Issue 118 - Jul - Aug 2016 Why is the Martian Sky Blue?
WHY IS THE MARTIAN SKY BLUE?
And other Unanswered Questions about Life on the Red Planet
BY WILLIAM B. STOECKER
In a sense, there are really three planets we call Mars. There is the Mars of fiction, of dreams, of imagining. There is Mars as depicted by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) based on their own interpretation of the data from their various orbiters and landers. Then there is the 'real' Mars--now only dimly perceptible--which appears to lie somewhere between the Mars of fiction and the official version offered by NASA and its allies. MORE. . .
Ancient War Fires
Could Forts of Melted Stone Hold Lost Secrets of Ancient Nuclear Technology?
BY NICK REDFERN
The Cold War is long gone, as is the Soviet Union. But, as numerous, post-9/11 events have demonstrated, the world is still a dangerous place. In fact, it's very dangerous. And it's getting even more and more dangerous by the day...Is it possible that our civilization is, in reality, just the latest in a long line, one of many? MORE. . .
Putting Ear to the Ground & Eyes on the Skies, to Explain Earthquakes
BY SUSAN B. MARTINEZ, Ph.D.
Despite differences of opinion on this earthshaking issue, global data does suggest "the occurrence of earthquakes to be more during the night than during the day. Counts go down in the afternoon." Though seismologists hesitate to acknowledge this potentially controversial pattern, it won't go away. MORE. . .
BIGFOOT--A Neanderthal Connection?
Human DNA and the Hunt for an Ape-Man
BY BRYAN SYKES, Ph.D., D.Sc.
The two most promising candidates as the source of our anomalous primate, be it 'yeti' or 'Bigfoot', are the giant ape Gigantopithecus and other human species, like Neanderthals, favored by Belgian biologist Bernard Heuvelmans and Russian hominologist, Boris Porchnev. MORE. . .
Remembering Edgar Mitchell
Explorer of Outer and Inner Space
BY ROBERT M. SCHOCH, Ph.D.
Dr. Edgar D. Mitchell passed away on February 4, 2016 in West Palm Beach, Florida, at the age of 85 (he was born on September 17, 1930 in Hereford, Texas). This article is not meant to be an obituary or a systematic summary of his life but, rather, some personal reflections on a man who was not afraid to push the boundaries of scientific orthodoxy, particularly in the realm of psychic research and consciousness studies. MORE. . .
STELLAR TRAVEL on the CHEAP?
As any Star Trek fan knows, the interstellar spaceships of the future, navigating swiftly from galaxy to galaxy, will travel at warp speed (faster than the speed of light); but such things, we are told, are reserved for science fiction. Nothing like that is achievable in this 3D realm of Newtonian physics. But, then again, we now hear that warp speed, or something very much like it, may be possible after all. MORE. . .
PLANET X Dinosaur Killer?
Planet X as a major factor in the history of Earth is a popular notion in some quarters, like, say, the Zecharia Sitchin fan club, but the idea has always drawn sneers from establishment science. Recent research could be changing that, though... MORE. . .
CAVE ART - 10,000 YEARS OLDER THAN WE THOUGHT
The phrase: "it's much older than anyone thought possible," is used so often in archaeology news, that it seems like all modern timelines for human history on Earth should be thrown out, and we should just start over with a new set of assumptions. MORE . . .
Another "Missing Link" Shows Up
Ever since Charles Darwin, his disciples have combed the fossil record for 'missing links' in the chain of evolution--especially in the case of humans. There have been many candidates for the part, and a few--like the so-called Piltdown man-outright frauds, but so far none has proved worthy of the role. The latest case to make Darwinian hearts throb comes from South Africa. MORE. . .
COULD BIBLE STORIES BE HISTORICALLY RELIABLE?
The writers of the Hebrew Bible were more literate, and were so sooner, than archaeologists have previously believed. That is the conclusion drawn from handwriting found on seventh century BC pottery shards recovered from Arad, a remote garrison, far away from Jerusalem. MORE. . .
ISAAC NEWTON'S RECIPE FOR THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE FOUND
Modern 'scientism'--science as a virtual religion--is quick to dismiss ancient alchemy as a pseudoscience based on superstition and misunderstanding of the laws of nature. For those of this persuasion, the work of the acknowledged father of modern science, Isaac Newton--inventor of calculus and discoverer of the laws of motion--can be an embarrassment. MORE. . .
ADVANCED ANCIENT WATER TECHNOLOGY IN NAZCA, PERU
The amazingly advanced technology of ancient Peru is on display again. Despite living in one of the driest regions on Earth, Peruvians were once able to find enough water to support their agricultural needs and much more. While ancient canals are clearly visible and continue in use today, another widespread feature of the system: puquios--large spiraling holes with carefully constructed rock walls--has remained a mystery. MORE. . .
Do We All Live in a Computer Simulation?
In the blockbuster Matrix films, the idea is put forward that our entire world could be nothing more than a massive computer simulation. Certainly much of the movie's popularity was based on the widely shared intuition that such a thing might be true. The idea has not gone away. In fact, the Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City in April focused on the possibility. Hayden Planetarium director, Neil deGrasse Tyson, went so far as to say he considered the odds of such a thing to be 50-50. MORE. . .
THE FATHER CRESPI PLOT CONTINUES TO THICKEN
The mysteries surrounding Ecuador's late Father Carlos Crespi still intrigue many. The alleged collector of thousands of unexplained artifacts found in South American jungles, Crespi has become a near mythical figure. Some, like U.S. Army Colonel Wendall Stephens, have even argued that Crespi was Adolf Hitler. MORE. . .
Strange Roswell 'Swastika' Raising Internet Eyebrows
A desert site near Roswell, New Mexico, and visible on GoogleEarth, has been causing quite a stir lately on the Internet and in a viral YouTube video. What appears, at first glance, to be an old bomber practice target range also seems to include a swastika, and some are saying that this suggests a connection with Nazis and a possible occult conspiracy related to secret warfare and UFOs. MORE. . .
Thunderbolts from the Gods
BY RITA LOUISE, Ph.D.
The vajra is the most important ritual implement of Vajrayana Buddhism. In Sanskrit, the word 'vajra' is defined as something hard or mighty, as in a diamond. It symbolizes an impenetrable, immovable, and indestructible state of knowledge and enlightenment. MORE. . .
America's Ancient Egyptian Link?
The Amazing Facts Surrounding Monks Mound
BY FRANK JOSEPH
Most Americans are unaware that a prehistoric building comparable to the Great Pyramid of Ancient Egypt sits just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, Missouri. They would be no less surprised to learn how both structures--although separated by two continents and an ocean--were erected at the same time. MORE. . .
Snow White QUEEN OF STARS
The Secrets of This Ancient Story Are Written in the Sky
BY RALPH ELLIS
The fairytale of Snow White was written by the Brothers Grimm during the mid-nineteenth century, and like all of their fables, it was written as a parable and therefore infused with layers of hidden meaning... MORE. . .
How True Is the Image We've Been Given?
BY STEVEN SORA
Although much of the Grail legends are only legends, the story of Guinevere and her family is real. The clan to which she belonged, and led, survive into the present day. MORE. . .
THE OTHER SIDE
Getting ET on the Phone
How Hard Should We Try to Get in Touch?
BY ANDREW FAIN
How many times have you watched "Close Encounters of the Third Kind", or "Independence Day" and wondered if what happened in those films could ever really occur? MORE. . .
The Nabataean Zodiac
Astrological Insights from the Lost City of Petra
BY JULIE LOAR
At its height around 100 BCE the Nabataean empire included parts of Jordan, Egypt, Israel, Syria, and Saudi Arabia. The heart of the kingdom was Petra, "rock" in Greek, that was known as Naqmu to the Nabataen culture. It was a fabulous city carved into living rock that poet John William Burgon described as "a rose-red city half as old as time."... MORE. . .
For his celebrated theories of "morphic resonance" and "formative causation" Cambridge-trained biologist Rupert Sheldrake has been roundly criticized and, some would say, crucified by the scientific establishment. Sheldrake's well-evidenced suggestion that many of the so-called "laws" of nature would be more properly described as "habits" evolving over time--i.e., 'learning'--in response to changing needs, has been ridiculed by the academic powers that be. Some have even proposed that Sheldrake's books be burned. Now, though, new research from Britain's University of Southhampton suggests that evolution, itself, may be intelligent and that it can can learn from experience. MORE. . .
The Forbidden Archaeologist
Guadeloupe's Unexplained Human Skeletons
Guadeloupe is a group of islands in the Caribbean Sea. One of the main islands is Grande Terre. In the early nineteenth century human skeletons were found embedded in rock on the shore near Moule, on the northeast coast of Grand Terre. . . MORE. . .
Expanding Your Internet Resources
BY J. DOUGLAS KENYON
Last issue, in this space, we wrote about our recent--and soon to be--published books from the Atlantis Rising library, and now we would also like to make you aware of great, new Internet options available to you. If you have not visited AtlantisRising.com lately, you may not be aware of the many changes we have been making, so here's a summary. MORE. . .