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From the editor's desk.

As you will see in our "In Memoriam" segment, we have lost three dear friends in the scientific community, who donated their lives to advancing science. When I speak of sacrifice, I truly mean that they gave of themselves to fulfill this important mission. While meditating over their lives, I thought of their ambitions to investigate the frontier (the undeveloped field for research and discovery) and move science forward. The history of science has shown repeatedly that scientists who have ambition to investigate the undeveloped field for research and discovery face extraordinary obstacles. Richard J. Fox established this Center knowing that people with such ambition should have the opportunity to exchange information with other scientists and openly discuss information on scientific issues that could lead to future breakthroughs in science. This meaning identifies with the mission of these people.

Myrna Brind recognized the importance of moving forward to research various therapies that could be used alone or in conjunction with allopathic medicine for treating patients. She was a strong advocate of educating people on maintaining their health. She developed the Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, making it possible for both today's physicians and the physicians of tomorrow to research various therapies and recognize the many ways for treating their patients. Brind's work identifies well with encouraging scientists and physicians to research the undeveloped fields in medicine so that all may benefit.

Dr. W. Ross Adey was a distinguished neurology professor and towering figure in electromagnetic fields research. At the VA Hospital in Loma Linda, California, he carried out studies on the role of power frequency electromagnetic fields (EMFs) in the promotion of cancer and later on the potential cancer risks following exposure to cell radiation. Adey recognized that exposure to extremely high frequencies (EHF) and microwave signals could have negative effects on one's health. He was among a few who understood that we were obligated to define what the lowest level of safe exposure can be to EHF and microwave signals.

Over his research career, Adey showed how ELF-modulated radio frequency (RF) signals could lead to the release of calcium ions from cells. Adey initiated the first studies on cell phones and the potential of them being a cancer risk. As a pioneer in his field, Adey's contribution to science will be valued for years to come.

When you reflect on the life of Dr. Eugene Mallove, you find a Harvard University graduate, with a distinguished background in both engineering and environmental health sciences, who recognized that there were other sources of energy to be examined. In 1989, when Martin Fleishmann and Stanley Pons from the University of Utah brought forth their cold fusion research, Mallove had the wisdom to know that such work warranted further investigation. Mallove saw the potential possibilities that could come about from such a discovery and what affect it would have on the world in which we live. Mallove, an astute scientist and author, knew that this should be researched further and those carrying out this research should be encouraged and supported with their work. In light of this, he developed the Infinite Energy Magazine and later the New Energy Foundation. This gave those researching new sources of energy a place to publish their work and to network with fellow researchers in this field. Through his work, new investigations into various sources of energy are being examined. The United States Department of Energy has established plans to reopen its investigation on cold fusion and other sources of energy. Mallove's years of sacrifice and ridicule by many fellow scientists seems to be paying off. The situation in today's world shows how important it was for Mallove to carryout his work in exploring the various sources of energy that could provide us with a world of clean air and peace.

Above is a briefing on three people whose work stands out, but there are many others who serve as explorers researching nature and investigating the ways that will improve the quality of life for all. In this issue James and Nora Oschman have provided us with a feature article, "Commemorating the Research of Phillip S. Callahan, Ph.D." This article commemorates Callahan's discovery that insects "smell" pheromones electronically by tuning into their infrared emissions. Callahan's research paved the way for the concept of bioelectromagnetic communications in which molecules interact without touching.

The feature article, "The Problem of Giant Cells in Biology," written by three scientists from Moscow State University presents their research on the influence of the geomagnetic field (GMF) on the cellular structure of root apices of Allium cepa.

Dr. Vladimir Kompanichenko's article, "Systemic Approach to the Origin of Life," implies a clarification of the aspects of distinguishing the fundamental properties which characterize the biological types of natural systems, along with the formulation of clear distinctions between properties of the biological and non-biological natural systems. He also provides an explanation of how the fundamental properties of biological systems organize and how they could form.

In addition to our feature articles, our News and Views segment, along with our Correspondence section address various issues from forecasting the effect of macroscopic nonlocality to a rational versus conscious experience in time and space matters by Roger Gouin.

The people that I mentioned in this editorial, along with the articles that appear in this journal, recognize the importance of encouraging healthy dialogue among scientists to critically examine new ideas in science and see ways in which undeveloped fields can move forward to make this world a better place to live for this generation and generations to follow.
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Author:Kolenda, Nancy
Publication:Frontier Perspectives
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 22, 2004
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