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7 Sep 2010
A second pole slip ... what next ...

At Sept 6th ... for a second time evidence has been found the magnetic poles have flipped over in a very rapid manner. Geologists in 1995 found a lava flow in Oregon with an unusual magnetic pattern indicating it had shifted 10,000 times faster than expected. This was hotly disputed in geological circles and was so controversial many scientists simply still do not accept such an event. It does not fit into a uniformitarian context.

7 Sep 2010
Titbits of History

At Sept 6th ... there is a report that says Irish scientists have found fragments of Egyptian papyrus in the leather cover of an ancient book of psalms that was unearthed from a peat bog where it had been preserved. This is the first tangible connection between early Irish Christians and the Coptic Church, according to the National Museum of Ireland. The manuscript's leather binding also has an origin in Egypt - but the manuscript inside the cover was produced in an Irish monastery.

7 Sep 2010
Red Rain update

At Sept 1st ... 'The extraordinary Tale of Red Rain, Comets and Extraterrestrials' is the title but the shortish piece on the blog does not give much away - you need to read the paper on the earlier post on the same subject. Panspermia is not a mainstream fancy in science but a growing body of evidence suggest it is a subject to be explored rather than casually ignored - given the treatment.

5 Sep 2010
Fire in the Sun

At the Greeks and Romans had a variety of theories on what might power the Sun and surprisingly, the notion they had in the back of their heads was not very different from a plasma filled universe. Even the astronomer, John Herschel, in the 18th century, wrote a letter to Faraday speculating that the Sun might owe its brightness to cosmic electrical currents - with the upper atmosphere of the Sun auroralised by them ...

5 Sep 2010
New Chronology and Jonah

At ... there are a lot of emails to wade through on this lively and very active Yahoo Group (requires a membership to read the emails), enough to faze even the most receptive of minds - but far from dulls the revisionist faithful. This one caught my eye after a brief trawl and was posted by Frank Taylor of North Carolina.

5 Sep 2010
The Etruscans, the Hittites, Luwians, and others

Also on the New Chronology Yahoo Group forum in August has been a discussion of tawannas, a title used by Hittite queens, and the spread of that term by the Philistines and Etruscans - in late 9th century on the New Chronology framework. In that context the migration might well be visualised as primarily a migration of people from SE Anatolia (at the end of the LB Age) with minimal connections with the Aegean. There are a lot of emails on the subject with a diverse number of points of view - too many to repeat here.

4 Sep 2010
A couple of sites on a revised chronology

At we have a development on the ideas of John Lascelles and news of a two volume book shortly to be published by a former member of the SIS, John Crowe. Basically, it is all about redating the Trojan War and relocating the site of Troy. Interesting ideas that deserve to be aired in the public areana.

4 Sep 2010
Humans in the Amazon Basin

At ... the Washington Post, September 3rd, has a post on the Amazon rainforest - in this instance the section that is in Peru, below the Andes mountains. It begins by saying the idea that the Amazon Basin is a virgin environment unblemished by the excesses of human behaviour, and in fact barely touched by a human footprint, seems to be wrong.

4 Sep 2010
Water and Stars

At there is a report from ESA (the European Space Agency) that the Herschel infrared space observatory has discovered that ultraviolet starlight is a key ingredient for making water in the atmosphere of some stars. It is the only explanation, they continue, for why a dying star is surrounded by a gigantic cloud of hot water vapour (published in Nature September 2nd).

4 Sep 2010
Water and Ocean Currents

At there is another ESA report - this time on the role of the Amazon and the Orinoco in the Ocean Circulation system in the South Atlantic. Fresh water from the Amazon tends to create a flow or current of low salinity surface water. It seems to circle back on itself as a result of a much stronger ocean current off the coast of northern Brazil which is the southern equivalent of the North Atlantic's Gulf Stream - and well recorded in ocean circulation research.