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

Amazing! Billboard Makes Water From The Thin Air

The University of Engineering and Technology, in collaboration with the Mayo DraftCFB ad agency, invented a billboard that draws humidity from the air and turns it into clean drinking water. It’s a good thing too because the billboard is located in the desert mega-city of Lima where clean drinking water is a scarce commodity.



Must See! Another Shiny Object Spotted on Mars – Curiosity Feb, 6

There are yet more mysteries to solve on the surface of Mars.

Curiosity has been sending high-res images since landing inside the Red Planet’s huge Gale Crater in August 2012.

Curiosity’s primary mission is to determine if the Gale Crater area has ever been capable of supporting microbial life.

There have been a few pictures that seem to hint at a larger discovery yet to be revealed…



These next series of images stood out to me as I panned through them, an almost faint symbol seemed to be noticeable. When asked for comment, JPL referred me to the website for updates and announcements.






Rob Simone Appears on the new Hit TV Show “Unsealed” The Conspiracy Files

Rob will appear on “Unsealed” on Jan. 27th 11pm Nation-wide.

On April 8, 2011 the FBI unveiled the Vault, declassifying decades of top secret government documents for the first time.

These documents cover topics that have plagued conspiracy theorists for the past decades. The files also contain thousands of reports of UFO sightings and alien activity. The Alien Files and The Conspiracy Files will uncover the truth of these secret documents and offer a first hand look on the mysteries of the universe.

Look for future episodes where Rob talks about his new cryptozoology cases in South America and the Europe!

Unsealed TV Show

Unsealed Files will launch in the Fall. Check your local listings.
About the Show: Conspiracy Files

Unsealed: Conspiracy Files shines a light on dozens of mysterious, previously top secret case files released by the government in April, 2011 as a result of the Freedom of Information Act. Each week, Unsealed: Conspiracy Files will investigate one compelling conspiracy theory by opening these and other sensitive, confidential files.

Based on the new information discovered, the show re-examines faulty assumptions, searches for inconsistencies, and explores new leads. The show taps a team of experts, which has harnessed the burgeoning power of new technologies to take their research farther then ever anticipated.

Unsealed: Conspiracy Files … welcome to the world of Conspiracy.

Zero Dark Thirty – Exposing the CIA’s Inner Secrets – a Film Review by Rob Simone

Zero Dark Thirty – Exposing the CIA’s inner Secrets – a Film Review by Rob Simone

I recently saw a screening of Kathryn Bigelow’s new film Zero Dark 30,
it chronicles the CIA’s efforts to track down Osama bin Laden in the wake of the 9/11 tragedies.

The movie starts with an audio montage of the emergency calls from 9/11. The screen is black and only the audio is heard. I think Catherine Bigelow did this because she did not want people to see the same news footage that we have been watching over the course of the decade. I think she wanted people to internalize 9/11 and relate to it in their own way.


From that point on we see we the painstaking efforts of the CIA through torture, bribery and high-tech surveillance to track down Osama bin Laden’s courier, Abu Ahmad al Kuwaiti.
While the events leading up to and carrying out the assassination of Osama bin Laden are known, the behind the scenes political espionage and tactical operation of the mission is not.

The film shows in great detail the torturing of many Al Qaeda suspects. Including water boarding, sleep deprivation and much more. The Central Intelligence Agency objected to the film, stating that there are many inaccuracies. But it seems to me, that is something they would have to do, because if they left this film unchallenged, it would be a quiet acknowledgment of the films accuracy.

I think what the CIA most objects to is how accurately they used psychology as a weapon.

This has been something that is a cornerstone of the CIA…using assets, gathering information and manipulating people all over the world to suit their immediate and long-term needs.

At one point the Young CIA agent responsible for tracking down bin Laden, known only as Maya, played by Jessica Chastain, is sitting across the table from Leon Panetta, Secretary of Defense. Mr. Panetta asked her if she knew why she was recruited to the CIA right out of high school. Maya replied “I don’t think I’m allowed to say…” This is a strange answer considering the director would’ve had a much higher clearance than she would.

What could be the possible reasons that she would be unable to disclose the reasons why she was recruited at such a young age? (or why the film could not)

It could be that she came from the CIA family, whose brothers or parents worked in sensitive positions. It could also be alluding to some far-reaching CIA program that has its tentacles woven within the academic system all across United States. This system could be tracking identifying traits and characteristics of adolescents and teenagers that suit particular positions within the agency.

The objections of the CIA to the film’s detailed depiction of their torture techniques and eavesdropping technology could be because it was too accurate.

A DVD quality copy is already on the Internet, on free streaming and downloading websites. This could have been done by the agency as a penalty measure for their disapproval of the film’s accuracy…?

All in all this film shows that foreign diplomacy, defense, intelligence gathering is a messy dirty murderous job and people don’t like to think of that reality. Everyone likes sausages they just don’t like to see how it’s made, and in this case the sausage is America’s continued dominance, surveillance, agenda of our foreign economic and strategic interests and the quote “war on terror.”
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Cure for Cancer Discovered? DCA, Cheap Cure, Pharmaceutical Companies Block It (Video)

As there is NO profit in the New Cure, Big Pharma wont spend the money (100 Million) to get this drug through to the market.

How does DCA work, briefly?

The Michelakis team reports that DCA turns on the mitochondria of cancer cells, allowing them to commit cellular suicide, or apoptosis.

Cancer cells shut down the mitochondria, which is the part of the cell that is involved in metabolism and, incidentally, initiates the cell suicide.

A non-cancerous cell will initiate apoptosis when it detects damage within itself that it cannot repair. But a cancer cell resists the suicide process. That is why chemotherapy and radiation treatments do not work very well and actually result in terrible side effects… the healthy cells actually die much easier.

Michelakis and his team discovered that they could re-activate the mitochondria of cancer cells. Not only that, the DCA is very effective in doing it: To quote from the Michelakis paper: “The decrease in [Ca2+]i occurs within 5 min and is sustained after 48 hr of DCA exposure.” The mitochondria are so sensitive to DCA that just 5 minutes of exposure reactivates them for 48 hours.

Dichloroacetic acid, often abbreviated DCA, is the chemical compound with formula CHCl2COOH. It is an acid, an analogue of acetic acid, in which two of the three hydrogen atoms of the methyl group have been replaced by chlorine atoms. The salts and esters of dichloroacetic acid are called dichloroacetates. Salts of DCA have been studied as potential drugs because they inhibit the enzyme pyruvate dehydrogenase kinase.

Preliminary studies have shown DCA can slow the growth of certain tumors in animal studies.

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The Rob Simone Talk Show Podcast: The Hopi Elders Speak Part 1

The Hopi Elders Speak! For the first time in a thousand years, the Hopi Elders are speaking out on a Critical Issue that threatens the FUTURE of the Hopi People… and maybe the world – Don’t Miss This Show

Around the world there are ‘people of the earth’ who still respect the natural world who are working to protect her and honor the energies of all life.

Stop privatization of water, the right to life. Stop corporate ownership of water, the right to life. We need to respect and protect our water, rivers, lakes and ground waters for future generations.

Now is the time for change to protect one of the worlds most valuable elements, water, an element that all life on earth needs to survive.

Being caretakers of the elements for thousands of years the Indigenous people understand that water is not a commodity to be bought, sold, polluted and destroyed for monetary gain.

Water is to be respected and honored as one of the elements of life itself.

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Rob Simone Podcast: Guest – Mark Anthony the “Psychic Lawyer”

Medium Mark Anthony “the Psychic Lawyer,” is the author of the best selling book, Never Letting Go: Heal Grief with Help from The Other Side.

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Mark Anthony the “Psychic Lawyer,” is a psychic medium who specializes in communication with spirits. He is descended from a long line of psychics and mediums that have been helping people with their abilities for centuries.

Mark Anthony

Mr. Anthony appears world wide on radio and television as an expert in spirit contact and the paranormal. An accomplished public orator, Mark regularly lectures on Life after Death and Contact with the Spirit World. He often serves as a featured speaker at universities, civic, religious, spiritual, and grief support groups.

Mark is a published author who has written several articles on both law and metaphysics. His best selling book “Never Letting Go,” was released by Llewellyn Worldwide Publishing last October. This book is about healing grief with help from the Other Side.

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.

Megaupload Founder Kim Dotcom’s Mansion Raided by FBI,SWAT for Copyright Infringement (video)

‘Kim Dot Com’, Megaupload Founder Was Barricaded in Room with Shotgun Before Police Arrested Him

This story gets more strange as it goes. The larger than life Kim Schmitz, aka Kim Dot com was arrested last Thursday on copyright infringement and theft violations on his website. We are not sure how many people knew the facts leading up to the arrest. Apparently, it was not an easy arrest one.

Reporters from The Global Post, the 37 year old German national had the feds raid his home but had to take careful steps to get to him as he had a shotgun ready to take aim at any time.

According to Agence France Presse, armed police had to cut into a locked safe room where Schmitz had barricaded himself with a sawn-off shotgun. Officers also seized his collection of luxury cars –with number plates reading “God,” “Mafia Hacker” and “Guilty” – and froze up to $10 million NZD ($8 million USD) in a number of New Zealand bank accounts.

Reports state there were more than 20 raids in similarity and in connection with this case that were carried out in 9 other countries.

The other suspects arrested are Megaupload’s co-founder Mathias Ortmann and chief marketing officer Finn Batato, both from Germany, and Dutch national Bram van der Kolk, who oversees programming, reported Radio New Zealand. Graphic designer Julius Bencko, head of business development Sven Echternach and software developer Andrus Nomm have also been charged, but not yet arrested.

Defeated Kim Schmitz has stated he wants his court appearance to be live because he says he has nothing to hide.