Japan researcher says has found an Asian Atlantis


A researcher investigating underwater rock formations off the coast of Japan believes they are the remnants of an Asian equivalent of Atlantis — an ancient civilization swallowed up by the ocean.

Marine geologist Masaaki Kimura says he has identified the ruins of a city off the coast of Yonaguni Island on the southwestern tip of Japan.

He has worked for decades to prove the rocks found by scuba diving tourists in 1985 are from an ancient city, which he says may have sparked the fable of Mu — a Pacific equivalent of the tale of the lost city of Atlantis.

“Judging by the design and the disposition of the ruins, the city must have looked just like an ancient Roman city,” said Kimura, a professor at Ryukyu University and the chairman of the non-profit Marine Science and Culture Heritage Research Association.

“I can envisage a triumphal arch-like statue stood on the left side of the Colosseum and a shrine over the hill,” he told Reuters Television.

Some of the initial divers notices the rocks were unnaturally smooth and formed a sort of staircase near the island’s shores. Subsequent dives by Kimura revealed irregular rock outcrops over 1 square km (0.4 square mile) and mounds of rubble.

Kimura says he believes the city had a castle, a shrine, an arch, statues and a colosseum.

“In my estimation, the castle was situated right in the middle of the city. And though not as big as the castle, a lot of ruins of shrine-like structures too have been discovered,” he said at his research room.

Kimura believes the city was sunk in an earthquake 3,000 years ago.


Google Earth Sighting – Not sure what this is


I first seen this image on MUFON’s latest 20 reports list and checked it out for myself using the newer version of Google Earth. It may be nothing but it sure looks like something to me. If you “fly to” Greenland within Google Earth you will notice a very large orangish rectangel which appears to be sticking out of an ice covered area.

Nuclear Reactions in the Lab Mimic Supernovas


Burning more brilliantly than a billion suns, the energy-packed star deaths known as supernovas have lately enabled scientists to discover fundamental properties of the universe.

Now physicists hope to uncover new cosmic secrets by recreating some supernova features in the lab.

The REsonator SOLenoid with Upscale Transmission (RESOLUT) joins a small number of facilities around the world able to recreate some of the emissions and reactions of nature’s biggest fireworks display.

“We’re doing experiments that replicate, in a very controlled manner, the explosions that take place in stars,” said Ingo Wiedenhöver, a physicist at Florida State University, where RESOLUT is housed in a particle accelerator lab.

Recently, RESOLUT was used to create specific types of radioactive nuclei found in Type 1a supernovas.

Type 1a supernovas occur when a type of star known as a white dwarf reaches a critical mass and ignites carbon fusion near its center. The nuclear explosion spreads through the star in about one second and blasts the star’s contents apart. The thermonuclear inferno leaves no remains behind.

Because all Type 1a supernovas release virtually the same amount of energy, the observed brightness of such an explosion varies only with its distance from Earth, and so can be used as a gauge for measuring interstellar distances.

“It is what astrophysicists call a ‘standard candle’ for mapping out distances,” said Wiedenhöver. “At the same time they look at the observed redshift [which describes the supernova’s velocity away from Earth] and measure the expansion of the universe.”

Recent observations of ultra-distant supernovas suggest that the universe is expanding at an increased rate, which contradicts the steady-expansion viewpoint of famed astronomer Edwin Hubble. A better understanding of the reactions that take place within a supernova could help astrophysicists create a more accurate map of the universe.

“Not all Type 1a supernovae have exactly the same brightness,” said Wiedenhöver. “Our effort is to make a model of brightness differences. To do this we need to understand the physics of the explosions.”

The reactions themselves are not well-studied, mainly because the highly unstable isotopes containing the radioactive nuclei are not found on Earth.

“Astrophysicists tell us they need more information on the nuclear physics of these exotic isotopes,” said Wiedenhöver. “This type of physics has really taken off in the last five years because of facilities like this one.”

RESOLUT is not the only facility in North America using a beam of atomic particles to isolate rare nuclei in a particle accelerator, but it is unique in its flexibility. The TRIUMF Accelerator at the University of British Columbia and the ORELA facility at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee have, Wiedenhöver admits, “better beams, but we can select more freely which isotopes to study.”

Nor are these experiments the first to mimic the calamity of deep space. In 2001, physicists experimenting with a type of matter called Bose-Einstein condensate managed to create a miniature explosion that in some ways resembled a supernova.

Troops to be deployed to Washington D.C


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Members of the 1st Battalion 265 Air Defense Artillery have mobilized and are on a plane headed first to Ft. Bliss, then for federal active duty in the capital region.

The troops will be deployed for a year.”It’s going to be all right It’s OK if he helps people and everything, and it’s his job. He’s got to do it. He just got to do it,” Jessica Ward said, whose father is being deployed.

Jessica speaks for many when she talks about her father’s deployment.

Michael Ward and company are leaving for a year, and that weighs heavy on families.

The 265th is part of Operation Noble Eagle.

They are ordered by the president to the nation’s capital, where they will operate high-tech weapons systems against any potential air threat.

Yolanda McCormack is relieved husband Charles isn’t headed to Iraq, but there is always a risk.

“Doesn’t mean he won’t be in the line of fire in Washington, D.C., but it does give me a little comfort,” Yolanda McCormack said, whose husband is being deployed.

Families may get one or two opportunities to see loved ones during this year-long deployment, but it’s not encouraged. Though the solders are staying in the states, they are on serious business.

Staff Sgt. James Todd said duty at home is just as important as the mission overseas.

Are we preparing for another September 11th? Are we preparing for martial law? Are we simply preparing? Are we left in the dark again as U.S. citizens? What does this move mean? These days we seem to have more questions than answers when it comes to our own government, the government that exists for the sole purpose to serve the citizens of our free nation. God bless our soldiers and their families but god damn the secrecy that clogs the flow of information in our country.

Ufo sighting in Parma, Italy


It is hard to say what this video shows but it reminds me a lot of the Pheonix lights.

It is worth a look, check it out at the sight below.

Check out the video here: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2715964918156264517&q=parma%2C+italy+ufo&total=2&start=0&num=10&so=0&type=search&plindex=0

Top Astronomer from Pasto Colombia Captures UFO Calls out for NASA!


Hi, this video is in Spanish. Sorry. But I will translate what it says.

The Top Astronomer Alberto Quijano from Pasto Colombia has captured a UFO for approximately 1hr in our atmosphere. They had the telescope pointing to the Scorpio constellation when suddenly a strange object passed just under the Scorpio constellation and was filmed for an hour doing super extreme speeds and movements that defy any explanation.

The top scientist says that it is undoubtedly a UFO! “It moves like nothing I ever seen” He proceeds to say, “its movements are not like any asteroid, comet, or satellite or any other cosmic body we know of” They said that they will contact scientists from NASA to see if they can help them figure it out.
Here is a short snippet of the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IZD_RfFFHY

Mysterious Twist Found in Saturn’s Electric Ring


An invisible donut of trapped, hot particles surrounding Saturn is all bent out of shape–a finding that astronomers can’t yet explain.

A similar “ring current” phenomenon occurs around Earth as a relatively stable donut when present, but new Cassini spacecraft images show Saturn’s loop is a lopsided mess.

“It’s curious that Saturn’s ring current isn’t symmetric,” said Don Mitchell, an astrophysicist at Johns Hopkins University who helped examine the images beamed back to Earth. “We think the solar wind is squishing the sunward side of the ring current, kind of like a wind sock.”

Planets with magnetic fields can trap hot particles within their clutches to form giant electrified clouds-the ring currents-that are invisible to the naked eye.

Earth’s ring current is made of hydrogen and appears during solar flares. Saturn’s is made largely of oxygen and is always present. The saturnian moon Enceladus is responsible for the electric halo, as it consistently spews water vapor from its depths to feed the ring current with oxygen and hydrogen ions.

Because oxygen is far heavier than hydrogen, Mitchell said, Saturn’s ring current can distort the planet’s magnetic field and make for an odd shape.

“The heavier oxygen is like a rock on a string, stretching the magnetic field of Saturn,” Mitchell said.

More mysterious to Mitchell and his colleagues, however, is a “clump” of electrified particles within the ring that rotates in sync with the planet roughly every 10 hours and 47 minutes.

Cassini’s images show the bright clump orbits Saturn between 300,000 and 634,000 miles (485,000 and 1,000,000 kilometers) away from the planet’s surface, but astronomers have not yet figured out what creates it nor why it moves so quickly.

“Saturn is a big fast rotator. The clump seems loosely hooked to the planet, yet rotates with it,” Mitchell said. “It may be connected with Saturn’s ring current, but we just don’t know. This is something we’re working very hard to figure out.”

Stamatios Krimigis, also an astrophsycist at Johns Hopkins who examined the images, is presenting them Thursday at the European Planetary Science Congress in Potsdam, Germany.