Volume 10, Number 12 – 06/21/2007

FUTUREdition

Volume 10, Number 12
06/21/2007
Edited by John L. Petersen
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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…

  • A 50-ton bowhead whale caught last month had a weapon fragment embedded in its neck that showed it survived a similar hunt – more than a century ago.
  • Researchers have detected DNA variations that underlie seven common diseases, discovering unexpected links between them.
  • More than two million people in Wuxi, China were left without clean tap water to drink or wash in due to a putrid algae growth choking Taihu lake.
  • A Prius charging it’s battery from a solar collector integrated into its roof? Yes.

NEW REALITIES

Scientists Report Virgin Shark Birth
Radio ‘Screams’ Forecast Dangerous Solar Storms
Scientists Convert the Sequence of Proteins into Music
19th-Century Weapon Found in Whale

Scientists Report Virgin Shark Birth – (CNN – May 23, 2007)
http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/science/05/23/virgin.sharks.ap/index.html
Female sharks can fertilize their own eggs and give birth without sperm from males, according to a new study of the asexual reproduction of a hammerhead shark in a U.S. zoo. Asexual reproduction is common in some insect species, rarer in reptiles and fish, and has never been documented in mammals. The list of animals documented as capable of this has grown along with the numbers being raised in captivity — but until now, sharks were not considered a likely candidate.

Radio ‘Screams’ Forecast Dangerous Solar Storms (Space.com – May 29, 2007)
http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/070529_solar_news.html
Speedy solar storms carrying a billion tons of charged gas through space let out a thunderous scream before they unleash satellite-stopping radiation storms that slam into Earth’s magnetic field. This finding could give astronauts and engineers forewarning of a type of coronal mass ejection (CME) capable of showering Earth, spacecraft and space travelers with damaging radiation.

Scientists Convert the Sequence of Proteins into Music – (Remote Viewer – May 21, 2007)
http://www.remoteviewer.nu/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=3805
UCLA molecular biologists have turned protein sequences into original compositions of classical music. Similar amino acids are paired together and chords and chord variations are used for each amino acid. Each component of the music indicates a specific characteristic of the protein. The rhythm is dictated by the protein sequence. On the biologists’ website ( www.mimg.ucla.edu/faculty/miller_jh/gene2music/examples.html), you can listen to the compositions and even submit your own genetic sequence and have it translated to music.

19th-Century Weapon Found in Whale – (Yahoo News – June 13, 2007)
http://news.aol.com/topnews/articles/_a/19th-century-weapon-found-in
-whale/20070612222209990001?ncid=NWS00010000000001

A 50-ton bowhead whale caught off the Alaskan coast last month had a weapon fragment embedded in its neck that showed it survived a similar hunt – more than a century ago. Embedded deep under its blubber was a 3 1/2-inch arrow-shaped projectile that has given researchers insight into the whale’s age, estimated between 115 and 130 years old.


GENTICS/HEALTH TECHNOLOGY

Scientists Apply for First Patent on Synthetic Life Form
Virtual Human Puts Doctors Inside Their Patients
Brain Cancer Successfully Treated with Electrical Field
Search Engine Aims to Google Your Genes
Scientists Make Stem Cells from Skin of Mice Instead of Embryos
Researchers Detect Variations in DNA That Underlie Seven Common Disease

Scientists Apply for First Patent on Synthetic Life Form – (Wired – June 7, 2007)
http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2007/06/scientists_appl.html
Scientists at the J. Craig Venter Institute have applied for a U.S. patent on a minimal bacterial genome that they built themselves. According to the patent application, it’s “a minimal set of protein-coding genes which provides the information required for replication of a free-living organism in a rich bacterial culture medium.” A patent expert writes, “We think these monopoly claims signal the start of a high-stakes commercial race to synthesize and privatize synthetic life forms.”

Virtual Human Puts Doctors Inside Their Patients – (Reuters – May 23, 2007)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/virtual_human_dc
Canadian researchers have developed the most detailed model of a human yet, a movable “4D” image that doctors can use to plan complex surgery or show patients what ailments look like inside their bodies. Called CAVEman, the larger-than-life computer image encompasses more than 3,000 distinct body parts, all viewed in a booth that gives the image height, width and depth. CAVEman also plots the passage of time — the fourth “D.”

Brain Cancer Successfully Treated with Electrical Field – (Press Esc – May 29, 2007)
http://pressesc.com/01180456249_brain_cancer_electric_field
A device that specifically targets rapidly growing cancer cells with intermediate frequency electrical fields, called Tumor-Treating Fields (TTFields), has doubled the survival rates of patients with brain cancer. It uses electrical fields to disrupt tumor growth by interfering with cell division of cancerous cells, causing them to stop proliferating and die off instead of dividing and growing. Healthy brain cells rarely divide and have different electrical properties than cancerous brain cells. This allows the device to target cancer cells without affecting the healthy cells.

Search Engine Aims to Google Your Genes – (Times Online – May 24, 2007)
http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/the_web/article1832165.ece
Google has expanded its mission to lay bare the world’s information by investing in 23andMe, a company set up by its co-founder’s wife that lets users trawl their genetic profile online. The move comes as Google, keen to present itself as a benign Big Brother, radically extends its efforts to build precise profiles of online consumers to target advertising campaigns more precisely.

Scientists Make Stem Cells from Skin of Mice Instead of Embryos – (Medical News Today – June 7, 2007)
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/healthnews.php?newsid=73381
Three separate groups of scientists working in Japan and the US have used skin cells from adult mice to make cells that are inidistinguishable from embryonic stem cells. Scientists all over the world are now racing to replicate the remarkably simple method in humans, and if successful it could one day lessen or remove the need to use embryos.

Researchers Detect Variations in DNA That Underlie Seven Common Diseases – (NY Times – June 7, 2007)
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/07/health/07disease.html?ei=5070&en=a39dd9e89e315288&ex=
1182484800&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1182351092-rCLMBfPLW4k7EKqsuumdVg

Applying a new genomic technique to a large group of patients, researchers in Britain have detected DNA variations that underlie seven common diseases, discovering unexpected links between them. The seven diseases are bipolar disorder, coronary artery disease, Crohn’s disease, hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis, and Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.


INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Google Zooms in Too Close for Some
Livescribe
Microsoft Surface Brings Computing to the Table
Talking Paper Made by Scientist

Google Zooms in Too Close for Some – (New York Times – June 2, 2007)
http://money.aol.com/news/articles/_a/google-zooms-in-too-close-for-some/
20070601125709990001?ncid=NWS00010000000001

A new feature in Google’s map service is called Street View. Type in your address and you may see a street-level view of your building – and even what’s visible through your windows. It’s not available for all addresses yet but it raises questions about where you draw the line between taking public photos and zooming in on people’s lives.

Livescribe – (Company website – no date)
http://www.livescribe.com/sneakpeek/index.html#
The Livescribe is a paper-based computing platform – the combination of a smartpen, paper, software applications, and development tools that may be available around the end of the year. The smartpen will be less than $200. Additional dot paper will be available at prices comparable to standard paper products. Click on the animations to get a sneak peek.

Microsoft Surface Brings Computing to the Table – (Seattle Pi – May 30, 2007)
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/317737_msftdevice30.html
One of Microsoft Corp.’s biggest secrets looks like a normal coffee table until it’s switched on. After years of covert development, Microsoft says it will release a computer that uses the tabletop as its high-resolution display, recognizes objects placed on the surface and skips the traditional keyboard and mouse in favor of fingers on the screen.

Talking Paper Made by Scientists – (BBC News – June 5, 2007)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6723475.stm
Researchers from Mid Sweden University have constructed an interactive paper billboard that emits recorded sound in response to a user’s touch. The key to the billboard’s capabilities is a layer of digital paper embedded with electronics. This is printed with conductive inks, which, when pressed, relay information to a micro-computer that contains recorded audio files.


ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

Sex-Changing Chemicals Can Wipe Out Fish
Mysterious Eggs Baffling Scientists
Antarctic Glaciers Flowing Faster, Adding to Rise in Sea Levels
China Shuts Down Plants on Polluted Lake
U.S. Adopts Limits on Clean Water Law Enforcemen

Sex-Changing Chemicals Can Wipe Out Fish – (National Geographic 0 May 21, 2007)
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/05/070521-sex-fish.html
Tiny amounts of the estrogen used in birth control pills can cause wild fish populations to collapse, according to a new study. The finding raises concern about even low levels of estrogen in municipal wastewater, Male fish exposed to the hormone become feminized—they produce the same proteins that female fish do to develop eggs. Some males even develop eggs in their testes.

Mysterious Eggs Baffling Scientists – (KOTV Tulsa – May 24, 2007)
http://www.kotv.com/news/local/story/?id=127955
In Lake Eufaula, Oklahoma scientists are finding blue catfish that look perfectly healthy on the outside, but some female blue catfish have turned out to have discolored eggs. Normally yellow or cream-colored, a few fish had purple eggs. Scientists were baffled and still are.

Antarctic Glaciers Flowing Faster, Adding to Rise in Sea Levels – (Yahoo News – June 5, 2007)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070605/sc_afp/g8climateantarcticglaciersbritainscience
A British Antarctic Survey reported a 12% increase in the speed of over 300 glaciers monitored by satellite between 1993 and 2003. It is already accepted that global warming is causing more snow to melt in the Antarctic summer and that coastal ice shelves are retreating. The new study found that the glaciers picked up speed as they headed towards the sea. As they thinned, their meltwater acted as a lubricant between the ice and the underlying rock bed, reducing friction.

China Shuts Down Plants on Polluted Lake – (Yahoo News – June 5, 2007)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070605/sc_afp/chinaenvironment
Authorities have ordered heavily polluting industries around China’s third largest freshwater lake to close after drinking water for millions of people was contaminated. More than two million people in Wuxi city in the eastern province of Jiangsu were left without clean tap water to drink or wash in due to a putrid algae growth choking Taihu lake, once renowned for its scenic beauty. Extra water from China’s longest river, the Yangtze, was being diverted into the lake to dilute the pollution, while boats have already removed up to 6,000 tons of algae.

U.S. Adopts Limits on Clean Water Law Enforcement – (Reuters – June 5, 2007)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070605/us_nm/usa_environment_water_dc
The landmark U.S. law to fight water pollution will now apply only to bodies of water large enough for boats to use, and their adjacent wetlands, and will not automatically protect streams according to the U.S. government. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers wrote the new guidelines after the Supreme Court split a year ago in a case about which waters fall under the Clean Water Act.


AUGMENTED/ARTICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Baby Robot That Can Walk, Talk and Feel – (Daily Mail – June 7, 2007)
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/technology/technology.html?in_article_id=460015&in_page_id=1965
Covered in a grey putty-like silicone skin the baby bot can roll around and ‘speak’. It can even take a few steps if encouraged enough. It has 197 tactile sensors embedded in its outer layer and 51 compressed air-powered actuators, which allow it to react to touch.


ENERGY DEVELOPMENTS

Cheaper Solar Power Heads Mainstream
Enzymatic Production of Hydrogen from Biomass at High Yields
Turbine Goes Against the Flow
Solar Electric Vehicles
Live Fuels
40% Efficient Solar Cells to be Used for Solar Electricity
Diesel Cars are Coming Back
Leading Scientists and Thinkers on Energy – Dennis M. Bushnell
A Sound Way to Turn Heat into Electricity
A Wirelessly Powered Light Bulb

Cheaper Solar Power Heads Mainstream – (Yahoo News – May 22, 2007)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070522/sc_nm/solar_costs_worldwatch_dc
Solar is the fastest growing energy source, but still provides less than 1% of the world’s electricity, in part because its power can cost homeowners twice as much as power from the grid. But costs could fall 40% in the next few years as polysilicon becomes more available. Two major trends will accelerate the growth of photovoltaics: the development of advanced technologies, and the emergence of China as a low-cost producer.

Enzymatic Production of Hydrogen from Biomass at High Yields – (Green Car Congress – May 23, 2007)
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2007/05/researchers_dev_1.html
Researchers have developed a novel method using multiple enzymes as a catalyst for the direct, low-cost production of hydrogen from biomass. They use a combination of 13 enzymes to form an unnatural enzymatic pathway to completely convert polysaccharides—e.g., starch and cellulose—and water into hydrogen at a yield higher than the theoretical yield of biological hydrogen fermentations.

Turbine Goes Against the Flow – (PESwiki – no date)
http://peswiki.com/index.php/Directory:Neo-AeroDynamic
The patent-pending, Neo-Aerodynamic harnesses torque from both kinetic and pneumatic energy of the fluid flow (wind or water). Since the ‘lift’ forces are caused by artificial flow of the fluid (air/wind) around the center of the turbine, the turbine’s worst enemy — turbulence — is neutralized. The efficiencies are high enough to make this turbine design economically competitive with fossil-fuel-generated electricity and it functions well in low wind areas, making it ideal for city/urban roof top and back yard settings, requiring no tower.

Solar Electric Vehicles – (Company website – no date)
http://www.solarelectricalvehicles.com/
A Prius with a solar collector on its roof? Yes. This company makes a solar charging system for hybrid electric vehicles that provides increased electric driving range and improved fuel economy. The system was designed and engineered as an easy to install (2 to 3 hours) integrated accessory system with a custom molded low profile solar module, supplemental battery pack and a proven charge controlling system.

Live Fuels – (Company website – no date)
http://www.livefuels.com/
Live Fuels is a national alliance of labs and scientists dedicated to transforming algae into biocrude by the year 2010. Theoretically, algae can yield 1,000 to 20,000 gallons of oil per acre. Theoretically, the U.S. could grow enough algae on 20 million acres to replace imported oil. LiveFuels is working to make this a reality.

40% Efficient Solar Cells to be Used for Solar Electricity – (PhysOrg – June 1, 2007)
http://www.physorg.com/news99904887.html
Most conventional solar cells are one-sun, single-junction silicon cells that use only the light intensity that the sun produces naturally, and have optimal efficiency for a relatively narrow range of photon energies. A new design employs multijunction solar cells that use high intensities of sunlight, the equivalent of 100s of suns, concentrated by lenses or mirrors. Significantly, the multijunction cells can also use the broad range of wavelengths in sunlight much more efficiently than single-junction cells.

Diesel Cars are Coming Back – (CNN Money – June 5, 2007)
http://money.cnn.com/2007/05/01/autos/diesels/
With rising gas prices, diesel cars and SUVs are gearing up for a major American comeback after a brief appearance 25 years ago. Today, half the cars sold in Europe are diesels that are virtually indistinguishable from their gasoline-burning siblings. Except they use a lot less fuel.

Leading Scientists and Thinkers on Energy – Dennis M. Bushnell – (Evolution Shift – May 29, 2007)
http://www.evolutionshift.com/blog/2007/05/29/leading-scientists-and-thinkers-on-
energy-%e2%80%93-dennis-m-bushnell/

Dennis M. Bushnell is Chief Scientist, NASA, Langley Research Center. In this interview with him, he discusses two global warming issues, one related to CO2/Atmospheric Composition and one which is not yet on the societal radar screen associated with the waste heat attendant to human energy utilization. Dr. Bushnell will speak at The Arlington Institute on September 11, 2007.

A Sound Way to Turn Heat into Electricity – (Univ. of Utah – June 4, 2007)
http://www.unews.utah.edu/p/?r=053007-1
University of Utah physicists have developed small devices that turn heat into sound and then into electricity. The technology holds promise for changing waste heat into electricity, harnessing solar energy and cooling computers and radars. The devices could be used within two years as an alternative to photovoltaic cells for converting sunlight into electricity.

A Wirelessly Powered Light Bulb – (MIT Technology Review – June 8, 2007)
http://www.technologyreview.com/Energy/18836/
It’s possible to wirelessly power a 60-watt light bulb sitting about two meters away from a power source. Using a remarkably simple setup – basically consisting of two metal coils – they have demonstrated, for the first time, that it is feasible to efficiently send that much power over such a distance. The experiment paves the way for wirelessly charging batteries in laptops, mobile phones, and music players, as well as cutting the electric cords on household appliances



GLOBAL EPIDEMIC

Meat Packer Clashes With Feds Over Inspections
Cancer Expected to Skyrocket in Asia

Meat Packer Clashes With Feds Over Inspections – (Consumer Affairs – May 30, 2007)
http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2007/05/mad_cow_tests.html
A meat packer in Kansas, Creekstone Farms, wants to test all of its cows for Mad Cow Disease but the U.S. Department of Agriculture is trying to stop them. Under current regulations, USDA tests less than one % of all slaughtered cows for the disease, which can be fatal if meat from affected animals is ingested by humans. To prevent that, Creekstone Farms has announced its intention to test every cow moving through its plant. But the federal government has taken the company to court to try to stop it.

Cancer Expected to Skyrocket in Asia – (Washington Post – May 31, 2007)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/31/AR2007053101821.html
Asia is bracing for a dramatic surge in cancer rates over the next decade as people in the developing world live longer and adopt bad Western habits that greatly increase the risk of the disease. Smoking, drinking and eating unhealthy foods, all linked to various cancers, will combine with larger populations and fewer deaths from infectious diseases to drive Asian cancer rates up 60% by 2020, some experts predict.


TERRORISM, SECURITY AND THE FUTURE OF WARFARE

Bush Grants Presidency Extraordinary Powers
US Military Begins Planning for Avian Flu Pandemic
Contingencies for Nuclear Terrorist Attack

Bush Grants Presidency Extraordinary Powers – (World Net Daily – May 23, 2007)
http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=55825
President Bush has signed a directive granting extraordinary powers to the office of the president in the event of a declared national emergency, apparently without congressional approval or oversight. The directive establishes under the office of the president a new national continuity coordinator whose job is to make plans for “National Essential Functions” of all federal, state, local, territorial and tribal governments, as well as private sector organizations to continue functioning under the president’s directives in the event of a national emergency. For specifics, please see: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/05/20070509-12.html

US Military Begins Planning for Avian Flu Pandemic – (Sanders Research Associates – May 13, 2007)
http://sandersresearch.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1225&Itemid=104
The US military has begun to plan for a possible avian flu pandemic that could kill as many as three million people in the United States in as little as six weeks, according to a Pentagon planning document. The Defense Department’s “Implementation Plan for Pandemic Influenza,” which was posted on a Pentagon website, lays out guidelines and planning assumptions for US military services and combatant commands. “A pandemic in the United States could result in 20-35 percent of the population becoming ill, three percent being hospitalized, and a fatality rate of one percent,” the document said in a section on “planning assumptions.”

Contingencies for Nuclear Terrorist Attack – (San Francisco Chronicle – May 11, 2007)
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/05/11/MNG2OPP22R1.DTL
As concerns grow that terrorists might attack a major American city with a nuclear bomb, a high-level group of government and military officials has been quietly preparing an emergency survival program that would include the building of bomb shelters, steps to prevent panicked evacuations and the possible suspension of some civil liberties. Last month senior government and military officials and other experts, organized by a joint Stanford-Harvard program called the Preventive Defense Project, met behind closed doors in Washington for a day-long workshop. Perhaps the most sobering issue discussed was the possibility of a chaotic, long-term crisis triggered by fears that the attackers might have more bombs. Such uncertainty could sow panic nationwide.


CONTACT AND THE EXPLORATION OF SPACE

Ex-Astronaut Says NASA Asteroid Report Flawed – (Space.com – May 27, 2007)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/space/20070527/sc_space/exastronautsaysnasaasteroidreportflawed
Russell “Rusty” Schweickart, the lunar module pilot for the Apollo 9 mission, called a recently issued NASA report on Earth-threatening asteroids, “flawed” and “not valid.” Schweickart noted that Earth impacts of huge space rocks are rare – but next year is the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Siberia-smacking Tunguska event of a 45 to 50 meter diameter asteroid. “Had it hit a couple of hours later it might have wiped out London or Moscow…instead it wiped out 2,000 square kilometers of Siberia forest and maybe a few reindeer,” Schweickart observed.


JUST FOR FUN

Jaw-dropping Photosynth Demo – (TED – May, 2007)
Hubble Footage (Hubble site – no date)

Jaw-dropping Photosynth Demo – (TED – May, 2007)
http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/view/id/129
Using photos of oft-snapped subjects (such as Notre Dame cathedral) scraped from around the Web, this short video demonstrates Photosynth (based on Seadragon) technology to create multidimensional spaces with zoom and navigation features that outstrip all expectation. It permits a composite visual image of something to be assembled by creating what are essentially content-based hyperlinks between all the images of the item (person/place/thing) available throughout the internet.

Hubble Footage (Hubble site – no date)
http://hubblesite.org/gallery/album/tours/
Hubble’s “Image Tours” show you Hubble pictures through an astronomer’s eyes, pinpointing and explaining key features. Point and click through these interactive images to add understanding to the joy of cosmic sightseeing. Take an armchair tour of the Tadpole Gallaxy, the Helix Nebula, the Eagle Nebula and six others; the beauty of the universe is astonishing.



FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH – articles off the beaten track which may – or may not – have predictive value

Hydrated Fullerenes-The Elixir of Life?
The Goods on Goodling and the Keys to the Kingdom

Hydrated Fullerenes-The Elixir of Life? (Smart Economy – May 31, 2007)
http://smarteconomy.typepad.com/smart_economy/2007/05/hydro_fullerene.html
Ukrainian researchers have been working on the real life nanotech equivalent the “elixir of life”: hydrated fullerenes. Nobel Laureate, Sir H.W. Kroto, the co-discoverer of fullerene, commenting on the Ukrainian research wrote: “…Thank you very much for your very interesting paper on the water solubility of fullerenes. It looks like a very important advance, in particular for pharmaceutical applications. I do hope that it turns out to be a major step forward…. “

The Goods on Goodling and the Keys to the Kingdom – (TruthOut – May 24, 2007)
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/052507J.shtml
In her opening testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, Monica Goodling, assistant to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and Department of Justice Liaison to the White House, dropped The Big One… and the Committee members didn’t even know it. Goodling testified that Gonzales’ Chief of Staff, Kyle Sampson, perjured himself, lying to the committee in earlier testimony. The lie: Sampson denied Monica had told him about Tim Griffin’s “involvement in ‘caging’ voters” in 2004.


A FINAL QUOTE…

The illiterate of the future will not be the person who cannot read. It will be the person who does not know how to learn. – Alvin Toffler


A special thanks to Bernard Calil, Ken Dabkowski, Free Energy News, Neil Freer, Ursula Freer, Trevor Goldstein, Humera Khan, KurzweilAI, Sher Patterson-Black, Diane C. Petersen, Chris Robinson, the Schwartzreport, Joel Snell and Adrian Taylor, our contributors to this issue. If you see something we should know about, do send it along – thanks.
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Regina Meredith

As Regina’s career progressed, so did her decades long exploration into the world of esoteric and hidden sciences – the reality beyond the 5 sense world. Guidance from these realms suggested it was time to bring her skill set to the world of video/televised media, so in late 2004, along with her husband Scott, she co-created ‘Conscious Media Network’, the first online network to feature full length original video interviews with authors and experts in the realms of the meta-physical, healing arts and alternative theories, opening up a world that many had experienced but never had access to on this scale.

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.