28 feb. 2018

Ciencia ciudadana en el descubrimiento de dos estrellas de neutrones

Gracias a ciudadanos que han cedido la potencia de sus ordenadores personales para realizar cálculos astronómicos, se han descubierto dos nuevas estrellas de neutrones que no eran visibles hasta ahora.
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Detectada la primera señal del amanecer cósmico

Con una pequeña antena en una remota región de Australia, los astrónomos han captado una señal de las primeras estrellas del universo, y revela que se 'encendieron' 180 millones de años después del Big Bang. El descubrimiento viene acompañado de otro inesperado: antes de que nacieran las estrellas algo enfrió el gas circundante, quizá la misteriosa materia oscura.
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Argentina: Pilot Calls ET Existence into Question

Source: PLANETA UFO and La Prensa Austral (Argentina)
Date: 02.23.2018

Argentina: Pilot Calls ET Existence into Question

Rodrigo Bravo is an aviation platoon commander in the Chilean Army and has been researching UFO cases in his country since the year 200. Among the studies he has conducted include reports and audio on aircraft furnished to him by the Comité de Estudios de Fenómenos Aéreos Anómalos (CEFAA), of which he is a collaborator. The self-educated writer crafted the first volume of the book titled “Los extraterrestres han muerto. El mito Ovni-ET, contactísmo y abducciones” (ETs are Dead - The ET-UFO Myth, Contactees and Abductions) which calls the existence of visitors from other planets into question.

This first volume will be presented at 19:00 hours at the Que Leo bookstore (located on Calle Errázuriz Nº932). Bravo seeks to delve into the origin and development of the ET myth following a timeline, marking the way various explanations have been developed regarding unidentified aerial phenomena. In this regard, the author states: "My point of view is rather skeptical. I am a critical thinker, that is to say, I'm sure that the incorrectly-termed UFOs or anomalous phenomena exist, and that it's likely that there is life in the universe in any of its manifestations. What we are dealing with here is the creation of an inseparable modern myth that links UFOs with the concept of extraterrestrials."

The author, moreover, stipulates that abductions, or people who claim having been contacted by aliens, belong to the realm of psycho social rather than physical phenomena. In this regard, Bravo noted: "We need to separate the modern myth with the actual phenomenology, and this book aims at this separation after five years of work."

Among the other subjects discussed Los Extraterrestres Han Muerto we find the influence of the United States in promoting the UFO myth, which has lessened the value explanations for abnormal phenomena seen in the skies. "In this book I explain in detail that the United States is a country that creates elements and items closely tied to its internal and external policies. In this regard, the '90s witnessed the boom of abductions, and if one studies U.S. history, the country has always needed some kind of external adversary or enemy due to national security concerns," according to the author, who was born in Santiago [de Chile] but has lived in Magallanes for many years.

Moreover, the army air force pilot also notes that the subject of UFOs has become a kind of new religion. In this regard, he suggests the myth has served to fill the need for a creative deity at a time when religions worldwide are being treated with skepticism. He states that it was a perfect fit, and this gives rise to the belief by so many that we were tampered with as a species, or that we come from extraterrestrials.

When the author was consulted about the UFO phenomena that occur frequently in the Magallanes are, Bravo said: "This shows that unidentified aerial phenomena do exist, but they are manifestations of something lacking a rational or scientific explanation that can justify them or aid in understanding them."

Beyond the questions and confrontations the author has faced in writing this book, he says that this publication seeks to disclose what he has managed to glean or uncover after several years of study and other readings. "This project has fifty-three references that were read to reach a more specific conclusion. My idea is to create a room for debate, since modern ufology is more based on belief than evidence," he concluded.

To obtain a copy of "Los Extraterrestres Han Muerto" and delve into Rodrigo Bravo's investigative work, you may attend the discussion group held by the author and customers at the Que Leo bookstore located on Errázuriz Nº932, as of seven o'clock in the evening.

[Translation (c) 2018 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Guillermo Giménez, Planeta UFO and La Prensa Austral (Punta Arenas, Chile)]

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High Strangeness: A Phantom Hitchhiker in Argentina

Source: PLANETA UFO and Cronica
Date: 02.28.2018

High Strangeness: A Phantom Hitchhiker in San José de la Esquina (Santa Fe, Argentina)

He drove a ghost to the cemetery in his pickup - this occurred in the locality of San José de la Esquina, Santa Fe. A local resident gave a young man a lift in the middle of the road, but the fellow vanished, leaving strange burn marks on the carpet.

Pedro Peirone is a local resident who boards his vehicle every day to go to work. Driving along Route 92, he sometimes comes across students or workers who hitch a ride to reach their destinations.

"The kid was 17 years old, dressed in the clothes worn by vo-tech students," the man told local media, adding: "He asked me to drop him off at the graveyard intersection. He had barely gotten out of the truck when I smelled a horrible burning odor. I got down to see if something had caught on fire."

The incredible story went viral on YouTube, racking up over 500,000 views as Peirone retold his experience. The driver filed a complaint with the local sheriff's office, hoping to find some clue that leads to the young man's whereabouts.

Statement of Pedro Peirone on 26 February 2018 appearing on YouTube channel "El Refugio de YouTube" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdXXhpJqqWw

In the morning hours of Monday, 26 February, a person known as "Pedro Peirone" witnessed a strange event.

Interviewer: Pedro Peirone, Pedrito, as he's known in San Jose, drills wells for a living. What happened to you this Monday, the 26th of February?

PP: I brought a guy from Arteaga. He asked me drop him off at the intersection

Interviewer: You were coming from Arteaga

PP: I was coming from Arteaga on the curve leading toward San Jose when a kid, seventeen years old, dressed like the ones who go to vo-tech or similar, thumbed me down, I stopped, he got in, we chatted a bit, and I asked him if he was getting off at San Jose. He told me no...no, that he would tell me where he was getting off. He then asked me to drop him off at the intersection, which was this one.

Interviewer: This is the graveyard crossing. One the one hand you have the entrance to the graveyard and there's a house on the other. That's where the priest lives...Father...

PP: Nardi. So well, as soon as he got out of the pickup truck, I smelled this horrible smell of burning. Since I've been scared of cars catching fire, I jumped out to see if some wire was burning up, but everything was in order. I turned to look and the fellow was nowhere to be seen. I started looking inside the truck to see if there was something wrong, and that's when I found that the floor mat was burned, melted, in shape of the guy's feet. I looked on the ground to see the direction the guy had taken off to, but there was no sign of him having ever gotten out, no footprints, nothing. In other words, like no one had ever gotten out of the pickup.

Interviewer: Did you get any information about the kid? Was he carrying books, anything?

PP: No, he had no books. I gave him a lift thinking he was a student, someone on their way to school. He said no, he wasn't a student, and that he would tell me where to drop him off. So we chatted a bit...ah, he told me he was from Arteaga. I didn't ask for his surname, because I was in a hurry myself, having to get to Rosario, getting stuff ready, and...no, no I wasn't paying much attention. He looked like a regular person.

[Translation and transcription © 2018 S. Corrales, Institute of Hispanic Ufology, with thanks to Guillermo Gimenez (Planeta UFO) and El Refugio de YouTube]

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Weird Winged Wonders: The Twilight World of Cryptid Creatures

"Weird Winged Wonders: The Twilight World of Cryptid Creatures" now available from Global Communications. Order your copy now at 1-732-602-3407 or visit http://ift.tt/1dxOhQw. Excellent contributions from Timothy Green Beckley, Sean Casteel, Tim Swartz, Brad Steiger (The Master!), Allen Greenfield, Lon Strickler, Albert Rosales and Steve Ward. Oh, and yours truly.
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27 feb. 2018

Nuevos datos e incertidumbres sobre los núcleos de las galaxias

En una muestra de núcleos activos de galaxias se ha observado luz polarizada circular alrededor de todos ellos, un fenómeno relacionado con sus chorros de partículas y los discos de materia que alimentan a los agujeros negros de su interior. Este es uno de los resultados de POLAMI, un proyecto internacional coordinado desde el Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía para estudiar a largo plazo los núcleos activos de las galaxias en luz polarizada.
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26 feb. 2018

Once again, Arctic Temperatures Rise Above Freezing, as Sea Ice Shrinks

Last week, temperatures in the Arctic once again went above freezing, following a split in the Polar Vortex that allowed warm air currents to flow into the region, with some stations recording temperatures 25ºC (45ºF) above normal. This event accompanies an abrupt retreat of sea ice in the Bering Sea, having lost almost one-third of its coverage in just over a week.

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Argentina: UFOs Over a Rural Service Station in Entre Rios

Source: AHORA (Argentina)
Date: 02.26.2018
A report by Elias Moreira Aliendro

Argentina: UFOs Over a Rural Service Station in Entre Rios

The mysterious lights were recorded and shared on social media, where cybernauts were consulted as to their opinion of what the objects might be in an effort to arrive at a logical explanation. What could be involved here? See the photos.

Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) were seen last night over the rural region of El Quebracho, Department of La Paz, over the premises of a local filling station.

The lights that could be seen and recorded by witnesses were shared on social media, where an effort to find a logical answer to the mystery was made. What could the lights have been?

"When we began asking questions, some suggested it could be a rebound effect of artificial lights, since there are dancing establishments in the local canyons. However, given the distance from where the place the photo was taken and Santa Elena, which is the nearest community, we don't believe those two single lights could have been the result," wrote local journalist Oscar Cuenca.

A major fire was unleashed in Granja Tres Arroyos, very near the area, causing considerable smoke over the region. "Given the density of the smoke in the air, others think a tube-shaped beam of light would have been necessary for the images to have been produced by a projector," said the reporter.

"Ultimately, others said on account of that the thickness of the smoke in the air, the luminous effect was caused by the atmosphere itself, as it was a clear night."

[Translation (c) 2018 IHU with thanks to Luis Burgos, Fundación Argentina de Ovnilogía]
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25 feb. 2018

Colombia: Residents of Barranquilla Started by a Light in the Sky

Source: Planeta UFO (Argentina) and El Heraldo (Colombia)
Date: 22 February 2018

Colombia: Residents of Barranquilla Started by a Light in the Sky

The case occurred at noon. A video shows onlookers crowding the exterior of a shopping center, looking at the sky.

At noon on Thursday, citizens piled outside the entrance to a shopping center to look at a strange light that shone over the downtown Barranquilla for a few minutes.

One of the people present at the site took notice when he saw a street vendor looking at the sky. Moments later, the man alerted everyone, saying there was a dot in the sky "changing colors."

At first the passers-by thought it was a drone, but changed their minds when they noticed it was at a higher elevation than is customary for drones. They later opined that it was a police helicopter, but the object remained fixed in place.

Finally, some said the object that could be seen between the Cathedral and the Nelmar building could be "an alien spacecraft". In any event, the phenomenon attracted dozens of pairs of eyes bent on dispelling its mystery.

The Oficina dels Servicio de Pronósitcos y Alertas (Forecasting and Alert Office) of the Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies (IDEAM) claimed having no reports whatsoever about the phenomenon or unidentified flying objects seen at noon over Barranquilla.

The agency viewed the video and the images, saying they would subject this material to analysis "to see what might have happened."

Meanwhile, a person from the No. 3 Combat Air Command, an operating unit of the Air Force stationed in Malambo, Atlántico, claimed "having no information in his regard."

Finally, an employee at the Ernesto Cortissoz Airport stated that no object was seen and that it would be "very hard to do so" because the other object would have to have technology similar to their own.

[Translation (c) 2018 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Guillermo Giménez, Planeta UFO]
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El extraño caso del Porsche que circulaba al revés

Lo miras y, al principio, parece un Porsche 924 normal, todo un automóvil clásico de los setenta y ochenta sin nada fuera de lo corriente. Pero, cuando te fijas un poco más, hay cosas que no cuadran y empiezas a pensar que hay algo mal en este vehículo…

Porsche 924 al revés

Un Porsche 924 realmente singular (Fuente).

¿Por qué los retrovisores están colocados así? ¿Las ruedas traseras son direccionales? Espera… ¿por qué los asientos van “mirando” al revés? Pues sí, este coche circula “de culo”, por decirlo a lo bruto (un vídeo vale más que mil palabras).

Bien, la cosa viene de lejos y hasta los televisivos Cazadores de Mitos (MythBusters) decidieron ponerse a ello con un Porsche 928 (vídeo).

Entre los fanáticos de los Porsche se venía escuchando hacía muchos años que la aerodinámica de algunos modelos, como el 924 o el 928, estaba “equivocada”. Vamos, que podrían circular de forma más rápida y eficiente si se les da la vuelta.

Aerodinámica Porsche

¿Mejor al revés? Imagen de Oskar de Kiefte.

Allá por 1992 el diseñador holandés Oskar de Kiefte, conocido por sus conversiones extrañas de todo tipo de vehículos, le dio vueltas a este asunto y, tal como comentó, descubrió que la propia casa Porsche ya había contemplado la cuestión en sus pruebas en túnel de viento del modelo 928 (el mito afirmaba que, efectivamente, los resultados de la prueba en el túnel con el coche “al revés” habían sido sorprendentes, cosa que ya había estudiado hacía muchos años el diseñador estadounidense Norman Bell Geddes en algunos vehículos de su tiempo). El caso es que Oskar de Kiefte decidió ir más allá del túnel de viento y crear una obra de arte sobre esta idea del “coche al revés” (el tema del rendimiento real queda todavía dentro del mito porque la polémica continúa). Así, partiendo de una loca idea, nacieron los dos Porsche invertidos del holandés, un Porsche 924 y un 928, que fueron la atracción de diversas exposiciones sobre diseño de automóviles.

El extraño caso del Porsche que circulaba al revés apareció originalmente en Tecnología Obsoleta, 25 febrero 2018.

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23 feb. 2018

West Coast UFO Incident Confirmed by FAA, USAF

New information regarding a UFO incident that occurred over California and Oregon on October 25th of last year has been released through a Freedom of Information Act request, painting a picture of a highly-maneuverable, high speed craft that could be invisible to radar that was tracked by air traffic control and airliner pilots, that ultimately resulted in the scramble of USAF fighter jets tasked with intercepting the intruder. The incident left officials with the FAA scratching their heads as to what the craft was, where it went--and even on how to go about investigating such an incident.

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22 feb. 2018

Mexico: Local Residents "Saw" a UFO

Source: Planeta UFO and www.yucatan.com.mx
Date: 21 February 2018

Mexico: Local Residents "Saw" a UFO

VALLADOLID - Residents of Tixcacalcupulclaimed being startled the day before yesterday by the sight of an unidentified flying object prowling the skies around 5:30 in the afternoon.

The sighting lasted some 20 minutes, according to several witnesses to the event.

According to members of the community, someone suddenly looked to the heavens and saw the moon, which was barely becoming visible in its waning phase, but then realized that there was a luminous source of white light moving slowing. They added that it "appeared" to be circling the moon at a given distance.

The object moved to the right and was still for a few minutes before resuming its motion and apparently placing itself under the moon. Twenty minutes later, it positioned itself to the moon's left, visually closer to Earth, becoming slightly larger when viewed, according to interviewees.

It was around six in the evening when the white light turned yellow and disappeared, as the moon was now slightly brighter.

The object was clearly visible in Tixcacalcupul, where people pointed at it, asking others to join their sighting - children and adults alike.

People did not know what it was, but someone was heard to say it was an alien spaceship since "it could not be an airplane at that distance. Furthermore, it remained static at times and moved slowly around the moon," said others.

A report by Juan Antonio Osorio Osorno.

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

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Argentina: Did a UFO Nearly Collide With a Stunt Plane in Varese?

Source: PLANETA UFO and La Capital de Mar Del Plata (Argentina)
Date: 22 February 2018

Argentina: Did a UFO Nearly Collide With a Stunt Plane in Varese?

A reader of LA CAPITAL recorded a strange object coming far too close to a stunt plane over Playa Varese.

An Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) seems to be flying right behind the stunt airplane the usually thrills beachgoers with its acrobatics, as shown in a video submitted by a reader of LA CAPITAL.

The interesting sequence was recorded on Gustavo Galarza's iPhone on 18 February as he headed to work on a bicycle. He witnessed the airplane doing cartwheels in the sky, and surprised by the spectacle offered by the flying machine in the Torreon del Monje area, he decided to shoot some slow-motion footage. "When I played back the video, I zoomed in and suddenly saw a white dot flying past at full speed."

While it is difficult to see it at first, the object appears over the airplane's tail at the 13-second mark. The zoom frame improves the sighting. At the end of the video, there is another close-up showing the UFO flying at top speed, despite the slow-motion effect.

This isn't Galarza's first sighting. On November 5, 2017, the man was pedaling his way to work on a rainy day, recording the storm on his phone in hopes of catching a lightning bolt. "I watched the playback when I got to work and saw a white dot flying amid the clouds."

VIDEO AT: https://youtu.be/6KnApjANyKw

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

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¿Cómo influye la presión del CO2 en el aroma del vino?

Investigadores de la Universidad de Córdoba han analizado la influencia que ejerce la presión del dióxido de carbono sobre el metabolismo de las levaduras durante la segunda fermentación que se lleva a cabo en la elaboración de los vinos espumosos. Los mayores cambios se observan en los contenidos de los ésteres asociados a sus aromas frutales y florales.
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It's Official: Russian Organizations Insinuated Themselves into the 2016 US Presidential Elections

On February 16, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released a 37-page indictment in response to the Bureau's investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election. Initially thought to simply be a moderate-effort ad campaign meant to sway American voters to vote for then-presidential candidate Donald J. Trump, the indictment outlines a widespread effort to disrupt the election, involving misinformation campaigns backed by tens of millions of dollars in funding. FBI Director Robert Mueller's special council investigation indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian organizations in what the Bureau is describing as a conspiracy to illegally influence the US presidential election.

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20 feb. 2018

Sea Level Rise may be Accelerating Faster than we Thought

Mexico: The San Mateo UFOs and Contacteeism

Source: Planeta UFO and El Grafico.mx
Date: 02.17.2018
An article by Yohanan Diaz Vargas

Mexico: The San Mateo UFOs and Contacteeism

The municipality of Naucalpan in the State of Mexico has been the setting for major sightings in the UFO case histories.

We should remember the "mothership" recorded by UFO hunters Pedro Hernandez and Alfredo Carrillo over Ciudad Satelite during the afternoon hours of May 9, 2000, showing a yellow object disgorging dozens of spheres on its left and on its right. They were small dark-grey craft, while the larger object rotated at a lower elevation.

The UFO videos recorded in 2014 over Colonia San Mateo in that very same Mexican municipality show a series of anomalous flying objects that are invisible to the human eye.

While it may seem incredible, these objects were detected by night vision equipment flying some 20 to 30 meters over the buildings adjacent to the dwelling of another UFO hunter - Fernando Lucero.

"The dogs began to bark, becoming restless, as if aware of the objects' presence. No one realizes it because no one can see them," he said.

Surely there is a civilization coming to our world on a research mission, interested in learning more about humans with our urges and passions, but also to study the general traits of our planet, leading us to understand the reason that an increase of activity in the Popocatepetl Volcano results in an increase in UFO sightings, as they would be studying the progress of this colossal mountain.

In other words, when they come to our world, they arrive with an agenda laid out before them and not to engage in interplanetary tourism, hoping for random discoveries. A group of scientists, for example, who go to another country to research a problem that bedevils a population, setting up a work plan based on the first information gleaned, compiling as much data as possible.

In the 1960s, Mexican television aired a TV commercial showing a flying saucer and two aliens flying over the tower emblem that characterized Ciudad Satelite, where the sale of real estate was being promoted.

"Ciudad Satelite" was dubbed thus by being a residential area adjacent to the vast urban spread of Mexico City. It has since become part of the Valle de Mexico, surrounded by millions of inhabitants.

The Tlatilca Culture settled in the Municipality of Naucalpan. It held a belief in the Tlamatines, the men of power, the men who contacted the 'other realities" that we can find exhibited at the Museo de la Cultura Tlatilca, located on the Périferico (beltway). They give us the impression of looking at a person wearing an odd spacesuit.


What are the common points between contactees and extraterrestrials? It is believed, at times, that a contactee's testimony is the continuation of another experiencer, and that they speak to the same species, which is in theory imparting the same message.

Mexico has a rich case history with significant cases whose messages have addressed matters ranging from matters of ecology, philosophy, astronomy, technology and medicine, among others.

The messages received today are quite similar to the ones that circulated in the 1950s. Could it be that humanity has not understood the information given, prompting them to repeat the message in the belief that we lack a historic memory? We are therefore given the message one more time. Both options are valid. We cannot know this for sure, but what we must take into is that the new generation of contactees in our country is giving us new content and messages.

"We must show greater unity as human beings, and love must prevail above all. We must not forget that we are not alone in the universe," but in recent days a new concept has been developed, known as "A Call to Planet Earth", in which four contactees - Ivonne Mantilla, Jurlen Malak, André Malak and Daniel Harari - will share the latest information, ranging from planetary changes to the matters that concern the visitors to our world.

[Translation (c) 2018 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Guillermo Gimenez, Planeta UFO and Yohanan Diaz Vargas]

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Moléculas de oro cazadas al vuelo

Investigadores de los institutos ISQCH e ICMA en Zaragoza han presentado las propiedades de los trihalogenuros de oro en fase gas, compuestos especialmente elusivos poco descritos hasta la fecha. El estudio, destacado como hot paper por la revista Chemistry - A European Journal, se enmarca dentro de la nueva química del oro, con múltiples aplicaciones en catálisis, materiales y biomedicina.
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19 feb. 2018

Un dispositivo conectado formado por una sola molécula

Científicos de tres centros de investigación vascos y uno gallego han creado el dispositivo magnético más pequeño conectado a un circuito. Esta compuesto por una sola molécula y sus conexiones se realizan a través de tiras de grafeno.
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18 feb. 2018

Inexplicata - 3,000,000!

INEXPLICATA - Three Million Views

It's not a paid holiday or anything, but it's a red-letter day for those of us at the Institute of Hispanic Ufology.

Our efforts have earned us our three millionth visitor this month - a landmark we thought we'd never achieve, and a modest one at that, in a field where the average web page or blog receives that much traffic in a month. Our total score may be higher, taking into account that IHU came into existence in late 1998, when visits were tracked through web counters that weren't always accurate.

This 3M mark is more thanksgiving day of sorts, to those who were there then and are here now. First to our contributors - to Guillermo Giménez and Planeta UFO for funneling information on the latest cases in the Southern Cone to our attention, Luis Burgos of ICOU/FAO, Gustavo Fernández, Carlos Iurchuk, Marcelo Metayer, Jose Antonio Roldan, Rosa Santizo, Claudio Mora of La Esfera Azul, Antonio Salinas, José A. Martínez Echevarría, Ruben Sobrino, Quique Mario of CEUFO, Andrea and Silvia Pérez Simondini of Visión Ovni, Manuel Carballal, Leopoldo Zambrano, Marco Reynoso, Gloria Coluchi, Angel Carretero, Salvador Freixedo and Magdalena del Amo, Luis Emilio Annino, Raul Oscar Chaves, Patricia Hervias, Mercedes Casas, Lucy Guzmán, Luiseppi Quiñones, Rubén Morales, Carlos Rojas, Deborah Goldstern, Jose Manuel Garcia Bautista, José Pérez, Fabio Picasso, Liliana Núñez, Angel Briongos, Josep Guijarro, Bruno Cardeñosa, César Reyes de Roa and my heartfelt apologies to those who I have overlooked, and Dr. Rafael Lara Palmeros for the notion of creating a "virtual institute" back in 1998. Next, those who have been both kind and interested enough in circulating our information through their webs and newsgroups: Patrick Huyghe and his team at The Anomalist, whose support has been unwavering; Lon Strickler at Phantoms and Monsters, John Hayes at UFOINFO, Frank Warren at The UFO Chronicles, Robert Frola at The Ufologist magazine, Lex Lonehood at Coast to Coast, and other friends whom I will neglect to mention in haste, aware that sins of omission are the worst. Mea culpa and begging your indulgence.

So...where do we go from here? Three million views seemed unreachable in 2012, and four million (never mind five!) seem as unlikely as reaching Wolf 359 for a quick sojourn on planet UMMO. In any event, we shall endeavor to do our best to keep our readers apprised of the latest developments in the fields of UFO and the paranormal for the foreseeable future.

Thank you!

Scott Corrales, Editor
Inexplicata - The Journal of Hispanic Ufology
The Institute of Hispanic Ufology (IHU)

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16 feb. 2018

A Split in the Polar Vortex means Cold Weather for the West Coast, but Warm Weather for the Arctic

The polar vortex has divided into two sections, allowing warm air from the northern Pacific ocean to extend into the Arctic, while displacing cold Arctic air south along the west coast. While the resulting forecast means that the east coast will see milder temperatures in the coming weeks, it also calls for colder than average temperatures in the west, and yet more above-average warmth in the Arctic, already suffering from record-low sea ice levels.

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Stories from a Life 20: The Mystery of the Prodigal Son

Whitley Strieber retells the parable of the prodigal son in a completely new way that is at once enlightening and deeply freeing. Listening to this, you come to understand yourself in a new way, and to see how to accept yourself as exactly what you are. It's as beautiful and powerful a talk as he has ever given. Twenty minutes of pure gold.

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Erich von Daniken: The Gods are Still Here!

February 23, 2018
Erich von Daniken's new book, the Gods Never Left Us is the sequel, 50 years in the making, to his powerful and controversial bestseller, Chariots of the Gods. It goes FAR BEYOND Chariots.

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How to Live with a Psychic: Your Guide for Maintaining a Happy Relationship when Someone You Love Gets Weird

February 16, 2018

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Mexico: UFOs Appearing on Google Maps Imagery

Source: PLANETA UFO and Peru.com
Date: 02.15.18

Mexico: UFOs Appearing on Google Maps Imagery

This news item caused a shock among Google Maps users: Are UFOs flying over the beaches at Tulum?

Mexico's Caribbean beaches are among the most idyllic and spectacular in Latin America and the world at large. Tulum is specifically one of the destinations most favored by local and foreign tourists, located on the Caribbean coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, known for its well-preserved ruins and turquoise sea. However, this location was the topic of conversation in recent months due to images appearing on Google Maps that went viral on social media. For what reason? Keep reading.

Thanks to the Google Street View tool, which enables a variety of places and destinations worldwide to be located, Google Maps was able to pick up two unidentified flying objects (UFOs) flying over the Tulum Beaches. Is it real? The answer is yes. However, what the objects really are remains a mystery.

The imagery on Google Maps show a normal day on a Tulum beach in broad daylight. It will suffice to zoom in slightly to note the presence of two objects hovering - or flying - in the clear skies.

While distant from each other, both shapes are 'flying' relatively close to each other. Are they really UFOs? Are flying saucers visiting beachcombers on Tulum?

Google Maps users have posited a number of theories regarding what they have seen in the photos. Skeptics note that the spheres are drones or aircraft, but lovers of ufological mysteries reject this suggestion, arguing that the vehicles shown are not entirely round nor completely white. Furthermore, a drone would not look so large at a distance.

The Google Maps images went viral in various social networks and the debate event went beyond Mexico's borders, with the subject being discussed in neighboring countries. See the photos in our gallery and draw your own conclusions.

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{Translation (c) 2018 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Guillermo Giménez, Planeta UFO]

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14 feb. 2018

Cellular DNA Activity May Increase in the Days Following Death

The clinical definition of physical death occurs when an individual's heart stops beating and brain stops functioning, but what about other biological functions that still carry on after these two admittedly important processes cease? Medical science has long assumed that neurons degrade quickly after their supply of oxygen and nutrients are cut off, but a recent study on post-mortem cellular processes has upended these traditional notions of how long the body's cellular processes continue after death, showing that some types of cells can be not only alive for days afterward, but some are also more active than when the individual was still alive and kicking.

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Trusting Guidance, Trusting Healing

Wednesday February 14, 2018
"Ursula" is a healer and a channeler who became such when she learned how to trust her spirit guides, as well as her own intuition. On this week's show, she takes us through the moments of her wakeup calls, how she handled them, and the beautiful turns her life took as a result of embracing them. 

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Dominican Republic: UFO and Alien Experiences and Sightings

Source: Diario Libre (Dominican Republic)
Date: 29 August 2015

Dominican Republic: UFO and Alien Experiences and Sightings
By Bienvenido Pérez García

There can be no doubt that the imagination is a powerful creative engine and a recreator of powerful images and even sensory perceptions and illusions. The principle is well established by the behavioral sciences, declaring that "our minds tend to fill the voids when faced with what we cannot understand", and giving rise to countless stories of saucers, flying craft and encounters with alien beings which have been subsequently explained or dismissed with the knowledge offered by new technological applications.

The following experiences and sightings, however, hail from all parts of the world - recorded incidents and evidence that continue to defy expert analysis of films and testimony - including hypnotic regression and lie detector testing. While this does not ultimately lead us to accept the evidence and believe in its implications outright, it does cause us to reconsider this phenomenology.


The skies and territory of the Dominican Republic have been prolix in sightings and contact with vehicles and entities that definitely do not belong to this world, dimension or time. In the early 1970s, such phenomena multiplied overwhelmingly and have remained at more or less the same level of intensity.

Tony Raful, a scholar and author, had a shocking experience that dispelled his skepticism - if any - about the existence of aliens and their presence on Earth.

He was driving his Volkswagen along the one-time coastal highway between San Pedro de Macorís and Boca Chica in September 1972, accompanied by a friend and attorney Dr. José Florentino Sánchez, returning from La Romana, where they had visited a former classmate. About some fifteen kilometers before reaching the crossroads leading to the famous bathing resort, precisely where there used to be - or still is - a small inlet, the time being approximately 8:30 p.m., Raful and attorney Sánchez were chatting about the nature and effect of propaganda, particularly of the political kind, and how it distorts the mindset of societies. "You see that stuff about UFOs?" asked the attorney. "I'm certain its propaganda, particularly from the United States, used to distract the population from serious social problems."

Tony, who listened and answered in monosyllables, decided to answer the statement while not fully in agreement with it. "No, that's not how I see them, Florentino. There are signs that there's much more involved, things we don't understand yet and there are many accounts of phenomena lacking a sound explanation."

Sánchez then resorted to Carl Jung, arguing that it was a result of visions from the collective unconscious. At that precise moment, the Volkswagen developed a noise that its occupants interpreted as a flat tire. Tony pulled over in a straight segment of the narrow - and dangerous - two-way highway, stepping out to inspect the cause, marveling at the clear night lit by the full moon. He found that the car's tires were in good order and boarded the vehicle again. Only then, the engine wouldn't turn over.

"We'll have to push it," said Florentino. Upon getting out of the car, an oval shaped object appeared at some six or seven meters overhead, looking to all extents and purposes like a helicopter.

"Careful!" Tony shouted, "It’s a helicopter and it seems to be malfunctioning. It could head our way."

"But what are you saying, Tony? Can't you see it doesn't have any blades?"

The future award-winning author confirmed what his friend was saying, further noticing that the oblong artifact measured roughly some four meters long, was copper-colored and had narrow slits for windows, one beside the other and issuing light. The object was some ten meters distant, motionless by the palm trees. Small yellow lights, pulsating gently on the object's contour, were now visible on the strange and now frightening object. Tony and Florentino got in the car and tried starting it again, unsuccessfully. They rolled up the windows and locked both doors. The UFO remained in the air, motionless for over a minute, before heading off toward the sea. At a distance of 100 meters or more, over the sea, it hovered two meters above the surface for some six or seven seconds. Suddenly, it took off at a speed greater than a Formula One race car along the ocean's surface. The poet and intellectual believes it travelled at 600 kilometers an hour from zero, vanishing into the horizon.

They were still stunned when they heard the loud and sudden braking noise of a passenger bus right behind them. The vehicle disgorged its driver and passengers, anxiously asking what was it they had just seen speeding off to the sea, talking off "like the devil's slingshot" along the water's surface. The driver told Tony and his passengers that upon seeing the object from behind at some distance, the bus began to hesitate and could not move forward until the artifact moved toward the sea. Our friend Raful and his passengers could not - and still cannot - find an answer to what they saw. Some ten minutes later, having recovered from the experience, Tony managed to fire up the "bug" again, continuing their return journey to the capital without incident.

In August 1972, coinciding with storm warnings, our brother Marcos Rafael was driving along the beachfront heading home after noon. He stopped, along with other drivers and witnesses, who also got out of their cars - Don Pedro (Peter) Morales Troncoso among them - to look at something resembling a medium-sized metallic cube that seemed to be the tip or upper section of a larger submerged object, seemingly coming out of the mouth of the Ozama River, visible from the Monument to the Financial Independence of Santo Domingo, popularly known as "the female obelisk." It moved speedily along the water's surface and out to sea, causing very slight waves, although it was possible to see some thin streams - eight of them - surrounded by a steamy spray that went up into the air, projected at height of possibly a meter and a half. A submarine sighted within 20 meters of the shore? The object headed away and was visible for seven minutes before vanishing from sight. Don Peter Morales and my brother, when interviewed, still cannot define the nature of the strange object, but it was clearly "not a submarine like the ones we know."

Many Dominican hikers and mountaineers have reported nocturnal encounters with flying objects that do not compare with anything they've seen before. Some of them have flown over their heads at low altitude in the afternoon, as they reached their destination, or camping during the night. They had a variety of shapes and colors: saucers, luminous cigar-shaped craft, opaque and triangular vessels with lights along their edges...a lengthy menu of sightings. The mountains of the Cordillera Central in the heart of Cibao are the prime location for these phenomena.

José Leandro Ferrúa, the gifted architect, told me the spellbinding story of what happened to him and his wife Hilcia and some friends whom they were entertaining on the terrace of a second story residence in Santo Domingo's Av. Anacaona. From the corner of his eye, he was able to notice a flash. Looking toward Mirador del Sur park, located in front of the terrace on which they were seated, he exclaimed: "Look what's behind those trees!" pointing out the spot to all present. Some seventy meters away, they saw a spherical upper segment protruding from amid the dense tree boughs, nearly in front of their residence. It issued bright flashes of light that changed colors, nearly pulsing, from orange to red to white, to yellow and greenish blue.

The object, seemingly large, rose and became visible above and behind the trees with a brief and swift rise that made it visible halfway, prompting one of the guests to shout: "Careful, it's coming toward us!"

No sooner had he uttered this warning than the object descended again, as if hiding behind the trees, said José Leandro. Suddenly, as if gaining momentum, it lifted itself quickly into the sky, showing off its enormous size, the full radiance of its changing colors, and disappearing into the heights at an incredible speed.

Miguel A. Rivera, a broadcaster and art critic, refused to tell his story for many years, until finally agreeing to tell us about the uncanny experience he had as he returned from a social engagement in AcroArte sometime in mid-March 1988. As he returned home around 1:30 a.m. with his wife and sister, both he and his passengers were able see - as from the moment they crossed the Duarte Bridge - a well-defined, rather small object, no greater than the size of two basketballs in diameter - with changing colors, following them at a height of eighty meters, pulling ahead of them a short distance away and then falling back.

Rivera, of a rather calm disposition, felt more upset or uncomfortable than concerned about the thing following them. Increasing or lowering his vehicle's speed was fruitless, as the object was always near. Approaching the filling station located at the intersection of Av. España and Las Américas, he pulled up to the pump and stopped his Mazda station wagon in order to wait for the object to depart. The device stopped above the Av. España overpass with a curious up-and-down movement. After realizing that the object was not going, they decided to continue their journey. As they re-entered the expressway, the object switched to the right and toward the sea. It paralleled them for a while at a distance and disappeared.

The passengers continued their journey with more composure until the mysterious ball reappeared around Tres Ojos, flying back from the sea and hovering vertically some eighty meters ahead and at the height of a streetlamp. The three passengers were shocked, and the two women panicked. Rivera, now disturbed, engaged in calming conversation. He continued to drive. The object, matching his speed and ahead of him, led him until he entered his neighborhood, located in the Los Frailes sector, where he lived at the time. In a burst of courage, and ignoring his family's pleas, he stepped out of the car to challenge the object, which again remained static aside from its vertical sway. It was then that he boarded the vehicle hurriedly, speeding home to rid himself to the disconcerting, and now frightening, disturbance.

Finally reaching home amid great apprehension, they left the car outside and ran inside, locking themselves in. Once in his room, he opened a blind facing the back yard to make sure that his enigmatic pursuer had gone. He attested, to his shock and dismay, that the blazing object was a few meters above the dividing wall, apparently waiting.

There appears to be a relationship between the occurrence of natural phenomena and disasters and manifestations of strange flying objects. Before and after earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions, UFOs have been seen around the event by many people, and have been captured on film. On September 3, 1930, as I wrote in the article "Memorias Maternas del San Zenón" (Mother's Memories of the San Zenón Hurricane), I mention the appearance, around six o'clock in the evening, of a large, spherical object whose flashes of light were distinguishable despite the heavy rains and severe winds at an estimated distance of some two kilometers from the shore, 100 meters above the water. It was seen by many residents of the capital city living near the sea, and it remained motionless for a long time, despite the fierce hurricane winds.

But if sightings of strange vehicles are surprising, physical contact with intelligent beings not belonging to the human race is even more intimidating. These are the so-called close encounters of the third kind.

Two employees of the Evaldra Discotheque in Costanza headed home at 2:30 a.m., at the end of their shift, one Saturday in September 1988. Along the road, in the shadow of an alleyway, they saw the silhouette of a rather small man, with a longish green jacket, similar to the kind worn by soldiers in cold weather. They stopped to see who it was, since everybody knew each other in Constanza back then. Noticing that the human figure was motionless and silent, its eyes covered by what looked like round dark spectacles, they asked if he needed anything. No sooner had they asked than the figure shook, extended its arms sideways, and emitted a vibrating, buzzing sound, like that of a mechanism. Its eyes or goggles turned red. Rafelito and his companion ran in such a way that their legs could've scraped their necks, engaging in that timeless human speed trial: running out of fear.

While an encounter with beings or craft from another world may seem exciting, revealing or romantic to those seeking a sighting or a close encounter, it is good to bear in mind that many people have suffered negative effects after being in the proximity of these phenomena. On a little farm in San Francisco de Macorís, here in the Dominican Republic, a couple who refuse to disclose their names was awakened and illuminated by a hot, blue-green light at 3:30 in the morning amid a piercing buzzing sound. When the husband went outside to see what was going on, he found that a flying disk was changing colors at a distance of 25 to 30 meters. Frightened, he re-entered his home and the heat and light intensified. After it was over, the couple was left with irritated eyes and throat trouble for nearly a week. Burns, headaches and very serious damage to witness health have been reported elsewhere.

Eyewitness accounts to Dominican UFO phenomena are vast and abundant, as well as the sightings of strange intelligent beings in our beloved Dominican soil, too many to include in a single article. There yet remain eerie and stunning experiences involving vessels, beings and strange areas of the country which give even skeptics pause. We will provide a second part, for which we have kept the best of our harvest, if this prestigious publication should agree to make them known.

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Argentina: New UFO Sighting in Pocito

Source: Diario La Provincia (San Juan, Argentina)
Date: 02.13.2018

Argentina: New UFO Sighting in Pocito

"Guardianes del cielo cuyano" (Guardians of the skies over Cuyo) claim having seen a new UFO in Pocito. The UFO watchers allegeldy saw an unidentified flying object in the sky and recorded it on a camera.

"Guardianes del cielo cuyano" had a new sigthing this past January. The UFO hunters claim having seen an unidentified flying object which they recorded on a camera, subsequently uploading the footage to social media.

"Please excuse our absence. A lot of work and little time. Much new material to be shared. We will catch up little by little. In this instance, we present an interesting video that tracks a rather suspicious object, leading us to the discovery of a seemingly stationary anomaly in deep space. As always, we leave the matter to your own judgement. We await your comments and conclusions, which are important to the sky guardian community," wrote the youngsters in their Facebook page beside the video.

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13 feb. 2018

Chile: Satellite Records 400 Kilometer Wide UFO (1999)

Chile: Satellite Records 400 Kilometer Wide UFO
By Centinela66.com and Conspiraciones1040.blogspot.com

On Tuesday, January 26, 1999, television audiences in Chile were startled when a Santiago station broadcast satellite images showing a disk-shaped UFO measuring hundreds of kilometers in diameter.

The video images were broadcast on television from the Universidad Catolica (UC-TV) on Channel 13. It was recorded by the GOES-8 environmental satellite on two separate occasions a few years ago.

Chilean Ufologist Luis Sanchez Perry stated that the program "showed an infrared image taken by GOES-8 on July 17, 1992, clearly displaying a disk-shaped object in outer space over the Pacific Ocean to the west of Chile."

According to Mario Vilches, the gigantic saucer measured 400 kilometers (240 miles) in diameter.

The July 1992 image was taken by Servicio Aereo Fotometrico Ltda, an aerial photography company located in Santiago de Chile, the nation's capital.

"The lines visible in front of the UFO correspond to electromagnetic interference emanating from the UFO itself," Sanchez explained.

At the moment the image was recorded, GOES-8 was in a 21,600 mil geostationary orbit above the Earth. The enormous disk appeared to be moving at the same orbital speed as the satellite - approximately 6,696 miles per hour.

"Three images were taken in 10 minute intervals and the UFO was clearly visible," Sanchez added.

The second GOES-8 video was recorded on 7 April 1996. Although the image vanished quickly from the GOES-8 website, it was downloaded by the Centro Meteorológico Regional de Antofagasta (Chile). The image shows "the UFO over the Atlantic to the east of the Brazilian coastline."

The GOES-8 imagery was debated by two ufologists during the broadcast: Dr. Mario Dussuel of the Comité de Estudios de Fenómenos Aéreos Anomalos (CEFAA) and Rodrigo Cuadra of the Equipo Superior de Investigación Ovnilógica (ESIO). CEFAA is Chile's national official study group, composed by government agencies and the Chilean Air Force.

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Note: A video on YouTube posted by Solaris Misterios on December 12, 2016 contains a fascinating interview with an Ecuadoran pilot, which we transcribe below:

Testimony of Ecuadoran Flight Engineer Ing. Carlos Naranjo Burbano

"We had an experience when we were on our way back from Santiago de Chile on a routine flight, Santiago de Chile to Guayaquil, with general Duran, and at the time the pilot was Captain Fosso. For more or less 15 minutes we were accompanied by an object we were unable to identify as to whether or not it was extraterrestrial. At a distance of 150 kilometers from land, as we were flying over the sea, we could see below us what looked like a city. A satellite city, if you will. A section where everything was normal, but this was under the sea. We were traveling at an altitude of some 33,000 feet, and it was clearly visible, a city, right there. We were able to see buildings in the dark, in the early hours of the morning. Yes, we saw lights, under the sea, bright lights indicating the presence of a city down there. It was definitely under the sea, since we were 150 miles offshore."

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Chile: A UFO Over Temuco - First One This Year (2018)

El LHC obtiene la mejor medida de la masa del bosón W

La interacción débil, una de las cuatro fuerzas fundamentales de la naturaleza, está mediada por dos bosones W y Z. Ahora el gigantesco detector ATLAS del gran colisionador de hadrones del CERN ha registrado la primera medida de gran precisión de la masa del bosón W. Su valor ronda los 80370 megaelectronvoltios.
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It's Not Just Methane: If Arctic Permafrost Melts it Releases the World's Largest Reserve of Mercury

A recent survey of Arctic permafrost has revealed that the northern tundra holds the world's largest reserve of mercury, with its size estimated to be in the tens of millions of gallons. Ordinarily, the presence of the toxic metal wouldn't be a problem, as it is locked away in the frozen soil, but researchers are concerned that as the permafrost melts due to global warming, that mercury trapped there could be released into the environment.

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12 feb. 2018

Cuando Japón bombardeó los Estados Unidos con miles de globos

Esquema del bombardero japonés de largo alcance G10N1 Fugaku, nunca finalizado. Fuente.

Las últimas fases del conflicto del Pacífico, durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial, vieron cómo los japoneses agudizaban su ingenio a la hora de intentar bombardear los Estados Unidos de cualquier forma que se les ocurriera. Eran conscientes de que no había mucho que hacer, pues no podían volar a través del océano con grandes bombarderos para repetir en tierras americanas la destrucción vivida, por ejemplo, en los bombardeos incendiarios estadounidenses sobre Tokio. Pero deseaban causar daño a toda costa, ya fuera tanto en forma de destrucción física como cultivando el miedo.

Salvo el ataque inicial de Pearl Harbor, el resto de los intentos japoneses por atacar a los Estados Unidos en tierra continental no fueron, ni de lejos, tan exitosos para ellos. Desde finales de 1941 diversos submarinos japoneses patrullaron la costa oeste norteamericana con la intención de comprobar si era posible bombardear ciudades o poblaciones desde el mar e, igualmente, se estudió la posibilidad de atacar el canal de Panamá, de gran importancia estratégica para los Estados Unidos. Al igual que hizo Alemania, el Imperio del Japón emprendió un programa para desarrollar grandes bombarderos de largo alcance capaces de atacar las ciudades norteamericanas. Ese programa no pasó de sus primeras fases de desarrollo y, llegados a 1944, sin apenas recursos, deciden apostar por las más peregrinas ideas.

En los Estados Unidos tampoco se libraban de ideas extrañas aplicadas a la guerra. La imagen muestra un contenedor para murciélagos hibernados. Estos contenedores hubieran sido lanzados en gran número desde bombarderos. A baja altitud, los murciélagos despertarían de su sopor y saldrían volando, llevando con ellos bombas incendiarias con con las que destruirían las ciudades japonesas, construidas en gran medida con madera. Imagen: USAF.

El meteorólogo japonés Wasaburo Oishi había descubierto ya hacia 1926 las corrientes en chorro(jet stream) atmosféricas (curiosamente, describió sus descubrimientos en esperanto, lengua de la que era apasionado defensor). Estas corrientes de aire son aprovechadas hoy en día por los vuelos intercontinentales para ahorrar tiempo y combustible, pero durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial al ejército japonés se le ocurrió que podrían ser ideales para enviar de forma rápida grandes oleadas de globos con los que atacar a los Estados Unidos. La “loca” idea, en realidad, no era tan extraña como pueda parecer (los británicos también lo intentaron, pero de forma más limitada, contra los alemanes): el proyecto fue todo un éxito en lo que a la llegada de globos a América se refiere pero, por fortuna, la destrucción causada fue bastante limitada.

Se estima que Japón lanzó más 9.000 Fu-Go, o “globos de fuego”, hacia América entre 1944 y 1945, de los que llegaron a su objetivo unos 300. Eran globos de hidrógeno de seda recubierta con caucho (posteriormente mejorados con capas de papel japonés tipo washi) capaces de llevar una carga de entre 12 y 15 kilogramos, por lo general bombas incendiarias o antipersona. Su objetivo era el ataque a cualquier objetivo en Norteamérica, ya fueran civiles, fábricas, edificios, bosques o cultivos. Era lo mismo, con tal de que explotaran sobre América y causaran terror. Fueron en total seis víctimas las que causaron, junto con algunos destrozos de escasa importancia. Las primeras oleadas de globos, de unos 9 metros de diámetro, fueron lanzadas para estudiar la corriente en chorro y la viabilidad del proyecto (se utilizaron radiosondas). Cuando comprobaron que, efectivamente, globos como aquellos podían cruzar el Pacífico Norte con rapidez, se lanzaron oleadas de globos de hasta diez metros de diámetro armadas con sus correspondientes artefactos explosivos (se planteó también el uso de armas biológicas o químicas, cosa que se desestimó en el último momento). Los “globos de fuego” fueron tan numerosos y diversos que fueron vistos desde Canadá hasta México, pasando por gran parte de los Estados Unidos.

Los globos llevaban varios sistemas, muy ingeniosos, para mantener su altitud hasta llegar al destino final, jugando con pequeñas cargas de lastre, válvulas de hidrógeno y controlados por las variaciones de la presión atmosférica. Al cabo de unos tres días de vuelo, se suponía que el globo ya hubiera llegado a América, impulsado a toda velocidad por la corriente en chorro, momento en el que un temporizador activaba un fusible que hacía soltar la carga mortal. La maquinaria de guerra japonesa fue capaz de lanzar hasta 200 globos de este tipo al día. Para aprovechas las mejores condiciones de la corriente en chorro, las oleadas fueron lanzadas masivamente hacia el mes de noviembre de 1944. Claro, enviar bombas incendiarias a América en el invierno es una idea bastante mala si se quiere, por ejemplo, incendiar bosques, pues grandes extensiones se encontrarían nevadas o muy húmedas como para prender fuego alguno.

Globo-bomba japonés, captado por el ejército de los Estados Unidos en enero de 1945. Imagen US Army.

Bien, tenemos el Pacífico Norte lleno de globos asesinos… ¿qué hicieron los estadounidenses? Por lo general, además de la alarma del ejército, los bomberos, los agentes forestales y las autoridades, no sucedió nada. La mayor parte de los globos que se encontraron en el suelo fueron reutilizados por parte de los lugareños. Algunos fueron destruidos por patrullas aéreas, pero la mayoría no sobrevivían al viaje y, los que llegaron a América, apenas causaron incidentes, a pesar de que la propaganda japonesa afirmaba que era un arma muy efectiva que había llenado de terror todo el continente enemigo. La cantidad de “avistamientos”, algunos incluso graciosos, que se registraron, fue muy numerosa. Más que terror, los “globos de fuego” despertaron la curiosidad. Pero aquello no era ninguna broma y, precisamente, acercarse a una de aquellas bombas que no hubiera explotado en el aire era muy peligroso.

Lo que más llamó la atención fue su origen. En América estaban convencidos de que los globos eran lanzados desde las costas de su propio continente, por parte de comandos o por japoneses que hubieran vivido hacía tiempo en los Estados Unidos (cuestión que alimentó todavía más el problema de los campos de concentración de japoneses en América). Cuando los geólogos analizaron la arena localizada en algunos de los sacos de lastre recuperados de los globos caídos, la verdad se hizo evidente y el asombro fue general: ¡venían del otro lado del Pacífico!

En un primer momento las autoridades estadounidenses impusieron la censura sobre los posibles incidentes que pudieran suceder con los globos, para no alimentar el miedo, pero cuando hubo víctimas, decidieron informar para que la gente no se acercara a ellos por curiosidad. Por desgracia, las seis víctimas conocidas de los “globos de fuego”, murieron en un solo incidente, que tuvo lugar el 5 de mayo de 1945 en un bosque al sur de Oregón. Cinco niños y una mujer embarazada, murieron mientras buscaban un lugar adecuado para una comida campestre. Uno de los niños dio una patada a un objeto extraño que habían encontrado en un campo, explotando de inmediato. Nadie más murió por culpa de los globos. Al parecer, el objeto mortal había caído del cielo hacía varios días, sin explotar hasta entonces. Hoy día, asombrosamente, se encuentran de vez en cuando restos de estos globos, y de sus peligrosos explosivos, en los bosques norteamericanos (después de la guerra, el ejército de los Estados Unidos desarrolló su propio globo-bomba experimental, el E77, basado en los “globos de fuego” japoneses, aunque no fue utilizado en ningún conflicto… que se sepa).

Cuando Japón bombardeó los Estados Unidos con miles de globos apareció originalmente en Tecnología Obsoleta, 12 febrero 2018.

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Un veterano telescopio se reinventa para investigar la energía oscura

El telescopio Mayall, que desde 1973 opera en el observatorio de Kitt Peak en Arizona (EE UU), ha empezado su reforma para alojar a DESI, un instrumento con el que se tratará de resolver el misterio de la energía oscura creando el mayor mapa en 3D del universo. En este proyecto participa el Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía.
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Estas son las fotografías más remotas jamás tomadas

Las imágenes difusas de dos objetos del cinturón de Kuiper, llamados 2012 HZ84 y 2012 HE85, son de momento las registradas más lejos de la Tierra. La sonda New Horizons las ha captado recientemente más allá de Plutón, desde una posición todavía más lejana que el lugar donde la nave Voyager 1 retrató el famoso ‘punto azul pálido’ que es nuestro planeta.
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11 feb. 2018

Mexico: The 1973 UFO Wave

Mexico: The 1973 UFO Wave
By Alfonso Salazar (Aviation Technician)
Reporte OVNI No. 58, Year 3, October 1995

The year 1973 was a generous one when it came to major cases and UFO landings in different parts of the world, but Mexico in particular, where even the city’s airport managed to pick up these unidentified flying objects.

One of the first sightings of this year became known in the El Siglo de Torreón newspaper, which reported the following in its 25 March 1973 edition:

“Strange Object Seen Over San Pedro – A countless number of people contacted this newsroom to confirm that at 9 o’clock at night, a luminous object crossed the heavens in an east to west direction at an extraordinary rate of speed, leading to the belief that it was a UFO.”

What is interesting about this is that regular commercial airline flights did not fly over this community. As regards the “extraordinary speed of the UFO”, to which the news item makes reference, the fastest airplane in the world at the time was the Concorde, which obviously did not fly over Mexican territory. In turn, the people who reported the event were largely engaged in farming activities, gaining nothing at all from making up stories about strange objects in the sky.

The following UFO sighting was made known by the El Mexicano newspaper concerning a possible close encounter of the third kind (CE3K) as classified by Dr. J. Allen Hynek. It took place in El Parral, Chihuahua.

According to the story, on the night of 14 March 1973, two brothers – Juan and Rubén Hernández – were working at a mine known as “La Prieta”, located in Parral, Chihuahua. Suddenly, the saw a round thing in the sky, looking like a fireball or a reddish light that appeared to be observing them.

“The light approached us to the extent that we were frightened, and alerted all the staff, even the secretary on duty…”

One of the miners who witnessed the UFO subsequently reported that the object was hanging there for a few moments, motionless, as though spying on them, watching the goings-on in the mine. It subsequently gained speed – which they considered to be incalculable – until it vanished from sight.

In response to questions posed by reporters from the aforesaid newspaper, miner Rubén Hernández stated that “the thing” had flown away swiftly toward the Zone of Silence, and that some of his co-workers had managed to see strange lights that descended or vanished in the air on several occasions.

The story about the sighting in the skies over Chihuahua was still hot in the press when another event became known – one that had occurred a few months earlier in the state of Michoacán.

On the Road from Uruapan to Paracho

The exact date of this occurrence was set in the month of February 1973, according to the newspaper that made the information known. It took place on the road leading from Uruapan to Paracho in the state of Michoacán.

Sales agent Alfonso Pulido claimed having been overtaken by a “ball of light” after leaving Uruapan.

According to Pulido, he was at the wheel of a Datsun automobile and accompanied by Leonardo Valdéz, who in turn corroborated the information provided.

“It was at a considerable distance. It looked like one of those stars that appear to move every so often. Suddenly, the ball of light became larger as it approached us, eventually hovering over the Datsun. It subsequently projected a bluish beam that lit up the road. It then began to cause interference – the car radio, for instance, could not be heard clearly, only as a buzzing sound. The object escorted us for some 5 minutes before flying off to the north. Thank God nothing bad happened.”

A Truck With Asbestos Sheeting Bursts Into Flame

Several different cases were reported during the month of May throughout the Mexican Republic, among them the case involving a truck that burned while transporting asbestos sheeting and bags of cement (widely discussed in issue 31 of REPORTE OVNI magazine).

On May 9, a Sinaloa newspaper reported the following: “They claim that a flying saucer followed them. What were they smoking? (News writers often took a skeptical slant, providing such headlines to UFO related information).

“Los Mochis, Sinaloa, May 9, 1973. Manuel Ruelas de Palomares and Martín Antonio Luque, peasant farmers of the locality of “El Aguajito”, township of Heraldo de Zaragoza, had the fright of their lives this morning when they were pursued by a flying saucer, or so they say, at a place known as El Vallado.

“Still in shock, the two peasant farmers appeared before the police authorities of Higuera de Zaragoza to retell the incredible event, stating that it was entirely true.

“According to their story, they said that on that day (9 May 1973), the time being three o’clock in the morning, approximately, they were coming from the fishing grounds in a mule-drawn cart. At a place known by all as “El Vallado”, they saw that a large flying object was heading toward them, giving off a bright yellow light covering over two meters. The peasant farmers stated that the ‘flying saucer’ approached them until they were bathed in its light, taking off at a dizzying rate of speed only to fly back toward them. Unable to endure this, they broke into a run, deserting their cart and plunging into the dense vegetation. Vidal Costa Valdéz, who held the role of trustee of Higuera de Zaragoza, reported to the area to confirm the story. Cota found the men’s footprints as they headed into the wilderness. He also found some of the fish that had fallen off the cart during what appeared to have been a desperate escape.

The information, along with some cases researched in-depth by the authorities, was made known to Santiago García, a 70s-era UFO researcher.

[Translation © 2018, Scott Corrales, Institute of Hispanic Ufology]

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Mexico: Hundreds Witness UFO Sighting in Tlalpan (2017)

Source: Chilango Times (http://ift.tt/2nXL3R6)
Date: 12.16.17

Mexico: Hundreds Witness UFO Sighting in Tlalpan

Dozens of people claimed having seen several unidentified flying objects on Friday afternoon from the borough of Tlalpan, in the vicinity of Mexico City's Portales Metro Station.

According to a report in the El Gráfico newspaper, a significant number of people stood outside the Metro station looking at the sky, where five silver spheres could be seen gliding among the clouds. Many of those who witnessed the phenomenon recorded it on their cellphones.

It is hard to see the flying objects in the video, cautions a reporter from that news outlet. However, he himself was able to see them.

"They were white spheres. Five of them, and they're still there. It looks odd. It's too high up for them to hid behind the clouds. All you can see is two little silver balls," said one of the citizen witnesses to the alleged UFO.

[Translation (c) 2018 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Chilango Times]
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Spain: The Puente San Miguel Humanoid (1978)

Source: I.P.U Santander and Mundo Desconocido
Date: Mundo Desconocido Issue 19 (January 1978)

Spain: The Puente San Miguel Humanoid

An extraterrestrial wandered through a Santander town at night.

Several local residents witnessed the strange visit by a humanoid to the town of Puente San Miguel in Santander, not long ago the locale for repeated UFO sightings. Upon learning of this, our colleagues German Gonzalez and Jose Ignacio Amurrio headed immediately to this community for an exhaustive investigation that we summarize as follows.

On Thursday, December 1, at 5:40 a.m., Mr. Emilio Ruiz Orive, 28, single, a miner by trade, was asleep at his home at 123 in the town of Puente San Miguel. He awoke due to the insistent barking of the two dogs in his household. he was lying face down, facing the door, and he ordered the dog to hush. At that moment, he saw a face similar or equivalent to that of a human being looking through a window with two panes of glass measuring 20 x 30 cm. He wondered for an instant who would be so bold as to peek into a private bedroom. He immediately realized that the face through the window was dark, nearly black, with light colored mustache and hair (white), much brighter than the light to be found outdoors could provide. The witness describes the outside light as fluorescent, in other words, very white. He says the shock was considerable, and acknowledges that fear gripped him in increasing measure as the sighting went on.

Seconds after his sighting began, the face - which seemed human to him throughout - pulled away from the window slowly. He was startled by the fact that the face did not dim as it receded. From the perspective he now had, he could tell that the upper body of his strange visitor was covered in a military style tunic (khaki colored, by his own description). He couldn't say if it had buttons or pockets, but did see something surrounding the neckline, with a white strip attached to it, comparable to the plastic collar found on some soldier's uniforms.

At a given moment, he saw that the observer looked right and then left, slowly. Now it was only possible to see the area where the alleged humanoid's chest would have been.

The witness was unable to recall anything else after that. He doesn't recall when he stopped seeing the entity, if it went off in one direction or another, up or down, or simply faded away. Fear caused him to cover himself with blankets. He only remembers that the light vanished, unable to ascertain whether it was extinguished at that very same moment or shortly after.

During the course of the observation, which lasted between two to three minutes, Emilio recalls that the window-gazer appeared to increase its size, or else must have been gigantic, estimating its height at between five and six meters (6 to 19 feet), insisting that its shape seemed to be humanoid, while unable to see whether it had any arms. The width was normal (in proportion) with the estimated height.

Another sibling, Cristobal, who lives in the same location, was awakened by the barking dogs and decided to get up. He headed for the door to see if there was indeed something outside that could stir up the dogs. He didn't open the door, choosing to open the shutters instead. Through the window, he was able to see that the street was illuminated by a powerful glow coming from the right. He was unable to say if it was near the house or far away, as he couldn't see its source.

When Cristobal opened the shutters and saw the glow, he was paralyzed and overcome with fear. He returned to his room without making a single remark after the glow died down.

Approximately at the same time, the odd brightness was seen by Mrs. Balbina Noriega as she headed for the restroom. She lives on the floor above the pharmacy visible in the illustration. Mrs. Balbina agrees that she heard the dogs barking furiously, although didn't pay the light much attention, since she thought it was a sign of daybreak. She was startled to see the time when she returned to her room.

Another local resident, Mrs. Julia Gutierrez, was awakened by the barking of the dog in her own home. Through the window she could see the bright light, which dimmed after a few seconds, vanishing altogether. This made her think it was a bold of lightning, while no thunderclap was heard, which also surprised here. Her son in law Manuel Fernandez was also awakened by the barking.

Also notable are the sightings made by Felipe Méndez de la Torre, director of the famous caves of Altamira. At 20:30 hours in April 1976, De la Torre and his secretary witnessed an object resembling a flattened moon that gave off light throughout, suspended in the sky with a slight balancing movement, and which vanished several minutes later, speeding toward the northeast. This sighting was substantiated by a youth from Suancos, a community located a few kilometers distant from the scene of the previous sighting. Another sighting worth noting occurred in July 1976 in Escalante, some 40 km distant from Santander, an incident during which the dog was a source of fear and confusion, even when it did not see the source of light.

Earlier Cases

There are a series ofe vents in this region that cannot be overlooked due to their significance. A little over two months ago, Mr. Joaquin Cosío, witnessed something he described like the moon, only larger, as he woke up in the early hours of the morning. The object had a whitish-orange hue and gave off enough light to illuminate the surroundings. The balancing motion was highlighted, and it remained in view for five minutes before speeding off to the north. Mr. Cosío's home is a hundred meters distant from the pharmacy, and he calculates the distance to the object observed at approximately one kilometer.

Note: The Nueva Dimensión podcast hosted by Juan Gómez (www.ivoox.com) revisited the case in September 2016, interviewing Emilio Ruiz Orive with a view toward clarifying errors and omissions in the case. Ruiz Orive still shudders at the memory of that fateful night. The face, he says, was not black as described in journalistic sources, but rather white and with a long beard and average length grey hair, "more or less like my own," adds the witness. It wasn't looking directly into the room, but rather taking in the surroundings. The incident also had the unfortunate outcome that Ruiz Orive - a miner used to working in the dark - was now unable to face the darkness of his work environment, terrified of it. It took years to overcome this aversion.

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