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1. "AN UNPRECEDENT AND BIZARRE OBJECT [Science Frontiers Website]
... Science Frontiers ONLINE No. 95: Sep-Oct 1994 Issue Contents Other pages Home Page Science Frontiers Online All Issues This Issue Sourcebook Project Sourcebook Subjects "AN UNPRECEDENTED AND BIZARRE OBJECT" So said C. Burrows, codiscoverer of this new cosmic conundrum. The instigator of all the astronomical head scratching is our old friend Supernova 1987A, the subject of several past SF items. This time, the anomalies are associated with three bright rings now gracing 1987A's environs. The thin, dense, elliptical inner ring, the first to be noted, has always been a puzzle. Its diameter suggests that it was probably created about 30,000 years before 1987A blew up. But what is it? Its existence is hard to explain, as N. Panagia has confirmed: "The presence of a dense, thin, ring surrounding a massive star at the end of its evolution is not easy to account for." In other words, this ring is foreign to mainstream astronomical theory. Now, with the help of the Hubble Space Telescope, two additional faint rings ...
2. Science Frontiers: Some Anomalies and Curiosities of Nature [Science Frontiers Website]
... Science Frontiers The Book Strange reports* Bizarre biology* Anomalous archaeology From New Scientist, Nature, Scientific American, etc Archaeology Astronomy Biology Geology Geophysics Mathematics Psychology Physics Science Frontiers The Book Contents Science Frontiers is an indexed compilation of the first 86 issues of our Science Frontiers newsletter. Chapter 1. Archeology: Ancient Engineering Works* Small Artifacts* Epigraphy and Art* Bones and Footprints* Diffusion and Culture. Chapter 2. Astronomy: Planets and Moons* Solar System Debris* Stars* Galaxies and Quasars* Cosmology. Chapter 3. Biology: Humans .* Other Mammals* Birds* Reptiles and Amphibians* Fish* Arthropods* Invertebrates* Plants and Fungi* Microorganisms* Genetics* Origin of Life* Evolution. Chapter 4. Geology: Topography* Geological Anomalies* Stratigraphy* Inner Earth. Chapter 5. Geophysics: Luminous Phenomena* Weather Phenomena* Hydrological Phenomena* Earthquakes* Anomalous Sounds* Atmospheric Optics. Chapter 6. Psychology: Dissociation Phenomena* Hallucinations* Mind- Body Phenomena* Hidden Knowledge* Reincarnation* Information Processing* Psychokinesis. Chapter 7. ...
3. When To Believe And When Not To [Science Frontiers Website]
... Science Frontiers ONLINE No. 46: Jul-Aug 1986 Issue Contents Other pages Home Page Science Frontiers Online All Issues This Issue Sourcebook Project Sourcebook Subjects When To Believe And When Not To Bizarre effects in quantum mechanics. Recently, three "delayed choice" experiments have been consummated in physics labs. In such experiments, the result depends upon what the observer tries to measure; viz., light as particulate-in-nature or light as wave-like-in-nature. The funny thing is that it doesn't matter when the experimenter decides what to measure; he can do this months before the experiment or even afterwards! The effect of the choice is the same-- before or after. Now that is weird! But everyone believes it because a theory for it exists. (Thomsen, Dietrick E.; "Changing Your Mind in a Hurry," Science News, 129:137, 1986.) Bizarre effects in psychokinesis. Recently, several laboratories have been trying to determine if the human mind can affect random physical events, such as radioactive decay. "Surprisingly, the PK effect ...
4. Crop Circles: Hoaxes Or Natural Phenomena? [Science Frontiers Website]
... Science Frontiers ONLINE No. 78: Nov-Dec 1991 Issue Contents Other pages Home Page Science Frontiers Online All Issues This Issue Sourcebook Project Sourcebook Subjects Crop circles: hoaxes or natural phenomena? The question posed by the above title was answered presumptuously and onesidedly by Time (September 23) and more objectively by Science (August 30). While Time implies that all crop circles are hoaxes, the Science article states that the "really bizarre" circles are hoaxes and that the simpler circles may have acceptable meteorological explanations. Unfortunately, the ridiculing tone of the Time article will probably set back the budding scientific interest in crop circles reported in Science. The real losers, as we shall see below, are those crop-circle experts who assert that they can always detect hoaxes. Essence of the Time article. Two cropcircle hoaxers have confessed. D. Chorley and D. Bower have admitted that they have made as many as 25-30 fake crop circles per year, since 1978, including some of the bizarre ones. All they needed was a 4-foot wooden plank, a ball ...
5. Does String Hold The Universe Together? [Science Frontiers Website]
... Science Frontiers ONLINE No. 34: Jul-Aug 1984 Issue Contents Other pages Home Page Science Frontiers Online All Issues This Issue Sourcebook Project Sourcebook Subjects Does string hold the universe together? Cosmological speculation is getting more and more bizarre. Astronomers are now postulating a kind of cosmic 'string' that is very, very thin (10 -30 cm), enormously massive (10 22 grams per centimeter), and very taut (10 42 dynes tension). This string exists only in closed loops of infinite strands. Such string in loop form could have seeded galaxies and even black holes of solar mass. But these are not the major reasons why astronomers like the string hypothesis. It turns out that this bizarre string can tie the universe together gravitationally; that is, provide the long-sought 'missing mass.' The so-called 'missing-mass problem' is two-fold: Astronomers cannot see, with eye and instrument, enough mass to keep the universe from expanding indefinitely. If the kinetic energy of cosmic expansion is to be balanced by gravitational potential energy (an apparent philosophical imperative), ...
6. The Baffling Martian "Spiders" [Thunderbolts Website]
... home updates news and views picture of the day resources team a role for you contact us picture of the day archive subject index subject abstracts Geologists have dubbed these formations at Mars ’ southern pole “spiders.” But no one seems able to explain them. Credit: NASA/Mars Global Surveyor Jul 24, 2006 The Baffling Martian "Spiders" The discovery of complex dendritic networks at Mars ’ south pole has left NASA scientists scrambling for answers. What are these bizarre formations, and how were they created? For two years on this website, we have explored the anomalous surface features of our nearest planetary neighbor, Mars. No other body outside of the earth has been more closely examined by planetary scientists than this“ Planet of a Thousand Mysteries .” Numerous surface features find no analogy in familiar geology. And even those features which geologists claim to recognize, when examined in context and in detail, defy textbook definitions. It is only necessary to look closely to see that this is so. The anomalies begin with the most prominent features, ...
7. A "Tornado" in Space [Thunderbolts Website]
... . Neither gravity nor standard gas laws would allow it. So the problem grows worse the more we discover. To see the problem clearly, just consider the language used to describe the stellar jets of “Herbig Haro objects” such as that imaged above. The words typically employed are taken from the behavior of wind and water on a rocky planet we call “Earth”— a body that stands out as an exception in a universe that is 99.99 percent plasma and dominated by electric currents and their induced magnetic fields. A bizarre example of the outmoded language is the description of stellar jets on NASA ’ s Hubble Telescope website — the very page to which the APOD caption links for an explanation of “such energetic outflows”. The explanation begins with these words: “Stellar jets are analogous to giant lawn sprinklers. Whether a sprinkler whirls, pulses or oscillates, it offers insights into how its tiny mechanism works. Likewise stellar jets, billions or trillions of miles long offer some clues to what's happening close into the star at scales of only millions ...
8. What Fluid Cut The Styx? [Science Frontiers Website]
... Science Frontiers ONLINE No. 80: Mar-Apr 1992 Issue Contents Other pages Home Page Science Frontiers Online All Issues This Issue Sourcebook Project Sourcebook Subjects What fluid cut the styx? "One of the most bizarre features yet identified on Venus is a remarkably long and narrow channel that [the spacecraft Magellan scientists have nicknamed the River Styx. Although it is only half a mile wide, Styx is 4,800 miles long. What could have carved such a channel in unclear. Water, of course, is out of the question. Flowing lava is a possibility, but it would have to have been extremely hot, thin, and fluid." Another suggested fluid is sulphur, but there is still room for speculating about exotic fluids, given Venus's high surface temperatures. Another point of interest: the River Styx does not run steadily downhill. It takes an up-anddown course. Either the Venusian topography has shifted since the Styx was cut, or the channel is not a river at all but rather some bizarre geological feature. (Chaikin, Andrew;" ...
9. WHERE HAVE ALL THE BLACK HOLES GONE? [Science Frontiers Website]
... the black holes gone? Like the Big Bang, black holes are an astronomical staple. Most scientists and laymen assume that black holes are proven, well-observed denizens of the cosmos. Certainly the media entertains no doubts! Let us take a skeptical look. Does theory require black holes? In 1939, R. Oppenheimer and H. Snyder showed on paper that a massive star could collapse and create a black hole, assuming the correctness of stellar theories and General Relativity. Initially, scientists were skeptical about black holes because of their bizarre properties: They emit no light and inhale unwary starships. Black holes are also singularities, and singularities make scientists nervous. In the black-hole singularity, thousands of stars are swallowed and compressed into an infinitesimally small volume. (Ref. 1) This grates against common sense. The philosophical uneasiness about black holes is worsened by the discovery that they: "...threaten the universe with an irreversible loss of information, which seems to contradict other laws of physics." (Ref. 2) Adding to these problems are nagging ...
10. The New Orthodoxy's Respect for Fact [SIS C&C Workshop $]
... a la Gould. I will not repeat the points that Peter James roasted so well in his review of this essay (see note 2) as I- to mix metaphors- am into frying other fish. Claiming to be "more interested in Velikovsky's unorthodox method of enquiry and physical theory" than in his specific claims, Gould lists in consecutive sentences the following: (1) "He begins with [a working hypothesis...." (2) "He then attempts to find some physical explanation, however bizarre...." (seeking, perhaps, Lyell's elegant and exciting scientific hypothesis?) (3) "Most scientists would do exactly the opposite...." (4) "the last important scientific (sic) work that used Velikovsky's method ['pure' reason?- Thomas Burnet's SACRED THEORY OF THE EARTH, first published in the 1680's." (He ends the paragraph with: "... Velikovsky would rebuild the science of celestial mechanics to save the literal accuracy of ancient legends". ...
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