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28 Sep 2014
Water in the solar system

It seems water might have been present in the solar system even before the birth of the Sun - according to a paper in the September issue of the journal Science (

Water locked up as ice that formed in interstellar space is the key ingredient. It is now locked up in meteorites, comets, asteroids and moons etc. Why is there so much of the stuff on Earth?

28 Sep 2014
Legend and Scripture

At ... is the second of Rens posts on the way myth and legend around the world was influenced by the spread of the Bible - and reinterpreted accordingly (but still retaining independent features not found in Genesis). He returns again to the Tower of Babel and in an interesting manner as even the Bible has reinterpreted an original myth. The tower was perceived as a human endeavour.

28 Sep 2014
Seems like the Late Roman period is alive and kicking

Gunnar Heinsohn has been using his scissors to telescope AD chronology which included axing the Late Roman period (after 250BC) and making the 6th century AD event the same as the 3rd century AD setback which befell the Romans and threatened their frontiers (far and wide). This is said tongue in cheek by the way as Heinsohn's theory appeals to a very small minority.

28 Sep 2014
Another One Bites the Dust

The consensus turned upside down and a wriggling in the aisles. This time it is the consensus view on how to read ancient stone tools found in sediments such as river gravels and fossil soils. When archaeologists look at stone tools (assuming they are tools rather than bits of fractured and broken stone that look like tools) as used by early Palaeolithic peoples they look at them through the lens of an assumed Darwinian evolution in the technology. This view is fostered at university and in text books and even in examples of tools found in museums, and so on.

26 Sep 2014
Mesolithic star gazers

We have had cave artists from the Palaeolithic era (during the Ice Age) obsessed with the Pleiades and the Hyades. Now we have evidence of early Holocene interest in the sky - go to ... a site in Pomerania dating back 9000 years or so, in effect a series of huts that have been preserved intact with their contents, is being excavated. One of the huts is thought to have belonged to a shaman as so called ritual objects were found there - including a meteorite..

26 Sep 2014
Black Holes do not exist, according to a mathematical calculation

This might go down like a lead balloon but a physics professor in the US, Laura Mersini-Houghton, has proven, mathematically, that black holes can never come into being in the first place -but, but, but I've seen them - a big flash of light captured via a space telescope. Does this mean scientists will now have to re-imagine the fabric of space time (quoting the article). This seems to imply they imagined black holes in the first place. See

26 Sep 2014
Space Weather

At ... asks, what is the difference between a coronal mass ejection (CME) and a solar flare. NASA has produced a video that explains it all in pictures - and in context. They are both explosions on the Sun. A CME is a giant cloud of particles blasted far out into space. Flares are flashes of light on the face of the Sun.

26 Sep 2014
Vanuatu and Florida

At ... we have Polynesians (the Lapita culture) arriving in Vanuatu around 3000 years ago. Was this migration spurred on by events in the sky - the events that brought Late Bronze civilisation to an end in the Near East, Anatolia, and the Aegean. The thrust of the research in Vanuatu is on the switch towards a diet that relied mostly on cultivated plants such as taro, jams, and bananas.

26 Sep 2014
Eratosthenes and the Trojan War

At NewChronology [at] yahoo [dot] group [dot] com ... the dating of the Olympiad is being discussed as presented by Shaw in her book, 'Discrepancies in Olympiad Dating and Chronological Problems of Archaic Peloponessian History' (2003) which was reviewed by G Huxley, somewhat unfavourably, at 'The Classical Review' 56 (2006) and 'Hermathena' 184 (2008).

24 Sep 2014
Utah, sand dunes and marbles

  At ... Utah has some spectacular geology - not least the remarkable sandstone formation above, found in the Zion National Park. These are cliffs of sand and are thought to have originated as sand dunes a very long time ago - in the era of the dinosaurs (the Jurassic).