We are seeing so many remarkable pre-announcement pieces showing up, this is a place to post and discuss them. This one for example, is making discoveries sound 'ho hum' which a few months/years ago were heralded as amazing breakthroughs. Today for example: 

"Nearly Every Star Hosts at Least One Alien Planet"


When a month or so ago they were making a BIG deal about finding one planet in the sweet zone which could possibly support life, son they they say 25% of them could support life! Including mention of red dwarfs, etc. The Zeta predicted evidence continues to build up!

Here is another blog that relates, describing a wobble:

NASA Scientists "Discover" a Wobbly Planet!?


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Comment by Howard on January 2, 2015 at 9:21pm

Never mind what might cause this,

What If Every Volcano on Earth Erupted at Once?


WARNING: Contains disinformation.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 2, 2015 at 6:07pm


Kepler’s New Mission Discovers First Alien Planet Called The Super Earth


Kepler lost its two reaction wheels, but this did not stop the NASA’s spacecraft to search foralien planets. Indeed, the space telescope discovers alien world again in its new mission. Since operating back again from a malfunction in May 2013, the spacecraft found its first new extraterrestrial planet named HIP 116454b, also called as the super Earth mainly because it is larger than approximately 2.5 times than planet Earth. Lies in the constellation Pisces, in 180 light-years from Earth, the newly discovered alien planet is near enough to be studied by other instruments, according to scientists.

The reborn of Kepler has been even better because the first discovered planet is ripe for follow-up studies, said scientist Andrew Vanderburg of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA).

Launched in March 2009, Kepler was on a 3.5-year mission to determine the number of Earth-like planets in the Milky Way galaxy. Scientists have discovered close to a thousand confirmed planets through Kepler. More than 50% of these known alien worlds are believed to be the real deal, along with approximately 3,200 other candidates.

In May 2013, Kepler’s second of its four reaction wheels malfunctioned. These wheels are necessary for precise pointing. However, the letdown did not stop the team to find a way to increase the stability of Kepler. Members of the team used the subtle pressure of sunlight to provide a solution to the stability issue then proposed a new mission named K2. The new Kepler’s mission would continue the hunt of exoplanet and study other cosmic phenomena as well as space objects.

Twelve times more massive as compared to Earth, the HIP 116454b is approximately 20,000 miles wide and its density suggests that it’s either a small version of Neptune with large, thick atmosphere or primarily covered by water.

The distance between the newly discovered world to its host star is 8.4 million miles or 13.5 million kilometers. Its host star is an orange dwarf, slightly smaller as well as cooler than the sun in the solar system. HIP 116454b completes an orbit every 9.1 days.

The planet’s close distance to Earth means it will be a top target for telescopes in space and on the ground.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 1, 2015 at 1:07am


Residents below aging B.C. dam warned: in case of major earthquake, get out in 10 minutes or die

VANCOUVER — After deciding it would be too expensive to rebuild a 103-year-old dam built in one of the most collapse-prone areas of Canada, British Columbia’s power utility has settled on a controversial plan: Bracing for a disastrous flood.

“[I]n a magnitude 9 earthquake, the people down below would have 10 or 15 minutes to get out of there, or I guess the bottom line is that they would all die,” said Mike Hicks, municipal director for the area.

Since early December, BC Hydro has been busily transforming the area surrounding its Jordan River dam into a flood-ready no-man’s-land.

The utility is pushing to stop development in the future “inundation zone” and has successfully obtained a ban on overnight camping at a popular nearby park. It is also looking to install a warning siren to alert day-trippers if they are about to be swamped by several million litres of reservoir water.

Most contentious of all, the provincial utility offered to buy up 11 houses and businesses in the tiny community of Jordan River, a once-thriving resource town that would largely be flattened by a dam collapse.

Locals are uniformly outraged at the offer, even as they see the value of their homes being wiped out by the news.

“For just about everybody around here it’s not a money thing; we don’t want to move, fix your dam,” said Doug Harvey, speaking to local television.

Mr. Hicks noted camping at Jordan River Regional Park was being shut down only four years after the municipal government spent $9.9-million to buy the land.

“If they’re going to ask us to have no overnight camping, they should buy our park, simple as that,” he said. “They sterilized Jordan River, and they’re the ones responsible for this.”

News of the looming dam collapse has also scuttled plans to turn the park over to the nearby Pacheedaht First Nation, who were to build a campground and interpretative centre.

Said Mr. Hicks, “That’s all gone, too, with BC Hydro’s announcement that they’ll all be dead.”

While the utility claims it cannot fix the dam, it has acknowledged there are ways the structure could be prevented from collapsing in an earthquake.

‘I guess the bottom line is that they would all die’

BC Hydro  could simply lower the water in the reservoir, but it said this would cause an electricity shortfall that could cost as much as $200-million to fix.

The dam could also be decommissioned, but this would also be “highly costly” and would risk flooding homes with spillover from an unregulated Jordan River.

The utility’s dramatic plans for the area were fuelled by an alarming seismic study released this month showing the Jordan River dam, built in 1911, sits atop one of the most vulnerable parts of British Columbia and possibly the country.

When the Big One hits (an event that is statistically due for coastal B.C.), the dam will shake as much as three times harder than buildings in Downtown Vancouver.

The pressures are virtually guaranteed to rip apart the structure and kick off what has clinically been called an “uncontrolled release of upstream reservoir water.” As the utility said in a statement, it was “not aware of any dams in the world” strong enough to straddle the Jordan River without collapsing.

Comment by casey a on December 31, 2014 at 12:06am

Young Red Dwarf Stars could Host Habitable Worlds (Dec 15). http://www.astrobio.net/news-exclusive/young-red-dwarfs-stars-host-...

"Increasing odds of extra-terrestrial life" (Dec 19) http://www.astrobio.net/topic/deep-space/cosmic-evolution/life-aqua...

Barren Deserts Can Host Complex Ecosystems in Their Soils (Dec 22). http://www.astrobio.net/topic/origins/extreme-life/barren-deserts-c...

Life Can Survive on Much Less Water Than You Might Think. (Nov 4) http://www.astrobio.net/topic/origins/extreme-life/life-can-survive...

If microbial life can survive in Earth’s Atacama Desert (right), one of the driest places on the planet, would it have

any chance on Mars (left)? From a perspective of the availability of water for biological activity, or “water activity,”

as reviewed in a new study, the answer is “yes.” Credit: NASA/JPL (left); Henry Bortman (right)

If microbial life can survive in Earth's Atacama Desert (right), one of the driest places on the planet, would it have any chance on Mars (left)? From a perspective of the availability of water for biological activity, or "water activity," as reviewed in a new study, the answer is "yes." Credit: NASA/JPL (left); Henry Bortman (right)
Comment by casey a on December 29, 2014 at 11:00pm

Hi GA. Is this what you're talking about? (Looks like an eye & a nose.)

Comment by G A Nicholas on December 29, 2014 at 8:49pm

Don't know about the coffin being real, but here's a link to another picture I found interesting. Is it an Azetc type head or just an oddity of nature/hoax making the carving? Any thoughts? 


Comment by casey a on December 29, 2014 at 2:05pm

'Coffin' Found On Mars 


(Usually HuffPo speaks about these Mars findings derisively. This time there is no mocking--a change in tone, I guess)

Comment by casey a on December 28, 2014 at 11:36am
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 26, 2014 at 8:56pm




Positive_Alien_-_Extraterrestrial.jpgNASA has put out a free, fascinating e-book exploring the possibility of human/extraterrestrial communic... The 300-page book, which has chapters written by more than a dozen different scholars, looks to archaeology and anthropology for clues to decoding extraterrestrial messages, should they ever arrive. In his introduction to the volume, editor Douglas A. Vakoch explains, "Like archaeologists who reconstruct temporally distant civilizations from fragmentary evidence, SETI [Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence] researchers will be expected to reconstruct distant civilizations separated from us by vast expanses of space as well as time. And like anthropologists, who attempt to understand other cultures despite differences in language and social customs, as we attempt to decode and interpret extraterrestrial messages, we will be required to comprehend the mindset of a species that is radically Other."

Addressing a field that has been dominated by astronomers, physicists, engineers, and computer scientists, the contributors to this collection raise questions that may have been overlooked by physical scientists about the ease of establishing meaningful communication with an extraterrestrial intelligence. These scholars are grappling with some of the enormous challenges that will face humanity if an information-rich signal emanating from another world is detected. By drawing on issues at the core of contemporary archaeology and anthropology, we can be much better prepared for contact with an extraterrestrial civilization, should that day ever come.

Comment by sourabh kale on December 25, 2014 at 1:15am

Search for the Lost Giants

A new history channel tv series


About Search for the Lost Giants

Stonemasons Jim and Bill Vieira are on a quest to investigate an incredible theory: that the myths and legends we’ve all been told about giants are actually rooted in fact. Jim has researched over 1,000 accounts of skeletons seven feet tall or over unearthed across America in the 19th and 20th centuries. SEARCH FOR THE LOST GIANTS will follow the Vieira brothers on their quest to find evidence of these missing bones, which seem to have slipped through the hands of history. They’ll dig for secret chambers, explore underground tunnels and dive into the deepest museum storage vaults–all to find that one bone, that one hair, that single strand of giant DNA that will answer the question: did giants walk the Earth?


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