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13 Apr 2010
Electricity in Clouds

At http://sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/59172 April 11th ... it is thought ash particles generated lightning storms when Mount Rinjani in Indonesia erupted in 1995. Now, this idea is being expanded in a Nature Physics paper to suggest colliding dust grains charge each other to create electricity.

13 Apr 2010
Gulf dry and wide

At www.gulf-times.com April 11th there is a story in which a team of archaeologists from Birmingham University (who pioneered research on the North Sea bottom) have been in Qatar and looking at the sea floor of the Gulf (in conjunction with the Qatar Natural History Museum). They have been able to demonstrate how the Gulf has changed during the last ten thousand years as a result of sea level rise. During the Ice Age the peninsular of Qatar was part of a huge plain stretching all the way across to Iran - broken just by a couple of fresh water lakes.

13 Apr 2010
Accessible Articles via links on Cosmic Tusk

At www.cosmictusk.com April 9th ... there is an article on the YD boundary event and it's impact on Arizona, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Many sites in Arizona have evidence of the Clovis culture which apparently thrived in the centuries immediately before the Younger Dryas period. A raft of large animals became extinct at the boundary, the dividing line being a thin black layer in the geology (they are below but not above the black layer).

14 Apr 2010
YD impact; increasingly looks unlikely - or does it?

Starting on a positive note but with no idea if he is describing reality or not, we may begin with http://craterhunter.wordpress.com April 10th and a post with the title (see right hand menu on web page) 'The North East impact zone and the destruction of the Laurentide ice sheet' ...

15 Apr 2010
Abraham's Covenant

Science Daily April 13th (see also www.examiner.com ) ... Canadian archaeologists have unearthed an ancient treaty that could have served as a model for the Biblical description of God's covenant with the Israelites. The tablet dates to 670BC - roughly  just prior to the time the Bible is supposed to have been written.

15 Apr 2010
The Nine Stones of Cut Hill

At www.newscientist.com 2756 April 14th ... the story of the Nine recumbent stones found on Cut Hill in a remote area of Dartmoor, as mentioned a few days ago, is worth revisiting. They point out that Cut Hill is the most spectacular promontory in the area and when the stones were laid down it was open heath surrounded by woodland - quite unlike the modern wet and miserable climate. It rains an awful lot on Darmoor - and is famed for it's quickly descending mist and fog.

16 Apr 2010
Black Holes, Sprites, Solar Flares and Interstellar Water

At www.physorg.com/print190485260.html ... research has found natural particle accelerators can be formed by lightning storms. When intense lightning discharges in thunderstorms coincide with high energy particles (cosmic rays) coming in from space nature forms a giant particle accelerator above the clouds - stripping electrons from air molecules. He is referring to lightning discharges above thunderstorms - known as sprites (see below).

18 Apr 2010
Dark Matter Doubts

At www.physorg>com/print190631146 ... astrophysicists are looking everywhere for dark matter - inside the Large Hadron Collider, in deep mines, and way out in space, but evidence of dark matter cannot yet be found. It is claimed it makes up a quarter of the energy density of the universe. Current models and simulations cannot acount for the excess in positrons being observed - on the satellite experiment of PAMELA for instance.

18 Apr 2010
Black Holes

Daily Galaxy April 16th (www.dailygalaxy.com) ... does our universe exist in a black hole? Cosmic string theorists, it is alleged, have suggested the whole universe may exist in a black hole. In their view the pre-Big Bang universe is vast, infinite, and stretches indefinitely backwards in time. They think the universe might be destroyed on a regular basis - it's space time twisted into black holes.

18 Apr 2010
Dating anomalies

Science News (www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id58346 ) April 16th ... new age estimates for Homo erectus fossils from Java have produced puzzling results. Anthrolopologists thought Homo erectus had survived on Java until 30,000 years ago - but the new dating method indicates they died out much earlier. The difference is due to the application of differing dating methodologies.