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- U.S. Embassy Workers in Cuba Show Changes in Brains -
- TTSA Says it Has Metals of "Exotic Origin" -
- Loch Ness Monster ‘Spotted on Sonar’ Beneath Tourist Boat -
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- EM ATTACKS DEPARTMENT -
U.S. Embassy Workers in Cuba Show Changes in Brains
By Jon Hamilton
A close look at the brains of 40 U.S. Embassy workers in Cuba who developed mysterious symptoms has found no evidence of injury. The State Department has said the employees were hurt by some sort of attack.
Advanced brain imaging techniques did reveal some subtle differences in the workers' brains, says Ragini Verma, a professor of radiology at the University of Pennsylvania and an author of the study published in this week's JAMA, the journal of the American Medical Association.
But those differences "do not reflect the imaging differences that we see in [traumatic brain injury] or concussion," Verma says.
"All you can say is something happened, which caused their brain to change," she says.
And even that conclusion was challenged by brain scientists who have been skeptical that any diplomat was attacked or injured from what became known as "Havana syndrome."
The differences could have been random or simply the result of different life experiences that can change the brain — like learning a foreign language, says Sergio Della Sala, a professor of human cognitive neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh in the U.K. He called the study in JAMA "half-baked."
"There is no evidence of any pathology," says Douglas Fields, a neuroscientist who has investigated and written about the events in Cuba. "And when you look at the data, there's no coherent syndrome, no pattern."
The new results should end speculation that embassy workers were injured by a sonic weapon or something even more exotic, Fields says.
"The physical evidence to support the idea that there was some sort of an energy beam is completely lacking," he says.
The study is the latest development in a mystery that began in 2016, when dozens of people associated with the U.S. Embassy in Havana began reporting strange, high-pitched sounds or sudden changes in air pressure. Shortly after these events, they began experiencing dizziness, headaches, sleep problems, hearing problems and foggy thinking.
The State Department began referring those workers to the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Brain Injury and Repair.
In 2018, doctors there reported in JAMA that 21 workers had symptoms that resembled those of a traumatic brain injury or concussion.
As part of their evaluation, people sent to the University of Pennsylvania also got MRI brain scans, which appeared normal.
"Just a traditional read of the images did not reveal much," Verma says.
Verma and several colleagues decided to take another look using advanced imaging techniques usually reserved for scientific research.
They studied brain scans from 40 government workers who had reported symptoms. Then they compared those images with brain images from groups of healthy people.
This time, the team did find something.
"The most important thing is that there were differences," Verma says.
The differences were subtle and involved measures of brain volume, brain networks and the fibers that carry signals around the brain. They were most apparent in an area called the cerebellum, which is involved in balance and movement, and were also found in areas of the brain that process sound.
Differences in those areas, Verma says, might help explain why the workers reported symptoms involving balance and hearing.
But Fields says even that is a reach.
"First of all, these techniques are not diagnostic, they are descriptive," he says. "And they don't provide any clinical evidence of any kind of abnormality or pathology. What they show are minor differences between two groups."
And the existence of some differences is hardly surprising, he says.
"These methods are used to find differences that are associated with being left-handed or right-handed, male or female, low IQ [or] high IQ, whether you are a musician or not," he says. "They're all within the normal range."
And 12 of the workers had a history of concussion, which also could account for some of the differences.
The real importance of the study is in what it did not find, Fields says.
"If there'd been brain injury, that would have been evident on the clinical brain imaging studies that were done before," he says. "There was no evidence of any pathology, and these more sophisticated measures confirm that."
The State Department did not respond to requests for comment on the study.
- THE CRASHING OF THE SAUCERS DEPARTMENT -
TTSA Says it Has Metals of "Exotic Origin"
By MJ Banias
Former Blink 182 frontman and current UFOlogist Tom DeLonge says that his UFO research organization has acquired “potentially exotic materials featuring properties not from any known existing military or commercial application.” It has not yet provided any proof to back up this claim.
For 70 years, the UFO community has been engaged in active debate regarding physical debris from unidentified flying objects, but the general public got a true taste of that in 2017 when the New York Times ran an article about a secret Pentagon UFO program. The article tantalizingly noted that aerospace billionaire Robert Bigelow, whose interest in UFOs is no secret, modified buildings to house “metal alloys and other materials…that [allegedly] had been recovered from unidentified aerial phenomena.”
These "alien alloys" quickly became the topic of great intrigue. DeLonge's To the Stars Academy, a UFO research outfit that may or may not be broke, said that it has recently acquired some metamaterials, though it's not clear whether they are the same ones referenced in the NY Times article.
“The structure and composition of these materials are not from any known existing military or commercial application,” Steve Justice, To The Stars Academy's COO and former head of Advanced Systems at Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works said in a statement. “They've been collected from sources with varying levels of chain-of-custody documentation, so we are focusing on verifiable facts and working to develop independent scientific proof of the materials' properties and attributes. In some cases, the manufacturing technology required to fabricate the material is only now becoming available."
Justice said that the organization wants to reverse engineer the metals with hopes of manufacturing more of them.
The press release related to these metals is incredibly vague—little information is given regarding the physical characteristics of the materials nor does it provide any data which even suggests the materials are truly “ground-breaking.”
In the press release, Justice said that the materials have “been collected from sources with varying levels of chain-of-custody documentation, so we are focusing on verifiable facts and working to develop independent scientific proof of the materials' properties and attributes.”
According to the press release, some of these materials were in the possession of investigative journalist and UFO researcher Linda Moulton Howe, who, in 2004, gave a presentation at the Xcon Conference regarding these materials. In her lecture, a video of which has been on the internet for years, she suggests that the material could become a “lifting body” with the right amount of electromagnetic static and certain RF frequency. These are undoubtedly the same materials mentioned by DeLonge on his Joe Rogan interview where he stated, “if you hit it with enough terahertz, it’ll float.”
In an interview with Motherboard, Dr. Chris Cogswell, who hosts the Mad Scientist Podcast and who holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering, explained that we need to be incredibly cautious before jumping to conclusions. He expressed that layered magnesium and bismuth alloys are pretty common and are certainly easily explainable by science.
“Micrometer thick layers are made by mistake in metallurgy facilities all the time. The purification of lead by removing bismuth using magnesium is a perfectly reasonable explanation,” he said.
He explained that if these materials are truly exotic, then initial results should come relatively quickly: "The facilities to analyze these solids are readily available. If they have materials, we should be seeing progress because these tests would take all of a month to run and analyze to see if there is something worth pursuing."
Any claims of actual evidence related to UFOs should be taken skeptically, of course, but To the Stars has in the past been the first to publish video of military pilots seeing UFOs, so its claims cannot be dismissed immediately out of hand. It's also worth noting that there are, of course, many materials scientists working on new alloys and composites all the time.
Until some actual rigorous third party scientific testing occurs, or a peer-reviewed paper in an academic journal is published, the best course of action here is to just wait and see.
- WE NEED A BIGGER BOAT DEPARTMENT -
Loch Ness Monster ‘Spotted on Sonar’ Beneath Tourist Boat
A Loch Ness boat captain claims to have spotted Nessie on his ship's sonar.
Mike Bell captured the remarkable image while he was taking a group of tourists for a trip on the famous loch on June 27.
The sonar picture shows the bottom of Loch Ness, a fish - and a long, thin object about 115ft (35m) below the surface.
When the 24-year-old circled and took readings at the same spot the object had disappeared, tending to rule out a log or other inanimate object.
Mike, from nearby Drumnadrochit, had just finished explaining the story of Loch Ness and the castle on the water when a tourist spotted the anomaly on his sonar.
The image shows the sonar device with 101 metres at the top left-hand corner indicating the total distance to the bottom at that point.
On the right-hand side the device is going down in increments of 20 metres.
And on it around 15 metres there is a big blip which suggests a fish.
However, at 35 metres there is a long zig-zag line.
It's thought this is a very large object, which Mike believes could be Nessie.
And it marks the eighth official sighting of the Loch Ness Monster this year.
Mike said: “I would like to think this is our creature, Nessie.
"It’s my first year being the skipper in the boat in five months and I’ve never seen it or had something that big on the sonar
“My dad is the more experienced skipper who has been doing this for a few years and has said he’s never seen it that big before on the sonar. It’s my first sighting of Nessie and I think my dad is a wee bit jealous as he has never seen it.
“The standard size on the sonar is usually a sharp prick suggesting a small fish. The large line about 35 metres in the water was about 10-25 feet.
“An object of that size I would think is way too big for the normal species in the loch. It must have been about five or six minutes we spent trying to pick up this creature again.”
Source: The Scottish Sun
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- OUT OF PLACE ARTIFACT DEPARTMENT -
"Mysterious" Face Sculpture Found in a Plowed NC Field
By Bailey Aldridge
A North Carolina man was walking along the edge of his field in March when he saw something mysterious.
Someone plowing the field in Newton Grove had hit a large stone while working earlier and moved it over to the edge of the field, said Mary Beth Fitts, assistant archaeologist at the North Carolina Office of State Archaeology.
But when the property owner stopped to look at it, he discovered it wasn’t just any stone. When he turned it over, he found a face carved into the front of it and called the Office of State Archaeology, Fitts said.
But experts are unsure what exactly it is.
“It’s a very unusual artifact,” Fitts said. “We haven’t seen anything like that before.”
The office posted a 3D model of the sculpture on Facebook on Monday in hopes of “crowd sourcing” to find out more about it.
“We’re hoping maybe someone has seen something like it,” Fitts said.
The sculpture is made of sandstone and is 22.2 inches long and 15.75 inches wide, the office wrote on Facebook.
“We don’t know what tool was used, but sandstone is a softer rock and more easily shaped than most common rock types in NC,” the office said.
Fitts said the office doesn’t know how old the sculpture is but because it’s made of limestone which doesn’t take special tools to carve, it “could be of any age.”
Archaeologists believe Native Americans reached the state “not long after people first crossed into the New World from Siberia during the final stages of the last Ice Age, or Pleistocene era,” and can “trace the chronicle of Native Americans to at least 12,000 years ago,” according to the Office of State Archaeology.
Fitts said nothing like this artifact has been found in North Carolina to her knowledge, but she hopes someone has seen something like it and will reach out to the office.
“Normally we would be able to do research into similar artifacts but it is beyond or usual methods,” she said.
Source: News Observer
- THE LANGUAGE OF THE UNIVERSE DEPARTMENT -
Do Numbers Hold Sacred Powers?
We live in a numbers-oriented world, but can certain sacred numbers empower people or hold spiritual significance in their lives?
The Bible is loaded with some special numbers.
For example, references include, but are not limited to, these special numerical selections:
• Two or three are significant numbers.
— "... That in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. (Matthew 18:16)
—"For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." (Matthew 18:20)
— Peter, James and John made up the core group of Christ's disciples.
— Jonah was three nights and three days in the whale's belly.
— Christ rose from the tomb on the third day.
• Seven also is significant in the Bible.
— Among other references, there were seven years of famine in the Book of Genesis; forgiveness is mentioned to take place for the same sins at least seven times; the seventh day was the Sabbath day in Moses' time; and there's mention of the seventh seal in the Book of Revelation.
• Twelve is another important number.
— Both the Old and New Testaments contain many examples of 12. Elijah took 12 stones; there were 12 Tribes of Israel; Christ called 12 disciples.
• Forty is another important biblical number.
— It rained upon the Earth for 40 days and 40 nights as the flood of Noah's time came.
— The children of Israel ate manna for 40 years and also wandered in the wilderness for 40 years.
— Christ fasted for 40 days and 40 nights.
• Seventy appears as a sacred number.
— There were 70 elders of Israel, and Christ appointed 70 special men.
The Rev. Neal Humphrey of Fruit Heights' Westminster Presbyterian Church said he understands that 40 days may or may not be the actual length of Christ's time in the wilderness or even of Noah and his family's time on the ark.
"It means a long time," he said of the 40 days, believing it to be more of a biblical expression — not a literal number.
Still, he feels that 40 days is a long enough period for someone to develop a new discipline in their life, so that is spiritually significant.
• Other numbers: Jehovah's Witnesses consider 144,000 to be a sacred number.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints uses many special numbers. For example, there are three members in its First Presidency; 12 apostles in its Quorum of the Twelve and 12 men serve on a high council; it calls Seventies as general authorities; and there are three members in its bishoprics and stake presidencies.
Since the LDS Church and some other faiths believe in tithing, one-tenth is a special numerical representation, too.
• There are some undesirable numbers in the Bible, too. For example, 666 is said to be the mark of the beast in the Book of Revelation.
Even the numbers two and three have their negative side, too. Peter denied Christ three times before the cock could crow.
Source: Deseret News
- THE KELLY SAUCER MEN DEPARTMENT -
Woman Shares Amazing Story of Aliens in Kentucky
By Caroline Eggers
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — The story goes like this: On a hot summer night in August 1955, a farming family in the Christian County town of Kelly experienced an "invasion" from gray "little men."
A shootout ensued, as well as a brief investigation by a couple dozen police officers, soldiers and reporters. But they found no fur, no blood, no guts and no bodies. Just ammunition shells and holes in the woodwork.
That's the short version. On Tuesday (July 23) at the Warren County Public Library's Bob Kirby Branch, Geraldine Sutton Stith, the daughter of one of the event's supposed witnesses, narrated the longer story as if she was opening the inciting incident of a science-fiction novel.
"Our hound dog, flying by, tail tucked, ears tucked, (came) running under the porch," said Stith, who spoke with a rural Kentucky accent and appeared in bell bottoms and a black choker with a green alien pendant.
Then young family members saw "a silver object" with a rainbow floating behind it. Before long, little gray men started appearing at the house, and a couple family members began firing rifles.
"These were country boys. They could shoot a squirrel running through the tree," Stith said.
At one point, Stith's grandmother questioned whether the little men were actually dangerous.
"My grandmother was a very kindhearted person. She probably would have invited Bigfoot in if he needed help," Stith said.
Then there was quiet, and the family fled in their trucks to the Hopkinsville Police Department.
Soon after, "a caravan of vehicles drove to little bitsy Kelly. There were soldiers, officers and reporters," Stith said.
And subsequently, people flooded Kelly and started camping in the family's yard. The family moved within two weeks of the incident to escape the circus. But they never found peace of mind about the situation.
"Everyone was making fun of the situation," Stith said. "They chalked it up to uneducated hillbillies. They're going to hide that stuff. That's just how it is.
"I was 8 years old when I was told the story and it scared the bejesus out of me. Until the day my dad died, I think that fear stayed in his mind."
Over the years, folks told Stith they wished the events happened to them. Stith rejects the notion: "No you wouldn't, you'd pee your pants and run away. Or you would get your shotgun out."
Throughout the presentation, Stith reiterated numerous times that "it's an amazing story."
That's why she helped launch the annual Kelly Little Green Men Days Festival, and provided insight for a fictional film based on the event, called the "Invasion of Kelly."
"We don't know everything out here. ... We need to have some fun out here," she said.
After the discussion, some people gathered outside the library to discuss weird tales they had heard or experienced.
Craig Kemp of Bowling Green attended with his grandparents, who live in Hopkinsville.
"It's wild to believe," Kemp said, expressing that he was of mixed mind about the story's credibility.
Bob Deane, a self-described fan of "The X-Files" television show and resident of Bowling Green, thought the presentation was decent.
"I think stuff like that can happen. I think it would be presumptuous for us to assume there aren't any beings on other planets," he said.
Majorie Miller of Scottsville had never heard of the Kelly incident, but she regularly attends events at the library.
"I thought it was a very interesting. I was surprised I'd never heard about it," Miller said. "It's believable."
Joseph Perkins of Bowling Green was also unaware of the tale. But he was a little more skeptical.
"They've never found a Bigfoot," Perkins said.
But he bought the film, and might even visit the farm in Kelly.
Source: The Messenger
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