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Physics & the Universe/ Secret Documents

Date Monday - June 26, 2017
Host George Noory
Guests Sean CarrollJohn Greenewald

Sean Carroll, a theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology, discussed the latest on the Higgs boson, extra dimensions, and our deepest questions about our place in the universe. We can view 'time' as a label as to where we are, similar to the concept of space. "I'm obsessed with the nature of space and time themselves," he revealed. "I think quantum mechanics is the right way of thinking about the universe. We ordinarily associate quantum mechanics with atoms and fluctuations of tiny things, but I wanted to describe the whole universe this way, and I want to know that space itself emerges from quantum mechanics."

Regarding the Higgs boson, the particle being studied at places such as CERN, it's really a vibration in something called the Higgs field, an energy that pervades all of space, he explained. This field has a certain established value like a temperature, but it's interesting to contemplate what would happen if this value suddenly changed. In this unlikely event, we would all instantly die, with our bodies being ripped to shreds by energy being released from the subatomic particles we are made of, he detailed. Carroll also talked about why he's concluded that God and the afterlife do not exist.

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In 1996, John Greenewald, Jr. began researching the secret inner workings of the US government at the young age of fifteen. By making FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests to such groups as the CIA, FBI, and NSA, he gained access to an astonishing number of documents on topics related to UFOs, the JFK assassination, chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons, and top secret aircraft. In the latter half, he shared what he's found lately including interesting documents from the US Forest Service and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). On the topic of UFOs, the Forest Service returned 20 pages that included full color UFO photos, probably taken by an employee or park visitor (name blacked out), who inadvertently captured the image.

The Forest Service also returned documents related to a fire, in which witnesses saw "space junk" in the sky that hit the ground and started a fire. In response to Greenewald's request to the NRC, they sent him more than 40 pages, including a report from a former security guard at the Cooper Nuclear Installation in Nebraska. The guard called the NRC in 2010 to report a UFO he'd seen in the late 1980s, that he was afraid to reveal at the time when he was on duty. The guard and a co-worker witnessed a triangle-shaped UFO, unlike anything they'd ever seen before. The next night, according to the witness, the UFO came back, and this time there were over a dozen people who saw it. The NRC ended up sharing the report with the Cooper Installation, and "wanted them to disseminate the report on a need-to-know basis," Greenewald recounted.

News segment guests: Mish Shedlock, Steve Kates

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