Most of us have seen the science fiction series Star Trek and would be familiar with their concept of teleportation in which characters are ‘beamed’ off the ship to another spacecraft or to the surface of a planet. While Star Trek is just movie, some of the concepts presented in the movie may not be science fiction after all. Some of the advanced technology that had been thought up for the series has now been implemented, while others, such as ‘warp drive’ are already under development. Could it be that teleportation is next?
Teleportation is a process where a material object is de-materialized, converted to energy and then re-materialized in a different place. We could say that it is a combination of telecommunications and transportation. While the idea may sound far-fetched, researchers all around have already been working on developing the concept for more than a decade. In 1993, an international group of six scientists confirmed that perfect teleportation is indeed possible in principle and teleportation has already been achieved with photons, light fields, nuclear spins, and trapped ions.
Recently, scientists of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) have come another step closer to building a quantum computer by teleporting bits of information across a computer chip. Of course, it is a far cry from beaming humans across the planet, but it is certainly a step in the right direction. Quantum teleportation is currently the only known way that teleportation could be successful because it allows the exact state of an atom or photon to be transmitted in the exact form from one location to another.
In their experiment, the scientists used the entanglement property of quantum physics where two particles can form a connection and any interaction with one particle affects the other even if they are separated by great distances. Using this property the Swiss scientists managed to repeatedly teleport information.
In ancient texts ,teleportation was an ability that some Gods had, using ancient devices. Of course these references are in fact considered myth and legend, but history has shown us examples of many myths that were later proven true. Could it be that an advanced race that came before us has already developed this technology? If so, perhaps we are not too far behind them.
As we know, the Moon is fool of craters made by meteorites hitting it throughout the millennia and that is because of the lack of atmosphere on the Moon; there is literally no protection from external objects, making it an ideal place for ‘landing’ from meteors.
After re-examining material taken from the craters as well as modelling meteor impacts on the moon, scientists have discovered minerals called spinels that are common in asteroids. These mineral stones are alien to the moon in that they are pieces of ancient broken planets from the early formation of our solar system. Initially the scientists believed that those rare minerals were formed in the mantle of moon. However, they now believe the minerals to be alien because they were discovered inside the craters and not anywhere else on the surface of the moon.
This also suggests that from the early times of Earth’s creation fragments of earth may have also been caught on the lunar surface, meaning that in the future we may find pieces of the first days of our Earth hidden somewhere in one of the craters of the Moon.
Are we alone in the Universe? This is a question that has kept us pondering for many years. But could the answer lie within the very cells in our body? Some believe the answer is ‘yes’ and that human beings were created as biological images from a superior extraterrestrial civilization that paved the way for our existence many millions or billions of years ago. Is this what lies at the root of the biblical saying “for you were made in my image”?
A hypothesis has been put forward by experts at the Fesenkov Astrophysical Institute that suggests the possibility of an implanted signature in our genetic material that is not accounted for by Darwin’s evolutionary theory.
Writing in the journal Icarus, the researchers assert: “Once fixed, the code might stay unchanged over cosmological timescales; in fact, it is the most durable construct known. Therefore it represents an exceptionally reliable storage for an intelligent signature. Once the genome is appropriately rewritten the new code with a signature will stay frozen in the cell and its progeny, which might then be delivered through space and time.”
The scientists argue that the human DNA looks as though it has been created with almost mathematical precision: “simple arrangements of the code reveal an ensemble of arithmetical and ideographical patterns of symbolic language”. Furthermore, it includes the use of decimal notation and logical transformations which are accurate and systematic and appear to have been ‘created’ with precision logic.
These results fit with the concept of Intelligent Design (ID), which proposes that our biology is so complex it must have been engineered by a higher power. While religious teachers would maintain that this higher power is ‘God’, the scientists of this study suggest that our genetic code “appears that it was invented outside the solar system several billion years ago” and endorses the idea of Panspermia, the hypothesis that Earth was seeded with interstellar life.
One thing is for sure, we still know so little about the origin of life on Earth and there are many mysteries and contradictions in our evolutionary history that are yet to be unravelled.
At the top of Mauna Kea in Hawaii, a team of scientists led by Quinn Konopacky (University of Toronto), have detected a planet the size of Jupiter that indicates that it contains water and carbon monoxide.
The team managed to come to such a detailed research using the advanced Keck II telescope fitted with the Ohio State Infrared Imager/Spectrometer ( OSIRIS). The atmosphere of the planet shows evidence of water vapour and a high ratio of carbon to oxygen. According to the scientists, those conditions existed on Earth millions of years ago, which shows that the planet formation is in progress.
The planet orbits around a star called HR 8799 at a distance of approximately 130 light years from Earth and is one of four planets that orbits around this star.
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A new study titled, “Detecting Bio-Markers In Habitable-Zone Earths Transiting White Dwarfs”, published by the Royal Astronomical Society, has concluded that dying White Dwarf systems could host planets with life and they might be able to detect it within the next decade.
When a star dies, it ejects its outer layers, leaving behind a hot core called a white dwarf, which is typically about the size of Earth. It slowly cools and fades over time, but it can retain heat long enough to warm a nearby world for billions of years.
White dwarfs help in the search for extra-terrestrial life by first finding the planets that exist in the habitable zone of white dwarfs. This can be achieved by observing lights from a star and checking to see if it dims at regular intervals – a phenomenon that suggests the starlight is being blocked by an orbiting planet.
Once a planet is discovered orbiting around a white dwarf, the next stage is to determine if it can sustain life. For tell-tale signs of life, astronomers are particularly interested in finding oxygen. According to the study, oxygen could be detected in the atmosphere of a white dwarf’s planet much more easily than for an Earth-like planet orbiting a Sun-like star. They found that both oxygen and water vapor would be detectable with only a few hours of total observation time.
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