Another year is winding down, and as we look back on 2017, we take time to revisit some of the great discoveries of the last twelve months. But first, in the way of New Year’s traditions, did you know that some superstitions hold that you should never feast on any creature that crawls backward on the New Year? This and other odd traditions are outlined, before turning our attention to the continuing interest in the Pentagon’s secret UFO program, as discussed on last week’s program. Specifically, what does the scientific community have to say about this? Neil DeGrass Tyson has been among those that have chimed in, which we examine along with other arguments about the phenomenon… and in at least one case, what one writer still sees as the lack thereof.
Then in hour two, we turn our attention to a few views from our listeners before surveying some of the big stories of the year, which range from the discovery of the Cerutti Mastodon site, to discoveries in Egypt that shed new light on old discoveries. Of particular interest as far as ancient archaeology goes, a paper co-authored by Boston University geologist Robert Schoch and researcher Robert Bauval, which suggests hieroglyphic evidence for an earlier existence of the Egyptian Sphinx. We revisit some commentary on this, and other subjects from Bauval and Schoch, as well as other great discoveries from 2017 that shed light on new things about our ancient past.