Article Link: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-truth-about-those-alien-alloys-in-the-new-york-times-ufo-story/
What to make of a Las Vegas building full of unidentified alloys?
The New York Times published a stunning story Saturday (Dec. 16) revealing that the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) had, between 2007 and 2012, funded a $22 million program for investigating UFOs. The story included three revelations that were tailored to blow readers’ minds:
1.Many high-ranking people in the federal government believe aliens have visited planet Earth.
2.Military pilots have recorded videos of UFOs with capabilities that seem to outstrip all known human aircraft, changing direction and accelerating in ways no fighter jet or helicopter could ever accomplish.
3.In a group of buildings in Las Vegas, the government stockpiles alloys and other materials believed to be associated with UFOs.
One of the authors of the Times report, Ralph Blumenthal, had this to say on MSNBC about the alloys: “They have, as we reported in the paper, some material from these objects that is being studied so that scientists can find what accounts for their amazing properties, this technology of these objects, whatever they are.” When asked what the materials were, Blumenthal responded, “They don’t know. They’re studying it, but it’s some kind of compound that they don’t recognize.”
Here’s the thing, though: The chemists and metallurgists Live Science spoke to – experts in identifying unusual alloys – don’t buy it.
“I don’t think it’s plausible that there’s any alloys that we can’t identify,” Richard Sachleben, a retired chemist and member of the American Chemical Society’s panel of experts, told Live Science. “My opinion? That’s quite impossible.”
Is anyone out there? The days when UFO fever gripped China.
Article link: http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2125466/anyone-out-there-days-when-ufo-fever-gripped-china
Stories about aliens and flying saucers once grabbed the public imagination in China but hardly generate interest now
Growing up in the 1980s, the 49-year-old from Mengyin county, Shandong province, remembers doing everything he could to get his hands on information about unidentified flying objects and aliens.
“I read all kinds of articles, and I really wanted an encounter with a UFO,” Meng said.
Then in 1993, when he was 25, he “felt” the aliens contact him “spiritually”.
Meng’s experience was one of a flood of sightings and encounters across the country when China was in the grip of all things alien. The interest exploded in the late 1970s and peaked about two decades later. Today though, UFO news barely rates a mention – as was the case earlier this month when the Pentagon confirmed it had a multimillion-dollar programme for UFO research.
He said the news of the Pentagon programme could have relevance for China.
“It shows the US government and military have been studying UFOs or aliens for years,” Zhang said. “China might be doing the same.”
But Zhang is one of the few people on the mainland still interested in the subject.
Sun said the gradual loss of public interest in extraterrestrials was natural.
“There hasn’t been a breakthrough, and reports [of sightings] are repetitive and unfounded,” he said.
“[But] I believe [the interest in UFOs] will never wane because humans are naturally curious about the universe.”
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