Sunday, October 2, 2011

FRINGE: Celestial Convergence - Parallel Universes!

In my favorite television series, Fringe, perhaps the most important key that underscores the plot of the science-fiction show is the element of a parallel universe that exists alongside ours. As the mad scientist, Dr. Walter Bishop, often says, there's "more than one of everything." This pivotal storyline arose in the first season, when the FBI Agent Olivia Dunham experienced visions and dreams of this alternate world. Since then, we have gotten more than a glimpse into this strange realm, its properties and effects on our world.

Is it possible for this parallel world to exist, a continuously branching tree of alternate realities, and not a linear progressive universe? In the following documentary, the History Channel takes a close examination of this and seeks to uncover the mysteries and origins of the universe.

In 1954, a young Princeton university doctoral candidate named Hugh Everett III came up with a radical idea: That there exist parallel universes, exactly like our universe. These universes are all related to ours; indeed, they branch off from ours, and our universe is branched off of others. Within these parallel universes, our wars have had diferent outcomes than the ones we know. Species that are extinct in our universe have evolved and adapted in others. In other universes, we humans may have become extinct. This thought boggles the mind and yet, it is still comprehensible. Notions of parallel universes or dimensions that resemble our own have appeared in works of science fiction and have been used as explanations for metaphysics. With his Many Worlds theory, Everett was attempting to answer a rather sticky question related to quantum physics: why does quantum matter behave erratically? The quantum level is the smallest one science has detected so far. The study of quantum physics began in 1900, when the physicist Max Planck first introduced the concept to the scientific world. Planck's study of radiation yielded some unusual findings that contradicted classical physical laws. These findings suggested that there are other laws at work in the universe, operating on a deeper level than the one we know.

Parallel Universes: Split or String? The Many-Worlds theory and the Copenhagen interpretation aren't the only competitors trying to explain the basic level of the universe. In fact, quantum mechanics isn't even the only field within physics searching for such an explanation. Following his famous Theory of Relativity, Einstein spent the rest of his life looking for the one final level that would answer all physical questions. Physicists refer to this phantom theory as the Theory of Everything. Quantum physicists believe that they are on the trail of finding that final theory. But another field of physics believes that the quantum level is not the smallest level, so it therefore could not provide the Theory of Everything. These physicists turn instead to a theoretical subquantum level called string theory for the answers to all of life. String theory was originated by the physicist Michio Kaku. His theory says that the essential building blocks of all matter as well as all of the physical forces in the universe -- like gravity -- exist on a subquantum level. These building block resemble tiny rubber bands - or strings - that make up quarks - quantum particles -, and in turn electrons, and atoms, and cells and so on. Exactly what kind of matter is created by the strings and how that matter behaves depends on the vibration of these strings. It is in this manner that our entire universe is composed. And according to string theory, this composition takes place across 11 separate dimensions. According to the theory, our own universe is like a bubble that exists alongside similar parallel universes. Unlike the Many Worlds theory, String theory supposes that these universes can come into contact with one another. Gravity can flow between these parallel universes. When these universes interact, a Big Bang like the one that created our universe occurs. Einstein didn't live long enough to see his quest for the Theory of Everything taken up by others. Then again, if Many Worlds is correct, Einstein is still alive in a parallel universe. Perhaps in that universe, physicists have already found the Theory of Everything.
WATCH: The Universe - Multiverse Parallel Universes.

MYSTERY: Symbols of an Alien Sky, Man-Made or Natural Phenomena - The Latest UFO Sightings And Aerial Anomalies Around The World?

Here are several of the latest unidentified flying objects (UFOs) seen recently across the globe.

A lot of UFO reports are coming lately from Louisiana, this video was filmed over Baton Rouge on 26th September, 2011.

WATCH: UFO activity over Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

This triangle-shaped craft was hovering over Queens in New York for a quite some time on Friday evening, on 30th September, 2011.

WATCH: Triangle UFO over Queens, New York.

New video of strange unknown lights flying across the night sky over Phoenix, Arizona. Recorded on Friday, 30th September 2011.
I was walking down the street from my house when I witnessed a triangle shaped object emerge from behind a mountain in North Mountain Preserve, Phoenix. It had three glowing green lights that, at times, seemed to pulsate. At first I thought it was an airplane but it was way too big, and moved very strangely. I immediately ran and grabbed my camera from my house. When I came back outside, one of the lights was gone, and as I started filming, the object changed direction and started flying directly towards me. It flew right over me. As it flew over, I couldn't help but shudder. It was completely silent but seemed like a dark mass above me. It flew southwest and It seemed to fade into the distance before I saw a small flash and it was gone. I have attached the footage I filmed of it flying towards me. Very eerie... - MUFON.
WATCH: UFO activity over Phoenix, Arizona.

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Mount Anak Krakatau Volcano Raised to Highest Alert Level - 2745 Recorded Seismicity Intensity in Just Twelve Hours!

The Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG), the alert level status for Mount Anak Krakatau volcanic island has been raised the status of a "standby" or level IV.

The reason is because it raised the status of high-intensity earthquake. Today, for example. "On October 2, 2011, at 00.00 until 12.00, there are 2745 recorded seismicity," said Surono, when contacted, Sunday, October 2, 2011. Earthquake Mount Anak Krakatau, Surono added, and even felt up to the island of Anak Krakatau. "So often, streak continues. Although the earthquake was too small, 2 on the Richter scale, even under an SR, but because it feels so constantly," he added. He explained, almost since 2007, Krakatau did not stop the move and explode. "In a moment stopped, erupted in 2009. I think this mountain is most often erupt," he added. Related increase in status, PVMBG recommends residents not to approach the mountain within a radius of 2 kilometers. Not in the main island of Anak Krakatau. "We ask people coast of Banten and Lampung continue business as usual, do not panic, do not fall for the tsunami issue," said Surono. "This is Anak Krakatoa erupted, not her mother (Krakatoa)," he added. Mbah Rono - Surono so fondly called - describes Anak Krakatoa is a young volcano. He must often erupt to grow into a big and tall. "Mount it to be big and tall because of the eruption," he added. There are two post in charge of monitoring Anak Krakatau, which is in Pasauran, and in Kalianda Banten, Lampung. Surono said, there are currently six in Indonesia volcano alert status, ie Son of Krakatoa, Lokon, Karangetang, Papandayan, Tambora, and Children Ranakah, the status of "alert" is 16. - VIVA News. (Translated).
According to Wikipedia, Krakatoa (Indonesian: Krakatau) is a volcanic island made of a'a lava in the Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra in Indonesia. The name is used for the island group, the main island (also called Rakata), and the volcano as a whole. The island exploded in 1883, killing approximately 40,000 people, although some estimates put the death toll much higher. The explosion is considered to be the loudest sound ever heard in modern history, with reports of it being heard nearly 3,000 miles (4,800 km) from its point of origin. The shock wave from the explosion was recorded on barographs around the globe. The best known eruption of Krakatoa culminated in a series of massive explosions on August 26–27, 1883, which was among the most violent volcanic events in modern and recorded history. With a Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI) of 6, the eruption was equivalent to 200 megatons of TNT (840 PJ) – about 13,000 times the nuclear yield of the Little Boy bomb (13 to 16 kt) that devastated Hiroshima, Japan, during World War II and four times the yield of the Tsar Bomba (50 Mt), the largest nuclear device ever detonated. The 1883 eruption ejected approximately 21 km3 (5.0 cu mi) of rock, ash, and pumice. The cataclysmic explosion was distinctly heard as far away as Perth in Western Australia, about 1,930 miles (3,110 km) away, and the island of Rodrigues near Mauritius, about 3,000 miles (5,000 km) away. Near Krakatoa, according to official records, 165 villages and towns were destroyed and 132 seriously damaged, at least 21,007 (official toll) people died, and many thousands were injured by the eruption, mostly from the tsunamis that followed the explosion. The eruption destroyed two-thirds of the island of Krakatoa. Eruptions at the volcano since 1927 have built a new island in the same location, named Anak Krakatau (which is Indonesian for "Child of Krakatoa"). This island currently has a radius of roughly 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) and a high point around 300 metres (980 ft) above sea level, growing 5 metres (16 ft) each year.

EARTH CHANGES: Powerful Winds in Chicago Produced Massive 15 Foot High Waves From Lake Michigan Onto Lake Shore Drive Path!

Huge and powerful 15 foot waves knocked down runners and cyclists on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago.

The city closed a stretch of the Lake Shore Drive path Friday morning after crashing waves from Lake Michigan knocked down runners and cyclists. NBC Chicago's helicopter captured footage of cyclists and runners trying to make it through the waves this morning. The city shut down the path between Oak Street beach and Fullerton Avenue about 9:30 a.m., the Chicago Tribune reports. High winds that hit the area overnight are likely to blame for the massive waves. The National Weather Service warned that wind gusts of up to 45 miles per hour will continue throughout the day, though their wind advisory expired at 5 a.m. On Thursday and overnight Friday, winds of up to 50 miles per hour left more than 27,000 ComEd customers without power, according to the Tribune. Fire officials also blamed the wind for a building collapse in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood and a fire in suburban Glenview, according to NBC Chicago. Cool temperatures are expected throughout the weekend, with high winds and temperatures in the upper 50s and low 60s, according to the National Weather Service. Sun and temperatures in the 70s are expected next week. - Huffington Post.
High winds produced dangerous, 10- to 15-foot waves along the lakefront path, knocking down morning bikers and runners. Police closed off the path early Friday from North Fullerton Avenue, but some runners and bikers didn’t heed the warnings. NBC Chicago helicopter footage showed several people taking spills into the waves, though no injuries were reported. Overnight, 30 to 35 mph winds with gusts of up to 50 mph hit parts of the area, knocking out power to about 27,000 ComEd customers. The strong winds also were blamed for a building collapse in Little Village and a fire in Glenview, among other local damage. Gusty wind continued Friday even after an advisory expired at 5 a.m. for the metro area. - NBC Chicago.
WATCH: NBC Chicago's News coverage.

THE GREAT DELUGE: Cambodian Government Says That 150 People Have Been Killed in the Worst Flash Floods in More Than a Decade!

Cambodia says flash floods have killed at least 150 people in the Southeast Asian nation since August.

The floods are the worst to hit the country since 2000, when 374 people were killed. Cambodian government disaster agency spokesman Keo Vy said Sunday that flood waters along the Mekong River and other places have damaged 670,000 acres (271,000 hectares) of rice fields, as well as 904 schools and 361 Buddhist temples. Hundreds of people have been killed across Southeast Asia, China, Japan and South Asia in the last four months from prolonged monsoon flooding, typhoons and storms. The government in neighboring Thailand says heavy floods there have also killed 206 people since August. - Washington Post.
WATCH: Eye-witness capture of flooding in Siem Reap.

WEATHER ANOMALIES: Heatwave - Britain's Hottest October Ever!

The population of Britain will be basking in the hottest October ever as heatwave continues through the weekend.

The autumn heatwave is expected to reach its peak this weekend after Friday saw temperatures of 84F (29.2C). Forecasters are predicting that the current record high for October of 84.9F (29.4C) will be shattered as the autumn heatwave reaches its peak this weekend. They believe they could even top 86F (30C) or higher in some parts of the country. The forecast comes as the country entered its fourth day of an unprecedented Indian summer which has seen it experience temperatures higher than the Bahamas and Hawaii. Eleanor Crompton, Met office forecaster, said: "There is a good chance of records being broken and temperatures could even get as high as 30C (86F)." Temperatures yesterday reached 84F (29.2C), the hottest for the end of September on record. Meteorologists say they will go even higher, beating the previous record for October that dates back to October 1, 1985, at March in Cambridgeshire. The highest temperatures are expected in London and the East Anglia. - Telegraph.
WATCH: UK's scorching October weather.