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Posted: 21 Apr 2015 08:01 PM PDT
Excerpt from huffingtonpost.com
1. I missed the boat. Maybe it's pursuing a relationship or graduate degree, or having kids, or finding our calling. We look back longingly and regretfully at what-we-didn't-do, and consider the one-and-only boat sailed. And maybe that particular one has, but there are plenty of ports in the sea. The danger here is that we get stuck in regret and give away our power to pursue whatever it is we're longing for now. And, yes, maybe there's some grieving we have to do, but the real question is: where to, now?
2. I'm overly sensitive. If you are one of those deeply sensitive souls out there, I love you. Really, I do. It means that you're tender and human and able to empathize, deeply, with the experience of others. It's not your vulnerability or sensitivity that is a problem, it's being hijacked by those emotions, rather than checking them. In other words, if you're feeling hurt, feel it. But notice what story you're telling on top of it. If it's sending you into a tailspin, find a more compassionate truth. Trust me, it's there. And In the meantime, don't mistake other people's reactions proof of some inherently faulty wiring within you. Not everyone is brave enough to be vulnerable - or be with another's vulnerability. But you are.
3. If they only knew... What? Your house is a disaster most of the time? Your kids fight constantly? You'd rather curl up with a good book than your husband? You've got mad inner rage? The underlying belief here is that you're a fraud - an imposter - and if people saw the real, uncensored you, surely they'd deem you unlovable. We've all got unfinished business and hidden messiness and parts of ourselves that we hide (or at least keep in the shadows.) It's part of being human - and imperfect. It takes courage to let down our guards and share some of our uglier parts without shame. But when we do, we'll discover one thing for sure: we're not alone. And we're stilllovable.
4. I'll always regret it. This is the cousin to "I missed the boat." Except, this is the holding-onto-the-regret and replaying and replaying and REPLAYING it. Despite what we might believe, regret is not an albatross that we must forever wear around our necks. It's a feeling that, when we lean into it, allows us to discover the desire, need, or truth about ourselves that we ignored, trampled over or somehow didn't honor. And then - and only then - it can transform into something else. Like gratitude for the wisdom or the path that it took us down instead or the painful but very useful reminder to stay true to ourselves.
5. I'm not ready. Ready, who's ready? Opportunities often come at the most inconvenient times. Like when we haven't mastered something and yet are called upon to teach it. Or we're faced with a decision before we've completed all of our research. Rather than waiting until you're 100 percent ready (or even 90 percent), try settling for 55 percent. That means that at least more of you is ready than not. Because it's the journey - the learning, the experience, the getting-out-there-and-giving-
6. I need to be an expert. This is for those of you who want to offer your talents to the world, but keep getting hung up on some version of this. The older I get, the more I gravitate towards those who don't claim be to experts. I prefer life-long learners, practitioners who haven't yet figured it all out, and those who acknowledge their imperfections. Humans, you might say. Start where you are and go forth with a beginner's mind - curious, hungry to learn, and willing to embrace the failures and missteps that are certain to come your way. Because they are. It's the quest for perfection and needing-to-seem-like-we've-
7. I'm not (smart, thin, pretty, outgoing...) enough.Here's the dirty truth: We ascribe happiness to having achieved (fill-in-the-blank.) And it's no wonder that we do. Media images tell us every damn day that we must look and act a certain way if we want to be happy. But you know what? It's bullshit. Really. You are enough. Right now. And so am I. And everything else is but a lie. A big, old lie. If you want to be happier, hold this idea in your mind: You are already enough. It's not about fitting-in-with-how-beauty-or-
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Excerpt from latimes.com
By Deborah Netburn
Scientists have created an atomic clock that is so precise that it can detect tiny changes in the speed of its ticks depending on whether it is 2 centimeters closer or farther from the center of Earth.
"Time can be intricately connected to gravity," said Jun Ye, a physicist at JILA, a joint institute of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the University of Colorado, Boulder. "It sounds like science fiction, but these measurements are a reality."
The ability of a hyper-sensitive clock to determine small differences in altitude is based on Einstein's prediction that the farther one gets from the center of an attractor (like Earth), the faster time moves.
Researchers have long ago proved this theory by comparing the speed of clocks separated by vast differences, either on board satellites in orbits a few dozen miles apart, or by comparing the ticks of clocks telling time at sea level and those placed on a mountain top.
Five years ago researchers at NIST created a clock so sensitive that it could detect the difference in time between two elevations just a foot from each other.
But the new clock is even better.
"Now when we measure this very weird property of time fabric in the laboratory, even a 2-centimeter change will result in a detectable time change in the clock," Ye said.
The clock is described Tuesday in Nature Communications. It is a tweaked version of an optical lattice clock that measures the oscillations of strontium atoms that have been trapped in a network of lasers.
A close up look at a new optical lattice atomic clock. (Marti / JILA)
Ye, who is the principal investigator on the paper, explains that the clock measures the speed of an electron as it zips around the nucleus of a strontium atom at the rate of about a million billion orbits per second.
To calculate this movement, the researchers hit a few thousand strontium atoms at a time with what they call a "clock laser." The laser can be tuned so that the peaks and troughs in its electric field match the oscillation of the electrons of the strontium atoms.
The result is a clock that is several orders of magnitude more accurate than the cesium microwave clock that governs official time today.
"The clock we use now is like a watch with a hand that moves 9 billion times per second," Ye said. "The 'watch' we are working on moves at the speed of a million billion times per second; we are basically keeping track of ripples of light."
In this latest iteration of the optical lattice clock, researchers reduced time-telling errors by installing highly sensitive thermometers around the trapped atoms so the effects of heat from the surrounding environment could be better measured. They were also able to reduce the effects of the laser net on the individual atoms, and they used one of the most stable lasers in the world to take the measure of the electron movement.
These tweaks lead to a clock that is at least three times more precise than the previous world-record holder introduced last year, as well as increased stability of 50%. The authors are anticipating continued progress.
A clock with this extreme level of precision may seem like overkill, but it could be used to improve our understanding of the shape of Earth, help to conduct tests of the fundamental laws that govern space and time, and provide a new pathway for investigating dark matter.
And the possibilities grow as the clocks grow more precise.
"If we can make a clock 1,000 times more accurate, we could hear the symphony of the universe," Ye said. "For instance, you would sense how space time shifts when a distant galaxy explodes."
Posted: 21 Apr 2015 07:42 PM PDT
Excerpt from huffingtonpost.com
The public rarely hears about interactions between military personnel and unexplained aircraft -- especially during wartime.
As time goes on, however, UFO stories stuck behind red tape begin to see the light of day. The Vietnam War saw its share of UFO activity in the 1960s.
One close encounter, in 1968, involved the crew of an American patrol boat that reported two glowing circular craft following them in the demilitarized zone that separated North and South Vietnam (see depiction below).
The crew aboard a second patrol boat later reported seeing the UFOs over the first boat and a flash of light, followed by an explosion that completely destroyed the boat. These Vietnam reports included close observation of the unknown aerial craft which appeared to house pilots (see recreation image at the top of this story).
Wartime UFO stories are recreated in the premiere episode of the second season of History's "Hangar 1: The UFO Files." The accounts are drawn from tens of thousands of UFO cases in the archives of the Mutual UFO Network, the world's largest UFO investigation group.
"The military was interested in [UFOs] because they had capabilities far above anything that we had, and they wanted to find out what the technology was and, frankly, who they belonged to," according to former Air Force intelligence officer, Capt. George Filer.
While in Vietnam, Filer -- who had a top secret clearance -- gave daily briefings to Gen. George S. Brown, deputy commander for air operations in Vietnam.
"Frequently, the Vietcong or North Vietnamese would be attacking an outpost and I would explain that, and we would have ground-air support, particularly at night where we'd go in there with these gun ships, and I would give briefings on all of that," Filer told The Huffington Post. "Some of the time, there would be unidentified craft over the DMZ."
Filer described a typical report that he'd receive and which he included in his briefings to Brown:
"You'd have an aircraft flying along, doing around 500 knots and a UFO comes alongside and does some barrel rolls around the aircraft and then flies off at three times the speed of one of the fastest jets we have in the Air Force. So, obviously, it has a technology far in advance of anything we have.
"I would be told this unofficially. People tell you a lot of things that they don't put in writing or sign their name to. There was always this part of UFOs that, if you got too interested, it could mess up your career. And this is true today even with commercial pilots. I've also heard from people serving in Afghanistan saying they've seen UFOs, and the Iranian news carries UFO reports pretty regularly."
During a 1973 press conference, five years after the patrol boat UFO encounters, Brown -- as USAF chief of staff -- was asked about the Air Force's position on UFOs:
I don't know whether this story has ever been told or not. They weren't called UFOs. The were called enemy helicopters. And they were only seen at night and they were only seen in certain places. They were seen up around the DMZ in the early summer of '68. And this resulted in quite a little battle.
And in the course of this, an Australian destroyer took a hit and we never found any enemy, we only found ourselves when this had all been sorted out. And this caused some shooting there, and there was no enemy at all involved, but we always reacted.
Always after dark, the same thing happened up at Pleiku at the Highlands in '69.Many stories about battling UFOs have emerged throughout history.
One early account of UFO warfare was supposedly seen by the citizens of Nuremberg, Germany, in 1561. On a morning in April, the Nuremberg Gazette reportedly described an aerial battle between large "cylindrical shapes from which emerged black, red, orange and blue-white spheres that darted about... All these elements started to fight one against the other." An artist, Hans Glaser, created a woodcut of the spectacle, seen below:
During World War II, also in Germany, Allied aircraft pilots often reported mysterious glowing, fast-moving, circular lights, which were dubbed Foo Fighters. The New York Times reported it as "military slang for flying saucers."
Filer -- who documents his sightings and other UFO news at the National UFO Center site -- was one of several military eyewitnesses to something extraordinary in the sky over England. It was 1962, and he was the navigator on a refueling tanker.
"We were out over the North Sea when London Control called and asked if we would be willing to intercept an unidentified that was over Oxford and the Stonehenge area. We had just finished up our refueling mission, so we said sure, and they cleared all the traffic around us and gave us top priority as we descended towards the UFO. All they really had was a very large radar return, but it was much bigger than a normal aircraft."
Filer (pictured at right) recalled how his radar scope indicated the UFO was as big as the huge Firth of Forth Bridge in Scotland that he and his crew often used as a regular navigation point.
"The 'thing' was at 1,000 feet and we were descending from 32,000 feet. We picked up this huge radar return while we were still about 30 miles out. It was dark out and when we got much closer to the object, we saw lights around it, outlining the shape of a cylinder, like a cruise ship. It then just quickly rose and went up into space.
"We were pretty sure we'd just seen a UFO."
Filer also told HuffPost that he has heard from air traffic controllers who claimed they were told to "always divert aircraft away from UFOs and deny that it existed. I think they want this whole situation to go away, and I think [the policy] is coming from the National Security Council -- they're at the highest level. It sounds funny, but presidents don't always know what their National Security Council is doing."
Upcoming episodes of "Hangar 1" over the next 12 weeks will focus on folks who've held military positions and are willing to come forward and tell their stories.
One of those (hold onto your hats) is a man who claims he was in the Marines (wait for it...) and that he was stationed on Mars for several years. That's right: the red planet Mars. He'll describe being part of an off-planet military force. Let's not pass judgment...yet.
There's also the story of a retired Army sergeant who says he was assigned to UFO crash and retrieval cases where both ships and ET bodies were supposedly recovered -- some dead, some alive.
In case you were wondering, Hangar 1 is an actual hangar where MUFON, for a long time, stored all of its archives. At one point, all of the organization's files were housed in this airport hangar somewhere in the middle of the country. The images of Hangar 1 that appear in the series are of the real hangar.
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