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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.

Five Years on Mars

NASA's Mars rovers are celebrating their fifth birthday on the Red Planet, far exceeding their original operating life span of 90 days. To everyone's surprise, Spirit and Opportunity continue rolling around the planet's surface, conducting experiments and making discoveries. NASA has put together a video to mark the anniversary, as well as a new panoramic image of Mars.

Old Man Winter?

An icicle resembling a man's face was discovered hanging on the home of Jeremy Olden, resident of Lake Stevens, Washington. Larger images can be found at komonews.com.

The Year in Paranormal

Stephen Wagner of About.com: Paranormal Phenomena presents a round-up of the top paranormal events of 2008, including ghosts, Bigfoot, Earth mysteries, psychic activity, and strange creatures (the 'Creepy Gnome' of Argentina is pictured).

George K.'s Music Picks

George Knapp shares some music video picks:I Want An Alien for Christmas by Fountains of WayneUFO by Sneaky Sound SystemFa La Freezing by My First EarthquakeThe Great Gig in the Sky by Pink Floyd (asteroid impact video).

A New Golden Record?

On a public broadcasting radio station in Belgium, a plan was recently discussed to create a new Golden Record to send into space, as it's been over 30 years since the Voyager Golden Record was launched inside the Voyager spacecraft (now outside our solar system). Intended to be received by ET intelligences, the Record contains sounds and images of life on Earth.

Goat: Gotten

For the past 42 years, a town in Sweden has erected this massive straw goat in honor of the holiday season. And, in 23 of those years, vandals have destroyed it. Sadly, the 2008 edition met its demise this past weekend, once again by fire. More on the story here.

A New Golden Record?

On a public broadcasting radio station in Belgium, a plan was recently discussed to create a new Golden Record to send into space.

Purple Craze

This purple squirrel has become a sensation at a school in England after it began making frequent visits around the campus. Wildlife experts are at a loss to explain the rodent's unique color, though speculate that it may be a result of a run-in with a discarded printer.More on the story here.

Glynis McCants Chat Excerpts

Below are excerpts from last week's one hour+ Q & A with numerologist Glynis McCants, our special guest in Streamlink's Live Chat. She presented information on people's Destiny Number and gave personal readings. Members can read/print the full transcript.

Exopolitics Update

First hour guest, researcher Paola Harris, pictured with a replica of Gort, the robot from the original Day the Earth Stood Still, sent us some photos of UFOs in the Italian Alps, and presented an update on UFOs and Exopolitics (the political implications of the ET presence). She recently spoke at an Exopolitics conference in Italy, with participants from such countries as France, Germany, Sweden, and Denmark. Harris, who's teaching courses at the Exopolitics Institute, noted that entertainment stars, such as Robbie Williams, are starting to get involved in the cause.

John DeSalvo Images

John DeSalvo sent us a set of images to accompany his presentation. Pictured is a portrait of the Seeress of Prevorst, the subject of his new book.

Alien-Like Squid Filmed

A remote camera a mile and a half underwater has captured video footage of an alien-like squid with "elbows." More at National Geographic News.

Holiday Half-Truths

Poison poinsettias, body heat escaping through your head, and an upsurge in suicides are just a few of the commonly held beliefs from the holiday season that researchers have deemed "medical myths." The New York Times has more on the story.

Mark of the Beast?

This massive paw print is the latest evidence of an alleged "big cat" that has been sighted by numerous residents of Cannock Chase, England. The reports of the feline have been so plentiful over the years that it is has become known as "The Cannock Chase Beast." More on the story here.

New Finding on Mars

Evidence for carbonate minerals has shown up on Mars in the eroded terrain of Nili Fossae. Formed in the presence of water, such areas might once have provided a suitable habitat for life. More at New Scientist.

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