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IS ANTARCTICA GAINING OR LOSING ICE?
For years, scientists have debated whether heavy inland snowfall on the vast East Antarctic Ice Sheet--Earth's largest--balances out the rapid melting in West Antarctica. Given enough snowfall, the continent might not yet be contributing to a sea level rise.

AMAZON RAIN FOREST MAY HAVE ONCE BEEN A GIANT LAKE
Evidence from sediment cores suggests this rich ecosystem was flooded at least twice in the past.

WOW! SIGNAL EXPLAINED AFTER 40 YEARS?
New evidence suggests the well-known Wow! signal from 1977--long thought by some to be a sign of extraterrestrial life--was in fact generated by a passing comet. Were ETs on the comet? No one is saying.

ODD PROPERTIES OF WATER AND ICE EXPLAINED
Scientists have discovered two phases of liquid water with large differences in structure and density. The results are based on experimental studies using X-rays.


FIRST SPACE-BASED 'NATION' TO STORE DATA OFF-PLANET

Self-proclaimed 'space nation' Asgardia will launch a satellite later this year to test the concept of long-term data storage in orbit around the Earth. This potentially opens the door to off-planet data and tax havens, according to filings obtained by Motherboard, and represents an important step towards the group's proclaimed goal of starting a private nation in space.


TOYS AND CIVILIZATION
The most important [ancient Indus] crafts were in the production of jewelry, statuettes, figurines and children's toys, some of which were mechanical in function. This last category of goods is perhaps the most reliable evidence of the sophistication of this society says expert.

EIGHTH NATURAL WONDER OF THE WORLD IS 'REDISCOVERED' IN NEW ZEALAND
Scientists claim they have found the Pink and White terraces destroyed by a volcanic eruption in 1886.

STONEHENGE ON MARS?
An ancient stone circle has been discovered on the Red Planet. UFO hunters are claiming to have made the most significant discovery yet on Mars after finding a "version of Stonehenge" on the Red Planet.

RECYCLING USED ROCKETS INTO DEEP-SPACE HABITATS
As NASA is looking for new types of space habitats that astronauts can live in far from Earth. One company, Nanoracks, has a bold plan to recycle space hardware to create living quarters.
 

ASTROPHYSICIST: ETS MAY HAVE ALREADY LIVED AND DIED IN OUR SOLAR SYSTEM
Pennsylvania State University astrophysicist Jason T. Wright suggests that ancient aliens may have lived on nearby planets hundreds of millions of years ago, before vanishing without a trace.

PLANET 10 MAY LURK IN OUTER SOLAR SYSTEM
New research on the orbits of minor planets to be published in the Astronomical Journal (arXiv.org preprint). This planet would be different from--and much closer than--the hypothetical Planet


MUTATION LINKED TO LONGER LIFE SPAN IN MEN
A deletion in a growth hormone receptor gene is tied to an average of 10 extra years of life among men, but not women, according to a studyarch for new antibiotics.

FRACTAL PLANTING PATTERNS YIELD OPTIMAL HARVESTS WITHOUT CENTRAL PLANNING
Bali's famous rice terraces, when seen from above, look like colorful mosaics because some farmers plant synchronously, while others plant at different times. The resulting fractal patterns are rare for man-made systems and lead to optimal harvests without global planning.


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ALTERNATIVE PALEONTOLOGY

JURASSIC SOFT TISSUE
Do Dinosaur Discoveries Debunk Darwinian Dating Dogma?
BY STEPHEN E. ROBBINS, Ph.D.

Three years ago, I described a crisis raging full force around the subject of the actual age of dinosaur remains, thereby equally implying a crisis in our historical understanding; namely, just when did the dinosaurs actually perish? Was it really 65 million or even 200 million years ago, or was it within the effective range of carbon dating; i.e., 50,000 years, 25,000 years ago, or less?    more...

ALTERNATIVE TECHNOLOGIES
Gods of the Mayas Astronauts or Not?
BY ERICH VON DÄNIKEN

On the Pacific coast of Guatemala, not far from Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa, the clearing work done in 1860 brought some magnificent Mayan steles to light (today, they are known as the Bilbao monuments). The native population did not think much of it, because farmers repeatedly would encounter carved stones. News of the discovery reached the Austrian Dr. Habel, who explored the region in 1862, and had drawings made of the steles. He later showed them in Berlin to the director of the Ethnological Museum of Berlin at the time, Dr. Adolf Bastian (1826–1905). He was enthusiastic and wanted to install the steles in his museum, and he traveled to Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa in 1876. There, he bought the steles from the owner of the finca (farm) and contractually secured the rights to any future discoveries. But the trip from Guatemala to Berlin was arduous.
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ALTERNATIVE ARCHAEOLOGY

INSIDE THE SACRED CAVES OF INDIA
Reminders of Ancient Fire from the Sky?
BY ROBERT M. SCHOCH, Ph.D.

Recently my wife, Katie, and I traveled to India for the first time (April 2017), excited to visit this ancient land of mysteries. As a geologist, I had a particular interest in seeing the country's magnificent caves and temples, from the Ajanta and Ellora structures cut deep into the bedrock near Aurangabad, to the ornate and towering edifices of Khajuraho.    more...

THE UNEXPLAINED

THE BETZ SPHERE MYSTERY
New Questions About an Old Story
BY FRANK JOSEPH
In the history of paranormal phenomena, the Betz Sphere is without parallel. Even so, Atlantis Rising readers may be unfamiliar with it, if only because little has been said or published about the object over the last forty years. Since then, occasional arguments alternatively crediting or debunking this mystery have confused, rather than clarified, what really happened. Putting all partisan squabbles aside, these are the facts, incredible as they may seem: On the Wednesday afternoon of March 27, 1974, Antoine Betz, a marine engineer, was joined by his wife, Gerri, and son, Terry Mathew--a 21-year-old pre-med student--on Ft. George Island, several miles east of Jacksonville, Florida.    more...

ANCIENT MYSTERIES

DECODING THE GIANT LEGENDS
Is Their Story Bigger Than We Realized?
BY WILLIAM B. STOECKER

Astronomers are taking another look at the theory that our sun may have a long-lost twin. They haven’t found it yet, but, nevertheless, they call it ‘Nemesis.’ According to a soon-to-be-published study with the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, some astronomers believe that most stars begin life as a pair. Some stay close, but others move far apart.   more...

ALTERNATIVE NEWS

HUMAN TIMELINES SHATTERED BY NEW FINDS IN WEST AFRICA & EUROPE
In Morocco scientists have found Homo sapiens fossils dating to 315,000 years ago, pushing back the official dawn of our species by 100,000 years. The details reported in the prestigious peer-reviewed journal Nature in June, could throw a 'monkey wrench,' so to speak, into the African Genesis scenario religiously adhered to by most paleontologists. It now seems clear that the East African human episode, cited by mainstream scholars, was, if anything, a later development and not the seminal event it has been portrayed to be.    more...


BIRD PRESERVED IN AMBER FOR MANY MILLIONS OF YEARS?
For over a century and a half, the conventional Darwinian view of natural history--going back 200 million years and more--has been that only petrified fossils remain to be discovered by people like us. No soft tissue, and no DNA, from that period could possibly have survived until the present day. The suggestion promoted by the Jurassic Park movies, that DNA could have been preserved in amber artifacts, was dismissed by science as sheer cinematic fantasy. New developments, however, may force the establishment to reconsider some of its most cherished beliefs.    more...


TABBY'S STAR DIMMING AGAIN
The legend of Tabby's Star, or KIC 8462852, is continuing to grow, even as the star has strangely begun to dim again. The new dimming was reported in May, and astronomers were expected to be hard at their telescopes, trying to come up with a plausible explanation. Right now, the suggestion that we may have stumbled upon an alien megastructure of some kind is as good as any other, and maybe better. No other star has ever been reported behaving this way.    more...


EMP WEAPONIZED
A powerful electromagnetic pulse (EMP) would be one of the most devastating bi-products of any nuclear explosion, rendering useless anything electrical belonging to a society. The specter of such warfare has intrigued many science fiction fans for years, but the dangers are anything but fictional. In "EMP Wars," the cover story for our January / February, 2017 issue, Atlantis Rising underscored the subject. Now, new developments are making it clear that even without nukes, the EMP threat remains very real.    more...


DOES OUR SUN HAVE A TWIN?
Astronomers are taking another look at the theory that our sun may have a long-lost twin. They haven't found it yet, but, nevertheless, they call it 'Nemesis.' According to a soon-to-be-published study with the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, some astronomers believe that most stars begin life as a pair. Some stay close, but others move far apart.   more...


DISSENTING OPINION
Strange Flashes on Earth Detected from Space

One million miles from Earth, a NASA camera is capturing unexpected flashes of light reflecting off our planet. The homeward-facing instrument on NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory, or DSCOVR, launched in 2015, caught hundreds of these flashes over the span of a year. As keen observers from outside NASA wrote in, questioning the source of these lights, scientists deciphered the tiny cause to the big reflections: high-altitude, horizontally oriented ice crystals.   more...

the forbidden Archaeologist
BY MICHAEL A. CREMO
Cuba’s ‘Sunken City’ Revisited

In the year 2000, Paulina Zelitsky and her husband Paul Weinzweig, who owned and operated a company in Canada called Advanced Digital Communications (ADC), were doing research for the Cuban government in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico off the western tip of Cuba (the Guanahacabibes Peninsula). They were using sonar to scan the ocean bottom for old Spanish shipwrecks, which might be the source of treasure, but they found something even more interesting—the apparent remains of a submerged city. BBC News reported on December 7, 2001: “The explorers first spotted the underwater city last year, when scanning equipment started to produce images of symmetrically organized stone structures reminiscent of an urban development”    more...


INDUS VALLEY TEETH NOW TALKING AGAIN
Ancient Indus Valley natives have been silent for millennia. Even though we have, on thousands of ceramic seals, fragments of a written language, science has not yet decoded them. And even though we know the Indus/Harappan civilization possessed a sophisticated understanding of advanced math, practical architecture, and city planning, we still have not learned their complete story.    more...


GIANT MARTIAN HOLE DEFIES EXPLANATION
Could a hole on Mars be some kind of portal into a previously unknown underground domain? Or is it something else? NASA doesn't yet know what to make of a giant hole that has suddenly appeared in the southern polar region. Photographed by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), the almost perfectly circular hole, or pit, is, so far, unexplained by any authoritative analysis. More ...



NOAH'S ARK SAID FOUND... AGAIN
A group of hunters for Noah's Ark is claiming to have found it, finally. Others, including fellow evangelical Christians, have their doubts. Turkish and Chinese explorers from a group called Noah's Ark Ministries International announced their 'discovery' in April at their Hong Kong headquarters. They, of course, are not the first making such claims, and not the first to say that it is on Mount Ararat in Turkey. Nevertheless, the explorers claim to be "99.9 percent" certain that this time they have really found it.    more...



40K-YEAR-OLD HI-TECH JEWELRY DISCOVERED
At a Siberian site called Denisova Cave, Russian archaeologists have found, among the bones of extinct animals, including a woolly mammoth, a very sophisticated bracelet. The potentially game-changing artifact has been dated to at least 40,000 years ago. Indeed, there are other artifacts on the scene dating back 125,000 years.    more...

LOST HISTORY
TEMPLARS IN NEW MEXICO
Could the Spanish Conquistadors Have Had a Secret Agenda?
In the twenty-first century we can expect historical discoveries in deserts or jungles, but writer-researcher Louis Serna made a very unusual discovery in a hotel lobby. Serna was in the St. James Hotel in Cimarron, New Mexico when he spotted a 42-inch stone pillar inscribed with a Templar cross on each side.    more...

ANCIENT WISDOM

MENORAH: THE AKHENATEN CONNECTION
Could There Be a Secret Link Between the Lamp of Moses and the Heretic Pharaoh?
BY JONATHON PERRIN

The menorah has long been one of Judaism’s most important symbols, being the emblem on the coat of arms of Israel. It is a seven-branched, semi-circular lampstand, often covered in gold, topped with seven candles or oil lamps. It is most associated with Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of “Lights.” However, the origins of the “golden lampstand” go back to the Torah of Moses, specifically the book of Exodus. These origins are still cloaked in mystery.    more...

PUBLISHER’S LETTER


BY J. DOUGLAS KENYON
Atlantis Rising Special Issue Now in Stores

It gives me great pleasure to introduce the first Atlantis Rising Collector’s Special Issue on Ancient Mysteries. Available on newsstands everywhere, you will now find our great content, presented, as never before—with a hundred pages (including covers), featuring 18 recently published articles on some of the most interesting archaeological discoveries of our time. To facilitate easy reading the text is a little bigger; and all of the full-color pictures which ran with the original articles are included. With glossy paper and a ‘perfect’ binding, this is a stunning package for your enjoyment. Moreover, stories do not break—as with regular issues—to the back of the magazine (a feature made possible by our choice to limit advertising to only our own material). The Atlantis Rising Special Collector’s Edition on Ancient Mysteries sells in the U.S. and Canada for just $9.99. Hopefully this will be the first of many such issues in state-of-the-art presentations focusing on the unique areas that we cover.    more...



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