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3 Oct 2010
More on archaeology and the younger Dryas boundary event

The University of Arizona at http://uanews.org/node/34499 has issued a news report on the 'cold water on the comet hypothesis' paper. They begin by saying the notion of a comet or asteroid striking the earth and wiping out entire species is compelling, but .... they don't think the evidence is there.

3 Oct 2010
Lascaux constellations

BBC News 'online science editor' Dr David Whitehouse, in 2000, reported on the Ice Age prehistoric map of the night sky on the walls of Lascaux, as interpreted by Dr Michael Rappenglueck. Spanish researcher Luz Antequerra Congregeulo, in a doctoral thesis (1992) first suggested an astronomical interpretation of the dots above the shoulder of the bull painting as a depiction of the Pleiades. Qualifying that, the first academic publication of such an idea. Early investigators of the caves also suggested something quite similar.

3 Oct 2010
Sprites on a video clip

At NASA's Space Weather.com (see link at http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/10/02/watching-lightning-jets-hit-the-atmosphere/ ) there is a video clip of huge lightning discharges that are striking the ionosphere from thunderstorms below. It says that gigantic jets of lightning play an unknown role in the global flow of electricity around the planet. This is cutting edge science at the moment and amateur astronomers are being asked to contribute. 

3 Oct 2010
... and even more on the YD boundary event debate

The next day, October 2nd, George Howard posted the Holliday and Meltzer paper at http://cosmictusk.com fully and completely, including an extensive discussion in which a whole raft of other scientists commented on the issue - in what I think is a quite splendid scoop by George and highly commendable. It can be dowloaded in pdf format but consists of a lot of pages of print-out.

2 Oct 2010
The God King Scenario

At www.gks.uk.com Gary Gilligan has the second book of his series, the God King Scenario, available - with a link to Amazon. There is a Foreword on the web site that outlines some aspects of the work - and a brief description of what it consists of. We are all familiar with legends of monsters, dragons and demons and mythology with Gods that seem to dominate and intercede in human affairs. Generally, we might dismiss most of this as fictitious, the product of colourful story tellers whose business it is to elaborate and embroider the ordinary.

2 Oct 2010
The Eemian again - same article, different take

At  http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/10/01/ there is a post with the title '2 Degrees' - the amount our Canute like EU and US leaders think they are able to limit C02 to, a measly 2 degrees. Of course, it isn't anywhere near that figure - but that depends how it is calculated. In a paper in Journal of Quaternary Science this small increase is said to be dangerous - but why?

2 Oct 2010
Big Stone Axes for chopping down trees

At www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/63888/description/Ancient_New_Guinea/ ... it seems that people in what is now New Guinea nearly 50,000 years ago fashioned stone tools known as 'waisted axes' which used their body as well as their arms to fell trees and clear patches of forest in a mountain valley deep in the interior of New Guinea - and yet they aren't thought to have practised horticulture or garden agriculture until around 10,000 years ago.

2 Oct 2010
A Bahamas treasure-chest found in a hole ... a series of holes.

The holes concerned were formerly an Ice Age limestone cave system - much like the Yorkshire holes that cavers like to explore on rope and rafts (see www.physorg.com/print205158392.html ). They are now known as the blue holes of the Bahamas as after the Ice Age sea levels rose and flooded the caves. It seems more than likely that the Bahamas were an extensive tract of land - possibly even connected to the mainland of North America. Rather, the continental shelf around North America. Or at least separated by a fairly narrow channel.

2 Oct 2010
The Heoliosphere

This is a story that has popped up in a variety of media sources and on the blogosphere - including Science Daily. This version of the story is at www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-cosmic-rays-20101001,0,454358,print,stp the web site of the Los Angeles Times, and concerns the IBEX satellite orbiting the Earth in order to study the solar system heliosphere, the invisible bubble that exists beyond the planets.

2 Oct 2010
Index of Postings in September 2010

September 2010.

August 31st ... Other Worlds

August 31st ... Nasca Lines ... and water.

August 31st ... YD event update

August 31st ... K/T boundary event - a compromise?

August 31st ... the henge in Herts again

August 31st ... sun spots ... can stretch the sky ...

September 1st ... the Antarctic of the Past

September 1st ... Jupiter's radio emissions and dark energy?

September 1st ... A funny looking crater on Mars

September 1st ... No nano-diamonds at YD boundary ...