The Roundup: USAF Project Blue Book termination anniversary news extras

Did aliens foretell today's news from Nvidia, LG, Microsoft, Epic Games, and Ubisoft?

Not a UFO

On this day in 1969, the US Air Force officially closed Project Blue Book. The project, established in 1947, was of great interest to sci-fi lovers as it sought to make sense of the thousands of UFO sightings reported by folk from all territories of the USA.

Three key findings from the Condon Report, begun in 1966, precipitated the Blue Book termination. The main conclusions of the Condon Report were as follows:

  1. No UFO reported, investigated, and evaluated by the Air Force was ever an indication of threat to our national security;
  2. There was no evidence submitted to or discovered by the Air Force that sightings categorized as “unidentified” represented technological developments or principles beyond the range of modern scientific knowledge; and
  3. There was no evidence indicating that sightings categorized as “unidentified” were extraterrestrial vehicles.

Project Blue book collected 12,618 UFO reports between the late 1940s and its termination in 1969. In its own termination summary, it asserted that most UFO reports were due to a mix of mass hysteria, attention seekers, psychopathological persons, and misidentification of conventional objects.

PC-related news

  • 12th Gen Intel Core PCI Express 5.0 Explained (video explainer)
  • 2022 LG UltraFine OLED Pro monitors for creatives set new standard for picture quality
  • Asus showcases the TUF Gaming M4 Air
  • Windows 11: Microsoft moves uninstalling apps from Control Panel to Modern Settings
  • Nvidia’s $200-a-year RTX 3080 in the cloud has ditched the waitlist
  • This M.2 SSD Cooler will blow you away
  • Asus reveals some of its TUF gaming laptop durability tests
  • Asus ROG “Nothing Is Impossible,” video trailer for CES 2022 has been released
  • AMD asks – How much does my CPU choice actually matter? (see AMD Epyc CPU video embedded below)

Gaming news

  • Shenmue III is free on Epic Games Store for today only – please hurry
  • The Epic Games Holiday Sale begins with the return of the Holiday Coupon – $10 off any game of $14.99 or more
  • Stalker 2 will no longer have anything NFT-related
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is now available with ray-traced reflections and Nvidia DLSS, boosting performance by up to 2X
  • If you haven’t used your Ubisoft account in a while, the publisher might nuke your account for being inactive
  • Nvidia shares ARC Raiders Reveal and Gameplay Trailer

Other tech news

  • Nvidia to Bring AI to Energy Grid
  • Samsung showcases its Neo QLED Gaming TV
  • MEPs back limits on Big Tech’s ability to set self-serving defaults
  • After 21 years, Google Toolbar is finally gone, so we installed it one last time