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11 Mar 2011
The Sun awakes - or is it still slumbering?

At is a reference to the present X-flare and unsettled geomagnetic conditions (details derived from A flare on March 9th, following on from the big flare in late February, is what has generated the posting, as it sent a CME towards the earth. Funnily enough, or perhaps just a coincidence, two days later we have the Japanese earthquake.

11 Mar 2011
Household Lighting and the Earth Hour

An interesting post at is all about the history of lighting houses over the last couple of hundred years. It progresses from candles to oil lamps fueled by cooking whales. The discovery of fossil oil was a reprieve for the whale but was closely followed by the discovery of electricity and the much maligned light bulb, the object of derision by more extreme elements of AGW enthusiasm.

11 Mar 2011
Dakhla and Beyond

More on the tale of Egyptian MK expeditions into the western desert (see ... The Dakhla Oasis lies 300km west of the Nile Valley and is usually thought to be Egypt's furthest outpost in the western desert.

11 Mar 2011
Greek Neanderthals and a Scottish Standing Stone

At is a story on the discovery of prehistoric stone tools found high in the mountains of northern Greece and thought to be Neanderthal. Two sites, at 50,000 and 35,000 years ago were found in the Pindos, some 250 miles NW of Athens, at an altitude of 5500 feet. Evidence was found that Neanderthals visited the wo locations over a very long period of time - thousands of years. Neanderthals roamed central and southern Europe as well as western Asia from 400,000 to 30,000 years ago.

11 Mar 2011
Plate Tectonics and Tibet

It seems we can be assured that plate tectonics can explain the peculiar geology of Tibet - which must mean some other geologists disagree. The story can be found at and concerns a paper in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters and the research involved GPS data, the mapping of fault zones, and of course, the inevitable computer analysis.

9 Mar 2011
Cosmic Rays - where do they come from?

At ... it is thought cosmic rays have an origin in distant supernova events - but is this true? An Italian physicist, at the University of Rome, in a paper in Science (March 3rd, 2011), says cosmic rays aren't actually rays, strictly so, they are fast moving particles that carry an extraordinary amount of energy and they continuously bombard the earth from every direction.

9 Mar 2011
Going back to Pygmy and Bushmen origins?

At we learn that 'modern humans' may have originated in southern Africa according to a genetic study and a paper in PNAS. It seems that hunter gatherer populations such as the Bushmen possess a greater degree of genetic diversity than, shall we say, Bantu subsistence farmers, or cattle raising and herd based cultures. Why is this novel? - it was being said years ago (see Jean-Pierre Hallet, Pygmy Kitabu, Souvenir Press:1974).

9 Mar 2011

Gary Gilligan's web site has an update on the Egyptian god Horus - and he disassociates it from the Sun. Horus is generally depicted in the shape of a hawk, a sky god that presumably swooped downwards, and was attached to the idea of divine kingship - protector of the reigning pharaoh. He was apparently an  omnipresent sky god - but was sun-like rather than being the Sun. Even as the winged disk Horus was not the Sun, or Horus in the dual form of Re-Horakhty (Horus of the Horizon).

8 Mar 2011
Enceladus (heat from the Poles) and ET life in a meteorite

At March 7th ... heat from the south polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus has been found to be much greater than previously deduced. The new information is derived from the Cassini spacecraft and has been written up in a paper in the Journal of Geophysical Research (March 4th, 2011). At the south Pole there are a number of linear fissures which seem to indicate the heat is internal - but this is guesswork.

8 Mar 2011
Aurignacian mystery?

At ... most textbooks and internet sources such as Wikipedia or Britannica define the Aurignacians as the first Homo sapiens to enter Europe, appearing on the scene around 40,000 years ago. It is essentially a tool repertoire that is common to Europe and south west Asia.