John A. Burke, the "B" in "BLT Research Team Inc." and a native of Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York, has died at the age of 58. An inspired and tireless advocate for the likelihood that natural (although currently undiscovered) forces are involved in the crop circle phenomenon, John carried out a considerable volume of new research during the 1990s, very much "behind the scenes."
In 1995 he co-authored the peer-reviewed paper "Semi-Molten Meteoric Iron Associated with a Crop Formation" (J. Sci. Exploration) which presented evidence that molten iron-rich deposits discovered in a 1993 crop circle had been produced when meteoric dust, heated through interaction with a descending plasma vortex, had impacted the field.
In conjunction with his crop circle work with Michigan biophysicist W.C. Levengood John was instrumental in developing the "MIR Stressguard" process, a technique which replicated the BLT Team's discovery that seeds taken from crop circles which had occurred in mature plants grew both faster than normal and also produced increased yield while simultaneously withstanding typical plant stressors. Years of attempts by John to bring this technology to the world's seed companies failed, because the financial profits which could be anticipated were less than those garnered by the current, genetic, approach.
During the last 10 years John had pursued multiple other interests and in 2005 he and colleague Kaj Halberg published their ground-breaking book "Seed of Knowledge, Stone of Plenty" which presented evidence that naturally-occuring earth energies had been not only recognized, but utilized, by the ancient megalith builders in multiple cultures around the world. Reviewed by Boston University geologist Robert M. Schoch, the book was praised as "utterly fascinating" and a new "approach to understanding the mysteries of ancient megalithic structures."
Most recently John had been working on a method to calibrate pain levels so that medical professionals could more accurately provide relief of suffering. Animal trials had been found effective and testing with humans was being planned.
John, who had been long divorced, is survived by four sisters and one brother, all of whom were with him when he died. John was a pioneer...and I will miss him very much, too.
BLT Research Team Inc.
Links to some of John's contributions:
"Semi-Molten Meteoric Iron Associated with a Crop Formation"
"The Physics of Crop Formations"
The MIR "Stressguard" Process
http://www.bltresearch.com/plantab.php (see item #7)
"Seed of Knowledge, Stone of Plenty"