Volume 10, Number 5 – 3/22/2007

Volume 10, Number 5
3/22/2007
Edited by John L. Petersen
[email protected]

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In This Issue:

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


 

FUTURE FACTS – FROM THINK LINKS
DID YOU KNOW THAT…

  • More than six million computers world wide are now part of “bot networks” – collections of hijacked computers used by hackers in cyber attacks.
  • Mars has ice deposits more than 2.3 miles thick.
  • HIV has killed an estimated 22 million people since it was first recognized more than 25 years ago.
  • The US Mid-West is experiencing the largest growth in coal-fired power plant construction in more than 3 decades.

 

INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE

China Approves Law that Protects Private Property
Latest Twist: Useful Online Ads
Push for Open Access to Research

China Approves Law that Protects Private Property — (International Herald Tribune — March 16, 2007)
http://www.globalsecuritynews.com/showArticle3.cfm?article_id=14168&topicID=63
After more than a quarter-century of market-oriented economic policies and record-setting growth, China recently approved its first law to protect private property explicitly. The measure, which was delayed a year ago amid vocal opposition from resurgent socialist intellectuals and old-line, left-leaning members of the ruling Communist Party, is viewed by its supporters as building a new and more secure legal foundation for private entrepreneurs and the country’s urban middle-class.

Latest Twist: Useful Online Ads — (Wired — March 20, 2007)
http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,72999-0.html
Netvibes lets users build their own personalized homepage simply and quickly by assembling favorite sites, data feeds, blogs and e-mail accounts for free. The concept is hardly new – however, in addition to this basic usefulness and simplicity, Netvibes offers something unusual: the complete absence of advertisements.

Push for Open Access to Research — (BBC — February 28, 2007)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6404429.stm
Five leading European research institutions launched a petition that called on the European Commission to establish a new policy that would require all government-funded research to be made available to the public shortly after publication. That requirement – called an open access principle – would leverage widespread internet connectivity with low-cost electronic publication to create a freely available virtual scientific library available to the entire globe.


 

NEW REALITIES

New Leopard Species Found in Borneo
Physicists Modify Double-Slit Experiment to Confirm Einstein’s Belief
Invisible Revolution

New Leopard Species Found in Borneo — (AP — March 14, 2007)
http://www.newsvine.com/_news/2007/03/14/614728-new-leopard-species-found-in-borneo
The clouded leopard of Borneo – discovered to be an entirely new species – is the latest in a growing list of animals and plants unique to the Southeast Asian country’s rainforest and underscores the need to preserve the area. The news about the clouded leopard comes just a few weeks after a WWF report showed that scientists had identified at least 52 new species of animals and plants over the past year on Borneo, the world’s third largest island that is shared by Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei.

Physicists Modify Double-Slit Experiment to Confirm Einstein’s Belief — (Physorg — March 12, 2007)
http://www.physorg.com/news92937814.html
Physics professors have definitively shown that light is made of particles and waves, a finding that refutes a common belief held for about 80 years. Previously, the scientific community had tended to support Niels Bohr’s ideas, commonly known as the Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics, which stated that in any experiment light shows only one aspect at a time, either behaving as a wave or as a particle.

Invisible Revolution — (MIT Technology Review — March 12, 2007)
http://www.technologyreview.com/Nanotech/18292/
Using rings of printed circuit boards, researchers managed to divert microwaves around a kind of “hole in space.” Even when a metal cylinder was placed at the center of the hole, the microwaves behaved as though nothing were there. It was arguably the most dramatic demonstration so far of what can be achieved with metamaterials, composites made up of precisely arranged patterns of two or more distinct materials.


 

GENTICS/HEALTH TECHNOLOGY

MRI Scanner Steers Magnetic Particle in Live Animal’s Blood
Scientists say Nerves Use Sound, not Electricity
Artificial Lymph Node Transplanted into Mice
Artificial Vein to Boost Surgery
Wipe Out a Single Memory

MRI Scanner Steers Magnetic Particle in Live Animal’s Blood — (New Scientist — March 15, 2007)
http://www.newscientisttech.com/article/dn11412-mri-scanner-steers-magnetic-particle-in-the-blood.html
Microscopic medical devices could one day be steered through a patient’s bloodstream using magnetic resonance imaging machines. In a recent study, researchers were able to move small magnetic beads through the arteries of live pigs using the magnetic coils inside an MRI device. Being able to move tiny working medical devices through the body this way could let doctors reach areas beyond the scope of keyhole surgery or other existing techniques.

Scientists say Nerves Use Sound, not Electricity — (CBC – March 9, 2007)
http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2007/03/09/science-nervessound-20070309.html
The common view that nerves transmit impulses through electricity is wrong; according to a team of scientists, they actually transmit via sound. The laws of thermodynamics tell us that electrical impulses must produce heat as they travel along the nerve. However, experiments found that no such heat is produced, leading the scientists to formulate a new theory for nerve impulse propagation.

Artificial Lymph Node Transplanted into Mice — (New Scientist – March 15, 2007)
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn11389-artificial-lymph-node-transplanted-into-mice.html
An artificial lymph node has been transplanted into mice, where it successfully produced immune cells. The new form of bioengineered tissue marks a significant step towards transplanting an entire immune system into patients dying of AIDS, cancer or other diseases.

Artificial Vein to Boost Surgery — (BBC – March 14, 2007)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6449715.stm
Scientists are developing an artificial vein for use in patients with circulation problems. The device, which encourages blood to flow in its natural spiraling fashion, has produced highly promising results in clinical trials. The developers hope it will offer surgeons carrying out bypass operations an alternative to relying on blood vessels taken from the patient’s body.

Wipe Out a Single Memory — (Nature – March 11, 2007)
http://www.nature.com/news/2007/070305/pf/070305-17_pf.html
A single, specific memory has been wiped from the brains of rats, leaving other recollections intact. The brain secures memories by transferring them from short-term to long-term storage, through a process called reconsolidation. This process can be interrupted with drugs – however, until now, scientists did not know how specific this interference was: could the transfer of one specific memory be meddled with without affecting others? The answer, apparently, is yes.


 

NANOTECHNOLOGY

Cheap Nano Solar Cells
How the Tiniest Sieve in the World Could Improve Dialysis

Cheap Nano Solar Cells — (MIT Technology Review — March 5, 2007)
http://www.technologyreview.com/Nanotech/18259/
Researchers have demonstrated a way to significantly improve the efficiency of solar cells made using low-cost, readily available materials, including a chemical commonly used in paints. The researchers added single-walled carbon nanotubes to a film made of titanium-dioxide nanoparticles, doubling the efficiency of converting ultraviolet light into electrons when compared with the performance of the nanoparticles alone. The solar cells could be used to make hydrogen for fuel cells directly from water or for producing electricity.

How the Tiniest Sieve in the World Could Improve Dialysis — (The Guardian — March 15, 2007)
http://technology.guardian.co.uk/weekly/story/0,,2033512,00.html
A new, ultra-thin silicon membrane could revolutionize the way that doctors or scientists manipulate molecules. Only 50 atoms thick, it might even improve treatment regimes for haemodialysis patients with kidney failure.


 

GLOBAL EPIDEMIC

Rise of a Deadly TB Reveals a Global System in Crisis
Scientists Discover Natural Barrier to HIV
GM Mosquito May Wipe Out Malaria

Rise of a Deadly TB Reveals a Global System in Crisis — (NY Times — March 20, 2007)
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/20/health/20docs.html
The spread of a particularly virulent form of tuberculosis in South Africa illustrates a breakdown in the global program that is supposed to keep the disease, one of the world’s deadliest, under control. But international tuberculosis experts say the system is in deep trouble for an array of reasons: misuse of antibiotics; other bad medical practices, like failing to segregate high-risk patients in hospitals and clinics; and cuts in government spending for such basics as adequate supplies of drugs and laboratories. Such factors have led to the rise of drug-resistant tuberculosis bacteria, a menace the world has only begun to appreciate.

Scientists Discover Natural Barrier to HIV — (HealthDay — March 5, 2007)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/hsn/20070305/hl_hsn/scientistsdiscovernaturalbarriertohiv
Researchers have discovered that cells in the mucosal lining of human genitalia produce a protein that “eats up” invading HIV – possibly keeping the spread of the AIDS more contained than it might otherwise be. Even more important, enhancing the activity of this protein, called Langerin, could be a potent new way to curtail the transmission of the virus that causes AIDS.

GM Mosquito May Wipe Out Malaria — (Al Jazeera — March 20, 2007)
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/49FEC993-4C94-43EC-BAFF-28762739AEB4.htm
Mosquitoes genetically engineered to resist infection with malaria have outbred their normal cousins and may be used to help control malaria, researchers have said. They said a study suggests that releasing such genetically altered insects may help to battle malaria, which kills up to three million people a year, most of them young children.


 

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

A Depth-Sensing Camera, an LCD Projector and Some Genius
Single-Photon Server
Are Secure Connections Really Secure

A Depth-Sensing Camera, an LCD Projector and Some Genius — (Microsoft — March 12, 2007)
mms://wm.microsoft.com/ms/evnet/RB_TechFest_4_s_ch9.wmv
The above link points towards a video – a fascinating demonstration of leading-edge technology with numerous potential applications. Curious? Watch the video!

Single-Photon Server — (Max Plank Society — March 12, 2007)
http://www.mpg.de/english/illustrationsDocumentation/
documentation/pressReleases/2007/pressRelease200703091/index.html

Every time you switch on a light bulb, 10 to the power of 15 (a million times a billion) visible photons, the elementary particles of light, are illuminating the room in every second. If that is too many for you, light a candle. If that is still too many, and say, you just want one and not more than one photon every time you press the button, you will have to work a little harder. A team of physicists have now built a single-photon server based on a single trapped neutral atom. The high quality of the single photons and their ready availability are important for future quantum information processing experiments with single photons.

Are Secure Connections Really Secure — (ComputerWorld — March 19, 2007)
http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command
=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9013640&intsrc=hm_list

The little lock icon that appears on a Web browser window frame when a secure connection exists between a browser and a Web server may be lulling users into a false sense of security. The reality is that secure connections, in which data is encrypted using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology before being transmitted over the Web, is increasingly being used to hide and spread malicious code.


 

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

Don’t Exaggerate Climate Dangers, Scientists Warn
Cherry Blossom Season Blooms Early
Mars Melt Hints at Solar, Not Human, Cause for Warming
Eco Group Warns of Freshwater Crisis
Solar Pulses Suggest Heavy Australia Rain
Honey Bee Disappearances Continue: Do Pesticides Play A Role

Don’t Exaggerate Climate Dangers, Scientists Warn — (The Observer — March 18, 2007)
http://environment.guardian.co.uk/climatechange/story/0,,2036762,00.html
Leading climate change experts have warned of the ‘Hollywoodization’ of global warning and criticized American scientists for exaggerating the message of global warming. Professors of the Royal Meteorological Society said scientists, campaign groups, politicians and the media were all guilty of making out that catastrophic events were likely when this could not be proved. They also criticized the tendency to say individual extreme events – such as the Birmingham typhoon and the Boscastle floods – were evidence of climate change.

Cherry Blossom Season Blooms Early — (AP — March 20, 2007)
http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/science/03/19/japan.blossom.ap/index.html
When the cherry trees come alive in their explosion of pink, millions of Japanese hit the parks for one of this country’s biggest outpourings of merrymaking. So, when will it all start? Very soon, officials say. Thanks to global warming, the Tokyo area is having one of its earliest cherry seasons ever. According to predictions released by Japan’s Meteorological Agency, the trees were expected to bloom as early as March 24th in the capital area. That would be 10 days earlier than average and the second earliest since the agency started compiling data in 1953.

Mars Melt Hints at Solar, Not Human, Cause for Warming — (National Geographic — February 28, 2007)
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/02/070228-mars-warming.html
Simultaneous warming on Earth and Mars suggests that our planet’s recent climate changes have a natural – and not a human-induced – cause, according to one scientist’s controversial theory. Earth is currently experiencing rapid warming, which the vast majority of climate scientists says is due to humans pumping huge amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. However, Mars also appears to be enjoying more mild and balmy temperatures, leading some scientists to claim that the simultaneous planetary warmings indicate a solar-source for both planets’ temperature spikes.

Eco Group Warns of Freshwater Crisis — (Guardian — March 20, 2007)
http://environment.guardian.co.uk/water/story/0,,2038437,00.html
Some of the world’s largest and best-known rivers are at risk of drying up as a result of climate change, pollution and bad planning, a report warned today. The study focuses on the ten rivers most danger of drying up or dying. It warns that, without action, the world faces “a freshwater emergency”. Five of the ten rivers listed are in Asia, including the Yangtze, the Ganges and the Salween, highlighting the profound problems facing the region.

Solar Pulses Suggest Heavy Australia Rain — (Reuters — March 18, 2007)
http://www.topix.net/content/reuters/0055412559041169868625271302332699244905
Links between the sun’s magnetic pulse and Earth’s climatic systems point to heavy rainfall later this year and in 2008, which could break Australia’s worst drought in 100 years, new scientific research says. The theory is based on correlations between Australian rainfall and 11-year peaks in the sun’s magnetic emissions, along with switches in the sun’s poles, which also occur every 11 years. The last flip occurred in 2001.

Honey Bee Disappearances Continue: Do Pesticides Play A Role — (Earthfiles — March 16, 2007)
http://earthfiles.com/news/news.cfm?ID=1223&category=Environment
Bees are disappearing in massive numbers. Examples abound – one Midwestern beekeeper had 13,000 healthy, full hives in mid-November 2006. Those bees began disappearing in mid-December and now he’s lost 96% of them. This week, another Ohio beekeeper opened up his hives after the winter to find 80% were empty. Over the past six months, massive disappearances of honey bees have been reported in at least 24 states and internationally in Poland and Spain. It’s still unknown how many more honey bees will be gone as more northern hives are opened this spring in North America and Europe. Right now, dozens of scientists are trying to find out what is causing what they call “colony collapse disorder,” or CCD – and some are pointing to a new breed of pesticides as a possible cause.


ENERGY DEVELOPMENTS

Using Solar Energy to Keep Homes Cool
Catalyst Could Help Turn CO2 into Fuel
Midwest Has Coal Rush, Seeing No Alternative
General Atomics Scores Power Production First

Using Solar Energy to Keep Homes Cool — (CNET — March 20, 2007)
http://news.com.com/Using+solar+energy+to+
keep+homes+cool/2100-11392_3-6168616.html?tag=nefd.lede

A new type of air conditioning system will lower electricity costs substantially, according to its manufacturers. If these units gained widespread use, they could also reduce the odds of summer “brown outs”, power outages caused because homes and buildings crank up their air conditioners. The unit operates at a maximum of 500 watts, far less than half what typical air conditioning units use.

Catalyst Could Help Turn CO2 into Fuel — (New Scientist — March 15, 2007)
http://www.newscientisttech.com/article/
dn11390-catalyst-could-help-turn-cosub2sub-into-fuel.html

A new catalyst that can split carbon dioxide gas could allow us to use carbon from the atmosphere as a fuel source in a similar way to plants. Plants use the energy of sunlight to cleave the relatively stable chemical bonds between the carbon and oxygen atoms in a carbon dioxide molecule. In photosynthesis, the CO2 molecule is initially bonded to nitrogen atoms, making reactive compounds called carbamates. These less stable compounds can then be broken down, allowing the carbon to be used in the synthesis of other plant products, such as sugars and proteins.

Midwest Has Coal Rush, Seeing No Alternative — (Washington Post — March 10, 2007)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/09/AR2007030902302.html
There is a coal rush going on in America’s heartland – the biggest wave of coal plant construction since the 1970s – which is on a collision course with Congress. While lawmakers are drawing up ways to cap and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, the Energy Department says as many as 150 new coal-fired plants could be built by 2030, adding volumes to the nation’s emissions of carbon dioxide, the most prevalent of half a dozen greenhouse gases scientists blame for global warming.

General Atomics Scores Power Production First — (SPX — March 15, 2007)
http://www.space-travel.com/reports/General
_Atomics_Scores_Power_Production_First_999.html

A team of researchers successfully tested a new method for generating electrical power on board a hypersonic vehicle. A magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) generator was operated to produce electrical power using the exhaust stream from a prototype hypersonic scramjet combustor simulating flight at Mach 8 conditions. This is the world’s first successful demonstration of a hypersonic MHD generator. This will lead the way for future development of this technology as a viable means to provide multi-megawatt MHD auxiliary power systems for air-breathing hypersonic vehicles.


 

TERRORISM, SECURITY AND THE FUTURE OF WARFARE

Cyber-Worms Could Cripple FCS
Surge in Hijacked PC Networks
Hiding Messages in Plain Sight

Cyber-Worms Could Cripple FCS — (UPI — March 20, 2007)
http://www.spacewar.com/reports/Could_Cyber_Worms_Cripple_FCS_999.html
The U.S. armed forces are still pushing ahead with trying to implement former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s visionary Future Combat Systems programs to centralize command, control and firepower of land, sea and air weapons systems into high-tech headquarters – almost like the ultimate video game made real. However, the more the U.S. armed forces become dependent on efficiently integrated IT systems, as FCS requires, the more they could be vulnerable to being paralyzed by asymmetrical cyber-warfare attacks. This is a by no means hypothetical danger. All major nations are working on such programs with China by far the most active.

Surge in Hijacked PC Networks — (BBC — March 19, 2007)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6465833.stm
The number of computers hijacked by malicious hackers to send out spam and viruses has grown almost 30% in the last year, according to a major industry survey. While the total number of bot-net PCs rose, the number of servers controlling them dropped by about 25% to 4,700, the twice-yearly report said. Symantec researchers said the decrease showed that bot network owners were consolidating to expand their networks, creating a more centralized structure for launching attacks.

Hiding Messages in Plain Sight — (BBC — February 15, 2007)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6361891.stm?ls
A technology that can “hide” information in plain sight on printed images has begun to see the first commercial applications. The technology can encode data into a picture that is invisible to the human eye but can be decoded by relatively simple camera, not too dissimilar from ones already found in mobile phones.


 

CONTACT AND THE EXPLORATION OF SPACE

Icy Map to Probe Europa’s Secrets
Immense Ice Deposits Found at South Pole of Mars

Icy Map to Probe Europa’s Secrets — (BBC — March 15, 2007)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6454039.stm
Scientists have produced a global geological map of Jupiter’s moon Europa, which has been proposed as a destination for a future space mission. Interest in Europa has been fuelled by indications that a liquid water ocean lurks beneath its outer shell of ice. The mapping effort will help build a geological history of the enigmatic moon and target future explorations.

Immense Ice Deposits Found at South Pole of Mars — (Reuters — March 15, 2007)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070315/ts_nm/mars_water_dc
Spacecraft orbiting Mars has scanned huge deposits of water ice at its south pole so plentiful they would blanket the planet in 36 feet of water if they were liquid, scientists said on Thursday. Scientists have known that water exists in frozen form at the Martian poles, but this research produced the most accurate measurements of just how water is present.


 

DEMOGRAPHICS AND SOCIAL CHANGE

Choosing Babies — (MIT Technology Review — March 12, 2007)
http://www.technologyreview.com/Biotech/18303/
A woman with fertility problems has three sons but wants a daughter to round out the family. She uses in vitro fertilization (IVF) to conceive and asks her doctors to transfer only female embryos; the male embryos are destroyed. Is this use of reproductive technology acceptable? What if a couple with a family history of diabetes wants to use IVF to select an embryo without a diabetes risk? If afflicted family members have the disease under control, are the parents justified in choosing IFV so that they can bear a child with a lower chance of developing it? Such questions are becoming more common as preimplantation genetic diagnosis makes it possible for some prospective parents to select specific embryos before a pregnancy begins.


 

JUST FOR FUN

Search for bin Laden at Home
Paying Attention to Not Paying Attention
Species Evolve Faster in Cooler Climes

Search for bin Laden at Home — (Wired — March 15, 2007)
http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/15.03/start.html?pg=10
Where in the world is Osama bin Laden? Uh … try checking Google Earth. After Google recently updated its satellite images of parts of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, much of the region still looked blotchy – but several small squares (they stand out as off-color patches from 680 miles up) suddenly became highly detailed. These sectors happen to be precisely where the US government has been hunting for bin Laden. It turns out that Google gets its images from many of the same satellite companies – DigitalGlobe, TerraMetrics, and others – that provide reconnaissance to US intelligence agencies.

Paying Attention to Not Paying Attention — (Physorg — March 19, 2007)
http://www.physorg.com/news93533412.html
C’mon, admit it. Your train of thought derails several times a day – if not more. It’s just, well, mind-wandering. We all do it, and surprisingly often, whether we’re struggling to avoid it or not. Mainstream psychology hasn’t paid much attention to this common mental habit. But a spate of new studies is chipping away at its mysteries and scientists say the topic is beginning to gain visibility. Someday, such research may turn up ways to help students keep their focus on textbooks and lectures, and drivers to keep their minds on the road. It may reveal ways to reap payoffs from the habit.

Species Evolve Faster in Cooler Climes — (New Scientist — March 15, 2007)
http://www.newscientist.com/channel/life/dn11388-species-evolve-faster-in-cooler-climes.html
Contrary to popular belief, the ‘hot spots’ of evolution are actually quite cool: a study suggests that new species emerge more frequently in temperate regions than in the tropics. Scientists had assumed that new species develop faster in the tropics, since they are home to greater species diversity than at higher latitudes. But the researchers behind the new analysis say the explanation for this is that fewer species have gone extinct near the equator.


 

A FINAL QUOTE…

The learning and knowledge that we have, is, at the most, but little compared with that of which we are ignorant. – Plato


A special thanks to Bernard Calil, Ken Dabkowski, Neil Freer, Ursula Freer, Humera Khan, KurzweilAI, Sher Patterson-Black, Diane C. Petersen, John C. Petersen, the Schwartzreport, Joel Snell and Matthew W. Sollenberger, our contributors to this issue. If you see something we should know about, do send it along – thanks.
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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.