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Piper’s Yowie Footage: On August 28th of 2000, Steven Piper reportedly captured footage of a Yowie (Australia’s Bigfoot) while in New South Wales.

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Is it? Well… maybe… maybe not. Could be, though. They’re as elusive as our version and a lot nastier for reasons unknown.

So nasty in fact that there are areas where folks try to avoid at all costs,even if they’re piloting a tractor-trailer truck.

So, um, yeah. I’d still dig going on searches. Especially if carrying extra underwear. Sadly the forces of evil won’t let the Australian people protect themselves.

Sigh.

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Well, good golly gosh!

While searching for “fortean” on tumblr for new blogs, I came across this post from Andy McGrath’s thebeastsofbritain, (which I already follow as it’s an excellent blog), regarding a visit by himself and Champ researcher Katy Elizabeth, both Fortean Facebook friends, with a dear old friend of mine!

Wa Hey!

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Whilst travelling from Maine to Vermont with my friend Katy Elizabeth, we stopped at the home of American Fortean, James Boyd, to admire his awesome collection. He was a true gentleman full of awesome stories and experiences and a very gracious host.

#James Boyd#fortean#cryptozoology#Nessie witness#international cryptozoology conference#Beasts of Britain#Katy Elizabeth#champ search#Andy McGrath#New England#BOB in the USA

Wow, this was an awesome surprise. Due to my situation, I haven’t seen Jim in ages, well over a decade now, sadly. He is as described above and more… a good friend to have. A Fortean since forever and a dedicated supporter of the International Fortean Organization for decades.

Hopefully I will get to hang out with him again one day…

Anyway…

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far side

far side

We’ve seen the far side quite a few times – from orbit…

But…

These are the first ever images taken from the ground on the far side of the Moon.

Captured by the Chinese Lunar Exploration Project (CLEP)’s history-making Chang’e-4 spacecraft.

www.clep.org.cn…

This is simply FanFreakin’tastic!

Such wonderfuil things are coming!

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horse brains

Plate XXVII. Brain and ear. Descriptive anatomy of the horse and domestic animals. 1870.

the head

“Right infero-lateral view of the head.” Strangeways’ veterinary anatomy. 1879.

Via the one and only nemfrog

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is it tassie

“This image was taken by a man named Peter Groves in January of 2019. He claims to have seen the Thylacine when he was walking a trail in Clifton Springs, Australia. Groves said that the animal did not seem to be wary of him at all and that they stared at each other for about 5 minutes. Some believe it looks like a mangy canine or a fox, but others see a striking resemblance to the Thylacine that was in the film The Hunter and dub it as a hoax.”

God, there are so many hoaxes. I hope this is not one of them, but, not having seen The Hunter, it is sad that it quite likely likely is exactly that.

From cryptid-wendigo

People… sigh.

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Ion drive: The first flight

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Published on Nov 21, 2018

Researchers from MIT have flown a plane without moving parts for the first time. It is powered by an ‘ion drive’ which uses high powered electrodes to ionise and accelerate air particles, creating an ‘ionic wind’. This wind drove a 5m wide craft across a sports hall. Unlike the ion drives which have powered space craft for decades, this new drive uses air as the accelerant. The researchers say it could power silent drones. Read the original research paper: doi.org/10.1038/s41586-018-07… Read Nature’s Editorial which also raises possible concerns about how a silent drone might be used: doi.org/10.1038/d41586-018-07…

Here is a snippet from a Scientific American.com article called Silent and Simple Ion Engine Powers a Plane with No Moving Parts. There is also an ATS discussion with the same title here.

Behind a thin white veil separating his makeshift lab from joggers at a Massachusetts Institute of Technology indoor track, aerospace engineer Steven Barrett recently test-flew the first-ever airplane powered with ionic wind thrusters—electric engines that generate momentum by creating and firing off charged particles.

Using this principle to fly an aircraft has long been, according even to Barrett, a “far-fetched idea” and the stuff of science fiction. But he still wanted to try. “In Star Trek you have shuttlecraft gliding silently past,” he says. “I thought, ‘We should have aircraft like that.’”

Thinking ionic wind propulsion could fit the bill, he spent eight years studying the technology and then decided to try building a prototype miniature aircraft—albeit one he thought was a little ugly. “It’s a kind of dirty yellow color,” he says, adding that black paint often contains carbon—which conducts electricity and caused a previous iteration to fry itself

Unlike its predecessors, which had tumbled to the ground, Version 2 sailed nearly 200 feet through the air at roughly 11 miles per hour (17 kilometers per hour). With no visible exhaust and no roaring jet or whirling propeller—no moving parts at all, in fact—the aircraft seemed silently animated by an ethereal source. “It was very exciting,” Barrett says. “Then it crashed into the wall, which wasn’t ideal.”

Barrett and his team figured out three main things to make Version 2 work. The first was the ionic wind thruster design. Version 2’s thrusters consist of two rows of long metal strands draped under its sky blue wings. The front row conducts some 40,000 volts of electricity—166 times the voltage delivered to the average house, and enough energy to strip the electrons off ample nitrogen atoms hanging in the atmosphere.

Another innovation Barrett’s team came up with was designing a lightweight but powerful electrical system, Walker notes. Before this aircraft, he says, nobody had created a system that could convert power from a lightweight battery efficiently enough to generate sufficient voltage for the thrusters.

Finally Barrett used a computer model to get the most out of every design element in the aircraft, from the thruster and electrical system designs to the wires that ran through the plane. “The power converter, the battery, the caps and fuselage—everything was optimized,” Barrett says. “The simulations failed all the time. We had to make hundreds of changes.” In the end, they had the triumphant Version 2.

The breakthrough offers a great proof of concept showing ion thrusters can be used on Earth….Propellers and jets are still far more efficient than the ion wind thrusters Barrett demonstrated, making it unlikely that passenger planes would switch over anytime soon. But the thrusters have one key advantage: “There’s no sound generation

Over at ATS, one of our resident aircraft experts, anzha, offered … “Bit more info:” www.eurekalert.org… www.nature.com… and www.nature.com…

If we can overcome our socio-survival obstacles and get ourselves to a good place the future is made nicer by this development. I would venture that although it does require lots and lots of volts, those volts will be forthcoming without too much difficulty. Note to self: gotta read all the articles!

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jelly

 

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Stygiomedusa gigantea is a species of giant deep sea jellyfish. With only 115 sightings in the last 110 years it is a jellyfish that is rarely seen, but believed to be widespread throughout the world. It is thought to be one of the largest invertebrate predators in the deep sea ecosystem.

From sixpenceee

And it’s another massive, majestic magnificence from the dark and dangerous depths.

Wonerful!

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whoa

سبحان الله وبحمده [Hallelujah and praise]

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سبحان الله العظيم SKY EAGLE [Hallelujah great Sky Eagle]

 

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وهاب [Wahab]

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I really like this picture. Really strong piece…

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crystal spinner

Mother Nature straight-lining it with a spin.

Dedicated to those who still say that there are no straight lines in nature.
The phrase “Thick as a plank” comes to mind.

I just don’t see how such a refusal to see what is right in front of their eyes can stick. It may be driven by some limiting condition… religion? An obsession with one belief to the point of psychosis? That is quite sad and perhaps a major contributor to why we’re stuck here fighting each other instead of exploring the stars while at the same time enjoying numerous incomprehensibly magical delights.

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Ultima Thule

This image made available by NASA on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019 shows images with separate color and detail information, and a composited image of both, showing Ultima Thule, about 1 billion miles beyond Pluto. The New Horizons spacecraft encountered it on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. (NASA via AP)

Read more at: NASA: Icy object past Pluto looks like reddish snowman

Ultima Thule

A new picture returned from Nasa’s New Horizons spacecraft shows the little world to be two objects joined together – to give a look like a “snowman.” The US probe’s images acquired as it approached Ultima hinted at the possibility of a double body, but the first detailed picture from Tuesday’s close flyby confirms it.
www.bbc.co.uk…

Ultima Thule

Ultima Thule… the most distant object that our current human civilization has ever checked out – at 4.1 billion miles out from Earth.

I think it’s lovely.

Read more at Phys.org’s NASA: Icy object past Pluto looks like reddish snowman.

Images by NASA via AP

Spectacular. Bravo dear Space Cowboys, we love you so!

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New Bigfoot Documentary 2018 the Most Elusive Creature on Earth Has Been Caught on Camera

UAMN TV
Premiered Nov 17, 2018

Every Country in the world has stories of strange creatures that should not exist, every culture tells of monsters that lurk in the unseen. Stories of a large hairy creatures with man like features have existed in various parts of the world for many centuries. In fact, the only continent not to have stories of “wild men” is Antarctica. In the Himalayas, it’s the Yeti. In Canada, it’s the Sasquatch. And in the northwest United States, it’s Bigfoot. What many people don’t know is that Britain has it’s very own monster legends, known traditionally as the Wodewose or Wildman, it is described by believers as being between six and eight feet tall with a large forehead and pronounced brow, like a cave man’s, and a rounded, crested head like a gorilla’s. Britain’s most famous ‘monster’ is the Werewolf, known world wide as Wolfmen or Dogmen, this creature has it’s roots here in Britain and throughout Europe.

The most shocking fact about these ‘monsters’ is that today, in modern times, there are over 500 sightings of creatures fitting these descriptions. The sightings are still coming in week after week. Film maker Chris Turner spent 2 years travelling the across Great Britain, interviewing witnesses, wild camping in hotspots all in an attempt to uncover the truth about these Elusive British Cryptids!

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This is really well done! Worth every minute in my humble opinion. I just might have to get the DVD at some point…as a sort of a former filmmaker, I quite like this on more than a cryptozoological level.

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Swimming hole at Bull Creek

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Sun rays on a cool October day by Ravenhaven

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Summer landscape with Birch trees by Nicholas Dubovskoy Nikanorovich, Russian (1859-1918)

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Sunday park

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Sunset by Reti Nicholas Savuti

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Swedish Aspen

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Sunlight catchers

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spring by pol ledent

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Stand of Birches by Sushree Choudhary

 

 

What Navajo Rangers Saw on Patrol is Way Too Strange for Words

UAMN TV
Published on Dec 14, 2018

These rangers are assigned the most inexplicable cases that come through their station, meticulously investigating each one with an scrutiny that is unheard of with these types of topics. From Bigfoot and UFO’s, to hauntings and Navajo witchcraft, they are exposed to some of the most unbelievable phenomenon known to man. This is a land of legend and mystery, and often it seems that the police here are firsthand witnesses to some very bizarre things indeed.

This video is an excellent source of info for everyone of all knowledge levels. A lot of info is relayed in it and, really, you can’t get any more believable than these guys. They’re highly trained cops living and working in an area that just teems with high strangeness at a much higher frequency than others.

I would love to spend time there and see even just some of what people there experience.

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Natural History and pictures of reptiles:

edited by HR Schinz; according to the nature and the most exquisite original research drawn and lithographed by KJ Brodtmann.

Publication info Schaffhausen: From Brodt man’s lithographic Art Institute, 1833.
BHL Collections:
Ernst Mayr Library of the MCZ, Harvard University

Snakes are cool.

Serpent!

via wapiti3

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dogman

Cryptid of the Day: Ford Street Beast

Description: Ford Street is a road in Kent, New York that’s rumored to have a werewolf like creature roaming the woods around it. The creature is said to be bipedal, but capable of running on all fours, and can stand up to seven feet tall. It might just be a misidentified black bear.

via cryptid-quest

Black bear my a**. More like Dogman!

Be careful out there.

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It’s a mile deep!

korolev crater Mars

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  • Title Perspective view of Korolev crater
  • Released 20/12/2018 11:00 am
  • Copyright ESA/DLR/FU Berlin, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO
  • DescriptionThis image from ESA’s Mars Express shows Korolev crater, an 82-kilometre-across feature found in the northern lowlands of Mars.This oblique perspective view was generated using a digital terrain model and Mars Express data gathered over orbits 18042 (captured on 4 April 2018), 5726, 5692, 5654, and 1412. The crater itself is centred at 165° E, 73° N on the martian surface. The image has aresolution of roughly 21 metres per pixel.This image was created using data from the nadir and colour channels of the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC). The nadir channel is aligned perpendicular to the surface of Mars, as if looking straight down at the surface.
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And from our dear gortex at ATS:

The Martian ice rink is located near the northern polar cap , it’s 37 miles in diameter with a depth of just over a mile and stays frozen all year round so perfect for die hard skaters to practice their moves whatever time of year.

For the full view or to download the 2.47 MB TIF image go Here for ultimate coolness.

• Mars Express celebrates it’s 15th anniversary on Christmas day, happy anniversary guys.

So lovely, so awesome!

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Way back in NASA’s Gemini days, we forteans had some excitement on Gemini 10, a mission to dock with two unmanned craft to get practice with, well, docking. A photo was taken that looked odd and naturally it was deemed a UFO as the shape was strange, two dots with a line between them. It had faded from my memory, to be honest.

The other day, a thread caught my eye on ATS as it was titled Gemini 10 UFO Photo: New Color-Manipulatons. Ooh! The member who wrote it and did the work, peacefulpete, did a nice job amping up the colors to get a better view. It’s a nice technique that I have often used. The top two results below are from those labors. And it is pretty neat looking.

Then our dear Phage popped in saying it was just one of the docking targets… and provided hi-res NASA photos which have been available for several years, unbeknownst to pete, (or to me, actually). Phage is such a font of data it’s incredible. One can clearly see in the high res imagery what it is in fact that was being seen. The third and fourth results below are one of the high resolution photos.

As Jim Oberg often points out, things don’t behave in space like they do here on Earth. The UFO was just sunlight catching the lens at just the right angle.

So, pete made a new video with the proper analysis of the incident, which is below.

But…

In re-examining the photos for the new vid, peacefulpete found some brand new anomalies cavorting above the Earth. Personally, I think they are wonderful and I can’t wait to see what he does with these new finds. Images below! I think you’ll agree that they are, in fact, mighty fine.

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Closeup of the best sunlight reflection enhancement.

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Photoset of the first (and best) round of sunlight reflection enhancements.

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A crop of one of the high resolution images. Yep, there it is…

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An even closer crop.

And now, folks, the new weirdies!

To start, what the heck is this glowing blue apparition?

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Is this cool, or what?

And this next one I find even cooler…

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And good gracious, here’s another one…

And it is fabulous!

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And here is the new video with all of the above evidence.

UFO: High-Res Pics Show It’s from NASA, & NEW UFO’S! (Gemini 10)

James Chessman
Published on Dec 9, 2018

High-resolution scans of the original photos from Gemini 10 (1966), hosted by Arizona State University: http://tothemoon.ser.asu.edu/gallery/…

Fantastic stuff, to be sure.

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Ravenmania – Nevermore!

inxcapable
Published on Mar 14, 2010

That answers that, now, eh?

I didn’t know ravens could mimic sounds so perfectly. Very fabulous!

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ETA: Another: It’s a good boy.

A Good Boy?

inxcapable
Published on Nov 14, 2010

Wow, man… this is great!

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Wild Elephants salutes the men who rescued their baby elephant from a ditch

Magestic Tuskers
Published on Nov 28, 2017

Wildlife Officials rescue baby elephant from a ditch. Elephant herd salutes the men before leaving In Kerala, India, a baby elephant falls into a ditch (or an abandoned well) and gets trapped there. As the family of wild elephants watches and waits on the other side of the river, local people and forest officials use an earthmover to help the baby get out. Watch when they come running and welcoming the baby, checking whether it is fine. The incredible moment then occurs when the elephant family head turns and salutes the humans, thanking them for saving their little one.

Intelligence, emotion and societal sophistication. Magnificent! Marvelous!

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10 Terrifying PREHISTORIC BUGS And INSECTS

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Published on Aug 2, 2017

In this video we will explore 10 bugs, insects and invertebrates from the dinosaur times…

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Number 10. Giant Trilobite. No, this is not the Indominus Rex from Jurassic World, the I-Rex was actually a prehistoric trilobite species… At more than 60 cm in length, the ‘Isotelus rex’ was the largest species of trilobite ever known – scavenging the ocean floor during the Paleozoic Era 500 million years ago… A specimen of Isotelus rex, from Churchill, Manitoba, is the largest complete trilobite ever found. It measured 72 cm in length and 40 cm in width… Trilobites were simple and adaptable organisms, managing to survive for 300 million years. Number 9. Giant Shrimp. Anomalocaris canadensis – say that three times fast – looked like a blend of giant squid and shrimp… It was around a meter long with a mouth full of razor-sharp teeth. Fossils found in China show that it was a massive undersea arthropod that lived 500 million years ago… It propelled itself through the water by undulating the flexible lobes on the sides of its body. Each side acted as a single ‘fin’, maximising swimming efficiency… Its powerful mandibles were used to catch large prey. It ate using its ‘serrated cigar cutter’ teeth…

O.o I enjoyed this! If you dig bugs, you will, too.

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Raw Sounds from InSight’s Seismometer on Mars

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Uploaded on Dec 7, 2018

Listen to raw, unprocessed data from the seismometer on NASA’s InSight spacecraft of vibrations caused by wind moving over the solar panels on Mars. A subwoofer or earphones are needed to hear this clip. The sounds were recorded by two of the three short-period sensors on the seismometer (SEIS). The audio is available for download at NASA.gov/sounds. JPL manages InSight for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. InSight is part of NASA’s Discovery Program, managed by the agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. France’s national space agency, Centre National d’Études Spatiales (CNES), Paris, leads the consortium that provided SEIS. The principal investigator for SEIS is Philippe Lognonné of the Institute of Earth Physics of Paris (Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, or IPGP). Imperial College, London, and Oxford University made the short-period sensors.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/CNES/UKSA/Imperial College London/Oxford/ETH

For years I have anxiously awaited audio from Mars. And I am smitten… regardless of the fact that this is from a seismometer and not a microphone.

I seem to recall being told a good while back that there’s a mic on Curiosity, but I am not sure, now, as we’ve certainly not heard a peep from it if it exists.

The .wav files below are from Insight Mars Wind.

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More Audible Sounds from InSight’s Seismometer on Mars

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Uploaded on Dec 7, 2018

More Audible Sounds from InSight’s Seismometer on Mars Listen to data from the seismometer on NASA’s InSight spacecraft of vibrations caused by Martian wind moving over the lander’s solar panels. In this version, the data have been processed to raise the frequencies by two octaves to make them more audible. Both the processed and unprocessed audio are available for download at nasa.gov/sounds.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/CNES/UKSA/Imperial College London/Oxford/ETH

better bass:

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Sounds from InSight’s Pressure Sensor on Mars

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Uploaded on Dec 7, 2018

Listen to data from the air pressure sensor on NASA’s InSight lander, indicating wind blowing by on Mars. The data were sped up by a factor of 100, shortening the duration of the recording and shifting it up in frequency 100 times (a little more than six octaves).

For more information on the InSight mission, visit https://mars.nasa.gov/insight

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/CNES/Cornell

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