Hypotheses, Quests and Discoveries


Mir Publishers, Moscow, and the Impulse Cooperative have recently launched a popular science monthly called PHENOMENON. The first dummy issue has just been sent to the publishers from the printers in Finland, Sanan Tije. According to V.Nemeshaev, Mir sales manager, the pocket-size Russian edition will come out in at least 500,000 copies, while the English-language one will be slightly smaller. All copies will be sold through retail outlets, as no subscriptions are available. The monthly will be something of a sensation, and sensations will be its metier-Phenomenon is to deal with the anomalous and inexplicable. The authors intend to describe only events taking place in the Soviet Union. We learned all this from the introduction to the maiden issue by Academician Kaznacheyev of the USSR Academy of Medical Sciences. We offer slightly abridged versions of three articles from PHENOMENON.

FOUR TEN, AND THEN ........ By A.Petukhov & T.Faminskaya.

Many remember the Trud article of January 1985, titled "Exactly at 4.10", about a peculiar luminiscent object of the shape of an airplane which was observed by passengers of two liners, it was travelling in the air at their altitude. One liner was suddenly lit by a ray from an UFO.

The crew of one of the planes, an estonian liner en route from Tbilisi to Tallinn via Rostov, described the dazzling multi-colour event in detail so that it would be registered and studied by the Leningrad Commission for Anomalous Phenomena, headed by V.Troitsky, Corresponding Member of the USSR Academy of Sciences. The experts identified the, mysterious phenomenon as an experiment in atmospheric studies with chemicals dispersed in the air, ruling out what laymen said about extraterrestrials trying to contact the earthlings. The commission even received several quasi-scientific works decoding the play of colours in Cyrillic letters.

Tremendous effort lies behind the explanations of many anomalies: hundreds of communications are analysed, mapped and computed.

Close to 10 per cent of the phenomena remain unexplained in spite of ample information. These are of the greatest interest to scholars.

Here is one of them. In February 1985, a locomotive crew saw a spherical object west of Petrozavodsk, Karelia. The object followed the train for an hour, changing direction every now and then. the train's speed kept changing off and on, and the driver could do nothing about it though the crew could not identify any engine or guage failure. The speedometer registered all fluctuations. The most significant thing was that the engine saved about 300 kilograms of fuel. the crew came back from the journey in a state of shock.

The Petrozavodsk Commission for Anomalous Phenomena collected all eyewitnesses accounts, yet painstaking analyses did not help in finding an explanation of the phenomenon.

Another inexplainable event occurred in the Dalnegorsk town ship in the Soviet Far East at about 8.00 p.m. on January 29, 1986. A giant red ball was spotted flying horizontally north-west. The silent object stopped above a hill, dived, and collided with a rock, causing a flash like that produced in electric welding or a short circuit in a high-voltage transmission line.

Eyewitness accounts and local reference points later allowed the ball speed to be estimated at 15 metres per second - an amazing discovery because this velocity is much less than that of meteors and fireballs.

Experts promptly went to the hill (known as Height 611) and found traces of heat in the soil, grass damaged by unidentified rays, and strange objects, perhaps parts of the ruined ball: small round ignots of a ferro-plumbic alloy and unique samples of netting. Studies by three research centres and eleven institutes produced more questions than answers. For instance, chemical treatment brought convex vitreous structures to the surface of one of the iron balls, baffling metallurgists, as did the X-rays revealing that the glassy substance was pure carbon.

As studies showed, the UFO caught fire not on the ground but between one-half and one metre above ground. While burning, it rose and fell several times, eyewitnesses said. Six spots of magnetised silicic minerals were identified on the site: a sensational discovery. According to contemporary physics, magnetised silicon is as absurd as magnetised brick or wood.

Of even more interest was the sample of netting made from some unknown carbonic substance. Inside it ran quartz threads of 17-micron thickness, a gold wire in each. "High-tech-stuff-neither natural nor man-made," commented Dr. Vysotsky, a prominent chemist from Vladivostok.

Mysterious phenomena continued to occur well after the accident. The experts' blood tests showed leucocytic and thrombocytic scarcity, and structural changes in red corpuscles. The entire crew had problems with sense perception.

That was not all. When the first stage of the study was over, a photographer took photographs of the crew on Height 611. When he started to develop the film, he found it exposed.

UFOs are only a part of the unknown. To uncover the secrets means to learn more about the world and use the knowledge thus obtained for the benefit of the human race.

Advice to Patients:

The first issue of PHENOMENON tells about Nina Kiryanova, a Muscovite with unique healing capabilities. After she demonstrated her gift in the vascular surgical ward of the Sklifosovsky First-Aid Research Centre, a six-month study was started to test her techniques in hospital. The success was tremendous.

We offer you some of Nina's advice to help you with everyday troubles.

HEADACHE: Press your left palm to the back of your head, and the right to your solar plexus. Sit in this posture for ten minutes or a quarter of an hour, eyes shut.

QUINSY: Press your right palm to your throat, and the left to the back of your head. Do it several days running, fifteen to twenty minutes every time.

HEADCOLD: Your left palm covers your nose and forehead, and the right is pressed to the solar plexus. The cure will come in a quarter of an hour.

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Last update: 22 July 1998