Issue 124 LOST RIVER OF THE VEDAS
LOST RIVER OF THE VEDAS
For Indologist David Frawley the Saraswati River Is No Myth
BY CYNTHIA LOGAN
What is the difference between a yogi in a cave and a caveman? Wisconsin born Sanskrit scholar and internationally renowned Vedic teacher and historian Dr. David Frawley isn't making a new-age joke--he's questioning our ability to interpret findings and determine dates relating to ancient civilizations. "We tend to identify advanced civilizations with technology, but that may not be the indicator we should be looking for," he cautions. "Besides, would an advanced civilization leave a mess? Maybe they would clean up after themselves, leaving little evidence." He's referring to the Indus Valley (Harappan) civilization, considered by orthodox archaeology to have existed from 2600 to 1900 BCE in western India and eastern Pakistan, which mysteriously vanished. more...
The Search for a Way to Get Off the Planet Accelerates
BY WILLIAM B. STOECKER
To date, all space missions, manned or unmanned, have been lifted into orbit and beyond with rockets in one form or another. They work but are dangerous and expensive and very limited in their capabilities, in large part because in the vacuum of space, they must carry an oxidizer along with the fuel. They use highly explosive propellants and are dependent on high speed, high pressure pumps and engines that can withstand enormous pressure and high temperatures. They need fuel to lift the payload, and more fuel to lift the superstructure that contains the tanks, pumps, engines, and payload. more...
THE OTHER SIDE
SYNCHRONICITY & THE TITANIC
The Powerful Evidence for Paranormal Forces
BY FRANK JOSEPH
Synchronicity is an acausal bond linking two or more apparently unconnected events, combining them into a meaningful coincidence. They are components of something greater than themselves, pieces belonging to a puzzle that may only become comprehensible when fitted together as separate parts of a broader whole. more...
THE LINES OF NAZCA AND THE SOLAR FACTOR
Searching for a Scientific Answer to an Ancient Enigma
BY ROBERT M. SCHOCH, Ph.D.
Located in the desert approximately 400 to 450 kilometers southeast of Lima, the lines and geoglyphs are found spread over an area of some 450 square kilometers. The straight lines extend in virtually every direction, many radiating from common points or centers. Some of the lines are kilometers long. There are gigantic trapezoids, spirals, and other geometric shapes. more...
THE LEGEND OF HERCULES
Was He Just a Greek Myth, or an Atlantean Hero?
BY STEVEN SORA
The 'Pillars of Hercules' was once the name of the narrow water passage between Europe and Africa. The modern name is the Straits of Gibraltar. A ship heading east would pass from the Atlantic Ocean into the Mediterranean Sea. Cities of the Atlantean coast from Cadiz in Spain to Lixus in Africa traded with cities in the Mediterranean Sea. These seaports may have existed before even the Phoenicians arrived. more...
CHINESE MAKE ADVANCES WITH 'IMPOSSIBLE' SPACE DRIVE
The latest developments driving the proponents of old-think crazy, surrounds the so-called space travel technology called the EmDrive. In a closed, cone-shaped chamber microwaves are fired in such a way as to cause more force at one end than the other. The machine, say proponents, could provide virtually fuel-less propulsion for space travel, capable of acceleration to near light speed--what Star Trek used to call warp speed. Under the rules of Newtonian physics, which demand the 'conservation of momentum,' all of that is deemed impossible. more...
MYSTERIOUS METALS IN MARTIAN SKY
A NASA satellite orbiting Mars for the last five years is sending back unexpected data about electrically-charged metal alloys, now being found in the Martian atmosphere, unlike anything found on Earth. So far experts are baffled by what they are learning from the Mars MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Emission) spacecraft. more...
VEHICLE WHEEL RUTS ARE MILLIONS OF YEARS OLD, ARGUES GEOLOGIST
The anomalous tire and tread tracks of what could be ancient machines, found mostly in Turkey and Spain, and other places as well, are providing a major archaeological mystery. Now a respected Russian geologist says he believes the tracks could be 12 to 14 million years old. more...
CHIEF JOSEPH'S CUNEIFORM TABLET STILL MYSTIFIES
In 1877 Chief Joseph, the revered leader of the native American tribe Nez Perce, gave General Nelson Appleton Miles a Mesopotamian cuneiform tablet. The event was well documented, but to this day, scholars are unable to explain where the chief got the artifact. The website, The Indigenous American. com, citing research by Vine Deloria Jr. in the book Red Earth White Lies, recounted the story in April. more...
ATLANTIS ALLOY TURNS UP IN ANCIENT GREEK SHIPWRECK
Atlantis prized one particular metal more than all others, said Plato. In his Critias dialogue we were told that the temple of Poseidon was covered, both within and without, by orichalcum, a shiny red-tinted metal valued more highly than gold. Indeed, a pillar of orichalcum found in the temple was said to be inscribed with the laws of Poseidon. more...
I.S.I.S. LEAVES CLUES FOR ARCHAEOLOGISTS
I.S.I.S. the terrorist organization, not the Egyptian mother goddess -- may have just demonstrated, unwittingly, that the old gods are not through yet. In their determination to rid the world of all beliefs other than their own, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has destroyed many ancient ruins. One of their rampages in the ancient city of Nimrud, 30 miles south of Mosul, Iraq, in July 2014, it now turns out, has opened the door to ruins far older, and potentially much more 'offensive' to ISIS, than those that they had destroyed. more...
TIME TRAVEL POSSIBLE
Could time travel, as in the movie Back to the Future, be more than a science fiction fantasy? A group of physicists at the University of Queensland in Australia are convinced that it is indeed possible in some way. more...
NEAR LIGHT SPEED DOABLE
The idea of speed-of-light travel comes mostly from science fiction. Shows like Star Trek have introduced us to concepts like 'warp speed', but how real could such ideas be? More than you might have once thought (see the EmDrive story on page 10). In fact, a respected new mathematical theory argues that some day we should be able to build a photon-powered rocket that will be able to reach speeds of 99.999% of the speed of light. more...
CHEAP WATER FROM AIR?
For a world desperately in need of water, help could be on the way. Soon, thirsty people everywhere may be able to drink from a small box capable of drawing water directly from low-humidity air. Complex technologies previously on the market have required high humidity to do the same thing. more...
ADVANCED GEOMETRY IN SW AMERICAN PREHISTORY
Imagine you are about to plan and construct a building that involves several complicated geometrical shapes, but you aren't allowed to write down any numbers or notes as you do it. For most of us, this would be impossible. Yet, new research from Arizona State University has revealed that the ancient Southwestern Pueblo people, who had no written language or written number system, were able to do just that--and used these skills to build sophisticated architectural complexes. more...
THE ILLUSIONS OF TIME
How Real Is It? Does Science Understand It or Not?
BY MARSHALL PAYN
People take time for granted. They don't pay attention to it until they start looking into it, then it begins getting complicated. When it's 6:00 PM in Tampa that's 3:00 p.m. in California and 11:00 p.m. in London. We've learned to manage with these things. But when it's 6:00 p.m. in Tampa, in Fiji it's 10:00 in the morning, but it's tomorrow; it's earlier on the clock but it's tomorrow. More ...
SCIENCE WAS WRONG
Why We Should Not Always Depend on the 'Experts'
BY STANTON T. FRIEDMAN & KATHLEEN MARDEN
The history of aerospace technology is loaded with well connected scientists who resisted change. There were prominent "experts" who thought flight was not to be. more...
EVOLUTION--AN ENLIGHTENED PERSPECTIVE
Could the Beliefs of Theists and Atheists Be Reconciled?
BY JOHN WHITE
Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind," said Albert Einstein. Can science that attributes human origin to evolution and religion which attributes human origin to special creation ever agree on the subject of humanity's genesis? They can if they recognize a transcendent perspective which reconciles them. It is found in many enlightenment traditions. more...
ATLANTIS IN SWEDEN?
The Man Who Co-Discovered the Lymphatic System Also Had Other Interesting Ideas
BY JOHN CHAMBERS
Dominated by the gleaming twin towers of its thirteenthth century Gothic cathedral, Sweden's ancient university town of Uppsala seems to offer everything: the country's oldest and best university (Uppsala, founded in 1477); the huge red granite tomb of scientist/seer Emmanuel Swedenborg, lying in the vault of the cathedral; long, broad avenues crowded with rows of glittering shops; much more in a similar vein. more...
Alternative Energy--Then and Now
By J. Douglas Kenyon
In 1994, when Atlantis Rising Magazine first launched, it had been about five years since the sensational announcement by University of Utah scientists Drs. Martin Flieschman and Stanley Pons of their discovery of 'cold fusion' (now termed 'LENR' for Low Energy Nuclear Reactions), which was immediately presumed to be a method of inducing nuclear fusion in a tabletop device and to opening, perhaps, the floodgates of free--or at least cheap--energy. In the early days of this publication, we devoted a lot of space to the ensuing controversies. Mainstream science, we suspected, was not giving the researchers a fair shake. more...