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12 Oct 2014
The femur bone that caused a ripple

In Current World Archaeology 67 (Oct., 2014) - or go to www.world-archaeology.com ... there is an article by Tom Higham on Denisova Cave which famously produced the finger bone from which a genome was produced of an entirely new human species. It is located in the remote Altai Mountains at the far side of central Asia. Clearly, it could not have been so remote in the past as it has produced remains of Homo erectus, Denisovans, Neanderthals, and Modern Humans.

12 Oct 2014
Moche

Current World Archaeology 67 also has an article on the Moche culture of coastal Peru. Interestingly, it mentions a century of climatic and societal turmoil (assumed to involve El Nino swings) between AD550 and 650. This century directly follows on from the low growth tree ring event that Mike Baillie dated to AD536-45. The century also included the beginnings of Islam in Arabia and the swathe of conquests unleashed against the Roman and Persian empires, in crisis.

11 Oct 2014
Rendevous at the vicinity of Mars

October 19th, one week from now and Comet Siding Spring will pass closely to Mars. NASA is prepared - go to http://phys.org/print332086289.html

11 Oct 2014
Stretching the Dark Age

At www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-10/uob-gba100914.php ... the Greek Bronze Age ended 100 years earlier than thought according to a Bayesian averaging of C14 dates undertaken in a recent study. It was a fairly comprehensive exercise by the sound of it - but there was perhaps a nefarious undercurrent at the same time as it was designed to fit in with the chronology advocated by those who would date the Thera eruption to the low growth tree ring event (and ice core acidity anomaly) around 1625BC.

8 Oct 2014
Birkeland Currents

We are used to reading about Birkeland Currents at Thunderbolts and the various plasma based web sites but they are now part of mainstream - go to http://phys.org/print331816447.html

8 Oct 2014
Volcanic Fingerprints

Each volcanic eruption gives birth to a unique signature in the composition of the ash and in the glass shards that lodge within soil. Even eruptions from the same volcano have different chemical elements, even down to the shape of the shards. A volcano in Alaska that blew in the 9th century AD has a distinctly high chlorine content and this has helped identify its fingerprint across Europe and northern N America - see http://news.yahoo.com/alaska-volcano-blanketed-europe-ash-1-200-years-21.... The research was done at Queens University Belfash.

8 Oct 2014
Velikovsky and the Greenhouse Theory

The title of this blog post caught my eye - 'Velikovsky and the Weather' - go to http://geoffchambers.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/velikovsky-and-the-weather/

8 Oct 2014
Bolides over Southern Europe

At www.q-mag.org/anne-marie-de-grazia-my-encounter-with-a-bolide.html ... she describes the coincidence of a bolide lighting up the night sky at roughly the same time as a Near Earth asteroid passed relatively close to the Earth. This she compares with the Chelyabinsk meteor of February 2013 which also coincided with a close flyby of a Near Eart Object (an even bigger asteroid passing close to the Earth). It's all a bit of a mystery. The Chelyabinsk meteor was said to be a coincidence - but do such coincidences come in pairs?

8 Oct 2014
small galaxies and dark matter

At www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2014/10/-tiny-fossil-galaxies-of-first-sta... ... is an article on the discovery of a couple of very small galaxies in the vicinity of the Milky Way that appear to be dim as they were not spotted by less powerful technology. Immediately they are being explained - as if they have to bed into the consensus model. They were looking for clumps of dark matter and found these fuzzy looking small galaxies. The big question is why they did not become larger galaxies - much brighter and visible.

8 Oct 2014
Fluid Dynamics

Tim Cullen is turning his attention to fluid dynamics but not sure what the end result will be - go to http://malagabay.wordpress.com/2014/10/03/couette-flow-1-viscosity/ ... which may have repercussions on a lot of things we take for granted. He says there is no settled science involved because of natural complexities recognised by physicists, as such, and the use of approximations and exceptions and various controversies that have developed over the years. A good science subject then.