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|By FLAtRich |
from NUFORC reports
Earth January 26, 2004 (eXoNews) - You think you are better than us, Earthlings? You think you can just drop those hostile dogs on our planet and we will run and bury ourselves in the sand? Well you're barking up the wrong tree, NASA dogs!
We've been abducting your kind for centuries, just ask Agent Scully!
Note that these tales are exactly as they were posted to NUFORC except for formatting and a few spelling corrections here and there.
[And, of course, the usual eXoNews-enhanced photographs. Ed.]
I went out to George Washington State Park at about 12:30pm to walk my dog through some trails and I had been walking for about 10 minutes when my dog came to a dead stop and dug his paws into the ground growling and showing his teeth.
He was looking off into the woods to our right so I stopped in shock to try and see what he was so worked up over. I had to stare almost 2 minutes before I saw it. It was a black teardrop shaped thing weaving out from behind a tree and it seemed like it would look at us and go back behind the tree.
Beam Me Up!
On 21 Jan 04, at about 0635, while traveling east on Autobahn A 63 (from Kaiserslautern to Mainz), a large light flash occurred.
It started as a low intensity flash and suddenly became brighter.
It lit up the early morning darkness like daylight.
The light was witnessed by persons from Kaiserslautern to Wiesbaden to Koln (Cologne), Germany.
A friend related German media had reported the light was caused by a meteor reentering the earth's atmosphere however, I don't know if that's been verified at this time.
My background is... quiet. I thought I never would be sharing an experience I couldn't reasonably explain. However, since this happened tonight, I can't focus on anything else.
Moments later as I came to the end of one road and make a right I spotted my neighbor's dog crossing at this intersection, and escorted her safely home. Then I was back in my car, backing out of my neighbor's driveway. As I swung my car around and cleared the side of their home, and now crossways in the road, directly in front of me is an access road leading down around the back of my neighbor's home to a backyard area (small meadow).
It is a clear starry night in Maple Valley, Washington.
It was multi-colored and twinkley.
Son of Golf Aliens!
I live on a golf course. I was looking down the fairway at 22:00 where it is always pitch-blackness and saw a flaming bright spot on the ground with two lights on the left, low in the sky.
My fiancé and I observed a triangular shaped object traveling west, hovering at about 2000 feet above the lake, making a loud helicopter noise.
The triangular shape was more specifically like a science model of a molecule, approximately 20-30 feet high and 20-30 feet wide.
It had an extremely bright and flashing light above this center and two bright lights below at a 90-degree separation.
Both objects flew too low to the ground to be regulated aircraft and flew at a very slow rate.
|Bush Backs Anti-abortion Protestors|
Washington January 23, 2004 (AFP) - US President George W. Bush, courting the right-wing election year vote, delivered a warm message of support to anti-abortion protestors gathered in Washington and urged them to back his bid for a second term.
|Stars Back Dems|
LOS ANGELES January 25, 2004 (AFP) - Madonna is behind Wesley Clark. Uma Thurman backs John Kerry.
Paul Newman, Martin Sheen and Susan Sarandon are with Howard Dean: Hollywood stars are choosing sides in the Democratic presidential race.
|Astronauts Blamed for Air Leak|
|Cape Canaveral January 24, 2004 (AP) - The hose responsible for the slow air leak aboard the international space station was poorly designed and cracked in part because crew members kept grabbing it to look out a window, a NASA official said Friday. |
The hose was removed and capped off earlier this month, and the air pressure aboard the orbiting outpost has since stabilized.
"It's not a very good design," said Bill Gerstenmaier, space station program manager. "These hoses are known to crack."
The hose is used to prevent a window on the space station from fogging up. It removes condensation that forms between the panes of glass and vents it into space.
Crew members, over time, contributed to the cracking of the flexible metal hose by grabbing it to look out the window, Gerstenmaier said.
"There are not a lot of places on the window to hold onto from the crew's standpoint," he said. "I think the crew using it wouldn't necessarily have been a problem if we had done a little better job on the design side."
A spare hose will be sent up on a Russian cargo ship that is scheduled to be launched next week.
Astronaut Michael Foale and cosmonaut Alexander Kaleri discovered the hose was leaking on January 11. It caused a slow drop in pressure for three weeks - the biggest prolonged loss of pressure ever on the space station.
NASA workers are reviewing other hoses on the station to see if they have a similar design.
The newly formed NASA Engineering and Safety Center in Langley, Virginia, also will look at whether there are other means of detecting leaks on the station. The center was formed as part of the reforms undertaken by NASA after the space shuttle Columbia disaster a year ago that killed seven astronauts.
Foale and Kaleri are tentatively set to take a spacewalk in late February, which will leave the station temporarily unmanned. They will look for the source of a noise they heard last November that sounded like a flapping sheet of metal.
|Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Press Release |
Troy NY January 23, 2004 — An international team of physicists has provided the best evidence to date of the existence of a new form of atomic matter, dubbed the "pentaquark."
The research team confirmed the existence of pentaquarks by using a different approach that greatly increased the rate of detection compared to previous experiments.
The results are published as the cover story in today’s issue of the journal Physical Review Letters.
The research was carried out at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) by the CLAS (CEBEF Large Acceptance Spectrometer) collaboration, which consists of physicists from universities and laboratories in seven nations.
|Cricket Batsman Struck by Lightning|
By Marnie O'Neill and Danielle Teutsch
Fellow players watched in horror as the lightning struck 31-year-old David Evans on his helmet in a game at Bomaderry on the South Coast.
"We all said before the game started that if it was stormy then we'd stop play, but it was quite clear. David got up to bat and suddenly, out of the blue, a lightning bolt came down and hit his helmet, went through his body and shattered his bat. It left a hole in the ground next to the wicket where he was standing. Six or seven other players got knocked down with the impact."
|Cosmic Rays Don't Change Climate|
|American Geophysical Union Press Release |
WASHINGTON January 22, 2004 - Eleven Earth and space scientists say that a recent paper attributing most climate change on Earth to cosmic rays is incorrect and based on questionable methodology. Writing in the January 27 issue of Eos, published by the American Geophysical Union, Stefan Rahmstorf of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and colleagues in Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, and the United States challenge the cosmic ray hypothesis.
In July 2003, astrophysicist Nir Shaviv and geologist Jan Veizer wrote in GSA Today that they had established a correlation between cosmic rays and temperature evolution over hundreds of millions of years. They also claimed that current global warming is not primarily caused by human emissions of carbon dioxide. Their findings have been widely reported in international news media.
According to Rahmstorf, Shaviv and Veizer's analyses--and especially their conclusions--are scientifically ill-founded. The data on cosmic rays and temperature so far in the past are extremely uncertain, he says. Further, their reconstruction of ancient cosmic rays is based on only 50 meteorites, and most other experts interpret their significance in a very different way, he says. He adds that two curves presented in the article show an apparent statistical correlation only because the authors adjusted the data, in one case by 40 million years. In short, say the authors of the Eos article, Shaviv and Veizer have not shown that there is any correlation between cosmic rays and climate.
As for the influence of carbon dioxide in climate change, many climatologists were surprised by Shaviv and Veizer's claim that their results disproved that current global warming was caused by human emissions, Rahmstorf says. Even if their analysis were methodologically correct, their work applied to time scales of several million years.
The current climate warming has, however, occurred during just a hundred years, for which completely different mechanisms are relevant, he says. For example, over millions of years, the shifting of continents influences climate, while over hundreds of thousands of years, small changes in Earth's orbit can initiate or terminate ice ages. But for time periods of years, decades, or centuries, these processes are irrelevant. Volcanic eruptions, changes in solar activity, and the concentration of greenhouse gases, as well as internal oscillations of the climate system, are crucial on this scale.
The 11 authors of the Eos article affirm that the strong increase of carbon dioxide and some other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere due to manmade emissions is most probably the main cause of the global warming of the last few decades. The most important physical processes are well understood, they say, and model calculations as well as data analyses both come to the conclusion that the human contribution to the global warming of the 20th century was dominant.
American Geophysical Union - http://www.agu.org
|Deadly Hair Dye?|
|Washington January 24 2004 (AFP) - Researchers have found more signs of a possible link between the use of hair-coloring products over a long period of time and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a study in the American Journal of Epidemiology found. |
In a study of more than 1 300 women in the US state of Connecticut, those who began dying their hair prior to 1980 had a 40 percent greater risk of developing this cancer.
Those who used darker, permanent hair-coloring products for at least 25 years - eight times or more a year - had double the chance of developing the cancer, according to Tongzhang Zheng, a Yale University epidemiologist who led the research.
The risk did not increase for those using non-permanent, light-toned dyes.
Until the late 1970s, permanent dyes were mixed with an oxidizing agent and, during the process of coloring, new chemical products emerged -- some of which may be cancer-causing, said Zheng.
Researchers also did not see a rise in this type of cancer among women who started dying their hair after 1980, regardless of the color used. They have yet to determine whether the pre-1980 users' increased risk was related to changes in chemicals in the dyes or longer-term exposure.
In the late 1970s, dye manufacturers stopped using some carbon-based compounds after rats and mice developed cancer after eating food containing the chemicals.
This latest study establishes an observed epidemiological link, not a clinical link. Other studies in the past five years have shown conflicting data.
Bush Gives 9 Million Acres of Alaska to Oil Developers
Geologists believe the reserve may contain 6 billion to 13 billion barrels of oil.
Norton said her agency's goal is to increase to 3,000 from about 1,000 the number of permits approved annually on Bureau of Land Management land in Wyoming's Powder River Basin.
|Southern Ocean Dying|
Australia January 23, 2004 (BBC) - Scientists in Australia have warned that fish piracy is damaging the Southern Ocean to such an extent that time is running out to save it.
Illegal fishermen, primarily on the hunt for the prized Patagonian toothfish (Dissostichus eleginoides), are wiping out both fish stocks and bird species that live in the ocean.
There is so much concern because scientists believe that over fishing could have devastating environmental consequences. The toothfish plays an important role in the Antarctic's marine ecosystem. It is part of the diet of the sperm whale and the elephant seal.
|Genre News: Angel, Power Rangers, Riddick, Captain Kangaroo, Joan, Art Garfunkel & Ann Miller|
|Angel Turns 100 and The WB Loves Our Boy! |
WB Press Release (Warning: Some spoilers)
BURBANK, CA (January 21, 2004) - ANGEL, The WB's critically acclaimed drama about a vampire cursed with a conscience and a soul, will celebrate its centennial episode on Wednesday, February 4 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) with the installment titled "You're Welcome." Series star David Boreanaz will be reunited with former series regular Charisma Carpenter, returning for the first time this season in a special guest-starring role as Cordelia Chase, who fell into a coma at the end of last season.
In the 100th episode, Cordelia (Carpenter) mysteriously awakens from her coma and is shocked to discover that instead of fighting against the evil law firm, Wolfram & Hart, Angel (Boreanaz) and the group are now running it.
Realizing that Angel has lost his conviction to be a hero, Cordelia gives him the information and support he needs to get back on track.
Meanwhile, while Angel has security keeping an eye on Eve (Sarah Thompson), her partner Lindsay (guest star Christian Kane) prepares to bring about Angel's demise.
The series was created by Academy and Emmy Award-nominated writer Joss Whedon, along with David Greenwalt. Whedon serves as executive producer, along with Sandy Gallin, Gail Berman, Fran Rubel Kuzui, Kaz Kuzui, Jeffrey Bell and David Fury.
The series stars David Boreanaz, Alexis Denisof, J. August Richards, Amy Acker, James Marsters and Andy Hallett.
"You're Welcome" was written and directed by David Fury. ANGEL is a Mutant Enemy, Inc. and Kuzui/Sandollar production in association with Twentieth Century Fox Television.
The series is currently in its fifth season.
Angel Fan Poll - http://flatdisk.net/angel
LOS ANGELES January 23, 2004 (Hollywood Reporter) - Disney's "Power Rangers" franchise will go prehistoric for its new season.
Hollywood January 22, 2004 (Sci Fi Wire) - Kristin Lehman, who co-stars with Vin Diesel in the upcoming SF movie The Chronicles of Riddick, told SCI FI Wire that her character will share a bond with Diesel's antihero.
"There is a lot of humor in the fire department. Even after 9-11, these guys get by with their sense of humor," Leary said. "I thought it was an interesting dynamic to have to deal with that amount of grief and that (post-Sept. 11) circumstance and at the same time go to work every day and fight fires going in there with the sensibility that it could be your last day at work."
Captain Kangaroo and Clarabell Die at 76
But the show revolved about the grandfatherly Captain Kangaroo, whose name was inspired by the kangaroo pouch-like pockets of the coat Keeshan wore.
When Fred Rogers, the gentle host of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," died last year, Keeshan recalled how they often spoke about the state of children's programming.
Hollywood January 22, 2004 (Sci Fi Wire) - Amber Tamblyn, star of CBS' hit supernatural series Joan of Arcadia, told SCI FI Wire that she just finished shooting a scene with her real-life father, actor Russ Tamblyn, and some family dynamics spilled over.
"And I stepped on a couple of his lines, and he, like, yelled at me, like he does at home. Like, 'No, you wait!' And we totally started bickering at each other. The first [assistant director] was like, 'OK, no family feuding on the set. Let's just take a breather. Calm down,'" she added with a laugh.
"It was a lot of fun. He was walking six dogs, these big dogs, and they started wrapping around us and tying us up together. It's going to be a really funny scene."
NEW YORK January 22, 2004 (Reuters) - Singer Art Garfunkel got busted for marijuana possession by a New York state trooper who had no idea he was arresting half of the legendary '60s duo Simon and Garfunkel, police said on Thursday.
Ann Miller Dies at Age 81
Her film career faded by 1956, but she continued to perform in nightclubs, on television and on stage into the 1990s. In 1969, she became one of the stars to succeed Angela Lansbury in the title role of "Mame" on Broadway, and returned to the Great White Way a decade later with Mickey Rooney in the musical "Sugar Babies."
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