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Government to release Britain’s UFO ‘X-Files’ – which could prove aliens exist
by Rob Waugh 6 Jul 2015 8:58 am
Conspiracy theorists are over the moon after the government ‘caved in’ and agreed to release secret files on UFO visits to Britain – including an alien spaceship said to have landed in Suffolk in 1980.
The ‘X-files’ will be released by the Ministry of Defence after a long campaign to have them published.
UFO hunters have campaigned for the release of 18 files about UFO sightings in the UK ,backed by Lord Black of Brentwood, who was assured in a Parliamentary question that they would be published in March next year.
The files cover alien ‘visits’ such as the Rendlesham Forest Incident in 1983, U.S. Army personnel stationed near Rendlesham in Suffolk saw a strange, metallic triangle which was ‘dripping molten metal’ – and witnessed a light like a ‘huge red eye’.
Unlike most UFO sightings, it was documented in voice recordings from senior American soldiers, who also drew disturbing pictures of the object they saw.
One witness claimed to have telepathically ‘received’ a binary code, which has never been deciphered.
Nigel Watson, author of the UFO Investigations Manual, said, ‘Its great that these files will be released but I’m reliably informed that some contain duplicates of documents already made available to the public. It seems very unlikely they will not contain anything like the type of evidence UFO supporters yearn for, like crashed saucers or interviews with aliens.
‘Up to now literally thousands of UK government UFO have been released. In 2005, after years of denial, the government admitted it conducted a thorough scientific study of UFOs, which concluded that unidentified aerial phenomena, or UAPs, do exist, but not flying saucers.
‘An unnamed security contractor carried out the study on behalf of the Defence Intelligence Staff, section DI55, based in Whitehall, London. Codenamed Project Condign, the study was started in December 1996 and completed four years later in March 2000. The findings were published in a four-volume, 460-page report, titled “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena in the U.K. Air Defence Region.”
‘Only 11 copies of the report were produced, and they were circulated to a restricted number of high-ranking Royal Air Force and defence ministry officials. It was so secret that not even the Ministry of Defence’s UFO department or the government ministers in charge of the defence ministry were made aware of it.
‘It concluded some sightings were possibly of rare atmospheric phenomena — pockets of electrically charged plasmas forming in the atmosphere. The plasmas would appear as bright, fast-moving UFOs to observers, but be invisible to radar.
‘At least 10,000 UFO reports collected by the US, Project Blue Book, have been put online and many other governments have released their UFO files. So we have an embarrassment of riches yet these have been largely ignored by UFO researchers, yet they could provide lots of information about types of sightings and their patterns over time and place. The problem is alien saucers and body parts remain as elusive now as they always have been, and it frustrates the hell out of conspiracy mongers and ufologists.
Researchers observe and control light wakes for the first time
Date: July 6, 2015 Source: Harvard University
When a duck paddles across a pond or a supersonic plane flies through the sky, it leaves a wake in its path. Wakes occur whenever something is traveling through a medium faster than the waves it creates -- in the duck's case water waves, in the plane's case shock waves, otherwise known as sonic booms.
Wakes can exist wherever there are waves, even if those waves are light. While nothing travels faster than the speed of light in a vacuum, light isn't always in a vacuum. It is possible for something to move faster than the phase velocity of light in a medium or material and generate a wake. The most famous example of this is Cherenkov radiation, wakes produced as electrical charges travel through liquids faster than the phase velocity of light, emitting a glowing blue wake.
For the first time, Harvard researchers have created similar wakes of light-like waves moving on a metallic surface, called surface plasmons, and demonstrated that they can be controlled and steered. The discovery, published today in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, was made in the lab of Federico Capasso, the Robert L. Wallace Professor of Applied Physics and Vinton Hayes Senior Research Fellow in Electrical Engineering at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS).
"The ability to control light is a powerful one," said Capasso. "Our understanding of optics on the macroscale has led to holograms, Google Glass and LEDs, just to name a few technologies. Nano-optics is a major part of the future of nanotechnology and this research furthers our ability to control and harness the power of light on the nanoscale."
The creation and control of surface plasmon wakes could lead to new types of plasmonic couplers and lenses that could create two-dimensional holograms or focus light at the nanoscale.
Surface plasmons are confined to the surface of a metal. In order to create wakes through them, Capasso's team designed a faster-than-light running wave of charge along a one-dimensional metamaterial -- like a powerboat speeding across a lake.
The metamaterial, a nanostructure of rotated slits etched into a gold film, changes the phase of the surface plasmons generated at each slit relative to each other, increasing the velocity of the running wave. The nanostructure also acts like the boat's rudder, allowing the wakes to be steered by controlling the speed of the running wave.
The team discovered that the angle of incidence of the light shining onto the metamaterial provides an additional measure of control and using polarized light can even reverse the direction of the wake relative to the running wave -- like a wake traveling in the opposite direction of a boat.
"Being able to control and manipulate light at scales much smaller than the wavelength of the light is very difficult," said Daniel Wintz, a lead author of the paper and graduate student in the Capasso lab. "It's important that we not only observed these wakes but found multiple ways to control and steer them."
The observation itself was challenging, as "surface plasmons are not visible to the eye or cameras," said co-lead author Antonio Ambrosio of SEAS and the Italian Research Council (CNR). "In order to view the wakes, we used an experimental technique that forces plasmons from the surface, collects them via fiber optics and records the image."
This work could represent a new testbed for wake physics across a variety of disciplines. "This research addresses a particularly elegant and innovative problem in physics which connects different physical phenomena, from water wakes to sonic booms, and Cherenkov radiation," said Patrice Genevet, a lead author, formerly of SEAS, currently affiliated with the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology.
This paper was co-authored by Alan She, of SEAS and Romain Blanchard, of SEAS and Eos Photonics.
This research was supported by the National Science Foundation and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.
'Star Wars' Han Solo Spinoff in the Works With 'Lego Movie' Directors (Exclusive)
These are the directors you are looking for.
When Christopher Miller was an intern at Lucasfilm, he was asked (and geekily accepted) to step into a Stormtrooper costume for one of George Lucas’ Special Edition Star Wars movies.
Now, in a paraphrasing of Darth Vader’s immortal words, a circle is about to be complete.
Miller and his partner Phil Lord, the duo behind The Lego Movie and the hit Jump Street films, are tackling one of the Star Wars anthology projects as their next directing vehicle, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.
The filmmaker team, who write, direct and produce, are stepping up to helm a movie that will focus on a young Han Solo, according to sources.
Lawrence Kasdan and Jon Kasdan are writing the script with the project, now set for a May 25, 2018, release.
The new film is not the same as the one that was to have been directed by Josh Trank. Trank parted ways with the project in May amid a cloud of issues stemming from his Fantastic Four shoot. That film, rumored to be an origin story of the intergalactic bounty hunter Boba Fett, is still searching for a director.
Disney and Lucasfilm had no comment.
Unclear is how their commitment to the Han Solo origin story will impact Lord and Miller’s schedule. The duo became a hot property following their witty take on the buddy cop genre with 21 Jump Street, and hotter still with 2014’s Lego Movie, which included a spectrum of geek icons from Batman to Star Wars.
They were to develop a Flash feature for Warners as a directing vehicle, but now that is likely off the table. As is a third Jump Street movie. However, they could stay on as writers or producers on those projects.
They were also developing an animated Spider-Man project for Sony, writing a treatment and producing, but since they were not intending to direct it, that could be less impacted.
The pair also would remain involved in the Lego franchise they helped launch.