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7 Jan 2011
Mesolithic era timbers found on Thames foreshore

A rather juvenile Guardian report of an archaeological discovery, invoking James Bond, is all about what has been found on the Thames foreshore - part of ongoing research that has been taking place for months, and just happened to be within spitting distance of the M16 building - which is duly given prominence by the newspaper (see However, the same story is also available elsewhere, in

7 Jan 2011
Emirates archaeology

At ... Ras al Khaimeh is one of the seven Emirates and has a long history of occupation. The archaeology in this piece is basically a survey of fortifications - and some of them appear to go back to the 3rd millennium BC. Enormous stone and mud brick round towers have been found and a succession of fortified places from ancient to modern.

7 Jan 2011
The Hornet and Electricity

This is a story to be found at, concerning the discovery that the 'oriental hornet' is able to convert energy from the Sun into electric power that in some way keeps it cool during the hottest period of midday. It can thus forage at the peak of the Sun's heat - and the conversion is done in the brown and yellow body parts.

6 Jan 2011
Sun Spots - update and history

At ... it is recognised that sun spot activity has declined - at the moment, in early January. The surface of the Sun is clear - or nearly so. Sun spots are thought to be upwellings of the Sun's magnetic field which traps ionised plasma - or electrically charged superheated gas, at the surface. The Sun also has an 11 year cycle during which it peaks (lots of sun spots) and declines (known as the solar minimum).

5 Jan 2011
A Rapid spread of Polynesians

At ... is a news release of a reappraisal of the timescale of Polynesian migration across the eastern Pacific via a study of 1400 C14 samples from 47 different islands. Polynesians were in Samoa by 800BC but the colonisation of the islands further east, such as Hawaii, Easter Island, New Zealand, the Societies and Marquesas etc took place within a period of 200-300 years, first reaching the Societies by the 10th century AD. Why at that point in time might be one question.

5 Jan 2011
NASA puzzled by Sun activity

There is a lovely post at WattsUpWithThat today that I will write up tomorrow and add to this post - but looking at John O'Sullivan claims NASA is puzzled by activity on the Sun during the summer of last year, 2010. It seems we have another theory on how the Sun might work and how it might impact on climate here on earth.

5 Jan 2011

At we have a post on John Lascelles whose book was reviewed by SIS a couple of years ago. Wikinfo was launched in 2003, a universal open content reference source along the lines of Wikipedia and other Wiki sites. The site is set up for users to edit articles and to create new articles. This is an ideal facility for SIS members to participate in, especially those with hypothesis that have no chance of getting a public hearing elsewhere.

5 Jan 2011
Solar Alignment in New England

This is one of those stories that I find fascinating, a man that has devoted a great deal of his spare time and holidays in investigating an archaeological oddity, walking and hiking for miles in an attempt to understand what might have been going on. Obviously, as the evidence mounts one has to home in some kind of clue, and in this instance he thought he had found evidence of an astro-archaeological alignment.

4 Jan 2011
The Quelccaya Glacier

At January 3rd ... we learn that freezing weather is also affecting the tropics - in this instance, the high mountain zones of the tropics. Ecuador is both tropical but also the Andes heights harbour glaciers - most noteably the famous Quelccaya glacier that environmentalists have been so fond of telling us over the last 20 years or so, is receding. In other words, it has been melting. It has melted to such a degree that plants that were buried under ice thousands of years ago have been found, relatively intact.

4 Jan 2011
The Grand Bahamas Bank

At hgttp:// .... there is a NASA image of the Great Bahama Bank as seen from space. It stretches from near the N American land mass to the south, almost reaching Cuba. The image was taken by the MODIS instrument, a spectroradiometer, from a satellite and picks out beautifully the Bahamas Bank system (see below) which is just 33 feet average depth as opposed to its surrounding waters, or deep water channels, that are thousands of feet deep.