A Stanford professor has revealed that he has studied materials from Unidentified Arial Phenomenon (UAP) events, several of which seem to not be “playing by our rules”.
You may not have heard of Professor Garry Nolan, but if you’re aware of the “Atacama Alien” you’ve probably come across his work. In 2003, in an abandoned mining town in the middle of Chile’s Atacama desert, the remains of a 15-centimeter (6-inch) humanoid skeleton was found, and then quickly sold to a private collector in Spain. Over the years, various people claimed that the skeleton was not human, but that of an alien.
Though this wasn’t taken seriously by anyone outside of YouTube, it wasn’t known exactly what the skeleton – known as Ata – actually was, until Nolan and his colleagues at the University of California in San Francisco studied its DNA. To the annoyance of alien fans, they found Ata to be a female fetus of South American descent, who likely had severe genetic mutations that caused her to have the bone composition of a 6-year-old. The 2 percent of Ata’s DNA that was unmatchable with human DNA was likely due to degradation of the sample, rather than anything E.T. going on.
After debunking the Atacama alien, Nolan gained a reputation and was soon approached by various American government agencies and aeronautic corporations that had weird objects, known professionally as UAPs but to everyone else as UFOs, (and sometimes brain scans) that need looking at. Some objects, he revealed in a recent interview with VICE, are especially inexplicable, with two of the 12 UAP fragments he’s analyzed “not playing by our rules”.
“Let’s say we don’t have transistors today and one of these objects throws out a lot of germanium doped with other elements, or, you know, these little transistors,” he told Vice. “We would have no idea of the function, and wonder ‘why would someone put germanium arrays with these weird impurities in them… what is this?’”
Nolan told Vice that the government often keeps records of rare or unique medical cases and analyzes them later when enough similar cases have come in to provide leads. Of course, just because the feds are gathering information on mysterious phenomena doesn’t mean there isn’t a perfectly reasonable explanation for them.
“Some of the objects are nondescript, and just lumps of metal. Mostly, there’s nothing unusual about them except that everywhere you look in the metal, the composition is different, which is odd,” he told VICE.
“The common thing about all the materials that I’ve looked at so far, and there’s about a dozen, is that almost none of them are uniform. They’re all these hodgepodge mixtures. Each individual case will be composed of a similar set of elements, but they will be inhomogeneous.”
One of the specimens he analyzed was an unusual piece of magnesium said to be found at an air crash site in Brazil in 1957 (known in UFO circles as the Ubatuba event). When he analyzed two separate samples from the same event, they were wildly different.
The first “had perfectly correct isotope ratios for what you would expect for magnesium found anywhere on Earth. Meanwhile, the other one was just way off. Like 30 percent off the ratios.”
While that’s odd, he explains that it is possible (at great expense) to alter isotope ratios of magnesium. It’s just not clear why you would do that, in a sample that appears to be genuinely from the 1950s, and wouldn’t be analyzed properly for 70 years.