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Date: Monday - November 19, 2007
Host: George Noory
Guests: Jeanne Cavelos, General Parviz Jafari, Dr. Roger Leir

Writer Jeanne Cavelos discussed how after 30 years, Star Wars still remains an amazing vision for the future, and that a number of George Lucas' concepts are being theorized or demonstrated in science. For instance, 'hyperspace' travel-- going from one location to another without all the space in between, may eventually be possible through wormholes. Space is not uniform, but filled with curves and warps-- these curvatures might provide us with shortcuts, she explained.

Lucas' mystical vision of "the force" seemed to violate scientific principles, yet there is now evidence that certain species are utilizing special senses. Birds make use of magnetic forces that allow them to migrate to the same locations, and Cavelos suggested that their cryptochromes (receptors) allow them to "see" these magnetic fields. Fish, she added, can sense the presence of other fish from "deformities" in surrounding electrical fields.

She also spoke about Star Trek's concept of warp drive which could possibly be developed through the extraction and contraction of space. Exotic matter providing a repulsive force might allow a craft to "surf a wave of disturbance," she detailed.

Iran UFO Case

First hour guest, former Iranian Airforce General Parviz Jafari discussed his 1976 UFO sighting over Tehran. He was a pilot of an F-4 jet that had been sent to chase an unidentified object in restricted airspace. He described seeing multi-colored lights coming from a diamond-shaped craft which was moving too fast to be a jet or any manmade vehicle. Jafari said he attempted to launch a heat seeking missile after the UFO released a smaller object, but his instrument panel suddenly went blank.

UFO researcher Dr. Roger Leir joined the second half of the conversation and noted that a similar craft was seen in Brazil. Pictured above is a drawing of the UFO, derived from the description of a different witness. Click here for more.

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