This Egyptian prayer stone (pictured - click for enlargement) was purportedly found in a burial mound in Illinois. Wayne May, publisher of Ancient American magazine, believes this and other similar archaeological finds raise the possibility of an Egyptian presence in prehistoric America.
During the first hour, astronomer Phil Plait discussed the discoveries of two new "planets" in our outer solar system. One, he said, is believed to be larger than Pluto, the other, though smaller, has its own moon. For more on this, see this special page that he's prepared.Then, Richard C. Hoagland joined the show, commenting that the recent planetary discoveries were fostered by a competition between two scientific teams, Caltech and a group in Spain. He also shared an update on the Shuttle, suggesting that the problem with the foam/tiles dates back to missions from 1997.
Pictured is an artist rendering (credit: NASA/JPL/Caltech) of the newly discovered 10th planet, which is larger than Pluto, and three times further from the sun than it. The breaking news comes on the heels of the discovery of another object in the outer solar system that is said to be 70% the size of Pluto. Read more at Space.com.
Bill Chalker is pictured at the Australian Department of Defence, examining their confidential UFO files. Click here to view additional images he sent us.
Radio host Hilly Rose (pictured), who has just returned from China, was our special guest in Streamlink's Live Chat on Tuesday night. Below are excerpts from the Q & A; members can view the entire transcript.Tommy What do they think of UFOs In China? Hilly Rose China has the largest UFO organization in the world. Makes sense because they have the largest population in the world. In order to join the UFO group you must be a college graduate. In other words, they take UFOs very seriously. There are lots of sightings all over. With the censorship of the government, it is difficult to know what position the Communists take.Kick_up Mr. Rose, can you tell us how or why you got into radio broadcasting? Hilly Rose To give you the complete answer would take the entire session. I actually started at the age of 14 working with the Chicago Board of Education Radio Council. Got into Northwestern University at 16 and grouped my classes so I could do
Dr. Greg Little has put together a 16 minute video comprised of underwater footage of "The Bimini Road" and "Andros Platform," shot off islands in the Bahamas in late 2004. Some of the features "truly appear manmade," he writes.
During the first hour, reporter and editor for Earthfiles.com, Linda Moulton Howe presented news on the hot rock mystery in California.According to Linda, the "unique and really mysterious" hot rocks were exposed after a landslide in the Los Padres National Forest. She said a test conducted at a depth of 11 1/2 feet below the rocks measured the ground temperature at 584-degrees Fahrenheit. Geothermal energy, volcanic magma, and radioactivity have been ruled out as explanations, Linda revealed.View a couple of images of the Los Padres hot rocks by clicking the links below:Hot Rocks Photo #1Hot Rocks Photo #2Linda also provided information about unusual cat deaths in the Seattle area. It appears the unfortunate felines have been cut in half, Linda explained, with some kind of "high heat" cutting instrument. Read more at Earthfiles.com (Warning: contains graphic images).
Based on an idea by Claude E. Shannon, 'The Most Beautiful Machine' uses a compressor, pneumatic cylinder, prosthesis, and an old trunk to show "communication based on the functions of ON and OFF." Basically, the observer pushes a red button and an artificial hand reaches out to turn off the machine. Click here to watch the machine in action.Credit: kugelbahn.ch
Former Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson is said to be getting an RFID microchip implanted in his arm. The tiny radio frequency device contains individualized medical data and is made by VeriChip, a company which recently added Thompson to their board of directors. Read more at NewsMax.com.
Jason Martell of xfacts.com, has brought along two 360-degree Quicktime videos of Seti's Tomb to accompany his presentation. Just click and drag your mouse over the movies to explore each room. View the videos here.
Tonight's guest, Derrel Sims is pictured with Leviathan, his giant Burmese python. Click here to view larger.
Spike Mike of the Fantastic Forum pointed us to an amusing video called The Alien Song by animator Victor Navone. View the clip here (requires QuickTime).
James Doohan, best known for playing the engineer "Scotty" on the original Star Trek series, passed away today at the age of 85. Reportedly, Doohan has requested that his ashes be sent into space. The phrase "Beam me up, Scotty," referring to the transporter, will live on in the pop culture lexicon.First hour guest, Star Trek consultant Richard Arnold discussed the series and the death of James Doohan. Doohan, he said, greatly enjoyed participating in the Star Trek conventions and took pride in the fact that a number of people told him they had gone into engineering because they were inspired by his character.
Christopher Holmes sent us several images to accompany his presentation, including one of an enneagram (pictured) which he built in Vancouver. Click here to view.
Objects preserved in volcanic ash from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD were recently presented to the public. Experts restored silver cups and platters (such as pictured) which give clues to the domestic life of Pompeii, from nearly 2,000 years ago. Read more here.
The latest unusual image spotted on Google's satellite service is a 'face' in the Peruvian desert. A tongue-in-cheek article in The Register pegs the image as that of Jesus.
On almost any clear night, the mysterious "Marfa Lights" can be seen dancing across Mitchell Flat in West Texas. The lights reportedly move around just above the horizon, and fluctuate in intensity and color. The phenomenon has been reported in the area for over a century and is the subject of many origin theories, some of which include: campfires, car lights, static electricity, St. Elmo's Fire, and swamp gas. The lights remain unexplained. Read more at USA Today.
Peter Davenport of the National UFO Reporting Center referenced the following images during Friday's program:Image #1 - Peculiar wound on left foot of witness (above)Image #2 - Sketch of July 8, 2005 UFO encounter
In Canada's Yukon, nine people claim to have seen "a large human-like figure covered in hair" pass by a window of a house, according to CBC News. The creature reportedly left behind evidence including a footprint twice the size of a human's (pictured) and a small patch of hair. Read more here, or listen to audio (requires Real Player) of witnesses.
Former FBI consultant Paul L. Williams pieced together the potential for nuclear terrorism in his 2004 book Osama's Revenge. He based his findings on intelligence from US, British, Pakistani and Israeli sources which indicate that tactical nuclear weapons may have been stolen from the Russian arsenal in the chaos following the breakup of the USSR. Williams presents evidence that the "Chechen Mafia" acquired some of these portable nuclear weapons, and then negotiated the sale of 20 of them to representatives of Osama bin Laden.
According to researchers at Brandeis University in Massachusetts, a bird with a walnut-size brain has grasped the concept of zero, something humans don't usually understand until age three or four. When asked about the contents of an empty tray, Alex, a 28-year-old African gray parrot, correctly answers "none." A remarkable achievement given some ancient human cultures did not even have a formal concept of zero. Read more at LiveScience.
In a video clip from one of her DVDs, hypnotherapist Wendi Friesen discusses how to pick up cues to tell if someone is lying. Also, she is offering a special for Coast to Coast listeners who buy any of her CDs or DVDs. Put "GEORGE" in the coupon code area, and you'll receive the Hypnotic Intuition CD free with your order.
Hurricane Dennis slammed ashore on the northern Gulf coast of Florida Sunday afternoon, uprooting trees and downing power lines with top sustained winds of 120 mph. The Category 4 storm lost power as it moved inland and, as of 5:00 pm local time, was downgraded to a Category 2 hurricane with wind speeds up to 105 mph. Forecasters caution that extremely heavy rains from Dennis will cause extensive flooding for the next several days. Read more here. Image: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
U.S. scientists are currently developing Star Trek-style phasers to keep "security adversaries" out of nuclear power stations. Expected to be in use by 2008, the proposed weapon would use a 95GHz millimeter-wave of directed energy to harmlessly stun intruders. Such energy weaponry would permit security personnel to fire on plant intruders without the fear of stray bullets tearing into critical power plant systems. Read more at SpaceDaily.com.
An analyst with Stratfor, one of the world's leading private intelligence providers, writes that today's attacks in London may have been geared to boost sagging confidence in al Qaeda followers. "The London bombings clearly give them renewed credibility in the Muslim and Arab world. They demonstrate that al Qaeda is still active and able to make its presence known in the major capitals of the world," said senior analyst Rodger Baker. Read more here. There is also a report that minutes before the explosions, British police informed the Israeli Embassy in London that they had received warnings of possible terror attacks in the city.
Pictured is Robosaurus, a 40-foot-tall, 30-ton robot, breathing fire after "eating" a car during the recent Airfest 2004 in Riverside, Calif. More details about the "world's largest entertainment robot," are at robosaurus.com.
The US military is reportedly experimenting with a weapon that can cause people to experience extreme pain. The projectile-styled device is said to fire a laser pulse that generates a burst of expanding plasma. According to an article in New Scientist, it's planned for use in 2007, and "could literally knock rioters off their feet."
Clicking on the image plays a movie showing the flash that occurred when Deep Impact's probe collided into comet Tempel 1. Go here for more videos and animations of the mission.
The Deep Impact spacecraft successfully released its impactor at 11:07 pm PT on Saturday night. The actual impact with the Tempel 1 comet is scheduled to occur around 10:52 pm PT Sunday night. To view near real-time images from Deep Impact as well as webcast coverage go to: deepimpact.jpl.nasa.gov.
Mercer University physicist Randall Peters believes hurricanes can set off earthquakes and even cause the Earth to vibrate. In August 2004, he recorded a series of "micro-tremors" as Hurricane Charley reached the Florida peninsula. The seismometer also recorded a "sharp seismic spike" as Charley brushed by the continental shelf. Still more shocking, the storm caused the planet to tremble at low-frequency vibrations. Read more at New Scientist.