21 jul. 2017

TEPCO Plans on Dumping 777,000 tons of Contaminated Water into the Ocean

Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has announced that they plan dump 777,000 tons of tritium-contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean, as part of their multi-billion dollar recovery efforts at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The total amount of radioactive material involved would be approximately 115 times the annual safety limit for this type of discharge. The move has yet to be approved by the Japanese government, although TEPCO says that they still plan to go ahead with the decision.

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Stories From a Life 15: An Encounter and a Hard, Powerful Lesson

Whitley follows on his description of his May 7 missing time experience with a narrative of the past few weeks of his life, which have been filled with intense lessons and involved two encounters, one with one of the short, dark blue figures that call themselves "soultechs" and another with a person--a boy of about 12--who seems to have been from a parallel universe.

As always, unique, a bit unnerving and completely fascinating!

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Infininte Awareness: A Neurologist Finds Her Soul

July 21, 2017
Dr. Marjorie Hines Woollacott is a leading neuroscientist with many important papers to her name. She has also had an experience of awakening when touched between the eyes by Siddah Yoga founder Swami Mukdananda. 

In this inspiring edition of Dreamland, she explains why she does not accept the mainstream belief among neuroscientists that the brain generates consciousness, but rather feels that consciousness is a much larger, older reality that lies outside of our bodies, in which we participate through the transceiver of the brain.

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Spain: Ministry of Defense Investigated at Least 8 UFO Cases in 70s-80s

Source: Planeta UFO and Alicante Press
Date: July 21, 2017

Spain: Ministry of Defense Investigated at Least 8 UFO Cases in 70s-80s

The Ministry of Defense was aware of at least eight strange phenomena in Alicante's airspace during the 1970s and 1980s. These cases were part of the Spanish Air Force's (Ejército del Aire) UFO Files. Today, 80 of those files, which include the events at Aitana, may be freely perused in the Ministry of Defense's website.

The first UFO incident linked to the Escuadron de Vigilancia Aérea (Air Surveillance Squadron, EVA) in Aitana was dated July 28, 1975. A number of non-commissioned officers witnessed an object performing a fly-over of the EVA military facilities at 05:30 hours. The report discloses that shortly before the sighting, the radar had picked up a 'motionless echo' over the sea.

On February 6, 1979 at 21:17 hours, EVA 5 picked up radar echoes over the sea. At that very same time, the fuel ship Tamames' witnessed 'multiple lights'. The Ejercito del Aire's report indicates this could have been a 'parachuting' exercise. A month later, on March 13, 1979, the Aitana Base's radar picked up an 'unknown echo' heading toward the Iberian Peninsula. The Defense Ministry then scrambled a Mirage III fighter out of the Manises Base to find out what was taking place in Spanish airspace. There would be another scramble months later, this time from the Los Llanos airbase in Albacete. Captain Fernando Cámara took off in his Mirage F1 searching for lights reported by the pilot of a TAE Airlines flight from Mallorca to Tenerife, seen over the city of Valencia. The date was November 11, 1979 and it would become known as the Manises Incident, the most significant one in Spanish ufology.

Another of Ministry of Defense file that has been digitized and is available for review concerns an incident that took place on April 26, 1986. An object was seen plummeting into the sea into the waters near Benidorm at 18:00 from the Sierra de Aitana's EVA 5 facility. The Guardia Civil (state police) was advised and the military did not pursue the investigation. The last UFO case recorded by the EVA 5 facility took place on July 26, 1986 when radar picked up an unknown echo on the Baleares-Cádiz route.

Among the declassified documents now available to the public we also find the letter written by a resident of Alicante on June 25, 1981 to the Spanish Air Force, advising it of a UFO sighting from the terrace at his place of residence. The citizen attached drawings of the alleged object to his letter, showing a boomerang-shaped object. Another of the Ejército del Aire's digitized files concerns the sighting of "strange phenomena" during Iberia Flight 435 from Palma to Madrid on February 25, 1969.

The story concerning these recently scanned documents begins in 1991, when the Ministry of Defense engaged in a document declassification process involving sightings of strange phenomena (the "UFO Files) with a view toward analyzing them and if necessary, to lower their classification level and make them available to the public. The declassification request was issued by Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos, who had presented the report entitled "El fenómeno OVNI y el Ejército del Aire" to the Air Force high command. In 1992, the Intelligence Sector of the Mando Operativo Aéreo (Operational Air Command - MOA) kicked off the declassification process, a task entrusted to Lt. Col. Angel Bastida. A physical copy of the files was deposited with the Ejército del Aire's Central Library at the Madrid Headquarters, and it is the scanned version of this copy that is now freely available to the citizenry.

[Translation (c) 2017 Scott Corrales, IHU with thanks to Guillermo Giménez and Alicante Press]

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Spain: UFO Sighting in Alicante

Source: PLANETA UFO and Grupo Investigación Insólita
Date: 04/30/2017

Spain: UFO Sighting in Alicante

Spain's Grupo de Investigación Insólita has circulated photographs taken on 30 April 2017 by an unnamed witness. The text, written by "Miguel Angel" (no surname given) indicates the witness in question was asleep and upon waking, saw it was daylight. Looking through her bedroom window, she saw strange object "only a few meters away from her window". Reaching for her Canon camera, she took the following shots.

Our thanks to Guillermo Giménez and "Miguel Angel" for providing us these images!

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Australia Inhabited for at Least 65,000 Years, 20,000 Longer than Originally Assumed

The revised dating and uncovering of new artifacts from an archaeological site in Australia's Arnhem Land has prompted archaeologists to revise theories as to when the ancestors of present-day Aboriginies first settled in what we now call Australia, pushing that date back by 20,000 years to a point in time 65,000 years ago. This revised timeline also implies that modern humans may have begun the colonization of Asia much earlier than previously assumed.

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20 jul. 2017

La Vía Láctea podría albergar 100.000 millones de enanas marrones

Las enanas marrones no contienen masa suficiente para comenzar la fusión de hidrógeno, lo que impide su evolución como estrellas. Un estudio, en el que participa el Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, apunta a que la Vía Láctea podría contener entre 25.000 y 100.000 millones de estos objetos subestelares.
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La atmósfera de los planetas de TRAPPIST-1 podría haber sido destruida

Los siete exoplanetas que giran alrededor de la estrella enana y fría TRAPPIST-1 parecen no ser tan propicios para albergar vida como se creía. Dos nuevos estudios del Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics indican que la radiación intensa procedente del astro situado a 40 años luz habría arrasado las atmósferas de estos mundos rocosos.
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Las atmósferas de los planetas de TRAPPIST-1 podrían haber sido destruidas

Los siete exoplanetas que giran alrededor de esa estrella enana y fría TRAPPIST-1 parecen no ser tan propicios para albergar vida como se creía. Dos nuevos estudios del Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics indican que la radiación intensa procedente de la estrella habría arrasado las atmósferas de estos mundos rocosos.
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Amazing DNA Breakthrough Means Incredible Computers Ahead

Researchers at Harvard University have recorded the first digital movie recording in the DNA of bacteria, including having successfully retrieved the recording for playback.

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Bizarro Muppet Show

Wednesday July 19, 2017
Ghosts waving, "Hi." UFOs that respond to thought. Grays floating in air. A lifetime full of... a town full of... experiencers. But for one man it all started with a childhood illness. And an otherworldly Muppet Show. 

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Hoax-Hum...Yet Again

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Lest this clever hoax go viral as the real thing, take a look at this sequence of videos, then at the revelation at the bottom that they were all posted by graphics experts. It's a PR campaign of some kind, or maybe just a little midsummer madness.

To read the full tweetstorm, click here.

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19 jul. 2017

Astronomers find the Galaxy's Smallest Star

Astronomers have discovered what is now the smallest known star in the galaxy, in a system roughly 600 light-years from Earth. Part of a trinary star system, the smaller of the pair, EBLM J0555-57Ab, is estimated to only be 8 percent of the mass of our own Sun, in a compact package no bigger than Saturn.

This itty-bitty sun may represent the smallest size that a star can be: to sustain the hydrogen fusion process that provides a star's energy, the gases within must be brought to a high pressure and temperature, meaning that there needs to be enough mass present in the star to provide these conditions.

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18 jul. 2017

A New Study Underscores the Cognitive Ability of Ravens -- and raises the Question of Parallel Evolution in Intelligence

In the entirety of the animal kingdom, humanity has never held a monopoly on intelligence: considering that the concept of intelligence boils down to the ability to gather and usefully process information, this means that virtually all creatures possess at least some degree of intelligence. Humans tend to stand apart in this regard, due to the degree that our capacities have developed to, but even then many of these cognitive traits are shared with some of our non-human brethren: great apes such as chimpanzees are adept tool-users, prairie dogs have a sophisticated vocabulary, and octopuses have excellent problem solving skills.

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17 jul. 2017

Curiosidad a la luz de las velas

Joseph Wright de Derby concibió dos obras que me asombran desde que era pequeño. Cierto es que este pintor, que alumbró con sus juegos de luces y sombras las estampas del comienzo de la revolución industrial en Inglaterra, presentaba ciertos problemas técnicos en algunas de sus obras (o eso dicen los muy puristas de la pintura), pero eso nunca me ha importado lo más mínimo. Veamos, recuerdo que, cuando era niño, en uno de los volúmenes de una enciclopedia de Historia Universal, en concreto el dedicado a la Europa del siglo XVIII, aparecían a todo color, aunque un poco pequeñas, estas dos obras que hoy me ocupan. Con el tiempo pude tener dos láminas de ellas con el tamaño adecuado, pero la fascinación no hizo más que crecer al contemplarlas, pues los detalles y el juego de luces queda realmente impresionante cuando lo ves en grande.

Veamos, lo que me impresionaba por entonces de estas composiciones era la atmósfera. Aparecían niños, algo que me llamaba la atención, todo parecía emanar un ambiente de misterio y de descubrimiento, de curiosidad en definitiva. Y, realmente, eso era lo que había. Se trata de dos representaciones de veladas “científicas”, muy propias de la época y el lugar. Los aristócratas y burgueses eran muy dados a las demostraciones de la nueva ciencia, todo estaba por descubrir, un mundo lleno de posibilidades se encontraba ante ellos, y no les faltaba la razón. La luz, la electricidad, el aire, el vacío… todo era novedoso y había que descubrir qué se hallaba tras el velo de misterio de la realidad. Por eso, en medio de la pasión por el progreso industrial, las celebraciones de la ciencia a la luz de las velas se hicieron muy populares.

Veamos el primero de los ejemplos: Experimento con un pájaro en una bomba de aire (An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump), obra de Joseph Wright datada en 1768. Se trata de un óleo sobre lienzo que puede contemplarse hoy día en la National Gallery. La escena está llena de fuerza y fascinación. Wright realizó una serie de estudios similares, siempre en penumbra, iluminados por velas, que representaban lo que más le atraía: las demostraciones científicas. Era un apasionado de las nuevas industrias y de la ciencia y, por ello, quiso inmortalizarlo en sus obras. Le llamaron de todo, claro está, porque la temática chocó mucho a sus contemporáneos, y eso le hizo único, dado que apenas nadie quiso imitar ni el estilo ni las temáticas, que tanto se alejaban de lo convencional por entonces (pincha en la imagen para ver la obra en grande).

La genialidad de Wright, a pesar de las críticas por haber elegido temas poco “clásicos”, le ofreció fama al instante. No hay nada como llamar la atención, sobre todo si se hace de marea sublime, como es el caso. Ahí tenemos al proto-científico, mirando al espectador, ofreciendo una demostración de una campana de vacío, un ingenio a modo de bomba de aire en modelo basado en el de Robert Boyle. El pájaro cae ante la falta de aire, el vacío se hace presente y asombra a los presentes. En la Wikipedia hay un artículo muy amplio y bastante bueno sobre los detalles del cuatro y su técnica, por lo que no viene al caso repetir aquí esas cuestiones. Lo que quiero es invitar al lector a sentir la fascinación, la curiosidad, aquello que me llamó la atención de pequeño. Estamos ante la representación visual de toda una época, cuando todo estaba por descubrir. Tenemos ahí a los niños preocupados por el destino fatal del pájaro (quién sabe, igual abrieron la válvula antes de que pereciera la cacatúa, ave muy exótica para el lugar y la época). La luz de la Luna se cuela entre cortinas, quién sabe si como premonición de que lo sería la Sociedad Lunar de Birmingham. Lo dicho, invito al lector a olvidar estas letras y que pinche en la imagen, hay que ver el cuadro a pantalla completa, descubriendo las miradas, los detalles. Esta obra resume toda una época y un modo de ver el mundo.

Dos años antes, en 1766, Wright había creado una obra precursora de este estilo y temática. Invito igualmente a contemplar el cuadro titulado Un filósofo da una lección sobre el planetario de mesa (A Philosopher Lecturing on the Orrery), pinchando sobre la imagen para ver todo su esplendor. Este cuadro no me fascinaba de pequeño tanto como el anterior, pero hoy día me atrae incluso más, posiblemente por el tema astronómico, quién sabe. En todo caso, es otra obra maestra que resume toda una época. Merece la pena detenerse unos minutos ante estas dos geniales composiciones y contemplar su mundo interior.

Muchos años más tarde conocí otra obra que también me ha fascinado y es una de mis favoritas de la época, pero cuenta otro tipo de historia que dejo para otra ocasión…

El alquimista descubriendo el fósforo

“El alquimista descubriendo el fósforo”, o “El alquimista en busca de la piedra filosofal”, obra de Joseph Wright, 1771.

Curiosidad a la luz de las velas apareció originalmente en Tecnología Obsoleta, 17 Julio 2017.

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15 jul. 2017

A Proposal has been made to form a Space Corps for the United States Military

A congressional committee has proposed that a new branch of the military be formed, called the United States Space Corps. As proposed in the National Defense Authorization Act for 2018, this would be the first new branch added since the formation of the United States Air Force in 1947. The USSC would be subordinate to the Department of the Air Force, much in the way the United States Marine Corps is part of the Department of the Navy.

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14 jul. 2017

Nuevo nanotransportador de moléculas biológicas

Investigadores de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid han desarrollado un material de la familia de los polímeros de coordinación que podría ser utilizado como un nanotransportador, con interesantes aplicaciones biológicas. En concreto, han conseguido que el cobre Cu2+ enlace con timinas para dar lugar a uno de estos polímeros.
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Bioplásticos con limoneno y sin bisfenol A

Científicos del Instituto Catalán de Investigación Química han sintetizado nuevos policarbonatos a partir de CO2 y limoneno, una sustancia que se extrae de las cáscaras de los cítricos. La novedad es que el producto está libre de bisfenol A, un potencial carcinógeno.
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Arranca el experimento ANAIS para buscar materia oscura bajo los Pirineos

En las profundidades del Laboratorio Subterráneo de Canfranc (Huesca) un equipo de científicos de la Universidad de Zaragoza ha puesto en marcha el proyecto ANAIS para investigar la misteriosa materia oscura del universo. Mediante detectores de ioduro de sodio ultrapuro intentarán confirmar una señal registrada por otro laboratorio italiano relacionada con partículas WIMP. 
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13 jul. 2017

Antarctica's Larsen-C Ice Shelf has Calved Off the World's Third Largest Iceberg

A Delaware-sized portion of Antarctica's forth-largest ice shelf calved off, sometime between July 10th and 12th, following the rapid propagation of a 127 kilometer (79 mile) long crack running through the sheet. The resulting iceberg is over 200 meters (656 feet) thick, and covers roughly 6,000 square kilometers (Delaware itself is only 5,130 square kilometers (1,982 square miles). This will likely place it as the third-largest known iceberg in modern history.

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La NASA ofrece las mejores imágenes de la Gran Mancha Roja de Júpiter

Este lunes la sonda Juno de la NASA sobrevoló la Gran Mancha Roja, una gigantesca tormenta del tamaño de la Tierra que azota la superficie de Júpiter. Ahora la agencia espacial estadounidense distribuye las imágenes que captó la nave para que cualquier usuario pueda utilizarlas y compartirlas por internet.
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Local Villagers Witness Methane Explosions on the Siberian Tundra

A new crater has been blasted into the Siberian tundra by the violent release of a massive pocket of methane gas that had accumulated beneath the surface of the earth. While the massive 165-foot hole is not the first to have been found to have been formed in this manner, it is one of the first to have a witness to the explosion that created it.

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12 jul. 2017

Los experimentos del LHC presentan sus nuevos resultados

La desintegración del bosón de Higgs en dos quarks botton o en dos leptones taus, la mejor medida del llamado ángulo de mezcla débil, la primera evidencia de un extraño proceso de interacción débil y datos inéditos en la búsqueda de materia oscura. Estos son los últimos resultados del LHC presentados en Venecia durante la última Conferencia Internacional de Física de Altas Energías.
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Mexico: Strange Object in the Skies Over Puebla

Source: PLANETA UFO and El Sol de Mexico
Date: 07.12.2017

Mexico: Strange Object in the Skies Over Puebla

PUEBLA - A strange object was seen over ver Quecholac which has caused consternation among the locals, who claim it is a UFO.

A black circle appeared among the clouds, immediately attracting attention. However, an even larger shape appeared in the distance.

It was a cloudy afternoon in Quecholac, Puebla when the object was recorded. Its nature has not yet been determined.

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Sea Level Rise -- and its Acceleration -- is Worse than we Thought

A new study published in the journal Nature has illustrated that the global rise in sea levels is worse than originally anticipated, and the rate of increase is accelerating. Between 1993 and 2014, the rate of increase jumped by 50 percent, with the average rise in 1993 being 2.2 millimeters (0.87 inches), and 2014 showing a rise of 3.3 millimeters (0.13 inches). This study follows an earlier paper that found that sea level increases are now nearly triple that of their pre-1990 levels.

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11 jul. 2017

Nuevo espaldarazo a la hipótesis del Planeta Nueve

El año pasado se anunció la existencia de un planeta desconocido en nuestro sistema solar, pero después esta hipótesis se ha puesto en entredicho al detectarse sesgos en los datos observacionales. Ahora astrónomos españoles han utilizado una novedosa técnica para analizar las órbitas de los llamados objetos transneptunianos extremos (ETNO) y vuelven a insistir en que algo los perturba: un planeta situado a entre 300 y 400 veces nuestra distancia al Sol.
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10 jul. 2017

Argentina: The Saucers of July 1947

Argentina: The Saucers of July 1947

Luis Burgos has posted a newspaper item from that very first "summer of saucers" in 1947 that will be of interest to INEXPLICATA's readers.

The article appeared in the LA PLATA newspaper Saturday, July 12, 1947 on Page 5 with the headline: IRRADIANDO VIOLACEA LUZ APARECIO EL PLATO - a florid, passive voice way of saying: "The saucer appeared irradiating a violet light" followed by the subheading "La Plata Tiene la Primicia Sudamericana de Haber Observado Nítidamente el Fenómeno" (La Plata occupies the foremost place in South America in observing the phenomenon clearly).

It then goes on to say that before disappearing altogether, the object landed on an orange tree at the corner of 56th and 25th streets in the city of La Plata. "This quiet neighborhood has been shocked by the manifestation of an alleged 'flying saucer' over an orange tree. The phenomenon witnessed last night by a group of local residents gave rise to numerous conjectures, and with our innate sense of humor, also brought up a series of jokes which served to allay the disquiet. Last night's cold, the lack of coal, the lack of food and other matters of household necessity soon relegated the phenomenon to a secondary level. Nonetheless, its scientific importance is extraordinary.

The saucer's violet irradiation and its sudden disappearance 15 minutes after its initial manifestation represented a magic show on a winter night, enough to bundle a conjecture, as it was not easy to bundle up any other possibilities at zero degrees: We are living amid the infernal music of a century that will end up by saying that we are the result of a vulgar chemical formula!

The article goes on to discuss "saucers and cylinders in Europe", mentioning sightings over Milan, and "saucers and more saucers in Chile", stating that disc-shaped objects had flown over Santiago de Chile the previous evening at an altitude of a thousand meters (3200 feet) at speeds in excess of 1500 kilometers per hour (930 mph).

Mr. Burgos makes the following comment in his blog, http://ift.tt/2tGI55S:

The Birth of a New era - On June 24, 1947, when those nine flying objects looking more 'like boomerangs than saucers' crossed the path of Kenneth Arnold's private plane as he flew over Mount Rainier in Washington state, not even the best-known science fiction writer would have supposed that the world would witness Mankind's greatest technological enigma. Not even Nolan Skif, the journalist who coined the term FLYING SAUCER. The contemporary era of what we have come to know as the UFO phenomenon had been born. Since then, the news spread like wildfire throughout the world and days later the first saucers were being seen in South America. The first location visited was apparently San Pablo, Brazil, on the 8th of July, followed by our own sighting on the 10th and by Santiago de Chile the same night. Three days later, on Sunday the 13th, the phenomenon reappeared across the Andes, in Osorno. By that time, Roswell having occurred, there were even reports of a landing in the yard of a home in Hollywood, California, belonging to engineer Russell Long. It involved a smoking metal disk, similar to a tray measuring sixty five centimeters in diameter.

The Argentinean Flap - With the news of the La Plata 'flying saucer', other locations became the scene for a veritable 'mini-flap' of sightings, if we take into consideration the time, the population density and the delay in communication. In this order of business, the transit of unknown craft was reported through the month of July:

Tuesday the 15th in CAPITAL FEDERAL: Luminous object falls in Puerto Nuevo.
Friday the 18th in BALCARCE, Buenos Aires: A fleet of 7 objects flying in formation at 06:08 hs.
That same day in GENERAL ROCA, Rio Negro: 6 objects seen three hours later, in the rain.
Sunday the 20th in ESTACION ROCHA near OLAVARRIA: A zig-zagging disk at 17:00 hs.
Monday the 21st in TARTAGAL, Salta: Two objects exploded in mid-air with a thunderous report.
Tuesday the 22nd in ROSARIO, Santa Fe: Zig-zagging white object at 20:50 hs.
That same night in OCLAYAS, Jujuy: Saucer fleet fly-over.
Wednesday the 23rd in BAHIA BLANCA, Buenos Aires: Strange flying object at 21:00 hs.
That same night in CAPITAL FEDERAL: A mysterious luminous object seen at 22:30 hs.
Thursday the 24th in PEHUAJO, Buenos Aires: A bizarre object flying at low altitude in the evening.
That same night in BAHIA BLANCA: A fleet of 3 objects flying a straight line, making a whistling sound.
Saturday the 26th in MAR DEL PLATA: A luminous object over the sea at 21:30 hs.
Monday the 28th in SAN MARTIN, Mendoza: A strange light maneuvering at 07:45 hs.

These fourteen "post-Arnold" sightings throughout the month of July, reported in the press of the time, added to similar cases throughout the year, represented the FIRST ARGENTINEAN UFO WAVE which would repeat regularly ever three and four years in subsequent decades: 1947 – 1950 – 1954- 1958/59 – 1962- 1965- 1968- etc. according tour our exclusive UFO Database of 5500 cases from 1947 to the present.

The Night of July 10th - The fact of all this is that residents of La Plata's Vucetich Park (now San Martin Park) observed the maneuvers of a strange, spherical flying object that cold Thursday evening from the intersection of 25th and 56th streets. It put forth a reddish and purplish light for some fifteen minutes and even paused over an orange tree before heading westward. It is significant that the witnesses themselves dismissed the likelihood of the object having been a balloon, on account of its movements, or a fireball, on account of its duration. Some made light of the phenomenon while others could not conceal their amazement.

The naysaying facet of the phenomenon was also present, as tends to occur in these cases. The minute flying saucers were mentioned, Captain Guillermo Wallbrecher, director of the local observatory, was moved to say: "What was seen could be a device from some foreign power or if not, a mass hysteria event due to war tensions." Seventy years have gone by and nothing has changed. It wouldn't be at all unreasonable to suppose that many astronomers keep a photo of Captain Wallbrecher by their bedside tables.

[Translation (c) 2017 S. Corrales, IHU]

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Argentina: A CE-2 in Derqui (1981)

Source: Planeta UFO and El Litoral (Argentina)
Date: 07.10.2017
An article by Francisco Villagrán

Argentina: A CE-2 in Derqui (1981)

The event took place in a community close to the capital, where the descent of a strange luminous object in a manioc field left the soil burned out and crystalized, burning a few plants as well. An amazing event that caused shock.

Tuesday, December 15, 1981 was an important date for ufology in Corrientes due to the fact that two events occurred which were of extreme importance to the study of UFOs and their implications. The first, involving this article, was the apparent landing of an unknown object that left marks on the ground. The second is the Meneses Incident, which shall be described at a later date.

In mid-1981, "something" landed around two or three in the morning on the property of a local smallholder, burning plants, leaving impressions in the soil, which was burned and crystallized due to possible high temperatures. El Litoral visited the location, alerted by rumors, to uncover the truth. It interviewed Sixto Barrios, 70, the owner of the property who said that only days earlier he and his family had seen strange lights flying around a wilderness near his home. He also added that two years earlier, an enormous object resembling a chunk of ice had crashed in the area, melting later on.

"It was around two or three in the morning," he guessed, "when the dogs started barking like mad, but I didn't pay much mind, as they quieted down shortly after. I turned over and fell asleep again. They started barking once more and I fell asleep. Had I known it was such an odd thing, I would have gotten up to take a look. The next day around four in the afternoon, my relatives were working the manioc field and found strange marks and some plants completely charred. The soil was still hot, even though 12 hours had gone by," he noted.

It was ascertained that some plants were burned and there were four large perforations in the ground, as if a very heavy object had landed on the spot. The impressions were asymmetrical and two meters from each other, at a depth of 30 centimeters, approximately. The soil around these perforations looked entirely burned out, vitrified, owing to the fact that the silica in the sand melts in this way when subjected to high temperatures.

Analyses performed in Buenos Aires by Fabio Zerpa's team proved that the soil must have been subjected to temperatures ranging between 1500 and 1600 degrees centigrade at the very least - startling and irrefutable proof that something strange had taken place there. There are similar incidents in our country (such as the Guernica Incident in Buenos Aires) and around the world where practically the same thing has occurred to the soil.

A major highlight: the high voltage wires from the Capital to the interior are some 500 meters from where the incident occurred, and the road joining Corrientes with Empedrado is some 350 meters distant. This is precisely one of the behavioral guidelines of the UFO phenomenon.

According to the evidence and eyewitness accounts, it is evident that "something" landed in Derqui, leaving prints, charred vegetation, some with broken stems, and the soil around the indentations was crystallized due to the high temperatures experienced. Unfortunately, there were no direct witnesses to the case, given the lateness of the hour. No one saw a thing. Only the dogs barked incessantly. These are undeniable signs that something occurred. The physical evidence in conclusive, the facts speak for themselves.

No one - not even with a blowtorch - could have melted the ground thus, or leave 30 inch marks on the ground, precluding the possibility that someone did this on purpose as could be suggested.

Furthermore, who would take the time to do this in the dark in an unknown field? For what reason? It is without question another incident involving evidence in Corrientes during a term of approximately 10 years, during which it was the location for important and shocking events.

Adding further significance to this event is the fact that on that same day, during siesta time, another case with spectacular characteristics took place in the vicinity: a driver was abducted, vehicle and all, and transported more than 100 kilometers from this initial location. This was the "Meneses Incident", which will occupy a special chapter in this column of El Litoral.

[Translation (c) 2017 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Guillermo Giménez and Francisco Villgrán]

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Mexico: UFO Over Tijuana

Source: Planeta UFO and Veraz Informa (Baja California, Mexico)
Date: 07.09.2017

Mexico: UFO Over Tijuana

A video uploaded by Camus Galindo shows one of the "lights" falling from the sky before subsequently stopping. Shortly after, a second light appeared and both remained static, changing position a few seconds later before disappearing.

A reader identifying herself only as Adriana shared a picture of the lights taken around Altabrisa in Otay when they were static.

Here is the video uploaded by Camus so you can judge for yourselves.

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[Translation (c) 2017 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Guillermo Gimenez, Planeta UFO]
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Nace la attoquímica, la química ultrarrápida

Científicos españoles e italianos han formulado las bases de la attoquímica, que trata de manipular los electrones de los enlaces químicos usando pulsos de luz de attosegundos (10-18 segundos). Esta nueva disciplina permitirá generar reacciones y materiales desconocidos hasta la fecha.
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8 jul. 2017

The Song of the Sun Signals that our Star's Activity is Slowing Down

In the music of the universe, one of the most important sounds to us here on Earth is the song the Sun sings: every system has a resonance, and especially large and energetic ones like the Sun produce sounds that rebound back and forth though its vast sphere. These sound waves can be studied to glean information about the interior workings of our spheres that we would otherwise not be able to access, and recent changes in the Sun's music has researchers that pay attention to this tune concerned.

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7 jul. 2017

Close Encounters and Faery Seership

July 14, 2017
Some years ago, Dr. Jacques Vallee published a book called Passport to Magonia which argued that the old fairy faith of northern Europe and the modern UFO/Close encounter experience involved the same beings. And indeed, there are many similarities between the old stories and modern encounter narratives.

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Argentina: Follow-Up on the Coronel Fernandez Incident (Cuchi Corral, Santiago del Estero)

Source: Planeta UFO and OVNI Tucumán
Date: 07/07/2017

Argentina: Follow-Up on the Coronel Fernandez Incident (Cuchi Corral, Santiago del Estero)

Nearly two years have elapsed since our investigation in [the town] of Coronel Fernandez, better known as Cuchi Corral, in Santiago del Estero. http://ift.tt/2tQSGOg.

Areas of intense magnetic force that caused automobiles to lose power, lights of various colors and other paranormal phenomena were described by the witness at the time (Pedro).

Having made all the corresponding measurements and ascertaining the events with the police and local residents (which refuted the statements made by Pedro) plus other tests, we have ruled that the event constitutes a False Positive. Nothing but the absolute truth should matter to the serious researcher.

In any event, we shall continue to monitor the area in which research took place.

On 06/29/17 were contacted by Marcelo Nicolle, who resides in the area in which the alleged events took place. He had taken two photographs in the countryside, one of them showing an object which, at first blush very interesting, turned out to be a flash photo of an insect (ascertained after checking the EXIF).

[Translation (c) 2017 S. Corrales with thanks to Guillermo Giménez and OVNI TUCUMAN)

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Nuevas evidencias de la transición al blanco de los agujeros negros

Objetos astrofísicos identificados como agujeros negros podrían ser, en realidad, estrellas de gran densidad. Su formación sería el resultado final de múltiples transformaciones disipativas de agujeros negros en su inverso temporal, agujeros blancos, que en un corto plazo de tiempo se descoloran y dejan escapar la luz en lugar de impedir su salida, según una investigación en la que participa la Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
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Nuevas evidencias de la transición al blanco de los agujeros negro

Objetos astrofísicos identificados como agujeros negros podrían ser, en realidad, estrellas de gran densidad. Su formación sería el resultado final de múltiples transformaciones disipativas de agujeros negros en su inverso temporal, agujeros blancos, que en un corto plazo de tiempo se descoloran y dejan escapar la luz en lugar de impedir su salida, según una investigación en la que participa la Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
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El equipo español gana la competición CanSat de la Agencia Espacial Europea

Más de cien estudiantes de toda Europa han participado en la Competición Europea de CanSat 2017, organizada por la Agencia Espacial Europea (ESA) y que tuvo lugar en Bremen entre el 28 de junio y el 2 de julio. La formación española consiguió hacerse con la victoria después de cuatro días de campeonato.
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El equipo Español gana la competición CanSat de la Agencia Espacial Europea

Más de cien estudiantes de toda Europa han participado en la Competición Europea de CanSat 2017, organizada por la Agencia Espacial Europea (ESA) y que tuvo lugar en Bremen entre el 28 de junio y el 2 de julio. La formación española consiguió hacerse con la victoria después de cuatro días de campeonato.
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Físicos del CERN observan una nueva partícula con dos quarks pesados

Científicos del experimento LHCb del CERN han logrado observar un nuevo barión que llevaban años buscando. Se trata de una partícula formada por un quark up y, lo que es más novedoso, dos quarks pesados charm. Esto ofrece una herramienta única para probar la cromodinámica cuántica, la teoría que describe una de las cuatro fuerzas fundamentales de la naturaleza: la interacción fuerte.
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6 jul. 2017

New Field Study Shows Honeybee Colonies are Impacted by Commonly-Used Pesticides

A new large-scale study of neonicotinoid-based insecticides has demonstrated that the use of this common pesticide is causing damage to honeybee colonies. This is the first in-field study of the effects of the substance on bees, with previous studies being lab-based.

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Un nuevo sistema detecta células senescentes ‘in vivo’

Científicos de la Universidad Politécnica de Valencia y los centros CNIO y CIBER-BBN han desarrollado una sonda que detecta células senescentes in vivo y sin dañar el tejido donde se encuentran. La eliminación de estas células mejora diversas enfermedades asociadas con el envejecimiento, revierte los procesos degenerativos y extiende la longevidad.
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Nuevo sistema para detectar células senescentes 'in vivo'

Científicos de la Universidad Politécnica de Valencia y los centros CNIO y CIBER-BBN han desarrollado un sonda que detecta células senescentes in vivo y sin dañar el tejido donde se encuentran. La eliminación de estas células mejora diversas enfermedades asociadas con el envejecimiento, revierte los procesos degenerativos y extiende la longevidad.
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The Secret to Ancient Roman Concrete may have been Cracked -- and this Might Save Coastal Populations from Sea Level Rise

Amongst the myriad secrets lost to the ancient world was the formula for Roman concrete: uncannily more robust than today's mixtures, there are ancient Roman seawalls and harbor piers, built two millennia ago, that are still standing today, whereas modern concrete would require maintenance every few decades under the same aquatic conditions. But now, a new study may have uncovered how the ancients made their long-lasting concrete, suggesting that the secret of this forgotten formula may not truly be set in stone.

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5 jul. 2017

Spain: Possible UFO SIghting in Lorca

Source: PLANETA UFO and El Lorquino (Spain)
Date: July 4, 2017

Spain: Possible UFO Sighting in Lorca

A case similar to so many others that occur throughout the planet on a daily basis, involving unidentified flying objects, has reached our newsroom. The difference is that it happened in Lorca.

Witness Alvaro Molina Sanchez, a resident of Lorca, had just arrived home to have dinner with his family on 27 May 2017 around 00:30 hours in the evening. The video's author states the following: "upon reaching a clearing that separates the railroad track from the Francisco Ibanez Martin Secondary School, my wife took out a flashlight to light the way, given the fact that it was a very dark evening. At the same time, I took out my cellphone for the same purpose, but realized that it didn't have a flashlight function. Out of sheer curiosity, I recorded the stars for some ten seconds."

The witness goes on to say: "I gave the recording little importance. Four or five days later, I looked at it out of curiosity and was surprised to see some luminous objects flying by at an abnormal speed. To be frank, I cannot render an opinion as to what they were, but I sense that they're worthy of discussion and study. I've kept the image and you may see the objects in question with greater clarity."

We are making the short video (and vidcaps) available, hoping to receive comments from our readers.

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[Translation (c) 2017 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Guillermo Giménez, Planeta UFO]

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4 jul. 2017

A Shelly Island in the Stream

Of many mysteries surrounding the area known as the Bermuda Triangle, a recent emergence of a mile long sandbar, dubbed "Shelly Island" by a child collecting shells, has attracted much attention from the community nearby at North Carolina's Hatteras Point. This type of land mass often appears only to be swept away again by the southbound Labrador Current whose cool waters cause unruly conditions when met by warmer waters of the Gulf Stream.

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Two High-Strangeness Cases from Britain's Declassified UFO Files

While the recently-released batch of 15 UFO documents from the UK's Ministry of Defence failed to reveal any information amounting to the proverbial "smoking gun" evidence that the ufology community has been searching for, the files did contain provocative reports of a UFO encounter involving RAF and USAF aircraft crews over the Mediterranean, and a multiple-witness sighting involving local police in eastern England.

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3 jul. 2017

¿Qué le sucede al berilio exótico cuando encuentra oro?

Un equipo internacional de investigadores, liderado por científicos españoles, ha estudiado la respuesta del núcleo exótico de berilio-11 (que solo vive 14 segundos) cuando se le somete a un campo eléctrico intenso generado por núcleos de oro. Mediante complejos cálculos de mecánica cuántica se ha analizado este sistema de tres cuerpos constituidos por un corazón de berilio-10, el oro y un neutrón que forma un característico halo.
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Cómo estabilizar grupos de aminoácidos con puentes de hidrógeno

Investigadores de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid han descubierto que los aminoácidos se enlazan en fase gas formando estructuras moleculares muy complejas. La extraordinaria estabilidad de estas estructuras se debe principalmente a los enlaces de hidrógeno que se establecen entre ellas, según han comprobado al analizar agregados de β-alanina, un aminoácido presente en varios nutrientes y tejidos.
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2 jul. 2017

A DIA Expert Speaks Out on UFOs

July 2, 2017
Former Defense Intelligence Agency specialist Dr. Irena McCammon Scott joins Whitley this week in a survey of recent discoveries about famous UFO cases ranging from the Kenneth Arnold sighting through the 1952 Washington flyovers up until modern times. And it's A LOT!  

UFOs are not going away, and these cases just keep getting more and more confirmation. And yet the government continues to deny, and, following in lockstep scientists scoff and the media snickers.  

Listen as Dr. Scott lays it all out--what's true and what's not, and the amazing mysteries that remain!

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30 jun. 2017

Was Göbekli Tepe Home to a Neolithic Skull Cult?

Researchers studying the archaeological site at Göbekli Tepe have uncovered the remains of human skulls that have had long grooves deliberately carved into them. The carved skull fragments, belonging to three different individuals, are amongst the remains of hundreds of other skull remains found amongst the site's ancient T-shaped limestone monoliths, prompting the researchers to believe that Göbekli Tepe may have been home to one of the world's first skull cults.

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Losada, el relojero prodigioso

Versión para TecOb del artículo que publiqué en Historia de Iberia Vieja, edición de junio de 2017.

Cualquier visita turística a la capital británica debe incluir un paseo por las cercanías del Palacio de Westminster, donde se localiza el Parlamento del Reino Unido. Pero incluso si nunca se ha estado en Londres, prácticamente todo el mundo ha visto, ya fuere en televisión, revistas, periódicos o en Internet, la silueta del Parlamento, con su imponente torre adornada por cuatro relojes de gran tamaño, uno por cada lateral de la torre.

Esta especie de aguja que se eleva al cielo desde los pies del Támesis fue diseñada por Augustus Plugin y, aunque oficialmente  desde 2012 es conocida como Elizabeth Tower, en honor al Jubileo de diamante de la reina Isabel II, la anteriormente llamada simplemente Torre del reloj casi nunca fue llamada así. Casi todo el mundo, cuando se refiere a la célebre torre, menciona el término Big Ben, cuando realmente este sobrenombre debe aplicarse sólo a la gran campana, de aproximadamente 13 toneladas, que habita en su interior. El por qué fue llamada así la campana no queda claro, se comenta que, muy probablemente, tuviera algo que ver con Benjamín Hall, miembro del Palamento que ordenó la construcción de la Torre del reloj hacia 1856.

Bien, el caso es que estamos en Londres, unos años más tarde, con la mencionada torre todavía en construcción y el reloj que se convertiría en icono británico en montaje. El citado reloj había sido diseñado por el hombre de leyes, arquitecto y relojero Edmund Beckett Denison, y por quien fuera Astrónomo Real y director del observatorio de Cambridge, George Biddell Airy. La materialización de ese diseño se encargó a la prestigiosa casa de Edward John Dent. Lástima que el viejo Dent no vio su obra concluida, tomando el testigo su hijastro Frederick. Es en este punto en el que cierto relojero español aparece en escena, aunque de forma un tanto oscura. Veamos, con el viejo Dent fallecido hacía algunos años, los encargados de la puesta a punto del famoso reloj van finalizando, una a una, sus metódicas tareas. En julio de 1859 sonó por primera vez la campana Big Ben, la mayor de las instaladas en la torre, marcando la hora en punto. Dos meses antes habían comenzado las pruebas del reloj y, finalmente, ya en septiembre, los londinenses empezaron a escuchar el sonido de los cuartos de cada hora. Se cuenta que, en aquellas tareas, asistió como relojero cierto leonés que atendía al nombre de Losada y que había alcanzado fama con sus relojes que llevaban la firma J. R. Losada 105 Regent St. London. Curiosamente, la mayor parte de las fuentes que citan el hecho de que Losada ayudara en la puesta en marcha del reloj de la Torre son de procedencia española. Digamos que, del lado británico, es un tema que se toca muy de pasada, con lo que aparecen dudas sobre el alcance de la verdadera implicación de Losada en aquellas tareas, aunque parece fuera de sospecha la participación en sí. No es sino una más de las muchas nubes oscuras en la vida de Losada, del que se ha contado mucho, pero del que se desconoce casi todo.

De pastor a relojero de fama

Realmente, lo que se conoce de la vida del relojero Losada está muy fragmentado y repleto de lagunas de difícil solución. Su propio origen ha estado envuelto en errores y misterio durante más de un siglo. Hacia el verano de 2016 aparecieron en la prensa leonesa diversos artículos en los que se mencionan las investigaciones de un vecino del pueblo leonés Iruela, Francisco Cañueto, que venía luchando desde hacía más de quince años por esclarecer la identidad del relojero Losada. Poco a poco las cosas parecen ir cuadrando y, siguiendo lo recogido por varios estudiosos de Losada, como F. Javier A. Prada, podemos ir estableciendo un cuadro de los orígenes del personaje que nos ocupa.

José Rodríguez de Losada, hijo de Miguel Rodríguez de Losada y María Conejero, nació en Iruela el 8 de mayo de 1797. Eso al menos se decía hasta tiempos recientes pues, según Cañueto, Losada nació realmente en el mismo pueblo el 19 de marzo de 1801 bajo el nombre de José Manuel, “heredando” el nombre de José, del primogénito de la familia, que sí había nacido en 1797 y que había fallecido siendo muy pequeño.

Tras más de dos siglos, la memoria acerca de la niñez de José ha quedado desdibujada por varias leyendas. Hay un episodio, sin embargo, que parece mencionarse por doquier. Siendo un chaval muy joven, José da muestras de ingenio y de rebeldía, sabiendo que necesitará ampliar horizontes más allá de sus orígenes leoneses. Atendía al ganado familiar y, bien fuere por la pérdida de una valiosa pieza del rebaño, como se refiere en algunas historias, o por algún otro hecho oscuro, el joven decide huir. Reaparece al poco como aguador en Ponferrada (hay quien lo sitúa también en Puebla de Sanabria), lugar donde, gracias a su fascinación con un reloj público, llama la atención de un relojero local que le enseña el oficio. Bien, y eso es todo, porque el misterio comienza realmente aquí. José, siendo un aplicado aprendiz de relojero, decide alistarse en el ejército y poco más se supo de su vida hasta años más tarde, cuando aparece como afamado relojero en Londres. ¡Todo un salto para un pastor!

El Reloj de Gobernación y las uvas de nochebuena

Se cuenta que, cuando José Rodríguez de Losada fallece en Londres el 6 de marzo de 1870, se descubre un libro bajo su almohada titulado Una repetición de Losada. Se trata de un cuento escrito por José Zorrilla, amigo del relojero, cuyo título viene a cuento de lo famosos que eran por entonces los relojes Losada. Los relojes de repetición de bolsillo eran, por cierto, pequeñas joyas mecánicas con las que se podía conocer la hora a través de sonidos, tanto para las horas como para los minutos, en plena noche. Era algo muy útil en un tiempo en que no se contaba con luz eléctrica disponible y las esferas luminiscentes en los relojes todavía no habían aparecido.

El hecho de que Zorrilla dedicada a Losada un relato, es sólo uno de los detalles que nos indican hasta qué punto llegó su fama como relojero. Tan prodigioso fue el ascenso de Losada el olimpo de los relojeros de fama mundial que, en un artículo publicado en ABC por el prestigioso historiador del reloj Luís Montañés el 3 de junio de 1962, se preguntaba “José Rodríguez Losada, el del reloj de la puerta del Sol, ¿fue realmente relojero?”. El mencionado reloj, tan querido por los madrileños y españoles merece comentario aparte, pero antes cabe preguntarse, ¿a qué venían estas dudas?

Lo comentado por Montañés venía a cuento de la técnica de Losada. Para él, más que inventor habilidoso, había sido un “hombre de negocios que triunfa fuera de España, en la difícil Inglaterra. (…) Fue, además, un español que en ningún momento disimuló su nacionalidad y que se portó con su patria, en varias ocasiones, como un prócer”. Todo ello porque, ¿cómo se convierte un chaval pobre que apenas es pastor y aprendiz de relojero en un famoso y respetado artesano que deja una gran fortuna al morir? Se sabe que Losada, de quien Zorrilla que era un activo revolucionario en lo que a política se refiere, fue militar durante el periodo del Trienio Liberal. Y, como liberal convencido, y activo, debe exiliarse en Francia y, más tarde, termina viviendo en Londres. Se cuenta que allí reavivó su pasión por los relojes trabajando como ayudante en una afamada relojería y que, al poco, “casó con la viuda de un fabricante de relojes”, tal y como recuerda nuevamente Montañés en su artículo. Y he aquí, posiblemente, el origen de la fortuna de Losada. A partir de ese momento, con firma propia y establecimiento en Londres, el intrépido leonés comenzó a extender su red comercial por medio mundo.

Losada es recordado por Galdós en sus Episodios Nacionales como uno de los más conocidos exiliados de la persecución fernandina. En la trastienda en su negocio de Londres se reunían muchos compatriotas para dar vida a animadas tertulias. Con el paso de los años, el perfil político de Losada se va desdibujando para dar paso al respetado relojero y empresario. Regresa a la España de Isabel II en varios viajes de negocios, recibiendo encargos, entre otras instituciones, del Observatorio de la Armada, siendo muy recordados sus cronómetros marinos. Ahora bien, si por algo es recordado Losada es por el conocido como Reloj de Gobernación, que el relojero donó a Madrid en 1865, e inaugurado por Isabel II en su cumpleaños en 1866. Por ese nombre no dice mucho, ¿no es así? Sin embargo, todos conocemos esta obra de Losada: ¡Es el reloj de la Puerta del Sol! Y ahí sigue, viendo pasar el tiempo, trabajando sin descanso, sobre todo cada Nochebuena.

Obra de Losada fueron otros relojes públicos, como el de la catedral de Málaga, donado por Juan Larios, o el reloj-farola de Jerez, el de la catedral de Caracas en Venezuela, o los relojes que donó para el Observatorio de San Fernando o la Armada. Los relojes tipo saboneta, esto es, relojes de bolsillo con tapa de metal que se abren con un mecanismo de resorte, le dieron fama mundial, estando entre sus clientes la reina de España Isabel II. Ahora bien, como bien cita Montañés en su añejo artículo, Losada, como relojero establecido al otro lado del Canal de la Mancha: “…cierra la etapa final del predominio inglés en la relojería europea. Muy poco después del innegable éxito comercial de nuestro compatriota, que dio a sus productos prestigio y expansión poco comunes, Inglaterra dejó prácticamente de exportar; su producción industrial relojera bajó considerablemente. Tanto como ascendía la expansión suiza. Antes de finalizar el siglo XIX, el reloj suizo había conquistado plenamente, y sin sombra, el mercado europeo. En este sentido, puede decirse que Losada fue el último nombre de los grandes fabricantes ingleses de relojería.”

Losada, el relojero prodigioso apareció originalmente en Tecnología Obsoleta, 30 Junio 2017.

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29 jun. 2017

The UK's MoD Releases (most of) Their 18 Remaining UFO Files

The UK's Ministry of Defence has released the majority of a series of 18 long-awaited UFO files to the National Archives, but have still withheld three of the documents. This release lacked a press announcement publicizing the event, and the files themselves aren't available online, as they have yet to be digitized, and are currently only available for mail order or viewing in person at the Archives. And the three files that are sill being withheld are prompting UFOlogists to question what the holdup is -- and what exactly are in the three missing files?

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Unusual Flashing Object Observed in Argentina

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Inexplicata, the Journal of Hispanic UFOlogy, reports that a flashing bright object was seen overhead in the Argentine town of Barrio el Carmen at noon on June 24. Video of the object is not detailed enough to determine whether or not the object is a piece of debris turning in the sun, but the reaction of residence suggest that what they were seeing had an extremely unusual appearance.

This is a probable unknown.

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Una bacteria retiene metales pesados y devuelve productos biotecnológicos

Investigadores de la Universidad de Jaén han comprobado que una bacteria del género Klebsiella se puede usar para eliminar metales pesados, como la plata, de las aguas residuales. Además, durante el proceso genera cloruruo de plata, un agente antimicrobiano que también es muy demandado por la industria biotecnológica por sus propiedades ópticas.
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28 jun. 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency is Cutting Over 1,200 Jobs

News has surfaced that the Environmental Protection Agency is planning on cutting more than 1,200 jobs from the agency by September of this year, keeping in line with President Donald J. Trump's campaign pledge to dismantle the EPA. This news follows a proposed 31 percent cut to the agency's budget, and a government-wide hiring freeze affecting potential new employees.

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Hawaii Origins Roundtable

Wednesday June 28, 2017
Hawaii is as enchanted a land as you've heard. But why? Where did Hawaiians come from? And who are their gods? How does this nature culture view the things Westerners call "supernatural"?

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The Amazing Auracle Healing Cards

June 30, 2017

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A New Worldwide Ransomware Attack called "Petya" is Currently Underway

Organizations and corporations around the world were once again hit by a massive ransomware attack, in a manner similar to the WannaCry attack launched (and foiled) last May.

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26 jun. 2017

(1974) Conroy Virtus, un monstruo volante para cargar con el transbordador espacial

Al ver en prensa cómo se presentaba en pasados días el imponente avión Stratolaunch (de Stratolaunch Systems Corporation), no pude menos que recordar cierto pariente que no llegó a ver la luz pero con el que guarda cierto parecido. El Stratolaunch, con unos imponentes 117 metros de enverdadura, está pensado para ser parte de un sistema de lanzamiento de vehículos orbitales en cierto modo similar al Pegasus pero a una escala mayor.

El caso es que, allá por 1974, se presentó el proyecto de un vehículo muy parecido en lo estético al que se llamó Conroy Virtus. El hombre detrás de aquella bestia de 140 metros de envergadura fue John Michael “Jack” Conroy, diseñador aeronáutico y empresario cuya compañía estuvo detrás de los sorprendentes cargueros Pregnant Guppy, Super Guppy, y Mini Guppy.

Representación visual del Conroy Virtus en vuelo. NASA, 1974.

El Conroy Virtus se pensó como carguero capaz de transportar el que iba a ser el nuevo vehículo espacial reutilizable de los Estados Unidos: el Transbordador espacial. Aunque el Conroy Virtus nunca llegó a construirse, cabe imaginar que hubiera sido algo increíble verlo volar. El diseño partía de la idea de reutilizar partes de aviones ya existentes para ahorrar costes. Así, se tomaban dos fuselajes procedentes de bombarderos B-52 Stratofortress como elementos principales. La NASA optó finalmente por utilizar una modificación del Boeing 747 para esa tarea.

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Argentina: Unknown Flashing Object Astonishes Onlookers

Source: La Gaceta (Salta) and Planeta UFO
Date: 06.25.2017

Argentina: Unknown Flashing Object Astonishes Onlookers

Something out of the ordinary startled residents of Barrio El Carmen yesterday at noon.

It sparkled and moved, but it was unknown to those looking at it. Local residents were astounded by the object that appeared in the skies of Salta at noon yesterday.

In Barrio El Carmen, anyone looking up at that time would have been surprised to see an unusual shiny object. Some locals who beheld the circular shining object spoke with La Gaceta about the unanswered riddle: what could it have been?

"We were unable to identify the object," says one local in the video. "It was silvery and flashing, and it let us to belive it was a UFO reflecting sunlight."

"It was like a spinning sphere," says another, "giving off a light, an incandescence. My brother phoned me to tell me about it, but I didn't see it until he told me exactly where to look. I was able to locate it and see it."

VIDEO AT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6s3BLIRgNI

[Translation (c) 2017, S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Guillermo Giménez]
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Argentina: Alleged UFO Over Quequén

Source: Planeta UFO
Date: 06.26.2017

Argentina: Alleged UFO Over Quequén

Guillermo Giménez writes: "Today I received a message from Dolores Bernskov telling me '...that while she was writing in a WhatsApp group, I turned on the cellphone camera to show them what the weather was like. When I looked up, cellphone in hand, I saw this before my eyes. I pressed the button. The first thing I did was check the time - 8:56 a.m. on 25 June. [The object] was located over 521 corner with 554 in Quequén, bordering Necochea (Buenos Aires). It had staggered motion and vanished in the clouds. I was using a Samsung phone. This was about two blocks from where I live. They appeared to be high up. They suddenly zig-zagged and lost themselves in the clouds. It all happened very quickly.'

"It should be noted," Giménez continues, "that this would not be a meteorite, as these objects do not engage in zig-zag movements, nor is space junk, for the same reason, and cannot be an airplane. Therefore: What is it we are seeing in the picture? Two strange lights suspended in the air, playing with each other before vanishing? For the time being we are identifying these objects as UFOs in the strict sense of the term - unidentified flying objects captured by this resident of Necochea, a sighting that in her own words, 'gave me chills'.

Unidentified objects are visiting Argentina's Atlantic Coast once more.

[Translation (c) 2017, S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Guillermo Giménez, Planeta UFO. Photo credit: Dolores Bernskov]
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Argentina: ICOU's UFO "Time Capsule"

Argentina: ICOU's UFO "Time Capsule"

As we approach the anniversary of the Kenneth Arnold sighting in 1947 and the alleged crash at Roswell that same year, UFO research can be faulted for paying excessive attention to the past and sparing little thought for what is yet to come.

Argentina's ICOU group has taken a step in the right direction by placing photographic evidence, videos, and a variety of material aimed a posterity within a time capsule to be opened in the year 2117, when the mystery of UFOs will have either been solved or still bedevil humanity.

The message to coming generations was placed in the community of Máximo Paz, Department of Constitución, Province of Santa Fe.

The initiative was spearheaded by Luis Burgos of the Fundación Argentina de Ovnilogía (FAO) who is also a founding member of ICOU. In an interview with Más Allá del Misterio, he reminded readers that Argentina also played a significant role during the summer of 1947, when the presence of a "mysterious red ball" was seen flying over San Martín Park in the city of La Plata on July 10 that year.

In the same interview, Burgos stated that "not all UFOs are alien" and was confident that "the mystery will be solved someday, although estimating a possible date for such an occurrence is flippant."

This nocturnal photo shows the time capsule at its resting place in the city of La Plata. Sleep tight, time traveler:

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23 jun. 2017

An Extraordinary Object Photographed in Canada

This object was photographed on June 17 at about 7:45 PM in Oshawa, Ontario. "It came out of nowhere" said wildlife photographer Ken Rice. It was visible for a short time, during which Rice managed to take two clear shots with his camera. He has been unable to identify it, and that goes for our photographic experts, too. It's not a computer graphic and if Mr. Rice's description of its speed of movement is correct, it isn't a balloon, either. This leaves "unidentified flying object" but don't assume that your Out There editor has concluded from this that aliens are now speeding around in giant pies.

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New Solar-Powered Paint can Produce Hydrogen as a Clean Energy Source

In science's quest to develop less polluting sources of energy, hydrogen gas has often been used as an example as a potential replacement for fossil fuels: aside from being the most abundant substance in the universe, it is also the most combustible natural substance known, and only produces pure water when burned with oxygen. Unfortunately, the chemical instability of its gaseous form means that storing it is inherently hazardous, and the extraction of the gas from hydrogen's more stable forms, such as water or petroleum products, can be highly energy inefficient, or produce a disproportionate amount of waste pollutants.

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El audífono de Einstein

Esquema de una de las patentes de refrigerador de Einstein y Leó Szilárd.

Albert Einstein es asociado, sin duda alguna, con la física teórica. Sin embargo, es menos conocido que alrededor de cincuenta patentes de diversos países llevan su nombre, por lo general en colaboración con amigos. Hace ya más de una década que publiqué un artículo acerca de los refrigeradores que Einstein inventó junto al físico Leó Szilárd.

Albert, como es bien conocido, trabajó entre 1902 y 1909 junto con su amigo el ingeniero Michele Besso en la Oficina Federal de Patentes de Berna, en Suiza. Aquella experiencia como examinador de patentes le sirvió en 1915 para ser llamado como perito experto en un litigio judicial en el que se dirimía si una empresa estadounidense estaba infringiendo los derechos de patente de un inventor alemán sobre un tipo de girocompás.

Esquema de la patente de Gustav Bucky y Einstein sobre una cámara ajustable a la luz ambiental.

Las incursiones de Einstein en el terreno de la ingeniería fueron más allá de su labor pericial y de las patentes sobre refrigeradores. Todavía en su estancia en Berna, en las animadas tertulias de la efímera “Academia Olimpia”, Albert inventó junto con varios de sus amigos cierto voltímetro pensado para medir diferencias de potencial muy pequeñas. El aparato no fue patentado, pero sí difundida su existencia en un artículo y comercializado de manera limitada. Muchos años más tarde, en 1935, Einstein patenta, junto con el radiólogo Gustav Bucky, un mecanismo que permitiría a las cámaras fotográficas gozar de un diafragma de ajuste automático ante las condiciones de luz gracias al uso de una célula fotoeléctrica. Por cierto, Bucky también fue compañero de otras aventuras, como la del diseño de prendas de vestir resistentes al agua).

Ahora bien, lo que quiero resaltar hoy en estas letras fue otra patente, la de un “audífono” que guarda una historia curiosa. En esta ocasión el compañero de aventuras fue el ingeniero Rudolf Goldschmidt, reconocido en su tiempo por sus diseños de generadores que eran empleados en potentes estaciones de radio, así como por sus muchos inventos en el campo de la radiodifusión, como la rueda tonal. Goldschmidt dirigió un laboratorio de investigación en Berlín, lugar que era frecuentado por Einstein dada su amistad con el ingeniero. De su colaboración surgió una patente común sobre un audífono (originalmente estaban trabajando ya sobre la idea de crear micrófonos magnetostrictivos), que vio la luz en 1934 tras varios años de estudios. La necesidad del invento había surgido porque cierta cantante, Olga Eisner, otra amistad de Albert, comenzaba a padecer de sordera. Aquello conmovió a Einstein, quien propuso a Goldschmidt construir un audífono avanzado. El modelo final (patente alemana 590.783PDF) estaba constituido por una fina lámina metálica colocada sobre la porción mastoidea del hueso temporal, bajo la piel. Esta lámina vibraría por magnetostricción en presencia del campo magnético generado por un electroimán externo, que haría las veces de generador de impulsos. Aunque en principio no tuvo recorrido comercial, este audífono fue la semilla en la que Goldschmidt se inspiró para lograr modelos prácticos de audífono años más tarde.

Gráficos de la patente del micrófono magnetostrictivo ideado por Einstein y Goldschmidt.

Lecturas adicionales:
The Practical Einstein: Experiments, Patents, Inventions. József Illy.
Albert Einstein’s patents. Matthew Trainer.
Museo virtual de la OEPM – Albert Einstein

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22 jun. 2017


An alleged Defense Intelligence Agency UFO briefing document has been leaked to the host of the late-night talk radio program Midnight in the Desert, Heather Wade. Wade reported her receipt of the document on June 13, 2017, from two retired military personnel that she is familiar with, although she says she plans to keep their identities a secret. Although the authenticity of the documents have yet to be verified, at least one U.S. Navy analyst has already cast doubt on the legitimacy of the papers.

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Whitley's Eerie May 7 Missing TIme Expeirence

On May 7, Whitley Strieber had a missing time experience in the middle of the Los Angeles airport. It was the first such experience he has ever had that was so overt and undeniable. On June 15, he explored it further with Laurie MacDonald, and here he reports both on the experience itself and his surprising findings.

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The MJ-12 Documents and a Creepy Possibility

Heather Wade at Midnight in the Desert recently received from what she described as a trusted source a document that is allegedly an MJ-12 report on the Aztec UFO  crash of 1947. While

the document is stamped with classification notices, its release was probably not illegal as it is more than 30 years old and does not appear to discuss matters of national security

importance as defined under the National Security Act.

What it does discuss is this crash and an interview with an individual who was said to have lived through it, assumed to be an alien. While he or she isn’t described in detail, the

individual speaks good English and even has a rather sardonic sense of humor.'

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Resuelto el misterio de las espículas del Sol

Desde hace más de un siglo se observan gigantescos chorros de plasma saliendo disparados de la superficie del Sol: las espículas. Ahora un equipo internacional de astrofísicos, liderado por un español, ha descubierto que se forman por las interacciones entre los campos magnéticos y el gas parcialmente ionizado de la atmósfera solar. Las observaciones de un telescopio de Canarias, otro de la NASA y avanzadas simulaciones por ordenador han permitido el hallazgo.
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The Riddle of Teleportation

The Riddle of Teleportation
By Scott Corrales - © 2017 Inexplicata

An interesting news item passed unnoticed among the never-ending news about terrorism, celebrity outrage or virtue-signaling. A Chinese satellite, the Micius, broke the 100 kilometer quantum teleportation record set two years ago.

Micius - launched in 2016 as part of the QUESS program - was designed as an initial step at establishing a "global quantum communication network", sending photons at a distance of 1200 kilometers. A small step for a satellite, a giant leap for a new era in communications.

But the concept of "teleportation" evokes unfortunate memories, such as the haunting 1950's film The Fly and the hideous commingling of scientist and insect. Even Star Trek's transporter room - one of the crown jewels of that beloved franchise - wasn't free of awful moments, such as the transporter accident in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) early on in the feature. Fantasy has taught us that moving objects through space, and sometimes through time, is fraught with peril. Random teleportation is even more frightening: who would want to take a casual step forward on a city street, a country field, or in the safety of a school or office building, only to find themselves transported to a remote jungle, desert or the middle of the ocean? Suddenly appearing in medieval times wouldn't be a picnic, either. In an earlier article on the subject of bizarre relocations in space, we mentioned Isaac Asimov's "Pebble in the Sky", whose protagonist, Joseph Schwartz, suddenly finds himself on a future planet Earth where people are condemned to die at the age of sixty. The retired tailor avoids "stepping over a Raggedy Ann" doll to find himself in an empty field, looking nowhere like his native Chicago.

In more recent times, the U.S. Air Force has commissioned the Teleportation Research Study (AFRL-PR-ED-TR-2003-0034) that includes a very interesting paragraph. "Very early investigations of, and experiments on, p-Teleportation occurred during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Many cases that were studied, and the experiments that were performed, were undoubtedly due to fraud, and few experiments have occurred under controlled conditions during that period [...] Psychics Uri Geller (1975) and Ray Stanford (1974) claimed to have been teleported on several occasions. Most claimed instances of human teleportation of the body from one place to another have been unwitnessed. There are also a small number of credible reports of individuals who reported being teleported to/from UFOs during a UFO close encounter, which were scientifically investigated (Vallée, 1988, 1990, 1997). But a larger number of such reports are anecdotal, whereby the witness data tends to be unreliable." It is nonetheless fascinating to look back at some of these early accounts of teleportation.

The Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology gives us the intriguing case of Ofelia Corrales (no relation) and her siblings, who were seen to suddenly vanish from the living room of their early 20th century home in San Jose, Costa Rica only to reappear in the back yard. To their delight, without a scrap of fear, they were returned to the living room in the same manner. The bizarre claims were investigated by law professor Alberto Brenes, who wrote that children had been placed the greenhouse as part of a test. A loud report was heard, and when the living room doors were unlocked, they found the youngsters, whose ages ranged from seven to ten - standing single-file inside, laughing and discussing the experience. When Brenes asked them the manner in which they had been spirited away, the children described feeling a kind of "pressure under their arms" and then finding themselves in the place to which they had been taken. "Spirits" were deemed to be responsible for this activity, and researchers interacted with them.

These were the years of spiritualism and the investigation of forces unseen to humans, conducted earnestly by persons of unimpeachable reputation. Frauds were unmasked, as could be expected, but other cases presented a challenge, such as the 1901 case involving Italy's Pansini family, where the teleportation phenomenon appeared to center around their son Alfredo. The youngster was possessed by "angelic forces" who instilled with mediumistic abilities and the less desirable attribute of being able to vanish suddenly from his home in Ruvo di Puglia, reappearing elsewhere in the town or in adjacent communities - in one instance, the boy found himself aboard a fishing vessel at sea. The case was the subject of research by Dr. Joseph Lapponi, a physician with ties to the Vatican, who included it in his book L'Hypnotisme et le spiritisme, étude médico-critique (Perrin, 1907). Teleportation bedeviled not only poor Alfredo, but his sibling as well. "Very often in a few minutes and in various ways, writes Lapponi, "the boys have found themselves successively at Biscelglie, Giovinazzo, Mariotta, and Terlizzi, from whence they returned to Ruvo either by the help of friends of the family or the public Authorities. One day the two boys were in the Piazza di Ruvo at 1:35 in the afternoon and at 1:45 were at Trani, before the door of the house of one of their uncles, Signor Girolamo Maggiore." The author adds: "It was concluded to useless to fight against the supernatural forces" and the boys were allowed to remain paranormal shuttlecocks, at the mercy of the unknown "angels." (The reader will allow a brief note at this point - the Alfredo Pansini of this disturbing paranormal case is not the Alfredo Panzini who went on to write the screenplay for the 1926 version of The Last Days of Pompeii, and who was a distinguished lexicographer as well).

Spanish researcher Marcelino Requejo looked into a high-strangeness event that took place in Galicia, Spain’s northwestern corner. On May 7, 2007, Juan M.L. and Bernardo D.G. became the protagonists of a bizarre incident in the vicinity of Lugo. The events took place around 15:00 hours as they traveled in their car toward a saw mill located near the city. Apparently they were barely one kilometer from their destination at a location known as Piugos da Pena, and had just left behind a well-known automotive dealership, when the witnesses noticed a dense fog that appeared to emerge from their vehicle.

They pulled over on the shoulder to see what was going on. The smoke vanished. Only seconds after continuing their journey, they realized that they were in a completely different location from the one they had been before.

"We had no idea where we were," said Juan. "We were only meters away from the sawmill and we suddenly found ourselves next to a road sign that read: "Santa Eulalia de Bóveda". So, completely astonished, we decided to continue driving to Santa Eulalia to see if we could get to the saw mill from there."

In the wink of an eye, they had traversed the 6 kilometers that separate the environs of the saw mill and the detour to Santa Eulalia de Bóveda. While they looked for the way back, both men witnessed an odd phenomenon: the Sun appeared to be right in the middle of a gigantic, smoky triangle.

Aside from the notorious “Vidal Case” and its fictional trappings, one of the most interesting teleportation experiences on record is that of Carlos Acevedo and Miguel Angel Moya which occurred in Argentina in 1978. Both men were participating in the first stage of the Rally de America del Sur, an event involving a number of drivers and sponsored by major organizations. Much like the better known Paris-Dakar competition, the rally sought to test the limits of both man and machine by asking drivers to go from the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, to Buenos Aires.
By the time Acevedo’s vehicle – a Citroen GS – reached the Andean resort city of Bariloche, he had lost his co-pilot, Hugo Prambs, and replaced him with Miguel Angel Moya. During the last leg of the rally, the drivers stopped for fuel in Viedma, Province of Rio Negro, and much needed coffee. At 2 o’clock in the morning on September 23rd, the race car was on the road again, heading toward Bahía Blanca (notorious in UFO and teleportation chronicles). At around 3 in the morning, Acevedo and Moya had reached the salt flats located to the north of Carmen de Patagones with Acevedo at the wheel.

They were about to enter the pages of the history of the unknown.

An overwhelmingly bright light became visible in the car’s rear view mirror. It was subsequently described as a “dense yellow light” which appeared at first as small dot, yet increased in size at it approached.

The Citroen’s crew was not in the least bit alarmed, thinking the light represented the headlights of one of the other vehicles involved in the rally. Acevedo slowed down and moved over to the shoulder to allow the competitor to “pass”. The light had other intentions.

According to the driver, the passenger compartment was bathed in light, blinding the occupants. Acevedo felt he had lost control of the Citroen, which was now six feet above the ground. In a split second of confusion, the driver thought the vehicle must have hit a bump on the road and become airborne, waiting for the inevitable crash as the car hit the paved road again. But the car kept rising into the air.

In subsequent interviews, the racer would say that it took him a number of seconds to realize he was caught in an abnormal situation, unable to see his dashboard or even the car’s hood on account of the dense yellow light with a “slightly violet cast” to it. Turning to his co-pilot, he was stunned to see that Moya was “no longer there” or had become invisible.
Moya, on his part, would later say that Acevedo looked rigid, with outstretched arms clutching the steering wheel, staring straight ahead. The driver appeared to be screaming, but nothing was coming out. The overpowering yellow fog had them in its clutches, causing enough fear in the co-pilot that Moya thought to bail, reaching for the car door handle. The door appeared to be welded shut as the temperature inside the passenger compartment increased. “Suddenly,” he told interviewers, “the light enveloped everything and I could see nothing whatsoever. I don’t think I could even see my own hands.”

There was a shudder and Acevedo realized the car was on the road surface once more. The light dimmed and normal visibility was restored as the “object” – a cone of yellowish light – departed in a westward direction. Driver and co-pilot exchanged stunned looks, remaining silent. What unknown force had overtaken their car, and what was it after?
Realizing that his first duty was to the car, Acevedo stepped outside to inspect the vehicle before getting back in and resuming the drive. Upon reaching a filling station in the town of Pedro Luro, north of Carmen de Patagones, they had a shocking realization: the distance between these communities was seventy-eight miles (127 km) and the odometer showed they had only covered thirty-two miles (52 km). However, the clock showed that it had taken them a little under two and half hours to cover a journey that should have taken an hour and fifteen minutes. Worse yet: the Citroen’s fuel tank – filled to capacity during their stop in Viedma – was now completely empty.

An article appeared at www.Hoy.com in 2010 featuring corroborating testimony by two other drivers:

“Race car drivers Edmundo Carvajal and German-born Lothar Ranft were the only Ecuadoran team to participate in the Rally Sudamericano held in September 1978.

“Carvajal and Ranft finished the race, which was an accomplishment in itself for an unserviced vehicle. But aside from participating in the race, both shared an experience involving an alleged UFO witnessed by a pair of Chilean drivers. The unusual situation took place in the penultimate lap of the Rally, organized by the Automovil Club de Argentina.

“We were leaving the Comodoro Rivadavia to Bahía Blanca leg,” explains the former tricolor driver, stating that the incident occurred during a normal stage of the competition. “A Citroen vehicle belonging to a Chilean businessman by the surname of Acevedo passed us before a curve, and this was followed by a very long straight segment, typical of the Pampas, some 80 to 100 kilometers long. I never saw him again after the curve. This drew our attention, because the vehicle wasn’t going that fast, to point that we couldn’t even see its lights.”

“In the early morning hours, Carvajal and Ranft reached a filling station. They found Carlos Acevedo standing outside his car; co-pilot Miguel Angel Moya sitting inside, and many people surrounding them.

“When we got there, we asked them what had happened, because we noticed they were extremely nervous. He told us that after the long straight segment, they saw a very bright light come up behind them; they thought it was one of the Mercedes Benz units that were winning the rally. They were about to pull aside to allow them to pass, but the light became more intense and didn’t pass them by – it placed itself above them.”

“The light lifted our car,” Acevedo allegedly told Carvajal.

“The light carried the car through the air for a few seconds, and at the end, they were deposited without a drop of gasoline in their tank near a filling station. Acevedo recovered from the fright, but his co-pilot was pale and in shock.

“Skeptically, Carvajal noted that “it could have been a well-contrived ruse” but three things impressed him: “[Acevedo and Moya] arrived at the filling station nearly an hour and fifteen minutes before we did. This means an average speed of 4000 kilometers per hour. This was confirmed, because they took time to report the case to the local police. Their odometer showed that the vehicle had covered less than 70 kilometers. Add to that the co-pilot’s state of shock. One can make up stories, but it must be very hard to get into such a state on purpose.”

“Once they reached Buenos Aires, the drivers of the Rally Sudamericano received their awards from Juan Manuel Fangio, the five-time World Formula One champion. There was a celebration later that evening. “We were in a group of friends talking to Acevedo. A lady approached and jokingly asked why they had made up the story about the UFO. They became annoyed with this person and decided to leave the party. Acevedo said that he was a serious businessman in his country and that discussing his experience could be harmful. But what they had experienced was indeed true.” (INEXPLICATA, March 10, 2010).

Interest in abrupt teleportation was rekindled in 2017 as a result of news stories concerning the “Hermandarias Event” – an incident during which a teenager vanished within his own home, only to reappear miles away at a taxi stand, having contacted his worried relatives from that location.

The incident occurred on Monday, 22 May, around 22:30 hours in the small and pleasant town of Hernandarias, Province of Entre Rios, Argentina. The situation: a family gathered together for dinner. A 13-year-old had been sent to another part of the property to fetch certain items. An adult gave him a hand in opening a door that presented certain difficulties and was in fact stuck, causing the boy to be delayed. The man struggled with the stuck door for two or three minutes, and upon turning around to look, he noticed that the teen was no longer there. Supposing he'd returned to the rest of the family, the man did the same. Confusion reigned: no one had seen the boy.

Concerned, they took to the street as a group to find him, something that took the family less than ten minutes to accomplish when a cellphone rang. It was the teenager, saying he had no idea how he suddenly found himself at a "taxi stand". He described the location. Meanwhile, the police - which had already been alerted - identified the location and went to collect him. The youth did not understand what had happened. All he knows is that he was standing behind he was "blinded by a powerful light" and heard "a snapping noise", finding himself next at the place where he was ultimately found.

Researcher Gustavo Fernández – whose investigative team has been granted exclusive access to the family – describes the main experiencer, identified only as “R.”, as a quiet, introverted fellow who interacts with a limited number of relatives and acquaintances, never leaving his home unless escorted by a family member, hardly the type of fellow who would pull a prank. Fernandez also dismissed suggestions that the experiencer “had run at top speed” from his home to the taxi stand in order to stage the deception.

“No satisfactory theory exists to explain the mechanism of such events,” wrote Stuart Gordon in his compilation The Paranormal-An Illustrated Encyclopedia (London: Headline, 1992). “If indeed it is possible to take apart the billions of constituent atoms in any one body, then somehow transport them, or the information as to their organisation, to a distant point, there to reassemble them exactly in their former arrangement, this is a science unknown…or forgotten.”

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