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71. Did a methane burp down twa800? [Science Frontiers Website]
... to the surface and ascends into the atmosphere. The lighter-than-air methane cloud gains altitude, mixing with oxygen and thereby gaining explosive poten tial. An electrical disturbance-- possibly caused by the rising cloud itself or a lightning strike-- detonates the cloud. Awesome energy is instantly re leased in the form of a devastating shock wave and fireball that shat ters nearby TWA Flight 800. Supporting Spalding's theory are the many reports of light flashes, light streaks, and booming/rumbling sounds accompanying the disaster. But, methane burps are bizarre, and the properties of methane hydrate are so unfamiliar to most scientists and investigators of aircraft disasters that Spalding's idea has received scant attention. (Spohn, Lawrence; "Earth 'Burp' Might Have Downed Jet, Scientists Says," Albuquerque Tribune, January 20, 1997. More appeared in the January 24, issue. Cr. R. Spalding) Comment. The phenomena accompanying methane burps are well known to SF readers. First, there are the common offshore booms that have been reported for centuries (SF#3 ...
72. The Return Of The Monolith [Science Frontiers Website]
... Science Frontiers ONLINE No. 109: Jan-Feb 1997 Issue Contents Other pages Home Page Science Frontiers Online All Issues This Issue Sourcebook Project Sourcebook Subjects The Return Of The Monolith Some readers have asked that UFOs receive more attention in SF. We now address these complaints with a case of adequate strangeness. T.M. Olsen has investigated a bizarre observation from Kentucky. The date was September 28, 1996. "Vance C. Johns, a secondary-school horticulturist, lives a rural area east of Louisville. Sometime between midnight and 1:30 AM, he got up to use the bathroom and saw a strange object outside his bedroom window. His wife, Florence, keeps the drapes open on the center of three picture windows, and he immediately opened the other drapes for a better look. The open view through the windows, which face south, is of a grass lawn sloping to a curved driveway. This 0.8-hectare cleared area is devoid of trees and other objects. Two large, automatic floodlights illuminate the ground around the entire house, and under a full moon ...
73. An Innovative Computer [Science Frontiers Website]
... we chronicled the chess match between IBM's Big Blue computer and human champion G.K. Kasparov. Incidental to the match itself was the fact that Big Blue sometimes made different moves when confronted with identical chessboards! With these denials of cyberdeterminism in mind, consider the following anecdote. About 40 years ago, D. Herschbach witnessed the first test of an early chess-playing program written by the renowned S. Ulam for the MANIAC I computer. "In this test, the MANIAC I computer played both sides of the board. After a rather bizarre game, Black made a move that checkmated White. Only then did Ulam realize that the program did not say what to do when mated; it just required that a move be made to escape check. While Ulam and his colleagues debated what might happen, the computer whirred on for about ten minutes. Finally it punched out White's move (on paper tape, then the mode). The uncanny solution: a spurious pawn appeared and began to march down the board to become a new queen." (Herschbach, ...
74. The Glow Below [Science Frontiers Website]
... Science Frontiers ONLINE No. 108: Nov-Dec 1996 Issue Contents Other pages Home Page Science Frontiers Online All Issues This Issue Sourcebook Project Sourcebook Subjects The Glow Below Is there such a thing as sunless photosynthesis? Did photosynthesis evolve at the earth's surface or deep in the oceans near hydrothermal vents? Such questions are engendered by the strength of the mysterious glow that emanates from these deep-sea vents. It is at these cracks in the ocean floor that very hot, mineralladen water gushes forth, and where colonies of bizarre tube worms, blind shrimp, and hyperthermophilic (high temperature-loving) bacteria thrive. (For details, see SF#60 or p. 238 in Science Frontiers, the book) The first anomaly is the strength of the glow itself. It is not all thermal radiation emitted by the 350 C water spewing forth from the vents; in fact, it is 19 times more intense than expected from theory. Something else is contributing energy, but no one knows what it is so far. The unexpected intensity of the vent glows also asks some provocative ...
75. Saturn's Sacred Mountain [Catastrophism & Ancient History Journal $]
... with him, was that Saturn turned "nova" at the time of the Deluge. [3 That the planet was in a fixed position in Earth's north polar sky and that Jupiter was hidden behind it was something he entirely disbelieved. Saturn's age-long prehistoric immobility in Earth's northern sky, as reconstructed from the content of ancient universal lore, is a postulate that is common to both Talbott's model and mine. This discovery, however, had been published earlier by Giorgio de Santillana and Hertha von Dechend who, baffled by such a bizarre astronomical configuration, dubbed it impossible and relegated it to limbo. [4 To my knowledge the placement of Jupiter behind Saturn is a hypothesis that originated with Talbott. [5 He, of course, had nothing to say about "the rest of the planets" having been so positioned and I am curious to know where Seitz might have obtained such misinformation. According to Talbott Mars was suspended between Saturn and the Earth with all three planets sharing the same axis of rotation. [6 Venus, on the other hand, ...
76. Assyrians, Sodom, and Red Herrings [Catastrophism & Ancient History Journal $]
... of Assyrian chronology, based on the supposed "eclipse" that has been back-calculated to 763 B.C. and is therefore assumed to have happened and described in the limmu list. To put it mildly, this is unsubstantiated assumption. The catastrophist literature over the past five years has several valid challenges to this view. (4) Sanders' dates for the beginning and end of the archaeological periods appear to be unsubstantiated and whimsical, unattached to any convincing reasoning or theme. (5) The argument that Ramses III was Shishak appears bizarre. If we are to look for an Egyptian pharaoh who brought home enormous plunder and wealth, Velikovsky's splendid Thutmose III identification remains the most compelling. Nor is there any mystery as to where Ramses III got his booty-- he took it from the Sea Peoples. In a private communication Sanders argued against my own Third Intermediate Period revision by claiming that to fit in the 13 generations required by the reconstruction would require, on Courville's model, an average age of 13 years per Egyptian generation.. In his pioneering book ...
77. Close Encounters With Unknown Missiles [Science Frontiers Website]
... Science Frontiers ONLINE No. 96: Nov-Dec 1994 Issue Contents Other pages Home Page Science Frontiers Online All Issues This Issue Sourcebook Project Sourcebook Subjects Close Encounters With Unknown Missiles In addition to all those alien-controlled UFOs in terrestrial airspace, human pilots sometimes encounter bizarre missiles or objects of enigmatic origin. C. Svahn and A. Liljegren have collected several intriguing cases. Here follows the so-called "Britannia Encounter": "A few weeks later, on July 15 [1991, another Britannia Airways Boeing 737 on a holiday flight from Crete to Gatwick (London) had a similar encounter, this one at 5:45 p.m. Descending 15,000 feet, the copilot caught sight of a "small black lozenge-shaped object" some 500 meters ahead and above. The object was on a collision course, and within two seconds it passed the aircraft's wing at a distance of only 100 meters at less than 10 meters above the wing. The crew felt no impact or wake, and the passengers were not alerted. The pilot assessed the risk of collision as high ...
78. A Curious String Of Coincidences [Science Frontiers Website]
... Science Frontiers ONLINE No. 96: Nov-Dec 1994 Issue Contents Other pages Home Page Science Frontiers Online All Issues This Issue Sourcebook Project Sourcebook Subjects A Curious String Of Coincidences The journal Nature is not the place where one usually finds mention of bizarre coincidences. Nature's nature is supposed to be exclusively rational-- completely dedicated to a cause-and-effect universe. Yet, there it was: A letter from A. Scott calling attention to the fact that three fragments of the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 impacted Jupiter almost precisely 25 years after three crucial events in the Apollo-11 moon landing mission. Fact #1. Comet fragment 1 impacted the same day as the Apollo-11 launch, but 25 years later. Fact #2. The largest comet fragment hit Jupiter 25 years to the minute after the actual landing. Fact #3. The final comet fragment hit almost precisely 25 years after lift-off from the lunar surface. "So the start, climax and end of the series of impacts coincided exactly with the start, climax and end (in the sense of departure from the Moon) ...
79. Science Frontiers #95, Sep-Oct 1994 [Science Frontiers Website]
... Science Frontiers ONLINE No. 95: Sep-Oct 1994 Other pages Home Page Science Frontiers Online All Issues Last Issue Next Issue Sourcebook Project Sourcebook Subjects Contents Archaeology Blondes in ancient china Evidence of tobacco in ancient egypt Dwarf mammoths in ancient egypt? Astronomy "AN UNPRECEDENTED AND BIZARRE OBJECT" Comets, asteroids, or neither? This was the big one, but where did it come from? Snowballs in hell? Biology It's according to hoyle and wickramasinghe Music of the hemispheres The urge to replicate: part i The urge to replicate: part ii Geology Might diamonds be dead bacteria? Deep quake deepens mystery Geophysics Sylvanshine: a newly recognized optical phenomenon Gamma-ray flashes in the upper atmosphere A DEEP-SEA HYDROTHERMAL VENT INSTEAD OF A WARM LITTLE POND? Psychology The solar wind and hallucinations Physics Cold fusion update: 1994 Miscellaneous A SKEPTIC'S NDE-- NOT SO MYSTICAL Other Sites of Interest SIS. Catastrophism, archaeoastronomy, ancient history, mythology and astronomy. Lobster. The journal of intelligence and political conspiracy (CIA, FBI, JFK, MI5, NSA, etc) Homeworking.com. ...
80. Whimsical Aspects of Scientific Theory [Catastrophism Geology $]
... are, quite properly, I believe, reluctant to accept the reality of a phenomenon, be it evolution or extrasensory perception, unless there is some plausible hypothesis as to its mechanism." He goes on to say that it is a trait of the scientific mind to behave thus: "... scientists rarely are psychologically capable of accepting a phenomenon as a fact and also accepting it as inexplicable. It is well for the progress of science that this is so, but it has led to many premature and to some bizarre theories." Simpson has a wonderful ability to make a virtue of necessity. 5. Allow me to explain. The above vagaries might not be worth mentioning if the biologists did not feel such a passion to explain. The pages of their own journals are full of attempts to explain thousands of questions and problems that they have conjured up, but at least these attempts are addressed to their colleagues and are suitably qualified and cautious. When they speak to the public, as in the pages of Natural History, they become ...
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