It all began when agents of the government approached him. Scientist and doctor Gary Nolan was given a mission: to look into materials from an alleged UFO and study them. The reason behind the request? They needed Nolan to “help them understand the medical harm that had come to some individuals, related to supposed interactions with an anomalous craft.”
Though bizarre, and definitely Men In Black-ish, this initial inquiry sparked a lifelong career for Nolan, who is now studying UFO debris full time in a Stanford University lab. The mysterious metals date back to sightings of UFO’s in the 1940s. On several occasions, metal was leftover and collected near sight spots. The metals appear to be unlike anything the U.S. military or government admits to developing.
“You can think of it as almost like investigative forensics,” Nolan explained. “Somebody claims something happened or didn’t happen. And so you use whatever psychological or scientific means to investigate and document the case.
While Nolan received some flack for his studies (we can imagine a few Fox Mulder jokes throughout the years) the Department of Defense recently gave some credence to UFO-related studies. There have been many sightings throughout the years about unexplained phenomena.
“In the case of Trinity, two boys got into what they claimed is a craft and took a piece of it. And they’ve kept it since 1945,” Nolan said.
“I come to it with no preconceptions. I come to it with, well, here’s how you do the analysis. Am I the best person to do the analysis? No. Absent an actual metallurgist stepping in, I’m willing to do the groundwork, to get preliminary results that might interest a sufficiently expert metallurgist to go the next step.”
How the UFOs Are Being Studied
In a process called Multiplexed Ion Beam Imaging (MIBI), Nolan is able to study the metal materials and determine if they are similar to any metals used in regular aircraft. He does this by looking at the atomic structure of the material. His conclusion? The make-up of the metals are unlike anything else.
“If you’re talking about an advanced material from an advanced civilization you’re talking about something that I’ll just call an ultra material,” said Nolan. “It’s something which has properties where somebody is putting it together again at the atomic scale. We’re building our world with 80 elements, somebody else is building the world with 253 different isotopes.”
In other words, science is super cool.
Further, this is something Nolan believes we should all be talking about – not as some sort of stigma we should avoid. However, there are the conspiracy theorists sitting at home with tinfoil around their heads so the aliens can’t read their thoughts. But you can’t argue with the science behind Nolan’s studies.
“It’s interesting that suddenly in the last year this has come to national attention. We train these pilots for tens of millions of dollars, and we entrust them with multimillion dollar pieces of equipment. Now people are coming to me who kind of giggled in the past, and they’re saying, ‘Garry, it looks like you might have been right. I’m really interested in this. Can you tell me more?’ It’s a little bit more open now, and that’s a good thing. And if it is disproven, ultimately, I’m perfectly fine with that.”