Wednesday, July 30, 2014

UFO Reports / Tweets Spurred by Drone Filming Fireworks Display | VIDEO

By Frank Warren
The UFO Chronicles

     YouTuber Don Hough published a video on July 29th (2014) entitled, “UFO's over Deal Kent”; shortly thereafter it permeated the twitterverse.

The video merely, stated, “UFO spotted over Deal beach, Kent during a firework display on Friday evening 27th July 2014.” In it we see an object rise above the explosions and beautiful visuals of the fireworks and then slowly move down again, seemingly blinking as it navigated the area. The video is over 6 minutes long.

As the Twitter chatter carried on, Jamie Culver tweeted the following:

Taking Culver's advice we find the YouTube account, labeled "Adam Dark" and there we see a video, entitled, "July 27 Deal Fireworks. Drone captures Deal Fireworks and Funfair." In this instance we get the bird's eye view of the fireworks exploding at altitude, yet another example of creative use of aerial drones.

From the drone's perspective we can imagine Don Hough and family down below in the darkness simultaneously filming the fireworks and this unknown object.

UFO Seen Over Grimsby This Morning

UFO Seen Over Grimsby This Morning 7-30-14

Can you help to identify UFO seen over Grimsby this morning?

By Grimsby Telegraph

     Did you spot an unidentified flying object over Grimsby this morning?

After probing the skies, 70-year-old Geoffrey Rhodes spotted the UFO outside his home on Yarborough Road at 6.20am.

He described the object as "a bright star shaped object" and watched as it made its way across the sky towards the Humber Estuary before it disappeared and reappeared in the spot he'd seen earlier.

Mr Rhodes watched as it did this five times before the object disappeared completely - but did not manage to get a photograph. . . .

UFO / Alien Street Signs Remain a Mystery | VIDEO

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UFO - Alien Street Signs Remain a Mystery - July 2014

By Brittni Smallwood
News 4

     EAST AURORA, N.Y. (WIVB) – It’s been days since the mysterious alien signs vanished from the streets of East Aurora and no one knows who took them down.

East Aurora Police explained that they have no suspects.

It appears as though the signs are gone without a trace. The same way they showed up.

“I think it’s a high school kid. I hear they were really high end. So that’s something a high school kid may not have been able to afford,” said Allie Hartwick who’s wondering where the signs came from.

“There have been a lot of rumors. I don’t know, “said Gary Grote, the President of the East Aurora Chamber of Commerce. . . .

Twitter Lights Up With Toronto UFO Chatter

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By Matt Ingram

      TORONTO -- Lights in the evening sky triggered an invasion of chatter about UFOs in the Twitterverse on Sunday.

Two videos posted to YouTube by Sarah Chun of North York shows a series of unexplained lights hovering over neighbourhoods in the Yonge St.-Sheppard Ave. area in north Toronto on Saturday night.

At least one police officer -- Const. Craig Brister -- attributed the spectacle to a toy helicopter known as a "quadcopter."

Brister, who was on patrol Saturday night, posted his explanation of the event on Twitter after someone showed him the video of the lights.

Chun, meanwhile, went to her balcony to take a closer look Saturday night, after noticing the lights while working on her laptop.

"I saw something flashing. Especially the diagonal lights, they were kind of shooting upwards," Chun said.

UFO Hacker, Gary McKinnon Launches SEO Business

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UFO Hacker, Gary McKinnon

By Warwick Ashford

     UK hacker Gary McKinnon is offering his services as an online search expert after winning a 10-year battle against extradition to the US for breaking into military computers to look for evidence of UFOs.

Finally able to make a new life for himself, Glasgow-born McKinnon has set up a business offering services to manipulate aspects of a website to improve its ranking by online search engines. . . .

. . . In November 2012, McKinnon learned he would not face any charges in the UK and that a ban on accessing computers would be lifted. . . .

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

UFOs Over Toronto Caught On Tape, Prompting Police Reports | VIDEO

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UFOs Over Toronto Caught On Tape, Prompting Police Reports 7-26-14

By Ed Mazza
The Huffington Post

     Something was flying over Toronto on Saturday night, causing residents to contact police and take to social media with images and videos of lights in the sky.

“It was really high up, and was round, bright and shining,” Sarah Chun, who recorded videos of the lights with her iPad and posted them to YouTube, told the Toronto Star. “At first I thought it was stars or something, but it was too bright to be. I didn’t know what it was.”

Chun said the lights lasted for about 25 minutes.

"It kind of flew, and then disappeared," she was quoted as saying. . . .

Two New Large Holes Appear In Siberia, Locals Mystified

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Two New Large Holes Appear In Siberia, Locals Mystified - July 2014
The funnel is a perfectly formed cone, say locals who are mystified at how it was formed. Its depth is estimated at between 60 and 100 metres and its diameter - more than four metres. (Credit: Local residents)

By The Siberian Times

Reindeer herders find more craters in the far north in a deepening puzzle for scientists.

    Millions of people around the world glimpsed the first giant hole after it was revealed by The Siberian Times . . .. Now news has emerged of two new similar formations in the permafrost, prompting more intrigue about their creation.

Theories range from meteorites, stray missiles, a man-made prank, and aliens, to an explosive cocktail of methane or shale gas suddenly exploding. The version about melting permafrost due to climate change, causing a release of methane gas, which then forces an eruption is the current favorite, though scientists are reluctant to offer a firm conclusion without more study. . . .

Want to Colonize an Alien Planet? Send 40,000 People

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Future Starship Under Construction

By Mike Wall

     If humanity ever wants to colonize a planet beyond the solar system, it's going to need a really big spaceship.

The founding population of an interstellar colony should consist of 20,000 to 40,000 people, said Cameron Smith, an anthropologist at Portland State University in Oregon. Such a large group would possess a great deal of genetic and demographic diversity, giving the settlement the best chance of survival during the long space voyage and beyond, he explained. . . .

Monday, July 28, 2014

'Just One Good Example' of UFO Evidence, asks SETI’s Seth Shostak

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Delphos UFO

Careful what you ask for

By Billy Cox
De Void

     Radioastronomer Seth Shostak, last making headlines in May alongside colleague Dan Wertheimer by appearing on Capitol Hill to appeal for congressional SETI funding, is one of the nicest, brightest and most approachable scientists you’ll ever want to meet. Even during disagreements over The Great Taboo, the SETI Institute’s senior astronomer is unfailingly cordial. So when British chemist Erol Faruk tuned into a podcast in which Shostak asked listeners to send him “just one good example” of UFO evidence, Faruk took him at his word

The results of Faruk’s quixotic quest for a fair hearing from Shostak and mainstream science have just been released in his self-published ebook on Amazon. It pretty much strips away the myth that institutional scholars would welcome Great Taboo data if Only They Had Decent Stuff To Study. Its title is a mouthful - The Indisputable Scientific Evidence for a UFO Landing and Deposition (aka The Delphos Case) that was denied Publication by Scientific Journals —but it’s a relatively succinct reiteration of the hallmark timidity that characterizes — or more aptly, impedes — America’s learning curve into terra incognita.

First, Erol Faruk has what exclusive groups like to call standing. He has a PhD in chemistry, worked research posts at Oxford and Nottingham universities, and became a development chemist at the corporation that became GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals. He has published peer-reviewed papers in arcane industry journals such as Helvetica Chimica Act, and The Journal of Antibiotics. He holds several formula patents. He speaks the language.

Years ago, Faruk got interested in the 1971 Delphos, Kan., UFO case. No need to rehash the whole thing here, you can read all about it online, but what sucked him in was the ring of glowing soil it left behind. The family took pictures moments after the UFO took off, local media and law enforcement converged on the scene, and the ring scars lingered long afterwards. Fungal growth was the chief suspect at the top of the conventional explanations list, but it couldn’t account for the temporary blindness alleged by one witness, nor the numbing sensation reported by another who touched the glowing earth when it was still fresh.

Faruk, years later, subjected several grams of affected soil to chemical analysis and discovered some puzzling behaviors in the sample compounds, including an apparent paradox in water soluble and water repellent properties. Most intriguing to him was how, as he would later write, the UFO “appears to have contained within its periphery an aqueous solution of an unstable compound whose likely sole function would be light emission.” Many UFOs are reported to glow. Maybe these trace effects held implications above and beyond this single event.

Faruk’s research was published in the Journal of UFO Studies in 1989. Analytical chemist Phyllis Budinger later weighed in with her own study. Budinger interpreted some of Faruk's findings differently, but she also discovered complexities that he had missed. JUFOS published Budinger's work in 2002.

Their combined efforts vanished with little comment. Faruk figured maybe that was because they were circulated in narrow-niche publications, and that it needed more eyes. So he decided to approach mainstream science journals, starting with Nature, the bible, in 2012. Maybe the exercise was doomed from the beginning, given the title of his paper — “The search for signs of extraterrestrial intelligence on earth; strong chemical and physical evidence for the existence of an unconventional luminescent aircraft (commonly called a UFO) observed by multiple witnesses at a farm in Delphos, Kansas, USA.” Ugh, that acronym again. But this is where things get interesting.

After being initially rejected outright since his work had been previously published, Faruk explained how the paper could be reworked to satisfy Nature’s exemptions to that rule. But the Nature editor declined to even run it past journal referees. He said he was “unable to conclude that the work provides the sort of firm advance in general understanding that would warrant publication.”
(De Void will interject at this point that De Void would have run with the editors’ names. Faruk stated in an email “I didn't wish to put any names on journal editors, since this isn't a personal issue. Each of the editors have to watch their own backs anyway, and aren't likely to risk their own careers by publishing material their bosses might not be happy about.” De Void would argue the unnamed editors could earn brownie points among fraternal colleagues by being recognized for standing firm against The Great Taboo, but whatever ...)

Anyhow, Faruk shopped it to the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, which informed him “the subject matter is not within the [journal’s] publication scope.” When Faruk reminded the editor a UFO-related paper had been published in its ostensibly unsullied pages seven years earlier, the editor retorted that was under another regime. “As I am Editor of JBIS,” he assured Faruk, “it is not my policy to promote the publication of UFO report papers.” The same editor admitted he hadn’t even read Faruk’s paper, “although I am sure it is a good read.” And oh, btw, “This is not to say it isn’t a worthwhile ‘phenomenon’ to study, I just don’t believe JBIS should be the home of such studies, where a higher standard of scientific rigor is required.”

Ouch. And without even reading it. Faruk would later discover JBIS had run yet another UFO article — alien abductions, actually — in 2010. JBIS declined to respond to Faruk's subsequent appeals for additional discourse.

Enter Seth Shostak’s encouraging podcast solicitation for UFO evidence. So Faruk forwarded his material to the guy. “I’m not a chemist, so can’t really speak to how unusual this ring was,” Shostak wrote back. “... And beyond that, the SETI Institute doesn’t investigate UFO sightings (we don’t have the staff ... we’re a very small group.”)

Oy vay!

Largest Extinction Event on Earth Attributed To a Microbe?

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A Micrograph Of Methanosarcina Barkeri Cells
A Micrograph Of Methanosarcina Barkeri Cells embedded in an extracellular structure.

By Michael Schirber
Astrobiology Magazine

      The environment can produce sudden shocks to the life of our planet through impacting space rocks, erupting volcanoes and other events.

But sometimes life itself turns the tables and strikes a swift blow back to the environment. New research suggests that the biggest extinction event on record may have been initiated by a small, but significant change to a tiny microbe.

The end-Permian (or PT) extinction event occurred 252 million years ago. It is often called the Great Dying because around 90 percent of marine species disappeared in one fell swoop. Similar numbers died on land as well, producing a stark contrast between Permian rock layers beneath (or before) the extinction and the Triassic layers above. Extinctions are common throughout time, but for this one, the fossil record truly skipped a beat.

"The end-Permian is the greatest extinction event that we know of," said Daniel Rothman, a geophysicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "The changes in the fossil record were obvious even to 19th Century geologists." . . .