Scientists have found a NEW 5-million-square-kilometer Continent hiding in plain sight

Scientists have made a sensational discovery east of Australia: A continent which has around 5 MILLION square kilometers, and it’s been hiding in plain sight for AGES. Only a small part of the continent—around 5 per cent—is visible today.

February 17, 2017

Experts say that today, only about 5% of it is visible —which is part of the reason it took so long to discover.

Interestingly, New Zealand and New Caledonia are part of the new continent, which is about as big as greater India, the best part; the new continent could have economic and geopolitical implications as scientists estimate there may be tens of billions of dollars worth of fossil fuels off its coast.

The region is mostly submerged land in the Pacific Ocean and contains both New Zealand and the French overseas territory New Caledonia.

According to reports, the new continent—most likely to be called ZEALANDIA— is the ‘youngest, thinnest, and most submerged’ of the continents, with 94 percent of the landmass submerged in water, the researchers write.

Until now there were six ‘officially’ recognized continents: Africa, Antarctica, Australia, Eurasia, North America, and South America.

According to the scientific paper titled ‘Zealandia: Earth’s Hidden Continent,’ 11 geologists argue that Zealandia has all four attributes necessary to be considered a continent.

Interestingly, the concept of Zealandia isn’t new. In fact, Luyendyk coined the term back in 1995. However, Luyendyk said that it was never intended to be a brand new continent, and the name was merely used to describe New Zealand, New Caledonia, and a collection of submerged pieces and slices of crust that broke off a region of Gondwana, a 200 million-year-old supercontinent, wrote IFLScience.

“This is not a sudden discovery, but a gradual realization; as recently as 10 years ago we would not have had the accumulated data or confidence in interpretation to write this paper,” the researchers wrote in GSA Today, a journal of the Geological Society of America.

Zealandia, shown in gray to the east of Australia, is likely Earth’s seventh geologic continent. N. Mortimer et al./GSA Today

Now, researchers behind the study have developed on the idea proposed by Luyendyk over 20 years ago. With two decade’s worth of new data and evidence, they believe that Zealandia meets the four criteria geologists use to deem a slab of rock a continent:

  1. Land that pokes up relatively high from the ocean floor.
  2. A diversity of three types of rocks: igneous (spewed by volcanoes), metamorphic (altered by heat/pressure), and sedimentary (made by erosion).
  3. A thicker, less dense section of crust compared with surrounding ocean floor.
  4. “Well-defined limits around a large enough area to be considered a continent rather than a microcontinent or continental fragment.”

Geologists had determined that New Zealand and New Caledonia fit the bill for items one, two, and three. After all, they’re large islands that poke up from the sea floor, are geologically diverse, and are made of thicker, less dense crust.

Spatial limits of Zealandia. Base map from Stagpoole (2002) based on data from Smith and Sandwell (1997). Image source.

“The scientific value of classifying Zealandia as a continent is much more than just an extra name on a list. That a continent can be so submerged yet unfragmented makes it a useful and thought-provoking geodynamic end member in exploring the cohesion and breakup of continental crust,” wrote scientists in the new study.

When asked about the new discovery and how the man who coined the concept Zealandia felt, Professor Luyendyk told Business Insider: “These people here are A-list earth scientists. I think they’ve put together a solid collection of evidence that’s really thorough.”

“The economic implications are clear and come into play: What’s part of New Zealand, and what’s not part of New Zealand?” he said.

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Source: Zealandia: Earth’s Hidden Continent

Reference: Earth has a brand-new continent called Zealandia, and it’s been hiding in plain sight for ages

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Ivan is a freelance writer, editor-in-chief of, he also writes for EWAO, Share Knowledge, Svemir Online and Ancient Origins.History, Archaeology, Space and world’s mysteries are some of the topics he writes about.


…Uhm…British Scientists Are Looking For WHAT In…

Dr. Joseph P. Farrell Ph.D.
February 9, 2017

If you’ve been following the strangeness in Antarctica, you can add some more strangeness, and this ranges from a completely unsubstantiated rumor, which we’ll get to in a moment, to something that is a little more than… well, creepy, which will be the subject of our trademark High Octane Speculation de jour.

So let’s look at the unsubstantiated rumor. When Ms. K.F. sent this to me, I looked at the subject header, and said out loud to my empty office, “You’ve got to be kidding!” I clicked on the link and found this:

Now, I have no idea where this story is coming from, and in the limited time I’ve had to do various searches for it, I’ve not been able to find exactly where – if anywhere – this is coming from. So, I’m filing this in the “Unsubstantiated But Definitely Interesting Rumor” file. Normally I wouldn’t even mention something like this, other than for the fact that of all the strange, and on occasion weird, people on the “People Associated with Antarctica List,” Newt Gingrich would certainly fit right in there with Rudolf Hess, Hermann Goering, Richard Byrd, King Juan Carlos, Prince Harry, Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Secretary of State John Kerry, and the Patriarch of Moscow, Kiril III. (Our only advice to Mr. Gingrich is that if he really is intending to go look at penguins and study climate change, that he take Nancy Pelosi and John McCain with him, and leave them there.)  But seriously, even if this is unsubstantiated rumor, consider only what this very bizarre list adds up to:

1)  The Reichsleiter of the Nazi Party until 1941 (Hess);

2) The founder and head of the Luftwaffe and founder of the Gestapo (Goering);

3) An American admiral and arctic explorer;

4) The King of Spain;

5) A British Prince;

6) The chief diplomat of the USA in the final months of the Obama administration;

7) A Christian hierarch and head of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Add Mr. Gingrich and one has “Former Speaker of the American House of Representatives” and former candidate for President.

(And this is all supposed to be about climate change? Sorry, I’m not getting the connection between Hermann Goering, Rudolf Hess and climate change, thank you very much.)

Boil that list down and you have representatives of (1) militaries (2) intelligence agencies (3) royalty (4) politics (5) International diplomacy (6) space programs and (7) religion. Hmmm…

Turning from the “Unsubstantiated But Definitely Interesting Rumor” file to something much more substantial (and shared by many here), we discover that scientists in Great Britain want to go there to…. well, read it for yourself:

FROZEN IN TIME British scientists to lead hunt for fragments of ‘dead planets’ hidden in Antarctica

After I picked my jaw up off the floor after having read this, my first thought was, “Gee, isn’t it interesting what people will do once they vote to BREXIT and get out from underneath Mad Madame Merkel’s thumb and are free to do their own thing?” Why, the first thing they want to do is go to Antarctica to look for “the remains of these ancient proto-planets (which) will allow us to understand conditions in the early years of our Solar System.” Now, these are all perfectly respectable British scientists, and there is of course a perfectly respectable British and typically scientific  “low key” explanation for all this:

Mathematician Dr Geoffrey Evatt will lead the expedition, which will set off in 2020.

He believes Antarctica could be hiding vast numbers of “missing iron meteorites”.

He said: “We now have the opportunity to commence on a truly exciting scientific adventure. If successful, our expeditions will help scientists to decode the origins of the Solar System and cement the UK as a leader in meteoritics and planetary science.”

Wot!?!? You mean the United Kingdom is not a leader in meteoritics?!?

Now the reader probably detected a heavy note of sarcasm in my remarks (unless of course, they’re a recent product of the American educational system, where the word “sarcasm” will remain a deep, profound, and Inscrutable Mystery). And that brings me to my high octane speculation de jour, for it sounds an awfully lot like what these British scientists might be looking for is confirmation of the late 18th-early 19th century astronomical theory that the asteroid belt is the remains of an exploded planet that blew up aeons ago, a theory which was revived by the late US Naval astronomer Dr. Tom Van Flandern. Now the interesting thing about Dr. Van Flandern, if you’ve read his book (Dark Matter, Missing Planets, and New Comets), or if you’ve read my summary of it in my book (The Cosmic War: Interplanetary Warfare, Modern Physics, and Ancient Texts), is that he proposed a number of models as to why that missing planet suddenly blew up. One of his proposals was that a sort of natural fission reactor in the core of the planet -and yes there are such things as natural fission reactors, or at least, scientists think there could be – suddenly went critical, and kablooey, the planet blew up. But in reading Dr. Van Flandern’s book, you can tell that he isn’t very taken with that idea. After all, that would require a very BIG natural fission reactor, and that’s problematic for a whole host of reasons we don’t have time to get into here. Then he proposed another natural model: suppose, he said, there was a great accumulation of anti-matter somehow in the core of the planet, that was contained, but that the containment broke down, the anti-matter came into contact with matter and, again, kablooey, it blew up. That too, you can tell he was not to thrilled with, because, as a scientist, he knew that the matter/anti-matter anisotropy phenomenon was hugely problematic, as was the idea that somehow, a natural containment was fashioned to contain enough anti-matter to cause a planet to blow up, not to mention the idea that, once having proposed such a natural containment mechanism, it then somehow broke down. The natural explanations had too many ifs, and he wasn’t considering too carefully that idea of collisions with other celestial bodies, because that too had its problematic elements.

So then Dr. Van Flandern came – somewhat reluctantly – to the idea that it was caused by some sort of “technological accident”, say, perhaps (though he does not say this) that they built their large hadron collider just a little too big, and slammed one too many God particles into one too many anti-God particles. And then, finally, he comes right out and says what I suspect he may have been thinking all along, or at least entertaining the idea for the sake of “completeness” in hypotheses, namely, that the planet was blown up  – in his words – by “deliberate action,” in other words, in an act of war. And that, of course, implies a technology of weapons of mass destruction capable of doing so. And of course, if one is blowing up planets with such technologies in an act of war, then that implies that the planet itself may have been home to intelligent life, was a belligerent in that war, and at a similar pitch of technological and warmaking capability.

…and that implies that maybe, just maybe, by dint of some fluke of chance, or by dint of that very high pitch of technological development itself, that some sliver or slivers of that technology might have survived, to be recognizeable and recoverable in meteorites…

See you on the flip side…

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Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and “strange stuff”. His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into “alternative history and science”.

In Space, Telomeres Lengthen…

Dr. Joseph P. Farrell Ph.D.
February 8, 2017

You know me; I love to engage in high octane speculation, and when Mr. M.B. shared this article with me, I knew I had to talk about it, because the implications, if the results are replicated, could be quite significant to the current talk about extended human presence in space. NASA, it seems, has been interested in how prolonged presence in space affects the human genome, if at all. So it turned to two twins, Mark and Scott Kelly, to study such effects, particularly on Scott Kelly, who spent a year in space at the international space station.

This, as they say, is where it gets “very interesting.” Here’s the article:

First Genetic Results from Scott Kelly’s Year in Space reveal DNA mysteries

So what caught my eye? As you might have guessed from the title of today’s blog, it’s telomeres:

As identical twins, the brothers are genetically very similar. However, researchers found that while he was in orbit, Scott’s telomeres — the caps on the ends of chromosomes — grew longer than his twin brother’s. Though Scott’s telomeres returned to their pre-flight lengths shortly after he returned to Earth, these results were totally unexpected, since telomeres naturally shrink over the course of one’s life, and the stresses of spaceflight are supposed to accelerate this. At least that was the idea.

“That is exactly the opposite of what we thought,” Susan Bailey, a radiation biologist at Colorado State University, toldNature. (Emphases added)

What’s interesting here, and what fuels my high octane speculation of the day, is that there is a school of thought that connects the shrinkage of human telomeres to human aging, i.e., that shrinking telomeres are contributory causes (among others) of human aging. Needless to say, it’s a debatable proposition; shrinking telomeres could equally be an effect of aging rather than one of its contributory causes, but in any case, the discussion is there. And before I venture further out on to the twig of high octane speculation where the weight of speculation clearly exceeds the evidence adduced for it, it is also worth mentioning another profound caveat: a study of one man is hardly proof of a general phenomenon. If the phenomenon is repeated in others under the same or similar conditions, then it’s not an accident.

But assuming, for the moment, that (1) it is a phenomenon and not an accident, and (2) that the shortening of telomeres is a causative factor in human aging, then the high octane speculative implications are clear: extended stay in space in low or zero gravity might actually contribute to a strengthening and lengthening of the telomeres and hence to human longevity. To be sure, the article points out that telomere lengthening can contribute to the development of pathologies, but under the theory that shortening is a causative factor to aging and human health issues – as the article also implies with these statements, “John Charles, chief scientist at NASA’s Human Research Program, said scientists are interested in telomere length during space travel because their erosion could cause health defects during long-term missions. It is critical to understand these potential health risks before sending astronauts on long voyages, such as one to Mars,” (Emphases added) – then their lengthening in space could actually imply that human life extension is enhanced… in space.

Now, in case you think we’ve crawled out to the end of the twig, we haven’t. We’re still on the thin branch part, but not quite out on the end of the twig. But now we’re going to go there. Under conventional evolutionary theory, beneficial mutations and adaptations…

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Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and “strange stuff”. His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into “alternative history and science”.

Are Color-Modulated Rapid Pulses from 234 Stars E.T. Signals?

— “The light pulses are separated by exactly the same time, like turning a flashlight
on and off, and the time separation is exactly the same — billions of times a second.”

– Ermanno Borra, Ph.D., Prof. of Physics, Univ. of Laval, Quebec City, Canada,
with Graduate Student Eric Trottier

— “The one in 10,000 objects with unusual spectra seen by
Borra and Trottier are certainly worthy of additional study.”

– Breakthrough Listen/ Berkeley SETI Research Center, UC Berkeley, CA.

— “Meeting an advanced civilization could be like Native Americans
encountering Columbus. That didn’t turn out so well.”

– Stephen Hawking, Ph.D., U. K. Theoretical Physicist and Cosmologist

Linda Moulton Howe

January 27, 2017 Pasadena, California Two years ago on November 15, 2015, the American Astronomical Journal published a paper entitled, “Searching for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Signals in Astronomical Spectra, including Existing Data.” The writer is Ermanno Borra, Ph.D., Professor of Physics, Laval University in Quebec City, Canada. He received his doctorate in Astronomy from the University of Western Ontario in 1972, followed by his post-doctoral fellow at Hale Observatory and then a sabbatical in cosmology at the University of Arizona. Dr. Borra is currently a member of the Canadian Network for Space Research.

In his paper, Dr. Borra writes, “Consider an extraterrestrial civilization that is more advanced than ours. Let us assume that they want to signal their existence to other civilizations. This is not an easy task considering how vast the universe is. The best chance of being seen is by being accidentally detected during astronomical observations. They know, on the basis of their own experience, that a scientifically advanced civilization observes the sky and takes spectra of astronomical objects. … Consequently, a good way to let others know of their existence is to generate a signal that is so unusual that it can only be artificial. A most unusual signal would be made of a spectral modulation … that is so unusual that it warrants more observations, which will then reveal that it is artificial. …ETI could signal its existence to others by sending light pulses with time separations of the order of a billion pulses a second that could be detected in spectra.”

Now two years later after his paper’s proposal that astronomers do sky searches for unusual spectral modulations, Dr. Borra had his graduate student Eric Trottier analyze 2.5 million spectra in the Sloane Digital Sky Survey with Fourier transform analysis. Out of 2.5 million stars, only 234 were unusual in the same way: a billion color modulated pulses per second as Dr. Borra had suggested in his 2012 paper. Also strange is that all 234 stars are yellow suns like our solar system sun. Dr. Borra hypothesizes that the unusual rapid and color modulated pulses could be intelligent signalling from ETI, Extraterrestrial Intelligence, letting the universe know They are there and advanced enough to produce such signalling technology.

Dr. Borra and Eric Trottier then published that investigation in the Astronomical Society of the Pacific Journal three months ago on…

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What Did Chris Carter Know & When Did He Know It? Extra Base Pairs…

Dr. Joseph P. Farrell
February 1, 2017

Scientists have been successful in creating an extra base pair and synthesizing a whole new DNA and organism, according to this article that was shared by a great many readers here:

Extra letters added to life’s genetic code

Beyond the usual thing that catches my attention with such articles, namely, the potential for all sorts of intentional “high mischief” and unintentional “nasty blowback” from such scientific tinkering, which is always accompanied by some moralizing rationalization about how wonderful science is and how helpful all this will be to human health and medicine &c &c blah blah blah (and by implication) what a “top drawer good lot of people these scientists are, wot?”, there is something else that I couldn’t help but wonder about, so today I’m going to forego my usual warnings about science run completely amok and the unintended consequences and blowback of the same, and concentrate on something that… well, is probably nothing more than a personal whimsy and eccentricity, because today I want to point out an oddly synchronous detail that adds a certain… well, the only words for it are … a certain bizarre and quite frankly disquieting context to this story.

I’m referring to the producer of the celebrated 1990s science fiction television series, The X Files‘ Chris Carter.

Toward the end of the first season of that series, there was an episode that was a part of the “extraterrestrials-UFOs-we’re being visited” story arc of the series called “The Erlenmeyer Flask”, an episode written by Mr. Carter himself. The story of course centered on an Erlenmeyer flask which the ever-intrepid FBI agents Mulder and Scully found at the scene of a crime, a flask labeled “Purity Control.” Mulder tasks the ever-skeptical scientific Scully to find out what’s in the flask. Scully takes it to Georgetown University where a Dr. Ann Carpenter subjects the whole sample to a series of tests, including genetic sequencing and…

…lo and behold, the scientist discloses to an obviously disconcerted agent Scully that the sample contained an extra base pair in the genetic sample that existed nowhere in nature on planet Earth, and thus would have to be, “by definition,” extraterrestrial.

Now, it takes no great mental leap of logic to understand that if there were to be any extra base pairs in DNA, that they would have to come in a group of two elements, for each element couples in the double helix to its conjugate element. One can’t have just five elements, one can, however, have six, or eight, or… so on. But all known DNA on earth has but four base pairs of nucleotides: G-C and A-T (guanine-cytosine and adenine-thymine). So, just by simple reasoning Mr. Carter can easily figure out that one cannot have an unpaired fifth element, but in fact six elements with a new third base pair: (x,y). For the purposes of his episode, he does not have to explain organic chemistry or genetics, but merely leap to the conclusion that the extra base pairs in Scully’s sample, since they exist in no known terrestrial DNA, must “be, by definition, extraterrestrial” if we may paraphrase Dr. Carpenter’s report to Agent Scully once again.

But they could be synthetic. So, we now have three possibilities presented to us in the mix of science and science-fiction for the origin of an extra base pair to give the following list: G-C, A-T, and X-Y: (1) the extra pair is a synthetic artificial creation; or (2) it originates off planet but may not be artificial or synthetic, or (3) it is synthetic, artificial, and of off-planet origin. Given the genetic science of Mr. Carter’s day, option 1 was theoretically possible but nowhere close, leaving options two and three are being more likely. Bear that in mind…

Now for the purposes of my high octane speculation of the day, what I found odd about this story, or rather, the reporting of this story, was that unlike the G-C and A-T base pairs, which are comprised of recognizable amino acids, the X-Y pair is left very unscientifically undefined and unspecified: are they meant to be understood as actual newly synthesized (or, perhaps, uhm… discovered?) base pairs, or are they simply inert genetic markers, perhaps even completely inorganic compounds inserted into the DNA helix of their synthetic organism and made to made via genetic moderators? (I know, it’s a goofy idea, but in the absence of information…) We’re not told. Now I don’t know about you, but this seems to be at best a bit of sloppy reporting. I for one would like to know more. But this was, after all, the BBC, so in addition to the usual controlled media vapidity, we should expect a bit of non-reporting to occur here. So off I went to our friends at, to find this version of the story:

Scientists create first stable semisynthetic organism

Unusually, this wasn’t much help either, for that mysterious new base pair X-Y was still left hovering in mid-air with nothing to support it; new amino acids? Inert markers? what were they? Still undefined. It took finding the abstract of the actual scientific work linked at to find out:

A semisynthetic organism engineered for the stable expansion of the genetic alphabet

Here we finally read that, yes, this is an entirely new base pair of nucleotides…

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Collider & Fusion Wars – Russia Plans New Fusion Reactor And…
Dr. Joseph P. Farrell
January 13, 2017

One of the subjects we follow here at this website are the ongoing concerns with CERN’s large hadron collider. As readers here are aware, I’ve proposed my own admittedly wild and woolly high octane speculations about CERN’s machine, including some epistemological difficulties represented by it. How does one replicate its results independently of CERN’s collider itself? One can only do so by building a similar or bigger collider capable of operating at similar or higher energies. Additionally, I’ve proposed the high octane speculation that CERN might have other types of experiments going on, more secretive experiments in “data correlations” between collider activity and seemingly disconnected events, or experiments in “higher dimensionality” confirmations. Indeed, on the latter score, CERN has admitted that it is looking for higher dimensions. If one were a power such as China, and suspected such goings on were in fact “going on,” then this would provide another impetus to have their own version of it.

Thus, I’ve also proposed that CERN really set off a kind of “collider race,” to close the “collider gap,” much as the nuclear powers of the Cold War raced to “close the missile gap” by acquiring nuclear and thermonuclear weapons and the means of their delivery.

Additionally, we’ve seen interesting stories in the last year about this or that breakthrough in fusion, as German, MIT, and South Korean experiments have achieved very promising results in sustaining plasmas at fusion energies for time periods longer than just a few years ago. These results have not yet generated sustained reactions of several minutes, necessary if fusion power is ever to become a standard energy source. There is thus a “fusion reactor” race that is shaping up.

Interestingly enough, but not very surprisingly, Russia appears slated to enter this race, as the following articles demonstrate:

Siberian Physicists Ready for Next Step Toward Free Nuclear Energy

Harnessing the Power of Siberia: Physicists Creating Matter-Antimatter Collider

The new Russian experiment in plasma heating involves microwaves, and according to the Russian source (Sputnik) has already exceeded the required temperatures for fusion, meaning a practical reactor is now feasible:

The Institute is seeking financing for the GDML (gas dynamic trap) program, which is set to run until 2018, from the Russian Science Foundation,

“We have confirmed recent results on plasma heating to the temperature scale of ten million degrees; this is a very important milestone for our work. Now we can seriously begin to consider options for the establishment of fusion systems based on open traps,” Aleksander Ivanov told RIA Novosti.  The scientist further explained that the institute now has in its possession microwave heating systems stationed at the Moscow-based Russia’s National Research Centre “Kurchatov Institute”, the country’s leading research and development institution in the field of nuclear energy, formerly known as Kurchatov Institute of Atomic Energy. The systems will allow them to increase steady plasma heating by three- or four-times, which would mean the completion of the first stage of work on the alternative reactor. Aleksander Ivanov further noted that the nuclear physicists are limited to steady plasma heating capacities of ten million degrees Celsius. However scientists suggest that in subsequent experiments, the plasma temperature will rise considerably, with the lowest figure required to create a nuclear fusion reactor already exceeded. Scientists have developed a promising method of generating plasma using powerful microwave radiation in a large-scale magnetic open trap (GDL), which successfully conducted experiments to improve plasma confinement in fusion parameters.

Notably, this method of heating and proposed containment is different from the ITER reactor being built in France, and in which Russia is a participant. To put this point a bit more plainly, Russia is seeking independent and different means of fusion initiation and containment, a race that clearly includes South Korea and Germany.
But the story that intrigues me even more is the Russian pursuit of an antimatter-matter collider using positrons and electrons (positrons are the opposite of electrons, having the same miniscule mass, but an opposite spin and charge polarity than electrons). There is a statement in the second Sputnik article about this collider that caught my attention, and I hope caught yours as well:

Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics Deputy Director Yevgeny Levichev discussed Russian physicists’ ambitious plans with Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency on Tuesday.

The Institute plans to create the Super Tau Charm Factory, a particle accelerator which would study the collision of beams of electrons (matter) and positrons (antimatter) in an effort to help to identify phenomena and processes beyond the Standard Model of particle physics. (Emphases added)

Of course, scientists already know that matter-antimatter reactions are total annihilation reactions, so what Russia intends to study is perhaps the patterns that emerge from such reactions, to see if perhaps they shed light on significant details of those reactions as yet unknown, and perhaps to see if they could have any practical applications. And Russians being Russians, I suspect, strongly, that this practical aspect is a huge part of their thinking. The very idea of “identifying phenomena and processes beyond the Standard Model of Particle Physics” means they are looking for something.
The question is what, and why? One answer, of course, might be evidence of higher dimensionalities. But the context and timing of the two articles also suggest something else, for note both articles appeared in the same outlet – Sputnik – on the same day, Jan 3rd of this year. I strongly suspect, in my high octane speculation of the day, that space is the hidden story here, for last year saw…

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China Joins Space Race To Test EM Drive
Dr. Joseph P. Farrell
December 26, 2016

Over the holidays many important stories emerged, and I hope to be covering them this week prior to New Year’s, but one of those stories was China’s announcement that it has already been testing the so-called EM drive in space. This story was shared by many regular readers here, but here are two versions, and they both come with a lot of caveats:

Chinese boffins: We’re testing an ‘impossible’ EM Drive IN SPAAAACE

China claims it’s already started testing an EM Drive in space

Let’s look at the caveats for a moment, as expressed by Fiona MacDonald in the second article’s opening five paragraphs:

The whole world got excited last month when NASA published the first peer-reviewed paper on the ‘impossible’ electromagnetic, or EM, Drive, which appears to somehow defy physics by producing thrust without a propellant.

Their verdict was that it seems to work, although a lot of physicists still think the results are flawed. But now researchers in China have announced that they’ve already been testing the controversial drive in low-Earth orbit, and they’re looking into using the EM Drive to power their satellites as soon as possible.

Big disclaimer here – all we have to go on right now is a press conference announcement and an article from a government-sponsored Chinese newspaper (and the country doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to trustworthy research).

So until we see a peer-reviewed paper, we really can’t say for sure whether the researchers are even testing the drive in space, let alone what their results have shown.

But what the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) team is saying also corresponds with information provided to IB Times from an anonymous source. According to their informant, China already has an EM Drive on board its version of the International Space Station, the space laboratory Tiangong-2.

Lack of published data or “peer review” notwithstanding, it stretches my credulity to believe that China would not investigate an EM drive, nor attempt to do so as quickly as possible in space. A little over a half a century ago, then Senate Democratic Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson stated it best when he said that whoever holds the strategic high ground, by which he meant space, wins. It was a geopolitical maxim he was well aware of and unfailingly pursued both as a Senator, then Vice President and finally President. The Russians understood this (and still do), and the Chinese, by their announcements of various goals for their space program, clearly do as well.

As such, any technology that promises to give an advantage to any space power will, perforce, be investigated by them. What is interesting is the claims – still repeated – that the EM drive somehow either violates the principles of physics, or operates on as yet unknown principles. We’ll get back to that claim in a moment. What intrigues is that both articles mention that the Chinese have apparently zeroed in on the geometry of the cavity itself, testing various shapes and dimensions to see if these improve or impede the efficiency of the device; as Iian Thomson notes in the first article:

China is trying out different shapes for the reaction chamber of the drive to see which generates the most thrust. It’s clear that the country is taking the EM Drive seriously and wants to get one operational as soon as possible.

“This technology is currently in the latter stages of the proof-of-principle phase, with the goal of making the technology available in satellite engineering as quickly as possible,” said Li Feng, chief architect of the China National Space Technology Institute’s communications satellite division, at the press conference.

The EM drive, according to its inventor, British engineer Roger Sawyer, maintains the physics is completely known; all he did was to apply it:

(For the record, it should be noted that like many, Mr. Sawyer gives an incorrect version of Einstein’s famous equation, E=mc^2, whereas in reality, Einstein expressed the mass component as a Mass Difference, M, and not simply mass, m, and therefore the correct version is E=Mc^2).

In any case, the real question becomes rather why the device is continually said be be operating either in contradiction to known physics or operating by unknown principles. Correlative with this question, is the question of why NASA seems to be dragging their feet if, indeed, China is pressing ahead? One answer is that perhaps NASA has already been quietly and secretly  testing the device in space. In this respect it is worth recalling that Dr. Paul LaViolette, in his seminal work Secrets of Anti-Gravity Propulsion, mentioned 1950s tests of NASA and the US Air Force testing microwave propulsion systems, and according to one anecdotal story that he relates, these experiments were successful. The other possibility is that NASA..

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Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and “strange stuff”. His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into “alternative history and science”.