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Ancient Alien Footprints?

A quaint village in central India has fueled some Facebook discussion on ancient foot prints and an engraved image of a mysterious flying object.

In Piska Nagri village, on the outskirts of Ranchi City in Jharkahnd State, geologist Nitish Priyadarshi has been studying large footprints that, according to local lore, may signify the presence of gods from the sky landing on site.

The footprints are on a rock and look like they were of those wearing wooden sandals commonly worn thousands of years ago in the region. One set of footprints measures 11 inches in length and 5 inches in width, and another set in the same area measures 10 inches by 4.5 inches. God-kings of Indian mythology Lord Rama and Lord Lakshmana are believed to have spent time in the area in search of Rama’s wife, Sita.

Priyadarshi said the imprints are on granite rock, and thus were likely carved there rather than imprinted on the hard substance. “It may have been made by the local people manually at that time in memory of the visitors,” he said.

What Priyadarshi finds interesting is the engraved image of a flying object next to the footprints.

“The footprints and the flying object are on the same piece of rock on each other’s side. Maybe they were engraved to show that the two king gods arrived at the place on a flying object,” Priyadarshi said.

The age of the footprints has still not been ascertained. “Seeing the weathering stage [foot prints found here are weathered] of the foot prints it can be said that the age of the foot prints may be thousands year old,” he said.

There have been many discoveries of ancient footprints around the world. Many of them are thousands of years old and are both natural (left by ancient inhabitants) and carved, denoting some meaning.

The Romans carved footprints before a journey as protective rites. Footprints were carved upon leaving for a journey and as thanksgiving for a safe return. In Ireland and northern Europe, rock footprints were closely associated with kingship or chieftainship.

Priyadarshi said: “We live in a highly advanced, technical world, but there are nevertheless a great many mysteries all around us. Ancient places and mysterious beings, sunken worlds and cultures, landscapes imbued with symbolism, unexplained apparitions, and unbelievable finds from ancient times—all of these remain mysteries for humankind, despite intense investigations.” - The Epoch Times

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New Study Proves Dogs Can Smell Ovarian Cancer

They’ve been used to sniff out drugs, explosives, human remains, detect insulin drops in their diabetic owners, (1) bladder cancer from a patient’s urine and even sniff out a bee disease before it infects entire beehives, (2) so, training a dog to detect ovarian cancer doesn’t seem like such a stretch.

Thanks to an $80,000 research grant from the Kaleidoscope of Hope Ovarian Cancer Foundation in Madison, New Jersey, three departments of UPenn (University of Pennsylvania) are collaborating together with the non-profit scientific institute, Monell Chemical Senses Center U Penn.

By studying the dogs and how their olfactory responses and recognition work, the scientists hope to identify specific chemicals that are the signature chemicals for early stage ovarian cancer.

There is currently no routine test or diagnostic tool for such discovery. Those who are diagnosed early are typically done so by physicians, who recognize possible changes during normal examination.

According to the Philly, the UPenn research team is collaborating with a Swedish research team that conducted preliminary tests for using dogs to detect ovarian cancer. It’s reported that the lead doctor has retired, but is currently serving as an adviser to the Penn scientists.

Through previous research, scientists determined that the VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) better known as odorants “are altered in the earliest stages of ovarian cancer, even before the cancer can be detected by current methods”.

The research demonstrated that by training dogs to detect these chemical changes along with electronic devices, that it will be possible to “detect minute quantities of odorants”.

The scientists plan to incorporate the dogs’ sense of smell in developing a screening process that will combine chemical and nanotechnology. They hope this new technology will then be capable of analyzing the patient’s odorants to detect early stage ovarian cancer.

If they are successful, then the diagnostic tool would help to save lives since ovarian cancer is currently difficult to catch during its earliest stage. Out of the 20,000 American women diagnosed each year with ovarian cancer, 60% aren’t diagnosed until the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes or other areas of the body. Statistics show that 14,000 American women die each year of ovarian cancer. It’s listed as number five in the cause of cancer deaths in women.

The good news is that those patients diagnosed in the early stage of ovarian cancer have a 90% increase in a 5-year survival rate. What makes it so difficult to diagnose is the lack of specific symptoms that would alert the patient.

Ovarian cancer symptoms are generic such as weight gain, constipation and bloating and an increase in the frequency of urination. All of these symptoms can indicate a number of lesser diseases, disorders or even be dismissed as nothing more than a response to a change in daily habit or schedule.

With the help of blood and tissue samples given to the study group by cancer patients and healthy participants, the university’s Working Dog Center began training three dogs to recognize the signature scent of ovarian cancer. The dogs have been in training of olfactory skills since they were eight weeks old. The researchers are confident in the dogs’ abilities and believe they will eventually be able to distinguish between the odorants of healthy tissue and cancer tissue. - Top Secret Writers

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Kim Jong-un's Ex-Girlfriend 'Shot by Firing Squad'

Kim Jong-un's ex-girlfriend was among a dozen well-known North Korean performers who were executed by firing squad on Aug. 20, reports said Wednesday.

Sources in China said singer Hyon Song-wol as well as Mun Kyong-jin, head of the Unhasu Orchestra, were arrested on Aug. 17 for violating North Korean laws against pornography and were executed in public three days later.

The victims of the atrocity were members of the Unhasu Orchestra as well as singers, musicians and dancers with the Wangjaesan Light Music Band.

They were accused of videotaping themselves having sex and selling the videos. The tapes have apparently gone on sale in China as well.

A source said some allegedly had Bibles in their possession, and all were treated as political dissidents.

Kim met Hyon about a decade ago, before either of them was married. But he was later ordered to break off the relationship by his father Kim Jong-il and she married a soldier. Since then there have been rumors that the two were having an affair.

Kim's wife Ri Sol-ju was also a member of the Unhasu Orchestra before she married him. Whether she had any hand in the executions is unclear. The Unhasu Orchestra and Wangjaesan Light Music Band have apparently been disbanded due to the latest scandal.

"They were executed with machine guns while the key members of the Unhasu Orchestra, Wangjaesan Light Band and Moranbong Band as well as the families of the victims looked on," the source said.

The source added that all of the families of the executed appear to have been sent to prison camps under North Korea's barbaric principle of guilt by association.

Hyon was a singer with the Pochonbo Electronic Ensemble, which is famous for revolutionary and propaganda songs and one of North Korea's most popular bands.

Mun won first place in an international competition in Hungary in 2005 and was decorated by the North Korean state.

Kim Jong-un was last year seen at a performance that featured Disney characters and versions of Western songs, stoking hopes that the young leader is more open to ideas from overseas, but that was apparently a misreading.

A source said, "Kim Jong-un has been viciously eliminating anyone who he deems a challenge to his authority." The executions "show that he is fixated on consolidating his leadership." - english.chosun

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What caused the mystery of the Dark Day?

Three centuries ago in parts of North America, a strange event turned morning to night. It remains wreathed in mystery - so what caused the Dark Day?

Halfway through the morning the sky turns yellow. Animals run for cover and darkness descends, causing people to light candles and start to pray. By lunchtime night has fallen. Is it the end of the world?

The Dark Day, as it's become known, took place on May 19, 1780 in New England and parts of eastern Canada. For the past 232 years historians and scientists have argued over the origins of this strange event.

Today there are many theories. Was it the result of volcanic eruption, fire, meteor strike - or something more sinister?

When the makers of Doctor Who this week asked fans of the show to send in their suggestions, they received a wide range of theories both plausible and Tardis-related.

With little scientific knowledge amongst the populace in 1780, people would have been afraid. Some lawmakers in Connecticut believed it was the day of judgement. The sense that a decisive moment was afoot would have been bolstered by the fact that during the preceding days, the sun and moon glowed red.

Historian Mike Dash says the north-east corner of the US was a deeply Protestant society with a profound interest in "guilt, sin and redemption". Dash, who wrote about the paranormal in his book Borderlands, says that faced with sudden darkness, people would look for biblical precedents.

"There are some verses in Matthew that might have led them to believe that this is the second coming of Christ. At the time, natural events - even birds fighting in the sky - were a sign of God's intentions. The Dark Day would have seemed like a warning to Man."

Cern's Large Hadron Collider caused such worry to its critics that a group of them filed a lawsuit in 2008 to prevent works continuing.

Evangelical preacher Harold Camping predicted Judgement Day and the second coming on 21 May 2011, leaving his followers bewildered when the date passed without event.

Contrary to popular belief, the Mayas did not predict the end of the world in 2012, according to a German expert who re-interpreted a tablet belonging to the ancient civilisation.

The Met Office points out that thick cloud can drop low enough to turn on automatic street lights and require cars to use their lights. But it's unlikely this alone would be enough to cause a Dark Day.

A solar eclipse can be ruled out as there is a record of when these occur - and they only last for a matter of minutes.

The eruption of the volcano Eyjafjallajokull in 2010 caused enough ash to enter the atmosphere to ground flights across northern Europe.

Thomas Choularton, professor of atmospheric science at the University of Manchester, says volcanic ash clouds often cause "yellow days". Eruptions at Mount St Helens in Washington State have lowered light levels in recent decades, he adds.

And yet there is no record of volcanic activity in 1780, he says, making a huge ash cloud an unlikely explanation. A meteorite is equally unlikely, although "you can't rule it out completely", Prof Choularton says.

The answer to the puzzle can be found in the trees, many scientists believe.

Academics at the University of Missouri's Department of Forestry analysed tree trunks inland from New England, where westerly prevailing winds would originate. They found signs of fire-scarred rings in tree trunks dating back to that period.

It is also known that there was a drought there in 1780 making fire more likely, says Dr Will Blake, associate professor of geography at Plymouth University.

But could a forest fire cause such a change in light? "I've witnessed minor fires in Australia where you get a very eerie light. The bigger the fire, the darker it's going to get." Fog is common on the east coast. The mix of fog and soot from the forest fire would combine to make darkness descend, Dr Blake argues.

Eyewitness accounts in New England support the forest fire hypothesis. Soot was spotted in the rivers. And Jeremy Belknap of Boston wrote in a letter that the air had the "smell of a malt-house or a coal-kiln".

William Corliss, the physicist and chronicler of unexplained events, found 46 accounts of dark days around the world between 1091 and 1971.

Nowadays people can call upon scientific knowledge, satellite pictures and the media for reassurance. But Dark Days have continued to unsettle people until surprisingly recently.

A Dark Day in a similar part of North America to 1780's occurred in 1950. It was caused by forest fires in Alberta and prompted alarm and confusion, says David Phillips, senior climatologist at Environment Canada.

"If you'd woken up at noon you'd have believed it was midnight. People thought it was nuclear attack or a solar eclipse."

Whatever the cause in 1780, the geography must have exacerbated the fear, says Dash. Settlements tended to go little more than 200 miles inland. In essence, European settlers were living on the edge of a vast unknown continent.

"When it goes dark for them, there's no guarantee it is ever going to get light again. In those days it would be quite natural to think it was the Second Coming," Dash says. When dawn arrived, it is likely that prayers of thanks were said across the previously benighted land. - BBC



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