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17 Feb 2010
The Vancouver Sun and archaeology stories

Two stories from the Vancouver Sun (see www.vancouversun.com and click on archaeology stories). On December 29th 2009 it was revealed that a study has found what people were eating a 100,000 years ago in southern Africa. Dozens of stone tools found during excavation are the earliest evidence, so far, of human reliance on grain (Julio Mercader of the University of Calgary). The diet of early humans was much more diverse than archaeologists have previously realised. Grains were as much part of their diet as roots, tubers, fruit and berries.

16 Feb 2010
The case of the younger dryas extraterrestrial impact event

An article in Journal of Cosmology volume 2, pages 256-285 Oct 27th 2009, 'The Case for the Younger Dryas Extraterrestrial Impact Event: Mammoth, Megafauna, and Clovis Extinctions 12,900 Years Ago' by Richard Firestone can now be downloaded in pdf format (17 pages of print) at http://journalofcosmology.com/Extinction105.html . Firestone, of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, outlines his arguments in a pretty effective manner - with copious references.

16 Feb 2010
Drust

In WA Cummins, The Age of the Picts, Stroud:1996, on page 75, there is a symbol of a double disc and a Z Rod (see below). According to Cummins this image was a symbol that was used by the famous king of the Picts, Drust son of Erp - extent in the 5th century AD.

16 Feb 2010
Hurricanes

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/02.15/hatton_on_hurricanes/print.html The Registor, the blog of Andrew Orlowski, claims more trouble is heading the way of the IPCC as they may need to reassess the 4th Report as hurricanes and global warming may not have a connection. A statistical analysis of the raw data shows that claims made about hurricanes and AGW cannot be supported by the facts.

16 Feb 2010
Avenue of Sphinxes

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg is the web site of Al-Ahram Weekly, February 15th ... the avenue of sphinxes once connected the temples of Luxor and Karnak, where processions took place between the two during the Opet Festival. There were 1350 human headed sphinxes with the bodies of lions flanking the avenue - and some of them have now been restored. It was built during the reign of Nectanebo I of dynasty 30 and replaced, it is said, one built during dynasty 18 as recorded by Hatshepsut on the walls of the red chapel in Karnak.

14 Feb 2010
Cold Fusion

http://scientificcomputing.com/Cold-Fusion-Rebirth-New-Evidence-for-LENR.aspx ... a short article on the rebirth of Cold Fusion under the banner of LENR. Cold Fusion got such a bad reputation a few years ago the people concerned, who doggedly stuck to the research in spite of everything, have been forced to pretend that what they are working on is not cold fusion - but it is cold fusion. Under a different name. Sounds as though it still has a long way to go.

14 Feb 2010
The Science of Greenhouse Gases

http://scienceofdoom.com is a blog about greenhouse gases, particularly C02. It is basically a series of long articles written by the blog author in response to lack of understanding on various web sites and blogs. In other words, he felt people were commenting on things they only understood in a general way and his articles are designed to educate - not lecture. As a result of that approach this blog is recommended - to everyone, alarmist or sceptic.

13 Feb 2010
Tarasenko Genadiy

Tarasenko Genadiy sent a message to 'In the News' concerning a theory that there are two hollow spheres within the earth that have a role in electro-magnetism. Astronomer Edmont Galya (1656-1742) advanced the idea to explain the displacement of the magnetic poles. The email goes on to envisage the spiral nature of the universe indicating rotation = dynamo affect = the accumulation of an enormous electric charge.

13 Feb 2010
More on the AGU Fall Meeting

George Howard's web site http://cosmictusk.com has a post on a talk by Tom Stafford, author of Redefining the Age of Clovis; Implications for the Peopling of America which was published in the journal Science in 2007. Stafford's talk at the AGU conference laid out details of a very narrow layer of evidence at the Younger Dryas boundary, at a site in Texas, a thin 1 to 2cm layer of material that was host to trillions of nano-diamonds and high levels of soot known as aciniform.

13 Feb 2010
C14 calibration

www.physorg.com February 11th ... Gerry McCormac and Paula Reimer of Queens University in Belfast (the '14 Chrono Centre') have created a new archaeological tool, a calibration curve that reaches back 50,000 years ago. The curve is known as INTCAL09 and full details are published in the journal Radiocarbon. It not only extends the C14 calibration curve but also improves earlier parts of the curve - which will prove very interesting. More information is available online at http://chrono.qub.ac.uk