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31 Aug 2010
sun spots ... can stretch the sky ...

New Scientist August 27th ... sun spots may play a role in small fluctuations in the time it takes the earth to rotate on it's axis. The exact length of the day varies - tides and winds also affect the rotation but now it seems so do sun spots. It is suitably dressed up in uniformitarian glamour wear as they are talking about fractions of a second, supposedly as a result of an abundance of sun spots - or the lack thereof. The question thus might be asked - what hails in the result of a very large solar flare?

31 Aug 2010
The henge in Herts again

See www.culture24.org/ August 30th ... (subsection, history and heritage - some pictures of the dig). The bank surrounding the ploughed out henge has managed to preserve some deposits in the ditch, by infill, and in the bank itself. These display evidence of burning before deposition suggesting a burnt offering, an apparently universal activity, or a cremation (another phenomenon not unrelated). The henge lies at the head of a shallow valley facing NE.

31 Aug 2010
K/T boundary event - a compromise?

BBC News August 30th ... the K/T boundary event, it seems, involved more than one meteorite, or asteroid strike, according to a new study in the journal Geology by Professor David Jolley at Aberdeen University. The Boltysh Crater in the Ukraine was first reported (in the west) in 2002 and scientists have now examined pollen and spores of fossil plants in the layers of mud that have infilled the crater. They found that immediately after the impact ferns quickly colonised the davastated landscape.

31 Aug 2010
San Andreas Fault ... tremblors going back 700 years

At http://geology.com/press-release/san-andreas-earthquakes-frequency/ earthquakes have been a regular feature along the San Andreas fault system for a long time and a series of tremblors have been charted over the last 700 years. The September issue of Geology says that large ruptures have occurred on a stretch of the fault 100 miles NW of Los Angeles (where the research took place), at a rate of between 45 and 144 years apart. The last really big quake was in 1857, over 150 years ago.

31 Aug 2010
YD event update

Bill Napier reports that a Canadian radar meteor team has confirmed and modelled the predominance of Comet Enck/progenitor in the Zodiacal Cloud (a catastrophist model). At this moment in time the thesis goes unchallenged in astronomical circles. Nobody has produced a viable objection to date as yet. A meteoroid storm, he asserts, is a plausible scenario. He continues by saying he would like the progenitor to be some 100,000 years of age (in the solar system) which is in line with Fred Whipple. However, David Asher and Duncan Steel see it as somewhat younger.

31 Aug 2010
Nasca Lines ... and water

At www.andina.com.pe/Ingles/NoticialImprimir.aspx?id=313896 August 27th ... we have a Peruvian account of American research that has previously appeared in book form. The theory was advanced that the Nasca Lines may have a connection with water. Basically, he is saying the geoglyphs may be a sort of map of underground water sources in a harsh and very dry environment - a desert. The pattern of straight lines is located in a small area 37 miles long and just one mile wide.

31 Aug 2010
Other Worlds

The Journal of the British Interplanetary Society published a letter in 1986 that has obviously intrigued Paul Gilster for a long while - see his blog at www.centauri-dreams.org and the posting for August 26th 2010). It is all about contact iwth other civilisations - and other worlds. What if advanced civilisations did tend to explore their immediate solar systems, but for various reasons confined themselves only to their neighbours and not to space at large - might this explain why nobody has been in contact with the earth.

31 Aug 2010
Index of Postings in August 2010

August 2010

August 2nd ... Science and the Brotherhood of Silence

August 2nd ... Cooking the Data to warm it up

August 2nd ... What the Large Hadron Collider is doing - in a nutshell

August 2nd ... Stratigraphy and a Revision (the Alan Montgomery solution)

August 3rd ... a negrito migration?

August 3rd ... Current World Archaeology

August 3rd ... A New Mann non-tree ring hockey stick model

August 3rd .... geoglyphs from the Atacama Desert in Chile

August 3rd ... the Jared Diamond myth in tatters

30 Aug 2010
Alternative Science on the Web

At www.thunderbolts.info there is a forum posting, Links to Related Alternative Science Web Pages. It is very useful as it provides some different takes on a number of issues such as gravitation, aether, aetherneutrinos, glowing magnetism, wave particles, electric stars, the fractal Sun theory, electrogravity, electrodynamics, and red shift etc.

29 Aug 2010
Vortex of Fire

At http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/08/27/tornado-of-fire-in-brazil/ you will find some short video clips of a tornado of fire created during wild fires - transient phenomena captured by the abundance of mobile phones with cameras. Are these combustible tornados?

The video clips are available on a variety of blogs.