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20 Mar 2010
Water on the Moon

www.physorg.com id188149607 ... it was thought the Moon was the driest place in the solar system - but now we have reports of moon water 'pouring' in . Some 600 million metric tons of water distributed in 40 moon craters near the moon's north pole, have been discovered (possibly conjectural). NASA's mini-SAR radar imagining instrument onboard India's Chandrayaan spacecraft is responsible for the turn around in view.

20 Mar 2010
The Nemesis Star

http://cosmictusk.com March 19th ... George Howard keeps coming up with interesting stories. This is a short piece on the NASA WISE mission and the Nemesis theory of Richard Muller. NASA is not just looking for dark and dead comets, it would seem, but it's orbiting infrared telescope might find the long speculated Nemesis companion star - but with some reservations. D Kirkpatrick, part of the WISE team, does not think Nemesis will be a red dwarf star with an enormous orbit as described by Muller but a low mass object closer to home.

19 Mar 2010
Red Spot

The Daily Galaxy, March 17th ) www.dailygalaxy.com - 'Unlocking the Secrets of Jupiter's Giant Red Spot' claims the red spot is a region of storminess, the reddest bits a warm core within an otherwise cold storm system. The findings come from an article in Icarus but see also www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2010-086&cid=release_2010-086.htm where thermal images show the red spot in greater clarity than ever before.

19 Mar 2010
Dogs

www.physorg.com/print188045220.html ... contrary to research published last year, using genetics, domesticated dogs originated in East Asia and were used as a supplementary meat source in lean times of the year. Dogs are still eaten in China - and across Siberia and East Asia (and the practise was transferred into North America by migrants). Another genetic study at about the same time suggested village dogs in Africa may have been the origin of some, if not many, dog breeds.

19 Mar 2010
Boat Mummies

This subject comes up on a regular basis but research by Chinese archaeologists have clarified some issues - but introduced other ideas. The New York Times (see www.nytimes.com March 17th) which begins by describing the location of the dessicated corpses (rather than real mummies) in a desert to the north of Tibet, and tells us that Chinese archaeologists have excavated an extraordinary cemetery - first excavated by Scandinavians some 50 years or so ago and off-limits to westerners for most of the time since then.

19 Mar 2010
Oh to be a Sunbeam

www.thunderbolts.info March 10th ... 'The Sunbeam of Yore' explores features associated with  the axis mundi or world axis - a column of dazzling light visible in the sky. For example, Sumerian temples, such as that of Gudea of Lagash, 'made Ningursu's house come out like the Sun from the clouds' - a sunbeam, so that it 'rises like the Sun over the Land ... and illuminates the assembly like a delightful moonlight'.

19 Mar 2010
Frankenstein and the Comet of Yore

www.thunderbolts.info March 9th ... 'Frankenstein's Comet: Sparks of Life' ... this is unfortunately a very short piece on what is a very interesting aspect of the past. Basically, the author draws a comparison with the Frankenstein story, bringing a monster to life with the aid of high voltage electricity passed through a lifeless corpse - but basically possessing the feasibility of life.

19 Mar 2010
Hawaii

See www.northernearth.co.uk/inthawaii.htm for a rambling story, 'Petroglyphs of Hawaii' which does not actually describe them as such but goes into a preamble about stones and birthing and quite unrelated material. It is some 16 pages in all and as usual the last few pages are the most useful. John Billingsley, author of books and editor of Northern Earth magazine paid a visit to Hawaii and this article was written as a result. It is not absolute, in other words, and somewhat speculative.

19 Mar 2010
Caer Sidi

www.morien-institute.org/caersidi.html ... an interesting web site which initially involved a former member of SIS. Basically, Caer Sidi is first heard in the Welsh poem Hanes Taliesin (see Mike Baillie and Patrick McCafferty, The Celtic Gods) and controversy has stalked the poem as far as modern interpretation is concerned - especially in scholarly circles. Who was the author? When was it written down? and who was Taliesin?

17 Mar 2010
The Druid's Arms

www.thisisbristol.co.uk/news/Finding-stones-near-Bristol-place-history/article ... Stanton Drew stone circle may be much older than previously thought due to the discovery of new evidence by amateur archaeologists from a local society, Bath and Camerton. It seems that long before the stone circle was erected around 2500BC there was a long barrow on the site - it's remains are now known as the Cove, three standing stones nestled at the back of the Druid's Arms pub car park.