Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Project Blue Book

Project Blue Book was one of a sequences of systematic studies of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) carried out by the United States Air Force. Started in 1952, it was the second revival of such a study (the first two of its kind being Projects Sign and Grudge). A termination order was given for the study in December 1969, and all activity under its auspices stopped in January 1970.

Project Blue Book had two goals:

  1. to decide if UFOs were a risk to national security, and
  2. to scientifically examine UFO-related data.

The Project Blue Book Archive offers researchers free online access to over 50,000 official US Government documents relating to the UFO phenomenon. A search engine and a range of indices are also offered to modernize access to these documents.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Project Blue Book

Project Blue Book was one of a series of systematic studies of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) conducted by the United States Air Force. Started in 1952, it was the second revival of such a study (the first two of its kind being Projects Sign and Grudge). A termination order was given for the study in December 1969, and all activity under its auspices ceased in January 1970.

Project Blue Book had two goals:

To determine if UFOs were a threat to national security, and to scientifically analyze UFO-related data.

Thousands of UFO reports were collected, analyzed and filed. As the result of the Condon Report (1968), which concluded there was nothing anomalous about UFOs, Project Blue Book was ordered shut down in December 1969 and the Air Force continues to provide the following summary of its investigations:

No UFO reported, investigated and evaluated by the Air Force was ever an indication of threat to our national security;

There was no evidence submitted to or discovered by the Air Force that sightings categorized as "unidentified" represented technological developments or principles beyond the range of modern scientific knowledge; and There was no evidence indicating that sightings categorized as "unidentified" were extraterrestrial vehicles.

By the time Project Blue Book ended, it had collected 12,618 UFO reports, and concluded that most of them were misidentifications of natural phenomena or conventional aircraft. According to the National Reconnaissance Office a number of the reports could be explained by flights of the formerly secret reconnaissance planes U-2 and A-12. A small percentage of UFO reports were classified as unexplained, even after stringent analysis. The UFO reports were archived and are available under the Freedom of Information Act, but names and other personal information of all witnesses have been changed.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Report

A report is a textual work (usually of writing, speech, television, or film) made with the specific intention of relaying information or recounting certain events in a widely presentable form.

Written reports are documents which present focused, salient content to a specific audience. Reports are often used to display the result of an experiment, investigation, or inquiry. The audience may be public or private, an individual or the public in general. Reports are used in government, business, education, science, and other fields.

Reports such as graphics, images, voice, or specialized vocabulary in order to persuade that specific audience to undertake an action.

One of the most common formats for presenting reports is IMRAD: Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion. This structure is standard for the genre because it mirrors the traditional publication of scientific research and summons the ethos and credibility of that discipline. Reports are not required to follow this pattern, and may use alternative patterns like the problem-solution format.

Friday, 27 May 2005

America’s Ready for Hillary

A new USA Today/CNN/Gallup poll shows that most voting Americans are likely to support a Hillary candidacy. Who knows how this will pan out in the next three and a half years, but these numbers are similar to the same support George W. was getting during the same period in 1998, and are stronger than […]

Thursday, 26 May 2005

EU — not such a sure union


EU — not such a sure union

Reports from Europe in the last few days are indicating that the all-important Constitution drive may fail. Signing the deal is growing less popular each day in France, which votes on the measure next Sunday, but this sentiment is also growing in the Netherlands, and in the United Kingdom – which has butted heads […]

Wednesday, 25 May 2005

Idol finale: Surprises and Stinkers


Tonight’s season finale of American Idol crowned Carrie Underwood as the successor to Fantasia, Ruben Studdard, and Kelly Clarkson. However, the two-hour show seemed to have a few things in common with its host, Ryan Seacrest – it was long-winded, boring, and full of itself.
The show managed to keep our attention by continually promising

Tuesday, 24 May 2005

Bo Bombastic, Carrie Canary


Bo Bombastic, Carrie Canary

In the final “competitive” show, Bo Bice and Carrie Underwood both disappointed, then regained the approval of the judges of Fox’s American Idol. Both started off with shakey numbers, then improved by the second act with what seemed to be safe numbers. By the third act, Bo continued the safe trail, while Carrie rose above […]