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6 Jul 2010
stone age amputation

www.epochtimes.com July 5th ... stone age surgeons (4900BC) in France performed an amputation operation on a man whose skeleton was found 40km south of Paris with grave goods suggesting he was an important member of the community. According to the Daily Mail he was probably given pain killing plants such as hallucinogenics, when the knife cut flesh.

6 Jul 2010
An Armenian Genesis

A bit of nationalism and wishful thinking is apparent in this story from www.panarmenian.net/eng/society/news/50844/ where it claims Mesopotamian civilisation originated in Armenia. It does however probably provide a clue to the direction from which came the Jemdat Nasr people that invaded Sumeria around 3200BC. As for the Sumerians themselves, who arrived somewhat earlier, they remain a mystery - unless you adher to the David Rohl version of events.

6 Jul 2010
Geo-ablative Melt

A new post at http://craterhunter.wordpress.com/2010/07/03/fire-cloud-rocks/ is basically an update on ignimbrites - as perceived by the author. The word ignimbrite means something like 'fire cloud rock' but he goes on to say they were produced by thermal explosive processes of extraterrestrial origin. Volcnic Tuff and Impact Melt are two examples of ignimbrites but he wishes to add a third - with an origin in blast.

3 Jul 2010
Altitude ... Snowballs ...

http://news.yahoo.com the journal Science (July 2nd) claims Tibetans and Han Chinese separated from each other just 2750 years ago. The group that moved into Tibet dwindled in numbers but the lesser group, remaining at a low altitude, expanded dramatically. As such the Tibetans adapted to a very high altitude in a very short period of time - and the Han went on to dominate China. This story reappears on Daily Galaxy on July 3rd, posted by Casey Kazan.

3 Jul 2010
Electric Universe ... snippets of news ...

The big news is that Wal Thornhill is addressing an SIS meeting next week - at the Harlequin theatre in Redhill, Surrey (just off the M25). To get an idea of what is being discussed go to www.electricuniverse.info/Electric_Universe_on_Wikipedia/ where there is an outline of the model suitable for the uninitiated.

2 Jul 2010
Moon impact

At www.jpl.nasa.gov/news July 1st ... from a lunar sample collected by Apollo 17 astronauts 40 years ago scientists have detected and dated carbon on the Moon - in the form of graphite. It dates back almost 4 billion years ago (estimate) and formed during a meteorite impact event. The carbon came either from the inpactor, and as it was found near the Mare Serenitatus there is a good chance the depression was formed at the same time, or alternatively, it condensed from carbon rich gas released during the impact event.

2 Jul 2010
exploding stars

www.physorg.com/print1997132957.html June 30th ... supernovae are stellar explosions that can be seen across the entire universe. Type 1a supernovae are used by researchers to observe the acceleration of the universe. It has long been known they exhibit considerable variation in their spectra - but the reasons why this is so have been unknown, or certainly so, until now. Scientists at the Niels Bohr Institute think they have the answer.

2 Jul 2010
keeping a track on what the Sun is doing ....

www.physorg.com/print197125900.html ... Proba-2 is a small member of ESAs fleet of satellites but it is full of experimental technology. It has returned 90,000 images of the surface of the Sun in the last 8 months. It is capable of following coronal mass ejections as they leave the solar surface - although these are currently in short supply. In addition, a piece of Czech technology is able to measure the plasma environment around the satellite.

30 Jun 2010
Atlatl Dart recovered from melting glacier

This story is interesting as it involves melting mountain glaciers - alleged to be the result of global warming. A new field of archaeological investigation has developed over the last 8 years or so as it was realised some well preserved artifacts were being uncovered by melting ice - not just in North America, as in this instance, but in the Alps and other locations. It is a well established fact that some mountain glaciers melt on a regular basis.

30 Jun 2010
The debate on dark matter

At www.dailygalaxy.com June 30th, Casey Kazan is stirring things up again and needling some of his readers. The title is what they find upsetting, 'The Jupiter Effect: Is everything we know about the universe wrong?' - is in fact the story I posted a few days ago on In the News - the discovery that dark energy and dark matter may not exist. This version is worth another look to anybody so inclined as Kazan has a habit of stirring the pot - and by the tone of some of the comments at the end of the piece  they do not like his style.