On March 8, 2014 Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 took off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia heading for Beijing Capital International Airport in what was supposed to be a flight of slightly less than 6 hours, but it never arrived.   It disappeared!

Extensive new coverage of the disappearance followed in the days and months after the vanishing.  Also, extensive searching for the aircraft has been conducted and nothing, not even floating debris, has been found.

The aircraft remained operational for at least 7 hours after the loss of contact since a satellite terminal continued to transmit messages during this period.  These “satellite handshakes” were hourly connections with the plane that were possible when an Inmarsat satellite was able to connect automatically with a portion of the plane’s messaging system that remained in operation.

Aviation experts have had little to go on besides the satellite communications from the plane, which they have used to pinpoint a search in the huge Indian Ocean far off the west coast of Australia.

After the Southern Hemisphere winter, the search of the sea floor has recently resumed, but Sir Tim Clark, CEO of Emirates Airlines, one of the most successful and fastest growing airlines, feels Flight 370 may not be in the Indian Ocean and he suggests that the search may be focused on the wrong area.

The Malaysia government originally refused to release the cargo manifest for public record, but eventually did release it On May 1st, about 7 weeks after the flight.  Only 9 days after the flight, Malaysia Airlines said the flight carried no dangerous cargo, but the released manifest listed lithium ion batteries, which are known culprits for fires on planes and elsewhere, including 3 Tesla autos.

Sir Tim Clark has been a senior manager at the airline Emirates since 1985 and has been instrumental in developing it into one of the world’s largest airlines and he provided an interview with Spiegel Online International.


Mothman is a legendary moth-like creature that supposedly was seen over a 13 mont time span from November15, 1966 to December 15, 1967 in the Point Pleasant area of West Virginia.

According to people who have seen the creature it is about 6 or 7 feet tall, with glowing red eyes and a huge 15-foot wingspan.

The first known sighting occurred in November of 1966 when 5 men who were digging a grave a a cemetery near Clendenin, West Virginia claimed to see a man-like figure fly low from the trees over their heads.

Over the next few days, two volunteer firemen who sighted it said it was a “large bird with red eyes”.  A contractor, Newell Partridge, said that when he pointed a flashlight at the animal its eyes glowed “like bicycle reflectors”, and he blamed buzzing noises from his TV and the disappearance of his German shepherd dog on the creature.

Wildlife biologist Dr. Robert L. Smith at West Virginia University told reporters that descriptions and sightings all fit the sandhill crane.  On December 15, 1967 the Silver Bridge that connects Point Pleasant, West Virginia with Gallipolis, Ohio over the Ohio River collapsed and resulted in the deaths of 46 people.  After that date there were no further reports of Mothman sightings in the Point Pleasant area..

Skeptic Joe Nickell attributes the Mothman reports to pranks, misidentified planes, and sightings of a barred owl, and the glowing red eyes were caused by the red-eye effect that occurs when a light shines on eyes.   Some possible hoaxes included reports of a group of construction workers tying flashlights to helium balloons.

A movie was made about the legend in 2002 called “The Mothman Prophecies”, starring Richard Gere and Laura Linney and the movie was loosely based on John Keel’s 1975 book “The Mothman Prophecies”.

After the release of the movie , the Point Pleasant Kentucky Fried Chicken was converted into a Mothman’s visitor center, the town park was renamed Mothman Park, and a 12 foot statue of Mothman was erected.




The topic of mysterious Siberian holes was recently featured in Scientific American.

Three large holes have recently been discovered in Northern Siberia, and they range in size from 50 to 330 feet wide.  It has been speculated that meteorites caused the strange cavities, but that theory is doubtful.

What seems strange or unusual about these holes is that loose dirt appears to have been thrown out of the holes rather than being sucked down into the depths.  Some scientists, including geophysicist Vladimir Romanovsky, believe that the holes are some type of sinkholes, which are pits in the ground created when water fails to drain away, but these sinkholes are different in that most sinkholes suck collapsed material inside, but these holes actually erupt outside.

Polar scientist, Chris Fogwill of the University of New South Wales in Australia, suggested the first hole was actually created by the collapse of a pingo, which is a mound of earth-covered ice.  Pingos can only form in a permafrost environment  and the process that creates pingos is believed to be closely related to frost heaving.

These holes In northern Siberia probably began in a similar way to that of sinkholes, but instead of the roof of the cavity collapsing, dirt was spewed out of the cavity as the ground sunk away possible caused by natural gas or methane.

What is unusual, however, is that the border of the holes are very round and even, which would seem unlikely if the sinkhole erupted material rather than simply sunk.

Romanovsky said the permafrost sinkholes could be one indication of global warming and “if so we will probably see this happen more often now.”


Google Earth has revealed a strange underwater structure about 6 or 7 miles off of the coast of Malibu, California,   The structure is on the ocean floor about 1000 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean.

It is almost perfectly oval in shape, about 3 miles wide and the roof of the structure is about 500 feet thick, and strangely, it appears to have and entryway supported by pillars that almost looks like the front of a huge southern mansion.  Because the structure appears so symmetrical it does not seem as if it was naturally occurring, but almost appears to be man (or alien) made.

On the other hand, geologists from the US Geological Survey insist it could be a natural formation that is part of the continental shelf they refers to as the “Sycamore Knoll”, and it may be the result of a thrust fault as one side of the earth’s crust moves over the other.

Back in the 1950’s and 1960’s the Malibu area was the location of frequent UFO sightings, and these UFO’s were very bright and flew very fast across the water and then headed to the Santa Monica Mountains before flying out of sight.  People would go down to the beach at Point Dume at night to watch the UFO’s that would also sink under the water at times.

Recently, on Jimmy Church’s “Fade To Black” radio show it was even speculated that this underwater base might somehow be linked by tunnels to Area 51 and/or theDenver International Airport.

Bright lights appearing to be UFO’s are still visible on many occasions near Malibu to this day.  Could they be using the mysterious underwater structure?


December 29, 1972 is a date that will forever remain in the memories of the employees of Eastern Airlines.  It was on that date that a relatively new, only about four months old,  wide-body Lockheed L-1011 crashed into the Everglades.

In early December of 1972, a flight attendant had premonitions and nightmares about a plane crashing and she often heard sobbing and crying in her head, and she felt a crash would occur around Christmas , because she kept visualizing Christmas trees.  This flight attendant was scheduled to fly on Flight 401 on the fateful night, but she was able to convince all but three of her flight crew to take the night off. Unfortunately the flight attendant’s fears were realized when she received a call from a friend who told her Flight 401 had crashed into the Everglades.

The flight was routine until the plane began its approach into Miami and the crew tried to lower the landing gear, but the indicator light did not show the gear was in the proper position.  The problem was later determined to be a faulty bulb, but the confusion and mistakes that ensued led to the crash.  The autopilot was accidentally disengaged and a slow, imperceptible descent resulted in the plane landing in the water and muck and breaking apart.  69 passengers and 8 of the flight attendants survived, but all members of the cockpit crew died on the site shortly afterward.

The undamaged parts of the aircraft were recycled and many became parts of other planes in Eastern’s fleet.  Not long after the crash, the ghosts of Captain Bob Loft and Second Officer Don Repo were seen on more than  twenty occasions by crew members and passengers on other Eastern planes, especially those planes which had been fitted with parts salvaged from the Flight 401 wreckage.

The story of the crash and its aftermath was documented in John G. Fuller’s 1976 book “The Ghost of Flight 401”.  Also, the crash was documented in Rob and Sarah Elder’s 1977 book “Crash”.



Vast man-made caverns in Utah hold promise for balancing out renewable energy supplies.

These salt caverns , comprised of four huge chambers would hold large volumes of compressed air.  The process can be compared to a massive  battery that stores energy, however, the  compressed air storage process is much better than battery storage, which begins to discharge immediately, because the salt domes can hold the compressed air indefinitely.  The concept of storing compressed air has been tried and proven in Alabama and Germany on a much smaller scale and oil and gas companies are using the plentiful salt domes in the Gulf of Mexico to store natural gas.  When power demand is low the compressed air created by wind turbines would be pumped into the caverns and then when demand is high the compressed air would be released to drive turbine and feed power to markets in faraway Southern California.  This process reduces the problem of variability of wind, which has been considered a big drawback to wind farms.  Wind obviously does not blow all of the time even in the wide open spaces of Wyoming.

California requires, by law, that one third of its power come from renewable sources and this process would be very helpful in filling that demand.

Paul Denholm, an analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in boulder, Colorado, who has analyzed the economics of wind energy storage, said even thought high costs have tripped up other projects, that won’t necessarily be the case in Utah.

The caverns can be excavated by pumping water into the salt deposit or “salt dome” and this process will gradually dissolve out the caverns and when this salt laden water is pumped to the surface it will be allowed to dry and the salt will be used as road salt in the winters and other purposes..



Roanoke Island is located in Dare Count, North Carolina just south of Kitty Hawk of the Wright Brothers fame.

Queen Elizabeth I desired to establish a permanent English Settlement in the New World in order to provide a base from which to send privateers on raids against the treasure fleets of Spain and also to exploit the riches of this new territory.

Sir Walter Raleigh got permission from  the Queen on March 25, 1584 and executed the details to colonize Roanoke Island.  About one month later Raleigh sent two men, Philip Amadas and Arthur Barlow to explore the Roanoke Island area and they were successful in establishing relations with the local natives.  Based on this success, one year later, Raleigh organized a second expedition led by Sir Richard Grenville with 5 ships.

On the island tensions developed when the natives were blamed for stealing a silver cup and had their village sacked and burned.  Despite this incident Grenville decided to leave Ralph Land and 107 men to establish a colony at the north end of Roanoke Island promising to return the next April, 1586 with more men and fresh supplies.   April, 1586 came to pass with no sign of the relief fleet and the bad blood from the raiding incident spurred an attack on the fort, which the colonists were able to repel.

Sir Francis Drake stopped on the island after a successful raid in the Caribbean and offered to take the colonists back to England and they accepted. Shortly after they left, the relief fleet arrived and found the colony abandoned and they also returned to England, but left a small detachment behind to maintain an English presence and protect Raleigh’s claim to the island.

The next year, 1587 Raleigh sent 115 colonists, led by John White, to establish a colony on Chesapeake Bay, but first they were told to stop at Roanoke to pick up Grenville’s men but when they arrived in July they found nothing except a skeleton that may have been from one of the men left to guard the island and these 115 colonists were order to stay at Roanoke to establish the colony.

The war with Spain delayed a return to the island for three years and when they finally returned in 1590 no trace was found of the 90 men, 17 women and 11 children, including Virginia Dare, the first English born child in the Americas, and no sign of a struggle and the settlement was deserted.

Some of theories for the disappearance include colonists were assimilated into the local tribes, wiped out by the tribes, attempted to sail back to England but perished at sea, disease or the Spanish destroyed the colony.


A severe winter in northern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin followed by a cool spring and then sudden  warming  caused an explosion of black flies unlike anything seen previously.

The black flies torment loons on their nests by sucking blood form the loon’s heads and necks at a will, and as a result, 70-80% of the loons abandoned their nests this year in Wisconsin and Minnesota.  Both parents incubate the eggs and if one parent can’t tolerate the files they will abandon the nests and resort to diving under water almost constantly, not only to eat, but to avoid the flies.

Ironically, clean, fast running water is needed for the black flies to be in abundance so our efforts to clean up the waterways have also helped the black flies to become much more numerous.

Other birds can also be affected by the black flies including bluebirds, purple martins and even great horned owls have been known to abandon tree nests for ground nests to lessen fly attacks.  The presence of the flies might even cause some birds to alter their spring migration routes.

The flies made news a few years ago when the Whooping Crane Reintroduction Project based at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in central Wisconsin was hampered when the black flies caused the cranes to abandon their nests.  Currently, the cranes are still hampered by the flies at the refuge, but the eggs are collected for incubation.   The Whooping Crane Reintroduction Project was moved about 75 miles to the east in Wisconsin to the White River Marsh State Wildlife Area, near Horicon National Wildlife Refuge. There are few, if any, black flies at the marsh and hopefully the cranes raised there will return to nest successfully.

Fortunately, many of the loons re-nest, but there is concern that the chicks might have difficulty getting strong enough for the October migration.  The loons are very resilient, and some even live for up to 30 years so there is hope for their continued success.



Tikal was the capital of a conquest state that became one of the most powerful kingdoms of the ancient Maya.

The pyramid temples of Tikal are located in the jungle of Guatemala. They rise above the rainforest and give a glimpse of the once powerful Jaguar Clan of the Mayans.

“Tikal” may have meant “at the waterhole”.  It is not the ancient name, but one adopted shortly after its discovery in the 1840’s.  Tikal is now a major tourist attraction surrounded by its own national park.

The site has been partially restored by the University of Pennsylvania and the government of Guatemala.  There are thousands of ancient structures at Tikal and only a fraction of these have been excavated after decades of archaeological work.

Filmmaker George Lucas used Tikal as a filming location for his first Star Wars Movie “Episode IV, A New Hope” released in 1977.

The last date recorded at Tikal was 869 AD and by that time it was starting to lose the majority of its population.  After 950 AD Tikal was all but deserted, although a remnant population may have survived among the ruins.  After these last Mayans left, the rainforest claimed the ruins for the next 1000 years and Tikal’s once great power was little more than a memory.  Tikal was never completely “lost”.  Locals apparently knew of the city, but the remoteness through steamy jungle kept most visitors away.  This remoteness changed when an airstrip was built in the early 1950’s and archaeological study began in earnest.

Originally, it was believed that the Maya were friendly, serene and nonviolent people and spent much of their time studying the stars, but recent research indicates that some of the writings discovered a more violent culture.  Today it is believed that at least 85 percent of the texts have been deciphered.




Earth’s magnetic poles could soon switch with the magnetic north pole becoming south and the magnetic south pole becoming north.

“Soon” might be in the next few thousand years, but the poles totally switch about every 450,000 years and the last switch occurred about 780,000 years ago so it its overdue.  We expect that we will get a warning for the major shift as the magnetic field slowly fades, and our magnetic field has been doing so by depleting by about 5% over the last century.

The magnetic field protect us from harmful radiation from the sun and as the field fades cancer cases would likely increase.   However, the Earth’s atmosphere would still protect us from the majority of radiation.

The Earth’s magnetic field is created by the molten iron at at the  center and this material has currents that move around and this causes the Earth’s magnetic field to also move.  The magnetic north pole currently drifts about ten miles a year.

A geological or axial shift would be devastating and, for example, could possibly cause cities like Miami to be in a polar region and a polar region to be balmy, but in the process our planet would be drastically changed in a negative way.

A shift of the magnetic poles only would be far less devastating.  Birds might have a hard time navigating and the harmful radiation from the sun would probably be increased somewhat.

As recently reported in Scientific American, the European Space Agency’s satellite array dubbed “Swarm” revealed that Earth’s magnetic field is weakening ten times faster than previously thought, decreasing in strength about five percent a decade rather than five percent a century.  Magnetic north itself appears to be moving toward Siberia. htm


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