Independent researcher Lewis Hollander of Redmond, Oregon, reports the observation of an anomalous weight gain in deceased sheep shortly after the moment of their death in the Journal of Scientific Exploration.

"Twelve animals (one ram, seven ewes, three lambs and one goat) were studied," Hollander explains. "At  the moment of death an unexplained weight gain transient of 18 to 780 grams for 1 to 6 seconds was observed with seven adult sheep but not with the lambs or goat. 

"The transients occurred in a quiet time at the moment of death when all breathing and movement had ceased. These transient gains are anomalous in that there is no compensating weight loss as required by Newton's Third Law. There was no permanent weight change at death." 

These dynamic weight measurements may be worthy of  further investigation, Hollander suggests. 

Lewis E. Hollander, Jr., P.O. Box 100, Redmond, OR 97756 
Journal of Scientific Exploration

Science or Pseudoscience: Magnetic Healing, Psychic Phenomena, and Other Heterodoxies
by Henry H. Bauer, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry & Science Studies, Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
Univ of Illinois Press, 2001

As science progresses, anomalies inevitably arise -- phenomena that mainstream science has difficulty explaining and that sometimes run distinctly counter to established beliefs.

In this well-reasoned survey of the borderland regions of science, Henry Bauer shows that while many anomalous claims have proven spurious, some phenomena that most scientists scoffed at turned out to be geniune, like ball lightning and meteorites.

According to Bauer, science has progressed largely because of the recurrence of anomalies and the willingness of investigators to pursue unpopular areas of inquiry.

"Science as a whole can benefit from serious anomalistics, if only through making clearer in which areas our knowledge remains notably incomplete," he explains. 

"Scientists and students of science know the truth of the aphorism that it is less important for science to find answers than to find the right questions to ask. Anomalistics, through its persistent attention to what science does not yet know, offers a rich collections of intriguing questions."