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The Missouri Awareness & Alternative Research Society (MAARS) is a public organization in Springfield, Missouri. Our focus is to increase public awareness in the understanding of fields such as: paranormal phenomena, scientific advancements, UFO/extraterrestrial experiences, environmental concerns, apparitional experiences, alternative healing, cryptozoology, psychic experiences, cover-ups, etc.
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Europe Makes Space History as Philae Probe Lands on Comet
November 12, 2014
From: http://www.reuters.com

The European Space Agency (ESA) landed a probe on a comet on Wednesday, a first in space exploration and the climax of a decade-long mission to get samples from what are the remnants of the birth of Earth's solar system. The box-shaped 100-kg (220-pound) lander, named Philae, touched down on schedule at about 1600 GMT after a seven-hour descent from spacecraft Rosetta around half a billion kilometers (300 million miles) from Earth.

Scientists hope that samples from the surface of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko will help show how planets and life are created as the rock and ice that make up the comet preserve organic molecules like a time-capsule. Read more

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Three 'Football Field Sized' UFOs Reported Low by Multiple West Virginia Witnesses
October 17, 2014
From: http://www.openminds.tv

Ten West Virginia witnesses near Marmet working a coal plant evening shift reported watching three triangle-shaped UFOs the size of football fields silently moving under 500 feet, according to testimony in Case 60631 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database. The incident occurred at 10 p.m. on October 12, 2014, at the coal plant along Winifrede Hollow Road.

"The plant was down and there was no noises anywhere," the reporting witness stated. "Me and nine other guys had just finished doing pipe repair and were standing outside leaning against trucks. One of the guys pointed up and said, 'What is that?'" Read more

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Military Space Plane Lands After Record 674-day Secret Mission
October 17, 2014
From: http://www.cbsnews.com

An unpiloted Air Force space plane glided back to Earth Friday after a record 674-day stay in orbit, closing out a clandestine military mission with a computer-controlled landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

Other than a brief Air Force statement last Friday announcing landing preparations at Vandenberg, there was no advance warning of the space plane's re-entry and, in keeping with the secrecy surrounding the program, no details on what the spacecraft might have been doing during its nearly two years aloft. Read more

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Source of Boom Heard Around ArkLaTex Not Identified
October 13, 2014
From: http://www.ksla.com

The source of a loud boom heard at points across the ArkLaTex from Marshall to Keithville to Haughton remains a mystery.

"My couch came up off the floor a little bit, my back wall felt like it was going to cave in, it was so loud!" says Linda Stewart, who lives off of Shirley Francis Rd. in Greenwood. Read more

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Earth's Magnetic Field Could Flip Within a Human Lifetime
October 14, 2014
From: http://www.sciencedaily.com

Imagine the world waking up one morning to discover that all compasses pointed south instead of north. It's not as bizarre as it sounds. Earth's magnetic field has flipped -- though not overnight -- many times throughout the planet's history. Its dipole magnetic field, like that of a bar magnet, remains about the same intensity for thousands to millions of years, but for incompletely known reasons it occasionally weakens and, presumably over a few thousand years, reverses direction.

Now, a new study by a team of scientists from Italy, France, Columbia University and the University of California, Berkeley, demonstrates that the last magnetic reversal 786,000 years ago actually happened very quickly, in less than 100 years -- roughly a human lifetime. Read more

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Earth's Impending Magnetic Flip
September 16, 2014
From: http://www.scientificamerican.com

Earth's magnetic north and south poles have flip-flopped many times in our planet's history--most recently, around 780,000 years ago. Geophysicists who study the magnetic field have long thought that the poles may be getting ready to switch again, and based on new data, it might happen earlier than anyone anticipated.

The European Space Agency's satellite array dubbed "Swarm" revealed that Earth's magnetic field is weakening 10 times faster than previously thought, decreasing in strength about 5 percent a decade rather than 5 percent a century. A weakening magnetic field may indicate an impending reversal, which scientists predict could begin in less than 2,000 years. Magnetic north itself appears to be moving toward Siberia.Read more

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Europe Unveils Comet Landing Site for Historic Rosetta Mission
September 15, 2014
From: http://www.space.com

A European spacecraft flying alongside a comet in deep space finally has a place to land after a 10-year journey through the solar system. The European Space Agency on Monday unveiled the target landing site on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko for the Philae lander riding aboard the agency's Rosetta mission. If all goes well, the lander will touch down on the comet on November 11. Read more
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Stephen Hawking: God Particle Could Wipe Out the Universe
September 7, 2014
From: http://www.cnet.com

As the UK's Sunday Times reports, Hawking is worried about the God particle. This, discovered by physicists during experiments within CERN's Large Hadron Collider, is a vital ingredient to explaining why things in our world have mass.

He wrote: "The Higgs potential has the worrisome feature that it might become metastable at energies above 100bn gigaelectronvolts (GeV)." Read more

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Alien Cryptid Photographed at 'Contact in the Desert'
September 7, 2014
From: http://www.forbiddenknowledgetv.com

What appears to be an alien or otherwise cryptid being was surprisingly revealed in video still frame of a panel discussion among world-famous ufologists, at the CONTACT in the DESERT event, held in Joshua Tree, CA in August 2014. Read more
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Scientists Solve Mystery of Moving Death Valley Rocks
August 28, 2014
From: http://www.reuters.com

A solution to the longstanding mystery of why rocks move erratically across an isolated patch of California's Death Valley finally emerged on Thursday, when researchers published a study showing the driving force was sheets of wind-driven ice.

Trails from the movement of the rocks, which show them changing direction suddenly in their movement across the so-called Racetrack Playa, have long befuddled scientists and the general public. People wondered: How were the rocks moved? Paleobiologist Richard Norris of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, who led the study, saw the rare phenomenon first-hand last December while standing with his cousin, engineer James Norris, at the spot. Read more

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UFO Sighted Over Houston During Rain Storm
August 16, 2014
From: http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com

A circular object with a ring of lights was observed by multiple witnesses across the city this week. Social media was buzzing on the night of August 11th when several people managed to snap photographs of what appeared to be an oval-shaped craft in the sky over Houston during stormy weather.

Some of the images showed the object, which seemed to have a single point of light in its center, situated in the foreground with dark storm clouds looming menacingly behind it. The disc was pictured from several angles by different witnesses and seemed to change position in the air multiple times. Read more

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"Humanoid Shadow" in Google Moon
August 15, 2014
From: http://www.earthfiles.com

An odd humanoid-looking shadow has been discovered on Google Moon by using NASA satellites. So what is it exactly? Read more
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'Garbage Patch' in Pacific Grows to Hundreds of Miles
August 15, 2014
From: http://www.nbcnews.com

"Floating plastic visible to the naked eye now persist for hundreds of miles," Charles Moore said via telephone on his way back from the gyre. "I've been monitoring the patch for 15 years and I've never seen it like this." Video shot by the crew aboard the ship show clumps of buoys, nets and plastic debris adrift in the ocean. In one instance, so much debris had accumulated in one particular area that Moore was able to stand atop the floating mound of trash. Read more
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Vast Tomb Unearthed in Northern Greece
August 12, 2014
From: http://www.telegraph.co.uk

Archaeologists in Greece have discovered a vast tomb that they believe is connected with the reign of the warrior-king Alexander the Great, who conquered vast swathes of the ancient world between Greece and India.

The tomb, dating to around 300 BC, may have held the body of one of Alexander's generals or a member of his family. It was found beneath a huge burial mound near the ancient site of Amphipolis in northern Greece.

Antonis Samaras, Greece's prime minister, visited the dig on Tuesday and described the discovery as "clearly extremely significant". Read more

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Rosetta Arrives at Comet Destination
August 6, 2014
From: http://www.esa.int

After a decade-long journey chasing its target, ESA's Rosetta has today become the first spacecraft to rendezvous with a comet, opening a new chapter in Solar System exploration. Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and Rosetta now lie 405 million kilometres from Earth, about half way between the orbits of Jupiter and Mars, rushing towards the inner Solar System at nearly 55 000 kilometres per hour.

The comet is in an elliptical 6.5-year orbit that takes it from beyond Jupiter at its furthest point, to between the orbits of Mars and Earth at its closest to the Sun. Rosetta will accompany it for over a year as they swing around the Sun and back out towards Jupiter again. Read more

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December 16, 2014
 7-9 pm at Pizza Hut
 1815 N. Glenstone
 Springfield, MO 65803

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