Volume 10, Number 20 – 12/20/2007

Volume 10, Number 20
12/20/2007
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…

  • Using a recently developed technique for turning skin cells into stem cells, scientists have cured mice of sickle cell anemia.
  • The latest scientific modeling studies indicate northern polar waters could be ice-free in summers within just 5-6 years.
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company has become the country’s first utility to agree to buy renewable electricity made by the ebb and flow of ocean waves.
  • Major crude producer Iran has completely stopped carrying out its oil transactions in dollars.

GENTICS/HEALTH TECHNOLOGY

Cure for and Preventive Treatment against Alzheimer’s Disease on the Horizon
Bisphenol A in Infant Formula at Dangerous Levels
Scientists Cure Mice of Sickle Cell Using Stem Cell Technique
More Functional DNA in Genome than Previously Thought
Culture Speeds Up Human Evolution
Synthetic DNA on the Brink of Yielding New Life Forms

Cure for and Preventive Treatment against Alzheimer’s Disease on the Horizon – (Smart Economy – November 8, 2007)
http://smarteconomy.typepad.com/smart_economy/2007/11/cure-for-alzhei.html
A team of scientists from Ukraine, who have been working with water-soluble fullerenes (or hydrated fullerenes), have announced the initial results of their work in finding a cure for the debilitating disease of Alzheimer’s. Link gives abstract of article in the Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.

Bisphenol A in Infant Formula at Dangerous Levels – (Neutraingredients – June 12, 2007)
http://www.nutraingredients.com/news/ng.asp?n=81877&m=2nied07&c=owjihhjzqurtius
Bisphenol A (BPA), known as the ‘gender bender’ chemical, leaches into liquid baby formula from the linings of cans at levels dangerous to infant health, according to research published by a US environmental group. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) said the research reveals that Bisphenol-A, used to line nearly all infant formula cans, was found in at levels “far higher” in the product than those that leach from plastic bottles under normal use.

Scientists Cure Mice of Sickle Cell Using Stem Cell Technique – (Washington Post – December 7, 2007)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/06/AR2007120602444.html?wpisrc=
newsletter&wpisrc=newsletter&wpisrc=newsletter

Using a recently developed technique for turning skin cells into stem cells, scientists have cured mice of sickle cell anemia — the first direct proof that the easily obtained cells can reverse an inherited, potentially fatal disease. But researchers also cautioned that aspects of the new approach will have to be changed before it can be tried in human patients. Most important, the technique depends on the use of gene-altered viruses that have the potential to trigger tumor growth.

More Functional DNA in Genome than Previously Thought – (Science Daily – December 13, 2007)
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/12/071211232720.htm
Surrounding the small islands of genes within the human genome is a vast sea of mysterious DNA. While most of this non-coding DNA is junk, some of it is used to help genes turn on and off. As reported in Genome Research, Johns Hopkins researchers have now found that this latter portion, which is known as regulatory DNA and contributes to inherited diseases like Parkinson’s or mental disorders, may be more abundant than we realize.

Culture Speeds Up Human Evolution – (Scientific American – December 10, 2007)
http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=culture-speeds-up-human-evolution
Analysis of common patterns of genetic variation reveals that humans have been evolving faster in recent history. Homo sapiens sapiens has spread across the globe and increased vastly in numbers over the past 50,000 years or so—from an estimated five million in 9000 B.C. to roughly 6.5 billion today. More people means more opportunity for mutations to creep into the basic human genome and new research confirms that in the past 10,000 years a host of changes to everything from digestion to bones has been taking place. “Ten thousand years ago, no one on planet Earth had blue eyes,” the analysis notes, because that gene—OCA2—had not yet developed.

Synthetic DNA on the Brink of Yielding New Life Forms – (Washington Post – December 17, 2007)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/16/
AR2007121601900.html?hpid=topnews
Until recently, even the most sophisticated laboratories could make only small snippets of DNA — an extra gene or two to be inserted into corn plants, for example, to help the plants ward off insects or tolerate drought. Now researchers are poised to cross a dramatic barrier: the creation of life forms driven by completely artificial DNA. Scientists in Maryland have already built the world’s first entirely handcrafted chromosome — a large looping strand of DNA made from scratch in a laboratory, containing all the instructions a microbe needs to live and reproduce. In the coming year, they hope to transplant it into a cell, where it is expected to “boot itself up,” like software downloaded from the Internet, and cajole the waiting cell to do its bidding.


 

DISCOVERIES ENABLED BY NEW TECHNOLOGY

Top 10 Scientific Discoveries
Whales May Have Come from Deer-like Animal
Physicists Perform the First Ever Quantum Calculation

Top 10 Scientific Discoveries of 2007 – (Time Magazine – December, 2007)
http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/top10/article/0,30583,1686204
_1686252_1690920,00.html?cnn=yes

Time gives its “Top 10 for 2007” in 50 categories. For scientific discoveries, stem cell breakthroughs are #1. Coming in at second place, J. Craig Venter published his entire “diploid” genetic sequence, or all the DNA in both sets of chromosomes inherited from each of his parents — the first such genome ever published of a single person.

Whales May Have Come from Deer-like Animal – (Yahoo News – December 19, 2007)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071219/ap_on_sc/whale_ancestor
A new study suggests that the missing evolutionary link between whales and land animals is an odd raccoon-sized animal that looks like a long-tailed deer without antlers. Or an overgrown long-legged rat. The creature is called Indohyus, and recently dug up fossils reveal some crucial evolutionary similarities between it and water-dwelling cetaceans, such as whales, dolphins and porpoises. The Indohyus was a tiny little deer maybe the size of a raccoon and had no antlers. It most resembled the current African mousedeer, which has a rat-like nose and when danger approaches, it jumps in the water and hides.

Physicists Perform the First Ever Quantum Calculation – Phys Org – December 11, 2007)
http://physorg.com/news116615171.html
Professor Andrew White, from UQ’s Centre for Quantum Computer Technology together with colleagues from the University of Toronto in Canada, said by manipulating quantum mechanically entangled photons – the fundamental particles of light – the prime factors of the number 15 were calculated. Professor White said, “Although the answer to this problem could have been obtained much more quickly by querying a bright eight-year-old, as the number becomes bigger and bigger the problem becomes more and more difficult.” Calculating the prime factors of 15 was a crucial step towards calculating much larger numbers, which could be used to crack cryptographic codes that are unbreakable using conventional computers.



INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Ear Phone Sounds Like a Good Idea
How We Taught the Internet to Dream

Ear Phone Sounds Like a Good Idea – (Sidney Morning Herald – December 18, 2007)
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2007/12/19/1197740326599.html
A Japanese company has unveiled a new device that will allow people “speak” through their ear so they can use their mobile telephones in noisy places. The device – named “e-Mimi-kun” (good ear boy) – doubles as an earphone and a microphone by detecting air vibrations inside the ear, developer NS-ELEX Co. said. The earpiece and an accompanying device can be connected to a mobile phone, or wirelessly to a Bluetooth handset, so that users no longer have to cover their mouths when speaking in a loud environment, the company said.

How We Taught the Internet to Dream – (Enterprise Animation – May 26, 2007)
http://enterpriseanimation.com/2007/05/26/how-we-taught-the-internet-to-dream.aspx
This is a hypothetical news clip from 2017 which suggests one of the directions in which the internet may grow – by inventing a method whereby the Internet could take advantage of the same processes that the human mind employs during sleep (and while awake) to process and organize the experiences of the day into memory hierarchies.


ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

High Weed Killer Levels Found in River Checks
Arctic Summers Ice-free by 2013
Lice from Fish Farms Threaten Canadian Wild Salmon

High Weed Killer Levels Found in River Checks – (Washington Post – December 9, 2007)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/08/AR2007120801451.html
Atrazine, the second most widely used weed killer in the country, is showing up in some streams and rivers at levels high enough to potentially harm amphibians, fish and aquatic ecosystems, according to the findings of an extensive Environmental Protection Agency database that has not been made public. The analysis — conducted by the chemical’s manufacturer, Syngenta Crop Protection — suggests that atrazine has entered streams and rivers in the Midwest at a rate that could harm those ecosystems. Atrazine has been linked to sexual abnormalities in frogs and fish in several scientific studies, but the EPA ruled in September that the evidence was not sufficiently compelling to restrict use of the pesticide.

Arctic Summers Ice-free by 2013 – (BBC News – December 12, 2007)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7139797.stm
Scientists in the US have presented one of the most dramatic forecasts yet for the disappearance of Arctic sea ice. Their latest modeling studies indicate northern polar waters could be ice-free in summers within just 5-6 years. Summer melting this year reduced the ice cover to 4.13 million sq km, the smallest ever extent in modern times. Remarkably, this stunning low point was not even incorporated into the computer model runs, which used data sets from 1979 to 2004 to constrain their future projections.

Lice from Fish Farms Threaten Canadian Wild Salmon – (Reuters – December 13, 2007)
http://www.reuters.com/article/scienceNews/idUSN1325504120071213
Infestations of sea lice at salmon farms on Canada’s west coast are threatening local wild pink salmon populations and could result in their extinction in another four years, according to Canadian researchers. Overall the populations that were not exposed to sea lice disease are stable or increasing,” said Martin Krkosek, a fisheries ecologist from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, whose study appears in the journal Science. “This is true even for populations with commercial fishing,” Krkosek said.


 

ENERGY DEVELOPMENTS

The Fuel of the Future? Say ‘Cheese’
Toshiba’s New Battery Recharges 90% in Five Minutes
A Way to Squeeze Oil and Gas from Just About Anything
PG&E Signs First U.S. Agreement to Buy Ocean Energy

The Fuel of the Future? Say ‘Cheese’ – (Fond du Lac Reporter – November 4, 2007)
http://www.fdlreporter.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071104/FON03/711040504/1327
Prepare for a variety of fuels from many sources, says Wisconsin entrepreneur Joe Van Groll whose start-up renewable energy company produces both ethanol and bio-diesel without a single corn kernel or soybean in sight. The Grand Meadow Energy LLC near Stratford, WI trucks in waste from surrounding cheese plants and raw canola oil from a nearby farm. Van Groll said in a press release, “The silver bullets are already out there: taking waste streams and turning them into profit centers.”

Toshiba’s New Battery Recharges 90% in Five Minutes – (Associated Press – December 11, 2007)
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/12/11/business/AS-TEC-Japan-New-Battery.php
Toshiba Corp.’s Super Charge ion Battery, or SCiB, can recharge to 90 percent of its full capacity in less than five minutes and has a life cycle of more than 10 years, Toshiba spokeswoman Hiroko Mochida said. Toshiba said the new lithium-ion battery will eventually be used in hybrid and electric cars however Toshiba is not giving a date for that application and doesn’t expect it until about 2010.

A Way to Squeeze Oil and Gas from Just About Anything – (Popular Science – 2007)
http://www.popsci.com/popsci/flat/bown/2007/innovator_2.html
Everything that goes into Frank Pringle’s recycling machine—a piece of tire, a rock, a plastic cup—turns to oil and natural gas seconds later. “I’ve been told the oil companies might try to assassinate me,” Pringle says without sarcasm. The machine is a microwave emitter that extracts the petroleum and gas hidden inside everyday objects—or at least anything made with hydrocarbons, which, it turns out, is most of what’s around you. Every hour, the first commercial version will turn 10 tons of auto waste—tires, plastic, vinyl—into enough natural gas to produce 17 million BTUs of energy (it will use 956,000 of those BTUs to keep itself running).

PG&E Signs First U.S. Agreement to Buy Ocean Energy – (Reuters – December 18, 2007)
http://www.reuters.com/article/environmentNews/idUSN1854522520071219
Pacific Gas and Electric Company became the country’s first utility to agree to buy renewable electricity made by the ebb and flow of ocean waves. The energy will be captured by several buoys bobbing 2.5 miles off the California coast and then transmitted to shore by an undersea cable. At peak times, the electricity will light at least 1,400 homes. There is enough ocean wave energy surging off U.S. coasts to match the power generated from the country’s hydroelectric dams, which account for 6.5 percent of its electricity use, said Roger Bedard, a specialist at the Energy Power Research Institute.



GLOBAL EPIDEMIC


No Threat of Bird Flu Pandemic: Pakistan
Plan for Pandemic
Pandemic Test Undertaken by Financial Services Paints Dire Scenario

No Threat of Bird Flu Pandemic: Pakistan – (The News – December 19, 2007)
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,22951832-1702,00.html
Pakistani authorities have confirmed eight human cases of bird flu, including one death. The WHO said they were likely to be a combination of infections from poultry and limited human to human transmission of the H5N1 avian flu virus due to close contact. The WHO says a similar case occurred in Indonesia in 2006 among family members believed to have contracted the virus while caring for sick loved ones. So it appears from this report that the bird flu is human to human transmissible – but not readily.

Plan for Pandemic – (H5N1 Avian Influenza website – no date)
http://www.planforpandemic.com/viewtopic.php?p=81594
In less formal circles, the news on the spread of bird flu is not quite as reassuring. This website includes a blog in which people offer translations of news items reported in small foreign presses – for example, Chinese provincial newspapers – that suggest the situation may be more serious than health officials are conveying. We encourage you to read and judge for yourself.

Pandemic Test Undertaken by Financial Services Paints Dire Scenario – (Computer World – October 24, 2007)
http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic
&articleId=9044021&intsrc=hm_list

If a pandemic strikes the U.S., it will kill about 1.7 million people, hospitalize 9 million, exhaust antiviral medications and reduce basic food supplies, according to a planning scenario developed by financial service firms preparing for such a catastrophe. This particular disaster occurred only on paper. But those grim numbers are some of the pandemic planning assumptions used by nearly 3,000 banks, insurance companies and security firms in a recently concluded, three-week, paper-based exercise that may have been the largest pandemic test of its kind.



TERRORISM, SECURITY AND THE FUTURE OF WARFARE


White House Announces (Secret) Nuclear Weapons Cuts – (Strategic Security Blog – December 18, 2007)

http://www.fas.org/blog/ssp/2007/12/white_house_announces_secret_n.php
The While House has announced that the President had “approved a significant reduction in the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile to take effect by the end of 2007.” The decision reaffirmed an earlier decision from June 2004 to cut the stockpile “nearly 50 percent,” but moved the timeline up five years from 2012 to 2007. The White House’s announcement to implement the 2004 stockpile plan in 2007 does not mean that the “cut” warheads will have been dismantled by then – far from it. In fact, the decision to reduce the stockpile does not in itself result in the destruction of a single warhead. “Reducing” the stockpile by nearly half is a form of nuclear book keeping that means that ownership of the “cut” warheads will shift from DOD to DOE. But DOE doesn’t have storage capacity for all of these weapons at its facility at Pantex. That factory is busy rebuilding the warheads slated to remain in the “enduring stockpile” beyond 2012. As a result, dismantlement of the backlog of warheads from the current reductions is not scheduled to be completed until 2023, more than a decade-and-a-half after today’s White House announcement to speed things up.


 

NANOTECHNOLOGY

Nanosolar Powersheet – (Popular Science – 2007)
http://www.popsci.com/popsci/flat/bown/2007/green/item_59.html
Popular Science’s “Innovation of the Year”. Imagine a solar panel without the panel. Just a coating, as thin as a layer of paint, that converts light to electricity. From there, you can picture roof shingles with solar cells built inside and window coatings that seem to suck power from the air. Consider solar-powered buildings stretching not just across sunny Southern California, but through China and India and Kenya as well, because even in those countries, going solar will be cheaper than burning coal.



CONTACT AND THE EXPLORATION OF SPACE

UFOs Exist, Says Japan Official
Mystery Space Machines Above: Black Ops, Star Wars or ET? Or All of the Above?
Is a New Solar Cycle Beginning?

UFOs Exist, Says Japan Official – (BBC News – December 18, 2007)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7150156.stm
Japan’s chief government spokesman has announced that unidentified flying objects (UFOs) exist. Earlier, in response to a question from an opposition lawmaker, the Japanese government issued a statement saying it could not confirm any cases of UFOs. But Chief Cabinet Secretary Nobutaka Machimura later told reporters he believed they were “definitely” real. He said work should begin urgently to try to confirm whether or not they exist because of what he called “incessant” reports of sightings.

Is a New Solar Cycle Beginning? – (NASA – December 14, 2007)
http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2007/14dec_excitement.htm?list1048441
The solar physics community is abuzz over a modest knot of magnetism that popped over the sun’s eastern limb on Dec. 11th. It may be a sign of the next solar cycle. For more than a year, the sun has been experiencing a lull in activity, marking the end of Solar Cycle 23, which peaked with many furious storms in 2000–2003. “Solar minimum is upon us,” says solar physicist David Hathaway of the Marshall Space Flight Center. Many forecasters believe Solar Cycle 24 will be big and intense. Peaking in 2011 or 2012, the cycle to come could have significant impacts on telecommunications, air traffic, power grids and GPS systems.

Mystery Space Machines Above: Black Ops, Star Wars or ET? Or All of the Above? – (Rense – December 12, 2007)
http://www.rense.com/general79/wdx1.htm
John Lenard Walson has discovered a new way to extend the capabilities of small telescopes and has been able to achieve optical resolutions – at almost the diffraction limit – not commonly achievable. With this new-found ability, he has proceeded to videotape, night and day, many strange and heretofore unseen objects in earth orbit. The resulting astrophotographic video footage has revealed a raft of machines, hardware, satellites, spacecraft and possibly space ships which otherwise appear as ‘stars’…if they appear at all. There are, indeed, hundreds of satellites in Earth orbit. However, the images he has captured are clearly of large and sizeable machines which have not been seen before.


ECONOMIC INDICATORS

Iran Has Halted Oil Transactions in Dollars
The End of Cheap Food
What Will We Eat When the Oil Runs Out?
Retailers Face an Ominous Holiday Sign

Iran Has Halted Oil Transactions in Dollars – (Dow Jones Newswire – December 8, 2007)
http://www.nasdaq.com/aspxcontent/NewsStory.aspx?cpath=20071208%
5cACQDJON200712080440DOWJONESDJONLINE000007.htm&

Major crude producer Iran has completely stopped carrying out its oil transactions in dollars, Oil Minister Gholam Hossein Nozari said on Saturday, labeling the greenback an “unreliable” currency. “At the moment selling oil in dollars has been completely halted, in line with the policy of selling crude in non-dollar currencies,” Nozari said. “The dollar is an unreliable currency, considering its devaluation and the oil exporters’ losses,” he added.

The End of Cheap Food – (The Economist – December 6, 2007)
http://www.economist.com/opinion/displaystory.cfm?story_id=10252015
Since the spring, wheat prices have doubled and almost every crop under the sun—maize, milk, oilseeds, you name it—is at or near a peak in nominal terms. The Economist’s food-price index is higher today than at any time since it was created in 1845. Even in real terms, prices have jumped by 75% since 2005. That is because “agflation” is underpinned by long-running changes in diet that accompany the growing wealth of emerging economies. But the rise in prices is also the self-inflicted result of America’s reckless ethanol subsidies. This year biofuels will take a third of America’s (record) maize harvest.

What Will We Eat When the Oil Runs Out? – (Soil Association – November 22, 2007)
http://www.soilassociation.org/ladyevelecture
Global food production faces four simultaneous crises arising from our relatively recent pattern of dependence on depleting fossil fuels. The first consists of the direct impacts on agriculture of higher oil prices: increased costs for tractor fuel, agricultural chemicals, and the transport of farm inputs and outputs. The other three are equally impactful. As these crises grow and mutually interact, the consequences for humanity and the biosphere are likely to be profound and unprecedented in scope.

Retailers Face an Ominous Holiday Sign – (New York Times – December 17, 2007)
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/17/business/17retail.html?ei=5065&en
=e70d03b33200974a&ex=1198472400&partner=MYWAY&pagewanted=print

Sales of women’s clothing, a traditional pillar of the holiday shopping season, are unusually bleak so far this year, according to a major credit card company, an ominous sign for the retail industry. Analysts blamed a rough economy, which has discouraged women — and mothers, in particular — from splurging on clothing for themselves and a lack of compelling fashions this winter. But the clouds do have a silver lining: with energy prices high, consumers are also turning to the Web to avoid costly trips to the mall. The SpendingPulse report from MasterCard found that Americans pumped 1.2 percent less gas during the first half of the holiday season than they did during the same period in 2006.



DEMOGRAPHICS

How China is Eating the World – (The Independent – November 9, 2007)
http://news.independent.co.uk/business/analysis_and_features/article3143288.ece
According to the IMF, about half of the world’s economic growth this year will be accounted for by Brazil, Russia, India and China. India, staggeringly, is contributing more growth to the world economy than the United States, but China is by far the most powerful engine of growth – more so than the US, the eurozone and Japan combined. Yet this phenomenon is not an unalloyed economic good. Chinese demand for oil, copper, zinc, nickel and all the other raw materials of industrialization is pushing the prices of those commodities to ever-higher peaks. The International Energy Agency estimates that Chinese and Indian crude oil imports will almost quadruple by 2030, creating a supply “crunch” as soon as 2015.



TRENDS OF GOVERNMENT

The Government Got All of AT&T’s Internet and Voice Traffic
Whitehouse Sharply Criticizes Bush Administration’s Assertion of Executive Power

The Government Got All of AT&T’s Internet and Voice Traffic – (eFluxMedia – November 8, 2007)
http://www.efluxmedia.com/news_The_Government_Got_All_of_ATTs
_Internet_and_Voice_Traffic_10423.html

The U.S. government is apparently spying on all Internet traffic and voice calls going through AT&T’s backbones, according to a former employee of the company who testified before the Congress. Mark Klein, a former AT&T technician, says that the National Security Agency (NSA) installed special equipment which splits communication backbones and sends an exact copy to the government. Indiscriminately, and without any warrant.

Whitehouse Sharply Criticizes Bush Administration’s Assertion of Executive Power – (Senator Whitehouse press release – December 7, 2007)
http://whitehouse.senate.gov/record.cfm?id=288537
This is a remarkable set of revelations about the legal reasoning the Bush Administration has been applying to national security in general and wiretaps and other forms of electronic eavesdropping in particular. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, delivered these remarks on the floor of the U.S. Senate.



JUST FOR FUN

Top 10 Games of 2007
Scientists Find Contents of Prehistoric Messenger Bag

Top 10 Games of 2007 – (Wired – December 18, 2007
http://www.wired.com/gaming/gamingreviews/multimedia/2007/12/YE
_games_2007?slide=1&slideView=3

2007 will be remembered as the year next-generation gaming came into its own. A veritable avalanche of quality software kept the Xbox 360 in stiff competition with Nintendo’s upstart Wii, which is still in great part riding on the mammoth mindshare of Wii Sports. Wired Magainze‘s panel of gaming experts has engaged in a vicious e-mail fight (at to bring you their countdown of the top 10 favorite games of 2007.

Scientists Find Contents of Prehistoric Messenger Bag – (Wired – December 19, 2007)
http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2007/12/scientists-find.html
Australian scientists have released a picture that is the prehistoric antecedent to Flickr’s 8,000+ strong pool of “What’s in your bag?”. (http://flickr.com/groups/[email protected]/pool/ ) According to lead researcher Phillp Edwards, it contained: a sickle for harvesting wild wheat or barley, a cluster of flint spearheads, a flint core for making more spearheads, some smooth stones (maybe slingshots), a large stone (maybe for striking flint pieces off the flint core), a cluster of gazelle toe bones which were used to make beads, and part of a second bone tool.


 

A FINAL QUOTE…

May the dreams of your past be the reality of your future. – Author unknown. We here at The Arlington Institute wish you all the best for the coming new year.


A special thanks to: Ken Dabkowski, Walter Derzko, Neil Freer, Ursula Freer, KurzweilAI, Sebastian McCallister, Diane C. Petersen, Bobbie Rohn, Stu Rose, the Schwartzreport, Joel Snell, and Chris Young our contributors to this issue.

If you see something we should know about, do send it along – thanks.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Joni Patry

Joni Patry is one of the most recognized teachers and Vedic astrologers in the world. She was a faculty member for ACVA, CVA and Instructor for online certification programs, published many books, journals and appeared on national and international television shows. As the keynote speaker for international conferences, she has a Japanese website, and teaches in Austria, Turkey and India. She has been awarded the 2015 Jyotish Star of the year and Dr B. V. Raman’s Janma Shatamanothsava Award Jyotisha Choodamani. She publishes an online astrological magazine, Astrologic Magazine http://astrologicmagazine.com/ and has an online University for certification, the University of Vedic Astrology. http://universityofvedicastrology.com

Alain Nu

Las Vegas headliner, Alain Nu – “The Man Who Knows”, brings us his mind-bending mental and metaphysical abilities. His highly entertaining and most provocative show intermingles feats of mind-reading and spoon bending with other baffling demonstrations that defy explanation.

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.

Joey Korn

Joey Korn is one of the most accomplished dowsers in the world. Known internationally for an extraordinary ability to change and manipulate energy at all levels, he brings a deep, practical understanding of how to balance these energies . . . and change the way that they influence humans and their lives.

Jim McCarty

In 1980, Jim McCarty joined L/L Research where Don Elkins and Carla L. Rueckert were researching the field of the paranormal in general, and contact with extraterrestrial intelligence in particular. Soon later the Ra Contact began, producing 106 sessions with the social memory complex of Ra. Five books of The Law of One series were published documenting this contact.

Charles Eisenstein

Charles Eisenstein is a teacher, speaker, and writer focusing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution. His on-line writings have generated a vast following; he speaks frequently at conferences and other events and gives numerous interviews on radio and podcasts.

Raymon Grace

Raymon Grace, one of the world’s most extraordinary dowsers, travels the world teaching and demonstrating how dowsing can be used by most anyone to change themselves and the world around them. His down-home, direct approach is sought out by many thousands of searchers who are looking for bettering their lives and dealing with the extraordinary change that the world is experiencing.

Dennis McKenna

Dennis McKenna’s research has focused on the interdisciplinary study of Amazonian ethnopharmacology and plant hallucinogens. His doctoral research (University of British Columbia, 1984) focused on the ethnopharmacology of ayahuasca and oo-koo-he, two tryptamine-based hallucinogens used by indigenous peoples in the Northwest Amazon. Dr. McKenna is author or co-author of 4 books and over 50 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals.

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.

Lee Carrol a.k.a. Kryon

Lee Carroll, Ph.D. has channeled Kryon for 25 years worldwide and is the author of the Kryon Series of 16 books in 24 languages. Well known in metaphysics, Kryon books have made the top seller’s list within months of their release. Having presented seven times at the United Nations in New York, as well as in 33 different countries overseas, Lee attracts audiences in the thousands.

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.

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.

Thomas Drake

Thomas Drake is a former senior executive at the National Security Agency where he blew the whistle on massive multi-billion dollar fraud, waste and abuse; the widespread violations of the rights of citizens through secret mass surveillance programs after 9/11; and critical 9/11 intelligence failures. He is the recipient of the 2011 Ridenhour Truth Telling Prize, a joint recipient with Jesselyn Radack of the 2011 Sam Adams Associates Integrity in Intelligence Award and the 2012 Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award. He is now dedicated to the defense of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. 

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.

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.

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

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.

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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.

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.

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.