Dec 14, 2021 I Paul Seaburn

Scientist Studies UFO Materials and Analyzes Brains of People with UFO Encounters

While the U.S. government is attempting to pass legislation to develop a UFO/UAP department in the Pentagon, with one of its responsibilities being to reverse-engineer crashed or captured unidentified aerial phenomena, a professor at California’s Stanford University claims he’s already been studying UAP materials for year. Not only that, he’s done extensive research on the brains of people who have had UFO encounters and has some interesting insights … and he’s the researcher who proved the famous 6-inch Atacama skeleton was not an alien but a premature human.

“It was on the front page of just about every major newspaper. What's more appealing or clickbait than ‘Stanford professor sequences alien baby’?”

Well, we hope Dr. Gary Nolan’s current research is not ‘clickbait’ but actual analysis of UFO materials and humans (including military pilots) claiming to have UFO encounters … some of whom suffered serious health issues as a result and a few who died. In a wide-ranging interview with Vice’s Motherboard, Dr. Nolan starts by revealing that after his review of the Atacama ‘alien’, he was contacted by the CIA to analyze about 100 patients, mostly "defense or governmental personnel or people working in the aerospace industry," who had UFO encounters.

“A reasonable subset of them had claimed to have seen UAPs and some claimed to be close to things that got them sick. Let me show you the MRIs of the brains of some of these people.”

The MRIs (some can be seen here) revealed damage in the middle of the basal ganglia – an area responsible for motor control and other core brain functions … including intuition. Nolan said the damage should have killed these people, yet they were alive. He obtained MRIs of some prior to their encounters and they had the damage, so they were most likely born with it.

“These are all so called high-functioning people. They're pilots who are making split second decisions, intelligence officers in the field, etc."

Nolan compared these injuries to those who suffered from Havana syndrome, but in this case a quarter of them died after their UFO exposure. One of the patients had their encounter on the Skinwalker Ranch and their brain damage was so extensive, Nolan attributed it not to a UAP but a weapon or a massive electric transformer. Nolan resisted offering private thoughts or conclusions on what these patients were suffering from. However, he was more open when the questions turned to UAP materials.

“One of the materials from the so called Ubatuba event [a UAP event in Brazil], has extraordinarily altered isotope ratios of magnesium. It was interesting because another piece from the same event was analyzed in the same instrument at the same time. This is an extraordinarily sensitive instrument called a nanoSIMS - Secondary Ion Mass Spec. It 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. The problem is there's no good reason humans have for altering the isotope ratios of a simple metal like magnesium.”

The Ubatuba event occurred in 1957 – a 30-pound object fell from the sky and was thought to be magnesium. If it came from a spaceship, Nolan wonders why it was dropped. Was it having problems? Did it need to shed weight? Was it a fuel that was spent? Nolan says he’s analyzed 10 or 12 similar objects from UFO encounters and found that “two seem to be not playing by our rules.” What that means is “they have altered isotope ratios” that can’t be explained by conventional means.

Could humans be altering the isotopes in these strange objects for unknown purposes? Nolon speculates that is possible, but proving it requires getting down to the atomic level – possibly with a super quantum interference device (SQUID) – but neither his budget nor the budgets of the groups analyzing UFO/UAP encounters have that kind of funding … yet.

Let’s hope we hear more from Dr. Gary Nolan – a real scientist studying UFOs and people claiming to have UFO encounters.

Paul Seaburn

Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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