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18 Aug 2014
Erupting Filaments

A magnetic filament winding down the face of the Sun has been compared to a canyon of fire at August 17th. It appeared two days previously, launching a CME towards the Earth (expected to arrive on Monday). The web site has a video clip of the appearance and eruption of the filament.

18 Aug 2014
The other comet is also set to cause a stir

At ... comet Siding Spring, the other comet of interest this autumn, will pass by Mars in October, just 132,000km away - which is the equivalent of a comet passing the Earth at one third the distance away from the Moon. A spokesman is quoted, 'we hope to witness two atmospheres colliding'. Planets have atmospheres (Mars is on the thin side) but so do comets, he claims - only it is called a coma and is capable of stretching to the width of Jupiter.

18 Aug 2014
Defending the consensus model

At ... a set of tusks in a museum, once attached to a mastodon skull that was thrown overboard, ended up in the nets of fishermen from Chesapeake Bay, along with some stone tools. They have been stored away for some 40 years or so, in the dark recesses of a museum. The interesting thing about them is that the sea floor in which they were dredged up from is continental shelf that would have been dry land during the last Ice Age. It is the North American equivalent of the North Sea basin.

18 Aug 2014
Gunnar Heinsohn and the first millennium AD

Gunnar Heinsohn and Trevor Palmer are currently locked into a debate that mainly centres around the conventional version of Roman history. Palmer is on the mainstream side, producing reams of evidence in support of his position, and Heinsohn, as is his want, is lobbing the occasional hand grenade to cause a splutter or two. Now, Heinsohn's ideas have been taken up by the redoubtable Tim Cullen and he has his own variation on it all - - go to ...

18 Aug 2014
Cyprus and Peoples of the Sea

At ... there is a post taken from a 2012 article (a link to the pdf version is provided) which revolves around salt lakes near Larnaca. They have discovered evidence of drought and dry weather that lasted several generations, by analysing sediments from the lakes. The lakes were once a sea harbour - and have silted up. Hence, it seems environmental change was the trigger for the Bronze Age collapse (or that is what the authors of the research seem to think).

18 Aug 2014
Russian mission to study the high atmosphere

At ... is due to launch in 2015 and a web site in English is scheduled to record what it finds. The satellite is named after Lomonosov. He lived between 1711 and 1765 and helped establish the Moscow University in 1755. The idea is to study cosmic rays (the solar wind), gamma rays bursts, transient luminous phenomena in the upper atmosphere, and magnetospheric particles. It's all getting very exciting - are we on the verge of a paradigm shift?

18 Aug 2014
Japanese origins

At there are several interesting new postings, a flurry of activity after a long quiet period. One, 'Study reveals DNA link between ancient Peruvians and Japanese' is a story that surfaced a few months ago - but interesting from a Japanese perspective. Another, 'Ram's Horn motif on painted tomb murals of western Japan points to the identity of the immigrant groups' claims that Turkic tribes reached Japan and Korea, from central Asia, in the past. The motif first appears during the Kofun Period.

17 Aug 2014
Aurochs in Mesolithic Britain

Bones of aurochs have been found in plentiful quantities at Blick Mead (as reported a couple of weeks ago). This site was used for a long time, over 3000 years, and it seems that periodically, possibly at certain points in the calendar, aurochs were hunted down on Salisbury Plain and brought to what is now Vespasians Camp, cooked and eaten - in a grand communal feast. This may have a connection with ancient representations of the bull that go way back into the Palaeolithic period, surviving into the modern European world with such folklore and games as bull fights.

17 Aug 2014
The Glacial Nightmare and the Flood

Henry Hoyle Howorth, The Glacial Nightmare and the Flood, ISBN 9781154091298, General Books of Memphis Tennesee (2012). This is a 19th century book that has been scanned and has the odd spelling error which is no problem. It was scanned using character recognition software - which is not perfect. We have found this out at SIS when scanning past issues for our archive.

17 Aug 2014
The names of the gods

Victor Clube has an article in SIS Review V:4, 'Cometary Catastrophes and the ideas of Immanuel Velikovsky' and whilst admitting the Clube and Napier theory as outlined in 'The Cosmic Serpent' was by no means perfect and was probably strewn with gaffs of one kind or another, the basic idea that comets rather than planets were the agents of disaster (and more significantly, the meteor streams produced by progenitor comets) were sound.