June 3, 2018: Illuminated Site of the Week: We Wanted Aliens, But Poltergeists Will Do
Bigelow Aerospace has its fingers in some government pies, but while a lot of conspiracy theorists concentrate on its supposed ties to alien technology and the physics-bending facets thereof, somehow the suggestion came to pass that there was a lot of incidental information to be had about poltergeist activity and cryptids.
Depending on which way you view the claims, either Bigelow found a novel means of using humans as part of the machinery to identify and figure out UFOs, or it took the government for a lot of money. Mysterious Universe, Outer Places, and Newsweek have the story.
May 27, 2018: Illuminated Site of the Week: The Best Offense Is A Psychic Defense
Popular opinion has it when he died, Nicola Tesla was sitting on plans for a death ray. These were subsequently picked up when his hotel room was raided by secret government forces. MuckRock claims it was even worse than this, though. According to Tom Bearden – you may recall he champions the existence and use of free energy from "the vacuum" – not only did the Russians gain control of some of Tesla's offensive secrets, they had the best defense against them: Tesla shield technology. The famed engineer's energy howitzers could knock our missiles out of the sky, but any that got through would simply impact on the force field surrounding the offending silos and cities. And these cannons weren't limited to hitting us with electricity – they could also throw time at us. Yes, actual time, used as a payload to age or obliterate whatever it hit.
How do we all know this? Through the CIA's psychic research project, of course. This is one page that just keeps giving.
April 28, 2018: Illuminated Site of the Week: Squid Goals
Soldiers need to be able to get in and out of any number of tight spots to do their job, so what happens when they're once again confronted by a slit or hole too narrow or small for a human to fit through? You send in a squid, of course. That's not to say the army is going to start carrying around these tentacular beasts just so they can shove their pliable bodies through holes to get the mission done, that would be the height of absurdity. Instead, thanks to the combined efforts of the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) and the University of Minnesota (UMN) regarding breakthroughs with new materials, they're simply going to 3-D print the invertebrates in the field. That's the reasonable thing to do. The Daily Mail has the story.
-- Suggested by Steve Jackson
April 21, 2018: Illuminated Site of the Week: A Standard Page By Any Measure
If you're old enough to remember the TV show Liar's Club, you may recall they wheeled out weird objects, provenance unknown, for celebrities to tout and contestants to determine the purpose of. Carrying on this proud, obscure tradition, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) periodically produces such an item and asks if anyone knows what in the world it is. Assuming it comes from this world at all may be presumptuous, and there may be nothing standard about what any given item measures. Does it power this? Detect that? Protect against the other? Take a gander to see if you can help. And if you can . . . just how is it you came by this knowledge?
-- Suggested by Steve Jackson