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30 Apr 2015
Katmandu

At http://phys.org/print349406787.html ... we learn that the recent earthquake in Nepal which badly affected Katmandu that seismological data (using sound waves which travel through the Earth following an earthquake) suggests the land on which the city stands moved ten feet in a southwards direction. The rocks on top of the fault are thought to have slid southwards over the rocks underneath. The movement was therefore what is known as a slippage event - at a plate boundary. Or an assumed plate boundary.

30 Apr 2015
expanding Hokkaido

The Eric Aitchison email thread on chronology was sent a link to http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201504250044 ... by Johnny Godowski, who likes all things unusual, and concerns the strange appearance of newly formed land along the Shiretoko Peninsular on the SE coastline of Hokkaido Island (Japan). It measures 500m by 30m and is up to 15m in elevation - and may still be growing. Marine organisms such as sea weed and sea urchins are attached to rock on the piece of land which indicates it has risen out of the ocean floor. How can that be?

29 Apr 2015
fingers in the ears

Meanwhile, we had comets and meteor dust in AD536 - and now we have a catastrophic end to the Late Bronze Age. The article is published in the Daily Mail and was forwarded courtesy of Gary Gilligan - go to www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3038573/Bronze-Age-civilisations... ... and the point is this is nothing new and SIS has been banging on about it for years - but mainstream has its fingers in its ears.

29 Apr 2015
Armenians

The New York Times, March 11th (sent in by a US member) had a short piece on DNA studies of the Armenian people of the Transcaucasus region. In Armenian tradition, or rather, according to an Armenian historian, ones Moses Khorenatsi, the Armenians established their homeland as long ago as 2492BC. We don't know how he arrived at that date but modern  genetic studies show he was not that far out.

29 Apr 2015
Jurassic mammals

The New York Times of February 17th 2015 had a piece on Jurassic mammals. It said that scientists once thought the only mammals that existed alongside the dinosaurs during the Jurassic were small shrew like creatures. Why such insignificant life forms should expand to fill the niches created by the extinction event at the end of the dinosaur age has always been somewhat of a mystery. In 2006 a fossil beaver like animal was found and more recently, other mammal fossils somewhat larger than the humble shrew.

28 Apr 2015
bottoms up

At http://phys.org/print348319050.html ... some upside down thinking has been set the right way up as a result of field studies conducted by Cardiff University. Icebergs in the North Atlantic are the result of cooling rather than being the cause of cooling. Funny how the latter idea took off - but it did. The research we may note is associated with a 1995 study - so what paper or papers is this directed at? Presumably, climate science published between 1995 and 2015.

28 Apr 2015
cremated bones

At www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art523965-archaeol... ... and see also www.oxfordarchaeology.com/news/oaeast-news/369-archaeologists-uncover-ol... ... during a pre-construction survey of a pipeline project in Essex archaeologists came across cremated (burnt) bones dating back to 5600BC. This date is firmly within the Mesolithic period and is interesting as cremation is normally associated with later periods in Britain - such as the Bronze and Iron ages.

28 Apr 2015
Rosetta and magnetism

At http://phys.org/print348212853.html ... we learn that magnetic field data collected by the Philae lander and transferred back to Rosetta shows the comet itself is not magnetised. However, Philae was only beaming back information for a short period before being bounced back into its hidey hole - where it has yet to awake.

28 Apr 2015
a comet with rings

At www.space.com/29067-chiron-centaur-asteroid-comet-rings.html ... astronomers have spotted rings around the huge space rock Chiron. For the possible significance of this asteroid see Clube and Napier - and lets not forget the Lord of the Rings (pun intended) as in early issues of SIS journals and in their two books, the Cosmic Serpent and Cosmic Winter (both are out of print and only available second hand but their SIS articles are freely available).

28 Apr 2015
back to 536AD

I've already done this story but it has popped up again as New Scientist is offering it as a free to download article in order to entice new contributors. The link was sent in by Chris Phillips - go to www.newscientist.com/article/mg22129520.700-ad-536-the-year-that-winter-... ... published in New Scientist issue 2952, 20th January 2014. It seems the article has now gone back into a paywall.