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Top-Secret UFO Program Revealed in TV's 'Project Blue Book' Live Science - January 9, 2019
Unidentified flying objects (UFOs) have long inspired curiosity and speculation, but when did our fascination with UFOs really take off? A new television drama explores the origins of the UFO phenomenon, drawing from the incredible true story of the U.S. governmentÕs decades-long investigation of reported UFO encounters. The secret program - dubbed Project Blue Book - launched in 1952 and was monitored by the U.S. Air Force until the project's termination in 1969. During that time, experts investigated more than 12,000 reports of UFO sightings, of which over 700 remain unexplained, according to records in the National Archives. Now declassified, the most intriguing of these unsolved cases are revisited in the History Channel series "Project Blue Book."
This Scale Ranks Extraterrestrial-Life Discoveries, Grounding Overblown Headlines Live Science - August 2, 2018
Researchers looking for signals from technologically advanced aliens pick up countless strange pings - but so far, nothing has convinced them that a message really came from aliens. But that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of overblown media headlines about potential alien detections. So a team of researchers pursuing the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, or SETI, has decided to revive a scale meant to ground these detections in reality. They shared their scale, called Rio 2.0, in a new paper that takes aim at SETI researchers and the media for irresponsible coverage of potential detections.
Aliens Are Staying Away From New York City In 2018, Records Show Patch.com - July 7, 2018
In 2017 Manhattan reported more UFO sightings than any other borough. NY Post - July 7, 2018
39 UFOs Were Spotted In New York City In 2017 Patch.com - July 7, 2018
Alien Life May Be Rare in Our Galaxy Today Space.com - July 6, 2018
What 'Arrival' got right about communicating with space aliens NBC - July 6, 2018
6 ancient sites that people are convinced were built by aliens - and why they probably weren't Insider - July 6, 2018
Pilots report close encounters with UFO over Arizona: 'Something just passed over us' - (Listen to their conversation) ABC - March 29, 2018
Pilots say they spotted UFOs while flying over Arizona CNN - March 30, 2018
Two commercial pilots flying over the Arizona desert claim they saw an unidentified flying object pass overhead, according to a radio broadcast released by the Federal Aviation Administration. A Learjet pilot and an American Airlines pilot saw the object on February 24 and radioed the regional air traffic controller in Albuquerque.
ItÕs Never Aliens - until It Is. 2017 was a banner year for scientists seeking aliens - even though they (apparently) didnÕt find any Scientific American - January 9, 2018
What do a strangely fading faraway star, an oddly shaped interstellar interloper in the solar system and a curious spate of UFO sightings by members of the U.S. military all have in common? They are all mysterious, for one thing - eye catchingly weird, yet still just hazy outlines that let the imagination run wild. All have recently generated headlines as possible signs of life and intelligence beyond Earth, of some mind-bogglingly advanced alien culture revealing its existence at last to our relatively primitive and planet-bound civilization. Yet their most salient shared trait so far is the certainty they provoke in most scientists, who insist these developments represent nothing so sensational. Ask a savvy astronomer or physicist about any of these oddities, and they will tell you, as they have time and time before: ItÕs not aliens. In fact, it's never aliens.
The Truth About Those 'Alien Alloys' in The New York Times' UFO Story Scientific American - December 23, 2017
What to make of a Las Vegas building full of unidentified alloys?
The New York Times published a stunning story Saturday (Dec. 16) revealing that the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) had, between 2007 and 2012, funded a $22 million program for investigating UFOs. The story included three revelations that were tailored to blow readers' minds:
1. Many high-ranking people in the federal government believe aliens have visited planet Earth.
2. Military pilots have recorded videos of UFOs with capabilities that seem to outstrip all known human aircraft, changing direction and accelerating in ways no fighter jet or helicopter could ever accomplish.
3. In a group of buildings in Las Vegas, the government stockpiles alloys and other materials believed to be associated with UFOs.
UFO Mysteries: These Sightings Have Never Been Solved Live Science - December 20, 2017
While the vast majority of UFO sightings, when investigated, have turned out to be the result of ordinary Earthly phenomena, such as weather balloons, flares or rockets, some still leave experts scratching their heads - and looking to the skies for little green men. From white Tic Tacs to flashing lights, here are some of the most mysterious UFO sightings out there ...
In 1981, a 55-year-old farmer in Trans-en-Provence, France, reported hearing a strange, high-pitched sound before seeing a flying saucer nearby. The lead-colored UFO took off almost immediately, he said. What makes this sighting unique is that the farmer immediately contacted local police, who took soil and plant samples, according to a report of the incident. Experts from France's UFO-investigating body, formerly called Groupe d'tudes et d'Informations sur les Phnomnes Arospatiaux Non-identifis (GEPAN), said the chemical evidence was consistent with heating of the soil and pressure from a heavy object. They also found traces of zinc and phosphate and evidence of abnormalities in the plants nearby.
UFO Sightings & News: Here's a look at UFOs throughout history Live Science - December 20, 2017
UFOs have fascinated and puzzled people for decades, yet hard evidence seems ever elusive. Many people are convinced that not only are extraterrestrials visiting Earth, but that governments have perpetuated a top-secret global conspiracy to cover it up. Here's a look at UFOs throughout history. Today, most people equate UFOs with extraterrestrial intelligence and advanced technologies, but this is a very recent idea. That's not to say that historically people did not report seeing unusual things in the skies, for they surely did: comets, meteors, eclipses and the like had been reported (and sometimes recorded) for millennia - in fact some researchers believe that the Star of Bethlehem may have been an illusion created by a merging of Jupiter and Saturn, which occurred right around Jesus' birth).
Neil deGrasse Tyson on UFOs: 'Call me when you have a dinner invite from an alien'
There has been a lot of talk about the existence of aliens and UFOs following reports that the Pentagon has researched them, but astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson isn't convinced, or frankly, interested.
Crowds stop in the street and stare up at the sky as mesmerizing 'giant white ball' UFOs are seen floating above Mexico City Daily Mail - December 19, 2017
Crowds in Mexico City stopped and stared at the sky as hypnotizing 'giant white ball' UFOs hovered above them. In the startling footage five white balls are seen above the Mexican capital. Hundreds of people gathered on pavements transfixed by the unexplained sight.
Interstellar object may hold 'alien' water BBC - December 18, 2017
Stephen Hawking's Breakthrough Team still listening for radio signals from our solar systems first interstellar visitor Daily Galaxy - December 16, 2017
Breakthrough Listen, founded by Stephen Hawking and Russian billionaire Yuri Milner, is a scientific program in search for evidence of technological life in the Universe. It aims to survey one million nearby stars, the entire galactic plane and 100 nearby galaxies at a wide range of radio and optical bands. Is the 200,000mph cigar-object in space "Oumuamua" may be an alien spacecraft originally thought to be a comet or asteroid really a UFO?
Navy pilot recalls encounter with UFO: 'I think it was not from this world' ABC - December 18, 2017
Fravor's stunning retelling of his encounter off the California coast with what appeared to be a 40-foot-long wingless object that flew at incredible speeds in an erratic pattern comes as the Pentagon revealed the existence of a secret program to investigate sightings of UFOs. The program was shut down in 2012 because of other budget priorities, according to the Pentagon.
Artificial Intelligence, NASA Data Used to Discover Eighth Planet Circling Distant Star NASA - December 14, 2017
Star system has record eight exoplanets BBC - December 14, 2017
Pentagon ran secret multi-million dollar UFO program BBC - December 16, 2017
Only a small number of officials were aware of the program, which began in 2007 and was reportedly closed in 2012. The New York Times says documents from the operation describe strange speeding aircrafts and hovering objects. But scientists were doubtful, stressing that unexplained happenings were not necessarily proof of alien life. CIA releases 13m pages of declassified documents The Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program was the brainchild of Harry Reid, a retired Democratic senator who was the Senate majority leader at the time. He told the New York Times: "I'm not embarrassed or ashamed or sorry I got this thing going. I've done something that no one has done before." Mr Reid - former senator for Nevada, home to the mythologized "Area 51" classified US Air Force base - later tweeted that the program was a serious effort to get to truth amid "plenty of evidence to support asking the questions".
Mass UFO Sightings Reported in Multiple Turkish Cities Nautilus - November 30, 2016
This is what appears to be a breaking news story - albeit from alternative news sources - of sightings of clusters of UFOs over a number of cities in Turkey on the night of December 27th. Don't panic ... at least, not yet.
How Will Our Religions Handle the Discovery of Alien Life? Nautilus - November 30, 2016
What would your priest, rabbi, or imam say if we discovered alien life? For the religious, knowing that life on Earth is not unique may demand radical new ways of thinking about ourselves: How special and sacred are we? Is Earth a privileged place? Do we have an obligation to care for beings on other planets? Should we convert ET to 'my' religion? These questions point to a deeper issue about whether our religions can adapt to the idea that humans are not the only sentient beings in the universe capable of worshiping God. Some faiths might unearth new meanings in ancient texts and develop ways of incorporating alien life into their world-views. Other religions that are less flexible in their interpretations of scripture or that claim humans are the only intelligent beings in the universe might struggle to adapt. Whether we are believers or not, none of us can fully escape the influence of religion in our culture. Religion is one of the oldest parts of our social fabric, and is one way - perhaps the main way - that society will process first contact. Here is a brief list of how some religions think about aliens, whether they will try to proselytize them, and which religions are likely to remain intact in the wake of the potential discovery of alien life.
Photonics advances allow Earth to be seen across the universe PhysOrg - May 18, 2016
Looking up at the night sky - expansive and seemingly endless, stars and constellations blinking and glimmering like jewels just out of reach - it's impossible not to wonder: Are we alone? For many of us, the notion of intelligent life on other planets is as captivating as ideas come. Maybe in some other star system, maybe a billion light years away, there's a civilization like ours asking the exact same question. Imagine if we sent up a visible signal that could eventually be seen across the entire universe. Imagine if another civilization did the same.
Colors Of Alien Life May Be Key To Finding Them Space.com - May 18, 2016
If an alien planet in a distant solar system were home to microscopic life-forms, how might scientists see them and even decipher their identity? A new catalog of Earth-based life-forms may provide a first step.
The Recurring Question: Where Do Fast Radio Bursts Come from? Scientific American - March 2, 2016
For more than a decade, researchers have sought to solve the puzzle of fast radio bursts, millisecond chirps of radio waves that seem to appear at random in the sky, likely from unknown sources millions or even billions of light-years away. Theorists have many ideas for what causes them, including stellar flares, cataclysmic mergers of neutron stars and evaporating black holes. They have so many ideas, in fact, that the theories for FRB sources have long outnumbered the recorded bursts. That paucity of observed bursts reflects the hardest part of the FRB puzzle: guessing where to point a telescope to catch them as they happen.
Are aliens trying to send us a message? Daily Mail - March 2, 2015
They are fleeting bursts of radio waves that flash across the universe in just a few milliseconds before disappearing almost as soon as they appeared. But, for the first time, astronomers have detected these short bursts of radio waves repeatedly coming from the same location far beyond our own galaxy. The source of these 'fast radio bursts', as they are known, has baffled scientists since they were first detected in 2007.
Breaking News: New Santilli Telescope Observes Otherwise Invisible Terrestrial Entities with Intelligent Movement Ancient Origins - January 27, 2016
A new report published in the latest edition of the American Journal of Modern Physics has revealed a startling finding - a newly developed telescope with concave lenses has observed, for the first time, entities in our terrestrial environment that are invisible to our eyes and to conventional Galileo telescopes with convex lenses. Even more surprising is the fact that these entities have been observed to move intelligently in the night sky in a manner suggesting unauthorized surveillance of the area. In his paper, Apparent Detection via New Telescopes with Concave Lenses of Otherwise Invisible Terrestrial Entities (ITE) , Dr Santilli relates the moment his new telescope found a lot more than he anticipated.
Mystery Dome found on Mars: Alien hunters say structure was built by an ancient civilization Daily Mail - November 30, 2015
The dome was captured in an image taken by the Opportunity Rover. It proves that someone built them in the past, wrote a conspiracy site. There's UFO hunters who are convinced that Nasa is covering up the remains of an ancient civilization on Mars. In the hope of backing up their bizarre theory, they've spotted what they believe to be everything from military bunkers to coffins. Their latest sighting of a rock by the Opportunity rover described as a man-made dome that they say was left behind by an alien race sometime during Mars' watery past.
Are mystery signals messages from Aliens? Daily Mail - November 29, 2015
> Strange radio waves could be coming from a distant planet, say scientists who are trying to work out what is causing fast radio bursts (FRBs). The strange signals occur for a few milliseconds and come from nowhere. Latest signals picked up in Australia included a new double blast pattern. This rules out some other explanations for FRBs, such as star mergers. Five mysterious signals coming from outside the Milky Way may have been sent by an alien civilization. At least that's one of the theories astronomers are using to explain the appearance of a new series of 'fast radio bursts'. So far, only 11 of these strange radio pulses have been recorded before around the world. The latest signals, which was picked up by the Parkes radio telescope in Australia, included a new double blast accompanied by four 'single' bursts.
If Aliens Exist, Would They Have Sex? Live Science - October 14, 2015
Humans love to ponder whether alien life is out there, and what it might look like. So here's a burning question: Would extraterrestrials have sex? The question isn't entirely prurient. The evolution of sex is a tricky subject. Sexual reproduction is costly. It requires finding a mate, convincing that mate to mingle DNA with you, and opening yourself up to the possibility of sexually transmitted disease or predation while you're busy wooing. All that considered, and it might not even result in viable offspring.
Remembering the Famed Alien Encounter Witnessed by Dozens of Children in Zimbabwe Epoch Times - September 17, 2015
Yesterday was the 21st anniversary of a purported alien encounter that gained much attention worldwide before fading from the limelight. The impact of the event has remained vivid for the 60-plus students at the Ariel School in northeastern Zimbabwe and other locals who witnessed it. A film titled the 'Ariel Phenomenon' by filmmaker Randall Nickerson is due to be released this year. It includes new interviews with the students, who were deeply marked by the experience and recall it in detail to this day. The film also includes footage shot directly after the incident in 1994, showing the students discussing what they witnessed with Harvard psychiatrist John E. Mack. it was Mack's opinion after extensive interviews with the witnesses, that they were not making it up. The children described a disc-shaped aircraft landing near the school. Two strange beings were said to have approached the students.
Air Force UFO files land on Internet CNN - January 21, 2015
It's enough to make Mulder and Scully seethe with envy. Nearly 130,000 pages of declassified Air Force files on UFO investigations and sightings are now available in one place online. Declassified government records about UFOs have long existed on microfilm in the National Archives in Washington, DC. Many of them also live on websites devoted to the topic, sometimes free, sometimes not. But UFO enthusiast John Greenewald says his database, Project Blue Book Collection, is the first to compile every single declassified document from the Blue Book project -- headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio from 1947 to 1969 -- in one place for anyone to search or download for free.
Are aliens watching old TV shows? PhysOrg - January 20, 2015
You've probably heard the trope about how aliens have been watching old episodes of "I Love Lucy" and might think these are our "historical documents". How far have our signals reached? Television transmissions expand outward from the Earth at the speed of light, and there's a trope in science fiction that aliens have learned everything about humans by watching our television shows. If you're 4 light-years away, you're see the light from the Earth as it looked 4 years ago, and some of that light includes television transmissions, as radio waves are just another form of electromagnetism Š it's all just light. Humans began serious television service in the 1930s, and by the modern era, there were thousands of powerful transmitters pumping out electromagnetic radiation for all to see. So are aliens watching "I Love Lucy" or footage from World War II and believing it all to be part of our "Historical Documents"? The first radio broadcasts started in the early 1900s. At the time I'm recording this video, it's late 2014, so those transmissions have escaped into space 114 years ago. This means our transmissions have reached a sphere of stars with a radius of 114 light-years.
UFO Buzzes Nuclear Plant In Mexico, Latest Of Many UFOs Seen Hovering At Nuke Facilitie Inquisitr - November 18, 2014
A UFO filmed hovering over nuclear power plant in Veracruz, Mexico, and posted to YouTube November 7 is just the latest in a long series of UFO sightings over and near nuclear facilities - as history of ominous sightings that stretches back six decades, to the earliest days of nuclear energy production.
'UFO' Discovered (Sigh) In Apollo 12 Photograph, 45 Years Later Huffington Post - November 18, 2014
The European Space Agency's comet lander might have died after just three days - but as we know, data recovered from space can yield insights long after the mission itself is over. Take Apollo 12, for instance. You might think that the second manned mission to the Moon - while remarkable even now - has given up all of the scientific secrets we could expect over the last 45 years. Well not so, according to the UFO community, who claim to have spotted somethingÉ unusual in the depths of one of the photos from the mission.
Is the truth out there? Chilling snap shows UFO photographed over British city Express.UK- November 18, 2014
An image shows a UFO hovering over Manchester, its photographer has claimed.
UFO Traffic Report: Mid November 2014 Examiner - November 18, 2014
UFO testimony this past week documents more low-to-ground sightings with one California witness suggesting a "major UFO corridor" and another wondering if the object was a drone. The most compelling case occurred over the Ohio Turnpike where the object was under 150 feet. The five cases reviewed here were some of the most interesting from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.
UFO Sightings 2014: Google Earth Captures UFO Over Victoria, Australia Epoch Times - November 18, 2014
A UFO was captured over Victoria, Australia, on Google Earth, according to bloggers.
Is your religion ready to meet ET? PhysOrg - November 6, 2014
How will humankind react after astronomers hand over rock-solid scientific evidence for the existence of life beyond the Earth? No more speculating. No more wondering. The moment scientists announce this discovery, everything will change. Not least of all, our philosophies and religions will need to incorporate the new information.
Area 51 officially acknowledged, mapped in newly released documents CNN - August 16, 2013
> Area 51, about 125 miles northwest of Las Vegas, is synonymous in popular culture with government secrecy, and many have theorized that it holds the answer to one of the greatest questions plaguing mankind: Are we really alone in the universe? The newly released documents make no mention of alien autopsy rooms or spaceship parking lots. For these true believers, the existence of alien spacecraft at Area 51, and the government's attempts to cover up their trace, is irrefutable and has been since reports of Unidentified Flying Objects -- or UFOs -- began to emerge from the Nevada desert in the middle part of the 20th century. The map and other documents were released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request submitted by Jeffrey T. Richelson, a senior fellow at the National Security Archives, in 2005.
Alien-Looking Skeleton Poses Medical Mystery Live Science - April 30, 2013
A teensy skeleton with a squashed alien-like head may have earthly origins, but the remains, found in the Atacama Desert a decade ago, do make for quite a medical mystery. Apparently when the mummified specimen was discovered, some had suggested the possibility it was an alien that had somehow landed on Earth, though the researchers involved never suggested this otherworldly origin. Now, DNA and other tests suggest the individual was a human and was 6 to 8 years of age when he or she died. Even so, the remains were just 6 inches (15 centimeters) long. Images
'Sirius' Documentary Reveals DNA Test Results On Ata, The '6-Inch Alien' Huffington Post - April 23, 2013
The Atacama, Chile Humanoid
The mummified remains of what looks like a 6-inch space alien has turned "Sirius" into the most eagerly awaited documentary among UFO enthusiasts. The findings, however, might come as a disappointment. In early publicity, filmmakers claimed the documentary would reveal that the DNA of the creature with an oversized alien-looking head couldn't be medically classified. In fact, the film, which premiered Monday in Hollywood, features a scientist who concluded the little humanoid was human.
Analysis of the Atacama humanoid alien Open Minds - April 11, 2013
We posted earlier this week a story outlining the origin of the alleged tiny ET creature to be showcased in Dr. Steven GreerÕs Sirius documentary to be released later this month. We chronicled how this creature was none other than a case known in Chile as the La Noria ET from 2003; the name comes from a ghost town of the nitrate era in this part of ChileÕs northern Atacama Desert region. We left the story sort of in a cliff hanger as to what happened to it once it was acquired by a Spanish businessman from Barcelona.
You Can't Tell the People?: Margaret Thatcher and UFO secrets DDC - April 16, 2013
The death of 'Iron Lady' Margaret Thatcher has deprived UFOlogists of an answer to an enduring question: what did she really know about Britain's Roswell incident? Thatcher, who died on 8 April aged 87, was 19 months into her first term as Prime Minister in 1980 when US airmen at the nuclear-armed twin airbase RAF Bentwaters-Woodbridge reported Ōunexplained lights' (UFOs) hovering above Rendlesham Forest in Suffolk.
Aliens most likely to be found on icy moons of Jupiter and Saturn, UK scientists suggest The Telegraph - April 16, 2013
This follows the setting up of the UK Centre for Astrobiology, which has been launched to investigate whether there is life beyond Earth. The centre is examining life on Earth and has set up an underground laboratory in Yorkshire a kilometre below the surface to examine how life survives there and search for indicators of how this could extend to other planets, particularly Mars where it is now believed that life could exist below the surface because of its harsh conditions. Moons of Jupiter
Former KGB agent reveals Soviet UFO studies Russian News - April 16, 2013
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was recently asked an unusual question. A REN TV correspondent asked him, as a former president, if it was true that, together with the nuclear briefcase, the head of state was presented with a classified folder with materials about UFOs. Dmitry Medvedev said this was true. According to the prime minister, in addition to the folder, the head of state was presented with a report from the secret services, whose task it was to control the aliens on Russian territory. When asked by journalist if there were many aliens living among us, Medvedev refused to elaborate, so as not to create a panic. However, he did suggest that those interested in the subject watch a "documentary chronicle" called "Men in Black."
ASU cosmologist suggests studying moon for alien artifacts PhysOrg - December 26, 2011
If you were part of a team sent to explore an unknown planet; and that planet had a natural orbiting moon, wouldnÕt it make sense to use that moon as a base camp or remote observation post? Especially if you didn't want those being observed to know you were there? Professor Paul Davis and research technician Robert Wagner think so, and thatÕs why they've published a paper in Acta Astronautica that suggests we humans begin taking a little closer look at our own moon to see if any alien life forms might have left behind some evidence of their visit.
Mysterious Planet-Size Object Spotted Near Mercury Live Science - December 7, 2011
On Dec. 1, a camera onboard NASA's STEREO spacecraft recorded a wave of electrically charged material shooting out from the sun and blasting Mercury. Footage of this coronal mass ejection (CME), as such events are called, has caught the attention of alien-hunters, who say it has unveiled a giant, "cloaked" spaceship parked near the solar system's innermost planet. In the footage, one sees a huge spurt of plasma and other solar ejecta washing over Mercury; peculiarly, the material seems to flare up as it hits another nearby object, too. "It's cylindrical on either side and has a shape in the middle. It definitely looks like a ship to me, and very obviously, it's cloaked," YouTube-user siniXster said in his video commentary on the footage, which has quickly spread across the Web.
White House: There's no sign of E.T. or UFO cover-up MSNBC - November 6, 2011
The White House has responded to two petitions asking the U.S. government to acknowledge formally that aliens have visited Earth and to disclose any intentional withholding of government interactions with extraterrestrial beings. "The U.S. government has no evidence that any life exists outside our planet, or that an extraterrestrial presence has contacted or engaged any member of the human race," Phil Larson from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy reported on the WhiteHouse.gov website."In addition, there is no credible information to suggest that any evidence is being hidden from the publicÕs eye."
UFO At NFL Game: TV Camera Captures Strange Object In Flight During Broadcast Huffington Post - November 1, 2011
An alien code close to home: Seeking ET beyond the radio silence PhysOrg - October 27, 2011
Any intelligent extraterrestrial life that exists probably won't announce itself by blowing up the White House, or win over the hearts of children as a lovable alien with a glowing finger. Many scientists simply hope to find evidence of them by scanning the skies for a radio signal from a distant star's alien civilization. But such efforts may also risk overlooking clues of past alien activity right here on Earth.
Alien abductions may be vivid dreams: study MSNBC - October 26, 2011
Researchers say they have conducted "the first experiment to ever prove that close encounters with UFOs and extraterrestrials are a product of the human mind." In a sleep study by the Out-Of-Body Experience Research Center in Los Angeles, 20 volunteers were instructed to perform a series of mental steps upon waking up or becoming lucid during the night that might lead them to have out-of-body experiences culminating in encounters with aliens. According to lead researcher Michael Raduga, more than half the volunteers experienced at least one full or partial out-of-body experience, and seven of them were able to make contact with UFOs or extraterrestrials during these dream-like experiences.
UFO Reports Spiked this Summer Live Science - September 18, 2011
According to an organization that tracks UFO reports, this summer has been an especially busy period for UFO sightings. The Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) noted that sightings increased over the past six weeks, with some states more than doubling their normal numbers. Are we on the cusp of an alien invasion? Or maybe people just have more time on their hands to spot - and report - strange things in the sky?
Did an amateur spot secret Mars base? MSNBC - June 6, 2011
A self-described "armchair astronaut" claims to have identified a human (or alien) base on Mars. David Martines noticed a mysterious rectangular structure that appears to be on the Red Planet's surface while trolling the planetary surface using Google Mars, a new map program created from compiled satellite images of the planet. This is a video of something I discovered on Google Mars quite by accident," said Martines, the armchair astronaut, in a now-viral YouTube video. "I call it Bio Station Alpha, because I'm just assuming that something lives in it or has lived in it.
He zooms in the surface anomaly - a long, pixelated, white object - and lists the coordinates as 49'19.73''N 29 33'06.53''W. "It's over 700 feet long and 150 feet wide. It looks like it's a cylinder or made up of cylinders," he says. Has Martines really found evidence of alien life, or a secret space base, as he and some media sources are claiming? No, say experts: "Bio Station Alpha" is simply a glitch in the image caused by cosmic energy interfering with the camera.
Cue the conspiracies: Australia UFO X-Files 'lost' MSNBC - June 7, 2011
Sydney newspaper requested the files, but military says they can't be found. After a two-month search in response to a newspaper Freedom of Information (FOI) request, which forces government officials to release documents of public interest, Australia's Department of Defense had been unable to locate the files, the Sydney Morning Herald said.
British X-Files reveal secret UFO study MSNBC - August 4, 2010
Britain released hundreds of previously secret "UFO files" on Thursday, including a letter saying that Winston Churchill had ordered a 50-year cover-up of a wartime encounter between an unidentified flying object and military pilot. The files, published by the National Archives, span decades and contain scores of witness accounts, sketches and classified briefing notes documenting mysterious sightings across Britain.
Churchill ordered UFO cover-up, National Archives show BBC - August 5, 2010
The government took the threat of UFOs so seriously in the 1950s that UK intelligence chiefs met to discuss the issue, newly-released files show. Ministers even went on to commission weekly reports on UFO sightings from a committee of intelligence experts. The papers also include a wartime account claiming prime minister Winston Churchill ordered a UFO sighting be kept secret to prevent "mass panic". The files show reports of UFOs peaked in 1996 - when The X Files was popular. The Joint Intelligence Committee is better known for providing briefings to the government on matters relating to security, defense and foreign affairs. But the latest batch of UFO files released from the Ministry of Defense to the National Archives shows that, in 1957, the committee received reports detailing an average of one UFO sighting a week.
Zecharia Sitchin: Looking for alien DNA MSNBC - June 16, 2010
Zecharia Sitchin says he's willing to stake everything he's written about alien astronauts on DNA tests that could be performed on the 4,500-year-old remains of a high-ranking Sumerian woman. It's the latest - and possibly the last - cause celebre for a fringe celebrity.
SETI at 50: 10 key moments in the search for extraterrestrial life Telegraph.co.uk - September 29, 2009
The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, or SETI, is 50 years old this month. We look at 10 memorable events in the search for life on other planets.
Vatican: Father Funes says the universe is so vast that other life forms may exist BBC - May 13, 2008
The Pope's chief astronomer says that life on Mars cannot be ruled out. Writing in the Vatican newspaper, the astronomer, Father Gabriel Funes, said intelligent beings created by God could exist in outer space. Father Funes, director of the Vatican Observatory near Rome, is a respected scientist who collaborates with universities around the world. The search for forms of extraterrestrial life, he says, does not contradict belief in God. The official Vatican newspaper headlines his article 'Aliens Are My Brother'.
'Flying Triangle' sightings on the rise MSNBC - September 2, 2004
They have become legendary in UFO circles. Huge, silent-running ŅFlying TrianglesÓ have been seen by ground observers creeping through the sky low and slow near cities, and quietly cruising over highways. The National Institute for Discovery Science, or NIDS, has cataloged the Triangle sightings, sifting through and combining databases to take a hard look at the mystery craft. Based in Las Vegas, NIDS is a privately funded science institute with a strong research focusing on aerial phenomena. The results of their study have just been released, and lead to some unnerving, puzzling conclusions. The study points out: The United States is currently experiencing a wave of Flying Triangle sightings that may have intensified in the 1990s, especially towards the latter part of the 1990s. The wave continues. The Flying Triangles are being openly deployed over and near population centers, including in the vicinity of major interstate highways.
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