What to make of the intelligence community’s unclassified report on UFOs | Washington Examiner

This summer’s blockbuster read was a congressionally mandated government report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence titled Preliminary Assessment: Unidentified Aerial Phenomena.

It had a little something for the UFO believer and nonbeliever alike — a minimal something, but something nonetheless.

UNCLASSIFIED
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
The limited amount of high-quality reporting on unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP)
hampers our ability to draw firm conclusions about the nature or intent of UAP. The
Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF) considered a range of information on UAP
described in U.S. military and IC (Intelligence Community) reporting, but because the reporting
lacked sufficient specificity, ultimately recognized that a unique, tailored reporting process was
required to provide sufficient data for analysis of UAP events.
• As a result, the UAPTF concentrated its review on reports that occurred between
2004 and 2021, the majority of which are a result of this new tailored process to
better capture UAP events through formalized reporting.
• Most of the UAP reported probably do represent physical objects given that a
majority of UAP were registered across multiple sensors, to include radar, infrared,
electro-optical, weapon seekers, and visual observation.
In a limited number of incidents, UAP reportedly appeared to exhibit unusual flight
characteristics. These observations could be the result of sensor errors, spoofing, or
observer misperception and require additional rigorous analysis.
There are probably multiple types of UAP requiring different explanations based on the
range of appearances and behaviors described in the available reporting. Our analysis of
the data supports the construct that if and when individual UAP incidents are resolved they will
fall into one of five potential explanatory categories: airborne clutter, natural atmospheric
phenomena, USG or U.S. industry developmental programs, foreign adversary systems, and a
catchall “other” bin.
UAP clearly pose a safety of flight issue and may pose a challenge to U.S. national security.
Safety concerns primarily center on aviators contending with an increasingly cluttered air
domain. UAP would also represent a national security challenge if they are foreign adversary
collection platforms or provide evidence a potential adversary has developed either a
breakthrough or disruptive technology.
Consistent consolidation of reports from across the federal government, standardized
reporting, increased collection and analysis, and a streamlined process for screening all
such reports against a broad range of relevant USG data will allow for a more
sophisticated analysis of UAP that is likely to deepen our understanding. Some of these
steps are resource-intensive and would require additional investment.

And a Handful of UAP Appear to Demonstrate Advanced Technology
In 18 incidents, described in 21 reports, observers reported unusual UAP movement patterns or
flight characteristics.
Some UAP appeared to remain stationary in winds aloft, move against the wind, maneuver
abruptly, or move at considerable speed, without discernable means of propulsion. In a small
number of cases, military aircraft systems processed radio frequency (RF) energy associated with
UAP sightings.
The UAPTF holds a small amount of data that appear to show UAP demonstrating acceleration
or a degree of signature management. Additional rigorous analysis are necessary by multiple
teams or groups of technical experts to determine the nature and validity of these data. We are
conducting further analysis to determine if breakthrough technologies were demonstrated.

Source: What to make of the intelligence community’s unclassified report on UFOs | Washington Examiner

Mystery ‘jellyfish-shaped object’ filmed ‘entering atmosphere’ over Russia

A MYSTERIOUS “jellyfish-shaped object” which suddenly appeared in the Earth’s atmosphere has stunned local Russians.

In the footage, published on YouTube by Viral Hog, the comet-like object can be seen hurtling towards the Earth as stunned onlookers revel in its beauty.

A young boy, accompanied by his friends, can be heard calling out in his native Russian as he points towards the starry sky.

He then zooms in to get a closer look at the glowing object – which is spearheaded by a shiny point.

In the video’s caption, the user explains: “My friends and I saw the movement of some object in the sky, it looked like a comet, but it flew slowly and we realized that it was some kind of rocket or flying machine.

“A little later it exploded and a pattern in the form of jellyfish was formed, we even heard some kind of sound similar on blast.”

Source: Mystery ‘jellyfish-shaped object’ filmed ‘entering atmosphere’ over Russia

Biden filmed ‘ignoring’ Secret Service while entering White House | Daily Mail Online

  • In Biden’s latest bizarre gaffe, the president was filmed returning to the White House after spending time in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Secret Service agent points for him to follow the sidewalk path into White House
  • Instead, Biden is seen following the agent up the lawn and through the gardening into the presidential estate 
  • The video has left shocked critics of the president once again surmising whether Biden is suffering the effects of cognitive decline 
  • President Joe Biden was filmed seemingly ignoring the direction of a Secret Service agent tried to direct him to a path leading to the White House.

    In Biden’s latest bizarre gaffe, the president was filmed returning to the White House after spending time in Wilmington, Delaware when the agent points for him to follow the sidewalk path into the White House.

    Instead, Biden is seen following the agent up the lawn and through the garden into the presidential estate.

Source: Biden filmed ‘ignoring’ Secret Service while entering White House | Daily Mail Online

Gregg Jarrett on the secret JFK assassination files: What is the government hiding? | Fox News

Decades after the popular president was gunned down in broad daylight, many people are still asking ‘who really killed Kennedy’ — and, why won’t the government release all the assassination records?

Many unanswered questions remain about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22nd, 1963. In the decades since, conspiracy theories and speculation of all kinds have surfaced, adding to the swell of allure surrounding the single event that changed – and continues to mystify – the country.

Now, nearly 60 years later, Fox Nation is revisiting that tragic day in Dallas, as calls grow for the government to release all of their secret files.

Fox News legal analyst and host of ‘JFK: The Conspiracy Continues’ Gregg Jarrett joined ‘Fox & Friends’ Monday, telling co-host Will Cain that the government is to blame for the skepticism — asserting that most Americans don’t believe the beloved 35th U.S. president was shot and killed by a lone gunman.

“The government, to this day, continues to hide thousands of assassination records,” said Jarrett, who noted that, by law, President Biden has until October 26th of this year to release those documents.

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Cain asked the legal analyst why the FBI and the CIA have been actively working to keep these files secret, to which Jarrett replied by taking jabs at both organizations:

“The fact that they have worked sedulously and secretly behind the scenes to stop these documents from being released to the American public invites the question, what are they hiding?”

“Americans are entitled to the truth of this,” asserted Jarrett.

The truth, though, has perplexed Americans from the very beginning.

Source: Gregg Jarrett on the secret JFK assassination files: What is the government hiding? | Fox News

GOP lawmaker reveals how he comforted distraught mystery officer who shot Ashli Babbitt | The Independent

GOP Representative Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma has revealed how he comforted the unnamed distraught officer who shot and killed Ashli Babbitt, one of the Trump supporters who entered the Capitol on 6 January.

Mr Mullin said he encountered and hugged the officer who shot Ms Babbitt, a 35-year-old Air Force veteran, as she tried to climb through a broken window next to a door close to the speaker’s lobby.

Mr Mullin told C-SPAN last week that the officer was “later in his career” and the GOP Rep added that he was sure the officer “did not want to use lethal force” but that he was left with no other option.
“He was the last person in the world who ever wanted to use force like that,” Mr Mullin said. “I don’t know for a fact, but I can guarantee you he’s never had to pull his weapon in a manner like that before. I know for a fact because after it happened, he came over. He was physically and emotionally distraught. I actually gave him a hug and I said, ‘Sir, you did what you had to do.’
“Unfortunately, the young lady, her family’s life has changed and it’s unfortunate that she lost her life, but the lieutenant’s life has changed too,” he added. “It wasn’t his choice. He did not show up that day to have to do that, he got put in a situation where he had to do his job because there were members [of the House] still in the balcony.”

Source: GOP lawmaker reveals how he comforted distraught officer who shot Ashli Babbitt | The Independent

Government report can’t explain UFOs, but offers no evidence of aliens – POLITICO

A new intelligence report sent to Congress on Friday concludes that virtually all of the 144 sightings of unidentified flying objects documented by the military since 2004 are of unknown origin, in an extremely rare public accounting of the U.S. government’s data on UFOs that is likely to fuel further speculation about phenomena the intelligence community has long struggled to understand.

The report — the government’s first unclassified assessment in half a century — does not offer any definitive answers on who or what may be operating a variety of aircraft that, in some cases, appear to defy known characteristics of aerodynamics, and that officials believe pose a threat to national security and flight safety.

Out of 144 encounters with mysterious aircraft, 143 are literally unidentifiable, according to a newly released report to Congress.

Source: Government report can’t explain UFOs, but offers no evidence of aliens – POLITICO

‘Manifest’ Stars React to Cancellation After 3 Seasons — Josh Dallas | TVLine

‘Manifest’ stars Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh and others are speaking up about NBC’s cancellation of the supernatural drama.

Manifest has officially reached the end of the runway, meaning those underlying questions about Flight 828 and everything that unfolded after its mysterious return will remain unresolved.

TVLine confirmed Monday that talks with Netflix and other potential suitors fell through, ending a week-long campaign to save the series following NBC’s cancellation after three seasons.

Source: ‘Manifest’ Stars React to Cancellation After 3 Seasons — Josh Dallas | TVLine

‘Something’s going on’: UFOs threaten national security, US politicians warn

A group of senior American politicians have warned that UFOs pose “national security concerns” after getting a confidential briefing on a highly anticipated report on unidentified aerial phenomena that is set to be released later this month.

Some members of Congress were given advanced details about the contents of the Pentagon report, which is scheduled to be released before 25 June, and several said they are deeply worried about the findings.

“Clearly, something’s going on that we can’t handle,” Tim Burchett, a Republican congressman from Tennessee, told TMZ.

Source: ‘Something’s going on’: UFOs threaten national security, US politicians warn

UFO report: No evidence of alien spacecraft, but can’t rule it out

Are there alien spacecraft flying above us?

A highly anticipated government report sheds little light on the mystery, finding no evidence of extraterrestrial activity but not ruling it out either, according to two U.S. officials.

The report also does not rule out the possibility that the flying objects seen by U.S. military planes are highly advanced aircraft developed by other nations, the officials said. Further deepening the mystery, the report says the objects also do not appear to be evidence of secret U.S. technology but it doesn’t definitively rule that out either.

One of the officials said the report suggests the videos do not appear to show any known U.S. assets.

Source: UFO report: No evidence of alien spacecraft, but can’t rule it out

Moment USS Omaha is SWARMED by 14 UFOs on radar in 2019 | Daily Mail Online

  • In July 2019, radar seen by sailors aboard USS Omaha shows as many as 14 UFOs swarming ship in Pacific
  • At least one of the UFOs was traveling at speeds of more than 160mph, according to radar data
  • Investigative filmmaker Jeremy Corbell says radar corroborates earlier clip showing UFO near San Diego 
  • Original clip shows spherical object dropping into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of San Diego in July 2019
  • It was leaked hours after a Navy veteran based in Virginia said the UFOs could pose a security threat
  • Former Navy Lt. Ryan Graves said he and colleagues spotted objects in restricted airspace off the Virginia 
  • Graves said pilots filmed the sightings but grew so used to seeing them that they took them for granted
  • He said the UFOs, seen between 2015 and 2017, have capabilities far in advance of known US aircraft 
  • An Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force will release a report on ‘UAP’ sightings next month   

Source: Moment USS Omaha is SWARMED by 14 UFOs on radar in 2019 | Daily Mail Online

UFO Pentagon report: US navy nuclear submarines detect mystery speeding objects underwater | Weird | News | Express.co.uk

THE US Navy have detected unexplainable mysterious objects moving at hundreds of knots under the water as the Pentagon prepares to release its report on UFO sightings.The US Navy has picked up sonar data showing mysterious fast-moving objects underwater that cannot be explained by experts or current technology. Washington Examiner’s Tom Rogan said that US Navy “has the data” to prove the bizarre encounters. Some of these encounters could be included in the US Government task force which is preparing to brief Congress on its UFO findings next month.

Source: UFO Pentagon report: US navy nuclear submarines detect mystery speeding objects underwater | Weird | News | Express.co.uk

UFOs and the Pentagon: How the government has handled reported sightings, mysterious videos and more – CNNPolitics

Washington (CNN)For years, the US government largely ignored reports of mysterious flying objects seen moving through restricted military airspace but it is now slowly beginning to acknowledge that UFOs, which the Pentagon refers to as unidentified aerial phenomena, are real.

While it is certainly premature to speculate as to whether these flying objects come from another world, the US military has recently confirmed the authenticity of several videos and images showing encounters with unidentified flying objects — fueling questions about what the Pentagon knows about such incidents and others like them.

Next month, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and other agencies are scheduled to deliver unclassified reports on UFOs to Congress.

The Department of Defense’s watchdog is also set to examine how the Pentagon has handled reports of UFOs. A source with knowledge of the subject matter told CNN earlier this month that there will be more inquiries announced in the near future on how these encounters were handled in recent years.

Source: UFOs and the Pentagon: How the government has handled reported sightings, mysterious videos and more – CNNPolitics

New monolith found in Utah outback, this one with pop-out drawer, cryptic message | Gephardt Daily

CEDAR CITY, Utah, April 4, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — A pre-Easter family outing to the Three Peaks area near Cedar City turned much more intriguing when a member of the Anderson family came upon a shiny metal monolith that had not been there on previous trips.

“We come here every year,” Bruce Anderson, of Cedar City, told Gephardt Daily. “I think it was Thursday that some of the kids were riding ATVs and one came back and took us out to show us.”

What the kids had found was a human-made monolith, much like others found since late 2020, when the first was found in Utah’s San Juan County. Since then, multiple copycat monoliths have appeared around the world.

Source: New monolith found in Utah outback, this one with pop-out drawer, cryptic message | Gephardt Daily

American Airlines not denying possible UFO spotting, says: ‘Talk to the FBI’ | Fox News

The pilot on flight 2292 radioed around 1:00 p.m. CST and said that the unidentified object was flying right on top of them, according to a transmission recorded by Steve Douglass on his blog, Deep Black Horizon. American Airlines verified to Fox News that the transmission is from flight 2292.

“Do you have any targets up here? We just had something go right over the top of us,” the pilot said in the radio transmission.

“I hate to say this but it looked like a long cylindrical object that almost looked like a cruise missile type of thing moving really fast. It went right over the top of us.”

‘ODD’ LIGHTS SPOTTED IN NORTH CAROLINA SKY PROMPT SEVERAL THEORIES

American Airlines confirmed that the radio transmission is authentic, but did not give any further comment on the possible alien encounter. “Following a debrief with our Flight Crew and additional information received, we can confirm this radio transmission was from American Airlines Flight 2292 on Feb. 21,” an American Airlines spokesperson told Fox News in a statement. “For any additional questions on this, we encourage you to reach out to the FBI.”

The FBI did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday. Flight 2292 was around 37,000 feet at the time of the sighting, and Albuquerque Center did not respond because local air traffic interfered, according to Douglass. The flight went on to land in Phoenix, Arizona.

Source: American Airlines not denying possible UFO spotting, says: ‘Talk to the FBI’ | Fox News

Here’s a link to the flight path of AAL2292: https://flightaware.com/live/flight/AAL2292

Link to  audio: https://wetransfer.com/downloads/80939a600fb1c94b28032f656ba293df20210221223956/bc53c0c39e53ecf44d0bba30de96d70f20210221224041/d041eb

Link to entire morning recordings: https://wetransfer.com/downloads/dd1f53a0fdfe024d2a4d8bfb71d8ea6320210221213022/68d2909f048a84fb04fe06dc330f8ec920210221213107/c3f0e2

Researcher: Pentagon Admits Testing Wreckage From UFOs | Newsmax.com

 

 

“Although much of the reports’ details are redacted, what can be gleaned is that these technologies represent a literal quantum leap beyond the properties of all existing material known to man,” the researcher, Anthony Bragalia, wrote in his blog, UFO Explorations, reports The Daily Mail.

Bragalia said he secured more than 150 pages from the DIA after the agency responded to a request he submitted three years ago.

“The original 2017 FOIA request made to the DIA asks for the physical descriptions, properties, and composition of UFO/UAP material held by the government and its contractor,” he said, adding that the documents refer to “UFO/UAP material and physical debris recovered by personnel of the Department of Defense as residue, flotsam, shot-off material or crashed UAPs or unidentified flying objects.”

He attached the request and parts of the five documents he was given access to, showing that testing was being carried out by Bigelow Aerospace, a Las Vegas, Nevada-based company that performs private contract jobs for the Department of Defense.

Source: Researcher: Pentagon Admits Testing Wreckage From UFOs | Newsmax.com

Local sub shop about to go out of business, saved by donation from anonymous patron | WJAC

 

It was September 2020 when Cambria County resident Geri Maul opened “Maul’s Subs & Skillz” in St. Michael.

“We did really great in the month of September and even into October. Once November hit, between the holidays and the government shutdown, it got really slow,” she said.

Slowing down…to the point of struggling.

The business — offering 24-inch subs, baked goods, and the chance to win cash on Pennsylvania Skill machines — announced they would be closing their doors forever.

But when Geri came back to clean out the space later that weekend, she came across a generous surprise.

“There was an envelope underneath the door, and it said, “to Maul’s Subs & Skillz,” and inside was a monetary donation with a note that said, “please don’t close.”

That anonymous donation, she says, contained enough money to dig them out of their financial hole.

Source: Local sub shop about to go out of business, saved by donation from anonymous patron | WJAC

‘Alien’ monolith appears in ancient holy temple site in Turkey months after originals | Weird | News | Express.co.uk

ANOTHER monolith has appeared months after the mysterious metal structures started appearing around the globe. This time, one has shown up in the archaeological grounds of the oldest known temple on Earth.

In late November, authorities found a shiny metal monolith in the middle of the Utah desert. Following the first discovery, monoliths appeared in Romania, Spain, Netherlands, California, and even the Isle of Wight. Artists began taking credit for the monoliths, but conspiracy theorists’ tongues are wagging once again after a new monolith appeared in Turkey.

Source: ‘Alien’ monolith appears in ancient holy temple site in Turkey months after originals | Weird | News | Express.co.uk

PSP: ‘Suspicious’ body found by PennDOT worker prompts investigation in Indiana County

State police say they’re investigating a suspicious death after a man’s body was found Thursday in Indiana County. Troopers say a PennDOT worker found the man’s body around 2 p. m. near the 2000 block of Mulligan Hill Road in W. Wheatfield Township.

The PennDOT employee reported finding the man’s body in a grassy area off of the roadway while inspecting a nearby drain.

Indiana County Coroner Jerry Overman responded to the scene and pronounced the man dead.

Troopers say the man’s identity is being withheld until his family is notified.

They say they found evidence at the scene that leads them to believe the death is suspicious but are not releasing any additional information at this time so as not to compromise the investigation.

An autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death is being conducted at ForensicDX in Windber.

Anyone with information is asked to call State Police Troop A, Indiana Station at 724-357-1960.

Source: PSP: ‘Suspicious’ body found by PennDOT worker prompts investigation in Indiana County

UFO documents released by CIA are ‘real-life X-Files,’ expert says | Fox News

The CIA’s decision to declassify more than three decades worth of UFO documents is a “real-life X-Files,” according to one expert.

Nick Pope, a former employee and UFO investigator for Britain’s Ministry of Defense, said there are some “fascinating” documents in the files, which are more than 2,700 pages. However, the odd manner in which they were released and difficulties searching them will “fuel conspiracy theories.”

“There’s an irony in the UFO community expecting to find a smoking gun in material released by an organization they believe is part of a cover-up, and recent revelations about the Pentagon’s AATIP program and the [Unidentified Aerial Phenomena] Task Force suggest anyone looking in CIA files for the answer to the UFO mystery is looking at the wrong agency,” Pope said in an email to Fox News. “Perhaps these are the documents the government wants people to see, a bit like a magician who does something flamboyant with one hand, to draw people’s attention, while the important thing is going on in his other hand, behind his back.”

CIA RELEASES UFO ‘BLACK VAULT’ DOCUMENTS EARLY HOW TO SEE THEM ONLINE

The Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) was formed in 2007 at the behest of former Sen. Harry Reid, Fox News previously reported. It reportedly ceased operations in 2012, but in 2017 The New York Times reported the Department of Defense was still investigating potential episodes of unidentified flying objects.

Source: UFO documents released by CIA are ‘real-life X-Files,’ expert says | Fox News

FAA notified after UFO spotted in Hawaii appears to fall in ocean

Several witnesses from different locations across Oahu, Hawaii reported seeing a large glowing, blue mass flying over the night sky around 8.30pm on Tuesday.

  • A large blue glowing object was spotted in the night sky in Oahu on Tuesday
  • Witness Moriah and her husband followed the object for three miles in their car 
  • Footage shows the ‘UFO’ moving across the sky before falling into the ocean 
  • The sighting was reported to the FAA which confirmed it had not received reports of overdue or missing aircraft’
  • Comes as Harvard professor Avi Loeb reignited conspiracy theories about extraterrestrial life
  • Loeb maintains the 2017 discovery of the Oumuamua rock is actually a piece of discarded technology from an alien civilization 

Source: FAA notified after UFO spotted in Hawaii appears to fall in ocean

A Harvard professor says an alien visited in 2017

A Harvard professor says we were visited by an alien life form in 2017 — and we should be ready for more.

When the first sign of intelligent life first visits us from space, it won’t be a giant saucer hovering over New York. More likely, it will be an alien civilization’s trash.

Avi Loeb, the chair of Harvard’s Department of Astronomy, believes he’s already found some of that garbage.

In his upcoming book, “Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), out Jan. 26, the professor lays out a compelling case for why an object that recently wandered into our solar system was not just another rock but actually a piece of alien technology.

The object in question traveled toward our solar system from the direction of Vega, a nearby star 25 light-years away, and intercepted our solar system’s orbital plane on Sept. 6, 2017.

On Sept. 9, its trajectory brought it closest to the sun. At the end of September, it blasted at about 58,900 miles per hour past Venus’ orbital distance, and then, on Oct. 7, it shot past Earth’s before “moving swiftly toward the constellation Pegasus and the blackness beyond,” Loeb writes in the book.

The object was first spotted by an observatory in Hawaii containing the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS) — the highest definition telescope on earth.

The space object was dubbed ‘Oumuamua (pronounced “oh moo ah moo ah”), which is Hawaiian for — roughly — “scout.”

As space travelers go, it was relatively small at just about 100 yards long, but it was a big deal in the scientific community.

For starters, it was the first interstellar object ever detected inside our solar system. Judging from the object’s trajectory, astronomers concluded it was not bound by the sun’s gravity — which suggested it was just traveling through.

Source: A Harvard professor says an alien visited in 2017

Another jetpack sighting over L.A. heightens the mystery – Los Angeles Times

The case of the “jetpack man” flying over Los Angeles has taken another turn with a new video purporting to show an object flying off the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

The latest sighting occurred Dec. 21 but only added to the mystery. According to the Drive website, the jetpack was seen by people on an instructional flight out of Torrance airport. Someone with Sling Pilot Academy took a video of the object, which flies at a high rate of speed for several seconds before going out of frame.

The FBI is already examining two earlier sightings. As for the Palos Verdes Peninsula incident, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said: “We’re aware of it and are continuing to investigate the reports.”

In a statement, the Federal Aviation Administration said it had not “received any recent reports from pilots who believe they may have seen someone in a jetpack in the skies around Los Angeles.”

“The FAA has taken the sighting reports it has received seriously, and has worked closely with the FBI to investigate them,” the statement added. “However, the FAA has been unable to validate the reports.”

The first sighting occurred Aug. 30, when an American Airlines pilot radioed in with an unbelievable report. “Tower, American 1997. We just passed a guy in a jetpack,” the pilot said. Minutes later came another report, this time from a pilot approaching LAX in a Jet Blue airliner: “We just saw the guy pass us by in the jetpack.”

The in October, a China Airlines pilot approaching LAX reported seeing a jetpack flying at an altitude of 6,000 feet. That’s more than a mile up.

Source: Another jetpack sighting over L.A. heightens the mystery – Los Angeles Times

Radio Emissions Have Been Detected from an Exoplanet – Universe Today

Invisible Glow Finding planets out in the Universe is pretty hard. I say this despite the fact that two planets in Earth’s skies are aligning tomorrow to form one of the brightest objects seen in hundreds of years. But while the brilliant Jupiter and Saturn are always visible to the naked eye, Neptune wasn’t directly … Continue reading “Radio Emissions Have Been Detected from an Exoplanet”

Source: Radio Emissions Have Been Detected from an Exoplanet – Universe Today

Will Eating Charred Oranges Restore Sense of Smell After COVID-19?

“Anosmia” refers to the complete loss of the sense of smell.

The claim was featured in a video shared on TikTok on Dec. 15, 2020, in which two women describe the “TikTok trick” as a “Christmas miracle.” The two roommates claimed they had COVID-19 at the time of filming and both lost their sense of smell. In the clip, the duo is seen blackening an unpeeled orange on the stovetop, peeling it, mushing it in a cup, adding brown sugar, and eating it.

At the time of writing, the video had nearly 800,000 views. But despite its popularity, there is no evidence to suggest that eating any style of orange will restore a person’s loss of smell or taste due to COVID-19. In fact, science is only just beginning to understand the mechanisms behind why people lose their sense of smell from SARS-CoV-2 in the first place, much less how to restore it.

How Does the Nose Smell?

Highly specialized sensory cells known as olfactory sensory neurons make up a small patch of tissues inside of the human nose, according to the National Institutes of Health. Each olfactory neuron has one odor receptor in the brain. As substances around the nose release microscopic molecules, the neurons stimulate receptors in the brain and send messages to identify the smell.

To reach the olfactory sensory neurons, smells take one of two paths: either through the nostrils or via a channel that connects the roof of the throat to the nose. This is why scent plays such a large role in our sense of taste — chewing food releases molecules that the olfactory sensory neurons in the back of the throat can pick up on. But when this channel is blocked by an infection, the scent of food can be lost on the brain, a condition known as anosmia.

Why Does COVID-19 Infection Create a Loss of Smell?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) listed a “new loss of taste or smell” as a symptom of COVID-19 and it is thought that COVID-19 infection creates an inflammation reaction inside the nose that leads to the loss of the olfactory neurons. And anosmia has been shown to be an indicator of viral spread at the community level, making it an important characteristic to track when tracing COVID-19 infection.

Source: Will Eating Charred Oranges Restore Sense of Smell After COVID-19?

70 years later, mystery of Glenn Miller’s disappearance may be solved | Colorado Public Radio

A researcher claims he can put to rest decades of conjecture surrounding the mysterious disappearance of big band leader Glenn Miller during World War II.

Long overlooked military documents indicate the small plane in which Miller was likely traveling when he disappeared in 1944 probably crashed in the English Channel after fuel intakes froze, according to Dennis Spragg, a senior consultant to the Glenn Miller Archive at the University of Colorado Boulder.

“The icing took three forms: engine icing, carburetor icing and induction ice,” Spragg says. “And that’s the kind of ice that forms on the fuel tanks and fuel lines, feeding fuel to the engine.”

Miller was born in Iowa and spent the latter part of his boyhood in Fort Morgan on Colorado’s Eastern Plains. There, he played high school football and honed his skills on the trombone. He attended the University of Colorado Boulder briefly before dropping out to pursue his music career.

On the day he went missing, Dec. 15, 1944, Miller, an Army major, is believed to have boarded a UC-64A Norseman in Bedfordshire, England, as a passenger. The plane was bound for France, where Miller was planning a performance for Allied troops.

Spragg has penned a book on the subject of Miller’s disappearance, called “Resolved.”

Spragg says the plane was flying low because of poor visibility. When fuel lines froze the engine stopped, giving the plane’s pilot about eight seconds to react before it plunged into the water. Because the plane was constructed of mostly lightweight materials, it probably disintegrated on impact, killing those aboard instantly, Spragg says.

Photo: Glenn Miller in Bedford, England(Photo: Courtesy University of Colorado Boulder Glenn Miller Archive)Spragg cites military documents to back his claims, some of which have been in the public realm for decades, but were previously uninspected by Glenn Miller researchers, he says.

In the late 1930s, Miller experienced widespread fame with hits like “Tuxedo Junction” and “Chatanooga Choo-Choo.” Even though Miller was in his late 30s and it was unlikely he would have been drafted for World War II, the band leader joined the Army. Spragg says Miller signed up partly out of patriotism and partly for practical reasons, including that Miller may have had a hard time keeping young musicians in the band because of the draft.

As a major in the U.S. Army Air Forces Band, Miller led musical shows broadcast from England and meant to boost troop morale.

He also participated in counter-propaganda campaigns against the Nazis. In some recordings Miller speaks German, phonetically pronouncing words for a German audience. Such broadcasts, combined with Miller’s work alongside British actor David Niven, Spragg says, emboldened theorists to assert that Miller had been a spy for the Allies and perhaps assassinated.

Some other entertainers, including dancer Josephine Baker, did covert work.

Yet there’s no substantial proof that Niven, who served for a short time in an elite British military unit, worked as a spy with Miller, Spragg says.

“There is a difference between broadcasting music or information to the enemy from England as opposed to being clandestine agents in the field running around the continent putting yourself at risk,” Spragg says.

Another theory — one that’s more widely accepted — is that the plane Miller was flying in was destroyed by friendly fire. That theory was first proposed in the 1980s as intriguing evidence about the Norseman plane came to light. It was discovered that 138 planes returning from an aborted Allies bombing raid disposed of their bombs over the English Channel, and the theory is that one hit Miller’s plane, causing it to crash.

Citing U.S. Army Air Force records, Spragg says the timing of when the planes were over the channel rules out that theory.

More likely, he says, is that another plane was journeying across the channel at the time the bombers were returning. It appears to be a “case of mistaken identity” that the Norseman was in the area at the time.

Source: 70 years later, mystery of Glenn Miller’s disappearance may be solved | Colorado Public Radio