Looking For UFOs? Try These Techniques To Prepare For A Close Encounter.


So you think you can just waltz into an open field tonight and little green men are going to come to you, huh?


You’re wrong. In fact, you need the right tools to capture UFOs — whether alien in nature or not — if you want anyone to actually believe your epic story. Luckily, HuffPost Weird News has compiled that list for you. Here’s what you need on your UFO hunt tonight:


  • Warm clothing (depending on your location)
  • A good pair of binoculars
  • A good, reliable camera (duh!), capable of actually capturing night images
  • Fellow eyewitnesses and some snacks (in case it’s a long stakeout)
  • Information from a database that can guide you to possible UFO hangouts


The database may be the best thing you could consult if you want any heads up on where UFOs are most often seen, thereby increasing your own chances of capturing that elusive million-dollar image.


According to the website IT World, there are several database sites used by UFO seekers to help triangulate possible hotbeds of activity of unidentified flying objects. It’s not unusual to find locations where eyewitnesses claim to see UFOs several days or nights in a row.


The National UFO Reporting Center
This database displays UFO reports according to event date, state, UFO shape and date posted. For an excellent look back in time, the site offers reports stemming from the 1950s and brings sightings right up to date. You can call a special hotline to report something if it occurred within the past week. And there’s also an online UFO report form you can fill out. The site doesn’t claim to validate the information in the reports, and that “Obvious hoaxes have been omitted.”


*U* UFO Database
This is a very interesting database created over a 20-year period by UFO researcher Larry Hatch, who made it clear that his site is not a UFO reporting center. “The site is here to show the results of a long research effort, an attempt to find clues or patterns in sightings data,” he writes. And he’s very specific about presenting data on “flying saucers, disks and spheres… wingless fuselages, cloud cigars, cylinders, flying triangles, deltoids, diamonds and other odd shapes.” He also wants people to know that he doesn’t catalog “new-age, religious miracles, spiritual or cult events; Bigfoot, chupacabras, bogeymen or cryptozoology in general; no pyramids or faces on Mars, no crop circles or other forteana unless directly UFO-related.” *U* UFO Database provides excellent regional and world UFO maps and statistics. Of particular interest is his section on Thematic UFO sightings.


According to AboveTopSecret.com, while Hatch dropped out of contact with the UFO community several years ago due to health problems, his site contains “18,552 carefully filtered UFO events, distilled from hundreds of books, major journals, catalogs, correspondence and other sources. [The] scope is worldwide, for all dates from antiquity to the present.”


The UFO Sightings database specializes in pictures and videos, offering a variety of viewing and analysis tools to maximize your UFO footage viewing experience: “Speed control, Reverse play, Viewing filters, looping and more,” as described on the site. There’s also a UFO picture zoom magnifier and Google map that shows where the UFO sightings occurred. To help in your own search for possible places where UFOs might show up, the site includes “a synopsis, date, country, region, city, latitude and longitude” of previous locations of sighting reports.


Mutual UFO Network (MUFON)
In addition to a database of the most recent sighting reports and locations from the last couple of days, MUFON — the 3,000-member worldwide UFO investigation organization — is dedicated to studying UFO sightings and offers directions on how to correctly record or videotape a UFO encounter, something sorely lacking in the overall quality of many UFO images or videos posted on the Internet. The MUFON site also has an extensive UFO reporting form that you can fill out and post as a way of sharing your experiences with many people around the world.


You now have a variety of choices to help map out where you might want to go for a potential UFO encounter, and information on what to bring to record the experience. Good hunting.


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Earth Hour 2013 – Dare the World to Save the Planet. Switch off your lights on Saturday 23rd March at 8:30pm to be part of the world’s largest voluntary action for the environment.


Earth Hour is a universal message of hope and action to protect the one thing that unites us all – the planet. Together our actions add up.

Join the world for Earth Hour 2012 by switching off your lights at 8.30pm on Saturday 31 March and sharing the positive action you will take for the planet beyond the hour.

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Earth Hour calls on individuals, businesses, communities and governments to go beyond the hour by committing to a positive action for the planet and celebrating that commitment with the people of the world by switching off their lights for one designated hour.

From its inception as a single-city initiative – Sydney, Australia – in 2007, Earth Hour has grown into a global symbol of hope and movem
ent for change. Earth Hour 2010 created history as the world’s largest ever voluntary action with people, businesses and governments in 128 countries across every continent coming together to celebrate an unambiguous commitment to the planet.

In 2011, Earth Hour’s iconic global ‘lights out’ event which has seen some of the world’s most recognized landmarks, including the Forbidden City, Eiffel Tower, Buckingham Palace, Golden Gate Bridge, Table Mountain, Christ the Redeemer statue and Sydney Opera House switch off their lights, will again bring the world together in a global celebration of the one thing that unites us all – the planet.

Earth Hour 2011: 8.30pm, Saturday 26 March, celebrate your action for the planet with the people of world, and add more to your Earth Hour. Sign up to earthhour.org, switch off your lights for the hour, and share the positive actions you will sustain for earth beyond the hour.

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More on Inappropriate Colonoscopy.

One in five screening colonoscopies performed in Medicare patients aged 70 was considered potentially inappropriate, but study design limitations might have introduced error.

Previous studies suggest that a significant number of physicians systematically perform screening colonoscopies at 5-year versus recommended 10-year intervals and that many colonoscopists recommend that surveillance colonoscopy after resection of polyps begin earlier than is accepted in guidelines.

Now, investigators have retrospectively assessed the receipt of inappropriate screening colonoscopy in Medicare beneficiaries who had received a recent colonoscopy (index colonoscopy), including a 100% sample in Texas and a 5% sample in the U.S. Screening colonoscopy was distinguished from diagnostic colonoscopy by the absence of a relevant diagnostic indication on the index colonoscopy claim or on any claim 3 months before the procedure. Early repeated colonoscopy was defined as an index colonoscopy with no diagnostic indications preceded by a colonoscopy within 10 years that had negative findings (based on the last colonoscopy if >1). An inappropriate colonoscopy was defined as an early repeated colonoscopy in patients aged 70 to 75, a routine screening colonoscopy in patients aged 76 to 85, or any screening colonoscopy in patients aged >85.

In Texas beneficiaries, 23.4% of colonoscopies were potentially inappropriate, with variation by age group (70–75, 10%; 76–85, 39%; >85, 25%). Procedure-level factors associated with increased risk for inappropriate colonoscopy were location of ambulatory surgery center or office setting (vs. a hospital) and performance by higher-volume colonoscopists (vs. lower-volume), generalists or surgeons (vs. gastroenterologists), or U.S.- trained physicians (vs. non–U.S.-trained physicians). Patient-level risk factors were male gender, white race, fewer comorbid conditions, lower educational level, and residence in an urban area. Six percent of the variance in whether a colonoscopy was potentially inappropriate was explained by the physician variable.

Comment: This study has several limitations. First, not all doctors accept USPSTF age recommendations for screening colonoscopy; many find them to be arbitrary and prefer use of the previous recommendation to stop screening when life expectancy is <10 years. Second, guidelines for postpolypectomy surveillance include consideration of findings not only from the last colonoscopy but from previous colonoscopies. For example, in patients with high-risk adenoma findings, surveillance colonoscopy is recommended at 5-year intervals even after a negative examination. These repeat examinations would have been considered inappropriate in this study. Finally, it is unclear whether the investigators were fully able to account for postpolypectomy surveillance colonoscopies, to which even the USPSTF did not apply their age recommendations.

This study will undoubtedly be cited as evidence of inappropriate colonoscopy. However, the use of claims data to identify indications for colonoscopy is fraught with problems. The absolute rates of inappropriate colonoscopy could be significantly lower than shown here, and not all of the observed trends may reflect real differences in inappropriate use.

Source: Journal Watch Gastroenterology

Head CT Not Useful for Evaluating Acute Dizziness in the ED.

Magnetic resonance imaging has a higher diagnostic yield.

In a retrospective chart review, investigators determined the diagnostic yield (acute and subacute findings) of head computed tomography (CT) in 448 adult patients who presented to a single urban academic emergency department (ED) with acute dizziness (vertigo, lightheadedness, disequilibrium, presyncope).

The overall diagnostic yield of head CT was 2.2%, with emergent findings detected on only 1.6% of the scans. Of the 448 patients, 104 underwent follow-up imaging, most often with magnetic resonance imaging or angiography (MRI/A; 78.7%). Seventeen patients (13%) had findings on follow-up imaging that changed or confirmed the diagnosis; most of the changes in diagnosis were ischemic stroke that was not identified on initial CT. MRI was the follow-up modality that most often led to a change in diagnosis (16% of the time).

Comment: These findings are consistent with the recommendation from the American College of Radiology and American College of Emergency Physicians that head CT be used in the evaluation of acute dizziness only when hemorrhage is the suspected cause. When an intracranial cause of dizziness is suspected (unless the patient presents with trauma or severe headache suspicious for hemorrhage), MRI is the test of choice.

Source: Journal Watch Emergency Medicine