Are we really one step closer to achieving teleportation?

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.

Alien material found on the Moon

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 Alien Messages Encoded in our DNA?

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.

Scientists have spotted distant Jupiter sized planet that has water

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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White Dwarf Stars May Be Best Chance for Discovering Extra-terrestrial Life

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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Stone Age Inns to be Examined by French Archaeologists

French archaeologists have applied to the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Arts to excavate an area in the Black Sea province of Samsun’s Tekkeköy district where a number of Stone Age inns were uncovered.

According to a scientific study, the inns were used by Stone Age people who lived between 60,000 and 10,000 BC and their presence has attracted archaeologists and tourists alike.

“The area of the inns was desolate but it was very important for the world. This is an area of 3,060 square meters, where the first of mankind had live.” Said Hayati Tekin, mayor of Tekkeköy. “After the cleaning, many inns came out. There were three buildings used as homes before, around the inns. These houses are turned into museums of eras.”

Landscaping work carried out with the permission of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism by the Samsun Museum Directory has been undertaken in order to transform the houses, inns and surrounding grounds into a museum and picnic area and it has since been attracting tourists from around the world.

Once French archaeologists are given permission to excavate, work will begin immediately but could take as long as 30 to 50 years to uncover all the area has to offer and enlighten the history of mankind.

Mystery Settlers Reached ‘Step to Americas’ Before Vikings

New research published in the journal Quaternary Science Reviews has found that the Faroes islands, the first stepping stones for Europeans as they explored across the Atlantic to ultimately land in the Americas, were colonized up to 500 years before the large-scale Viking colonisation.

The Faroes are located halfway between Norway and Iceland and it was believed that the Vikings were the first to land on the isles in the ninth century when they first set out from the Scottish archipelago of the Shetlands and which eventually culminated in the European discovery of continental North America in the 11 th century.

Now, scientists have discovered firm archaeological evidence “for the human colonization of the Faroes by people some 300 to 500 years before the large-scale Viking colonization of the ninth century, although we don’t yet know who these people were or where they came from,” said Mike Church, an environmental archaeologist at the Durham University in England.

The research took place at an archaeological site of Á Sondum on the island of Sandoy. The investigation revealed an extensive windblown sand deposit containing patches of burnt peat ash from human activity. This ash contained barley grains burnt in domestic hearths, which carbon dating showed was pre-Viking. Barley is not indigenous to the Faroes, so it must have been either grown or brought to the islands by humans.

“This is the first archaeological evidence that proves there were humans there at the Faroes prior to the big Viking colonization event,” Church said.

However, who these colonizers were and what they were doing there remains a mystery. Possibilities include religious hermits from Ireland, late-Iron Age colonists from Scotland or pre-Viking explorers from Scandinavia. Unfortunately, the large scale Viking colonization would have destroyed most of the archaeological evidence for earlier settlement, making it very difficult to get to the bottom of the mystery.

The new research challenges the scale, timing and nature of human settlement of the wider North Atlantic region and has implications for surrounding areas which may also have been colonized prior to the Vikings.

Remarkable 3,000-year-old Subterranean Tunnels Discovered in Jerusalem

Last month we reported on the massive network of underground tunnels which are scattered throughout Europe and explored myths and legends from around the world that present stories of mysterious subterranean cities and tunnels. We also wrote about the many places in which incredible discoveries of underground networks have been uncovered. Now, in another remarkable finding, archaeologists have found a system of subterranean caverns under Jerusalem which date back to at least the First Temple period between 10 th and 6 th centuries BC.

Archaeologists were digging in the ancient Ophel area near Temple Mount when they discovered a cave filled with loads of dirt and rock. After removing piles of rubble, they were astounded to find that the cave appeared to link to a system of tunnels, which were clearly man-made – the walls were layered in plaster, chisel marks could still be seen carved into the rock, and holes where candles would have been replaced, still showing burn marks on the rock, had remained intact.

The cave also appeared to be linked to a structure featuring water channels dating to the First Temple period, which suggest that at one point in time, the tunnels may have formed part of an ancient water cistern which would have served Jerusalem’s royalty for collecting and storing water. But that was not all it was used for.

Evidence of use as a passageway for people associated with the period of time just following Herod the Great was also found. Archaeologists discovered that some walls had been constructed after the cistern had lost its use for water and were high enough and large enough to move individuals from one location to another.

Historians have suggested that these tunnels are what were referred to by the Jewish historian Josephus in his writing, The Jewish War, where he spoke of the creation of subterranean caverns used by the inhabitants of the city to hide or escape from Roman soldiers as the city was besieged during the First Jewish Revolt in 70 AD. Sadly, their efforts were in vain as they were eventually discovered by their Roman pursuers and captured.

The Ophel excavation work continues to try to build a more accurate picture of the history and purpose of the mysterious underground network and the secrets that lie hidden in the cold, dark walls that lie below the ancient city of Jerusalem.

The Mysterious Gardens of Babylon may not have been in Babylon at All!

According to new research, the legendary Gardens of Babylon , famous for being one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, may not have been in Babylon at all, but rather 340 miles north of that location in Nineveh, on the Tigris River, Iraq.

The fabled gardens were attributed to the Neo-Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar II, who ruled between 605 and 562 BC. He is reported to have constructed the gardens to please his homesick wife Amytis of Media, who longed for the plants of her homeland. The gardens were said to have been destroyed by several earthquakes after the 2nd century BC. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon are documented by ancient Greek and Roman writers, however, no definitive archaeological evidence concerning their whereabouts has yet been found

Stephanie Dalley, an Oxford University Assyriologist, whose book ‘The Mystery of the Hanging Garden of Babylon’ will be published later this Summer, has claimed that early references to the gardens were translated incorrectly, leading to the belief that they were located in Babylon. Dalley also states that Nebuchadrezzar never mentions gardens, despite many extant inscriptions boasting of his accomplishments in Babylon.

Dalley believes that the gardens were attributed to Sennacherib, an Assyrian king who ruled from 704-681 BC and who made Nineveh his capital. Sennacherib is said to have created a massive system of waterworks and left a number of inscriptions boasting of his irrigation and garden-building abilities. “The inscriptions of Sennacherib in particular refer proudly to his great network of canals, and often describe them in the context of luxurious gardens and parks,” says Jason Ur, an anthropological archeologist at Harvard University.

Unfortunately, the likelihood of proving Dalley’s theory remains remote considering that its proposed location, next to Mosul, is an area of continuing violence between the Sunni minority and the Shiite-led government of Iraq, rendering archaeological work impossible.

Archaeological Find Suggests Ancient Israel’s Capital Was Burned

An archaeological dig has uncovered what appears to be evidence that Shiloh, the ancient capital of Israel that was once the site where the Tabernacle and Ark of the Covenant could be found, was destroyed, at least in part, by fire.

Excavators working in Tel Shiloh, the site of the ancient city, have uncovered the remains of a broken clay pitcher which was found lying in a layer of reddish ash, Tazpit News Agency reports. The finding leads them to believe the city was burned after 369 years of being the nation’s religious center. The pitcher is suspected to be from around 1050 B.C. – the time the events described in the biblical book of 1 Samuel would have likely occurred.

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