirituality, and healing, including the New York Times bestseller HEALING WORDS: THE POWER OF PRAYER AND THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE, and most recently One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters. His books have been translated into languages around the world. Dr. Dossey is the former co-chairman of the Panel on Mind/Body Interventions, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health. He is the executive editor of the peer-reviewed journal EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing. Dr. Dossey lectures around the world. He lives in Santa Fe with his wife Barbara, a nurse-consultant and the author of several award-winning books.

William Buhlman

William Buhlman is a recognized expert on the subject of out-of-body experiences. The author’s forty years of extensive personal out-of-body explorations give him a unique and thought provoking insight into this subject. His first book, Adventures beyond the Body chronicles his personal journey of self-discovery through out-of-body travel, and provides the reader with the preparation and techniques that can be used for their own adventure. He has conducted an international out-of-body experience survey that includes over 16,000 participants from forty-two countries. The provocative results of this survey are presented in his book, The Secret of the Soul. This cutting edge book explores the unique opportunities for personal growth and profound spiritual awakenings that are reported during out-of-body experiences.

Over the past two decades William has developed an effective system to experience safe, self initiated out-of-body adventures. He conducts an in-depth six-day workshop titled, Out-of-Body Exploration Intensive at the renowned Monroe Institute in Virginia. As a certified hypnotherapist, William incorporates various methods, including hypnosis, visualization and meditation techniques in his workshops to explore the profound nature of out-of-body experiences and the benefits of accelerated personal development. Through lectures, workshops and his books the author teaches the preparation and techniques of astral projection and spiritual exploration.

The author brings a refreshing look to how we can use out-of-body experiences to explore our spiritual identity and enhance our intellectual and physical lives. William is best known for his ability to teach people how to have profound spiritual adventures through the use of out-of-body experiences. In addition, he has developed an extensive series of audio programs that are designed to expand awareness and assist in the exploration of consciousness. William has appeared on numerous television and radio shows worldwide. William’s books are currently available in twelve languages. The author lives in Delaware, USA. For more information visit his web site, www.astralinfo.org.

Joe McMoneagle

Joe was the longest operational psychic spy in the US government’s very highly classified Stargate program where they used psychics and intuitives to look into installations and people around the world that were of interest to government intelligence agencies. They called the process remote viewing.

As it turned out, the remote viewers discovered that they were – not limited by either time or space and produced drawings and assessments that could not have been obtained in any other way. The Soviets had an active remote viewing program at the same time and it is rumored that Russia, China and the U.S. still have initiatives of this kind that are operational.

Joe’s stories are fascinating, like the time he mentally got inside a Chinese nuclear weapon and saw how the triggering mechanism worked . . . and then went out and bought the parts at Radio Shack to show the scientists in the intelligence agency exactly how it was done. The remote viewers could find submarines at the bottom of the ocean and crashed aircraft in the middle of African jungles.

Dr. Joe Dispenza

Dr Joe Dispenza is an international lecturer, researcher, corporate consultant, author, and educator who has been invited to speak in more than 33 countries on six continents. As a lecturer and educator, he is driven by the conviction that each of us has the potential for greatness and unlimited abilities. In his easy-to-understand, encouraging, and compassionate style, he has educated thousands of people, detailing how they can rewire their brains and recondition their bodies to make lasting changes.

Dr. Joe is also a faculty member at Quantum University in Honolulu, Hawaii; the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, New York; and Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. He’s also an invited chair of the research committee at Life University in Atlanta, Georgia.

As a researcher, Dr. Joe’s passion can be found at the intersection of the latest findings from the fields of neuroscience, epigenetics, and quantum physics to explore the science behind spontaneous remissions. He uses that knowledge to help people heal themselves of illnesses, chronic conditions, and even terminal diseases so they can enjoy a more fulfilled and happy life, as well as evolve their consciousness. At his advanced workshops around the world, he has partnered with other scientists to perform extensive research on the effects of meditation, including epigenetic testing, brain mapping with electroencephalograms (EEGs), and individual energy field testing with a gas discharge visualization (GDV) machine. His research also includes measuring both heart coherence with HeartMath monitors and the energy present in the workshop environment before, during, and after events with a GDV Sputnik sensor.

As a NY Times best-selling author, Dr. Joe has written Becoming Supernatural: How Common People Are Doing the Uncommon(Hay House, 2017), which draws on research conducted at his advanced workshops since 2012 to explore how common people are doing the uncommon to transform themselves and their lives; You Are the Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter (Hay House, 2014), which explores our ability to heal without drugs or surgery, but rather by thought alone; Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One (Hay House, 2012) and Evolve Your Brain: The Science of Changing Your Mind (2007), both of which detail the neuroscience of change and epigenetics. His film appearances include Transcendence: Live Life Beyond the Ordinary (2018); HEAL (2017); E-Motion (2014); Sacred Journey of the Heart (2012); People v. the State of Illusion (2011); What IF – The Movie (2010); Unleashing Creativity (2009); and What the #$*! Do We Know? & Down the Rabbit Hole, extended DVD version (2005).

Dr. Todd Ovokaitys

After two years at Northwestern, he was accepted into an accelerated combined graduate/undergraduate program at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, which conferred both B.A. and M.D. degrees. Advanced training was at Georgetown University Hospital, with a Residency and Chief Residency in Internal Medicine followed by a Fellowship in Pulmonary and Intensive Care Medicine.

During his Pulmonary Fellowship, the specialty that concerns the lungs, Dr. Todd began his research with cells of the immune system. Many procedures were done on AIDS patients to diagnose their lung problems. Observing this dire disease firsthand and the toxic results of early medical treatments, Dr. Todd developed a passion for finding better solutions. Towards the end of his Fellowship, he became aware of the benefits of Holistic Medicine for improving the function of the immune system while building rather than impairing the function of other systems.

Inspired to learn more, he moved to Southern California to study with practitioners of Complementary Medicine. In the context of these studies, he had an experience so radical that the course of his life and work were forever transformed.

During a meditation class in the summer of 1989, Dr. Todd paired with another student for an exercise. The process was profound and they took turns, one in the process while the other scribed to record any breakthroughs of awareness. Much as in the Jodie Foster movie “Contact,” the usual anchor points dissolved with the feeling of instant transport to a different dimension of being. There was a doorway or portal to traverse, with a message of the responsibility taken on through the choice to go further.

Instantly upon walking through this doorway, a living form was seen that filled a room – and had the shape of a DNA strand enlarged millions of times. This form communicated that science only partly understood how DNA worked. The linear understanding of DNA as an enormous data string was correct but incomplete. In addition, DNA was a structure of coils within coils in an environment of moving charges that permitted DNA to send electromagnetic signals much as a radio transmitter. Further, DNA could receive and be conditioned by electromagnetic signals. Most significantly, if it were possible to determine and transmit the correct resonant signals, that it was possible to switch the activity of a sick cell to that of a healthy cell, an old cell to that of a young cell.

This experience brought with it a certainty that solutions were possible. After intensive review of the previous work showing the effects of electromagnetic energy patterns on cellular health and function, Dr. Todd located a colleague with the technical expertise to build the desired invention.

Mary Rodwell

Mary Rodwell is a professional counsellor, hypnotherapist, researcher, metaphysician, and founder and principal of ACERN (Australian Close Encounter Resource Network). She is internationally known for her work with ET experiencers and star children. She offers regressions and support for contactees and has organized a buddy system to help those who have had close encounters. Mary has spoken at conferences in Australia, USA, UK, Scandinavia, Hawaii and New Zealand. She is a regular guest on international radio and online shows and writes article for international publications like the UFO Truth Magazine. Mary is co-founder of FREE, a non-profit organization aimed at researching close encounters.

She is the author of, Awakening – How extra-terrestrial contact can transform your life. Mary is working on her second book, The New Human, due for release this year.

Freddy Silva

Freddy Silva is a best-selling author, and leading researcher of ancient civilizations, restricted history, sacred sites and their interaction with consciousness. He has published six books in six languages, and produced eleven documentaries. Described by one CEO as “perhaps the best metaphysical speaker in the world right now,” for two decades he has been an international keynote speaker, with notable appearances at the International Science and Consciousness Conference, the International Society For The Study Of Subtle Energies & Energy Medicine, and the Association for Research and Enlightenment, in addition to appearances on Gaia TV, History Channel, BBC, and radio shows such as Coast To Coast. He also leads private sell-out tours to ancient temples worldwide. www.invisibletemple.com

Sharry Edwards

Sharry Edwards has been accused of being too scientific by some, too esoteric by others. In actuality, she is a bridge between both fields of inquiry. Sharry is the acknowledged pioneer in the emerging field of Vocal Profiling using BioAcoustic Biology. For many years she has provided the leading-edge research to show the voice as a holographic representation of the body that can be used to change the face of medicine.

Sharry asks that we imagine a future in which we can be individually identified and maintained through the use of frequency based biomarkers that keep us healthy and emotionally balanced. Her work at the Institute of BioAcoustic Biology has shown that we can each have dominion over those frequencies by individual mind management or a simple remote control that is completely programmable. Using the unique techniques of Vocal Profiling and evaluation, emotional as well as physiological issues can be revealed and addressed.

Her work with the human voice reveals that people who share similar traumas, stresses, diseases, toxicities…share similar, if not identical, vocal anomalies. She brings together ancient knowledge with modern ideas of harmonics and frequency relationship theories to show that math can be used as a form of predictive, diagnostic and curative foundation for wellness. Through entrainment of the frequency grids of the brain, the body can be programmed to support its own optimal form and function.

Dr. John McMichael

John McMichael, PhD, is the founder and CEO of Beach Tree Labs, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and early development of new therapeutic agents targeting unmet medical needs. These disorders range from herpes infections to chronic fatigue syndrome to urinary incontinence. His PhD is in virology and immunology from Oregon State University. He headed up the labs at one of the largest private veterinary research practices in the country, was a college professor for more than a decade, and now works out of a small lab on his form in New York state and a larger, more sophisticated lab in Providence, Rhode Island. He holds over 200 patents, has published in books and peer-reviewed journals, and is currently working with his team to begin formal FDA trials for product candidates for chronic traumatic brain injury and Ehlers-Danlos syndromes.

Good health is dependent on the appropriate transfer of information within and between cells. The informational and molecular disharmonies associated with disease can be reversed using appropriate therapeutic signals that stimulate the return to the normal state without adverse effects. One such signal molecule, SLO, has demonstrated clinical utility in a broad spectrum of indications that would at first glance appear to be unrelated. The underlying common thread that links these disorders is representative of the targets to which resonant molecular signals are directed.

Dr. Carrie Hempel & Brian Sanderoff

Integrative Physician Dr. Carrie Hempel and Holistic Pharmacist Brian Sanderoffare both experts in the medicinal use of cannabis in Maryland.

Dr. Hempel is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2002. As an Osteopathic Physician, she has embraced a holistic approach to patient care, providing loving attention to the relationship between mind, body, and spirit. For the past 11 years she has received specialist training, Board Certification and expertise in several fields including Internal Medicine, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, and Hospice & Palliative Medicine, along with many Integrative modalities. She is a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians, the Association of Cannabis Specialists, and is registered with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission.

Over the course of her career she has seen the consistent struggle of patients dealing with chronic, progressive, debilitating illness, and witnessed the challenges and limitations of the current pharmaceutical options for pain and symptom managment. Her passion for this population has grown, along with her desire to advocate for patients to have access to non-opioid, holistic options to enhance quality of life and optimize function.

Trained as a pharmacist, Brian Sanderoff has integrated 25 years of experience with his traditional medical training and herbalism, nutrition and numerous other holistic modalities to help clients devise practical, common-sense, safe solutions to most any health issue.

His clients appreciate how he embraces a complementary approach to health and how his holistic “compass” brings them new solutions to their unique health concerns – especially chronic diseases.

Mary Rodwell

Mary Rodwell is a professional counsellor, hypnotherapist, researcher, metaphysician, and founder and principal of ACERN (Australian Close Encounter Resource Network). She is internationally known for her work with ET experiencers and star children. She offers regressions and support for contactees and has organised a buddy system to help those who have had close encounters. Mary has spoken at conferences in Australia, USA, UK, Scandinavia, Hawaii and New Zealand. She is a regular guest on international radio and online shows and writes article for international publications like the UFO Truth Magazine. Mary is co-founder of FREE, a non-profit organisation aimed at researching close encounters.

Steve McDonald

Steve McDonald is an extraordinary Australian thinker and researcher who arguably knows as much about the structure of the global planetary transition that we are experiencing as anyone on the planet. He draws coherent pictures from the deep insights of Clair W. Graves and paints clear, explanatory images of not only how humanity has evolved to this point, but what is inevitably on our horizon . . . and how this epic transition will continue to play out.

He is currently writing a book about the global paradigm shift that’s taking us beyond the scientific-industrial era. Steve served with the Australian Army for 15 years, including war service as an infantry company commander in Somalia, 1993. He is also a qualified military helicopter pilot and on leaving the army he flew a rescue helicopter in the tropical Mackay-Whitsunday region of Queensland. Building upon his extensive experience in unpredictable environments, after retiring from flying Steve specialized as a change management consultant. He consequently studied the developmental psychology research of Dr Clare W Graves and became one of the first Australians qualified to teach Dr Graves’ theory under the banner of Spiral Dynamics Integral. A long-term struggle with posttraumatic stress has driven Steve’s deep interest in human nature and consciousness. He is a founder of Psychedelic Research in Science & Medicine, an Australian non-profit association. He is also a founder of AADII, a non-profit company created to support worldwide transformational change.

Robert Coxon

Although Robert Coxon had been studying and composing music for many years, it was after taking the Silva Mind Control course that he realized how powerful sound could be in relaxing the body and opening the consciousness. He then decided to write his first album.

Cristal Silence quickly became a major hit throughout Canada, staying on top of the charts for many years. This was the beginning of his continuing phenomenal success as composer and solo artist. For the last 29 years he has performed only his original compositions in concert. Robert has been nominated four times for the prestigious “Felix” award (French Canada equivalent to the Grammy), and became Canada’s best-selling New Age artist. His international breakthrough came after composing The Silent Path in 1995. This album was an instant hit in Canada, the USA and France. After hearing The Silent Path, Lee Carroll, internationally renowned author of 15 bestselling Kryon and Indigo books, contacted Robert and asked him to join his team on tour. Through the years this has given Robert the opportunity to experience different cultures and inspires him to write music honoring these many countries he performs in.

Robert offers us nine albums, the latest three being The Infinite, essence of life, Goddess -The Power of Woman and Passion Compassion Alegeria.

Joe Dispenza

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Gary Sycalik

Gary Sycalik has been described as an entrepreneur, businessman, project developer/manager, consultant/advisor, organizational troubleshooter, strategic planner, facilitator, futurist, business and social architect, complex problematic game designer (policy, strategic, tactic levels) and writer. Gary brings a robust horizontal and vertical functional capability to any project from the conceptual to operational stage.

Kingsley L. Dennis Phd.

Kingsley L. Dennis, PhD, is a sociologist, researcher, and writer. He previously worked in the Sociology Department at Lancaster University, UK. Kingsley is the author of numerous articles on social futures; technology and new media communications; global affairs; and conscious evolution. He is the author of several critically acclaimed books including Healing the Wounded Mind, The Sacred Revival, The Phoenix Generation, New Consciousness for a New World, Struggle for Your Mind, After the Car, and the celebrated Dawn of the Akashic Age (with Ervin Laszlo). He has traveled extensively and lived in various countries. He currently lives in Andalusia, Spain.

 

His homepage is www.kingsleydennis.com

Penny Kelly

Penny Kelly is an author, teacher, speaker, publisher, personal and spiritual consultant, and Naturopathic physician. She travels, lectures, and teaches a variety of classes and workshops, and maintains a large consulting practice. She has been involved in scientific research and investigations into consciousness at Pinelandia Laboratory near Ann Arbor, MI.