Marden Henge Hog Roast

The Independent July 24th ... David Keys reports on the latest find at Marden Henge near Devizes - the remains of dozens of pigs that had been consumed in what is thought to have been a ceremonial or seasonal feast. Also, the remains of a large timber structure, possibly a temporary affair in which the ceremonial meal was eaten as the pig bones were found in the ground around the building. The building overlooked the river Avon which may be significant as the Avon continued south towards Durrington and the Stonehenge avenue.

Lawrence Dixon and plasma in space

New Scientist July 24th page 39-41 says that in order to shield astronauts on the journey to Mars from solar wind radiation you simply put a magnet in the spacecrapft and this will create a shield round the spacecraft and keep the particles out. A second beauty is that they have found areas on the moon where the surface is protected by a shield, the shielded areas are lighter than the main surface, a spacecraft accidentally flew over one and its instruments registered the lack of charged particles. Lawrence adds, it seems the EU and plasma is winning in unexpected ways.

Where did Time come from?

At July 22nd we also have a piece with the title, 'Did we inherit Time from an earlier universe?' (which includes a video clip). A team of physicists studying the cosmic microwave background, light emitted when the universe was a mere 400,000 years of age, have claimed our view of the early universe may contain the signature of a time before the Big Bang. Their discovery may help explain why we experience Time moving in a straight line from yesterday into tomorrow.


'The X-Galaxy: A Cosmic Radio Mystery Solved' is a post on July 22nd at in which radio images from the X Galaxy (how it is notated in article) show a bright pair of jets pointing from L to R and a fainter more distant line of radio emissions running in a different direction. There are in fact a class of X-shaped galaxies, so called because of the outline of their radio emissions and not by their actual shape.

A Dark Secret ... is another story that might be a repeat, 'Does the Sun hold a dark secret?' - perhaps dark matter is at the centre of the Sun and cooling down its core. Yes, I'm sure this was a Daily Galaxy storyline - but here it comes from the mouth of the scientist concerned rather than a commentator.

Water on the Moon this story, sent in by Garry Gilligan, is all about water on the moon - and how new research is turning what scientists thought they knew on its head. The moon was supposed to be bone dry but researchers found 'lunar dew' and not it has been discovered that water itself is more widespread - on the outside and on the inside of the moon. A comparison has been made with water in volcanic systems on earth.

Han Kloosterman and Velikovsky; part 2

George Howard's web site is basically a discussion between Hermann Burchard and Han Kloosterman on catastrophism - or that is how it begins. Once again Velikovsky crops up - and our Peter Warlow. Kloosterman syas Velikovsky was more of a scholar than a scientist and he collected some 25 earth reversal myths (1950) and speculated on the earth decelerating and then accelerating in the opposite direction, ignoring the energy problem.

The Younger Dryas event pops up again - this post is actually a reposte to NASAs David Morrison who wrote a piece in Skeptical Enquirer that criticised the Younger Dryas cometary connection.

A Bulgarian Loch Ness Monster thingummybob

A report from the Sofia News Agency at the Water Bull of Rubisha Lake in the NW of the country is set to become a tourist attraction - it is hoped. However, it is an extremely small body of water in comparison to Loch Ness, a mere one square km. It was formed in the Quaternary, between 5 and 2 million years ago, and is over 30m deep. It is the subject of a folktale, or legend, in which it is said to be bottomless.

News: archaeological stories hot from the press

At we learn that Bulgarian archaeologists have discovered the palace of the ruler of the Odysian federation of Thracian tribes in the 5th and 4th centuries BC. A fortress and sanctuary in the mountains.