Monday, 29 April 2019
99 Percent Of The Earth's Species Are Extinct.
This is tragic, so much loss of species has occurred through extinction that there are many creatures lost to history that we know nothing about.
However, luckily, there have been occasions that species that were believed to be extinct were rediscovered.
Recently a Fernandina Giant Tortoise was spotted on the Galapagos island of Fernandina.
The first time since 1906 that the reptile was seen
Then there’s the Wallace's giant bee which was spotted in Indonesia for the first time since 1981.
One of my favorite creatures the Tasmanian tiger or Thylacine was captured in a photo by Farmer Peter Groves of Clifton Springs, Victoria which appears to show the long-lost animal.
Another beast of past that I like which could also still be with us is
Let’s take a look.
The Moa was or is an ostrich like flightless birds native to New Zealand.
There were many species of Moa with estimates varying from 9 to 64 different types.
Among these species, the birds varied in size being about the same proportion as a turkey to being larger than an ostrich.
Some example stood as tall as 10 feet in height and weighed in at 250 kg about 550 pounds.
The name for these behemoths “Moa” comes from a Polynesian word for fowl or bird.
This avian giant was said to be a fast runner, which when cornered would defend itself using kicks.
I think it could be compared to the cassowary a large, flightless bird still found in Australia and Papua New Guinea today.
These birds have killed!
They use the 10cm dagger-like claw they have on each foot to slice open any predator or potential threat with a single swift brutal kick.
Yet the Moa even with its great size and powerful legs was still wiped out by man or so it is claimed.
Scientists say that the giant bird was eradicated by its contact with humans and that no other natural occurrence like volcanic eruptions, climate changes or diseases were to blame.
The giant birds vanishing less than 200 years after the Polynesian settlers had arrived.
Or did they?
In the 1840s, Australian bird painter John Gould claimed that he saw a Moa.
He described seeing birds that were the same as "giant kiwis" this occurring on the South Island of New Zealand.
These Giant kiwis were around a meter in height and had spurred feet.
Gould's spurred feet description had matched those of fossilized Moa footprints found on the North Island.
Then In 1978, a Japanese research team investigated the South Island to see if Moas were still living in the area, but they didn't find any evidence of the animals continued survival.
An explanation for the sighting by Gould and others over the years claims that people who are reporting to have seen Moas were exaggerating, or seeing large individuals of known birds, such as cassowaries or emu.
Others still argue that some small species of Moa continue to survive in to the present.
They point to other evidence such as Photos of "moa" footprints found in Fiordland and evidence elsewhere in New Zealand which they say is proof that the extinct birds are still roaming the countryside.
Rex Gilroy the New South Wales natural science researcher, said he was closing in on the colony of the presumed-extinct little scrub moa in the Urewera Ranges.
The cryptozoologist, said he had evidence of a small colony surviving in the area.
The researcher and his wife continue to search for the bird, they periodically find evidence but have yet to find definitive proof of a living population of Moa.
Others need more evidence Hawke's Bay cryptozoology researcher Tony Lucas is keeping an open mind to the idea of moa still being alive in the region being investigated by Gilroy, but thinks the evidence he and his wife have found more likely points to emus.
Expeditions Mr Gilroy plans to carry out involve him and his team visiting another eight sites throughout the South Island, all areas that have seen witnesses make report of moa sightings.
One sighting by some road workers tells of how the workers were sheltering from the heavy rain.
They were in a shed, waiting for the rain to stop, and on the edge of the jungle were two birds emerging from the bush, about eight feet in height. And they were chewing leaves off trees, the men were sure they had witnessed living Moa.
The possibility of moas existing was also bolstered by an Auckland Hiker who auctioned off photos, he claimed were of a moa.
The photos, including images of footprints and of a 1.8m-plus tall bird, were sold for more than $350 by the hiker, who goes under the seller name Andrewdb on Trade Me.
He described the encounter in the sales description of the online site saying.
"I was hiking in Fiordland last Monday and as I came up over a rise, there in front of me was the largest bird I've ever seen,"
The auction started a lively debate, with one member amusingly stating: "... all back country Kiwis know that the moa's alive and well, we just didn't want any bloody tourists finding out.
Another witness Paddy Freaney, claims to have spotted Moa in the Craigieburn Valley in Canterbury and his story received international attention.
He also had photographic evidence.
The sighting and out-of-focus photograph of what the man said was a 2m running bird were taken seriously by the Department of Conservation, they investigated the pictures and then the location but could not find any conclusive proof of the bird.
However, there is still hope that we will one day see this bird again even if it has become totally extinct.
Much in the same way as the many stories report on the plans of resurrecting mammoths, which do the rounds periodically.
The same scientific efforts are being aimed toward the Moa.
Because moas were hunted to extinction recently, their feathers and eggs can still be found relatively intact. In fact, moa DNA has already been extracted from ancient eggshells, and projects to clone the moa have already been attempted.
Revive and Restore the nonprofit conservation group stated that De-extinction projects and the probability of the Moas return increases with every improvement in ancient DNA analysis.
This technology also holds hope for other extinct animals including some human relatives.
Waiting in labs for advances in cloning and incubation are the nearly complete extinct genomes of the Moa, The zebra-like quagga, the woolly mammoth, the passenger pigeon, and also includes two human relatives, Neanderthals and Denisovans.
Scientists are also close to reconstructing the genomes of the dodo, the flightless bird that went extinct from Mauritius in the late 1600s and they are working on bringing back the great auk, which lived in the North Atlantic before dying out in the mid-19th century.
Researchers in Australia unveiled the genome of the Tasmanian tiger, the last of which died in captivity in 1936.
It would seem that it is only a matter of time before these creature once again get to roam the earth and humanity repairs some of its mistakes of the past.
What animal would you like to see brought back?
Do they need to clone these creatures or should they just try harder to find them?
Are people really seeing long extinct animals?
Let me know you thoughts in the comments below
Wednesday, 24 April 2019
The study of UFOs or UFPs often focuses on alien visitation the images of craft which cannot be named thought to be extraterrestrial in origin.
There is one of these craft that most ufologists agree is an earth based technology possibly based on reversed engineered alien technology but built and flown by humans.
The TR3B has a triangular shape moves silently across the sky is said to be able to fly in and out of the atmosphere at will as well as being capable of traveling at huge speeds.
This craft remains shrouded in secrecy officially it does not exist.
There is however another craft that can also carry out some of the same things and this one is not secret, well it is public knowledge that NASA has this machine but what they use it for is more of a secret.
The X-37B space plane flown in collaboration by the US Air Force and NASA.
The craft is very similar in design to NASA’s space shuttle although it is much, much smaller.
The space plane is operated robotically, it is a reusable drone.
The X-37B is around 29ft (8.8m) in length and 9.5ft (2.9 m) in height.
With a wingspan of a little less than 15ft (4.6 m) and a launch weight of 11,000lbs (4,990kg).
The vehicle is propelled into orbit on a rocket but lands under its own power in the same way as the space shuttle, gliding back down to the ground and landing like a conventional airplane.
According to X-37B manufacturer Boeing, the space plane operates in low-earth orbit, between 110 (177km) and 500 miles (800km) above earth.
We have all the technical data for the craft but its mission’s, payloads and flight plans remain a mystery, NASA did reluctantly reveal that it had a materials experiments aboard.
The secrecy has left the public guessing as to what the X37B is really up to.
Theories range from it being a space bomber to a weapon for the destruction of enemy satellites
Another mysterious thing with this craft is the length of time it spends on missions, it has flown a mission for the US military which lasted almost two years. Staying in orbit for a record 700 days.
The X-37B space plane, has the military designation Orbital Test Vehicle-4 (OTV-4).
This shows that the US military has long had a presence in space and have been militarizing the stars for decades, long before Trump and his space force.
This opens up into many theories, space warfare, alien contact, alien warfare, the inhabitation of other planets and more.
But let’s stick with the X37B.
And look at X-37’s secret MISSIONS.
The unmanned space plane has flown three secret missions that we are aware of, on each sortie it has hauled an unknown payload on long-duration flights in Earth orbit.
Some say that the space drone is testing a new form of high-tech propulsion adapted from alien spaceships.
However, the Air Force continually make the claim that these missions are simply test exercises.
This secrecy fuels the Theory of the space plane being a space bomber, a clandestine probe or a weapons platform tasked with 'taking out' spy satellites.
A secret war being fought in space.
The US and Russia battling over dominance but more countries join the battle daily China, India and others all rushing to claim a section of the heavens for themselves.
NASA and the military firmly deny this and adhere to the idea that the mystery vehicle, is a technology test bed Used for materials experiment, and the Planetary Society claims it will be testing a solar-sail.
This sail named LightSail.
A new form of space propulsion system which utilizes the pressure of photons from the sun, a technique known as solar sailing. This technology has leapt from the pages science fiction to reality and the X37B is the platform that will first use this technology to power flight.
Another operation the drone will carry out is the delivery of Nine CubeSat nanosatellites, releasing them into orbit above the planet.
CubeSats are miniature satellites that have been used exclusively in low Earth orbit for 15 years, and are now being used for interplanetary missions. The basic design of a CubeSat is a 10-centimeter (4-inch) cube with a mass of less than 1.33 kilograms (2.93 lbs.) Among the prominent uses of Earth-orbiting CubeSats today:
Planet Labs, an Earth observation company, has dozens of CubeSat-sized Dove satellites in orbit, as well as a few RapidEye CubeSats. These CubeSats are used in everything from disaster response to climate monitoring.
The NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer on the International Space Station launches CubeSats after they have been hauled to orbit aboard a visiting ISS vehicle.
NASA's CubeSat Launch initiative provides launch slots for CubeSats aboard traditional rocket launches
The Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office will also have the X37 carry some of its advance materials onboard so that they can study the durability of these various materials in a space environment.
However, many claim that these goals are just a small part of the vehicle's true mission set.
The drone is 'very likely' be used to test technologies that will increase spying capabilities of the US.
'The US government has a bottomless appetite for sensitive information,' and this could be the ultimate platform for spying.
The robotic space plane silently orbiting the Earth, ready to shoot down nukes in a secret continuation of the Cold War era "Star Wars" program.
But is there any proof to these wild claims, yes, yes there is.
In regards to the X37B being a Space Bomber
An independent experts says that at one point the Pentagon funded the development of a reusable hypersonic vehicle that would deliver armaments and munitions anywhere in the world within a 2 hour time frame.
The concept, titled “the Common Aero Vehicle”, was suborbital.
As a spaceplane, the X-37B would suffer from at least one major drawback as a bomber. Changing a spacecraft's orbital plane requires a great amount of thrust—so using something like the X-37B as a bomber would mean changing its orbit to fly over targets, and that would eat up its limited fuel supply, according to University of Maryland professor Mark Lewis, who once served as the Air Force's chief scientist.
But if the x37 can successfully deploy a solar sail this limitation vanishes.
The payoff would be worth it in terms of the effectiveness of the weapons, a kinetic bomb like those proposed Jerry Pournelle allowing for an orbital strike on the planetary surface with an inert projectile, the destructive force coming from the kinetic energy of the projectile impacting at very high speeds.
These "Rods from God" could cause damage much worse than that of a nuclear weapon, and they have the bonus of not leaving the place contaminated by nuclear fallout.
If the X37B is a bomber it would need to have accurate targeting systems these could also work for surveillance purposes make the craft a Spy Plane.
Some have claimed that the spaceplane has been spying on the Chinese space station, noting that the orbit of the X-37B brings it extremely close to that of the Tiangong (china’s space station).
Brian Weeden, from the Secure World Foundation, disputed this claim.
Weeden, a former Air Force officer who worked at U.S. Strategic Command's Joint Space Operations Center, argued that the China spying theory ignores what is known as right ascension, a critical component of the spacecraft's orbit.
The orbit of the X-37B crosses that of the Chinese space station only at two different points.
He says that it would not be possible for the space plane to monitor the Chinese space station and that the story is Chinese propaganda, other say he is covering for the US spy agencies.
A group of civilian satellite spotters did track the X-37B, and noted that the spaceplane's orbit takes it over countries including Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.
Whatever secret payload the X-37B is carrying it could indeed be used to capture information from those countries.
Or could the government be telling the truth?
It has always been maintained that the X-37B is simply an experimental platform for testing reusable-space-vehicle technologies and for "operating experiments which can be returned to, and examined, on Earth.
Reconnaissance and research are not mutually exclusive. X-37B could be doing both.
What do you think the X37B is doing?
Is it a peaceful research platform or an armed weapons system orbiting the earth in a continuing battle for territory’s in the stars?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
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