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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 24, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, October 24, 1973-THE LETHBHIDOE HEBALO-39 'Hole' theory advanced LONDON (Reuter) What on earth could flatten trees in Siberia with a mighty bang but leave not even a crater' The question has bothered scientists since the explosion occurred on the night of June 30, 1908. A meteorite would surely have left a big crater Theories have ranged from the bizarre to the ridiculous One was that the blast re- sulted from the aerial de- struction of a nuclear-pow- ered spaceship from another civilization. Rubbish, say the Russians. And that is also likely to be their response to the latest theory from two U.S. scien- tists. The Americans say they believe the forest was de- stroyed by one of those mys- terious "black holes" from outer space plunging clean through the earth and out the other side The "black hole" theory may sound as far-out as the alien spaceship idea, but sci- entists A. A. Jackson and Michel P Ryan, writing to Nature magazine from the University of Texas centre for relativity theory, produced some persuasive evidence A black hole, according to no one has yet positively located what results when a star runs out of nuclear energy. Instead of exploding, as with an ex- cess of energy, it falls in on itself. Its collapsing atoms become smaller and smaller and more and more dense. So great is the gravity of these black holes that any- thing within reach, including light, is sucked in and swal- lowed What happens to this trapped matter then is really beyond the understanding even of the theorists. The whole thing springs from Einstein's theory of relativity. Jackson and Ryan advance the argument that the black hole which struck Siberia in 1908 had condensed to the point where it was no bigger than a speck of dust but weighed many millions of tons. It might have swallowed up the earth had it not been trav- at "escape speed in excess of miles an hour, enough to break away from the earth's orbit. RUSSIANS DIFFER This speed, the Americans say. meant that it simply drilled right through the earth, gobbling up a min- imum of matter en route, and shot out the other side in the North Atlantic somewhere be- tween the Azores and New- foundland. They calculate that one ef- fect of such an event would be to cause a great column of blue light at the point where the black hole entered the earth And they note that this is precisely what eye- witnesses reported seeing at the time What's more, the sort of temperatures it would gener- ate would cause the scorching found on trees at the centre of the Siberian impact And there would be no cra- ter Just a pin-prick But the Russians have some ideas of their own While still referring to the event as "the tungus they ad- mit that no known meteorite could cause that much sheer destruction for 20 miles in all directions But supposing it was the core of a comet, the so-called comet head, which exploded in the air before striking the ground0 That was the theory which a team of scientists set out to test last year And in a report which goes without comment by the Americans, they said their findings confirmed it was in- deed an exploding comet head In the words of Novosti. a Soviet news agency, they "found concomitant (accom- panying) substances which appear as a result of an ex- plosion of comet nuclei and consist of frozen gas and cos- rriic dust RECOVER PAINTINGS VENICE (Reuter) Police recovered six stolen 13th cen- tury Byzantine paintings Tuesday The paintings, described by experts as of "inestimable value." were found wrapped in sacks in an empty cottage beside a canal near Mestre. a city on the mainland opposite Venice On the home stretch Premier Robert Bourassa is seen here in a throng of Liberal party supporters as he campaigned in the Quebec City area. There is less than one week left in the Quebec provincial election campaign with the vote scheduled for next Monday, Oct. 29. PIONEER VILLAGE FOUNDED WILLINGDON, Alta. (CP) Residents of the Willingdon area took a giant step into the past 23 years ago when they founded the Shandro Settle- ment Historical Village. Located six miles north of Willingdon, 75 miles northeast of Edmonton, the village is a collection of original buildings and pioneer items from about 1900. It preserves reminders of the pioneer days, containing houses, an old railway station, a stone baking oven, and a ferry that plied the North Saskatchewan River Volunteers have recreated a sod type of primitive dwelling which some early settlers called home Complete down to the last details, with racks of early clothing and costumes, knick- knacks, documents and old farm machinery, the village is supervised by Wasyl (Bill) Zazula. Mr Zazula, whose farm ad- joins the museum property, is the volunteer manager and caretaker of the historical vil- lage Describing himself as being retired from active supervised the hauling in and restoration of the village's buildings and artifacts. Mr. Zazula also keeps track of the 170 members of the mu- seum society and will sell a membership at the drop of a hat Much of the village's fi- nancing depends on these membership fees, as well as cash contributions and donations SMALLEST MOSS The smallest species of moss is the pygmy moss. THIS SATURDAY IN WEEKEND MAGAZINE The new computer programs are fabulous, but... when it comes to decision-making hu- mans are still better than computers. In Weekend Magazine this Saturday, writer Norman Hartley tells how to improve your own decision-making. Hot Dogging A startling new twist in competitive skiing is shown in a colorful spread by Toby Rankin and Deborah Shackleton, and explained by Andy O'Brien who visited Whistler Mountain, B.C. Val Clery writes about Sandy Best who is importing and breeding some of the world's most exotic pedigreed cattle on Prince Edward Island. Susan Carson shares some-of the amusing and not-so- amusing incidents of her pregnancy. Margo Oliver brings you salmon recipes from around the world. The Lethbridcic Herald Never Before At This Low Price! Doubleknit Acrylic Pants IS JUNIOR BflZRfiR" Only .99 pr. The today pant at a low price! Junior Bazaar's best sellers. You'll look great in man- tailored pants of 100% acrylic jersey doubleknit. Meticulously crafted with tab closed 2 inch waistband and 2 slash pockets. Choose from 3 smashing colors (navy, grey and camel) that match anything in your wardrobe. Machine Junior sizes 5 to 15 Sears .V.II 1P34 "'S ICICtfiN SHOPPTB IOO It HI 10US TOUN Need it now? Get it now with a Sears AII-Purpose Account at Simpsons-Sears you get the finest guarantee satisfaction or money refunded and free delivery Simpsons-Sears Ltd. 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