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6 Mar 2010
Volcanic Lightning, ice on the moon, and ice on Mars.

www.dailygalaxy.com March 2nd ... Daily Galaxy often have an 'image of the day' - on this post it is volcanic lightning (from a volcano that erupted in southern Chile in 2008). Electrical storms directly above erupting volcanoes are well documented phenomena but scientists can't agree on what causes them. There are three images that can be downloaded to your computer - and the source of the phots is given as http://www.thunderbolts.info (2005)

6 Mar 2010
Asteroid strike at K/T boundary

Science Daily March 1st (www.sciencedaily.com id100301102805) an asteroid strike at the K/T boundary may account for geographic uneveness of the extinctions and recovery according to research by Penn State University geoscientists. At the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary 93 per cent of nanno plankton became extinct - and these are basic to the ocean food chain. The highest rate of extinction was in the northern hemisphere with decreasing levels in the southern hemisphere.

6 Mar 2010
Thunderbolts

www.thunderbolts.info February 25th ... Mel Acheson claims that during the Ice Age the ice occurred in a ring around the North Pole, quoting Dwardu Cardona and his book, Primordial Star. He correlates such a ring with a ring of aurora. The article doesn't supply any evidence to substantiate this claim or any source that might be checked out - which is unfortunate. Maybe Cardona has references but the thunderbolts article did not.

6 Mar 2010
Human Brains

www.physorg.com id186830615 March 3rd ... free will is apparently an illusion. We are simply conscious machines controlled by a combination of our chemistry and external environmental forces. The human brain operates at the conscious level - and the unconscious. It's our conscious mind that makes us aware of our actions and provides us with the sense we control them - yet without the conscious our brains are still capable of inducing our bodies to act.

6 Mar 2010
Utah in Space

www.jpl.nasa.gov March 4th ... planetary scientists have been puzzled for years about the honeycomb patterns and flat valleys with squiggly edges evident from radar images of Saturn's moon, Titan. Now, it is recognised, the terrain is very similar to that of karst topography on earth - in Utah for example, or China and Indonesia (Cassini spacecraft data).

6 Mar 2010
Ocean Vents and El Ninos

www.physorg.com March 3rd ... the Earth Institute at Columbia University has posted evidence of hydrothermal vents on the seafloor near Antarctica. These vents spew volcanically heated seawater from the underwater mountain ranges where lava erupts and new crust forms (mid ocean ridges). Chemicals dissolved in the vents help sustain a complex web of organisms (Geophysical Research Letters).

6 Mar 2010
The case for significant numbers of extraterrestrial impacts through the late Holocene

George Howard, on his web site www.cosmictusk.com has posted this 2007 article as it appears to tie in with the latest offering from Bill Napier. 'The case for significant numbers of extraterrestrial impacts through the late Holocene' by Mike Baillie (a speaker at several SIS meetings and events). It can be downloaded in pdf format from the web site - see menu on LH side.

6 Mar 2010
Origin of the Alphabet

Biblical Archaeological Review (www.bib-arch.org ) March/April issue, 2010 ... has an article on the invention of the alphabet by Orly Goldwasser. He begins by outlining the close association of Asiatics from Syria-Palestine with Egypt - from the Old Kingdom through to the Hyksos era. Most of the time it was peaceful and during the Middle Kingdom large numbers of Asiatics were domiciled in Egypt, and many became Egyptianised.

4 Mar 2010
Matriarchal Societies

The Independent January 15th - go to http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology ... and you will find an archive of article. This one is on page 2 of the (current) archive. Many of The Independent's archaeology stories appear to be old hat. For example, there is one on the Ice Age Channel River that is several years out of date, and likewise this one, 'Why  did the collapse of Old Europe bring a shift from female to male power?'.

4 Mar 2010
Megaliths in the Syrian Desert

The Independent March 1st (same website but the article is nearer the top of archive - click science and click archaeology) ... in the Syrian desert a Canadian archaeologist went for a walk and stumbled upon an ancient megalithic landscape - dating from somewhere between 8500 and 4300BC. This is far older than anything seen in Europe so it is especially teasing.