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24 Jan 2011
An Electric Comet

This is another recommended web site from www.thunderbolts.info (see www.jmccanneyscience.com/CometHolmesSub_Page.HTM ). This is a web site of a scientist with time on his hands, one that hosts a weekly radio show on science in the USA. The story picked out goes back to 2007, and Comet Holmes. It suddenly flared up and became an extremely bright object a long way out from the Sun - and scientists were clearly perplexed.

24 Jan 2011
Comets - impact and airburst events during the Holocene

There is a paper by Mike Baillie published in the Journal of Quaternary Science (2007) 22 (2) page 101-9 (see www.intscience.wiley.com and DOI:10.1002/jqs.1099) However, to download the full pdf article go to http://tsun.sscc.ru/hiwg/pabl/baillie_2007_jqs.pdf 'The case for significant numbers of extraterrestrial impacts through the Late Holocene', Mike Baillie, Dept of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology, Queens University, Belfast.

23 Jan 2011
Can the Earth Crust Slip?

This fascinating post can be found at http://chiefio.wordpress.com/2011/01/22/can-the-earth-crust-slip/ the blog of EM Smith, 'Musings from the Chiefio' and posted on January 22nd. He ponders for awhile on whether the crust of the earth might slip and therefore create 'Pole Shift' - presumably along the lines of Hapgood. He doesn't reach a conclusion, as he generally does not in any of his posts, but is instead thinking aloud - and thinking what many regard as impossible.

23 Jan 2011
Origins of the Sun

Oliver Manuel has a paper, The Sun's Origin at www.omatumr.com/abstracts2008/The_Suns_Origin.pdf which can be downloaded or read online. He visualises the Sun as a giant plasma 'diffuser' that sorts out elements and isotopes by their weight. Hence, lighter things such as hydrogen and helium are at the surface of the Sun but the interior is made up of things that can be found in meteorites, the earth, and on rocky planets in general.

23 Jan 2011
Gomphotheres

At www.artdaily.org January 22nd ... Mexican archaeologists have discovered three Clovis projectile heads associated with the remains of a gomphotheres in Sonora. The animal is extinct, a species similar to the mammoths, but smaller. They are thought to have become extinct in North America 30,000 years ago - so it was a surprise to find Late Pleistocene tools in association with their remains.

23 Jan 2011
Sun spots might be livening up

The Sun is coming alive once again as a huge sun spot region is developing lots of dots and signs of activity. According to a NASA spokesman it is a jumble of magnetic polarities, one of the conditions for magnetic reconnection and solar flares. The Solar Influences Data Centre in Belgium issues a daily bulletin on the Sun, hence the hype over what is really a rash of small dots rather than a genuine sun spot.

23 Jan 2011
Did the Egyptians paint pygmy mammoths on the walls of dynasty 18 tomb?

This amazing story can be found at http://scienceblogs.com/channel/life-science/ and scroll down list of articles to January 19th where it is the fourth post of that day. It was written for National Geographic by Darren Naish, a science writer and paleozoologist at the University of Portsmouth. In 1994 Baruch Rosen pubished a brief article in Nature which sparked a bit of a debate on Egyptian art and conventions in motif and portrayal.

23 Jan 2011
Ancient Florida - land where there should have been sea according to the uniformitarian model

At www.news-press.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID-2011110117060 'Ancient plant matter found beneath Pine Island changes Florida history' is about some recently discovered ancient plant remains beneath Pine Island, actually a bed of rock where a sample was taken to a laboratory and it was found to contain pollen and spores dating as long ago as the Eocene (some 35 million years ago).

23 Jan 2011
Fossilisation

At www.ancientdestructions.com ... Peter Jupp's web site has an excellent article on fossils - from petrified trees (that become agate or chalcedony) complete with beetles and their larvae and the  holes they made when the object was wood rather than stone, to oysters, clams and crabs also made of stone and caught in a moment of collective disorder and distress. In South Dakota the skeleton of a dinosaur was discovered in 1993 and in its chest cavity, in the precise shape and size of its heart, was found an iron concrete ...

21 Jan 2011
Comet Rendevous

NASAs Stardust NExT spacecraft is nearing a rendevous with Comet Tempel on February 14th (see http://stardustnext.jpl.nasa.gov/ ). The mission is designed to look for changes on the surface of the comet following its recent orbit around the Sun - what effects did coming close to the Sun have on the comet? It will image composition, distribution and flux of dust emitted into the coma and material surrounding the comet nucleus.