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Friday, 21 October 2016

Have Scientist Solved The Bermuda Triangle Mystery? Not Really....

Right, first thing is that the "Bermuda Triangle" is not a triangular shape but more lozenge in 'shape' -how many more decades do we need to point this out.

Secondly, yes, if you find wreckage of ships and aircraft broken up by these air blasts it works as a theory.  But no wreckage. No radio messages -and even a quick "May Day" would be possible would mean: "THUMP!" wind hits and sinks ship in seconds.

I once heard a person who was a steward on a ship in the area report how, in a calm sea, a huge wave and wind appeared out of nowhere before everything went calm again.  So the idea of "Air Bombs" is just one more possible explanation but with Flight 19 and the seaboat sent out on the search.......

Bermuda Triangle: Do these strange clouds solve the mystery?

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After claiming the lives of at least 75 planes and hundreds of ships the mystery behind the Bermuda Triangle may have finally been cracked.

The 500,000km square stretch in the North Atlantic Ocean has been blamed for the vanishing of ships and aircrafts for centuries.
But scientists claim they have discovered the truth behind the triangle's deadly mystery - hexagonal clouds that create terrifying 170mph winds air bombs.
It is believed these deadly blasts of air can send tear down trees, flip over ships and bring planes crashing into the ocean.
Researchers also noted that massive clouds were appearing over the western tip of Bermuda Island – ranging from 20 to 55 miles across.
Dr Steve Miller, satellite meteorologist at Colorado State University told Science Channel'sWhat on Earth: "You don't typically see straight edges with clouds.
"Most of the time, clouds are random in their distribution."
Using radar satellites to measure what was happening beneath the clouds, they found that sea level winds were reaching almost 170mph.

© Provided by AOL Travel UKThese winds are powerful enough to generate waves of more than 45ft high as "air bombs" are forced to come crashing down towards the ocean.

Meteorologist Randy Cerveny added: "These types of hexagonal shapes over the ocean are in essence air bombs.

"They are formed by what are called microbursts and they're blasts of air that come down out of the bottom of a cloud and then hit the ocean and then create waves that can sometimes be massive in size as they start to interact with each other."

© Provided by AOL Travel UKThe Bermuda Triangle is roughly mapped out to the east of The Bahamas and the west of Bermuda Island in the North Atlantic Ocean.

Some of the most mysterious disappearances blamed on the Bermuda Triangle:One of the most famous disappearances was in 1945.
Flight 19 vanished when five torpedo bombers lost contact during a US Navy training flight.
All 14 airmen were lost, as were all 13 crew members of a flying boat that was on of two search planes sent out.

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Above: Portrait of legendary Lost Squadron and plane "Flight 19" that supposedly vanished into Bermuda Triangle shortly after WWII.

In 1991 the pilot of a Grumman Cougar jet made a routine radio request to increase altitude. While ascending, the aircraft gradually faded from radar and vanished.
The latest tragedy to be attributed is the cargo ship El Faro disaster in 2015 .
The ship was reported missing, with all 33 crew on board, after being caught in a hurricane off the southern coast of the Bahamas in November.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016


A 68 million-year-old DNA sample retrieved from soft tissue cells found in a recently excavated pregnant Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil has led researchers at North Carolina State University to produce the first fully living dinosaur embryo in millions of years.

The pregnant Tyrannosaurus Rex’s DNA, that was preserved in “extremely good condition” according to experts, was introduced into the skin cells of a chicken, a modern relative to the Tyrannosaurus Rex.
trex embryo
“We often think of the T-Rex as this huge crocodile-like bipedal reptile but in fact, its closest modern relative are birds and the T-Rex was actually the dinosaur equivalent of a chicken” explains Linda Rushmore, head researcher at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Paleontology Research Lab. 
“The similarity of both DNA’s actually surprised us at first and we are extremely enthustiac about the positive results and growth of the embryo,” she adds.
Researchers at North Carolina’s Museum of Natural Sciences’ Paleontology Research Lab successfully inserted 68-million-year-old DNA of a pregnant Tyrannosaurus Rex into chicken skin cells, giving life to the first living dinosaur embryo in millions of years
A chicken-dinosaur hybrid
The living embryo is not a 100% dinosaur, but instead a genetically modified hybrid between a Tyrannosaurus Rex and a chicken, explains Helmut Hans Fraser, a molecular biologist at North Carolina State University.
“It is impossible to recreate a fully living dinosaur from these limited samples of DNA, but we have successfully introduced this DNA into living chicken skin cells, so the results of this embryo, if it comes to terms and eventually survives its own birth and does not present any biological defects, will be a total surprise. We have no idea what to expect at all,” explains the assistant research professor of molecular biology sciences. “We have noticed that the embryo grows at abnormal rates for a common chicken embryo. It is presently sixty five times bigger than the size of an average chicken embryo only after three days, but its growth seems exponential, which is clearly fascinating” he admits, visibly enthused by the discovery.
An ethical debate
Although many scientists have perceived the news as a positive advancement for science, some experts believe the experiment is “unethical and possibly dangerous”.
“Who would want, in his right mind, to bring back to life a 4-meter high creature weighing approximately 8 tons?” asks French bioethicist, Jacques Clement, at the University of Versailles in Paris. “There is already a leading consensus that GMO foods can cause damage to human DNA, and now we are creating a Frankenstein-like creature from dinosaur DNA? If extraterrestrials are looking at us right now, they must be shaking their heads in disbelief,” he says with humor. “What happens if this species cross breeds with modern chickens? This could alter our modern chickens DNA forever as do GMO plants when they interbreed with millennia-old species,” he adds as a warning.
Last year, Harvard geneticist George Church and his colleagues successfully used a similar gene-editing technique known as CRISPR to insert mammoth genes for small ears, subcutaneous fat, and hair length and color into the DNA of elephant skin cells.

And in case you are wondering check out Live Science from 2007

Loveland Frog-Man Caught On Video?

If you have no idea what the "Loveland Monster/Frogman/Lizard" is then go straight here first:

A humanoid frog is fabled to live in Loveland.
Now, the legend lives on after a couple playing “Pokemon Go” claimed to have stumbled across a similar creature.
Sam Jacobs said he was playing “Pokemon Go” with his girlfriend Wednesday night behind Congregation Beth Adam synagogue on Loveland Madeira Road. He said they crossed train tracks to the banks of Lake Isabella when they spotted something strange.
“We saw a huge frog near the water. Not in the game, this was an actual giant frog,” Jacobs wrote to WLWT.
“Then the thing stood up and walked on its hind legs. I realize this sounds crazy but I swear on my grandmother's grave this is the truth,” he said.
Jacobs claimed the frog stood around 4 feet tall, sending dark photos and video to the WLWT newsroom.
The legend of the Loveland Frogman dates back to 1955, according to paranormal site Unknown Explorers, when a businessman claimed to witness multiple bipedal frogs along the Little Miami River.
The legend resurfaced nearly 20 years later when, in 1972, a police officer claimed to see the humanoid frog on the side of the road.
Jacobs said he doesn’t know what to think of his sighting.
“Not sure if it was a frogman or just a giant frog,” he said. “Either way, I've never seen anything like it.”
What do you think? Do you believe in the Loveland Frogman?
Apologies for the "replay" icon but the very end of the video has the best image.  Look at the waves. Look at the "frogman"...there is no movement.  Look at the reflection of the lights in the water.  These are LEDs attached to a model and, unless motorized somehow, models do not move.  This "frogman" does not move.

Here the image is cropped to show the model. In all honesty "Out on a 'Pokemon Go!' hunt" should have sounded alarm bells!

There are worse fake videos such as.....
And I'm not going there. Blair Witch style police bodycam footage of a "creature" attacking a cop.

This is why you check.  Double and triple check things.  Then you triple check again!

The SOHA Project, Adam Davies and Portals

I am sure that anyone with an interest in Sasquatch have heard of the Southern Oregon Habituation Area (SOHA).

I will include a link here to statements by Adam Davies, who I have a lot of respect for, regarding what happened to him on a particular night. To be honest I thought that he was joking. When I sent a link to a friend who has no interest in Sasquatch I jokingly added "explain this!" to it. The reply I got was "holographs".

Now, looking at what Davies and his companion described I realised that, as there had been no actual physical contact between the witnesses and 'guardians', yes, what was reported could be achieved by a man made  light show.  But then I thought "That would cost a LOT of cash" so I followed links my friend sent. It was nowhere as expensive as I thought.  And if the expected remuneration from such a hoax seemed high enough....

Here Adam Davies and John Carlson discuss what happened the day after but seem far more intimidated in stance or, perhaps, not intimidated as much as being careful to report what they saw exactly-did they suspect something?  Certainly, their accounts and what Johnson claims vary a lot.

And here on Binnall of America:

You then get this -read the comments with this as it all starts sounding like low level tech hoaxing. "Matthew Johnson's account of what happened and his descriptions of events is vastly different than those of Adam Davies and John Carlson."
Now it seems Johnson expects anyone visiting the area to pay hommage to him. This is a rather greasy video and watching this finally convinced me that this SOHA project is not legitimate.  In forty years I have met many people with odd claims.  Con-man? Deluded but genuine? I know which one I'm going for.  The attitude and body language is clear.

Let's see the "mind blowing" evidence to be presented next April. Personally, I don't care. I think this is a big hoax and people should just back away quickly.  Of course, Johnson has that cult following that will never believe anything negative.

You will see this following in the You Tube comments sections as well as online.  But you also get totally out-of-hand abuse and name calling on what you might think were respectable sites. Read the next bit then check the site's comments.

People still wonder why I work alone?

In January 2016 Bigfoot Evidence posted this:

Debate Rages On Between Warring Bigfoot Factions

image via bigfootlunchclub,com

The following is a guest post from bigfoot blogger Daniel Dover:

Drama in the bigfoot world went bump in the paranormal night when the Bluff Creek Project outed and video taped the location of Dr. Matthew Johnson’s SOHA site where mystical sasquatches inhabit and inter-dimensional portals open and close. Dr. J, as he calls himself, fired a volley back with his own video, calling Streufert an a-hole over and over, even after expressing some piety, saying, “I forgive you.” So, reminiscent of times of old when parties selected their weapons of choice, e.g. dueling pistols, they’ve opted to duel with opposing videos.

It was late December 2015 when the Bluff Creek Project produced a video outing the location of Dr. Johnson’s habituation site called SOHA (Southern Oregon Habituation Area). The Bluff Creek Project subsequently took down the video but here is the write-up they made accompanying the youtube video.

“So for a while now we have been looking for Dr J’s Southern Oregon Habituation Area so we could visit it and debunk his supernatural claims. Last week Mitchell Wilson found a match on Google Earth with the blurry screenshot he posted a couple years ago. 
Steven Streufert and I visited the site on Monday and confirmed it. We were respectful and didn’t leave anything behind. It was late so we only hung out for a few minutes. At this time we won’t reveal the location but after going there we now know that this is probably the last place a Sasquatch would be. It’s right next to houses and is only a 20 minute leisurely 4×4 trip from the highway. We investigated Adam Davies portal as well and we are sure we have that figured out. There is a house 3/4 mile away with flood lights on it that point up the ridge. You can see it when you look low through the trees. 
We could have chosen to mess with Johnson or hoax him to embarrass him but we thought we should just announce it here. Steve will be constructing a blog on it soon. 
We do have intentions of doing a night investigation up there sometime but we will not be secretive about it or play any dirty tricks.”


In response Dr. Johnson produced a video to chastise Steve Streufert for his invasive trampling of the land of SOHA.

Here’s a transcript of some of what Dr. Johnson said on his New Year’s Day video. He is addressing Steve Streufert at the Bluff Creek Project with these remarks. (11:15 – 14:00)

“You found SOHA, yea, it’s good for you; it’s your’s. See what you don’t known is for the last couple of months of my being up there, the SOHA squatches have kinda been shutting down the area kinda giving me a message that its time to move on to the new location. You don’t know that but I’m telling you now. They weren’t taking the food, they pushed trees down over the road that I had to remove. I think that actually happened after the first time your scout went up there. That’s when I found the trees. . . .

So, anyway, I was getting this message, “Time to move on.” I’m moving on to a new location. Ha ha not going to tell you obviously. But to be honest I don’t know where it is yet either. But what I do know is I’ve been in the field for 15 years when the needle in the hay stack found me above the Oregon Caves 15-years-ago. And I’m confident of this one thing, in all 3 research areas, 4 if you count WAHA right here, I never found them, they found me. And I’m confident that moving on the squatches are going to lead me to my next research area. . . . I trust them. They will guide me and lead me to find the new area.”

Found! U-Boat Attacked By Sea Monster

"Attacked by a sea monster and damaged". Of course, the maritime 'expert' declares there was no sea monster and he's safe since the sub is to remain submerged so any evidence is hidden away.

"A hatch probably blew" which makes no sense because submariners are a tough breed and really tough at that period. "Bloody hatch blew" would be straight forward whereas a crew claiming attack by a sea monster risked ridicule.

Of course we will never know -the crew is all dead now and unless someone with a lot of money wants to finance a dive on the "well preserved" sub to look for evidence it's all "legend" but Scottish waters in the 19th and early 20th century did produce some large "sea monster" reports. Whether that species of sea creature has survived is very debatable.
BBC News online:

Wreck of German U-boat found off coast of Stranraer

Sonar image of German U-boat
The wreck of a German U-boat that sank almost 100 years ago has been discovered by engineers laying subsea power cables.

Remarkable sonar images show the missing World War One submarine is largely intact and lying off the Galloway coast.

Experts believe the vessel could be the UB-85, a sub that sunk in 1918, according to official records.

However, naval folklore suggests it may have been attacked by a "sea monster".

Mysterious sinking

The entire crew of the U-boat is reported to have abandoned ship due to the "monster attack".

Once aboard the British ship HMS Coreopsis, their commander, Captain Krech described their encounter.

He is said to have spoken of a beast with "large eyes, set in a horny sort of skull… with teeth that could be seen glistening in the moonlight".

He apparently claimed that the sub was so damaged in its battle with the "monster", it could no longer submerge.

However Dr Innes McCartney, a historian and nautical archaeologist who helped identify the wreckage, does not believe the tale.

"In reality, the real sea monster was the u-boat, here trying to sink ships," he said.
Sonar image of German U-boat
HMS Coreopsis
Image captionThe U-boat was sunk by HMS Coreopsis
He added: "The submarine was caught on the surface at night, recharging its batteries.
"It saw the patrol ship coming. It attempted to do a crash dive to get away.

"Once the submarine was under water, it rapidly started flooding from above so they had no option but to blow all the compressed air they had, bring the submarine to the surface at which point all they could do was surrender."

The historian said tales of sea monsters and haunted U-boats came about due to secrecy surrounding exactly what happened during the first U-boat war which meant that period was "ripe for conspiracies".

He said the stories were often concocted as a result of journalists and ex-Navy men "talking late at night, after having a nice time".

Mechanical failure

Dr McCartney said there were at least 12 British and German submarines known to have sunk in the Irish Sea.

He said: "The features of this particular wreck, which is largely intact, confirm it as a UBIII-Class submarine, of which we know of two which were lost in the area - the more famous UB-85 and its sister boat UB-82.

"While I can conclude that this wreck is likely to be one or the other, they would be practically impossible to tell apart, aside from the numbers painted on them in service, now obviously long gone.

"Unless a diver can find a shipyard stamp, we cannot say definitively, but yes, we're certainly closer to solving the so-called mystery of UB-85 and the reason behind its sinking - whether common mechanical failure or something that is less easily explained.
Map showing where the submarine was found
Image captionThe site of the wreckage is marked with a black star, on the route of the undersea cable
The historic discovery was made by engineers involved in the £1bn Western Link project to lay a subsea power line between Ayrshire and the Wirral.

The 385km (239miles) long cable will carry renewable energy produced in Scotland to England and Wales.

The engineers found the wreckage 120m north-west of the centre of the planned route, off the Stranraer coast. It is about 45m long, with debris spilling from the stern.

Gary Campbell, the keeper of the Official Sightings Register of the Loch Ness Monster, said it was "entirely feasible" that a large sea creature disabled the submarine.

Environmental impact

"The World War One report from the captain of the British ship HMS Hilary a year earlier makes it clear that sea farers at that time were well aware of large sea 'monsters' that could be harmful to their ships," he said.

"The area of sea where the attack took place has a history of sea monster sightings - they have ranged from the north coast of Wales to Liverpool bay. What the German captain said could well be true."

Scottish Power Transmission and the National Grid are working together on the Western Link project to lay the undersea cable.

Peter Roper, of Scottish Power, said: "The images we get back from the subsea scans are incredibly detailed, but we obviously need to be aware of what lies beneath before we can start laying a power cable.

"In all the years I have been building power lines, I can say that this is the most extraordinary discovery.
Ships laying offshore cables
Image captionThe discovery was made by marine engineers involved in laying an offshore cable connecting Scotland and England
National Grid's Graham Edwards said: "The Western Link is a very significant project for the UK and has required careful planning in all aspects, but particularly in the laying of high-voltage cables in the sea, where we are working hard to minimise our impact on the environment.

"During construction we take great care over archaeology, whether on land or at sea, and it's always exciting to record a significant find and help to shed new light on our history - especially one with such a good tale involved!"
Note: there is no mention of a "sea monster" in the official report but I doubt any respectable Royal Navy officer of the time would say "Sub attacked by sea monster".  It's one of those cases where you would really love to have a time machine! Though U-Boat Net states:

WWI U-boats

UB 85

ShipyardA.G. Weser, Bremen (Werk 285)
Ordered23 Sep 1916
Laid down24 Jan 1917
Launched26 Oct 1917
Commissioned24 Nov 1917
24 Nov 1917 - 30 Apr 1918Kptlt. G√ľnther Krech
Career2 patrols
10 Feb 1918- 30 Apr 1918V Flotilla
SuccessesNo successes
Fate30 Apr 1918 - Flooded through not completely closed hatch while diving to evade gunfire of Royal Navy drifter Coreopsis. Resurfaced and abandonned by crew while under fire from patrol vessels . 34 survivors (No casualties).