Element 115 in popular culture

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Element 115 in popular culture is a nominal reference to the Element 115, also called Ununpentium, and a theme in particular explored by conspiracy theorists, which in turn are regarded by some critics as allegations derived from vague substance and a lack of scientific knowledge on the part of these theorists.<ref name="Simpson">Paul Simpson, That's What They Want You to Think: Conspiracies Real, Possible, and Paranoid, Zenith Press 2012. p 154. ASIN B007HM5LA8.</ref> Nonetheless persist accounts relating this element to the purported propulsion of UFO’s. Whereas for instance comes in the claim of the disclosure of secret studies such as a sketch showing mathematical equations for the Element 115 which denote its supposed use as driving force for interstellar ships.<ref name="Romanek">Stan Romanek, Messages: The World's Most Documented Extraterrestrial Contact Story, Llewellyn Publications 2009. ISBN 0738715263.</ref>

Other theories and claims

A concept grounded in some of these allegations is the use of the Element 115 not for the "usual" nullification of gravity that would allow the lift for many supposed alien crafts but a system that amplifies the gravity. That is, at the central core of the ship would be a device supplied with a kind of plates made of "Element 115" that discharge a stream of antimatter particles in which they fold the time and space in the direction ahead of the vehicle, thus conveying instantaneous shift across the universe.<ref name="Simpson"/><ref name="Koerner">David Koerner, Simon LeVay, Here Be Dragons: The Scientific Quest for Extraterrestrial Life, Oxford University Press 2001. p 186. ISBN 019514600X.</ref><ref name="Picknett">Lynn Picknett, The Mammoth Book of UFOs, Running Press 2001. ISBN 078670800X.</ref>

Behind similar ideas like these was for instance Bob Lazar, who claimed to have worked decades ago as engineer in secret facilities and also have seen alien disks in the Papoose Lake area being tested-flying by military pilots. However along the time the Lazar's credibility suffered a number of setbacks. Few months after his statements in a television interview he was convicted on a pandering charge, and some public attempts to verify his claimed master's degrees from Caltech and MIT, failed. Besides his reports of installations at Area 51 didn’t match with the descriptions made by people who supposedly worked there.<ref name="Simpson"/><ref name="Koerner"/>

Lazar defended himself saying that people who work in those secret facilities are usually submitted to brainwashing, and that situation was product of a conspiracy at him directed in which his academic records were erased. According to Lazar, in 1982 he worked on particle beam weapons for the Strategic Defense Initiative (Star Wars program) for the Weapons Division of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. However soon after those first public statements of Lazar, Los Alamos denied that he had ever employed there. But once was exposed their internal telephone directory in which portrayed Lazar's name, the Laboratory then briefed a note addressing that Lazar had only worked on "non-sensitive" projects.<ref name="Picknett"/>

From 1988 to 1989, Lazar stated, with the support of the physicist Dr. Edward Teller he managed to work at the Groom Lake facility known as Sector Four (S-4), where he spent six or seven days per week in underground hangars. Lazar affirmed that he was granted with a security badge bearing the code "MAJ", also that the project used money from "black budget", and that Congress and the President were unaware of its existence. While there purportedly he was acquainted with information that the United States had in hand several intact UFOs and was shown to him one of the crafts which was powered by an "antimatter reactor" utilizing a new and stable (non subject to decay) element called Element 115.<ref name="Simpson"/><ref name="Koerner"/><ref name="Picknett"/>

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