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26 Feb 2010
Hyder Flares

http://wattsupwiththat.com February 24th ... has a guest post that will interest members of the SIS. The subject is the Sun and an enormous magnetic filament that stretched more than one million kim from end to end - visible perhaps in amateur telescopes (but be careful with your eyes). For seven days in a row the filament hung suspended above the surface of the Sun. Charles Hyder, in 1964-7 did a doctoral thesis on these flares and has been the acknowledged expert since then. They are now known as Hyder Flares.

26 Feb 2010
Bronze Age Race Track

Irish Times, February 25th (see www.irishtimes.com id1224265140601) ...a ring fort in Tipperary has been surveyed by archaeologists and they are suggesting it may have been used to stage Bronze Age sporting contests in what was essentially an arena. Ring forts are associated in folk  tale with fairies, but the Rathnadrinna Fort is something special located as it is 3km from the Rock of Cashel - seat of the High Kings of Munster.

26 Feb 2010
Underwater Waves

www.physorg.com id186252841 February 25th ... Oceanography scientists from the University of Rhode Island have been looking at what it might be that generates huge underwater waves that occur between layers of warm and cold ocean water in coastal regions. These can reach heights of 150m in the South China Sea and the effects of them can actually be viewed from space (cameras in satellites). The existence of a huge continental shelf system off the coast f East Asia is one factor but a deep ocean basin is also located in the South China Sea.

25 Feb 2010
Dark Comets

See http://cosmictusk.com/nasa-mentions-dark-and-dead-comets-for-the-first-time-wise (or simply go to the menu on side bar of the web site) ... George Howard wonders if NASAs WISE mission which is now underway is able to confirm or refute, in part or wholly, the widely dismissed notion and theory of Bill Napier and the British NEO catastrophists.

25 Feb 2010
Palaeolithic Writing Systems - or a message from the Pleistocene

New Scientist February 17th had an article on Chauvet Cave and it's Palaeolithic art (southern France). The most famous of the paintings is the group of trotting horses, or the two rhinoceros in a bad mood, or even the depiction of wild cattle. What is generally ignored by the art critics who manage to enter the cave system are the semi circles, lines and zigzag signs marked on the same walls - they have mostly been ignored. Until now.

25 Feb 2010
Out of Africa

www.physorg.com id186064617 February 22nd ... a special issue of Current Biology is devoted to human beginnings and how genetic evidence, along with archaeological and linguistic research, is being used to bolster the Out of Africa hypothesis - the consensus view. A flavour of the articles can be guaged from an introduction by Colin Renfrew.

23 Feb 2010
Supernova

Science News Febnruary 17th (see http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id56425 ) ... new X Ray findings appear to blow a hole in the leading model for the origin of stellar explosions - type 1a supernova events. Astronomers routinely use these very bright events to measure dark energy. The Nature article won't change the interpretation of dark energy but a new understanding is required of supernovae.

23 Feb 2010
Permafrost

www.physorg.com February 17th ... the southern limits of the permafrost zone, frozen ground, is now said to be 130km further north than it was 50 years ago. This actually applies to the area studied, the James Bay locale. It is being predicted that permafrost will disappear in the near future - releasing dangerous amounts of methane. However, although AGW is fingered the researchers admit a lack of long term climatic data in the region and in fact the study involves just the last 20 years - not the 50 years in the blurb.

23 Feb 2010
Potbelly Hill

Newsweek, February 19th have run an article on the enigmatic monument unearthed in SE Anatolia dating back to 9500BC - the very beginnings of the Holocene (see www.newsweek.com/id233844 ). On what is a softly rounded hill in the foothills of the Taurus, the mountains rising at it's rear, it's face towards Syria in the south and the Plain of Harran to the SE.

23 Feb 2010
Sunlight and Holes in Tombs and Monuments

www.thenational.ae - The National (Arab Emirates) ... has a piece on the period before monotheistic religions took root - an era of different gods with many names, shapes, and sizes. The role of the Sun in the ancient Arab world was apparently very important as inside small ancient beehive shape buildings (tombs) a single ray of sunshine crept in through a smallish opening - and lit the interior for a couple of hours (each day).