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Residents of Salinas, Calif. were baffled and amazed by a mysterious crop circle discovered in a field Monday morning.

As seen in the photos above, the design is highly detailed, but the locals still have no idea who created the masterpiece, according to a Sky News report.

The crop circle was carved into a barley field just east of Salinas, and the Monterey Herald reports the creation spanned nearly an acre of the field. The report also mentioned the owners of the farm hired security guards to monitor the property, but reporters were escorted to see the masterpiece up-close.

"I don't know what it is supposed to be ... but it is beautiful," said Julie Belanger, who spoke to NBC News after flying over the design to take pictures.

Whether created by human or extraterrestrial, weather conditions for the circle-carving were nearly ideal, with clear skies and cool temperatures, according to weather.com senior meteorologist Jon Erdman.

Source and special thanks: The Weather Channel

 

Update on 1/9/2014 - Case now officially labeled a hoax

 

Nvidia promotes new chip with crop circle

By PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer 

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 310-foot "crop circle" in a California barley field that mystified locals this week was explained Sunday: it was a publicity stunt by Nvidia Corp., a maker of chips for PCs and smartphones.

The crop circle near Chualar, Calif., contained a stylized image of a computer chip and the number "192" in Braille. On Sunday, the company announced the Tegra K1, a new chip for tablets and smartphones that contains 192 computing "cores," or mini-computers, for graphics applications.

Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said at a press conference in Las Vegas, ahead of the International Consumer Electronics Show, that he had given his marketing department the mission to promote the chip on a shoe-string budget. The crop circle received wide attention. Rumors of Santa Clara, Calif.-based Nvidia's involvement appeared Sunday before the press conference.

The circle was plowed under a few days after its discovery.

Tablets are becoming a popular platform for gaming, undermining Nvidia's core business of creating powerful chips that enhance the look of PC games. It's had some success with its chips for mobile gadgets like smartphones and tablets, but has been overshadowed by Qualcomm Inc.

In the new Tegra K1, the graphics component based on its "Kepler" design, used in high-end PCs. The chip would makes for a tablet more powerful than an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 game console, while consuming one-twentieth the power.

"We've bridged the gap — we've brought mobile computing to the same level as desktop computing," Huang said.

The 192 cores in the new chip compare to Nvidia's previous flagship, the Tegra 4, with 72 graphics cores.

Huang demonstrated near photo-realistic simulations of environments and human faces, run on the new chip. He said Epic Games will adapt the next version of its Unreal Engine, the basis for many popular games, so that it will work on the chip. He didn't announce when the chip would be available or any gadget makers that were adopting it.

 

Source and special thanks: The Associated Press

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  •  tim8068: 
     

    i'm from england,and back in the late nineties there was a spate of crop circles in fields around nuneaton in the midlands,where i live.. they made the news,and were even authenticated by so called experts. how i laughed. The crop circles were actually all made by a bunch of friends of mine,who would,after a night in the pub,go out into fields and make them for a laugh.

     They used a central pole,with a rope attatched to get perfect circles,and strapped "stomping boards" to the soles of their feet which were about two feet long. This allowed them to flatten the corn down without leaving any marks or foot prints.. They made some pretty complex patterns to be fair,and took them hours to do. i even saw videos they made of themselves doing it. looked great fun!

     i'm not narrow minded,so i'm not trying to dispell all crop circles as hoaxes,but this is true in this case. after all,truth is what the black vault is all about,right?

     
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Ends: December 30th, 2013 12:00 AM
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