Maverick Scientist Convinces Many that NASA’s Asteroid Data Is Bad
When it comes to space, NASA usually gets the last word. Some contrarians like Richard Hoagland (The Monuments of Mars) have complained that NASA is following a secret agenda set in motion in the late 1950s, before the agency was officially founded, by those who, like anthropologist Margaret Mead, believed that it could be dangerous to inform the public about any evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence. Hoagland and Bara have never been taken seriously in mainstream academic circles, but now another outspoken tech expert is finding significant support for his accusation that NASA’s data on the asteroid threat to Earth is, at best, flawed, and maybe much worse.
Dr. Nathan P. Myhrvold, former chief technologist at Microsoft, has accused NASA of using shoddy methods, and even doctoring data. Myhrvold is challenging the validity of the main data base NASA uses to track potential threats to Earth posed by near-earth space objects. The NeoWISE database is said to be the cornerstone of NASA’s established mission to protect Earth from what could be planet-killing threats. NASA’s methods, he says, are unscientific. And now, some very influential space scientists like David Morrison, planetary scientist at the Ames Research Center in MountainView, California, and Jean-Luc Margot, Chairman of the Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences department at UCLA. say they think Myhrvold is essentially right about the problems with NASA’s asteroid database.
Myhrvold’s work has appeared in several scientific journals including Science, Nature, and Paleobiology. Myhrvold and Peter Rinearson are given credit for helping Bill Gates write his best seller The Road Ahead. He has contributed large sums of money to the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), in support of the much-vaunted Allen Telescope Array.
This is one time NASA may have to do some serious explaining. Nothing less than the fate of life on Earth may be at stake.
‘Nessie’ Makes Camera Appearance
The Loch Ness ‘monster’ is back in the news, though for some it has never gone away. For over 1,500 years, a giant reptilian creature has been reported in the deep Scottish lake more than a 1,000 times. Nonetheless, ‘Nessie,’ as she is affectionately known, continues to be dismissed by mainstream academia as only fantasy, or worse. That could be changing though.
A scientist from the University of Otago in New Zealand has been collecting water samples from the loch with the intention of identifying any anomalous life lurking in its murky depths, including, potentially, any latter-day plesiosaurs (thought by many to be Nessie’s probable species). The plan is to recover DNA that can be used to profile any creatures found. Though the professor says he expects to find mostly bacteria, he promises to report anything unusual.
In the meantime, new video evidence for Nessie has surfaced. A webcam overlooking the loch showed something, over 20 feet long, swimming through the frame from right to left. For over a minute, it dove and resurfaced, in full view of the camera. Most other claimed Nessie videos last for only seconds. Donegal hospital clerical worker Eion O’Faodhagain spotted the object on April 30 and recorded the scene on his iPhone. The entire video can be viewed at: