Ghost Photos: A Clear Picture
According to CBS 5’s Scott Davis ghost photos may not be picture perfect, and even some paranormal investigators agree. In a recent article Davis wrote, “So what do ghosts look like on camera?
First of all, they’re not orbs. You’ve seen photos with white or clear ‘balls’ in them. Most serious investigators dismiss these as simply specks of dust, moisture or even insects reflecting the camera flash.”
Davis even took the time to sit down with the Phoenix Area Skeptics Society’s own president and chairman Matt Londen.
“ ‘It’s fun to believe in this stuff,’ Londen said. ‘But I would guess that almost all of what people would call ghost photos can be explained by several things like photographer error- the strap gets in the way, or dust gets in the lens or the flash, or outright hoaxing, to anything else that’s more mundane than ghosts.’ ”
Ghost photography has been around just as long as cameras. In the 1800s several photographers caused quite a stir with their pictures- many of them obvious hoaxes, using double exposures and other tricks.
Davis also interviewed a member of a local group the East Valley Paranormal Society, Kale Kelly the tech manager for the group said “I always tell people when they say, ‘what’s the most important piece of equipment you can have’ and it’s your brain!”
Davis reported “Londen says it’s hard to find anything objective to measure against. ‘Let’s say I wanted to know if the picture I have of an orb is dust. I would do an experiment where I recreate that scenario- with dust- take a picture and see if it looks the same. How do you do that with a ghost? You don’t have a real ghost to compare to!’ ”
The End Isn’t Near!
A local news outlet recently reported about the supposed end of the world that is set to happen on December 21 of this year. According to the article many people believe this to be the date of the apocalypse.
“The Mayan calendar ends on December 21, 2012, so many people believe that date to be the end of days.
According to CNN , the calendar had a 5,126-year cycle, so many wonder why the ancient civilization, known for their advanced grasp on astronomy, chose this date.”
There are many problems with this view, but the most glaring is that according to Discovery News, the Mayans never predicted doomsday! “The end of a calendar cycle doesn’t mean it’s doomsday. Lacking a culture to renew the Long Count, it looks like the final cycle — the 13th bak’tun — will come to an end… and that’s about it.
All the hype surrounding marauding celestial bodies (Planet X, Nibiru, errant asteroids and comets), weird cosmic occurrences (killer solar flares and galactic alignments) and crazy Earth-shattering events (polar/geomagnetic shift), is just that, hype.
The Mayans, on the other hand, are real and their descendents are planning on having a big party on Dec. 21. It is a reason for celebration, a time to remember the last cycle of a wonderful calendar system that represents the last breath of an ancient civilization.”
Here in Phoenix you can celebrate the un-ending of the world with the Phoenix Area Skeptics Society! More details will be released as the non-doomsday draws even closer.
New Times shows Best of Phoenix Science
The Phoenix New Times recently released its 2012 Best of Phoenix issue. This time it has a “science-y” twist that is just so cool called “Scientific Phoenix.” They even created an interactive periodic table for each elemental category. Click on the picture below to see the interactive chart.
Many of the categories have a science related theme like: Best Local Sci-Fi Author, Michael Stackpoole; Best Place to See a Dinosaur, Arizona Museum of Natural History; Best Brain Surgeon, Dr. Robert Spetzler of the Barrow Neurological Institute. It also includes tips on where to go to get the Best Science Experiment on an Ice Cream Cone, which is Sub Zero Ice Cream, where they flash-freeze the dessert with liquid nitrogen. There are all sorts of cool categories that mention nerd nirvana topics like rockets, robots and outer space. Check them out!