Aurorae

At www.physorg.com/print204231105.html ... we are told the Canadian Space Agency have launched an online observatory streaming the aurora borealis live over the internet, at www.asc-csa.gc.ca/auroramax No need to visit Santa Klaus in Lappland - just switch on your computer. The website will also explain the science behind the phenomenon and has an image gallery with photographs and videos from earlier sightings.

Vikings and Neanderthals

At http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2010/09/long-sought-viking-settlement-to.html Sept 23rd ... further information on the discovery of the Viking settlement of Linn Duchaill, near Annagassan, 70km north of Dublin. The excavations at this site are expected to continue for years if funds allow.

News from Russia

At  www.kyivpost.com/news/russia/detail/83349/print/ we learn that a Russian scientists has said that the first settlers on Sakhalin Island in the North Pacific have been dated between 100-200,000 years ago. From here it is just a short hop across to the Americas but in contrast he said the first human settlers of the Americas came from Siberia. It was not Columbus but unknown Siberians that first established a foothold - between 20 and 25,000 years ago.

The Raised Waters of the Exodus

At www2.ucar.edu/news/parting-waters-computer-modelling-captures-physics-red-sea-escape-route/ is a story that appeared on BBC News broadcasts and at www.physorg.com and www.sciencedaily.com and generally in lots of places that have nothing to do with religion - but hark back to a Biblical event that science has sought to downsize in the past.

Out of Africa

At www.bbc.co.uk/news/science_environment-11327442?print=true Sept 2Ist ... geneticists have estimated the the Out of Africa human migration to SE Asia and Australia took place around 60,000 years ago. However, stone tools found in Arabia and India recently point to an earlier date, possibly around 80,000 years ago.

Anasazi violence

At http://news.discovery.com/archaeology/genocide-native-americans-ethnic-cleansing.html ... is I think a regurgitation of an old story by Discovery News which has a habit of catching up a few days late - but in this instant a few months late. It probably amounts to ongoing research and excavation at the site - new season dig results. They describe the discovery of nearly fifteen thousand skeletal remains dating back to AD800.

Antarctica - when was it glaciated?

At www.thunderbolts.info?forum/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=3566&start=0 ... one of the forums at Thunderbolts this week is on the release of Peter Jupp's new video - the subject is Antarctica. Peter Jupp is a member of SIS and attended the EU Presentation during the summer. We hope to have several of his videos available for sale to interested parties in the near future.

Parallel universes and the Black Widow

Is gravity from a parallel universe creating dark energy? Casey Kazan at www.dailygalaxy.com has a different slant on a story that emerged a few weeks ago - the idea of gravity leaking from a parallel universe. The commenters at the end of what is a short piece are not impressed. Ivar Nielson of Denmark in particular.

Big Conks and Curly Locks

The Peoples Daily in China (see http://english.peoplesdaily.com.cn/90001/90782/90873/7140112.html ) has a short story on a stone coffin from the Tang Dynasty (around AD800) which has a depiction of Greek like Europeans engraved on the outside - evidence of contact with Byzantium via the Silk Road.

Records in Stone

At www.cambridge.org/9780521531306 ... is an abstract of a book edited by Clive Ruggles, Records in Stone: Papers in Memory of Alexander Thom. As well as a chapter by Ruggles which is critical of Thom's choice of markers and notches in the horizon the other authors are impressive as they include Anthony Aveni, Ed Krupp, Archie Thom, Aubrey Burl, Hans Motz, Chris Jennings and one of the SIS founders, Euan MacKie, 'Investigating the Prehistoric Solar Calendar'