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Issue 86 "All things are possible ..." (Mt 19:26) Dec. 2004
From Ron Schablotski, webmaster of <http://www.geocities.com/schablotski.geo/Therianthropology.htm>,
we received a response to our Galactic Registration page:
"I would much like to request a galaxy or star cluster be registered as the Schablotski Galaxy.
Thank you, Ron Schablotski"
After he received his galactic registration certificate for IGR 66992885 in Perseus he added, "I think I will be giving several galaxies for Christmas."
In November, the Federation of American Scientists revealed the existence of a recent U.S. Air Force-paid multi-million dollar study of psychic teleportation (p-teleportation) prepared by Nevada physicist Eric Davis, who writes that it is "quite real and can be controlled." An Air Force Research Lab spokesman defended his agency's use of UFO and spoon-bending reports and Soviet and Chinese studies of psychics, telling USA Today, "If we don't turn over stones, we don't know if we have missed something."
HOMO FLORASIANSIS = HOBBITS
In October Nature, Henry Gee, wrote: "The discovery that Homo floresiensis survived until so very recently, in geological terms, makes it more likely that stories of other mythical, human-like creatures such as Yetis are founded on grains of truth....Now, cryptozoology, the study of such fabulous creatures, can come in from the cold."
The new Human species lived on the Indonesian island of Flores as recently as 13,000 years ago. The team of scientists (Peter Brown, T. Sutikna, Mike Morwood, R. P. Soejono, M. W. Moore, D. R. Hobbs, M. I. Bird, and several other Australians and Indonesians) discovered subfossilized remains that were not that of children, but fully-grown 3-foot-tall hominids.
Local natives on Flores have 100-year-old legends of a small hairy people, the Ebu Gogo, and clues from these tales will be employed to find new caves to explore for evidence of their former little habitants. The media nicknamed them the "Hobbits of Flores", similar to the Nittaewo, the 3-foot-tall hairy hominids of ancient Ceylon (Sri Lanka) -- mentioned by Pliny in the first century -- said to have existed til the end of the 18th Century.
THE BILI APE
Anthropologist Colin Groves at Australian National University, and Shelly Williams, a US primatologist affiliated with the Jane Goodall Institute, reported The New Scientist, are doing joint research compiling their findings on a new large ape.
In the forests near the towns of Bondo and Bili, Democratic Republic of Congo, evidence (in the form of fecal droppings, eyewitness sightings, bone discoveries, and a videotape) has mounted of a probable new species or subspecies of giant ape that kills lions. The Bili Ape apparently mixes some traits of gorillas and chimpanzees. The animals have large, black faces, are six feet tall and have pronounced sagittal crests.
A phantom feline first reported in the spring in a Columbus, Ohio, suburb, the Gahanna Lion, first reported in the spring and seen throughout the summer. "I'm convinced it's a 300-pound to 400-pound African lion," Deputy Police Chief Larry Rinehart said at the start of the search, in May.
In December, scientists in India found a new species of macaque monkey, in the extreme northeastern area of India's Arunachal Pradesh territory. It is locally known as the Munzala, which means the "deep forest monkey", in the Monpa dialect of the Buddhist tribe of the West Kamang and Tawang areas. The discovery of the Arunachal macaque is to be published in an upcoming issue of the International Journal of Primatology. These large, heavyset, and dark brown monkeys live at one of the highest altitudes of any primate, more than 11,400 feet.
PRAIRIE DOG GOSSIP
Northern Arizona University Professor Con Slobodchikoff, who spoke to the Albuquerque Journal in December about his twodecades of elaborate, patient, desert research, said that prairie dogs he has studied at three locations in the Southwest speak in different dialects but would likely understand each other, can even invent sounds for new things, and perhaps can even gossip.
The two prongs sticking up out of it make it look like a Martian bunny or some kind of queer plant. It is unlike anything else seen on the surface, and so the logical conclusion is that it is castoff debris from the Opportunity lander, although no such debris is seen in a similar panorama from the Sprit lander. We are hoping, however, that the Opportunity rover will cruise on over to this object and show us exactly what it is. (This article suggests that the rover might have rolled over the object!)
Further to the right and up a bit in the same panorama is another anomalous object resting on the surface. This object, looking here like a model of the Space Shuttle, doesn't appear to be a rock; the shadow it casts gives it the appearance of laying on top of the soil rather than being partially buried in it, as the other Martian rocks are.
Again, this could very well be debris that dropped of the lander's airbags as it bounced to a stop, or that popped off the lander as it opened up. But we sure would like to see close-up photos from the Opportunity cameras showing us with no uncertainty that that's what it is.
The Bow Tie
One more unnatural-looking object jumps out of the panorama mosaic. It appears further to the right and closer to the lander inside what seems to be a depression strewn with pebbles. (The imaginative person might say these "pebbles" look like small bunches of foliage of some kind.) The object is a strip of something with a dark middle and two white ends.
Its proximity to the lander suggests that it is a manmade object from the lander itself. But wouldn't we like to see the rover roll over there and zoom in on this thing - and the surrounding "pebbles" - to settle the matter?
Chances are, the rover will not be directed to take close looks at any of these objects because, we can be sure, the folks at NASA and JPL are already convinced that they are just lander debris and not worth investigating any further.
Subsequent tests with monatomic elements revealed that they, too, would lose 4/9ths of their weight during thermo-gravimetric analysis. With increased heating, the weight would reduce to absolute zero-at which point they disappeared altogether. On subsequent cooling, however, they would return to a visible state.
New Scientist magazine reported in October that psychologists seem to be reclassifying people who are permanently uninterested in sex, from the old notion that such behavior was a disorder to the emerging position that it is merely a sexual preference of "none of the above." (Asexuals profess no sexual attraction at all, encompassing loners reluctant to associate with people and gregarious, caring people whose natural inclination is to relate to others nonsexually.) Recent research estimated that 1 percent of the population is asexual, and in previous research, 40 percent of asexuals described themselves as "extremely" or "very" happy. An asexuality support group (AVEN) touts its best-selling t-shirt, "Asexuality: It's not just for amoebas anymore."