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Strange Blue Light in PA

A 12-year-old student from Bucks County, Pennsylvania noticed a blue light shining through his bedroom window, grabbed his Kodak Easy Share camera, and snapped images of the strange object (pictured). The young man said the light was probably 20 miles away and about 50 feet above the rooftops. It also appeared to be stationary, disappeared within 60 seconds, then reappeared an hour later, the student reported. More details and photos at examiner.com.

Eruption Imminent?

Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey say Alaska's Mount Redoubt volcano could erupt within days to weeks -- perhaps even hours. The threat level has been raised to orange (the stage just before eruption) due to changes in gas emissions and increased earthquake activity. The Alaska Volcano Observatory is reporting: "Seismic unrest continues at Redoubt and activity is well above normal background levels." Mount Redoubt last erupted nearly 20 years ago, in December 1989 (pictured). Read more at FOXNews.com.

Aerial Phenomena

Linda Moulton Howe sent us two images to accompany her reports, including this illustration of a large V-shaped craft.

Exoplanet Goes to Extremes

An exoplanet known as HD 80606b has been discovered to have extreme climate shifts and an unusual orbit. The gas giant orbits at a comfortable distance from its sun, except for a brief period where it veers in extremely close. During this time, temperatures can rise by more than a 1,000 degrees within a six-hour period. More at Space.com.

Weird U.S.

Mark Moran & Mark Sceurman, pictured in a cartoon by Al Eufrasio, have posted a set of videos on their YouTube channel, Weird US TV, including their Weird Wisconsin Mini-Tour, and visits to the macabre Mutter Museum in Philadelphia, and Mystery Spot in California.

UFO Days Gone By

Now relegated to distant memories, early Ufology was fraught with "contactees" who claimed to have met with Earth's "space brothers." UFO Mystic highlights some rare contactee footage from 1955.

'Hobbits' Not Human

An analysis of the 18,000-year-old "hobbit" skull found on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003 (pictured left, next to a human skull) shows that the tiny creatures were an entirely separate species from modern humans. Some scientists previously thought the fossil may have belonged to an ancient human with a genetic disease. A new study led by Dr. Karen Baab, a biological anthropologist at Stony Brook University, suggests this theory is incorrect. Get more details at findingDulcinea.

Teleportation Milestone

Researchers at the Joint Quantum Institute at the University of Maryland have succeeded in teleporting quantum information between two charged atoms more than three feet apart. According to the Jan. 23 issue of the journal Science, the quantum information is instantly teleported from one ion to another, and can be recovered about 90 percent of the time. Though a way off from Star Trek type teleportation (pictured), this breakthrough could pave the way for the development of quantum computers. Read more at LiveScience.

Spy Drones & Airstrikes

In Noah Shachtman's just published article for Danger Room, he profiles a captain in the Israeli Air Force who uses infrared footage sent from an unarmed spy drone to make decisions about airstrikes.

PSI Games

Check out a set of PSI Games hosted by the Institute of Noetic Sciences. The online games test such abilities as intention, intuition, and psychic skill.

The Oath in 3D

CNN has put together a 3D experience called The Moment, composed of hundreds of digital photos capturing the scene as Barack Obama took the oath of office earlier today. Requires Microsoft Silverlight (a free download) to view.

Live Chat

Streamlink members are invited for a Live Chat tonight with special guest, C2C Exec. Producer, Lisa Lyon. Join us in the Chat Room at 8pm PT/11pm ET. In addition to taking your questions, she'll be soliciting your views...

Jersey Devil Anniversary

This week is the 100th anniversary of the notorious rampage of the Jersey Devil, which took place in the Delaware Valley from January 16 – 23, 1909. Strange tracks were found in the snow and across the rooftops of houses, with witnesses claiming to see something like a large flying kangaroo. More at WeirdNJ.com.

Mystery Lights in Alto, TX

Harry and Bonnie Gibson use motion sensor cameras to track animals on their property near Alto, Texas. Recently, one of the cameras captured a column of vertical lights (pictured, top-left corner) moving in a random pattern in the air. So far the Gibsons have no idea what may have caused the strange lights. More details and video at KTRE.com.

Ghost Girl Mystery

In 1995, Wem Town Hall in Shropshire, England, burned to the ground. Local resident and photographer Tony O'Rahilly was snapping photos of the fire when he captured this shot of what appears to be a small, partially transparent girl standing in the doorway. Is it a genuine image or a clever hoax? Find out in this two-part video from 1996 by Out Of This World.

Tom Van Flandern 1940-2009

Astronomer Dr. Tom Van Flandern, a former guest on C2C, passed away on January 9th. An obituary is posted at his website, metaresearch.org. Our condolences to his family and colleagues. As a tribute, we present this 2003 audio show clip, in which he shares his Exploded Planet Hypothesis: Win | Real

Methane Found on Mars

Richard C. Hoagland was joined by author Robert Zubrin in the second hour to comment on the announcement that methane had been detected on Mars. This finding indicates there is either life or hydrothermal activity on Mars, with potential geothermal power available there to terraform the planet, said Zubrin. Hoagland noted the methane arrives seasonably, and there could be organisms on Mars feeding off of it.

Mysterious Light Columns

Mysterious columns of light were seen in the sky above the Latvian town of Sigulda last month. It's believed the lights may have been related to ice crystals suspended in the air. Further info and images at the Daily Mail.Photo by Aigar Truhins

Video: Fluoride Concerns

In this short video clip, Dr. Bill Osmunson, a general and cosmetic dentist, explains his concerns about fluoride in tap water and toothpaste.

Baby Aardvark

The Detroit Zoo recently welcomed a newborn aardvark. The baby, described as "hideously cute," has nearly doubled in size since its birth in December. More at the Detroit Free Press.

Strange 'Shrew'

Once feared extinct, the Hispaniolan solenodon has been captured and filmed by scientists in the Dominican Republic. The amazing beast is one of only two mammal species capable of poisoning their prey via a venomous bite. BBC News has more on the story including video.

Solar Storm Update

Appearing briefly at the start of the show, James McCanney commented on a new report from the National Academy of Sciences that outlines the potential catastrophic outcome of Earth being hit by a worst-case scenario solar storm.

Mind-Control Games

A mind-control game due in toy stores this fall will allow players to sharpen their Jedi-like powers. The aim of the Force Trainer (pictured) is to concentrate hard enough to make a sphere within a transparent 10-inch-tall tube rise. Another game also coming in 2009, the Mind Flex, will challenge players to move a ball through an obstacle course using only the power of their thoughts. More info at USA Today and Telegraph.co.uk.

The Flying Car

Get ready for the Terrafugia Transition, a vehicle that can switch from road-legal car into a two-seater plane in 15 seconds. The Transition sports a single 100bhp petrol motor that can drive either the wheels or a propeller. It can fly up to 500 miles on a single tank of fuel at a cruising speed of about 115mph. The vehicle is expected to make its maiden flight next month and hit the showroom floor by next year. More photos and info at timesonline.co.uk.

The Elvis Files

A 1990 video documentary The Elvis Files explores the idea that Elvis Presley faked his death in 1977. One of the interviews is with Elvis' first-cousin, Gene Smith, who attended the funeral and said the body lying in state wasn't Elvis. View a clip posted on YouTube.

Strangest Liquors

Looking for some exotic libations in the new year? Check out a slideshow of the world's strangest liquors. Travel & Leisure has compiled the list which includes Pizza Beer, Snake Bile Wine, and a concoction called 'Yogurito.'

Mysterious Turbine Damage

On January 4th, a large turbine at a wind farm in Conisholme, England was damaged, with one blade falling off, another badly bent. Locals said they saw a "tentacle"-like UFO in the sky near the wind farm on the night before the damage was discovered. More at the Louth Leader.

Giant Koalas & 'Megafauna'

Through a new fossil study, scientists have learned that hundreds of thousands of years ago, Australia was home to giant versions of its current wildlife. Such extinct "megafauna" included koalas weighing over 60 pounds, and kangaroos that were 10 ft. tall. More at The Independent.

Yellowstone Quake Swarms

Recently, hundreds of small earthquakes have struck Yellowstone National Park, prompting fears that a disastrous volcanic eruption might happen there. Scientists are continuing to monitor the earthquake swarms, the largest Yellowstone's had in the last 20 years. First hour guest, researcher Mitch Battros offered analysis of the quake situation. While the Yellowstone caldera is due for an eruption, the current signs, such as the quakes being under 4.0, suggest that volcanic activity there is not imminent, he said. We'd have weeks of notice before it blows, he added. Battros also noted that a Mayan elder has named a volcanic eruption at Yellowstone as part of their prophecy.

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