Science, Space & Technology
Check out this video of a Dec. 2 flight of the Multiple Kill Vehicle (MKV), a robotic drone designed to be launched into space to take out enemy ballistic missiles. During the test, the MKV showcased its advanced maneuverability, hovering in place and moving side to side using its on board retro-rockets. In space, the MKVs would leave their carrier missiles, track hostile nuclear warheads, and destroy them using big bullets called "kinetic interceptors." Read more at FOXNews.com.
Friday's full moon will be the biggest and brightest of the year. According to NASA, the Moon will appear up to 14% bigger and 30% brighter than other full moons seen so far this year. The reason? The Moon's elliptical orbit causes its distance from Earth to vary. Tonight's full moon will be only 221,560 miles from our planet, the closest it has been in the last 15 years. More from National Geographic.
A Japanese robot, the Wakamaru, known for performing domestic tasks, made its stage debut in a production at Osaka University. The playwright and her project team created special software for the robot to move and deliver the correct lines.
It's a double whammy of intriguing space images! A mysterious glowing aurora over Saturn's polar region (pictured) was recently discovered by Cassini's infrared instruments. Meanwhile, the first images of exoplanets have been pulled in by Hubble.
Andy Lloyd sent us a set of graphics to accompany his presentation.
The binary suns, Zeta 1 and Zeta 2 of the constellation Reticulum, located around 39 light years from us, have long been rumored to contain planets housing ETs who've visited Earth. Pictured is the Betty Hill Star Map, which in Marjorie Fish's analysis indicated Zeta Reticuli as the aliens' home. For more on this star system, see this Wikipedia entry.
Bob Rist of Ohio Airships sent us an image of their prototype. Click to enlarge.
John DeSalvo sent us a set of images to accompany his presentation. Pictured is the 144 ft. Russian pyramid.
Jason Martell sent us a set of images to accompany his presentation. Pictured is the orbit of Planet X, as purportedly described by the Sumerians.
Appearing in studio during the first hour, author Rosemary Ellen Guiley presented an update on 'Frank's Box', a device that purportedly offers 2-way communication with spirits or the deceased.
While researching his book Virtual Medicine, Dr. Keith Scott-Mumby came across the Russian 'SCENAR' machine, which calls to mind the hand-held healing device on Star Trek. The SCENAR was developed by the Russian military and interacts with the body's biological energy to treat a variety of conditions.
Stan Deyo has started a company to build flying saucers for the public. View several images he sent us, related to the project.
C2C listener Aaron Rispo shares an account of his relative George Vladyka (pictured inside the Challenger in 1983) who worked for NASA and according to Aaron, pulled photos labeled "UFO" and delivered them to the Pentagon. Read the full story.
In their new book, Christopher Knight and Alan Butler pose the question Who Built the Moon?, suggesting that it may not be a naturally formed object.
One of Nikola Tesla's long-standing goals was to create a technological method for ending warfare.In 1934, he unveiled his "death beam," which was trumpeted on the front page of the NY Times as an invention that could "send concentrated beams of particles through the free air, of such tremendous energy that they will bring down a fleet of 10,000 enemy airplanes at a distance of 250 miles..." Tesla explained that the death beam would make war unfeasible as each nation could have their own "invisible Chinese wall."
Futurist Paul Guercio and physicist Dr. George Hart coined the term Timetraks to describe the output of their MERLIN Project software.The code was custom designed by a team of SDI/StarWars physicists to capture moments of what Guercio and Hart like to call "heightened-eventfulness." These uncommon moments of future activity, where important events will likely occur, are generated by mathematically capturing a particularly propitious past moment, like the beginning of a relationship or the start of a new job and applying a precise formula of cyclic intervals to that past 'frozen' moment.The result is a graphical image of all the future moments, when echoes of the original moment will again be heard. MERLIN Timetraks® are a lot like pages of sheet music from a very unique and one-of-a-kind symphony that can predict the timetable of future events. The Timetraks® for Friday night's Coast program, and instructions for reading them can be vi
How real is the science behind the new docudrama Supervolcano, airing tonight on the Discovery Channel? The film, which portrays a volcanic eruption in Yellowstone, is actually quite well done, said a former USGS scientist who served as a consultant on the project.
Immanuel Velikovsky was the author of a number of controversial books, including the 1950 bestseller, Worlds in Collision. From his study of ancient texts and mythology, he concluded that Earth had had catastrophic encounters with a number of planets in our solar system in the recent past.
Researchers who have studied the effects of caloric restriction (CR) are convinced that a diet limited in calories but possessing all necessary nutrients can extend the lifespan of a variety of organisms, possibly even humans.According to a online report at iangoddard.net, "CR not only extends the lifespan of laboratory animals but also reduces the incidence of virtually all diseases of aging such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, auto-immune disorders, neurological decline and diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's."
Physicist Richard Feynman explored the strangeness of quantum behavior through the famous "Two Slit Experiment," in which light is passed through two narrow slits and detected on a photographic plate. The expected result of passing light through two slits would be the appearance of two lines.
Experiments conducted by Dorothy Retallack in the late 1960's seemed to show that plants hate rock 'n' roll yet thrive on certain other types of music such as Bach and Ravi Shankar. Specifically, she exposed a variety of plants in a 56 ft. chamber to the "acid rock" of Led Zeppelin, Vanilla Fudge, and Jimi Hendrix, and the plants began pointing in the opposite direction of the sound.
Phil Plait has just posted an essay explaining why he chooses not to debate "pseudoscientists." Tonight we are featuring some of your emailed comments on this issue.
David Sereda has sent us a video clip, shot in 2004, which he says shows a Gamma radiation burst coming from the Palo Verde Nuclear Facility. The burst is the blue flash that occurs at the beginning of the clip, the second scene is an establishing shot.
Peter Schwartz has made a prediction on the intriguing site longbets.org, a public forum created to stimulate long-term ideas. Members to the site can log in their long term predictions, and then other participants can bet for or against the proposition, with the wagers going to philanthropic causes.
Tonight's guest James McCanney touches on some of Tesla's theories in his new book. The brilliant and idiosyncratic inventor has long been a subject of fascination. Some even have espoused that Nikola Tesla was a kind of alien.
Tonight's guest, Wade Gordon, has written about his involvement in a secretive project at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Brookhaven, which is located on Long Island, was built in 1947 to house a nuclear reactor. Over the years the lab expanded its facilities and research machines and now employs over 3,000 people. Some of their unclassified experiments such as a recent atom smashing that produced conditions similar to the Big Bang, are almost as fascinating as the black project contentions.
These are photos of a new 1,000 foot double loop that I just built on my property. It has truly amazing properties which I will try to explain...
Tonight's guest, Harry Braun, is an expert on renewable energy such as hydrogen. Fuel cells can be made to produce clean energy derived from hydrogen. But to use hydrogen on a widespread scale as a clean fuel and power source, the stumbling block has been how to find cost-effective methods.
Tonight's guest Bart Sibrel is one of a number of individuals who believes the 1969 moon landing was staged. While the debate continues on this controversial assertion, the moon itself has been the subject of a number of mysterious reports over the years.