Numerous public figures from eminent scientists to politicians have stated their belief in the existence of alien life forms and UFOs.
Here we take a look at some of the most notable claims:
1. Professor Stephen Hawking
Last year, the revered physicist and cosmologist suggested that extraterrestrials almost certainly exist but that humans should be taking steps to avoid them rather than seek them out.
He said: “To my mathematical brain, the numbers alone make thinking about aliens perfectly rational. The real challenge is to work out what aliens might actually be like.”
“We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet.
“I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonise whatever planets they can reach.” Read more
Friday, February 25, 2011
Scientists deny that UFOs exist, despite all the evidence to the contrary, and the government keeps silent about the subject. But there are a surprising number of prominent people who believe they're real. according to The Telegraph.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Researchers have been using virtual-reality avatars to create "out-of-body" experiences in the laboratory. Volunteers experienced the virtual bodies as if they were their own.
In the film Avatar, explorers on the planet Pandora transmit their minds into alternative bodies. Now scientists have come a step closer to recreating the experience in the lab.
They have successfully "projected" people into digital avatars that can move around a virtual environment. The participants experienced the digital body as if it were their own, even if the virtual humans were of the opposite sex. Read more
Monday, February 21, 2011
Why are some paranormal beliefs more attractive to males while others are more appealing to females?
There are interesting differences between men and women on so-called “paranormal beliefs,” such as the belief in astrology, ESP, UFOs, Bigfoot, and ghosts. An abundance of research in the sociology of religion has found that women are more spiritual than men in a variety of ways. Women are more likely to belong to conventional religious organizations and hold traditional religious beliefs. They are also much more likely than men to believe in psychic powers, astrology, the power of mediums, and ghosts.
Men are more likely than women to believe that some UFOs are extraterrestrial craft and about equally likely to believe in creatures such as Bigfoot. Concerning an escalation of participation to the level of active research, men are also more likely than women to pursue these beliefs by becoming Bigfoot or UFO “hunters.” Read more
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
A "grid of streets" on the seabed at one of the proposed locations of the lost city of Atlantis has been spotted on Google Ocean. In my opinion, this location fits Plato's description much better than most of the other proposed locations.
The network of criss-cross lines is 620 miles off the coast of north west Africa near the Canary Islands on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean.
The perfect rectangle – which is around the size of Wales – was noticed on the search giant's underwater exploration tool by an aeronautical engineer who claims it looks like an "aerial map" of a city.
The underwater image can be found at the co-ordinates 31 15'15.53N 24 15'30.53W.
Last night Atlantis experts said that the unexplained grid is located at one of the possible sites of the legendary island, which was described by the ancient Greek philosopher Plato.
According to his account, the city sank beneath the ocean after its residents made a failed effort to conquer Athens around 9000 BC. Read more
Saturday, February 12, 2011
The Voynich manuscript is a handwritten book that has been described as "the world's most mysterious manuscript".because the author, script, and language are unknown. Scientists say they have carbon-dated the manuscript to the early Renaissance.
Scientists have carbon-dated the Voynich manuscript, a puzzling and beautiful document covered in botanical and scientific drawings. Named for the Polish-American bookseller who acquired it in 1912, its undeciphered text and purported 15th-16th century origins have long been a matter of controversy. So just how old is it?
According to the University of Arizona, the sample was dated to between 1404 and 1438, making it older than previously thought; it predates the Gutenberg bible, printed in 1453. Read more
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
The Investigative Paranormal Society of Minnesota (TIPSMN) founder Nick Larson, who teaches classes in paranormal investigation, gives some tips to would-be ghost hunters.
Whether or not you believe in the supernatural, ghosts can make good stories.
In Dundas, there are rumors of plenty of encounters.
Pauline Koester says that the majority of her employees at the L & M Bar & Grill have seen or heard something that’s given them the creeps.
They’ve seen dark apparitions. A cup of paper clips has flown off the counter. The men’s bathroom door creaks open and shut, though the window is closed. Read more
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Astral projection is one of the most exciting experiences you can have in your life. However, many people who try to achieve astral projection give up before succeeding. Abhishek Agarwal explains nine popular and widely used astral projection techniques that you can try if you haven't yet found one that works for you.
Astral Projection is one of the most amazing experiences you can have. It is a process by which the human consciousness temporarily leaves the physical body and functions independently, while the physical body remains still and passive throughout.
There are hundreds of techniques available that induce Projection. But since there is no universal method that would work for everyone to attain conscious projection, we will discuss some different kinds of techniques. You should know them all to decide which one suits you best.
In this section we will discuss some most popular and widely used techniques of experiencing an OOBE. Read more
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
One element of the Harry Potter series is close to becoming a reality. A cloaking system has been developed that hides relatively big objects in visible light.
Harry Potter and Bilbo Baggins, take note: Scientists are a step closer to conquering the "magic" of invisibility.
Many earlier cloaking systems turned objects "invisible" only under wavelengths of light that the human eye can't see. Others could conceal only microscopic objects. (See "Two New Cloaking Devices Close In on True Invisibility.")
But the new system, developed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) Centre, works in visible light and can hide objects big enough to see with the naked eye.
The "cloak" is made from two pieces of calcite crystal—a cheap, easily obtained mineral—stuck together in a certain configuration.
Calcite is highly anisotropic, which means that light coming from one side will exit at a different angle than light entering from another side. By using two different pieces of calcite, the researchers were able to bend light around a solid object placed between the crystals.
"Under the assembly there is a wedge-shaped gap," said MIT's George Barbastathis, who helped develop the new system. "The idea is that whatever you put under this gap, it looks from the outside like it is not there." Read more