Multiple ‘Water Bodies’ Found Under Surface Of Mars The IndependentIt’s not life, just liquid water. Liquid water can mean anything in the same measure as phosphines in Venus’s upper atmosphere could mean anything! So check out Andrew Griffin’s scoop and contemplate the available data. As for our other neighbor, many greyfaces are scrambling to raise the doubt signal like the dynamic duo of John Stonestreet and Shane Morris who have something to say about Life On Venus And Why ‘Settled Science’ Is Often Hot Air. Who said anything about the phosphines in Venus’s atmosphere being settled science anyway? Even us woo-peddlers at The Anomalist appreciate more observations are necessary to eliminate the possibility of noise and false positives. On the positive side, they do make a case for some scientific announcements being blown out of proportion. Speaking of hot air and blowing, did you catch wind of the The Case Of The Disappearing Planet? If there was any life on there, it had better develop space travel if it wants to survive its catastrophic circumstances. Not every ball of mud in the cosmos is Edenic, and Rick Robinson has a few words to say in his elegy. (CS)
Why Does Science Embrace The “Talking Animals” Myth? Mind MattersDo critters communicate with each other? What about with humans? A recent paper suggests it’s a strong possibility, but Denyse O’Leary has some strong questions about the study and its conclusions, while entertaining the possibilities with regard to true animal intelligence. Of course it’s a bit of fun having science catch up with what animal lovers have known all along. Keeping with the theme, George Dvorsky reckons Magic Tricks Can Help Us Better Understand Animal Intelligence. Searching the YouTubes, there’s a plethora of videos showing humans wowing apes and dogs, but do these simple interactions illustrate something greater about their capacity to perceive and interact with the world? If so, this could help explain The Evolutionary Origins Of Consciousness. Ralph Lewis urges you to join him in the Wayback Machine to apprehend the ancient beginnings of subjective experience before mammals were even on the drawing board. (CS)
A Letter from Lynn Catoe, April 9, 1968 Not an Authority on Anything”Riots, racism, and viruses, all from 1968″ are contained in the last letter John Keel site manager Doug Skinner will post from the Keel/Catoe correspondence. A first-person account of the background difficult times through which they, and some of us, lived–and perspective perhaps for coping with our present experience. Regarding that last, Al Mercy (1) begins two chapters from an unfinished Keelian spy novel for “some diversion in these troubled times.” In this first installment we accompany “dashing hero” and WWII secret agent Al Mercy as he parachutes onto a tiny island containing a nudist colony and a General Whom He Must Kill. In Al Mercy (2) Mercy meets up with whom we’re pretty certain is his female contact in this endeavor. “It’s pretty silly,” says Doug, but it does give a sense of Keel’s other literary work–and maybe a needed smile or two. (WM)
October 2
Utah Man Steals Truck for Alien Encounter, but Felt Bad and Returned It KMYUPeople react to UFOs in different ways, and this first case is one of the strangest. The man claims he needed “to get on a flight with alien diplomats.” Now he’s in the Utah County jail. In a second instance, a man tried to avoid an alien encounter, as reported in Chile: 100 Kilometer Car Chase Involved UFO. Though “the driver felt very tense” during this long pursuit, the anonymous individual apparently took “several photographs” of the supposedly pursuing object. This next person couldn’t do anything more than take a photograph of a ‘UFO’ with Flames Spotted over Worcestershire, UK. Steven Collins has the image and particulars from the astronomer who snapped the photo. (WM)

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