After years of researching UFOs, Phoenix resident Shane Hurd thinks the research may finally be entering what he hopes is a “golden age.”

“The taboo … is lifting and the government is taking it seriously,” says Hurd, the assistant director of the Arizona Mutual UFO Network. “And as I said, I think we’re even in a little bit of a golden age where we stand a real possibility of getting some very meaningful information from the government and … from scientists.”

Hurd and other researchers are encouraged by the federal government’s recent interest in explaining Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena – the new name for what used to be called UFOs.

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