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SpaceX Just Launched A Top-Secret Mission To Space: ZUMA

Friday, November 17 2017

SpaceX Just Launched A Top-Secret Mission To Space: ZUMA

« Previous - Next » SpaceX Just Launched A Top-Secret Mission To Space: ZUMA The space-bound company SpaceX founded by Elon Musk is set to launch a secret government load known by the code word ‘Zuma’ on top of a Falcon 9 type rocket. This secret government payload will then orbit the earth as the Falcon 9 lands back onto the same pad with which it launched several minutes afterward. This ‘Zuma’ payload will orbit the earth at around 1,200 miles performing an unknown task. An update is that the mission was delayed until Thursday so that teams working on the launch can conduct extra work to ensure the effectiveness of the scheduled launch. •If successful, this will be the 17th launch SpaceX has performed in 2017. •No agency has claimed the secret payload ‘Zuma’ as theirs. •The defense contractor Northrop Grumman was delegated the responsibility of procuring a launch vehicle by the government. •Two prior missions have been performed with anonymity in 2009 and 2014 with the respective code names being PAN and CLIO. What is ‘Zuma’? No one knows what the objective of this mission is or what ‘Zuma’ will be doing in its low-Earth orbit. The National Reconnaissance Office who is the US governments agency tasked with maintaining the spy satellite arsenal hasn’t laid claim to it. Newly released documents for the prior PAN mission disclaimed that this mission was for satellites hovering over the Middle East for gathering conversations for the National Security Agency. This ‘Zuma’ mission may play a similar role to its predecessors, but for now, its objectives are unknown. The Problem Secret missions, as well as secret satellites, are frequently launched by governments around the world. The problem with this arises when neither the mission nor the entity conducting the mission is disclosed. Some people may argue that some details about the mission should be disclosed to the public without there being the risk of divulging sensitive information or jeopardizing the objectives. At least knowing who lays claim to ‘Zuma’ can help to maintain transparency without giving away too much information. Either way, it appears as though nothing will be known until some documents are released or obtained later on down the road. One may wonder that since SpaceX is a private corporation, it may be subject to leaking more information to the public than with a more tight-lipped government agency. For some, this may be a good thing. Related Articles

10 Reasons Why the Vegas Shooting Has Disappeared from Headlines

Friday, November 17 2017

10 Reasons Why the Vegas Shooting Has Disappeared from Headlines

« Previous - Next » 10 Reasons Why the Vegas Shooting Has Disappeared from Headlines The news cycle continues 24 hours a day 7 days a week, and important stories often get lost in the onslaught of new information coming in. The mainstream media usually dictates what cultural and social memes make their way into the consciousness of the public, what topics are up for discussion and which of the many cases receive endless publicity and are investigated with rigor. The Atrocities Of The Las Vegas Shooting Should Have Kept Story In Media Thanks to the control by the mass media, the gatekeepers of the information play God over which stories remain in the eye of the public and which of those fade away from the headlines. One would have thought that the atrocities of one of the most deadly of mass shootings in the history of the US which took place in October 2017 in Las Vegas would have kept a strong presence in the headlines. More so as there has been a lack of answers to many questions asked about what happened that day. Related Articles MASS SHOOTING near Mandalay Bay Casino in LAS VEGAS, 50+ DEAD The information released by the investigators was scant and indicated that a single gunman, Stephen Paddock, who was wealthy and a high roller in Vegas, shot at the crowd enjoying music at a festival from the Mandalay Bay Casino. 58 people died in the shooting, and another 546 people were injured. However, a little over one month later and there have still been very few questions answered. What is even stranger is the fact that the shooting has been removed from the media cycle, even though people still want answers to those questions. Many Questions Remain Unanswered About The Shooting A case that was this high profile should have had widespread interest from numerous investigative teams over a spectrum of the mass media and cable news, but there have not been any investigations that have delved into the many questions that remain unanswered. Coverage of what was a shooting that was highly dubious is now non-existent, other than in online news media. The few facts about the shooting bring about more questions than they do answers. 1. The official timeline of the shooting has been changed not once but on three different occasions. 2. Stephen Paddock wired money to the sum of $100,000 to a Philippines account just one week before the massacre took place. 3. The laptop of Paddock did not have its hard drive in it when it was found in the hotel room where the shooting took place. 4. Paddock had taken cruises that had stopped in the Middle East at many port stops before the shooting. 5. The authorities said that a police officer discharged his weapon in the hotel room of Paddock after they had denied it during the first month the attack took place. This brings about the question of why a weapon would be discharged if Paddock was already dead after shooting himself before police went into the room. 6. Jesus Campos, the security guard, was said to have found Paddock when he began the shooting and was said to have been shot in the leg. However, a spokesperson spoke on behalf of UMC Quick Care, where Campos was said to have gone following the shooting, and they had heard nothing about a visit from Campos or treating him. 7. During an interview on Fox News with Tucker Carlson, an attorney for the victims revealed that not only did police officers respond to Campos after he was shot, they were right outside of Paddock’s door before he began shooting out of his hotel room window. 8. How did Paddock manage to get 27 rifles and 5,000 rounds of ammunition that was stored in 10 bags into the room without suspicion and why didn’t the cleaning service notice anything unusual about so much luggage or the room? 9. The pictures of Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, who drove a truck into people killing them on Halloween night was immediately plastered over the media, along with a video, yet the same did not happen with Paddock. 10. After the shooting, Jesus Campos went missing and was said to have left the US and he did not turn up to agreed TV interviews. When he did make his return to the US he went on to Ellen DeGeneres Show and did a scripted interview. There were no tough questions asked, and no penetrating journalism took place. DeGeneres did a lot of the narration in the show of the actual events that took place, and this allowed him not to divulge any information. This begs the question of why he would not do the TV interviews he had said he would and why later would he appear on a daytime talk show and do a scripted interview. Many Things Just Do Not Add Up There are so many questions that have not been answered regarding the shooting. For instance, the Mandalay Bay and the whole of the Las Vegas strip are among the most heavily guarded and protected areas with cameras all over. However, there has been no video of Paddock and no stills from them. Another strange occurrence has been the deaths of four people who survived the attack that day. Two of these people died in a car crash when the car burst into flames after crashing into a metal gate. The youngest daughter heard the crash from her bedroom and ran outside to find out what it was and recognized the car as being that of her parents. Two people who were there that day, Danny Contreras and Kymberley Suchomel both said that there had been more than one gunman at the scene of the mass shooting. No motive has ever been released for the mass shooting, and as it has been a high-profile case, there have been some serious questions about whether or not a cover-up has taken place. Why has the story simply vanished out of the interest of the media when so much remains unanswered? Has there been a soft censor of the Las Vegas shooting and if so why would there be? One and a half months after the worst mass shooting in the US we are no clearer as to why it happened than on the day it happened. Bear in mind that when the attacks on New York occurred, there was a clear and detailed picture of the suspect along with his activities in the days and hours before the attack took place. With Stephen Paddock people still haven’t been told anything, other than he acted alone. People want to know what happened, why Paddock would kill people randomly from a hotel room window and everything else about the case, people want closure and out of respect for the people who lost their lives and who were injured people should be given answers to those questions.

Judicial Pick May Show Paranormal Interest by White House

Friday, November 17 2017

Judicial Pick May Show Paranormal Interest by White House

Many people were disappointed when the presidential candidate who expressed interest in releasing classified UFO files did not get elected and the current Oval Office occupier showed no interest in doing it. That may change with the nomination of a federal judge who has been a paranormal investigator and popular horror novel author. Will he finally help us find out what Abraham Lincoln’s ghost is really thinking? Brett J. Talley was nominated this week to the Montgomery (Alabama) Federal District Court and, while most of the mainstream media was focusing on the minor fact that he failed to disclose in his Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire forms that he’s married to a White House lawyer, the Daily Beast reported the big news that Talley was a member of the Tuscaloosa Paranormal Research Group from 2009-2010. According to its website: “Tuscaloosa Paranormal Research Group is a group of ethically minded people searching for the truth of the paranormal existence. We help those who may be living with paranormal activity that can be disruptive and/or traumatic. Our team uses a strictly scientific approach to determine the extent of the Paranormal Activity. Supporting evidence may be in the form of video, audio and/or photographs. We respect your privacy. We Do Not Charge for an Investigation. All services are free.” Wow. Not only was (and possibly still is) Talley a paranormal investigator, he supports using a “strictly scientific approach,” respects privacy and perform services for free. Where was this guy when his party was looking for a presidential nominee? If that part about doing things for free turned them off, his intro to Haunted Tuscaloosa , written with Tuscaloosa Paranormal Research Group founder David Higdon, would turn them back on: “In the pages of this book, you will hear tales of haunted houses and shadows moving through university buildings. We will enter abandoned insane asylums, antebellum homes and ancient cemeteries. We will review stories of long-dead Civil War soldiers, of women driven insane by the death of loves and of some leading lights of Tuscaloosa who still walk in the massive homes they constructed.” They also co-authored Haunted Alabama Black Belt and Talley says his solo horror novels are inspired by H.P. Lovecraft. Besides paranormal investigations, novel writing and lawyering (he says that’s what puts food on the table), Talley was a speechwriter for Ohio’s Republican senator, Rob Portman. In a 2014 Washington Post interview about his work for Portman, Talley takes the reporter to the Holy Rood Cemetery in Washington DC where his motive was to find graves that seem interesting and ask questions out loud in case a spirit wants to answer.” He did and they didn’t. Is the judicial nomination of paranormal researcher and horror novelist Brett Talley an indication that the White House is taking an interest in ghost hunting and other paranormal activities? Who knows? But it’s definitely a start. Now if we could get someone looking for those UFO files. Tags ghosts haunting Paranormal politics Washington DC White House Paul Seaburn Paul Seaburn is one of the most prolific writers at Mysterious Universe. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

Killer Catfish: American Myths of Monstrous, “Man Eating” Catfish

Friday, November 17 2017

Killer Catfish: American Myths of Monstrous, “Man Eating” Catfish

Are there giant catfish swimming around in the depths of certain American lakes and rivers? For years, stories have been in circulation that involve sightings of large fish, most popularly of the order Siluriformes (i.e. catfish, some of which also fall into the order Nematognathi ). These fish, according to such stories, are said to be as large as automobiles, often drawing comparisons to Volkswagens for their shape and overall appearance. Interestingly, the “giant catfish” theme is prevalent enough in American folklore that it even shares some elements with other popular urban legends, namely that of the classic “Lover’s Lane” horrors, and the motif of an individual’s hair turning white in response to such experiences. In his Encyclopedia of American Folklife, author Simon J. Bronner writes about this unusual comparison: “Several popular American legends concern hair turning prematurely white as a result of experiencing some horror. A classic teenage parking legend is about the death of a boyfriend who is found hanging from a tree limb above the car after he leaves the girl alone to get gasoline. A common motif in the story is that the girl’s hair turns white after seeing the boy. The same motif shows up in legends about divers who encounter a giant catfish or carp. The symbol of the absence of color—white—suggests being “scared to death,” and conveys an association of whitening hair with aging, inferring a ghostly or lifeless appearance.” While categorized generally as urban legends, some of the stories have been presented as quite literal retellings of events, and in some cases, have been accompanied by photoshopped images that appear to detail such creatures (an example of a pretty badly doctored image, and the corresponding story of its alleged origins, can be found here , reposted from the now defunct www.catfishgumbo.blogs site). In some cases, strange spin-offs have also appeared, which alleged such things as the discovery of Nazi remains found in the stomach of a giant catfish . I initially came across certain regional variations of the “monster catfish” story in relation to accounts from Lake Norman, near Charlotte, North Carolina (for more on this, see my earlier MU article, Not Quite Nessie: News Sites Claim a “Dinosaur” Lives in This North Carolina Lake ). While a variety of “big fish” stories have been related about Lake Norman, they all bear remarkable similarity to the broader American mythos of the “monster catfish.” The general legend goes something like this, and is most often located near a dam or similar structure: a group of divers, often said to have been with the Army Corps of Engineers, descends into the depths as part of a routine repair operation. However, upon resurfacing, the excited divers tell of seeing giant catfish at the base of the dam, apparently “large enough to swallow a man.” Some variations hold that the divers wisely refuse to reenter the the lake after this, and upon sending a second group down, the new batch of divers quickly returns with the same story. This results in a worker’s strike, since the divers all refuse to complete the job, out of fear of the massive creatures. Recently, a friend of mine named Dave Butler of Kennesaw, Georgia, wrote to me about a remarkably similar story associated with the Allatoona Dam near his community: During the construction of this dam the Army Corps of Engineers has a team of underwater welders performing work on the base of the dam. One day in the middle of a shift the team of divers surfaced in a panic. The reported seeing a monster. A monster in the form of a catfish. A catfish they say that was big enough to swallow a man. The team was ordered back to work but they refused and walked off the job. A second team submerged and surfaced telling the same story as relayed by the first team of divers. With the underwater welding at a standstill construction on the dam could not continue. Dave’s story, while notably similar to existing accounts of “monster catfish,” gets even more interesting at this point. In this variation of the story, one of the large fish was purportedly caught, and photographs of it were even taken with a small car backed up beside the creature’s mouth for a size comparison: This is where there is a gap in the story. I don’t know who or how but someone caught that catfish. To this day if you hike to the top of the Laurel Ridge Trail inside of the Coopers Furnace day use area you can visit a small museum and visitors center. On display in this museum are examples of local wildlife, historical artifacts, and many different photographs documenting the construction of Allatoona Dam. One of the photographs is a picture of a crowd of men standing around a giant catfish! A catfish so huge that it had an automobile backed into its mouth, An MG midget to be precise… This area is close to my home and the next time I hike to the top I will snap you a photo and pass it along. Admittedly, I would love to see this photograph, and if anyone out there may have a copy on hand, you’re welcome to email me about it here . Worst case scenario, the location is question is just four hours away, so maybe it would be worth a trip down at some point. Of course, the likely explanation here is that the story of the Allatoona Dam is merely one of the popular retellings of this existing urban legend, and that the photograph my friend Dave describes could have been doctored, like similar images appearing online. Then again, if indeed such an image exists, I would at least prefer to suspend judgement until I’ve seen it, rather than ruling things entirely out of hand. Nonetheless, the similarity between the “monster catfish” stories from various locales is enough to raise red flags. A number of these stories from different places around the country (including the Allatoona Dam) can be read at this link to the Georgia Outdoor News forum. In particular, one account, shared by the user “boohoo222” offers a unique origin story for the giant catfish mythos: “[T]hat story actually started at silver springs florida (sic). when looking through the glass bottom boats , catfish app. 40- 60 feet down , their size actually was magnified and they looked the size of small cars.” For years, glass-bottom boats were used at Silver Springs, Florida, so that tourists could observe various fish in the unusually clear waters at the location. In this case, the species of catfish that might have been seen was the armored catfish ( Pterygoplicththys multiradiatus ), a tropical variety of catfish that is considered an invasive species since its introduction in Florida and other areas. Whether this is indeed where the stories of giant “monster catfish” really began is anybody’s guess. However, the consistency between the stories from various places across the U.S. obviously seems to show that the stories were borrowed from a common earlier source, and applied to the local legends of numerous other locales. While entertaining, they do appear to have themes in common with other urban legends about American monsters: individuals who come upon something extraordinary, and even monstrous , under unexpected (and often fear inducing) circumstances… whether it be in a secluded forest, or a lonely lover’s lane in the middle of the night… or as we see here, perhaps even the base of a dam in some deep, dark lake or river. In lieu of all this, we’ll have to resolve that these popular legends of monster catfish must remain the “big fish tales” that they are likely to be. Tags Cryptozoology monster catfish urban legend Micah Hanks is a writer, podcaster, and researcher whose interests cover a variety of subjects. His areas of focus include history, science, philosophy, current events, cultural studies, technology, unexplained phenomena, and ways the future of humankind may be influenced by science and innovation in the coming decades. In addition to writing, Micah hosts the Middle Theory and Gralien Report podcasts. You can follow Micah

Daily 2 Cents: A Very Real 'Close Encounter' -- Bizarre Aerial Encounter Over Oregon

Friday, November 17 2017

Daily 2 Cents: A Very Real 'Close Encounter' -- Bizarre Aerial Encounter Over Oregon

Your daily dose of cryptids, unexplained phenomena, eyewitness encounters, paranormal activity, alien beings, UFOs...the best in alternative and cryptozoology news Friday, November 17, 2017 Daily 2 Cents: A Very Real 'Close Encounter' -- Bizarre Aerial Encounter Over Oregon -- Weird Highway A Very Real 'Close Encounter' I recently received the following account: My name is John and I would like to tell you a true tale of what happened to me one September evening in 1990. I was leaving my girlfriend’s house because she had to go to work the next day. There was still light out, but the sunset was coming. I decided to walk to my friend’s house which was about ten minutes away and I thought to save a couple of minutes walking, I would take a shortcut along two sets of railroad tracks. As I am walking along the tracks, I could see from a distance that someone was coming up from the embankment of the tracks and started walking on the railroad tracks towards me. I thought this was odd, because I could see that this individual was wearing one of those old bulky green parka’s with the hood up over his head. As he is getting closer, I could see his features more clearer. Something was not right. As he walked right by me, his whole upper body turned towards me and what I saw was some type of an alien. It just looked at me as it was walking by. This freaked me out. Two seconds later, I turned around to see where this thing was going. It was gone. Nowhere in sight. At that moment I looked up and saw a UFO hovering for a good ten seconds about 1000 feet up. Then the UFO sped off northeast. This incident really shook me up. Bizarre Aerial Encounter Over Oregon Something quite out of the ordinary occurred in the skies over Oregon on October 25th, 2017. A mystery aircraft was flying in daylight hours among the steady stream of airliners that traverse from south to north, between locales in California and Nevada and cities like Portland and Seattle and beyond. The incident began, at least as best we can tell, around 4:30pm near the California-Oregon border and resulted in multiple pilot eyewitnesses, recorded air traffic control audio, and eventual confirmations from both the FAA and North American Aerospace Command (NORAD) that it did indeed occur. The first inklings of the story came to me shortly after the incident occurred from friends of mine in the aviation world. Sparse on details at the time, it sounded like it was probably just another one of the often misconstrued incidents that happen in the skies around the US everyday—ones where aircraft with inoperable radios or transponders stray into areas they shouldn't. And sometimes these occurrences result in local fighter jets paying the wayward aircraft a visit at the direction of NORAD. But days after initially blowing off the incident, it later began to seem that there was indeed more to the story than just than another "NORDO" private aircraft or lackadaisical pilot. Read more at Airliners And F-15s Involved In Bizarre Encounter With Mystery Aircraft Over Oregon Calling ET If there are any intelligent aliens in the GJ 273 system, they can expect to hear from us about a dozen years from now. Last month, scientists and artists beamed a message to GJ 273, a red dwarf also known as Luyten's star that lies 12.36 light-years from Earth, project team members revealed today (Nov. 16). Luyten's star hosts two known planets, one of which, GJ 273b, may be capable of supporting life as we know it. Though the message was designed to provoke a response from the hypothetical denizens of GJ 273b, the main goal in sending the communication involved laying a foundation for the future, said team member Douglas Vakoch, president of METI (Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence) International, a San Francisco-based nonprofit. Read more at Phoning E.T.: Message Sent to Nearby Planet That Could Host Life Weird Highway “When I was 10 or 11 we were on the highway and I was looking around at the passing scenery and other cars. I looked behind me out the back windshield and was surprised to see a car behind us. But it wasn't the car itself that was surprising, it was the fact that it appeared to be driverless. I could see no hands on the wheel or head above the wheel. There was just nothing. I also recall the steering wheel was perfectly still the entire time I sat there inspecting it, trying to find even the vaguest shape of any person. I was baffled, and alerted my mother, who assured me it was probably light reflecting off of their windshield, obscuring the person from view. I looked around to see if that might be the case and the car was nowhere in sight. About 20 minutes later we were on the route to go home, and a similar car appeared, only I remember it being a different color. It was behind us again and I refused to take my eyes off of it, for fear of it disappearing again. I again told my mother, and she didn't seem phased, just joked that 'ooh, maybe it's a ghost!' Just then the car drifted into the next lane and went to pass us. My eyes nearly popped out of my head when, as the car came around the corner of our vehicle, it seemingly changed right before my eyes to an entirely different type of car altogether! And in this new car there was, indeed, a driver.” Source: Youtube comments, Hope Voorhis JLB - Beyond Creepy REVISED DATES! FREE KINDLE BOOK - 2 DAYS ONLY! Thursday November 16th - Saturday November 17th...go to the link provided and download 'Phantoms & Monsters: Mysterious Encounters' for FREE! This is a small 'thank you' before the release of 'Mothman Dynasty: Chicago's Winged Humanoids' Thanks & enjoy!

Skepticism surrounds head transplant success - Unexplained Mysteries

Friday, November 17 2017

Skepticism surrounds head transplant success - Unexplained Mysteries

Would you allow Dr Canavero to transplant your head ? Image Credit: CC 2.0 Andrew Mason Controversial surgeon Sergio Canavero claims that he has performed the first ever human head transplant. If the very idea of transplanting the head of a live human being on to the body of a donor might seem as implausible as it is horrifying, then that's because - for the most part anyway, it is. Neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero has been embroiled in a fair amount of controversy over the last few years following his announcement that he would be attempting to transplant the head of a disabled human patient on to another body in an effort to give him a new lease of life. The intended patient was to be Valery Spiridonov, a Russian computer scientist who suffers from a genetic muscle-wasting condition called Werdnig-Hoffmann disease, however more recently he revealed that he was (very wisely) not going to go forward with it. Now though, Canavero has made headlines once again by claiming that he has actually achieved the impossible by carrying out a human head transplant on a corpse and that a similar operation on a live patient is all but inevitable in the very near future. The problem though, of course, is that operating on a dead body is not going to have provided adequate preparation for performing the procedure on an actual live human. It's also difficult to imagine anyone actually agreeing to go through with it. "I would not wish this on anyone," said Dr Hunt Batjer of the American Association for Neurological Surgeons. "I would not allow anyone to do it to me as there are a lot of things worse than death."

Head Transplant Doc Successfully Tests Procedure With Corpse

Friday, November 17 2017

Head Transplant Doc Successfully Tests Procedure With Corpse

“The first human transplant on human cadavers has been done. A full head swap between brain dead organ donors is the next stage. And that is the final step for the formal head transplant for a medical condition which is imminent.” With that announcement today at a news conference in Vienna and reported in The Telegraph and USA Today , Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero claims he is ready to do what he’s been promising for years – transplant the head of a living human onto the body of a brain-dead donor. This is just months after he claimed success with rats , even though the new-headed rodents died within a month, which experts said was too little time for nerves to successfully grow back together. Also, there was some question whether the spinal cords were completely severed to begin with. Dr. Canavero obviously learned his lessons from that experiment and performed his next operation using corpses that couldn’t die again and cast doubts on his results. He claimed the 18-hour ‘rehearsal’ ended with one cadaver body getting a new head and having its spinal cord and blood vessels connected. By ‘connected’ he means glued together with his special technique of using a solution containing polyethylene glycol, a plastic with binding properties. It’s too late for John the Baptist Of course, there was no electrical jolt applied to start the heart and see if the plumbing had any leaks, so this connection was a ‘success’ only in the loosest of terms. A better test will be the next step involving transplanting a brain-dead head on the body of another brain-dead human. Gruesome? Yes. Proof of success? A little closer. Unethical? Canavero and his team perform these operations in China, where ethical standards are apparently lower than in the U.S. or Europe. “Chinese President Xi Jinping wants to restore China to greatness. He wants to make it the sole superpower in the world. I believe he is doing it.” That depends on your definition of “greatness.” One thing the Chinese government definitely has is money – Canavero says the final procedure will cost $100 million for the team of specialized doctors, hospital facilities for the 24-hour operation, post-op care for the recipient and a percentage for the lawyers. Canavero claims he has head and body donors lined up and will announce dates for the next procedures within days. Oh, and he doesn’t like all of the jokes about him, head transplants and you-know-who. “This is a medical condition for people who are suffering awfully so it isn’t a joke. Given the amount of mean criticism we received I don’t think we should go international. For instance, if you still stick to the Frankenstein schtick, which doesn’t make sense, then no.” He’d better develop a thicker skin. Maybe a coating of some of that polyethylene glycol will help. Tags biology ethics head transplant medicine Science Paul Seaburn Paul Seaburn is one of the most prolific writers at Mysterious Universe. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious. You can follow Paul on and Join Plus+ for $9 a month to access bonus podcasts & premium content!

A 280-Million-Year-Old Tree Stump Still Attached To Its Roots In Antarctica

Friday, November 17 2017

A 280-Million-Year-Old Tree Stump Still Attached To Its Roots In Antarctica

For quite some time scientists have been aware that Antarctica once presented a very different landscape to the icy, barren land that can be seen today. Millions of years ago, the climate of the continent was completely different and was a relatively fertile land covered with extensive forests. Now, due to an astonishing discovery by geologists, scientists are closer than ever to knowing what Antarctica would have looked like all that time ago. Even though the continent would have been much warmer than today millions of years ago, the plants that grew there would still have had to survive an incredibly harsh climate. During the winter, these plants would have been subjected to complete darkness for extended periods of time, and during the summer, the sun would never have set at all. Related Articles 20 Unreal Tree Tunnels That You Would Want To Walk Through The Rest Of Your Life The plants which most successfully thrived in this hostile environment seem to have been of the Glossopteris genus, according to a geological team studying in Antarctica. These plants would have been enormous trees of between 65 to 131 feet (20 to 40 meters) in height with huge, broad, flat leaves which would be longer than a human forearm. Now for the first time, scientists are able to analyze these incredible plants thanks to the discovery of their fossilized remains on the Antarctic continent. According to Erik Gulbranson, a paleoecologist at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the leaves that the scientists have discovered date from around 252 million years ago, during the Permian-Triassic mass extinction. During this event, it is believed that around 95% of the species of the Earth were killed by simultaneous eruptions of volcanoes which exuded vast amounts of toxic gases which came to raise the temperature of the planet to extreme levels and the acidification of the ocean. When the volcanoes began to erupt, the forests covering Antarctica were wiped out by the barrage of hot ashes which blanketed them completely. But while these ashes destroyed the Antarctic forest, they also served as a remarkable preservative agent. According to the research team, the fossilized remains of the trees have been preserved by the ash right down to the cellular level. This has allowed them to extract amino acids from the plants which might assist the scientists in understanding exactly how these plants manage to survive so well in such an inhospitable climate. Further investigations by the team have found that the huge trees did not return to Antarctica following the Permian-Triassic mass extinction, but plant life continued to flourish there, with a mix of evergreen and deciduous trees moving in. It is believed that some of the trees were early ancestors of today’s gingkoes. Two further excavations of Antarctica are planned by the team who are eager to find out more about the ancient organic life on the continent. "Antarctica preserves an ecologic history of polar biomes that range for about 400 million years, which is basically the entirety of plant evolution, "said Gulbranson. Related Articles

For The FIrst Time A Human Head Was Successfully Transplanted To Another Body

Friday, November 17 2017

For The FIrst Time A Human Head Was Successfully Transplanted To Another Body

For The First Time A Human Head Was Successfully Transplanted To Another Body The first transplant of a human head has been carried out on a corpse in China during an operation that lasted 18 hours it has been announced by Professor Sergio Canavero from Italy. The transplant operation shows that it is possible for doctors to reconnect blood vessels, nerves and the spine and a head transplant between donors who are brain dead is next. Dr. Frankenstein is not a fiction anymore Professor Sergio Canavero said that the operation had shown that it was possible to reconnect a head that had been severed. He said that in May scientists had undertaken a head transplant on a rat and this had been a practice run for what has been a human experiment that has been very controversial. Related Articles Neurosurgeon: 'Head transplant has been successfully done on a monkey' Researchers used three different rats for each of the operations, a smaller one which was the donor and two bigger rats, one of which was the recipient and one the blood supply. In order for the doctors to be able to maintain the blood flowing to the donor's brain, they had to connect blood vessels from the rat to the veins of a third via a silicon tube which was sent through a peristaltic pump. When the head of the rat had been transplanted onto the body of the second rat the researchers then connected the donor’s superior vena cava and thoracic aorta by vascular grafts onto the carotid artery and the extra-corporeal veins of the rat recipient. Professor Canavero, who is the director of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group, revealed the human head transplant had taken place at a conference that was held in Vienna. He said that the transplant procedure had been undertaken by a medical team headed by Dr. Xiaoping Ren. Last year Dr. Ren managed to graft the head onto a monkey’s body. Full Report Of Head Transplant Is Expected Within Days A full report of the procedure along with the time-frame of the live transplant by the Harbin Medical University team is expected in a few days. Talking at the conference, Canavero said that nature had dictated rules to us for too long. He went on to say that people are born, grow, age and then die. For many millions of years, human beings have evolved, and 100 billion have died. He said that this was like genocide on a big scale but now is the age where humans will be able to take back their destiny into their own hands, and it is going to change everything at every level. He continued by saying that the first head transplant of a human has taken place and this was something that everyone had said was impossible to do, but it has been a success. Professor Canavero Has Been Called Dr. Frankenstein The shocking plans of Professor Canavero were first made public in 2015. Valery Spiridonov, a computer scientist from Russia who is severely handicapped, had been a volunteer to be the first human guinea pig. However, he now accepts that any hopes of his own head being grafted onto the body of a healthy person are now over. More than likely the first live human head transplant is going to take place on a person in China, and many volunteers have put their name forward. In a study by the Harbin Medical University in China Professor Canavero and researchers built upon some earlier head transplant experiments when they wanted to find out how they would avoid damaging brain tissue throughout the operation along with immune rejection over the long term. In September 2016 he had outlined what some people termed Frankenstein experiments to bring human corpses back to life when testing his techniques. He and his colleagues had talked about trials for testing if it was possible for them to reconnect the spinal cord of a person’s head to the body of another person and undertook tests that would stimulate the nervous system in corpses that were fresh with electrical pulses. The whole aim of surgery was to cut the spinal cord and make repairs and then use magnetic or electrical stimulation to reanimate the nerves along with movement. Dr. Canavero along with colleagues wrote an article for Surgical Neurology International and was likened to the Frankenstein story where the professor had made use of electricity to bring a creature he has made up of body parts to life. Critics Say Plans Of Dr. Canavero Are Fantasy And He Is Crazy Dr. Canavero had pointed out that during the 1800s corpses that belonged to criminals had been experimented on after they had been hanged and those tests had been successful. There are many critics of Canavero who say that his plans are nothing but fantasy. The director of medical ethics at the Langone Medical Center at the New York University said that Dr. Canavero was crazy. President-Elect of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons said that he would not wish it on anyone and would not let the doctor do it to him as there are things that are a lot worse than death. There are many other experts who oppose the plans of Dr. Canavero and skeptics have said that the operation is still many years away from becoming a reality in a live human being. However, it does look as though Dr. Canavero doesn’t think this way. Related Articles

China to build nuclear-powered space shuttle - Unexplained Mysteries

Friday, November 17 2017

China to build nuclear-powered space shuttle - Unexplained Mysteries

China has some ambitious plans for the future. Image Credit: CMSE The long-term roadmap for China's space program has been revealed by one of its primary contractors. According to CASC (China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation), China is aiming to become a global leader in the aerospace industry over the next three decades. In the shorter term, CASC will be developing a new rocket - Long March 8 - for placing satellites in to orbit, followed by a reusable spaceplane project aimed at the space tourism sector by 2025. By 2035, there are also plans to ensure that all of its rockets and launch vehicles are reusable. Perhaps the most interesting (and ambitious) of all however is China's goal of creating a nuclear space shuttle by 2040 as part of a whole new line of technologically advanced space vehicles. In addition to traveling throughout the solar system, these spacecraft will make it possible to mine asteroids as well as to construct what has been described as a "space-based solar power station." Whether any of this will actually come to pass however remains to be seen. Source: IB Times | Comments (6) Tags: China , Space Shuttle

Comment on Small Town Monsters: CaseFiles – Indrid Cold by cryptokellie

Tuesday, November 14 2017

Comment on Small Town Monsters: CaseFiles – Indrid Cold by cryptokellie

Small Town Monsters: CaseFiles – Indrid Cold Posted by: Seth Breedlove on November 3rd, 2017 The new web series from Small Town Monsters has launched. Episode one, titled “Cold”, is now available and features an eye-opening interview with the daughter of Woodrow Derenbeger; the eyewitness who met Indrid Cold prior to the Mothman case of 1966. CaseFiles will expand upon stories briefly covered in prior Small Town Monsters movies and is available free through YouTube and Amazon. Meet the man called Indrid Cold. One night on a lonely stretch of highway just outside of Parkersburg, WV a businessman on his way home from work encountered a telepathic alien being. In the months to follow bizarre activity erupted around the area. Most notably, in the form of a flying, red-eyed figure known as The Mothman. But whatever became of Woodrow Derenbeger and his family after that fateful night? Learn more in this inaugural episode of Small Town Monsters: Casefiles. Small Town Monsters is a film series that explores lost and bizarre history centered on strange creatures and anomalies around the United States. The films are available through Amazon, Vimeo OnDemand and on DVD. For information on how you can sponsor future episodes contact [email protected] Visit Small Town Monsters for more information on the series. Purchase STM films and merchandise here . About Seth Breedlove Seth Breedlove is a freelance investigative journalist, filmmaker, and radio show host. He has contributed content to numerous websites on a variety of topics. He served as a columnist for the Massillon Independent, helming a weekly column titled "Slice of Life" that ran on the front page of the paper. In addition to his column he has covered news stories and daily assingnments for the Medina Gazette. In 2014 he started SasWhat: a Podcast About Bigfoot with co-host Mark Matzke where each week they discuss the subject as a whole and interview various personalities from the field. Seth has also researched and examined historical Bigfoot reports from across the country, compiling an extensive database of newspaper articles dating back to the early 1800's.

Small Town Monsters: Casefiles – The Abair Incident

Friday, November 17 2017

Small Town Monsters: Casefiles – The Abair Incident

For many, the Abair Incident (examined in Small Town Monster’s Beast of Whitehall) was simply a string a Bigfoot sightings spread over one week in 1976. However, investigators of the paranormal know that something far more bizarre was taking place. In addition to hairy creatures, an outbreak of UFO reports erupted around Whitehall at the same time, leading many to wonder if perhaps the area was a window to something far more sinister… Small Town Monsters is a film series that explores lost and bizarre history centered on strange creatures and anomalies around the United States. The films are available through Amazon, Vimeo OnDemand and on DVD. For information on how you can sponsor future episodes contact [email protected] Visit Small Town Monsters for more information on the series. Purchase STM films and merchandise here . About Seth Breedlove Seth Breedlove is a freelance investigative journalist, filmmaker, and radio show host. He has contributed content to numerous websites on a variety of topics. He served as a columnist for the Massillon Independent, helming a weekly column titled “Slice of Life” that ran on the front page of the paper. In addition to his column he has covered news stories and daily assingnments for the Medina Gazette. In 2014 he started SasWhat: a Podcast About Bigfoot with co-host Mark Matzke where each week they discuss the subject as a whole and interview various personalities from the field. Seth has also researched and examined historical Bigfoot reports from across the country, compiling an extensive database of newspaper articles dating back to the early 1800’s.