July 26th, 2004

Faces in unusual places The Christian Science Monitor

Several years ago, I noticed that a roadside electrical outlet looked like a face. So I photographed it. Later, I began to notice that ordinary items around my home – doorknobs, a bathtub drain – also seemed to have eyes, noses, and mouths. Once I started seeing such faces, I began to spot them everywhere! Was I going crazy? No, I was just seeing my world in a new way.

May 6th, 2004

Mars and the Teachable Moment


March 31st, 2004

For the Maya, the News From Mars Is Not Good Pacific News Service

When NASA announced recently that Mars once harbored the conditions necessary for life to exist, those of us who live in the Yucatan — especially the Maya — let out a collective groan. We fear another crackpot invasion. Ever since Erich Von Daniken published his best-selling “The Chariots of the Gods” in 1968, many misguided people around the world believe the Maya are the descendants of ancient space travelers. And so they flock here, usually to poke around Mayan ruins looking for telltale signs of alien visitation.

March 15th, 2004

War of the Words: Scientist Attacks Alien Claims

Astronomer Philip Plait is tired of radio personality Richard Hoagland’s claims. He’s had enough of Hoagland’s assertions that NASA is covering up evidence of extraterrestrial life, that the infamous Face on Mars was built by sentient aliens and, of late, that otherworldly machine parts are embedded in the red planet’s dirt. And then there’s the mile-long translucent Martian worm.

February 6th, 2004

Mars Mirage Tech Central Station

Perhaps our next Mars probe should be called the Tinkerbell. The fairy from “Peter Pan” was brought to life by children shouting, “I do believe in fairies! I do! I do!” The same chorus of belief in Martians resounds with each downpour of images and data from the apparently dead Red Planet. The photos sent home by the rovers Spirit and Opportunity have already set off a flurry of Internet chatter amongst amateur space enthusiasts. Would be astrobiologists (a new field that weds astronomy with biology) claim to see everything from fossilized coral and seashells to an admittedly creepy looking claw. The European Space Agency’s orbiting Mars Express has produced an image to fire speculation too — a grainy object that some identify as a stepped pyramid with an underground entrance.

January 30th, 2004

Nasa denies ‘sexing up’ mars images Ananova

US space scientists have defended themselves against allegations that they tampered with images of Mars. The claim is that Nasa experts “tweaked” pictures sent back by the two Mars rovers to make it redder. A more extreme version of the conspiracy theory says Nasa doctored the colours to hide evidence of life, such as green patches, New Scientist magazine reported.

December 5th, 2002

To Spite the Face Phoenix New Times

Under the surface of Mars lies an ancient, nuclear-powered city left by Martian citizens. At least, that’s what a group of space researchers think. And they’re trying to prove it by invoking a little-known remnant of President Clinton’s last days called the “Data Quality Act” that went into force in October of this year. The filing, dated October 31, 2002, gives NASA 40 days to address the complaint that there is faulty data on Arizona State University’s THEMIS Web site.

November 8th, 2002

NASA Proves Their Own Fraud In Cydonia Releases

In their rush to release the first night-time infrared image of Cydonia, did NASA shoot themselves in the foot regarding previous releases? Sitting next to the Oct 31st release of Cydonia is proof that the July 24th release was fraudulent.

November 6th, 2002

Face on Mars Gets Nighttime Look Discovery News

The face on Mars has been spotted again, this time in a nighttime infrared image that tells a bit more about its mysterious geological origins. The “face” is actually a three-kilometer long knob of sediments in the northern Cydonia region that is littered with similar knobs and mesas, said Arizona State University’s Philip Christensen, who led the investigation into the new thermal images from the Mars Odyssey spacecraft. But that doesn’t mean the features aren’t important.

October 16th, 2002

International SETI launches new detection scale SETI League Press Release

A new scale designed to give the public an expert view of any claimed detection of extraterrestrial intelligence has been launched by the International Academy of Astronautics’ Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Permanent Study Group at the World Space Congress in Houston. The Rio Scale was initiated by Drs. Ivan Almar of Hungary and Jill Tarter of the SETI Institute in California to give the media and the public an idea of the credibility and importance – as determined by a panel of SETI scientists – of any claim that intelligence elsewhere in the universe has been detected.