MySci Round-Up November 9: Historic UFO Sightings

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You’re probably wondering what happened to the MySci Roundup for the past few days. We are, too. Just kidding, but if we had actually experienced the“missing time” phenomenon of unaccountable time gaps in memory that some claim occurs during extra-terrestrial visitation, we wouldn’t be the first. James Everell, a Puritan settler in Massachusetts, and two companions reported having a missing time experience back in 1638, after they sighted a square, fiery object overhead while rowing down the Muddy River. According to an account later published by Massachusetts Bay Colony Gov. John Winthrop, as they watched, the object “contracted into the figure of a swine,” and then moved “swift as an arrow” toward Charleston. They watched as the object darted back and forth in the sky between Boston and Charleston for what seemed like several hours. After the object finally disappeared, they realize that they had been mysteriously transported about a mile upstreaM, though they had no memory of rowing during that period.

Since then, scores of other people who’ve reported UFO sightings have claimed that they experienced memory gaps as well. The phenomenon was the central subject of Bud Hopkins’ 1981 book
“Missing Time,” a classic in the genre of alien visitation literature.

Speaking of historical UFO sightings, Jacques Vallee–the French computer wizard, astronomer, venture capitalist and UFO investigator who reportedly served as the model for the character of Lacombe in “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” has just published a new book, 
“Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained aerial objects from Antiquity to Modern Times,”  that details the history of such bizarre otherworldly experiences. Here’s a recent interview with Vallee in which he lists his top ten list of pre-20th Century UFO sightings.

And now for the news.

TV station airs video showing mystery missile being fired off California coast. 
The Navy and the Air Force both deny that it was one of theirs.

“Mothborgs” are part insect, part machine. 
We’ve got a feeling that you’re going to have some really nasty holes in those sweaters in your closet pretty soon.

Teeny-tiny nanogenerators capable of powering macro-sized electronic devices. 
They’d also be great for powering a tiny submarine similar to the one in “Fantastic Voyage.” We’re just saying.

Mobile phone plug-in device will test users for STDs. 
That is, if you don’t mind getting a little urine or saliva on your phone. Remind us to start using the speaker function from now on.

HFCs are new target in fight against climate change. 
The chemicals, manufactured in China and India as refrigerants in air conditioners and cooling systems, reportedly have thousands of times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide.