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What is Exotic Matter
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Exotic Matter - A transdimensional substance discovered as a byproduct of the Higgs Boson research at CERN. In theory, XM is both matter and energy, and simultaneously exists in multiple dimensions. Exact knowledge of the nature of XM is currently classified. (WotD for November 15 - http://www.nianticproject.com/?id=00wod15
XM (Exotic Matter) - A rare and powerful form of tri-polar energy leaking into our universe from another dimension. This energy forms the basis for all Shaper technology. XM is needed to power your Scanner. If XM falls below critical levels, your Scanner will be disabled. You can collect XM (represented by glowing orbs on the Scanner Map) by moving through those areas. The XM will be automatically harvested by your Scanner. (from ingress manual - vocabulary briefing)
XM - Transdimensional ordered data of unknown origin or purpose. (from Ingress Comic, Issue #1)
Exotic Matter Glossary
Niantic Investigation Board Word of the Day and Thought of the Day References
QUANTUM MECHANICS - The discovery that particles are discrete packets of energy with wave-like properties led to the branch of physics dealing with atomic and sub-atomic systems which is today called quantum mechanics. (WotD Nov 16)
SENSITIVE ARCHAEOLOGY - Locating ancient sites by studying exotic matter cluster dispersal. Very weird stuff. (WotD Nov 20)
NUMINOUS PLACES - Places on the Earth previously associated with divine or creative inspiration. Mystical Places. Most famous numinous places have been mapped to Exotic Matter anomalies. (WotD Nov 21)
QUANTUM TELEPATHY - Where do ideas come from? Inspiration. Some are beginning to argue that Exotic Matter might explain ephemeral mental states such as artistic inspiration, ESP, sudden scientific breakthroughs. (WotD Nov 22)
KIRLIAN PHOTOGRAPHY - Photography that allegely showed `auras' around people's bodies. Some theorize that Exotic Matter visualization has its roots in Kirlian Photography. (WotD Dec 4)
DEJA VU - That eerie sense that you have lived this before. One plausible explanation based on current research is that Deja Vu may be an XM induced glimpse into an alternate reality. (WotD Jan 3)
BARYOGENESIS - refers to the as yet unresolved process in physics that results in our universe appearing to contain much more matter than anti-matter. (WotD Feb 21)
COLD DARK MATTER - A form of matter that interacts very weakly with light waves, currently estimated to be 5 times as numerous in our universe than “normal” matter. Has not yet been directly detected, but is required to explain many phenomena seen in astrophysics. (WotD Mar 6)
BOSE-EINSTEIN CONDENSATE - A special state of matter entered by gasses when cooled to slightly above absolute zero, where the individual quantum states of each atom collapse into each other and the system of atoms forms a single, coherent quantum system. (WotD Mar 13)
HYPERTHREADING - An as of yet unexplained dualization/transportation of one's XM essence to another position in spacetime. Niantic researchers have hypothesized that an extreme hyper-sensitive may be able to extend XM hyperthreading to their physical form, existing in two positions simultaneously. This remains unproven, and largely in the realm of pseudo-science. (WotD Mar 14)
TotD Nov 18 - Today I received an email that seems to me was written some months ago, although the dates have been redacted. One of more interesting lines: “The XM is also engineering itself.” I continue to be intrigued by the outpouring of creativity that these last few days have brought forth. Is creativity and genius intrinsic to us as humans, or does the XM enable it? If it's the XM, are there side effects? These are difficult question, and they have divided people into factions.
TotD Dec 25 - XM is Everything…
TotD Jan 7 - 'Let us say that Exotic Matter has been the hidden factor in human history. A bold statement from Hank Johnson. I've yet to see the evidence, but it is a massive and far-reaching idea to contemplate.
TotD Feb 5- A human scream, metal personal effects and ancient resonators. If what Hank Johnson theorizes is true, then ancient civilizations were influenced by XM just as we suspect that the world today is. What's more, they understood how to interact with portals and use them to their advantage. The remarkable thing about human intuitiveness and ingenuity is that despite the crudeness of technology or the lack of powerful resources, our ability to uncover fundamental truths about the universe is something that's always been with us.
TotD Mar 21 - A very recent Operation Juice Club document leaked and came my way. It seems Misty is continuing to improve her hyperthreading skillset, and seeks to use their network of research nodes on 03/27 to transport her XM entity across the Los Angeles area.
TotD Apr 21 - A leaked email thread confirms the news revealed in yesterday's Ingress Report: It seems links now contribute to portal defense, and XMPs are to begin consuming XM in order to obtain more accurate targeting. The changes to the scanner seem to have been unauthorized… a post from Curter Zokiev takes credit for the changes. Fingers within Niantic are pointing at Dr. Victor Kureze, but he has denied the allegations, according to the leaked emails.
Ingress Manual/Game XM References
last updated May 21, 2013
Exotic Matter (XM) meter: XM allows you to take actions in Ingress (e.g. hacking a Portal or creating a Link). Walk around to gather XM. (from ingress manual - scanner overview)
Capturing a Portal - You capture Portals by deploying Resonators on the Portal. Resonators tune and amplify the naturally occurring XM at the Portal site, causing the Portal to grow in power. (from ingress manual - scanner overview)
Portal - Portals manifest themselves usually as public art such as statues and monuments, unique architecture, outdoor murals, historic buildings, and unique local businesses. Portals are places where human creativity and ingenuity is expressed and Exotic Matter (XM) emanates. In your Scanner, Portals will appear as either green (Enlightened), blue (Resistance) or gray (neutral). Interact with Portals by claiming them for your faction, linking them together to form Control Fields and Hacking to obtain items. You can fire an XMP to damage a Resonator and reduce its XM health. When all eight resonators have their XM health reduced to the Critical level, then the Link will fail.
Portal Decay - Resonators are powered by XM. Resonators start with a full charge, but the XM store is consumed at a rate of approximately 10% per day. Attacks on Resonators by XMPs also reduce their XM charge. Resonators will self-destruct when the XM charge reaches 0. If all Resonators deployed on a Portal go to zero, the Portal will revert to Neutral status. (from ingress manual - scanner overview)
Power Cube - Power Cubes contain XM and are obtained through HACKING. Using a Power Cube will transfer all of its XM energy to your Scanner XM health bar. They are one-time use, and any energy that is left over after your XM health bar is full will be lost.
Primary Store - Recharging Resonators consumes XM from your primary store. You can replenish your XM by walking around and collecting more XM. (from ingress manual - scanner overview)
Recharging - Resonators must be periodically Recharged to maintain their power and control a Portal. If Resonators lose too much XM, then they will be at risk of easy destruction during enemy attacks. If all the Resonators on a Portal drop in XM health to the Critical level, then Links from the Resonators’ Portal will fail. Recharging a Resonator involves transferring XM from your Player reserve to the Resonator(s) on a Portal. Recharging Resonators consumes XM from your primary store.
Resonator - A high energy particle accelerator that is used to control the XM energy emitted by Portals. Deploying a Resonator on a Portal allows you to claim the Portal for your Faction.
Scanner - The core technology for your phone, the Scanner can detect Portals and interact with Exotic Matter (XM) and XM constructs such as Resonators and XMPs.
XM Studies and Research
XM Sat Surveys and Dr. Victor Kureze Research
His initial XM research may have begun with Corporate Cover Lab A662 see here for details. This XM study is also referenced in the Kureze Audio
from Kureze Audio 2 and Audio 3
At first, we thought our particle accelerator was malfunctioning, or that there had been some electronic
anomaly on our monitors; but in due course, we realized that we were seeing a non-random flow of information
coming from the sub-atomic particles we were studying.
We ran several tests, and concluded that there was no other explanation, other than the we had connected with
at least one other dimension. We realized that we had crossed a threshold in which global security could be
at risk. So, we contacted Calvin, and he brought the NIA.
(from Niantic Investigation board site Nov. 2) - http://commondatastorage.googleapis.com/pac/IB/00/item/xmstudy/xmstudy.html and http://commondatastorage.googleapis.com/pac/IB/00/item/xmstudy/pop.txt
When Devra joined the project, there was no published knowledge of concentrations of any observable levels
anywhere on the planet. Such a sensor would have taken months to build and launch. Possibly years. And yet it
existed. Devra had seen the mapping of XM projected onto a globe. There were tens of thousands, perhaps
hundreds of thousands of sites. (from novel "An Exotic Matter" page 8)
Dr. Victor Kureze produced a study that referenced these Sat Surveys. Original link
Video clip of a presentation by Dr. Kureze - http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=VNPcV1QSyVc (need transcript)
Proposed XM Study (Niantic Project) by Dr. Ezekiel Calvin
Ordered Data Studies
A number of studies have referenced ordered data
Calvin Lowell Fort Mead Ordered Data Chat
This concept was first introduced in the OSS document. Dr. Andresen is interviewed about an encounter (potentially with what is described here and here ). He mentions encountering a natural tortion (torsion) field in the area. He describes it as a contruct to allow FTL (faster than light) communication and paranormal phenomena possible. He is pressed if it was a field, and the doctor simple replies I believe it was.
This project/work is indirectly referenced in this audio as potentially being worked on 10 years before the Germany project.
They are mentioned again as being a focus of study for the Committee For the Development of New Science.
What is known about the hardware and software used to study, harvest, interact with XM.
Ni "harvesting" mention
In a chat between Calvin and Ni released Nov. 15 Ni mentions
"XM harvesting tech arrived on a public site and is now being downloaded by thousands"
Shaper Mind Virus - Dr. Calvin (an NIA Research Analyst) proposed a Shaper study to the NIA dealing with links between XM, human ability and the effects of his hypothesized Shaper Mind Virus. He hypothesized in his study that those called, sensitives may have been influenced by this virus http://commondatastorage.googleapis.com/pac/IB/00/item/ShaperStudyProposal.png Nov 7
Shapers - Name ascribed to the patterns found to be emerging in Exotic Matter which some believe to be indications of an intelligence of unknown origin. (WotD for November 19 - http://www.nianticproject.com/?id=00wod19 )
A code name assigned by ADA or the NIA for the transdimensional intelligence that may be infiltrating our dimension through XM Portals. At present, we have no visualization for Shapers. We only seem to see them when manifested in their human identities (i.e., we see the scientist, not the idea virus inside). (from Ingress Manual - vocabulary briefing)
Dr. Ezekiel Calvin (an NIA Research Analyst) is assigned to Niantic to “assess the reality and viability of acquiring technology, both biological and theoretical from Shaper portals” http://commondatastorage.googleapis.com/pac/IB/00/item/tno.png
Shaper Septicycle - First mentioned in this document, a letter from Visur as a septicycle. This document, a letter from Hulong in response to the Visur letter, uses the term Shaper Septicycle.
I will do you the favor of sharing confirmed intel that IQTech has researched and is in the process of
implementing technology to enable them to track Agent operations at a regional level tracked against
the Shaper Septicycle.