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26 Apr 2010
Human Origins

One of the big consensus theories is that human origins are closely bound up with the Out of Africa theory. Conventional science outlets and the popular media, such as the BBC, constantly cite the theory as fact as if there was no alternative anthropological ideas. The theory is especially vexious to some as it assumes a pure Homo sapiens strain migrated out of the African continent at some point between 100,000 and 50,000 years ago and all other human groups, including Neanderthals for example, or Homo erectus, have no imput in modern genes.

25 Apr 2010
Dating the YD Event

At http://scienceblogs.com/highlyallochthonous/2007/10/out-of-the-ice-age-into-the-as.php April 23rd ... 'Out of the Ice Age, into the Asteroid shower' is a post by Chris Rowan which begins, '21,000 years ago, at the peak of the last glacial, ice sheets covered most of western Europe and North America (a bit of an exaggeration but never mind), and by 10,000 years ago a warming climate had melted them away ...'.

25 Apr 2010
Ignimbrites

At http://sites.google.com/site/dragonstormproject/ is a blog devoted to a comet firestorm that contributed to the YD cooling event and faunal extinctions 13,000 years ago. He especially targets what is known as Ignimbrite geological formations found in the Chihuahua desert of northern Mexico - which he calls 'fire cloud rock'. They have the look of wet fast flowing concrete or lumpy mud in satellite images.

23 Apr 2010
Hidden Wonders of Sardinia

At http://www.stonepages.com/news/archives/003769.html you will find a report of a tour of Sardinian megalithic tombs, two pages of text. The tombs contain images painted in red ochre on the stones which include spirals and huge heads of bulls. The tombs are currently dated to the Ozeiri culture, 3800-2900BC. In one of the tombs a series of spirals form a sort of tree of life.

23 Apr 2010
Lopsided Core ... of the Earth...

At www.physorg.com/print191053615.html April 21st ... the inner core at the centre of the earth is growing as a result of crystalliation of iron in the liquid 'outer core' - so much so the 'solid core' permanently drifts eastwards. Why is the inner core asymmetrically out of shape? New light has been shed on this by research published in Science on April 16th. Variations in the core appear to match up directly with the shape of the earth's magnetic field.

23 Apr 2010
Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Solar Activity (and the odd Full Moon)

Piers Corbyn at www.weatheraction.com posted this article on April 17th.

23 Apr 2010
Lawrence Dixon and retrocalculation of the Vernal Equinox

Lawrence Dixon has produced a two page article on retrocalculation of the vernal equinox. SIS Workshop has published a series of articles on a revision of dating of the AD period - evidence against and evidence that is open to query. These have tended to centre around the Venerable Bede but the Church and it's calculations of the vernal equinox in relation to Easter dates (keeping them separate from the Jewish Passover) are an intriguing facet of this research. Is the conventional position as secure as they like to think it is?

22 Apr 2010
The Solar Dynamics Observatory

NASAs new Eye on the Sun delivers a series of stunning images at www.nasa.gov/sdo (and see also http://wattsupwiththat.com April 21st). Some images show material streaming away from sun spots - others are close-up images of the surface of the Sun. The spacecraft has also made high resolution measurements of solar flares in a range of ultra-violet wavelengths.

22 Apr 2010
Keenan versus Baillie

The Douglas Keenan story has resurfaced across the blogosphere but see http://climateaudit.org for probably the best treatment - and it's implications. The FOI commissioner has agreed tree ring data from Queens University in Belfast should be passed over to Keenan. Mike Baillie, in various mainstream media sources such as The GuardianNew Scientist and The Times, has come across as a very angry man.

22 Apr 2010
Fireballs ... and fire ...

At http://cosmictusk.com April 20th ... reports of a fireball over Wisconsin were accompanied by reports of fires breaking out on the ground. This prompted Bob Kobres (see www.abob.libs.uga.edu/bobk/ ) to check his files and he found something similar occurred in Jordan on April 18th 2001 (almost exactly 9 years ago). Eyewitness reports again reported ground fires and tree fires. The general public might think there is nothing peculiar about this, as fireballs = fire. Right? No.