While Man has spared no expense to explore the Heavens, we know precious little about what’s right beneath our feet. The beginnings to unlocking that mystery starts with the discussion of whether the Earth is solid or hollow. If it’s hollow, as many physicists believe, that fact has profound implications for our future. The key to endless energy may be in that void in the center of the planet. Lost civilizations may be down there as well as the literal Heavens and Hells of our great religions. Is there a vast, secret, long-forgotten cave system through the Earth? Could this labyrinth still be in use, or capable of use? What exactly is down there?
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From Mars Daily by Staff Writers
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 13, 2013
NASA Curiosity Rover Team Selects Second Drilling Target on Mars
The team operating NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has selected a second target rock for drilling and sampling. The rover will set course to the drilling location in coming days
This second drilling target, called “Cumberland,” lies about nine feet (2.75 meters) west of the rock where Curiosity’s drill first touched Martian stone in February. Curiosity took the first rock sample ever collected on Mars from that rock, called “John Klein.” . . . Read Complete Report
PUBLISHED: 16:50 EST, 12 May 2013 | UPDATED: 17:03 EST, 12 May 20 2012
How 3,500 of us want a one-way trip to Mars and be filmed on a ‘space-age reality TV programme’
More than 3,500 Britons have applied for a one-way ticket to Mars under a bold plan to fly four people there every year from 2023.
The colonists have to agree to stay on the red planet for the rest of their lives – and be filmed for a reality TV programme.
Mars One, the Dutch company behind the project, says energy will come from solar panels and eats will be grown on the planet. The venture has attracted 78,000 applications from more than 120 countries. . . . Read Complete Report
By Joel N. Shurkin, ISNS Contributor
Inside Science News Service
Friday, December 14, 2012 15:42
What if everything — all of us, the world, the universe — was not real? What if everything we are, know and do was really just someone’s computer simulation?
The notion that our reality was some kid on a couch in the far future playing with a computer game like a gigantic Sim City, or Civilization, and we are his characters, isn’t new. But a group of physicists now think they know of a way to test the concept. Three of them propose to test reality by simulating the simulators.
Martin Savage, professor of physics at the University of Washington, Zohreh Davoudi, one of his graduate students, and Silas Beane of the University of New Hampshire, would like to see whether they can find traces of simulation in cosmic rays. The work was uploaded in arXiv, an online archive for drafts of academic research papers. . . . Read Complete Report
Physicists say they may have evidence that the universe is a computer simulation.
How? They made a computer simulation of the universe. And it looks sort of like us.
A long-proposed thought experiment, put forward by both philosophers and popular culture, points out that any civilisation of sufficient size and intelligence would eventually create a simulation universe if such a thing were possible.
And since there would therefore be many more simulations (within simulations, within simulations) than real universes, it is therefore more likely than not that our world is artificial. . . . Read Complete Report
(Submitted on 4 Oct 2012 (v1), last revised 9 Nov 2012 (this version, v2))
Observable consequences of the hypothesis that the observed universe is a numerical simulation performed on a cubic space-time lattice or grid are explored. The simulation scenario is first motivated by extrapolating current trends in computational resource requirements for lattice QCD into the future. . . . Read Complete Report
ScienceDaily (Oct. 31, 2012) — Using cutting-edge virtual reality technology, researchers have ‘beamed’ a person into a rat facility allowing the rat and human to interact with each other on the same scale.
Published October 31 in PLOS ONE, the research enables the rat to interact with a rat-sized robot controlled by a human participant in a different location. At the same time, the human participant (who is in a virtual environment) interacts with a human-sized avatar that is controlled by the movements of the distant rat. The authors hope the new technology will be used to study animal behaviour in a completely new way. . . . Read Complete Report