6 August 2011, JellyBean @ 6:35 am

I came across this interesting article this week. According to scientists, we may actually be living in the Matrix!

THE human brain creates its own version of reality, and the world we see around us is mostly make-believe, according to a top British scientist.

Professor Bruce Hood will explore the limits of the human mind in a series of prestigious lectures for the Royal Institution of Great Britain, the oldest independent research body in the world, it was announced yesterday.

The psychologist plans to induce false memories in audience members and use pickpockets to demonstrate how easily people are distracted, in a bid to prove how we have less control over our own decisions and perceptions than we like to imagine.

“A lot of the world is make-believe. We’re only aware of a fraction of what’s going on,” Hood told The (London) Times. “We have this impression of an expansive panorama in front of our eyes, but all we are ever seeing is an area the size of our thumbs at an arm’s distance. The rest is filled in, as the brain creates a stable environment.”

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28 June 2011, JellyBean @ 9:59 am

Russian scientists expect humanity to encounter alien civilisations within the next two decades, Andrei Finkelstein, a top Russian astronomer said.

“The genesis of life is as inevitable as the formation of atoms … Life exists on other planets and we will find it within 20 years,” said Finkelstein.

The director of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Applied Astronomy Institute was speaking at an international forum dedicated to the search for extraterrestrial life.

He said that 10% of the known planets circling suns in the galaxy resemble Earth.

If water can be found there, then so can life, he said, adding that aliens would most likely resemble humans with two arms, two legs and a head.

“They may have different colour skin, but even we have that,” he said.

Finkelstein’s institute runs a programme similar to SETI which was launched in the 1960s to watch for and beam out radio signals to outer space.

“The whole time we have been searching for extraterrestrial civilisations, we have mainly been waiting for messages from space and not the other way,” he said.

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9 February 2011, JellyBean @ 10:24 am

This article is pretty cool. Apparently there is this lake in Antarctica which has been frozen over for about 15 million years. Below the ice is liquid water.

Scientists have been drilling down through the ice to reach the lake, 3,750 meters (12,000 ft) beneath the polar ice cap, racing to complete the drilling before the end of the brief Antarctic summer. They are unsure of what, if anything, may be lurking in the water.

Scientists suspect the lake’s depths will reveal new life forms, show how the planet was before the ice age and how life evolved. It could offer a glimpse at what conditions for life exist in the similar extremes of Mars and Jupiter’s moon Europa.

“It’s like exploring an alien planet where no one has been before. We don’t know what we’ll find,” said Valery Lukin of Russia’s Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI) in St Petersburg, which oversees the expedition.

Read the whole article on Reuters

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12 October 2010, JellyBean @ 9:55 am

Each year, thousands of UFO hunters and scores of scientists come to the Urals to study unexplained phenomena. But is there any explanation for the paranormal activity in this region? Where are the UFOs coming from?

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