Archive for August, 2009

Low-intensity Light Controls Cells

Monday, August 31st, 2009

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Scientists at the University of Central Florida have shown that light energy can gently guide and change the orientation of living cells. The ability to optically steer cells is slated to be a major step in guiding stem cells to the areas of the body that need help.

Research results were presented at the 2009 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics / International Quantum Electronics Conference. The discovery was led by Aristide Dogariu, an optical scientist at the College of Optics and Photonics, and Kiminobu Sugaya, a stem cell researcher at the College of Medicine’s Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences.

Long-term implications include the possibility of altering the shapes of cells and preventing malignant tumors from spreading throughout the body.

“Actin rods are constantly vibrating, causing the cells to move sporadically,” Sugaya said. The researchers demonstrated that low-intensity polarized light can guide the rods’ motion to ever-so-slowly line up and move in the desired direction.

“Stronger light would simply kill them,” Dogariu said. “We wanted to gently help the cells do their job the way they know how to do it.”

A time-lapse video shows that after more than two hours of exposure to light with specific characteristics, a group of stem cells migrates from a seemingly random mix of shapes, movement and sizes to a uniform lineup.

via Science Daily

Frequencies and Plant Health

Saturday, August 29th, 2009


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Plant geneticist, Bruce Tainio, states that there is relationship between frequencies and plant health. Tainio is the founder and president of Tainio Technology & Technique Inc., and president of Coherent Resources.

In his studies, Tainio developed a method of measuring the frequencies plants were emitting, and invented the BT3™ Frequency Monitoring System.

The frequency monitor for Tainio has become a valuable tool in explaining that different frequencies can effect energy fields either positively or negatively, which in turn has significant effects on the health of the organism.

Tainio also states he has developed a method of increasing speed and percentage of germination, and incorporated this method into Tainio Technology’s all natural agricultural products to improve their effectiveness in promoting amazing plant growth, health and yield. Tainio has also created the Coherent Water Resonator™ said to be effective in the clean-up of polluted lakes, ponds and rivers.

JASON

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

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JASON is an independent scientific advisory group that provides consulting services to the U.S. government on matters of defense science and technology. JASON was established in 1960, and all members, including physicists, biologists, chemists, mathematicians and computer scientists, are selected because of their scientific brilliance.

JASON typically performs most of its work during an annual summer study, and has conducted studies under contract to the Department of Defense (frequently DARPA and the U.S. Navy), the Department of Energy, the U.S. Intelligence Community, and the FBI.  For administrative purposes, JASON’s activities are run through the MITRE Corporation, a non-profit corporation in McLean, Virginia, which contracts with the Defense Department.

Approximately half of the resulting JASON reports are unclassified, and a selection of unclassified JASON studies can be found at JASON Defense Advisory Panel Reports.

One such study in March 2008 is titled “Human Performance” (Project Number: 13079022), with the Sponsoring/Monitoring Agency being the Office of Defense Research and Engineering (ODDR&E). The abstract reads as follows: “The tasking for this study was to evaluate the potential for adversaries to exploit advances in Human Performance Modification, and thus create a threat to national security. In making this assessment, we were asked to evaluate long-term scenarios. We have thus considered the present state of the art in pharmaceutical intervention in cognition and in brain-computer interfaces, and considered how possible future developments might proceed and be used by adversaries.”

Individuals who briefed JASON on this “Human Performance” study include the following:

Lily Johnston; Jenny Haward and Kevin Dean of the Defence System Analysis Division, Australian Department of Defence; Eric W. Wasserman, M.D., Brain Stimulation Unit, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health; Harris R. Lieberman, Ph.D., Military Nutrition Division, U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine; Gary Hazlett, Yale University, Robert Mitchell Centre for RPOW Studies, and NIMH; Hans P.A. Van Dongen, Sleep and Performance Research Center, Washington State University, Spokane; Adam Russell and Bartlett Bulkley, Scitor Corporation; Ann M. Rasmusson, Yale University School of Medicine, VA National Center for PTSD, Clinical Neuroscience Division; Douglas Kalman, Ph.D. Candidate, Nutritional and Exercise Biochemistry, Touro University; Gary Lynch, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, Irvine; Thomas H. Karas, Advanced Concepts Group, Sandia National Laboratories.

Sound is a Bionutrient

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

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During the 1930s, Dr. Royal Rife is said to have conducted experiments where he isolated frequencies he suggested could cure cancer. Although these experiments could never be replicated, and are viewed as pseudomedicine by the scientific majority, today the use of frequencies to heal are currently underway due to advancements in science.

For instance:

According to The New England Journal of Medicine, scientists at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill report that heat generated by radio waves erases most pre-cancerous cells associated with chronic acid reflux, providing an alternative to surgery.
via PhysOrg.com

At the Institute of Cancer Research, in partnership with The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, the Therapeutic Ultrasound Team is doing research on the basic science behind the use of high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) for the treatment of cancers of the liver and kidney. The basic principle of HIFU is that high-power ultrasound beam at a focused distance is used to rapidly heat tissue to temperatures which result in cell death.
via The Institute of Cancer Research

Digital Biology

Friday, August 21st, 2009

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Digital Biology is the digitization of biological activities for diagnostics and detection. Anything that has a frequency can be digitally recorded by recording the specific spectrum of frequencies of an agent. As digital files, any biological activity can be transmitted electronically, for example as a .wav file. Health and medical applications range from the detection of viruses, bioterrorism, to the digitization of pharmaceuticals.

In a conversation with Sputnik Observatory, the late biologist and digital biology advocate Jacques Benveniste explains:

The immediate goal is towards the diagnostic side, since I could put one of these boxes any place in the world—if there is a solar battery and a little modem with a satellite, you can send a biological agent to a central laboratory to analyze it. For example, I could very well take tests from this room, put it in a detector, send it to my lab in France, and within one hour they will tell me if there is that bug, or that bug, or that bug there. That is the real progress. In fact, because we are talking about that, I believe that we are going to offer this kind of possibility to people dealing with bioterrorism because that is the ultimate detection device. That will detect absolutely everything, not only bacteria but viruses, anything that has a frequency associated to it would be detected by this kind of device.
—Jacques Benveniste, Biologist, Immunologist, sptnk 0:17:22:11

Magnify Nature and Listen Inside

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

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I decided to go out and see what are the rhythms and the melodies that are emanating from our landscape? What is its wavelength? What is its rhythmic structure? And I didn’t know it then, but what I was exploring was fractal rhythms and melodies; the kind of sounds and rhythms and melodies that nature made. I’m very interested in real time and what’s going on right at the moment, and how you can change its resonance so that it becomes observable – how you can take in a fractal flow like water and rhythms, if you can find a very pure element to put in, a single overtone series to be activated, for instance by a probe, then the water is basically playing the violin.
Bruce Odland, Composer, Sound Artist, from a conversation with Sputnik Observatory

Are We Building a Society Out of Tune?

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

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There is an unstoppable hum that is emitted by the Industrial Age soundscape in which we live. Sometimes the sound is subtle, like the hum of our refrigerators and computers, and sometimes it’s deafening like a screeching car alarm.

The National Institutes of Health reports, “Nonauditory effects of noise exposure are those effects that don’t cause hearing loss but still can be measured, such as elevated blood pressure, loss of sleep, increased heart rate, cardiovascular constriction, labored breathing, and changes in brain chemistry.” Moreover, the site states: “According to the WHO Guidelines for Community Noise, these health effects, in turn, can lead to social handicap, reduced productivity, decreased performance in learning, absenteeism in the workplace and school, increased drug use, and accidents.”

In conversations with Sputnik Observatory, Bill Buchen, sonic architect and artist Robert Adrian X discuss our changing urban soundscape:

The soundscape has changed a lot in my lifetime alone, and the main thing has been cell phones and fluorescent lights. Usually, in North America it comes down to 60 cycles, or some fraction of that. Like 60 x 4 equals 240, or 480, because this is the 60 cycle hum of our lives. If we’re sitting in a room, we don’t hear it all the time, but the fans are going at 60 cycles, the electric grid is, and so this has become our mantra as a society. So, wherever we go, we’ll always have this 60 cycle hum as a tamboura, a tonic note in our lives, and we run our lives according to it.
—Bill Buchen, Sonic Architect, sptnk 0:01:98:21

In an urban environment, you have all kinds of sounds which are constantly collaging – other people’s lives and experiences going on all around you. You have the radio, the neighbors radio. You never hear anything alone. In a way, collaging is a useful way of understanding what has happened in our culture with technical media producing all kinds of extra-natural events. Then the question comes up, “Is this nature too?”
—Robert Adrian X, Artist, sptnk 0:32:20:00

more from Environmental Health Perspectives

Positively Left

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

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For the past several years Richard Davidson and his colleagues at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have been studying brain activity in Tibetan monks, both in meditative and non-meditative states.

Davidson’s group had shown earlier that people who are inclined to fall prey to negative emotions displayed a pattern of persistent activity in regions of their right prefrontal cortex.

In those with more positive temperaments, the activity occurred in the left prefrontal cortex instead.

When Davidson ran the experiment on a senior Tibetan lama skilled in meditation, the lama’s baseline of activity proved to be much farther to the left of anyone previously tested.

Davidson recently tested the prefrontal activity in some volunteers from a high-tech company in Wisconsin. One group of volunteers then received eight weeks of training in meditation, while a control group did not. All the participants also received flu shots.

By the end of the study, those who had meditated showed a pronounced shift in brain activity toward the left, “happier,” frontal cortex. The meditators also showed a healthier immune response to the flu shot, suggesting that the training affected the body’s health as well as that of the mind.

more from wired.com

more from National Geographic

God Vibrations

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

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The brain produces electromagnetic waves based on the functions of the neurons in the brain.

A study of 40 participants, including Christians, Muslims, Jews and Buddhists, showed the same areas lit up when they were asked to ponder religious and moral problems. MRI scans revealed the regions that were activated are those used every day to interpret the feelings and intentions of other people.

via Daily Mail
more from Scientific American

40 Hz: Adjust Your Frequency

Monday, August 17th, 2009

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Some scientists suggest that the fast, coherent EEG rhythm called “gamma” or “40 Hertz” is implicated in cognition, as it may play a role in binding together features of objects. It’s also suggested that this rhythm is important for consciousness.

In the book Fast Oscillations in Cortical Circuits, the authors Roger D. Traub, Miles Whittington and John Jefferys present suggestive evidence implicating the dysfunction of gamma rhythms in Alzheimer’s disease, and note the implications for memory and brain functions from switching from gamma to beta frequencies.

Physicist Danah Zohar, in a conversation with Sputnik Observatory, discussed the possible link of consciousness and 40 Hertz:

They think they have now found a neural basis of consciousness itself. It’s something called “40-Hz oscillation.” 40-Hz is forty cycles per second, and it makes a sound about two octaves below middle C, so it’s the sound of a rich bass playing, maybe Bach’s Cello Suites or something like that, if you could hear the brain buzzing away. They don’t know that this is where consciousness comes from, that’s almost a mystical question, “Does this mean that that’s where consciousness begins because the brain is waving?” But they do know whenever we are conscious these 40-Hz oscillations are happening.
—Danah Zohar, Physicist, sptnk 0:05:15:24