Great Pyramid At Giza – Star Alignment Might Determine Age

Great Pyramid of Khufu or Cheops located across the Nile River about six miles west of Cairo, Egypt in an area called the Giza Plateau. The pyramid is 481.4 feet high, contains an estimated 2,300,000 carved stones, each estimated to weigh an average 2.5 tons. Photograph © by Steve Beikirch.
Great Pyramid of Khufu or Cheops located across the Nile River about six miles west of Cairo, Egypt in an area called the Giza Plateau. The pyramid is 481.4 feet high, contains an estimated 2,300,000 carved stones, each estimated to weigh an average 2.5 tons. Photograph © by Steve Beikirch.

November 19, 2000  Cairo, Egypt – This week a Cambridge University Egyptologist from England, Dr. Kate Spence, announced a possible recalculation on the age of the Great Pyramid of Khufu or Cheops on the Giza Plateau near Cairo. She wanted to know how the ancient Egyptians lined up the Cheops pyramid so precisely north to south. She hypothesized that stars were the guide, so she used a computer to wind back time in the sky from today to about 4500 years ago. Dr. Spence found that the star Mizar, in the Big Dipper’s handle, and Kochab, in the bowl of the Little Dipper, would have appeared one over the other at a point directly above the North Pole. Dr. Spence thinks that the Egyptians then hung a plumb line against the two stars to find true north for the construction of the great Cheops Pyramid. Her revised date for that construction is now 2478 B. C., give or take five years. If correct, the Great Pyramid could be 75 years older than traditional estimates.Click for report.

Update On Increased UV Radiation and Amphibian Decline

 

Deformed frog, only one rear leg. Photograph courtesy University of Minnesota.
Deformed frog, only one rear leg. Photograph courtesy University of Minnesota.

November 12, 2000 Corvallis, Oregon – This year the largest ozone hole on record at the Antarctic extended over the city of Punta Arenas in Chile, exposing humans, animals and plants to increased ultraviolet radiation which can cause skin cancer, kill amphibian embryos and stunt and deform those that survive. Over the next four months, atmospheric scientists will be monitoring what happens at the North Pole. Will the Arctic ozone hole also get bigger as winter takes hold and expose more humans, animals and plants to increased ultraviolet radiation?

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Near-Earth Object 2000 SG344 – Is it an asteroid?

Hundreds of near-earth asteroids such as this one orbit around the sun. Some are bigger than a mile across and a collision with earth would cause global destruction. Others are much smaller such as Near-Earth Object 2000 SG344 discovered September 29, 2000. Its size is estimated at only 150 feet. But what is it? Why is it pacing with our planet in the earth's plane?  And could it hit the earth in 2071? Photograph courtesy NASA 2000.
Hundreds of near-earth asteroids such as this one orbit around the sun. Some are bigger than a mile across and a collision with earth would cause global destruction. Others are much smaller such as Near-Earth Object 2000 SG344 discovered September 29, 2000. Its size is estimated at only 150 feet. But what is it? Why is it pacing with our planet in the earth’s plane? And could it hit the earth in 2071? Photograph courtesy NASA 2000.

November 5, 2000  Pasadena, California – Asteroids headed towards, or near, earth are in the news again. On Friday, NASA’s Near-Earth Object Program Office in Pasadena, California announced that a small object discovered on September 29th had a small chance of colliding with this planet in September 2030. In fact, this was the first asteroid-like object to be given a Number One on the Torino scale which measures space collision threats. The scale was developed in 1998 by Richard Binzel, Professor of Planetary Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to help categorize near-earth objects. It’s a sliding scale from zero to ten. Zero is no threat. A ten means definite impact that would cause a global catastrophe. A category one means scientists think this new object deserves careful monitoring. Paul Chodas, Principal Engineer for the NEAR Program Office at JPL, said “This is the highest probability of impact that we have ever calculated for an object.”
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Science, Environment and Medical Updates

International Space Station's first crew, left to right: William Shepherd, United States; Yuri Gizenko and Sergei Krikalev, Russia. Inside the Soyuz capsule for final time before historic launch at 2:53 AM EST on October 31, 2000 to spend at least four months orbiting the earth. Photograph courtesy NASA 2000.
International Space Station’s first crew, left to right: William Shepherd, United States; Yuri Gizenko and Sergei Krikalev, Russia. Inside the Soyuz capsule for final time before historic launch at 2:53 AM EST on October 31, 2000 to spend at least four months orbiting the earth. Photograph courtesy NASA 2000.


October 30, 2000 –

International Space Station Historic Mission

­ NASA is counting down the hours until American astronaut Bill Shepherd will lead the first expedition to the International Space Station. The historic mission is scheduled to lift off on Tuesday, October 31st at 2:53 AM east coast time. Shepherd will be joined by two Russian cosmonauts, Yuri Gizenko and Sergei Krikalev. This expedition crew plans to spend nearly four months on the space station.Click for report.

Unusual Bull Death Near St. Paul, Alberta, Canada

 

 

Bull mutilation discovered on October 16, 2000 near Derwent,  Alberta, Canada ranch south of St. Paul and the Primrose Air Weapons Base.
Bull mutilation discovered on October 16, 2000 near Derwent, Alberta, Canada ranch south of St. Paul and the Primrose Air Weapons Base.

October 29, 2000  Derwent, Alberta, Canada - Oscar Jackson had been checking fences on the Saddle Lake Indian Reserve in Derwent, Alberta on October 13 when he last saw the six-year-old Charlais bull alive. The owner, Marshall Kisiak, runs close to 200 head on that pasture. Three days later on October 16, the bull was found dead with a pattern of neat and largely bloodless excisions from his head to his scrotum with no signs of struggle. Fern Belzil of St. Paul raised purebred cattle professionally. Now in retirement, he has taken a serious interest in the cattle mutilation mystery and has investigated several dozen Alberta cases, including this recent bull death. He traveled to Derwent on October 19th to photograph the odd excisions.

 

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Kentucky Governor Declares State of Emergency After Coal Sludge Spill

Big Sandy River, Kentucky. Seventy miles of waterways filled with 210 million gallons of coal mine sludge headed for Ohio River after a slurry impoundment broke on October 11.  Photograph courtesy Kentucky Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet.
Big Sandy River, Kentucky. Seventy miles of waterways filled with 210 million gallons of coal mine sludge headed for Ohio River after a slurry impoundment broke on October 11. Photograph courtesy Kentucky Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet.

October 22, 2000 Frankfort, Kentucky – Kentucky Governor Paul E. Patton visited the Martin County site near Inez where an estimated 210 million gallons of coal mine sludge collapsed into the Big Sandy and Cold Water Branches of Wolf Creek. Public water supplies in the town of Louisa and Martin County District Number One were immediately polluted. On October 16, Governor Patton declared a State of Emergency for ten counties “in the wake of last Wednesday’s failure of a Martin County coal slurry impoundment. …The declaration covers the counties of Boyd, Bracken, Carter, Fleming, Greenup, Lawrence, Lewis, Martin, Mason and Robertson, all lying within the Big Sandy and Ohio River watersheds.” By October 22, at least seventy miles of waterways were filled with the cement-like sludge.

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Mysterious Shark Deaths Near Panama City, Florida

More than 100 dead sharks on the eastern side of Shell Island near Panama City, Florida were reported on October 16, 2000. Photograph © 2000 by John Brusher, National Marine Fisheries Service.
More than 100 dead sharks on the eastern side of Shell Island near Panama City, Florida were reported on October 16, 2000. Photograph © 2000 by John Brusher, National Marine Fisheries Service.

October 22, 2000  Panama City, Florida – More than a hundred blacktip and Atlantic sharpnose sharks were found October 16, 2000 dead and decaying along a half mile of beach on the eastern side of Shell Island near Panama City, Florida. Marine biologists so far cannot explain the mass deaths of a rugged species sometimes called “living fossils” because modern sharks arose during the Jurassic Period between 135 and 190 million years ago. No one can remember so many shark deaths at one time before.

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Part 3 – Hardened Bovine Hemoglobin Found On California Mutilated Bull

Magnified particles collected from chest of mutilated bull. Photograph by Phyllis A. Budinger, Analytical Chemist, Frontier Analysis, Ltd., Chagrin Falls, Ohio © 2000.
Magnified particles collected from chest of mutilated bull. Photograph by Phyllis A. Budinger, Analytical Chemist, Frontier Analysis, Ltd., Chagrin Falls, Ohio © 2000.
Magnified particles collected from testicles of mutilated bull. Photograph by Phyllis A. Budinger, Analytical Chemist © 2000.
Magnified particles collected from testicles of mutilated bull. Photograph by Phyllis A. Budinger, Analytical Chemist © 2000.

October 16, 2000  Chagrin Falls, Ohio - Retired analytical chemist Phyllis A. Budinger now operates her own independent lab, Frontier Analysis, Ltd., in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. In July 2000, she received from biophysicist W. C. Levengood two sets of the anomalous particles collected from the Red Bluff, California mutilated bull's testicles and chest on January 18, 1997.

 

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Part 2 – Hardened Bovine Hemoglobin Found On California Mutilated Bull

“It's totally incomprehensible how the hemoglobin
could be removed in the middle of the night out in the middle
of a pasture and be separated from all the other cellular components.”

- W. C. Levengood, Biophysicist

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October 16, 2000  Grass Lake, Michigan: W. C. Levengood, Biophysicist and Owner, Pinelandia Biophysical Laboratory, called me in early January 1997, to talk about his examination of black particles that rancher Jean Barton found on one of the several mutilated cattle she and her husband, Bill, have discovered on various pastures of their Red Bluff, California ranch. He read to me from his lab work book about the hard, dark particles found on the chest and testicles of a mutilated bull at the Barton ranch.

 

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Part 1 – Hardened Bovine Hemoglobin Found On California Mutilated Bull

Dead and mutilated 2,000 pound bull discovered January 17, 1997, by owners Jean and Bill Barton on their winter ranch near Red Bluff, California. Investigator Jean Bilodeaux collected tissue, grass and soil samples, including unusual hardened dark particles from bull's testicles and chest near excision that proved to be pure hemoglobin. Photograph on January 18, 1997 © by Jean Barton.
Dead and mutilated 2,000 pound bull discovered January 17, 1997, by owners Jean and Bill Barton on their winter ranch near Red Bluff, California. Investigator Jean Bilodeaux collected tissue, grass and soil samples, including unusual hardened dark particles from bull's testicles and chest near excision that proved to be pure hemoglobin. Photograph on January 18, 1997 © by Jean Barton.

October 15, 2000 Grass Lake, Michigan - Since the 1950s, unusual deaths called “animal mutilations” have been reported around the world. Both domestic animals and wild game have been affected, especially horses and cattle. Ranchers and law enforcement have long been puzzled because animals are found with the same pattern of hide and tissue removed ­ usually without blood ­ from the head, sexual organs, and rectum. There are no signs of struggle or tracks around the dead animals, not even the animal's own tracks. That peculiar fact provoked law enforcement to wonder if perpetrators came in and out of pastures using aerial craft.

 

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