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August 13, 2014 - Is Our 3-D Universe the Event Horizon Shell Around A 4-D Black Hole?

“The universe appears to us to exist in 3 dimensions of space and one of time —

a geometry that we will refer to as the ‘3-dimensional universe.’  In our scenario,this 3-D universe is merely the shadow of a world with 4 spatial dimensions. Specifically, our entire universe came into being during a stellar implosion in this suprauniverse, an implosion that created a 3-D shell around a 4-D black hole. Our universe is that shell.”

Illustration by Scientific American from computer modeling of 
the collapsing death of a 4-D star that ejects mass through 4-D black hole where
its event horizon is a 3-D shell around the 4-D black hole. Our universe is that
shell in a hypothesis by Niayesh Afshordi, Ph.D., Asst. Professor of Physics
and Astronomy; Robert B. Mann, Ph.D., Prof. and former Chair of Physics
and Astronomy; and Razieh Pourhasan, Ph.D. candidate in Theoretical Physics —
 all at the Univ. of Waterloo and Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, 
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. See “The Black Hole at the Beginning of Time,” 
August 2014, Scientific American print and ScientificAmerican.com.

August 12, 2014 - Perseids Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight After Midnight.

“Despite a bright moon, there should still be a good show
from this prolific shower tonight.”

- NASA Website

2,000 years ago in A.D. 36, Chinese observers wrote about these bright yellow meteors. The source is dust and rocks in the debris field of ancient comet Swift-Tuttle that has orbited our Sun once every 133 years and our Earth passes through the debris each mid-July to mid-August, reaching a peak of 60 to 100 meteors per hour around August 9 - 14. In 2014, the peak will be in the early morning hours of August 13, after midnight.

August 6, 2014 - Historic Rosetta Rendezvous with Comet Today.

“Is this double-lobed structure built from two separate comets that came
together in the Solar System’s history? Or is it one comet that has eroded 
dramatically and asymmetrically over time? Rosetta, by design, is in the
best place now to study one of these unique objects.”

- Matt Taylor, ESA’s Rosetta Project Scientist

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko’s strange surface was photographed by the European Space Agency’s Rosetta space probe on August 3rd as Rosetta is now moving along with the comet for the next year as they speed towards the Sun and inner Solar System at 34,175 mph (55,000 km/h). Rosetta will observe the comet close-up and in November 2014, Rosetta will drop a lander onto the comet’s odd surface. See ESA Rosetta.

August 5, 2014 - Why Are 280,000 Non-Terrorist America On National Counterterrorism Center Watchlist?

“According to the U. S. Terrorist Screening Database, or TSDB , 
watchlisting guidelines, published by
 The Intercept in July 2014, officials don’t need
‘concrete facts’ or ‘irrefutable evidence’  to secretly place someone on the list —
 only a vague and elastic standard of ‘reasonable suspicion.’’’

- The Intercept, August 5, 2014

Statistics from Terrorist Screening Database, or TSDB, provided by apparently another
whistleblower beyond Edward Snowden, who has contacted The Intercept after Snowden’s first 
June 5, 2013, releases of leaked classified NSA documents that have exposed NSA’s many
layers of digital spying on Americans, international leaders and the world. See:
The Intercept, the news website produced by reporters that have worked with
NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden since his first and ongoing revelations. Also see
time line of how the Snowden leak of NSA files has unfolded at U. K.’s The Guardian.

August 4, 2014 - Rosetta Chasing A Comet.

“On Wednesday, August 6, 2014, the ESA Rosetta spacecraft
will become the first in human history to try to rendezvous along side a comet.”

- European Space Agency

Rosetta’s goal is to match the pace of the comet —
currently some 34,175 miles/hour (55 000 km/hr) — and travel 
alongside the icy object above with a relative velocity of only 1 m/s 
between them, roughly equivalent to a walking pace.
Click here to see:  Rosetta spacecraft’s orbit 
around Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

ESA:  “After travelling for ten years nearly 4 billion miles (6.4 billion km) through the Solar System, ESA’s Rosetta is closing in on its target this week, but how does a spacecraft actually arrive at a comet?

The journey began on March 2, 2004, when Rosetta was launched on an Ariane 5 G+ from Europe’s spaceport in Kourou in French Guiana east of Venezuela, South America. Since then, Rosetta has had to loop around the Sun five times, picking up speed through three essential gravity assist manoeuvres at Earth and one at Mars, to put the spacecraft on an orbit similar to its destination: comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. This icy target is on an elliptical 6.5-year solar orbit that takes it from beyond the orbit of Jupiter at its furthest point, and between the orbits of Mars and Earth at its closest to the Sun.”

July 31, 2014 - Large, Mysterious Crop Circles in Bavaria and England. Report upcoming.

Large 250-foot-diameter (75m) crop circle in a Raisting wheat field,
upper Bavaria southwest of Munich in southern Germany. This pattern
was recently seen and photographed by hot air balloonists. Christop Huttner,
the farmer who owns the field, told local media he did not create the 
big crop circle. “This is very difficult to do and really well done. 
I don’t know how it was managed. There are no tire tracks, nothing at all.”
The pattern is near the antennas of a former communication station which was
used to broadcast the first U. S. moon landing in July 1969,
to European households. Image by DPA.

July 30, 2014 - What Killed Thousands of Southern Colorado Honey Bees in 72 Hours?

“By the time we got to the bottom of the hive, we found
a pile of dead bees that was two to three inches thick.”

- Kimberly Randall, Beekeeper, Colorado Springs, CO

Beekeepers Kimberly Randall and Jonathan Guerin 
in Colorado Springs, Colorado, told KOAA5-TV that
over a 72-hour period between July 19-22, that 60% of 
six hives that contained nearly 400,000 honey bees suddenly died.
The beekeepers think the causes are pesticides and weed chemicals
contaminating the water table, but won’t have more definite answers
until labs report back what they’ve found in samples of the 
dead bees. Image by Friends of Honeybees.