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18 Dec 2015
a warm spot in the heart of Venus

At http://phys.org/print369509807.html ... Russian, American and European scientists are claiming they have found a warm layer in the atmosphere of Venus, the nature of which is unknown. This has been a theme on the Eric Aitchison email thread (mainly discussing revised chronology issues) with some interesting links and references.

18 Dec 2015
S2 PanSTARRS

At http://phys.org/print369482077.html ... we are told Comet C/2014 S2 PanSTARRS will be visible in binoculars in late December, as it crosses the circumpolar northern skies. A Christmas comet - but will it provide a show and spring to life.

Meanwhile, Comet Catalina can still be seen with binoculars and this will remain so into January. We shall also hae a full moon of 25th December. If it is dry and the clouds are absent for a few hours you might get to see the comet - and the moon.

18 Dec 2015
Cerus and Rosetta

Robert Farrar sent in four links, the first of which concern findings from the DAWN spacecraft visit to the asteroid Ceres - now written up and published in the journals. See for example http://news.sciencemag.org/space/2015/12/dwarf-planet-ceres-may-harbor-c... .... http://www.astrobio.net/topic/solar-system/meatoritescomets-and-asteroid... .... and http://universetoday.com/115634/stinky-rosettas-comet-smells-like-rotten...

18 Dec 2015
millet

At http://phys.org/print369284339.html ... a potentially important study on the spread of ancient millet crops has just been published. It is a cereal nowadays more commonly associated with cheap bird seed for garden feeders. Archaeologists think millet played a prominent role in the spread of cereals and the idea of eating grains.

18 Dec 2015
excited about nothing?

A press release from the University of Aolberta informs us of a paper published in the Dec 11th 2015 issue of Science Advances that is somewhat novel to say the least - see http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/12/14/length-of-day-increase-and-sea-lev... ... which sounds very interesting from a Catstrophism point of view - but never think a uniformitarian would really come up with something earth breaking. The study is about sea level rise and presumably sea levels that go up and down a bit.

18 Dec 2015
funerals and science

There is an old saying that science only goes forward one funeral at a time. Senior scientists in a position of power over upstart theories are prone to shift ideas they do not like out to grass. Often they are rehabilitated following the retirement or funeral of the senior fellow. Its a nice theory and it seems some people have tried to test out the hypothesis - or the folklore (take your pick). The link was sent in by Brian Sherwood Jones and makes an interesting read - go to http://www.improbable.com/2015/12/14/does-science-really-advance-one-fun...

13 Dec 2015
Leicester

At http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/press/press-releases/2015/december/archaeol... ....

13 Dec 2015
understanding the past 1

Recommended web site of an SIS member - www.thebookblog.co.uk

13 Dec 2015
understanding the past 2

One influence that Marxist and Socialist historians have had, in league with the idea of Gradualist Evolution of society, has been in our understanding of the past, in the way we view early humans (or any kind of past human endeavour). By default our prehistoric forebears must be inferior to modern humans - in every way (apart from brute strength). This means humans living 300,000 years ago were inordinately less practical than humans living after 50,000 years ago - the era defined as the beginning of the dominance of modern human groups (in Europe if at nowhere else in the world).

13 Dec 2015
Gobekli Tepe

This is a second look at Gobekli Tepe within a couple of days - the link was sent in by Bill Thompson. It was previously mentioned in the opening chapter of Hancock's book 'Magicians of the Gods' in the post 'J Harlen Bretz' and Hancock actually mentions Robert Schoch, the controversial geologist. In this post Schoch too has visited Gobekli Tepe and come up with his own explanation of what it was all about. He begins by telling us the site was open for over a thousand years but then it was intentionally filled in with spoil - around 8000BCE.