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31. On the Dark Side [Thunderbolts Website]
... : At such speeds the constituent stars should be flying apart. So astronomers, accustomed to thinking only in terms of gravity, calculated how much additional matter was required and where to fit the observations. The idea of invisible material or “dark matter” soon became essential if the observed motions were to make sense gravitationally. Today astronomers say there is far more dark matter than visible matter acting on galactic structure. In the years that followed the questions only deepened, as the proposed “answers” grew more complex and bizarre and theorists speculated about MACHOs “ Massive Astrophysical Compact Halo Objects” and a presumed counterpart called WIMPs “Weakly Interacting Massive Particles”. Then the theorists began to distinguish between “cold” dark matter and “hot” dark matter, supplemented by “warm” dark matter and “baryonic” dark matter. From the beginning it has been a game accessible only to mathematicians. But today, suspicions abound that the theoretical excursions have no actual connection to anything occurring in nature. As The Complete Idiot's Guide to ...
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32. The Chicago Fire (2) [Thunderbolts Website]
... a month. On its anticipated 1846 return, Biela was first sighted in late 1845 as it moved toward perihelion (its closest approach to the Sun), astronomers were surprised to see that the head of the comet had acquired a faint satellite. It had split in two (picture above), something we now know to be fairly common for comets, but still mysterious to cometologists. In 1845, the event seemed unprecedented. As noted by Carl Sagan and Nancy Druyan in their book Comet, “the finding was so bizarre that the first astronomer to note this twinning dismissed it as some internal reflection in his telescope”. In Robert Chapman s and John Brandt s The Comet Book certain details of Biela s return are fascinating. The discovery of a partner occurred on January 13, 1846, when “a faint satellite comet was observed a small distance from the main comet”. Two tails were seen parallel to each other. “Over the next month the fainter of the two comets increased in brightness and finally became brighter than ...
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33. Europa and Mars [Thunderbolts Website]
... home updates news and views picture of the day resources team a role for you contact us Credit: NASA/JPL home pic of the day archive subject index abstract archive Links: Holoscience Electric Cosmos The Universe Plasma Cosmology Society for Interdisciplinary Studies educational resources Aeon Journal Mar 18, 2005 Europa and Mars Giant “dust devils” on Mars offer compelling clues as to the true cause of the rille networks on Europa. Perhaps readers who have followed our discussion of “electric discharge channels” on Jupiter s moon Europa will recognize the bizarre landscape in the pictures above. Can you identify which picture is of the Europan surface? The upper picture is of particular interest because it shows how the force that created the linear streaks was oblivious to other landscape features. As observed by the electrical theorists, this is one of the unsolved mysteries of rilles seen on many different bodies in the solar system. The lower picture is also of special interest. For one thing, it is reminiscent of the intimate connection between rille creation and unusual cratering or etching patterns on planets ...
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34. Small Star [Thunderbolts Website]
... bodies of unequal size a sun-like star and a smaller close-orbiting binary partner as we see in this example. The electric birth of the companion star or gas giant will place it much closer to its parent than traditional gravity-based models had ever envisioned, or even considered possible. OGLE-TR-122b is not a super-dense companion, but is merely subject to stronger electromagnetic interaction with its parent star, due to the nature of its birth. Where the electric force is active in this way, Newtonian calculations of mass and density will always produce bizarre results. Electrically, the standard “threshold mass” for a star is a meaningless concept. Stars do not have to ignite a fusion reaction in their core to produce their energy. They receive electrical power directly from cosmic Birkeland currents that thread the galaxy. And the nuclear reactions occur, not in the core, but in the bright photosphere of a star. (This is a testable claim if astronomers will ask the question). Unfortunately, when orthodox theorists confront the failure of Newtonian concepts, they often turn first ...
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... occur in almost limitless variations. To illustrate the extent of the variations anciently recorded, we offer two interesting examples in the upper right frame of the montage above. The first, closely tied to the more elementary “squatter man” formation, includes the two dots to the right and left of the torso. The incongruous additional pair of “legs” also accord with observed patterns in the evolution of Peratt instabilities, which typically send out stacks of “arms” or “legs” in the very fashion depicted. Even more bizarre is the accompanying squatter man whose head is replaced by the body of a duck. But this pattern too, particularly widespread in the Americas, is no accident according to Peratt. If Peratt s conclusions are correct, then only a few thousand years ago the terrestrial sky was ablaze with electrical activity. The ramifications of this possibility will directly affect our understanding of cultural roots. What was the impact of the recorded events on the first civilizations? What was the relationship to the origins of world mythology, to the birth ...
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36. Science Frontiers Digest of Scientific Anomalies [Science Frontiers Website]
... Science Frontiers The Unusual& Unexplained Strange Science* Bizarre Biophysics* Anomalous astronomy From the pages of the World's Scientific Journals Archaeology Astronomy Biology Geology Geophysics Mathematics Psychology Physics About Science Frontiers Science Frontiers is the bimonthly newsletter providing digests of reports that describe scientific anomalies; that is, those observations and facts that challenge prevailing scientific paradigms. Over 2000 Science Frontiers digests have been published since 1976. These 2,000+ digests represent only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. The Sourcebook Project, which publishes Science Frontiers, also publishes the Catalog of Anomalies, which delves far more deeply into anomalistics and now extends to sixteen volumes, and covers dozens of disciplines. Over 14,000 volumes of science journals, including all issues of Nature and Science have been examined for reports on anomalies. In this context, the newsletter Science Frontiers is the appetizer and the Catalog of Anomalies is the main course. Subscriptions Subscriptions to the newsletter Science Frontiers cost US$7.00 for six issues or the equivalent in UK or Canadian funds. Checks should be made payable to William Corliss ...
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37. Catalogue of Anomalies (Subjects) [Science Frontiers Website]
... Science Frontiers Catalog of Anomalies (Subjects) Strange reports* Bizarre biology* Anomalous archaeology From New Scientist, Nature, Scientific American, etc Archaeology Astronomy Biology Geology Geophysics Mathematics Psychology Physics Catalog of Anomalies (Subjects) Overview Astronomy Biology Chemistry/Physics Geology Geophysics Logic/mathemitics Archeology Psychology Miscellaneous phenomena Other pages Home Page Science Frontiers Online Science Frontiers: The Book Sourcebook Project Catalog of Anomalies (Subjects) Entries in the Sourcebook Project's Catalog of Anomalies are divided into the following nine "fields". (Click on the links to display the full list of subjects) ASTRONOMY (A) BIOLOGY (B) CHEMISTRY AND PHYSICS (C) GEOLOGY (E) GEOPHYSICS (G) LOGIC AND MATHEMATICS (L) ARCHEOLOGY (M) PSYCHOLOGY (P) MISCELLANEOUS PHENOMENA (X) Within each of these fields, catalog sections that are already in print are given alphanumerical labels. For example, BHB1= B (Biology)+ H (Humans)+ B (Behavior)+ 1 (first anomaly in Chapter BHB). Some anomalies and curiosities that ...
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38. Big Bang a Big Loser in 2005 [Thunderbolts Website]
... the 1960 s, when Arp began publishing his findings. To his credit, Cornell astronomer Carl Sagan acknowledged the problem when he was writing Cosmos (published in 1980). But in the following years the politically influential looked the other way, and the word quietly went out to science editors at major newspaper and news magazines that Arp had been fully answered and no more time was needed on the question. Here is an interesting historical fact. For many years it has been known that the map of the universe acquires a bizarre appearance when you let redshift determine distances. Suddenly galactic clusters stretch out in radial lines absurdly pointing at the earth. The effect is called “the fingers of God,” and the earth-directed “fingers” span billions of light-years. While big bang theorists have cobbled together “explanations” for small-scale examples of the effect, the picture as a whole can only be illusory. The galaxies are not, in fact, stretched out on radial lines from the earth in the way suggested by the “map”, but the ...
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39. Titan - The Enigma (2) [Thunderbolts Website]
... " The graph above shows that the proportion of heavy nitrogen-15 in the atmosphere of Titan is much greater than that around other planets. Scientists believe that the lighter nitrogen-14 was lost over large geologic times scales for reasons that remain unknown. It could be explained if most of the atmosphere had evaporated into space, a process in which the nitrogen-14 would have escaped more easily than nitrogen-15. But it would mean that Titan once had an atmosphere 40 times as thick as Earth's- making it a dwarf version of a gas planet. 'This bizarre world may be far more complex that we have begun to imagine,' says Larry Soderblom of the US Geological Survey in Flagstaff, Arizona. The striking disparity in nitrogen isotopes is telling us something about the way planetary atmospheres are formed rather than how they evolve. And why do we insist that a star's "children" all be born at the same time? Titan's atmosphere is primitive, but not in the sense that it is 4.6 billion years old or that it was once 40 times as thick as Earth's. Instead ...
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40. Myth (maverick science) [Maverick Science Website]
... is offered for the origin of the specific mythical themes uncovered e.g., Creation, the Golden Age, epoch-ending catastrophe, the primeval hieros gamos, etc. This question is directly related to another major flaw plaguing most modern theories of ancient myth; namely, their general inability to explain the recurrence of mythical themes around the globe. Levi-Strauss emphasized this problem in an essay on myth many years ago: "How are we going to explain the fact that myths throughout the world are so similar?" Particularly troubling are those bizarre details of ancient myth that don't make sense in the real world flying, fire-breathing dragons, for example; the dwarf-like hero who suddenly assumes a gigantic form; the birth of the warrior-hero from the "heart" of the mother goddess; and countless others. One is naturally inclined to attribute such motifs to creative imagination and fictional storytelling, but this "explanation" runs up against an insuperable difficulty: These seemingly meaningless and biologically impossible motifs are likewise to be found around the globe. As Levi-Strauss emphasized, it is ...
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