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Vienna University of Technology. "Is the universe a hologram?." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 27 April 2015.

Summary: The 'holographic principle,' the idea that a universe with gravity can be described by a quantum field theory in fewer dimensions, has been used for years as a mathematical tool in strange curved spaces. New results suggest that the holographic principle also holds in flat spaces. Our own universe could in fact be two dimensional and only appear three dimensional -- just like a hologram.

At first glance, there is not the slightest doubt: to us, the universe looks three dimensional. But one of the most fruitful theories of theoretical physics in the last two decades is challenging this assumption. The "holographic principle" asserts that a mathematical description of the universe actually requires one fewer dimension than it seems. What we perceive as three dimensional may just be the image of two dimensional processes on a huge cosmic horizon.

Up until now, this principle has only been studied in exotic spaces with negative curvature. This is interesting from a theoretical point of view, but such spaces are quite different from the space in our own universe. Results obtained by scientists at TU Wien (Vienna) now suggest that the holographic principle even holds in a flat spacetime. (. . . read more)

Is the universe a hologram?
Physicists: Universe Is Immaterial, Mental & Spiritual
by Arjun Walia

'"Consciousness creates reality", a statement that has gained a lot of attention across various alternative media outlets around the world. Make no mistake, consciousness has (and has been for quite some time) studied by numerous scientists, especially in its relation to quantum physics and how it might be correlated with the nature of our reality.

What is consciousness" Consciousness includes a number of things. It's how we perceive our world, our thoughts, being aware, our intentions and more.

"Looking for consciousness in the brain is like looking in the radio for the announcer." - Nasseim Haramein

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"A fundamental conclusion of the new physics also acknowledges that the observer creates the reality. As observers, we are personally involved with the creation of our own reality. Physicists are being forced to admit that the universe is a 'mental' construction. Pioneering physicist Sir James Jeans wrote: 'The stream of knowledge is heading toward a non-mechanical reality; the universe begins to look more like a great thought than like a great machine. Mind no longer appears to be an accidental intruder into the realm of matter, we ought rather hail it as the creator and governor of the realm of matter. Get over it, and accept the inarguable conclusion. The universe is immaterial-mental and spiritual'." - R.C. Henry, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins University, "The Mental Universe" ; Nature 436:29,2005) (source)'
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Consciousness and the double-slit interference pattern: Six experiments - Dean Radin et al [Science Abstract] PDF

Abstract: A double-slit optical system was used to test the possible role of consciousness in the collapse of the quantum wavefunction. The ratio of the interference pattern's double-slit spectral power to its single-slit spectral power was predicted to decrease when attention was focused toward the double slit as compared to away from it. Each test session consisted of 40 counterbalanced attention-toward and attention-away epochs, where each epoch lasted between 15 and 30 s. Data contributed by 137 people in six experiments, involving a total of 250 test sessions, indicate that on average the spectral ratio decreased as predicted (z=-4:36, p=6·10-6 ). Another 250 control sessions conducted without observers present tested hardware, software, and analytical procedures for potential artifacts; none were identified (z=0:43, p=0:67). Variables including temperature, vibration, and signal drift were also tested, and no spurious influences were identified. By contrast, factors associated with consciousness, such as meditation experience, electrocortical markers of focused attention, and psychological factors including openness and absorption, significantly correlated in predicted ways with perturbations in the double-slit interference pattern. The results appear to be consistent with a consciousness-related interpretation of the quantum measurement problem. Ó 2012 Physics Essays Publication. [DOI: 10.4006/0836-1398-25.2.157]

Dr Quantum - Double Slit Experiment
Uploaded on 13 Sep 2006

Why You Should Be Aware of Quantum Physics
by John Assaraf

'Nobel Prize winning physicists have proven beyond doubt that the physical world is one large sea of energy that flashes into and out of being in milliseconds, over and over again.

Nothing is solid.

This is the world of Quantum Physics.

They have proven that thoughts are what put together and hold together this ever-changing energy field into the 'objects' that we see.

So why do we see a person instead of a flashing cluster of energy?' You can read more about that story here'. . . . .

A Jewel at the Heart of Quantum Physics - The Amplituhedron
by Natalie Wolchover - September 17, 2013

Physicists have discovered a jewel-like geometric object that dramatically simplifies calculations of particle interactions and challenges the notion that space and time are fundamental components of reality.

"This is completely new and very much simpler than anything that has been done before," said Andrew Hodges, a mathematical physicist at Oxford University who has been following the work.

The revelation that particle interactions, the most basic events in nature, may be consequences of geometry significantly advances a decades-long effort to reformulate quantum field theory, the body of laws describing elementary particles and their interactions. Interactions that were previously calculated with mathematical formulas thousands of terms long can now be described by computing the volume of the corresponding jewel-like "amplituhedron," which yields an equivalent one-term expression.

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The new geometric version of quantum field theory could also facilitate the search for a theory of quantum gravity that would seamlessly connect the large- and small-scale pictures of the universe. Attempts thus far to incorporate gravity into the laws of physics at the quantum scale have run up against nonsensical infinities and deep paradoxes. The amplituhedron, or a similar geometric object, could help by removing two deeply rooted principles of physics: locality and unitarity.

'You can read more about that story here'. . . . .

Artist's rendering of the amplituhedron, a newly discovered mathematical object resembling a multifaceted jewel in higher dimensions. Encoded in its volume are the most basic features of reality that can be calculated - the probabilities of outcomes of particle interactions

NASA's Van Allen Probes Spot an Impenetrable Barrier in Space
November 26, 2014

Two donuts of seething radiation that surround Earth, called the Van Allen radiation belts, have been found to contain a nearly impenetrable barrier that prevents the fastest, most energetic electrons from reaching Earth

The Van Allen belts are a collection of charged particles, gathered in place by Earth's magnetic field. They can wax and wane in response to incoming energy from the sun, sometimes swelling up enough to expose satellites in low-Earth orbit to damaging radiation. The discovery of the drain that acts as a barrier within the belts was made using NASA's Van Allen Probes, launched in August 2012 to study the region. A paper on these results appeared in the Nov. 27, 2014, issue of Nature magazine.

"This barrier for the ultra-fast electrons is a remarkable feature of the belts," said Dan Baker, a space scientist at the University of Colorado in Boulder and first author of the paper. "We're able to study it for the first time, because we never had such accurate measurements of these high-energy electrons before."

Understanding what gives the radiation belts their shape and what can affect the way they swell or shrink helps scientists predict the onset of those changes. Such predictions can help scientists protect satellites in the area from the radiation.

'You can read more about that story here'. . . . .

A cloud of cold, charged gas around Earth, called the plasmasphere and seen here in purple, interacts with the particles in Earth's radiation belts - shown in grey - to create an impenetrable barrier that blocks the fastest electrons from moving in closer to our planet. - Image Credit: NASA/Goddard
NASA Premieres 'Trial By Fire' Video on Orion's Flight Test
Published on 8 Oct 2014

As the flight test of NASA's Orion spacecraft nears, the agency released Wednesday a video -- called "Trial By Fire" -- detailing the spacecraft's test and the critical systems engineers will evaluate during the Dec. 4 flight.

Orion is in the final stages of preparation for the uncrewed flight test that will take it 3,600 miles above Earth on a 4.5-hour mission to test many of the systems necessary for future human missions into deep space. After two orbits, Orion will reenter Earth's atmosphere at almost 20,000 miles per hour, and reach temperatures near 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit before its parachute system deploys to slow the spacecraft for a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean.

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'You can read more about that story here'. . . . .

First #CometLanding in history as Rosetta's Philae touches down
Published: November 12, 2014

The fantastic decade-long mission of the ESA's Rosetta robotic space probe, chasing Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, reached its final goal on Wednesday, as the Philae robotic lander detached from its mothership and landed on the target.

"We definitely confirm that the lander is on the surface," said flight director Andrea Accomazzo.

The confirming signal broke a seven-hour silence and sparked scenes of elation at the European Space Agency's (ESA) mission control center in Darmstadt.

'You can read more about that story here'. . . . .

ESA Operations recording of sounds allegedly being sent out by the comet.
European Space Agency: Rosetta Blog - The singing comet.
11NOV Dr. Michael Salla, exopolitics.org : Mystery signal from Rosetta comet confirmed by European Space Agency.

Mystery signal from Rosetta comet confirmed by European Space Agency
Rosetta Mission and Comets - another view . . .
October 20, 2014 by sschirott

A new report from NASA's Cassini Space Mission to Saturn may prove to be a landmark for the study of electrical phenomena in the space sciences. The article, entitled, Cassini Caught in Hyperion's Particle Beam, describes the Cassini spacecraft being "bathed in a beam of electrons" during a close encounter with the electrically charged surface of Saturn's moon.

The report reads, "Measurements made by several of Cassini's instruments during a close encounter with Hyperion on September 26, 2005, indicate that something unexpected took place in the charged particle environment around the spacecraft. Among those instruments, the Cassini Plasma Spectrometer (CAPS) detected that the spacecraft was magnetically connected to the surface of Hyperion for a brief period, allowing electrons to escape from the moon toward the robotic probe."

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'You can read more of that article here'. . . . .
Rosetta Mission Predictions
Predictions for Comet Science After Rosetta
Congratulations Rosetta
'The Electric Comet' Video

Chariklo: An Asteroid with Rings
By: Shannon Hall | March 27, 2014

An international team of observers has made the surprising discovery that a distant asteroid has two distinct, dense rings.

It takes but a quick glance at Saturn through a small telescope to see how truly breathtaking a ring system can be. Snapshots from the Voyager and Cassini spacecraft have revealed the planet's magnificent rings in all their glory. While Saturn is undeniably the "lord of the rings," the other outer planets - Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune - also possess ring systems of their own.

And yet, an understanding of how these bands are created and maintained remains elusive. They might be ancient, having formed from ice and dust in the solar system's protoplanetary disk. Or they might be relatively recent additions, created from the debris of objects that were disrupted by impacts or torn apart by tidal stresses when they ventured too near one of these planets. Some rings are kept together by the gravity of nearby shepherding moons, while others are apparently on their own. (. . . read more)

An international team of observers has made the surprising discovery that a distant asteroid has two distinct, dense rings.
An artist's conception of the distant asteroid Chariklo with its two newly discovered dense, narrow rings.
ESO / L. Calçada / M. Kornmesser / Nick Risinger

A video of a possible 'explanation' of what is going on here .. ..

NASA Prepares For Extraterrestrial Contact

'A couple of months ago top U.S. astronomers gathered in front of congress to let them know that extraterrestrial life exists without question. Their main argument was the size of the universe, emphasizing that there are trillions of stars out there, with one in every five most likely harboring an Earth-like planet. It is also important to keep in mind that planets do not have to be "Earth-like" in order to harbor life. You can read more about that story here'. . . . .
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'This time, NASA and the Library of Congress have teamed up bringing together scientists, theologians, philosophers and historians from around the globe for a two day symposium in order to discuss how to prepare the world for extraterrestrial contact, whether it be microbial organisms or intelligent beings. . . . .' (read more)


Astronomers Baffled By Mystery Radio Bursts From Space

Baffled astronomers, surely not! A series of mysterious signals, known as Fast Radio Bursts (FRB), have left astronomers bemused as to what is causing the strange signals. So baffling is the occurrence that aliens have even been cited as possibly being responsible.

The light signals occur for several milliseconds and come out of nowhere. The occurrence was first detected in 2007, with only a handful of FRB incidents happening since.

In April this year, the latest rapid frequency bursts were sighted; their explanation still remains unknown. That has, however, not stopped people from speculating what the mysterious pulsing signals could be. Theories include the light being caused by colliding neutron stars and, predictably, that aliens are trying to make contact with us.(. . . read more)

Astronomers Baffled By Mystery Radio Bursts From Space
Pierre-Marie Robitaille: The Cosmic Microwave Background | EU2014
Published on 25 Apr 2014

Ever since Penzias and Wilson discovered that the Earth was surrounded by microwave energy, astronomers have been quick to postulate that the apparent ~3K signal represented the signature of the Big Bang. Yet long ago, Gustav Kirchhoff insisted that the setting of temperatures, using the laws of thermal emission, required enclosure. Clearly, the Big Bang can never meet this requirement. In this presentation, it will be demonstrated that the microwave fields, which surround the earth and have excited distant molecules, can be generated by the hydrogen bond within water in the condensed state. A review of the COBE and WMAP will be presented, revealing that the microwave anisotropy maps have no scientific validity. The data lack both signal to noise and reproducibility. Furthermore, the PLANCK satellite findings will be discussed. These data provide unambiguous evidence that powerful microwave fields do not exist at L2. Penzias and Wilson measured water on Earth. The correct assignment of this signal is vital to better understanding our own planet.

Pierre-Marie Robitaille, PhD is a Professor of Radiology at The Ohio State University, with a joint appointment in Chemical Physics. He initially trained as a spectroscopist and has wide ranging knowledge of instrumentation in the radio and microwave bands. A recognized expert in image acquisition and analysis, Professor Robitaille was responsible for doubling the world record in Magnetic Resonance Imaging in 1998. In 2000, he turned his attention to thermodynamics and astrophysics, demonstrating that the universality advanced in Kirchhoff's Law of Thermal Emission is invalid. He has published extensively on the microwave background, highlighting that this signal arises from water on the Earth and has no relationship to cosmology and has recently published a paper on the Liquid Metallic Hydrogen Solar Model (LMHSM)

The Black Whole (full movie) by Nassim Haramein
Published on 19 Jan 2014

This is an interesting video:: Black Whole uncovers scientific proof that we are one. The work of physicist, Nassim Haramein, provides insight into the structure of space-time and a new coherent model of the universe. Using the sacred geometry and codes in ancient monuments and documents, the film presents a new look at the reality of which we live. As early as 9 years old, Nassim was already developing the basis for a unified hyperdimensional theory of matter and energy, which he eventually called the Holofractographic Universe.

Nassim has spent most of his life researching the fundamental geometry of hyperspace, studying a variety of fields from theoretical physics, cosmology, quantum mechanics, biology and chemistry to anthropology and ancient civilizations. Combining this knowledge with a keen observation of the behavior of nature, he discovered a specific geometric array that he found to be fundamental to creation, and the foundation for his Unified Field Theory emerged. ( . . . read more)

Watch Nassim Haramein - Black Whole (2011) in Educational & How-To | View More Free Videos Online at Veoh.com
Solar System Wide Pole Shift The Evidence Is Building 02-04-2013 DNA Changes - New Lunar Atmosphere
Published on 4 Feb 2013

Evidence of the pole shifts, cover ups, Our moon now has an Atmosphere and Here on earth we are evolving New Quadruple Helix DNA found - The evidence is building it is only a matter of time before the doo doo hits the fan.

POLE SHIFT PHENOMENA REPORTED by RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCE: http://crisisboom.com/2011/01/23/pole...

'Quadruple helix' DNA strains seen in human cells for the first time http://www.disclose.tv/news/Quadruple...

Solar Storm Dumps Gigawatts into Earth's Upper Atmosphere

March 22, 2012: A recent flurry of eruptions on the sun did more than spark pretty auroras around the poles. NASA-funded researchers say the solar storms of March 8th through 10th dumped enough energy in Earth's upper atmosphere to power every residence in New York City for two years.

'This was the biggest dose of heat we've received from a solar storm since 2005,' says Martin Mlynczak of NASA Langley Research Center. 'It was a big event, and shows how solar activity can directly affect our planet.'

Mlynczak is the associate principal investigator for the SABER instrument onboard NASA's TIMED satellite. SABER monitors infrared emissions from Earth's upper atmosphere, in particular from carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitric oxide (NO), two substances that play a key role in the energy balance of air hundreds of km above our planet' surface.

'Carbon dioxide and nitric oxide are natural thermostats,' explains James Russell of Hampton University, SABER's principal investigator. 'When the upper atmosphere (or 'thermosphere') heats up, these molecules try as hard as they can to shed that heat back into space.'

That's what happened on March 8th when a coronal mass ejection (CME) (. . . . continue reading original article)

Have a look at an alternative article on this - NASA: CO2 Is A Global Coolant And Massively Cools The Earth.

Inuit People On Sun Wrong ,Stars Wrong ,Earth Tilting On Axis

"Something Wrong With The Sun Moon & Earth. The Moon it looks to be almost 90 degrees out of kilter! Wonder Why The Public Isn't Being Told About This, why the media blackout.

If the Moon does not rotate And the Sun is always at the centre of our little corner of the Universe. What does this say about the orbit of the Earth, it's Rotation ? Something strange and unusual has happened or is happening!

The Sun has been in the wrong place for the last 2 years and is lower on the Southern horizon and we are definitely receiving the Sun's Rays from a differing angle over the past 2 years (. . . . continue reading original article): here is a related video from 2 years ago - viewing recommended.

Another site dealing with this matter that is The Earth's Axis has shifted. The menu contains links to articles, data, images and information from NASA, SOHO, ESA, NOAA, NWS, USGS, Smithsonian Institution, Goddard Space Center, FEMA & other (U.S.) taxpayer funded Agencies. Of particular note is this page.

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