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Sipapu was named after a Native American word said to mean "sacred fire", but then altered to protect ethnic sensibilities. Sipapu is the place of emergence from the underworld (where the spirits and ancestors of the Hopi live). The passage between the World Below and the earth is the sipapu. The Grand Canyon, which is the Hopi Sipapu or Emergence Hole, and it is where legend says the Hopi came up from the underworld.
In Hopi mythology, Sipapu is the entryway through which all souls must enter and exit the spirit world. The circular kivas found in Anasazi ruins are said to be symbolic of this emergence, i.e. underground ceremonial chambers with a roof entrance/exit, called the sipapu. The tepali, the ritual hole covered by a stone disc at the center of the tuki, is a variant of the sipapu (Hopi sipaapuni), the mythical place of emergence of the Pueblo peoples, which is architecturally represented as a hole in the center of the kiva. For the Army, Sipapu was a neutral beam, space-based weapon, ranked second in priority to Chair Heritage and is receiving in excess of $10 million in 1980. This Army program, being conducted at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory in New Mexico, is based on advanced Soviet technology demonstrated in a Russian-designed plasma generating device. The US version was tested to determine compatibility with a Meson Physics Accelerator, located at Los Alamos. The two devices were coupled to form a test apparatus for follow-on experiments on beam propagation and lethality. The Sipapu program reached a stage where weapons packaging designs could be initiated. If Sipapu were developed in a less sophisticated, anti-satellite configuration, it could be launched in three to five years with adequate funding.
The Beam Experiment Aboard a Rocket (BEAR) program was the first step in addressing the space operability issues. The BEAR experiment was successfully launched on a suborbital trajectory from while Sands Missile Range, New Mexico on 13 July 1989. The integration of a government, industry, and national laboratory team resulted in a major success for the NPB program. Significant accomplishments included the space qualification and automated control of the accelerator beamline and associated diagnostics. The test also demonstrated the ruggedness of the NPB technology. A misfire of the booster on the first launch attempt resulted in a sudden overpressure of the accelerator on the launch pad. Only a ruptured protective vacuum burst disk was replaced. There was no affect on accelerator performance. The BEAR mission was flown with no further maintenance on the payload. The payload was parachute recovered after the successful flight. Flight quality accelerator operation was demonstrated with no system repairs following recovery. The BEAR flight showed no "show stoppers" for NPB. Spacecraft charging was observed in the hundreds of volts with no breakdowns. Beam propagation was as predicted by classical physics and neutral effluents caused no significant effect on beam propagation.
originally posted by: mirageman
a reply to: ctj83
Hopefully Adam will clarify what he is talking about.
But I suspect there is some confusion here and people are at cross purposes.
On the page Adam originally linked there is a another link entitled BEAR Beam Experiments Abroad Rocket. Although there is no mention of a bear in the woods in the main text of the article.
Obviously the Russian Tupolev Tu-95 was (and still is) a strategic bomber that was used by the Soviets in the Cold War. It has been mentioned by Jenny Randles and others as you point out in relation to RFI.
However the "Bear in the Woods" could also refer to a phrase coined during that era and used in Reagan's election campaign. Which is a thinly veiled reference to the Soviet threat.
I guess it all depends on the context it is meant.
Back to you Adam....
originally posted by: ctj83
a reply to: KellyPrettyBear
I believe that Nolan gave a speech on this recently, he's mentioned it on Twitter. I think they are putting a paper out on it. However, seeing as the topic is not mentioned - only that brain tissue changes in density, I can't say for certain that this research is what he is referring to. If you look on ResearchGate you'll get a much better sense of what they are saying, but it seems the density of this areas is different for those with experiences. My guess is that the research on this area matches what Nolan recently spoke about.
It could well be ground breaking.
Personally, I'd like to see comparisons with the same area of regular meditators and even mindfulness practitioners.