tiistai 31. maaliskuuta 2009

why you unvisible keep yourself secret

of course because all the bad yuve done
you make beautiful babies
Olen päättänyt ryhtyä kiinalaiseksi.

maanantai 30. maaliskuuta 2009

not enough pure piple in Twitter for the voices
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QUANTUM theory just seems too weird to believe. Particles can be in more than one place at a time. They don't exist until you measure them. Spookier still, they can even stay in touch when they are separated by great distances. hey insist we have to accept the theory as it is, however strange it may seem.

Arguments over quantum theory have raged since the 1920s. Life-friendly worlds may snap, crackle and pop

The force that makes apples fall and holds planets in their orbit is also the only fundamental physical process capable of destroying information. It works like this: the hot gas and plasma making up a star contain an enormous amount of information locked in the atomic states of a huge number of particles. If the star collapses under its own gravity to form a black hole, most of the atoms are sucked in, resulting in almost all of that detailed information vanishing. Instead, the black hole can be described completely using just three quantities - its mass, angular momentum and electric charge.

Many physicists accept this view, but Palmer thinks they haven't pursued its implications far enough. As a system loses information, the number of states you need to describe it diminishes. Wait long enough and you will find that the system reaches a point where no more states can be lost. In mathematical terms, this special subset of states is known as an invariant set. Once a state lies in this subset, it stays in it forever.

A simple way of thinking about it is to imagine a swinging pendulum that slows down due to friction before eventually coming to a complete standstill. Here the invariant set is the one that describes the pendulum at rest.

Because black holes destroy information, Palmer suggests that the universe has an invariant set too, though it is far more complicated than the pendulum.

Complex systems are affected by chaos, which means that their behaviour can be influenced greatly by tiny changes. According to mathematics, the invariant set of a chaotic system is a fractal.

Fractal invariant sets have unusual geometric properties. If you plotted one on a map it would trace out the same intricate structure as a coastline. Zoom in on it and you would find more and more detail, with the patterns looking similar to the original unzoomed image.

Gravity and mathematics alone, Palmer suggests, imply that the invariant set of the universe should have a similarly intricate structure, and that the universe is trapped forever in this subset of all possible states. This might help to explain why the universe at the quantum level seems so bizarre.

Following on from this, Palmer believes that many other features of quantum theory also fall into place.http://www.fractal.org/Fractalary/Fractalary.htm


HI there! its sunday remember this one

sunnuntai 29. maaliskuuta 2009

todellisuudessa on alueita, joita ei tulisi ”ottaa haltuun”

(sanoi iines)Kun erilleenpano ja sohvaviritys oli hyväksytty tai kun siitä ei enää kuulunut hirveitä mutinoita, otin tästä rohkaistuneena vuoteeni kirjaimellisesti syliini ja kannoin sen suurehkon yksiön kauimmaisen ikkunan alle, tilanjakajana toimineen kirjahyllyn taakse, ja katselin siitä helpottuneena tähtitaivasta ja kaupungin tummuvaa yötaivasta. Hengitys kulki taas hyvin.
According to Roman philosopher Seneca, the part of life that we really live is small. For all the rest of existence is not life, but merely time. In this sense, these small memories and actions of everyday life – though devoid of relevance – are the exact materialization of the passage of time.

1. The cargo cult. Yes, I know, the gods really must be crazy.
5. Simplistic religion vs. science battles. As anybody who's spent any time in the real world knows, religion and science mostly coexist reasonably well, unless you're Amish or

"large number of Icelanders" believe in elves or "hidden people.".. 54 percent of Icelanders don't deny the existence of elves and 8 percent believe in them outright, although only 3 percent claim to have encountered one personally.
The huldufólk are thought to live in another dimension, invisible to most. They build their homes inside rocks and on craggy hillsides, and they seem to favor lava formations.

huldufólk experts believe negotiation is possible..Dr. Dennis McKenna and his brother Terence, traveled to the Amazon’s La Chorrera seeking a hallucinogenic plant that enables the Witoto tribe to talk to elf-like “little men.”..there’s

possibly a greater connection to the alien phenomena you may or may not know about. For the last twenty-five years, Dennis McKenna has pursued the interdisciplinary study of ethnopharmacology and plant hallucinogens. He is co-author, with his brother Terence, of The Invisible Landscape: Mind, Hallucinogens, and the I Ching (Seabury Press, 1975; Citadel Press, 1991), a philosophical and metaphysical exploration. kuka puhuikaan pikkumiehistä alkoholin vaikutuksen alaisena

Dr. Mckenna serves on the Advisory Board of the American Botanical Council, and on the Editorial Board of Phytomedicine, International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology. He is a founding board member and Vice-President of the Heffter Research Institute, a non-profit scientific organization dedicated to the investigation of therapeutic applications for psychedelic plants and compounds. He has also served as board member and Research Advisor to Botanical Dimensions, a non-profit organization dedicated to the investigation of ethnomedically significant plants. He was a primary organizer and key scientific collaborator for the Hoasca Project, an international biomedical study of Hoasca, a psychoactive drink used in ritual contexts by indigenous peoples
something ran past our tent door in the area between our tent and the edge of the bluff. It was quite close, about 3 - 4 feet away. We saw it very briefly in a flash of lightening: a silhouette of a very small "man", about 18 inches tall. His head was very large in proportion to his body, his arms rather short (they were out in front as he ran). I was so shocked I was speechless for a moment. I noticed my partner had tensed up. We were kinda frozen for a some seconds. I remember my mind racing, trying to think of a rational explanation - could it be a squirrel, some other creature? Nothing came to mind that would explain what I had seen. I don't remember who spoke first, but one of us said "did you see that?" or "what was that?". We both started rattling off excitedly trying to understand what we had each seen, describing what few details we saw, trying to think of some animal that it could possibly be. We both had seen only the silhouette, no details as to clothing, facial or other features; just that it was running on two human-like legs, had a human like body (except for the head being overly large). We did not get out of the tent to examine the area - the rain was coming down very hard, the ground all about running with streams of water, so between the weather and our spooked feelings, we stayed put, eventually falling asleep.

The next morning, we went to meet Basil (who had a cabin on the reserve) to pick up the ojibwe language tapes. Since the encounter of the night before was so fresh in our minds, we asked him if he had ever heard of such a thing. He smiled and told us about the "pukwudjes" (not sure I have the spelling right, but roughly translated, it meant "little people" or "little wild men").

lauantai 28. maaliskuuta 2009

so wahts wrong with You god..

.,how to live like an angel-o...=)

..life of an 'earthbound angel'... -the existence of a flightless seraph. twenty-third century, the film's central plot involves the survival of humanity, which becomes the duty of a taxicab driver (and former Special Forces member) named Korben Dallas (Willis) when a young woman named Leeloo (Jovovich) falls into his taxicab. She is the Fifth Element.
The diva's name, Plavalaguna, means "blue lagoon" in several Slavic languages. Return to the Blue Lagoon was Milla Jovovich's second starring role

A well organized free spirit (

Now this, iz my logic exactli. last yier. called womanlogic

now speekin about neu combinations they are there, just don tell you
they did not find the meteor? http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7836656.stm
india http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2009/03/holi_the_festival_of_colors.html

Every flick on a map intended


In the civilian community at large, there are a lot of people who have made themselves self-appointed experts. They come up with new ideas, and immediately start charging people to learn them.

It really hurts the field, and it gets a lot of people trained in methods that don't work.
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Jag har pratat en del med Johan Lindström (-2007) vetenskapsteoretiker vid Göteborgs universitet. Han menar att skeptikerna helt medvetet, och antar jag, TV omedvetet blandar ihop världsåskådning med vetenskap. Kulturfolk menar å sin sida att vetenskap är blott en kulturyttring och att den inte står över någon annan kulturyttring i samhället. Världsåskådning och vetenskap och andra kulturella yttringar är alla lika mycket värda och viktiga, enligt dem.

Vi måste slutligen komma ihåg att medvetandeforskning binder samman naturvetenskap/kvantfysik med kosmologi/världsåskådning, vilket gör området till kanske det mest intressanta forskningsfält som existerar. Vi kan förslagsvis kalla det för "Medvetenskap".

Torbjörn Sassersson, fil kand naturvetenskap (Biologisk Geovetenskaplig linje). Kommunikationskonsult

method called "ARV", which stands for "Associative Remote Viewing". It is a standardized protocol, developed along with CRV, at Stanford Research International. In it, a person associates something easy to view with something hard to view, to make the viewing easier. For example, the basic human sensory impressions are easy to view. But numbers are very difficult. Therefore, I can make a list of, say, ten identifiably different tasting foods and associate each with the digits 0 through 9. Then, I set up a future event which will definitely happen. Let's say that I will meet you at 9 PM and give you a piece of the food which is associated with whatever number comes up on the first lottery ball at 7:30 PM.

That is a future event which we will make happen, no matter what. In such a circumstance, it is very easy for me to ask you early that morning what you will taste at 9 PM that evening. If you say, for example, "mint", then I look on my list and see that the number 5 is associated with the flavor of mint. In order for you to taste a mint at 9 PM, the number 5 will have to come up on the lottery at 7:30. Therefore, by telling me the flavor, you have just told me the lottery number.

This method works excellently for any question about the future which has a limited number of possible outcomes. There are several other standardized protocols, developed during this time frame, which are used for other specialized purposes.

But what the government had actually been using was something different. It was a new science, developed in the laboratory, called "Controlled Remote Viewing". It is a science based on a type of martial art, where a person trains the body to react to actual detailed information in the subconscious mind. It learns a physical language to translate the subconscious mind's information to consciously accessible thought.

Once the martial art is developed, the person has a way to interview the subconscious and find out what it knows about the universe. As it turns out, the subconscious knows just about everything.

And, with this science, it is all available under totally controlled conditions. So, there are actually enormous differences between "remote viewing" and "Controlled Remote Viewing".

But, that didn't answer your question.

The limits of psychic functioning are well known, and have been known for centuries. The most important one is that the psychic is rarely ever in control of the talent. While Controlled Remote Viewing has conquered that problem, it is now uncovering other problems.

One of the most important is that Controlled Remote Viewers, or CRVers, have real problems getting information about numbers or letters. Other than that, the limitations are extremely few, and easily bypassed using new discoveries in the field.

It is extremely easy to protect a person, place, or thing from being viewed by a "remote viewing" but

governments and military leaders around the world are not ignorant of the dangers of psychic spying.real stuff

don like advice http://bit.ly/13a52m “One hundred years ago Marinetti published the Manifesto of Futurism. It inaugurated a century that believed in the future – initiating a process where the collective organism became machine-like. This becoming-machine has reached its finale with the concatenations of the global web and is now being overturned by the collapse of a financial system founded on the futurisation of the economy, debt and economic promise. That promise is over. The era of post-future has begun.”

Franco “Bifo” Berardi is a writer, critic, and pioneer media theorist. Like others involved in the Italian political movement of Autonomia, during the 1970s he fled to Paris, where he worked with Félix Guattari in the field of schizoanalysis. He is the co-founder of rekombinant.org and the free pirate television network Telestreet. He is also Professor of Social History of Communication at the Accademia di Belle Arti of Milan. For more information and writings by the author, including his recent Post-Futurist Manifesto, visit http://www.generation-online.org/p/pbifo.htm.

“Gilles Deleuze was welcomed into the reception room of university respectability, while Félix Guattari was left out. He was not an academic and he mixed with the wrong crowd. Guattari without Deleuze built a philosophical style out of his psychiatric practice, his work as a political militant, and his training in biology and pharmacology. To the rhizomatic machine Guattari brought the concrete micro-material of his inquiry, the molecular method of 'cut-up', montage, decomposition and recomposition, and combinatory creation. The crystalline acuity of the Deleuzian philosophical razor combined with the Guattarian material swarm of bio-informational principles form the rhizomatic machine.” – from Félix Guattari. Thought, Friendship, and Visionary Cartography.

beginnin of the end for thi bug

perjantai 27. maaliskuuta 2009

their lives focuses on the collapse of their cores. usually what causes stars to explode at the end of

About 220 million years ago, deep within the galaxy NGC 266, a blue hypergiant star exploded. When the light from that supernova reached Earth in 2005, astronomers began piecing together something of a stellar mystery.
the star’s luminosity is one of the reasons its death was so unusual. “The universe keeps us humble,” says Leonard. “You can work out all kinds of theory on paper, but it keeps showing you something that makes you have to go back to the drawing board..

Is it possible? Ten thousand years of speaking, and still we are waiting for a sign.

Problems. We owe to Deleuze the discovery that the difficulty of a problem is not simply the number of differential elements it assembles within a single ideal situation, but rather the process of problematization of an element or elements which somehow causes the contents of the problem to problematize the very situation itself.uh

Signals from the electrodes show that consciousness arises from the coordinated activity of the entire brain.The signals also take us closer to finding an objective "consciousness signature" that could be used to probe the process
For languages, I do something similar in terms of thinking of words as belonging to clusters of meaning so that each piece of vocabulary makes sense according to its place in my mental architecture for that language. In this way I can easily discern relationships between words, which helps me to remember them.

In my mind, numbers and words are far more than squiggles of ink on a page. They have form, color, texture and so on. They come alive to me, which is why as a young child I thought of them as my “friends.” I think this is why my memory is very deep, because the information is not static. I say in my book that I do not crunch numbers (like a computer). Rather, I dance with them.
TAMMET: When I was a child, my behavior was far from being what most people would label “intelligent.” It was often limited, repetitive and anti-social. I could not do many of the things that most people take for granted, such as looking someone in the eye or deciphering a person’s body language, and only acquired these skills with much effort over time. I also struggled to learn many of the techniques for spelling or doing sums taught in class because they did not match my own style of thinking.

I know from my own experience that there is much more to “intelligence” than an IQ number. In fact, I hesitate to believe that any system could really reflect the complexity and uniqueness of one person’s mind, or meaningfully describe the nature of his or her potential.
Mars 500 volunteer, Cyrille Fournier from France
You can be psychologically normal but claustrophobic or think ..something will happen....

"It's a real probability that a flight to Mars would fail if the very serious problem of isolation is not investigated first," says Oliver Knickel, an army engineer from Germany who is one of the volunteer "astronauts" for the experiment.

"The impact of the isolation would almost certainly kill the crew on board."

Whether the six volunteers taking part in the current experiment will come to blows is a moot point.

There is a young man, different from other young men. Ancient prophecies foretell The Matrix or Superman, reasons that have as much to do with global politics as with our cultural moment, some of this generation’s most successful sci-fi and fantasy movie franchises follow

Morpheus says. “Like everyone else, you were born into bondage.” One reason that Disney finally made a movie out of C. S. Lewis’s Christian allegory The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in 2005 may be that popular fantasy has become increasingly religious at heart.

Three Lists for Soulful Night

fact, we did not find religious piple made more errors -- they actually made significantly fewer errors, which was very interesting to us," Inzlicht told CTV.ca.

"We're not sure how to explain that yet."

Inzlicht and study co-author by Dr. Ian McGregor at York University say they had each of the subjects fill questionnaires that measured their personality types, their IQ and their level of self-esteem -- and none of those factors seemed to influence the brain test results. The only factor that made a significant difference was the subjects' religious conviction.? o, xixi well

hobbit bones were actually a separate human species. http://tr.im/e8mx

edges of normal human perception. yiis

Somewhere you are smilin

torstai 26. maaliskuuta 2009

Gervasius Tilberiensis studied and taught canon law. Gervase's Otia imperialia has been titled Liber de mirabilibus mundi, Solatia imperatoris, and Descriptio totius orbis.[2] It is an encyclopedic miscellany of wonders in the manner of speculum literature, divided into three parts (decisiones) concerning history, geography, and physics. During the following three centuries it was much read,[3] and it was twice translated into French in the fourteenth century. Catholic apologists respect it most of all for the support

He also wrote a Vita abbreviata et miracula beatissimi Antonii ("Shortened life and miracles of the most blessed Anthony") and a Liber de transitu beate virginis et gestis discipulorum .he may have

do i really wantto talk someone

keskiviikko 25. maaliskuuta 2009

How we perceive is one thing; the external reality is something else altogether.

experience of reality, which includes all of our understanding of science and the material world, is an elaborate 'echo', 'ghost' or 'simulcra' *inside* our minds.REEL HORROR-NUMBER ONE


What’s that in the sky, is it a bird, is it a plane, no it’s mothman. Throughout history there has always been large bird like men creatures flying in the sky but mothman is one of the better known bird/men like creatures.

The basic description of the mothman is that it is a large brown winged creature/man which appears to have no head but its eyes (which are large and red) are in his chest.

The history of mothman began in the 1960’s in the area of West Virginia around Point Pleasant. There were sightings of an unusual creature in the Point Pleasant area, some of the early witnesses described seeing a giant butterfly, an angel and a large man-shaped figure.

But the main story of the mothman which is mentioned frequently by researchers and in detail dates back to 1966. Two young couples were joyriding outside Point Pleasant. They suddenly saw two giant red eyes. They then saw a form take shape, then a pair of wings. They drove fast yet the creature still followed them. They got to Point Pleasant and it disappeared. They headed towards to the sheriffs office who went to look for it but couldn't find it. The sheriff held a press conference to discuss the incident and the press went wild.

Sightings continued throughout winter 1966 but not only stories but physical evidence, witnesses had burn marks to the skin and inflamed swollen eyes. UFO sightings were also seen around the Point Pleasant area, as well as cattle mutations and strange men in black who were seen around the area who apparently went door to door telling the residents not to say anything about the creature.

Journalist John A Keel investigated and found that many other residents also witnessed the mothman but didn't report it. John A. Keel kept having recurring dreams about Christmas presents in water, he also received phone calls warning them not to go to West Virginia.

Point Pleasants' Main Street led to a suspension bridge (Silver Bridge) which locals would use several times a day. On 15 December 1967 the bridge started to shake then it suddenly collapsed

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This figure is very thin, with an almost skeletal quality. The movements it makes look awkward, but are executed in a very precise way, almost like a dancer, and very quickly. The strangest thing about the creature is that it is wearing a cloak, which you can perceive that it likes to twirl dramatically behind it. It is wearing shoes, with a heel, almost like those a cavalier would wear, and it likes to click them on the floor.

There was an almost ‘camp’ element about it all, which was very comical in an otherwise terrifying situation.

The smaller creatures moved more slowly, were thicker set and had greenish-grey leathery skin.

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Gnome army alert his figure is very thin, with an almost skeletal quality. The movements it makes look awkward, but are executed in a very precise way, almost like a dancer, and very quickly. The strangest thing about the creature is that it is wearing a cloak, which you can perceive that it likes to twirl dramatically behind it. It is wearing shoes, with a heel, almost like those a cavalier would wear, and it likes to click them on the floor.

There was an almost ‘camp’ element about it all, which was very comical in an otherwise terrifying situation.

The smaller creatures moved more slowly, were thicker set and had greenish-grey leathery skin. Yes

Tsutomu Yamaguchi had already been a certified hibakusha, or radiation survivor, of the Aug 9, 1945, atomic bombing in Nagasaki. But officials have now confirmed that he also survived the attack on Hiroshima three days earlier.

Mr Yamaguchi was in Hiroshima on a business trip on Aug 6, 1945, when a US B-29 dropped an atomic bomb on the city. He then returned to his home in Nagasaki just in time for the second attack. Madness is rare in individuals - but in groups, parties, nations, and ages

is the rule.Friedrich Nietzsche
A top New Zealand telecommunications company has hired a teenager who admitted to taking part in an international cyber-crime network.
A part of our human condition is to both look within in our attempts to know ourselves and to look outwards in order to know our futures. From eons of studying nature and the world around us we have devised rituals and procedures with which to meet the unknown.

Arts of divination or extra sensory perceptions are diverse, numerous, ancient and new.

There’s a multitude of extrasensory talents that can be included in a comprehensive list of psychic abilities. Many good psychics will possess multiple psychic modalities but not by any means all that are included in this list of psychic abilities.

And just to clarify what my list of psychic abilities is and is not. Although I’m a professional psychic this is not a list of MY psychic skills but rather a list of psychic abilities or forms of prophesy I have compiled for our information and reference.

You may have heard about Cheirology or Chiromancy but not realized they are both just different terms for Palmistry or Palm Reading (Cheiro: Greek word for hand and Mancy: meaning divination).

tiistai 24. maaliskuuta 2009

Did i miss anythin

IT IS midnight on 22 September 2012 and the skies above Manhattan are filled with a flickering curtain of colourful light. Few New Yorkers have seen the aurora this far south but their fascination is short-lived. Within a few seconds, electric bulbs dim and flicker, then become unusually bright for a fleeting moment. Then all the lights in the state go out. Within 90 seconds, the entire eastern half of the US is without power.

a violent storm, 150 million kilometres away on the surface of the sun.

It sounds ridiculous. Surely the sun couldn't create so profound a disaster on Earth. Yet an extraordinary report funded by NASA and issued by the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in January this year claims it could do just that.

The projections of just how catastrophic make chilling reading. "We're moving closer and closer to the edge of a possible disaster," says Daniel Baker, a space weather expert based at the University of Colorado in Boulder, and chair of the NAS committee responsible for the report.

It is hard to conceive of the sun wiping out a large amount of our hard-earned progress. Nevertheless, it is possible. The surface of the sun is a roiling mass of plasma - charged high-energy particles - some of which escape the surface and travel through space as the solar wind. From time to time, that wind carries a billion-tonne glob of plasma, a fireball known as a coronal mass ejection (see "When hell comes to Earth"). If one should hit the Earth's magnetic shield, the result could be truly devastating.

The incursion of the plasma into our atmosphere causes rapid changes in the configuration of Earth's magnetic field which, in turn, induce currents in the long wires of the power grids. The grids were not built to handle this sort of direct current electricity. The greatest danger is at the step-up and step-down transformers used to convert power from its transport voltage to domestically useful voltage. The increased DC current creates strong magnetic fields that saturate a transformer's magnetic core. The result is runaway current in the transformer's copper wiring, which rapidly heats up and melts. This is exactly what happened in the Canadian province of Quebec in March 1989, and six million people spent 9 hours without electricity. But

The most serious space weather event in history happened in 1859. It is known as the Carrington event, after the British amateur astronomer Richard Carrington, who was the first to note its cause: "two patches of intensely bright and white light" emanating from a large group of sunspots. The Carrington event comprised eight days of severe space weather.

There were eyewitness accounts of stunning auroras, even at equatorial latitudes. The world's telegraph networks experienced severe disruptions, and Victorian magnetometers were driven off the scale.

Though a solar outburst could conceivably be more powerful, "we haven't found an example of anything worse than a Carrington event", says James Green, head of NASA's planetary division and an expert on the events of 1859. "From a scientific perspective, that would be the one that we'd want to survive." However, the prognosis from the NAS analysis is that, thanks to our technological prowess, many of us may not.

There are two problems to face. The first is the modern electricity grid, which is designed to operate at ever higher voltages over ever larger areas. Though this provides a more efficient way to run the electricity networks, minimising power losses and wastage through overproduction, it has made them much more vulnerable to space weather. The high-power grids act as particularly efficient antennas, channelling enormous direct currents into the power transformers.

The second problem is the grid's interdependence with the systems that support our lives: water and sewage treatment, supermarket delivery infrastructures, power station controls, financial markets and many others all rely on electricity. Put the two together, and it is clear that a repeat of the Carrington event could produce a catastrophe the likes of which the world has never seen. "It's just the opposite of how we usually think of natural disasters," says John Kappenman, a power industry analyst with the Metatech Corporation of Goleta, California, and an advisor to the NAS committee that produced the report. "Usually the less developed regions of the world are most vulnerable, not the highly sophisticated technological regions."

According to the NAS report, a severe space weather event in the US could induce ground currents that would knock out 300 key transformers within about 90 seconds, cutting off the power for more than 130 million people (see map). From that moment, the clock is ticking for America.

First to go - immediately for some people - is drinkable water. Anyone living in a high-rise apartment, where water has to be pumped to reach them, would be cut off straight away. For the rest, drinking water will still come through the taps for maybe half a day. With no electricity to pump water from reservoirs, there is no more after that.

There is simply no electrically powered transport: no trains, underground or overground. Our just-in-time culture for delivery networks may represent the pinnacle of efficiency, but it means that supermarket shelves would empty very quickly - delivery trucks could only keep running until their tanks ran out of fuel, and there is no electricity to pump any more from the underground tanks at filling stations.

Back-up generators would run at pivotal sites - but only until their fuel ran out. For hospitals, that would mean about 72 hours of running a bare-bones, essential care only, service. After that, no more modern healthcare.

The truly shocking finding is that this whole situation would not improve for months, maybe years: melted transformer hubs cannot be repaired, only replaced. "From the surveys I've done, you might have a few spare transformers around, but installing a new one takes a well-trained crew a week or more," says Kappenman. "A major electrical utility might have one suitably trained crew, maybe two."

Within a month, then, the handful of spare transformers would be used up. The rest will have to be built to order, something that can take up to 12 months.

Even when some systems are capable of receiving power again, there is no guarantee there will be any to deliver. Almost all natural gas and fuel pipelines require electricity to operate. Coal-fired power stations usually keep reserves to last 30 days, but with no transport systems running to bring more fuel, there will be no electricity in the second month.

"This is a fair and balanced report."

Such nightmare scenarios are not restricted to North America. High latitude nations such as Sweden and Norway have been aware for a while that, while regular views of the aurora are pretty, they are also reminders of an ever-present threat to their electricity grids. However, the trend towards installing extremely high voltage grids means that lower latitude countries are also at risk. For example, China is on the way to implementing a 1000-kilovolt electrical grid, twice the voltage of the US grid. This would be a superb conduit for space weather-induced disaster because the grid's efficiency to act as an antenna rises as the voltage between the grid and the ground increases. "China is going to discover at some point that they have a problem," Kappenman says.

Neither is Europe sufficiently prepared. Responsibility for dealing with space weather issues is "very fragmented" in Europe, says Hapgood.

Europe's electricity grids, on the other hand, are highly interconnected and extremely vulnerable to cascading failures. In 2006, the routine switch-off of a small part of Germany's grid - to let a ship pass safely under high-voltage cables - caused a cascade power failure across western Europe. In France alone, five million people were left without electricity for two hours. "These systems are so complicated we don't fully understand the effects of twiddling at one place," Hapgood says. "Most of the time it's alright, but occasionally it will get you."

By far the most important indicator of incoming space weather is NASA's Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE). The probe, launched in 1997, has a solar orbit that keeps it directly between the sun and Earth. Its uninterrupted view of the sun means it gives us continuous reports on the direction and velocity of the solar wind and other streams of charged particles that flow past its sensors. ACE can provide between 15 and 45 minutes' warning of any incoming geomagnetic storms. The power companies need about 15 minutes to prepare their systems for a critical event, so that would seem passable.

However, observations of the sun and magnetometer readings during the Carrington event shows that the coronal mass ejection was travelling so fast it took less than 15 minutes to get from where ACE is positioned to Earth. "It arrived faster than we can do anything," Hapgood says.

There is another problem. ACE is 11 years old, and operating well beyond its planned lifespan. The onboard detectors are not as sensitive as they used to be, and there is no telling when they will finally give up the ghost. Furthermore, its sensors become saturated in the event of a really powerful solar flare. "It was built to look at average conditions rather than extremes," Baker says.

He was part of a space weather commission that three years ago warned about the problems of relying on ACE. "It's been on my mind for a long time," he says. "To not have a spare, or a strategy to replace it if and when it should fail, is rather foolish."

There is no replacement for ACE due any time soon. Other solar observation satellites, such as the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) can provide some warning, but with less detailed information and - crucially - much later. "It's quite hard to assess what the impact of losing ACE will be," Hapgood says. "We will largely lose the early warning capability."

The world will, most probably, yawn at the prospect of a devastating solar storm until it happens. Kintner says his students show a "deep indifference" when he lectures on the impact of space weather. But if policy-makers show a similar indifference in the face of the latest NAS report, it could cost tens of millions of lives, Kappenman reckons. "It could conceivably be the worst natural disaster possible," he says.

The report outlines the worst case scenario for the US. The "perfect storm" is most likely on a spring or autumn night in a year of heightened solar activity - something like 2012. Around the equinoxes, the orientation of the Earth's field to the sun makes us particularly vulnerable to a plasma stri

If ACE has failed by then, or a plasma ball flies at us too fast for any warning from ACE to reach us, the consequences could be staggering. "A really large storm could be a planetary disaster," Kappenman says.

We must heed the threat of solar storms

When hell comes to Earth

Severe space weather events often coincide with the appearance of sunspots, which are indicators of particularly intense magnetic fields at the sun's surface.

The chaotic motion of charged particles in the upper atmosphere of the sun creates magnetic fields that writhe, twist and turn, and occasionally snap and reconfigure themselves in what is known as a "reconnection". These reconnection events are violent, and can fling out billions of tonness of plasma in a "coronal mass ejection" (CME).

If flung towards the Earth, the plasma ball will accelerate as it travels through space and its intense magnetic field will soon interact with the planet's magnetic field, the magnetosphere. Depending on the relative orientation of the two fields, several things can happen. If the fields are oriented in the same direction, they slip round one another. In the worst case scenario, though, when the field of a particularly energetic CME opposes the Earth's field, things get much more dramatic. "The Earth can't cope with the plasma," says James Green, head of NASA's planetary division. "The CME just opens up the magnetosphere like a can-opener, and matter squirts in."

The sun's activity waxes and wanes every 11 years or so, with the appearance of sunspots following the same cycle. This period isn't consistent, however. Sometimes the interval between sunspot maxima is as short as nine years, other times as long as 14 years. At the moment the sun appears calm. "We're in the equivalent of an idyllic summer's day. The sun is quiet and benign, the quietest it has been for 100 years," says Mike Hapgood, who chairs the European Space Agency's space weather team, "but it could turn the other way." The next solar maximum is expected in 2012.

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orb describes unexpected, typically circular artifacts in photographs. Sometimes the artifact leaves a trail, indicating motion.

The technical photographic term for the occurrence of orbs, especially pronounced in modern ultra-compact cameras, is backscatter, orb backscatter or near-camera reflection.


Due to the size limitations of the modern compact and ultra-compact cameras, especially digital cameras, the distance between the lens and the built-in flash has decreased, thereby decreasing the angle of light reflection to the lens and increasing the likelihood of light reflection off normally sub-visible particles. Hence, the orb artifact is commonplace with small digital or film camera photographs.

The orb artifact can result from reflection of light off solid particles (e.g., dust, pollen), liquid particles (water droplets - especially rain) or other foreign material within the camera lens.

The image artifacts usually appear as either white or semi-transparent circles, though may also occur with whole or partial color spectrums, purple fringing or other chromatic aberration. With rain droplets, an image may capture light passing through the droplet creating a small rainbow effect.

Underwater photographers notice the effect also, which occurs for the same reason as above-water photographic artifacts. Sand, small sea life or other particles close to the lens, invisible to the diver, reflect light from the flash causing the orb artifact in the image. A strobe flash, which distances the flash from the lens, eliminates the artifacts.

Example images

Examples of orb artifacts reflecting solid or liquid particles:

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