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Strange news archive: July-August 2008

New species of fossil aphid in amber. Credit: Richard Harrington
eBay insect fossil is new species
(Aug 21, 2008)

A scientist who bought a fossilised insect on the web auction site eBay for £20 has discovered that it belongs to a previously unknown species of aphid. Dr Richard Harrington, vice-president of the UK's Royal Entomological Society, bought the fossil from an individual in Lithuania. He then sent it off to an aphid expert in Denmark, who confirmed the insect was a new species, now extinct.

Read more. Source: BBC

UFOs and radar artwork. Credit: Jonathon Rosen
Unidentified flying threats
(Jul 29, 2008)

On the afternoon of Nov. 7, 2006, pilots and airport employees at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago saw a disc-like object hovering over the tarmac for several minutes. Because nothing was tracked on radar, the Federal Aviation Administration did not investigate. Yet radar is not a reliable detector of all aircraft.

Read more. Source: New York Times (registration required)


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