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61. Do woodcocks "grunt" for worms? [Science Frontiers Website]
... rain is beating down above. Whatever goes through their "minds," they emerge on the surface in response to vibrations and may be snapped up by several species that know their weakness. Human fishermen know the worms' weakness and "grunt" for them in several ways; say, by drawing a notched stick across the trunk of a small tree to generate vibrations. Wood turtles are said to "stomp" for worms. (SF#65) Kiwis and Kagus also stomp for their dinner. (Kagus are rather strange birds found in New Caledonia.) We have just learned that Woodcocks will beat their wings against the ground to coax earthworms within range. (Hennigan, Tom; "A Wonderfully Bizarre Bird," Creation/Ex Nihilo, 19:54, September-November 1997.) Comment. Woodcocks seem to lure worms to the surface in still another way: They "bob" or "rock" their body in a most peculiar manner. It is thought that the resulting pressure waves are transmitted to the ground through their feet and ...
62. How Homeopathy Might Work [Science Frontiers Website]
... to the efficacy of homeopathy's "remedies," skeptics have been fond of pointing out that these fluids are so dilute that no molecules of the active ingredients are likely to remain. Believers respond that the fluid remedies somehow retain the "essence" of the active ingredient. In effect, they maintain that water has a "memory." No wonder mainstream scientists scoff at homeopathy. But wait, perhaps water can have a memory! A Cal Tech chemist has put extremely dilute solutions under his electron microscope and found that some contain strange "ice" crystals, even though room temperature and pressure prevail. Called "I E crystals," they are produced through the action of ions. They are stable even at higher temperatures. Subsequently, an immunologist at the University of California at Los Angeles discovered that the I E crystals can stimulate parts of the immune system. Water containing these strange forms of ice show a hundred times more bioactivity than plain water. (Anonymous; "Homeopathy and I E Crystals," Spectrum, p. 18, November/ ...
63. A Bright Flying Object And Another Enigmatic Crater [Science Frontiers Website]
... was later discovered within 1 km of the projected "impact" point of the luminous object. At this site, in addition to the topsoil, full-grown pine trees greater than 20 m high were thrown downhill over a nearby road, leaving the downslope edge of the "crater" untouched and with a steep interior wall (this would not be the case if a regular landslide were responsible for the transport). Standing trees below the "crater" showed embedded soil and plant residues up to heights greater than 3 m. No strange materials (meteorites or artifacts) were recovered in or close to the "crater"; all materials belonged to the site and were not shocked; thus an impact is very improbable. "A possible explanation capable of reconciling all of the observations is presented. It hypothesizes an eruption of earth gases to create the crater, with the rising gas plume then interacting with atmospheric electricity to produce the propagating fireball that was observed." (Docobo, J.A., et al; "Investigation of a Bright Flying Object over Northwest ...
64. Book Shelf [Aeon Journal $]
... the astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli and translated as "canals," implying artifacts. The astronomer Percival Lowell never wavered in his belief that there were Martians fighting to save their dying planet. Around the turn of the century, following his electrical experiments in Colorado Springs, Nikola Tesla proclaimed to the world that messages to and from Earth with the inhabitants of the planet Mars were imminent. In England, Lord Kelvin (William Thomson) was in full agreement with Tesla that Martians were attempting to contact Earth. This was on the basis of strange regular-pulsed, numerical-like signals that were being detected by rudimentary radio reception on both sides of the Atlantic. Curiously, these peculiar signals from space stopped but were detected again by the Naval Observatory in the 1920s. Disappearing a second time, they seemed to resume once more in the 1930s when Karl Jansky, working for Bell Laboratories, constructed the world's first radiotelescope and discovered radio emanations coming from the center of our galaxy. Jansky's detected signals, however, were just a hiss which came and went everyday, and not the pulsed ...
65. In Passing [SIS C&C Review $]
... . But what if ice-ages were sudden Earth tilts? Then the same jigsaw pieces can equally easily be made into a picture of survivors struggling for existence and manifesting, not incipient religious, artistic and social progress, but remnants of earlier skills. Catastrophe, even local, seems never to occur to Leakey. Remains of thousands of horses in one pile must have been the results of man's positive hunting and the remains of many animals in an area indicate that there were vast herds. Reindeer, horse, bison and ibex, a strange assemblage of ecological types by today's standards, dwell together. Interesting, though, in any context, are engravings of marine fish in caves in central France, nearly 200 miles from the sea; evidence from engravings and teeth that horses were domesticated and harnessed 30,000 years ago; that cattle were domesticated well before 13,000 years ago; and Alexander Marshack's interpretation of markings on certain Palaeolithic bone implements as symbolic representations of the seasons and even a record of the phases of the moon from 30,000 years ago ...
66. Stories of Radioactivity and Mutations [SIS C&C Workshop $]
... very few stories taken from the time before 700 BC which appear to tell of radioactivity and mutations. No implication is made that these relatively mild events were severe enough to affect evolution, only that they point to the conditions of the immediately preceding time which may have. Radioactivity The Old Testament seems to some to tell of certain times when there was a preoccupation with radioactive materials as if such would become periodically available and be treated as holy following a time of physical upheaval. Velikovsky may have been the first to notice that the strange material, shamir, may have been radioactive [4,5. Shamir had to be kept in a container made of lead because it would burst open that made of any other metal such as iron [6. The breast plate of the high priest was engraved by first writing with ink and then exposing the writing to shamir. Velikovsky speculated that the ink may have contained lead salts. The breast plate surface that was unprotected by the ink would disintegrate, leaving the writing to stand out in relief. Shamir became inactive ...
67. Mysterious Circles [SIS C&C Workshop $]
... , but these are nothing like the 'natural' shapes. The Circles Effect is written by a meteorological physicist, the editor of the Journal of Meteorology, who has the courage, or perhaps temerity, to suggest that the cause of the shapes has much to do with the presence of electrical forces, which is perhaps even more shocking to conventional scientists than ideas about extra-terrestrial intelligences. The surprising result of Dr. Meaden's views is that he can also offer a reasonable scientific explanation for the observations of flying saucers of metallic appearance, strange lights, humming noises and the 'inexplicable' stopping of car engines, which most scientists would ignore or ascribe to hoaxes or an over-excited imagination. The circles phenomenon can be observed at the present time and photographed in gorgeous colour, so it is not as easy for this to be ignored as in the case of scientifically uncomfortable events which occurred several thousand years ago. This is one reason why the books should be of particular interest to SIS members. A comment in Circular Evidence is relevant to the study of ancient catastrophes as ...
68. Hark, Hark, the Dogs Do Bark [Science Frontiers Website]
... Science Frontiers ONLINE No. 11: Summer 1980 Issue Contents Other pages Home Page Science Frontiers Online All Issues This Issue Sourcebook Project Sourcebook Subjects Hark, hark, the dogs do bark American geophysicists have been slow to take unusual animal behavior prior to earthquakes seriously. Spurred by Chi-nese work, a network of observers has been set up in California in an earthquake-prone area. Most reports of strange animal behavior have been after-the-fact. Furthermore, the "strange behaviors" frequently turn out to be common during quake-free periods, but simply not remarked upon. Nevertheless, geophysicists did observe some clear-cut instances of animals super-sensitivity to quake phenomena. Studying aftershocks in the Mohave Desert in 1979, Donald Stierman and his colleagues often heard earthquake booms 4-l0 sec after feeling the shock and seeing their portable seismometers record the tremor. Two dogs nearby inevitably responded with a chorus of barking. Sometimes though, the human observers heard and felt nothing when the seismometers and dogs announced another aftershock. (Kerr, Richard A.; "Quake Prediction by Animals Gaining Respect," Science, 208 ...
69. Strange High-Level Haze In The Arctic [Science Frontiers Website]
... Science Frontiers ONLINE No. 6: February 1979 Issue Contents Other pages Home Page Science Frontiers Online All Issues This Issue Sourcebook Project Sourcebook Subjects Strange high-level haze in the arctic Every March and April, the supposedly pristine air of Alaska is defiled by a peculiar haze concentrated at about 10,000 feet. The sky has a whitish, diffuse look; from an airplane the horizon seems to disappear entirely. Is the haze due to pollutants in this remote region? Recent studies indicate two components in the haze: (1) Dust, and (2) Sulfuric acid droplets. Both of these must be imported because there are no sources of such materials in the arctic. Violent wind storms in the Gobi Desert may carry some dust into the arctic. Strong winds might also transport sulphuric acid from Japanese industries to Alaska. These are speculations, though, and no one is sure where this haze comes from or how far it extends beyond Alaska into the stable, stagnant air over the Arctic Ocean. (Anonymous; "Alaska's Imported Haze," Mozaic ...
70. Unearthly Life On Mars [Science Frontiers Website]
... the soil samples, when sterilized by heat, gave uniformly negative results. On earth. such repeatable experiments would be considered strong evidence that life existed in the samples. The reason the Viking experiments were described as "negative" is that the other two life detection experiments produced negative or equivocal results. The gas chromatograph, for example, detected no organic molecules in the Martian soil; and it is difficult to conceive of life without organic molecules. At first, most scientists preferred to explain the ambiguous life-detection-experiment results in terms of strange extraterrestrial chemistry. Nevertheless, strange extraterrestrial life would explain the data equally well. Everyone should be aware that the Viking biology team still considers life on Mars as a real possibility. (Lewis, Richard; "Yes. There Is Life on Mars," New Scientist, 80:106, 1978.) Comment. Most research into the possibility of extraterrestrial life assume "life-as-we-know-it." For more information on the Viking experiments, read entry AME14 in our Catalog: The Moon and the Planets. Ordering information here. ...
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