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NASA finds gnarly surfer waves in universe

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Is it a wave or a cloud?
"Surfer's waves" are known for their iconic series of curved hills all moving in the same direction and this pattern isn't just confined to coastal beaches. Scientists have seen this pattern all over the known universe - on a scale as small as the cellular level and as large as the galactic level.

According to two newly published studies - surfer's waves, also called Kelvin-Helmholtz waves, can also be found in near-Earth space, a region of space that affects how solar radiation reaches our civilization.
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NASA photography of KH clouds.
Scientists have known that Kelvin-Helmholtz waves are caused by a fast fluid, such as wind, moving over a slower fluid, like the ocean. This pattern can also be seen in cloud formations and on the surface of the sun.

"We have known before that Kelvin-Helmholtz waves exist at the boundaries of Earth's magnetic environment - but they were considered relatively rare and thought to only appear under specialized conditions," study author Shiva Kavosi, a space scientist at the University of New Hampshire, said in a press release. "It turns out they can appear under any conditions and are much more prevalent than we thought. They're present 20 percent of the time."

Comment: We find these wave clouds on Jupiter and Saturn which means they are common phenomena throughout our solar system. Kelvin Helmholtz clouds are named for Lord Kelvin and Hermann von Helmholtz, who studied the physics of the instability that leads to this type of cloud formation. It's widely believed that these waves in the sky inspired the swirls in van Gogh's masterpiece Starry Night.


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Project Nimbus: Researchers use lasers to project moving images onto clouds

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A green ghost rider appeared in the sky over the British city of Nottingham when scientists started testing a newly developed projecting device which allows the beaming of moving images directly onto clouds for the first time ever.

The image of a galloping horse rider was projected onto the clouds from a distance of 50 meters by a special laser-based projection system mounted on an aircraft.

The system beaming the images into the clouds was invented by a research team, calling itself Project Nimbus. It is composed of a designer, Dave Lynch, and a chemist, Dr Mike Nix, from the University of Leeds, who ultimately want to be able to beam the movies onto the clouds from the ground.

Comment: What a nice tool to take the blame and/or deflect attention away from UFO apparitions and cometary activity.


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Bonobos observed making wooden spears, daggers and stone shovels like our human ancestors

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The bonobos used sticks to dig out food hidden under the ground and lever large rocks out of the way, as shown in the sequence of images above.
They are our closest living relatives in the animal kingdom and now it seems bonobos may actually be far more human-like than we ever believed.

The great apes, which are cousins of chimpanzees, have been seen creating and using tools much like our early human ancestors.

Researchers have reported witnessing bonobos modifying branches to create spears and using antlers and rocks as daggers, scrapers, shovels and hammers.

They claim their skills with these tools resembles the techniques attributed to the Oldowan stone tool culture that appeared in ancient humans living between 2.6 million and 1.7 million years ago.


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Pathological new world: Bill Gates' "temporary" sterilization microchip in beta female testing by end of year

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Earlier this week, I wrote about a deal reached that would soon be pumping out medical microchip implants. Meet the new face of medicine that polygamously marries Big Pharma, biotech, nanotech and wireless remote technology. Maybe hooking oneself into the Internet of Things will be an additional app, although this sounds like a passive form of medicine where someone else gets to call the shots, so to speak.

The same developers who are bringing wireless remotely controlled microchip implants are actually focusing on their first flagship product: Gates Foundation-funded birth-control microchip implants. Wireless technology allows the remotely controlled chip to turn a woman's ability to conceive off or on at will - temporary sterilization. Of course with remote technology funded by eugenics depopulation fanatics, the first questions should always be, "the ability to conceive by whose will?" This would be the complete antithesis of female empowerment or a "woman's right to choose" - would it not?

The encryption is alleged to be so safe, that cyberhackers cannot break entry - that means you too.

The chip can be implanted into the hip, arms or beneath the back. Mum was the word during the last few years of development until it was finally publicly confirmed that the beta testing for the birth control chip would be starting towards the end of this year. Indeed, human volunteers will be sought for real-life chip testing.

Comment: I'd like to know who in the heck has control over Bill Gates' microchip! Is there any end to the number of unnatural and anti-human "innovations" that Bill Gates is behind?? Geeze, Louise!

Take a look:

Monsanto and Gates Foundation Push Genetically Engineered Crops on Africa
Bono and Bill Gates-Backed Global Health Charity Exposed as a Fraud
Bill Gates says global vaccination program is "God's Work"
Bill Gates Calls for "Decade of Vaccines"
Big owner of Monsanto shares: Does Bill Gates want population control?
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Backing Untested Vaccines Causing New Wave of Polio-Like Paralysis Across India
Vaccine Crimes: India holds Bill Gates accountable
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: "Vaccines reduce population growth"
Psychopath Bill Gates' silent takeover of American education
US geoengineers funded by Bill Gates to spray sun-reflecting chemicals into atmosphere to artificially cool the planet
Bill Gates Funds Covert Vaccine Nanotechnology
Bill Gates-funded birth control microchip
Bill Gates and the Re-Colonization of Africa
Let them eat fake - 'Artificial egg' made from plants backed by Bill Gates set to revolutionize cooking goes on sale at Whole Foods


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Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, a soon-to-be new water source for the county

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Pipe dream.
San Luis Obispo County Supervisors are looking to the only new water source in the county, the desalination plant at PG&E's Diablo Canyon Power Plant.

This desal facility can produce nearly a million gallons of water a day, operating for the past 30 years. However, the drinkable water it is making, is only used at the power plant.

"It is our drinking water, it is the water we use in the kitchen, we operate it in the plant, it is all the water we use on site," says Tom Jones, who oversees the desal facility at the power plant. "The water started in the Pacific, went through our water treatment plant -- it is a water desalination facility. We removed the salt from it and other impurities, and we pump it up the hill here were we store five million gallons of it for plant use.

The harsh drought leaving a dry mark on the state, officials say this water can be used for much more than the plant's uses. "We could pump this to a treatment facility or build a separate treatment facility here and tie it into other existing water systems," says Jones.

Comment: A new kind of desperate! On the one hand, a big bunch of dollars dollars for a pipeline and hopefully non-contaminated water or, on the other hand, the continued and irreversible depletion of groundwater, without replenishment in sight, compounding the real threat of a megadrought. A kWh costs an average of 12¢ in America, so this is a tenth of a cent per gallon. But the Canyon Diablo nuclear plant produces this electricity at only 4¢/kWh, cheaper than most other energy sources in California, so the cost is even less. (RO water from the supermarket costs about 40¢/gallon.) Significant increase of wastewater treatment across California could provide over a hundred million gallons a day. It's at least a choice.


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Memcomputer may solve world's most complex math problems

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A new computer prototype called a "memcomputer" works by mimicking the human brain, and could one day perform notoriously complex tasks like breaking codes, scientists say.

These new, brain-inspired computing devices also could help neuroscientists better understand the workings of the human brain, researchers say.

In a conventional microchip, the processor, which executes computations, and the memory, which stores data, are separate components. This constant relaying of data between the processor and the memory consumes time and energy, thus limiting the performance of standard computers.

In contrast, Massimiliano Di Ventra, a theoretical physicist at the University of California, San Diego, and his colleagues are building "memcomputers," made up of "memprocessors," that both process and store data. This setup mimics the neurons that make up the human brain, with each neuron serving as both the processor and the memory. The building blocks of memcomputers were first theoretically predicted in the 1970s, but they were manufactured for the first time in 2008.

Now, Di Ventra and his colleagues have built a prototype memcomputer they say can efficiently solve one type of notoriously difficult computational problem. Moreover, they built their memcomputer from standard microelectronics.

"These machines can be built with available technology," Di Ventra told Live Science.

The scientists investigated a class of problems known as NP-complete. With this type of problem, a person may be able to quickly confirm whether any given solution may or may not work but can't quickly find the best solution to it.

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Is life as we know it going to end? The scientific case for Nibiru/Planet X that will not go away

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Is something big on its way?
Speculating and theorizing about the existence of yet undiscovered planets in our solar system has been bounced around for centuries. Prior to each new discovery of another outer planet has come detection of anomalies in the erratic, inexplicable motions of the outermost known planet. For instance, before Neptune's existence was determined, for decades astronomers had been theorizing that Uranus' (discovered in 1781) irregular movement may have been caused by the presence of yet another undiscovered planet. Indeed that was the case in 1846 when Neptune was first sighted and identified.

The now dethroned ninth planet Pluto discovered in 1930 (relegated in 2006 to minor dwarf planet status) and Pluto's later found moon Charon were then used to explain the observed "wobbles" in Uranus and Neptune's respective orbits. Thus, errors in calculating precise positions of known planets hold an enduring pattern of later confirmation of cause determined by each newly discovered planet. Hence, for over a century scientists have debated that yet more major planets and dwarf planets belonging to our solar system are still out there in space waiting to be found and existing anomalies to be explained.

Way back in 1940 Chilean astronomer Carlos Munoz Ferrada predicted accurately that the powers-that-be would attempt to cover-up Planet X when it comes barreling towards the earth. Ferrada referred to Nibiru/Planet X as a "Comet-Planet" because it has the size of a planet but speed and elliptical orbit of a comet.

Comment: For more on the very high probability of Earth soon being on the receiving end of a major cometary bombardment, and why,
see Laura Knight-Jadczyk's Comets and Catastrophe series:

Tunguska, Psychopathy and the Sixth Extinction
Letters From the Edge
Meteorites, Asteroids, and Comets: Damages, Disasters, Injuries, Deaths, and Very Close Calls
Impact Hazards on a Populated Earth?
Climate Change Swindlers and the Political Agenda
Forget About Global Warming: We're One Step From Extinction!
New Light on the Black Death: The Cosmic Connection
The Hazard to Civilization from Fireballs and Comets
Cosmic Turkey Shoot
Wars, Pestilence and Witches
Thirty Years of Cults and Comets
Comet Biela and Mrs. O'Leary's Cow
Tunguska, the Horns of the Moon and Evolution

And the books: Comets and the Horns of Moses by Laura Knight-Jadczyk
and Earth Changes and the Human Cosmic Connection: The Secret History of the World - Book 3 by Pierre Lescaudron
and Laura Knight-Jadczyk


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British astronomers discover five supermassive black holes

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The cosmic masses chew up everything that comes close to them.
Five previously hidden supermassive black holes have been discovered by British astronomers, leading to speculation that the universe could contain millions of the mysterious monsters which chew up everything that comes close to them.

A supermassive black hole is a cosmic mass at the centre of most large galaxies with a gravitational pull nothing can escape - not even light.

International scientists led by astronomers at Durham University said the five had been hidden by clouds of dust and gas - and millions more could be similarly hidden.

They were uncovered when the team pointed Nasa's orbiting Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) satellite observatory at a collection of nine that are thought to be "extremely active" - emitting high-energy X-rays across space.

Light Saber

Russian scientists discover new method of DNA repair which could prevent and cure neurodegenerative diseases

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Estimated structure of the nucleosomal DNA loops, which are temporarily formed during transcription of chromatin containing intact DNA by RNA polymerase II (Pol II). In the presence of a single-strand DNA break, the loop structure likely changes, preventing rotation of the RNA polymerase along the DNA helix (orange arrow).
The DNA molecule is chemically unstable giving rise to DNA lesions of different nature. That is why DNA damage detection, signaling and repair, collectively known as the DNA damage response, are needed.

A group of researchers, lead by Vasily M. Studitsky, professor at the Lomonosov Moscow State University, discovered a new mechanism of DNA repair, which opens up new perspectives for the treatment and prevention of neurodegenerative diseases. The article describing their discovery is published in AAAS' first open access online-only journal Science Advances.

"In higher organisms DNA is bound with proteins in complexes called the nucleosome. Every ~200 base pairs are organized in nucleosomes, consisting of eight histone proteins, which, like the thread on the bobbin, wound double helix of DNA, which is coiled into two supercoiled loops. Part of the surface of the DNA helix is hidden, because it interacts with histones. Our entire genome is packed this way, except for the areas, from which the information is being currently read",—says Vasily M. Studitsky , who is the leading researcher and the head of the Laboratory of Regulation of Transcription and Replication at the Biological Faculty of the Lomonosov Moscow State University.

Galaxy

Black hole wakes up after 26-year slumber

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A stream of gas falling onto a black hole may have generated a massive X-ray light show.
After taking a 26-year nap, a waking black hole released a burst of X-rays that lit up astronomical observatories on June 15 — and it's still making a ruckus today.

Astronomers identified the revived black hole as an "X-ray nova" — a sudden increase in star luminosity — coming from a binary system in the constellation Cygnus. The outburst may have been caused by material falling into a black hole.