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21 Sep 2011

At ... mythology is interpreted in many ways especially when societies and cultures seem to record almost the same phenomena but live many miles apart without any apparent contact. One idea popular in some quarters is that the use of plants and fungi to produce hallucinogenic visions in some way reproduce similar images from the depths of the human collective unconscious - a similarity in shapes and form.

20 Sep 2011
Blue Stones, strange lines on the ground and a Pictish beast

At the topnotch web site ... if you remember, from the TV series on the 2007 excavations, a former bluestone circle was found on the banks of the Avon, at the beginning of the Avenue. Now, this circle was dated to around 3000BC and it is thought it consisted of blue stones. However, the stones were transported up the Avenue after roughly 500 years in their original position and they are thought to have become part of the larger bluestone circle erected at Stonehenge in around 2500BC.

17 Sep 2011
Troy ... revisited

News of a book just released - on the location of the Plain of Troy. According to author John Crowe, former SIS stalwart, the area around Bergama is a much better fit than that of Hisarlik (taking a cue from John Lascelles). However, the location of Troy and Ilios is left open as it is unclear if Homer's creation concerned a single historical event (a clash with the Mycenaeans) or a composite of several historical events (per Bryce, 2005), and indeed, whether Homer was reciting a myth (which may or may not have included an historical clash of men at arms).

17 Sep 2011
Feathers in amber

At ... University of Alberta scientists have found feathers preserved in amber, from the Late Cretaceous era (towards the end of the dinosaur age). No mention of sudden apocalyps. It is thought the feathers, blown in the wind perhaps, landed in tree resin which preserved them - but how long did it take for the resin to harden? Fossilised feathers have also been found preserved in sedimentary rocks.

17 Sep 2011
Vesta - the asteroid

A video of NASAs Dawn spacecraft flying past the giant asteroid, Vesta, is available online to view (see Vesta has seasons just like the Earth - and there is a huge circular depression near its South Pole, hundreds of miles wide with cliffs several miles high. A mountain squats in the middle of the depression, nine miles tall. No doubt Thunderbolts in due course may comment on this peculiarity (see also or for mission details etc.

9 Sep 2011
The Grail and the Moon

Gary Gilligan sent in this link to a story about NASAs Grail mission which is set to blast off in an attempt to unravel some of the mysteries of the Moon (see - and one such mystery concerns a paper in Nature that claimed there was once two moons orbiting the earth. The small of the two struck the bigger one and created the bumps and humps on the far side of the Moon.

8 Sep 2011
Antarctica in the News

There is a fun post at a post by Willis Eschenbach, in a dry style. It seems that because of faith in AGW the Americans did away with their ice breaker fleet some years ago. At some later point they found they needed an ice breaker in order to bring in supplies for their team of scientists studying the effects of co2 on the Antarctic ice sheet and hired one from Sweden - and this has been the situation for the last few years.

8 Sep 2011

At ... as a result of the expanding universe, or the belief in an accelerating expansion of the universe, cosmologists have come up with a timetable for the creation of life forms and conclude it is unlikely that intelligent life could have evolved anywhere in the universe prior than the present, basically the last few billion years (source Universe Today). 

8 Sep 2011
Climate models - how they might differ

In a comment at ... Richard Courtney outlines some research on climate models he did ten years ago and some follow-up papers by others, since then. He says none of the models (the IPCC tracks 20 of them) could match mean global average temperatures in teh 20th century if they did not make use of an assumption, namely that cooling is caused by aerosols in the atmosphere. Hence, all the models input a cooling effect on past temperatures - which they might describe as a mysterious impact from clouds.

7 Sep 2011
Climate ... frantic seesaw

At is a bit of a cheeky pieces that asks why the Met Office temperatures for the peripheries of Britain are somewhat warmer than the central region of the country. The Central England Temperature series shows cooler temperatures than the Met Office data which may indicate its super computer has an inbuilt AGW bias. It is amazing this has not been rectified as they have repeatedly been criticised for using a data series that is not up to scratch.