Volume 10, Number 15 – 08/01/2007

Volume 10, Number 15
08/01/2007
Edited by John L. Petersen
[email protected]

See past issues in the Archives

In This Issue:

Punctuations – John L. Petersen
TAI Presents: Dr. Dennis Bushnell on September 11, 2007
The Singularity Summit – September 8 & 9, 2007
The Buckminsterfuller Challenge – entries accepted September 4 through October 30, 2007
Future Facts – From Think Links
Think Links – The Future in the News…Today
A Final Quote

 



PUNCTUATIONS
 – John L. Petersen, editor

It’s interesting to think about how this world might change in the face of the multi-faceted, global disruption that appears on the horizon. That’s specifically what we’re trying to do here at TAI in our project to build a “strategy for the future of humanity”, for which I’m now running around chasing funding. If the paradigm changes, the thinking is obviously going to change – but what do you do about the left over “stuff” – like tanks and armored personnel carriers. Do you just trash it all, or is there a better, more benign use for such things?

It might be hard to dream up the plowshares equivalent to a big artillery piece, but there are some major icons of the old (present) world that just might be adaptable. Tony Judge just checked in from Europe with a fascinating, provocative, irreverent, and rather humorous proposal: From ESCHELON in NOLEHCE: Enabling a Strategic Conversion to a Faith-based Global Brain. http://www.laetusinpraesens.org/musings/nolehce.php I commend it to you.



TAI Presents Dennis Bushnell

Air Force Association Building, 4th Floor
1501 Lee Highway
Arlington, VA 22209
RSVP: [email protected]

Dr. Dennis Bushnell is the Chief Scientist at NASA Langley Research Center. With over 43 years experience as Research Scientist, Section Head, Branch Head, Associate Division Chief and Chief Scientist, his specialties include Flow Modeling and Control across the Speed Range, Advanced Configuration Aeronautics, Aeronautical Facilities and Hypersonic Airbreathing Propulsion. In fact, he is a Renaissance thinker who speaks from a unique – and uniquely informed – perspective. Join us on September 11, 2007 at 5:00pm to hear Dr. Bushnell describe the future he sees us rapidly approaching. Free and open to the public. Seating is limited; please RSVP.



The Singularity Summit


The Singularity Summit
 – Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity

The Singularity Summit 2007 will be held on September 8th-9th at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in San Francisco. Tickets for the two-day event can be purchased online for the extremely low price of $50, which even includes two lunches, a Saturday night reception, and extensive audience participation. The theme is “Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity.” Some of the fascinating questions to be explored include: “What are the major challenges to achieving advanced AI? What are the benefits and dangers? How far are we from self-improving AI? How should we prepare for this potentially powerful innovation?”

“Advanced AI has the potential to impact every aspect of human life. We are in a crucial window of opportunity where we have temporary but powerful leverage to influence the outcome,” said Tyler Emerson, chair of the summit and executive director of the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence. “Only a small group of scientists are aware of the central issues. It is essential to expand discussion of this critical 21st century issue, which is why I have created the summit.”

Peter Thiel, PayPal Cofounder, Clarium Capital President, and Facebook’s initial investor, will MC the summit and also present his new ideas on financial markets and the Singularity. “It’s clear that the term ‘AI’ means a lot of different things,” said Thiel. “It’s one of these terms that has been bandied about a great deal, and has been misused a lot. It has been predicted for a long time that AI is right around the corner, and it’s taking longer than many people thought it would, with many disappointments along the way. However, it’s clear that there’s a massive set of issues happening, and people who don’t think that there’s something important going on are living in a delusional fantasy, and need to wake up.”

For further information, please see: http://www.singinst.org/summit2007/

Note from John Petersen: This promises to be a rather extraordinary event that parallels the interests of many FUTUREdition readers. The program line-up is superb, the subject is important, San Francisco is nice . . . and it’s certainly affordable. I, for one, will definitely be attending.



The Buckminsterfuller Challenge
 – http://challenge.bfi.org/

Each year a distinguished jury will award a single $100,000 prize to support the development and implementation of a solution that has the potential to solve humanity’s most pressing problems in the shortest possible time while enhancing the Earth’s ecological integrity. The Buckminsterfuller Challenge sponsored by the Institute bearing his name seeks submissions of design science solutions within a broad range of human endeavor that will exemplify the “trimtab principle”. Trimtabs demonstrate how small amounts of energy and resources precisely applied at the right time and place can produce maximum advantageous change. Entries accepted from September 4 – October 30, 2007. For further details, please contact the Buckminsterfuller Institute at [email protected] or by telephone at 718-290-9283.


FUTURE FACTS – FROM THINK LINKS
DID YOU KNOW THAT…

  • RFID hacking – five tales of how easy it is.
  • A three-foot increase in sea level could turn at least 60 million people into refugees.
  • A bionic hand has been created with thumb and fingers that can move and grip just like a human hand and are controlled by the patient’s mind and muscles.
  • Scientists have discovered a way to levitate ultra-small objects.


INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE

The Millennium Project
With Tools on Web, Amateurs Reshape Mapmaking
Online Contracts with the Force of Law

The Millennium Project – (Millennium Project website – 2007)
http://www.acunu.org/millennium/mpflyer-2007.html
The Millennium Project publishes the annual “State of the Future” report, an extraordinary overview of global prospects for civilization which includes futures intelligence on technology, environment, governance, ethics, human and international development – what the educated person should know in the global era. The print edition is an executive summary of the 6,000 page CD covering 15 major global issues. It may be ordered at http://www.acunu.org/millennium/sof2007.html

With Tools on Web, Amateurs Reshape Mapmaking – (New York Times – July 26, 2007)
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/27/technology/27maps.html?ex=1187323200&en
=cd9181f3bc89d77d&ei=5070

With the help of simple tools introduced by Internet companies recently, millions of people are trying their hand at cartography, drawing on digital maps and annotating them with text, images, sound and videos. In the process, they are reshaping the world of mapmaking and collectively creating a new kind of atlas that is likely to be both richer and messier than any other. They are also turning the Web into a medium where maps will play a more central role in how information is organized and found.

Online Contracts with the Force of Law – (Money – August 2, 2007)
http://money.cnn.com/magazines/business2/business2_archive/2007/08/01/100138810/
index.htm?postversion=2007080209

Even this far into the digital age, one vital part of business remains stubbornly analog: the legal contract. Internet-based, do-it-yourself contracts tend to be relegated to the level of eBay sales – and even they are notoriously difficult to enforce if something goes awry. Now a Spanish startup called Negonation hopes to raise the profile of the online contract – and disrupt the entire legal landscape in the process.


NEW REALITIES

Is Dark Energy Lurking in Hidden Spatial Dimensions?
A Day in the Life of Oscar the Cat

Is Dark Energy Lurking in Hidden Spatial Dimensions? – (New Scientist – July 13, 2007)
http://space.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn12261
The mysterious cosmic presence called dark energy, which is accelerating the expansion of the universe, might be lurking in hidden dimensions of space. The idea would explain how these dimensions remain stable – a big problem for the unified scheme of physics called string theory.

A Day in the Life of Oscar the Cat – (New England Journal of Medicine – July 23, 2007)
http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/357/4/328
Oscar is a two-year old cat who lives on the third floor of the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Providence, Rhode Island. The third floor is the nursing home’s advanced dementia unit. Since he was adopted by staff members as a kitten, Oscar has had an uncanny ability to predict when residents are about to die. Thus far, he has presided over the deaths of more than 25 residents. His mere presence at the bedside is viewed by physicians and nursing home staff as an almost absolute indicator of impending death, allowing staff members to adequately notify families. Oscar has also provided companionship to those who would otherwise have died alone


GENTICS/HEALTH TECHNOLOGY

Making Mice Fat or Thin with an Injection
Who’s Minding the Mind?
New Molecular Switch for Genes
The Future of Medicine: Insert Chip, Cure Disease?
Stem Cells May Mend a Broken Heart

Making Mice Fat or Thin with an Injection – (Diabetes Health – July 30, 2007)
http://www.diabeteshealth.com/read/2007/07/30/5339.html
Stressed mice get fat, according to a study done at Georgetown University Medical Center. Stress activates a neurotransmitter called Neuropeptide Y (NPY) to bind to its receptor, called Neuropeptide Y Receptor (Y2R), in fat tissue, causing the fat cells to swell in both size and number and leading to apple-shaped obesity and metabolic syndrome. By injecting mice with NPY, the researchers were able to generate fat in mice wherever they wanted it. And by injecting Y2R blocker into the mice’s abdominal fat, they were able to shrink the fat accumulation by 50% in two weeks and eliminate the metabolic syndrome. Eventually using an NPY injection might build fat in wrinkled lips and using a Y2R injection might melt away human fat without surgery.

Who’s Minding the Mind? – (New York Times – July 31, 2007)
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/31/health/psychology/31subl.html?_r=1&adxnnl=1&
pagewanted=1&adxnnlx=1186093413

New studies have found that people tidy up more thoroughly when there’s a faint tang of cleaning liquid in the air; they become more competitive if there’s a briefcase in sight, or more cooperative if they glimpse words like “dependable” and “support” — all without being aware of the change, or what prompted it. More fundamentally, the new studies reveal a subconscious brain that is far more active, purposeful and independent than previously known. Goals, whether to eat, mate or devour an iced latte, are like neural software programs that can only be run one at a time, and the unconscious is perfectly capable of running the program it chooses.

New Molecular Switch for Genes – (The Scientist – July 26, 2007)
http://www.the-scientist.com/news/home/53431/
Researchers have created a molecular switch that can reversibly turn any mammalian gene on or off and control its level of expression. Scientists have traditionally used three technologies to suppress gene expression, but all have limitations. But by combining the main elements of these three techniques into a single gene regulation system, they bring down expression to undetectable levels.

The Future of Medicine: Insert Chip, Cure Disease? – (Univ. of Florida – July 24, 2007)
http://news.ufl.edu/2007/07/24/brain-chip/
Researchers are developing devices that can interpret signals in the brain and stimulate neurons to perform correctly, advances that might someday make it possible for a tiny computer to fix diseases or even allow a paralyzed person to control a prosthetic device with his thoughts. The initial goal of the “neuroprosthetic” chip designed to be implanted in the brain is to correct conditions such as paralysis or epilepsy.

Stem Cells May Mend a Broken Heart – (New Scientist – July 29, 2007)
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn12376-stem-cells-may-mend-a-broken-heart.html
A study done on mice shows that stem cells play a limited, but significant role in repairing damaged hearts. However, it remains unclear whether it is heart cells that are doing the repair, or cells from elsewhere in the body. The most important question now is: can you identify the new pool of heart cells? Are they pre-existing immature cardiac muscle cells? Or are they [stem cells] from the heart or elsewhere in the body?


DISCOVERIES ENABLED BY NEW TECHNOLOGY

Star Soon to Become Supernova – (BBC News – July 23, 2007)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/5204676.stm
A star on the brink of exploding as a spectacular supernova has been glimpsed by international astronomers. The star flared up suddenly last February, briefly becoming 1,000 times brighter than normal. RS Ophiuchi is close to destroying itself in a nuclear explosion called a type 1a supernova. These are among the brightest phenomena in the Universe, radiating five billion times as much light as the Sun



INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Antique Engines Inspire Nano Chip
Building a Better Search Engine
Are Your Cell Phone and Laptop Bad for Your Health?
The RFID Hacking Underground

Antique Engines Inspire Nano Chip – (BBC News – July 24, 2007)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6912023.stm
The blueprint for a tiny, ultra-robust mechanical computer has been outlined by US researchers. The energy-efficient nano computer is inspired by ideas about computing first put forward nearly 200 years ago.

Building a Better Search Engine – (Technology Review – July 27, 2007)
http://www.technologyreview.com/Biztech/19109/?a=f
Powerset, Inc., based in San Francisco, is on the verge of offering an innovative natural-language search engine, based on linguistic research at the Palo Alto Research Center. Attempts have been made at natural-language search for decades, but Powerset says it has solved some of the fundamental technological problems that have existed with this kind of search.

Are Your Cell Phone and Laptop Bad for Your Health? – (AlterNet – July 31, 2007)
http://www.alternet.org/healthwellness/58354/
For years, opponents of cell towers and wireless technology have voiced concerns about potential health effects of electromagnetic fields. Once ridiculed as crackpots and Luddites, they’re starting to get backup from the scientific community. A growing number of scientists, along with a diverse collection of technology critics, are pointing out that our bodies constantly generate electrical pulses as part of their normal functioning. They maintain that incoming radiation from modern technology may be fouling those signals.

The RFID Hacking Underground – (Wired – May, 2007)
http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/14.05/rfid.html
Next-gen US passports and credit cards will contain RFIDs, and the medical industry is exploring the use of implantable chips to manage patients. According to the RFID market analysis, the push for digital inventory tracking and personal ID systems will expand the current annual market for RFIDs from $2.7 billion to as much as $26 billion by 2016. The downside is that using cheap technology, hackers can steal your smartcard, lift your passport, jack your car, even clone the chip in your arm. And you won’t feel a thing. 5 tales from the RFID-hacking underground.


ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

Clues to Rising Seas Are Hidden in Polar Ice
Sun’s Activity Rules out Link to Global Warming
The Truth Is, We Can’t Ignore the Sun
Polar Bears Deserting Unstable Ice to Give Birth
California’s Attack of the Jumbo Squid
Mighty Lake Superior Mystifies Scientists
Alarm over Indian Glacier’s Hasty Retreat

Clues to Rising Seas Are Hidden in Polar Ice – (Washington Post – July 16, 2007)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/15/AR200707
1500882.html?hpid=topnews

A three-foot increase in sea level could turn at least 60 million people into refugees, the World Bank estimates which is why ice sheet modelers are working furiously to try to unravel the mystery of how these sheets accumulate and lose mass. But while computer models now yield an increasingly sophisticated understanding of how a warming atmosphere would behave, such models have yet to fully encapsulate the complex processes that regulate ice sheet behavior.

Sun’s Activity Rules out Link to Global Warming – (New Scientist – July 14, 2007)
http://environment.newscientist.com/article/dn12234?DCMP=NLC-nletter&nsref=dn12234
Direct satellite measurements of solar activity show it has been declining since the mid-1980s and cannot account for recent rises in global temperatures, according to new research. The findings debunk an explanation for climate change that is often cited by people who are not convinced that greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are causing the Earth’s climate to warm.

The Truth Is, We Can’t Ignore the Sun – (Telegraph – July 15, 2007)
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2007/07/15/do1508.xml
The BBC report (in the link directly above) argues that while the sun had a significant effect on climate during most of the 20th century, its influence is currently dwarfed by human effects. It says that all known solar influences since about 1990 are downward and because global temperature has increased since then, the sun is not responsible. No. The research could prove the contrary. Using the global temperature data endorsed by the Inter-national Panel on Climate Change, one can reach a completely different conclusion. (FUTUREdition suggests you read both articles and draw your own conclusions.)

Polar Bears Deserting Unstable Ice to Give Birth – (New Scientist – July 13, 2007)
http://environment.newscientist.com/article/dn12256-polar-bears-deserting-
unstable-ice-to-give-birth.html

Pregnant polar bears build snow dens to protect new cubs from the Arctic winter. The researchers found that between 1985 and 1994, 62% of polar bear dens were built on sea ice – but that number dropped to 37% between 1998 and 2004. Pregnant females foraging offshore in summer must wait up to a month longer than they did just 10 years ago for new sea ice to form so they can travel to denning areas on land. Alternatively, they must swim ever greater expanses of open water to reach suitable land, or they must den on ice that may not be stable enough to survive the winter.

California’s Attack of the Jumbo Squid – (New Scientist – July 23, 2007)
http://environment.newscientist.com/channel/earth/dn12315?DCMP=NLC-nletter&nsref=dn12315
Ferocious, pack-feeding jumbo squid have invaded waters off California’s central coast and are devouring local fish populations. Researchers say global warming and overfishing are likely to blame. Humboldt or jumbo squid (Dosidicus gigas) first appeared off Monterey, California during an El Niño event which warmed waters in 1997. Since 2002 they have taken up permanent residence. The findings offer a striking look at how multiple human-induced environmental changes are affecting ocean ecosystems.

Mighty Lake Superior Mystifies Scientists – (AOL News – July 29 ,2007)
http://news.aol.com/story/_a/mighty-lake-superior-mystifies/20070729134609990001?
ncid=NWS00010000000001

Something seems amiss with mighty Superior, the deepest and coldest of the Great Lakes, which together hold nearly 20 percent of the world’s fresh surface water. Over the past year, its level has ebbed to the lowest point in eight decades and will set a record this fall if, as expected, it dips three more inches. Its average temperature has surged 4.5 degrees Fahrenheit since 1979, significantly above the 2.7-degree rise in the region’s air temperature during the same period. That’s no small deal for a freshwater sea that was created from glacial melt as the Ice Age ended and remains chilly in all seasons.

Alarm over Indian Glacier’s Hasty Retreat – (International Herald Tribune – July 17, 2007)
http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/07/17/news/glacier.php
At nearly 4,000 meters above sea level, in the shadow of a sharp Himalayan peak, a wall of black ice oozes in the sunshine. A tumbling stone breaks the silence of the mountains. Water gurgles under the ground, a sign that the Chorabari Glacier is melting from inside. Where it empties out – scientists call it the snout – a noisy, frothy stream rushes down to meet the River Ganges. Three years ago, the snout was roughly 27 meters, or 90 feet, from where it is now. On a map drawn in 1962, it was plotted 262 meters further away


AUGMENTED/ARTICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Lazy Robots Look More Natural on the Move
Milestone for Unique Bionic Hand

Lazy Robots Look More Natural on the Move – (New Scientist – July 15, 2007)
http://www.newscientisttech.com/article/dn12264-lazy-robots-look-more-natural-on-the-move.html
To make a robot to move more gracefully, “make it as lazy as possible”. Humans naturally minimize the energy used by our muscles. By applying the same energy-minimizing criteria to direct the way a computer model of a robot moves, researchers are able to produce motions with the robot that look very natural.

Milestone for Unique Bionic Hand – (BBC News – 17 July, 2007)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/edinburgh_and_east/6901231.stm
A highly functional bionic hand created by a Scottish inventor has gone on the market. The thumb and fingers can move and grip just like a human hand and are controlled by the patient’s mind and muscles. Among others, Juan Arredondo, from Texas, who lost his hand in Iraq in 2004, has been fitted with one of the hands. “Every day I have the hand, it surprises me,” he said. “Now I can pick up a Styrofoam cup without crushing it.


ENERGY DEVELOPMENTS

Exfoliation Produces Lighter, Cheaper Solar Cells
Our First Cellulosic Ethanol Plant
The Dark Side of Biofuels: Horror in the ‘Brazilian California’
Two Bacteria Better than One in Cellulose-fed Fuel Cell
Greenbox: Captures Carbon Dioxide to Make Biodiesel
MIT Duo See People-powered “Crowd Farm”
Blended-Wing Boeing Completes First Test Flight
Japan’s Hybrid Train Hailed as the Future of Rail Travel
Making Gasoline from Bacteria
Star Battery
Burning Saltwater for Fuel

Exfoliation Produces Lighter, Cheaper Solar Cells – (New Scientist – July 13, 2007)
http://www.newscientisttech.com/article/dn12257
An ultra-thin solar cell that could provide a cheaper, lighter alternative to existing devices has been made by replacing the relatively thick semiconductor substrate normally used in solar cells with a thin “wafer-bonded” substrate. Replacing the regular, thick indium phosphide substrate in solar cells with a very thin layer of the same material on top of a cheap, oxidized wafer of silicon – the wafer-bonded substrate – could reduce manufacturing costs by up to half.

Our First Cellulosic Ethanol Plant – (EcoGeek – July 13, 2007)
http://www.ecogeek.org/content/view/798/
The state of Georgia just granted Range Fuels a permit to create the first cellulosic ethanol plant in America. Cellulosic ethanol is ethanol that comes from cellulose instead of sugar. This is good because most plants don’t have a lot of sugar, but all plants have lots of cellulose. So, instead of using food crops, (like corn and sugar cane which have lots of sugar) to create fuel, we can use any crops, like mown grass clippings, fallen tree limbs or corn stalks (instead of corn ears) to create ethanol.

The Dark Side of Biofuels: Horror in the ‘Brazilian California’ – (Worldpress – July 23, 2007)
http://www.worldpress.org/print_article.cfm?article_id=2994&dont=yes
Brazil is staking its claim as a great emerging power thanks to the leadership it maintains in biofuel production. The price of this ambition is paid by the environment and by the cane cutters, who are the invisible characters in this story. Behind a great deal of “politically correct” jargon lurks a reality poised to destroy the Amazon, a reality that destroys millions of young bodies while it promises lucrative business to investors. The very name biofuels seems to be destined to foment confusion; its opponents prefer to the term “agrofuels” because the term refers to agriculturally produced energy.

Two Bacteria Better than One in Cellulose-fed Fuel Cell – (PhysOrg – July 27, 2007)
http://www.physorg.com/news104757951.html
No currently known bacteria that allow termites and cows to digest cellulose, can power a microbial fuel cell and those bacteria that can produce electrical current cannot eat cellulose. But careful pairing of bacteria can create a fuel cell that consumes cellulose and produces electricity, according to a team of Penn State researchers.

Greenbox: Captures Carbon Dioxide to Make Biodiesel – (Treehugger – July 20, 2007)
http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/07/greenbox_captur.php
It sounds like three Welsh fishing buddies have developed the next best thing to a perpetual motion machine. The concept is thus: Fitted to car instead of an exhaust their Greenbox device traps carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide. The box needs to be replaced about every full tank of fuel. “Through a chemical reaction, the captured gases from the box would be fed to algae, which would then be crushed to produce a bio-oil.

MIT Duo See People-powered “Crowd Farm” – (MIT News – July 25, 2007)
http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2007/crowdfarm-0725.html
Two graduate students at MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning want to harvest the energy of human movement in urban settings, like commuters in a train station or fans at a concert. The so-called “Crowd Farm,” would turn the mechanical energy of people walking or jumping into a source of electricity. Their proposal took first place in the Japan-based Holcim Foundation’s Sustainable Construction competition this year.

Blended-Wing Boeing Completes First Test Flight – (Aero Gizmo – July 30, 2007)
http://www.gizmag.com/go/7694/
Manufacturers like Boeing are moving beyond the “tube with wings and a tail” design in the push to improve fuel economy and the environmental impact for the next generation of jets. Inspired by “flying wing” designs from earlier decades like 1988’s B-2 Stealth bomber, the company has been collaborating with NASA to test the viability of a Blended Wing Body (BWB) aircraft, using a flat, wide body that tapers out to thin wing-tips and aims to strike an effective middle ground between the tube and flying wing designs.

Japan’s Hybrid Train Hailed as the Future of Rail Travel – (Independent – August 1, 2007)
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/asia/article2823100.ece
Looking like a slightly sleeker version of the mechanical warhorses that ferry millions of Japanese to work and school every day, the train might pass unnoticed by the keenest trainspotter. But inside it is quieter than a conventional train, thanks to a battery-powered motor that powers it at low speeds. Designed and run by the transport giant, Japan Rail, each 180-million-yen train is powered by a super fuel-efficient diesel engine and lithium-ion batteries that recharge every time the brakes are applied, a system that cuts power, noise and emissions by up to 60%.

Making Gasoline from Bacteria – (Technology Review – August 1, 2007)
http://www.technologyreview.com/Biztech/19128/
The biofuel of the future could well be gasoline. That’s the hope of one biotech startup that is coaxing bacteria into producing hydrocarbons that could be processed into fuels like those made from petroleum. To do this, the company is employing tools from the field of synthetic biology to modify the genetic pathways that bacteria, plants, and animals use to make fatty acids, one of the main ways that organisms store energy.

Star Battery – (ZPEnergy – August 4, 2007)
http://zpenergy.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=2495
According to Yury Zaitsev, an expert with the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Star Battery will dramatically change the way energy is both harnessed and stored. Yury says that the same material which generates almost 50% efficiency, can also be made into a ultracapacitor with nine hundred times the storage capacity of a car battery. These developments are made possibly, because of a process where gold nano-particles are imbedded into silicon, vastly improving their performance compared to tradition solar cells.

Burning Saltwater for Fuel – (EarthPulse – 2007)
http://www.earthpulse.com/src/category.asp?catid=14
This fascinating video clip reports on inventor John Kanzius who has discovered that saltwater can be burned using radio waves. The heat generated can be converted to mechanical energy and used to run machines.



GLOBAL EPIDEMIC

World Losing Fight Against Aids – (BBC News – July 23, 2007)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6911736.stm
Last year, 2.2 million people in the developing world had access to the anti-retroviral drugs that help treat the virus, compared with less than 300,000 people three years ago. But the ratio is that for every one person able to access drug therapy, six new people get infected. And in many parts of the developing world, effective prevention strategies such as condoms and sterile syringes are available to less than 15% of the population.


NANOTECHNOLOGY

Nanotubes Strengthen Artificial Muscles
Managing the Effects of Nanotechnology
Scientists Reveal Secret of Levitation

Nanotubes Strengthen Artificial Muscles – (New Scientist – July 14, 2007)
http://www.newscientisttech.com/article/dn12262
Best known as the ultra-strong material that might one day form the cables of a “space elevator” capable of raising people into Earth orbit, carbon nanotubes also have a springy side. The discovery that nanotubes keep bouncing back after being compressed repeatedly means this exotic form of carbon may be just the thing to give artificial muscles some extra strength.

Managing the Effects of Nanotechnology – (Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars – no date)
http://www.nanotechproject.org/file_download/30
Due to the unique nature of NT and the weakness of existing statutes, new laws may be appropriate to manage the potential risks of NT. This research paper explores evidence relevant to examining that question. Further, it is an excellent summary of the current state of nanotechnology research and industry.

Scientists Reveal Secret of Levitation – (ABC News – August 7, 2007)
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/08/07/1998155.htm
Scientists have discovered a ground-breaking way of levitating ultra small objects, which may revolutionize the design of micro-machines by manipulating so-called Casimir force, which normally causes objects to stick together by quantum force. Now British scientists say they can reverse the Casimir force to cause an object to repel rather than attract another in a vacuum, enabling micro or nano machines to run smoother and with less or no friction at all. The researchers stressed that the practice is possible only for micro-objects.



TERRORISM, SECURITY AND THE FUTURE OF WARFARE


Robot Air Attack Squadron Bound for Iraq
Current Nuclear Threat Worse than During Cold War
Gotham’s Sky Spies
Plague of Bioweapons Accidents Afflicts the US
U.S. Spy Satellite Declared Loss, to Drop from Orbit

Robot Air Attack Squadron Bound for Iraq – (Associated Press – July 15, 2007)
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20070715/D8QD61V80.html
The Reaper, a jet fighter powered by a turboprop engine, able to fly at 300 mph and reach 50,000 feet is outfitted with infrared, laser and radar targeting, and with a ton and a half of guided bombs and missiles. But there’s no one on board. Its pilot, as it bombs targets in Iraq, will sit at a video console 7,000 miles away in Nevada. The arrival of these outsized U.S. “hunter-killer” drones, in aviation history’s first robot attack squadron, will be a watershed moment even in an Iraq that has seen too many innovative ways to hunt and kill.

Current Nuclear Threat Worse than During Cold War – (RIA Novosti – July 20, 2007)
http://en.rian.ru/russia/20070719/69294610.html
The risks of an accidental nuclear war have increased since the Cold War as Russia’s early warning capability has deteriorated, a former U.S. defense official said. William J. Perry, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and co-Director of the Preventive Defense Project at Stanford University, said in a congressional testimony Wednesday that “the danger of nuclear war occurring by accident” still existed. “Both American and Russian missiles remain in a launch-on-warning mode and the inherent danger of this status is aggravated by the fact that the Russian warning system has deteriorated since the ending of the Cold War.”

Gotham’s Sky Spies – (US News and World Report – July 15, 2007)
http://www.usnews.com/usnews/news/articles/070715/23cctv.htm
Plans to network together thousands of private and public video surveillance cameras in New York City have been in the works for years. By the end of the year, the system may be a reality. When complete, it will incorporate 1,000 public and 2,000 private cameras, electronic license plate readers, and a 24-hour command center to monitor the many tireless electronic eyes. The system will also include remote-controlled movable barriers that could be used to isolate or redirect traffic in the event of an emergency. The new system carries an estimated price tag of $8 million for the first year.

Plague of Bioweapons Accidents Afflicts the US – (New Scientist – July 5, 2007)
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn12197-plague-of-bioweapons-accidents-
afflicts-the-us.html
Deadly germs may be more likely to be spread due to a biodefence lab accident than a biological attack by terrorists. There are now 20,000 people at 400 sites around the US working with putative bioweapons germs, 10 times more than before the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Plague, anthrax and Rocky Mountain spotted fever are among the bioweapons some experts fear could be used in a germ warfare attack against the US. But the public has had near-misses with those diseases and others over the past five years, ironically because of accidents in labs that were working to defend against bioterrorists. Even worse, they may be only the tip of an iceberg.

U.S. Spy Satellite Declared Loss, to Drop from Orbit – (Reuters – August 2, 2007)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070803/sc_nm/lockheed_satellite_dc
The National Reconnaissance Office has deemed an experimental U.S. spy satellite a total loss and will allow it to fall gradually out of orbit over the coming decades, said officials who asked not to be named. At some later date, it will burn up as it enters the earth’s atmosphere, posing no danger to people below, they said. They added that its failure was troubling, given that other countries were rapidly plowing ahead with development and launch of new capabilities, especially in the area of synthetic aperture radars. Synthetic aperture radars offer high-resolution and can pierce darkness and thick clouds to identify targets, even peering below the surface of the ground or peeking into foliage that might obstruct the view of photo-based sensors.



GLOBAL TRANSITION/2012

The Shift
Toward 2012

The Shift – (Lighthouse Films, Inc. – 2007)
http://theshiftmovie.com/index2.html
Many people sense that a significant change is “in the air;” one that is occurring worldwide, one that represents a hope for themselves, their children, and the world. The hope is that we might move, individually and collectively, away from actions which engender “lunacy” and towards actions which engender “harmony;” in health-care, energy, education, technology (which is applied science), foreign policy, business, politics; in general, human relations. A short video reflecting this can be seen at the website noted above.

Toward 2012 – (Postmodern Times – 2007)
Http://www.postmoderntimes.com/
This short film presents an interview with Daniel Pinchbeck, author of the best-selling book, 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl (Tarcher/Penguin, 2006) and a presenter at TAI last year. This film is the first film segment from Postmodern Times, which intends to create a series of short animated films presenting new ideas about global consciousness and techniques for social and ecological transformation.


CONTACT AND THE EXPLORATION OF SPACE

NASA Plans ‘Armageddon’ Spacecraft to Blast Asteroid – (Flight Global – August 3, 2007)
http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2007/08/03/215924/nasa-plans-armageddon-
spacecraft-to-blast-asteroid.html

NASA has designed a nuclear-warhead-carrying spacecraft, to be launched by the US agency’s Ares V cargo launch vehicle, to deflect an asteroid that could threaten all life on Earth. The 29 ft-long spacecraft would carry six 3,300lb missile-like interceptor vehicles that would carry one 1.2MT B83 nuclear warhead each. The spacecraft’s target near-Earth object (NEO) is the Apophis asteroid, which will pass by the Earth within the orbit of the Moon in April 2029.



DEMOGRAPHICS

The World Clock
Obesity Spreads in Social Circles as Trends Do
Thousands of Americans Heading North

The World Clock – (Poodwadle website – date is “now”)
http://www.poodwaddle.com/worldclock.swf
This disarmingly simple website will show you about fifty statistics on a global scale in roughly real time – either by year, month, week, day, or “now”. Did you want to know the approximate world population, the number of bicycles produced each week or the hectares of forest lost per month? This site will give you an answer – and it will also tell you the time and the date.

Obesity Spreads in Social Circles as Trends Do – (Washington Post – July 26, 2007)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/25/AR2007072501353.html
Obesity appears to spread from one person to another like a fad or a kind of social contagion, researchers reported in a study that helps explain – and could help fight – one of the nation’s biggest public health problems. The study, involving more than 12,000 people tracked over 32 years, found that social networks play a surprisingly powerful role in determining an individual’s chances of gaining weight, transmitting an increased risk of becoming obese from wives to husbands, from brothers to brothers and from friends to friends.

Thousands of Americans Heading North – (AOL News – August 2, 2007)
http://news.aol.com/story/_a/thousands-of-americans-heading-north/20070802035009990001?
ncid=NWS00010000000001

The number of U.S. citizens who moved to Canada last year hit a 30-year high, with a 20 percent increase over the previous year and almost double the number who moved in 2000. In 2006, 10,942 Americans went to Canada, compared with 9,262 in 2005 and 5,828 in 2000, according to a survey by the Association for Canadian Studies. Those numbers are outweighed by the number of Canadians going the other way. Yet, that imbalance is shrinking. Last year, 23,913 Canadians moved to the United States, a significant decrease from 29,930 in 2005


ECONOMIC INDICATORS

UN Warns It Cannot Afford to Feed the World
$100 Oil Price May Be Months Away
Prices for Key Foods are Rising Sharply
Learn from the Fall of Rome, US Warned
Debtonation: How Globalization Dies
No. 1 Home Lender Taps $11.5 Billion Line of Credit
No Time to Sit and Watch

UN Warns It Cannot Afford to Feed the World – (Financial Times – July 15, 2007)
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/7345310a-32fb-11dc-a9e8-0000779fd2ac.html
Rising prices for food have led the United Nations program fighting famine in Africa and other regions to warn that it can no longer afford to feed the 90million people it has helped for each of the past five years on its budget. It spent about $600m buying food in 2006. So far, the WFP has not cut its reach because of high commodities prices, but now says it could be forced to do so unless donor countries provide extra funds. This is increasing concerns about the impact of biofuel demand on food prices and how the world will continue to feed its expanding population.

$100 Oil Price May Be Months Away – (CIBC World Markets – July 23, 2007)
http://biz.yahoo.com/cnw/070718/cibc_oil_price_report.html?.v=1
Triple digit oil prices are on the horizon and may be permanent as major oil-producing countries in the developing (non-OECD) world reduce exports to meet soaring demand at home, according to a new report by CIBC (Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce) World Markets. The situation is intensifying the world’s oil supply gap which shows no sign of being filled anytime soon by new supplies or by rising prices that normally choke demand.

Prices for Key Foods are Rising Sharply – (McClatchy – August 14, 2007)
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/227/story/18902.html
The Labor Department’s most recent inflation data showed that U.S. food prices rose by 4.2 percent for the 12 months ending in July, but a deeper look at the numbers reveals that the price of milk, eggs and other essentials in the American diet are actually rising by double digits.
Already stung by a two-year rise in gasoline prices, American consumers now face sharply higher prices for foods they can’t do without.

Learn from the Fall of Rome, US Warned – (Financial Times – August 14, 2007)
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/80fa0a2c-49ef-11dc-9ffe-0000779fd2ac.html
The US government is on a ‘burning platform’ of unsustainable policies and practices with fiscal deficits, chronic healthcare underfunding, immigration and overseas military commitments threatening a crisis if action is not taken soon, the country’s top government inspector has warned. David Walker, comptroller general of the US, issued the unusually downbeat assessment of his country’s future in a report that lays out what he called “chilling long-term simulations”.

Debtonation: How Globalization Dies – (Open Democracy – August 15, 2007)
http://www.opendemocracy.net/article/globalisation/institutions_government/debtonation
9 August 2007, will go down in history as “debtonation day” – the beginning of the end of the deregulation and privatization of finance that marks the era of globalization. Commercial banks no longer trust the solvency of other banks, and so on 9 August, they effectively went on strike; i.e. stopped lending to each other, forcing central bankers (i.e. the US Federal Reserve Bank and its equivalents in Europe and Japan) to step in to provide lending to those that needed it. The central banks are in a bind: they have lost faith in the “invisible hand”, but have not yet dealt with the solvency issue.

No. 1 Home Lender Taps $11.5 Billion Line of Credit – (Washington Post – August 17, 2007)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/16/
AR2007081601122.html?wpisrc=newsletter

Countrywide Financial announced yesterday that it is using an entire $11.5 billion line of credit to ease its way through a severe global credit crunch, an ominous sign of how difficult it has become for the nation’s largest mortgage lender to borrow money to fund its loans. The credit line, 70% of which Countrywide has four or more years to repay, comes from a syndicate of the world’s 40 largest banks. “What’s spooked the market is the fact that these kinds of credit lines are something nobody expects will be drawn upon,” said Christopher Wolfe, a managing director at the credit-rating agency Fitch Ratings. “They’re kind of like an insurance policy that you never really use.”

No Time to Sit and Watch – (Washington Post – August 17, 2007)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/16/AR2007081602373.html
Commodity prices have begun to tumble in anticipation of a global economic slowdown. The yen has recorded its biggest jump against the dollar since 1998 as traders unwind a massive “carry trade” that for five years had allowed them to profit by borrowing at 2 percent in Japan and lending at higher rates in places like the United States or Australia. It’s to the point that Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank have withdrawn their offer to raise $1 billion for MGM studios to finance production of films including “The Hobbit” and the next “Terminator” and James Bond movies. You know that something is up when Hollywood studios can’t get financing for their next movies.



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

Bush Asserts a King’s Prerogative
California e-voting Machines Have More Holes than Swiss Cheese
Dark Powers, the Sequel
Emails Detail RNC Voter Suppression in Five States
Ohio’s 2004 Presidential Election Records Are Destroyed or Missing

Bush Asserts a King’s Prerogative – (Atlanta Journal-Constitution – July 25, 2007)
http://www.ajc.com/opinion/content/opinion/stories/2007/07/25/bushking0725.html
In theory, President Bush is sworn to faithfully execute the laws of the United States. In reality, he has treated federal law as a menu from which he picks and chooses those laws he likes, while ignoring those that do not suit his taste. That royalist attitude may soon inspire a constitutional confrontation unrivaled in U.S. history.

California e-voting Machines Have More Holes than Swiss Cheese – (The Register – July 30, 2007)
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/07/30/evoting_machine_review/
Hackers hired to evaluate the security of e-voting machines used in California found serious flaws that could allow for vote tampering in all three systems studied. The defects included the ability to overwrite firmware, install malicious applications, forge voter cards and gain access to the inside of voting machines by unfastening screws that were supposed to be inaccessible.

Dark Powers, the Sequel – (Los Angeles Times – July 27, 2007
http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/07/27/2799/
An op-ed piece discussing some of what the current administration has done and sanctioned in its effort to operationalize Vice President Cheney statement NBC’s Tim Russert, five days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, ‘We … have to work the dark side, if you will. We’ve got to spend time in the shadows using sources and methods that are available to our intelligence agencies. That’s the world [terrorists] operate in, and so it’s going to be vital for us to use any means at our disposal.”

Emails Detail RNC Voter Suppression in Five States – (Truthout – July 26, 2007)
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/072607A.shtml
Vote caging is an illegal tactic to suppress minorities from voting by having their names purged from voter rolls when they fail to respond to registered mail sent to their homes. The Republican National Committee signed a consent decree in 1986 stating they would not engage in the practice after they were caught suppressing votes in 1981 and 1986. However, 43 pages of emails, provided to Truthout by the PBS news program “NOW,” contains blueprints for a massive effort undertaken by RNC operatives in 2004, to challenge the eligibility of voters expected to support Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry in states such as Nevada, New Mexico, Florida and Pennsylvania.

Ohio’s 2004 Presidential Election Records Are Destroyed or Missing – (AlterNet – July 30, 2007)
http://www.alternet.org/story/58328/
In 56 of Ohio’s 88 counties, ballots and election records from 2004 have been “accidentally” destroyed, despite a federal order to preserve them – it was crucial evidence which would have revealed whether the election was stolen. The lost records violate Ohio law, which states federal election records must be kept for 22 months after Election Day, and a U.S. District Court order issued last September that the 2004 ballots be preserved while the court hears a civil rights lawsuit alleging voter suppression of African-American voters in Columbus.


A FINAL QUOTE…

The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day; a movement is only people moving. – Gloria Steinem


A special thanks to: Ken Dabkowski, Jack DuVall, Chas Freeman, Neil Freer, Ursula Freer, Philip Gorman, Franceen King, Deanna Korda, Ela Kuresevic, KurzweilAI, Sebastian McCallister, Sher Patterson-Black, Lisa Pease, Diane C. Petersen, Richard Sawdey, the Schwartzreport, Joel Snell, Gary Sycalik, Elizabeth Thompson, and Steve Ujvarosy, our contributors to this issue.

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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.