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- Legend of the 13 Ancient Skulls -
- Mysterious Light Pulse Detected Near Newly Discovered Planet -
- UFO over Inner Mongolia Still a Mystery -
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Former California Cops Now Busting Ghosts -
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- SPECIAL EVENT DEPARTMENT -

Legend of the 13 Ancient Skulls

The legend tells of 13 Ancient Crystal Skulls, the same size and shape as human skulls, but made of pure crystal. Left behind by our earlier ancestors way back in the mists of time, before our collective memory can recall. “Are these the celestial prototypes for human incarnation, or the remains of the Atlantean civilization’s communication with the Gods, or the manifestation of spirit in form now appearing to shift the magnetic frequency of the Earth?

Either way these crystal skulls appear to be a source of great knowledge and wisdom. To some they contain information about our past history of the planet and the future of mankind. The legend also prophesied that one day, at a time of great crisis for all humanity, 13 crystal skulls would be rediscovered and unify themselves together again to reveal information vital to the very survival of the human race.

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- JUST A QUICK HELLO DEPARTMENT -

Mysterious Light Pulse Detected Near Newly Discovered Planet

An astronomer picked up a mysterious pulse of light coming from the direction of the newly discovered Earth-like planet almost two years ago, it has emerged.

Dr Ragbir Bhathal, a scientist at the University of Western Sydney, picked up the odd signal in December 2008, long before it was announced that the star Gliese 581 has habitable planets in orbit around it.

A member of the Australian chapter of SETI, the organisation that looks for communication from distant planets, Dr Bhathal had been sweeping the skies when he discovered a 'suspicious' signal from an area of the galaxy that holds the newly-discovered Gliese 581g.

The remarkable coincidence adds another layer of mystery to the announcement last night that scientists had discovered another planet in the system: Gliese 581g - the most Earth-like planet ever found.

Dr Bhathal's discovery had come just months before astronomers announced that they had found a similar, slightly less habitable planet around the same star 20 light years away. This planet was called Gliese 581e.

When asked about his discovery at the time Dr Bhathal admitted he had been really excited about what he had possibly stumbled across.

He said: 'Whenever there’s a clear night, I go up to the observatory and do a run on some of the celestial objects. Looking at one of these objects, we found this signal.

'And you know, I got really excited with it. So next I had to analyse it. We have special software to analyse these signals, because when you look at celestial objects through the equipment we have, you also pick up a lot of noise.'

He went on: 'We found this very sharp signal, sort of a laser lookalike thing which is the sort of thing we’re looking for - a very sharp spike. And that is what we found. So that was the excitement about the whole thing.'

For months after his discovery Dr Bhathal scanned the skies for a second signal to see whether it was just a glitch in his instrumentation but his search came to nothing.

But the discovery of Earth-like planets around Gliese 581 - both 581e and 581d, which was in the habitable zone - has also caught the public imagination.

Documentary-maker RDF and social-networking site Bebo used a radio telescope in Ukraine to send a powerful focused beam of information - 500 messages from the public in the form of radiowaves - to Gliese 581.

And the Australian science minister at the time organised 20,000 users of Twitter to send messages towards the distant solar system in the wake of the discoveries.

And Dr Steven Vogt who led the study at the University of California, Santa Cruz, today said that he was '100 per cent sure ' that there was life on the planet.

The planet lies in the star's 'Goldilocks zone' - the region in space where conditions are neither too hot or too cold for liquid water to form oceans, lakes and rivers.

The planet also appears to have an atmosphere, a gravity like our own and could well be capable of life. Researchers say the findings suggest the universe is teeming with world like our own.

'If these are rare, we shouldn't have found one so quickly and so nearby,'

'The number of systems with potentially habitable planets is probably on the order of 10 or 20 per cent, and when you multiply that by the hundreds of billions of stars in the Milky Way, that's a large number. There could be tens of billions of these systems in our galaxy.'

He told Discovery News: 'Personally, given the ubiquity and propensity of life to flourish wherever it can, I would say that the chances for life on this planet are 100 percent. I have almost no doubt about it'.

The planet is so far away, spaceships travelling close to the speed of light would take 20 years to make the journey. If a rocket was one day able to travel at a tenth of the speed of light, it would take 200 years to make the journey.

Planets orbiting distant stars are too small to be seen by telescopes. Instead, astronomers look for tell-tale gravitational wobbles in the stars that show a planet is in orbit.

The findings come from 11 years of observations at the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii.

The planet orbits a small red star called Gliese 581 in the constellation of Libra. The planet, named Glieseg, is 118,000,000,000,000 miles away - so far away that light from its start takes 20 years to reach the Earth.

It takes just 37 days to orbit its sun which means its seasons last for just a few days. One side of the planet always faces its star and basks in perpetual daylight, while the other is in perpetual darkness.

The most suitable place for life or future human colonists would be in the 'grey' zone - the band  between darkness and light that circles the planet.

'Any emerging life forms would have a wide range of stable climates to choose from and to evolve around, depending on their longitude,' said Dr Vogt who reports the find in the Astrophysical Journal.

If Gliese 581g has a rocky composition similar to the Earth's, its diameter would be about 1.2 to 1.4 times that of the Earth. It's gravity is likely to be similar - allowing a human astronaut to walk on the surface upright without difficulty.
 
'This planet doesn't have days and nights. Wherever you are on this planet, the sun is in the same position all the time. You have very stable zones where the ecosystem stays the same temperature... basically forever,' Vogt said.
Gliese 581, the brightest object in this Nasa image from 2007, is only 20 light years from Earth and is one of our nearest neighbours

Gliese 581, the brightest object in this Nasa image from 2007, is only 20 light years from Earth and is one of our nearest neighbours

'If life can evolve, it's going to have billions and billions of years to adapt to the surface. Given the ubiquity of water, it seems probable that this thing actually has liquid water. On the surface of the Earth, everywhere you have liquid water you have life,' Vogt added.

Astronomers have now found six planets in orbit around Gliese 581 - the most discovered in a planetary system other than our own solar system.

Like the solar system, the planets orbiting Gliese 581 have mostly circular orbits.

Two of its detected planets have previously been proposed as habitable planets. However they lie at the extremes of the Goldilocks Zone - one on the hot side, the other on the cold side.

Gliese 581g, in contrast, lies right in the middle.

The star has not been given a proper name. It appears in a catalogue of stars compiled by the German astronomer William Gliese where it has been given the reference number 581.

Astronomers name planets found orbiting stars with a letter. The previous five planets found around Gliese 581 were named b to f, making the latest discovery Gliese 581g.

Its star is a red giant - a massive star near the end of its life. It is too dim to see in the night sky from Earth without a telescope.
Astronomers have found nearly 500 exoplanets - or planets outside our own solar system. However, almost all are too big, made of gas instead of rock, too hot or too cold for life as we know it.

Source: The Daily Mail (UK)
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1316538/Gliese-581g-mystery-Scientist-
spotted-mysterious-pulse-light-direction-newEarth-planet-year.html

- LOOK, UP IN THE SKY DEPARTMENT -

UFO over Inner Mongolia Still a Mystery

A major airport was forced to shut down to prevent packed passenger jets crashing into a UFO.

The "flat and tubular" object hovered two miles from Bootee in Inner Mongolia, a part of China.

Astonished officials say it then zoomed in to circle the airport before suddenly vanishing.

Three flights from Chinese cities Beijing and Shanghai were diverted to nearby airports.

It is the third mysterious UFO sighting this year to have resulted in Chinese airfields being closed.

Xiaoshan, in Zhejiang province, shut for a few days in July after an "oddly-shaped, twinkling bright light" was seen nearby. Another scare was reported earlier in the summer at Hong Kong.

The latest UFO was spotted by air traffic controllers in Inner Mongolia's capital Hoot on radar screens. But they could not make radio contact with it and immediately warned Bootee.

A spokeswoman said: "To guarantee security, aircraft had to land at secondary airports. Otherwise, it may have led to collision."

The airport was closed for around an hour last month.

The Chinese authorities have refused to comment but some experts believe the three sightings could be evidence of a new Chinese military aircraft.

Nick Pope, a former Ministry of Defence UFO investigator, said: "Whatever you think about UFOs there are serious national security and air safety issues involved."

Source: The Sun
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3165067/UFO-closes-an-airport-in-China.html

- YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SPOOKY DEPARTMENT -

Former California Cops Now Busting Ghosts

Ever since William Jimenez was 11 years old, he could see dead people. He would see them walking down a sidewalk, inside a house or standing along the side of a road.

"At first it scared me to death," said Jimenez, 60, a retired detective. "Sometimes I'd see the whole body and other times just part of it. They'd be wearing clothes from the time period in which they died."

Jimenez says he eventually learned to see his talent as a gift and has parlayed it into a ghost-hunting business along with two friends who are also retired investigators with the California Highway Patrol. The skills they used to bring suspects to justice are now utilized in determining whether buildings are haunted and, if need be, ridding them of unwanted spirits.

To date, Paranormal Investigative Technology has investigated about 100 sites including an abandoned ghost town, a fire station and individual homes.

"We were trained by the government to investigate," said Jimenez, who also worked dignitary protection guarding the governor and any head of state visiting California. "We were crime scene investigators and had to duplicate what happened. If someone got shot, you want to know which angle the bullet came in. With ghost hunting, we treat it like a crime scene. The ghost is the suspect. Want to know why he is there, how long he's been there and the purpose of being there."

Over the years, team members say they have been choked, thrown to the ground and pushed, and even suffered medical issues. They say most of the spirits they encounter are just seeking attention and are not evil, but it doesn't make it any less frightening.

"I still get scared," Jimenez admitted. "When you die, you take your personality with you. If you were a drunk, you're a drunk ghost. If you were a killer, you're a killer as a ghost."

The Beginning

Jimenez started his business as a hobby. When he met fellow CHP investigator Glen Mayernick in 2001, the pair decided to team up as ghostbusters on days they weren't working. It wasn't long before one of their superiors found out about their unusual pastime and ordered them to stop.

"Officers around us were afraid and bothered that we would talk about dead people, so they snitched us off to management," Jimenez said. "Management wanted to do an investigation to see if we were doing it for profit and on state time. I told a lieutenant that this is discrimination. We go ghost hunting; it's a hobby. You have people who go dune buggying and horseback riding, that's their hobby."

When the pair retired a few years ago along with a third investigator, they were free to seek out ghosts full time. At one point they were approached by two different television networks who wanted them to star in ghost-hunting shows. Jimenez said he declined after being told to embellish their findings to make the show more dramatic.

"They wanted us to pretend to be thrown against the wall and stuff like that," he said. "We try to debunk a lot of things; we don't take it for granted when someone says they see a ghost."

Haunted Navy Base

One of their biggest investigations has been the Los Alamitos Naval Air Station outside Los Angeles. Built in 1942 to aid in World War II, the facility includes a theater where USO shows were held. Most of the hauntings have taken place in that theater and in a now-defunct hospital nearby that includes a morgue in the basement.

Numerous people have seen a dark-haired woman in a nurse's uniform and hat roaming the halls of the hospital, said Jeff Hathcock, president of the Theater Guild and Southeast Civic Light Opera, which holds productions at the theater.

"There have been multiple sightings by many people; I've seen her three times myself," Hathcock said. "So many people have seen her and describe her in same way. One Iraqi war veteran bailed out of a window and said, 'I'm not going back.'"

Hathcock says the nurse will shut lights on and off, close and lock doors, and make a racket when rock music is played in the building, only to quiet down when '40s music is substituted.

Over at the theater, apparitions have been more plentiful:

    * A man in a projection room and on a balcony where a murder occurred earlier this year.
    * A World War II-era sailor sitting in the back row.
    * A black, smoky form in an aisle caught on film, and
    * A pair of feet walking several inches off the ground behind a large wagon that was on the stage as a prop.

Jimenez and Mayernick said they saw a seat flip down as if someone was sitting in it.

"A lot of times the ghosts are curious," Jimenez said. "When we go to a location, we talk to them, tell them we're not there to bother them. We want to learn about them, and that puts them at ease."

Mayernick is more of a skeptic and handles the forensics. He is in charge of documenting their visits with photos, video, tape recordings and heat sensors.

While reviewing pictures from the base, he noticed the smoky apparition and also saw a white theater mask in the upper left-hand corner of a mirror. Neither of these was seen by the naked eye, so he went back to the theater to shoot the areas again, and they were not replicated in the second shot.

"I went through FBI training for forensics," Mayernick explained. "So when I look at stuff, I think, what do I have? I eliminate other sounds, voices, dirt on a lens, light. Then I say, 'I can't explain it, I don't know what it is.' For several years I've been doing this, I've seen some really strange stuff that I can't explain. That's why it's paranormal; there is no scientific explanation for it."

Other Investigations

Other investigations include a California fire station where a firefighter was being choked and a house where a rod-shaped light was flying around the room.

Then there was Calico Ghost Town, a county park in the desert on the way to Las Vegas where gift shop clerks were frightened by unexplained shadows, whispering, and items that would move by themselves.

"We did a five-year investigation where we would go out every week," Jimenez said. "We went through every building and outside the town in the mines. Acres and acres. Hundreds of ghosts are still there. We told them that they were dead and a lot of them knew, but they said, 'We like it here.'"

Both Jimenez and Mayernick say they were knocked to the ground in different instances while investigating the mines. Jimenez said one of the episodes involved a spirit who was a miner cheating his partners out of a stash of gold and thought the group would snitch him off.

Jimenez said he communicated with the miner that they weren't there to harm him and established a type of truce with the spirits not to bother the employees.

Then when Mayernick started going over the evidence later, he found something equally as bizarre. The tape was sent to the Smithsonian Institute, where a linguist said the language was an ancient Mayan dialect and the translation was, "Come closer, I want a better look at you," Mayernick said.

Thriving Business

Word of mouth and police connections have turned Paranormal Investigative Technology into a thriving business that now includes Mayernick's daughter, who also has the ability to communicate with spirits, Mayernick says.

It's taken a toll, since four out of the five members now have back and neck problems after dealing with some locations that have had some particularly nasty spirits.

"I'm the only one who doesn't, so I'm kind of waiting for the shoe to fall," Mayernick said.

The group doesn't take any money but says they conduct their investigations in order to help people -- both living and dead.

"The living have entities in their houses, and the dead want to find eternal peace," Jimenez said. "Many times we've found the dead are lost spirits, confused, scared, and they need a guide to show them the way to the light. And that's us. Others choose to stay behind."

Some things the group won't handle including something like an abandoned prison where the spirits aren't affecting anyone, or anything involving demons.

"You have to be specially trained to deal with demons; they can make you miserable the rest of your life," Jimenez said. "I tell (clients) they need to get a demonologist or a Catholic priest. I've never encountered a demon.

"Usually ghosts are just defending their territory," he added. "A lot of them just want to scare you, they don't want you around. Only about 1 or 2 percent are just evil."

Source: AOL News
http://www.aolnews.com/weird-news/article/former-california-cops-william-jimenez-
glen-mayernick-are-now-ghost-hunters/19650651

- ARE WE ALONE DEPARTMENT -

Montreal Doctor and Others Spot Strange UFOs

First of all, Dr. Cleve Ziegler would like to emphasize that he is not a crazy person. In fact, he’s an obstetrician-gynecologist at the Jewish General Hospital.

But he acknowledges that what he saw while driving home from surgery early Wednesday will definitely seem crazy: a strange flashing object in the sky, right above the Cavendish Mall in Côte St. Luc.

Was it a UFO?

Ziegler was driving along Cavendish Blvd. around 1 a.m. when he saw the bizarre object, near the intersection of Kildare Rd. He parked his car and got out to get a better look, he said.

He said it was like nothing he had ever seen before. It had blue and red twinkly lights, and looked nothing like a plane or someone shining a flashlight at the sky. The sighting left him feeling very disturbed, he said.

“The pattern of motion was erratic – it was moving up and down, sideways. It was not like a flying saucer, more like a couple of triangles,” he said.

There was another guy on the street looking up at the sky, he said. He went over and they looked at it together, agreeing that they were seeing something unusual. The guy said his girlfriend also saw it and was “freaked out.” Another woman in the parking lot also witnessed what they took to be a UFO.

Ziegler says he took out his cellphone and called 911 to report the sighting. He watched the object for about 10 minutes total, then went home. Police officers came to interview him at home a few hours later, he said.

Police said they received three calls reporting UFOs Wednesday – two in Côte St. Luc and another in the east end. Officers investigated the claims, but nothing proved there was anything strange going on, Constable Daniel Lacoursière said.

“We called the airport in Dorval and they said there was nothing on the radar in that area,” he said. “In the east end, they said there may have been a chopper flying over, but nothing appeared in the Cavendish area.”

Had something suspicious showed up on the radar, the case would have been transferred to the RCMP, Lacoursière said.

Still, Ziegler is shaken and certain of what he saw.

“This left me with the deep sense that I had seen something not from this planet.”

Astronomer and UFO-studies buff Chris Rutkowski said recently that from his perspective, the jury is still out on the question of whether Earth is receiving visits from extraterrestrials.

Hundreds of UFO sightings from across Canada are collected and compiled each year by Ufology Research, an independent, Manitoba-based non-profit group where Rutkowski is among a half-dozen volunteers.

About 10 per cent of the 1,004 UFO reports the group collected for 2008 were judged unexplained, after they had been reviewed.

But a smaller core of UFO sightings, about one per cent of the 2008 total, remain classified as "high-quality unknowns," Rutkowski said - even after they'd been scrutinized with "above-average levels of investigation and documentation."

Overall, cross-Canada reports of UFOs declined during 2009, Rutkowski said, adding that he's still working his way through "slightly more than 800 cases" of sightings sent to the group on incidents last year.

"I believe it possible that an advanced, technological civilization may have found ways of traversing interstellar distances without violating physical laws," said Rutkowski, who has written extensively on UFOs.

"However, after more than 25 years of research and investigation, I have not seen see any incontrovertible evidence of this - not at this moment."

Others are more definitive:

Last Monday, a group that included Robert Salas, a retired U.S. air force captain and former missile launch officer, told a Washington news conference that aliens have landed on Earth and disabled nuclear-missile warheads.

"I personally think they're not from planet Earth," said Salas, who was accompanied by six other former airmen. The group accused the U.S. and British governments of covering up a variety of incidents.

Asked directly whether he believes Earth is indeed getting visits from elsewhere, Rutkowski responded: "I believe in the possibility."

"Our sun is pretty average in terms of stars. And there are many, many stars, as Carl Sagan would say, billions and billions.

"Many of them are much older than our sun."

So, Rutkowski added, planetary systems may have developed life "perhaps hundreds of thousands of years ahead of us" - some giving rise to civilizations that "maybe have figured out how to get around that pesky travel problem," huge interstellar distances.

It's an argument he makes in his latest book, The Big Book of UFOs, freshly published at 384 pages.

Asked whether the RCMP compiles statistics on UFO sightings, Sgt. Julie Gagnon responded: "It's the first time anybody asks me that. I don't know."

Minutes later, the media-relations official called back to say: "We do not compile UFO sightings."

Montreal police don't either:

"We have no specific code for that," Constable Daniel Lacoursière said of UFO-related incidents.

But, to his recollection, he added, "in 20 years, not a lot" of UFO reports have been investigated by Montreal Island officers.

"The trouble is," Rutkowski said, "we just don't have the definitive piece" of evidence - such as "a chunk of a saucer" or some other "smoking gun."

"Nobody's been on board and come back with a towel from the Mars Hilton or something like that" - at least so far.

Multiple U.S. military personnel and others - including former astronauts - on the subject of UFOs: www.wanttoknow.info/ufocover-up10pg

Source: Montreal Gazette
http://www.montrealgazette.com/technology/over+Cavendish+Mall/3598474/story.html

- LAIR OF THE BEASTS DEPARTMENT -

Monstrous Havoc - Hoax vs. Reality

I’m sometimes asked by those who doubt the existence of such beasts as the Loch Ness Monster, the Chupacabras, the Abominable Snowman and more: do I think that the people I have interviewed about sightings of what appear to be unknown animals of a distinctly monstrous nature are lying or exaggerating to me?
 
Well, I have to say that, in the overwhelming majority of all the cases I’ve ever studied my answer is a firm and solid “no.” That said, however, there have been a few cases about which I have had my deep suspicions.
 
Gavin, who I was able to meet personally nearly a decade ago, claimed a truly sensational encounter with a Bigfoot-like entity in England back in the 1990s. The incident reportedly occurred within the depths of the nation’s spacious Cannock Chase woods, and at the site of one the area’s most famous attractions: namely, the Glacial Boulder. Made out of granite, the boulder is both large and impressive. It is also made highly curious by virtue of the illuminating fact that there are no natural granite out-crops anywhere in the area – at all.
 
Indeed, the nearest rock of this specific type can be found within the picturesque confines of the Lake District, which is more than 120 miles to the north, and on Dartmoor, Devonshire, no less than 165 miles to the south-west. The boulder itself, however, has been matched conclusively to a rocky outcrop at Cniffel in Dumfries & Galloway, which is over 170 miles from the Chase in the Southern Uplands of Scotland.
 
At some point during the last Ice Age, it is now generally accepted, the great boulder was apparently carried by the massive glaciers down the length of the British Isles and to its present location – and what would prove to be its final resting place - on the Cannock Chase.
 
As Gavin breathlessly explained his sensational story to me, it was on a winter’s night in 1997, when he and his girlfriend were parked in his car near the boulder, doing what courting couples have always done since the invention of the automobile, when his girlfriend suddenly let out a loud and hysterical scream: standing atop the boulder was a large hairy man, waving his arms in a wild, crazed fashion at the star-lit sky.
 
Gavin quickly jumped into the front seat of the car and floored the accelerator. Tires spun, dirt flew into the air, and the car shot away at high speed; but not before the creature supposedly succeeded in jumping onto the hood of his car. For five minutes, it valiantly hung on, before finally being thrown to the ground. Gavin looked in his rear-view mirror and was horrified to see that the creature was already back on its feet and running at high-speed into the depths of the surrounding countryside.
 
In fairness to the more skeptically minded, it must be said at this point that several other people who have also met Gavin are convinced that his tale is simply that: merely a tale (of the very tallest and most outrageous variety) and nothing more. For his part, however, Gavin has been careful – time and time again - to point out in response that he has nothing to gain – and just about absolutely everything to lose – by fabricating such a strange and unbelievable story.
 
And in that respect he is most certainly not wrong: claiming to all and sundry that you have seen a Bigfoot-type entity roaming around the Cannock Chase at night is, unfortunately, unlikely to result in anything other than the rolling of eyes, a distinct shaking of the head, and overwhelming hoots of both derision and laughter.
 
We can never prove that the controversial incident did not take place. And, of course, Gavin cannot prove that it did occur. Moreover, the admittedly sensational, and almost over the top, plotline suggests we would be very wise to keep this case firmly in our grey-basket. Unless, that is, you too have seen the monster of the Glacial Boulder and can add much welcome validation to the account of Gavin. And if you have, let me know!

Source: Mania/Nick Redfern
http://www.mania.com/lair-beasts-monstrous-havoc_article_125501.html

- MYSTERY MUTILATORS DEPARTMENT -

Georgia Couple Hunts Serial Cow Killer

A Hall County family has spent nearly a year searching for answers in the mutilation deaths of their cattle.

Kathy and John Cooper said they discovered their latest dead cow on their pasture on Monday. It was the 20th cow they’ve lost, and once again someone had removed its genitals and udders.

"It's just frustration like somebody robbed you," John told Channel 2’s Kerry Kavanaugh.

The Coopers said they believe someone is poisoning their cattle then mutilating them in the middle of the night.

"It's almost like a surgically removed cut," Kathy said.

The couple has called the Hall County Sheriff's Office after each incident, but authorities are just as confused. Investigators said they’re stumped because the culprits don't even leave behind any footprints.

"They are like us, they scratch their heads and can't make sense out of it," said John.

The Coopers said they try to ride the pasture more frequently and look for tracks or clues, but so far, they haven't found anything.

"It's a waste. They're 700-800 pound cows laying on the ground that nobody benefits from," said Kathy.

The Coopers are offering a reward for information that leads to an arrest.

Source: WSBTV 2
http://www.wsbtv.com/news/25228737/detail.html

- ALL HAIL WONKA DEPARTMENT -

Scientists Say Three-Course Meal in Chewing Gum is Possible

It didn’t work out that well for poor Violet Beauregarde in Willy Wonka’s factory.

But now researchers say they may have cracked the secret behind creating a sweet that replicates three meals in a single stick of chewing gum.

Scientists at the Institute of Food Research (IFR) say the latest technology could be used to turn Willy Wonka’s eccentric invention into reality - but without the unpleasant side effects.

Food scientist Dave Hart believes that recent advances in nanotechnology, which deals with structures just millionths of a millimetre in size, could capture and release flavours in a precisely controlled way.

Flavour of the month: Violet Beauregarde as she blows a chewing gum bubble in a scene from director Tim Burton's version of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

Hart and his team are experimenting with creating different flavour layers, based on a 17th Century ‘preserve’. The flavours are separated with a tasteless gelatine that stops them from overlapping, with a final dessert taste at the centre, encapsulated in a high-tech gel called Gellan. 

In Roald Dahl’s book Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Willy Wonka proudly displays a stick of Three-Course Dinner Chewing Gum, which he claims can reproduce the flavours of every individual course of a full meal.

The gum is able to convey the flavours of 'tomato soup, roast beef and baked potato, and blueberry pie and ice cream', he claims.

But, unfortunately for prolific gum-chewer Violet Beauregarde, the gum is not quite ready and has the unfortunate side-effect that it turns the user into a giant blueberry before they reach dessert.

Hart says: ‘Wonka’s fantasy concoction has been nothing but a dream for millions of kids across the world. But science and technology is changing the future of food, and these nanoparticles may hold the answer to creating a three course gourmet gum.’

He said that scientists at Harvard University have been working on nanostructures called colloidosomes, which can be used to capture ingredients. Their findings could be a step towards developing this gum.

He said: ‘Tiny nanostructures within the gum would contain each of the different flavours. These would be broken up and released upon contact with saliva or after a certain amount of chewing.

‘The tomato soup capsule would break on contact with saliva, followed by roast beef and blueberry pie in stronger structures - providing a sequential taste explosion as you chew harder.'

The gum would only work as a sweet, however, and would not reproduce the feeling of being full nor would it provide any vital nutrients.

Hart came up with the plans for the Willy Wonka’s sweet as part of his work with the National Science & Engineering Competition to inspire young scientists.

He said that it could be some time before the gum is created, however. 'The mechanism exists but the technique and flavours need perfecting.'

Hart hopes his chewing gum will inspire young people to put their own projects and inventions in the spotlight as part of the National Science & Engineering Competition, which has a £50,000 prize pot and  is open to 11 to 18-year-olds until October 31. See www.nationalsciencecompetition.org for more details.

Source: The Daily Mail
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1317950/Willy-Wonka-3-course-
meal-stick-chewing-gum-possibility.html

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