Volume 10, Number 9 – 4/26/2007

Volume 10, Number 9
4/26/2007
Edited by John L. Petersen
[email protected]

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In This Issue:
Kurt Vonnegut – In Memoriam
Future Facts – From Think Links
Think Links – The Future in the News…Today
A Final Quote


Kurt Vonnegut died on April 11th at the age of 84. He was a man of wisdom who spoke from a unique, and often quirky, perspective. We will miss his voice among us. Here’s a thought-provoking editorial he wrote in 2004. -JLP


 

FUTURE FACTS – FROM THINK LINKS
DID YOU KNOW THAT…

  • The cause of high blood pressure may be found within your brain.
  • The US military believes water shortages will become a major national security problem.
  • Ocean levels are projected to rise 4.3 feet by 2080, possibly flooding low-lying cities such as Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Plastic solar cells are expected to hit 10% efficiency by next year – well above the 8% threshold estimated for such cells to be commercially viable.

 

NEW REALITIES

Computing as a Natural Science
Human Brain Has Origin in Lowly Worm
The Brain May Use Only 20% of Its Memory-Forming Neurons
Mystery of Oldest Trees Unraveled
Quantum Secrets of Photosynthesis Revealed
Genes Show T. Rex Related to Chickens
Water Found in Extrasolar Planet’s Atmosphere

Computing as a Natural Science — (CACM IT — April 13, 2007)
http://cs.gmu.edu/cne/pjd/PUBS/CACMcols/cacmJul07.pdf
An interesting position piece, which takes the stance that information processing and computing are not – in fact, were never – strictly ‘artificial’ fields, limited to areas of human technology. The author makes the case that, given the abundance of information processes that scientists continue to find in nature, computing should properly be thought of as a natural science.

Human Brain Has Origin in Lowly Worm — (LiveScience — April 21, 2007)
http://www.livescience.com/humanbiology/070421_worm_brain.html
In a new study, researchers examined the embryos of a marine annelid worm called Platynereis dumerilii, which has a nervous system unchanged for eons. The molecular anatomy of the developing central nervous system turned out to be virtually the same in vertebrates (including humans) and Platynereis. Corresponding regions give rise to neuron types with similar molecular fingerprints and these neurons also go on to form the same neural structures in annelid worm and vertebrates.

The Brain May Use Only 20% of Its Memory-Forming Neurons— (Scientific American — April 19, 2007)
http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?articleid=0BF4BCC9-E7F2-99DF-3FBDF4769A628403&chanId=sa017
Remember the old myth that people only use 10% of their brains? Although a new study confirmed that bromide to be apocryphal, it did find that we may only use 20% of the nerve cells in our midbrain to form memories.

Mystery of Oldest Trees Unraveled — (SPX — April 23, 2007)
http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Mystery_Of_Oldest_Trees_Unraveled_999.html
New fossil evidence has offered fresh insights into the world’s oldest trees found in an area cited as home to the Earth’s oldest forest. Located in Schoharie County, NY, the region has yielded tremendous tree trunks from the Devonian era, meaning they’re roughly 380 million years old. The fossil, more than 12 feet long, offered the first evidence of how big and complex the trees were and what their tops looked like.

Quantum Secrets of Photosynthesis Revealed — (Berkeley Research News– April 12, 2007)
http://www.lbl.gov/Science-Articles/Archive/PBD-quantum-secrets.html
Through photosynthesis, green plants and cyanobacteria are able to transfer sunlight energy to molecular reaction centers for conversion into chemical energy with nearly 100% efficiency. Speed is the key – the transfer of the solar energy takes place almost instantaneously so little energy is wasted as heat. How photosynthesis achieves this near instantaneous energy transfer is a long-standing mystery that may have finally been solved, with a new study reporting that the answer lies in quantum mechanical effects.

Genes Show T. Rex Related to Chickens — (LiveScience — April 13, 2007)
http://news.aol.com/topnews/articles/_a/genes-show
-t-rex-related-to-chickens/20070412165109990001?ncid=NWS00010000000001

An adolescent female Tyrannosaurus rex died 68 million years ago, but its bones still contain intact soft tissue, including the oldest preserved proteins ever found. A comparison of the protein’s chemical structure to a slew of other species showed an evolutionary link between T. rex and chickens, bolstering the idea that birds evolved from dinosaurs.

Water Found in Extrasolar Planet’s Atmosphere — (Space — April 10, 2007)
http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/070410_water_exoplanet.html
Astronomers have detected water in the atmosphere of a planet outside our solar system for the first time. The finding confirms theories that water vapor should be present in the atmospheres of nearly all the known extrasolar planets. Even planets such as hot Jupiters, gaseous planets that orbit closer to their stars than Mercury to our Sun, are thought to have water.


 

GENTICS/HEALTH TECHNOLOGY

Blood Pressure is in the Brain
Caterpillar Robot Treats Hearts
Scientists look to Disrupt the Brain Chemistry of Violence
Returning the Springiness to Arthritic Joints
Navigating the Future of Surgery
Artificial Bones Created From an Inkjet

Blood Pressure is in the Brain — (BBC — April 15, 2007)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6551553.stm
The cause of high blood pressure may lie within the brain, rather than with problems relating to the heart, kidneys or blood vessels, research suggests. Scientists isolated a protein, JAM-1, in the brain which appeared to trap white blood cells, obstructing blood flow and subsequently causing a rise in blood pressure.

Caterpillar Robot Treats Hearts — (BBC – April 18, 2007)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6569283.stm
A robotic caterpillar has been designed which can crawl across the surface of the heart to deliver treatment. The tiny robot, just a few centimeters long, can move at up to 18 centimeters per minute, controlled by “push and pull” wires from outside the body.

Scientists look to Disrupt the Brain Chemistry of Violence — (Physorg – April 22, 2007)
http://www.physorg.com/news96431180.html
Strides in understanding human brain chemistry and genetics are giving scientists hope they may be able to defuse violent behavior. Clinical research as well as animal testing over some 40 years has shown that there are specific zones in the brain linked to aggression and violence.

Returning the Springiness to Arthritic Joints — (MIT Technology Review – April 17, 2007)
http://www.technologyreview.com/Biotech/18538/
Joints allow us to run, jump, and throw a ball, cushioning our bones from wear and tear with a protective bubble of lubricating fluid. But joints falter with disease and old age, leaving millions searching for ways to keep them healthy. Now researchers have discovered that a protein found in joint fluid acts as a shock absorber, which they believe will yield new ways to treat or even prevent, arthritis.

Navigating the Future of Surgery — (SPX – April 19, 2007)
http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Neuroarm_Navigating_The_Future_Of_Surgery_999.html
The world’s first MRI-compatible surgical robot was recently unveiled. Designed to be controlled by a surgeon from a computer workstation, neuroArm operates in conjunction with real-time MR imaging, providing surgeons with unprecedented detail and control, enabling them to manipulate tools at a microscopic scale.

Artificial Bones Created From an Inkjet — (Daily Mail – April 14, 2007)
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=448654
Scientists are creating artificial bones using a modified version of an inkjet printer. The technology creates perfect replicas of bones that have been damaged and these can then be inserted in the body to help it to heal. The process will revolutionize bone graft surgery, which currently relies on either bits of bone taken from other parts of the body or ceramic-like substitutes.


 

NANOTECHNOLOGY

Nanogenerator Fueled by Vibrations — (MIT Technology Review — April 5, 2007)
http://www.technologyreview.com/Nanotech/18496/
Using ultrasonic waves to vibrate an array of zinc-oxide nanowires, researchers have made a tiny generator that can produce direct current. By taking advantage of the fact that zinc-oxide nanowires are piezoelectric – i.e., they can convert mechanical energy into electricity – and by finding a way to collect electricity from multiple nanowires, researchers have taken a big step toward a practical nanoscale power generator.


 

GLOBAL EPIDEMIC

Natural HIV Blocker Found
Gonorrhea Drug-Resistant Microbe Outsmarts Antibiotics
Bird Flu Genome Study Finds New Strains

Natural HIV Blocker Found — (Guardian — April 20, 2007)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/story/0,,2061706,00.html
A compound found naturally in blood could form the basis for an entirely new class of AIDS drugs. The chemical prevents the HIV virus from entering human immune cells and it is effective even against strains of the virus that are resistant to other drugs.

Gonorrhea Drug-Resistant Microbe Outsmarts Antibiotics — (Info Zine — April 13, 2007)
http://www.infozine.com/news/stories/op/storiesView/sid/22201/
Warning of a looming public health crisis, the Infectious Diseases Society of America called for new antibiotics to treat gonorrhea, a common drug-resistant “superbug” that has become increasingly difficult to treat. This followed an announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that gonorrhea resistance to powerful antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones has become widespread throughout the country. This development means that only one class of antibiotics can now be used to treat gonorrhea.

Bird Flu Genome Study Finds New Strains — (SPX — April 18, 2007)
http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Bird_Flu_Genome_Study_Shows_New_Strains_As_New_Infections_Spread_999.html
A study of 36 genomes of the H5N1 virus collected from wild birds in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Vietnam confirms not only that the virus has very recently spread west from Asia, but that two of the new western strains have already independently combined, or “reassorted,” to create a new strain.


 

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Sharing Data Visualization
Scientists Unveil Spray-On Computer

Sharing Data Visualization — (MIT Technology Review — April 11, 2007)
http://www.technologyreview.com/Infotech/18516/
IBM is showing that there’s more to the social Internet than just sharing pictures and video clips. The company has launched a new website, called Many Eyes, with the hope of adding a social aspect to data visualizations like maps, network diagrams, and scatter plots. Many Eyes teaches people how to build their own visualizations so that they can dive into complex, multidimensional data. Since its launch in January, the site has amassed nearly 2,000 visualizations that illustrate, for example, the carbon emission of cars and the nutritional information of food on a McDonald’s menu

Scientists Unveil Spray-On Computer — (Scotsman — April 8, 2007)
http://news.scotsman.com/scitech.cfm?id=539582007
Scientists have developed a computer the size of a matchstick head, thousands of which can be sprayed onto patients to give a comprehensive analysis of their condition. Speckled computing – some of the most advanced computing technology in the world – is a technology in which the individual “appliances”, or “specks”, form networks that can be programmed like ordinary computers.


 

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

Australian Drought Linked to Global Warming
U.S. and Global Water Wars Loom
Millions Face Hunger from Climate Change
Pollution Hits China’s Farmland

Australian Drought Linked to Global Warming — (AFP — April 20, 2007)
http://www.terradaily.com/reports/
Australian_Drought_Linked_To_Global_Warming_999.html

An unprecedented drought that has withered Australia’s major food production zone could be a taste of things to come as global warming ramps up. The six-year drought has been so extreme that Australia may have to import food; meanwhile, fears are mounting that supermarket prices will skyrocket if no rains fall within the next few weeks.

U.S. and Global Water Wars Loom — (AP — April 17, 2007)
http://www.livescience.com/environment/070417_ap_gw_water.html
As the world warms, water – either too little or too much of it – is going to be the major problem for the United States, according to scientists and military experts. It will be a domestic problem, with states clashing over controls of rivers, and an issue of national security as water shortages and floods worsen conflicts and terrorism elsewhere in the world.

Millions Face Hunger from Climate Change — (AP — April 10, 2007)
http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/041007EA.shtml
Rising global temperatures could melt Latin America’s glaciers within 15 years, cause food shortages affecting 130 million people across Asia by 2050 and wipe out Africa’s wheat crop, according to a new U.N. report.

Pollution Hits China’s Farmland — (BBC — April 23, 2007)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6582571.stm
More than 10% of China’s farm land is polluted, posing a “severe threat” to the nation’s food production. Agricultural land fell to 121.8 million hectares by the end of October 2006 – a loss of 306,800 hectares since the start of the year. Heavy metals alone contaminate 12 million tons of grain each year, causing annual losses of $2.5 billion.


ENERGY DEVELOPMENTS

New Record for Plastic Solar Cell Efficiency
Solar Cells That Work All Day
China to Set Up Strategic Uranium Reserve
Ethanol Cars May Not be Healthier
A New Take on Wind Power

New Record for Plastic Solar Cell Efficiency — (SPX — April 20, 2007)
http://www.solardaily.com/reports/Plastic_Solar_Cell
_Efficiency_Breaks_Record_At_Nanotechnology_Center_999.html

In order to be considered a viable technology for commercial use, solar cells must be able to convert about 8% of the energy in sunlight to electricity. Two years ago, cheap plastic solar cells maxed out at 3%. As of early 2007, these cheaper cells have surpassed the 6% mark and are expected to perform at 10% or better within a year.

Solar Cells That Work All Day — (MIT Technology Review — April 17, 2007)
http://www.technologyreview.com/Energy/18539/
Solar cells generally crank out the most power at noon, when the sun is at its highest point and can strike the cell at a 90-degree angle. Before and after noon, efficiencies drop off. But researchers have come up with a prototype that does the opposite. Their new solar cell, whose surface consists of hundreds of thousands of 100-micrometer-high towers, catches light at many angles and actually works best in the morning and afternoon.

China to Set Up Strategic Uranium Reserve — (AFP — April 18, 2007)
http://www.spacewar.com/2006/070418081911.6xsdonao.html
China, planning a massive expansion of its nuclear power industry, aims to build a strategic uranium reserve. Over the next 10 years, China will construct as many as three new nuclear power plants each year, resulting in increased demand for nuclear fuels of up to five times its current consumption. The plans for the reserve – China’s third after its strategic oil and grain stockpiles – highlight its concern about long-term energy security and how that can affect the global supply of essential resources.

Ethanol Cars May Not be Healthier — (BBC — April 18, 2007)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6563255.stm
Ethanol vehicles may have worse effects on human health than conventional petrol, scientists have warned. A computer model set up to simulate air quality in 2020 found that in some areas ozone levels would increase if all cars were run on bioethanol.

A New Take on Wind Power — (CNN — April 16, 2007)
http://edition.cnn.com/2007/BUSINESS/04/15/ft.gambarota/index.html
Conventional small wind turbines only work 20% to 40% of the time due to variations in wind speed. A new type of micro-wind turbine, by comparison, can operate 80% in most wind conditions.


 

TERRORISM, SECURITY AND THE FUTURE OF WARFARE

Robot Wars
Global Warming May be Security Factor

Robot Wars — (Economist — April 17, 2007)
http://www.economist.com/science/tq/displaystory.cfm?story_id=9028041
War is expensive and bloody. That is why America’s Department of Defense wants to replace a third of its armed vehicles and weaponry with robots by 2015. Such a change would save money, as robots are usually cheaper to replace than people. As important for the generals, it would make waging war less prey to the politics of body bags. Nobody mourns a robot.

Global Warming May be Security Factor — (AP — April 16, 2007)
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18123962/
Global warming poses a “serious threat to America’s national security” with terrorism worsening and the increased likelihood that the U.S. will be dragged into fights over water and other shortages, top retired military leaders warn in a new report. Retired U.S. military leaders, including the former Army chief of staff and President Bush’s former chief Middle East peace negotiator, called on the U.S. government to make major cuts in emissions of gases that cause global warming.


 

CONTACT AND THE EXPLORATION OF SPACE

India’s First Commercial Rocket Takes Off
Black Holes May Fill the Universe with Seeds of Life
Russia Eyes Industrial Development of Moon
‘Deflector’ Shields Could Protect Future Astronauts
Making a Mint out of the Moon

India’s First Commercial Rocket Takes Off — (BBC — April 23, 2007)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6582773.stm
India’s first commercial rocket has been launched into space. It is carrying a 352kg Italian satellite which will gather information about the origins of the universe. India’s space program also includes an unmanned mission to the Moon due to take place next year.

Black Holes May Fill the Universe with Seeds of Life — (Physorg — April 20, 2007)
http://www.physorg.com/news96287560.html
New research shows that black holes are not the ultimate destroyers that they are often portrayed to be in popular culture. Instead, warm gas escaping from the clutches of enormous black holes could be one source of the chemical elements that make life possible.

Russia Eyes Industrial Development of Moon — (Reuters — April 11, 2007)
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18053937/
Russia is working on a space transport system that could eventually lead to the industrialization of the moon. Backers of the idea argue that the potential benefits – such as resource harvesting or pollution outsourcing – easily outweigh the risks and necessary investment capital.

‘Deflector’ Shields Could Protect Future Astronauts — (New Scientist — April 18, 2007)
http://space.newscientist.com/article/dn11623
-deflector-shields-could-protect-future-astronauts.html

The Earth’s magnetic field protects spacecraft in low-Earth orbits from dangerous space radiation. But astronauts journeying to Mars or living on the Moon would benefit from no such protection. Now, US and European plans for long-term missions to the Moon and Mars have sparked renewed interest in the problem of radiation shielding. One group has just completed a round of experiments investigating one possible approach, using a bubble of charged particles, or plasma, as a deflector shield

Making a Mint out of the Moon — (BBC — April 9, 2007)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6533169.stm?ls
From his office in Nevada, entrepreneur Dennis Hope has spawned a multi-million-dollar business selling plots of lunar real estate at $20 an acre. Mr. Hope exploited a loophole in the 1967 UN Outer Space Treaty and he has been claiming ownership of the Earth’s Moon – and seven planets and their moons – for more than 20 years.


 

DEMOGRAPHICS AND SOCIAL CHANGE

Obesity Rising in Europe, Especially in Children
Your Virtual Clone
Perfect Clones, to the Last Computer-Generated Wrinkle

Obesity Rising in Europe, Especially in Children — (Reuters — April 22, 2007)
http://www.reuters.com/article/healthNews/idUSL225737920070422
The number of overweight people in Europe is rising and there is an especially worrying trend of increasing childhood obesity and in the number of people who are grossly obese. Estimates show there are around 1.1 billion overweight people in the world, of whom 312 million are obese, and that in Europe almost half the population is overweight.

Your Virtual Clone — (MIT Technology Review — April 20, 2007)
http://www.technologyreview.com/Infotech/18561/
No one will be fooled into thinking it’s you, but MyCyberTwin, launched earlier this month, does a decent job of acting as your stand-in when you’re not reachable. If you embed your cybertwin in your blog or website, visitors can learn about you through an open-ended conversation. You can program your cybertwin with as much factual information and as much of your personality as you like. If you think visitors to your blog might ask “What are you doing Saturday night?”, you can train it to respond “Going to see Harry Potter with friends. Why don’t you join us?”

Perfect Clones, to the Last Computer-Generated Wrinkle — (New Scientist — April 23, 2007)
http://www.newscientisttech.com/channel/tech/mg19426006.800-
perfect-clones-to-the-last-computergenerated-wrinkle.html

The actress sits in a dome-shaped metal cage, surrounded by lights and cameras. She closes her eyes and the lights start flashing. In less than a minute the cameras have captured enough data to create a 3D digital double that can be aged, given a sun tan or realistically illuminated to fit into almost any situation. It’s a glimpse of a future where real and virtual may become almost indistinguishable.


 

JUST FOR FUN

Minister Stands by Tagging Idea for the Elderly — (Guardian — April 20, 2007)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/guardianpolitics/story/0,,2061561,00.html
A British science minister recently floated a suggestion that satellite technology could be used to track vulnerable older people. His comments came amidst a parliamentary hearing on the possible uses of satellite technology. During the ensuing massive public relations fallout, the minister defended the idea, adding that the government had no plans to pursue the concept at present.


 

A FINAL QUOTE…

“We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.” -George Bernard Shaw


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

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

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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.