15 November 2011, JellyBean @ 3:37 am

The controversial signal received from interstellar space in 1977 remains a puzzle and as yet, defies a natural explanation, an expert has said.

Researchers working at the Big Ear radio observatory at Ohio State University in 1977 discovered a record of a signal received from deep space.

“It’s called the ‘Wow’ signal because it wasn’t heard or picked up at the time. It was in the computer record which in those days was printed out on sheets of paper,” Professor Paul Davies told News24.

Davies is the chair of the Seti (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence): Post-Detection Science and Technology Taskgroup of the International Academy of Astronautics and a professor at Arizona State University.

“It was a rather long pulse; it wasn’t a blip. It’s never been satisfactorily explained as a natural phenomenon,” he said.

Read more on News24

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28 October 2011, JellyBean @ 5:43 am

If you are looking for your own close encounter of the third kind, you can be trained to meet E.T. life forms in your dreams.

This is according to researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). They claim that they can help people ‘seek out’ meetings with aliens in a half-dream state.

Volunteers underwent a series of mental exercises on waking, and of the 20 who took part, seven claimed to have seen aliens – from little green men to seven-foot-tall robots – as part of an out-of-body experience.

One volunteer, Craig, explained how he felt a floating sensation after falling asleep.

‘I told myself to go see aliens. The next scene I was near a mountain in a clearing with trees around it. There was a space ship. There were two aliens with helmets on. They also had a type of robot with them,’ he explained.

‘It was about seven ft tall and was silver in colour. The aliens did not appear to be friendly.’

However, lead researcher Michael Raduga said that the study proves that extra terrestrial experiences are merely a product of the human brain.

‘Alien contact is not indicative of the existence of otherworldly civilizations, but rather of a poorly studied state of consciousness that people fall into inadvertently,’ he said.

The first widely-reported alien abduction in the United States took place on September 19th 1961, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

A plaque was recently unveiled in the city to mark the 50th anniversary of Betty Hill’s otherworldly experience.

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20 October 2011, JellyBean @ 5:26 am

For more than 40 years, scientists have tried to figure out what’s causing large parts of Canada, particularly the Hudson Bay region, to be “missing” gravity. In other words, gravity in the Hudson Bay area and surrounding regions is lower than it is in other parts of the world, a phenomenon first identified in the 1960s when the Earth’s global gravity fields were being charted.

Two theories have been proposed to account for this anomaly. But before we go over them, it’s important to first consider what creates gravity. At a basic level, gravity is proportional to mass. So when the mass of an area is somehow made smaller, gravity is made smaller. Gravity can vary on different parts of the Earth. Although we usually think of it as a ball, the Earth actually bulges at the Equator and gets flatter at the poles due to its rotation. The Earth’s mass is not spread out proportionally, and it can shift position over time. So scientists proposed two theories to explain how the mass of the Hudson Bay area had decreased and contributed to the area’s lower gravity.

One theory centers on a process known as convection occurring in the Earth’s mantle. The mantle is a layer of molten rock called magma and exists between 60 and 124 miles (100 to 200 km) below the surface of the Earth . Magma is extremely hot and constantly whirling and shifting, rising and falling, to create convection currents. Convection drags the Earth’s continental plates down, which decreases the mass in that area and decreases the gravity.

A new theory to account for the Hudson Bay area’s missing gravity concerns the Laurentide Ice Sheet, which covered much of present-day Canada and the northern United States. This ice sheet was almost 2 miles (3.2 km) thick in most sections, and in two areas of Hudson Bay, it was 2.3 miles (3.7 km) thick. It was also very heavy and weighed down the Earth. Over a period of 10,000 years, the Laurentide Ice Sheet melted, finally disappearing 10,000 years ago. It left a deep indentation in the Earth.

Read the rest of this fascinating article on howstuffworks.com

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13 September 2011, JellyBean @ 7:23 am

Is NASA attempting to hide evidence of secret moon bases, secret space program, or that moon trips never took place? These are the explanations of a number of different conspiracy theorists since this announcement made the papers.

According to a report in The Hindu newspaper, No-fly zones will come into effect on the moon for the very first time by the end of this month! Why, even buffer zones that spacecraft may have to avoid will come into existence.

The supposed official reason: avoiding any spraying of rocket exhaust or dust onto certain historical sites and artefacts on the moon.

The historical sites are of course the Apollo landing sites and artefacts present on the moon. And the “recommendations” are for preserving and protecting these historical sites. There are currently more than three dozen historical sites that preserve the more than four-decade-old remains.

“Apollo 11 and 17 sites [will] remain off-limits, with ground-travel buffers of 75 metres and 225 metres from each respective lunar lander,” states the July 20 guidelines of NASA. Science journal had obtained the guidelines.

According to Science, by the end of this month NASA is expected to come up with a set of “recommendations” for spacecraft and astronauts visiting the “U.S. government property on the moon.” Of course, these recommendations will not be legally binding as the 1967 Outer Space Treaty makes it clear that the lunar surface has no owner.

Despite the lack of ownership, NASA is hopeful that other countries will respect the U.S. sentiments. Incidentally, the restriction list contains more than the historical sites. For instance, the list includes studying discarded food and abandoned astronaut faeces.

Read more HERE

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