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Plants talk to eachother…

 

Scientists Confirm that Plants Talk and Listen To Each Other, Communication Crucial for Survival

When a South African botanist Lyall Watson claimed in 1973 that plants had emotions that could be recorded on a lie detector test, he was dismissed by many in the scientific community.

 

Source: http://www.medicaldaily.com/articles/10247/20120611/plants-communication-survival.htm#qVVPCmxkAtOvkCGm.99

By Christine Hsu | Jun 11, 2012 02:21 PM EDT

When a South African botanist Lyall Watson claimed in 1973 that plants had emotions that could be recorded on a lie detector test, he was dismissed by many in the scientific community.

However, new research, published in the  journal Trends in Plant Science, has revealed that plants not only respond to sound, but they also communicate to each other by making “clicking” sounds.

Using powerful loudspeakers, researchers at The University of Western Australia were able to hear clicking sounds coming from the roots of corn saplings.

Researchers at Bristol University also found that when they suspended the young roots in water and played a continuous noise at 220Hz, a similar frequency to the plant clicks, they found that the plants grew towards the source of the sound.

“Everyone knows that plants react to light, and scientists also know that plants use volatile chemicals to communicate with each other, for instance, when danger – such as a herbivore – approaches,” Dr. Gagliano said in a university news release.

“I was working one day in my herb garden and started to wonder if maybe plants were also sensitive to sounds – why not? – so I decided as a scientist to find out.”

While it has been long known that plants grow towards light, previous research from Exeter University found cabbage plants emitted methyl jasmonate gas when their surfaces are cut or pierced to warn its neighbors of danger such as caterpillars or garden shears.

Researchers from the earlier study also found that the when the volatile gas was emitted, the nearly cabbage plants appeared to receive the urgent message that and protected themselves by producing toxic chemicals on their leaves to fend off predators like caterpillars.

However, new research, published in the journal Trends in Plant Science, has revealed that plants not only respond to sound, but they also communicate to each other by making “clicking” sounds.

Scientists suspect that sound and vibration may play an essential role in the survival of plants by giving them information about the environment around them.

Researchers said sounds waves are easily transmissible through soil, and could be used to pick up threats like drought from their neighbors further away.

Gagliano said that the latest findings shows that the role of sound in plants has yet to be fully explored, “leaving serious gaps our current understanding of the sensory and communicatory complexity of these organisms”.

In addition to other forms of sensory response, “it is very likely that some form of sensitivity to sound and vibrations also plays an important role in the life of plants,” she added.

Hubble finds galaxies at redshifts 9 to 12

Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have uncovered seven primitive galaxies from a distant population that formed more than 13 billion years ago. In the process, their observations have put forward a candidate for the record for the most distant galaxy found to date (at redshift 11.9), and have shed new light on the earliest years of cosmic history. The galaxies are seen as they were when the Universe was less than 4 percent of its present age.

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This image shows the Hubble Ultra Deep Field 2012, an improved version of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field image featuring additional observation time. The new data have revealed for the first time a population of distant galaxies at redshifts between 9 and 12, including the most distant object observed to date. These galaxies are shown at the top of the picture, and their locations are pinpointed in the main image.

These galaxies will require confirmation using spectroscopy by the forthcoming NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope before they are considered to be fully confirmed.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, R. Ellis (Caltech), and the HUDF 2012 Team

 

Read the full article here: www.spacetelescope.org/news/heic1219/

Higgs Boson discovered…

CERN scientists discover new subatomic particle that could be Higgs boson

What is the Higgs Boson?

Why the Higgs Boson matters…

From: RTE News

Scientists at the CERN research centre have discovered a new subatomic particle that could be the elusive Higgs boson.

  • The results were announced at CERN headquarters near Geneva this morning
    The results were announced at CERN headquarters near Geneva this morning
  • British physicist Peter Higgs (right) predicted the particle in 1964
    British physicist Peter Higgs (right) predicted the particle

Scientists at the CERN research centre have discovered a new subatomic particle that could be the elusive Higgs boson.

The Higgs boson is thought to give matter mass and is believed to be crucial in the formation of the universe.

The team working at the Large Hadron Collider outside Geneva has spent years looking for evidence of the subatomic particle.

The Higgs particle is the last undiscovered piece of the Standard Model that describes the fundamental make-up of the universe.

It is a hugely successful theory but has long had several gaps, the biggest of which is why some particles have mass and others do not.

CERN Director General Rolf Heuer said: “We have reached a milestone in our understanding of nature.

“The discovery of a particle consistent with the Higgs boson opens the way to more detailed studies, requiring larger statistics, which will pin down the new particle’s properties.”

Mooted by British physicist Peter Higgs in 1964, the boson is believed to exist in an invisible, ubiquitous field created a trillionth of a second after the Big Bang, 13.7bn years ago.

Bosons are non-matter particles which are force carriers, or messengers that act between matter particles.

The interaction gives rise to three fundamental forces – the strong force, the weak force and the electromagnatic force. There is a fourth force, gravity, which is suspected to be caused by a still-to-be found boson named the graviton.

When some particles encounter the Higgs boson, they slow down and acquire mass, according to theory. Others, such as particles of light – or photons – are impervious to it and have no mass.

Prof Higgs expressed joy at the latest likely discovery.

“I never expected this to happen in my lifetime and shall be asking my family to put some champagne in the fridge.”

Five sigma discovery

CERN uses a giant underground laboratory – the Large Hadron Collider – in order to search for the particle. Protons are smashed together at nearly the speed of light, yielding sub-atomic debris which is then scrutinised for signs of the fleeting Higgs.

The task is arduous because there are trillions of signals, occurring among particles at different ranges of mass.

Over the years, tens of thousands of physicists and billions of euro have been thrown into the search for the Higgs, gradually narrowing down the mass range where it might exist.

Two CERN laboratories – CMS and Atlas – worked independently of each other to avoid bias. They both found the new particle in the mass region of around 125-126 Gigaelectronvolts (GeV).

The teams said that the results were “five sigma,” meaning there was just a 0.00006% chance that what the two laboratories found is a mathematical quirk.

“The results are preliminary but the five sigma signal at around 125 GeV we’re seeing is dramatic,” said Joe Incandela, spokesman for one of the two experiments.

“This is indeed a new particle. We know it must be a boson and it’s the heaviest boson ever found. The implications are very significant and it is precisely for this reason that we must be extremely diligent in all of our studies and cross-checks.”

Interesting stories from around the net…

Our intrepid reporter Max the Reptile has been exploring the web and has found some very interesting stories to share with us…..

World-first hybrid shark found off Australia

By Amy Coopes

Scientists said on Tuesday that they had discovered the world’s first hybrid sharks in Australian waters, a potential sign the predators were adapting to cope with climate change.

The mating of the local Australian black-tip shark with its global counterpart, the common black-tip, was an unprecedented discovery with implications for the entire shark world, said lead researcher Jess Morgan.

“It’s very surprising because no one’s ever seen shark hybrids before, this is not a common occurrence by any stretch of the imagination,” Morgan, from the University of Queensland, told AFP.

“This is evolution in action.”

Colin Simpfendorfer, a partner in Morgan’s research from James Cook University, said initial studies suggested the hybrid species was relatively robust, with a number of generations discovered across 57 specimens.

Read the full story here at yahoo news

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By Pallab Ghosh Science correspondent, BBC News

 Spider-Man’s webbing is something that researchers have been trying to reproduce for decades

US researchers have created silkworms that are genetically modified to spin much stronger silk.

Writing in the PNAS journal, scientists from the University of Wyoming say that their eventual aim is to produce silk from worms that has the toughness of spider silk.

In weight-for-weight terms, spider silk is stronger than steel.

Comic book hero Spider-Man generated spider silk to snare bad guys and swing among the city’s skyscrapers.

Researchers have been trying to reproduce such silk for decades.

But it is unfeasible to “farm” spiders for the commercial production of their silk because the arachnids don’t produce enough of it – coupled with their proclivity for eating each other.

Silk worms, however, are easy to farm and produce vast amounts of silk – but the material is fragile.

Researchers have tried for years to get the best of both worlds – super-strong silk in industrial quantities – by transplanting genes from spiders into worms. But the resulting genetically modified worms have not produced enough spider silk until now.

Read the full story here at BBC.co.uk news

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True fact: A common ingredient in commercial breads is derived from human hair harvested in China

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com
(NaturalNews) If you read the ingredients label on a loaf of bread, you will usually find an ingredient listed there as L-cysteine. This is a non-essential amino acid added to many baked goods as a dough conditioner in order to speed industrial processing. It’s usually not added directly to flour intended for home use, but you’ll find it throughout commercial breads such as pizza dough, bread rolls and pastries.While some L-cysteine is directly synthesized in laboratories, most of it is extracted from a cheap and abundant natural protein source: human hair.

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Woolly Mammoth to Be Cloned

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Within five years, a woolly mammoth will likely be cloned, according to scientists who have just recovered well-preserved bone marrow in a mammoth thigh bone. Japan’s Kyodo News first reported the find. You can see photos of the thigh bone at this Kyodo page.

Russian scientist Semyon Grigoriev, acting director of the Sakha Republic’s mammoth museum, and colleagues are now analyzing the marrow, which they extracted from the mammoth’s femur, found in Siberian permafrost soil.

Read full story at Discovery news

Pavan Sukhdev: Put a value on nature!

Every day, we use materials from the earth without thinking, for free. But what if we had to pay for their true value: would it make us more careful about what we use and what we waste? Think of Pavan Sukhdev as nature’s banker — assessing the value of the Earth’s assets. Eye-opening charts will make you think differently about the cost of air, water, trees …

Pavan Sukhdev
A banker by training, Pavan Sukhdev runs the numbers on greening up — showing that green economies are an effective engine for creating jobs and creating wealth.

Source: TED Talks

Higgs boson: scientists reveal first tantalising glimpses of ‘God Particle’ – Telegraph

Higgs boson: scientists reveal first tantalising glimpses of 'God Particle' - Telegraph.

At a specially-arranged seminar at the Cern laboratory in Geneva, researchers presented clues in their data which suggest experts may have pinned down the “God particle” at last.

Scientists remained cautious about their findings and insisted they did not represent an official discovery, but admitted the results were “intriguing”.

Click the link above to read more.

But is it all as it seems anyway?

News from the world of nature

Some interesting finds are reported here by our roving reporter, Max the Reptile, who keeps an eye on developments in the world of nature and discovery for the Noetic Digest…

Saber-Toothed Squirrel Lived Near Dinosaurs

Source: Discovery News

Northern Patagonia was once home to a squirrel-like mammal with extremely long canine teeth, a petite 4 to 6-inch-long body, a narrow muzzle and a rounded skull, according to a paper in the latest issue of Nature.

You won’t see this critter stealing birdfood in your garden because it lived more than 100 million years ago when dinosaurs were still thriving. As you can see from the above image, dinos must have been no strangers to this saber-toothed animal that might have spent its days darting around columnar dino legs.

The discovery breaks a prior gap of about 60 million years in the fossil record for South American mammals.

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‘Shieldcroc’ May Be Father of All Crocodiles

Source: Discovery News

An enormous prehistoric crocodile-like creature called “Shieldcroc,” so named because of a shield-like bony plate on its head, could be the last common ancestor of animals related to crocodiles and alligators.

Shieldcroc lived during the Late Cretaceous approximately 93 to 99 million years ago. Its skull was discovered in continental freshwater deposits from what is now Morocco, and researchers think that modern crocs may have first evolved near the Mediterranean Sea.

But Shieldcroc then and now is capturing greater interest due to its hard-to-miss “shield,” a raised mound of tissue packed with blood vessels and likely covered by a thick sheath, similar to what is seen in the frill of horned dinosaurs. It might have helped to regulate body temperature, but probably served a flashier purpose.

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Wither the Wolf, Behold the Coywolf

Source: Discovery News

Wolf pups howling. Credit: Monty Sloan. Wolf Park, Battle Ground, Ind.)

According to werewolf legends, some humans can suddenly “shapeshift” or transform into wolves. But in real life, wolves are disappearing in large numbers and being replaced by coywolves. These coyote-wolf hybrids are now common in parts of the U.S.

A new study in the Journal of Mammalogy proves that such interbreeding is taking place. Lead author Christine Bozarth of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and her colleagues collected coyote scat (aka poop) and conducted DNA studies on it. The DNA revealed that coyotes moving into Northern Virginia stopped along their route to breed with native Great Lakes wolves.

People are to blame for the coyotes moving in the first place, since the changes inflicted on North American ecosystems over the past 150 years, due to hunting, habitat encroachment, pollution and other causes, have pushed coyotes out of their native homelands of the plains and southwestern deserts. Now coyotes are on the move and seeking other places to live.

The poop trail left behind by the animals reveals that coyotes have been migrating eastward along two main routes — one through the South and another through the northern U.S. The new DNA information shows that Virginian coyotes are most closely related to coyote populations in western New York and Pennsylvania.

While trekking northward, they eventually encountered the Great Lakes wolves and interbred before converging again on the East Coast. They then gradually headed south along the Appalachian Mountains toward what is considered the Mid-Atlantic region, to an area centered around Virginia.

“The Mid-Atlantic region is a particularly interesting place because it appears to mark a convergence in northern and southern waves of coyote expansion,” Bozarth was quoted as saying in a press release. “I like to call it the Mid-Atlantic melting pot.”

Hybridization between canid species is thought to be rare, but as this latest study proves, it can occur. Hybridization may happen when individuals have trouble finding mates from their own species.

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The Tree Hotel – Human Imagination at its best!

Now that’s what we call a tree house!

The Birds Nest

A new ecological development in Sweden, called the Tree Hotel, is creating a stunning architectural homage to the lungs of our planet – the trees.

Situated in a forest area, near the small village of Harads, which is located approximately an hour by car from Luleå (Kallax) airport, the Treehotel, is, according to its developers, “based on the genuine experience of nature so it’s a given that sustainability and ecological values are two pillars of our hotel operation.”

Aesthetically beautiful, while at the same time incorporating the best of modern and innovative design, the hotel plans to offer 24 rooms in all. Currently five treerooms are completed and a tree sauna for up to twelve people, situated among the centuries-old pines.

The developers say:

We build our treerooms in the natural forest while hardly affecting the surroundings. We choose material and construction techniques that make as little environmental impact as possible. We build on live trees without destroying the tree and we do not chop down any trees or damage nature while building. Mostly we use local construction companies.

Each room is unique. Not only the architecture but also its furniture, lighting and fabrics are custom designed. The rooms vary in size between 15-30 m², with the largest rooms accommodating up to four people.

We have chosen Eco outdoor wood floor, which doesn´t contain any chemical substances. The wood is heated to over 200 degrees, which triggers their intrinsic resistance to protect against destruction.

The treerooms all have good insulation and are warmed up by underfloor heating. The electricity is supplied locally from green hydroelectric power. And the lighting consists of low-energy LED-systems.

Daily operations have minimal impact on nature as well. The treerooms have no sewage system and when cleaning, we always use eco-friendly products.

Each room has a modern, environmentally friendly combustion toilet where everything is incinerated at 600 °C. The toilets are completely odourless and powered by electricity. Mirrorcube, on the other hand, has a freezing-toilet, also electrically powered and completely odourless. In winter, it also contributes to heating.

Bathrooms have water-efficient sinks with running water sufficient for washing hands, face and brushing teeth. All wastewater is collected in a container that is emptied daily. Showers are located in a separate building.   (www.treehotel.se)

Treehotel was inspired by the film ”The Tree Lover” by Jonas Selberg Augustsen. The film tells the story of three men who live in the city and want to go back their roots by building a tree house together. “The Tree Lover” is a seen as a philosophical story about the significance of trees for us human beings.

Visit the site www.treehotel.se to see the interiors and to read more about this innovative development. In the meantime, here are some more pictures of the Treehouses.

The UFO
The Cabin
The Mirror Cube
The Blue Cone (even though it's red!)
The Sauna

The Annunaki: Sentient Dinosaurs?

CryptoHunter John Rhodes has an interesting hypothesis about the reptilian beings that are so much a part of Earth’s mythical history.

He believes that “the beings that humanity has been calling “E.T.’s”  or “Aliens” are (in many cases) sightings of sentient Reptilian-Humanoid “Reptoid” beings that are native to Earth, or fellow “Terrans”

The Terrestrial Reptoid Hypothesis further contends that the ancestors of the reptoids (and possibly other life forms) retreated into underground caverns during environmental cataclysms long ago and there they continued to thrive and evolve into the sentient beings they appear to be today.

Their descendants, according to the hypothesis, have science and military representatives that are secretly interacting with human subjects, both civilian and military.

They appear to be currently living in three areas:

1)  Under Earth’s Surface, in Cavern-Cities (and villages) in remote (and sometimes local) geological locations (such as state parks and wilderness areas) – Both U.S. and Foreign.

2)  Off World

3)  In alternate vibrational states of reality (other dimensions).”    Source

Rhodes is interviewed in the clip below from a series on Reptoid Creatures produced by the Animal X – Natural Mystery Unit.  The second clip offers a viewpoint from another Cryptozoologist who disagrees with Rhodes theories.

However Rhodes does make some interesting points. We don’t know for sure that dinosaurs did not evolve to become sentient beings capable of inventing technology, space travel and more. Just because we haven’t found any fossils is not a strong enough case against his theory.  Perhaps they had already evolved and fled the planet just before the extinction event occurred?

That they could become very intelligent is evidenced in the only known relatives of the dinosaurs that we see around us today. Namely birds! Most researchers now support the view that birds are a group of theropod dinosaurs that evolved during the Mesozoic Era.  And birds are capable of extreme feats of intelligence (see the clips below). Interestingly birds are also the only species that is capable of speech.

So is it possible that the Annunaki tales of old are not myth but describe an ancestor dinosaur race who left the planet but then returned to mine for gold? It would explain why in the myths they are territorial about the planet and act very much as if they have a right to it. That would be a logical argument for them to make if they were here first. In their view they were just coming home to visit.

It would also make sense of the strange Sumerian tales of genetic manipulation and the breeding program they supposedly undertook to create the worker humans.  As both the mammals and the dinosaurs originated on Earth, then the basic DNA of both came from the same source. That would explain why the genetic manipulation worked (according to their stories) as a completely alien species would surely have few similarities with humans and thus would make any genetic intermingling very difficult.

So, if indeed a hypothesis such as this were found to be true, a humanoid dinosaur may not be as unlike us as we want to believe!  Perhaps we should pay closer attention to our feathered friends, the birds, to get a sense of what a Reptoid personality may be like. Check out the clips below Animal X to see some clever birds in action..

And check out this story in the UK Daily Mail:

Welcome to our new lizard overlords: Study suggests alien worlds could be full of super-intelligent dinosaurs

  • Life-forms based on different amino acids could be intelligent dinosaurs
  • Mammals only triumphed on Earth due to ‘accident’ of asteroid
  • ‘We would be better off not meeting them,’ says American scientist
Read full article here.

You can watch all five parts on you tube or for more information on Animal x go to www.animalx.net

The Language of DNA: Can DNA Be Reprogrammed by Words and Frequencies?

Can thoughts and word have a direct effect on DNA?

Are the sequences formed by the ACGT nucleotide bases in DNA  actually a language, capable of responding to and communicating with other languages?

Is the really exciting stuff actually in the so called 90% junk DNA?

A group of Russian scientists think so and according to Peter Gariev (Dr. Pjotr Garjajev) writing in the August 2009 edition of DNA monthly:

“Simply put, our position is that an organism’s genome cannot and does not consist of ninety-eight percent ‘junk’. Such thinking is nonsense from the perspective of evolution, which throws away anything unnecessary.” (DNA Monthly)

The following extract from the book  by Jan Wicherink sums up their findings to date:

“While western science invested in the International Human Genome Project focusing on the 5% of the encoding triplets of DNA, in the Soviet Union in 1990 a group of Russian scientists of the Russian Academy of Sciences was formed to study the complete human genome. This research was led by Dr. Pjotr Garjajev, member of the Russian Academy of Sciences as well as the Academy of Sciences in New York. The Russian research was taking a wide angle and held an open view in their studies. The research team included bio physicists, molecular biologists, embryologists and even linguistic experts. Their research revealed that the supposed junk DNA that has been completely neglected and forgotten by western mainstream science, was no redundant leftover of evolution at all. Linguistic studies revealed that the sequencing of the codons of the non-coding DNA follow the rules of some basic syntax. There is a definite structure and logic in the sequence of these triplets, like some biological language. Research further revealed that the codons actually form words and sentences just like our ordinary human language follows grammar rules.

Scientists have conducted much research on the origins of human languages and the origins of the grammatical rules that are so essential to all human languages; however they have always failed to find the source. But now for the first time in history the origins of language may be surprisingly attributed to DNA. The language of the genes is much, much older than any human language that was ever uttered on this globe. It is even conceivable that the DNA grammar itself served as the blueprint for the development of human speech.

Whereas the western Human Genome Project deciphered the ‘machine language’ code of the DNA molecule, the structure of the DNA ‘bits’ formed by the sequence of nucleotides, Russian scholars discovered the higher level language present in DNA. Another amazing fact that Garjajev’s group discovered was that the DNA is by no means a closed book of life. He discovered that the text of the DNA book can be altered. The codons of the DNA string can be rearranged in different sequences. In other words the software of the human genome our DNA molecule can be reprogrammed! Research revealed that the triplets in the DNA string are able to exchange places.

Since the DNA was found to have a syntax and semantics akin to our human languages, it indicated that our currently restricted understanding of DNA serving only for the coding of the reproduction of proteins for the chemical make up of an organism, is only half of the story.

When in vitro DNA in test tubes was exposed to coherent laser light, the laser light spiralled along the DNA helix as if it was guided by the structure of the DNA molecule. The most amazing effect was noticed when the DNA itself was removed and the laser light kept spiralling! The vacuum of the space that was just previously occupied by the DNA had changed and something caused the laser light to keep spiralling. These effects have been measured and remained for quite some time after the DNA was removed. The effect is now becoming well known as the DNA phantom effect. Vladimir Poponin and his team of Russian Academy of Sciences repeated the work of Garjajev at the Hearthmath Institute in the U.S.A. Poponin concluded again that a field structure was formed in the physical vacuum even when the original DNA was removed. We’ve seen similar examples of vacuum changes before that could be attributed to torsion fields.


DNA programming

The most astonishing experiment that was performed by Garjajev’s group is the reprogramming of the DNA codon sequences using modulated laser light. From their discovered grammatical syntax of the DNA language they were able to modulate coherent laser light and even radio waves and add semantics (meaning) to the carrier wave. In this way they were able to reprogram in vivo DNA in living organisms, by using the correct resonant frequencies of DNA. The most impressive discovery made so far is that spoken language can be modulated to the carrier wave with the same reprogramming effect. Now this is a baffling and stunning scientific discovery! Our own DNA can simply be reprogrammed by human speech, supposing that the words are modulated on the correct carrier frequencies!

Whereas western science uses complicated bio chemical processes to cut and paste DNA triplets in the DNA molecule, Russian scientist use modulated laser light to do exactly the same thing. The Russians have proven to be very successful in repairing damaged DNA material in vivo!

Laser light therapies based on Garjajev’s findings are already applied in some European academic hospitals with success on various sorts of skin cancer. The cancer is cured without any remaining scars.” (From:  http://www.soulsofdistortion.nl/SODA_chapter9.html)

In addition sound therapy is also widely used today and the fact that some frequencies promote calm and healing while others can agitate and upset may fit in with this idea that the frequencies actually communicate with the DNA and can help or harm it.

How much of this is being recognised by mainstream science is unknown, but, as with all outside of the box thinking, it can take time for the mainstream world view to adapt and change a paradigm.

After all, the idea that the world might actually be round was once an extremely radical and absolutely forbidden idea!

Galileo Sun-Centered System

Russians Change DNA with Frequency Experiments 1/2

http://www.bcs.org/content/conWebDoc/16170