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.
Our recent special guest in Streamlink's live chat was ufologist and nuclear physicist Stanton Friedman (pictured). Below are excerpts; members can view the entire transcript.Japanese_American Stanton, you were great on Coast, I learned a lot! Are nuclear physicists open-minded like you are when it comes to extraterrestrials? Stanton Friedman Many will talk about life out there like SETI (Silly Effort to Investigate) but few will dig into the UFO data. ALeyoops Does any of your work in researching the UFO phenonema delve into the technical aspects of how a UFO would operate or the properties of physics involved? Stanton Friedman From my Congressional testimony in 1968, my paper "Flying Saucers and Physics" my paper "Star Travel? YES?" and others I discuss technology.. I worked on Fusion propulsion, fission rockets etc. I actually think they work using techniques about which we know nothing. I do like magnetoaerodynamics for use in the atmosphere
Futurist Paul Guercio and physicist Dr. George Hart coined the term Timetraks to describe the output of their MERLIN Project software.The code was custom designed by a team of SDI/StarWars physicists to capture moments of what Guercio and Hart like to call "heightened-eventfulness." These uncommon moments of future activity, where important events will likely occur, are generated by mathematically capturing a particularly propitious past moment, like the beginning of a relationship or the start of a new job and applying a precise formula of cyclic intervals to that past 'frozen' moment.The result is a graphical image of all the future moments, when echoes of the original moment will again be heard. MERLIN Timetraks® are a lot like pages of sheet music from a very unique and one-of-a-kind symphony that can predict the timetable of future events. The Timetraks® for Friday night's Coast program, and instructions for reading them can be vi