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27 Oct 2014
Botocundos

Two articles in Current Biology of October 23rd 2014 both concern Polynesians reaching S America. The first one claims the indigenous Botocundos tribe of Brazil have a genomic history that is Polynesian - see www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-10/cp-gds101614.php ... and in the second article it is said there was considerable genetic evidence of early contact between Polynesians and the Americas, especially with Easter Island.

26 Oct 2014
one arm of mainstream might be waking up

It seems that some scattered sections of mainstream media is just about waking up to the scale of the money awash in the great global warming scare - and they have only tickled around at the tip of the scam. There is plenty more to emerge when journalists venture deeper into the morass - go to www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2807849/EXPOSED-shadowy-network-funded-... and the same story is discussed at www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2014/10/26/lights-on-factories-off.html ...

26 Oct 2014
SIS Autumn Meeting 2014

The SIS 2014 Autumn Meeting took place on October 25th, staged at the Quaker Meeting House in Watford, a fine venue. The Quakers, and various other non-conformist denominations, including the first Baptist groups and the Congregationalists, were especially strong in the Chilterns and adjacent regions. Watford sits on the cusp of the London Basin, on the edge of the Chilterns. No doubt it had a role in the process of keeping non-conformism alive during the reign of Charles II when rivals to the Anglican Church were discouraged.

24 Oct 2014
Pucuncho

At http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/10/141023-paleo-indians-mig... ... early Americans were in a remote oasis high in the Andes, 14,000 feet above sea level, as recently as 12,800 years ago. Most of us would not raise an eyebrow over this but apparently archaeologists are surprised by this. Okay, people were on the coast, migrating southwards, reaching the tip of S America as early as 14,500 years ago. What then is so surprising.

24 Oct 2014
sun spot the size of Jupiter

At http://spaceweather.com (scroll down to October 22nd) is reporting on a sun spot that is reputed to be as big as the planet Jupiter - which is very big. The same story pops up and http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/10/22/solar-flare-danger-massive-sunspot... ... where the comments are their usual knowledgeable kind and we learn that although the size of this sun spot is remarkable as far as the current sun cycle is concerned, historically it is no big deal.

24 Oct 2014
Skeptical about Skeptics

American spelling above derives from a new web site at www.skepticalaboutskeptics.org which has been set up to try and counter so called sceptics. As noted before, internet sceptics are not sceptical of consensus science - instead, they are sceptical of novel ideas and new science. Most so called sceptics are out there for one reason only, to suppress science they do not personally like, or which counters the mainstream point of view. In contrast, this web site is not in cyberspace to slap the academics on the back - it is out there for one reason, to give a platform for new ideas.

24 Oct 2014
October Comets

It is unclear if anything dramatic happened when Comet Siding Spring came within 87,000 miles of Mars. It seems the ion tail did not sweep across Mars atmosphere. However, as various NASA posts appear to show the various spacecraft hid behind the planet in order to avoid possible danger. We may expect information to dribble out over the next few weeks - that appears to be the norm. See for example http://phys.org/print333106813.html and http://phys.org/print333304301.html

23 Oct 2014
Karakorum glaciers

At http://phys.org/print332409057.html ... a computer simulation has been used to try and explain why glaciers in the Karakorum are not melting - the paper can be viewed at  Nature Geoscience (Oct 2014). However, it begins with a casual throw away line, 'as most everyone knows by now, the planet is warming, and because of that glaciers across the globe are melting '''... which is a complete untruth.

19 Oct 2014
a crack in N America, some Australian volcanoes, and an ancient mountain formation that has disappeared into dust, apart from the roots (a bit like a broken tooth).

At http://phys.org/print332685617.html ... there is apparently a mid continent Rift across the Mid West, some 2000 miles in length, running from Lake Superior south as far as Oklahoma and Alabama. However, it is unseen - as it is now underground. Geologists say it began as a narrow crack in the crust which was subsequently enlarged by the welling up of volcanic rock, and somewhat later, further intrusions of igneous rocks buried the feature.

19 Oct 2014
Comets and Meteors

More down to Earth but up in the sky, go to http://spaceweather.com October 17th looks forwards to Sunday when the green comet (below) approaches Mars in what is thought