Hurricane Ike slammed into Galveston early Saturday morning with winds in excess of 100 mph. The Category 2 storm pushed a surge of water that flooded coastal and low-lying areas, and its ferocious winds blew out office-building windows in downtown Houston. Millions of people were left without power. View photos of Ike's aftermath at chron.com.
Gigantic Hurricane Ike made landfall on the Texas Coast early on Saturday morning. The area was under a mandatory evacuation order, and floodwaters began crashing into Galveston on Friday. The National Weather Service issued a grave warning of "certain death" to residents of Galveston Island who refused to flee. You can track Ike at Stormpulse.com, view live video at KHOU.com, as well as get complete multimedia coverage of the storm at FOXNews.com.
As we remember the 9-11 victims on this anniversary,a temporary Tribute Center across from Ground Zero features photos and relics from the WTC attacks. In a huge hangar at JFK Airport are larger objects, such as burned out fire trucks and steel columns. These artifacts will be placed in the World Trade Center Museum when it opens in 2011. For a look inside the hangar, check out this video and report from CBS News.
The Large Hadron Collider at CERN passed its first key tests today, firing two proton beams in opposing directions around a 17-mile underground ring. Scientists hope to use the collider to recreate the conditions a split second after the Big Bang. Click here for more on today's experiments.
Check out this video clip showing a huge vortex of tumbleweeds caught in Queensland, Australia.
Military abductions (MILABS) have reportedly been conducted on alien abductees to learn what happened to them, or as part of a CIA mind control program. According to the UFO Encyclopedia, such abductions may also indicate the U.S. military is cooperating with aliens in their monitoring of humans. For more, see this article by Helmet Lammer Ph.D.
Three polar bears have turned green at a zoo in central Japan. The change in their fur color was due to swimming in a pond overgrown with algae. More here.
Saturday host of Coast to Coast AM, Ian Punnett was our special guest in Streamlink's Live Chat on Tuesday, August 26, 2008. Below are excerpts from the Q & A; members can view the entire transcript.windycityIan, any plans on bringing R. Gary Patterson back soon? Ian Punnett Gary can come back anytime. I thought of him often when May Pang was on talking about the time that she and John Lennon were watching that UFO.JennaKI loved May Pang. Makes you wonder what would have happened if Yoko hadn't gotten John back under her control.John the Baptist Ian, what has been your all time favorite interview so far? Ian Punnett Jim Marrs always comes to mind. I wish I had him on with George the other night. I really enjoyed the woman we had on a few weeks ago about extreme adventure sports transcending reality.Cali pi Ian, you have such a great rapport with Dean Koontz. You guys crack me up! Ian Punnett Oh, and Dean Koontz would
For the first time, scientists have recorded specific brain cells in the act of recalling a memory. The study, conducted with epilepsy patients, revealed where a memory is stored, and how the brain goes about trying to recreate it. More at the New York Times.
An art exhibit related to the tale of Mel's Hole is opening at the Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, CA on Saturday, Sept. 6th. Titled Aspects of Mel's Hole: Artists Respond to a Paranormal Event in Radiospace, the show has a variety of contributors including the visionary artist Paul Laffoley, whose work is pictured, left. View larger/more images.
An artificial sweetener, 180 times as sweet as sugar, aspartame was discovered by a G.D. Searle chemist in 1965. Marketed under such names as NutraSweet and Equal, it's used in some 6,000 foods and beverages around the world. The product has been the subject of controversy regarding its safety, and the way it was approved. For more, see this Wikipedia entry.
A Northern California man believes his deceased stepfather, Jack Tarrance, was the infamous Zodiac killer, and he's uncovered a possible murder weapon, and other evidence. The FBI is reportedly examining the material for DNA. For more, see this initial report from CBS 13, and their update. C2C had aroundtable discussion on the Zodiac killer last year.
Gulf Coast residents are bracing for the arrival of Hurricane Gustav. Presently a Category 3 hurricane, the impending storm has caused a massive exodus from the region and is expected to start reaching land around dawn. You can follow the path of Gustav via Storm Pulse.
Underwater cameras may have captured the first moving images of Sweden's version of the Loch Ness monster -- Storsjöodjuret. The images show a blurry serpent-like thing swimming through the murky waters. View video and a translated transcript at Cryptomundo.com.
Pope Benedict has called for a ban on a sculpture that depicts a crucified frog. The 4-foot artwork by the late German artist Martin Kippenberger shows the frog holding a beer mug in one hand, an egg in the other. More at Fox News.
Thetwo-headed boy born in Bangladesh on Monday has died, it was announced today. The 12lb. baby named Kiron was taken home from the hospital because his parents couldn't afford further medical treatments. Our condolences to the family. More at the Telegraph.
First hour guest, cryptozoologist Loren Coleman presented a wrap-up on the Georgia Bigfoot hoax, and discussed Newsweek's coverage of the incident.Ted Bastien, the creator of Bugsport, sent us a couple of cartoons related to the hoax and Coleman's show appearance.
A huge statue of the ancient Roman ruler Marcus Aurelius has been found in parts at an archaeological site in Turkey. Its colossal marble head (pictured) is just under 3ft. in height. More at BBC News.
Recent aerial observations off the coast of Alaska picked up a surprising find: polar bears swimming as far as 65 miles away from land. Scientists speculate that the animals had been marooned due to the shrinking ice shelf and were now migrating to more tenable areas. More on the story here.
'Emily' (pictured) is a surprisingly lifelike animated character produced using a new modeling technology that captures minute facial expressions. Image Metrics, the company behind the animation, filmed real actress Emily O'Brien using their computer vision technology then applied her performance to the computer-generated character. View video and get more details at the Mail Online.
YouTube user 'ufological' has posted a video (of images taken from an original video) purportedly of an alien creeping around a Florida couple's home. Check out the video here.
A satellite survey has revealed the patterns of halos, sprites and elves-- brief flashes of light that appear in the upper atmosphere during thunderstorms. For more, view a video/report from New Scientist.
First half-hour guest, researcher David Flynn talked about mysteries of the Jerusalem Temple Mount, related to Sir Isaac Newton's belief that the Temple contained a hidden prophetic code.Pictured is a 12th century map depicting Jerusalem and its temple, at the center of the world. Click here to view an enlargement, and additional material.
Joshua P. Warren sent us photos of the remains of St. Pius, entombed in a glass case at the Cathedral of Old San Juan. The body is covered with porcelain to mimic skin, though parts of the skeleton are visible. Visitors have reported seeing the saint's spirit around the grounds. More here.
Andy Lloyd sent us a set of graphics to accompany his presentation.
We received images of aerial anomalies in Marley Woods from Ted Phillips and the Center for Physical Trace Research (CPTR), as well as links to two video clips. View the material here.
Yoshiteru Takahashi and a crew of experienced mountaineers set off from Tokyo on Saturday on an expedition to the Himalayas in search of the fabled yeti. Takahashi claims to have had seen the elusive creature in 2003. His group will be installing an array of automated infrared cameras along a ridge at 14,000 feet high to help them in their quest to bring back undeniable evidence of the primitive humanoid's existence. More at Pink Tentacle.
On Monday, the Cassini spacecraft came within 30 miles of Saturn's moon Enceladus, snapping close-ups that reveal new details in the moon's south pole. This region of Enceladus is thought to eject plumes of ice into space. More at Sky & Telescope and BBC News.
In DeWitt County, Texas, sheriff deputies caught footage on their dashboard camera of a running, hairless animal with a long snout that some are calling a chupacabras. Watch the raw footage/view KSAT TV's report.
Two new studies are out related to reversing the aging process. In one, Yeshiva University researchers found a way to clear away faulty proteins from cells, bringing organ function back to a more a youthful state in mice (more at BBC News). In the other study, conducted through Stanford's School of Medicine, the regular activity of running has been correlated with a longer span of active life (more here).