The auroral heartbeat of Saturn

At ... a paper in Geophysical Research Letters (Aug 6th) claims that Saturn's aurora, a low ultraviolet glow which illuminates the upper atmosphere near the poles, pulses roughly at one a day (Saturnian time). The study used Hubble Space Telescope images from 2005 to 2009. There is a pulse to radio emissions too and the aurora heartbeat appears to be in tandem with the radio emissions

Lightning and Hurricanes

At (see also ) is about a connection between lightning (electricity in the atmosphere) and hurricane intensification. NASA are now peering inside storms in search of the lightning and how it interacts with the surface of the earth - particularly how it might affect hurricane development and intensification, as well as other phenomena of nature.

The Spacecraft Fly-by Mystery

'The Spacecraft fly-by mystery - is dark matter the culprit or is there new physics waiting to be discovered?' is another headline grabber from Casey Kazan at on August 3rd. When NASA sends its spacecraft across the solar system they save fuel by making use of sling-shot fly-bys. Rather than firing up thrusters the spacecraft changes trajectory by harnessing the gravitational pulls of the planets. However, this clever trick has had an unexpected side-effect.

Cyrus and the Chinese (see News section if story unavailable) ... it seems a British Museum curator, Irving Finkel, has identified a cuneiform text inscribed on horse bones found in China, and they represent extracts from the Cyrus Cylinder.

The Out of Taiwan human migration

An article in Current Anthropology (April 2010) (see ) disputes the consensus model of human colonisation of the Philippines, Malaysia and islands of Indonesia by farming communities with an origin in Taiwan, otherwise the Out of Taiwan hypothesis.

Ancient World Chronology and the Bible

Ancient World Chronology and the Bible is an article you can find at and the author has clearly been reading Donovan Courville's book, The Exodus Problem and Its Ramifications Loma Linda:1971. I can remember reading this back in the 1980s and various comments on it at 'Study Group' meetings at that time.

The Kings of the Ancient Britons

The Kings of the Ancient Britons by Bill Cooper, can be found at which is a rather peculiar document that shows a line of kings in Britain going back to the 11th century BC. Interesting for schoolboys, no doubt, and anyone mucking around with ideas - but not real history? The idea I suppose is to connect a line of kings to the Biblical chronology - and going further back, all the way to Noah.

Anatolia and Historical Concepts (another paper on Mitanni, the Hittites, and the Hurrians)

A document by Robert Hewson (which seems to have been written roughly 40 years ago but is still available online and quite close in nature to what Barry Curnock theorised concerning Mitanni, the Hurrians (and the redating of Nuzi) (see post a few days ago). For the identity of Robert Hewson see the 'Catastrophism CD' (available from the Book Page) as he was once well known in revisionist circles.

EU Presentation.

The Thunderbolts newsletter has announced (August 4th) that Dave Smith, editor of the 'Thunderblog' at will make a prresentation of the Electric Universe hypothesis (see ) this saturday coming.

Svensmark - an exoneration? is a report on a paper in the Journal of Geophysical Research 142 (2010) which comes out in support of Henrik Svenmark's hypothesis. The Passive Atmospheric Sounding instrument onboard Enviset (MIPAS-E) from July 2002 to March 2004 were used to investigate a possible link between galactic cosmic rays and mid altitude to high altitude clouds.