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ALTERNATIVE NEWS
Our Galaxy Could Be a Giant Wormhole, Say Scientists
Could our galaxy be a hugewormhole like that seen inthe movie Interstellar? And if that were true, would it be "stable andnavigable?" Now a new study published in the journal Annals of Physics says yes.    more...

The Case for Returning to the Moon Grows Stronger
The case for resuming lunar exploration grows stronger by the day. Records of the very ancient past may have been destroyed by the tectonic forces of Earth but that may not be the case on the Moon. Someday soon archaeologists will be able to search there for ancient extraterrestrial fossils encased in lava. Ancient lava flows, it is thought, could once have covered and sealed rocks and fossils arriving from space. But could any such materials survive exposure to super heated liquid rock? Recent tests at England's University of Kent have demonstrated that organic materials on Earth could survive exposure to lava temperatures ashigh as 1300*F.    more...

THE UNIVERSE HAD NO BEGINNING,QUANTUM CALCULATIONS REVEAL
Has the universe been around forever? Most physicists, will emphatically say, 'NO,' and they will add that they have the math to prove it.

It all began about 13.8 billion years ago, they say, with the Big Bang. In the mother of all explosions, an infinitely dense point called a singularity, for some unknown reason, began feverishly to expand. Such is the scenario dictated by the mathematics of Einstein's theory of General Relativity. But, unfortunately for the physicists, the math still leaves some things unexplained, most prominently: 'what existed before the Big Bang?' Moreover, there are other difficulties with the mainstream argument, and the heroic scientific effort to resolve them has resulted in even more problems, as yet unsolved. In the attempt to reconcile some of the more stubborn inconsistencies, perplexing and inelegant theories like those of dark matter and dark energy have been generated.The situation, say some, is a mess. Suddenly, though, a new scientific model has appeared which could save the day for science.   more...

ET & Life on Earth
A minute metallic sphere captured by a high altitude balloon is causing scientistsin the U.K. to reconsider the possibility of intelligent intervention in the life of Earth. Astrobiologist Milton Wainwright at the University of Buckingham thinks his team may have found concrete evidence indicating what they call 'directed panspermia.'   more...

Can the Ark of the Covenant Be Located Soon?
The true fate of the Ark of the Covenant remains a mystery, but not for any lack of investigation. In fact, long before Steven Spielberg's blockbuster movie 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' brought worldwide attention to the mystery, many scholars and archaeologists had tried to figure out just what happened to the relic, when — as the Israelite captivity by the Babylonians began in 586 BCE -- it went missing. In the twelfth century AD, for instance, the Knights Templars, it is believed by some, excavated the Temple Mount in search of the Ark. More recently, scholars like Tudor Parfitt have suggested that over 2,000 years ago the Ark was taken to Africa by a group of fugitive Israelites now known as the Lembatribe. In 'The Sign and the Seal' author Graham Hancock argued that the Ark might be found in Ethiopia where it was brought by the Queen of Sheba.    more...

New 'Gospel' Found
Another gospel has turned up. Like the celebrated Gnostic Gospels of Nag Hammadi, Egypt, the ancient coptic text is associated with early Christianity around AD 500 but, unlike them,contains no narrative about Jesus.

Named "The Gospel of the Lots of Mary," the book appears to be dedicated to Mary the mother of Jesus. Its primary purpose appears to be divination, allowing a user to seek its guidance through some kind of ritual process.    more...

200-Year-Old Mummy Said to Be Still Alive
Around the time of America's War of 1812 a 45-year-old Mongolian Buddhist Lama entered a state of deep meditation. Enhtor, as he was known, never returned to normal consciousness, but, today, his apparently mummified body is, according to some, not dead yet. The mummy was discovered in Ulaan-baatar, Mongolia's capital, in January.   more...

INVENTOR SAYS HIS WATER HOUSE IS THE WAVE OF THE FUTURE
Human life begins in a chamber filled with fluid. We call it the mother's womb. Now a Hungarian inventor is proposing that all of us could benefit from such a living space. Matyas Gutai is proposing homes with interconnected walls and windows filled with water. Such a home he says will provide year-round comfort and save us a bundle in energy costs.   more...

New Heat on the Cold Fusion Front
Much to the consternation of the scientific establishment, the Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR, aka, cold fusion) technology known as the E-Catalyser, of Italian inventor Andrea Rossi is refusing to go away, and the promise of abundant cheap energy to solve the world's many problems is still alive. In fact, new studies are lending unexpected credence to Rossi's case.   more...


PROTOSCIENCE
Free Energy...Gravity Control...Alternative Science...
Dr. Pollack and the Case for a Fourth Phase of Water
By Jerry Decker
Professor Gerald Pollackis Founding Editor-in-Chief of the scientific journal Water,and is recognized as an international leader in science and engineering. He has developed a very unusual theory of water and has spent years convincing the world that water is not actually a liquid. Pollack was the 2012 recipient of the Prigogine Medal for thermodynamics of dissipative systems. The recipient of an honorary doctorate from Ural State University in Russia he was also named an honorary professor of the Russian Academy of Sciences. A Founding Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering and a Fellow of both the American Heart Association and the Biomedical Engineering Society, Pollack recently received an NIH Award for his work on water. He maintains an active laboratory in Seattle. Pollack, it appears, has discovered something really new about how water is formed and reacts.    more...


THE FORBIDDEN ARCHAEOLOGIST
A Visit to Angkor Wat, Finally
By Michael Cremo
For a long time, I wanted to visit the Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia. I wanted to go for a few reasons. For one thing, it is a Vishnu temple, about a thousand years old. I happen to be a Vaishnava (a devotee of Vishnu, or Krishna). I am also a member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), which is constructing a major temple (called the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium) in Mayapur, a sacred pilgrimage site in West Bengal, India. One of the missions of the temple will be to introduce the public to the Vedic cosmology of ancient India, as expressed in the Puranas and Vedic astronomical texts. I am part of a group that is responsible for designing exhibits and planetarium shows for the project. That is another reason I wanted to visit Angkor Wat. A lot of cosmological and astronomical knowledge is built into the structure of the Angkor Wat temple, which also features some amazing stone-carved panels depicting differentepisodes from the pastimes of Vishnu, Rama, and Krishna. Just as I am part of a group that is designing exhibits for a temple today, a thousand years ago, there were people in Cambodia deciding what was going to be exhibited and displayed at the Angkor Wat temple. So going to Angkor Wat and connecting with those ancient designers is part of my mental preparation for what I will be doing in Mayapur.    more...


ALTERNATIVE ARCHAEOLOGY
RETURN to the GREAT SPHINX
The Geologist Who Startled the World by ReDating the Sphinx, Finds More Evidence -- It's Even Older Than He Once Thought
By Robert Schoch, Ph.D.
Perhaps one of my distant ancestors or relatives preceded me here — among nineteenth and early twentieth century graffiti inscribed on the entrance to Nefertari's Temple of Hathor at Abu Simbel can be found my name -- "Schoch". I had noticed this on previous trips, but this time it really impressed me. Perhaps I was feeling nostalgic; it was just short of a quarter century since I had first traveled to Egypt (in June 1990). As I have always found to be the case, my most recent trip (January 2015) yielded fresh revelations and new connections.    more...


FORGOTTEN HISTORY
Taboo
The Curious Burial of Gobekli Tepe
By RITA LOUISE, Ph.D.
Located at the highest point of the Germus range in the southeastern Anatolia region of Turkey is the mysterious site of Gobekli Tepe. Excavations at Göbekli Tepe began in 1995 after German archaeologist Klaus Schmidt realized that what had been thought to be a Byzantine cemetery was actually a prehistoric site. Schmidt soon unearthed a number of T-shaped pillars, which set the archaeological world ablaze, but the existence of this magnificent and massive structure was not what most excited researchers; it was the age. Analysis of samples from the earliest parts showed construction during the pre-pottery Neolithic -- a period some 12,000 years ago.    more...


ALTERNATIVE SCIENCE
Is the Planet in Midlife Crisis?
Getting Old, They Say, Is Not for Sissies
By SUSAN B. MARTINEZ, Ph.D.
In the beginning, says the origin legend of northwest Borneo's tribes, "there was nothing but a widespread sea." Half a world away, the North American Iroquois similarly describe the First Earth as covered with "only the primordial waters." And the same was said in the sacred histories of Hawaii and Samoa. Too, the Mayan PopolVuh spoke of "a watery world with no land... only the sweet sea." Could these ancient legends lead us to a happy coincidence of science and myth? Perhaps so, if you agree with scientists Peter Ward and Donald Brownlee who think "it is likely that the early Earth was entirely covered with water" (The Life and Death of Planet Earth, 2002, p. 31). Experts, moreover, predict that all the oceans will eventually dry up (in another 3 billion years). Indeed, "the past few million years have been a time of steadily decreasing ocean volume and temperatures" (J.D. MacDougall, A Short History of Planet Earth, 1996, 216).    more...


ALTERNATIVE SCIENCE
Catastrophism Reconsidered
New Evidence Puts Heat on the Uniformitarians
By WILLIAM B. STOECKER
When science in the moderns ense was first emerging in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in Europe, those who studied rocks, landforms, and fossils — studies that would evolve into geology and paleontology — believed that Earth's past had been shaped by sudden and violent catastrophes, chief among them being Noah's Flood. These people were strongly influenced by the Bible, but as Christianity fell into disfavor among many of the intellectual elites, catastrophism came to be rejected in favor of uniformitarianism, the belief that the past was shaped by the same processes we can observe today — slow climatic change, the gradual advance and retreat of glaciers, the almost imperceptible rise of mountain ranges, and the equally slow process of erosion, leveling those ranges andc arving out valleys. By the late eighteenth century, the proponents of uniformitarianism, chiefly James Hutton and Charles Lyell, dominated the earth sciences. There was a brief rebellion in the early nineteenth century, led by Georges Cuvier, who, although he did not rely on any Biblical accounts, believed that there had been truly catastrophic floods and earthquakes in the past. But his rebellion failed, and uniformitarianism became a dogma, not to be questioned.    more...


ANCIENT AMERICA
New Light on the 'Burrows Cave Controversy'
Could the Debunkers have Gotten Ahead of Themselves?
By FRANK JOSEPH
In 1982, Russell E. Burrows was trolling alone among the sparsely inhabited hills and fields in southern Illinois, twenty miles from the Ohio River. The amateur treasure hunter, originally from West Virginia, would later claim to have been searching for Civil War era buckles, pioneer horseshoes, or old coins, with his metal detector, when he supposedly fell into a large, overgrown hole. The subterranean interior, he would say,connected to a corridor and series of manmade chambers filled with a vast and bewildering array of black river stones (known asargillite), white marble, and sand-stone engraved predominantly with the portraits of men attired in the garb of ancient Rome, Judea, Carthage, and West Africa. Other stones were covered with Christian themes and a mix of inscriptions in hieroglyphic Egyptian, Hebrew, Numidian (ancient North African), Ogham (Keltic),and North Semitic (a form ofPhoenician). Similar imagery appeared on a cache of gold coins and bars.    more...


LOST HISTORY
Strange Saga of the Ramapough Lenape
Exploring a Forgotten Chapter in America's Beginnings
By STEVEN SORA
There are possibly as many as two hundred communities, existing mostly in the south and east of the United States and Canada, which are composed of unique multicultural groupings. These include the WeSorts of Maryland, the Nanticokes and Moors of Delaware, and the Creoles and Redbones spread from Texas to Alabama. The term "MeltingPot" has often been applied to such mixed cultures of the Americas.    more...


THE OTHER SIDE
Overshadowing
Does Creativity Emerge from the World Beyond Our Five Senses?
By MICHAEL E. TYMN
Believing he might be going insane, Frederic L. Thompson, a NewY ork City goldsmith,c onsulted Dr. James Hyslop, who specialized in abnormal psychology, during January 1907, explaining that around the middle of 1905 he was "suddenly and inexplicably seized with an impulse to sketch and paint pictures," an that he continually had "hallucinations or visions" of trees and landscapes. Prior to that, he had no real interest or experience in art beyond the engraving required in his occupation. He further informed Hyslop that he sometimes felt like a man named Robert Swain Gifford and would remark to his wife that "Gifford wants to sketch."   more...


ANCIENT MYSTERIES
The Titans of Baalbek
Powerful New Evidence and a Story of 12,000-Year-Old Advanced Engineering
By HUGH NEWMAN
Late in 2014, in the ancient quarry at Baalbek in the Beqaa Valley of Lebanon, the largest worked monolith in the world was discovered. The newly found megalith weighs, it is estimated, an astonishing 500 tons more than the former record holder, 'The Stone of the South,' or Hajar el Hibla, from the same quarry, a massive 1242 tons. A third monolith called the 'Stone of the Pregnant Woman,' or the Hajarel Hibla, weighing about 1000 tons, rests virtually on top of the newly discovered block, still sitting, unused, in the ancient quarry. Several stone blocks of between 400 and 800 tons did, however, make it from the quarry to the nearby Roman 'Temple of Jupiter,'some 800 meters northeast. Amazingly, these giant blocks were raised 20 feet into the air and placed with machine - like precision in the foundations of the ancient complex. The three blocks beneath the Jupiter temple are known as the 'Trilithon.'    more...


HOLISTIC HEALTH
Can DNA Tell the Whole Story?
The Morphogenetic Field & the Future of Our Genes
By CHRISTINA SARICH
Our genes have long been ballyhooed as either a death sentence or the touch of genius, bestowing upon us anything from pristine health and an agile mind, to cancer, neurological disease, or birth 'defects.' But what if our fate is determined by something else? What if our genes were merely building blocks, and a greater intelligence was in charge of whether we can make a basketball free throw, or die at 46 due to a genetic predisposition for cardiac arrest?    more...


SPIRITUALITY
The Synchronicity Phenomenon
Exploring the Mysteries of Meaningful Coincidence
By PATRICK MARSOLEK
Since the word 'synchronicity' was defined by Carl Jung in the 1920s it has become part of our everyday language. How many times have you heard someone describe a synchronistic experience they had, where something in their outer life seemed to be meaningfully connected to something on their mind? Though this sense of an interior connection to the outer world has deep roots in our history, the modern trend towards a more mechanistic worldview has tended to treat this belief as an outdated superstition. Jung's theory of synchronicity was his attempt to put into modern language, and to validate, correlations he perceived between inner psychological experiences and the outer physical world. Along with Jung, scientists delving into the quantum realm were also seeing connections between mind and matter and between the inner and outer worlds. They were proposing similar mathematical models to explain these acausal connections. To this day there continues to be a gradual shifting across multiple fields of study towards revaluing the role of consciousness and meaning in the understanding of our reality. People all across different walks of life have embraced Jung's concept of synchronicity, because it expresses something that is a common human experience.    more...


ASTROLOGY
Saturn in Sagittarius
Father Time Visits the Celestial Archer
By Julie Loar
Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and after Jupiter, the second largest in the Solar System, and along with Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune is classified as a gas giant. Broad bands in the atmosphere mark Saturn's hazy, yellow color, and Saturn's prominent rings provide one of the most beautiful telescope objects in the Solar System.    more...


DVD
Emerging Threats & the Bible
New Christian Videos Take On Some Popular Alternative Science Controversies
By Marsha Oaks
Lately conservative Christians have shown a growing interest in the kinds of subject matter investigated regularly by Atlantis Rising, albeit from their own traditional, biblically - based perspectives. Here are a couple current DVDs to make the point.    more...

TRANSHUMANISM: Recreating Humanity
This brand new film explains the shocking reality of "Transhumanism," a developing trend within the scientific community and among technological enthusiasts. The movement is driven, it seems, by the incredible innovation in four technologies: genetics, robotics, nanotechnology, and artificial intelligence. Each technology has unique goals and motivations possessed by their devotees and experts in their scientific fields — not only the world's leading specialists but also governments and huge multinational corporations. All seem in the process of creating what they envision to be the hope of mankind as they experiment with biological matter from humans and animals merged with technology to create what they believe to be a "superhuman species" of living machines. It may sound incredible, but research and funding on a massive scale is turning this startling possibility into reality.    more...

RETURN OF THE NEPHILIM
Dr. Chuck Missler
Long-time readers of Atlantis Rising are certainly familiar with this topic -- the Nephilim. In this DVD, we get the view of Dr.Chuck Missler, who asks the provocative questions: What's behind the UFOs? Are they real? Where are they from? Are they the Nephilim of ages past? What does the Bible say about them? What's their agenda for Planet Earth? Are they friendly or hostile? Missler is presented as a Christian and an international authority who explores the Biblical relevance of the apparently extraterrestrial lifeforms which are reported to be intruding themselves into our global consciousness, and he reveals their most disturbing agenda.    more...

RESONANCE: Beings of Frequency
James Russell
This documentary explores what has become our insatiable need for wireless technologies and their risks that affect us to our very core, maybe literally.

It takes a deeper look at how humanity is reacting to the most profound environmental change the planet has ever seen. To the naked eye, our world appears the same; but at the cellular level, it is the most dramatic change that life on Earth has ever endured. But the fact that we can't see the artificial frequencies in which we're immersed, prevents us from realizing the great impact they have on us. As you will see in the live experimentsin this film, though, they can be made audible. In the mid eighties fewer than three percent of us were using cell phones, but now it is closer to 100 percent. Today's youth are growing up in an ocean of electromagnetic radiation. This DVD is meant to make us aware of the adverse effects so we can take whatever precautions we need to against exposure.    more...

READER FORUM
Unknown Influences

Interdimensional Dangers
Tom Batorski - Angola, NY

Twisted Physics
B J Street - Paso Robles, CA

Global Warming Worries
Richard Porter - Denver, Colorado

Biblical Origins
Ray Daly -- Lincoln, NE


Tracking the Ancient Warfare of the Priests
From Editor, J. Douglas Kenyon

As fans of Star Wars can tell you, the history of the world is a tale of virtually unending warfare between secret societies — where the priests of the dark side attack the priests of the light side, only to be foiled by sabers of light. The idea did not begin with George Lucas. For millennia it has been the subtext, more or less, of most religions. But in this world, of at least fifty shades of grey, such ideas are seen as too simplistic to be taken seriously by the more 'sophisticated' among us. For those who have ears to hear, though, the ancient music still plays.

While good and evil may appear to have been reduced to virtual sausage, and the ancient fire obscured beyond recognition, for those with eyes to see, certain patterns remain clearly recognizable. Like the variations on a theme, with which some composers pay tribute to their predecessors, a magic, far older than our attention - deprived society can comprehend, continues to entrance us.

The echoes of ancient wisdom, however, can reverberate in surprising ways. And, ironically,the very attempt to ridicule or diminish the authority of a lost understanding may have unintended consequences. Much of what we now learn, for example, about early Christian Gnosticism comes from church fathers who — after destroying almost all records of its very existence — continued to preach to us of the threatto our souls of what they called heresy, thus yielding important clues that can still be tracked by the vigilant.The rise of tyranny, it seems, could actually remind us of what has been lost. Even the evildoers need light, if only to have something to exploit or destroy.

Many of the darkest banners are simply twisted or inverted versions of symbols which originated in light. Probably, the best example is the Nazi swastika — the backward form of a symbol held sacred in Eastern religion for many centuries. Another case in point: the five-pointed star once represented the transcendent possibilities of human spirit, as in Leonardo Da Vinci's Vitruvian man. When inverted it became, a paganicon, celebrating humanity's earthbound tendencies, as in the Goat of Mendes. Christians are fond of pointing out that the so - called 'peace symbol', has its origins in witch-craft and is intended to depict a broken cross. They may be right about the witchcraft,but the cross-in-a-circle symbol is far older than the crucifixion of Jesus, which brings up the issue of how Christianity has appropriated, for its own purposes, many symbols which arose from sources much more ancient... but that's a topic for another day.

One of the strangest twists in this very tangled tale of the warfare of good and evil is the current — supposedly accidental — application of the name 'ISIS' to a terrorist organization. 'Isis' has long been a preeminent symbol of ancient temple wisdom. 'Isis Unveiled', published in 1877 by H. P. Blavatsky, was one of the most influential books ever on the subject. The mother goddess and wife of Osiris in the Egyptian religion, Isis reassembled the body of her murdered husband and gave birth to Horus — an ancient manifestation of the Christ archetype. Now, in the starkest of contradictions, her name is applied to a force built on the hatred of her true nature.

At such times it is worth paraphrasing another ancient maxim: though the night of chaos can be long and dark, the dawn eventually comes, when once again the mother light can rise.




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