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24 Oct 2014
Pucuncho

At http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/10/141023-paleo-indians-mig... ... early Americans were in a remote oasis high in the Andes, 14,000 feet above sea level, as recently as 12,800 years ago. Most of us would not raise an eyebrow over this but apparently archaeologists are surprised by this. Okay, people were on the coast, migrating southwards, reaching the tip of S America as early as 14,500 years ago. What then is so surprising.

24 Oct 2014
sun spot the size of Jupiter

At http://spaceweather.com (scroll down to October 22nd) is reporting on a sun spot that is reputed to be as big as the planet Jupiter - which is very big. The same story pops up and http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/10/22/solar-flare-danger-massive-sunspot... ... where the comments are their usual knowledgeable kind and we learn that although the size of this sun spot is remarkable as far as the current sun cycle is concerned, historically it is no big deal.

24 Oct 2014
Skeptical about Skeptics

American spelling above derives from a new web site at www.skepticalaboutskeptics.org which has been set up to try and counter so called sceptics. As noted before, internet sceptics are not sceptical of consensus science - instead, they are sceptical of novel ideas and new science. Most so called sceptics are out there for one reason only, to suppress science they do not personally like, or which counters the mainstream point of view. In contrast, this web site is not in cyberspace to slap the academics on the back - it is out there for one reason, to give a platform for new ideas.

23 Oct 2014
Karakorum glaciers

At http://phys.org/print332409057.html ... a computer simulation has been used to try and explain why glaciers in the Karakorum are not melting - the paper can be viewed at  Nature Geoscience (Oct 2014). However, it begins with a casual throw away line, 'as most everyone knows by now, the planet is warming, and because of that glaciers across the globe are melting '''... which is a complete untruth.

19 Oct 2014
a crack in N America, some Australian volcanoes, and an ancient mountain formation that has disappeared into dust, apart from the roots (a bit like a broken tooth).

At http://phys.org/print332685617.html ... there is apparently a mid continent Rift across the Mid West, some 2000 miles in length, running from Lake Superior south as far as Oklahoma and Alabama. However, it is unseen - as it is now underground. Geologists say it began as a narrow crack in the crust which was subsequently enlarged by the welling up of volcanic rock, and somewhat later, further intrusions of igneous rocks buried the feature.

19 Oct 2014
Comets and Meteors

More down to Earth but up in the sky, go to http://spaceweather.com October 17th looks forwards to Sunday when the green comet (below) approaches Mars in what is thought

19 Oct 2014
Ness of Brodgar and the Big Cow

At www.popular-archaeology.com/issue/fall-09012014/article/archaeologists-m... ... namely, they have dug up the remains of an aurochs, a prehistoric ancestor of modern cattle which roamed in the wild across Europe.

Meanwhile, in Israel archaeologists have discovered a Canaanite cult centre at Tel Burna - see http://phys.org/print332660453.html. It is thought to be a cult site dedicated to Baal, or perhaps, Anat. It measures 52 feet by 52 feet and there is evidence of animal sacrifices.

18 Oct 2014
Fatty diets

At www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRe9z32NZHY#t=1775 ... and http://notrickszone.com/2014/10/17/how-many-millions-more-do-governments... ... might interest some people in the way that science consensus can be wrong (or may be wrong to be more truthful). Readers will have to make up their own minds. I believe in lots of exercise and eating what you fancy.

18 Oct 2014
Bermuda Triangle

We haven't heard a lot from this bit of alarmism for awhile but www.livescience.com/48290-siberian-holes-bermuda-triangle-mystery.html ... where it seems several mysterious craters that have mysteriously appeared in Siberia are being used to explain the hype surrounding the Bermuda Triangle. Explosions of trapped methane gas are thought to account for the Siberian craters - but this should not be thought as a given, but a hypothesis.

18 Oct 2014
Dust Bowl, Miocene oddity

At http://phys.org/print332601657.html ... the discussion here is the dust bowl of the 1930s - a period where temperatures matched those of the 1990s. It was essentially a prolonged period of dry weather in a particular part of N America. The question is - are there any similarities with modern weather patterns?