April 18, 2012
By David Freeman
“This is crazy stuff. Interested read. It doesn’t come from some weird alien source – but a serious scientist and a report from the Huffington Post.” –KTRN
Imagine an alien world ruled by “advanced dinosaurs” as smart as humans—maybe even smarter.
Science fiction? Not necessarily, says the author of a provocative new study whose title–“Evidence for the Likely Origin of Homochirality in Amino Acids”—gives no hint of any worrisome extraterrestrial implications.
Published in the March 25 issue of the “Journal of the American Chemical Society,” the study addresses the chemistry of amino acids here on Earth. But study author Dr. Ronald Breslow, a professor of chemistry at Columbia University in New York City, said in a written statement the work suggests that if life forms do exist on other planets, they “could well be advanced versions of dinosaurs.”
It’s long been known that certain molecules, including DNA and amino acids, exist in two mirror-image forms—a phenomenon known as chirality. And with few exceptions, the amino acids that make up the proteins in life on Earth exist only in the L (left-handed) form. The question is how did this “homochirality” come to be?
Some scientists have speculated that the amino acids that predominate on Earth came to our planet via meteorites four billion years ago. And if that’s what happened on Earth, Dr. Breslow said in the statement, it’s possible that life that might exist on other planets could be based on D amino acids.
April 16, 2012
By Irene Klotz
“NASA has known about life on Mars since the 1970s, yet they continue to keep the information to themselves. This report does not come from some ‘conspiracy theory weirdo,’ it’s from Discovery News.” –KTRN
New analysis of 36-year-old data, resuscitated from printouts, shows NASA found life on Mars, an international team of mathematicians and scientists conclude in a paper published this week.
Further, NASA doesn’t need a human expedition to Mars to nail down the claim, neuropharmacologist and biologist Joseph Miller, with the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, told Discovery News.
“The ultimate proof is to take a video of a Martian bacteria. They should send a microscope — watch the bacteria move,” Miller said.
“On the basis of what we’ve done so far, I’d say I’m 99 percent sure there’s life there,” he added.
Miller’s confidence stems in part from a new study that re-analyzed results from a life-detection experiment conducted by NASA’s Viking Mars robots in 1976.
Researchers crunched raw data collected during runs of the Labeled Release experiment, which looked for signs of microbial metabolism in soil samples scooped up and processed by the two Viking landers. General consensus of scientists has been that the experiment found geological, not biological, activity.
The new study took a different approach. Researchers distilled the Viking Labeled Release data, provided as hard copies by the original researchers, into sets of numbers and analyzed the results for complexity. Since living systems are more complicated than non-biological processes, the idea was to look at the experiment results from a purely numerical perspective.
March 26, 2012
By Danny Gallagher
“Whether you believe or not, there is clearly something going on with people claiming alien abduction. Certainly, many are hoaxes, but these six cases offer the possibility of a real phenomenon.” –KTRN
Some say alien abductions are nothing more than fevered, unexplained night visions that make their victims believe they were the guinea pig of an interstellar joyride.
Others believe the stories as cold hard fact, that aliens are using humans to unlock all of the mysteries of the universe, which may or may not have something to do with an ultrasound probe in an uncomfortable place.
Either way, it seems that this strange phenomenon is forever ingrained in our culture. Some of the most infamous cases of UFO abductions have spawned books, films and even serious historical recognition. So since today is “Alien Abduction Day,” we look back at some of those cases that made us scratch our heads as we looked up at the stars.
1. The Antonio Villas Boas Abduction
One of the earliest studied cases happened in Brazil when a farmer in the 1950s claimed a spacecraft emitting a very bright light landed on his family’s farm. He continued to see the strange object until one night, when it took him and left some disturbing evidence of alien experimentation. The farmer claimed the alien beings brought him on their ship to impregnate a rather fetching-looking female and described everything from the ship to his “suitor” in great detail.
When he returned, he claimed the incident produced symptoms such as nausea, loss of appetite, headaches and even bruising. Investigators have differed on their conclusions, but the differing outcomes only gave it more credibility and notoriety among believers and skeptics alike, especially the believers who are praying for an interstellar hook-up of their own.
2. The Barney and Betty Hill Abduction
March 15, 2012
By Andy Campbell
An Austrian farmer looking for his lost cat stumbled upon a hole that he thinks might contain the greatest UFO find of all time.
Franz Knoglinger, 47, found the 25-foot-deep, perfectly round hole in northwestern Austrian field while searching for his misplaced kitty Sunday night. He pulled out every investigative trick in the book to learn what was at the bottom.
Throw a rock down the hole? Check.
“I was looking for our family cat Murlimann when I noticed the hole — I didn’t know how deep it was then so I dropped the stone down there, and heard a metallic clunk,” he told the Austrian Times.
Big ol’ magnet? Check.
“I managed to get a big magnet which I dangled down there and it clearly fastened onto something at the bottom –- so there is something large and metallic about down there,” he said. “It also sounds as if there is a hollow space around about whatever the metal object is. It sounds as if there is a room underneath.”
He even called a local plumber, who lowered a camera down the pit on a rope — but the camera failed just as it reached the object. Knoglinger said that the interference may have been caused by “some sort of electrical field.”
March 13, 2012
By UFO Digest
“Roswell is not the only reported incident of a crashed UFO. It may be the most famous story, but there have been other reports.” –KTRN
A retired U.S. Air Force colonel and former fighter jet pilot says that he chased a UFO across West Texas and watched it crash along the Rio Grande River near Del Rio, Texas. Shortly after, he visited the crash site and saw a metallic object unlike any aircraft he had ever seen “sticking into the side of a hill.” Decorated World War II and Korean War veteran Robert B. Willingham, 82, discloses his strange 1955 encounter in a new book titled “The Other Roswell: UFO Crash on the Texas-Mexico border,” written by UFO researchers Noe Torres and Ruben Uriarte. The book is available on Amazon.com and at the publisher’s Web site, roswellbooks.com.
“It’s one of the most amazing UFO stories I have ever heard,” said Uriarte, a 25-year veteran UFO investigator and director of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) in Northern California. “Rarely do you have such a highly credible eyewitness to an event of this magnitude come forward with information that is guarded so closely by various intelligence agencies.”
Willingham, who lives near Wichita Falls, was one of America’s earliest jet aviators, during the time when the military was transitioning away from propeller-driven planes. It was also a time when UFO sightings had become commonplace throughout the United States, especially in and around top-secret military bases.
“He was flying as part of a group of F-86 fighter jets that were escorting a B-47 bomber across West Texas,” said Noe Torres, a lecturer, researcher, and member of the MUFON chapter in Texas. “It was a Cold War simulation designed to follow the route that bombers would take to reach Russia in the event of a nuclear war.”
A radio message warned Willingham and the others about a fast-moving UFO that was approaching Texas from the northwestern U.S. “Suddenly it came into their view, looking like an intensely bright light – like a bright star seen through a telescope,” Torres said. “It blazed across the sky past them, and everyone in all the planes saw it. But, because of the location of Willingham’s jet, he was in the best position to see what happened after the object flew by.”
Willingham estimated that the object was traveling at 2,000 miles per hour, and he saw it make a sudden 90-degree turn, without slowing down. As the UFO streaked toward the Texas-Mexico border, Willingham received permission to break from the formation and pursue the object in his F-86 fighter. Following the object’s vapor trail, Willingham followed it down to near Del Rio, Texas, where he saw it suddenly begin to wobble and descend rapidly.
March 9, 2012
By Christopher Sign
Do you believe there’s something else out there?
About a week from the 15th anniversary of the ‘Phoenix Lights’ event , a new set of lights has national UFO investigators taking a close look at the skies over the Valley.
In two clips totaling about four minutes, a Valley resident videotaped an eye-catching series of lights in the night sky over north Phoenix near Cave Creek.
The person recorded the “V” shaped object about 10 days ago.
He and several witnesses with him turned the video over to the Mutual UFO Network, known as MUFON .
The Phoenix chapter of MUFON has possession of the two video clips, and according to MUFON Arizona Director Jim Mann, the agency has an investigator assigned to the case.
“It could be nothing, it could be something, we just need to find out,” said Mann.
Some believe the lights are nothing more than a kite with LEDs attached or some type of radio-controlled airplane with LEDs.
It’s not uncommon, Mann told ABC15, for most UFO reports to be debunked or simply explained.
March 8, 2012
Before It’s News
By Before It’s News
“Obviously something happened in Roswell, NM in 1947 or there wouldn’t be so much tragedy surrounding the people who witnessed and found the debris.” — KTRN
For many what was seen at Roswell cast a shadow the length of a lifetime. And for the two children who innocently happened on strange things fallen from the sky in 1947 that did not belong, their lifetimes were short. It is telling that the ‘first-on-the-scene’ witnesses to the unearthly crash materials were the ones who would say the very least. They were troubled by secrets that were held in their hearts and to their graves. The original and untainted witnesses were ranch manager Mac Brazel and two New Mexico boys, Dee Proctor and Vernon Brazel.
But suffer the children. And these two indeed suffered. Theirs is a story of silence and of suicide. It is a tortured tale of drink, divorce and dying young. It is an incredible account of stolen alien metal and of frightening threats to juveniles. And the brief but stunning confession of one of these Roswell child witnesses is related on the internet for the first time ever, here and now:
February 24, 2012
By Richard Connelly
“The Battle Of LA is one of the most amazing UFO events in history. Just look at the pictures. The idea that the military opened fire on a weather balloon is laughable.” –KTRN
Seventy years ago today, the Battle of Los Angeles occurred, a vicious fight that resulted in three civilian deaths.
Haven’t heard of it? We’re not surprised.
The U.S. government said what happened was nighttime antiaircraft crews protecting Los Angeles got nervous — it was just two months after Pearl Harbor — and opened fire on a weather balloon.
The crews also set off flares, and all the confusion just built on itself. So we’re told.
Others say the night featured an attempted UFO landing, in which the valiant gun crews fought aliens trying to land.
It’s pretty obvious the latter is true.
Obviously the aliens not only attempted to land, they succeeded. Just look at what’s happened in Hollywood since then. The logic becomes inescapable.
5. The quantity of UFO/alien movies has increased dramatically
Between 1911 and 1941, UFOs and flying saucers were occasionally a subject for films. Since then — especially since the 1950s, after a necessary period of time to learn the equipment and infiltrate studio management — movies about UFOs exploded. Coincidence? who’s being naive, Kay?
4. The quality of UFO/alien movies has increased dramatically
In the 1930s, UFOs were laughably portrayed on screen, obvious frauds. While it understandably took a decade or two to import the necessary technology from the home planet to Earth, all of a sudden you got Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Independence Day and the Transformers series. The aliens’ unstinting desire for complete accuracy in movies is inspiring
February 23, 2012
Phoenix New Times
By Bob Beard
“If you can make it to Phoenix for the UFO Congress – do it. It’s the biggest UFO event of the year.” –KTRN
If you can, you should sneak away from your comparatively corporate gig sometime this week for the 2012 meeting of the International UFO Congress. The group, based here in Phoenix has held this annual conference since 1991 and has seen attendance climb every year.
The 2012 session starts tomorrow at Fort McDowell Resort and Casino and will present notable researchers and witnesses of alien activity like Whitley Strieber, Stanton Friedman and Arizona’s own Travis Walton, subject of the book and film Fire in The Sky, which told of the logger’s 1975 abduction in the White Mountains.
As Web-dwelling fanboy, I am usually pre-loaded with a fistful of snark and self righteousness, but I’m doing my best to keep it at bay this week. I enjoy the annual confab of the IUFOC and fully support their proselytizing for crop-circles, close encounters other contact with extraterrestrial entities. Stranger things have happened – after all, the fat kid from Superbad may soon be known as “Academy-Award Winner Jonah Hill,” so who are we to say what’s impossible?
February 21, 2012
International Business Times
By IBTIMES Staff Reporter
“The most interesting part of this article is the comment made by Bill Borucki, a planetary astronomer at NASA Ames Research Center. He is convinced we will find alien life sooner than later.” -KTRN
The researchers at the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) are confident that contact with intelligent alien civilizations may soon be a reality.
A senior astronomer at the organization, Seth Shostak, in a research paper published five years ago, pointed out humans would soon realize the existence of other life forms existing within our universe, inside a span of 20 years.
Following the reported sighting of an Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) above the Popocatepetl volcano in Mexico in February, a more recent report of a crash in South Carolina in the U.S. raises more doubts and questions over the possibility of alien life. In the same vein, this report quotes residents from a farming community in Stephenville, Texas, eager to share their experiences.