Why The French State Has A Team Of UFO Hunters

Thousands of UFO sightings are reported every year but not many countries are willing to spend money investigating them, there is just one dedicated state-run team left in Europe. Is France onto something?

You don't need a time machine when you visit the French Space Centre headquarters in Toulouse it's already a throwback to the 1970s. Green lawns sweep on to wide boulevards with stout long rectangular office blocks on either side.

It's almost Soviet-style in the heart of southern France. There are few signs of life even though 1,500 people, most of them civil servants, work in boxy offices along narrow unappealing corridors.

France has the biggest space agency in Europe, the result of the 1960s space race and President Charles de Gaulle's grand determination to keep France independent of the US by building its own satellites, rocket launchers and providing elite space research.

An offshoot of all that, France is the only country in Europe to maintain a full-time state-run UFO (unidentified flying objects) department.

There used to be one in the UK and another in Denmark but they closed down years ago due to budget cuts.

France's UFO unit consists of four staff, and about a dozen volunteers who get their expenses paid to go on site and look into reports of strange sightings in the skies.

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New Massive Asteroid May Threaten Earth

Moscow University’s robotic telescope has discovered a massive asteroid that could potentially hit Earth in the future. If such a collision happens, the explosion would be 1,000 more powerful the Chelyabinsk meteorite explosion in 2013.

An automatic telescope installed in Russia’s Caucasus Mountains, near the city of Kislovodsk, first spotted the newly discovered space rock, dubbed 2014 UR116. The asteroid is estimated to be 370 meters in diameter, which is bigger than the size of the notorious Apophis asteroid.

Once Russian astronomers saw the new space object, they passed the data to colleagues at the Minor Planet Center of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. That means many observatories around the world closely scrutinized 2014 UR116, which helped to calculate the object’s preliminary orbit.

2014 UR116’s orbit is fluctuating because it also passes close to Venus and Mars, and the gravitational pull of these planets can also influence the asteroid’s trajectory.

When a meteorite exploded in the skies above the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in February 2013, the energy of the explosion was estimated to be equivalent to 300-500 kilotons of TNT.

But the Chelyabinsk meteorite was relatively small, about 17 meters in diameter and it disintegrated with a blast at an altitude of over 20 kilometers.

The newly discovered 2014 UR116 is much bigger and its collision with our planet would be catastrophic, as its impact power would be 1,000 times stronger than of the Chelyabinsk meteorite, Scientific Russia journal pointed out.

But the good news is that the asteroid poses no threat to Earth for at least the next six years, Victor Shor, research associate at the Institute of Applied Astronomy told the Interfax news agency.

At the moment the closest part of 2014 UR116’s orbit is 4.5 million kilometers from Earth. But this will change, so scientists are going to have to keep an eye on 2014 UR116 for years to come.

Via RT

Dan Aykroyd: Aliens Don't Want Anything To Do With Us

Actor Dan Aykroyd is convinced alien life forms refuse to make contact with the human race because we are seen as a "violent, depraved, disgusting species".

Actor Dan Aykroyd is convinced alien life forms refuse to make contact with the human race because we are seen as a "violent, depraved, disgusting species".

The Blues Brothers star is a keen student of extraterrestrial sightings and is adamant he has encountered UFOs on several occasions in the US.

He even insists he saw two suspicious objects in the sky as the horrors of the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center in New York were unfolding, and believes that sighting gives a clue as to why aliens have not made contact with humans.

Aykroyd tells The Sunday Times Magazine, It's because we are a violent species. They don't want anything to do with us. 

They watch us. There were two white orbs over New Jersey when the second tower went down on 9/11. They were on CNN for about two minutes... They never showed it again.

Can you imagine what was going through their advanced minds when they saw what happened on 9/11? These humans crashing our highest evolution in aviation into our highest evolution in architecture and metallurgy, like kids wrecking toys in the sandbox. 

They are disgusted with us. And rightly so. Because we are a depraved, disgusting species.

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Over 50 Artifacts Discovered At Research Site In Macedonia

Rich archaeological material has been collected at the archaeological site Mrdaja, on the shore of Lake Dojran, which was discovered in 2012 during construction work to expand the city's beach in Star Dojran.

As the Ministry of Culture announced, the archaeological material, chronologically belongs to the late bronze period and the transition towards the Iron Age.

Among the found items there are 54 sticks of the palafite neighborhood and works made of bronze (knives, sickles, hooks, and an ax), whole or fragmented pieces of pottery with a distinctive matte-painted decoration and specific amphora shape pots with ornate taping.

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Scientists Propose Existence Of Parallel Worlds

Griffith University academics are challenging the foundations of quantum science with a radical new theory based on the existence of, and interactions between, parallel universes.

In a paper published in the prestigious journal Physical Review X, Professor Howard Wiseman and Dr Michael Hall from Griffith's Centre for Quantum Dynamics, and Dr Dirk-Andre Deckert from the University of California, take interacting parallel worlds out of the realm of science fiction and into that of hard science.

The team proposes that parallel universes really exist, and that they interact. That is, rather than evolving independently, nearby worlds influence one another by a subtle force of repulsion. They show that such an interaction could explain everything that is bizarre about quantum mechanics

Quantum theory is needed to explain how the universe works at the microscopic scale, and is believed to apply to all matter. But it is notoriously difficult to fathom, exhibiting weird phenomena which seem to violate the laws of cause and effect.

As the eminent American theoretical physicist Richard Feynman once noted: "I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics."

However, the "Many-Interacting Worlds" approach developed at Griffith University provides a new and daring perspective on this baffling field.

"The idea of parallel universes in quantum mechanics has been around since 1957," says Professor Wiseman.

"In the well-known "Many-Worlds Interpretation", each universe branches into a bunch of new universes every time a quantum measurement is made. All possibilities are therefore realised – in some universes the dinosaur-killing asteroid missed Earth. In others, Australia was colonised by the Portuguese.

"But critics question the reality of these other universes, since they do not influence our universe at all. On this score, our "Many Interacting Worlds" approach is completely different, as its name implies."

Professor Wiseman and his colleagues propose that:

The universe we experience is just one of a gigantic number of worlds. Some are almost identical to ours while most are very different;

All of these worlds are equally real, exist continuously through time, and possess precisely defined properties;

All quantum phenomena arise from a universal force of repulsion between 'nearby' (i.e. similar) worlds which tends to make them more dissimilar.

Dr Hall says the "Many-Interacting Worlds" theory may even create the extraordinary possibility of testing for the existence of other worlds.

"The beauty of our approach is that if there is just one world our theory reduces to Newtonian mechanics, while if there is a gigantic number of worlds it reproduces quantum mechanics," he says.

"In between it predicts something new that is neither Newton's theory nor quantum theory.

"We also believe that, in providing a new mental picture of quantum effects, it will be useful in planning experiments to test and exploit quantum phenomena."

The ability to approximate quantum evolution using a finite number of worlds could have significant ramifications in molecular dynamics, which is important for understanding chemical reactions and the action of drugs.

Professor Bill Poirier, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Texas Tech University, has observed:

"These are great ideas, not only conceptually, but also with regard to the new numerical breakthroughs they are almost certain to engender."

Quantum Phenomena Modeled by Interactions between Many Classical Worlds

‘Supernatural’ Figure Captured in El Kookooee

The annual burning of the Mexican boogeyman, known as El Kookooee, draws crowds to Albuquerque’s South Valley.

At this year’s event, the burning may have drawn more than just people.

“All of us were just freaked out by this thing,” said Steve Vaughan.

The figure was captured in a picture taken by a pair of local firefighters at the burning Sunday.

A ghost enthusiast said it could be some sort of wizard or spirit. “It’s either a real humanoid figure up there hovering in the sky or it’s an extremely good projection from either a slide or some kind of camera,” said Rick Walter.

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Virgin Galactic Space Ship Crash's In Desert

One of Virgin Galactic’s rocket planes crashed after an explosion during a test flight over the Mojave desert on Friday, killing one person on board and seriously injuring another.

The plane, Space Ship Two, was undertaking a test flight as part of Virgin Galactic’s plans for commercial space travel when a “serious anomaly” occurred, the company said.

Two pilots are usually on board for the test flights, launched from a base in the Mojave desert.

The California Highway Patrol confirmed that one person was dead and another had suffered “major injuries” in the accident, which happened at 10.51am local time.

The survivor was flown to hospital by air ambulance. “We are going to secure the scene until the appropriate agency that investigates this comes out,” said Jesse Borne, a California Highway officer based in Mojave.

Space Ship Two is the second-stage launch vehicle for Virgin Galactic’s space flight program. It is designed to disconnect from the propeller-engined White Knight (WK2) craft and ascend to space under rocket power, then return to earth on its own power.

Virgin Galactic, part-owner by the entrepreneur Richard Branson, said its top concern was the status of the pilots on board Space Ship Two, which was operated in partnership with the aerospace company Scaled Composites.

In a series of posts on Twitter, the company said:

Virgin Galactic’s partner Scaled Composites conducted a powered test flight of #Space Ship Two earlier today. During the test, the vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of Space ShipTwo. WK2 landed safely.

Our first concern is the status of the pilots, which is unknown at this time. We will work closely with relevant authorities to determine the cause of this accident and provide updates ASAP.

Ken Brown, a photographer who saw the crash, said the space tourism craft exploded after it was released from the carrier plane, the Associated Press reported.

Almost 700 people, including Tom Hanks and Angelina Jolie, had paid to book a two-hour journey into space on Space Ship Two, which would include a planned five minutes of weightlessness.

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Mystery UFOs Over Southern Colorado

Strange things are lighting up the sky in Southern Colorado, and no one seems to know what they are.

People who live in the San Luis Valley have their own opinions. Judy Messoline, a resident of Hooper, runs the UFO Watchtower, and people from all over the world flock to it annually with hopes of witnessing something that's out of this world.

"They've had documented UFO sightings in this area since the 1700s," Messoline said.

Messoline says the San Luis Valley is a hot bed for paranormal activity, from cattle mutilations to unexplained lights, it has it all.

The weird thing about the Valley, Messoline explained, is the lights appear during the day and at night.

More recently, a bright white light has been haunting the Valley's sky.

"It's been a strange, round, white light. It's been seen since Sept. 13 between Antonito and DaVita and all the way to Crestone. No one can figure out what it is," Messoline said.

Often times, the light will be appear for several minutes at a time, shoot to the western sky, then stop and beam back east. It's simply too difficult to explain, she said.

Whatever it is, no one can figure it out. Not even authorities in the area, Messoline said.

Via 9News

Swift Catches Mega Flares from a Mini Star

On April 23, NASA's Swift satellite detected the strongest, hottest, and longest-lasting sequence of stellar flares ever seen from a nearby red dwarf star.

The initial blast from this record-setting series of explosions was as much as 10,000 times more powerful than the largest solar flare ever recorded.

At its peak, the flare reached temperatures of 360 million degrees Fahrenheit (200 million Celsius), more than 12 times hotter than the center of the sun. 

The "superflare" came from one of the stars in a close binary system known as DG Canum Venaticorum, or DG CVn for short, located about 60 light-years away. Both stars are dim red dwarfs with masses and sizes about one-third of our sun's. 

They orbit each other at about three times Earth's average distance from the sun, which is too close for Swift to determine which star erupted. 

At 5:07 p.m. EDT on April 23, the rising tide of X-rays from DG CVn's superflare triggered Swift's Burst Alert Telescope (BAT). Swift turned to observe the source in greater detail with other instruments and, at the same time, notified astronomers around the globe that a powerful outburst was in progress.

For about three minutes after the BAT trigger, the superflare's X-ray brightness was greater than the combined luminosity of both stars at all wavelengths under normal conditions.

The largest solar explosions are classified as extraordinary, or X class, solar flares based on their X-ray emission. 

The biggest flare ever seen from the sun occurred in November 2003 and is rated as X 45. But if the flare on DG CVn were viewed from a planet the same distance as Earth is from the sun and measured the same way, it would have been ranked 10,000 times greater, at about X 100,000. 

How can a star just a third the size of the sun produce such a giant eruption? The key factor is its rapid spin, a crucial ingredient for amplifying magnetic fields. The flaring star in DG CVn rotates in under a day, about 30 or more times faster than our sun. 

The sun also rotated much faster in its youth and may well have produced superflares of its own, but, fortunately for us, it no longer appears capable of doing so.

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