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3 Aug 2010
The Jared Diamond Myth in tatters

Manchester University (at www.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/news/display/?id=5997 ) it seems is about to publish new research set to overthrow the 'environmentalist propaganda' disseminated by Jared Diamond in his book a few years ago, much loved by eco-campaigners and politicians as an example of how to rubbish your own backyard.

3 Aug 2010
A Negritoe Migration?

Negritoes are a very obvious minority population element in various parts of SE Asia and the Pacific, and once lived in India (and still inhabit the Andaman Islands) and various other places enroute (even in the Malayan peninsular), and it could be argued they represent a well defined migration, an Out of Africa movement that has some reality. At www.gmanews.tv/print/197541/ a footbone has been found in a cave in the Philippines that has been dated as early as 67,000 years  ago.

3 Aug 2010
Current World Archaeology

Current World Archaeology 42 (August 2010) has some information that might be interesting (see the web site www.archaeology.co.uk ) such as the arrival of modern humans in North Africa is being now dated to 80,000 years ago. We also learn that the once huge fruit and nut forest in central Asia is rapidly disappearing as a result of fires, logging, and population pressure.

3 Aug 2010
Geoglyphs from the Atacama Desert in Chile

At http://archaeology.about.com/od/artandarchitecture/a/atacama_glyph.htm there is a post on geoglyphs from the Atacama Desert in Chile, and how they were made. Geometric shapes are common, such as circles, concentric circles, circles with dots, rectangles, crosses, arrows, parallel lines, rhomboids, all of the symbols are also common in pre Hispanic ceramics and textile design.

2 Aug 2010
What the Large Hadron Collider is doing - in a nutshell

At www.physorg.com?print199730102.html the experiment at the Large Hadron Collider is described - and the objectives. This actually appears in an earlier posting but is not described in such simple layman's terms as in this article. A number of lead atoms travelling very near the speed of light will collide in the experiment, generating a fireball 100,000 times hotter than the core of the Sun.

2 Aug 2010
Stratigraphy and a Revision

Looking at the index to In the News it is noticable that chronological matters have been in short supply - and yet SIS has over the years published many articles on this subject. Too many according to some members. An Alan Montgomery post on the Eric Aitchison chronology email thread concerns stratigraphic problems that appear insurmountable from a conventional viewpoint. Archaeology that is dated reliably to the time of Ramses II, clearly precedes that of Ramses III, and that in turn clearly precedes strata associated with the Monarchy (of Israel and Judah).

1 Aug 2010
Index of earlier postings

2009

December 8th ... Has the Tilt of Uranus been solved?

December 8th ... Charge separation in space

Decembeer 8th ... On the Perils and Problems of Confronting Pseudohistory (Velikovsky)

December 9th ... The Flood Mystery Solved ?

2010

January 22nd ... Hebrew Script on a shard found in the Elah Valley.

January 22nd ... Homo erectus (crossing the Mediterranean)

January 22nd ... Vikings (were they rebelling against Christian missionary zeal?)

1 Aug 2010
Index of earlier postings - Part Two

2010

May 3rd ... The Science of Doom (new web site devoted to explaining the inner workings of the Greenhouse Gas Theory of Global Warming). Recommended by Steve McIntyre as its policy is not to criticise heretics (or even old codgers) but is committed to engaging with the general public.

May 3rd ... new web site by Nigel Calder, co-author of The Chilling Stars

1 Aug 2010
YD Boundary event - critics thick and fast

George Howard at http://cosmictusk.com/space-com-zoe-macintosh-and-the-delusory-dr-pinter-another-confusing-half-truth-botch-job-on-the-YDB-hypothesis/ on a mounting number of critics who purposely skew the evidence to make it look awry. Sounds just like AGW resistance to the sceptics. Common sense doesn't exist in science - does it?

1 Aug 2010
July Sea Ice Melt

At http://pgosselin.wordpress.com July 2010 ... is this the slowest melting July since AMSR-E satellite data was recorded (referring to summer ice melt). It has stopped melting he says, and AGWs have their bets on that not happening. They think maximum melt will come in August - still some weeks of counter claim to come. Pierre Gosselin asks why when June was full of media reports about melting ice in the Arctic there is a studied silence on the July figures - or numbers only mentioning the first week of July.