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skulachevThe topic of prolonging life has been subject to debate over the past few years, especially as the human race continues to advance with regards to science and technology. More evidence is continually emerging to show that prolonging life and repairing biological damage created by old age is indeed possible, and very realistic. A Russian scientists and his team of researchers seem to have unlocked a portion to the mystery of aging and prolonging life.

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Prolonging life is not a new idea, throughout ancient history, religion, philosophy, mysticism, hermeticism and occultism as well as all others under that umbrella of definitions, it has been a recurring theme. A few examples are the Elixir of Immortality and the Philosopher’s stone(s), sought after Before the Common Era (BCE), all the way up through the middle ages and in many religions like Buddhism for example. It was also prominent in South/East Asian, African and European dynasties.

The concept and the perceived reality of its existence has been prevalent throughout medieval times all the way up to the interests of Isaac Newton and more. It even seems to still be lingering around today, suggesting that these concepts have been around for all of our known existence.  If the full secrets are known, and if it is indeed ‘hidden science’ within a world we know nothing about, maybe one day we will be ready for it. I imagine if powerful concepts such as the Philosopher’s stone exist, we wouldn’t want them ending up in the hands of a consciousness that does not wish to do “good” with it.

Regardless, as we continue to expand our knowledge of how things work, we are bound to figure these things out for ourselves one day.

A team of scientists, led by Vladimir P. Skulachev -the Dean of the School of Bioengineering and Bioinformatics at MSU -have begun work further looking into this subject. Vladimir is a regarded as one of the worlds best in his field, and is the founder of “mitochondrial electricity” and the “Skulachev Ion,” which are penetrating ions that are electrophoretically targeted to mitochondria. His discoveries may extend human life span and cure age-related disease including cancer, cataracts and osteoporosis. The drug works by targeting mitochondrial oxidation.

They first made the discovery regarding “eternal life” in 1972, but it was not put on paper until 2005. Oxygen, according to Dr. Skulachev is one of the most dangerous substances in the human body. When cells become over saturated with active forms of oxygen they become oxidized, which leads to an early death.

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The body produces poisons, one of the most malicious poisons is generated at the heart of each cell in the Mitochondria. On one hand, they supply the body with energy and on the other, they gradually kill us. The older we are, the more poison we have in our bodies in the form of free radicals – Maksim Skulachev

There is a biological mechanism which makes cells age, Dr. Skulachev theorizes that a new biological process is set in motion immediately after a mother gives birth. This process makes the body destroy itself. Maybe if the Philosopher’s stone(s) did/do exist, it altered our DNA, or made genetic reparations to the ones who had them in their  possession? What Dr. Skulachev is trying to do is stop this process, thus stopping everything that comes along with old age, including death.

Given that aging is programmed, it can be stopped like any other program. In that case, ailments characteristic of old age will be nipped in the bum, we won’t age. 99 percent of the time oxygen turns into harmless water, but there is that one percent that later turns into very poisonous elements. The task was to find an antioxidant that stops that process – Vladimir Skulachev

That development is called the Skulachev Ion. They do not promise eternal life, they simply try to prolong the active period of life, to grant humanity with years of healthy, productive and happy living. Results from Skulachev’s work shows that the Skulachev Ion: (These conclusions are a result of numerous publications that you can view here)

  • Reduces age-dependent mortality rate
  • Slows down rethinopathies development
  • Slows down cataract development
  • Slows down uveitis development
  • Slows down glaucoma development
  • Prevents hypothermy development
  • Reduces the area of myocardial infarction
  • Prevents heart arrhythmia
  • Prevents kidney infarction–induced death
  • Slows down age-dependent decline of immunity
  • Prevents age-dependent decline in limphocyte-neutrophil ratio in blood
  • Slows down thymus degeneration
  • Slows down degeneration of follicles responsible for b-limphocyte development
  • Slows down development of certain cancer types
  • Slows down reproductive functions dissipation in females
  • Slows down disappearance of sexual motivation in males
  • Slows down age-dependent decline of wound-healing
  • Slows  down osteoporosis development
  • Prevents balding
  • Slows down canities
  • Prevents senile anemia
  • Prevents senile depression development
  • Prevents age-dependent stimulation of apoptosis by hydrogen peroxide
  • Prevents age-dependent β-galaktosidase induction
  • Prevents phosphorylation of histone H2AX
  • Reduces age-dependent peroxide oxidation of lipids
  • Reduces age-dependent protein carbonylation

Although we in general do not support animal testing, this was a different case. Mice who were old in age and suffering from a number of ailments have been tested. Life-long treatment of mice with the Skulachev ion resulted in the increase of their lifespan when compared to a control group, but the increase was a minor one. At the same time, the average median lifespan of tested mice increased significantly when compared to a control group. This means that the number of mice with this longest lifespan was substantially higher in the Skulachev ion treated mice. For example, more than half of the mice of the control group died by the 300th day, whereas almost all the animals were still alive in the group that was receiving the ion. It is also important to mention that the increase of the lifespan of the mice treated was accompanied by improvement of their overall quality of life.  In a control group of 630 day old mice, some were loosing whiskers, becoming bald and humpbacked. They were failing into a stupor and had a reduced body temperature. Mice that were receiving the ion were lacking all those senescence signs.

There are over 300 professionals from 40 different institutions currently working on this project. Studies have been published multiple times that indicate the reality of this phenomenon (as illustrated earlier in the article).

Here is an abstract from one of them:

Plastoquinone, a very effective electron carrier and antioxidant of chloroplasts, was conjugated with decyltriphenylphosphonium to obtain a cation easily penetrating through membranes. This cation, called SkQ1, is specifically targeted to mitochondria by electrophoresis in the electric field formed by the mitochondrial respiratory chain. The respiratory chain also regenerates reduced SkQ1H2 from its oxidized form that appears as a result of the antioxidant activity of SkQ1H2. SkQ1H2 prevents oxidation of cardiolipin, a mitochondrial phospholipid that is especially sensitive to attack by reactive oxygen species (ROS). In cell cultures, SkQ1 and its analog plastoquinonyl decylrhodamine 19 (SkQR1) arrest H2O2-induced apoptosis. When tested in vivo, SkQs (i) prolong the lifespan of fungi, crustaceans, insects, fish, and mice, (ii) suppress appearance of a large number of traits typical for age-related senescence (cataract, retinopathies, achromotrichia, osteoporosis, lordokyphosis, decline of the immune system, myeloid shift of blood cells, activation of apoptosis, induction of β-galactosidase, phosphorylation of H2AX histones, etc.) and (iii) lower tissue damage and save the lives of young animals after treatments resulting in kidney ischemia, rhabdomyolysis, heart attack, arrhythmia, and stroke. We suggest that the SkQs reduce mitochondrial ROS and, as a consequence, inhibit mitochondriamediated apoptosis, an obligatory step of execution of programs responsible for both senescence and fast “biochemical suicide” of an organism after a severe metabolic crisis (1)

Here is another:

 A concept was put forward considering mitochondrial reactive oxygen species (mROS) as key intermediates of programmed aging of organism. As a consequence of such a concept, it was suggested that aging program can be retarded (or even switched off) by mitochondria-targeted antioxidants [5]. To this end, 10-(6’- plastoquinonyl) decyltriphenyl phosphonium cation (SkQ1) was synthesized. It was shown that SkQ1 (i) is good penetrant for model and mitochondrial membranes, (ii) has very high affinity to membranes, (iii) is reduced by center i of Complex III of mitochondrial respiratory chain in the inner leaflet of the inner mitochondrial membrane, (vi) electrophoretically accumulates in this leaflet, being driven by mitochondrial membrane potential, (v) prevents peroxidation of mitochondrial cardiolipin by mROS, (vi) arrests the ROS-induced apoptosis and necrosis, (vii) prolongs the lifespan of various organisms (from fungi and plants to mammals), (viii) retards development of many traits of age-related diseases [1-7] (2)

Playing God?

I believe that scientific and technological discovery in and of itself is a part of human nature. It’s the level of consciousness we operate at during the time of discovery that determines the implications of the discovery. Imagine a race of beings who reached the point of immortality through genetic manipulation, is this natural or unnatural? The fact that they have advanced to the point of immortality, and can choose to stay in a body as long as they please could be viewed as a natural progression in the evolution of consciousness. Would that be ‘playing God?’ The discovery of morally sensitive technologies outside the current acceptable paradigm of knowledge has always been subject to criticism, it’s a common theme throughout human history.

When thinking about this, I also think about the many anti-aging antioxidant mechanisms that already exist in nature. And the fact that it is a scientific fact that humans can alter the aging process and reverse ailments through diet alone. There are also certain species (like the bowhead whale) that behave as if they were already taking this anti-aging antioxidant. Another example is the roundworm (3).

Alchemical Symbolism and the Philosopher’s Stone

wizardAlchemy, The Philosophers Stone, and eternal life are completely separate subjects on their own and each require a lot of research (more than I have done) to understand. It dives into all parts of human history, and into worlds that are not examined, confirmed or considered relevant to our present existence. I thought I’d leave you with a few quotes from from The Secret Teachings of All Ages, Written By Manly P. Hall.  If you are interested in this concept, Manly P. Hall is one source of many that illustrates the reality of this concept throughout ancient history. It’s a good place to start. Basically, the point I’m trying to illustrate is that the Philosopher(s) stone could indeed be real, and could be linked to eternal life among other things. Until we find it, the work done by the researchers at Moscow State University illustrate how little we still know about our own human body and it’s biological processes.

Maybe one day the human race will be ready for something of such magnitude, I personally believe we will. Right now we have a lot of growing to do in many other areas.We can’t expect to achieve anything unless we are a planet in which all beings live in harmony with each other, and our society rids the fabricated excuses made to prolong conflict on the planet. It’s time to move past that type of energy, and energetically lift the planet up into a completely new vibration.

The alchemical philosophers used the symbols of salt, sulphur, and mercury to represent not only chemicals but the spiritual and invisible principles of God, man and the universe. The three substances existing in four worlds, with the sum adding up to the sacred number 12. These 12 are the foundation stones of the sacred city.  In line with the same idea Pythagoras asserted that the dodecahedron, or twelve-faved symmetrical geometric solid, was the foundation of the universe.  Maybe there not be a relation also between this mysterious 3 times 4 and the four parties o three which in the legend of the third degree of Freemasonry go forth to the four angels of the cherubim, the composite creature of four parts?

As one of the great alchemists fittingly observed, man’s quest for gold is often his undoing, for he mistakes the alchemical processes, believing them to be purely material. He does not realize that the Philosopher’s Golf, the Philosopher’s Stone, and the Philosopher’s Medicine exist in each of the four worlds and that the consummation of the experiment cannot be realized until it is successfully carried on in four worlds simultaneously according to one formula. Furthermore, one of the constituents of the alchemical formula exists only within the nature of man himself, without which his chemicals will not combine, and though he spend his life and fortune in chemical experimentation, he will not produce the desired end. The paramount reason why the material scientist is incapable of uplifting the achievements of the mediaeval alchemists – although he follow every step carefully and accurately – is that the subtle element which comes out of the nature of the illuminated and regenerated alchemical philosopher is missing in his experimentation

This is the strength of all powers. This is a very strong figure, that does positively posses all the powers concealed in Nature, not for destruction but for exaltation and regeneration of matter, in the three departments of nature. With all this thous wilt be able to overcome all things, and to transmute all what is fine and what is corse. It will conquer every subtle thing, of course, as it refixes the most subtle Oxygen into its own fiery Nature and that with more power, penetration and virtue

The Philosophers stone is really the philosopher’s stone, for philosophy is truly likened to a magic jewel whose touch transmutes base substances into priceless gems like itself. Wisdom is the alchemist’s powder of projection which transforms which transforms many thousand times its own weight of gross ignorance into the precious substance of enlightenment

The Philosophers stone contains all the powers of nature, it is established by the harmony of the four elements

Sources:

All publications not presented here are mentioned and highlighted throughout the article, just click on the highlighted word.

http://en.skq-project.ru

http://www.belozersky.msu.ru/en/component/contact/contact/1-skulachev-v-p.html?allpapers=1

(1)  http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/ben/cdt/2011/00000012/00000006/art00006

(2)  http://www.bioblast.at/images/b/bd/Laner_2013_Mitochondr_Physiol_Network_MiP2013.pdf

(3) http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v260/n5551/abs/260523a0.html

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New Study of Mind-Matter Interaction Via Double Slit Experiment Yields “Remarkable” Results

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  • The Facts:

    A new analysis of the double slit experiment shows, according to the author, "remarkable" results when it comes to analyzing the mind-matter interaction problem.

  • Reflect On:

    Why has most of this science been studied by the Department of Defense? Why are real life, documented and recorded examples never used in these studies? Why is the statistical significance of parapsychology never mentioned?

Does mind influence matter? The answer is an unquestionable yes, this fact is firmly established in scientific literature, and the only thing up for debate is just how much of an effect our minds can have on matter.

In what’s known as the double slit experiment, tiny bits of matter (photons, electrons, or any atomic-sized object) are shot toward a screen that has two slits in it. On the other side of the screen, a video camera records where each photon lands. When scientists close one slit, the camera will show us an expected pattern. But when both slits are opened, an interference pattern emerges — they begin to act like waves. This means that each photon individually goes through both slits at the same time and interferes with itself, but it also goes through one slit, and it goes through the other. Furthermore, it goes through neither of them. The single piece of matter becomes a “wave” of potentials, expressing itself in the form of multiple possibilities, and this is why we get the interference pattern.

How can a single piece of matter exist and express itself in multiple states, without any physical properties, until it is “measured” or “observed”? Furthermore, how does it choose which path, out of multiple possibilities, to take?

Then, when an “observer” decides to measure and look at which slit the piece of matter goes through, the “wave” collapses, and then things really get interesting.

The connection between human consciousness, or factors associated with human consciousness such as intention, thoughts, feelings and emotions, and the physical realm is fascinating. This is precisely why nearly all of the founding fathers of quantum physics were so preoccupied with learning more about consciousness and “non-material” science in general. For instance, the theoretical physicist who originated quantum theory, Max Planck, regarded “consciousness as fundamental” and matter as a “derivative from consciousness.” Eugene Wigner, another famous theoretical physicist and mathematician, also emphasized how “it was not possible to formulate the laws of quantum mechanics in a fully consistent way without reference to consciousness.”

A paper published in the peer-reviewed journal Physics Essays by Dean Radin, PhD explains how this experiment has been used multiple times to explore the role of consciousness in shaping the nature of physical reality. The paper showed that meditators were able to collapse quantum systems at a distance through intention alone. The meditators were the “observer” in this case.

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In fact, as Radin points out in his lecture, a “5 sigma” result was able to give CERN the Nobel Prize in 2013 for finding the Higgs particle (which turned out not to be Higgs after all). In this study, they also received a 5 sigma result when testing meditators against non-meditators in collapsing the quantum wave function. This means that mental activity, the human mind, attention, and intention, which are a few labels under the umbrella of consciousness, compelled physical matter to act in a certain way.

“Observations not only disturb what has to be measured, they produce it… We compel [the electron] to assume a definite position… We ourselves produce the results of the measurement.”

Fascinating, isn’t it?

The New Study

I recently came across a post on Radin’s Facebook page regarding a new study just published in PLOS ONE titled Independent re-analysis of alleged mind-matter interaction in double-slit experimental data.

His Facebook post reads,

Just published. “… this paper is the third independent statistical analysis … showing significant differences in fringe visibility between concentration and relaxation epochs of human subjects….”. The author made several assumptions that differed from ours, which resulted in reduced statistical power. That in turn led to a more conservative conclusion. Even so, anomalies were clearly found in these data that defy ordinary explanations.

In that study, they provided a “two year long experimental dataset in which authors of Radin, et al., 2016 claim to find evidence of mind-matter interaction is independently re-analyzed. In this experiment, participants are asked to periodically shift their attention towards or away from a double-slit optical apparatus. Shifts in fringe visibility of the interference pattern are monitored and tested against the common sense null hypothesis that such shifts should not correlate with the participant’s attention state.”

They concluded that:

The thorough analysis pursued in this paper gives a much broader and full picture of the data than the ones previously published in [1] and [19]. On the one hand, we find undeniable anomalies in the human data with shifts of the fringe visibility in the direction expected by human intention. The fact that fringe visibility decreases when human intention tries to make it decrease, and increases when human intention tries to make it increase is remarkable.

That being said, the authors concluded that they still cannot give a definitive conclusion on mind-matter interaction. However, publications like this are still a huge step forward.

They also mention a very important point: The stigma behind these findings and how it encroaches on belief systems have perhaps not allowed a more rigorous scientific investigation into these subjects.

Given the controversial aspect of this research, attempts to reproduce such an experiment should be done by groups of experts from different fields of research including quantum mechanics, neuroscience and statistics, both skeptics and believers, collaborating to design the most rigorous protocol. Personal beliefs, may they be strongly in favour or against the mind-matter interaction hypothesis, have to be put aside, to collectively pursue a clear and objective investigation of this particular interpretation of the quantum measurement problem.

Here’s another great quote alluding to the same thing:

There seems to be a deep concern that the whole field will be tarnished by studying a phenomenon that is tainted by its association with superstition, spiritualism and magic. Protecting against this possibility sometimes seems more important than encouraging scientific exploration or protecting academic freedom. But this may be changing. —Cassandra Vieten, PhD and President/CEO at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (source)

What The Authors Failed To Recognize

Never in these studies do they mention real world examples. Cases of mind influencing matter have been reported throughout history and across many cultures, more specifically in regards to ‘supernormal’ abilities such as telepathy, psychokinesis, and other phenomena that lie within the realms of parapsychology. This is evident in ancient literature, from the Vedic texts and the yoga sutras to Jesus, Moses, Milarepa, Mohammed, and more.

In 1987, researchers at the Institute of Space-Medico Engineering, as mentioned in the CIA document earlier in the article, publicized a fraction of their work in the form of a film showcasing their work and what they had accomplished.

The film showed a medicine pill moving through an irreversibly sealed glass vial, which occurred in three frames of a 400 frame per second film. (source)

Another release (about Zhang) from the CIA (Research Into Paranormal Ability To Break Through Spatial Barriers) states:

A wooden cabinet 120 by 180 by 60 centimeters was used as a sealed container. Sheets of papers and boards with one  of a kind markings were used as the target objects and placed inside the cabinet on the upper shelf. Without damaging the cabinet or opening the door, the person with ESP was able to remove the target objets and also was able to put them back inside. This demonstrates that even when using especially large container it is possible to completely break through spacial barriers, however, the success rate was much lower and was exceptionally difficult. (Source)(source)

The CIA document linked above provides more examples.

According to Eric Davis, Ph.D, FBIS, from a declassified US Air Force document obtained via the Federation of American Scientists, Shuhuang reported that ‘gifted children’ were responsible for the teleportation of small, physical objects from one place to another. (source)

A study published in the American Journal of Chinese Medicine, as seen in the the US National Library of Medicine, demonstrated that a woman with special abilities was able to accelerate the germination of specific seeds for the purposes of developing a more robust seed stock.  You can read that here.

There are many fascinating examples within the lore of parapsychology.

Many of these results are just as strong, if not stronger, than a lot of the results that come from hard sciences like physics and mechanical engineering. As far back as 1999, the head of the statistics department at UC Irvine, Jessica Utts, published a paper showing that results dealing with parapsychology and mind-body connection are a lot stronger than the results used to approve some of our medications!

The Takeaway

The idea that mind influences matter is not new. From a hardcore scientific perspective, the results may be questionable, but we have to transcend science as its current parameters have become some sort of religion, failing to take into account many factors. A lot of science today has been dominated and taken over by the corporate world. The politicization of science is a real thing, and new science has confirmed the metaphysical world and is breaking down current and old paradigms. Everything from the mind-body connection to quantum physics and parapsychology are showing us how much more we have to learn about ourselves and what we are capable of.

Thing about the implications this could have for our planet? Imagine if billions of people all over the world found peace within themselves, what type of world would we create?

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Research Reveals Plants Can Think, Choose & Remember

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    This article was written by Sayer Ji, founder of Greenmedinfo.com where it was originally published. Posted here with permission.

  • Reflect On:

    Does all form of life poses some type of 'consciousness' regardless of its biological structure? If so, what does this mean?

Modern science is only beginning to catch up to the wisdom of the ancients: plants possess sentience and a rudimentary form of intelligence. 

Plants are far more intelligent and capable than we given them credit. In fact, provocative research from 2010 published in Plant Signaling & Behavior proposes that since they cannot escape environmental stresses in the manner of animals, they have developed a “sophisticated, highly responsive and dynamic physiology,” which includes information processes such as “biological quantum computing” and “cellular light memory” which could be described as forms of plant intelligence. Titled, “Secret life of plants: from memory to intelligence,” the study highlights one particular “super power” of plants indicative of their success as intelligent beings:

“There are living trees that germinated long before Jesus Christ was born. What sort of life wisdom evolved in plants to make it possible to survive and propagate for so long a time in the same place they germinated?”

According to the researchers, “plants actually work as a biological quantum computing device that is capable to process quantum information encrypted in light intensity and in its energy.” This information processing includes a mechanism for processing memorized information. For example:

“plants can store and use information from the spectral composition of light for several days or more to anticipate changes that might appear in the near future in the environment, for example, for anticipation of pathogen attack.”

According to the study, “plants can actually think and remember.”

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Moreover, plant not only possess a mechanism for information gathering and processing, but appear to exercise agency or “choice” vis-à-vis different scenarios:

“different group of chloroplasts and cells in the same leaf under identical constant and stable light, temperature and relative humidity condition have different opinion “what to do” in such conditions and tests different scenarios of possible future development.”

The study also offers an explanation for why plants absorb more light energy than is needed for photosynthesis alone:

“Another possible answer to the above question is a light training of young naïve leaves. Let’s imagine when young leaf or flower is emerging out of a plant, it would be nice for that leaf or flower to know about the conditions in which it is going to emerge. Older, more experienced leaves that actually are acclimated to outside conditions can train naïve emerging young leaves with the PEPS [photoelectrophysiological signaling ]and cellular light memory mechanisms. This explains why plants possess a natural capacity to absorb more light energy than that required for photosynthetic CO2 assimilation. They need this absorbed energy in excess for optimization and training of light acclimatory and immune defenses.”

The authors leave us with the provocative conclusion:

“Our results suggest that plants are intelligent organisms capable of performing a sort of thinking process (understood as at the same time and non-stress conditions capable of performing several different scenarios of possible future definitive responses), and capable of memorizing this training.17 Indeed leaves in the dark are able to not only “see” the light,8,34 but also are able to differently remember its spectral composition and use this memorized information to increase their Darwinian fitness.”

Why is this discovery important?

There are many reasons why recognizing the sentience and intelligence of plants may have positive implications for the future of humanity. For one, it helps us all to transcend the dominant worldview that non-human life forms are best defined in strictly mechanistic terms, and that attributing a “life essence” or consciousness to them is a form of magical thinking. French philosopher Maurice Merleau-Pointy called this world view the “Great Object,” namely, that everything in the universe is compromised of material objects externally related to one another, and with consciousness merely an ephemeral subjectivity found only in humans.

To the contrary, if we open ourselves to the possibility that we are all participants in an interconnected web of life, as many indigenous peoples believed and actually experienced things to be, destroying the natural world simply to serve the essentially suicidal infinite economic growth model will be identified for the insanity that it is. If we recognize, as biologist James Lovelock proposed, the Earth as a whole should be looked upon more like a self-regulating organism (Gaia hypothesis), or as mycologist Paul Stamet envisions, that there is a fungi-based internet within the ground connecting all living things on the planet in an information-sharing network, we will be less likely to both perceive and to treat the natural world as “other” to be dominated. We’ve also been reporting on the role of exosomes as cross-kingdom messengers, which provides a plausible mechanism for how all of the Earth’s inhabitants — plant, fungal, bacteria, animal, etc. — are linked together in an open access, information sharing network.

Recognizing that plants, for instance, have consciousness, or that their simple presence in our environment has healing effects, reintroduces an element of wonder and mystery back into the experience of the natural world. A perfect example of this can be found in the singing plants of the sacred forest of Damanhur. Damanhurian researchers in the mid-70’s reported using custom equipment to capture electromagnetic changes on the surface of leaves and roots and transforming them into audible signals. The researchers also observed that the plants learned to control their electrical responses, indicating they had some rudimentary awareness of the music they were creating. To learn more visit the Damanhur project website, and watch the video below.


Sayer Ji is founder of Greenmedinfo.com, a reviewer at the International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine, Co-founder and CEO of Systome Biomed, Vice Chairman of the Board of the National Health Federation, Steering Committee Member of the Global Non-GMO Foundation.


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Meet The Kenyan Engineer Who Created Gloves That Turn Sign Language Into Audible Speech

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    Innovator Roy Allela has invented gloves that read the unique hand movements involved in sign language and turn them into audible speech through an Android app. He calls his gloves Sign-IO.

  • Reflect On:

    We are creating a world where we can all truly communicate, but imagine what our world could be like if inventions like these, and many others, were not limited by costs and start-up processes. Think of what we'd solve if we all worked together.

Imagine a world where communication between everyone is THAT much easier. Well, we’re getting closer and closer to that as every year passes by.

25-year-old Kenyan engineer and innovator, Roy Allela, recently helped humanity take another step in this direction. Allela designed new gloves that will improve communication between those who are deaf and those who cannot understand sign language. His new invention is called the ‘Sign-IO’ gloves, which can translate sign language movements into audible speech.

Allela’s gloves contain sensors located on each finger that are able to detect the positioning of each finger, including how much each finger bends into a given position. This is important, as sign language contains many unique movements that require small details to be detected accurately. The gloves connect via Bluetooth to an Android phone, which then uses text-to-speech technology to allow the person witnessing the sign language to understand what is being said through audio.

Roy was inspired to create the gloves because he has a young niece who is deaf. No one in his family including Roy knows sign language, and thus they often struggled to communicate with her.

“My niece wears the gloves, pairs them with her phone or mine, then starts signing. I’m able to understand what she’s saying,” Allela said.

“People speak at different speeds and it’s the same with people who sign: some are really fast, others are slow, so we integrated that into the mobile application so that it’s comfortable for anyone to use it,” he continued, referring to the creative engineering involved in his project.

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The Sign-IO app, which vocalises words signed by the person wearing the gloves. Photograph: Brett Eloff/Royal Academy of Engineering.

Early on, Allela sees his gloves in schools for special needs children throughout his home country of Kenya. From there, he hopes to expand his business and invention to impact as many deaf people and children around the world as possible. As mentioned, the Sign-IO gloves are just one of many innovations furthering the connection of humanity, no matter what unique aspects of life we are experiencing.

Allela’s gloves are currently in the prototype phase of development and are not yet available to the public. Regardless, they are creating quite the buzz around the world given what they propose to do. Sign-IO was the 2018 grand winner of the “Hardware Trailblazer Award” at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) global finals in New York, and also took home a second runner-up acknowledgement at the Royal Academy of Engineering Leaders in Innovation Fellowship in London.

The Takeaway

Imagine the world we could create if we did not have the limitations imposed by businesses, start-up costs, and so forth. There are incredible people out there who are able to do incredible things for the world, and they’re finding ways to do so even within a society that limits humanity’s potential. If we could bring these amazing minds together and blow off these limitations, then we could truly create a world where communication is not only possible for all, but that would just be the beginning!

As we discussed in our Hidden Energy technologies interview with Susan Manewich on CETV, it’s important to note that the suppression of new, life-changing technologies is not just as a result of the elite, it’s due to our level of consciousness as well. You can check out the interview to learn more on CETV. 

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