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1 May 2011
Looking for Sodom

This is the title of an article at http://popular-archaeology.com/issue-printer/april-2011 .... looking for the Biblical cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, the cities of the Plain that were destroyed by God, have proved to be a little elusive. It seems that excavations in progress at the moment may be a little promising - but don't hold your breath. Previously, archaeologists have focussed on the region to the SE of the Dead Sea where a narrow alluvial plain is situated. Not exactly the kind of Plain envisaged in the Biblical text, too small perhaps.

1 May 2011
New York tsunami event 300BC

Katherine Cagen (Harvard) and Dallas Abbot (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, New York) 'Evidence for a tsunami generated by an impact event in the New York metropolitan area approximately 2300 years ago' (2009) can be downloaded as a pdf file from http://cosmictusk.com and consists of roughly 20 pages, mainly of pictures of sampling from sediments. The abstract, one page, says that it is proposed an oceanic impact event caused a tsunami wave to rip through what is now New York, around 300BC.

30 Apr 2011
Chinese Homo erectus and the Secrets of Pavilland Cave

At www.unreportedheritagenews.com/2011/04/did-peking-man-wield-spear-new-re... there is a posting on Peking Man, dated by a new methodology some 700,000 years ago and known from the cave system at Choukoutien in China (mentioned by Velikovsky). Related to Homo erectus, Peking Man appears to have adapted to cold Ice Age conditions, but these things are open to interpretation.

30 Apr 2011
Movements of the earth at the point of axis

The New York Times (see www.nytimes.com/2011/04/26/science/26qna.html?_r=1=science 'As the World Turns' asks, do shifts of the earth's axis produced by earthquakes alter world weather? - presumably a question an earnest AGW enthusiast might be concerned about - why is snow still falling in parts of the US and Canada? Its supposed to be spring. Its very warm over here in NW Europe but other parts of the northern hemisphere are not so lucky.

29 Apr 2011
Carbon - a pollutant or an essential of life?

Over at http://wattsupwiththat.com on April 29th we learn that some AGW doomsayers have said the devastating Alabama tornadoes are a result of 'C02 pollution' rather than other factors - but incredibly, at www.joannenova.com.au/carbon-demonised-by-climate-propaganda/ it seems that some people really do think volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis are induced by global warming and rising levels of C02. Worse still, some people are so convinced carbon is a pollutant they think they should try and avoid it altogether - even in food.

29 Apr 2011
Problems with ancient DNA

Recent DNA tests on the mummies of Tutankhamon and his close relatives came up with the odd, if not  too likely finding that they had origins in western Europe. Now it is thought the DNA sampling procedure was open to contamination. The mummies have been handled by a lot of European archaeologists and scientists - so that is not surprising. See www.nature.com/news/2011/110427/full/472404a.html for an idea of the limitations of DNA research and the inhouse controversies about the way it is applied in practise - and an expectation it might get better in the future.

29 Apr 2011
And Electric Brains ...

At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/04/110428143155.htm ... biologists have found that electrical oscillations in the brain are more important than they imagined as they play a role in organising cognitive functions such as memory and are particularly important as they allow the brain to store information that in turn allows us to navigate around the physical environment - a sort of inbuilt GPS system inside our heads. The paper describing it all can be found in Science of April 29th (2011).

26 Apr 2011
Electric Microbes ?

At www.technologyreview.com/blog/arxiv/ April 25th (Physics blog) 'How Bacteria could generate radio waves' (or go to www.technologyreview.com and click on blogs along the top menu, then click on the Physics blog which is usually the first one to pop up). arxiv.org/abs/1104.3113 'Eelctromagnetic signals from bacterial DNA' ... natural sources for radio waves include lightning, stars and pulsars and artificial sources include radar, mobile phones and computers etc.

24 Apr 2011
Follow the Dosh

This story was big on the blogosphere a year or so ago but it seems a Telegraph 'investigative' journalist has caught up with reality and cottoned on that big money lies at the root of AGW propaganda. See http://bishophill.squarespace.com/blog/2011/04/23/digging-into-the-globe... (and the comments are really worth reading - very illuminating) and the same story but with less genteel charm is up at http://eureferendum.blogspot.com/2011/04/hail-msm.html which is hard hitting and from a hack of many years experience.

23 Apr 2011
Tsunami markers

Tsunami is a Japanese word and they have been a feature of Japan's history for as long as it can be gleaned. Previous inhabitants left stone markers showing where the tsunami wave reached. They had various inscriptions warning of the link between tsunami and earthquakes (see www.nytimes.com/2011/04/21/world/asia/21stones.html?_r=2&ref=global-home... ) but modern Japanese people had been lulled into a false sense of security with sea walls and other structures designed to hold back water.