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The Search for Noah’s Ark

Washington (AP) April 27, 2004: An expedition is being planned for this summer to the upper reaches of Turkey’s Mount Ararat where organizers hope to prove an object nestled amid the snow and ice is Noah’s Ark.

“A joint U.S. and Turkish team of ten explorers plans to make the arduous trek up Turkey’s tallest mountain, at 17,820 feet (5,430 meters), from July 15 to August 15, subject to the approval of the Turkish government,” said Daniel P. McGivern, President of Shamrock–The Trinity Corporation, of Honolulu, Hawaii

So read the first two paragraphs of a news release distributed worldwide by the Associated Press on April 27, 2004. The release went on to say that the expedition would be led by Ahmet Ali Arslan, a mountaineer, photographer, artist, writer, and holder of a doctorate from Erzurum University who, out of a total of perhaps fifty climbs that have been made up the mountain, has made nearly half of them himself. McGivern and Arslan told reporters at the Washington Press Club news conference announcing the expedition that they had been greatly helped in their reconnaissance by satellite photos commissioned by McGivern that, taken in the summer of 2003 during the greatest thaw of mountain icecap snow in 200 years, enabled them to target a promising region toward which the expedition should head.

Appearing almost immediately in every major newspaper in the world, the news release reminded us all once again that, though several millennia old, the story of Noah and his Ark still retains the power to captivate.

We all know the story. Despairing of His creation, God brought forty days of flood and downpour to the Earth but allowed one unusually righteous man, Noah, to ride out the tempest with his family in an Ark containing male and female representatives of every species on Earth. The divinely sanctioned vessel—a pitch-lined wooden box the size of an ocean liner—finally came to rest on Mount Ararat, now in Turkey. As the waters receded, Noah and his sons and their wives began the slow process, eventually successful, of re-populating the planet.

But Did It Really Happen?

On the basis of archaeological evidence, we know today that a huge flood did take place in Noah’s time. Taking inventory in 1965, researchers at London’s British Museum stumbled on two cuneiform tablets mentioning the Flood. Written in the Babylonian city of Sippar in 1640-1626, B.C., they told of how a water-god named Enki revealed God’s awful plan to a priest-king named Ziusudra. Ziusudra really existed; he was the king of the southern Babylonian city of Shuruppak, around 2900 B.C., and he is listed as such in the earliest column of the Sumerian king-list. The priest-king built a boat and survived, and there is actual evidence of a gigantic flood at the site of Shuruppak itself.

So apparently there was a flood, but it was confined to a fairly small area. Moreover, the date 2900 B.C. conflicts with geological evidence uncovered by the archaeologist Sir Leonard Woolley who, while excavating the Sumerian city of Ur in the 1920s, came across strong evidence that a flood had occurred in the region sometime between 4000 and 3500 B.C. “Still,” says author-researcher Paul Johnson, “The savior-figure of Ziusudra, presented in the Bible as Noah, thus provides the first independent confirmation of the actual existence of a Biblical personage.”

But this is only a small bit of historical evidence. And modern science has raised countless valid objections to the story of the Ark: How could an entire planet be flooded? How could two of every species on Earth have fit inside one Ark? These cavils notwithstanding, though, the story of Noah has never ceased to beguile us, and Mount Ararat has continued to sing its siren song. Why? Sir Isaac Newton thought he had the answer, and it is an astonishing one (See the companion article, Sir Isaac Newton’s Case for Why Noah’s Story Matters, in this issue, also by John Chambers.) But, Newton’s brilliant theories aside, there has never been a single corroborated sighting of the Noah’s Ark, and while there are people who have descended from the mountain sure that they were grasping in their hands a piece of the true Ark, not a single one of these pieces has ever turned out to be authentic.

With its twin peaks separated by a 25-mile expanse, and 17,011 feet high, Mount Ararat rears up suddenly, sometimes blindingly, from the arid eastern plain of Turkey 10 miles from Iran and 20 miles from Armenia (formerly the U.S.S.R.). So powerful is the mystique of the Ark, which may or may not rest there, that not until the 19th century did anyone dares to climb Mount Ararat. The scuttlebutt of ancient times had it that local residents sometimes scraped pitch from the sides of the Ark and brought back pieces of bitumen to use as amulets, but there is no proof that anything like this happened. From the Byzantine Empire on (4th century A.D.), Christians and Moslems alike were certain that a divine interdiction existed against scaling the mountain and profaning the holy vessel. They were convinced that God would reveal the Ark only on Judgment Day. The travelers Marco Polo and Sir John Mandeville passed by the mountain in wonder, noting in their diaries its splendors but not even dreaming of attempting its heights. Not until 1829, as far as we know, was Mount Ararat first successfully climbed, by a German professor of natural philosophy then living in Estonia. But was the divine interdiction still in force? The professor had started off from St. Jacob’s Monastery in the little town of Ahora on the northwest side of the mountain. In 1840, Mount Ararat erupted for the final time, completely destroying Ahora and leaving a precipitous gorge where the monastery had stood. A second climb in 1845, by another German professor, was successful and apparently not followed by catastrophe. In 1856, a team of British, mostly ex-soldiers, scaled the mountain. They did not find the Ark, but they persuaded their skittish Kurdish guides that British aplomb had finally broken the divine interdiction of Mount Ararat.

So now, to a degree, the spell was broken. But the many ascents of Mount Ararat that would follow would mostly bring hoaxes, false hope inflated by Christian piety, and broken dreams. In the latter part of the 19th century fraud abounded, while the 20th century has brought no trace of the Ark. For years the rumor persisted that a military expedition sent up Mount Ararat by the Tsar during World War One had come back with photographs of the enormous, barn-like interior of the Ark. None of these photos has ever materialized, even though author-researcher Charles Belts was able to interview very old inhabitants of the area who, 60 years after, remembered soldiers talking about seeing the Ark. In the 1950s, the Frenchman Fernand Navarra was the center of an ongoing saga that saw him again and again produce pieces of the Ark that proved to be almost, but not quite, authentic.

In 1957, Turkish air force pilots claimed they had spotted a boat-shaped formation near the mountain. The government did not pursue the sighting, however. For much of the time, the entire area, including Mount Ararat, was off limits to foreigners because of Soviet complaints that most of the explorers were U.S. spies. The expeditions of the American astronaut Colonel James Irwin, who had walked on the moon, gave the feat of climbing Mount Ararat a certain cachet. But this fundamentalist Christian space cadet got little for his efforts excepting a fall down the mountainside that nearly killed him. These are only some of the stories of adventurous modern-day climbs that now attach to Mount Ararat—but of all the stories none has ever ended with proof that the Ark exists. Will the McGivern-Arslan expedition succeed where all others have failed? By the early autumn we should know. Perhaps the divine interdiction is stronger than we think. Or perhaps Noah has a surprise in store for us.

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(Above) Researchers say this satellite view shows Noah’s Ark jutting out from the snow on Mount Ararat.

(Upper right) Mount Ararat.

(Middle right) Filtered close-up believed to show beams jutting through snow.

(Lower right) Said to be the best ground photo of Noah’s Ark sitting on the mountain ledge. Note: Proponents say the windows at the top of the Ark are evenly spaced for ventilation.

            At the end of every summer, glacial meltback flows beneath the Ark’s believed location. Snow summer 1973. Turkish photo of suspected Ark, 1989. The same location was found last September by satellite after the greatest glacial meltback since the year 1500.

 

(Photos © 2004 Shamrock–The Trinity Corporation)

Ancient Mysteries

Sept/Oct 2004 – #47

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Evidence Reconsidered

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Underwater Structures

I found the article “Enormous Ancient Structure Discovered in Deep-Sea Bermuda Triangle,” in Alternative News (AR 132), to be very interesting. If this is in fact physical evidence of an ancient extraterrestrial visit to Earth, it may explain the advanced technology of Atlantis.

Many years ago, there was published by the United States Hydrographic Office Notices to Mariners (August 22, 1948), No. 32 (4352) and No. 42 (5592), Atlantic latitude 46· 23’ N, longitude 37° 20’ w. Supposedly, a large landmass was pushed to the surface that was covered in white quartz sand beneath ancient white marble buildings and statues. This description came from a captain who stopped to investigate but was on a tight schedule. He said the route was along the New Orleans to London shipping lane that crosses Antonio Leone’s Island site. This land mass soon after submerged beneath the ocean. I have always wondered about this incident, and what really is at this location.

Ray Hightower, Jr., Abilene, TX

Martian Evidence

I was really pleased to read “Subglacial-Water Lake Found on Mars” (Alternative News, AR #132). Though Immanuel Velikovsky deduced from ancient legends that Mars had strayed from its normal orbit (due to meteoric impacts), he didn’t piece together that Typhon, spoken of in the legends of myriad groups around the world, was in fact the result of the gravitational pull of these planets (Earth and Mars) from close proximity to each other. Your magazine had previously said Earth had received a literal hailstorm of Martian rock at some time in the past, and another story had indicated that a large chunk of Martian surface crust was missing: all vindicating Velikovsky. But if Earth was pulling Martian rocks to the earth, then Mars had to be reciprocating and pulling something from Earth. And the easiest thing Mars (with its lesser gravity) could pull from us would be our water; which solves where the excess water from the Great Flood went.

Another gripping statement in your story was that clearly seen evidence of flowing water on the surface of Mars—despite its annual windstorms—should, by now, have eroded entirely away, especially if, millions of years ago, water disappeared from the Martian surface. This has to mean that water was still very much evident on the surface of Mars in the last 1,000 years or less! Conventional geology constantly pushes old dates on the masses, such as millions, or billions, of years for something that plainly has to have been much more recent, so that when you think it through, their deductions have to be a ridiculous overstatement intended to conform to geologic conventions.

Rick Pilotte, Author: Earth, Man, & Devolution, Victoria, BC

Einstein & Ether

Much confusion exists about the so-called ether. The closest approach in the article, “Einstein & the Quest for an Ether,” by Charles Shahar, AR #132, is the Rosicrucian. There are four ethers, they say: chemical, life, light, and reflecting ether. The ‘reflecting’ ether is nonexistent. We have the ‘warmth’ ether instead. All ethers are not physical matter at all. All can be grasped if you know how the ether world works science-wise. The ancients knew how to grasp them and called it ‘transubstantiation.’ The ancients always connected life and the chemical ether with matter. These are the two most important ones for humans. The ‘life’ ether, representing the sun, makes for extended physical fire. The Zoroastrians had sacred fires. The ‘chemical’ ether represented the moon and water. Christ later did his miracles with the chemical ether, water-into-wine; and life ether, loaves-and-fishes, extended burn. The food fed more than expected. See the lecture, “Apocalypse” by Rudolf Steiner on the on-line Steiner archive.

Steiner also gives hints as to how the ether world works. For humans, the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. For the ethers, this is not the case. The straightest distance between to points is a curve or wavy line, like the wave in the two-slit experiment. A few hundred years ago, the ether was still known. The painting, Triumph of Death by Traini, Steiner explains in his lecture, shows how the spiritual world projects into physical existence. The painting is dismal—death everywhere—but there is a story here. The ‘skeleton’ is the physical body. The worm-eaten corpse is the etheric body, where Christ did his first miracles. The freshly dead young woman would represent the astral or desire world, also known as the nitrogen world, and is not ether. Fritz Haber entered into this world with his ammonia-from-air process. Nitrogen is essential for life. To grasp the ethers is known esoterically as breaking the veil of nature. Here is where more confusion arises. The ancients knew the difference between inorganic and organic chemistry. Consider the almost miracle of turning inorganic stones into organic, bread.

So we have several worlds always in play, the inorganic world and the organic world—where the two ethers we want, work—and the astral world. Each can be proven to exist. The inorganic world has one veil to break and you are in. The organic world has two veils to break. If you do not break the veil or veils, the ethers remain in a non-interacting state, like the Michaelson/Morley experiment proved. If mere motion—no breaking of the veil—made for an etheric wind, chaos would result. Since physicists are not occultists (except for me) they will never break the veil. CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research, and operator of the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland) does not break the veil and never will. Since occultists are not real scientists and have never worked in a lab, we have a huge split. I am a chemist by trade and worked in a chemistry lab. Most occultists do not believe in atoms, but atoms are real. A hydrogen-making plant is real. Hydrogen is stripped off methane, CH4, and we get hydrogen and carbon. The carbon is burnt to make CO2 for carbonated drinks. Since occultists believe matter to be maya [illusion], they have made a huge mistake. Since physicists believe the occult to be a fairy tale, they also have made a mistake. If you know the science mentioned by Rudolf Steiner, and if you know how machines operate, you can understand what is common to all machines in the world today, and you can break the veils of nature.

Tom Batorski, Angola, NY

Shakespearean Authorship

I was very happy to see the article on the Shakespeare Authorship mystery (“The Men & the Woman Who Put Shakespeare Together,” by Steven Sora, AR #131) and thought his points on the shortcomings of the orthodox attribution were very strong. Unfortunately, I found the rest of the article to be quite superficial. I will not go into the numerous reasons why Bacon, Marlowe, Mary Sidney, or our old friend “collaboration” are simply not plausible candidates. I do, however, want to add some facts about the Earl of Oxford, which make him the best and indeed most obvious choice.

While the author mentioned that Oxford studied law at Gray’s Inn, he did not mention the fact that he was placed as a royal ward in the household of William Cecil, First Baron Burghley, where he received the most comprehensive education in literature and history that any individual could have received in all of England at that time, having had access to the vast Cecil library and the renowned scholar, Sir Thomas Smith.

What was also perplexingly left out was any mention of the fact that de Vere was a recognized poet and playwright who was singled out by Francis Meres in his 1598 book Palladis Tamia as being “best for comedy.”  Oxford is the only playwright Meres names whose plays are unknown (at least under his own name), and for whom not even a title survives. George Puttenham in The Arte of English Poesie (1589) wrote that there were many courtiers writing under an assumed name including the Earl of Oxford.

Even more importantly, there is an extensive similarity between the facts of Oxford’s biography and the settings, characters and actions in the plays. For example, there is a great deal of similarity between the life of Oxford and the young prince in Hamlet as well as many other examples. De Vere was closely involved with the theatre; he held a lease on the Blackfriars Theatre and had his own group of players, The Lord Oxford’s Men. The records show Lord Oxford’s Men performing in the Boar’s Head tavern in Eastcheap (referred to in Henry IV, Part 1). Many believe that the William Shakespeare listed as an actor with the Lord Chamberlain’s Men was in fact Oxford who called himself in his Sonnets “a motley to the view.”

Also, in 1609, 154 of Shakespeare’s Sonnets were published under the title Shakespeare’s Sonnets and dedicated to “our ever living author,” suggesting that the author had already died by 1609. The Sonnets indicate that the writer was a senior both in rank and age, depicting an older, lame aristocrat who is in some sort of disgrace. Perhaps most relevant are those sonnets in which the author says, “My name be buried where my body is,” and “Your name from hence immortal life shall have, / Though I, once gone, to all the world must die: / The earth can yield me but a common grave, / When you entombed in men’s eyes shall lie.” (72 and 81) In these sonnets, the author himself says that he neither wants, nor expects, his name to be remembered. Authorship doubters contend that this is, in fact, what has happened.

As far as the The Tempest is concerned, the author’s reference to a 1611 shipwreck is incorrect. The first performance of the play is alleged to have been in 1611, but the shipwreck in the play refers to one that occurred in Bermuda in 1609, far removed from the Mediterranean setting of the play. William Strachey’s account of the wreck of the Sea Venture in 1609, off the coast of Bermuda, and Ariel’s reference to the “still-vex’d Bermoothes” (I.ii. 229) are not connected. Strachey’s letter, supposedly from July 15, 1610, was not published until 1625, and the wreck in The Tempest bears no resemblance to the one in Strachey’s account. There are also many well-documented accounts of shipwrecks off Bermuda that stem from the 1580s and 1590s.

Howard Schumann, Vancouver, BC

Tempus Fugit

The article (“Is Time Speeding Up,” by Susan Martinez, AR #131) led me to remember an important book I read in college, which your readers, if the subject of Dr. Martinez’s excellent piece fascinates them, will find of great interest. The book is The Education of Samuel Adams, an autobiography by Henry Adams. Adams (1838–1918) was a well-educated historian, the son of Ambassador Charles Francis Adams, and grandson and great grandson of two U.S. presidents. He wrote it in his later years for private distribution; it was published commercially (Modern Library, 1919) after his death in 1918. It became a great popular success, was number one on Modern Library’s list, and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1919.

Adams presented many subjects in the book and was well aware and concerned with the subject of Dr. Martinez’s article. His thoughts about that subject are touched on throughout the book, but your readers, if they do not wish to read the whole book, should particularly read Chapter XXXIV, A Law of Acceleration (1904).  The book is available free on line here: http://www.bookwolf.com/Wolf/pdf/HenryAdams-he Education Of.pdf. The chapter in question starts at page 402.

Bob Freedman, New York, NY

 

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Near the leading edge of well-known energy technology, the landscape is increasingly dotted with inventions—from solar-electric breakthroughs to new hydrogen-generating alternatives. I’m pleased that Doug Kenyon asked me to write this column regularly, to bring you some of the exciting news from that landscape. And beyond.

The “beyond” is even more interesting. Out on the bleeding edge where new-paradigm scientists struggle, the stakes are higher and issues larger. Those issues or questions affect the future of humankind. Will powerful breakthroughs be monopolized by weapons-makers, or will we-the-people have empowering tools for creating a more enlightened civilization? Will countries continue to fight over supposedly scarce energy resources, or will planetary citizens enjoy energy-abundance from harmonic technologies that could clean up some of our environmental messes? Will we get it that humankind can work in harmony with nature?

On the bleeding edge of energy research, frontier scientists and other self-funders are making progress, sometimes in quantum leaps. But it seems that the establishment is committed to allowing only incremental improvements on existing technologies, despite the fact that some people within the corridors of power know about breakthrough energy possibilities.

Dr. Tom Valone, in a conversation at a conference in Salt Lake City this summer, gave additional insights. He noted that the mandate for NASA’s Breakthrough Propulsion Physics (BPP) research program spells out its commitment to “incremental” improvements. Doesn’t that mean just small steps along a familiar path, instead of a quantum leap to a different path? Meanwhile, the familiar fossil-fueled or nuke path is harming ecosystems. BPP’s grants to cautious theoreticians to study little facets of “zero-point energy” theories have been too little and too spineless—lacking in the courage to fund heretics who actually build prototypes of new energy generators that could do useful work.

Valone had tried to introduce, into the NASA “breakthrough” program, two Russian scientists who had built a generator patterned after the legendary flying Space Energy Generator of John Searl of England. The Russians’ prototype worked dramatically as a more-output-than-input generator, and even lost weight while operating. But the NASA representative told Valone, in effect, that such quantum leaps are not wanted by the program.

However, at least two brave individuals from within the U.S. Department of Energy attended Valone’s energy 1999 Conference on Future Energy. Back at the DoE they had started a program similar to NASA’s, but aiming for ground-based new energy technology. Their proposed Breakthrough Energy Physics Research (BEPR) program withered away after the federal change in administration in 2000. Recently even their Internet talk-group was kicked off the DoE radar screen.

So don’t look to the federal government for quantum leaps to a carbon-free energy economy. When pressured, the feds will give grants to certain physicists to study zero-point energy (free energy from the vacuum of space), but those studies will be safely remote from actual working hardware that could be easily replicated. In other words, they don’t seem too serious about freeing us from fossil fuel dynasties.

The Utah conference was small in attendance but big on freedom-of-thinking. It was co-sponsored by Steven Elswick’s Tesla-Tech business and the small Utah-based Institute for New Energy, represented by journal editor Hal Fox.

It was an opportunity to speak with respected authors such as Valone, Moray King and others. The international community of New Energy proponents is still grieving the brutal loss of our friend and inspiration, Dr. Eugene Mallove, and will for some time. As readers of Atlantis Rising know, he published Infinite Energy magazine, brilliantly argued New Energy concepts on national radio and other venues, wrote a column for this magazine, had the courage to seriously investigate bleeding-edge developments in new-paradigm science, and was also a witty colleague with a superluminal sense of humor. I can’t write about him without tears.

However, the shock of loss is bringing the beleaguered community of researchers together in determination to accomplish their goals—and in the process to honor Gene Mallove’s memory. At the Utah meeting, several speakers stressed the need to cooperate more closely even where there have been differences of opinion. I photographed one such pair of researchers—Al Francoeur of Canada and Sonne Ward of Idaho—shaking hands on that sentiment.

At the converence, Francoeur presented his several areas of works-in-progress—a magnetic generator of his own design, a rebuild of a vintage free-energy motor from the late Ed Gray, which you’ll hear more about in a future column, and Francoeur’s fuel vaporizer—an interim technology to reduce the use of fossil fuels until New Energy generators are on the market.

Ward actually had revolutionary hardware for sale at the meeting. His novel battery-chargers quickly sold out. He said his discovery was built on a foundation including what he’d learned from innovators such as John Bedini (interviewed for a past issue of Atlantis Rising) and the late Nikola Tesla. Similar to Bedini’s, the effects of Ward’s battery chargers seem different from conventional battery charging in quality (rejuvenation of batteries) and not just quantity (speed of charging). Ward’s chargers are not self-running; they must be plugged in to a source of electricity. However, they are apparently super-efficient. I spoke with him a month after the conference, and he doubted whether he could continue to fill orders for the $150 chargers. He did, however, plan to sell a larger model for $500.

Sonne Ward makes it easy for academics to dismiss his claims. At the end of his presentation, an engineer stepped up to the microphone to present the standard viewpoint of what is possible or not in electrical engineering. Ward, a self-taught inventor who describes himself as obnoxious and arrogant, just laughed and said “Why should I care?”

He may have developed attitude in response to decades of incidents such as federal bureaucrats hitting him with dismissive comments such as, “We make the energy policy, kid. Who do you think you are?”

Other presenters such as Valone and King, however, did take pains to place their research in relation to accepted science, citing many references, in peer-reviewed scientific literature, to zero-point energy.

Dale Pond’s presentation was somewhere in the middle, neither disregarding standard science nor trying to stay on the same page. His research is into the “sympathetic vibratory physics” of 19th-century inventor John W. Keely. Dale brought an example of that science—a Keely Musical Dynasphere. An energy science-of-the-future that works with resonating vibrations? Sounds like the ultimate in harmony-with-the-universe.

Pond says the biggest gap between the orthodox viewpoint and sympathetic vibratory physics is their views about cause and effect. Orthodoxy sees vibration as a moving-back-and-forth caused by outside physical forces, while SVP views vibration as caused by primary laws of the universe that create and govern rhythmic exchanges, acting from within. That view of “vibration” sees rotation—spin—instead of the standard view of oscillations. For more information, see http://www.svpvril.com.

You can easily spot the pioneers—by the arrows in their backs. That saying is doubly apt for New Energy pioneers. Most of them struggle without funding and are often pierced by the criticisms and barbed wit of armchair skeptics. A few inventors of new energy devices have been physically pummeled by paid thugs, or hauled into court on false charges. Some were targets of unscrupulous promoters and found themselves involved in business dealings that ruined the inventor financially.

An Internet news service reporting on the Utah conference criticized inventors who complain about needing money to continue their work. Yet how many of us have single-mindedly worked for decades and spent all our savings on something we believe can save humankind from smothering in polluted air? Only the rare individual can maintain that level of effort for many years without falling out of step with polite society in some way. It’s easy to criticize.

One of those lone researchers is Robert Patterson. He and his friends drove to the conference in a vehicle equipped with an invention that he says triples his gas mileage. He calls it RAM—Ram Implosion Wing. He claims the shape causes vortices of air in front of the vehicle pulling it forward, and vortices behind adding a push.

The fortunate inventors are those with a support group, even if that group has also emptied their wallets for the cause. In the case of a Bulgarian-American scientist living near Salt Lake City who plumbs the secrets of ball lightning, a three-generation extended family offers morale support. Dr. Kiril Chukanov’s daughter, Laura Chukanov, translates his science writings into English and his wife Angelina seems fully committed to encouraging his work.

Chukanov creates ball lightning in a quartz sphere within an industrial microwave oven in his laboratory. He found the phenomenon has unusual electrical features and enormous possibilities for generating usable energy. In his book, General Quantum Mechanics: The Great Reform of Science, Chukanov says he has sacrificed the best years of his life to “exhausting and ungrateful scientific research,” but hasn’t tried to get the attention of either science writers or the public, nor does he want fame. “God gave me this knowledge, not to use it for my own needs, but to share…for all of people on earth.”

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Bulgarian-American scientist Dr. Kiril Chukanov plumbs the secrets of ball lightning.

Robert Patterson’s RAM Implosion Wing

Dale Pond’s Version of Keely’s Musical Dynasphere.

Jeane Manning

Nov/Dec 2004 – #48

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Moving in the Right Circles at Glastonbury

On Friday morning, July 23, 2004, I arrived at Gatwick airport, south of metropolitan London, on my way to speak…

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