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EdgeScience 40

The Anomalist

May 30

While it's been four years since Brown and Batygin proposed a "Planet 9" to "replace" our beloved Pluto, they've come up empty handed. In their defense, that part of our solar neighborhood is vast with a capital huge. Which is where Edward Witten comes in with a crazy proposal to detect it, according to Caroline Delbert. In short, the more eyes the better. Another cosmic mystery appears to have been lain to rest with the headline Astronomers Find "Missing Matter," Solving Decades-Long Mystery Of Outer Space, and it has nothing to do with your couch cushions. How? With a little help from those mysterious fast radio bursts and careful timing appear to do the trick, write Michael Slezak and Penny Timms. Best of all, the method was so simple and one only needed to think outside of the box! (CS)

Since investigating ghosts first-hand is out of the question, unless you're Dominic Cummings, Hayley retires to her armchair with her trusty sidekick to investigate a seeming uptick in ghost reports. With a little psychology, and parapsychology, Hayley has more than a few arguments for the supernatural zeitgeist. On the far side of the pond Katie Dowd notes 'Bizarre Is Putting It Mildly' — Life At The Winchester Mystery House During A Pandemic and she's not just talking about the ghosts roaming those corridors. In fact the changes to the tours are making spook central a bit more terrifying. (CS)

It's an asteroid, but it's also a comet, and it's haunting Jupiter's neighborhood. Active asteroids are nothing new, but to find one parked within Jupiter's orbit has astronomers and George Dvorsky scratching their heads as to what it may be. For more mysterious news that's out of this world, we urge you to visit Mysterious Universe where Jocelyne LeBlanc notes that some Astronomers Found A Distant Galaxy That Shouldn't Exist. In short, the Wolfe Disk was formed shortly after the Big Bang. Long before mainstream cosmology reckons galaxies of this class should've even been a glimmer in the universe's eye. Maybe it's an Excession. While professionals continue to uncover the secrets of space, earthbound amateurs are the People Keep Finding Pyramids On The Moon by looking up. As expected from the redoubtable Brent Swancer, he outlines many of the notable discoveries along with where to look to catch a glimpse of these transient lunar phenomena. Just a tip, all the neat stuff is found when the moon isn't full when the features cast their shadows in an eerie fashion. (CS)

Not so much that these little vacuum robots have a personality but that humans can project a personality upon them. Then again, perhaps one does a disservice to these helpful bots by denying their true selves. Alison Escalante goes into a recent study concerning robot psychology and the breadth of human empathy. And just a little flashback, In Japan, A Buddhist Funeral Service for Robot Dogs is not unheard of according to James Burch. Funerals are only the tip of the iceberg, as James digs deeper into Japan's contemporary animism. While they may fondly remember their machines, Jared Cooney Horvath examines the question: Is Modern Media Destroying Our Memories? Perhaps what we have remains the same, but it's changing and possibly contributing to the phenomenon of the Mandela Effect and cryptomnesia? (CS)

May 29

We remember the Old Days when crop circles were a relatively weird phenomenon. It feels almost comfy to be reporting back on crop circles during this weird year, even if they are for the most part debunked. Speaking of which, some group was awfully busy producing an intricate circle linking Bill Gates with Coronavirus back in April. It looks as if they were able to Socially Distance, at least. But May's rather basic crop circle that appeared in Italy has not been revealed to be a hoax. Now for a much older phenomenon, the 1950s in the Philippines, for The Bizarre Case of the Teleporting Boy of Manila. When a 13-year-old school boy essentially evaporated into thin air and reappeared at his home moments later, it started a cycle of even stranger events that tortured his family and friends, leading them to finally seek the help of the local exorcist. Maybe that's what 2020 needs? (CM)

Sometimes large human constructions offer insights into past human intellectuality. Yasemin Saplakoglu's article on Gobekli Tepe does so for developments in organization, technology, and religion--and the theories of some modern popular writers. And lab studies of the smallest of human components are shedding light on perhaps an even grander scale, as Archeologists Link Early Humans From Siberia's Lake Baikal to the First North Americans. Paul Seaburn explains the significance of these prehistoric genomic revelations--plus a remarkable side discovery with some relevance to the current pandemic. In that same geographic area, Mindy Weisberger tells us that a Meteor That Blasted Millions of Trees in Siberia Only 'Grazed' Earth, New Research Says. Here physical modeling of the 1908 Tunguska event has formulated a specific cause that will surprise many. But experts question whether the shock pattern this explanation should create accords with the devastation. And archaeology can literally uncover secrets from the much more recent human past. The Magellan Times reports how When Archaeologists Dug Up A Californian Sand Dune, They Discovered An Astonishing Artifact. Archaeological techniques, nature studies, and movie history combine here. (WM)

Glasgow Boy writes at length and depth on whether or not a sighting reported in 2004 was a giant eel, which would fit with recent eDNA result-- or just a length of plastic pipe. The latter sounds the least likely. Or what about Death By Monsters? Bigfoot, Lake Monsters and More. Nick Redfern takes a look at a few cases that make these claims, but the evidence, he admits, "is nowhere in sight." (LP)

Tic Tac UFO Discussion The Paranormal Podcast
Jim Harold welcomes the energetic and busy Ryan Sprague to share impressions on a variety of current ufological events and trends. Sprague urges us to check out All The Strange to register for a Saturday May 30th all day free "virtual eXpo" featuring a variety of speakers and topics. Jim Willis next joins Jim to share thoughts about "Fundamentalism" in its many forms, but especially archaeology. This is background to Jim's new book Hidden History: Ancient Aliens and the Suppressed Origins of Civilization. Steve Hammons gives us selections from a recent To The Stars...Academy of Arts & Science posting in Startup Company Researching Advanced Tech, UFOs Gives Updates During Q&A. Hammons also links to the full Q&A. Many questions relate to the apparently improved "climate" in the public discussion of UFOs, but Is This the Best Time to Look for UFOs? themselves? Sounds like the favorable conditions are waning. But Jack Brewer discusses how UFOs are sometimes in the Eye of the Beholder. Jack acknowledges John E.L. Tenney and Eric Wojciechowski for assistance in an illuminating and at times raucously funny article. (WM)

May 28

A highly strange series of events in indigenous lands in Mexico are difficult to describe and even harder to understand. A tall, thin giant has been photographed in the mountains following an explosion-like noise. No harm seems to have come to anyone, although fear is widespread throughout the community. But further north, in the US, Bigfoot Helps Sell a California House and Skunk Ape Does Florida Social Distancing. Evidently once you get these guys out of the forest or swamp they need jobs just like the rest of us. And while Bigfoot is taking advantage of lower housing prices, Skunk Ape is working for the government to tell folks to stay apart and stay alive. Is it just us or is 2020 actually getting weirder? (CM)

Roswell is the case that "keeps on giving." Host Kevin Randle and guest Tom Carey share "Different Perspectives" on the story Glenn Dennis told about small alien bodies from the 1947 crash. Both agree Dennis changed his original account after researchers debunked the name he gave for an involved nurse, but they part ways over whether the rest of the Dennis narrative can be believed. The argument partly boils down to when, to what extent, and to whom did Dennis start getting creative with his story. If a 73-year-old data-rich but still unsolved case isn't mysterious enough, Brent Swancer takes us farther back with Before Roswell: Strange Accounts of Very Old UFO Crashes. Brent notes problems behind interpreting and even accepting these intriguing tales. He then focuses upon Christopher Columbus, UFOs, and the Bermuda Triangle. Again, stories with some basic problems, but fascinating pieces of UFO lore at least. (WM)

UFOs: Seriously. Skunkworks
Bryan Sentes avers we should take UFOs seriously, not for their physical reality nor purposes, but in the sense of how we imagine them, for that tells us much about ourselves. This not only has implications for how we gauge "advancement" in potential alien visitors to this planet, but more importantly how we treat others who for better or worse (mostly the latter) share it with us. Sentes also explores how academic presses publish books examining UFOs from philosophical or religious angles. With "UFO 'Cults'": Seriously? A Public Service Announcement Sentes remarks on the limited perceptions people entertain about New Religious Movements. He also links to a colleague's outstanding discussion on "What's The Difference Between A Religion and A Cult" With Guest Susan Palmer. (WM)

May 27

In the awful gap of new stuff about the US Navy UFO videos and former(?) Pentagon UFO programs, Roswell keeps popping up. It seems Anthony Bragalia actually says Captain Robert B. McLaughlin's son said McLaughlin implied something he tested "might relate" to Roswell. But it's an interesting story. Wonder what Kevin D. Randle would have to say about this information. Kevin joins Paracasters Gene Steinberg and Randall Murphy to discuss Roswell as well as Nick Redfern's latest controversial iconic UFO case rewrite, plus the demise of the tv series Project Blue Book. But the real-world Air Force project is the main focus, as covered in Kevin's new book The Best of Project Blue Book. Here Kevin uses new and/or poorly known Blue Book information challenging Air Force verdicts on many important cases. With Gerald Anderson, Stan Friedman and Winfred Buskirk - Plains of San Agustin Controversy Kevin revisits his successful debunking of a key portion of a Roswell claimant's story. And a propos of yet another Roswellian thread, the aforesaid Nick Redfern offers The Alien Autopsy Film: A Sci-Fi Show and Those Black Eyes. Small world: here another "Gerry Anderson" figures in Nick's interesting story and concluding suggestion. (WM)

A paranormal investigator in India is turning the pandemic lockdown into a profitable venture as he soothes the minds of those who have binge-watched too many horror movies and saves the souls of wannabe black magic practitioners. We wonder if he sells Monster Repellant or Witch Binder online? Next up, Bridges: Certain Locations That Attract Paranormal Phenomena. There's a long history of strange goings on connected to bridges, from the sound of crying babies, to Mothman and the Man Monkey. (Is Bigfoot loitering on a bridge?) Just like a crossroads, bridges represent a connection between this world (our current location) and the next (our destination). It seems unavoidable that we would imbue these physical constructions with otherworldly energies, just with our thoughts alone. Keep your arms and legs inside the moving vehicle at all times, and remember, no flash photography. (CM)

Grant Cameron is one of the fun people in ufology. The Presidential UFO researcher and author of the excellent Charlie Red Star: True Reports of One of North America's Biggest UFO Sightings has been much intrigued by "Consciousness" in his recent work. He and host Alex Tsakiris agree and disagree upon what Consciousness is and what that has to do with aliens. The notion of "separation" looms large in the discussion, with particular attention to the matter of "good" and "evil." For someone not terribly conversant on the connection to ufology, it seemed that language--at least its current English version--is not adequate to express precisely what is being discussed. It did help to read the imperfect text version first and then to watch/listen to the dialogue. (WM)

May 26

Paranormal Bigfoot Radio Misterioso
Authors Joshua Cutcheon and Timothy Renner are brilliant in this interview with host Greg Bishop, untangling the mysteries of Bigfoot and and its inevitable high strangeness. To quote Bishop, their new book Where the Footprints End is designed (and sure) to goose the Bigfoot research community out of its “'flesh-and-blood-hypothesis' stupor (the theory that the creature is an undiscovered primate)." This is in complete contrast to the flesh and blood Bigfoot story told in a book called The Creature by someone with the pen name of Jan Klement. Sadly Loren Coleman announces that John Tomikel, The Publisher of The Creature Dies, taking with him to the grave the identity of the person who wrote that fascinating little book about close encounters with a Bigfoot-like creature in southwestern Pennsylvania. Loren once wrote "that Jan Klement is the "'Deep Throat' of the Bigfoot field." In 2009, questions were raised about the possibility that publisher Tomikel was the author Jan Klement. But when Loren confronted Tomikel in a subsequent interview, he denied being the author of the book. The mystery continues. Rest in Peace, Dr. John Tomikel. (CM)

Curt Collins solicits reader help on material looking much like what was displayed to reporters as coming from the iconic Roswell crash. Witness Leonard Robertson's last name recalls a debunking effort six years later. Now Robertson had "material evidence" for his UFO claim, but what to do about entity reports? Rich Reynolds asks why are UFOs [Flying Saucers] with "Occupants" - Not in 2020? The apparent "dip" in humanoid encounters, whatever their cause(s), seems worth investigation. Rich also ponders the possible purpose of some ancient UFOs in Actually They May be the Chariots of the Gods. A solid understanding of ancient history may explain most Ancient Astronaut tenets conventionally, but the "intriguing speculation" of Eric von Daniken's Chariots of the Gods? certainly fires the imagination. The possible remnant handiwork (or tentacle-work, or whatever) of Ancient Astronauts is one thing, but what to do about ordinary-looking folks who say they're the "real deal?" Hakan Blomqvist ponders this question in The Alien Visitors - Volume II. He also reveals a stunning bit of information about contactee Billy Meier. (WM)

In a story redolent of the seamier side of the international trade in antiquities, U.S. federal prosecutors have filed for the return of an important piece of history be returned to Iraq, from whence it was possibly stolen in 1991. The item is a cuneiform tablet bearing part of the seminal Gilgamesh Epic, and is one of numerous artifacts formerly in the collections of the Washington, DC.-based Museum of the Bible. Jane Arraf has the particulars and a link to the federal complaint. On a happier note, Yasemin Saplakoglu tells us about some Hidden Underground Chambers Unearthed Near Israel's Western Wall. Students in Jerusalem discovered the complex of three chambers, carved on top of one another. Saplakoglu discusses probable dating and possible purpose. Moving towards the present, Jason Colavito asks Did the Vikings Bring Danish Dogs to the Inca Empire in the Middle Ages? Jason says no, doggedly going into fine detail on translation difficulties, morphological questions, and preconceived romantic Norse notions. And Brent Swancer takes us to, well, where? in time, as he discusses The Mystery of the Guadeloupe Woman, the Skeleton in Rock. Here's an "impossible fossils" case, with religious repercussions, temporal debates, and possible explanations far outstripping those of the "Inca dog" question. (WM)

Nick Redfern quotes several sources supporting the December 1980 Rendlesham Forest Incident as a "staged," completely human, event. Jacques Vallee's observation about sending weaponless military search units so no one would get hurt in a planned test brings to mind current speculations about the 2004 Nimitz incident. In The Strange "Greys" of Ufology: Are They Manufactured? Nick presents another "new"/old angle. Hearkening back to a possibility suggested in the late Lt. Col. Philip J. Corso's book The Day After Roswell, Nick demonstrates it's (more than) possible to reject Corso's reverse engineering claims and still consider his speculations/information that what witnesses are seeing are the black-eyed, large-headed worker-drones, not the real aliens. That's fairly involved speculation, but do The Mysterious Ghost Lights of Hansell Road have a simpler explanation? Brent Swancer recounts the many stories and possible causes for a variety of phenomena that sadly may be fading into history. (WM)

May 25

Happy Memorial Day The Anomalist
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