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5 Mar 2011
Pastoralists in Africa

Redefining the entry into North Africa by pastoralists from Asia, via Sinai, Mathilda (at http://mathildasanthropologyblog.wordpress.com/2010/05/15/eurasian-y-chromosome-R1b-in-africa/) we find they migrated there some 8000 years ago. In other words, in the window after the 6200-6000BC event, the most severe of the Holocene climate glitches. In all likelihood the migration was driven by that event and there is every reason to think the Sahara has the same Semitic root as Sarah.

4 Mar 2011
Sun Spots - mystery solved?

At www.physorg.com/print218294599.html (and see also http://wattsupwiththat.com March 3rd for the same story but with lots of comments). Scientists think they have solved how the Sun works - and have produced a computer model on its past performances. The real meat is yet to come - can they predict how the Sun will behave in the future?

4 Mar 2011
Orion in the Ice Age

Any subject such as this spawns all kinds of strange ideas and web sites. However, at http://mathildasanthropologyblog.wordpress.com/2008/05/06/stone-age-star-chart-of-orion/ the subject is dealt with in a sober manner, and the story is all about a small piece of mammoth ivory found in the Ach Valley of Germany and dating back over 30,000 years ago.

4 Mar 2011
Proto-semitic languages

Another interesting article I picked up from Mathilda (see http://mathildasanthropologyblog/2010/05/16/bayesian-phylogenetic-analysing-of-semitic-languages-identifies-an-early-bronze-age-origin-of-semitic-in-the-near-east/ which may also interest SIS members - who were the semites and where did they come from?

3 Mar 2011
New Paper - Arctic Sea Ice Rebounds

At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/02/110204092149.htm ... a paper in Geophysical Research Letters 2011: 38 claims that recovery mechanisms of Arctic summer sea ice shows that no tipping point is likely to exist as far as the loss of Arctic sea ice is concerned. In the summer it melts by varying amounts, sometimes more and sometimes less. However, each winter the sea ice recovers - and always will.

3 Mar 2011
Fish - builders of the chalk?

A joint UK/US study of ocean sediments off the coast of the Bahamas has come up with some surprising facts. See www.physorg.com/print218289668.html .. published by the PNAS it says that fish are responsible for a lot of the fined grained carbonite in sea bottom sediments, particularly in shallow sea situations. Until now it was thought they were derived primarily from sea-water absorbing C02 or the breakdown of the skeletons of tiny marine invertebrae and algae.

3 Mar 2011
The earth is being bombarded by space dust - but where does it come from?

The story is at www.physorg.com/print218218067.html and no doubt at the NASA web site too. NASA are saying that every day 100 tons of meteoroids - frangments of dust and gravel and sometimes small rocks enters the atmosphere of the earth - but it is unclear from what source. It is generally assumed the passage of comets leave behind trails of debris after they round the Sun.

2 Mar 2011
The Church and the Sun

A book published by Harvard University Press in 1999, by JL Heibron, The Sun in the Church: Cathedrals as Solar Observatories, is quite interesting as Constantine, in the 4th century AD, was closely involved in a solar cult. The author says that since the Sun and the Moon are the most important objects in the sky and influence the rhythms of our existence, did the Church determine the position and motion of the Sun? To measure the meridian a hole in the south facing wall of an ediface would allow a beam of sunlight to fall on a line directed N to S on the floor of the ediface.

1 Mar 2011
Geomagnetism

At http://wattsupwiththat.com there are two more separate pages added to the blog. Go to top of Menu bar and click on Reference Pages and a drop down menu list appears. Click on Geomagnetic and this will take you to the new feature. At the bottom of the drop down list you can also click on solar - which is designed to accommodate postings on the subject of the Sun. Useful list of links on both pages.

1 Mar 2011
Mustang

No, not the mustang horse of the Old West, or a racy motor car. Mustang is a province of Nepal in the Himalayas where scientists have been looking at a remote cave on a cliff face and have found human remains going back 3000 years. The cae is at an altitude of 13,800 feet but it seems the Kali Gandaki River provided a corridor through the mountains for people to migrate and exchange goods and ideas.