Andy Thomas writes in the Swirled News website that special manmade crop circle formations will be produced for the upcoming Hollywood film ?Signs,? starring Mel Gibson and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, who made ?The Sixth Sense.? The film will open in the U.S. in the summer of 2002.

In its February 2002 issue (no. 152), the English magazine ?Empire? has a photo of Mel Gibson standing in a field of corn and says, ?Disney may (or may not) be hyping the flick by planting fake crop circles in South Africa.? In the newspaper ?USA Today,? Shyamalan says, ?We actually made them all in the fields — we contracted out to some guys a couple of galaxies away.?
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Every year in The Netherlands 20 to100 crop circles mysteriously appear in wheat fields. They remain a mystery, but new research, reported in the scientific journal Physiologia Plantarum, may help clear up their origins.

Dr. Eltjo Haselhoff is the author of the article. He?s a physicist and also a member of the Dutch Center for Crop Circle Studies (DCCCS), who looks into the phenomenon in his spare time.
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Two unusual crop formations have appeared in a field near a British radio telescope. One of them is a schematic similar to an image transmitted by the Arecibo radio telescope in 1974.

The broadcast consisted of a transmission of a pictorial message, which has been approximated in one of the two crop formations. The transmission was beamed toward the globular star cluster M13. The cluster is 21,000 light years from earth, and is located near the edge of our galaxy. It contains approximately 300,000 stars. The broadcast used Arecibo’s megawatt transmitter and its 305 meter antenna. It was the equivalent of a twenty trillion watt wide broadcast, but was focused on a very narrow area of the sky.
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