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- TABLETOP FUSION IN A JAR
Scientist Creates Cold Fusion For the First Time In Decades
fusion, the act of producing a nuclear reaction at room temperature,
has long been relegated to
science fiction after researchers were unable to recreate the
experiment that first "discovered" the
phenomenon. But a Japanese scientist was supposedly able to start a
cold fusion reaction earlier
last week, which—if the results are real—could revolutionise the way we
Yoshiaki Arata, a highly respected
physicist in Japan, demonstrated a low-energy nuclear reaction
at Osaka University on Thursday. In front of a live audience, including
reporters from six
major newspapers and two tv studios, Arata and a co-professor Yue-Chang
Zhang, produced excess
heat and helium atoms from deuterium gas.
Arata used pressure to force deuterium
gas into an evacuated cell that contained a palladium and zirconium
oxide mix(ZrO2-Pd). Arata said that the mix caused the deuterium's
nuclei to fuse, raising
the temperature in the cell and keeping the centre of the cell warm for
Arata's experiment would mark the first
time anyone has witnessed cold fusion since 1989, when Martin
Fleishmann and Stanely Pons supposedly observed excess heat during
electrolysis of heavy
water with palladium electrodes. When they and other researchers were
unable to make it work
again, cold fusion became synonymous with bad science.
But the method Arata showed was "highly
reproducible," according to eye witnesses of the event. If
nobody calls this demonstration out as a sham, Arata might have finally
found the holy grail of cheap
and abundant energy—nuclear power, without its destructive heat.
- WE ARE NOT ALONE
Why Finding Fossils on Mars Would Be Bad News for Humanity
idea of life on Mars has been with us for nearly 300 years, ever since
early astronomers saw what they believed to be polar icecaps through
their primitive telescopes. If NASA's Phoenix lander successfully
touches down on Mars this afternoon, it will become part of a long
experiment to determine whether the planet was ever habitable, and
whether it contains any traces of life, extinct or still active.
Discovering traces of life on Mars would
be of tremendous scientific significance: The first time that any signs
of extraterrestrial life had ever been detected. Many people would also
find it heartening to learn that we're not entirely alone in this vast,
They shouldn't. If they were wise, they'd
hope that our probes discover nothing. It would be great news to find
that Mars is a completely sterile planet.
On the other hand, if we discovered
traces of some simple extinct life form - a bacterium, some algae - it
would be bad news. If we found fossils of something even more advanced,
like a trilobite or even the skeleton of a small mammal, it would be
horrible news. The more complex the life we found, the more depressing.
Scientifically interesting, yes, but dire news for the future of the
Why? To understand the real meaning of
such a discovery is to realize just what it means that the universe has
been so silent for so long - why we have been listening for other
civilizations for decades and yet have heard nothing.
Aliens may visit us in books and films
and in rumors in Internet chat rooms, but it's a fact that there has
been no objective evidence for the existence of any extraterrestrial
intelligent civilization. We have not received any alien visitors, nor
have our radio telescopes detected their signals. As far as we can
determine, the night sky is empty and silent.
We know that the universe contains many
stars. There are some 100 billion of them in our galaxy alone, and the
observable universe contains billions of galaxies. Thanks to recent
astronomical discoveries, we now know that it's common for these stars
to have planets. Many of these solar systems are much older than our
own. You start with billions and billions of potential germination
points for life, and you end up with a sum total of zero alien
civilizations that developed technologically to the point where we
earthly observers can detect them.
So what's stopping them? Perhaps the most
compelling theory is that there is some kind of barrier - what the
economist and polymath Robin Hanson called a "Great Filter" - that
prevents the rise of intelligent, self-aware, technologically advanced,
space-colonizing civilizations. This filter would be one or more highly
improbable steps along the path that starts with the creation of a
planet and ends with a race capable of colonizing the galaxy.
Somewhere between those two points, the
Great Filter operates, and it must be powerful enough that even with
all the billions of possible starting worlds on which life might evolve
- all those rolls of the cosmic dice - one ends up with nothing: no
aliens, no spacecraft, no signals, at least not in our neck of the
The important question for us, however,
is just where on the long timeline of development this Great Filter
might be located. Is it behind us, in our distant past, or somewhere
ahead of us in the decades or millennia to come?
Consider first the possibility that the
filter is in our past, somewhere between the creation of our planet and
emergence of digital technology. We tend to take it for granted that
the evolution of life was inevitable because, well, here we are. But
perhaps it's extremely improbable that even simple self-replicating
organisms should emerge on an Earthlike planet. Perhaps that very first
step could be the Great Filter in which almost all planets get stuck.
Or perhaps it comes later, during the
transition from the most basic life form into something more complex.
For example, it took 1.8 billion years for life on Earth to evolve from
prokaryotes, the most basic organism, into eukaryotes - still very
simple, but with the addition of a membrane-enclosed cell nucleus. That
immense span of time suggests that some extraordinary, improbable
coincidence, some bit of amazing luck, might have been required in
order for the simplest kind of life to become just a little bit more
complex. This step is a good candidate for a Great Filter. Others
include the rise of multicellular organisms or sexual reproduction.
Each of these steps took a very long time, suggesting that they might
have required a huge amount of evolutionary trial and error, combined
with a huge amount of luck.
So one possibility is that the Great
Filter is behind us. If so, this also explains the absence of
observable aliens. Why? Well, if the rise of intelligent life is
sufficiently improbable, then it follows that we are likely the only
such civilization in our galaxy, and perhaps even in the entire
But it may be that the Great Filter is
ahead of us, in our future. That would mean that there is some great
improbability that will prevent humanity - and perhaps any
technological civilization - from traveling to other parts of the
galaxy and making its presence known to others.
Throughout history, great civilizations
on Earth have imploded - the Roman Empire, the Mayan civilization that
once flourished in Central America - but here we are hypothesizing a
more drastic termination, the extinction of the intelligent species
itself, or at least the permanent destruction of its potential for
further development. Would the event be nuclear war? Environmental
disaster? A deadly superbug? Probably not; we might recover from any of
these, eventually. The kind of collapse that merely sets a civilization
back a few hundred or a few thousand years would not help explain why
no such civilization has visited us from another planet.
There are planets that are billions of
years older than Earth. Any intelligent species on those planets would
have had ample time to recover from repeated social or ecological
collapses. Even if they failed a thousand times before they succeeded,
they could still have arrived here hundreds of millions of years ago.
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Obviously, we must hope that the Great
Filter is behind us rather than ahead of us. If the Great Filter is
ahead us, we have still to confront it. The kind of risk we are talking
about here is called an "existential risk" - one that would either
cause the extinction of Earth-originating intelligent life or destroy
its potential for future development. It could be a war fought with
powerful future weapons; badly programmed superintelligent machines;
even a high-energy physics experiment gone awry.
If it is true that almost all intelligent
species go extinct before they master the technology for space
colonization, then we must expect that our own species too will go
extinct before reaching technological maturity - we have no reason to
think that we will be any luckier than most other species at our stage
If the Great Filter is ahead of us, we
must relinquish all hope of ever colonizing the galaxy, and we must
fear that our adventure will end soon, or at any rate that it will end
Now what has all this got to do with
finding life on Mars? Consider the implications of discovering that
life had evolved independently on another planet in our solar system.
That discovery would suggest that the emergence of life is not a very
improbable event. If it happened independently twice here in our own
backyard - indeed, on the only other planet we have closely examined -
it must have happened millions of times across the galaxy. This would
mean that the Great Filter is less likely to occur in the early life of
planets and is therefore more likely still to come.
If we discovered some very simple life
forms on Mars in its soil or under the ice at the polar caps, it would
show that the Great Filter almost certainly exists somewhere after that
period in evolution. If we discovered a yet more advanced life form,
such as some kind of multicellular organism, this would be even worse
news for us. And if we discovered the fossils of some very complex life
forms, like a vertebrate mammal, we would have to conclude that the
probability is overwhelming that the bulk of the Great Filter is ahead
of us. Such a discovery would be a crushing blow.
Yet most people reading about the
discovery would be thrilled, not realizing that they were looking at
the worst news ever displayed on the front page of a newspaper. They
would not understand the implications of the finding. If the Great
Filter is not behind us, it is ahead of us, meaning that the human
species is doomed to fail ever to reach technological maturity.
So this is why we should hope that our
space probes will discover dead rocks and lifeless sands on Mars, and
also on Jupiter's moon Europa, and everywhere else our astronomers
look. It would keep alive the hope for a great future for humanity.
Even if we are the only intelligent
species that has ever evolved in our galaxy, and perhaps in the entire
observable universe, it does not follow that our survival is not in
danger. Nothing in the above reasoning precludes the Great Filter from
being located both behind us and ahead of us. It might be extremely
improbable that intelligent life should arise on any given planet, and
very improbable that intelligent life, once evolved, should succeed in
becoming advanced enough to colonize space.
But if Mars is indeed found to be barren,
we would have some grounds for hope that all or most of the Great
Filter is in our past. In that case, we may have a significant chance -
if we play our cards right - of one day growing into something almost
unimaginably greater than we are today.
In this scenario, the entire history of
humankind to date is a mere instant compared with the eons of history
that lie still before us. All the triumphs and tribulations of the
millions of peoples who have walked the Earth since the ancient
civilization of Mesopotamia would be like mere birth pangs in the
delivery process of a kind of life that hasn't really begun.
Imagine the tremendous responsibility of
those who find themselves present and called upon to midwife the
conception of such a future. And that is where we are, you and me.
Source: The Boston Globe
- THE QUEST FOR IMMORTALITY
Charles Lindbergh's Deranged Desire to Live Forever
Flying had a
strange effect on the great aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh, leading
him to team up with a French surgeon and embark on a quest for
ever-lasting life... for a chosen few.
What do you know about Charles Lindbergh?
You probably know he was an American aviator. He
achieved overnight world stardom when he became the first person to fly
non-stop across the Atlantic, solo, in 1927.
You might also know that Lindbergh was a peace
activist who opposed American involvement in World War II - until Pearl
Harbor, after which he volunteered to fly combat missions in the
And you might know that in later life he became a
prolific author, an explorer and an environmentalist.
But did you know that he was also a machine-obsessed
inventor, who entered into a macabre alliance with a French-born
surgeon to try to achieve immortality?
Forget aviation hero. On the side, Lindbergh was a Dr
Frankenstein figure, who used his mechanical genius to explore the
possibility of conquering death - but only for the select few who were
considered "worthy" of living forever.
"Beating death was something he thought about his
entire life", says David M Friedman, American author of the new book
The Immortalists. "Even as a small child, he couldn't accept that
people had to die. He would ask: 'Why do you have to die to get to
Friedman's The Immortalists relates the untold story
of Lindbergh's frequently bizarre efforts to cheat death by creating
machines that might sustain human life.
In the 1930s, after his historic flight over the
Atlantic, Lindbergh hooked up with Alexis Carrel, a brilliant surgeon
born in France but who worked in a laboratory at the Rockefeller
Institute in Manhattan. Carrel - who was a mystic as well as a
scientist - had already won a Nobel Prize for his pioneering work on
the transplantation of blood vessels. But his real dream was a future
in which the human body would become, in Friedman's words, "a machine
with constantly reparable or replaceable parts".
This is where Lindbergh entered the frame. Carrel
hoped that his own scientific nous combined with Lindbergh's
machine-making proficiency (Lindbergh had, after all, already helped
design a plane that flew non-stop to Paris) would make his fantasy
about immortal machine-enabled human beings a reality.
"Both of their needs were met in this rather strange
relationship", says Friedman. "Carrel benefited from Lindbergh's
mechanical genius and inventiveness, and for Lindbergh - well, Carrel
became the most important person in his life, effectively steering the
way he viewed the world and the people who lived in it."
At the Rockefeller lab, Lindbergh and Carrel - almost
like a real-life Jekyll and Hyde double act - made some extraordinary
Lindbergh created something that Carrel's team had
singularly failed to: a perfusion pump that could keep a human organ
alive outside of the body. It was called the "Model T" pump. In later
years, Lindbergh's pump was further developed by others, eventually
leading to the construction of the first heart-lung machine.
"Some people, even academics and science students,
are still shocked when they hear about the contribution that the
aviator Lindbergh made to developing life-saving cardiac machinery,"
But there was a serious downside to what Friedman
refers to as Lindbergh and Carrel's "daring quest" to live forever.
Carrel was a eugenicist with fascistic leanings. He
believed the world was split into superior and inferior beings, and
hoped that science would allow the superior - which included himself
and Lindbergh, of course - to dominate and eventually weed out the
He thought the planet was "encumbered" with people
who "should be dead", including "the weak, the diseased, and the
fools". Something like Lindbergh's pump was not intended to help the
many, but the few.
Lindbergh himself sympathised with the Nazis.
"I wouldn't say Lindbergh was the philosophical
partner of Himmler or Hitler," says Friedman. "But yes, he certainly
admired the order, science and technology of Nazi Germany - and the
idea of creating an ethnically pure race."
Friedman says Lindbergh considered himself a
"superior being". "Let's not forget that, as a pilot, he felt he had
escaped the chains of mortality. He had had a god-like experience. He
flew amongst the clouds, often in a cockpit that was open to the
elements. Flying was such a rare experience back then. In taking to the
skies, he did something humans have dreamt of for centuries. So it is
perhaps not surprising that he ended up trying to play god in a
Ethical ever-lasting life
Even contemporary transhumanists - the name given to
those who want to extend human longevity and possibly conquer death -
are surprised to hear about Lindbergh's contribution to
"I never knew that", says Nick Bostrom, director of
the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University and President of
the World Transhumanism Association.
For Bostrom and his colleagues, aware that some
people think transhumanism is the same thing as eugenics, the key today
is the "ethical use of technology to extend human capabilities".
"There are many ways we have used science and
technology effectively to 'cheat death'", says Bostrom, "whether it's
through antibiotics, organ transplantation, or even lightning rods to
deflect electrical currents from the sky. You know, when they were
first invented some people said it was 'playing god' to try to deal
with lightning in this way."
Bostrom believes that reversing the ageing process,
or at least using stem cell therapy to slow down the negative effects
of ageing, should be "the next frontier" in medical science.
"But it should be for the benefit of everyone and it
should be done ethically - somewhat different to what Lindbergh got up
to", he argues.
Stuart Derbyshire, a leading expert in pain based at
the University of Birmingham, says it is certainly "desirable to live a
long and healthy life" - but from Lindbergh's experiments to today's
ethical question for longevity, he says there is also a "troubling"
side to the "quest to live forever".
"Any life, long or short, is only worthwhile if it is
lived towards some purpose. The zealous pursuit of health and longevity
can too easily become a substitute for real purpose.
"Health itself becomes a quasi-religious crusade
against the old sins of the flesh - gluttony, sloth, lust - with all
the attendant odious associations of physical impairment or disease
with moral turpitude or a bad life."
His implication is clear - while Lindbergh and
Carrel's quest had all the hallmarks of Nazi-promoted eugenics, it's
perhaps impossible to separate the pursuit of ever-lasting life with
notions of supremacy.
The Immortalists by David M Friedman is published in
the UK by JR Books on 16 June.
- IF NOT UFOS, THEN WHAT DEPARTMENT -
Opening its Files, Britain Says Strange Aircraft Are Not UFOs
LONDON: They were
shaped like cigars, saucers, coffins and amorphous blinking blobs. They
hovered in a menacing manner, traveled at impossible speeds and
vanished into the netherworld, or, in one instance, a hedge in Cornwall.
A few carried humanoid life forms, or so it seemed. A
few materialized courtesy of the observers' possibly having had a drink
too many, as in the case of an unidentified flying light cluster
witnessed loitering in the sky by the patrons of a pub in Kent.
Whatever they were, these phenomena reported to the
British Ministry of Defense over the years and made public this month
were almost certainly not actual alien aircraft piloted by actual alien
"The government has been telling us the truth,"
declared David Clarke, a senior lecturer in journalism at Sheffield
Hallam University, who has a side interest in UFOs. "There are a lot of
weird things in the sky, and some of them we can't explain, but there's
not a shred of evidence for a single alien visitation."
Which is, frankly, a letdown, as is the government's
prosaic explanation of why, for decades, it has meticulously documented
reports of UFO sightings. "We only check the sightings from the
perspective of making sure that our military airspace has not been
breached, and we pretty much never have airspace breaches," a Defense
Ministry spokeswoman said.
The spokeswoman, who spoke on condition of anonymity
because that is government policy, said the ministry had begun making
the files public because it had been inundated with UFO-related
requests under the British Freedom of Information Act.
The files from 1978 to 2002 were released this month.
Some older files have already been declassified and made public; the
rest will be released over the next few years. Available on the Web
from the National Archives at ufos.nationalarchives.gov.uk, they cover
hundreds of sightings but are hardly the X-Files. Much of the material
consists of one-page forms carrying details like how big the supposed
aircraft was and what, if anything, it seemed to be doing.
A citizen who gives her profession as "meals on
wheels operator" describes her shock and awe at the sight of a smallish
"Vulcan-shaped object" hovering in the sky. Another witness says she
was roused from bed by a brilliant light emanating from a UFO "the size
of a milk-bottle base."
"Some time on a Monday evening during the break in
watching 'Quincy' - I checked my watch - I noticed an unusual happening
in the sky," one correspondent wrote. And from Cornwall, a report
arrived from a 28-year-old motorist who observed a bright yellow light
"which bobbed and weaved" over the road, an image recalling
Tinkerbell's mode of travel in "Peter Pan."
"The light changed to a purplish color, prior to its
exit into a thick hedgerow," the report reads.
The files include random newspaper clippings of
questionable journalistic rigor. A 1986 Daily Mirror article reports
that the light "from a glowing red object" suffused the cockpit of a
Royal Air Force jet carrying Prince Charles, seriously unnerving the
pilot. As an aside, the newspaper noted that "Prince Philip has been a
keen UFO follower for the past 36 years."
There are long letters asking big questions. "When is
a flying saucer not a flying saucer?" muses one correspondent. "And is
the mothership man-made or from a distant planet?"
In the old days, the United States systematically
compiled reports of UFO sightings, too. But its last program, known as
Project Blue Book, was closed down in 1969 after government officials
concluded that if something was out there, it was not anything they
wanted to investigate.
Some UFO enthusiasts said last week that they
believed the British government had not released all of its files and
was concealing the truth about a massive cover-up it had long
perpetrated on the British people.
But Joe McGonagle, a self-described UFO researcher
here, said the documents showed that far from concealing anything, the
government had failed to investigate the sightings properly in the
first place. "A lot of people imagined that there was this vast UFO
project with lots of people working on it, when in reality it was a
civil servant spending 25 percent of his time on it, filing reports,"
It is not as if the authorities have always failed to
take the issue seriously. In 1950, the government convened a secret
committee, the Flying Saucer Working Party, to investigate sightings of
UFOs. It concluded that UFOs were optical illusions, weather phenomena,
airplanes seen from strange angles and the like, which has been the
government's line ever since.
In 1979, the House of Lords debated the matter at the
urging of the Earl of Clancarty, who believed that man was descended
from aliens who crawled from the earth's core via special tunnels or
flew in spaceships 65,000 years ago.
He was not the only noble believer.
"I should like to tell your lords about some of the
sightings I have seen," said the Earl of Halsbury, "beginning at the
age of 6, when I saw an angel."
Lord Gainford said he had seen a UFO, which he
described as "bright white ball with a touch of red followed by a white
cone," at a New Year's Eve party in Scotland. Some children saw it,
too, he added, and they "had been drinking soft drinks."
None of their accounts were as detailed as that of a
78-year-old ex-soldier in Aldershot. His story, which he told to a UFO
investigator, can be found in the newly released files.
Out fishing in 1983, the man had just poured himself
a cup of tea, he recalled, when he was approached by two beings about 4
feet, or 1.2 meters, tall, wearing pale green overalls and large
helmets. They led him into what turned out to be their ship and,
apparently considering whether to subject him to extraterrestrial
experiments, suddenly announced: "You can go. You are too old and
infirm for our purposes."
"Anxious to avoid causing offense," the report said,
the man asked no questions, even obvious ones like, what planet do you
come from? Instead, he returned to the riverbank, where he finished his
tea (by then cold) and resumed fishing.
Source: The International Herald Tribune
HAUNTED HAPPENINGS DEPARTMENT -
Teen Snaps Eerie Ghost
This is the sensational picture which proves ghosts exist, a teenager
claims. The spectral vision was captured by 14-year-old Connor Bond at
an ancient castle in the Scottish highlands famed for its ghostly
The ghoulish apparition was snapped by accident while the youngster and
his family were attending a wedding at the castle. The family only
noticed what they had captured when they downloaded the image on to
their computer and saw the ghostly hand and a swirl of mist around it.
The ghost was captured at Tulloch Castle in Dingwall in the Scottish
Highlands - a historic pile well known for its supernatural residents.
Despite describing themselves as ‘sceptics’, Connor and dad Mike are
now convinced the ghost they snapped is real and are hoping experts
will examine it and prove them correct. Mike, 52, from Inverness said:
"We were at this wedding and Connor was walking around taking loads of
photos. I think he took about 200 in total.
"After we loaded them up on to the computer we were looking through
them and were just stopped in our tracks by this one shot.
"You can clearly see this ghostly figure on the staircase.
"You can see a hand on the banister and what appears to be a white mist
"Being a sceptical person I thought Connor had done something to the
picture but he says not and I believe him."
He added: "Even other members of the family can’t believe what they’ve
seen and are all checking their own photos now."
Tulloch Castle dates back to the 1200s and has a long history of
ghostly activity. The most famous of them is the Green Lady who has
been seen by dozens of people, and even has the castle’s bar named
after her. She is believed to be the ghost of Elizabeth Davidson, whose
family once owned the castle where her portrait hangs in the Great Hall.
Mike added: "I just don’t see what else it could be - it’s a digital
camera so you can’t accidentally double expose the shot and Connor
swears there was no one around at the time. It’s a mystery."
For Sale-Ghost in a Bottle
A Florida man is in the business of selling bottled spirits; but you
may not want to drink what he claims is inside the containers.
In rural St. Johns County, there's a little shed that's considered
haunted because inside, Jon Deese said he's storing ghosts,
Jacksonville television station WJXT reported.
Deese said he has ghosts trapped in bottles, and they're for sale.
"This was actually the first one that was caught, in Decatur County,
Ga., in an old farmhouse," Deese said, showing off one ghost in a
While Deese said he contracts with professional ghost catchers around
the country and that it’s the ghost catchers who actually stuff the
phantasms into a bottle, he wouldn’t elaborate on exactly how the
ghosts get into the bottles.
"Well, if you went to KFC, you wouldn't ask for the secret recipe,"
Deese said. "They’ll go in and catch them from haunted establishments,
cars, hotels, maybe even graveyards."
Whether supernatural or just a spooky novelty, the ghosts in bottles
come with a warning -- open at your own risk.
"Some people will open the bottle and say they don’t get results and
it’s just a fun conversation piece. Others say, 'There’s strange things
happening in my house. Where're my car keys? Where's the remote to the
TV?" Deese said. "The ghost in the bottle is more toward Casper the
Friendly Ghost than the Exorcist. We're kind of in the middle."
Ghost in the Campus
Any apparition, if limited to a few flimsy sightings in historical
ruins or in dark and deserted bungalows, is always questioned on its
veracity. However, if such an experience of supernatural is publicly
acknowledged by an Ivy League Institute the paranormal experience
becomes a more believable proposition.
The reports published in India and international press surrounds an
uncanny tale of a supernatural in Indian Statistical Institute's New
Delhi Chapter located on Sansanwal Marg near Qutab Hotel. On August 24,
2004, a new entrant to the institute's MStatistics program died in the
classroom succumbing to a festering heart disease. Startled classmates
crowded around him for possible medical aid but with no avail.
"The ailing student was always little withdrawn and living on a frugal
diet of fruits," told an old security guard to Hindustan Times. "I
suspect he was mentally ill too," he added.
However, more frightful than the death of the student was the tale of
the deceased remaining in the campus - in his incorporeal form. He
continued living his campus life the way he way he did before - wearing
cologne, smoking cigarettes, and playing pranks with others. Many
students claimed seeing him stalking the long corridors in the evening,
knocking on doors in a fit, and jostling the students off the stairways.
"A girl who never smokes, felt a strong stench of cigarette in her
bathroom," said Saptrishi, a student representative of the institute
reported in a newspaper.
Many others seconded the claim of the girl student narrating their
creepy experiences of smelling deodorant and aftershave which announced
the presence of the deceased.
Reuters reported: "Fear of a ghost who knocks on doors and wafts the
scent of aftershave lotion along corridors has forced a prestigious
college for statisticians in the Indian capital, Dehli, to close".
"Students of the Indian Statistical Institute say the ghost of a dead
classmate has knocked on doors, jostled them on staircases and left
traces of aftershave lotion and cigarette smoke."
Following a series of bizarre incidences the institute called off the
classes for a week and the fear-stricken students were allowed to leave
their hostel for home. To make way for divine intervention, the
students were also officially provided vehicle to visit temple. Some
campus residents even consulted sorcerers for exorcising the ghost.
Rajeev Karandikar, then the head of the institute, found it difficult
to ward off the media. Annulling classes and allowing students to stay
away from the campus had compounded his problems -- he was portrayed as
Rajeev Karandikar meekly defended: "A fear psychosis had gripped some
students, so we thought it was best to allow them to go home if they
It took a few months for bringing the institute back on an academic
calendar. Many students on their return to campus were still afraid to
be alone in the campus and they were dreadful of nights.
Four years after, today, the story of apparition seems to be on the
wane but the old security guard and many others testify to the boy's
shadowy existence. People, who know the story, still feel uneasy in the
night while alone in a corridor or climbing a stairway. Perhaps in the
hindsight they know how precarious their foothold can be as many in the
past were so brutally pushed off the stairway occurring to swollen
knees and bleeding shins.
OUR CROWDED SKIES DEPARTMENT -
Continental Jet Has Near
Hit With "Rocket"
HOUSTON -- Jet pilots aren’t used to sharing their airspace, so you can
bet a rocket will get some attention.
Continental Flight 1544 was flying at 5,000 feet about 11 miles east of
Bush Intercontinental Airport after takeoff Monday morning when the
pilot called the tower to report an object headed toward the plane. The
pilot described seeing a fast moving object with a thick smoke trail
nearing his airspace.
The FAA now says it thinks that object was some kind of model rocket.
Both the FAA and the Houston Area Joint Terrorism Task Force continue
to investigate the incident that KHOU.com first reported early this
Neither said conclusively what the pilot saw was indeed a model rocket,
but an FAA spokesperson told 11 News that it was likely a high-powered
model rocket. It is a federal crime to launch a rocket of any sort
without notifying the FAA.
The plane was at about 5,000 feet at the time of the sighting and the
flight continued on to Cleveland.
Sources told 11 News that the flight was met by Continental officials
and FAA investigators to interview the passengers and crew.
Part of that investigation included a FBI call to John Etgen, who is an
officer with one of the local model rocket clubs in the area.
When the FBI told him what had been reported, the rocket enthusiast was
"This is completely outside of all of our safety codes and all of our
practices. We actually behave a lot like visual flight rules pilots.
This is if we can't see clear airspace and already have permission to
be in that air space we are not allowed to launch and we don't,” said
Etgen said it's certainly possible for a model rocket to get that high
up, but he also said the description given by the pilot doesn't match
At that height, a model would have been coasting for quite some time
and maybe emitting a small trail of white smoke and not the thick smoke
like the pilot’s report.
He explained that while model rocketry is supposed to be fun, it is
also highly regulated. Regulated by the same federal agency that has
oversight of the airlines – the FAA.
The FAA confirmed that there were no requests to launch or
notifications filed for the Houston area for Monday.
There are also no official launch sites within 50 miles of Bush airport.
The Boeing 737 with 148 passengers and six crewmembers aboard, took off
from Terminal C at Bush IAH at 10:17 a.m. Monday and arrived at Hopkins
International Airport in Cleveland at 2:13 p.m. – nine minutes later
Source: Texas Cable News
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