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7 Jan 2011
The Hornet and Electricity

This is a story to be found at, concerning the discovery that the 'oriental hornet' is able to convert energy from the Sun into electric power that in some way keeps it cool during the hottest period of midday. It can thus forage at the peak of the Sun's heat - and the conversion is done in the brown and yellow body parts.

6 Jan 2011
Sun Spots - update and history

At ... it is recognised that sun spot activity has declined - at the moment, in early January. The surface of the Sun is clear - or nearly so. Sun spots are thought to be upwellings of the Sun's magnetic field which traps ionised plasma - or electrically charged superheated gas, at the surface. The Sun also has an 11 year cycle during which it peaks (lots of sun spots) and declines (known as the solar minimum).

5 Jan 2011
A Rapid spread of Polynesians

At ... is a news release of a reappraisal of the timescale of Polynesian migration across the eastern Pacific via a study of 1400 C14 samples from 47 different islands. Polynesians were in Samoa by 800BC but the colonisation of the islands further east, such as Hawaii, Easter Island, New Zealand, the Societies and Marquesas etc took place within a period of 200-300 years, first reaching the Societies by the 10th century AD. Why at that point in time might be one question.

5 Jan 2011
NASA puzzled by Sun activity

There is a lovely post at WattsUpWithThat today that I will write up tomorrow and add to this post - but looking at John O'Sullivan claims NASA is puzzled by activity on the Sun during the summer of last year, 2010. It seems we have another theory on how the Sun might work and how it might impact on climate here on earth.

5 Jan 2011

At we have a post on John Lascelles whose book was reviewed by SIS a couple of years ago. Wikinfo was launched in 2003, a universal open content reference source along the lines of Wikipedia and other Wiki sites. The site is set up for users to edit articles and to create new articles. This is an ideal facility for SIS members to participate in, especially those with hypothesis that have no chance of getting a public hearing elsewhere.

5 Jan 2011
Solar Alignment in New England

This is one of those stories that I find fascinating, a man that has devoted a great deal of his spare time and holidays in investigating an archaeological oddity, walking and hiking for miles in an attempt to understand what might have been going on. Obviously, as the evidence mounts one has to home in some kind of clue, and in this instance he thought he had found evidence of an astro-archaeological alignment.

4 Jan 2011
The Quelccaya Glacier

At January 3rd ... we learn that freezing weather is also affecting the tropics - in this instance, the high mountain zones of the tropics. Ecuador is both tropical but also the Andes heights harbour glaciers - most noteably the famous Quelccaya glacier that environmentalists have been so fond of telling us over the last 20 years or so, is receding. In other words, it has been melting. It has melted to such a degree that plants that were buried under ice thousands of years ago have been found, relatively intact.

4 Jan 2011
The Grand Bahamas Bank

At hgttp:// .... there is a NASA image of the Great Bahama Bank as seen from space. It stretches from near the N American land mass to the south, almost reaching Cuba. The image was taken by the MODIS instrument, a spectroradiometer, from a satellite and picks out beautifully the Bahamas Bank system (see below) which is just 33 feet average depth as opposed to its surrounding waters, or deep water channels, that are thousands of feet deep.

1 Jan 2011
Human evolution - the spats

At ... is based on a paper in the Journal of Human Evolution that contradicts the long held belief that the noses of Neanderthals were adapted to extreme weather - the cold climate at the edge of a huge ice sheet.

31 Dec 2010
Massive Comet Break-up and NASA on Solar Max

The ESA and NASA mission SOHO (Solar and Heliospheric Observatory) has found its 2000th comet (see SOHO was designed to monitor the Sun and was launched as long ago as 1995. It is the dozens of amateur astronomers that daily pore over the fuzzy lights moving across the images produced by the camera onboard the satellite that has actually found the comets. At the moment there are around 70 people from 18 different countries taking part.