In a fantastically strange bit of news from the Land of the Rising Sun, a “psychic attack” straight out of a Stephen King novel was reported at an all-girls school, sending over a dozen to the hospital and shaking up the student body.

Last Wednesday at the well-known prep school Kamigōri High in Hyogo, Japan, emergency services were called out and a reported 18 girls were taken to two separate hospitals after what was described as a bizarre, hour long “state of panic” during which dozens of teen girls began hyperventilating.

The initial incident began around 11:45am when a first year student began complaining of a “bad feeling”. Her hyperventilating sparked a chain of similar events that affected 17 first years, and one third year student.

Things got even stranger when rumors began spreading that the incident was actually the work of a psychic attack dealt from the first girl to exhibit the bizarre symptoms.

According to the Aioi police department, it was well known amongst the other students that the girl displayed “supernatural senses” and they believed she was to blame for the hospitalizations.

Some of the girls at Kamigori High took to Facebook and Twitter to air their concerns following the event.

“This doesn’t seem like simple hyperventilation,”fellow student Kaisei Yoshimura said. “There are a lot of suspicious rumors spreading around the internet. Wonder if they’re better off calling in an exorcist?”

The victims have since been released from the hospital and have shown no long term after effects. The girl accused of psychically attacking her fellow students has not responded to rumors about her alleged psychic abilities and authorities have not released her name to the public, although I suspect it might be Carrie.

What do you think happened at the prep-school? Did a Japanese “Carrie” show a display of psychic powers? Or was this simply a case of mass hysteria?

 


Prosecutors in Southern California will file a murder charge against the teenage half brother in the death of an 11-year-old boy who was the subject of an intense search.
Riverside County District Attorney spokesman John Hall said Friday that the 16-year-old suspect will make a court appearance Monday in juvenile court.

The Associated Press is not identifying the suspect because of his age.

Prosecutors are asking a judge to determine if the case should be transferred to adult court.

Terry Dewayne Smith Jr.’s body was found after a four day search Wednesday in a shallow grave under a tree behind the house he shared with his mother, half brother and other family.

A woman who told authorities she’d had visions led authorities to the body, a detective in the case said Thursday.

Riverside County Sheriff’s Detective John Powers told KFI-AM radio that Pam Ragland found the body matching the description of Smith.

Powers said Ragland called a tip line to say she was envisioning a location, and was invited to join the search.

Ragland and her children came to the house without knowing it was the boy’s, walked on to the property and right to the partially buried body, according to the detective.

Powers said he searched the area previously without seeing it. He said the situation is “extremely bizarre” and he’s “blown away.”

On Thursday, the bereaved father said he had been expecting his son to fly home this summer to live with him in West Virginia after two years with his mom in Southern California.

“All I want to do is get Terry Jr. back here because that was the last thing he told me on the phone,” said Smith Sr., a 62-year-old retired truck driver. “He wanted to come home.”

Initial reports from the mother, relayed by law enforcement, described Terry Jr. as an autistic boy who took special medication and answered only to his nickname, “JuJu.” His father, however, insisted that his son was not autistic.

The boy lived with him until 2011, when he went to live with his mother, and was a normal kid who loved video games and baseball, he said.

“He was a very bright, well-adjusted child, at least he was when he left here,” said Smith Sr. “He pushed buttons and would aggravate you. But, other than that, it was just the typical way … of a typical boy trying to get his way.”

Smith Sr. also helped raise the half brother accused in the case, he said. The teen moved from West Virginia to California after his mother abruptly pulled him out of school, he said.
“I taught him how to walk. I helped him when he was on the baseball team here,” he said, recalling that he called the half brother “little Spider-Man.”

A phone listing for the boy’s mother, Shawna Smith, was disconnected. Messages left at a second number associated with her address were not returned.

Investigators told Smith Sr. that Terry Jr. died after a hit to the head but declined to say more, citing a request from police who are still working the case.

 


Some of the oldest art in the United States maps humanity’s place in the cosmos, as aligned with an ancient religion.

A team of scientists has uncovered a series of engravings and drawings strategically placed in open air and within caves by prehistoric groups of Native American settlers that depict their cosmological understanding of the world around them.

To read the entire article with additional links and pictures click Here.

 


The European Space Agency’s Planck satellite has released the most detailed map of the universe ever created, refining estimates of the age of the universe and its composition, as well as showing some interesting anomalies that scientists can’t yet explain.

Launched in 2009, Planck has been gathering data on the cosmic background radiation, an extremely cold glow leftover from the Big Bang. This radiation corresponds to particles of light that were emitted just 380,000 years after the universe was born, when the first atoms were formed. At that time, the entire cosmos was filled with white-hot radiation of 2,700 degrees Celsius. Over the age of the universe, the radiation has cooled to just 2.7 degrees above absolute zero. It now comes almost uniformly from every area of the sky at once.

“Planck’s data delivers a remarkable abundance of riches,” said cosmologist Krzysztof Gorski, who works on the U.S. portion of the Planck mission, during a NASA press conference Thursday. “We are very excited about the results as Planck gives us a chance to peek into the unknown.”

Scientists can look at the light from this era to determine the basic characteristics of the universe. Planck’s data tells cosmologists that the universe is 13.8 billion years old, about 100 million years older than previously thought, and contains slightly more matter, both ordinary and dark, than previous data suggested. It was also apparently expanding slightly faster at earlier times and slightly slower at later times than previously thought.

“The detailed measurements of the basic properties of the universe are slightly changed, but the overall picture is evolutionary, not revolutionary,” wrote physicist Matt Strassler of Rutgers University in New Jersey on his blog, Of Particular Significance, adding that it will still take a while to sift through the data and uncover all its significant components.

The cosmic background radiation is extremely uniform, giving credence to a theory known as inflation, which posits that a tiny fraction of second after the Big Bang the universe suddenly expanded in size nearly 100 trillion times. But there are subtle variations, typically a 100 millionth of a degree, that correspond to quantum ripples in the very early universe just a trillionth of a trillionth of a second after the universe was born.

“The contrast is turned way up in this image,” said cosmologist Charles Lawrence, project scientist of the U.S. Planck mission, during the NASA press conference.

The variations are important because they represent small clumps where slightly more matter existed in the early universe. These subatomic clumps acted like little Katamari balls, drawing other matter from around them and becoming the seeds from which larger entities, such as stars and galaxies, grew.

Though they are uniform in general, there are unexplained anomalies in the ripples. The finding is a strange variation between two halves of the universe: The photons in one half of the sky are slightly hotter than in the other half. There is also a large and unexplained cold spot. This was a result seen in Planck’s cosmic-microwave-background-mapping precursor, the WMAP spacecraft, but Planck has now confirmed that it is real and not just a statistical fluke.

“A clear cut interpretation is lacking,” said Gorski, but it could require new ideas of how physics or the universe work.

In other ways, though, the new Planck data quashes hopes for bizarre new physics. The findings provide zero evidence for cosmic strings, which might be expected under string theory, and can say almost nothing about the multiverse — that is, universes beyond our own — because inflation would hide evidence of their existence. The findings also show no indication of a hypothetical fourth class of neutrino, which would act slightly differently than the three neutrinos we know about and could help explain certain anomalous findings in experiments on Earth.

To view the maps go to the following link:

 

Big Foot Expert Dr. Jeff Meldrum


He moves like a human. It’s just a man in a costume hidden by the grain of aged celluloid. There is no way that this hoax proves the existence of Bigfoot.

Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin’s 1967 footage, shot in Northern California, is not only easily the most reproduced footage of Bigfoot — it’s also the most attacked. Scientist after scientist has slowed down the motion and peeled back the layers to say that the creature on the tape provides no evidence for Bigfoot, Sasquatch, or any other variation of the hairy giant that has captured public imagination for centuries and, if ancient records are to be believed, terrorized them for millenia.

Dr. Jeff Meldrum, a Bigfoot specialist from Idaho State University who has appeared everywhere from the National Geographic Channel to NPR to the Syfy channel, explained his own findings Saturday at the Wilbur D. May Museum in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park during the museum’s “Creatures” exhibit.

Meldrum has trekked China, Russia and coast to coast of the United States to track down Bigfoot — and affirm the creature’s existence, which Meldrum said was long ago confirmed for him by footprint examinations, personal experiences and a distinct historical record. Native American legends feature creatures like Bigfoot as commonplace, but many famous American adventurers, including Theodore Roosevelt, also reference the beast in their journals.

“Lewis and Clark both wrote separately about a pass filled with fierce giants more akin to bears than people,” Meldrum said. “They described them as — get this — the men who wear no moccasins.”

The details contained in his footprint point to evolutionary characteristics that paint Bigfoot as something completely plausible — an unknown link in the evoltuonary chain between man and ape, according to Meldrum. He said footprints attributed to Bigfoot show an animal that does not step downward with its toes first like a human but with its entire foot in one sweeping motion.

“The weight is spread out across the entire surface, totally different from that of humans,” Meldrum said. “We’ve got a footprint replica from across the world that indicated the same species.”

And new technology is reopening even commonly dismissed evidence like Patterson and Gimlin’s famous footage, he said. By breaking down the red-green-blue color spectrum making up the more than 50-year-old video, the most crisp of the images can be sequestered and viewed on its own. Bigfoot’s fur and body have been written off as poor costume work by debunkers, but this fresh level of detail, Meldrum said, puts those naysayers to rest.

“Ask any costume designer what the hardest part is, and they’ll tell you the neck,” Meldrum said. “It is almost impossible to replicate the way that skin hangs from a human neck. Remember the Grinch? The hairs on his chin are there to block the fact that there’s no costume behind that.”

Clarified footage does repudiate claims that the hoax is the work of clever costume designers, Meldrum said. Even with the advances in costume design since 1967, it would still be almost impossible to make a suit that looks so realistic, he said. Scrupulous details — like massive neck muscles built to support the massive weight of the creature’s face that spread from Bigfoot’s back over the top of his skull — seem much too intuitive for mere hoaxers, he said. Even more convincing is the tendon now visibly protuding from the back of Bigfoot’s legs as he steps, according to Meldrum.

“That kind of detail doesn’t show up in a costume,” he said. “This is skin over muscle and skeletal mass.”

Further scientific discoveries about the process of evolution have also challenged some of the debunker’s arguments. New Scientist recently published answers to a question hypothesizing the existence of hominid creatures, a step that Meldrum said he believes is the first in a series of many toward broader accpetance in a scientific community that he said still largely ostricizes Bigfoot researchers. Modern discoveries may hold the potential to prove the existence of these half-beast, half-man creatures, he said.

“At the time (of the footage), to have such a chimera of gorilla and man was impossible,” Meldrum said. “As history has shown us, nature doesn’t always take the straight path.”

 


Some of you may know that Jeremy Wade’s successful TV series “River Monsters” has its season finale coming up and the Loch Ness Monster is the subject of the very last episode. It is fitting that on this 80th anniversary of the modern era of Nessie, Jeremy should select the greatest of all water monsters as his closing theme.

I don’t know where the episode production has reached, but if he did succeed in catching the Loch Ness Monster, it will be pretty difficult to keep that under wraps until it airs on May 27th. In fact, eighty years of monster hunting suggests it will be a bit of a stretch to expect Jeremy to land the ultimate River Monster. I believe I know what type of animal he will suggest as an identity for the creature but there is no point in spoiling it for the rest of you and doubtless I will review the episode after it airs.

But the topic here is catching the Loch Ness Monster and that is a real arena for speculation and the final proof that science demands.

Ever since this beast became news in 1933, various attempts have been made to capture it. The first attempts were pretty much of the angling variety as a big hook and a big piece of bait were seen as the obvious way to capture a large water beast. We read this from the Inverness Courier of the 30th May 1933, a mere four weeks after the Mackay sighting which sparked the modern Nessie era:

Loch Ness Monster – an attempt to catch the monster was made at Foyers. A sealed barrel to which was attached 60 yards of strong wire with strong hooks baited with dogfish & skate was put out on the loch. The attempt was unsuccessful …

After this, there was not much improvement in the technique, though the circus owner, Bertram Mills, was confident enough to erect a cage in anticipation of a capture carrying a £20,000 reward which was never claimed. It seemed people were content to concentrate on the gathering of more indirect evidence via film and photography.

It wasn’t until after the Dinsdale film, that forces began to gather and organise in the form of the Loch Ness Investigation Bureau and various other expeditions. A few groups would claim to come armed to the teeth and take out the monster with machine guns and explosives, but others would attempt a more thoughtful approach.

However, it has to be said that talk about capturing the creature remained mainly talk rather than action. Roy Mackal had his biopsy dart which it could be argued would “capture” a piece of the monster but this idea did not take off when its host submarine, the Viperfish, never really got going. One or two smaller conical nets were employed which were 6ft high by 5ft across which barely qualified as monster traps and again nothing was captured. It has to be said though that bigger nets were planned but the Bureau was disbanded in 1972 before any such project got off the ground.

But the Big Kahuna of monster traps was finally employed in 1984. It was the brainchild of the Vladivar Vodka company who saw this as a nice bit of publicity with the Loch Ness Project involved in the deployment of a 60ft by 20ft tube made of fibreglass and plastic. It was lowered into 30 metres of water for a month off the Horseshoe Scree with a suitable amount of fish bait inside.

As you may have guessed, nothing was captured again and it is a matter of debate whether it could have held a 30ft-40ft monster thrashing about inside it. Nevertheless, a trashed cage being lifted out of the loch would have generated no small amount of excitement itself. (You can read more about the Vladivar net and the LNIB attempts at this link).

So the short history of Nessie traps comes to an end. In total, it seems a meagre harvest of attempts to acquire the ultimate proof that scientists demand. In fact, it seems that future attempts would be strangled by red tape and conservation concerns. Fears of harming the local wildlife, introducing foreign species and obstructing the loch as part of the Caledonian canal waterway all but guarantee that there is little prospect of employing these techniques. It also seems that dredging the loch bottom for Nessie carcasses is a non-starter as the sediment at the bottom is regarded as a valuable store of natural history via core samples.

So it seems we have a paradox here. Scientists want a live or dead specimen to confirm the creature’s existence but scientists don’t want to do that in case of environmental damage! Now you know how to reply when they again demand proof.

So where does that leave us? Must we wait for a carcass to drift ashore by natural means? The truth of the matter is that there has never been a serious attempt to capture the Loch Ness Monster. The critics think it is a waste of time and money, the tourist board don’t want their prize asset removed from the loch and the environmentalists don’t want a blade of grass touched.

Ecological studies of the pelagic area of the loch (in the open water just below the surface) suggest it is not a place for monsters to waste their energy swimming about. In that light, the Vladivar net was probably in the wrong place, though if it was still there 30 years on, one would have an expectation of some Nessie “event” by now. The other consideration is that at 30m down, the total loch volume to that depth is just over 1.5 billion cubic metres. The net occupied about 560 cubic metres and so there was a 1 in 2.7 million chance that the Loch Ness Monster would hit this net first time. The odds go down if a herd of such creatures are constantly swimming around the loch down to 30m for a month.

One creature a metre wide travelling continuously at 5km per hour for 5 hours a day over 30 days will cover a volume trail of about 0.6 million cubic metres. Ten will cover 6 million cubic metres and we assume no overlapping of previous trails. This is 1/240th of the loch volume in question so we give Vladivar a 1 in 250 chance of succeeding which suggests the net had to stay in place for 20 years. In reality, it would be much higher because the creatures do not swim continuously in open water but rather stick to the sides and bottom of the loch.

So how do you catch the Loch Ness Monster without breaking health and safety regulations? I would suggest placing a long net along the bottom of the loch about two metres high. At this depth there is minimal chance of a seal being netted and the net should be big enough to allow fish through. When something is snared in the net which exerts a suitable amount of force equivalent to a one or two tonne creature then a mechanism should automatically raise the net to a predetermined spot (the Vladivar net had a similar principle). Cameras trained along the length of the net can transmit back video pictures, though visibility would be limited due to peat suspension and silt clouds being thrown up as the creature struggled.

There would be obvious technical issues. You can’t just raise a net to the surface without endangering boats and wildlife further up the water column. The net would need to be of a suitable design for that depth and time spent under the water (years). A group of trained personnel would need to be on standby for an event which may never come yet must act as if it could happen tomorrow. And then there is the final issue of making sure the creature itself is not brought to serious harm.

As you can see, there is some serious planning but though one may get this past the authorities (and I would never assume that is a given) the ultimate obstacle is money. The big net of 1984 was funded by a large private company and the search for Nessie has always relied on private individuals and companies donating funds to research. It is unlikely that such funds would ever be forthcoming unless there is a shift in perception about the reality of the Loch Ness Monster. There was that perception in 1984 but not in 2013 thanks to the armies of sceptics that flock around the subject.

We can but live in hope.

 


A team of scientists can verify that their 5-year long DNA study, currently under peer-review, confirms the existence of a novel hominin hybrid species, commonly called “Bigfoot” or “Sasquatch,” living in North America. Researchers’ extensive DNA sequencing suggests that the legendary Sasquatch is a human relative that arose approximately 15,000 years ago as a hybrid cross of modern Homo sapiens with an unknown primate species.

The study was conducted by a team of experts in genetics, forensics, imaging and pathology, led by Dr. Melba S. Ketchum of Nacogdoches, TX. In response to recent interest in the study, Dr. Ketchum can confirm that her team has sequenced 3 complete Sasquatch nuclear genomes and determined the species is a human hybrid:

“Our study has sequenced 20 whole mitochondrial genomes and utilized next generation sequencing to obtain 3 whole nuclear genomes from purported Sasquatch samples. The genome sequencing shows that Sasquatch mtDNA is identical to modern Homo sapiens, but Sasquatch nuDNA is a novel, unknown hominin related to Homo sapiens and other primate species. Our data indicate that the North American Sasquatch is a hybrid species, the result of males of an unknown hominin species crossing with female Homo sapiens.

Hominins are members of the taxonomic grouping Hominini, which includes all members of the genus Homo. Genetic testing has already ruled out Homo neanderthalis and the Denisova hominin as contributors to Sasquatch mtDNA or nuDNA. “The male progenitor that contributed the unknown sequence to this hybrid is unique as its DNA is more distantly removed from humans than other recently discovered hominins like the Denisovan individual,” explains Ketchum.

“Sasquatch nuclear DNA is incredibly novel and not at all what we had expected. While it has human nuclear DNA within its genome, there are also distinctly non-human, non-archaic hominin, and non-ape sequences. We describe it as a mosaic of human and novel non-human sequence. Further study is needed and is ongoing to better characterize and understand Sasquatch nuclear DNA.”

Ketchum is a veterinarian whose professional experience includes 27 years of research in genetics, including forensics. Early in her career she also practiced veterinary medicine, and she has previously been published as a participant in mapping the equine genome. She began testing the DNA of purported Sasquatch hair samples 5 years ago.

Ketchum calls on public officials and law enforcement to immediately recognize the Sasquatch as an indigenous people:

“Genetically, the Sasquatch are a human hybrid with unambiguously modern human maternal ancestry. Government at all levels must recognize them as an indigenous people and immediately protect their human and Constitutional rights against those who would see in their physical and cultural differences a ‘license’ to hunt, trap, or kill them.”

Full details of the study will be presented in the near future when the study manuscript publishes.

 

Was a Big Foot Spotted in Tunbridge Wells


It is an historic and quaint ‘middle England’ town which doesn’t really like creating a scene. But if the reports of one terrified walker are to be believed, the residents of Royal Tunbridge Wells could have a giant Bigfoot-like creature in their midst.

A man walking in the woods beside the town’s common claims to have spotted an 8ft tall beast with demonic red eyes and long arms. According to The Sun, the ape-like creature, which looked like America’s legendary Bigfoot, roared at the walker, who immediately ran off in fear. Over the past six months there have been a number of sightings of a mysterious beast.

Locals in the Kent town have mixed opinions about the claims – with some believing it could be a joker wearing a fancy dress costume. Sightings in the town go back decades. The Kentish Apeman was first spotted on the town’s common during World War Two 70 years ago. A man called ‘Graham S’ told a story of how an elderly couple saw it in 1942. Writing for the community website Tunbridge Wells People, he said: ‘They were siting on a bench when they became aware of a shuffling noise behind them. ‘Upon turning around they saw a tall, ape-like creature with eyes that were burning red moving slowly towards them. They both fled – terrified.’

Bigfoot was the name given to an ape-like creature which many people believed inhabited forests in the northwest region of the U.S. The man was walking in the woods beside the town’s common (highlighted) claims to have spotted an 8ft tall beast with demonic red eyes and long arms. Scientists however do not believe it is a real animal and say rumours of its existence have come from folklore and hoax. Royal Tunbridge Wells is located in west Kent about 40 miles from London. It has a population of about 56,500 and is popular with tourists.

 


We may finally have proof that there are aliens among us.

Using a complicated system unknown to us humans, aliens appear to have managed to beam their image onto the spectacular Northern Lights sky.

The photographer was shocked on his return home to see the image of the green faced alien in his pictures of the aurora Northern Lights.

Landscape photographer Iurie Belegurschi captured the image by accident in the Reykjanes peninsula of Iceland.

On a clear night on September 8, Belegurschi stayed up all night and waited to watch the aurora Northern Lights dance in the sky.

He said: “I didn’t see the alien face during shooting, but when I came home I checked my photographs on the computer and I saw it! It’s unbelievable, I couldn’t believe my eyes.”

“I can’t describe with words what I feel when I see the Northern lights, but in my opinion it is the most amazing phenomenon we can witness.

“I wish everybody could see it at least once in their life.”

But don’t expect to see aliens if you do venture out to the remote area.

Self-taught Iurie moved to Iceland in 2006 to follow his biggest passion, the Northern Lights.

He is now waiting for the solar max in 2013-2014 to capture more aurora activity – with or without aliens.

 

Leonid Meteor Shower this Weekend


Stargazers, get psyched: The Leonid meteor shower is expected to peak late Friday night and continue through the weekend.

If you can find a clear, dark spot where the starry night sky is visible, you can expect to see as many as 15 to 20 shooting stars per hour.

The Leonid meteor shower takes place each November as the Earth passes through a ring of rocky debris left by the comet Tempel-Tuttle.

The number of shooting stars we get to see down here is determined by what part of the comet’s orbit we pass through on any given year. In 1996, a pass through a really rocky part of the comet’s orbit led to a meteor storm of up to 1,000 per hour.

The 15 to 20 meteors per hour expected this year is considered average for the Leonids.

If you live in a city like Los Angeles, where light pollution makes it difficult to see any stars at all, you’ve got a few options for catching this annual meteor shower.

You could head out to the desert or up into the mountains to get away from the city lights.

However, here in the West, cloudy skies may make the Leonids difficult to view.

Your best bet may be to watch the shower online with thousands of other virtual stargazers. NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center has set up a live Ustream feed of the view from a telescope turned to the skies over Huntsville, Ala. It will be running through Tuesday.

Watching a celestial event on a computer screen doesn’t have the same magic as lying on your back in the dark of night and watching directly, but it does let you participate in a global stargazing experience without leaving the comfort of your own light-polluted town.

 




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