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Scientists say some reports of UFOs warrant further study

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The first independent scientific review of purported UFO sightings in almost 30 years has concluded that some unexplained physical evidence warrants serious scientific study, the Washington Post reported Monday.

The study by an international panel emphasized that it had found no convincing evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence or any violation of natural laws, the Post said.But the panel cited cases of intriguing and inexplicable details such as burns to witnesses, radar detection of mysterious objects, strange lights appearing repeatedly in the skies over certain places, aberrations in the workings of automobiles and radiation and other damage found in vegetation.

The 50-page review was being released in a publication of the Society for Scientific Exploration. The society was established by Peter Sturrock of Stanford University, who directed the inquiry.

The survey asserted that the scientific community might learn something worthwhile if it overcame a fear of ridicule associated with the topic and got some funding for targeted research, the paper said.

"It may be valuable to carefully evaluate UFO reports to extract information about unusual phenomena currently unknown to science," it quoted the report as saying.

The Sturrock group said that thanks to strides in understanding and technical capabilities, chances of significant understanding were greater now than 30 years ago when the Air Force and the Central Intelligence Agency supported a two-year investigation. That 1968 report concluded that "further extensive study of UFOs probably cannot be justified in the expectation that science will be advanced."