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Researcher cites ancient Minoan-era ‘computer’

April 7, 2011 Comments off

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(ANA-MPA) — The Minoan civilisation on pre-Classical Crete discovered the first rudimentary analog computer in mankind’s history, according to researcher Minas Tsikritsis, an academic who specialises in ancient Aegean writing systems.

Tsikritsis, who also hails from Crete where the Bronze Age Minoan civilization flourished from approximately 2700 BC to 1500 century BC maintains that the Minoan Age object discovered in 1898 in Paleokastro site, in the Sitia district of western Crete, preceded the heralded “Antikythera Mechanism by 1,400 years, and was the first analog and portable computer in history.

“While searching in the Archaeological Museum of Iraklion for Minoan Age findings with astronomical images on them we came across a stone-made matrix unearthed in the region of Paleokastro, Sitia. In the past, archaeologists had expressed the view that the carved symbols on its surface are related with the Sun and the Moon,” Tsikritsis said.

The Cretan researcher and university professor told ANA-MPA that after the relief image of a spoked disc on the right side of the matrix was analysed it was established that it served as a cast to build a mechanism that functioned as an analog computer to calculate solar and lunar eclipses. The mechanism was also used as sundial and as an instrument calculating the geographical latitude. (ANA-MPA)

Suspected Terrorist Had NYC in His Sights

February 24, 2011 Comments off

A 20-year-old Saudi student arrested in Texas on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack with explosive chemicals had looked at New York City as a possible target.

Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, attending college near Lubbock, Texas, was charged with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.

“It is war … until the infidels leave defeated,” the chemical engineering student wrote in online postings.

Federal prosecutors said he had researched online how to construct an improvised explosive device using several chemicals as ingredients.

Court papers said Aldawsari had been researching New York City, including viewing real-time traffic cameras online that showed the city.

The FBI said he also had looked up the Dallas home of Read more…

What Is US Patent 6506148? Electromagnetic Mind Manipulation?

February 20, 2011 1 comment
“US Patent 6506148 – Nervous System Manipulation
by Electromagnetic Fields From Monitors?”
by Barbara Peterson
“The TV and your computer monitor can be used to manipulate your nervous system. Here is the proof. Read it and weep: Nervous system manipulation by electromagnetic fields from monitors US Patent #6,506,148 “SUMMARY: Computer monitors and TV monitors can be made to emit weak low-frequency electromagnetic fields merely by pulsing the intensity of displayed images. Experiments have shown that the 1/2 Hz sensory resonance can be excited in this manner in a subject near the monitor. The 2.4 Hz sensory resonance can also be excited in this fashion. Hence, a TV monitor or computer monitor can be used to manipulate the Read more…

CIA Director Leon Panetta Warns of Possible Cyber-Pearl Harbor

February 15, 2011 Comments off

Top Intelligence-Security Officials Say Computer Attacks Increasing

By JASON RYAN

Top U.S. intelligence officials have raised concerns about the growing vulnerability the United States faces from cyberwarfare threats and malicious computer activity that CIA Director Leon Panetta said “represents the battleground for the future.”

“The potential for the next Pearl Harbor could very well be a cyber-attack,” he testified on Capitol Hill Thursday before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper also appeared, telling the committee, “This threat is increasing in scope and scale, and its impact is difficult to overstate.”

There are roughly 60,000 new malicious computer programs identified each day, Clapper said, citing industry estimates.

“Some of these are what we define as advanced, persistent threats, which are Read more…

Iran to unveil ‘national supercomputer’

February 9, 2011 1 comment

A file photo of a supercomputer
An Iranian university has announced the imminent unveiling of a domestically built supercomputer with high-tech computational features, a report says.

The national supercomputer is capable of processing 34 billion operations per second with a speed topping 40 gigabytes within the same time span, Mehr news agency reported on Monday.

Officials at Tehran’s Amirkabir University of Technology (AUT), which will display the computing machine, said that the Iranian supercomputer is capable of processing data and carrying out computations in an array of fields.

High-capacity supercomputers are viewed as strategic products and the Iranian computational device will rank amongst the world’s first 500, the report said.

Supercomputers, primarily introduced in the 1960s, are at the frontline of current processing capacity, particularly speed of calculation.

The machines were introduced in Iran around 10 years by the AUT. Iranian engineers and technicians have been making efforts to increase the computational capacities of the devices ever since.

Supercomputers are used for intensive calculation tasks such as problems involving physics, weather forecast, climate research, molecular modeling, simulations of airplanes in wind tunnels, nuclear research and computations in nanotechnology among others.