Thursday, May 22, 2008

Origin of Hawke's Bay 'UFO' finally revealed

An object that mysteriously smashed through the roof of a house near Hastings, forcing a light plane to land for a mechanical check, apparently came from a wood-splitter.
The incident occurred about a month ago when a Whakatu resident called police and said a chunk of iron had ended up on his living room floor, leaving a hole in his roof.
Napier airport authorities were contacted and in turn advised the pilot of a light plane which had flown near the house on the way to Wellington to call in at Palmerston North and check for missing parts.
But Sergeant Bob Gordon said he understood the part broke off from a wood-splitter.
The part is now being offered on the TradeMe auction website by a man living near the damaged home.
The man told Hawke's Bay Today any money raised was earmarked for the neighbour with a hole in his roof.
The auction, listing the part as the "genuine UFO" that had made international news, lapsed when the bidding stopped at $655 - $95 below reserve. - NZPA

Monday, May 19, 2008

Research paves way for bringing the dinosaur back to life

Australian scientists say it may one day be possible to bring the dinosaur back to life, after a world-first experiment with DNA from the extinct Tasmanian tiger.
Injected DNA from preserved Tasmanian tiger specimens was injected and brought back to life in a mouse embryo in the nine-year experiment conducted by Melbourne University zoologists Andrew Pask and Marilyn Renfree.
In results published in the international scientific journal PLoS One today, the experiment proved the tiger DNA was able to grow cartilage and bone in the mouse, showing the extinct gene could be brought back to life.
Dr Pask said the same technique could now be used with other extinct species such as the dinosaur, mammoth and neanderthal, all of which scientists had large amounts of DNA available.
And he said while the technique released today could recreate only a single extinct gene, with technology advancing all the time, it could one day be possible to bring whole creatures back to life.
"I have no doubt the whole creature could be brought back to life in the future," Dr Pask told AAP.
And he said creating combinations such as Pterodactyl wings on mice would also be possible.
"Yes it does, you could look at those combinations," he said.

Full article here.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Ghosts on the London Underground

Watch this wonderful documentary about ghosts and other unexplained phenomena experienced by staff and passengers on the London Underground.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Nasa plans landing on 40m-wide asteroid travelling at 28,000mph

It was once considered the most dangerous object in the universe, heading for Earth with the explosive power of 84 Hiroshimas. Now an asteroid called 2000SG344, a lump of rock barely the size of a large yacht, is in the spotlight again, this time as a contender for the next giant leap for mankind.
Nasa engineers have identified the 1.1m tonne asteroid, which in 2000 was given a significant chance of slamming into Earth, as a potential landing site for astronauts, ahead of the Bush administration's plans to venture deeper into the solar system with a crewed voyage to Mars.
The mission - the first to what officials call a Near Earth Object (NEO) - is being floated within the US space agency as a crucial stepping stone to future space exploration. full article here.

Monday, May 5, 2008

2008 Phoenix lights

UFO April 21, 2008 Footage Phoenix Red Lights + Darryl Anka Channelings about 2008 Phoenix Lights

Thursday, May 1, 2008

NZ Scientists stare into eyes of a giant squid

The biggest squid to be captured had a face that only a mother, or perhaps a marine biologist, could love —- until, perhaps, one had gazed into its eyes, which were said yesterday to be the largest on the planet.
After days of careful defrosting scientists in New Zealand began to uncover the mysteries of the rare colossal squid, including an eye that measured 27cm (11in) in diameter, which would have been 40cm when it was alive —- as big as a beachball.
The eye, with a lens the size of an orange, was found to be intact as scientists pored over a creature that was 8m (26ft) long and weighed almost 500kg (1,100lb) when it was caught accidentally in the Ross Sea, off the northern coast of Antarctica last year.
Kat Bolstad, a squid specialist at the Auckland University of Technology, said that the eye was the largest in the animal kingdom. “This is the only intact eye [of a colossal squid] that's ever been found. It's spectacular,” said Ms Bolstad, who was one of ten international scientists who examined the squid in Te Papa Tongarewa museum in Wellington.
A webcast of the operation was shown live to about 100,000 viewers and the squid will be put on display eventually at the museum.
The squid, believed to be a female, is the biggest specimen yet taken of the deep-water species Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni — and was every bit the frightening predator portrayed in 20,000 Leagues under the Sea.
It would have used six swivelling hooks mounted on the club-like ends of its tentacles to snare its prey. Farther up the tentacles, up to 19 fixed hooks with three razor points would have helped it to hold on to large quarry, which would be sliced into thumb-sized pieces and fed to its beaked mouth.
Beaks recovered from the stomachs of whales have been much larger than that examined yesterday, suggesting that even more monstrous creatures lurk in the inky depths.
“We certainly haven't seen the largest specimen yet,” Steve O'Shea, of the Auckland University of Technology, said. “Another individual may be as large as 750kg.”
Although it will avoid the fate of so many of its relatives that wind up as calamari, Tsunemi Kubodera, a Japanese squid specialist, said that he had tasted a piece of colossal squid. The verdict: edible but bitter.