Volcanic Lightning, ice on the moon, and ice on Mars.

www.dailygalaxy.com March 2nd ... Daily Galaxy often have an 'image of the day' - on this post it is volcanic lightning (from a volcano that erupted in southern Chile in 2008). Electrical storms directly above erupting volcanoes are well documented phenomena but scientists can't agree on what causes them. There are three images that can be downloaded to your computer - and the source of the phots is given as http://www.thunderbolts.info (2005)

Fossil Coral, Spirits in the Sand, and Lakes in the Sahara

Science Daily March 2nd http://www.sciencedaily.com id100301182106 ... fossil coral a half a million years of age seems to show reefs are quite capable of withstanding stress imposed by global warming - or freezing. Reef ecosystems appear to have persisted through massive environmental changes imposed by sharply falling sea levels during previous Ice Ages. Eight reefs on Papua New Guinea show they survived from Ice Age to Ice Age (and the warming between).

Akhenaten Mummy

News from the Valley of the Kings (see http://kv64.info ) March 2nd ... a week or so ago Zahi Hawass claimed the mummy in Kv55 is 'probably' Akhenaten. The media accepted this attribution as a fact but this article disagrees - and says the mummy in Kv55 was not Akhenaten. She draws on the personal relationships between the last members of dynasty 18 and the role of Ay, a brief successor to Tutankhamun. Velikovsky, of course, saw some strange relationships among the final few kings, is his book Oedipus and Akhenaten.

The River Eem

The Herholz Centre for Environmental Research (see http://www.alphagalileo.org ) March 3rd ... the Eemian Interglacial between 126,000 and 115,000 years ago is named after the river Eem in the Netherlands. It was followed by a glacial period that came to an end 15,000 years ago, known as the Weichselian after the Polish river Weichsel. At it's peak some 21,000 years ago it's glaciers stretched as far south as Berlin (or nearly so). Researchers have studied lake sediments to reconstruct the climate history of the Eemian.

YD Boundary Event Updates

New Scientist 204-2734 November 14th 2009 page 10 ... Kate Revilous claimed a mud core from the bottom of Lough Monreagh in western Ireland shows that the Younger Dryas event was so quick that very cold conditions set in within less than a year - possibly within weeks.

Ostrich Eggs and Symbolic Writing

Science News March 2nd (www.sciencenews.org id 56807) ... a cache of ostrich shells have been found in South Africa with geometric designs engraved on them. They go back 60,000 years, it is said, and some experts are saying they represent evidence that humans at this time were capable of creating symbolic signs = a rudimentary language. This is surprising as we are talking about hunter-gatherers, probably related to the San people.

Megaliths in the Syrian Desert

The Independent March 1st (same website but the article is nearer the top of archive - click science and click archaeology) ... in the Syrian desert a Canadian archaeologist went for a walk and stumbled upon an ancient megalithic landscape - dating from somewhere between 8500 and 4300BC. This is far older than anything seen in Europe so it is especially teasing.

Matriarchal Societies

The Independent January 15th - go to http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology ... and you will find an archive of article. This one is on page 2 of the (current) archive. Many of The Independent's archaeology stories appear to be old hat. For example, there is one on the Ice Age Channel River that is several years out of date, and likewise this one, 'Why  did the collapse of Old Europe bring a shift from female to male power?'.

Creation Myths

www.thunderbolts.info February 12th ... a contribution by Rens Van der Sluijs has a heading with a depiction of an aurora seen in January 1570 in Bohemia, central Europe. The way the picture is composed lends him to wonder if creation myths may have originated out of plasma formations, such as auroral phenomena, in the sky, and this is what is meant by the 'dwellings of the gods'.

The Beaker Culture

For an in-depth look at the Beaker Culture and it's geographical spread go to http://www.absoluteastronomy.com/topics/Beaker_culture (ffor some reason the links doesn't take you there directly. On the absolute astronomy web page which it does link to key in Beaker culture in the search the site option at the top of the page and it will take you to the right location) ...