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CIA’s Role in the Study of UFOs, 1947-90

by David Solomonoff

During the late 1970s and 1980s, the Agency continued its low-key interest in UFOs and UFO sightings. While most scientists now dismissed flying saucers reports as a quaint part of the 1950s and 1960s, some in the Agency and in the Intelligence Community shifted their interest to studying parapsychology and psychic phenomena associated with UFO sightings.

CIA’s Role in the Study of UFOs, 1947-90, Gerald K. Haines, Historian of the National Reconnaissance Office, now in the public domain, thanks to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act [Very detailed, this is just one fascinating aspect]

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How 30 Lines of Code Blew Up a 27-Ton Generator

by David Solomonoff

As cold weather ends riot season, could insurgents move to more sophisticated asymmetric warfare tactics like this?

Secret experiment in 2007 proved that hackers could devastate power grid equipment beyond repair—with a file no bigger than a gif.

Source: How 30 Lines of Code Blew Up a 27-Ton Generator | WIRED

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New study details atmosphere on ‘hot Neptune’ 260 light years away that ‘shouldn’t exist’

by David Solomonoff

“It’s a pretty extreme system,” First step into new phase of exoplanetary exploration.

Source: New study details atmosphere on ‘hot Neptune’ 260 light years away that ‘shouldn’t exist’

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Time crystals lead researchers to future computational work

by David Solomonoff

Quantum nature of time crystals—how they shift from moment to moment in a predictable, repeating pattern—can be used to simulate large, specialized networks, such as communication systems or artificial intelligence

Goal is to propose real applications for embedding exponentially large complex networks in a few qubits, or quantum bits.

“Using this method with several qubits, one could simulate a complex network the size of the entire worldwide internet.”

Source: Time crystals lead researchers to future computational work

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IMPaaS Impersonation-as-a-service: Researchers find huge, sophisticated black market for trade in online ‘fingerprints’

by David Solomonoff

New online service for malicious hackers, identity thieves defeats Risk-based Authentication (RBA) which looks at ‘user fingerprints’ to check someone’s credentials. These can include basic technical information, such as type of browser or operating system, but also behavioral features, such as mouse movement, location and keystroke speed. If the fingerprint complies with what is expected from a user—based on earlier behavior—they are allowed to login right away, using only their usernames and passwords.

Source: Researchers find huge, sophisticated black market for trade in online ‘fingerprints’

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Charles Hugh Smith: Everything We Assume Is Permanent Is Actually Fragile

by David Solomonoff

Pray that an inner moral/spiritual strength remains in citizenry to overcome …

Ruthless pursuit of efficiencies and profits has stripped the economy of redundancies and buffers; Moral rot in our social, political and economic orders is another source of hidden fragility.

Source: oftwominds-Charles Hugh Smith: Everything We Assume Is Permanent Is Actually Fragile

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Flood of art? Market issues around museum deaccessioning

by David Solomonoff

Many issues and contradictions with art as investment, woke hostility to traditional culture which now includes modernism.

A flurry of museum pieces is heading to auction, but will there be enough buyers for them?  “Museums may develop a taste for funds derived from sales of art.” Putting the toothpaste back in that tube, in 18 months’ time, may prove to be more difficult than it appears today.

Source: A flood of art? The market issues around museum deaccessioning | The Art Newspaper

 

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The Incredible Extent to Which Ufologists Have Been Deceived

by David Solomonoff

Great deal of what passed for reality in period from the late 1970s to roughly mid-to-late 1980s was outright fabricated by government agents.

So many UFO researchers buy into some of Ufology’s most controversial and unlikely stories – just because those same stories were cool to read.

Ufology, as a collective community, has been victim of highly-skilled manipulators for a long, long time. Those same manipulators were experts in the fields of disinformation and counterintelligence. And Ufology absolutely fell for their garbage. The big irony is that much of this had nothing to do with real aliens or UFOs

The fact is, there is a genuine, unknown UFO phenomenon. Whether it’s extraterrestrial or inter-dimensional, I have absolutely no idea. Maybe our presumed aliens are time-travelers. Then, there’s the demonic theory. But, it’s very important to know this real, elusive mystery has been hijacked by intelligence agents who – in the early years of Ufology – came to realize they could use the UFO mystery as a tool of the Cold War. And they did.

Source: The Incredible Extent to Which Ufologists Have Been Deceived | Mysterious Universe

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Artist Bring Dead Bugs Back to Live as Otherworldly Insect Fairies

by David Solomonoff

Amsterdam-based artist Cedric Laquieze creates creates eerie yet intriguing sculptures of fairies by piecing together various dead insect parts.

Source: Artist Bring Dead Bugs Back to Live as Otherworldly Insect Fairies

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Discord starts shutting down communities for “misinformation”

by David Solomonoff

Conversations within closed, non-public groups are no longer safe from censorship.

Source: Discord starts shutting down communities for “misinformation”

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