|Date:||Saturday - April 24, 2004|
|Guests:||Whitley Strieber, Colm Kelleher|
Research scientist Dr. Colm Kelleher, from the National Institute of Discovery Science (NIDS), discussed the enigmatic Black Triangle phenomenon. Sightings of Black Triangles go back to the 1980s, though a dramatic increase began in 1998. NIDS has recorded as many as 500 encounters.
Art related his own encounter with a Black Triangle object. Some people think Black Triangles, also known as Big Black Deltas or BBDs, are part of a secret military project. An earlier study by NIDS indicated a high correlation between U.S. military facilities and BBD sighting locations. In the face of newer evidence, however, NIDS is revising its hypothesis. Researchers have since discovered that a vast majority of BBD sightings follow U.S. interstate highway systems. According to Kelleher, this seems inconsistent with earlier conclusions about the military nature of these objects.
Kelleher also spoke about other UFO cases, cattle mutilation research, and abduction experiences. He said that in areas where they've applied science to the evidence, the answers have often turned out to be rather mundane. For example, NIDS subjected an "alien claw" (found at the scene of a purported abduction) to a battery of DNA tests. The tests revealed the "claw" to be a snail shell. Kelleher went on to explain that while such results don't necessarily rule out the validity of an experience, they don't provide a smoking gun either.
Author Whitley Strieber joined Art during the first hour to discuss global climate change and the upcoming weather disaster movie The Day After Tomorrow, which he recently wrote a novelization of based on the screenplay.
Strieber read an excerpt from a New York Times article in which they reported on NASA's recent gag order for scientists who wished to talk to the media about the film and the issues surrounding it. Continuing on topic, Strieber pointed out that Gulf Stream currents are slowing and changing course -- a sign that could mean the beginnings of another ice age.