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26 Jun 2010
Tutankhamon - another theory on the cause of death June 25th reports on a German theory that rejects malaria as the cause of death but blames sickle cell disease (quoting a letter written to the Journal of the American Medical Association by a couple of medical scientists).

26 Jun 2010
The consensus opinion of myth June 21st has an excellent post by Rens van der Sliujs on the scholarly evidence of similarities between cultures - sometimes from opposite sides of the planet. He says there is an ingrained prejudice against looking for similarities - and what is thought to be good scholarly work is for somebody in a specialised field to discover oddities peculiar to that culture and the period of time being researched. The fact that there might have been lots of similarities with other cultures is ignored.

26 Jun 2010
What ended the Ice Age? June 25th ... scientists know the consensus theory is inadequate - which may come as a surprise to some. All  the textbooks are emphatic - it happened this way and they go on to describe in detail the consensus model of how it came about. The trigger was an orbital shift known as the Milankovitch Cycle. It caused more sunlight to fall across the northern half of the earth where the great ice sheets lay.

25 Jun 2010
Venus, Mars ... asks, Was Venus once a habitable planet? Did it once have an ocean? This is an exercise in computer modellingt - read with a beady eye.

25 Jun 2010
Megaliths, Roman Cornwall, Caral ... and those darn Neanderthals again ...

At we have an article that suggests Neanderthals separated from other Homo sapiens as early as one million years ago - going by DNA analysis. Once again, this is an exercise in computer simulation dressed up as fact, and it goes on to conclude no actual hominid ancestor for either Neanderthals or Homo sapiens has been found - the missing link is still missing. In the study only dental morphology was analysed - nothing else but teeth.

19 Jun 2010
Egyptian C14 dates are right according to new analysis

BBC News Thursday June 17th ... experts have used scientific dating techniques to show the chronology of ancient Egypt is largely right. C14 was used to date material from museums around the world and the OK, MK and NK dates as devised by academics over the years have proved to be spot on - hardly a variation of note. However, it was not C14 as it was formerly used, which tended to produce somewhat erratic dates, but a new C14 technique by a laboratory regarded as state of the art.

19 Jun 2010
Earthquake synchrony

At we are informed that in nature random signals often fall mysteriously in step, one after the other. Fireflies flashing sporadically in the early evening have a tendency to flash in unison, or very closely after each other - flashing in bunches, and a similar harmonic behaviour can be conjectured while listening to crickets (grasshoppers) or even swinging clock pendulums.

19 Jun 2010
C02 and the Oceans

At June 18th ... in looking at ice cores from up to 800,000 years ago scientists have found a link between ice melt and C02 abundance in the atmosphere. There has been a 40 per cent increase of C02 in the atmosphere since the last glaciation - and this can largely be attributed, it is being said, to changes in the circulation of oceanic waters surrounding Antarctica.

19 Jun 2010

At June 18th ... coming up to our July meeting on Wal Thornhill's theory of electricity in the universe we may note a paper published in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics concerns the discovery of a magnetic field at the surface of the supergiant star Betelgeuse. The rotation of stars like the Sun produces flows of ionised material in their inner layers - triggering a dynamo mechanism causing the generation of a magnetic field.

18 Jun 2010
YD impact debate update

At we have a couple of stories on what is an ongoing debate - have scientists found evidence of a cosmic connection with the advent of the Younger Dryas or can the anomalies be explained by terrestrial based events. There is a critique of a paper by Pinter and Scott that claims carbon spherules of the type found in the black mat layer can also be found in forest fire incidents and therefore do not prove a cosmic origin for them.