Veteran Pilot Comes Forward to Report Orange Orb UFO in North Carolina

The Carolinas are a hotbed of documented UFO sightings. In fact, the Queen City of Charlotte has been rated among the top 10 large North American cities for UFO sightings. So far, there have been 153 sightings of mysterious lights, discs, and orbs in the sky since 1910. 

Last year, we shared the story of a man from Liberty, North Carolina, who caught a UFO on a Facebook Live video. Now, there has been another similar UFO sighting reported in the Charlotte Observer.

This time, an 88-year-old Korean War combat veteran and 45-year pilot came forward with his UFO account. Charles Cobb of Morganton once served on a Navy destroyer during the Korean War. Thus, he’s certainly familiar with aircraft, but at 11:18 a.m. on June 12, 2020, he saw something unlike he’d ever seen before.

“None of my flying friends have any idea as to what it was,” he said.

Zooming Orange Orb UFO with Kite-like Tail

Cobb makes daily visits to Silver Creek Airport in Morganton, where he keeps a 1940 Piper Cub. On Friday, the 12th, he was sitting at the airport and spotted a strange object in the sky. 

An orange-tinged orb was moving in the sky. As it shot up and down, it moved in the direction of Table Rock, a popular tourist spot with a panoramic view. For 15 to 20 minutes, he observed it flying.

After all his years around aircraft, he hadn’t seen one that could “zoom up almost out of sight” as it was doing.

Definitely Not a Comet

The longtime pilot described a round, irregular orb shooting thousands of feet into the air. Then, it would plummet back down and soar back up again. Cobb estimated it was some 30,000 to 40,000 feet high with an exhaust plume trailing behind it. At times, it would vanish and then fly paralell to the ground.

As a pilot, he knew how to identify aerial phenomena such as comets, and this was no comet.

“Comets come toward you,” he said. However, this object “always pointed north.”

At first, he thought it appeared to be “a huge kite with a tail.” In the middle of the orb, it appeared to be “opaque.” After watching a while, he took out his iPad and snapped photos of the object, which he later shared with the Observer.

Orb flying
Via Charlotte Observer: Charles Cobb of Morganton took this photo of the object he saw high in the North Carolina mountains sky on a sunny late morning in June. CHARLES COBB

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The Observer confirmed with the nearby Astronomy Club that the object was almost certainly not a comet. Bernard Arghiere, the board director of the Asheville group confirmed:

“There is no reported astronomical object, certainly not a comet, in the sky that would appear that bright on that June 12, 2020, date,” Arghiere said in an email. “There were no comets then that would be that bright, so they would be visible in the daytime sky.


“It really looks to me more like sunlight reflected off a distant jet and its related condensation trail; typically, that would disappear from sight in less than 20 minutes.”


“Good luck getting a definitive answer on this one,” he added.

Veteran Pilot Says It Wasn’t a Plane or Reflection

Notably, Cobb pointed out that he viewed the orb for an extended period and was convinced it was not a plane reflection.

“No reflection off a jet,” he said. “This object, while zooming to incredible heights, and coming back down, was always heading in a northerly direction as the photos show, yet it remained in the general area that I was viewing. 

“A plane of any sort passing through my viewing area would have been out of sight in a matter of a few minutes,” he said.

More Sighting Nearby

Going by reports to the  National UFO Reporting Center, we can see that similar reports took place around the time of Cobb’s sighting, the morning of June 12.

About ten hours after Cobb saw the orb, Huntersville’s witness reported seeing “bright light flares” turning 90 degrees in the sky.

Then, in nearby Salisbury the following morning, someone reported a “spear or teardrop structure streaming across the sky with a vapor trail and cast off glare from the rising sun.”

In Arden, NC, someone reported a “Glowing orange inverted teardrop silently flying low overhead,” on June 29. Alos, orange orbs were reported in Ocean Isle Beach on the same day and previously on the 25th over North Myrtle Beach.

Indeed, the reports about orange flying orbs are very common. Below, see a couple of the posts we’ve made about these UFOs.

Related story: Thousands of Americans see glowing amber orbs flying silently in formation over states

Related story: Mysterious floating orbs over Kansas City confound everyone, including the National Weather Service

Another Pilot Prompted Cobb to Come Forward

The International Business Times shared the story about Cobb’s UFO sighting. Also, they noted that “UFO sightings in various parts of the globe have increased drastically.” The rise in reports follows the 2017 Pentagon admission that they have secretly been studying unidentified aerial phenomena for years. 

Cobb decided to come forward with his account after seeing the video below about an airline pilot who reported a UFO. The object came dangerously close to the plane he was piloting as it traveled from Dallas-Fort Worth to Charlotte in 2003. 

See the History Channel video below:

Featured image: Table Rock NC by Omarcheeseboro via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0) with simulated ‘orb’ created in Photoshop


Ancient Drepanosaur – A Mix of Anteater, Bird, and Chameleon Found in Petrified Forest

During an internship at the Petrified Forest in Arizona, Idaho State University Ph.D. student Xavier Jenkins and a group of National Park Service interns made a spectacular find. They found fossils of a strange reptile called a drepanosaur, which probably lived before dinosaurs. 

Drepanosaurs lived during the Triassic Period, a time known as the dawning age of dinosaurs.

Jenkin’s colleague Virginia Tech graduate student Ben Kligman happened across the fossil-rich site they called “Thunderstorm Ridge.” The new creature was “quite literally found in a deposit of fossilized poop,” Jenkins recalled.

“It is genuinely so surprising that a site like Thunderstorm Ridge took this long to be discovered, and it’s revealing a hidden diversity of ancient life at Petrified Forest,” Jenkins told CNN.


Millions of years ago, the Petrified Forest was swampy, with gentle rivers and lakes. Today, it’s one of the country’s oldest national parks.

 Jenkins suggested that the fossil shows that millions of years ago the area might have been strangely familiar. Like today, animals occupied all available ecological niches. Thus, you could find animals swimming, flying, climbing, and burrowing.

“These prehistoric ecosystems are not as alien as once thought, and are … eerily familiar in composition to those of today,” Jenkins said.

Drepanosaur: a Cross Between an Anteater, Chameleon, and Bird

The creature dubbed Skybalonyx skapter lived 220 million years ago. In Greek, that translates to “dung-claw digger.” The name is a reference to an unusually wide claw on the second finger.

After studying the fossils, a team of researchers says it looked like a cross between an anteater and chameleon. With the enlarged claw, the creature dug a burrow like a mole or an echidna. Previously, it was thought all drepanosaurs were insectivorous tree-dwellers.

A news release from Petrified Forest National Park described the appearance:

“Drepanosaurs have been noted to have interesting features, such as “enlarged second claws, bird-like beaks, and tails ending with a claw,” the release said.

The University of California Museum of Paleontology  described the creature as “seemingly drawn at random from evolution’s spare parts box.”

Recommended reading: Mass extinction saw an invasion of giant-headed Komodo Dragon-like Triassic predators

Thousands of Fossils Discovered

According to WRTV, the team found the fossil by a method similar to panning for gold.

“Due to their small size, the remains were reportedly difficult to find using traditional methods. Essentially, research teams used a series of metal screens and water to sift and break down rocks to find the fossils,” reported WRTV.

The discovery of a new ancient reptile is just the beginning. Amazingly, the lead paleontologist, Adam Marsh, says there were more than 3,000 fossils discovered in the area over two years.

See what Skybalonyx skapter possibly looked like in the artwork below:

A Petrified Forest Rich in Life

Notably, the discovery shows life in the Petrified Forest lived in the area longer than previously thought. 

In related news, a paleontological team from Virginia Tech discovered an extremely rare frog fossil near Petrified Forest National Park in 2019. The frog also lived during the Triassic, thought to be living in near a river where large horsetail-like plants and giant trees grew.

“The environment at the time was very different from how you or I would think of a river. There were no angiosperms (flowering plants) at the time,” said professor Sterling Nesbitt.

At the close of the Triassic period, a wave of volcanic activity caused a spike of CO2 in the atmosphere. As a result of rapid global warming and ocean acidification, most life, including the drepanosaurs, was wiped out. Afterward, the age of now more familiar dinosaurs began.

Recommended reading: Researchers Discover Fossilized Remains that Rewrite Antarctica’s History

See more about the bizarre drepanosaurs from PBS Eons below:

Featured image: Petrified Forest via Pixabay with drepanosaur screenshot via YouTube


Was the Drive to Rewrite the Code of Life Seeded In Our DNA?

If extraterrestrials visited Earth in the distant past, what kind of evidence might they leave behind? For Paul Davies, an Astrobiologist from Arizona State University, the traces of ancient alien (or their robot) visits might be found in one of three places:

  1. Nuclear waste
  2. Large-scale mining operations
  3. A “message in a bottle.” (metaphorically)

Now the third option isn’t literal but could be any number of things. For example, Davies suggests that the message “could be living cells.”

“One idea I had is that maybe the “bottle” [is] living cells -terrestrial organisms, and that message is encoded in DNA. Viruses are continually infecting organisms and uploading their DNA into the genomes of those organisms,” notes Davies.

Davies noted that viruses could encode DNA, so why not extraterrestrials? Indeed, it’s one of the hallmarks of today’s ancient astronaut theory.

“If viruses can do it, E.T. can do it. And it seems to me that we could; in addition to scouring the skies for radio waves with a message encoded; we could scour terrestrial genomes, which are being sequenced anyway, to see if there’s a message from E.T. encoded.”

See Davies discuss this in the video from Big Think below:

Intentionally Seeded Ancient Code

At the time, Davies knew that finding a message from extraterrestrials in our DNA was a stretch. However, not long after, two scientists from Kazakhstan reported they might have discovered just that: an “intelligent “signal within the human genetic code.”

The mathematician and astrobiologist titled their paper “The ‘Wow! signal’ of the terrestrial genetic code.” The Acknowledgments give the nod to Davie’s ideas. The “Wow” refers to the now-famous 1977 SETI signal that prompted a researcher to write, “Wow!” next to it.

The researchers didn’t use the phrase “intelligent design,” but suggested they found code that seemed to be “seeded intentionally.” That information, they argued, appeared to be non-biological and mathematical and symbolic.

They speculated the ancient code came from another solar system, possibly intentionally seeded by panspermia. Could it be the “message in a bottle” that Davies suggested before them?

“Whatever the actual reason behind the decimal system in the code, it appears that it was invented outside the solar system already several billions years [sic] ago,” they wrote.

You can see more about this study in the video clip from the History Channel’s Ancient Aliens series below. Prepare to entertain the idea the humans are nothing more than artificially created “organic robots” with artificial intelligence. (A.I.)

DNA From Alien ‘Close Encounters’

The scientists from Kazakhstan don’t claim to know how an ancient code was seeded in our genes. Rather, they suggest the DNA code could have arrived on Earth through panspermia, space dust that drifted from outer space. 

However, modern stories about extraterrestrials actively tinkering with humans’ DNA are commonly accepted by Ancient Astronaut theorists.  

In at least one case, there was some evidence of interbreeding between an extraterrestrial and human. A man named Peter Khoury claimed that two humanoid females entered his room. One of the humanoids had long blond hair, large eyes, and a long chiseled face. The other appeared to be Asian in appearance. 

Following a bizarre sexual encounter with the blond woman, he found and kept a piece of her hair she left behind. 

Later the DNA from the optically clear hair was tested, revealing rare DNA markers. Instead of being typical of a light-skinned caucasian woman, they were characteristic of rare Chinese and old Gaelic lineage.

See Khoury discuss the story in the video from the History Channel below:

Rewriting the Code of Life

Are extraterrestrials actively designing humans’ DNA in some way even today? Well, now, humans are doing it themselves. The 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna for their 2012 work in precisely editing DNA.

As they were introduced for the prize, the secretary-general of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Goran K. Hansson, said:

“This year’s prize is about rewriting the code of life.”

The two women stumbled across the revolutionary technique called Crispr while studying the bacteria that causes scarlet fever. When inspecting the microbe’s DNA, they found repeating segments. These segments were made up of regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats: Crispr for short.

The segments were derived from a virus that had attempted to infect the bacteria.

Thanks to their research, repeating code from a virus has revealed how to change our DNA effectively. As Paul Davies said, “If viruses can do it, E.T. can do it.” Now, we are doing it too, and rapidly transforming science, the world, and probably ourselves.

Is it possible this discovery was inevitable, something artificially ingrained in our being all along? Are we artificial 

Featured image: Screenshots via YouTube 


5,000-Year-Old Penguin ‘Mummies’ Found in Antarctica

Penguin mummies dating back thousands of years have been discovered in Antarctica.

An ornithologist from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, Steven Emslie, has studied penguins in Antarctica for over 15 years. Over the years, he’s discovered penguin remains from abandoned penguin colonies, tracing clues about climate changes.

In recent years, Emslie says a warming trend has reached deeper into the continent than before. As the ice has melted, it has exposed a penguin colony dating back thousands of years.

In September 2020, he reported the news that he found ancient naturally mummified penguins. Although they looked as though they might be recently deceased, the penguins date back from 800 to 5,000 years ago. 

Despite so many years, the penguin’s feathers remained intact. Flesh remained as if the birds had died recently. Also, stains from the bird’s waste were still apparent on rocks as if no time had passed.

Ancient penguin mummies

Emslie described what he found:

“This particular site is in the Ross Sea in east Antarctica, and it was a very cold dry place compared to other parts of Antarctica so the preservation is even better and there was mummification,” Emslie said.


“What I found at the site were a lot of bones and mummies on the surface. Some of the penguin remains looked pretty fresh, so it seems like there was a mixture of old and fresh remains, and that seems strange to me at this location, which hasn’t had breeding penguins reported there in the history of people going to Antarctica.


So, I started to investigate more, and I realized this was a site that had been exposed just recently by snowmelt that’s occurring there and that these fresh remains were actually ancient but just being re-exposed after being frozen for centuries.”


The Adélie penguins used the nesting grounds for thousands of years. Strewn about the site, countless pebbles are a tell-tale sign. As Adélie penguins nest, they gather pebbles to protect their eggs. 

As recently as 100 years ago, nothing was found at the same location by early explorers. Today, after 800 years, the ancient colony is once again visible.

What happened to the penguin colony?

According to the Times:

“Dr. Emslie speculates in the journal Geology. where he reported his findings in mid-September, that cooling temperatures drove a type of sea ice to form along the coast that persisted well into summer months.


Known as “fast ice” because it “fastens” to the coastline, this sea ice makes it very difficult for penguins to gain access to beaches and prevents them from colonizing places where it occurs.”

Today, sea levels are rising along with temperatures. Fortunately, Adélie penguins alive today are proving adaptable, seeking out new nesting grounds. Now, the scientist believes they will return to their ancestor’s old nesting ground. Finding the wealth of pebbles already in place, they may find the location highly desirable.

“They need pebbles for their nests, so they are going to find all the pebbles that are already on the land at this site very attractive,” he said. “I would not be surprised to see them make this place their home again in the near future,” said Emslie.

Related: Scientists discover giant human-sized penguin that once lived in New Zealand

An Adélie penguin ‘Supercolony’

In 2018, scientists revealed the discovery of a huge ‘supercolony’ of Adélie penguins in Antarctica. Studying NASA satellite images, they spotted penguin feces in the remote Danger Islands.

Before the discovery, researchers believed the penguin populations were on the decline. Afterward, they counted over 750K pairs of penguins.

See more about the supercolony from TIME below:

Intruders in Earth’s last  ‘untouched’ wilderness

As Antarctica warms, there is a surge in tourism in one of the wildest remaining places on Earth. Mostly by cruise ships, there could be more than 78,500 visitors this year, up from 56,000 tourists in the two prior years.

As humans begin to arrive more frequently, scientists fear they will disrupt the fragile, relatively untouched environment. Along with the people, insects and plant seeds could arrive. Thus, isolated penguin colonies and other wildlife will have to rapidly adapt to more than climate change alone.

Antarctica has seen incredible changes over millions of years. Some 250 million years ago, the continent may have been covered with forests and rivers. Instead of penguins, early relatives of the dinosaurs called Antarctica home.

Featured image: Adelie Penguins by Christopher Michel   via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.0)


Ancient Story’s Clue to Immortality Sounds Like One Scientists Study Now

A strange alien-looking creature spreading across the world’s oceans is practically immortal. It’s Turritopsis dohrnii, the “immortal jellyfish” that can avoid death when stressed. In a manner that’s similar to a butterfly reverting to a caterpillar, the jellyfish reverts to its coral-like polyp stage. Then, it goes on to become a jellyfish again, bypassing death altogether.

It wasn’t until the 90s that scientists became aware of how amazing this little creature truly is. However, the tiny creature, also called the Benjamin Button jellyfish, is becoming more widely known. Could the immortal jelly reveal clues about fighting cancer or even unlock the secrets of immortality for humans? 

Well, such an idea isn’t new at all. The concept dates back thousands of years to one of the earliest recorded works of literature, as we’ll see.

A Coral-Like Key to Immortality Adrift in the Oceans?

Today, many scientists are doubtful the key to immortality can be found in the jellyfish. However, one of the world’s preeminent experts believes otherwise. Shin Kubota, from Japan’s Kyoto University, has high hopes.

“Turritopsis application for human beings is the most wonderful dream of mankind,” Kubota told a New York Times journalist. “Once we determine how the jellyfish rejuvenates itself, we should achieve very great things. My opinion is that we will evolve and become immortal ourselves.”

Kubota is one of the world’s only people to have maintained the jellyfish’s captive population for over 15 years. Although they can avoid death under certain stressful conditions, they are generally hard to maintain artificially, requiring daily feedings.

Another expert, Dr. Maria Pia Miglietta from Texas A&M University, studies the jellyfish. She refers to what she’s learned about Turritopsis’ processes as “the Holy Grail of regenerative medicine.” See her discuss this below in the video from Quartz:

Unlocking the Powers of Transdifferentiation 

The immortal jellyfish can transform its cells through transdifferentiation. Thus, the jelly’s muscle cells can turn into nerve cells, sperm, or egg cells. However, transdifferentiation is not unique to the jellyfish and has been induced experimentally in mice.

What’s more, humans have similar abilities throughout the body in our Stem cells. In time, as more scientists study Turritopsis dohrnii and Stem cells, is it possible humans can discover how to bypass the Stem cell stage and unlock their transformational abilities? 

Will people one day be able to transform into a more youthful state? It’s possible.

The Secret of Immortality Found in an Ancient Text

Whether humans can attain immortality seems like something from science fiction. However, the idea is ancient, dating back thousands of years before science fiction existed in ancient Babylonian mythology.

In the Epic of Gilgamesh, dating back to at least 5,000 years ago, the King of Uruk, Gilgamesh, learns about a secret to immortality. Interestingly, it sounds just like the immortal jellyfish, slowly spreading across the world today in the ballasts of ships.

Gilgamesh, Utnapishtim, and the Quest for Eternal Life

In the Gilgamesh epic, Gilgamesh goes on a quest for eternal life. In that quest, he consults with the great sage Utnapishtim, the only man to survive a great world flood. 

Along with his wife, they preserved animal and human life in a great boat, which they built. Yes, it sounds identical to the biblical story of Noah but predates the Bible story.

Time magazine noted the similarities between Gilgamesh and the Bible’s Noah’s Ark in a review of the Noah movie from 2014:

“The Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh dates back nearly 5,000 years and is thought to be perhaps the oldest written tale on the planet. In it, there is an account of the great sage Utnapishtim, who is warned of an imminent flood to be unleashed by wrathful gods. He builds a vast circular-shaped boat, reinforced with tar and pitch, that carries his relatives, grains, and animals. After enduring days of storms, Utnapishtim, like Noah in Genesis, releases a bird in search of dry land.”

Like Noah, Utnapishtim survives, but then the god Enlil rewards him and his wife with immortality. Thus, they become the ancestors of a new human race.

The Secret at the Bottom of the Sea

Did Utnapishtim, who was granted immortality by the gods, have the secret for immortality? After finally finding the immortal sage, Gilgamesh learns that the secret is at the sea’s bottom.

At first, Utnapishtim tells Gilgamesh that only the gods can grant immortality. Then, he concedes that there may be a way to rejuvenate to a more youthful state. At that point, he tells Gilgamesh about a “plant” found at the bottom of the ocean. This plant could reveal secrets about longer life, if not immortality.

So, Gilgamesh sets out to find the “plant that looks like a box-thorn” sometimes translated to a coral. Then, he manages to lose it – to a snake.


“Gilgamesh obtains the plant by binding stones to his feet to allow him to walk on the bottom of the sea. He plans to use the flower to rejuvenate the old men of the city of Uruk and then to use it himself. Unfortunately, he places the plant on the shore of a lake while he bathes, and it is stolen by a serpent, which loses its old skin and is thus reborn.”

Thus, Gilgamesh must learn to live with his mortality and dies unable to unlock the undersea coral’s secrets.

An Ancient Story Turned Real?

Could one of the world’s oldest stories be talking about the immortal jellyfish? Well, when the jellyfish is injured, it can fall to the bottom of the sea. Then, it turns into a blob and grows into a plant-like polyp.

Immortal Jelly Life Cycle via YouTube
Immortal Jelly Life Cycle via YouTube

Indeed, there is a striking similarity between the story of Gilgamesh and the factual reality of the immortal jellyfish.

Perhaps one day, unlike Gilgamesh, scientists might discover the secrets for rejuvenation or a cure for cancer and brain disease, if not immortality? Already, scientists have learned how to reprogram cells in adult mice to make them young Stem cells. 

Also, scientists have learned that jellyfish could be one of our most distant ancient ancestors in recent years: the root of the Tree of Life. 

See more about the Epic of Gilgamesh and Utnapishtim from CrashCourse:

Featured image: Gilgamesh tablet by Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin FRCP(Glasg) via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0) with screenshots via YouTube



Researchers Stunned by ‘Plausible’ Sign of Life on Venus

Venus is often the subject of stories about Venusians and extraterrestrial life. However, the idea of life on Venus seems crazy. After all, temperatures on the surface of the second planet from the sun can melt lead at 880 degrees Fahrenheit.

Nevertheless, scientists have just announced they’ve detected a possible sign of alien life on the planet. How is this even possible in a world so inhospitable? Now, they think that extraterrestrial life could be living in the sulfuric clouds of our closest planetary neighbor.

A Plausible Sign of Life?

According to Reuters, the scientists found rare phosphine gas, which could be produced by microbes in low-oxygen conditions. The lead researcher was “stunned” by the unexpected finding.

“The researchers did not discover actual life forms but noted that on Earth, phosphine is produced by bacteria thriving in oxygen-starved environments. The international scientific team first spotted the phosphine using the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope in Hawaii and confirmed it using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) radio telescope in Chile,” reported Reuters.

A study co-author, alien astrophysicist Clara Sousa-Silva, suggested that life was a plausible possibility. 

“With what we currently know of Venus, the most plausible explanation for phosphine, as fantastical as it might sound, is life,” said Sousa-Silva.

Below, see astronomer David Kipping discuss the exciting discovery.

A Stinky Pyramid from Venus

In an earlier article by Sousa-Silva, she pointed out that phosphine is also unusually smelly but her favorite molecule nonetheless.

The pyramid-shaped molecule of phosphorous and three hydrogen atoms is created by microbes and is noxious to most lifeforms on Earth. She was considering looking for phosphine on other worlds but never thought she’d find it next door on Venus.

“I love phosphine, but I would never want to be in a room with it,” Sousa-Silva said. “It is extremely toxic. Very few people have smelled it and lived.”

She elaborated on phosphine, which she could only imagine would one day be found on another planet at the time.

“One day, we might detect phosphine in one of these atmospheres. These would not be fun places for us; frankly, we might find them disgusting. On the other hand, the residents of these planets would probably find us disgusting too (a problem for interplanetary diplomacy to overcome). Nonetheless, if we find phosphine on a rocky planet in the habitable zone, where it has no false positives, we will have found life,” she wrote.

Why is the Gas Constantly Replenished?

Did the researchers find life? Well, they might have. On the other hand, it could indicate that some unknown process produced the phosphine. Interestingly, the study shows that the gas appears to be constantly replenished. But why? They aren’t yet sure.

Scientists know the smelly gas exists on Jupiter and Saturn but don’t suspect it was created by life. There, tremendous pressures and temperatures inside the gas giants created the gas.

Meanwhile, on Earth, phosphine is found in anaerobic conditions inside sewage plants, marshlands, and strangely, the intestinal tracts of fish and human babies.

Although it sounds incredible that Venus could harbor life, the idea has been around for decades. In the 60s, scientists suspected that Venus’ upper atmosphere could harbor life. Today, it appears they might have been onto something after all.

So, what comes next? The scientists say it could take years to find out conclusively if there is life on Venus. Currently, two NASA missions to the planet are under review and seem more likely given the exciting findings.

See more from Clara Sousa-Silver about the findings from the Massachusetts Insitute of Technology (MIT):

Featured image: Screenshots via YouTube


Ancient Aliens: Modern UFO from Chile Matches Ancient Chilean Geoglyph

Chile has an incredible rate of UFO sighting, among the highest in the world. Today, some call the country’s coastline “Alien Alley.” 

A recent UFO video from Chile is the subject of Ancient Aliens, Season 15, Episode 3, “Destination Chile.” We’ll review the episode and the compelling evidence that connects an ancient petroglyph with a bizarre and remarkable modern UFO sighting.

First, the show delves into the amazing history and geoglyphs in Chile, including the Atacama Desert.

The Atacama Desert, a Landscape with Lifeforms Like Mars?

The Atacama Desert in northern Chile is the dryest place on the planet, even though it runs along the west coast of South America. Conditions in the desert have long been compared to the Red Planet, Mars. Thus, NASA has carried out testing in the Atacama, drawing comparisons to probable conditions on Mars.

In 2013, a NASA rover found many microbes living beneath the parched sand in the Chilean desert, traveling by wind. The study results from 2019 determined “that microbial life can efficiently move across the driest, and most UV irradiated desert on Earth.” The authors speculated that similar microbes might spread across the Martian landscape, 140 million miles away.

Could life be similar in Chile and on Mars? Ancient Astronaut theorist David Childress believes there’s much more in common than microbes. Citing geoglyphs similar to those found at Nazca, Peru, Childress notes they are meant to be seen from the air. Although the Nazca lines are famous, there are five times as many geoglyphs in the Atacama Desert.

The Atacama Giant and El Enladrillado

For example, the “Atacama Giant” is a massive alien-looking creature with points extending from its head. Amazingly, the figure stands 30 feet longer than a football field at 390 feet tall. On the ground, it’s nearly invisible but easily spotted from the air. Ancient Astronaut theorists believe they were meant to signal extraterrestrial visitors similar to marks or on a runway.

The Atacama Giant
The Atacama Giant

Today, UFO sightings are more frequent in the area of the Atacama. So much so, that Rodrigo Fuenzalida, Director of Aion Chile, says “…Chile is honestly like a kind of arrival point.” 

“There’s a huge wave, a large quantity of UFO sightings. Quite simply, there is not one family in Chile whose member has not had a UFO experience,” Fuenzalida explains.

In San Clemente, Chile, in 2008, a national UFO trail was created that leads to an impressive formation known as El Enladrillado. There, 233 massive megaliths weighing ten tons apiece were erected like a giant platform in ancient times. Author Erich von Däniken believes the remote location could have once served as a spaceport. Today, tourists can visit and see for themselves.

El Enladrillado
El Enladrillado

The Selk’nam Tribe and Bizarre Rituals to Sky Gods

In 1919 in Tierra Del Fuego at the southern tip of Chile, a German anthropologist, Martin Gusinde, visited the native tribe called the Selk’nam, also known as the Ona people. Unfortunately, the tribe was wiped out by English explorers.

As radio host Victor Hidalgo points out, some tribe members were taken back to be shown in “human zoos,” and the tribe was subject to genocide.

 The Selk'nam, also known as the Ona people.
The Selk’nam, also known as the Ona people.

Before being wiped out, Gusinde published a book about the Selk’nam called, “The Lost Tribes of Tierra Del Fuego.” There, you can see the tribal rituals of painting their bodies in bright red with white lines. Their heads are elongated and immediately seem alien.

Selk’nam ritual

“These creator gods of the Selk’nam actually descended from the sky and gave knowledge to the local population,” said Giorgio A. Tsoukalos.

In once case, a costume had strange antennae protruding from both sides of the head. Immediately, one thinks of the Atacama Giant, with the peculiar points emanating from the head.

 The Selk'nam with the Atacama Giant
The Selk’nam with the Atacama Giant

Modern UFO Sightings in Chile

The Selk’nam tribe had a deep belief in otherwordly visitors, and today, it appears visitations may still be taking place. Fuenzalida confirms the area where the tribe once lived is a hotspot for UFO activity today.

On August 17, 1985, in Santiago, Chile, the longest-running variety show on television broadcast reported a UFO moving for 40 minutes along half of Chile’s coastline. The path moved along the Atacama down to Tierra Del Fuego. Today, nobody knows what the object was.

In 1977 in Pampa Lluscuma, Chile, just below the Atacama, a military unit witnessed two shining violet UFOs land. Corporel Armando Valdés recounted disappearing into the light, appearing again to find that five days had passed. His beard had grown, and his watch showed the date from five days in the future. However, his men only witnessed the lapse of a few minutes. 

Encounters like this one are one of the hundreds reported over centuries and possibly going back thousands of years. However, unlike in the United States, the Chilean government is openly looking for answers. 

Committee for the Study of Anomalous Aerial Phenomena

In 1990, Augusto Pinochet stepped down, ushering in reforms that led to more transparent attitudes, including toward UFOs. By 1997, the government created CEFAA, the Committee for the Study of Anomalous Aerial Phenomena. Pilots were regularly reporting UFOs, some of which came dangerously close to government aircraft. 

Hugo Camus, the CEFAA director, explains that the agency takes reports from residents all over Chile. Rather than hide the evidence from the public, the government is committed to transparency. Camus encourages other governments like our own to follow suit.

El Bosque Air Force Base UFO Footage

Thanks to CEFAA, there is more video evidence of UFO phenomena. For example, a video from the El Bosque Air Force Base in Santiago in 2010 showed UFOs zipping by squadrons of fighter jets flying in an acrobatic air-show. The jets were part of a celebration to commemorate a change in Air Force command.

Following analysis of the video, the UFO was estimated to be flying at an astonishing 4,000 mph. CEFAA found the object on seven separate videotape pieces, indicating it was not an aberration in the film.

Infrared Video of Strange UFO Discharging a Plume

On November 11, 2014, near Santiago, Chilean Navy officers testing an infrared FLIR camera aboard a helicopter captured an object flying beside them at 4,500 feet altitude. After tracking it for a few minutes, the craft discharged a plume behind it. Although not visible with the naked eye or radar, the infrared camera caught it all on tape for nine minutes. Then the government released the footage in 2017.

In 2019, Image analyst Michael Bradbury and astrophysicist Travis Taylor sat down to review this UFO footage. After reviewing the footage from 2014, they noticed the object appeared to be two diamond-shaped objects. Bradbury concludes the objects must be large since the footage was filmed from 35 miles away.

Using filters, Bradbury isolates the image to show a heat signature. Taylor notices a circle of cold air around the craft, which baffles him since there is a thin hot layer immediately around the craft.

“This thing – it is hot, and then instantly, it’s cold, and in nature, that’s not how things work,” notes Taylor. “There is a different temperature bubble around the vehicle than there is around normal vehicles, which suggests some type of field,” he concludes. “From a physics standpoint, we can’t really explain what’s causing that,” says Taylor.

Chile UFO with plume
Chile UFO with a plume

Examining the video showing the plume that comes out, the experts note that the plume is hot but not made up of particulates as in normal aircraft.

“I’ve never seen any earthly vehicle that is explained this way. What on Earth could this thing be?” asks Taylor.

Remarkable Similarity to an Ancient Geoglyph in the Same Area

After concluding the footage does seem to show a vehicle with otherworldly features, Bradbury shows Taylor something compelling. It’s a photo of a Chilean geoglyph that bears a striking resemblance to the UFO footage. 

The geoglyph shows two diamond-shaped objects with a plume-like object dissected by a line. However, the geoglyph is of undetermined age and could be hundreds or even thousands of years old.

“That’s really exciting,” says Taylor. “That’s one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen in my life!”


“It is truly amazing,” Bradbury concurs. 


“These are the cases where I think there really is something to the Ancient Astronaut theory,” says Taylor. 


“I agree too,” says Bradbury.

Chile UFO with plume and geoglyph
Chile UFO with plume and geoglyph

Thus, we have a modern UFO which closely resembles what ancient people depicted long ago. However, it remains a total mystery how they could have seen such a craft as we only see it through infrared technology. How is this possible? Did humans create the geoglyph, or was it made or instructed by extraterrestrials? Decide for yourself.

Watch “Destination Chile” for yourself on the History Channel.

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Ancient Dogs that Sing Like Whales Rediscovered in the Wild

Wild dogs among those thought to be “the most ancient domestic dogs on earth” have been rediscovered in Papua New Guinea after half a century.

These dogs, dubbed New Guinea Singing Dogs, have a yodeling howl that some think sounds like singing. According to others, their singing is comparable to that of the humpback whale.

“New Guinea Singing Dogs are rare; they’re exotic; they have this beautiful harmonic vocalization that you don’t find anywhere else in nature, so losing that as a species is not a good thing. We don’t want to see this (animal) disappear,” said Elaine Ostrander from the National Institutes of Health.

Ostrander, a co-author of newly-published research on the dogs, says they resemble eight New Guinea Singing Dogs brought to the United States many years ago.

Take a listen to that incredible yodel below:

Feral Dogs with an Ancient Past

Until recently, it was thought the dogs were extinct in the wild, but DNA testing has revealed they live on in the rugged highlands of the island. The breed was first described in 1897.

Researcher James McIntyre, president of the New Guinea Highland Wild Dog Foundation, helped rediscover the dogs in extreme weather and terrain. Residents of Papua, Indonesia, had spotted them in 2016 hiding out in a sanctuary near the Grasberg gold and copper mine. However, some people suspected the dogs were probably local strays that became feral. 

“The locals called them the Highland wild dog,” he said. “The New Guinea Singing Dog was the name developed by Caucasians. Because I didn’t know what they were, I just called them the Highland wild dogs,” said McIntyre.

Ancient Dogs Dating Back 3,500 Years

Then, in 2018, McIntyre obtained DNA from two trapped wild dogs and one dog, which was found deceased. When researchers examined the samples, they concluded the dogs’ DNA belonged to the “ancestral line from which the singing dogs descended.” Thus, the dogs are relatives of Australian dingoes and Asian dogs that humans brought to Oceania around 3,500 years ago. 

One of the researchers who studied the DNA, Heidi G. Parker, told the New York Times:

“For decades, we’ve thought that the New Guinea Singing Dog is extinct in the wild. They are not extinct,” Dr. Parker said. “They actually do still exist in the wild.” 

Today, a few hundred captive singing dogs remain in zoos and as exotic pets. The dogs are descendants of a few wild dogs captured in the 1970s. 

Over the years, they have become inbred, weakening the animals’ genetic line. Now, discovering the wild population means the captive population could be saved. Using modern techniques, the researchers hope to create a stable and true New Guinea Singing Dog population.

Although it remains unclear, the researchers think the singing dogs could have a common ancestor with breeds known today as the Akita and Shiba Inu. However, the New Guinea Singing Dogs have genomic variants different from all other dogs today.

Excitingly, studying these ancient canines could teach us more about how modern dogs evolved. Interestingly, they have many unique characteristics that set them apart from domestic breeds today.

Notably, a spine-tingling singing voice isn’t the only feature that sets this ancient breed apart. 

“According to the San Diego Zoo, the singing dog’s joints and spine are extremely flexible — it climbs and jump like a cat. The zoo said that sonograms had shown that this dog’s unique wail is similar to the song of the humpback whale,” reported CNN.

You can listen to another captive New Guinea Singing Dog singing its heart out below:

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Pentagon’s UFO Program Briefs Government On ‘Off-World’ Vehicles

The world of UFOs or UAPs (whatever you care to call them) continues to gain more credibility in the mainstream. And, two recent articles from the New York Times are once again pushing the boundaries.

Now, we’re going from acknowledging unidentified aerial phenomena are real to suggesting the government knows about specific “off-world” vehicle crash debris.

One Times report is entitled, “No Longer in Shadows, Pentagon’s UFO. Unit Will Make Some Findings Public.” The report created a big stir by confirming the over a decade-long study of UAPs in a program within the Office of Naval Intelligence. 

UFO Findings to Be Made Public?

Senate committee report revealed spending for the program, the Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force. Excitingly, some of the findings are to be made public 180 days after passage of the intelligence authorization act.

Before this report, the Pentagon had claimed they disbanded efforts to study unidentified flying objects. Today, the Pentagon refuses to discuss the program since it deals with classified material. However, we are now certain the government continues to study the phenomena, with a focus on discovering if other nations have leapfrogged our aviation technologies.

Senator Marco Rubio revealed that he wanted to know about potential security risks posed by objects flying over military bases. Rubio confirmed he’d seen reports on unidentified aerial phenomena for “the better part of a decade.” Interestingly, he claims to want to make any information learned public “as much as possible.”

“I would say that frankly if it’s something outside this planet, that might actually be better than the fact that we’ve seen some technological leap on behalf of the Chinese or the Russians or some other adversary,” said Senator Rubio. 

See an interview with Rubio below:

Off-World Vehicles

The Times article also mentions former Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, who recently spoke to famous investigative journalist George Knapp for 8News Las Vegas.

In the July interview, Reid says nobody knows the origin of UFOs. However, Reid was quoted in the Times as saying he’s seen “substantive” reports of “actual materials that the government and the private sector had in their possession.” 

The Times also quotes astrophysicist Eric W. Davis, a consultant for the once-secret program that Reid initiated in Las Vegas. The Times first disclosed the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program’s (AATIP) existence in 2017, which started in 2007.

Davis claims he briefed the Pentagon and Congress as recently as March about “off-world vehicles not made on this earth.”

After the Times article was published, Reid tweeted that he never suggested the government has “flying objects or debris from other worlds.” Then, the Times added a correction on July 24 that states:

“Mr. Reid said he believed that crashes of objects of unknown origin may have occurred and that retrieved materials should be studied; he did not say that crashes had occurred and that retrieved materials had been studied secretly for decades,” states the Times.

Although Reid does not believe that UFOs necessarily point to extraterrestrials, he attempted to learn more by starting another program in 2009. That effort intended to interact with other secret programs to find out if rumors of UFO materials held by corporations were true. However, he explains the program wasn’t approved.

“Now, I wanted to make sure that that was valid or not valid. The Defense Department wouldn’t approve it,” Reid told Knapp.


“What do you think of that,” responded Knapp. “Do you think somebody’s got pieces or a craft?”


“But I don’t know, George,” said Reid. “I don’t know why they wouldn’t want to put this to sleep unless there’s something to it that I don’t understand,” he continued.

See Reid speak to Knapp below:

‘Need to Know’ Crash Information?

more recent Times report from the same team of journalists that disclosed AATIP in 2017 delved further into the possibility the government might possess UFO crash material. Although any public evidence remains unknown, the report states the words “off-world” and “and materials retrieved from crashes” are used to describe phenomena in unclassified slides used in briefings.

The report also clearly states:

“Numerous associates of the Pentagon program, with high-security clearances and decades of involvement with official UFO investigations, told us they were convinced such crashes have occurred, based on their access to classified information. But the retrieved materials themselves, and any data about them, are completely off-limits to anyone without clearances and a need to know.”

See the example slide in the Tweet below:

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