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4 Mar 2010
Ostrich Eggs and Symbolic Writing

Science News March 2nd (www.sciencenews.org id 56807) ... a cache of ostrich shells have been found in South Africa with geometric designs engraved on them. They go back 60,000 years, it is said, and some experts are saying they represent evidence that humans at this time were capable of creating symbolic signs = a rudimentary language. This is surprising as we are talking about hunter-gatherers, probably related to the San people.

6 Mar 2010
YD Boundary Event Updates

New Scientist 204-2734 November 14th 2009 page 10 ... Kate Revilous claimed a mud core from the bottom of Lough Monreagh in western Ireland shows that the Younger Dryas event was so quick that very cold conditions set in within less than a year - possibly within weeks.

6 Mar 2010
The River Eem

The Herholz Centre for Environmental Research (see http://www.alphagalileo.org ) March 3rd ... the Eemian Interglacial between 126,000 and 115,000 years ago is named after the river Eem in the Netherlands. It was followed by a glacial period that came to an end 15,000 years ago, known as the Weichselian after the Polish river Weichsel. At it's peak some 21,000 years ago it's glaciers stretched as far south as Berlin (or nearly so). Researchers have studied lake sediments to reconstruct the climate history of the Eemian.

6 Mar 2010
Akhenaten Mummy

News from the Valley of the Kings (see http://kv64.info ) March 2nd ... a week or so ago Zahi Hawass claimed the mummy in Kv55 is 'probably' Akhenaten. The media accepted this attribution as a fact but this article disagrees - and says the mummy in Kv55 was not Akhenaten. She draws on the personal relationships between the last members of dynasty 18 and the role of Ay, a brief successor to Tutankhamun. Velikovsky, of course, saw some strange relationships among the final few kings, is his book Oedipus and Akhenaten.

6 Mar 2010
Fossil Coral, Spirits in the Sand, and Lakes in the Sahara

Science Daily March 2nd http://www.sciencedaily.com id100301182106 ... fossil coral a half a million years of age seems to show reefs are quite capable of withstanding stress imposed by global warming - or freezing. Reef ecosystems appear to have persisted through massive environmental changes imposed by sharply falling sea levels during previous Ice Ages. Eight reefs on Papua New Guinea show they survived from Ice Age to Ice Age (and the warming between).

6 Mar 2010
Volcanic Lightning, ice on the moon, and ice on Mars.

www.dailygalaxy.com March 2nd ... Daily Galaxy often have an 'image of the day' - on this post it is volcanic lightning (from a volcano that erupted in southern Chile in 2008). Electrical storms directly above erupting volcanoes are well documented phenomena but scientists can't agree on what causes them. There are three images that can be downloaded to your computer - and the source of the phots is given as http://www.thunderbolts.info (2005)

6 Mar 2010
Asteroid strike at K/T boundary

Science Daily March 1st (www.sciencedaily.com id100301102805) an asteroid strike at the K/T boundary may account for geographic uneveness of the extinctions and recovery according to research by Penn State University geoscientists. At the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary 93 per cent of nanno plankton became extinct - and these are basic to the ocean food chain. The highest rate of extinction was in the northern hemisphere with decreasing levels in the southern hemisphere.

6 Mar 2010
Thunderbolts

www.thunderbolts.info February 25th ... Mel Acheson claims that during the Ice Age the ice occurred in a ring around the North Pole, quoting Dwardu Cardona and his book, Primordial Star. He correlates such a ring with a ring of aurora. The article doesn't supply any evidence to substantiate this claim or any source that might be checked out - which is unfortunate. Maybe Cardona has references but the thunderbolts article did not.

6 Mar 2010
Human Brains

www.physorg.com id186830615 March 3rd ... free will is apparently an illusion. We are simply conscious machines controlled by a combination of our chemistry and external environmental forces. The human brain operates at the conscious level - and the unconscious. It's our conscious mind that makes us aware of our actions and provides us with the sense we control them - yet without the conscious our brains are still capable of inducing our bodies to act.

6 Mar 2010
Utah in Space

www.jpl.nasa.gov March 4th ... planetary scientists have been puzzled for years about the honeycomb patterns and flat valleys with squiggly edges evident from radar images of Saturn's moon, Titan. Now, it is recognised, the terrain is very similar to that of karst topography on earth - in Utah for example, or China and Indonesia (Cassini spacecraft data).