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2 Apr 2010
New Zealand Kauri Trees

At New Zealand's Kauri trees can measure 4m wide at the trunk and live for up to 2000 years. Exeter University and Oxford University are taking part in the creation of what is hoped to be a 30,000 year old climate record on New Zealand - from Kauri trees preserved in bogs and wetland environments. Tree rings are also useful in extracting information about levels of atmospheric carbon. Some of the trees are thought to date back to the last interglacial phase - 130,000 years ago.

2 Apr 2010
Bad Archaeology

Reference the Bad Archaeology web site critique of Velikovsky, James and Rohl - indeed, of any revision or deviation from the orthodox consensus. Bob Porter has confirmed the Psusennes lintel was found outside the tomb of Osorkon II (and not inside as claimed by the Bad Archaeology boys).

2 Apr 2010
The Biblical Plagues

At March 30th ... 'Biblical Plagues really happened say scientists' - apparently, the Biblical plagues were the result of global warming which triggered a series of environmental disasters and natural disasters such as volcanoes. The evidence will be broadcast on the National Geographic Channel on Easter Sunday - but were oil and coal the bogeyman?

2 Apr 2010

At tree rings from the Bidoup Nuibos National Park in Vietnam seem to show the fall of the Khmer civilisation coincided with drought - 600 years ago. The empire expanded through a large tract of SE Asia between the 9th and 14th centuries but two severe droughts, with heavy monsoon rains between, may have weakened the empire and it's irrigation system.

30 Mar 2010
Anglo Dutch relationships 300,000 + years ago

See ... amateur archaeologist Pieter Stoel has found splinters and cores of flint that are thought to date back 370,000 years ago. They were sucked out of a sump pit at a depth between 27 and 36m (in the Netherlands). On the opposite side of the North Sea basin, at Pakefield in Suffolk, 225km from Woerden, a similar discovery has been made, suggesting people walked across the North Sea sea bed, which was dry land during the Ice Ages (but drowned during the interglacials).

30 Mar 2010
High Noon at the Royal Society

This information is biased as it comes from a book, Alexander Thom:Cracking the Stone Age Code, by Robin Heath, Bluestone Press, St Dogmaels: 2007, on the basis the author was an aquaintance and admirer of said person. Why this is a post at this moment in time is because of the behaviour of the Royal Society on the subject of global warming (aka climate change) and their role in the 1700s in trying to suppress research into longitude.

29 Mar 2010
Are Venus and Earth in a long distance relationship?

This is the title of an article in New Scientist (you can also look at the online version at March 16th) and speculates on whether the earth is tugging at the core of Venus, exerting control over it's spin. Whenever Venus and Earth arrive at the closest point in their orbits Venus always presents the same face towards us. This may mean Earth's gravity is tugging subtly on Venus, an idea raised many years ago and now disregarded since it was realised Venus was spinning too fast to be in gravitational resonance.

29 Mar 2010
Dark Comets and WISE

Dark Comets - NASA and the WISE mission are being somewhat frugal with the information they are giving out, says George Howard over at and he is clearly getting a trifle ruffled due to frustration by some of the inane twaddle released by NASA press reports. He suggests NASA is finding lots of stuff that could hit the earth and that has never been acknowledged previously.

29 Mar 2010
Geo Neutrinos

At reports on a delicate instrument under a mountain in central Italy that is observing and detecting rare particles - geo neutrinos. The instrument has discovered a well defined signal above background noise of geo neutrinos deep inside the earth. Geo neutrinos are produced, it is thought, during radioactive decay processes affecting uranium, thorium, potassium and rubidium that is normally found in ancient rocks.

28 Mar 2010
Tushan March 26th ... a brief item on a local Ohio man involved in the discovery and excavation of an ancient Assyrian city at Ziyaret Tepe = Tushan. It was located on the northern border of the Assyrian Empire and flourished between 900-600BC, when it was destroyed by an invading army (tablets record the immanent approach). Several thousand artifacts have been uncovered.