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{85} part 3 - United Kingdom UFO Network

From: United Kingdom UFO Network <ufo@holodeck.demon.co.uk>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 1997 20:39:05 +0000
Fwd Date: Sat, 22 Nov 1997 10:28:37 -0500
Subject: {85} part 3 - United Kingdom UFO Network

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The United Kingdom UFO Network - a free electronic magazine with
subscribers in over 40 countries.

This issue comes in 3 parts. If any part is missing please mail:
ufo@holodeck.demon.co.uk giving the issue number. The issue will be
reposted to you. Please put the details as below in the subject
section e.g.  Repost {82} part 1, part 2 or part 3.

She said: If anyone else saw this aerial phenomenon I would really
like to hear from them. I do hope someone can shed some light on

I am not a mad teenager thats gone off my trolley, I am just a
concerned person who wants some answers.

But a UFO expert at the MOD shattered the flying saucer theory.

He said: We havent found a UFO yet. Most of the sightings weve
investigated have proved to be aircraft flying in the area. This one
could have been the sun reflecting off an aircraft.

If there had been a UFO flying near. Heathrow I think the airport
would have spotted it. The airport has very good radar equipment.

Anyone who has seen a UFO can write to Elaine at 23 Manaton
Crescent, Southall UB1 2SY.

And don't forget us at: ufo@holodeck.demon.co.uk

[UK 7]******

Source: West Sussex County Times
Publish Date: 3rd November 1997
From: "Phil Light" <phil.light@ukonline.co.uk>

Thirty Years ago in Horsham

THE UFOs reported flying over Horsham in last week's County Times
are on the move again.

This time the shining objects have been spotted at Storrington and

William Greenwell, of Shermanbury,  and his family saw an object in
the sky to the south east of their Shermanbury Place home on Monday

The object gave a kaleidoscope effect, "with colours of a brilliance
I have never seen before - reds, greens, blues and a central
whiteness that was almost too bright to watch," he said.

"It sounds ridiculous I know. I'm not a crank or anything and I'm
quite prepared to accept that there's a rational explanation, but
this is what I saw."

That same night, Paul Quick, of Hampers Lane, Storrington, spied a
glowing ball "one and a half times the size of a bus" land on the

"It was the shape of a rugby ball on its side and was quite bright,
but not dazzling."

Mr Quick's family saw the object land on the Downs before it
slithered down the side of the hill and disappeared.

But Hove Police, who were alerted by the Quicks, said the object was
the planet Venus.

World News

[W 1]******

Source: Voice of Russia (Radio)
Date: 5th November 1997

A Russian scholar says our solar system has 2 Earth's

A Russian scholar says our solar system has 2 Earth's. He says a
planet whose mass and dimensions that equal those of our home planet
is located behind the Sun, on the other side of the solar system. It
never shows up because it takes it and the earth exactly the same
time to orbit the Sun. Nonetheless, it can be seen if a space
satellite with a telescope aboard is launched towards Mars or Venus.

[W 2]******

Source: The Electronic Telegraph
Publish Date: Tuesday 11th November 1997

Bandai rings the changes

By Michael Fitzpatrick

The people who brought us Tamagotchi are about to launch a similar
key-ring alien that will metamorphoses every time it's near a mobile
phone user.

Designed like the Tamagotchi to bring out our motherly instincts
with demands for air and food, the Wave UFO will also transform its
LCD features when a mobile phone goes off within one metre of it.

The new cyber alien-pet will be the next big thing, says Bandai. It
expects it to outsell the once massively popular Tamagotchi. With
the virtual pet boom in Japan now in decline, Bandai decided its
next move would be to cash in on the Japanese obsession with mobile
phones. They are so cheap and plentiful in Japan that at one point
they were coming free with every hamburger.

Japan watcher Izumi Okamoto says: "Riding alongside the required
Tamagotchi in every schoolgirl's bag is a mobile and a Pocket Bell
pager. It didn't take long for Japan's largest toy company put two
and two together." In another bid to fill the vacuum left by the
drop in Tamagotchi sales, Bandai has a scored hit in Japan with
Angel Scope fortune telling machines.

Children punch in personal details on the key-ring-size toy and up
come predictions from Japan's best-known fortune- teller.

[W 3]******

Source: Sky News
Date: Sunday 16th November 1997

Safety board in spotlight of TWA probe after FBI bows out

With the FBI's withdrawal from the investigation into the explosion
of TWA Flight 800, the hunt for terrorists and saboteurs has given
way to a study of frayed wires and a vapor-filled fuel tank.

The National Transportation Safety Board begins public hearings Dec.
8, but spokesman Peter Goelz said no one should expect an answer to
the most important question "what caused the explosion " any time

The loved ones of 230 people killed when the Boeing 747 was ripped
apart on July 17, 1996, are wondering if they will ever know.

"Maybe this will be like the Kennedy assassination, where there are
some people out there that think there was a second gunman. But you
have to rely on the people who have conducted this investigation and
have faith in the job the FBI has done,'' said Richard Bergman of
Los Angeles.

His best friend, Eugene Silverman and Silverman's wife and two
daughters died in the explosion. James Kallstrom, an FBI assistant
director who headed the criminal investigation, sent a letter this
week to the families of victims of the disaster to announce the
agency was suspending its probe.

He said the investigation "has found absolutely no evidence to cause
us to believe that the TWA Flight 800 tragedy was the result of a
criminal act.''

So barring some new evidence, one of the biggest criminal
investigations in the nation's history has concluded with the
finding that no crime was committed.

"It is very disappointing that another government agency is
reporting they do not know what caused this. We are looking forward
to the day that some agency does know what caused it,'' TWA spokesman
Mark Abels said.

On Thursday, NTSB Chairman James Hall told a congressional committee
that he hoped a probable cause could be identified by the end of
next year. Goelz said the agency will continue to draw upon the FBI's

Bernard Loeb, the NTSB's director of aviation safety, said
investigators continue to dig into several theories on how enough
electrical energy might have entered the center fuel tank to touch
off a blast.

Loeb said the agency is concentrating on the fuel measuring rods,
the fuel pumps, static electricity and chafed wiring.

"None are more important or more likely than the other,'' Loeb said.

[W 4]******

Source: BBC News
Date: 14th November 1997

How Mars Hotted Up for Life

French scientists have proposed a new theory to support the idea
that life once evolved on the planet Mars. They say that thick clouds
of carbon dioxide ice acted as a blanket over the planet, keeping the
surface warm enough for liquid water to flow there. Their theory is
published in the journal 'Science'. This report from Andrew
Luck-Baker of our Science staff.

People sometimes call Mars the 'Red planet' - but nearly four
billion years ago, it was the 'White planet'. The Martian surface was
hidden beneath thick white clouds. Below there were erupting
volcanoes, oceans, lakes and rivers. This is the portrait of ancient
Mars painted by scientists at the Pierre and Marie Curie University
in Paris. It's a world away from the dead, rust-coloured desert shown
in the pictures recently beamed back to us by the now defunct
Pathfinder mission. That space probe, together with previous studies
of the Martian landscape and rocks, provided a convincing body of
evidence that water once flowed on the planet - according to Dr
Francois Forget.

"Everyone agrees that more than 3.8 billion years ago, the climate
on Mars was much warmer than it is today. And this is suprising
because at that time, the Sun was about 25 percent less bright than
it is today, so it's not obvious how you explain why Mars was warmer
back then."

Today Mars is far too cold for water to exist as a liquid. That's
partly because the planet has an extremely thin atmosphere. But 3.8
billion years ago, Martian volcanoes had created a dense atmosphere
containing a lot of carbon dioxide. According to the French
scientists' calculations, the subzero temperatures in the Martian
skies would have caused some of the carbon dioxide to form small
snowflakes, creating a planet- wide blanket of cloud. Clouds like
these would have had a very strong greenhouse effect, trapping the
incoming warmth of the Sun between them and the Martian surface.
Francois Forget says conditions would have warm enough for water to

"In our (computer) model we can easily reach temperatures higher
than the freezing point of water. Hopefully the observations of the
spacecraft Mars Global Surveyor (now orbiting the planet) will help
us estimate what the climate conditions were in more detail. I think
the global average temperature was slightly below zero degrees
Celsius, but of course it would be higher or lower depending on the
latitude, seasons and time of day. That means that, because there was
liquid water there over a long period of time, it's likely conditions
were suitable for life".

These findings will fire the enthusiasm of other scientists hoping
to detect signs of life today in planetary systems around other
stars. If the French team is right, the conditions suitable for the
origin and evolution of life will extend much further from a star
than previously thought. There could be many more planets in the
Universe than astronomers had expected, comfortable enough to be
homes for extraterrestrial organisms.

[W 5]******

Source: Pentagon statement
Date: 1st October 1997
From: Adrian Haynes <adrianh@dircon.co.uk>

USAF future testing of an Airborne Laser

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFNS) -- Pentagon officials
announced Oct. 1 approval of the Air Force's environmental planning
connected with future testing of an Airborne Laser.

That approval, in the form of a "Record of Decision," is the last
step in the Air Force's Final Environmental Impact Statement for the
Airborne Laser.  It clears the way for the Air Force to house and
test its YAL-1A Attack Laser, a laser-carrying Boeing 747 aircraft,
during the Program Definition and Risk Reduction Phase.

Under that phase, the prototype aircraft, currently under
development, will be based at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.  There,
the aircraft will complete its integration of the weapon system and
undergo ground and flight testing.  Also in this risk reduction
phase, the aircraft will use the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile
Range in New Mexico for short-range diagnostic testing of the laser
under low- and high-powers.

This phase will end with the YAL-1A Attack Laser conducting
expanded-area testing on the Western Test Range.  This is an area
off the California coast in the Pacific Ocean, operated by Vandenberg
AFB and Point Mugu Naval Air Warfare Center.  There, the aircraft
will complete long-range testing of the weapons-class laser, under
low- and high-power conditions.  Included will be a test that will
show how well the YAL-1A Attack Laser can destroy a theater ballistic
missile shortly after being launched.

The YAL-1A Attack Laser has been characterized as a revolutionary
step forward in defensive systems.  The aircraft will carry a
chemical oxygen iodine laser capable of destroying Scud-like missiles
shortly after being launched from hundreds of miles away.  In battle,
the aircraft would be over friendly territory, flying at an altitude
of around 40,000 feet, looking toward enemy airspace.  It would
detect an enemy theater ballistic missile shortly after launched as
it clears any clouds.  The YAL-1A would then lock on to the target
and use its chemical laser to destroy it.

The weapon system includes a modified Boeing 747 freighter aircraft,
a weapon's class laser, laser-fuel storage tanks, and a low-power
laser that can acquire and track a target and then direct the primary
laser on to that target.  Also included is a laser-beam control
system and a beam director (a telescope enclosed in a turret at the
front of the aircraft) that will focus the laser's energy on a
target.  Associated with all this are computerized controls,
communications, intelligence and related systems needed to manage and
control the YAL-1A Attack Laser.

Predicated on successfully completing this phase, a second airborne
laser will be built and undergo a series of operational performance
testing.  Beyond that will come the production phase in which five
additional aircraft are projected.

During this environmental process, the Air Force examined six
locations and conducted hearings with the general public.  In a
process that took more than two years, officials determined that
there would be a minor socioeconomic benefit and no significant
adverse environmental impacts. The Air Force will continue to consult
with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries
Service and further evaluate migratory patterns of various marine
mammal and animal species.

The Airborne Laser Program Office, a unit of the Space and Missile
Systems Center at Los Angeles AFB Calif., is managing the program

[W 6]

Source: SETI web site
URL: http://www.bigscience.com/setiathome.html#experience


SETI@home is a grand experiment to harness the spare power of
hundreds of thousands of Internet-connected computers in the Search
for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI.) When the experiment
launches in Spring 1998, computer users from all over the world will
be able to participate in a major scientific experiment. Each
participant has the slight but captivating possibility that his or
her computer will detect the faint murmur of a civilization beyond

What is SETI@home

The SETI@home program is a special kind of screensaver. Like other
screensavers it starts up when you leave your computer unattended
and shuts down as soon as you return to work. What it does in the
interim is what makes it unique. While you are getting coffee, or
having lunch or sleeping, your computer will be helping the Search
for Extra- Terrestrial Intelligence by analysing data specially
captured by the world's largest radio telescope. While the SETI@home
program is running you will be able to choose from three main
"visualizations" of the experiment. Science Mode in which the
analysis taking place on the local machine is shown in real time, the
significance of each result is explained, and the process is
illustrated to a level understandable by high school science
students. Sky Progress Mode which shows how the entire experiment is
covering the sky, and summarizes at a glance all the potentially
interesting results found so far. The background for this
visualization will usually be an accurate image of the bright stars
in that region of the sky, but participants may choose more abstract
representations as well. Earth Progress Mode focuses on the people
participating in the experiment. A spinning globe of the earth will
be shown with a highlight for every individual or organization who is
currently participating. The total number of computers involved will
be displayed in real time, and participants who have been involved
the longest, or have analysed the most data will be featured.
SETI@home will be accompanied by a Web site showing the current
status of the search, providing various educational material and
links on SETI, astrobiology, and astronomy, and hosting the download
of the client software.

SETI background

Current SETI research consists primarily of radio astronomers
searching for narrow-bandwidth radio signals (radio waves are able
to penetrate interstellar dust clouds, and narrow-bandwidth signals
are not found in nature). There are a handful of such projects. Some
are focusing on particular nearby stars, others are scanning
star-dense parts of the sky. The SETI Institute 's Project Phoenix is
the best known of these projects. All the SETI projects use
special-purpose signal analysis hardware, typically Fast Fourier
Transform (FFT) machines with millions of frequency channels. This
analysis, though impressive, barely skims the surface of what is
possible. Real-time searches can only check a small number of
bandwidths, frequency drift rates and pulse periodicities.

The Science behind SETI@home

SETI@home is real science. The data is from the Arecibo radio
telescope in Puerto Rico, the largest and most sensitive radio
telescope in the world. By the time 50,000 PCs are involved, the
scope of the search will rival all current SETI projects. SETI@home
may indeed detect a signal that would otherwise be missed. The
project has three major components: Data collection. SETI@home is
working with SERENDIP, a SETI project based at UC Berkeley. SERENDIP
has ongoing time at the Arecibo radio telescope. SERENDIP has
designed a PC-based system that will extract a limited frequency band
of their signal, sample it, and write it in real time to a digital
tape. These tapes will be mailed to a file server in the U.S. Data
analysis. SERENDIP has developed a program for SETI@home that
searches for strong signals at 4,000,000 different combinations of
frequency, bandwidth, and chirp (the drift in frequency with time)
illustrated here. The diversity and sensitivity of this analysis
exceeds anything that can be done in real time. Distributed
computation. Big Science has developed software that divides the
radio telescope data into chunks, distributes these chunks to
clients, and collects the results. It also manages the distribution
of architecture-specific versions of the analysis code, and takes
care of various security concerns. A data-flow diagram illustrates
the entire process.

Project Status

SETI@home was conceived in 1995. The project is a collaborative
effort of several astronomers and computer scientists. It is funded
by donations and corporate sponsorships. Prototype versions of the
software where developed during 1996, including the distributed
computation mechanism, the signal analysis program, and the
screensaver graphics. The project has been endorsed by the
scientific community, including the Planetary Society, the SETI
Institute and its president Frank Drake. A paper on SETI@home
appeared at the 5th International Conference in Bioastronomy in July
1996. We plan to begin technical testing of data analysis and
distributed computation at the end of 1997, and to launch the
experiment in the 2nd quarter of 1998. The current focus of efforts
is fundraising. To launch the project successfully we need
approximately $200,000 and solid promotional relationships.


The founding members of the SETI@home team are: Dan Werthimer, Chief
Scientist. Dan is Principal Investigator of the Project SERENDIP at
UC Berkeley. He has been actively involved in SETI observations for
17 years, and is the designer of the SERENDIP data collection
hardware. David Gedye, Project Director. David is Vice President of
Engineering for Virtual University International. He has ten years
experience designing and building multi-user environments, most
recently as Director of Online Games for Starwave Corporation. David
P. Anderson, Technical Director. David is Chief Technical Officer at
Tunes Network Inc. He has published about 60 papers in distributed
systems and other areas of Computer Science. Woodruff T. Sullivan
III, Project Scientist. Woody is a Professor of Astromony at the
University of Washington, and has been an active member of the
academic SETI community for more than 20 years. The following
members of The SETI Institute form the SETI@home advisory panel: Jill
Tarter Tom Pierson Kent Cullers John Dreher


Jeff Cobb from the SERENDIP team did a great job writing and testing
initial versions of the client analysis code. Many thanks to Craig
Kassnoff, who participated in the project's formative discussions
and made key introductions. Thanks also to Starwave, who sponsored
the scientific feasibility study. Ralph Derrickson has supported the
project from its inception, and given much needed business advice.

Recent News & How you can help

September '97. More than 35,000 people have joined the SETI@home
mailing list, many after seeing Dan Werthimer discuss the project on
the Discovery Channel. More than 1500 people have offered
programming and design help in response to a request on this web
site. If you were one of them, and have not received a reply, we
apologize sincerely. We've been overwhelmed by the response and are
not yet ready to use volunteers effectively. Also this month -- the
first magnetic tape of test data from Arecibo was returned to
Berkeley. This will be used to test the analysis algorithms, and get
an initial sense of the terrestrial interference characteristics.
August '97. Dan Werthimer was interviewed on NPR's All Things
Considered. Other stories this month included one by PC World. The
SETI@home mailing list grew to 10,000 people. Senior members of the
SETI Institute accepted invitations to sit on our advisory board.
June '97. The SETI@home web site was established, and David Gedye was
interviewed by the New York Times.

We recently used this part of the web site to call for volunteers
with skills in programming, graphic design, and science education.
The response was overwhelming, and we already have more volunteers
(at least 1500 of them) than we can respond to on an individual
basis. If you have volunteered but have not heard back, please bear
with us. As of September 1997, the crucial issue for the SETI@home
project is funding. If you represent an organization that would
consider becoming a sponsor of the SETI@home project, or you are a
successful fundraiser and would like to help the project, please send
email to the Project Director David Gedye. If you would like to help
us test the first version of SETI@home (currently scheduled for late
1997), or you would simply like to be on our mailing list, please
enter your full email address and


From: Jorgen Westman <jorgen@romelix.se>

Real estate on the Moon

Hi! Jorgen from WUFOC here.

Can you remember where a person was able to buy a piece of
real-estate on the Moon? This was up some months ago...

Kind regards, Jorgen Westman.


uk.ufo.nw says: The below letter refers to an advertisement taken
from numerous national UK newspapers which we thought would interest
readers. It appeared in the last e-zine {84}.

From: Name withheld

the Name a Star article

I had your UFO Network Newsletter forwarded to me and read with
interest the Name a Star article.  Not, you will understand, because
I have an interest in having a star named after me, but because I
work very close to the response address.  For your information 3
Humber Road London NW2 is a residential address and is certainly not
part of the Millenium Business Centre.  This does not, of course,
mean that the offer is not legitimate, however I will not personally
be subscribing!


From: Brian Straight <brians@mdbs.com>

Wall Street Journal article.

Today's Wall Street Journal (Friday 7th November 97) has a front
page article called "Maoists for Martians:  Here, UFOs Make for
Serious Science."

Quite an intersting article--unfortunately, I don't have time to
type it all.  If you know someone who subscribes to the electronic
edition, you might be able to get the text.

uk.ufo.nw says: If anyone has the article we would certainly like a
copy for the e-zine.


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