When Science Fiction Becomes Science

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Earth's Moon: By definition, the Moon is Earth's only natural satellite and the fifth largest satellite in the Solar System. Since ancient times, the Moon has had an important cultural influence on language, calendars, art, astrology, and mythology. The Moon's gravitational influence produces the ocean tides and the minute lengthening of the day. The Moon is the only celestial body on which humans have landed ... maybe. Some believe aliens have/had bases on the far side of the moon, and that subterranean lunar mining is tied to our connection with alien visitors.

Parts of moon interior contains as much water as Earth's upper mantle   PhysOrg - May 27, 2011
Parts of the moon's interior contains as much water as the upper mantle of the Earth - 100 times more of the precious liquid than measured before - research from Case Western Reserve University, Carnegie Institution for Science, and Brown University shows.

Moon's interior water casts doubt on formation theory   BBC - May 27, 2011

An analysis of sediments brought back by the Apollo 17 mission has shown that the Moon's interior holds far more water than previously thought. The analysis, reported in Science, has looked at pockets of volcanic material locked within tiny glass beads. It found 100 times more water in the beads than has been measured before, and suggests that the Moon once held a Caribbean Sea-sized volume of water. The find also casts doubt on aspects of theories of how the Moon first formed.


Great Pyramid of Giza: The mysteries of the Great Pyramid have fascinated humanity since the beginning of time. By its sacred design, one can illicit that it was created, not by humans, but by alien visitors who placed it here for any number of reason that humanity would explore through time.

Pyramid-Exploring Robot Reveals Hidden Hieroglyphs   Discovery - May 27, 2011

A composite of images of the floor of the Great Pyramid is shown. Red hieroglyphs are visible.
A robot explorer called Djedi, sent through the Great Pyramid of Giza has begun to unveil some of the secrets behind the 4,500-year-old pharaonic mausoleum as it transmitted the first images behind one of its mysterious doors. The images revealed hieroglyphs written in red paint that have not been seen by human eyes since the construction of the pyramid. The pictures also unveiled new details about two puzzling copper pins embedded in one of the so called secret doors or Gantenbrink's Door. The back of the pins curve back on themselves. Why? What was the purpose of these pins? The loops seem too small to serve a mechanical purpose. The new information dismisses the hypothesis that the copper pins were handles, and might point to an ornamental purpose. Also, the back of the door is polished so it must have been important. It doesn't look like it was a rough piece of stone used to stop debris getting into the shaft. The Djedi robot is expected to reveal much more in the next months.


Fade to Black: The end of the program fades to black. We exit through a 'black hole' in the eye of time.

Mini Black Holes Zip Through Earth Every Day?   National Geographic - May 27, 2011

Like cosmic ghosts, miniature black holes may be zipping harmlessly through Earth on a daily basis, a new study suggests. The new theory rebuts doomsday scenarios in which powerful atom-smashing machines such as the Large Hadron Collider spawn black holes that swallow the planet. Instead, the study authors think that tiny black holes would behave very differently from their larger brethren in deep space, called astrophysical or stellar-mass black holes. Despite having roughly the mass of a thousand sedans, a mini black hole would be smaller than an atom. At that size the black hole wouldn't swallow much matter and would instead mostly trap atoms and some larger molecules into circling orbits - in much the same way that protons in atoms capture and bind electrons. The study authors therefore call mini black holes with orbiting material Gravitational Equivalents of an Atom, or GEAs.


The human brain is an electrochemical machine forever viewing streaming consciousness for experience, knowledge, and interpretation.

Does Quantum Theory Explain Consciousness?   Discovery - May 27, 2011

How do you go about explaining consciousness? Indeed, many scientists are currently studying what happens in the brain and how the mind relates to the outside world, but quantifying what gives us consciousness is proving to be a rather tough nut to crack. Is there some supernatural influence? Is it purely biological? Or is there something else, something more... physicsy? Don't you think our consciousness might be explained by the Large Hadron Collider which is probing states of matter that existed immediately after the Big Bang, so it's bound to throw up some new physics -- don't you reckon it might uncover some sort of particle, or energy, that might explain our connectivity with the Universe?

Possibly inspired by the crazy science butchered in the TV series FlashForward - in which everyone on the planet gets knocked out for 2 minutes and 17 seconds, having visions 6 months into the future, after an experiment apparently went awry in a particle accelerator - my friend was quick to point out that quantum physics, by its nature, is weird, and consciousness is, well, weird, so there must be some connection. While this may be attractive -- after all, quantum mechanics brought us Schrodinger's-very-confused-dead-or-alive-(or both)-Cat -- there is a fundamental flaw in this logic. As Brooks mentions in his article, "strange quantum effects don't fit in with our everyday experience of the world, they have been invoked to resolve myriad things we don't yet understand, such as supernatural phenomena."

Quantum theory can't explain all of life's mysteries

Are We Living in a Hologram?
Do you ever have days when you question reality? One scientist has gone a step further; he is currently building an experiment that will hopefully answer whether or not we all exist as a result of a universal hologram. You're not alone. The holographic universe hypothesis is steeped in complex mathematics and descriptions that belong in hard science fiction novels. Fermilab particle physicist Craig Hogan renewed interest in the holographic universe concept after investigating the noise measured by a gravitational wave detector called GEO600 in Germany. Before we can understand what this "noise" is (let alone why the Universe could be a hologram), we need to understand how gravitational wave detectors work.

The Holographic Universe   Crystalinks

Consciousness   Crystalinks