Sink Holes and Fossilised Remains

At http://news.yahoo.com/500-old-traces-monster-hawaii-tsunami-discovered-1... ... it is claimed an earthquake in Alaska was responsible in generating a tsunami wave that struck Hawaii in the 15th century AD. That s the main thrust of the news story but caught my eye is they declared a tsunami wave after investigating a sink hole 328 feet beyond the shoreline and 23 feet above sea level. It was choked with marine debris - including large quantities of corals and shells dredged up from the foreshore.

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.

Lockheed Fusion

The Lockheed Fusion project is going well they claim - go to https://cosmosmagazine.com ... (October 24th 2014) are working on a fusion reactor that could fit on the back of a truck and power a large town. Fusion is a nuclear reaction to which small nuclei are melded together to make larger ones - the opposite of what happens in the fission reaction of the normal nuclear power station. Both methods release lots of energy but fusion does not produce harmful and long lasting radioactive waste. The fuel on which it feeds, heavy hydrogens, is relatively cheap and commonly available.

The Step Pyramid of Djoser (update November 2014)

Laurence Dixon supplied the link to this picture of the Stepped Pyramid which has apparently upset UNESCO. Go to www.artdaily.com/news/73106/UNESCO-seeks-answers-from-Egypt-on-more-than...

clouds above the Poles

At http://phys.org/print333394180.html ... astronomers are looking at strange clouds in the upper atmosphere of Titan, as seen by NASAs Cassini Mission - see also www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php Oct 24th. These are described as methane ice clouds and they are situated above the Poles of Titan. The interesting thing is that the Earth  also has stratospheric clouds which are also above the Poles.

Unusual Comets

At www.scientificamerican.com/article/exocomets-around-beta-pictoris/ ... again, this is a piece of French observation and research beginning way back in 1986. The astronomer, Anne-Marie Legrange, and colleagues, witness something peculiar. Beta Pictoris seemed to be in the process of assembling its own planetary system. After months of trying to work out what was going on and what exactly they might have seen they came out with an odd explanation - for the time. They offered up what seemed to be an unlikely explanation.

how sun spots may erupt

At www.q-mag.org/understanding-and-forecasting-solar-eruptions.html ... Anne Marie de Grazia has translated into English some French research in which they have followed the evolution of the solar magnetic field in a zone of eruptive behaviour. Their calculations show the formation of a magnetic cord which emerges from inside the Sun, becomes associated with a subsequent sun spot. They show the structure plays an important role in triggering CMEs - eruptions.

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.

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 ...

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