Thursday, November 11, 2010

Fortean / Oddball News: Female Asian Aliens, Critter Identified and Devil Attack

Man who has DNA evidence of abduction by blonde female Asian aliens!

oneindia - A man, who is set to be one of the guest speakers at a UFO conference in Central Australia early next year, has claimed that he was abducted by two female aliens, a blonde and an Asian.

Peter Khoury's abduction is said to be the first with DNA-tested biological evidence after a blonde hair was recovered in the aftermath, the Daily Telegraph reported.

He will be among the speakers invited to the three-day event at well-known UFO hotspot Wycliffe Well.

Wycliffe Well Holiday Park will host the much-anticipated conference from March 18-20 next year, and its owner and organiser Arc Van der Zalm said people would not be disappointed with the calibre of speakers.

He said the conference would not just be about listening to speakers - there would breakfasts and barbecues, stargazing, day trips to tourist hot spots and marquees of displays and literature.

The area's history is steeped in UFO sightings.

Wycliffe Well is about an 11-hour drive from Darwin, and three-day passes to the conference cost 130 dollars and single-day tickets 50 dollars.

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'Coffs Harbour Critter' Identified

coffscoastadvocate - The unidentified creature that washed up on Diggers Beach in September and was found by Coffs Harbour local Peter Atkinson.

News of the bizarre find had people talking today after the photos appeared in the Coffs Coast Advocate.

By mid afternoon the story had gone national, as vets and mammal experts queued up to inspect the photographs and put forward their own theories.

At first Peter Atkinson and two other men who stumbled across the Critter, thought it was a species of monkey.

Mr Atkinson outright denied the photos were a hoax, as one online forum suggested after the story went viral.

Other readers came forward saying it resembled a sloth or a cuscus, an earless possum found in Northern Queensland and Papua New Guinea.

A parallel was even made to a mysterious creature found in the United States in 2008, known as ‘The Montauk Monster.’

But Taronga Zoo staff say the animal is most likely a brush-tailed possum.

Its vet team and senior curators all agreed it was the corpse of a badly decomposed marsupial.

"The identification of the animal has been made slightly difficult because the possum appears to be a black furred brush tail variety," Taronga’s communications manager Lisa Keen said.

"This type of possum, a black furred morph, is really quite rare and is only found in some parts of Northern NSW as well as Wilson’s Promontory in Victoria," she said.

They said the lack of fur around the face and paws could have been caused by dermatitis or burn injuries.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service agreed saying the possum was most likely washed out to sea from a nearby creek after recent heavy rain.

A host of local residents called in with their own theories.

One caller, Jenna Anderson, pointed us in the direction of the ’Montauk Monster.’

This unidentified creature washed ashore, dead, on a beach near Montauk, New York in 2008.

It created a whirlwind of media attention across the United States and was later thought by experts to be a badly decomposed racoon based on dental patterns.

Given the monster has its own listing on Wikipedia, perhaps the "Coffs Harbour Critter" will one day share the same fame?

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All Life on Earth Could Have Come From Alien Zombies

wired - Life on Earth could have grown from the broken remains of alien viruses that, although dead, still contained enough information to give rise to new life.

Scientists have speculated that life could have come to Earth from space — a notion called panspermia — since the 1870s, when Lord Kelvin suggested microbes could have ridden here on a comet or meteor. Others have suggested tiny organisms could cross the galaxy embedded in dust grains, which could be nudged from one planetary system to another by the slight pressure of stars’ radiation.

However, most astrobiologists think that same radiation spells a death sentence for delicate microbes.

“That essentially kills panspermia in the classical sense,” said astrobiologist Rocco Mancinelli of the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California.

But maybe not, says astronomer Paul Wesson, a visiting researcher at the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics in Canada. In an upcoming paper in Space Science Reviews, Wesson argues that even if the actual microbes are dead on arrival, the information they carry could allow life to rise from the charred remains, an idea he calls necropanspermia.

“The vast majority of organisms reach a new home in the Milky Way in a technically dead state,” Wesson wrote. “Resurrection may, however, be possible.”

The key lies in how much genetic information survives the trip, Wesson says. An organism’s genetic information is encoded in the sequence of nucleotides in their DNA. This information can be measured in bits in the same way as computer processes. Bacteria like E. coli, for example, carry about 6 million bits of information in their DNA.

Random chemical processes couldn’t produce enough information to run even a simple cell. Over 500 million years, random molecular shuffling would produce only 194 bits of information, Wesson says.

One possible way around this paradox is the idea that life on Earth was seeded by biological molecules that already had a large information content that survived the journey even though the molecules themselves were killed.

Wesson is a bit fuzzy on how that information would translate to new, healthy living things.

“It must be admitted that all versions of panspermia suffer from a hole in our knowledge, concerning how to go from an astrophysically delivered entity which contains substantial information to one which has the characteristics of what we normally regard as life,” he wrote.

But he does pinpoint the virus as a good candidate for the vessel that carried all that information. Viruses are basically strands of genetic material encased in a coat of proteins and sometimes fats. They carry about 100,000 bits of information, and may have evolved independently from conventional cells. Suggestively, viruses seem to assemble themselves from particles of protein, without needing assistance from other molecules or specific genetic information.

The paper “looks good, and interesting, although of course highly speculative,” David Morrison, the director of the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, wrote in an e-mail. “The critical issue is whether the information in broken strands of nucleic acid could serve as the template for life on another world … since we know so little about the actual process by which life originated on Earth, who can really say?”

But Mancinelli, who was not involved in the new study, doesn’t buy it.

“Once you’re dead, you’re dead,” he said.

The paper neglected two other things that could kill cells or viruses on their way through the galaxy, Mancinelli added. Elements like potassium can decay over the millions of years it takes to cross the galaxy, adding extra damage even if the organisms are shielded from space radiation

“It’ll give off enough radiation that it’ll just chop up all the nucleic acids,” he said. “There’s no way the organism will survive.”

The other issue is that, especially in a vacuum, hydrogen and hydroxyl molecules get ripped off cells and combine to form water. This process, called dessication, “is more than just drying up,” Mancinelli said. “You denature proteins. You rip them apart, recombine them, and they no longer have any functionality. That can happen even if you’re in a rock.”

Life would have a better chance if it didn’t have so far to travel, he added.

“Going from Earth to Mars, not a problem,” he said. “Even going from Earth to Pluto, or from Pluto to Earth, not a problem. But once you start heading out of the solar system, it’s so far away that it takes a long time. That’s the thing, the length of time.”

NOTE: sounds like it could come from the script of 'The Chronicles of Riddick' and the Necromongers...Lon


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Panic after ‘Devil attack’ at school in Trinidad-Tobago

guardian-tt - Panic broke out at the Moruga Composite School yesterday as 17 female students fell mysteriously ill and began rolling on the ground, hissing and blabbering in a strange tongue, after suffering bouts of nausea and headaches. Two of the students reportedly tried to throw themselves off a railing and had to be physically restrained, triggering fears of a possible demon attack. The drama started during the lunch hour in the Form One block and quickly spread to other areas. Form Five student Kern Mollineau, who attends the Lighthouse Tabernacle Church, said he got worried when the girls’ eyes began rolling up in their heads and they began beating up on the ground.

With the assistance of several other students and teachers, the pupils were taken to the multi-purpose hall where some of them fell into a semi-conscious state. Mollineau recalled: “One girl was blabbering as if in a strange language. I could not understand what she was saying. “It was sounding like ‘shebbaberbebeb shhhhee.’ The girls were unusually strong. We had to hold them down so that they will not hurt themselves. “The teachers were right there. I get a kick in my face when one of the girls started beating up on the floor. Many of them had bruises.” Mollineau claimed he actually communicated with the “devil which had possessed the girl. “I asked the Devil what he wanted with the girls and the voice said he wanted a life. He kept saying to send the girls in the toilet and to leave them alone,” Mollineau claimed.

Roman Catholic priests, as well as pastors from nearby churches, including Josephine Charles, Deborah Charles and Pastor Gordon, visited the school and began showering the children with holy water and prayers. Two more students, Kriston Mollineau and Kishon Bethel, said they too were called by teachers to assist the ill girls. Kriston said the girls complained of headaches and some of them wanted to go to the toilet. Six ambulances arrived at the school accompanied by police teams from the Moruga and St Mary’s Police Post. A party of fire officers from the Princes Town Fire Station, led by acting Assistant Divisional Fire Officer Ramdeo Boodoo visited the school and began conducting several tests on the surroundings to determine the cause of the problem.

Boodoo said there was nothing in the environment to trigger fainting spells, nausea and headaches. A teacher, who requested anonymity, said two weeks ago an Orisha woman came to the school and had a dispute with a member of staff. He said following the dispute, the woman threatened to deal with the school administration. Another teacher said the school was built on a burial site, but neighbours who live around the school denied that was so. A source at the school confirmed that all 17 pupils were taken to the Princes Town Health Facility where they were medically examined. The other students were sent home at 2 pm.

Responding yesterday, Minister in the Ministry of Education Clifton de Coteau said he was aware that pupils had to be taken for medical attention. De Coteau said Student Support Service officials were sent to the school and students were expected to receive counselling. A statement from the Ministry of Education said the Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) made maxi taxis available to the school to assist the Office for Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) which provided additional ambulances.

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