Volume 8, Number 3 – February 10, 2005

Volume 8, Number 3
February 10, 2005
Edited by John L. Petersen
[email protected]

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In This Issue:

Event Announcement – TAICON 2005 – Tools for the Development of Humanity
Future Facts – from Think Links
Think Links – The Future in the News…Today
A Final Quote

 

At The Arlington Institute, we believe that to understand the future, you need to have an open mind and cast a very wide net. To that end, FUTUREdition explores a cross-disciplinary palette of issues, from the frontiers of science and technology to major developments in mass media, geopolitics, the environment, and social perspectives.


 

EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT

TAICON 2005 – Tools for the Development of Humanity
http://www.arlingtoninstitute.org/TAICON2005

April 25-26, 2005
AED Conference Center
Washington, DC

At The Arlington Institute’s 3rd Annual Conference, Tools for the Develoipment of Humanity, more than 300 thought leaders who anticipate the need for big change will come together for two extraordinary Spring days in Washington, DC devoted exclusively to exploring just how humanity might transform itself.

Join The Institute this April as participants representing a broad spectrum of public and private organizations explore new frameworks and tools to enable change in humanity’s objectives and behaviors for the emergence of new social systems.

This conference marks the Institute’s annual tradition of sponsoring a forum that addresses humanity’s most profound issues and working in good company with many of the world’s thought leaders to address such issues and assure a sustainable world.

The Institute provides the opportunity for interactive dialogue between the speakers and the participants as well as networking and relationship building as a result of conference attendance.

We look forward to seeing you at the conference!


 

FUTURE FACTS – FROM THINK LINKS
DID YOU KNOW THAT…

  • Researchers using computer analysis have traced the origin of the famed Hope Diamond
  • Scientists are developing an inkjet printer that can create “made to measure” skin and bones to treat people with severe burns or disfigurements
  • A French goat slaughtered in 2002 has tested positive for “mad cow” disease
  • A new iceberg about twice the size of Dallas broke off an Antarctic ice shelf on January 31
  • The U.S. has developed a non-lethal microwave weapon for use in Iraq

 

THINK LINKS – THE FUTURE IN THE NEWS…TODAY

INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE

High-Tech Spacesuits Eyed for ‘Extreme Exploration’
Mirror That Reflects Your Future Self
First Artificial Neon Sky Show Created
Tech Solves Hope Diamond Mystery

High-Tech Spacesuits Eyed for ‘Extreme Exploration’ – (Space.com – January 26, 2005)
http://www.space.com/businesstechnology/technology/spacesuit_innovations_050126.html
Research is under way at MT on a Bio-Suit System designed for future explorers on the Moon and Mars. The suit augments a person’s biological skin by providing mechanical counter-pressure. The “epidermis” of such a second skin could be applied in spray-on fashion in the form of an organic, biodegradable layer. This coating would protect an astronaut conducting a spacewalk in extremely dusty planetary environments. Incorporated into that second skin would be electrically actuated artificial muscle fibers to enhance human strength and stamina. The Bio-Suit System could embody communications equipment, biosensors, computers, even climbing gear for spacewalks or what NASA calls an Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA).

Mirror That Reflects Your Future Self – (New Scientist – February 2, 2005)
http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn6952
In Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, the eponymous subject keeps his youthful looks while the vagaries of age are visited upon his portrait in the attic. Now a digital version of Wilde’s idea is being developed to show you what you will look like in five years’ time if you take no exercise, eat too much junk food and drink too much alcohol. To do this one piece of software builds up a profile of your lifestyle and then a different software package extrapolates how your behavior is likely to affect you in the long term. For example, if the software determines you are eating too much, it will calculate how many pounds to add to the image of the person standing in front of the mirror.

First Artificial Neon Sky Show Created – (Live Science – February 2, 2005)
http://www.livescience.com/technology/050202_light_show.html
By shooting intense radio beams into the night sky, researchers created a modest neon light show visible from the ground. The process is not well understood, but scientists speculate it could one day be employed to light a city or generate celestial advertisements. Researchers with the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) project in Alaska tickled the upper atmosphere to the extent that it glowed with green speckles. The HAARP experiment involves acres of antennas and a 1 megawatt generator. The scientists sent radio pulses skyward every 7.5 seconds.

Tech Solves Hope Diamond Mystery – (Wired News – February 9, 2005)
http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,66560,00.html?tw=wn_1techhead
Researchers using computer analysis have traced the origin of the famed Hope Diamond, concluding that it was cut from a larger stone that was once part of the crown jewels of France. The new study shows just how it would have fit inside the larger French Blue Diamond and how that gem was cut, Smithsonian gem curator Jeffrey Post explained. The new analysis of the diamond took a year, with researchers using sketches from pre-Revolutionary France, scientific studies of the French crown jewels and computer models. “This research would not have been possible 10 years ago,” said Post. The research helps confirm the Hope Diamond as originating with a 115-carat stone found in India in 1668. That stone was sold to King Louis XIV of France who had it cut into the 69-carat French Blue which was stolen during the French Revolution.


 

NEW REALITIES

Escape from the Universe
Puzzled Monkeys Reveal Key Language Step
Things That Make the Earth Go Hmmm
Global Warming the Key to Life on Mars

Escape from the Universe – (Prospect – February, 2005)
http://prospectmagazine.co.uk/article_details.php.6701.html
Ever since the work of Edwin Hubble in the 1920s, scientists have known that the universe is expanding, but most have believed that the expansion was slowing as the universe aged. In 1998, astronomers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Australian National University calculated the expansion rate by studying dozens of powerful supernova explosions within distant galaxies, which can light up the entire universe. Physicists realized that some “dark energy” of unknown origin, akin to Einstein’s “cosmological constant,” was acting as an anti-gravity force. Apparently, empty space itself contains enough repulsive dark energy to blow the universe apart. The more the universe expands, the more dark energy there is to make it expand even faster, leading to an exponential runaway mode.

Puzzled Monkeys Reveal Key Language Step – (New Scientist – January 15, 2005)
http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn4572
The key cognitive step that allowed humans to become the only animals using language may have been identified. A new study on monkeys found that while they are able to understand basic rules about word patterns, they are not able to follow more complex rules that underpin the crucial next stage of language structure. For example, the monkeys could master simple word structures, analogous to realizing that “the” and “a” are always followed by another word. But they were unable to grasp phrase patterns analogous to “if… then…” constructions.

Things That Make the Earth Go Hmmm – (Wired News – February 4, 2005)
http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,66495,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_2
The Earth hums. Although inaudible to human ears, powerful ocean waves produce a quasi-harmonic humming sound in the ground that can be detected just about anywhere with seismometers. Long dismissed as “background noise” by seismologists, a new look at this constant hum is opening a window on ocean activity, providing insight into the Earth’s structure that may one day be used to give advance warning of earthquakes.

Global Warming the Key to Life on Mars – (Guardian – February 7, 2005)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/space/article/0,14493,1407176,00.html
US scientists have thought up a new way to create a second home – by warming up the atmosphere of Mars. Mars – which used to be warm and wet – has an atmosphere rich in carbon dioxide. But because the red planet’s atmosphere is so thin, the planet is now freezing cold. A gas called octafluoropropane could begin a process of global warming on Mars. This would take hundreds or even thousands of years. But since the raw materials already exist there, some future space mission could start to turn up the heat in a world frozen for at least 2 billion years.


 

GENTICS/HEALTH TECHNOLOGY

Skin and Bones Made to Measure
Sex Pheromone Spray Boosts Senior Romance
‘Bio-barcoding’ Promises Early Alzheimer’s Diagnosis
Margaret Atwood’s New Biotech Novel, Oryx and Crake
Human Cloning License Granted to Dolly Creator
Heart-renewing Cells Discovered

Skin and Bones Made to Measure – (BBC News – January 18, 2005)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/manchester/4184627.stm
Scientists are developing an inkjet printer that can create “made to measure” skin and bones to treat people with severe burns or disfigurements. Human cells are suspended in a nutrient-rich liquid before being printed out in several thin layers. Project leaders say the method could be used to build an organ in a day.

Sex Pheromone Spray Boosts Senior Romance – (New Scientist – January 29, 2005)
http://www.newscientist.com/channel/sex/mg18524845.600
A mystery chemical that young women deploy as a sex attractant pheromone seems to work for post-menopausal women too. Joan Friebely of Harvard University and Susan Rako, a private physician in Newton, Massachusetts, have studied 44 post-menopausal women. Half added Athena Pheromone 10:13, originally isolated from a woman’s armpit sweat, to their perfume while half added a dummy compound. Overall, 68 per cent of pheromone users reported increases in at least one of four intimate socio-sexual behaviors such as formal dates and sex, as against 41 per cent on the placebo.

‘Bio-barcoding’ Promises Early Alzheimer’s Diagnosis – (New Scientist – January 31, 20050
http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn6946
Identifying and tracking Alzheimer’s disease currently relies on brain imaging and psychological testing. A firm diagnosis can only be made by autopsy. But recent studies have revealed several biochemical markers that may provide the basis for a living diagnosis. These include tiny proteins called amyloid-beta-derived diffusible ligands (ADDLs), which exist at elevated levels in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients.

Margaret Atwood’s New Biotech Novel, Oryx and Crake – (Nature – January 31, 2005)
http://www.nature.com/news/2005/050131/full/nbt0205-163.html
Imagine a world in which biotech could satiate every human desire and correct every human imperfection but the resulting reality is not all that rosy. One of the key themes of the novel is the corrupting influence of commerce on science. When business interests dominate “you enter a skewed universe where science can no longer operate as science,” Atwood says. For example, biotech company HelthWyzer puts “hostile bioforms” into vitamin pills while at the same time marketing antidotes. “The best diseases, from a business point of view,” the author writes with irony, “would be those that cause a lingering illness.”

Human Cloning License Granted to Dolly Creator – (Associated Press – February 8, 2005)
http://www.livescience.com/othernews/ap_dolly_050208.html
Ian Wilmut, who led the team that created Dolly the Sheep at Scotland’s Roslin Institute in 1996, was granted a cloning license by British regulators to unravel the mysteries of muscle-wasting illnesses such as incurable Lou Gehrig’s disease. The license is the second one approved since Britain became the first country to legalize research cloning in 2001. The first was granted in August to a team that hopes to use cloning to create insulin-producing cells for transplant into diabetics.

Heart-renewing Cells Discovered – (Nature – February 9, 2005)
http://www.nature.com/news/2005/050207/full/050207-8.html
The heart contains cells that can divide and mature after birth. This surprise discovery raises the possibility of transplanting these cells into hearts crippled by heart attack to mend the damage. Because fully developed heart cells do not divide, medical experts viewed the organ as unable to regenerate after injury. However, researchers have found ‘cardiac progenitor cells’, rare cells from the heart’s early development that retain the ability to reproduce. Only a few hundred progenitor cells remain in the heart after birth, and this number decreases with age, researchers say. But it may eventually be possible to capture and grow progenitor cells and then transplant them back into a patient’s heart.


 

GLOBAL EPIDEMIC

Goat Had ‘Mad Cow’ Disease in France – (TechNewsWorld – January 28, 2005)
http://www.technewsworld.com/story/40120.html
A French goat slaughtered in 2002 has tested positive for “mad cow” disease, the French agriculture ministry said, in what is the first known case in the world of the fatal illness occurring in an animal other than a bovine. In Brussels, the European Commission said that confirmation of mad cow disease in the encephalopathy (BSE) has crossed the species barrier from cows naturally. “It’s the first natural case in the world,” said European Commission spokesman Philip Tod, explaining that goats had been given BSE in laboratories to see if the cross-species infection was possible. The discovery is a disturbing sign that BSE can be transmitted to other species used for human consumption.


 

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Solving the Enigma of Kryptos
Google’s Search for Meaning

Solving the Enigma of Kryptos – (Wired News – January 21, 2005)
http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,1284,66334,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_1
It’s been nearly 15 years since artist Jim Sanborn installed the 12-foot-high, verdigrised copper, granite and wood sculpture inscribed with four encrypted messages at the CIA’s Langley, Virginia, headquarters in 1990. And it’s been seven years since anyone made progress at cracking its code. In 1998, CIA analyst David Stein cracked three of the four coded messages after diddling over the problem with paper and pencil for about 400 hours spread over many lunch breaks. Only his CIA colleagues initially knew of his success, since the agency didn’t publicize it. A year later, California computer scientist Jim Gillogly gained public notoriety when he cracked the same three messages using a Pentium II. But for 15 years, the last Kryptos section has remained unsolved.

Google’s Search for Meaning – (New Scientist – January 28, 2005)
http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn6924
Computers can learn the meaning of words simply by plugging into Google, thanks to the massive body of text that is available, ready indexed, on its search engines (which has more than 8 billion pages indexed). The finding could bring forward the day that true artificial intelligence is developed. Michael Witbrock is involved in the Cyc project in Austin, Texas, a 20-year effort to create an encyclopedic knowledge base for use by a future artificial intelligence. Cyc represents a vast quantity of fundamental human knowledge, including word meanings, facts and rules of thumb. Witbrock believes, “The web might make all the difference in whether we make an artificial intelligence or not.”


 

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

Alarm at New Climate Warning
Countdown to Global Catastrophe
Gadget Growth Fuels Eco Concerns
Unusual Arctic Cold Raises Fears for Ozone Hole
Antarctic Ice Sheet is an Awakened Giant
New Large Iceberg Breaks off Antarctica
Global Warming: Scientists Reveal Timetable

Alarm at New Climate Warning – (BBC News – January 26, 2005)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4210629.stm
Temperatures around the world could rise by as much as 11C, according to one of the largest climate prediction projects ever run. This figure is twice the level that previous studies have suggested. Scientists behind the project, called climateprediction.net, say it shows that a “safe” upper limit for carbon dioxide is impossible to define.

Countdown to Global Catastrophe – (The Independent – January 24, 2005)
http://www.rense.com/general62/count.htm
The global warming danger threshold for the world is clearly marked for the first time in an international report. The bad news is, the world has nearly reached it already. The report, “Meeting The Climate Challenge” breaks new ground by putting a figure – for the first time in such a high-level document – on the danger point of global warming, that is, the temperature rise beyond which the world would be irretrievably committed to disastrous changes.

Gadget Growth Fuels Eco Concerns – (BBC News – January 20, 2005)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4183969.stm
On average, teenagers get a new cell phone every 11 months, adults every 18 months and 15 million handsets are replaced in total each year. Yet, only 15% are actually recycled. So Ebay has announced its “Rethink” project, bringing together Intel, Apple, and IBM among others to promote recycling. On the front end of eco-consciousness, a European Union directive, WEEE (Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment), comes into effect in August putting the responsibility on electrical manufacturers to recycle items that are returned to them and elements such as chromium, lead, and cadmium – common in consumer electronics goods – will be prohibited in all products in the EU by 2006.

Unusual Arctic Cold Raises Fears for Ozone Hole – (New Scientist – January 28, 2005)
http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn6944
Temperatures in the Arctic ozone layer are now the coldest for 50 years and have been consistently low for two months. The ozone layer blankets the Earth at an altitude between 15 to 30 kilometers. It is part of a zone called the stratosphere, and absorbs ultraviolet light. European Union scientists are concerned that if the exceptionally cold temperatures continue, and the persistent polar clouds – which alter the chemistry of the ozone layer – remain, then large ozone losses will be likely when spring sunlight returns in the coming weeks.

Antarctic Ice Sheet is an Awakened Giant – (New Scientist – February 2, 2005)
http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn6962
The massive west Antarctic ice sheet, previously assumed to be stable, is starting to collapse. Antarctica contains more than 90% of the world’s ice, and the loss of any significant part of it would cause a substantial sea level rise. Glaciers on the Antarctic peninsula, which protrudes from the continent to the north, were already known to be retreating. But the new data show that glaciers within the much larger west Antarctic Ice sheet are also starting to disappear. If the ice on the peninsula melts entirely it will raise global sea levels by 0.3 meters, and the west Antarctic ice sheet contains enough water to contribute meters more.

New Large Iceberg Breaks off Antarctica – (Live Science – February 6, 2005)
http://www.livescience.com/environment/050206_new_iceberg.html
A new iceberg about twice the size of Dallas broke off an Antarctic ice shelf on January 31. The event is the latest in a series of breakups of the Larsen B ice shelf, which until recent years had endured several millennia without such major change. The latest event is separate from one earlier in January in which the world’s largest known iceberg ran aground in the Antarctic, snuggling up to a glacier known as the Drygalski Ice Tongue. The new iceberg is about 16 by 35 nautical miles, based on satellite images from the Canadian Space Agency.

Global Warming: Scientists Reveal Timetable – (Independent – February 3, 2005)
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0203-04.htm
A detailed timetable of the destruction and distress that global warming is likely to cause the world has been unveiled. It pulls together for the first time the projected impacts on ecosystems and wildlife, food production, water resources and economies across the earth, for given rises in global temperature expected during the next hundred years. The resultant picture gives the most wide-ranging impression yet of the bewildering array of destructive effects that climate change is expected to exert on different regions, from the mountains of Europe and the rainforests of the Amazon to the coral reefs of the tropics.


 

TERRORISM AND THE FUTURE OF WARFARE

Using Earth’s Atmosphere for Military Purpose
Gun-slinging Robot Headed for Iraq Combat
Sensors Everywhere
The Ascent of the Robotic Attack Jet
New Non-lethal Weapon Lets Troops Microwave Hostile Crowds

Using Earth’s Atmosphere for Military Purpose – (India Daily – January 26, 2005)
http://www.indiadaily.com/editorial/01-24c-05.asp
Currently, there are dozens of nations operating more than 100 weather modification projects, particularly in arid and semi-arid regions all over the world, where the lack of sufficient water resources limits their ability to meet food, fibre, and energy demands. In addition there are unclassified military projects in America, Russia, China, Japan, Europe and India that plan to use weather and climate to defeat the enemy. One of these is the US HAARP project designed to “understand, simulate and control ionospheric processes that might alter the performance of communication and surveillance systems.” The HAARP system intends to beam 3.6 Gigawatts of effective radiated power of high frequency radio energy into the ionosphere.

Gun-slinging Robot Headed for Iraq Combat – (News-Leader – January 23, 2005)
http://springfield.news-leader.com/business/today/0123-Gunslingin-285627.html
The U.S. Army is preparing to send 18 remote-controlled robotic sharpshooters to fight in Iraq beginning in March or April. Made by a small Massachusetts company, the SWORDS, (Special Weapons Observation Reconnaissance Detection Systems), will be the first armed robotic vehicles to see combat. They don’t need to be trained, fed or clothed. They can be boxed up and warehoused between wars. And there are no letters to write home if they meet their demise in battle. But these are not the autonomous killer robots of science fiction. A SWORDS robot shoots only when its human operator presses a button after identifying a target on video shot by the robot’s cameras.

Sensors Everywhere – (Information Week – January 24, 2005)
http://www.informationweek.com/shared/printableArticle.jhtml?articleID=57702816
SAIC is developing technology for the Defense and Homeland Security departments that could use hundreds of tiny, wireless sensors (“motes”) packed with computing power to help secure U.S. borders, bridges, power plants, and ships by detecting suspicious movements or dangerous cargo and radioing warnings back to a command center. One breakthrough of mote technology is special “mesh networking” software that lets each device wake up for a fraction of a second when it has an interesting result to transmit, then relay that information a few yards to its nearest neighbor. The technology also is gaining interest because sensor nets can be used with RFID to more cheaply identify and track goods, machinery, or hazardous chemicals.

The Ascent of the Robotic Attack Jet – (Technology Review – March, 2005)
http://www.technologyreview.com/articles/05/03/issue/feature_jet.asp
In recent years, unmanned planes have proven themselves in war. For example, the Predator, a medium-altitude surveillance plane, debuted in Bosnia and then served in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Global Hawk, has been flying high-altitude reconnaissance missions for years. Meanwhile, Northrop has built and flown another unmanned prototype, called Pegasus, and shown that it could land on an aircraft carrier. But the next crop of planes will fly in coordinated groups, with more autonomy. They’ll tackle jobs such as attacking enemy air defenses, identifying new targets, and releasing precision bombs. Realizing this vision will require the creation of new airborne communications networks and a host of control systems that will make these jets more autonomous (though always under the ultimate control of a person) than anything built to date. These are the goals of a $4-billion, five-year program at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Pentagon’s advanced research arm.

New Non-lethal Weapon Lets Troops Microwave Hostile Crowds – (World Tribune – February 3, 2005)
http://www.worldtribune.com/worldtribune/05/breaking2453405.0868055555.html
The U.S. has developed a non-lethal microwave weapon for use in Iraq. Officials said the vehicle, termed Sheriff, would contain the Active Denial System. The system uses millimeter-wave electromagnetic energy that can be directed at targets at a range of 1 kilometer, Middle East Newsline reported. The ADS system would be downgraded for Iraqi deployment in urban areas, officials said. The modified weapon causes a burning sensation on the skin, causing people to run away.


 

AUGMENTED INTELLIGENCE

Machine Learns Games Like a Human
Sex and the Single Robot

Machine Learns Games Like a Human – (New Scientist – January 12, 2005)
http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn6914
CogVis, developed by scientists at the University of Leeds in Yorkshire, UK, teaches itself how to play the children’s game by searching for patterns in video and audio of human players and then building its own “hypotheses” about the game’s rules. In contrast to older artificial intelligence (AI) programs that mimic human behavior using hard-coded rules, CogVis takes a more human approach, learning through observation and mimicry. A computer that learns to play a ‘scissors, paper, stone’ by observing and mimicking human players could lead to machines that automatically learn how to spot an intruder or perform vital maintenance work, say UK researchers.

Sex and the Single Robot – (Guardian Unlimited – February 2, 2005)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/life/science/story/0,12996,1403780,00.html
A South Korean professor is poised to take the development of robots several steps further, and give cybersex new meaning. Kim Jong-Hwan, the director of the ITRC-Intelligent Robot Research Centre and a leading authority on technology and ethics of robotics, has developed a series of artificial chromosomes that, he says, will allow robots to feel lusty, and could eventually lead to them reproducing. He says the software, which will be installed in a robot within the next three months, will give the machines the ability to feel, reason and desire.


 

ENERGY REVOLUTION

Hybrids Spark Interest in Rechargeable Cars
Super Charged
Solar Super-sail Could Reach Mars in a Month
Nuclear Now!
Canadian Researcher Invents New Solar Cell

Hybrids Spark Interest in Rechargeable Cars – (Christian Science Monitor – February 1, 2005)
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/Hybrid/story?id=445794
A button on the dashboard of the 2004 Prius could turn the gasoline-electric hybrid into an all-electric car – for a mile or so on limited battery power. This “stealth mode” button works fine in Japan and Europe but the button has been disconnected for North America’s Priuses. Now, scores of Prius owners in the U. S. are activating the button on their own, despite company warnings that altering the car will void its warranty. Some drivers are going even further by adding battery capacity and a plug. The hoped for result: a high-tech commuting car that plugs into a socket at night and gets amazing gas mileage the next day.

Super Charged – (Spectrum – January 5, 2005)
http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/WEBONLY/publicfeature/jan05/0105wcap.html#f3
A tiny South Korean company is out to make capacitors powerful enough to propel the next generation of hybrid-electric cars. NessCap Co., in Yongin, South Korea, is one of about 10 makers of ultracapacitors, devices that can store so much charge that they are beginning to blur the functional distinction between the capacitor and the battery. Ultracapacitors made by NessCap and others are just now starting to show up in products ranging from toys to experimental buses, basically as alternatives to batteries. In comparison with batteries, ultracapacitors can put out much more power for a given weight, can be charged in seconds rather than hours, and can function at more extreme temperatures.

Solar Super-sail Could Reach Mars in a Month – (New Scientist – January 29, 2005)
http://www.newscientist.com/channel/space/mg18524846.500
A new paint could help a spacecraft powered by a solar sail get from Earth to Mars in just one month, seven times faster than the craft that took the rovers Spirit and Opportunity to the Red Planet. Solar sails are in essence giant mirrors. Photons of light from the sun bounce off the surface, giving the sail a gentle push. Gregory Benford at UC Irvine, and his brother James, who runs the aerospace research firm Microwave Sciences, envisage beaming microwave energy up from Earth to boil off volatile molecules from a specially formulated paint applied to the sail. The recoil of the molecules as they streamed off the sail would increase propulsion. It’s a different way of thinking about propulsion,” Gregory Benford says. “We leave the engine on the ground.”

Nuclear Now! – (Wired News – February, 2005)
http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/13.02/nuclear.html?tw=wn_tophead_7
Peter Schwartz and Spencer Reiss suggest in their editorial that burning hydrocarbons is a luxury that a planet with 6 billion energy-hungry souls can’t afford. They conclude that there’s only one sane, practical alternative: nuclear power. As they examine the situation, they are driven to the opinion that radiation containment, waste disposal, and nuclear weapons proliferation are manageable problems in a way that global warming is not. And some of the world’s most thoughtful “greens” agree with them.

Canadian Researcher Invents New Solar Cell – (Reuters – January 13, 2005)
http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/28991/story.htm
It may only be a matter of time before we will be using our shirts to charge our cellphones. Researchers at the University of Toronto have invented a flexible plastic solar cell that is said to be five times more efficient than current methods in converting energy from the sun into electrical energy. And the film can turn 30 percent of the sun’s power into usable electrical energy — a far better performance than the 6 percent gleaned from the best plastic solar cells now in use.


CONTACT

Russia and Iran Join Efforts Against Invasion of UFOs – (Free Republic – January 12, 2005)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1319222/posts
Unidentified flying objects continue terrorizing the Eastern hemisphere of planet Earth. The news may seem to be ridiculous at first sight, but UFOs pose a big threat to Iran in connection with its growing nuclear potential. The flights of unknown objects in the air space of Iran have become much more frequent lately, the Resalat Daily wrote. According to the newspaper, unusual luminous objects were spotted above Busher and Natanza, where nuclear facilities are located. One of the objects exploded in the sky, eyewitnesses said. Both Russian and Iranian officials emphasize the fact of expanding the bilateral cooperation, particularly in the field of space exploration and the development of satellites.


 

DEMOGRAPHICS AND SOCIAL CHANGE

Bill Moyers: There Is No Tomorrow
Urban Underground Faces Risks

Bill Moyers: There Is No Tomorrow – (Star Tribune – December 1, 2004)
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article7960.htm
In this editorial, Moyers discusses the impact of conservative Christian voters who expect the imminent return of Christ on public policy and specifically on national environmental policy. He notes that millions of Christian fundamentalists may believe that environmental destruction is not only to be disregarded but actually welcomed—even hastened—as a sign of the coming apocalypse. Moyers writes that when he sees the future looking back at him from the photographs of his grandchildren, what comes to mind is, “Father, forgive us, for we know not what we do.”

Urban Underground Faces Risks – (BBC News – January 14, 2005)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4162799.stm
Experts at the United Nations University say growing urban land pressure is making it increasingly attractive to find new subterranean space for subways, shopping malls, car parks and other needs. But studies of potential natural disaster risks are often neglected. And often there are no sub-surface maps, because underground space is usually mapped only in relation to a building overhead. However, modeling a variety of catastrophic events is essential for building contingencies into underground infrastructure designs, including evacuations and the emergency containment and transport of flood waters, for example.


 

A FINAL QUOTE…

The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion. — Albert Einstein


 

A special thanks to Don Beck, Bernard Calil, Helen Huang, Humera Khan, Robert Knight, KurzweilAI, Sher Patterson-Black, Diane Petersen, John C. Petersen, the Schwartzreport and Joel Snell, our contributors to this issue. If you see something we should know about, do send it along – thanks.
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Pierre Richard Dubois is Registered Architect and holds two advanced degrees from Columbia University. He has been on a life quest to satisfy his inner and intuitive knowing about consciousness-expanding technologies and wisdom. He is an author, life coach, healer, ascension teacher, and a minister. Pierre has travelled the world and studied many religions and belief systems and found that we are all seeking the same thing: merger back with the uncreated Source of all. An insightful listener and counselor, Pierre deeply aspires to share with others his wisdom and has helped countless people on their journey of healing, expansion, and ascension over the past 20 years.

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.

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.

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.

Paul H. Smith

Paul H. Smith is the longest-serving controlled remote viewing (CRV) teacher active today, having begun his career as an instructor in 1984. He served for seven years in the government’s Star Gate remote viewing program at Ft. Meade, MD (from September 1983 to August 1990). Starting 1984, he became one of only five Star Gate personnel to be personally trained as remote viewers by the legendary founders of remote viewing, Ingo Swann and Dr. Harold E. Puthoff at SRI-International.

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.

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.

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.

Michael Waters

Michael Waters is an advanced technology consultant, researcher, inventor, and sustainable recovery strategist. His automated disaster recovery and library preservation systems are used worldwide. Michael has researched cutting edge science and technologies that redefine current understandings in mainstream physics. He is currently on the board of a number of organizations involved in advanced energy, mining, agriculture, and finance.

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. 

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.

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

Regina Meredith

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

Gaia: In 2012, Conscious Media Network merged with Gaiam TV in 2012, with Regina serving as anchor in their new media division on Open Minds and Healing Matrix. The demand for Regina’s unique perspective on a variety of subjects has drawn attention from conference organizers, moving her into the public as a presenter at conferences. In addition, Regina offers retreats and workshops for those who wish to ‘Dive Deep’ into a new understanding of the nature of reality and life itself. In this venue she shares her exclusive approach to meditation and regression work for a greater understanding of life’s challenges and identifying the innate joys.

Dr. Harold Puthoff

Although nominated for a Nobel Prize in physics for his breakthrough theoretical work on zero-point energy, Dr. Harold Puthoff, is most recognized for having been a co-founder of the secret US government “remote viewing” program that successfully used psychics to spy on the Soviet Union and China.

Now a principal and science advisor in a leading-edge effort by former senior military and intelligence managers to disclose the many decades of interest that the US has had in UFOs, he comes to Berkeley Springs on the 8th of February to give a TransitionTalk about his work in making sense out of the UFO phenomena.

Dr. Puthoff’s presentation will include a summary of his current activities with To The Stars Academy, which is on the forefront of bringing into the open formerly highly classified efforts by the government to track, record and understand the meaning of hundreds of encounters that the military has had with UFOs over the past years.

This is an extraordinary opportunity to learn from and question one of the foremost thinkers and leaders of the rapidly accelerating global effort to both make the public aware of what was previously unacknowledged about UFO and alien interaction with humans and also to address the deep questions about what is happening and what it might mean for the future of humanity.

Gregg Braden

Gregg Braden is a five-time New York Times best-selling author, and is internationally renowned as a pioneer in bridging science, spirituality and human potential! His discoveries have led to 12 award-winning books now published in over 40 languages. The UK’s Watkins Journal lists Gregg among the top 100 of “the world’s most spiritually influential living people” for the 5th consecutive year, and he is a 2017 nominee for the prestigious Templeton Award.

Rosemary Ellen Guiley

Rosemary Ellen Guiley is a leading expert on the paranormal and supernatural. With more than 50 books – including 10 encyclopedias – and hundreds of articles in print on a wide range of paranormal, spiritual and mystical topics, she possesses exceptional knowledge of the field. Her present work focuses on inter-dimensional entity contact experiences and communication.

John L. Petersen

John L. Petersen is considered by many to be one of the most informed futurists in the world. He is best-known for writing and thinking about high impact surprises (wild cards) and the process of surprise anticipation. His current professional involvements include the development of sophisticated tools for anticipatory analysis and surprise anticipation, long-range strategic planning and helping leadership design new approaches for dealing with the future.

 

He has led national non-profit organizations, worked in sales, manufacturing, real estate development, and marketing and advertising, mostly for companies he founded. A graduate electrical engineer, he has also promoted rock concerts; produced conventions; and worked as a disc jockey, among other things.

Mr. Petersens government and political experience include stints at the National War College, the Institute for National Security Studies, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the National Security Council staff at the White House. He was a naval flight officer in the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserve and is a decorated veteran of both the Vietnam and Persian Gulf wars. He has served in senior positions for a number of presidential political campaigns and was an elected delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1984. He was twice the runner-up to be Secretary of the Navy.

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

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

Petersen is a past board member of the World Future Society, writes on the future of aviation for Professional Pilot magazine and is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation. He is a former network member of the Global Business Network and a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science. A provocative public speaker, he addresses a wide array of audiences around the world on a variety of future subjects. When he is not writing or speaking, Petersen invests in and develops resources for large, international projects and advanced technology start-up companies. He lives in the Washington, D.C. area in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. Speaking Inquiries: Email [email protected]

Robert David Steele

Robert David Steele, former spy, former Marine Corps officer, a proponent of Open Source Everything, Presidential candidate in 2012 and perhaps again in 2024, recommended for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017 will integrate his life’s experience with his lessons from the works of others to explore love versus fear as a foundation for politics; liberty under natural law versus predatory fascism as we now have in the USA; and the possibilities for cosmic awakening very soon, in a full-on defeat of the Deep State and its Archon masters.

Chris Robinson

Chris Robinson’s amazing ability to dream about the future in terms that can be reliably translated into people, times, places, and activities has been the subject of books, major university scientific studies, films, articles, TV shows, and just about all forms of media. He has taught many people how to dream about the future and, through his advanced intuitive capabilities, helped thousands to understand how to deal with seemingly impossible personal situations. He is also a healer, having on numerous occasions led people with supposedly terminal conditions to eliminate those issues and return to a healthy life. There is no one else in the world that has Chris’s fascinating background (undercover police work, etc.), coupled with these amazing personal gifts.

Frank DeMarco

FRANK DeMARCO has been reporting on his conversations with non-physical beings for more than two decades, in magazine articles, talks, and in a dozen non-fiction books and two novels.

FRANK DeMARCO is the author of 14 books rooted in more than 25 years of psychic exploration, including It’s All One World, Awakening from the 3D World, Rita’s World (two volumes), The Cosmic Internet, The Sphere and the Hologram, and Imagine Yourself Well. Since 2005, he has been actively engaged in an on-going series of conversations with various non-physical beings, including historical individuals, “past lives,” aspects of personal guidance, and a generalized group he calls “the guys upstairs.”

He is also the author of three novels, Messenger, That Phenomenal Background (originally published as Babe in the Woods) and Dark Fire.

Dr. Larry Dossey

Dr. Larry Dossey is a physician of internal medicine and former Chief of Staff of Medical City Dallas Hospital. He received his M. D. degree from Southwestern Medical School (Dallas), and trained in internal medicine at Parkland and the VA hospitals in Dallas. Dossey has lectured at medical schools and hospitals throughout the United States and abroad. In 1988 he delivered the annual Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Lecture in New Delhi, India, the only physician ever invited to do so. He is the author of twelve books dealing with consciousness, spirituality, and healing, including the New York Times bestseller HEALING WORDS: THE POWER OF PRAYER AND THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE, and most recently One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters. His books have been translated into languages around the world. Dr. Dossey is the former co-chairman of the Panel on Mind/Body Interventions, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health. He is the executive editor of the peer-reviewed journal EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing. Dr. Dossey lectures around the world. He lives in Santa Fe with his wife Barbara, a nurse-consultant and the author of several award-winning books.

William Buhlman

William Buhlman is a recognized expert on the subject of out-of-body experiences. The author’s forty years of extensive personal out-of-body explorations give him a unique and thought provoking insight into this subject. His first book, Adventures beyond the Body chronicles his personal journey of self-discovery through out-of-body travel, and provides the reader with the preparation and techniques that can be used for their own adventure. He has conducted an international out-of-body experience survey that includes over 16,000 participants from forty-two countries. The provocative results of this survey are presented in his book, The Secret of the Soul. This cutting edge book explores the unique opportunities for personal growth and profound spiritual awakenings that are reported during out-of-body experiences.

Over the past two decades William has developed an effective system to experience safe, self initiated out-of-body adventures. He conducts an in-depth six-day workshop titled, Out-of-Body Exploration Intensive at the renowned Monroe Institute in Virginia. As a certified hypnotherapist, William incorporates various methods, including hypnosis, visualization and meditation techniques in his workshops to explore the profound nature of out-of-body experiences and the benefits of accelerated personal development. Through lectures, workshops and his books the author teaches the preparation and techniques of astral projection and spiritual exploration.

The author brings a refreshing look to how we can use out-of-body experiences to explore our spiritual identity and enhance our intellectual and physical lives. William is best known for his ability to teach people how to have profound spiritual adventures through the use of out-of-body experiences. In addition, he has developed an extensive series of audio programs that are designed to expand awareness and assist in the exploration of consciousness. William has appeared on numerous television and radio shows worldwide. William’s books are currently available in twelve languages. The author lives in Delaware, USA. For more information visit his web site, www.astralinfo.org.

Joe McMoneagle

Joe was the longest operational psychic spy in the US government’s very highly classified Stargate program where they used psychics and intuitives to look into installations and people around the world that were of interest to government intelligence agencies. They called the process remote viewing.

As it turned out, the remote viewers discovered that they were – not limited by either time or space and produced drawings and assessments that could not have been obtained in any other way. The Soviets had an active remote viewing program at the same time and it is rumored that Russia, China and the U.S. still have initiatives of this kind that are operational.

Joe’s stories are fascinating, like the time he mentally got inside a Chinese nuclear weapon and saw how the triggering mechanism worked . . . and then went out and bought the parts at Radio Shack to show the scientists in the intelligence agency exactly how it was done. The remote viewers could find submarines at the bottom of the ocean and crashed aircraft in the middle of African jungles.

Dr. Joe Dispenza

Dr Joe Dispenza is an international lecturer, researcher, corporate consultant, author, and educator who has been invited to speak in more than 33 countries on six continents. As a lecturer and educator, he is driven by the conviction that each of us has the potential for greatness and unlimited abilities. In his easy-to-understand, encouraging, and compassionate style, he has educated thousands of people, detailing how they can rewire their brains and recondition their bodies to make lasting changes.

Dr. Joe is also a faculty member at Quantum University in Honolulu, Hawaii; the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, New York; and Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. He’s also an invited chair of the research committee at Life University in Atlanta, Georgia.

As a researcher, Dr. Joe’s passion can be found at the intersection of the latest findings from the fields of neuroscience, epigenetics, and quantum physics to explore the science behind spontaneous remissions. He uses that knowledge to help people heal themselves of illnesses, chronic conditions, and even terminal diseases so they can enjoy a more fulfilled and happy life, as well as evolve their consciousness. At his advanced workshops around the world, he has partnered with other scientists to perform extensive research on the effects of meditation, including epigenetic testing, brain mapping with electroencephalograms (EEGs), and individual energy field testing with a gas discharge visualization (GDV) machine. His research also includes measuring both heart coherence with HeartMath monitors and the energy present in the workshop environment before, during, and after events with a GDV Sputnik sensor.

As a NY Times best-selling author, Dr. Joe has written Becoming Supernatural: How Common People Are Doing the Uncommon(Hay House, 2017), which draws on research conducted at his advanced workshops since 2012 to explore how common people are doing the uncommon to transform themselves and their lives; You Are the Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter (Hay House, 2014), which explores our ability to heal without drugs or surgery, but rather by thought alone; Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One (Hay House, 2012) and Evolve Your Brain: The Science of Changing Your Mind (2007), both of which detail the neuroscience of change and epigenetics. His film appearances include Transcendence: Live Life Beyond the Ordinary (2018); HEAL (2017); E-Motion (2014); Sacred Journey of the Heart (2012); People v. the State of Illusion (2011); What IF – The Movie (2010); Unleashing Creativity (2009); and What the #$*! Do We Know? & Down the Rabbit Hole, extended DVD version (2005).

Dr. Todd Ovokaitys

After two years at Northwestern, he was accepted into an accelerated combined graduate/undergraduate program at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, which conferred both B.A. and M.D. degrees. Advanced training was at Georgetown University Hospital, with a Residency and Chief Residency in Internal Medicine followed by a Fellowship in Pulmonary and Intensive Care Medicine.

During his Pulmonary Fellowship, the specialty that concerns the lungs, Dr. Todd began his research with cells of the immune system. Many procedures were done on AIDS patients to diagnose their lung problems. Observing this dire disease firsthand and the toxic results of early medical treatments, Dr. Todd developed a passion for finding better solutions. Towards the end of his Fellowship, he became aware of the benefits of Holistic Medicine for improving the function of the immune system while building rather than impairing the function of other systems.

Inspired to learn more, he moved to Southern California to study with practitioners of Complementary Medicine. In the context of these studies, he had an experience so radical that the course of his life and work were forever transformed.

During a meditation class in the summer of 1989, Dr. Todd paired with another student for an exercise. The process was profound and they took turns, one in the process while the other scribed to record any breakthroughs of awareness. Much as in the Jodie Foster movie “Contact,” the usual anchor points dissolved with the feeling of instant transport to a different dimension of being. There was a doorway or portal to traverse, with a message of the responsibility taken on through the choice to go further.

Instantly upon walking through this doorway, a living form was seen that filled a room – and had the shape of a DNA strand enlarged millions of times. This form communicated that science only partly understood how DNA worked. The linear understanding of DNA as an enormous data string was correct but incomplete. In addition, DNA was a structure of coils within coils in an environment of moving charges that permitted DNA to send electromagnetic signals much as a radio transmitter. Further, DNA could receive and be conditioned by electromagnetic signals. Most significantly, if it were possible to determine and transmit the correct resonant signals, that it was possible to switch the activity of a sick cell to that of a healthy cell, an old cell to that of a young cell.

This experience brought with it a certainty that solutions were possible. After intensive review of the previous work showing the effects of electromagnetic energy patterns on cellular health and function, Dr. Todd located a colleague with the technical expertise to build the desired invention.

Mary Rodwell

Mary Rodwell is a professional counsellor, hypnotherapist, researcher, metaphysician, and founder and principal of ACERN (Australian Close Encounter Resource Network). She is internationally known for her work with ET experiencers and star children. She offers regressions and support for contactees and has organized a buddy system to help those who have had close encounters. Mary has spoken at conferences in Australia, USA, UK, Scandinavia, Hawaii and New Zealand. She is a regular guest on international radio and online shows and writes article for international publications like the UFO Truth Magazine. Mary is co-founder of FREE, a non-profit organization aimed at researching close encounters.

She is the author of, Awakening – How extra-terrestrial contact can transform your life. Mary is working on her second book, The New Human, due for release this year.

Freddy Silva

Freddy Silva is a best-selling author, and leading researcher of ancient civilizations, restricted history, sacred sites and their interaction with consciousness. He has published six books in six languages, and produced eleven documentaries. Described by one CEO as “perhaps the best metaphysical speaker in the world right now,” for two decades he has been an international keynote speaker, with notable appearances at the International Science and Consciousness Conference, the International Society For The Study Of Subtle Energies & Energy Medicine, and the Association for Research and Enlightenment, in addition to appearances on Gaia TV, History Channel, BBC, and radio shows such as Coast To Coast. He also leads private sell-out tours to ancient temples worldwide. www.invisibletemple.com

Sharry Edwards

Sharry Edwards has been accused of being too scientific by some, too esoteric by others. In actuality, she is a bridge between both fields of inquiry. Sharry is the acknowledged pioneer in the emerging field of Vocal Profiling using BioAcoustic Biology. For many years she has provided the leading-edge research to show the voice as a holographic representation of the body that can be used to change the face of medicine.

Sharry asks that we imagine a future in which we can be individually identified and maintained through the use of frequency based biomarkers that keep us healthy and emotionally balanced. Her work at the Institute of BioAcoustic Biology has shown that we can each have dominion over those frequencies by individual mind management or a simple remote control that is completely programmable. Using the unique techniques of Vocal Profiling and evaluation, emotional as well as physiological issues can be revealed and addressed.

Her work with the human voice reveals that people who share similar traumas, stresses, diseases, toxicities…share similar, if not identical, vocal anomalies. She brings together ancient knowledge with modern ideas of harmonics and frequency relationship theories to show that math can be used as a form of predictive, diagnostic and curative foundation for wellness. Through entrainment of the frequency grids of the brain, the body can be programmed to support its own optimal form and function.

Dr. John McMichael

John McMichael, PhD, is the founder and CEO of Beach Tree Labs, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and early development of new therapeutic agents targeting unmet medical needs. These disorders range from herpes infections to chronic fatigue syndrome to urinary incontinence. His PhD is in virology and immunology from Oregon State University. He headed up the labs at one of the largest private veterinary research practices in the country, was a college professor for more than a decade, and now works out of a small lab on his form in New York state and a larger, more sophisticated lab in Providence, Rhode Island. He holds over 200 patents, has published in books and peer-reviewed journals, and is currently working with his team to begin formal FDA trials for product candidates for chronic traumatic brain injury and Ehlers-Danlos syndromes.

Good health is dependent on the appropriate transfer of information within and between cells. The informational and molecular disharmonies associated with disease can be reversed using appropriate therapeutic signals that stimulate the return to the normal state without adverse effects. One such signal molecule, SLO, has demonstrated clinical utility in a broad spectrum of indications that would at first glance appear to be unrelated. The underlying common thread that links these disorders is representative of the targets to which resonant molecular signals are directed.

Dr. Carrie Hempel & Brian Sanderoff

Integrative Physician Dr. Carrie Hempel and Holistic Pharmacist Brian Sanderoffare both experts in the medicinal use of cannabis in Maryland.

Dr. Hempel is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2002. As an Osteopathic Physician, she has embraced a holistic approach to patient care, providing loving attention to the relationship between mind, body, and spirit. For the past 11 years she has received specialist training, Board Certification and expertise in several fields including Internal Medicine, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, and Hospice & Palliative Medicine, along with many Integrative modalities. She is a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians, the Association of Cannabis Specialists, and is registered with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission.

Over the course of her career she has seen the consistent struggle of patients dealing with chronic, progressive, debilitating illness, and witnessed the challenges and limitations of the current pharmaceutical options for pain and symptom managment. Her passion for this population has grown, along with her desire to advocate for patients to have access to non-opioid, holistic options to enhance quality of life and optimize function.

Trained as a pharmacist, Brian Sanderoff has integrated 25 years of experience with his traditional medical training and herbalism, nutrition and numerous other holistic modalities to help clients devise practical, common-sense, safe solutions to most any health issue.

His clients appreciate how he embraces a complementary approach to health and how his holistic “compass” brings them new solutions to their unique health concerns – especially chronic diseases.

Mary Rodwell

Mary Rodwell is a professional counsellor, hypnotherapist, researcher, metaphysician, and founder and principal of ACERN (Australian Close Encounter Resource Network). She is internationally known for her work with ET experiencers and star children. She offers regressions and support for contactees and has organised a buddy system to help those who have had close encounters. Mary has spoken at conferences in Australia, USA, UK, Scandinavia, Hawaii and New Zealand. She is a regular guest on international radio and online shows and writes article for international publications like the UFO Truth Magazine. Mary is co-founder of FREE, a non-profit organisation aimed at researching close encounters.

Steve McDonald

Steve McDonald is an extraordinary Australian thinker and researcher who arguably knows as much about the structure of the global planetary transition that we are experiencing as anyone on the planet. He draws coherent pictures from the deep insights of Clair W. Graves and paints clear, explanatory images of not only how humanity has evolved to this point, but what is inevitably on our horizon . . . and how this epic transition will continue to play out.

He is currently writing a book about the global paradigm shift that’s taking us beyond the scientific-industrial era. Steve served with the Australian Army for 15 years, including war service as an infantry company commander in Somalia, 1993. He is also a qualified military helicopter pilot and on leaving the army he flew a rescue helicopter in the tropical Mackay-Whitsunday region of Queensland. Building upon his extensive experience in unpredictable environments, after retiring from flying Steve specialized as a change management consultant. He consequently studied the developmental psychology research of Dr Clare W Graves and became one of the first Australians qualified to teach Dr Graves’ theory under the banner of Spiral Dynamics Integral. A long-term struggle with posttraumatic stress has driven Steve’s deep interest in human nature and consciousness. He is a founder of Psychedelic Research in Science & Medicine, an Australian non-profit association. He is also a founder of AADII, a non-profit company created to support worldwide transformational change.

Robert Coxon

Although Robert Coxon had been studying and composing music for many years, it was after taking the Silva Mind Control course that he realized how powerful sound could be in relaxing the body and opening the consciousness. He then decided to write his first album.

Cristal Silence quickly became a major hit throughout Canada, staying on top of the charts for many years. This was the beginning of his continuing phenomenal success as composer and solo artist. For the last 29 years he has performed only his original compositions in concert. Robert has been nominated four times for the prestigious “Felix” award (French Canada equivalent to the Grammy), and became Canada’s best-selling New Age artist. His international breakthrough came after composing The Silent Path in 1995. This album was an instant hit in Canada, the USA and France. After hearing The Silent Path, Lee Carroll, internationally renowned author of 15 bestselling Kryon and Indigo books, contacted Robert and asked him to join his team on tour. Through the years this has given Robert the opportunity to experience different cultures and inspires him to write music honoring these many countries he performs in.

Robert offers us nine albums, the latest three being The Infinite, essence of life, Goddess -The Power of Woman and Passion Compassion Alegeria.

Joe Dispenza

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Gary Sycalik

Gary Sycalik has been described as an entrepreneur, businessman, project developer/manager, consultant/advisor, organizational troubleshooter, strategic planner, facilitator, futurist, business and social architect, complex problematic game designer (policy, strategic, tactic levels) and writer. Gary brings a robust horizontal and vertical functional capability to any project from the conceptual to operational stage.

Kingsley L. Dennis Phd.

Kingsley L. Dennis, PhD, is a sociologist, researcher, and writer. He previously worked in the Sociology Department at Lancaster University, UK. Kingsley is the author of numerous articles on social futures; technology and new media communications; global affairs; and conscious evolution. He is the author of several critically acclaimed books including Healing the Wounded Mind, The Sacred Revival, The Phoenix Generation, New Consciousness for a New World, Struggle for Your Mind, After the Car, and the celebrated Dawn of the Akashic Age (with Ervin Laszlo). He has traveled extensively and lived in various countries. He currently lives in Andalusia, Spain.

 

His homepage is www.kingsleydennis.com

Penny Kelly

Penny Kelly is an author, teacher, speaker, publisher, personal and spiritual consultant, and Naturopathic physician. She travels, lectures, and teaches a variety of classes and workshops, and maintains a large consulting practice. She has been involved in scientific research and investigations into consciousness at Pinelandia Laboratory near Ann Arbor, MI.