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Strange news archive: January-February 2007

brain scan
MoD defends psychic powers study
(Feb 27, 2007)

The Ministry of Defence has defended a decision to carry out tests to find out whether psychic powers could be used to detect hidden objects. The previously secret tests – conducted in 2002 – involved blind-folding volunteers and asking them about the contents of sealed brown envelopes. Most subjects consistently failed to establish what was in the envelopes.

Read more. Source: BBC

New Zealand colossal squid
NZ fishermen land colossal squid
(Feb 22, 2007)

New Zealand fishermen have caught what is expected to be a world-record-breaking colossal squid. Fisheries Minister Jim Anderton said the squid, weighing an estimated 450kg (990lb),took two hours to land in Antarctic waters. Local news said the Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni was about 10m (33ft) long, and was the first adult colossal squid landed intact.

Read more. Source: BBC

lights on giant squid
Giant squid lights up for attack
(Feb 14, 2007)

Enormous deep-sea squid emit blinding flashes of light as they attack their prey, research shows. Taningia danae's spectacular light show was revealed in video footage taken in deep waters off Chichijima Island in the North Pacific. Japanese scientists believe the creatures use the bright flashes to disorientate potential victims.

Read more. Source: BBC

Islington UFOs
UFO sighting over Islington
(Feb 6, 2007)

Dozens of mysterious lights were spotted hovering in the sky above Archway – spreading panic among residents below. Unidentified flying orange objects stopped traffic and left residents staring skyward in disbelief at around 5.30pm on Thursday. Islington police received four calls within a matter of minutes.

Read more. Source: Islington Gazette

baby slender loris
Protection for 'weirdest' species
(Jan 17, 2007)

A conservation programme for some of the world's most bizarre and unusual creatures has been launched by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). Species like the bumblebee bat and the pygmy hippopotamus will be protected under the Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered (Edge) project.

Read more. Source: BBC

New Jersey meteorite
Mysterious object crashes through roof
(Jan 7, 2007)

Authorities were trying to identify a mysterious metallic object that crashed through the roof of a house in eastern New Jersey. Nobody was injured when the golf-ball sized object, weighing nearly as much as a can of soup, struck the home and embedded itself in a wall Tuesday night. Federal officials sent to the scene said it was not from an aircraft.

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