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Japan to fire a “space cannon” into asteroid

Japan to fire a “space cannon” into asteroid.

space agency has successfully test-fired a “space cannon” designed to launch
a projectile into an asteroid as part of the search for the origins of the

The device will be aboard the Hayabusa-2 space probe that is scheduled to take
off in 2014 and rendezvous with an asteroid identified as 1999JU3 that
orbits between Earth and Mars in 2018.


Once in position close to the asteroid, the space cannon will detach itself
and remotely fire a 4lb metal projectile into the surface of the miniature


“An artificial crater that can be created by the device is expected to be a
small one, a few meters in diameter, but … by acquiring samples from the
surface that is exposed by the collision, we can get fresh samples that are
less weathered by the space environment or heat,” the Japan Aerospace
Exploration Agency said in a statement.

The mother craft will then land close to the crater and user a small rover to
collect samples that would have otherwise been below the surface of the
asteroid and return to Earth in late 2020. In all, JAXA scientists say the
craft will shadow the 2,950-foot-diameter asteroid for around 18 months.


The project has “the potential to revolutionise our understanding of pristine
materials essential to understanding the conditions for planet formation and
the emergence of life,” JAXA said.

“It can provide important information needed to develop strategies to protect
the Earth from potential hazards,” the agency added. “Moreover, robotic
sampling missions to primitive bodies will be pathfinders for … human
missions that might use asteroid resources to facilitate human exploration
and the development of space.”

Hayabusa-2 is the second project to recover particles from deep space and will
build on the success of Hayabusa, which in 2010 gathered surface dust from
an asteroid and returned to Earth.

200,000 people consent to go to Mars and never return…

More than 200,000 people from 140 countries have applied to go to Mars and never return, the group behind an ambitious venture to colonize the inhospitable red planet said Monday.

mission to mars

Bas Lansdorp, a Dutch engineer and entrepreneur, plans to establish a permanent base on Mars in a mission he hopes will take off in 2022 if he can find the necessary $6 billion.

One in four of the 202,586 applicants for the one-way trip are Americans, said Mars One, the non-profit group which initiated its hunt for “would-be Mars settlers” in April.

There are also hopefuls from India (10 percent), China (six percent) and Brazil (five percent), among other countries, it said.

By 2015, Mars One expects put up to 10 four-member teams through intensive training, with the first of those teams reaching to Mars in 2023 on a high-risk journey that would take seven months to complete.

If they survive the trip, the human Martians will have to deal with minus 55 degrees C (minus 67 F) temperatures in a desert-like atmosphere that consists mainly of carbon dioxide.

They’ll also have to consent to being observed back on Earth full-time as stars of a reality TV show that would help cover expenses.

The project has the support of Gerard ‘t Hooft, the Dutch joint winner of the Nobel prize for physics in 1999.

“The long term aim is to have a lasting colony,” said ‘t Hooft in New York in April. “This expansion will not be easy. How soon that will be accomplished is anyone’s guess.”

Space agencies including NASA have expressed skepticism about the viability of Lansdorp’s plan, saying the technology to establish a human colony on Mars does not exist.

Dutch engineer and entrepreneur, Bas Lansdorp

Dutch engineer and entrepreneur, Bas Lansdorp

Mars One says on its website that the mission is a decade-long endeavor, with funding intended to come from the global audience of an interactive, televised broadcast of every aspect of the mission.

So far, there have only been unmanned missions to Mars undertaken by NASA, which has signaled its intent to send astronauts there within 20 years.


New Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) brighter than the full Moon, could be shattered by the Sun

Comet ISON has been discovered that is predicted to be visible to the naked eye in the skies during late 2013. With a perihelion passage of less than two million kilometres from the Sun on 28 November 2013, current predictions are of an object that will light up the sky with a magnitude —16.


The uncertainty is that we don’t know what will happen after it passes by the Sun, it could pose a threat to the earth and Mars.
Some Biblical scholars are calling it a possible “wormwood” type object.

“Even if this comet survives the Sun’s passage, which is by no
means guaranteed…it can be split up into many small pieces, we really don’t know.”

– Karl Hibbits, Ph.D., John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

That’s far brighter than the full Moon. If predictions hold true then C/2012 S1 will certainly be one of the greatest comets in human history, far outshining the memorable Comet Hale-Bopp of 1997 and very likely to outdo the long-awaited Comet Pan-STARRS (C/2011 L4) which is set to stun in March 2013.

The new comet, named C/2012 S1 (ISON) was found by the International Scientific Optical Network (ISON) in Russia on 21 September when astronomers Vitali Nevski and Artyom Novichonok captured it on CCD images taken through a 0.4-metre reflector. Its near-parabolic orbit suggests that it has arrived fresh from the Oort Cloud, a vast zone of icy objects orbiting the Sun, pristine remnants of the formation of the Solar System.

Massive geoengineering project dumped 200,000 pounds of iron sulphate in Pacific Ocean

The largest bio-engineering project in history, is it a huge mistake?

A First Nations village, Russ George and a private US company deposited nearly 100 tonnes of iron sulphate into the Pacific Ocean to aid in artificial plankton growth. By a process called ocean fertilization, the experiment is designed to increase the numbers of phytoplankton off the coastline.


Phytoplankton uses carbon dioxide to grow and produces oxygen as a by-product. It needs sunlight and nutrients to grow, when it dies, the carbon dioxide in its cells sinks to the bottom of the ocean.

Phytoplankton needs iron to grow, yet it is not always available in sufficient quantities. The iron sulphate dumped in the ocean is thought to cause a large Phytoplankton population, soaking up more carbon dioxide, and removing it from the air.

Geoengineering is the deliberate and large-scale intervention in the Earth’s climatic system with the aim of reducing global warming. The term geo-engineering or climate engineering is a bracket-term for two categories of technologies- carbon dioxide removal and solar radiation management.

The long-term effects of these projects are unknown and could cause entire eco-systems to change or collapse. The effect of even one species of bird or insect dying off could be devastating and cause a chain reaction that would lead to an environmental disaster.

Who is to blame?









The operation was executed by Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation, under the direction of businessman Russ George. It was done in secret, without scientific peer review or process, and without international collaboration. It could have global ecological consequences.

It is yet another example of a quick-fix, of the symptom not the cause of

Are chem-trails part of these experiments? …read related posts

Cool! Another Earth Discovered…NASA’s Kepler space telescope finds more Earth-like planets

Slowly but surely closing in on an answer to a fundamental question — how common are Earth-like planets orbiting sun-like stars? — NASA’s Kepler space telescope has discovered the smallest worlds yet found orbiting in or near the habitable zones of two distant suns, researchers announced Thursday.


While all three planets are larger than Earth, they are the closest analogues yet found orbiting in the region around their parent stars where water could exist as a liquid, a critical necessity for the evolution of life as it is currently understood.

“We are on the verge of the discovery of so many very exciting planets that, in turn, will tell us so much more about how rocky planets work, how they can be diverse and we will then learn something as well for our own Earth,” Lisa Kaltenegger a researcher with the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, told reporters.


In a statement, John Grunsfeld, NASA’s associate administrator for space science, said “the discovery of these rocky planets in the habitable zone brings us a bit closer to finding a place like home.”

“It is only a matter of time before we know if the galaxy is home to a multitude of planets like Earth, or if we are a rarity,” he said.

The hunt for exoplanets is one of the hottest fields of astronomical research with international teams using ground-based telescopes and spacecraft to search for the subtle dimming of a star’s light or the slight wobble that occurs as unseen planets swing around in their orbits.

Launched in 2009, the Kepler space telescope is equipped with a 95-megapixel camera that that continually monitors the light from more than 150,000 stars in a patch of sky in the constellation Lyra.

Planets passing in front of targeted stars cause a very slight, periodic dimming. By timing repeated cycles, computer analysis can ferret out new worlds, including potential Earth-like planets orbiting in a star’s habitable zone where water can exist as a liquid.

Prior to Thursday’s announcement, NASA’s Exoplanet Archive listed 844 confirmed planets orbiting 658 stars, including 128 solar systems hosting multiple planets. The Kepler spacecraft had discovered 115 confirmed planets and 2,740 planet candidates requiring additional observation and analysis.

Up to this point, Kepler had found just two planets in the habitable zones of their parent stars and both of them were considerably larger than Earth.

But the spacecraft’s latest discoveries include seven confirmed planets in two solar systems, including the smallest worlds yet found in a star’s habitable zone.

A star known as Kepler-62 hosts five known planets, including two that orbit in the habitable zone, while a star known as Kepler-69 hosts at least two worlds, including one on the inner edge of its habitable region.

Kepler-62, at a distance of 1,200 light years from Earth, is roughly two-thirds the size of the sun and only one-fifth as luminous. Two of its five planets — Kepler-62e and Kepler-62f — are so-called super-Earths with a radius of 1.6 and 1.4 times that of Earth respectively.

Kepler-62e orbits its sun every 122 days while Kepler-62f, just 40 percent larger than Earth, completes a year every 267 days.

“This appears to be the best example our team has found yet of Earth-like planets in the habitable zone of a Sun-like star,” said Alan Boss, a Kepler researcher at the Carnegie Institution and a leading theorist in planetary evolution.

A star known as Kepler-69, located some 2,700 light years away, is 93 percent the size of the sun and 80 percent as luminous. It hosts two confirmed planets, Kepler-69c and Kepler-69b.

The former is 70 percent larger than Earth, but it orbits near the inner edge of the habitable zone, much like Venus in Earth’s solar system, taking 242 days to complete a year. This is the smallest planet yet found in the habitable zone of a sun-like star.

Kepler-69b is more than twice as large as Earth and orbits so close to its sun that it completes a year every 13 days.

Source: CBS News

Privacy Alert! The Facebook camera that can recognize you in public! (Video)

Shoppers could soon be automatically recognized when they walk into a shop using a controversial new camera.
Called Facedeals, the camera uses photos uploaded to Facebook to recognize people as they walk in.
Shoppers who agree to use the system, which has not been developed with Facebook, will be offered special deals.

A promotional video created to promote the concept shows drinkers entering a bar, and then being offered cheap drinks as they are recognized.

‘Facebook check-ins are a powerful mechanism for businesses to deliver discounts to loyal customers, yet few businesses—and fewer customers—have realized it,’ said Nashville-based advertising agency Redpepper.
They are already trialling the scheme in firms close to their office.

‘A search for businesses with active deals in our area turned up a measly six offers.
‘The odds we’ll ever be at one of those six spots are low (a strip club and photography studio among them), and the incentives for a check-in are not nearly enticing enough for us to take the time.
‘So we set out to evolve the check-in and sweeten the deal, making both irresistible.
‘We call it Facedeals.’

Facebook recently hit the headlines when it bought, an Israeli firm that pioneered the use of face recognition technology online.
The social networking giant uses the software to recognize people in uploaded pictures, allowing it to accurately spot friends.

The Facebook camera requires people to have authorized the Facedeals app through their Facebook account.
This verifies your most recent photo tags and maps the biometric data of your face.
The system then learns what a user looks like as more pictures are approved.
This data is then used to identify you in the real world.

ChemTrails – A Threat to All Who Wish to Breath The Free Air of Liberty? – Listener’s Feedback

On January 27th, Rob Simon hosted Coast to Coast AM. The subject was chemtrails and the response was huge.
Pictures, stories and inforation flooded in after the show. The following is some of the listener submission regarding the program.

” I live in the Mt. Shasta, Ca. area and have been
painfully aware of chemtrails overhead for the last 8 yrs. But since
2012 the chemtrails have intensified to almost non-stop and many days
the atmosphere is a whitish silverery haze and the mountains are
almost dimmed out.”

“I thought it was the
best show on chemtrails I’ve ever heard. ”

Video Sent in by another listener:

“was listening to your show on chemtrails and had some insight. The spraying of the air is a chemical solution of a seeding compound and an antimicrobial/antifungal. The chemicals often used is silver Iodide, sulphur dioxide suspended in dry ice, Triclosan. The idea is to produce clouds that will disperse the antimicrobial/antifungal solutions for the purpose of surpressing the spead of early crude atempts of biological wepons. The high sulpher and silver content causes toxic effects on the environment. The early and consant use of the Triciosan as a surpressant has caused the attempts at bacterial and fungi to become more resistant to elimination (Aug. 6, 1998 issue of nature).

During WWII several bases around the US were designated as sites for the first tests and development of biological wepons. These labs were not structured or designed with future problems in mind. One of the first sites was Davis-Monthan Air Force base in Tucson, AZ. Scientists took samples of San Joaquine Valley Fever and tried to make it a weapon. This mold is was mostly found in California in the early 1920’s has become very hearty in the Phoenix and Tucson areas, as opposed to southern New Mexico. An area that was cosidered a haven for respritory problems has become one of the worst places for this mold. ”

Whoever controls the food controls the people. (government)

Create the illness and offer the cure. (pharmaceutical)

Government and Pharmaceutical: The FDA is controlled and funded by the pharmaceutical industry. A look at past employees is a big eye opener. They now do NO testing. We are the test tube. They will not order GMO’s to be labeled. They will not allow cloned meat to be labeled.

Considering that the Johnson and Johnson empire, which owns at 250 other pharmaceutical companies, has their foundation setting their people up in various high positions (past and present), plus looking at the grants they dole out to ‘fit their agendas’, their ties with other industries, I’d say we are ‘cooked’ at all levels.”

Breaking: Sony develops battery that runs on waste paper

Breaking: Sony develops battery that runs on waste paper

In 2007, Sony demonstrated a Walkman that used a ‘bio battery’ – an organic battery that generates electricity by ‘digesting’ food, just like humans do.

But a new demonstration from the company shows off a much more useful product – battery that can ‘digest’ waste paper and turn it into energy.

The prototype – on show at Eco-Products 2011 in Tokyo, shows how it could be possible to use enzymes to ‘break down’ waste paper into a fuel we can use. The prototype generates enough energy to power a (very) small fan.

A digestive enzyme, cellulase, ‘breaks down’ the cellulose in paper into glucose, a sugar that Sony’s ‘bio batteries’ can use as fuel.

The company’s bio batteries are now so advanced that the company showed off one thin enough to fit inside a greetings card alongside the paper-digesting battery.

It uses fruit juice for fuel, and can generate enough power to play a melody from inside the car.

As it stands, though, the ‘paper-eating’ battery can only generate a very small amount of power.


Voyager probe Reaches Outer Limits of the Solar System

More than three decades after launching, NASA’s workhorse spacecraft is inching closer to leaving the solar system behind.

Currently 11 billion miles away from the sun, Voyager 1 has been exploring the fringes of the solar system since 2004.

On Monday, the spacecraft entered a new region, known as the ‘stagnation zone’ – an area close to the very edge of our solar system, affording the first-ever ‘alien’s eye’ view of our planet.

Nasa’s Voyager spacecraft is reaching the outer limits of the solar system – an area known as the ‘stagnation’ zone

Voyager 1 still has a little way to go before it completely exits the solar system and becomes the first manmade probe to cross into interstellar space, or the vast space between stars.

The spacecraft has enough battery power to last until 2020, but scientists think it will reach interstellar space before that – in a matter of several months to years.

Chief scientist Ed Stone of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory said the timing is unclear because no spacecraft has ever ventured this far.

The Voyager probe has been traveling towards the outer reaches of the solar system since 1977 – it has enough batteries to last until 2020, scientists estimate

For the past year, Voyager 1 used its instruments to explore the new region. It appeared to be the cosmic doldrums where solar winds streaming out from the sun at 1 million mph have dramatically eased

‘The journey continues,’ Stone told a meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco.

For the past year, Voyager 1 used its instruments to explore the new region.

It appeared to be the cosmic doldrums where solar winds streaming out from the sun at 1 million mph have dramatically eased and high-energy particles from outside are seeping in – a sign that Voyager 1 is at the doorstep of interstellar space.

The Voyager spacecraft were built to explore the outer planets of the solar system – and beyond

Scientists expect to see several telltale signs when Voyager 1 finally crosses the boundary including a change in the magnetic field direction and the type of wind. Interstellar wind is slower, colder and denser than solar wind.

Even with certain expectations, Stone warned that the milestone won’t be cut-and-dried.

‘We will be confused when it first happens,’ Stone said.

Voyager 1 and its twin, Voyager 2, were launched in 1977 to tour the outer planets including Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. After their main mission ended, both headed toward interstellar space in opposite directions. Voyager 2 is traveling slower than Voyager 1 and is currently 9 billion away miles from the sun.

The fastest phone ever? Samsung and Google to Reveal iPhone-beating Nexus Prime

Respect for the delayed launch of Apple’s late co-founder Steve Jobs. Samsung said it is just “not the right time” to launch a new product.

But Google and Samsung are set to launch the Nexus Prime this week – reportedly armed with a 4G connection, and the 1.5GHz Dual Core Processor.

It is a showcase for Samsung’s latest technology and the latest version of the Google’s Android software – Ice Cream Sandwich.

Google-branded phones, the Nexus is often used as a showcase for new technologies – the latest was the first handset with Near Field Communication chip used for contactless payments technology, even if the new iPhone 4S is still missing.

Prime is expected to be full of components, such as the 1.5GHz dual-core processor, faster than some handheld computers.

Reports say that the phone has a 4.5 inch HD display, and 4G connectivity.

The event is now scheduled to be held in Hong Kong on Wednesday this week.

Google is expected to launch a new version of the Android phone software, the Ice Cream Sandwich – designed to bring the atmosphere of a hi-tech, high-speed tablet Android operating system, Honeycomb, phones for the first time.

Samsung to release said that the phone would provide a “perfect combination” – and the teaser from the video seemed to indicate that the display can be curved.

TECH websites such as the Inquirer said it was “almost certain” that the Prime Minister of the handset to be launched this week.

Samsung has overtaken Nokia’s smartphone market thanks to world-wide success of its 10 million sales of Galaxy S 2 smartphone.