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Spinach Power

Move over Popeye; it's possible that within a decade our cell phones and laptops could be powered by spinach. New research coming out of MIT (in tandem with scientists from the Univ. of Tenn. and the U.S. Naval Research Lab.) indicates that a process similar to photosynthesis could be applied to devices that could then power themselves by sunlight. The technology called Photosystem 1, works with nano-sized spinach protein clusters (100,000 would fit on a head of a pin) which are bonded to electrical circuitry. It's hoped that these ultra-thin layers will eventually be built right into the outer skin of a device, that could then charge itself on sunny days. --L.L.

John Mack 1929-2004

Psychiatrist and author John Mack was hit and killed by an auto in London on September 27th, 2004. The Harvard professor was considered a leading authority on the alien abduction experience, and authored two books on the subject, Passport to the Cosmos and Abduction. More details about the passing of Dr. Mack are available at the site of the John E. Mack Institute, and Whitley Strieber's Unknown Country.

Viewing Toutatis

Astronomy journalist Dr. Sky briefly discussed viewing Toutatis, during the second half of Tuesday's first hour. Because of the bright Harvest Moon it will be difficult to view the asteroid. However, he said people in the Southern Hemisphere will have a good opportunity to observe the fast-moving Toutatis, if they use a telescope.

Radio Ink Award

George Noory was the winner of Radio Ink's 2nd Annual Readers' Choice Awards in the Alternative Talk category. View the article.

Stardust Project

In January 2004, NASA's Stardust spacecraft successfully rendezvoused with comet Wild 2, collecting particles released from its surface and interstellar dust. The Stardust comet sample is scheduled to return to Earth in January 2006.Scott A. Sandford, a NASA research astrophysicist, said he hoped the Stardust Project would help scientists determine "what fraction of [cometary material and dust] is organic, what kinds of organics they are and what possible role they may have played in life's emergence on earth." Read more at NASA.gov.NASA graphic shows Stardust encounter with comet Wild 2.

Hurricane Jeanne

Just weeks after Hurricane Frances slammed into Florida, another brutal storm is taking its toll on the sunshine state. Hurricane Jeanne, a powerful category 3 hurricane with sustained winds of 115 mph, made landfall near Stuart, FL late Saturday night. Jeanne is the state's fourth hurricane of the season, and is expected to bring massive damage and extensive flooding to parts of Florida. Read more from Reuters.Satellite image taken at 2:15 p.m. (EDT) on September 25th and released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows Hurricane Jeanne approaching the east coast of Florida.

Spotlight on: Ralph Nader

Inspiring a generation of activists, Ralph Nader came to national attention in 1965 with the publication of his book Unsafe at Any Speed, which documented how the auto industry resisted safety innovations. Later Nader came to be an outspoken critic of what he calls multinational corporate predators. "They openly and confidently strive to control our jobs; our environment; our political and educational institutions, our food, drugs and other consumptions; our savings; our childhoods; our culture; even our genetic futures," he writes in The Good Fight. An Independent Party candidate for President, currently on 30 state ballots in the 2004 race, Nader's 2000 candidacy was considered by many to be the "spoiler" that cost Gore the election. Yet an article on his website contends that in the year 2000, exit polls reported "fully 25% of [Nader's] votes came from Republicans, 38% from Democrats, and the remainder from people who would not have voted." Still, because the vote was so close i

Are You Possessed?

In his 1972 book Satan is Alive and Well on Planet Earth Hal Lindsey offers a number of tips for "diagnosing demonic possession." Here is a rundown of some of his telltale signs:Occult Powers—"Be wary of those who have psychic powers," he writes. The ability to foretell the future could be a "gift of discernment from God," but can also be a "counterfeit from Satan."Necromancy—Mediumistic communications with the dead are generally a "demonic deception," whereby the demon is impersonating the deceased person.Change in Intelligence—When a demon is exerting influence over an individual there may be a "sudden or sporadic increase in the person's intelligence." He cites Hitler as an example.Increased Strength— "I saw a demon-possessed man at Berkeley with such superhuman power it took six men to hold him down," Lindsey notes."Filthy" Uncontrolled Swearing—The compulsion to "blaspheme the name of God and Christ" can in tandem with other symptoms be a sign of demon

Thermography & Sound

These heat thermography photos (view larger) were taken of Jonathan Goldman as he began (left) and finished (right) a set of vocal harmonics. Thermography measures changes in skin temperature and could indicate changes in brain activity. "It is my belief that self-created sounds can trigger different chemicals such as melatonin in the brain," Goldman writes. He also suggests that these photos may demonstrate the activation of chakra energies. For more on the photo experiment, click here.

Mark Pinkham Images

In the ceremony pictured left (click for larger) is Mark Amaru Pinkham, KGCTpl - Worthy Fisher King, The International Order of Gnostic Templars. Check out these additional photos: Andrea Mikana-Pinkham, KGCTpl, Worthy Fisher Queen, The International Order of Gnostic TemplarsLaird Ian Sinclair, KGCTpl, Grand Prior of Scotland, The International Order of Gnostic TemplarsRosslyn Chapel, Repository of Templar TreasuresSinclair-Girnigoe Castle, Caithness, Scotland, former Templar StrongholdStatue of Prince Henry Sinclair, Earl of Orkney, and Discoverer of America in 1398 - Prince Henry Sinclair Knight Templars Preceptory, Noss Head, Caithness, Scotland Ceremonial and Castle photos by S. Barkstelle, Statue by Shawn Williamson

Sounds of HAARP

Art played an audio recording of the actual sounds emanating from Project HAARP in Alaska. In case you missed it or want to hear it again, check out this free audio clip: Win | Real

Ebejeebies Episode 4

They're Baaack! Episode 4 of the comic Ebejeebies has just rolled in, courtesy of Mike Majestic, Jeff Lilly and vulnepro.com. Start here.

Sounds of HAARP

This past weekend Art Bell played an audio recording of the actual sounds emanating from Project HAARP in Alaska. In case you missed it or want to hear it again, check out this free audio clip: Win | Real

Earthquake Activity

Graphic shows recent earthquake activity in California and Nevada. Click for an enlargment.Graphic credit: Southern California Earthquake Data Center

Project Stormfury

Project Stormfury was an experimental program run by the US government from 1962 to 1983. The project's goal was to weaken hurricanes by seeding clouds in the eyewall of the storm with silver iodide. It was thought the silver iodide would cause supercooled water in the storm to freeze, disrupting the inner structure of the hurricane. In the mid-80s, researchers discovered that hurricanes contained too little supercooled water for seeding to be effective. They further observed that seeded and unseeded hurricanes often undergo the same structural changes, which cast doubts on the program's results. This finding eventually led to the cancellation of Project Stormfury. Read more about Project Stormfury here.Graphic credit: aoml.noaa.gov

Forecasting Volcanoes

During the first two hours of Friday's show, volcanologist Robert "R.B." Trombley, Ph.D., (swvrc.org) discussed volcanic activity around the world and his ERUPTION Pro 10.5 forecasting software. Trombley currently monitors 494 active volcanoes, which have erupted at least once in the last 10,000 years. Using complex math and historical data, Trombley's forecasting software has accurately predicted 89.36% of the volcanic eruptions for 2004.One potentially devastating volcano that Trombley cannot forecast, however, is Yellowstone. According to Trombley, Yellowstone has erupted a total of three times, the last time was 640,000 years ago. He said the problem with forecasting Yellowstone is the lack of historical data to plug into his software. Despite the insufficient data, Trombley believes Yellowstone will erupt again.Trombley is most concerned with Mount Rainier, which he calls "the single most dangerous volcano in United States." He said Rainier has erupted 19 times and is over

Forecasting Earthquakes

Earthquake researchers are currently working on computer models that show how a quake in one region can increase or decrease the potential for earthquakes in surrounding regions. Using sophisticated computer simulations like the one pictured to the left, representing a large earthquake, scientists may one day be able to predict when and where earthquakes might occur. UC Davis computational physicist John Rundle believes that within a decade, computer models will be able to "forecast some types of earthquakes with accuracy similar to that of current forecasts for hurricane paths." Read more at National Geographic Online.Image credit: JPL/NASA

Fred Bell's Inventions

Pictured left is Fred Bell's holographic Projector."The first thing that will happen when wearing a Projector is your personal Universe will change," and the device will remove negative energies, he writes. In the second image (click for larger)we see one of Pyradine's "Advanced Systems" in action, a scalar wave exiting via "two wormholes." To view more photos, check out Dr. Bell's Gallery.

Ivan from Space

This photo (click for larger) shows Hurricane Ivan 230 miles above the Earth, as it churned in the Gulf of Mexico late Tuesday. It was taken by astronaut Edward M. (Mike) Fincke aboard the International Space Station.

Devereux Images

Paul Devereux, pictured in front of the Pyramid of the Sun atTeotihuacan (the mysterious, ruined 2000-year-old city in the Valley ofMexico), shares these earth and light images along with his captions (click on the titles to view the photos): Death Valley Ground Marking: An ancient and mysterious ground marking in a remotepart of Death Valley, California. These kind of enigmaticfeatures are found in locations all over the Americas -- the Nazca lines in Peruare merely the most famous example. We are now beginning to understand whatthey were all about -- and it wasn't to do with "ancient astronauts"! I callthem "shamanic landscapes". RitualCave of Loltun: Shows fused stalagmite/stalactites in the ancient Mayan ritualcave of Loltun: when struck they issue deep resonant notes... archaeology is beginning to listen toancient places... RitualCave of Balankanche: A fused stalactite/stalagmite in the ancient Mayan ritualcave of Balankanche th

The Future of Sound

Evan Schwartz has written about the battle shaping up between two competing technologies that both employ directional sound, in an article for Technology Review. This new type of audio delivery is able to beam sound into a narrow path, and eventually it is envisioned that a family of four "could be sitting in a car enjoying four different musical selections or radio broadcasts—with no headphones," he writes. Inventor Elwood "Woody" Norris has created the Hypersonic Sound system for American Technology Corporation, while entrepreneur F. Joseph Pompei has introduced his acoustical product via Holosonic Research Labs. Both hope their systems will in time replace traditional loudspeakers. --L.L.

Rainbow Trip

Enter the bizarre world of Rainbow Trip where anything can happen. To play, click on the strange parts of this multi-colored, psychedelic world and watch odd things happen. Be careful... it's a very addicting game.*This game requires Macromedia Flash Player to be installed on your computer.

Holland Entity

New images of the strange "extraterrestrial" entity photographed by Robbert van den Broeke, a medium in Holland, have surfaced. While some dismissed his past photos as a hoax, a skeptical Dutch TV crew was impressed when van den Broeke captured the entity on a disposable camera they gave him. To view images and read more about the case, check out this report published on ufowatchdog.com.

Pumping Less Gas

Tonight's main guest, inventor Thomas Kasmer, claims his patented Hydristor, will double the gas mileage of SUVs. The name of his invention is a combination of the words "hydraulic" and "transistor." It is currently being tested with a couple of large manufacturers. If all goes according to Kasmer's plan, vehicle fuel economy will be dramatically improved (imagine SUVs that get 100 mpg) and acceleration times cut in half.

Spotlight on Area 51

"I was standing on an alien engine the size of a Greyhound bus in an underground top secret Air Force base that doesn't officially exist," wrote tonight's guest David Adair in an article on his website. Adair, who as a teen was a rocket science prodigy, said he visited Area 51 in 1971, where he was taken to a huge clandestine hangar containing mysterious spacecraft. Similar claims about Area 51 (Groom Lake) have been made by Bob Lazar, who in 1989 brought notoriety to the facility with his tale of being part of a crew that was involved in "reverse-engineering" huge alien craft. As news of the location spread, a bit of a tourist industry built up around the area, including the Little A'Le'Inn in Rachel, Nevada, and Highway 375, which was officially designated as the The Extraterrestrial Highway. 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas, the six-by-ten-mile dry lake bed known as Area 51 was reportedly begun in the 1950's to test the U-2 spy plane. Whether or not alien craft have exist

Edgar Cayce & Atlantis

The great American prophet Edgar Cayce is particularly known for his readings on the fabled civilization of Atlantis. According to an article from Fortean Times by Jack Romano, Cayce said electricity was discovered over 50,000 years ago by the Atlanteans, and they also harnessed energy from a "Great Crystal" which they viewed as safer than atomic power. Cayce believed that Atlanteans were telepathic, and that he had led a past life there as "Ra-Ta," a priest-healer. He also predicted that the sunken continent would eventually be rediscovered in our current time frame. Towards that end, A.R.E., the association devoted to the work of Edgar Cayce, has conducted searches for Atlantean ruins, most recently with an expedition to Andros Island in June 2004.--L.L.

Roswell Media

Pictured is a still from an animation of the 1947 UFO crash in New Mexico which was said to take place during a severe thunderstorm. Also of interest are these entries from the Roswell Dig Diaries written by tonight's guests and others involved in the 2002 project sponsored by the Sci-Fi Channel.

A Look at Sleep Paralysis

Sleep paralysis (SP) is a condition in which someone, just waking up or falling asleep, realizes they are unable to move. It is often accompanied by the sense of a malevolent presence in the room. Here is an excerpt from an article I wrote for After Dark back in 2000: The state of SP is not an entirely uncommon occurrence and by some estimates 15% or more of the population has an infrequent experience of it. Current research shows that SP may be more likely if an individual is stressed, jet lagged or simply taking a nap at a time other than their regular sleep period. Possibly even geomagnetic influences may play a part. Though the experience is frightening, it is not particularly dangerous or indicative of any pathology.Reports of SP date back thousands of years. In fact, Galen, a renowned physician of the 2nd century AD thought the condition was caused by indigestion. Throughout time and across cultures a great deal of supernatural lore has accumulated i

UFO Expo Photos

Check out these photos taken by Dominique Rodriguez at the recent Bay Area UFO Expo.

Hurricane Frances

Only three weeks after Hurricane Charley pounded southwestern and central Florida, another vicious storm has taken its toll on the weary peninsula. Hurricane Frances, a powerful Category 2 hurricane with sustained winds of 105 mph, uprooted trees, peeled off roofs, and snapped power lines, causing more than 5 million people to lose power. Read more from Associated Press. Satellite image taken at 8:15 a.m. (EDT) on September 4th and released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows Hurricane Frances beginning to hit the east coast of Florida.

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