Journal Publishes 8-Year-Olds…But Not Acharya S

It amazes me that children can publish academically…but Zeitgeist mythicists cannot.  Read on, it’s a pretty good way to educate people about the value of peer review and the methods that scientists use.

It came with wobbly writing and hand-drawn diagrams, but an elementary school science project has made it into a peer-reviewed journal from Britain’s prestigious Royal Society.

Biology Letters published a report Wednesday conducted and written by a group of 8- to 10-year-olds from an English elementary school investigating the way bumblebees see colors and patterns. The scientific organization — which is more than three centuries old and includes some of the world’s most eminent scientists — said the children reported findings that were a “genuine advance” in the field of insect color and pattern vision.

via Science journal publishes study by 8-year-olds – Technology & science – Science – msnbc.com.

UFO Files Released?

The UK released 6,000 documents related to UFO’s (info found here) and, jumping on the bandwagon (albeit, late), now New Zealand has done the same:

Following hot on the heels of a series of international UFO sighting disclosures, the New Zealand government has joined the party and made public 2,000 pages of UFO eyewitness accounts dating back to 1952.

Following public pressure (and not the threat of being outed by WikiLeaks — although it is said that there are top secret cables pertaining to UFOs coming soon), the NZ military agreed to open the files for scrutiny, but only if the individuals detailed in the reports could remain anonymous.

The reports come from the public, military sources and pilots and the newspaper The Dominion Post is helpfully scanning and publishing the whole lot online.

After a quick scan through some of the pages, there are detailed reports of flying saucers, intimate relations with alien beings and brief sightings of strange lights in the sky. Although it’s going to take a lot longer to fully digest all the material, I’ll take a wild guess and say that the reports will sound much like the UK’s recent release of 6,000 pages of UFO documents.

via New Zealand government opens UFO files – Technology & science – Space – msnbc.com.

I am firmly against the idea that aliens have visited us in the past and that there are records of it (the aliens did not build the pyramids, regardless of what the History channel suggests).  But that doesn’t mean that strange and unidentified objects don’t exist–whether as a part of our own military engineering, or psychological conditioning–I wouldn’t even rule out extraterrestrial life.  But speculation is something I’ll leave for other people.  In any event, it’s pretty damn cool.  To quote the author of the article:

Although aliens may seem synonymous with UFOs, most UFO sightings will have very terrestrial explanations. The rest are just shaky videos of Venus.

(But just in case I’m wrong, we’d better do a better job at hiding our nukes.)

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