Tag archives for Mysterious-Science

The longtime head of Russia’s effort to find intelligent life in the cosmos is convinced that we’ll find extraterrestrial beings within the next 20 years, and he’s also pretty sure that they’ll probably look a lot like us. According to a recent Reuters report, Andrei Finkelstein, director of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Applied Astronomy Institute, told…

It wasn’t that long ago that UFOologists had to go to conventions or meet in person to squint at shaky home-movie footage of purported alien spacecraft. But now, thanks to inexpensive digital video cameras and smart phones with video, DVRs that can capture clips of local news programs, and free sites on the Web that…

The fascinatingly woo-woo phenomenon of crop circles–which actually aren’t just circular, but form intricate geometric patterns in farm fields–has inspired scores of possible explanations over the years. Paranormal-minded crop-circle buffs, known as cerealogoists (after Ceres, the Roman goddes of agriculture) or more simply as croppies, have speculated they’re messages left behind by extraterrestrial visitors, while the more…

Singer-guitarist Sammy Hagar used to be known primarily for his anti-speed limit anthem, “I Can’t Drive 55,” and for his stint replacing David Lee Roth in Van Halen. But these days, the wavy-tressed rocker is getting more attention for publishing a new autobiography in which he reveals that he was abducted by aliens and subjected to the mental equivalent of what happens…

A conquest of Earth by some super-powerful extraterrestrial species has been a suitably frightening premise for science fiction, from the 1938 radio version of War of the Worlds to the 2011 movie blockbuster Battle: Los Angeles.  Among UFOologists, the alien apocalypse scenario resonates strongly as well, to the extent that some have even questioned why U.S. defense officials haven’t done more to…

The Shroud of Turin, an alleged relic of the burial of Jesus after his crucifixion, is to miracle-researchers what the Zapruder film is to JFK assassination conspiracy-buffs. The herringbone linen sheet, 14 feet three inches by three feet seven inches, contains a faint image that some believe is the frontal and dorsal impression of Jesus’ body made after…

In October 1915, the polar exploration ship the Endurance was crushed by Antarctic ice, tearing out the ship’s stern and rudder posts and breaking the main deck, and forcing the crew to take refuge on an ice floe. In the months that followed, the expedition gradually ran out of provisions, and its leaders explorer Sir James Shackleton,…

Photo Credit: NASA Solar activity peaks every decade or so, and we’re entering a period – 2012-2014 – in which the sun is “waking up,” according to NASA. Solar storms occur when an eruption or explosion on the sun’s surface propels high-energy sunlight, radiation or a cloud of electrically-charged particles towards our planet. A large…

We were poking around the web, in search of more details about UFOologist George Filer’s highly publicized prediction that UFOs would visit the April 29 wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Instead, we stumbled across a UFO angle on another current news story of considerably greater importance. Filer’s March 23 UFO summary includes this item: Confirmed…

Finding Atlantis

A recently-aired documentary on the National Geographic Channel, Finding Atlantis detailed Hartford University professor Richard Freund’s claim that the lost city was located in what is now a national park north of Cadiz, Spain. This garnered news headlines around the world and caused a major spike in seaches for “lost+city+Atlantis” on the Web, as this Google Insights chart reveals. But…

Precognition Brouhaha

You know that research is really provocative when it arouses a storm of contention and rebuttals before it is even published. That has been the case with a study by Darryl J. Bem, the retired Cornell University social psychologist best known for developing the theory of self-perception, which holds that people infer attitudes from their own behavior.…

Thanks to the multi-billion-dollar box office achieved by director James Cameron’s 2009 fantasy epic Avatar, Hollywood studios are now totally in love with 3-D technology. It’s a win for theater chains, too, because they can charge premium prices for tickets to 3-D flicks, at least until the novelty wears off. Not everybody, of course, likes…

The Exchequer Files

The British National Archives has just made public thousands of pages of documents about UFOs, and even is offering a highlights guide so that readers can sift through the material for the most intriguing–and the wackiest–stuff. And there are plenty of both types of revelations in the UFO documents.  Pages 10-34 of this PDF file, for example, detail British diplomatic…

Most countries don’t view the occult as a potential government revenue source, but then again, Romania isn’t most countries.  The land that gave us Vlad the Impaler and his fictional descendent, Count Dracula, has always seemed to border Hungary and Serbia on one side and the Astral Plane on the other. If you follow Romanian…

The Amazing Shereshevsky

If you feel sheepish about your inability to remember your wife’s birthday or where you left your car keys, don’t fret. We’re all more or less memory-challenged compared to an early 20th-Century Russian named Solomon Veniaminovich Shereshevsky, who could store more data in his head than we’ll ever forget. Pioneering Russian neurologist and memory researcher…

After an article on an Australian website, News.com.au, quoted a physics professor saying that Betelgeuse might go supernova on us  and light up the sky like a second Sun, and speculated that it might happen next year, the the MSM and the blogosphere went into a frenzy.“Will the Earth have Two Suns by 2012?” a representative headline on Time.com…

While some of us slept through our modern literature class in college, we couldn’t help but stay awake on the day that our professor gave a stirring reading of T.S. Eliot’s cryptic poem, “The Waste Land.” Scholars have written volumes about Eliot’s torrent of disturbing imagery, which is laden with about as many literary allusions…

We’ve been humming the Foo Fighters’ song “Stacked Actors” all morning, ever since we saw this story from the Daily Mail, via the Huffington Post, in which a past associate of George Lucas claims that the movie impresario behind the Star Wars series is planning to make a movie featuring computer-generated likenesses of various dead Hollywood stars of yesteryear.  The Daily…

It’s been three decades since John Lennon’s murder by Mark David Chapman in front of his home in New York City on Dec. 8 1980. And those of us who were devotees of the funniest, most soulful, most protean, and most iconoclastic of the Fab Four have been left to wonder what else he might…

Wafaa Bilal, an Iraqi-born artist and assistant professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, has developed a name for himself with his provocative experiments in body modification as a means of expression. In March, for example, to remind people of the death of his brother Haji and others, both Iraqi and American, in…

An article from Information Week’s web site reports that the Air Force is keeping a tight lid on its new unmanned space plane, the X-37B. The robotic plane landed in darkness in the predawn hours of Dec. 3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base 130 miles northwest of Los Angeles, after eight months in space.  The five-and-a-half ton vehicle…

Okay, so it isn’t life on Saturn’s moon of Titan, as some had speculated. But this discovery is garnering some gigantic type headlines. Just before today’s 2 p.m. press conference, word leaked out on various news sites that NASA-funded researchers have discovered  a new, radically different life form right here on Earth–strain GFAJ-1, a bizarre bacterium…

For a long time, we’ve been perplexed by the weird, other-worldly phenomenon of ball lightning–luminous, usually spherical objects that vary from corn-kernel sized to several meters in diameter, and which usually  explode after a few moments, leaving a sulphur-like aroma. Since the first documented ball lightning sighting during a huge thunderstorm in England in 1638, countless…

Newspapers are reporting the passing of Sam Cohen, 89, the nuclear physicist credited with dreaming up the neutron bomb, a low-yield weapon which would kill people with radiation but spare buildings and infrastructure. According to his Washington Post obituary, Cohen was born in Brooklyn but moved as a child to Los Angeles, where he earned a…

We remember reading in Robert Hughes‘  history of Modernism, “The Shock of the New,” that the completion of the Eiffel Tower in 1889 helped trigger the mass mind expansion that led to Picasso and de Kooning.  That’s because the then-tallest structure on the planet allowed people to view reality from a never-before-seen expanse, and to take in…