Other labs are examining Aguas Zarcas for clues to a later stage of Earth’s evolution. Models predict carbonaceous asteroids crashing down on early Earth would have produced an ancient atmosphere rich in water vapor and carbon dioxide. At the University of California, Santa Cruz, cosmochemist Myriam Telus wanted to test the idea with real data. She reached out to a dealer for samples, which she then would destroy by baking them to dust and measuring the emitted gases. “It can be very hard to convince people this is worthwhile for something that is precious,” she says. But soon she had 2 grams—enough to proceed with the experiment. … [Read more...] about An unusual meteorite, more valuable than gold, may hold the building blocks of life
A code of ethics also guides the behavior of members. This code is derived from several documents, the most famous of which is a series of documents known as the "Old Charges" or "Constitutions." One of these documents, known as the "Regius Poem" or the "Halliwell Manuscript," is dated to sometime around the latter 14th or early 15th century, and is reportedly the oldest document to mention Masonry, according to the Pietre-Stones Review of Freemasonry, an online magazine written by Freemasons. The Halliwell Manuscript is written in verse, and in addition to purportedly tracing the history of Masonry, it also prescribes correct moral behavior for Masons. For example, it urges members to be "steadfast, trusty, and true," and "not to take bribes" or "harbor thieves." … [Read more...] about Freemasons: Behind the veil of secrecy
The Illumanti grew quickly, gaining some 2,000 members from countries throughout Europe, including France, Poland, Hungary and Italy. This rapid expansion was largely due to the prominent German diplomat Baron Adolf Franz Friederich Knigge, who restructured the order in 1780 and helped spread Illuminism by recruiting from Freemason lodges. … [Read more...] about What Is the Illuminati?