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29 Apr 2010
Reachable Stars

In Reachable Stars: Patterns in Ethno-astronomy of Eastern North America, George Langford, University of Alabama Press: 2007. Ethno-astronomy is one of those amusing word constructs that is basically a woolly way of describing star based Native American myths and legends. Anyway, it is a compilation of stories that took many years to pull together.

29 Apr 2010
Sutton Hoo and it's Landscape

In Sutton Hoo and it's Landscape: the context of monuments, Tom Williamson, Oxbow:2009, there is some interesting speculative ideas. The author is a landscape archaeologist based at the University of East Anglia and he looks at the barrows and where they are located as visible features on the horizon. They are situated on a terrace above the river Deben which at the time was well populated with farms and hamlets clustered around the lower river valley, and the estuary that opens into the North Sea.

28 Apr 2010
Trans Pacific Connections

At http://archaeology.about.com/od/transportation/a/trans-pacific.htm April 27th ... About.Com archaeology has an article (and several others in their archive) on contacts between Polynesians and South America. In the mid 20th century the idea of pre-Columbus voyages across the Pacific was part of a rich vein of speculation. Thor Heyerdahl is perhaps the most famous adherents of this idea via his adventures on the balsa raft, Kon Tiki.

28 Apr 2010
The Electric Universe

Whet your appetite for the up-coming Wal Thornhill presentation in July at the Harlequin Centre in Redhill by perusing a few web sites.

Be aware that Wal needs a supply of questions for the event. Please e-mail //memb-gen [at] sis-group [dot] org [dot] uk">memb-gen [at] sis-group [dot] org [dot] uk before end of May.

For example, Donald Scott's www.electric-cosmos.org

28 Apr 2010
Transient Events in the Plasma Universe

At http://mythopedia.info/intro.html you will find this article second one down on the left hand menu. Extracting information from sacred and revered accounts or cultic practises is fraught with potholes that others have dug. However, working on the basis that a lot of religious ritual is derived from fear - and actual worship is a product of fear, might help explain some of the recurring factors that cross cultural boundaries.

27 Apr 2010
God Kings

Anyone interested in an alternative interpretation of Egyptian history, Egyptian texts, Egyptian titles, Egyptian pharaohs - then a visit to www.world-mysteries.com/god_kings_scenario1.htm might satisfy their curiosity.

27 Apr 2010
Mathematical Bio-Diversity

At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/04/10042153931.htm April 25th ... a mathematical modle has been developed to unravel a key evolutionary riddle - what factors underlie the generation of biological diversity both within and between species. The emergence of rare traits in a population can spawn diversity - and some of these traits will prosper.

27 Apr 2010
Comet Disintegration

At www.cosmictusk.com 'Smoke linked to Gun: Napier upheld by Nesvorny and Jenniskens on the Zodiacal Cloud' - George Howard has a pop at Richard Kerr of Science Magazine. The Zodiacal cloud, the consensus theory said, originated in colliding asteroids from the asteroid belt. Now Kerr, after reading Nesvorny and Jenniskens accepts an origin in comets - but blatantly avoids mentioning the Napier hypothesis and therefore ignores the implications. This seems to have riled George.

26 Apr 2010
Troy is in the wrong place?

At http://troyatbergama.blogspot.com there is a new blog devoted to the idea ancient Troy was located not at it's usual location, Hisarlik - but at Bergama, an idea first aired by John Lascelles (a book reviewed by SIS several years ago). There are several pages on the blog for starters - and as blogs develop they grow into many pages (so expect more news on the subject over the coming months). At the moment there is a series of pages that outline the general theory.

26 Apr 2010
Asphalt Domes

At www.physorg.com/print191397828.html April 25th ... in 700 feet deep water off Santa Barbara in California is a series of asphalt domes that it is thought derive from flows of petroleum deposited by an underwater volcano 35,000 years ago. The deposits hardened into asphalt domes (see Nature Geoscience April 25th). The domes were discovered by a deep submersible vehicle and were teeming with life - like an artificial reef.