Meet the Worshipers Who Believe They’re Aliens in Human Form

An hour outside Brazil’s futuristic capital, Brasilia, lies one of the country’s spiritual capitals: Vale do Amanhecer, which translates to Sunrise Valley or Valley of the Dawn.

At first sight, Sunrise Valley looks like a miniature theme park—where visitors can see copies of the world’s wonders without having to travel to the actual sites. Built in Planaltina, a satellite city of Brasilia, the lakeside temple complex features a pyramid, a spaceship-like temple, a six-pointed praying center, and several ellipse-shaped sculptures.

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World’s first human head transplant to take place in 8 months

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Valery Spiridonov explains why he wants to be the first person to undergo a head transplant, which will be carried out by Italian neurosurgeon Professor Sergio Canavero.

Mr Spiridinov, from Russia, suffers from Werdnig Hoffman disease, a muscle wasting condition that seriously diminishes his physical capabilities and left him dependent on a wheelchair.

Now he has announced his intention to become the world’s first subject of a full head transplant, so that his brain can be attached to a healthy body.

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Mysterious Newly Discovered “Rosehip” Brain Cell Could be Key to Human Consciousness

It’s one of the oldest questions on the planet: what sets us apart from the rest of the animal kingdom? It’s true that as we’re dragged, kicking and screaming into the future, some of those perceived differences are shrinking. We now know that dolphins have language, elephants have ritual and mourn their dead, and some other primate species have entered the stone age. Still, there’s a difference. No other animal on the planet can open up a magic box and write about its own consciousness, for better or worse, and that’s probably not just due to how awesome our thumbs are. The nuts-and-bolts science of figuring out what makes our brains tick is also one of the scientific disciplines where there’s still a lot to learn, not least because of the difficulty in finding human brains to poke around in. Neurologists most often use mice as surrogates, because the structure of mammalian brains are generally the same. Generally the same doesn’t mean they’re exactly the same, however.

According to a new paper published in the journal Nature Neurosciencean international team of neurologists have discovered a new and mysterious brain cell present in the human brain and not present in the brains of mice. The team of scientists are calling it the “rosehip” neuron as the structure of the cell resembles the coastal rosehip bush. According to the paper, the rosehip neuron represents about ten percent of the human neocortex. Because of how difficult it is to actually study human brains, the researchers say there could be a higher density throughout the rest of the brain as well.

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The newly discovered cells are called “rosehip neurons” because of their resemblance to the the rosehip fruit.

So what do these rosehip neurons do, and what makes them special? At this point scientists only have their best guesses, but they found that rosehip neurons act as inhibitory factors in the brain, and are connected to a type of neuron called “pyramidal neurons” that are excitory cells. That is, rosehip neurons shut signals down and restrain activity rather than boost signals or send information of their own. According to Trygve Bakken, a lead author of the paper:

“They have the potential to sort of put the brakes on the excitability [of pyramidal neurons].”

Well that’s not that exciting, you’re probably thinking. Understandable, but stay with me. While the researchers don’t know yet how that effects cognition, we can do some wild speculation.

Humans are like other animals in regards to our base instincts. We all know the fight-or-flight response. We all get cranky when we’re hungry, and we’ll go to extreme lengths when we’re desperate. At the far end end of instinctual responses, we’re just like other animals. However, at the not-so-extreme end we differ quite a bit. What other animal can say “I’m hungry, but I really need to finish this so I’ll just deal with it and eat in an hour”? We can even override the fight-or-flight reaction to a certain degree.  Could it be that these rosehip neurons are the mechanism by which we can sometimes override our instincts?

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Diagram of a neuron.

Once again, at the extreme ends of those instincts, we’re just as impulsive as any other animal, but there is a degree to which humans can hit the manual override on our instincts. Perhaps that’s a talent shared by other animals—elephants, dolphins, and whales come to mind—but it certainly isn’t widespread. Maybe our cognitive strength is simply our ability to turn down the noise.

How to be human: the man who was raised by wolves

Abandoned as a child, Marcos Rodríguez Pantoja survived alone in the wild for 15 years. But living with people proved to be even more difficult.

The first time Marcos Rodríguez Pantoja ever heard voices on the radio, he panicked. “Fuck,” he remembers thinking, “those people have been inside there a long time!” It was 1966, and Rodríguez woke from a nap to the sound of voices. There was nobody else in the room, but the sounds of a conversation were coming from a small wooden box.

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The Anunnaki Creation Story: The Biggest Secret in Human History

Have you ever wondered, why schools teach so little – if anything – about the world’s first advanced civilization? …Especially when it introduced so many things we still use today?
Why the mystery  around Sumeria, which was in Mesopotamia, in what’s now modern-day Iraq?

After all, here is just some of what they gave us:

The modern calendar based on lunar cycles, the 60/12 counting system used for geometry and measuring time, the wheel, the plow, irrigation systems like levees and canals, sailboats …they even spoke the first known language, and left evidence of the first recorded writing.

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Lost City with Walls, a Pyramid and Human Sacrifices Found in China

There are certain archeological finds that are worthy of being described as something that will “change history as we know it.” Often, the find includes a pyramid where there aren’t any others, a huge lost city, gold and jewels beyond description and, of course, massive human sacrifices. A new discover in China check all of those boxes. Is it change-worthy?

“Evidence so far suggests that the stepped pyramid complex functioned not only as a residential space for ruling Shimao elites, but also as a space for artisanal or industrial craft production.”

When you’re located in close proximity to the Great Wall of China, your identity can easily be absorbed by it. That seems to have been the case with a pile of rubble in Shenmu County, Shaanxi, in central China. Known for centuries as the location of the ancient city of Shimao, the pieces of structural stones were indeed part of a wall, but recent excavation at the site reported in the journal Antiquity and in LiveScience found that the stones were in a wall surrounding an ancient – and quite large — lost city … one that predates the Great Wall by around 1500 years. In fact, while some people were just starting on the Great Wall, the residents of Shimao had already completed a 70-meter (230 foot) step pyramid. Why did the Wall survive while Shimao did not?

Example of a step pyramid

“In the outer gateway of the eastern gate on the outer rampart alone, six pits containing decapitated human heads have been found.”

A team of archaeologists led by Li Jaang, a professor at the School of History at Zhengzhou University, found evidence that a city whose unknown name predate Shimao was located at the site and the surrounding area of almost 1000 acres. Built 4,300 years ago, it would have been one of the largest cities on the world at some point during its 500 year existence. The walls surrounding the city were unusual in that they were made with stone rather than just compressed mounds of dirt and contained pieces of jade between the stones. The walls appeared to be high enough and strong enough to protect the large city from invaders and keep some residents from wandering off … or escaping. Why would they do that?

“Morphological analysis of the human remains suggests that the victims may have been related to the residents of Zhukaigou, which could further suggest that they were taken to Shimao as captives during the expansion of the Shimao polity.”

While the structures of Shimao, especially the palaces and the pyramid, are elaborately designed and decorated with carved jade stones and murals from skilled local craft workers, historians also point out that the citizens were known to the surrounding area as “barbarians.” The size of the city indicates its power over the area and the pyramid is evidence of its religious significance for a culture that practiced extensive human sacrifice.

What caused the downfall of this large and seemingly powerful walled city and religious center at a time when the Great Wall was being built to protect everyone else? That’s still open for further research.

Is this a history-changing discovery? Not yet. What it proves once again is that practicing human sacrifice doesn’t seem to allow cities to survive.

That’s an historical lesson still worth remembering.

Mysterious Mummified Human Trophy Heads Found in Peru

Headhunting – the practice of removing the head of a corpse after killing its owner and then preserving it or at least the skull – is far more common throughout human history than one might suspect, occurring on every continent (except Antarctica, as far as we know) and still practiced in a few cultures in modern times. While the usual reason was to demonstrate conquest and promote beliefs that controlling the head was a way to control and enslave an enemy in the afterlife, a new discovery of a large cache of mummified trophy heads in Peru has turned that theory on its – you guessed it – head.

The story of these mysterious heads begins in the Vitor Valley of Southern Peru, an area whose human history predates writing, so artifacts and remains are crucial to solving the history of the La Ramada culture who it is believed were the head hunters … and possibly more. Recent excavations in the area, led by Peruvian bioarchaeologist and University of Chicago researcher Dr. María Cecilia Lozada, uncovered 27 burial pits dating back to about 550 CE. The 13-foot-deep (4 meters) pits contained the remains of around 60 people, including women and babies, and ceremonial artifacts and textiles. However, the most unusual discovery in the pits were six trophy heads.

Heads and skulls are a big deal in Peru — it’s the go-to place for the mysterious or sadistic, depending on what you believe their cause to be, elongated skulls – and in many Mesoamerican civilizations where tzompantli – the wooden racks filled with sometimes thousands of skulls – continue to be found. These skulls are generally believed to be from victims of human sacrifice or war prisoners. On the other hand, trophy skulls are usually the heads of enemies killed in battle and brought back to leaders as evidence and as warnings (often placed on stakes) to other potential enemies and to citizens thinking about insurrection. There are stories and rumors of trophy head collecting in virtually every major war and on both sides – including World War II, Vietnam and Afghanistan. Needless to say, it’s also a tactic of terrorists.

The trophy skulls of the Vitor Valley, naturally mummified by the dry air, are something different, according to Lozada’s presentation at this year’s Society for American Archaeology annual meeting and in a recent interview with Live Science.

“The heads may not belong to enemies, but maybe to combatants of the same group.”

That’s right … these ‘trophy’ heads belonged to their own people or fellow soldiers. Why would the La Ramada people do such a thing? Lozada thinks they may have wanted to bring the bodies of fallen soldiers back to their homeland for burial, but could not so they brought just their heads. Gruesome, yes, but it was 550 CE.

Lozada plans to confirm her theory with DNA and isotopic analysis of the naturally-mummified heads that will identify where the owners of the heads, along with the other skeletons and mummies in the burial pits, lived.

How many does she need to prove her theory? In archeology as in life, two heads are always better than one.

Has Egypt’s second sphinx been found? Ancient statue with a ‘lion’s body and a human head’ is unearthed by stunned construction workers

  • The new statue was discovered between the temples of Karnak and Luxor
  • The ‘sphinx’ was found on Al-Kabbash Road which connects the two temples
  • Officials has confirmed the statue has a ‘lion’s body with a human head’
  • Great Sphinx of Giza in Egypt was near the Great Pyramids on the west bank
  • It is the oldest and largest known monumental sculpture in the world

Egypt’s long-rumoured second sphinx may have been unearthed by construction workers building a new road. 

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Worms Frozen For 40,000 Years Brought Back to Life, Fueling Hope For Human Cryogenics

Scientists sure are good at making us constantly feel like we’re in the opening scenes of a horror movie. The latest case of science toeing the line between being really cool and going too far comes out of Siberia, because of course it does. According to the Siberian Times, Russian scientists have successfully resurrected two roundworms—nematodes— that were frozen in the Siberian permafrost since the Pleistocene era. For context, when these worms were frozen, woolly mammoths were stomping around Siberia. The two nematodes are 32,000 and 40,000 years old, approximately, and now that they’ve woken from their slumber are the two oldest living animals on earth.

Scientists say that this is a major breakthrough and could pave the way for human cryonics—the ability to freeze a person for long periods of time and bring them back, for applications like long term space travel or the arrogant quest for immortality. According to the scientists:

“Our data demonstrate the ability of multicellular organisms to survive long-term (tens of thousands of years) cryobiosis under the conditions of natural cryoconservation.

 

It is obvious that this ability suggests that the Pleistocene nematodes have some adaptive mechanisms that may be of scientific and practical importance for the related fields of science, such as cryomedicine, cryobiology, and astrobiology.”

Frozen nematode

This is a frozen nematode.

Russian scientists at the Institute of Physico-Chemical and Biological Problems of Soil Science, working in collaboration with scientists at Princeton University in the U.S., collected samples of frozen nematodes from the Yakutia region of Siberia, the coldest part of Russia. This is close to the proposed “Pleistocene Park” which would recreate the habitat of woolly mammoths. All in all 300 samples of frozen nematodes were taken. Only two were actually brought back to life, so don’t go taking a nap in the walk-in freezer just yet.

According to the research once the worms were defrosted in petri dishes, they began showing signs of life, moving and eating food, as if they hadn’t just slept for all of recorded history.

If you’ve spent at least a decade or two on this planet you’ve heard of cryonics or cryogenic freezing. The plot of the show Futurama is based on a 21st century man accidentally freezing himself and getting defrosted in the far future. Then there’s the persistent—and likely false—rumor of Walt Disney having his body frozen so he might get resurrected when they found a cure for cancer.

Not Walt Disney.

This is not Walt Disney.

Cryonics holds a lot of promise to a lot of people. Apart from the medical applications, the other use is in space travel. Assuming we don’t develop faster than light travel, the only way to get a space exploration team farther into deep space than the human lifespan will allow is to freeze them. The basic premise is this: it should be possible to lower a persons body temperature enough so that there is no deterioration, even after centuries (or millennia) spent frozen. The second part is harder: bringing them back. Thawing out two worms is definitely a far cry from freezing the crew of a space ship and bringing them back a century a century or more later in the middle of deep space, but at least it’s a start.

Unless these worms keep eating and growing until they’re the size of school buses and then we have that problem to deal with. Be careful when you jump into sci-fi territory, people, you never know which version of the future you’re going to get.

10 People Are Accusing Keanu Reeves of Being a Great Human Being

It’s no secret that Keanu Reeves has had a lengthy, fruitful career playing some of the most iconic characters in film. From Ted in “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” to Neo in “The Matrix“, Reeves has entertained an entire generation with his memorable acting skills, and with his latest project, the John Wick TV series, just recently announced, he’ll continue to delight fans with one of his most popular portrayals.

If there’s one thing that Reeves is known for outside his acting talent, though, it’s his huge heart.

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