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25 Sep 2010

At September 22nd ... (see also ) scientists claim to have found firm evidence that the biggest moon of Mars, Phobus, is made from rock blasted off the surface of Mars in a catastrophic event - something like worlds in collision! The evidence comes from ESAs Mars Express spacecraft and appears to discount the old theory the moons of Mars are captured asteroids.

25 Sep 2010
Neanderthals killed off by volcanoes?

At  and as reported elsewhere, a paper in the October issue of Current Anthropology suggests that volcanic eruptions in the Caucasus and Italy coincided with the demise of the Neanderthals. Pollen and ash was analysed in sediment layers dated from around 40,000 years ago. A sterile layer was found.

25 Sep 2010
An older universe?

At September 20th Casey Kazan stirs the pot by asking, could the universe be older than cosmologists think? More powerful telescopes are upsetting the standard textbook theories - there are seeming contradictions. On of them is the discoveryof a large elliptical galaxy that is very distant and dated, by rred shift analysis, to something like 10 billion years ago.

23 Sep 2010
Anasazi violence

At ... is I think a regurgitation of an old story by Discovery News which has a habit of catching up a few days late - but in this instant a few months late. It probably amounts to ongoing research and excavation at the site - new season dig results. They describe the discovery of nearly fifteen thousand skeletal remains dating back to AD800.

23 Sep 2010
Out of Africa

At Sept 2Ist ... geneticists have estimated the the Out of Africa human migration to SE Asia and Australia took place around 60,000 years ago. However, stone tools found in Arabia and India recently point to an earlier date, possibly around 80,000 years ago.

23 Sep 2010
The Raised Waters of the Exodus

At is a story that appeared on BBC News broadcasts and at and and generally in lots of places that have nothing to do with religion - but hark back to a Biblical event that science has sought to downsize in the past.

21 Sep 2010
Records in Stone

At ... is an abstract of a book edited by Clive Ruggles, Records in Stone: Papers in Memory of Alexander Thom. As well as a chapter by Ruggles which is critical of Thom's choice of markers and notches in the horizon the other authors are impressive as they include Anthony Aveni, Ed Krupp, Archie Thom, Aubrey Burl, Hans Motz, Chris Jennings and one of the SIS founders, Euan MacKie, 'Investigating the Prehistoric Solar Calendar'

21 Sep 2010
Big Conks and Curly Locks

The Peoples Daily in China (see ) has a short story on a stone coffin from the Tang Dynasty (around AD800) which has a depiction of Greek like Europeans engraved on the outside - evidence of contact with Byzantium via the Silk Road.

21 Sep 2010
Parallel universes and the Black Widow

Is gravity from a parallel universe creating dark energy? Casey Kazan at has a different slant on a story that emerged a few weeks ago - the idea of gravity leaking from a parallel universe. The commenters at the end of what is a short piece are not impressed. Ivar Nielson of Denmark in particular.

21 Sep 2010
Antarctica - when was it glaciated?

At ... one of the forums at Thunderbolts this week is on the release of Peter Jupp's new video - the subject is Antarctica. Peter Jupp is a member of SIS and attended the EU Presentation during the summer. We hope to have several of his videos available for sale to interested parties in the near future.