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23 Feb 2010
Pyramids

http://www.egypttoday.com (article id=8812) ... over the last 30 years Egyptian archaeologists hav e been able to use modern technology to clear up outstanding conumdrums and refute misconceptions about their history. For example, Zahi Hawass excavated the remains of a large village where a permanent workforce of pyramid artisans lived. They also ecavated a section where a temporary workforce was housed and fed and a vast cemetery in which they were buried.

23 Feb 2010
Ape Folk

The Guardian and The Observer, soulmates in green politics, have a simlar choice of story regarding evolution of humanity. See online version at www.guardian.co.uk 21st February ... basically, it concerns the discovery 6 years ago of a small human species on an Indonesian island and this has caused all kinds of new ideas to promulgate. It is seriously being suggested that Hobbits preceded Homo Erectus in the journey Out of Africa - and went on to colonise other parts of the world.

25 Feb 2010
Dark Comets

See http://cosmictusk.com/nasa-mentions-dark-and-dead-comets-for-the-first-time-wise (or simply go to the menu on side bar of the web site) ... George Howard wonders if NASAs WISE mission which is now underway is able to confirm or refute, in part or wholly, the widely dismissed notion and theory of Bill Napier and the British NEO catastrophists.

25 Feb 2010
Palaeolithic Writing Systems - or a message from the Pleistocene

New Scientist February 17th had an article on Chauvet Cave and it's Palaeolithic art (southern France). The most famous of the paintings is the group of trotting horses, or the two rhinoceros in a bad mood, or even the depiction of wild cattle. What is generally ignored by the art critics who manage to enter the cave system are the semi circles, lines and zigzag signs marked on the same walls - they have mostly been ignored. Until now.

25 Feb 2010
Out of Africa

www.physorg.com id186064617 February 22nd ... a special issue of Current Biology is devoted to human beginnings and how genetic evidence, along with archaeological and linguistic research, is being used to bolster the Out of Africa hypothesis - the consensus view. A flavour of the articles can be guaged from an introduction by Colin Renfrew.

26 Feb 2010
Toba

http://www.bernama.com February 23rd ... newly found archaeology in India has revealed traces of human activity before the huge Toba eruption at 74,000 years ago. In fact, human activity has been preserved by uncovering the ash laid down by the volcano - in a similar fashion to Pompei. Humans were therefore in India before the Out of Africa theory assumes they left Africa - more and more problems are piling up for the accepted version of the spread of homo sapiens around the world.

26 Feb 2010
Gulf of Mexico

www.physorg.com id 186089477 February 22nd ... the Little Ice Age apparently had an affect in the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico according to research by marine geologists - deep sea sediment samples. The region cooled by 2 degrees which is completely at odds with the 0.6 degrees from broad scale climate reconstructions - and completely gives a lie to the Mann hockey stick. 

26 Feb 2010
Icy Equator

www.physorg.com id186161122 February 23rd ... some geologists think ice existed at the equator some 300 million years ago during the Palaeozoic (final stages) and research is ongoing to find out why this should be so.

26 Feb 2010
Hyder Flares

http://wattsupwiththat.com February 24th ... has a guest post that will interest members of the SIS. The subject is the Sun and an enormous magnetic filament that stretched more than one million kim from end to end - visible perhaps in amateur telescopes (but be careful with your eyes). For seven days in a row the filament hung suspended above the surface of the Sun. Charles Hyder, in 1964-7 did a doctoral thesis on these flares and has been the acknowledged expert since then. They are now known as Hyder Flares.

26 Feb 2010
Bronze Age Race Track

Irish Times, February 25th (see www.irishtimes.com id1224265140601) ...a ring fort in Tipperary has been surveyed by archaeologists and they are suggesting it may have been used to stage Bronze Age sporting contests in what was essentially an arena. Ring forts are associated in folk  tale with fairies, but the Rathnadrinna Fort is something special located as it is 3km from the Rock of Cashel - seat of the High Kings of Munster.