; Phantoms and Monsters: Pulse of the Paranormal

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Daily 2 Cents: Toxic Molds May Generate Apparition Sightings -- Groups of Humanoids on Daytona Beach -- How Big Are The Aliens?

Toxic Molds May Generate Apparition Sightings

Perhaps ghosts aren't to blame for haunted houses after all.

Researchers in New York state are studying the possibility that people who experience hauntings may be suffering from symptoms related to inhaling toxic molds.

Shane Rogers, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Clarkson University, says he was inspired to research the topic because he's a longtime fan of ghost stories and wants to provide more insight into apparently possessed houses.

"Hauntings are very widely reported phenomena that are not well-researched," Rogers said in a press release.

"They are often reported in older-built structures that may also suffer poor air quality. Similarly, some people have reported depression, anxiety and other effects from exposure to biological pollutants in indoor air. We are trying to determine whether some reported hauntings may be linked to specific pollutants found in indoor air."

He says some fungi, including rye ergot fungus, are known to cause severe psychosis in humans.

Rogers and his team are working to measure the air quality of reportedly haunted places in the North Country area, and compare the samples to places that aren't believed to be haunted.

"What I do hope is that we can provide some real clues as to what may lead to some of these phenomena and possibly help people in the process," Rogers said. - Canoe


Groups of Humanoids on Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach, Florida - 7/2012: My friends and I walked to the beach around 4 am one night in summer 2012, one of the weirdest years. we saw this light by the water floating. i thought it was a boat but then it rose up and was way brighter than a boat light. then it seemed to grow. it became big like the moon so then i assumed it was the moon but then it flew off super fast it disappeared sort of how the rockets disappear. when they go into space i could see the orb get smaller and smaller until it vanished from my line of vision. then after i look down again and there are groups of teenager looking people. one of them was holding a light and staring at me. another was making weird bird like noises with their mouth. when they walked their legs seemed to be not there like the top half of them were human like but their legs every time they took a step forward their legs would drop down and they would slide forward. they didn't need to pick up and plant their legs to move they just lifted then dropped and they slid forward. their legs were ghost like. but i rubbed my eyes to see if i was seeing things but i wasnt. the group of teen like people were there i spoke to my friend who was next to me asking if he saw what i did. he agreed. then we looked back and the group was gone. now that i think back i wish i would have walked up to them and asked who they were and what they wanted but i was in shock. i couldn't believe what i was seeing. - MUFON CMS


How Big Are The Aliens?

Cosmologist Fergus Simpson believes that intelligent extraterrestrials would be much larger than we are.

When we consider the possibilities of what an intelligent extraterrestrial life form might look like we tend to imagine something that looks a little similar to ourselves.

Given the enormous range of different planets and environments that must exist in the universe however there's a chance that if we did meet a member of an alien species they may be so different to us that they would be almost unrecognizable.

In a recently published paper, cosmologist Fergus Simpson took this idea one step further by theorizing that any intelligent extraterrestrials we happen to encounter are more likely to be significantly larger than we are and could weigh upwards of 300kg.

His calculations are based on the assumption that there is a minimum size that a life form needs to be in order to develop intelligence and that our species is on the lower end of that scale.

Simpson's theory however doesn't take in to account how the gravitational pull of any given planet might effect the size, weight and height of its inhabitants.

SETI director Seth Shostak commented on his findings by stating that they were "interesting" but expressed skepticism on the basis that "there’s really no concrete data to work with."

"Polar bears are large but do not write great literature and build radio towers and a lot of that is probably because they are walking around on all fours," he said. Read more at Aliens Are Enormous, Science Suggests



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