Say UFOs Warrant More Study
The information isnt as solid as wed like, and wed
like to draw a solid conclusion.
By Ron Harris
The Associated Press
S A N F
R A N C I S C O, June 29
Scientists reviewing reports of UFOs have concluded that some sightings
are accompanied by compelling physical evidence that merits further study.
A nine-member panel said there is no convincing
evidence that extraterrestrial intelligence was responsible for the physical
But the scientists added that some of the physical
evidence remained unexplained and researchers might learn something new
in evaluating purported UFO sightings.
If there is an interest in trying to get
serious answers to the UFO problem, it would be sensible for scientists
to focus on the physical evidence as opposed to witness testimony,
said Stanford University physicist and panel director Peter Sturrock.
The panels report is the first independent
review of UFO phenomena since 1966, when the U.S. Air Force commissioned
the University of Colorado to conduct a scientific
study of UFOs, headed by Edward Condon.
Rare Natural Phenomena
Sturrocks panel examined evidence including photographs of purported
UFOs, radar data and reports of soil damage near supposed UFO landing
sights. Some of the reports could have been explained by rare natural
phenomena such as electrical activity above thunderstorms.
Other reports were due to secret military activities,
the report concluded.
The study was the brainchild
of Laurance Rockefeller, Henry Diamond and Sturrock,
who felt the field of UFO study
is in a very unsatisfactory
state of ignorance and confusion.
The panel was financed by the LSR Fund, chaired
Comprised of astronomers, physicists and experts
in other scientific disciplines, the panel met last year in New York to
discuss the data and in San Francisco to finalize the report.
The information isnt as solid as
wed like, and wed like to draw a solid conclusion,
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