On August 16, 1960, pilot Joseph Kittinger jumped out of a balloon from an altitude of 102,800ft (20 miles) and plunged to Earth at more than 700mph. He landed safely 13 minutes and 45 seconds later, setting world records for the highest parachute jump, and the longest and fastest parachute freefall. Now, a group of extreme sports enthusiasts and entrepreneurs is working on a way for 'space-divers' to get the ultimate rush by jumping from as high as 60 miles above the Earth with only a space suit and a parachute. More at the Daily Mail.
A drug-resistant staph infection known as MRSA is much more prevalent than previously realized, according to a recent report. This damaging bacterial infection now kills more Americans each year than HIV/AIDS. Read more here.
GFS Projects have developed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that may be used by the British and US military for surveillance and payloads. The flying saucer-like craft is two-feet wide, flies over any terrain, and can take off vertically from solid surfaces. For more, visit Fox News.
During the first hour, shamanic practitioner Heather Cumming spoke about her experiences with the Brazilian healer 'John of God.' Different entities on their own spiritual evolution come through him as he is conducting his healings, and an array of crystals moved over a person's body is sometimes used as part of his treatment, she detailed.
People are debating whether it was a trick of light or a ghostly apparition that showed up on footage shot by a member of Outwood Community Video, in Wakefield, England. The spectral figure, said by some to resemble a Roman soldier, is seen on a path frequented by joggers. Click here to view the video and more info.
While researching his book Virtual Medicine, Dr. Keith Scott-Mumby came across the Russian 'SCENAR' machine, which calls to mind the hand-held healing device on Star Trek. The SCENAR was developed by the Russian military and interacts with the body's biological energy to treat a variety of conditions.
A team at the University of Rochester, who developed the mathematics behind the "invisibility cloak," have now shown that the same technology could be used to create an "electromagnetic wormhole." Read more at PhysOrg.com.
The Vatican is about to publish documents that reprieve the Knights Templar, the stormtroopers of the Crusades, from accusations of heresy. The order was founded in the 12th century to protect Christian pilgrims during the Crusades. EuroNews.
The technology-based performance artist Stelarc had a third ear implanted onto his arm in 2006 and is now considering taking the next step. "I hope to have a tiny microphone implanted to it that will connect with a bluetooth transmitter; that way you can listen to what my ear is hearing," he told the Daily Mail in a recent article.
Jon Klimo is currently writing a book about channeling extraterrestrials, with the working title of Close Encounters of the Inner Kind. In his earlier work, Channeling, first published in 1988, he included ET communications in his investigation of information from paranormal sources. Many channelers have reported that the source of their messages comes from off-world beings, sometimes referred to as "space brothers." In the majority of cases, he writes, "the aliens claim to come from vibratory domains finer than ours, usually from the etheric level between the physical and the supposed astral plane of deceased human spirits. They say they have the technology to transform their vibratory rate in order to enter our perceptual range, giving us occasional 'close encounters' with UFOs."
Digital artist Dana Augustine shares his illustrationWhitley Strieber's 2012, made especially for tonight's program. Click on the image to view larger.
Paleontologist Phil Manning believes he has found a preserved Tyrannosaurus rex footprint in the Badlands of Montana. The meter-square, three-toed track was discovered in a layer of sediments, formed at the end of the dinosaur age. For more, visit BBC News.
Maj. Ed Dames appeared briefly at the start of the show with an update on his aerial search for Steve Fossett's crash site. He's sent us a short video clip (Win | Real), photos, and details of the reconnaissance flight done on Saturday. More here.
On Saturday, it was reported that DNA researcher Craig Venter has constructed a synthetic chromosome and "is poised to announce the creation of the first new artificial life form on Earth." Read more at The Guardian.
Scientists from the National Space Centre and the University of Leicester (UK) have come up with a new currency designed to be used by space tourists. The Quasi Universal Intergalactic Denomination, or Quid, is made from the polymer used in non-stick pans and designed to withstand the stresses of space travel. Quid "coins" come in different sizes and colors, and are free of sharp edges that could cause damage if they got free in zero gravity. More at BBC News.
This weekend hundreds of competitors from around the world will attempt to break the record for fastest time solving a Rubik's cube at the World Rubik's Cube Championship 2007 in Budapest, Hungary. (More at ABC News.) Watch video of current world record holder Matyas Kuti solving the cube while blindfolded. Photo: AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky
Cartoonist Ted Bastien, the creator of Bugsport, writes: "I did this little illustration in honor of Whitley's new book... A bit of Grays and Mayan calendar mixed together." Click here to view larger.
Tauk World Discovery, one of the oldest tour operators, was recently asked to name some of the world's most haunted hotels. Among their picks: Boston's Omni Parker House in which guests have noticed an unaccountable smell of whiskey and cigars in Room 303, Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City, where a man sitting on a windowsill suddenly vanished, and Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in the Canadian Rockies, in which a helpful bellman departs "almost into thin air." Click here for more.
George Noory and William Birnes are looking for personal accounts of spiritual awakenings and intuitive experiences to be published in their sequel to Worker in the Light (which recently came out in a paperback edition), to be called WORKERS IN THE LIGHT. Click here for more info.
The late Dr. Helen Wambach pioneered "future-progression" studies with large groups of people beginning in 1980. What she found, as documented in the book Mass Dreams of the Future by Chet Snow, disturbed her. The majority of subjects who were hypnotically progressed to the early 21st Century, reported being in a "floating" state which she recognized as indicating they were between lives. Because many of the people should have still been alive in this time frame, Wambach concluded a large scale catastrophe(s) may have wiped out a significant portion of the population. Things were looking up by 2300 A.D. and beyond, where a higher percentage of subjects reported being alive (i.e. in a future life). Snow characterized this era as "The Outward Wave," where people found themselves living in a synthetic space environment, a greatly changed Earth, or on another planet all together. One subject reported: "I was alone, looking at a very cold, tall and metallic-type city which you could
Posted on Google Video is footage of a round black object moving across the surface of the moon. According to the poster, Italian astronomers are said to have spotted and tracked the UFO. Explanations have included space junk, satellite, alien vehicle and hoax.
In his fascinating 1997 article, Reality is a Shared Hallucination, Howard Bloom examines how our perceptions of reality are formed, not by tangible facts, but by what other people believe to be true. Read the full article from the German publication Telepolis.