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21 Jan 2011
Stephen Hawking

At www.physorg.com/news/2011-01-students-flock-legendary-physicist-stephen.html there is a story of students flocking to hear Stephen Hawking speak at Caltech in California. He can still draw a large crowd. His speciality is quantum gravity. In 1974 he predicted that black holes should thermally create and emit subatomic particles known as Bekenstein-Hawking radiation - until they exhaust their energy and dissipate.

18 Jan 2011
Bog Bodies

At www.usatoday.com/tech/science/columnist/vergano/2011-01-16-bog-bodies_N.htm it seems that some 560 bog bodies have been found just in Denmark as a result of wetland drainage schemes. Acids found in bogs have mummified some of the bodies, even the clothes. In most instances only the bones have been preserved. The author lists a variety of theories as to why bodies were deposited in such places.

18 Jan 2011
Lake Victoria (Australia)

At www.thunderbolts.info ... see the Forum section and a discussion of some of Peter Jupp's ideas (he is a member of SIS, and his DVDs are available via the SIS Sales or can be purchased directly from his web site www.ancientdestructions.com where short You Tube videos of them can be viewed online to give an idea of what the DVDs offer). In this instance the Forum is discussing the possibility that an Aboriginal gathering of peoples was destroyed by an auroral discharge (Wal Thornhill).

18 Jan 2011
Worlds in Near Collision

At www.nytimes.com/2011/01/16/weekinreview/16chang.html?ref=kennethchang there is a story sent in by member Gary Gilligan. It begins with the theme of plate tectonics and earthquakes and proceeds to the solar system and planetary astronomy. Apparently, it is now thought the solar system is not a constant but has changed - over time.

18 Jan 2011
Civilisation Collapse

At http://thegwpf.org/science-news/2225-benny-peiser-climate-change-is-civilisation-collapse/ is an interesting piece worth reading that attacks the environmentalist idea of civilisation collapse as a result of human exploitation of old mother Gaia. Benny Peiser is of course a former prominent member of the SIS, contributing articles and organising one of the SIS Cambridge Conferences.

18 Jan 2011
Bringing the Mammoths back to life

At www.physorg.com/print214406296.html ... scientists aim to use mammoth skin and muscle tissue excaated from the Siberian permafrost to bring a mammoth back to life - via the womb of a modern elephant. If they succeed they intend to study its genes - and its ecology. What might they discover? Were mammoths a temperate climate animal or an Arctic species adapted to the cold conditions of the Ice Age?

18 Jan 2011
Lions in the Ice Age

William Burroughs in Climate Change in Prehistory (Cambridge University Press: 2005) describes some cave paintings at Chauvet drawn with charcoal and of unusually clear draughtsmanship. They depict animals that the artist(s) saw in the habitat around them and surprisingly they are of species more common in a warm world - such as a pride of lions. Quite apart from the material used to execute them it is the fact they depict species more suited to a savannal environment than the edge of a massive ice sheet.

15 Jan 2011
Tree Ring Study

At www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2011/1/14/new-tree-ring-paper.html there is a post on an article in New Scientist of January 14th commenting on a paper by Buntgen et al that was actually published in Science (DOI: 10.1126/science.1197175.htm ).

13 Jan 2011
Holes in the Sun

At www.physorg.com/print214040011.html there is an image of the Sun taken on January 10th in extreme ultra-violet light that captures a dark covered hole (below). Coronal holes are areas on the surface of the Sun associated with open magnetic field lines  that head out into space. They are the beginnings of the solar wind.

13 Jan 2011
Thunderstorms and Anti-matter

This story was sent in by two members, Gary and Lawrence, having picked it up from two different sources, being www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/11/01/lightning-antimatter-physics/ and http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/ January 11th.