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31 Aug 2014

At ... we have some nice pictures of Ani, an ancient 5000 year old Armenian settlement. At a recent symposium historian Sezai Yazici said a lot of underground features had been found such as secret water channels, monk's cells, meditation rooms, corridors, tunnels with traps and corners designed to thwart intruders, and various other underground structures more difficult to tie down.

31 Aug 2014

At ... it seems archaeologists are trying to make sense of various Arctic migration patterns across the top of N America. We are told, a culture known as Palaeo-Eskimo, lived in the region between 5000 years ago and 700 years ago. These appear to be the people catalogued by Moe Mandelkehr in one of his SIS articles, bringing our attention to geographically long migrations in the wake of his 2300BC event.

30 Aug 2014
Jenny and the Bourke

Jennifer Marohasy appears to be on full song and has informed her email subscribers of more stations in distress status, in Australia. These have had their early hand written temperatures altered by the homogenisation process, a computer algorithm that kicks in each month. At Bourke, in January of 1909, the highest temperature in Australia was recorded (remembering that the Australian state is very recent), at 51.7 degrees celsius. However, historical records are being changed by the homogenisation process, and not only that, lots of the old temperature data has simply been ditched.

30 Aug 2014
Bristlecone pines and Time

At .. Tim Cullen gives an opinion on the process involved where the C14 model was wedded to the bristlecone pine dendrochronology, an odd sort of marraige of convenience in that C14 was rocking after revelations that dates produced by the methodology not as reliable as claimed - and did not meet the requirements of the orthodox Egyptology. It is now well known that there have been a series of plateaus in C14 that mess up the reliability of the methodology at those points in time.

30 Aug 2014
Space Dust

At ... the space dust in question was collected by NASAs Stardust mission in 2006, microscopic particles captured from the vicinity of a comet. Some of the conclusions are interesting - if only to show they way the minds of the researchers are taking them. Three of the particles seemed to contain sulphur compounds and some astronomers believe they should not occur in interstellar space - but apparently they do. It is hoped the dust will confirm consensus views on the origin of the solar system and possibly on the origin of life.

30 Aug 2014
New paper on the Younger Dryas

I was sure there had been a pre-publication version of this paper in the Journal of Geology but I can't find it now. Another paper on the Younger Dryas event just emphasizes the insistence of the YDB team in keeping their theory afloat - in spite of a series of critical papers that have attempted to debunk the claims.

29 Aug 2014
Supernova and the Bubble round the Earth

At ... it did occur to me this might be a spoof - but assuming it is genuine, we are told that 10 million years ago a cluster of supernovae went off like popcorn popping in a saucepan. The explosion blew an enormous bubble into interstellar space - and we are inside that bubble. It seems the bubble was discovered early in the 1980s by optical and radio astronomers on the lookout for interstellar gas. According to NASA, astronomers at the time were also in the process of discovering an x-ray glow coming from all directions.

29 Aug 2014
Gravels in Space, as big as pebbles

At ... which almost sounds Velikovskyesque. The NSF Green Bank Telescope has detected pebble sized gravels amongst dust grains near the Orion Nebula. However, there is a caveat worth taking on board. The discovery was made as it was shining much more brightly than it should at the calculated distance of the cloud. Is this a case of red shift negativity? Could the molecular cloud be nearer to our solar system than estimated.

29 Aug 2014
Stone points, Bering Straits

Why did people fix stone tips on spears and arrows? Good question. What was the advantage over sharpened wood?

26 Aug 2014
Ocean circulation and changing temperatures

Meteorologist Joe Bastardi has consistently argued against CAGW over the years as he has a method of including weather patterns in the past of determining present weather - and has earned a good reputation for bringing home the turkey. These past records are mainly 20th century so he is well aware that temperatures were just as warm in the 1930s as they were in the 1990s, and this is the pattern he has deduced.