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Wednesday July 22 2003


5,000-year-old settlement found in Sligo
THE Republic's largest Neolithic settlement dating back 5,000 years has been uncovered on a remote mountain - more than 100 years after the site was first mapped by archaeologists
-belfast telegraph

Mother kept mummified daughter for aliens
A distraught Kazakh mother kept her daughter's mummified corpse in her apartment for three years, hoping the girl would be resurrected by aliens
-smh

74 get rabies in southern China
AT LEAST 74 people have contracted rabies and have likely died in southern China, state press and local officials said Monday
-herald sun

After almost 14 years, ex-hockey star found in ice
The body of a former NHL first-round draft pick who disappeared in Austria almost 14 years ago has been found frozen in the Alps.
-Associated Press

Elusive Neutrinos Captured, Mapped
The most elusive particles in the universe are beginning to reveal the locations of the most powerful events ever.
-discovery news

Strange Orange Lightning and A Sampling of Recent English Crop Formations
A sampling of recent formations in Wiltshire and Hampshire counties of southern England where so far, there have been forty-five formations reported in 2003
-earthfiles

Moon-landing conspiracy theories weightless but persistent
Phil Plait dissects the evidence
-mercury news

Chupacabras Prints To Be Studied By Geo Group
CURICO. The prestigious GEO Group, devoted to the study of UFO phenomena, is studing the prints left by the alleged "Chupacabras" which apparently attacked thirty chickens during early morning hours last Tuesday in La Palmilla, Rauco commune
-paranormal news

Psychic link to Lockerbie bomb probe
The CIA used psychics to investigate the Lockerbie bombing and reconstruct images of the baggage container said to have held the bomb that caused PanAm Flight 103 to explode
-sunday herald

Nowhere safe as weather goes haywire
FREAK weather conditions stretching from France to the United States have caused widespread destruction, claimed lives and injured dozens of people.
-the scotsman

New Chip Can Be Implanted in Humans
Borrowing from technology for tracking pets, a U.S. company on Thursday launched Mexican sales of microchips that can be implanted under a person's skin and used to confirm health history and identity.
-newsday.com

First stars had no planets
The first stars to form in the Universe had no planets. Only later generations of stars, that contained more metal, were able to have planetary companions, according to new research.
-bbc

Sunday July 20 2003


Sea floor survey reveals deep hole
Scientists have identified a region of the sea floor with a depth that rivals the Challenger Deep which, at about 11,000 metres (36,000 feet), is the lowest spot on Earth.
-bbc

Scientists plan to clone mammoths
Japanese scientists seeking to clone prehistoric wooly mammoths were preparing their first frozen DNA samples in bid to bring the beasts back to life.
-cnews

Black holes and galaxies -- Missing link discovered in our own backyard
Surprising discovery of a German-American research team: black holes and their "host-galaxies" always grow in close connection
-eurekalert

Nearest Cosmic Mirage
Discovery of quadruply lensed quasar with Einstein ring
-eso.org

Mosquito plague kills 110 in India
The mosquito-borne disease encephalitis has killed 110 children in Andhra Pradesh, southern India, in the past six weeks, health officials said. Most
-gaurdian uk

Why do we dream?
Ernest Hartmann, a professor of psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine and the director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Newton Wellesley Hospital in Boston, Mass., explains.
-scientific american

Rare sight of Red planet
Mars is approaching Earth at about 35,000km/h and on August 27 will be the closest it has been for about 70,000 years, at 56 million kilometres.
-daily telegraph

Police: Woman Digs Skeleton Up, Burns It To Fake Death
Disinterred Body Not Identified
-local6.com

Man slept on mattress with dead body underneath
A motel guest who complained for three days about the foul odor in his room apparently had a lot more to complain about.
-The Associated Press

Man cuts off penis, eats it
A MALAYSIAN man sliced off his own penis, then fried and ate it after taking hallucinatory pills that caused him to hear voices urging him to mutilate himself
-news.com.au

Family goat beheaded, has blood drained
Authorities are trying to find out why someone beheaded the pet goat of a Yavapai County family and drained the body of all its blood
-az central

Brains hardwired to underestimate own strength
Human brains are wired to underestimate the amount of force exerted on other people, a study of "tit-for-tat" experiments has revealed.
-new scientist

Saturday July 19 2003


BIG BROTHER COMES TO WAL-MART
Starting this week, the nation's largest discount retailer will quietly begin selling tracking-chipped products to clueless shoppers. The first volley in their war against our privacy is set to start at their Brockton, Massachusetts store
-curezone

Zero point energy
If harnessed, could be an ideal energy source for spacecraft
-The Guardian

Baja California Rock Art Dated to 7,500 Years Ago
The giant rock art murals that grace the walls of hundreds of shelters and caves found in the hardscrabble hills of the high sierra in Baja California Sur, Mexico, date back as far as 7,500 years ago, according to data from an ongoing study of the area.
-national geographic

The Philadelphia Experiment: Sixty Years Later
There are many different interpretations and views of what really happened, or didn’t, when the U.S. Navy embarked on a project to de-magnetize warships beginning in 1943.
-paranormal news

Beyond the Wall
Infrared surveillance cams. Seismic field sensors. Real-time data maps. Welcome to the new US Border Patrol.
-wired.com

Unusual Details in Dutch Crop Formations
Wilhelminaoord, Drenthe, Holland, was the site of two unusual wheat crop formations discovered by the farmer the morning of July 13, 2003. To the east is Stadskanaal which had formations in 2002 and 2001 that changed over time.
-earthfiles

Japanese team to leave on quest for Yeti
A 60-year-old Japanese mountaineer will form a seven-member party and leave for a two-month Himalayan mission next month in quest for the legendary and elusive Yeti, according to his family
-abc news

Icebound telescope probes the Universe
The first ever map of the neutrino sky has been produced by a novel telescope encased in ice at the South Pole.
-bbc

China's 'Loch Ness Monster' Resurfaces
China's legendary "Lake Tianchi Monster" has surfaced anew, with local officials reporting sightings of as many as 20 of the mysterious and unidentified creatures in a lake near North Korea.
-Reuters

Tuesday July 15 2003


Ancient Egyptian Priest Compound Discovered
Egyptian and German archaeologists have discovered a 2,000-year-old priest settlement in southern Egypt, the Supreme Council for Egyptian Antiquities announced
-discovery news

Chupacabras Gets a Beating
A couple from Viña del Mar went through a horrifying experience after becoming aware that a strange animal, allegedly the Chupacabras, had entered into their back yard where it attacked the family’s ducks.
-paranormal news

Unusual Crop Formation Lines Up with English Burial Mounds
The nearly 300-foot-diameter crop formation of eleven concentric rings lined up with four ancient tumuli (burial mounds) was reported on July 6, 2003
-earthfiles

Mysterious Smoke Ring: New Details Emerge
You'd have thought it was the end of the world. Actually, some here thought it was
-woai.com

Primeval Planet: Oldest Known World Conjures Prospect of Ancient Life
Astronomers have discovered the oldest known planet, a primeval world 12.7 billion years old that will force them to reconsider how and when planets form
-space.com

A User's Guide to Time Travel
All it takes is a grasp of theoretical physics, control of the space-time continuum, and maybe a ball of cosmic string.
-wired.com

Filer’s Files #28 -- 2003
CROP CIRCLES SPRING UP AROUND US
-paranormal news

Searching for the Lost Continent
Russian scientist believes, Atlantis lies between Gibraltar and the Azores
-pravda

Friday July 11 2003


New dinosaur identified in South Africa
The remains of a two-ton dinosaur have lurked in a South African university for more than 20 years -- but only now have researchers realized it is the oldest direct ancestor of the largest creatures ever to walk the earth.
-cnn

Human settlements already existed in the Amazon Basin (Equador) 4000 years ago
The eastern slopes of the Andean Cordillera, in the Equador province of Zamora-Chinchipe, bordering Peru, form part of the Amazon piedmont.
-eurekalert.org

Baby Born with Four Legs and Three Hands
A Zambian woman has given birth to a baby girl with four legs and three hands, a senior doctor says.
-Reuters

Stonehenge depicts female vulva
Stonehenge is a massive fertility symbol, according to Canadian researchers who believe they have finally cracked the mystery of the ancient monument.
-Reuters

Man who lived 25,000 years ago
Archaeologists have discovered the bones of a human who lived 25,000 years ago, in a cave on the outskirts of Beijing.
-gaurdian uk

Eye scan to order school dinners
Pupils at a school in Sunderland will be using an eye scanning security system, when their new £14m building opens in September.
-bbc

Pluto Shocks with Atmosphere Change
Pluto, a planet so puzzling that some astronomers say it isn't a planet at all, seems to be defying the laws of atmospheric physics, according to studies published on Thursday in the British weekly journal Nature.
-discovery news

The Antigravity Underground
The fantastic floating device called a lifter has no moving parts, no onboard fuel, and no shortage of wide-eyed admirers. Even inside NASA.
-wired.com

On sky patrol with the flying saucer squad
The evidence for extraterrestrial life continues to pile up
-Guardian UK

Black Ring Photographed in San Antonio Sky
Chuck Fehlis captured this image on his digital camera shortly before 11 a.m. today. It shows a black ring that National Weather Service officials first believed was a halo effect produced by the sun.
-San Antonio Express-News

Mysterious Lights Videotaped Emerging from Ogbourne St. George, England Crop Formation
Mysterious lights were videotaped emerging from the thirty-seven circles discovered in young wheat below the Ridgeway at Ogbourne St. George, Wiltshire, England, on Sunday, June 15, in a pattern nearly 600 feet in diameter.
-earthfiles

Thursday July 10 2003


Big Brother Gets a Brain
The Pentagon's Plan for Tracking Everything That Moves
-village voice

Sunset reveals inscription on Biblical tomb
Points to John the Baptist's father
-cnn

Being Invisible
Next-gen optical camouflage is busting out of defense labs and into the street. This is technology you have to see to believe.
-wired.com

Strange Clouds
A weakening line of thunderstorms produced strange looking clouds across parts of the Tri-State on Tuesday morning, June 10th
-abc25.com

Conventioneers share alien theories
Dearborn discussion is UFOs, crop circles
-detroit free press

Dust storm rages on Mars
A huge dust storm is raging over a third of Mars, obscuring many surface features. Experts hope it will subside by 27 August when Mars will be at its brightest and closer to Earth than it has ever been in recorded history.
-bbc

Celestial Soulmate ? Jupiter-like Planet Found in System Similar to Ours
An international team of planet hunters have found the closest thing yet to a solar system similar to our own out in space; a Jupiter-like planet orbiting its parent star in a Jupiter-like orbit.
-space.com

Is flu the next bioterror weapon?
Virus is accessible and easily transmissible through air
-msnbc

Thursday July 3 2003


Reports Never Reached a Conclusion about Chupacabras
In May 2002, Carlos Cantero, a senator for the Renovación Nacional party in Chile’s 2nd Region, requested a report from Francisco Segovia, governor of El Loa, to find out the information handled by official agencies in regard to the strange phenomenon that caused the deaths of hundreds of animals in the region.
-paranormal news

'Half-man' beast spotted in China
An investigation has begun after sightings of a legendary "ape-like" beast in the forests of central China.
-smh

More Evidence of a Roswell Coverup?
Steven Aftergood of Secrecy News writes that on July 28, 1995, the General Accounting Office published a report on the Roswell Incident that said all the Roswell records had been destroyed.
-unknowncountry

Rare Aboriginal Rock Art Collection Found
Australian scientists on Tuesday announced the discovery of a cave containing scores of rock paintings up to 4,000 years old, calling it one of the most significant finds ever of Aboriginal art
-discovery news

Giant sea creature baffles Chilean scientists
Chilean scientists were baffled on Tuesday by a huge, gelatinous sea creature found washed up on the southern Pacific coast and were seeking international help identifying the mystery specimen
-cnn

Rockville farmer puzzled by crop circles in his wheat field
Wheat farmer Larry Balestra might have trouble getting the most out of his field near Interstate 80. There are crop circles all over it.
-The Associated Press

Astronomy Picture of the Day
Martian Moon Phobos from MGS
-Astronomy Picture of the Day

Tuesday July 1 2003


Frozen Water Detected at Mars' North Pole - Report
The Martian north pole is honeycombed with frozen water, exceeding the ice deposits detected on Mars' southern end and raising hopes of finding traces of past microscopic life, astronomers reported on Thursday
-yahoo news

NASA's solar-wing crashes in Pacific
A record breaking uncrewed solar aeroplane developed by NASA crashed into the Pacific during a test flight on Thursday
-new scientist

Hi-tech chips to verify identity
In a world first, the Federal Government is set to introduce new Australian passports which will include electronic identity chips
-news.com.au

Miner amputates own arm
An Australian coal miner amputated his own arm with a knife after becoming pinned under a tractor, police say.
-bbc

Herzog's epic quest for camera shy Nessie
THE legend is about to take on the monster. Eccentric German film-maker Werner Herzog will shortly arrive in Scotland to pursue one of the world’s most elusive creatures.
-scotland on sunday

'Bigfoot' spotted in China
Investigations are underway in the forests of central China after an alleged sighting of a 1.65 metres (5.4 feet) tall unidentified ape-like beast, Xinhua news agency has reported.
-bbc

Theorems in Wheat Fields
It's no wonder that farmers with fields in the plains surrounding Stonehenge, in southern England, face late-summer mornings with dread. On any given day at the height of the growing season, as many as a dozen farmers are likely to find a field marred by a circle of flattened grain
-science news