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13 Feb 2011
Asteroid 2011 CQI

At www.dailygalaxy.com Feb ruary 12th 2011, in the midst of several very outdated postings, is this one. A small asteroid, or large meteor, came within 5480km of the earth's surface last week. The approach was close enough to alter the orbit of the object, shifting it by 60 degrees - and nobody saw it coming?

12 Feb 2011
Lucy's Foot

At www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/69712/title/Lucys_feet_were_made_for_walking/ ... the bones of a human foot curve upwards to form arches and this feature has been found in a 3.2 million year old Australpithecus afarensis to fossil in East Africa - a relative of Lucy.

10 Feb 2011
Moon Water

At www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/69615 we have three stories - one is on Titan's cirrus clouds as recorded by the Cassini spacecraft, another on massive starbirthing events as witness by ESAs Herschel infrared telescope and the last one is all about a new theory on water on the Moon, as picked up by India's Chandrayaan spacecraft. A paper will be published in the Journal of Geophysical Research.

8 Feb 2011
Aboriginal Astronomy

At www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/national/ancient-aboriginal-eyes-were-on-the-skies/story-e6freuzr-122600054584  Ther story comes from the Daily Telegraph of February 5th and concerns a pattern of stones laid out on the ground in a semi circle formation and according to CSIRO astro physicist Ray Norris they were aligned to map the Sun, and date back 10,000 years.

1 Feb 2011
Mzora, Sun Stones and Petroglyphs in Norway

At Stone Pages January 31st ... a stone circle at Mzora in Morocco, 27km from Lixus, was known in Roman times as the Tomb of Antaeus who was killed by Hercules. It is in fact a Neolithic period ellipse of 168 stones (some are missing) the tallest of which is 5m. At the centre is a large tumulus - which is thought to be a much later addition. A survey of the site in the 1970s, when A Thom was popular, went so far as to say it was built by the same people or culture that constructed megaliths in France, Britain and Ireland.

29 Jan 2011
Human migrations in the Ice Age

This story can be found all over the internet, at www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-01/aaft-mhr02111.php and at www.nytimes.com/2011/01/28/science/28africa.html?_r=3 and at www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/69197/title/Hints_of_earlier_human_exit_from_africa/ and it all comes from a paper in the journal Science

29 Jan 2011
The fox and the T-shaped stones

At www.pasthorizons.com January 28th we have a story about a fox that was provided with its own grave as if it was a special member of a family group, a pet. It may also have been some kind of tribal talisman. Likewise, depictions of foxes and the remains of foxes are not unknown features of the past - they pop up on occasion. This fox, dated to around 16,000 years ago, was found in the Transjordan zone. It is not particularly unusual for people to keep a fox as a pet, even n owadays.

26 Jan 2011
Solar Sail

At http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2011/24jan_solarsail/ there is a picture of the solar sail. NASAs Nano Sail-D satellite has unfurled a gleaming sheet of space age fabric 650 km above the earth. The idea is to clear up near space.

25 Jan 2011
Ice Age Graveyard

The Daily Telegraph (see www.telegraph.co.uk January 23rd) ... construction of a dam on a reservoir near Aspen high in the Colorado mountains, has led to the discovery, so far, of 600 bones preserved in sediment at the bottom of what was an Ice Age lake. Mastadon, bison, deer, and a ground sloth are among the remains, the bones still white and pieces of trees with bark still on the branches and leaves that have been preserved in an uncurled green condition.

25 Jan 2011
The Revision of History

AGW proponents not only adjust temperature readings from the recent past in order to draw a more prominent warming trend they are now revising history itself in order to saddle the wicked human race with further angst. According to the new history of the world the Roman Empire, the Black Death, and the colonisation of the Americas had a significant impact on climate - largely it seems by chopping down trees.