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    UFO study finds no sign of aliens By Mark Simpson BBC News http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/4981720.stm The 400-page report was kept secret for six years A
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      UFO study finds no sign of aliens
      By Mark Simpson
      BBC News

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/4981720.stm

      The 400-page report was kept secret for six years

      A confidential Ministry of Defence report on Unidentified Flying Objects
      has concluded that there is no proof of alien life forms.

      In spite of the secrecy surrounding the UFO study, it seems citizens of
      planet Earth have little to worry about.

      The report, which was completed in 2000 and stamped "Secret: UK Eyes
      Only", has been made public for the first time.

      Only a small number of copies were produced and the identity of the man
      who wrote it has been protected.

      His findings were only made public thanks to the Freedom of Information
      Act, after a request by Sheffield Hallam University academic Dr David
      Clarke.

      The four-year study - entitled Unidentified Aerial Phenomena in the UK -
      tackles the long-running question by UFO-spotters: "Is anyone out there?"

      The answer, it seems, is "no".

      The 400-page report puts it like this: "No evidence exists to suggest that
      the phenomena seen are hostile or under any type of control, other than
      that of natural physical forces."

      It adds: "There is no evidence that 'solid' objects exist which could
      cause a collision hazard."

      So if there are no such things as little green men in spaceships or flying
      saucers, why have so many people reported seeing them?

      Well, here is the science bit.

      "Evidence suggests that meteors and their well-known effects and, possibly
      some other less-known effects are responsible for some unidentified aerial
      phenomena," concludes the report.

      "Considerable evidence exists to support the thesis that the events are
      almost certainly attributable to physical, electrical and magnetic
      phenomena in the atmosphere, mesosphere and ionosphere.

      "They appear to originate due to more than one set of weather and
      electrically-charged conditions and are observed so infrequently as to
      make them unique to the majority of observers."

      People who claim to have had a "close encounter" are often difficult to
      persuade that they did not really see what they thought they saw. The
      report offers a possible medical explanation.

      "The close proximity of plasma related fields can adversely affect a
      vehicle or person," states the report.

      "Local fields of this type have been medically proven to cause responses
      in the temporal lobes of the human brain. These result in the observer
      sustaining (and later describing and retaining) his or her own vivid, but
      mainly incorrect, description of what is experienced."

      There are, of course, other causes of UFOs - aeroplanes with particularly
      bright lights, stray odd-shaped balloons and strange flocks of birds, to
      name but a few.

      Yet, it will be difficult to convince everyone that there is a rational
      explanation for all mysterious movements in the sky.

      Some UFO-spotters believe governments will always cover up the truth about
      UFOs, because they are afraid of admitting that there is something beyond
      their control.

      It is not clear how much time and effort the MoD has spent looking at the
      skies in recent years, but it appears there are no plans for an in-depth
      UFO report like the one written in 2000.

      A MoD spokesperson said: "Both this study and the original "Flying Saucer
      Working Party" [already in public domain in the national Archives]
      concluded that there is insufficient evidence to indicate the presence of
      any genuine unidentified aerial phenomena.

      "It is unlikely that we would carry out any future studies unless such
      evidence were to emerge."
      Story from BBC NEWS:
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/uk_news/4981720.stm

      Published: 2006/05/07 12:35:27 GMT

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