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2 Dec 2010
Egyptian Wetlands

At www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/66507/title/Shuttle_images_reveal_Egypts_lost_giant_lake/ ... what is now a huge sand sheet to the west of the Nile was once a lake as large as Lake Erie before 80,000 years ago.

2 Dec 2010
Stone and Wooden circles in N America

See www.examiner.com for the full story 'Cahokia's woodhenges' - and this is the much advertised mound people of the Ohio and Mississippi valleys that flourished in what was the Medieval Warm Period. The roots go back to the mid first millennium AD but what is emphasised here by this newspaper is an assumed astronomical link between a ring of post holes and stone circles.

2 Dec 2010
Dead Sea sediment core

Israeli scientists are drilling into the sea bed of the Dead Sea in the hope of extracting a sediment core going back several hundred thousand years. This will provide geological and archaeological information that will take years to analyse piece by small piec as it should pigeon hole periods of drought and flood, and changing climate over time. Both Israeli and Palestinian scientists are said to be involved in the project and it is thought one thing that will show up quite clearly is a history of earthquake activity in the Jordan Valley as relevant layers will not line up.

2 Dec 2010
Star maps on megaliths?

At www.stonepages.com/nes/archives/004126.html there is a bit of speculation that might be just imagination. A standing stone in S Wales which has 75 cup marks gouged out of its surface may represent a section of the night sky, it is claimed, but how this is arrived at is not disclosed. In addition, they say the particular part of the sky can be pinpointed and includes Cassiopeia, Orion, Sirius, and the North Star - but how do they know this?

2 Dec 2010
The Fire Spitting Uraeus

Member Gary Gilligan whose web site is at www.gks.uk.com has added new information on a new page, and this time has concentrated on the fire spitting uraeus, protector of the red sun. This an opportune moment in fact as various media outlets have been depicting a previously unknown Egyptian female pharaoh that has come to light, picturing her crown which parallels those of Gary on his web site. Egyptologists  tend to pass over such things as crowns without comment - or the barest of sentences.

8 Nov 2010
Cliff Fall in Dorset

Anyone holidaying in Dorset might be aware that you can walk the undercliff from Lyme Regis to Axmouth in what is now a quite pleasant wooded environment stretching some 10 miles or so that is maintained as a National Nature Reserve. It is in fact part of the South West Coastal Footpath, the section taking in the Jurassic Shore of Dorset and Devon. Most of the time there is no access to the beach because of the danger of falling rubble.

7 Nov 2010
Maya agriculture

At www.nature.com/news/2010/101105/full/news.2010.587.html we have the fruits of research by the Geological Research Association of America on Mayan agriculture. They lived in sprawling densely populated pockets in the Yucatan and their civilisation reached it's height between 400BC-900AD. They had to contend wtih recurring droughts and rising sea levels - which is an interesting insight considering the same thing was happening elsewhere in the world.

6 Nov 2010
Comet Hartley2

At www.physorg.com/print208174658.html ... this is more on Come Hartley2 including the revelation that jets were outgassing from the sunward side, the night side, and along the terminator - the line between the two sides.

6 Nov 2010
Aborigine Technology

At www.theage.com.au/national/3500yearold-axe-head-places-aborigine-ancestors-at-the-cutting-edge-of-technology/ November 6th ... a 35,000 year old axe fragment found in Arnhem Land in Australia is thought to be the oldest (so far) ground edge tool in the world and it is making scientists reconsider when the technique of grinding to sharpen tools first began.

6 Nov 2010
Genetics

At www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/65063/title/Central_dogma_of_genetics_maybe_not_so_central/ ... It seems the RNA molecules aren't always faithful reproductions of the genetic instructions contained within DNA, a new study has shown. This contradicts a major tenet of genetics - a central dogma that is that DNA letters encode information and RNA is produced in DNA's likeness. The RNA then serves as a template to build proteins.