A tsunami unexpectedly swept into the Indonesian city of Palau on the island of Sulawesi at 5PM Indonesian time on Friday. The wave was over 6 meters high and flooded a significant part of the city. The death toll is not known at this time, nor is it clear how much damage has been done. As sea levels rise, they put pressure on continental shelves, which is why the Pacific Ring of Fire has been becoming steadily more active in recent years.
A new study is suggesting that human influence is affecting the planet in an unexpected way: human-driven global warming appears to be accelerating the shift the planet’s axis. Although scientists have known about the slow wobble in the Earth’s axis for a long time, NASA researchers have found that the planet’s shrinking ice sheets are altering the Earth’s balance, causing the pole to drift one-third faster than it would if the planet’s temperature had remained stable.
Whitley Strieber and Peter Levenda have a wide-ranging and completely extraordinary discussion about everything from the To the Stars controversy to Whitley’s childhood experiences that Peter has researched, to the deepest meaning of the visitor experience, the reason that different parts of the government have such different approaches, why the United States was singled out for contact and what the future of mankind is, if we have one and much, much more.
Despite being separated by over 5 million years on our respective evolutionary paths, it appears that nearly 90 percent of the gestures human children use to communicate are shared with those used by chimpanzees. Lacking the capacity for complex verbal speech, the great apes employ a non-verbal language made up of hand and body gestures, whereas humans have well-developed part of the brain called "Broca’s area" that enables us to speak. But before a human child learns to speak a language, they appear to use an ancient gestural language that our ancestors used to communicate with one-another.