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2 Oct 2010
The Heoliosphere

This is a story that has popped up in a variety of media sources and on the blogosphere - including Science Daily. This version of the story is at,0,454358,print,stp the web site of the Los Angeles Times, and concerns the IBEX satellite orbiting the Earth in order to study the solar system heliosphere, the invisible bubble that exists beyond the planets.

2 Oct 2010
Index of Postings in September 2010

September 2010.

August 31st ... Other Worlds

August 31st ... Nasca Lines ... and water.

August 31st ... YD event update

August 31st ... K/T boundary event - a compromise?

August 31st ... the henge in Herts again

August 31st ... sun spots ... can stretch the sky ...

September 1st ... the Antarctic of the Past

September 1st ... Jupiter's radio emissions and dark energy?

September 1st ... A funny looking crater on Mars

September 1st ... No nano-diamonds at YD boundary ...

1 Oct 2010
No Clovis catastrophe - archaeologists say?

At (and variously at and ) at first reflection we seem to have another example of scientists rejecting a new theory without investigating the claims. A paper in October's Current Anthropology by two archaeologists says, '.. in so far as concerns the archaeological record, an extraterrestrial impact is an unneccessary solution for an archaeological problem that does not exist'.

1 Oct 2010
Early Americans

The BBC Horizon television series ( ) on the 24th November of 2004 asked - who were the first people in North America? Where did they come from and how did they get there?

1 Oct 2010
The names of the Pharaohs - titles and epithets

SIS member Gary Gilligan sent this link in - which might not be everyone's cup of tea but is worth taking a look at. I don't know if the translations, as given, are wholly credible - but take a peek and see what you think. It begins by analysing the name of Naram Sin, the Akkadian king. The last element is that of the god Sin that gave its name to Sinai, as an example. It is usually regarded as the Moon - but this is arguable.

1 Oct 2010
A step closer to the Big Bang? and creating a black hole in the laboratory

At an analysis of what has been happening at the Large Hadron Collider in the last couple of months has been submitted to the Journal of High Energy Physics for publication. Physicists have observed a new phenomenon.

30 Sep 2010
Gypsies, skeletons in Crete, Stonehenge boy and a lost cairn on a bleak moor ... oh, and Kamchatka

At we learn that Greek archaeologists have announced the discovery of a skeleton covered in gold foil in a grave on Mount Ida in Crete - dating to the 7th century BC. The gold had been sewn into a robe or shroud that wrapped the body of a woman - and she was accompanied by copper bowls, perfume bottles, and beads of amber, crystal and faience.

29 Sep 2010
The Magnetic Moon, Lightning on Earth and Venus, and the Ring of Saturn that was invisible until now

Magnetised regions on the far side of the Moon have been found to deflect the solar wind, shielding the Moon's surface (presented last Friday, 24th September, at an EPS meeting in Rome). Airless bodies interact with the solar wind quite differently than the earth, for example.

29 Sep 2010
Is our universe in the interior of a giant black hole?

This is another post from Casey Kazan at 27th Sept ... a paper available at 'Cosmology in Torsion - an Alternative to Cosmic Inflation' by Nikodem Poplawski, who claims that a small change to the theory of gravity might imply our universe has inherited its arrow of time from the black hole in which it was born. Black holes are the cosmic mothers of new universes is a natural progression from a new and simple assumption about the nature of space time.

29 Sep 2010
Hazards from Space .... including a relook at the Tunguska event

At we learn that the Panoramic Survey Telescope has discovered an asteroid that will come within 4 million miles of the Earth in mid-October (a couple of weeks to go). It's a bit early for 2012 predictions and the object is just 150 feet in diameter. It will not strike the Earth, we are informed - and just as well, but scientists suspect there are many more of them under a mile across that have not yet been discovered - and you never know.