UFOs worth studying say scientists
(June 1998)

No it isn't a set of tired old worn-out scientists who have gone barking mad. In the first independent review of UFO phenomena since 1970, a panel of scientists has concluded that some sightings are accompanied by physical evidence that deserves scientific study. Not because they think there might be little green people, but because there may be a cause ''out there'' which could be interesting to science.

In 1807, US President Thomas sefferson said of the claim that meteorites exist: ''could more easily believe that two Yankee professors would lie than that stones would fall from heaven.'' Rather than fall into the Jefferson error of rejecting as impossible that which we do not understand, we need to collect all of the facts.

In 1968, Or. Edward U. Condon, director of the Colorado Project, in his 1968 UFO report commented that ''further extensive study of UFOs probably cannot be justified in the expectation that science will be advanced thereby.'' The new proposal has concluded that ''it may be valuable to carefully evaluate UFO reports to extract information about unusual phenomena currently unknown to science. To be credible to the scientific community''.

The scientists found that some of the reported incidents may have been caused by rare natural phenomena, such as electrical activity high above thunderstorms or radar ducting (the trapping and conducting of radar waves by atmospheric channels). However, the panel found that some of the phenomena related to UFOS are not easy to explain in this fashion.

Key names: Peter Sturrock, von R. Eshleman

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