Whatchamacallit Wanderer

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It’s very difficult to determine the age of a woman.  She can look 20 and be 40.  Conversely, she can look 60 and be 40.  Given this huge age discrepancy, how would one go about the process of deducing a woman’s real age?

Well, one way to make that educated guess is to look at the friends she hangs out with.  If she is in a group of young teenage-looking girls, then she may be considered to be in her twenties.  If, however, she hangs out with some older women and they are all at a charity lunch for the preservation of Bradypus variegatus, then perhaps she’s not so young.

Applying this scientific methodology, scientists were able to give approximate ages for objects out there in space.  The premise is simple.  If you hang out with a young crowd, then you, yourself, are young.

About five years ago (October 1, 2012 to be exact) a group of scientists from Cornell University published a finding of a huge whatchamacallit floating around on its lonesome, about 178 light-years from Earth.

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This Whatchamacallit was named CFBDSIRJ214947.2-040308.9 because you see–it’s a common scientific disease to call a whatchamacallit something that cannot be pronounced by the human tongue.  I bet a real extraterrestrial would be able to say the name just fine though, even with that long string of numbers behind the string of consonants.

Since it’s just too hard for me to continually refer to this object as CFBDSIRJ214947.2-040308.9, I’m going to temporarily name it LaDonna, to pay tribute to one of our most famous Wanderers, LaDonna Adrian Gaines, better known by her stage name Donna Summer.

Until such time as those who are part of The Powers That Be, deem it fitting to name this rogue wanderer something that can actually be pronounceable, I am going to continue to call it LaDonna.

So, to get back to what I was saying, at the time the scientists found LaDonna, they (incorrectly) attributed it to a grouping of other wanderers around that area of space, which allowed them to gauge with 87% probability that LaDonna was around the 20 to 200 million year range because they thought LaDonna was a member of a wandering 50-120 million-year-old group named AB Doradus.  [1]

AB Doradus (even though it’s not really what this post is all about) is a pre-main-sequence quadruple star system  in the constellation Dorado.  AB Doradus is part of the AB Doradus Moving Group, a loose conglomerate of about 30 stars that are all approximately the same age, having been birthed by  the same giant molecular Mothercloud.  Since ejection from Mothercloud, they have been moving in the same general direction, and that’s how we know their approximate age.

girlfingers5.jpgHowever, after awhile, it became apparent that LaDonna simply does not belong with this group.  She was moving around on her own and doing her own thing.

In fact, she’s a solitary one, which meant the scientists couldn’t date her alongside with the other young thangs because she was never a part of that group.

Continued observation after that 2012 publication began to reveal that LaDonna might have a mass roughly four to seven times that of Jupiter, making it a rogue planet candidate, as opposed to a brown dwarf because it’s just not large enough, with the current calculations as put forth by modern-day astronomers.

To be considered a brown dwarf, LaDonna would have to be at least 13 times larger than Jupiter, and although her girth is ample, seeing she’s much bigger than Jupiter, she’s just not large enough to be a brown dwarf.

So what else can we use to guess the age of that aforementioned ageless woman?  Well, another way to make that educated guess is to look at her clothing and her sense of style.  There are marked differences between a 40-year-old woman’s clothing and fashion sense, as opposed to a 20-something or a 60-something.

Applying this methodology to LaDonna means we need to see what and how she is physically constructed.

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On March 2, 2017, the same Cornell astrophysicists published yet another paper on LaDonna, stating that they can no longer say with confidence that she is a planet, and in fact, she may be a brown dwarf because they are not certain of her mass.  This is a tell-tale sign that LaDonna may be much larger than what was previously assumed.  [2]

In fact, I’m going to bet my lunch (I’m having braised shrimp over steamed white rice) that LaDonna is, in fact, a brown dwarf, but that’s not the only thing strange about her.  Here’s the kicker.  Ladonna either has low gravity, or unusually high metal content, what scientists referred to as high metallicity.  The lead astronomer who discovered LaDonna stated that:

CFBDSIR 2149-0403 is an atypical substellar object that is either a ‘free-floating planet’ or a rare high-metallicity brown dwarf. Or a combination of both.  [3]

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So now that we have determined that she is metallic in nature, and a possible brown dwarf, that makes things much more interesting!

(to be continued)

[1]  Free-floating Planet CFBDSIR2149-0403

[2]  Young isolated planetary-mass object or high-metallicity low-mass brown dwarf??

[3]  Mysterious Object Investigated by Astronomers

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Off the Charts!

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***Edited as of noon March 12***

I waited 12 hours to check again, and it looks as if the crazy noise has subsided, and it looks as if, after six more hours of activity, it went back to the usual quiet, dreamy state.

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I have a feeling it’s not localized, but rather systemic.  We are having a system-wide disturbance.  I will do some digging.


***Edited as of midnight March 11***

I was simply going to go to sleep, but I decided to check the SR again and it’s even more solidly white than my previous image.

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If all this white activity keeps up, I think I might have to start figuring out how to monitor this thing better.  TB


Holy moley!

Schuman Rez is going nuts today, after about five days of relative calm.  Look at those white stripes going off the charts!  I mean…literally…OFF THE CHARTS!

Something just happened within the last few hours, and looks to be still happening, even as I type these words.  This image was taken about half an hour ago, from the Russian Space Observatory that monitors the Schumann Resonances, among other things.  [1]

The white stripe, going from top to bottom is almost solid white, and is still going on.

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Whatever that is happening may not affect you directly at this point, but it is affecting the Earth, in a major way.

Just to recap, Schumann Resonances are not caused by anything occurring within the Earth’s honeycomb crust or its core.  It is purely the electrical activity in the atmosphere, particularly during times of intense lightning activity, and has nothing to do with other electromagnetic forces within the Earth.  It was a steady hum that kept on going, no matter what else was happening.

Schumann Resonances were so steady that the US maintained two sites, in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Wisconsin and in the Escanaba River State Forest, Michigan, for military applications until they were dismantled, beginning in late September 2004, when it suddenly began fluctuating wildly.

onthewatersAs I discussed in one of my previous posts, Goddess of Frequency 5:  Force Field, the Schumann Resonances bounce around within the cavity between the surface of the Earth and the inner edge of the ionosphere, roughly 55 kilometers up from the surface.

The space between the Earth and the ionosphere is a fairly large area, so the resonance is quite low–usually around 7.83 Hz.  This is the frequency that is identified within the human brain as the alpha/theta state, a relaxed, dreamy state of mind that is neither asleep nor fully awake.

We rock to this rhythm when we’re half asleep, or if we are in meditative mode and allowing our brain to wander without focusing on anything.  This is why I knit when I get a spare moment.  It quiets my brain and allows for me to reach that inner sanctum where I don’t think about anything, thereby allowing my inner self the chance to tell me what I need to know.

But I digress.  From the graphs I’ve been looking at, we’re talking about a few days of dreamy Earth semi-consciousness, followed by a burst of beta activity within Earth’s resonance cavity that would last for a day or more.  Something is jolting Earth out of her dreamy, neutral idle state and bringing her mental state, into the 12-40 Hz zone.

In humans, this is the high frequency low amplitude brain waves called beta waves.  Conscious thought, logical, critical thinking, writing, reading, and socialization–these are all activities that reside within the beta waves of our brains, and since Earth is an intelligent conscious being, I am betting that this is her awake mode.

Yes, I am telling you that the woman is having conscious thoughts and thinking logically and rationally.  She is awake and aware.

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Before you roll your eyes at me, I am going to state for the record that

  1. I am not your personal Schuman Rez Record Keeper, and
  2. I am not your personal alarm system.

You need to do the research for yourself, and then make up your own mind about the information.

If you believe that there’s nothing strange about it, then that’s fine.  There is nothing wrong with visualizing an  Earth environment of unchanging calmness.  I strive to do that every day of my life.  I surround myself with silence and the peace of knowing that I am in a safe environment.

If you think that something is really, REALLY OFF about this, then pray tell…share this with the rest of the class.

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(mic drop)

[1]  Russian Observatory System

 

 

Organic Alchemistry 5: Flower of Life

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(Continued from Organic Alchemistry 4:  Nephilim of Altai)

By now, you’re probably wondering whatever happened to my first two posts and why all these ancient skulls have come along and hijacked it.  Actually, it was the other way around.

I wanted to talk about human’s sequentially-changed evolutionary path, but to do that subject any justice, I had to talk about the 7 Day rule, and of course, with all that came biophotons, wave genetics, and all that jazz.   Since those had to be touched upon before any of this other stuff made sense, I felt I had to place it at the beginning of this series.

Looking back now, it should have been folded into the mid sections.

girlGlasses Yeah.  Mid sections.

Well, since this is, essentially the mid section, let me get back to that part of the discussion.  We were talking about the 7 day rule, whereby, on the seventh day of an egg’s fertilization process, if it fails to implant itself onto the uterus of a living female, it dies.

My question is:  Why?

Before I answer this question, let me preface it by saying that everything, and I mean EVERYTHING is a pattern of waves, vibrating in a liquid medium of space, which was correctly identified as aether by the likes of Aristotle and Isaac Newton.

Now, everyone (who is anyone at all) knows that life’s pattern is a flower.  That’s why our Earth’s flag has the Flower of Life on it.  We are telling anyone who might chance to see it that we are of this particular pattern of carbon life.  The full and blossomed flower of life looks like this.

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In my previous post, Round Heaven, Square Earth: Part 2, I went into detail about the seven days that it takes for our friendly neighborhood God, Tetragrammaton , to create the Egg of Life.

Actually, by the sixth day, the egg is completed, but Tetra wanted to add the seventh day, purely out of selfish reasons.  On the seventh day, Tetra rests –well, Tetra doesn’t really rest, but we’ll go with this because all the holy scriptures say so), because the process of creating life is basically done.

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This here Seed of Life, contains the blue print of the entire cosmos.  You’d better believe it.  Our Universe has only one mission…make life anywhere it can, then nurture life until it becomes sentient.  That’s it.

But then, how does it know to turn into a turtle, or a redwood tree, or a troglodyte?

girl-talking-e1489186697709.pngWell, the seed of life, with its seven intertwined spheres, is just a seed–a capsule containing the blueprint for everything.  It is a possibility of life occurring, but it’s not really alive quite yet.

If, on its tumbling, twisting journey on the gusts of the cosmic winds, it does not land on favorable soil conditions (or if it’s not planted properly), the seed never germinates.

If, however, conditions are good, it will grow.  What it grows into depends on what its maternal genetic light waves shape it into.

The maternal light transfers DNA information from one living organism to another, and it is this that allows for the Seed of Life to know what to morph into.

Plant seeds carry the maternal light within their hard shells [1].  Birds and reptiles not only have the light within its shell, but the embryo also utilizes the light waves their mothers transfer to them at the time of brooding [2].

Mammals, like us, carry our young until the time of its birth, thereby allowing a constant stream of biophotons into the fetus until it is fully-formed and can live on its own.  The more biologically advanced the mother is, the more advanced the child is going to become (more on this later).

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Okay.  I can now segue back into the ancient humans, now that I’m done with the 7-day fleur-de-la-vie.

[1]  Light-induced biophotonic emission from plant tissues

[2]  Biophotons

(To be Continued)

 

Organic Alchemistry 4: Nephilim of Altai

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(Continued from Organic Alchemistry 3:  Ancient DNA Upgrade)

Throughout the years, I have written much about Modern humans (mostly postdiluvian humans), but I have not delved into humans living before the global floods of 13,000 years ago.  This is not an accident.  The veil that shrouds antediluvian humans is thick with dust and aged by the long passage of time, and I, as a proud member of Taobabe group, am rather lazy to get my fingers into the dusty, musty bones of ancient times.

PencilGirlTo address my grievous oversight, I am going to delve right into the thick of things.  Of the three types of antediluvian humans, I’m going to zero in on the least understood, and most mysterious of the humans, the Denisovans.

We truly do not know much about them other than the few tiny bone scraps of individuals that we have managed to identify through small bits of their ancient bones.  Of the documented texts about them, there is next to nothing.

Nothing that is directly tied to them, that is.  But the inferences…those abound.

I wrote a tiny thought about the Denisovans back in 2010, when we first discovered the existence of an entirely new species of humans that, heretofore, hadn’t even been included into our history.  I didn’t go into very much detail because at that time, there wasn’t much to go on.

In fact, fast forward seven years later, and to this day, the only Denisovan remains discovered so far (or at least, as far as we are allowed to know about) are a finger bone, a bone needle, a toe bone, and three teeth.

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Denisovans, also known scientifically as Homo sapiens ssp. Denisova and Homo sp. Altai (ssp. and sp. stands for sub-subspecies and subspecies, respectively).  This designation is apt, seeing that Denisovans are, in fact, humans, with the tell-tale human-specific chromosome 2 that all humans possess.

Experts have long insisted that it is difficult to say exactly how this homo species looked like, but in reality, Denisovan DNA is the only DNA that is as extensively mapped as the human DNA, and that’s saying a lot considering that not even the Neanderthals got that much DNA sequencing.

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Given that we have a high-coverage genome sequencing of a member of the Denisovans [1], my argument is that we can figure out what they looked like physiologically if we just tried, using some basic assumptions.

In fact, the genetic data we have on the Denisovans are of a similar quality as that of modern day humans.  Not even the Neanderthals have been this well sequenced.

Look, I don’t pretend to be a geneticist or an archaeologist and I don’t have the necessary skills or knowledge to sequence genes or to decipher glyphs or cuneiforms, but I can do a basic visual comparison based upon what little information we have been given, and I can certainly speculate and make some derivations based upon what we have so far.

I took the Denisovan tooth, with its given size  [2] and placed a human tooth next to it.  Then I scaled both to their relative sizes to get a good comparison of the differences between the two.  The difference is astounding.

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The Russian archaeologist, together with archaeologists from the Max Planck Institute who had made the discovery of one of the teeth, first thought it was a molar of a cave bear because it was so big!  However, once the researchers finally succeeded in decoding the DNA of the tooth, there was no doubt that it belonged to a human, albeit, a very LARGE human. [2]

It was here that my natural instinctive curiosity was roused and I had to try and figure out just how large the difference was.  Since the people who first found the molar thought it belonged to a cave bear, I dug around until I found size comparisons between cave bears and humans.

To fit that tooth into a humanoid jaw, the jawbone would have to be 1/3 times larger than the normal male jawbone.  That means that an average man, who is 6-feet tall would be 1/3 smaller in size than a Denisovan male.

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But that wasn’t enough to satisfy my curiosity.

According to the most recent findings in China, which was published in early March of this year (2017), sections of what seemed to be Denisovan skulls show that they have a huge brain volume of 1800 cc (cubic centimeters), as opposed to the Neanderthals’ moderate 1600 cc brain, as well as us Moderns more modest size, at barely 1450 cc.  [3]

I knew that Melanesians and Papua New Guineans had the most amount of Denisovan genes in their genetic makeup, so I went looking for ancient skulls from this area.  Surprisingly, there is one skull type that is present, even in today’s humans.  It is categorized by anthropologists as otamid, which describes a skull with an elongated shape to the back of the head, a strong square jaw, sloping forehead and pronounced brow bone.

Otamid skulls are usually those that are considered archaic, with those robust features you would find on the Erectus and the Australopithecus.  These features don’t show up in Modern Humans, but in certain groups of humans, most notably the aboriginals of Australia and the islands thereabout, otamid skulls can still be found.

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Many aboriginals of Australia and Pacific Islanders have this different skull shape, which is different than the skulls of those who are of European descent.  Since the aboriginals have the highest amount of Denisovan DNA, in addition to their Neanderthal DNA, I figured the Denisovans would also have a similar skull shape to the aboriginals of Australia.

Based upon this supposition, I took the skull of an ancient aboriginal from Australia [4], enlarged it according to the brain volumes given for each human species, and then placed it next to the Modern and the Neanderthal, and this is the size and shape difference we are talking about.

To us, the Denisovans would be giants.

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Their giant size is also corroborated with a tiny nub of finger bone which bore similar Denisovan DNA from the two molars found in the same cave.

aborignal girlThe kicker is,  that finger bone was unusually broad and robust–well outside what is seen in modern people, and yet, genetic analysis of that finger bone revealed that it belonged to a little girl with dark skin, brown hair, and brown eyes.

As young and undeveloped as her body was, it was still larger than the average man on the street, and she lived somewhere in southeast Asia at least 30.000 years ago.

So, based upon the genetic information that we have managed to scrounge up thus far, I am going to go on a limb and make a few tiny assertions.

  1.  The Denisovans were giants with dark skin, brown hair, and brown eyes.
  2. They suddenly emerged between 300,000 and 250,000 years ago, from hominids with 48-chromosomes, and due to a sequential change event, evolved quickly into the 46-chromosome humans.
  3. They are the same nephilim race mentioned in many ancient scriptures.

Yes, I know.

These are not tiny assertions, but bear up with me and I’ll move this discussion into those areas with my next few posts.

(to be continued…)

[1]  A High-Coverage Genome Sequence from an Archaic Denisovan Individual

[2]  Denisovan Molar

[3]  Ancient Skulls May Belong to Denisovans

[4]  50,000 year connection to Australia

Organic Alchemistry 3: Ancient DNA Upgrade

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(Continued from Organic Alchemistry 2:  Wave Genetics)

We humans are spectacularly unimpressive.

We may think we’re hot and our shit don’t stink, but truthfully, in the grand scheme of things, humans aren’t as unique as we think we are.  There’s truly not very much that differentiates us genetically from our closest cousin primates, the chimpanzees and the bonobos.  In fact, given enough evolutionary time, they will also move out of their second density existences and graduate onto our level of consciousness.

Don’t believe me?  They have already started moving into their own ‘stone-age’ (I’ll get into this in a future posting).  But you know what, this post is not about them.  This post is about us, and how we got fast-tracked onto 3rd density before our time.  External-intervention is something that is unforeseen, and part of the unexpected, human-induced sequent changes that i wrote about in one of my previous posts, which, my friends, is how it happened (more on this, in upcoming posts also).

denisovans_fig_1As you can see from the diagram, humans (homo sapiens sapiens), chimpanzees (pan troglodytes), and bonobos (pan paniscus) are genetically separated only by about 1.2% from each other, with the gorillas, coming in at a distant 1.6% from the trio of homo and the two pans.  [1]  So what is it that makes us uniquely different from chimps and bonobos?

Looking at the diagram, it is fairly obvious that while all the other primates have 48 chromosomes, we only have 46.  It seems then, as if we are two cards short of a full deck, but that’s not really the case at all.  In reality, by casting away a small amount of our chromosomes and turning off other small segments, we, in effect, got a DNA upgrade, and this one wasn’t a minor one.  It was a major product release!

We went from Homo 2.4 and jumped all the way to Homo 3.3* in what amounted to a tiny sliver of time on the scale of biological evolution.

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The upgrade happened over 200,000 years ago, but we only found out about this latest upgrade in 2005, when we finally learned enough to figure out something that had been hidden within our bodies for all that time.

We discovered a fused chromosome that allowed us to move, as a species, onto a divergent path, away from our brethren great apes, to become part of the human race. But more importantly, the fusion event reduced our chromosome numbers without losing any information at all.  In fact, it looked to have been done by a top-notch surgeon.

This surgeon took great care to delete sections of redundant information, as well as turned off other areas that needed to remain within the DNA sequences, but not necessarily expressed.  It was brilliantly done, and it was as precise as any bio-engineered project done today.

In fact, I’m going to go on a limb and say that with our technology as of 2017, I don’t think we could do as fine a job.  Maybe in another twenty or thirty years…maybe we can duplicate this feat, but for now, we can’t approach this delicate of a job with the butcher tools we have.

This fused chromosome is not found in any primate or mammal, living or long dead.  It is only found in three variants of the human species:  the Neanderthals, the Denisovans, and us.  It is called Chromosome 2.

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cropped-pandagirl.jpgTo say that there have been numerous debates about this chromosome is to put it rather mildly.  People have been known to come to verbal blows over this gnarly little chromosome, and for good reason.

When one’s very identity, or the relevancy of one’s God is put on the line, arguing about an ideological point of view is the least bloody of the ways people have tried to settle their differences.

How it works is thus:  Throw into the fight ring a bunch of people who have die-hard ideas about evolution and creationism and let them duke it out until there is only one man left standing.  That last man still alive will be able to claim that his God (be it the God of Atheism or some other Deity) is the best God of all.  And that’s how God is able to stay alive and relevant.

In any case, I need to get on with it and talk about the actual thing that matters–the chromosome itself.

Chromosome 2 is a very important chromosome in the human genome.  It is the second-largest human chromosome, spanning more than 242 million base pairs and represent almost 8% of the total DNA in human cells. [2]

The chromosome is a gorgeous result of an end-to-end fusion of two ancestral chromosomes, and the handiwork cannot be considered anything but brilliant.  The sections that needed to be snipped were done at the precise section in between two important nodes, and the resulting unused ends were cleanly deleted.

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Then, within the remaining section that had been fused together, certain areas that were redundant were either turned off, or removed completely.  In the diagram below, you can see that the single-ended telomere of the chimpanzee chromosome changed into the double-ended telomeres of the human chromosome.

HumanChimpChromosomes-1The single chromosome was created by careful alignment of the various areas that needed to be aligned.  Then, someone with a very sharp scalpel, snipped it with razor precision and then joined them back together at the snipped ends, resulting in a chromosome with double-ended telomeres.

Of course, you can argue that it is simply a mutation from the process of evolution, but realistically, mutations of this nature are very rare, and the probability that this mutation would occur at the same time in large numbers of individuals is so staggeringly low that I am going to assume its impossibility.

Furthermore, we have an almost fail-safe system whereby chromosomal rearrangements of this type are not easily passed to our children because we have two copies of each chromosome.  When mutations this severe occur in a person, it will affect one of the chromosomes and he or she will often be unable to produce gametes.

To add another layer of protection, we have to also take into consideration that a baby has, not one, but two parents. The other parent also contributes an additional set of chromosomes which allow for self-correction of any natural mutations.

girlguyWhen the chromosome number in the sperm doesn’t match that of the egg, it usually does not get fertilized.  If the egg actually gets fertilized, which on the rare occasion will happen, it almost always results in one of three situations.

  1. The zygote dies and is discharged.
  2. An infant is born with serious genetic diseases.
  3. A healthy infant is born with serious genetic mutations that causes him or her to be infertile later in life.  [3]

Problems associated with chromosomal alignment lead to spontaneous miscarriages and genetic abnormalities such as Down’s Syndrome.  The chance that the offspring will be both viable and fertile is slim to none.

Of course, some folks will argue that evolution was the only component in this development, and I would take that into consideration—as soon as we find a single instance of a human with 48 chromosomes. If it were true that a chromosomal split occurred in human evolution, then there would be two distinct human groups, one with 48 chromosomes, and one with 46 chromosomes.  [4]

skeleton.jpgThe problem is, we have never been able to find a single human, dead or alive, with 48 chromosomes, and it wasn’t for lack of trying.

We sequenced all the ancient bones we could find, and out of all the humans (there are currently three types), ancient or otherwise, every single one of them was a bonafide card-carrying 46-chromosome Homo.

Now, the three types of humans (actually there is one other that shows up in our genetic sequences but we haven’t been able to find any fossils of that particular human group yet) are the Neanderthals, the Denisovans, and us Modern humans.

Anthropology can now confidently report that Neanderthals, Denisovans (and this other yet-unnamed human) are in fact the same human species as you and me.  They are genetically speaking, true humans and are fully part of the human lineage–which brings me to another question.

Why do they have cool names like Neanderthal and Denisovans, and all we get is the designation of Modern?

(To Be Continued…)

[1]   Denisovans, humans, and the chromosome 2 fusion

[2]  Chromosome 2

[3]  Of Apes and Men

[4]  Chromosome 2:  The Best Evidence for Evolution

Blue Roses

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I woke up this morning with vivid images of blue roses.  The image was as clear as if I was awake and looking at the roses in full daylight.  In my lucid dream state, I was able to zero in on a single petal and look at its genetic makeup.  The genes show something that is startling.  In my enlightened dream-state, I knew exactly what I was looking at.

Now that I’m awake, I am no longer an enlightened being, so I can’t even tell you what it was I saw, but I remember seeing long lines of codes, like machine language, but biological in form, running in quick succession, across the very fabric of the rose petals.  It was a language that I could read and understand as easily as plain English.

bluerosesA guy was lying in the room, near the roses.  He looked rather sick.  I was going to check on him when a woman appeared next to me and handed me twelve waxy brown pills, cut into squares.

“Eat them,” she said.  “They are made from the blue roses.  Immortality pills.  Take them and you will be free of diseases.”

I pointed to him.  “I think he needs them far more than I do.  He looks bad.”

She reached out and gave him a handful of the waxy square pills.  “There’s plenty of these.  Eat yours.”

The guy gulped them down gratefully and sank back onto his bed.  He did look much better after taking them.

Curious as to their effects, I threw them into my mouth.  They tasted like waxy gummy bears.

For a moment, nothing happened.  Then I woke up.

I went online and looked up blue roses.

There are no such things.

My dreams are useless sometimes.

Through the Endless Void

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(Continued from Intergalactic Voyage Extraordinaire)

So!  You’ve managed to snag a seat on a voyage into the cosmos.  Congratulations!

After the first few days of excitement, however, you will find that things will have settled down to a dull roar.  The daily and nightly routine, perfectly maintained by the ship’s crew as a means to allow for the human body to adjust to the fact that, out here in Nowheresville, there is no sun, and therefore, no day or night, is nearly perfect.

drinkingcoffeeBut who are they kidding?  That morning wake-up call may sound like the morning has arrived, but deep down inside, you know, by the ubiquitous low hum of the ship’s machinery, that there is no morning.  There is nothing but the deep, dark, endless void of forever night.

So you know what I would do?  I would put on my happy face, order some dark strong brew, and as I am drinking up the hot beverage-of-choice, I would add some bright Ultraviolet B waves to the lights above to trick my body into thinking it’s a bright cheerful day on Mother Earth.  Just a bit of that ole vitamin D really does the trick.

A few stretches, ten minutes of meditation and deep breathing, and off to the shower we go.  There is no substitute for fresh oxygen from a mountain retreat, of course, but a molecule of oxygen is a molecule of oxygen, and the body does with it, what it will.  All we can do is what we can do, and the small things that we do for ourselves are very much appreciated by our body.

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One of the things that helps tremendously is to get a nice pot of aloe vera and keep it growing during your trip.  The environment inside a ship is very dry and rather cold.  Static builds up quickly, so try to stay moisturized.

For dry lips and hands, snapping off a small tip and applying it to the skin works wonders.  Also, adding oil to the skin after bathing helps to lock in moisture in an otherwise very dry environment.

As to the rest of the day, the best thing to do is to stay busy.  Creative endeavors tend to be more rewarding than watching a movie or a sports game.

Staying engaged and focus on something fun allows for time to move quickly, and that’s what you really want, because don’t let anyone kid you.  Space is huge!  The vastness of space, as defined by the distances between two heavenly bodies, is mind-numbing.  There is a short amount of time when you are rushing around, doing something important, but once that flurry of activity is done, it’s all a matter of hurry-up-and-wait.

If it wasn’t for the fact that we got new technology, like this photonic propulsion engine, giving us warp speed the likes of Star Trek, I would never get my ass on one of those generational spaceships, the kind that takes two or three full generations of people to get from one place to another.  [2]

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Imagine spending your entire life working to keep a spaceship humming along, knowing full well that you will die long before your ship reaches destination.  You nevertheless work diligently so that your children and their children might make it there alive.  And then what happens?

Your children get to the destination planet, only to meet and greet other people who have been living there for ages, due to faster-than-light technology that was discovered during the time the generational ships were in flight.  They got there in a matter of months, as opposed to a matter of generations of humans.

88_head_shots_by_vashperado-d70bun9-e1488825193956.jpgThat’s gotta be a depressing thought, and we Taobabes are not about depressing thoughts.  We are all about positive, creative thoughts, and an enlightened viewpoint.

So what do you do when there’s nothing to do but stare out at the distant stars?  Why, you look at the travel catalog and wonder what the next world you land at is going to look like, of course.  And this busy Taobabe would be busy doing the exact same thing.

Let’s take a look at Snow White and her seven dwarves, shall we?  Since we know absolutely zilch about this solar system, I’m going to take some artistic license and write up a bit about each of these planets…play-pretend as if I’ve been there before, and describe it in a more evocative fashion than what NASA has managed to do on their website.  Because let’s face it: size, circumference, temperature, and radius is only something that guys obsess over.  (I’m going to let you think about what I just said).  I’d rather read up on the more colorful details.

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Here are the seven dwarves again, just to refresh everyone’s memory.  I have removed the Disney characters because we no longer need them as mnemonic devices, and I have added basic dimensions for each planet.

For comparison’s sake, I have added the radius of each planet, in relation to Earth.  For example, if Doc has a radius of 1.09, then it is slightly larger than Earth, arbitrarily designated as radius 1.

trappist1-bDoc (Trappist-1 b) is a terrestrial exoplanet that orbits a M-type star. It has a radius of 1.09, takes 1.51 days to complete one orbit of its star, and is 0.01111 AU from its star. [1]

Personally, what I see is a very hard boiled egg yolk, seared in various places by a sun that, although dimwitted and dulled by age, still has a spicy kick to it once in a blue spasm.

Visit Doc if you wish to get that famous irradiated flash-broiled Cheetos suntan from time to time.  It makes for a good conversation-starter with the likes of Prez Trump.

The other option is that you could maintain a safe distance from above, via floating cities cloaked with force-fields that will stave off most of the dangerous radiation.  I would presume this world would provide a very colorful vista below, in all shades of oranges and reds.

trappist1-c.pngGrumpy (Trappist-1 c) is a terrestrial exoplanet that orbits a M-type star. It is 1.38 x Earth, takes 2.42 days to complete one orbit of its star, and is 0.01521 AU from its star. Its discovery was announced in May 2016. [1]

Grumpy looks rather nice from above, and in many aspects, it probably is.  It’s far enough from Snow White, our ageing solar dance partner, so that it doesn’t get quite as much of the heat but still manages to stay nice and warm.

Think Death Valley, on a warm summer day, and you will have Grumpy in a nutshell.  Having said that, the poles will be on the cooler side, which means habitation is not only possible, it’s also desirable.  Even Death Valley has oases with which to draw liquid sustenance from, and even Death Valley blooms and grows, and Grumpy will be no different.  Hope springs eternal, and so does liquid water, from its underground honeycombs.

trappist1-d.pngHappy (Trappist-1 d) is one of seven Earth-sized planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system. About 40 light-years from Earth, the proximity of the planets to their red dwarf star may indicate that any of them could have water on their surface. [1]

Happy, happy, joy, joy.  It’s the second smallest planet that circles Snow White, and due to the fact that it is only 3/4 the size of Earth, it will allow us to move around with ease.  We will have lost a huge amount of weight with zero efforts at dieting, and walking around on the surface would be akin to taking a step and springing up three feet above the ground.

As the image shows, it is tidally locked, which means the side that faces Snow White is always going to be daylight, whereas the side that never faces Snow White is always going to be part of the eternal nightshade.  This means all the liquids will be existing around the ring of twilight, and there, we will (mostly) stay.  Vacations here will be perennially twilight or sunrise, depending on your mood.

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Sleepy (Trappist-1 e) is a terrestrial exoplanet that orbits a M-type star with a radius of .92 that of Earth–very close to Earth-size for bodily comfort, but just slightly small enough to add a spring in your step.  It takes 6.1 days to complete one orbit of Snow White, and is 0.02817 AU from its star.  [1]

Think of Hawaii.  Better yet, think of Barbados.  This world is just about as close as you can get to paradise, complete with puffy white clouds and a watery ocean filled with all sorts of interesting creatures.  You can snorkel, scuba dive, surf the waves, and play along the airways with your jet packs and skis.  You can also indulge in the activity of doing nothing.

This place is perfect for those of the less-adventurous nature…namely yours truly.  All I want to do when I get off the dang blasted ship is to lie about on the Promenade deck and soak up the sun, with a melting tropical drink and a nice Bahamas tune playing in my headset.

trappist1-fSneezy (Trappist-1 f) is a terrestrial exoplanet that orbits a M-type star. It is 1.04 radius, which makes it slightly larger than Earth.  It takes 9.21 days to complete one orbit of its star, and is 0.0371 AU from its star.

Sneezy is an interesting planet.  Although it is very similar to Sleepy in composition and size, it needs a little bit more terraforming for it to be truly comfortable, in that posh Sleepy way.

Don’t get me wrong.  If you are into all things cold and snowy, it’s a perfect environment for those who love to ski and revel in colder climates.  It’s just a little too cold for my tropical butt.  Too much ice.  Too much snow.

trappist1-g.pngBashful (Trappist-1 g) is a terrestrial exoplanet that orbits a M-type star. It is 1.34 in radius, so a bit larger than Earth, takes 12.35 days to complete one orbit of its star, and is 0.0451 AU from Snow White.

This is one where I would advise that you look out your window and wave as you fly by, because as pretty as it looks from above, the atmosphere is rather noxious.  The clouds are composed of methane ice crystals since the absorption of red light by methane in Bashful’s atmosphere gives the planet its distinctive aqua color.

Unmanned probes would be the ticket here, so we can take a glimpse of the surface of this bashful planet to see what’s down below.  I’m sure there are plenty of organisms that are right at home in a methane-filled environment.  And NO, they won’t smell rotten.  That godawful stench that most people associate with methane is just other swampy gasses mixed in.  Methane itself, has no smell, so any living things there won’t be ostracized due to its scent.

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Dopey (Trappist-1 h) is a terrestrial exoplanet that orbits a M-type star.  It has a radius of .76, so it is the smallest planet of this system, and rightly takes the Dopey name.  It takes 20.0 days to complete one orbit of its star, and is 0.063 AU from its star.

Being this far out from that sleepy old red star, misnamed (by me, of course) Snow White, it will be rather cold.  In fact, it is going to be covered in permafrost…as in permanent frost.

This place will probably end up looking much like a north pole outpost, with a single igloo-looking station and a single flag pole with the Earth flag stuck on it, waving forlornly at whoever happens to pass by.

And there we have it.  All the planets of Snow White.  I’ll be back, I’m sure, to fix the names to whatever folks far above my pay grade decide they are going to be.  Until then…safe travels, my friends.

[1]  NASA Trappist Information

[2]  NASA Thinks There’s a Way to Get to Mars In Three Days