More than 130 fishermen were left stranded Saturday when a giant 8-mile wide slab of ice broke away from Lake Erie's shoreline. The U.S. Coast Guard along with local volunteer firemen organized a massive rescue effort, using helicopters and air boats. One person was found dead in the water. View the ABC News report for more details.
Twin brothers Phil and Mick Cahalane say this photo (pictured) shows their great-grandfather with the ghostly image of St. Teresa of Avila. According to family stories, the "saintly" figure appeared in a photo he took after surviving a terrible storm during a fishing trip. "He started praying because he thought he was going to die. The storm passed and because he thought it was safe, he kept fishing, and that's when he caught most of his fish," Phil Cahalane said. More info and larger photo available from Mt Druitt Standard.
A green comet known as Lulin could soon become visible to the naked eye as it moves closer to Earth. Amateur astronomer Jack Newton took this photo from his backyard observatory. More here.
Clifford Stone sent us several images where he is pictured with luminaries in the Ufology field, as well as documents related to the search for new propulsion systems for interstellar travel. Click here to view.
In Colombia, 10 new species of amphibians have been discovered, including the pictured spiky orange rain frog, and "glass frogs" whose skin is almost transparent. More here.
Two artists, Josh Crockett and Stan Dark, sent us images of angels to accompany tonight's show with Doreen Virtue. Click here to view.
The Thai Scorpion Queen has set a new record, spending 33 days in a glass room with 5,000 poisonous scorpions. Watch a video report from Reuters.
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.
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.
Linda Moulton Howe sent us two images to accompany her reports, including this illustration of a large V-shaped craft.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This week is the 100th anniversary of the notorious rampage of the Jersey Devil, which took place in the Delaware Valley from January 16 â 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.
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.
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.
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
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 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
In this short video clip, Dr. Bill Osmunson, a general and cosmetic dentist, explains his concerns about fluoride in tap water and toothpaste.
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.
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.
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.