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.
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.
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.
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.'
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.
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.
A fireball, believed to be a meteor, lit up the skies in Sweden on Saturday evening. View a report/video.
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.
Imagine a World of Future Energy is a short video from Sterling Allan's Pure Energy Systems (PES), depicting a home that runs on its own generator without fuel. More videos are available at the PESNetwork Channel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An artist in Washington is selling life-sized statues of Bigfoot. More info can be found here.
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.
The Georgia Guidestones, a mysterious monument erected in 1980 in Elbert, County GA has been called the "American Stonehenge" by some. Inscribed on its large granite blocks are 10 guides or commandments, including a proclamation to maintain the Earth's population at 500 million. The Guidestones were recently vandalized with spray paint.
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.
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.
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.
A new genetic discovery could pave the way for teeth to be grown in a lab and eliminate the need for fillings and dentures. More at BBC News.
Chuck Leake, who phoned in during the last hour of the program, shares this photo of a 14-foot mammoth tusk his friend Johnny (pictured) found in Alaska.
George Noory will be introducing Jose Escamilla at the screening of his new films Moon Rising and Moon Views on Thursday, Jan. 22 in North Hollywood. More info.
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.
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.
Astronomers have captured a new image of the Helix Nebula, previously nicknamed "the eye of God." The nebula is made of gas blasted out by a dying star. More here.
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
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.
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'Flying Wolf' shares her 'Lucky 8' graphic in honor of Glynis McCants' appearance. Click on the image to view larger.
A laser weapon that could be fired from the nose of a large jet plane to destroy missiles has shown success in simulated ground testing. For video footage and more info, visit New Scientist.