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17 Aug 2010
Pyramids and small robotic explorers

At www.csmonitor.com August 16th there is news of a robot developed at Leeds University which is designed to penetrate deeper into the Great Pyramid at Giza than ever before - known as the Djedi Project. No doubt it will be big news if anything is found, but there are a lot of ifs involved in what is a nice bit of technology. The robot will explore a shaft otherwise found inaccessible by previous robotic attempts and the hope is that a hidden chamber will be found. However, there are a few problems to overcome before such a prize.

17 Aug 2010
NGC 4696

At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/08/100812065911.htm we have, 'NGC 4696: A Cosmic Question Mark'. It's all about a strange galaxy that curls around at one end like a great question mark in outer space, on the edge of the field of vision of the Hubble Advanced Camera. It is the biggest galaxy in the Centaurian cluster and is at the moment a bit of a mystery.

15 Aug 2010
electron fractionalisation

At www.physorg.com/print200828132.html there is a report on a paper in Physical Review Letters 105, 057201 (2010) concerning the puzzle of electrons as they fractionalise into two separate quasi-particles, spinons and chargons, which carry spin, and charge, respectively, This is known as spin-charge separation and this paper is basically a new theory to explain what happens.

15 Aug 2010
No One Has Ever Been Here - where?

http://cosmictusk.com August 13th ... George Howard has a couple of pictures of craters on the Gilf Kahir plateau in the Egyptian Sahara, near the border with Libya. Norbert Brugge, a German geologist, said 'no one has ever been here!' What he means is that no geologist or anyone with a camera has visited the site, and George laughs, it 'only reinforces my belief that people (scientists as well as the general public) overestimate what we know and vastly discount what we do not'.

15 Aug 2010
Novas emitting huge gamma ray bursts

At www.dailygalaxy.com August 14th ... gamma rays were thought only to come from supernovae but amateur astronomers in Japan have changed that view. They imaged a change in brightness of a small star in the constellation of Cygnus, ten times brighter than it had been a couple of days before, and reported the discovery of a nova event, a short lived brightening of an otherwise inconspicuous star. Novas are thought to occur when a white dwarf in a binary system erupts in an enormous thermo-nucleur explosion.

15 Aug 2010
Neolithic House in Yorkshire

The Independent August 11th ... archaeologoists have found a house dating back 11,000 years ago, at Star Carr in North Yorkshire, constructed by Mesolithic hunter gatherers. It is circular in design with 18 post holes, indicating a well built permanent structure. The site itself appears to have been used, at least partly so, for religious - or ritual activity. This is the sort of umbrella term to describe non-domestic human activity.

14 Aug 2010
Nefertiti in Colour

Archaeologists are examining a cache of talatat blocks stored in Luxor, some 62,000 of them. They have been locked away for some years and only now are they seriously been catalogued and dusted down, and amazingly the original pigments of colour have been preserved on what is Amarna period art that went out of favour and was reused as fill material for later constructions. The excavation reports of when and where they were located might be interesting from a revisionist angle.

14 Aug 2010
Are physicists making up dark energy?

This story was sent in by Gary Gilligan and is interesting as it represents the problem from an astro-physicist that believes dark energy is real rather than a critique from a detractor. He is the author of a popular book and can be read on a regular basis at http://io9.com/5607692/are-physicists-making-up-dark-energy/ and as well as the article itself some of the comments following it are also just as interesting - the interaction between supporters of the consensus as opposed to the irreverent.

14 Aug 2010
'Censorinus, the Sothic Cycle, and Calendar Year One in Ancient Egypt: the epistemological problem'

This was sent in by member Eric Aitchison after he had received the link from Bergen, one of the Chronology members. Bergen posted it in response to a post by Ian Onvlee who maintained that Sothic dates are based on the risings of the star Sirius - without any doubt. He did experiment with a location of Sothis in Orion's Girdle, for an undisclosed reason, but found this could not be sustained.

14 Aug 2010
The Medes

Median dynasty architectural remains have been found in Azerbaijan (see www.cais-soas.com/news/ August 11th) ... a joint US/ Azerbaijani team of archaeologists have found remains  dating to the dynasty of the Medes, the first Iranian people to rule over what is now Iran and various other regions which included a large part of northern Mesopotamia including parts of modern Azerbaijan. What is now known as Oglangala was an ancient kingdom that was desperately trying to thwart the expansion of Urartu.